When accidental drunken eBay purchases go right
OK, so the initial reaction the morning after, as I read the email and it DIDN’T say “your derisory offer has been refused”, was pretty much “oh shit”.
But now I’ve collected it and had a go, albeit a bible around Savernake Forest with my nipper. Just needs new saddle and a couple of tweaks. It’s lovely 🙂 fits perfectly and pretty much as new, a great deal at £2k and will get me off the ebike and fitter over the winter.
What’s your best drunken purchase?Posted 7 months ago
That’s how I bought my Hemlock- stuck in a ridiculously low bid while drunk, a week later discovered a) I’d bid on a Hemlock and b) I’d bought a Hemlock. Went pretty well all things considered 🙂Posted 7 months ago
In the middle of the Covid bike madness I put a wine fueled £500 starting bid on a Marin Four Corners Elite which turned out to be the only bid. Great buy and my most used bike since.
For reference I had watched various similar spec bikes go for £1000+ so thought it was a bargain. Had plenty of retro pots of gold won by the odd idle bid over the years but that’s another rabbit hole.Posted 7 months ago
Oohh… purple ! 😁Posted 7 months ago
Marin Four Corners Elite
Posted 7 months ago
@chestrockwell what do you think of it?
and will get me off the ebike and fitter over the winter.
Don’t be silly. Everyone knows e-bikes get you fitterer.Posted 7 months ago
us strat 2005 in dark wine(don’t think it had ever been played)Posted 7 months ago
Is that Sam’s old bike? Very nice!Posted 7 months ago
Don’t be silly. Everyone knows e-bikes get you fitterer.
To be fair, I love it to bits, and it HAS got me much fitter than I was, I’m just lazier than most and modus operandi is for a 25km blast on full gas. Reckon over winter that hour is better off spent on something like this. I literally have no other bikes I could do that on, no sir.
Who the **** am I kidding, it’s just blatant N+1 territory.Posted 7 months ago
CGG, it’s not, if that’s the one up on the Cotic site? This has Hope X2’s, Fortus 26 wheels and F20 pedals, as extras on the base build.
DesB, in no way was I influenced by the purple.Posted 7 months ago
I bought ”Geoff” my taxidermied badger 8 years ago after a drunken ebay escapade. He stare’s out of the front window scaring passers by.Posted 7 months ago
Got a pic?Posted 7 months ago
Ah, I was thinking of what I think is Cotic Sam’s current bike:
I bought my daughter a tatty BMX on Thursday evening whilst enjoying a beer or two. It’s pretty rusty but a few minutes with some tin foil has cleaned up the bars nicely. I reckon stripping it, a day of cleaning, replacing the brakes & chain and popping some mag wheels on it will transform it into a decent little ride.
I bought an AP Classic rebreather while on holiday in Amsterdam! We were in a “coffee” shop mooching wifi and and it popped up on my watch list as nearly ended. I chucked a cheeky low bid on, about £500 lower than the going rate, and promptly forgot about it until I got the congratulations email the next time I had some wifi. I did some fantastic diving on that thing and sold it for more than I paid for 18 months later. Winner.Posted 7 months ago
I still have a drunken regret. I wasn’t pissed enough to forget I’d bid £600 on a rally prepared Skoda Estelle and told my missis. If I’d have been truly shitfaced, I’d probably have won this thread. ☹️Posted 7 months ago
what do you think of it?
Posted 7 months ago
@matt_outandabout it’s ace mate, just the job. I struggle to work out the difference between gravel/touring/cx/whatever and think this is classed as a tourer but I use it for general 30/50km rides linking roads, BW, moor tracks etc and it’s extremely comfortable and perfectly acceptable off road. It’s become my most used bike tbh, a bit hefty (less so now I’ve changed the tyres and gone tubeless) but a great all-rounder.
That’s how I bought my Hemlock- stuck in a ridiculously low bid while drunk, a week later discovered a) I’d bid on a Hemlock and b) I’d bought a Hemlock. Went pretty well all things considered 🙂
You didnt buy mine did you? 😉Posted 7 months ago
TVR350i – Still running the injection fuel pump but connected to carbs so running a bit rich and only one of the rear wheels had enough suspension parts to stop it rubbing gainst the front and back of the wheel arch depending which way you cornered. Frightening and sold 5 months later to a drunk bloke on eBay for a profitPosted 7 months ago
My PlanetX Carbon Evo disc was a late night drunken purchase. Seeing as they are now nearly double what I paid and we’ve had a classic summer to ride I’m not complaining.Posted 7 months ago
I’m pretty guilty of this. Usually its just records or band t-shirts after getting hammered after the Mrs has gone to bed and deciding that whatever i’m listening to is THE BEST THING EVER!Posted 7 months ago
You didnt buy mine did you?
Nah, it was an ex-demo from I think Leisure Lakes. I remember ChrisL of this parish basically saying “That seems like a lot of bike, what are you going to do with that”? Everything, was the answer.Posted 7 months ago
Rich, that worked out well but…you may not get the same result next time.Posted 7 months ago
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