The Peugeot’s sold. The Kona’s sold. The Rusthopper’s been given away. The bike I was going to bid on was ended early (bah!).
Things have changed again!
Hopefully, this is the last change. After the silliness of a few weeks ago, I realised that I needed to be more focussed than just buying every bargain-tastic, vaguely decent bike I see on ebay, or else things would always be changing, and my wife would leave me!
I decided to sell the Kona, and wait for a mid-nineties Saracen Protrax or Tufftrax to turn up. I didn’t have to wait long! The following week, a 1995 Saracen Tufftrax appeared on ebay, located in Chester. I was worried that it’d get ended early, so I did what I’ve always hated.. I made an offer outside of the bidding system. 😮
The seller accepted my offer, and after a bit of fannying about, the bike was mine! 😀 I couldn’t pick it up until the following weekend, so I spent the week selling the junk that I’d acquired on ebay. Then, on the Wednesday, something else popped up on ebay…
Remember I mentioned a bike that I wanted to bid on? It was an old Carrera elevated chainstay bike, built by Saracen. Apparently Halfords asked them to build some e-stay frames for them, when e-stays were being seen as the next big thing. I’ve always been intrigued by e-stays, and wanted one for myself. Well, the thing that was on ebay was a 1992 Saracen Kili Racer; a proper Saracen e-stay. And it was cheap, and on a buy-it-now! After a few minutes of hesitation (mostly wondering how I was going to break it to the wife), it was mine! 😀
Both bikes have now been collected, so here they are:
This bike was in pretty rough condition when I picked it up. It was covered in grime and filth, it’s seatpost was stuck, one side of it was covered in scratches, and it just didn’t look very well looked after. It needs almost everything doing to it, but that’s half the fun. This one is going to be quite a project!
This bike, however, was almost immaculate! It was covered in stickers at first, which I pulled off as soon as I got home. One of them took the Tange sticker with it, but I’m not too bothered by that. It needs new wheels, new chainrings, and new pedals, but that’s about it. I’ll be riding it to work tomorrow! 😀
No more new bikes now – honest!