As for the donor bike itself, it took an arduous search spanning several weeks. At one point I even began the process of building up a bike at Pedals2People, but then quickly came to my senses about how much time I'd burn by going this route.
In the end, the lucky sweepstakes winner was living only about a mile from my house.
I am happy to have it in hand but absolutely thrilled that I don't have to sort through garbage on craigslist even once tomorrow, or the day after that, or the day after that.
|"rare new Dahon foldaway" ad, sans pic. Of course, I must click on it.|
I paid the full asking price, proving once again that a fool and his money are soon parted. But in my defense, the front brake works, so there's that. The scooter was here already, and so all up, I'm into this whole project for around 40 bucks so far. It can't go over a hundred, by proclamation of myself. That gives me 60 bucks to play with. I'll be stopping back by P2P two or seven more times, for sure.
As for truth in advertising, if the seller had used the term "beat to shit" in his ad, he would have still fallen a little short. This thing's a total pile. To his credit, though, the guy did tell me on the phone that "it could use a little paint". After I got there, he showed me how taco'd the rear wheel is. But I knew all this going in. It's the Christmas season and I was after a Charlie Brown tree that I could love into something better. Guess I found it, then.
Bike aesthetics, meh. This project is strictly about function. And that function is specifically about training me to live life on my rear wheel. That's the aesthetics I'm talkin' 'bout!! Let the fabrication commence . . .