Back when I was putting together the Sekine zine, I lived in Vancouver, and used to search Craigslist postings constantly. I even started looking at listings from other provinces. There were, as you might expect, dozens of old ten-speeds posted across the prairies, lots in Ontario, and a few in Quebec. Most of them were the low to mid-range bikes, quite used or modified, and often overpriced (see my related post, What's it Worth?)
Once in a while, I'd find someone selling real gold- a completely original bike pulled from the storage shed where it sat for 30 years. Or a bike, claimed to be still in the original box from the factory. Or, a top of the line PR-10 "professional racer" model like this one:
|Peter's PR-10. Dura-Ace components, beautiful paint, lightweight Tange Champion butted tubeset.|
By far, the most interesting bike I ever saw in the used listings was completely unexpected: A Sekine tandem. I didn't believe it at first, and to this day it's a bit of a mystery (like most things Sekine). I think it was for sale in Edmonton, of all places, but this was four years ago.
|Sekine Tandem. Custom road + mixte frames?|
|Front end. Stock fork and cruiser bars. I wonder if the stock Shimano Tourney center-pull brakes are capable of stopping those steel rims on a descent.|
|Ladies get to stoke.|