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Kindness of strangers (OR $700 bike for $250)

April 23, 2009

Ever since we got the new place, T has been wanting/needing a bike.  He walks 1.5 miles each day to/from the bus stop, plus he has been thinking about commuting by bike the whole way.

When he started looking, I told him it was ridiculous to spend $600 on a bike (coming from the perspective of a person who last owned a bike when they were 12) and that he should try to find something for under $300.  And if that failed, then get a more expensive one.

He’s been scouring Craigslist and local bike stores, whining that they are all soooo expensive, and the only road bikes under $300 are from the 80s. Today, some guy on craigslist posted a really sweet bike, worth around $750, and  only asked $250.  T called, but the bike sold within seconds and the guy was already getting the cash by the time he called.

Depressed and desperate, he posted a “want” ad on Criagslist, basically saying he wanted a $700 bike for $250.  Ok, he didn’t say that, and he added that he had just missed the sale, and posted the picture that was in the ad he’d missed out on.

Guess what?!?!  The guy who snatched up the great deal called him, said he was a bike junkie who basically sat on the ‘”bicycle” page of Craigslist, and said that he felt so bad for T that he would sell it to him.  For $1 more than he had just paid a few hours ago.  He threw in a lock and a little lesson on the bike.  What?  How nice is that??

“What did you write?!”

“Nothing!  I mean, just that I was a student, that I’ve been walking 3 miles a day, and I was looking for a good bike on a budget.  He was just so nice!”

“Wow!  I didn’t know there were people like that here.  He must be from the Midwest.”  🙂

I want a bike too, but I don’t think a Craigslist want ad would work for me:  “Young professional who saves upwards of 40% of her income and probably wouldn’t even commute by bike very often wants a nice bike for a cheap price.”

[T insited on pointing out it is this bike so $700 is an optomistic ebay price, and he got a users manual with it, so… not stolen]

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2009 9:48 pm

    I’m glad it worked out for him. I especially love “he must be from the Midwest”

  2. April 23, 2009 9:54 pm

    I’m really happy too. He really does deserve a great deal on a bike. Though now I wonder, was the bike at such a low price because it was stolen in the first place (from first seller, not nice guy)

  3. April 24, 2009 6:58 am

    Wow, that is a great deal on a Bianchi!

    On one of the bike forums I go to, one of the ladies found a Bianchi (not this particular model, but a few years older) on the street. Apparently, in her neighborhood, when people do spring cleaning, they are allowed to leave stuff in front of their house, on the street.

    I’d like to think the first seller got it this way 🙂 Either that, or he’s had it for a while, or he injured himself and can’t ride it anymore. That’s how one of my friends got a $1,500 carbon fiber bike for only $750 on CL.

  4. elcheapofinance permalink
    April 25, 2009 11:21 am

    Ditto LADaze, T just got a killer deal on a Bianchi.

    Craigslist is THE place for deals. Spring/summer is especially fun because of people cleaning out and/or moving. I plan on scoring some deals soon for (lightly used) furniture for my new pad.

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