The Craigslist ad reads, “Draire Breaken 2: $100”. Even through twisted English and a low-res cell phone photo, I know what I’m looking at. Just to clarify, I inquire: “I am very interested in your mountain bike. Do you know what the model name is?”
The Model Name is Draire Breaken 2. It has Shamano Deore XT Derailer, Shifters & Tarney XT Crank. Cr-mo Steel Tange M+B Forks. I have had many people interested so, first come first served. I’m sorry. Thanks.
Armed with $100, we arrange to meet at the seller’s house near the Tacoma Mall. When I arrive, he is attempting to remove a square taper crank from a Trek hybrid bicycle with a blowtorch and a hammer. I inform him that a simple $10 tool will easily remove the crankarm. Bang. Bang. Bang. “This damned thing is on her good”, he explains. I nod in…
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