Wednesday, July 9

Worst of Craigslist: Seacoast New Hampshire

Hey, this one's for the NorEast guys. I'm sure you read BikeSnobNYC and have seen his "worst of craigslist" posts. Apparently someone on the NorEast team has earned the affectionate attentions of someone on the roads near UNH:

light grey & red spandex - m4m (between Durham & Newmarket)
If I blow off the gym in the morning and go to work late, I usually see you on your bike heading south on 108. You wear light grey and red spandex. I have to say you have the hottest body I've seen on a bike. Some people should not wear spandex but you look incredible in it! Your have beautifully muscled legss and it looks like you have an incredibly tiny waist too. Someday I'm going to be taking pictures of you as you ride by.

Haha, oh boy, have fun with that!

I'm always on the look-out for a fourth bike, too; here's what craiglist's NH bikes are showing:

Ritual Cycles Single Speed/Fixed (NEW)

Set up single speed. Has flip/flop hub for fixed gear
Everything Brand New.
Frame: 100% Cr-Mo frame & fork features Euro bottom bracket, water bottle mount and frame & fork are drilled, ready for brakes. Fork is triple butted Cr-Mo. 1 1/8" Ritchey threadless headset.
Wheels: Weinmann DP 18 Deep V Track Wheels Flip/Flop Rear Hub (Silver).
Fenders: Planet Bike Freddy Fenders (Custom Hawaiian Hibiscus).
Crank: Pake Track 170mm.
Brakes: Campagnolo Veloce.
Bar Tape: Stella Azzurra Pro Cromo.
Saddle: Selle Italia Nova.
Stem: Titec Big Al.
Handlebars: Tranz-X Bullhorn.
Pedals: Bear Claw.
Tires: Panaracer Extreme Lite 700x23c.

ritual cycles custom bikes, portsmouth new hampshire
This guy is building custom bikes in Portsmouth/Seacoast New Hampshire area now, under the name Ritual Cycles. All the bikes/frames/groups are new. The frames are Fuji-made lugged Cro-Moly steel, but the paint detail is done by hand. Check it out.

And everyone, if you ever sell a bike on craigslist, here's a classic example of how to do it:

SPECIALIZED ALLEZ W/BREAK SHIFTERS!!!! - $500 (NEW HAMPSHIRE/MAINE)
BEAUTIFUL 2007 SPECIALIZED ALLEZ BIKE VERY LIGHTLY USED COMES WITH SPEEDOMETER I AM 6'3 AND IT FITS ME PRETTY WELL THE SIZE FOR THIS BIKE RANGES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE 5'10-6'6 VERY FAST BIKE YOU BARELY HAVE TO PEDDLE, I LOVE THIS BIKE BUT ITS TIME FOR A NEW ONE SO HURRY AND JUMP ON THIS DEAL A $800 DOLLAR BIKE FOR ONLY $500

CALL [deleted]
OR EMAIL ME AT [deleted]
PICK UP ONLY NO SHIPPING.




What first attracted me to this post was the attention-grabbing ALL-CAPS headline advertising BREAK SHIFTERS. If there's one thing I like, it's a good fixer-upper, so broken shifters sounds like a good learning opportunity. The rest of the post is also in ALL-CAPS FOR EASY READABILITY, and a no-nonsense, no-punctuation affect--a consideration that a lot of other craigslisters don't make. The seller didn't mention the size of the bike, but he did say it would fit anyone within the over 20cm height difference range of 5'10 to 6' 6", which is me. What's more, the bike is fast (even if you aren't) and peddling is barely required. In the picture, you can see that the bike even has a new custom paint job (all-white powder coat) which is a nice touch, looks better than the regular 2007 Specialized Allez. To my chagrin it's PICK UP ONLY, but fortunately it's in MAINE/NEW HAMPSHIRE, which is only 42,764 square miles, so no problem.

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