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Sat 07 Jan 2006

Yahoo SG Auctions - both bikes sold in five days, to good owners

Category : cycling

The unused Wheeler 910 Trail and Kona Lanai bicycles we had kept without using for a year were put up for auction five days ago on ebay and Yahoo! Auctions Singapore by one of the co-owners. Credit for the latter goes to blogger Diva Working Mum's enthusiastic recommendations. Mainly a food blogger, one of the co-owners subscribes to her feed.

Turns out that most potential buyers treat Yahoo Auctions like classifieds. Instead of bidding, they sms-ed queries, and invariably attempt to negotiate. I suppose prices are usually tagged a little high to allow for this but in this case the asking price was as low we had originally intended to go. It was also a guilt-free price, since we would be uncomfortable to deny an enthusiastic cyclist a bike they had their eye on.

All who queried were very pleasant, honest people and we are such suckers that had we not discussed the fairness of the price extensively, we might have given the bikes away for free!

The Wheeler was sold to a girl from West Coast last night who squealed over how pretty it was and wrestled $20 from her sister to make up the price.

Her brother (who knows about bikes) and sister already have bikes and they approved her choice.

The orange and blue Wheeler is a pretty bike and we might have been sad to see it go had the new owner not been so enthusiastic about it. She will use it well!

We attached a rear and helmet light to the bike so the brother would ride back safely. Looks like the siblings can go one some enjoyable bicycle rides now!

This morning, the Kona was sold to a pleasant soft-spoken man who had his kid in tow and his wife waiting nearby.

Sadly, he and his brother-in-law had sadly lost his Aleoca and one more bike to thieves in Hougang. Like the Wheeler owner, he decided to buy it seconds after seeing the bike. Oh, actually the Wheeler owner decided wheen she saw the photo!

The new Kona owner rides to work in the mornings, first dropping off his young son (who rides his own bicycle) at a sibling's place. He'll recover the cost of the bicycle back in four months from savings in bus fares, and the bicycle should last him five years at the very least. He too rode home with a rear light attached since it was a rainy day.

Both riders had foot pumps and assorted bicycle accessory parts at home. They were both comfortable in the $200-$300 bike range. It was interesting to meet such neighbourhood cyclists, and to see how they used bicycles. It was a also a very good reminder of the profile of the majority of bicycle owners in Singapore, the sort of people whom we need to keep roads safe for.

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