Craig’s List Find: 4,000 bikes for $20,000

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Make of bikes range from Trek and Schwinn to vintage stuff to your typical department store bikes.

Make of bikes range from Trek and Schwinn to vintage stuff to your typical department store bikes (click to enlarge).

Looking to start a bike shop specializing in low priced two-wheeled steeds? Then we have a golden opportunity for you.

In what has to be one of the more odd posts we’ve stumbled across, a seller on the Indianapolis page of the popular e-commerce site Craig’s List is trying to move 4,000 bikes. Asking price $20,000 — or $5 per bike.

“You will never see another posting like this on Craigslist!,” boasts the seller named Matt in his listing. “If you want to start a bike shop, have a bike shop, or just love bikes a little too much this is the opportunity for you!”

The make of bikes range from Trek and Schwinn to vintage stuff to your typical department store bikes, adds the seller. “There are lots of kids bikes and a good amount of adult bikes, too.”

This would make a lot of kids happy.

This would make a lot of kids happy (click to enlarge).

As good as the add is, the accompanying photos are even better. It what looks to be a rural backyard setting, thousands of bikes are haphazardly stacked on top of each other like firewood. Another photo appears to be kids bikes only, hundreds and hundreds of kids bikes.

How anyone could ever accumulate such a vast collection of bikes is beyond us. But if you’re interested, the seller is located in Wisconsin and can help arrange transport anywhere in the U.S. Happy shopping. And as always, buyer beware.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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Comments:

  • Robert says:

    There is a probably a hidden gem or two in that collection.

  • DrSmile says:

    I bought a $40 bike from a guy like this once, the bikes stay outside unprotected for months and literally every bolt, bearing and pivot is rusted. I spent a few days making the bike ride-able but you better have great knowledge of how to wrench on 1950s technology bike parts, most of it being some odd non-metric gauge that you don’t have a wrench for without heading to the car garage. The quality of the bikes is $100 Walmart level, you’re better off buying that crappy stuff new.

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