Too Many Temptations

13/03/2011 § Leave a comment

Well there seems to be a little bit of a sea change occurring.

Remember when you could go past a skip and see a nice steel frame poking out, just wanting to be taken, cleaned up and have some new rubber slung round the wheels, and bang, you’ve got a perfectly serviceable bike? Well those days are gone, thanks to the wonder that is eBay. People seem to think that because it’s old, it’s worth something.
Sometimes this is true, but most of the time it’s junk.

And it seems to be catching on. I’m seeing lots of pretty things on the Bay of e for money that’s almost sensible. A job-lot of old rod-brakers, all in need of some love, going for less than £100 for nine bikes, including a Rudge, a Phillips, a couple of old Raleigh loop frames etc and assorted parts. There’s a Rudge on here at the moment – admittedly an unfinished project, all in bits – but looks like it’s going to sell for less than £40. Only a few weeks ago I was outbid for the same amount of cash just for a Rudge crank (got to love them), and so it goes on.

Seriously, now seems to be a good time to get a whole bunch of nice things in for a few spring and summer projects. I still love my three speed, and I’d like to do another one, and a rod-brake affair, but I still want to find the right frame to do a mixte… I see them from time to time, but it seems like the hipsters are moving onto these now… perhaps their impossibly thin legs can’t manage only having three gears to push them up hills.

Good for them. Hopefully they’re all laying snapped by the roadside so I can get some bikes that are worth having at a price worth paying.

This ends today’s thought for the moment.

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