Bike Shaped Objects

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It’s Racer X

The stuff of a rebuilder’s dreams

ratbikeSome people will settle for nothing less than a brand new bike. Others want a pristine piece of vintage artistry. Then there are people like me.

Look at that beautiful mess of parts. Everything is there and in not very bad shape. Having the parts not match is a great thing for a bikist like me because it greatly lowers the price and means the bike will survive as a useful bike rather than display fodder.

My absolute favorite part are the stunt pegs on the front wheel with the blue tire. I wonder what happened to the rest of that particular BMX bike. I also love the seller’s description of the bike as “very vintage.” Kind of like most bestest.

The opening bid is only 99 cents. At that price, even with the shipping from Florida, the bike would be worth it.

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Ubernostalgic bike for sale on eBay

stpA blue Schwinn with STP stickers! I want it. I want it. I want it.

Or rather, I wanted it. As cool as my green banana seat Columbia was It was not a blue Schwinn and I did not have STP stickers.

If it had a Bud Man sticker I’d be having a nostaliagasm.

The opening bid is set at a very reasonable $50 but the $75 shipping charge puts it out of my budget range.

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Almost Missed This One

mantarayAt first glance this appears to be just another Schwinn shifter bike in need of a pile of parts and work. I had in ignorance assumed that the 24 inch tire reference in the title was a mistake. It was not.

The Manta Ray was an attempt to capture part of the bigger kid market with the ever so successful String Ray style bike. Judging by the fact that it was only sold for two years indicates that it was not a success.

When this bike came out in 1970 I was riding a 20 inch Columbia riff-off of the Sting Ray. What I lusted after at that time was my neighbors 10 speed. A larger version of what I already had would not have been appealing.

Ironically I instead graduated to an old balloon tire bike because it looked so cool even though it was slower and less agile than my banana seater.

There are two things I love about the eBay listing for this bike. First, the current bid is $12.71 with no reserve and shipping of only $50. Very tempting. Second, in the description the seller states that, “It looks to be all there.” The goes on to list the parts that are missing. I don’t think the conflict was intentional. I’m guessing it was an editing error.

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I love question marks in eBay listings

So many people selling stuff on eBay go to great lengths to exaggerate the value of their wares that it does my heart good when someone is brutally honest enough to put question marks into their title.

Unfortunately the seller does have a rather inflated opinion of the monetary value. The opening bid is $150 which seems excessive for a rust bucket. At a recent classic bike auction a complete and mostly rust-free example went for only slightly more than that.

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