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new bikes!…well…actually new used bikes!

Do I hear a $5 for this bike? Do I hear $10? $15? $21? Sold for $21 to number 175…

Bryan and I are now both the proud owners of two used bikes, purchased straight from the Cambridge Police Station’s yearly auction. They had about 12 used cars that were auctioned for $700-$1500 and a ton of bikes. We had thought that we’d shell out about $20 for a nice bike but all the really nice bikes were sold for $100-$500, which was definitely outside of our budgets. We had thought that we’d be two of 10 people at the auction, but the whole basement was full of people. The auction also sold some very random stuff like new boxers, a remote controlled toy Hummer, table saw and golf clubs. Everything for auction was either abandoned, unclaimed or stolen. I got a GT bike in OK condition for $21 with perhaps some need of a brake adjustment and Bryan bought a road bike for $25 that looks like it had some work done on it. It was fun waving our auction number card in the air when bidding against others in the room – sort of a rush actually as weird as that might sound. We took our bikes to the local bike shop (Bryan carried his on his shoulder to prevent any damages to his tires) and found out that my bike would cost about $150 to tune up and Bryan’s isn’t in any condition to ride because of the bike frame! This was a bummer to hear. But before leaving the shop, I still managed to buy a bike helmet for $30 and a lock for $30 – both which cost more than my bike might I add! But after returning back to the apartment, we had one of our apartment-mates look at our bikes and was reassured that my new bike would be alright without any work and was a pretty good purchase. He might help me out with adjusting my brakes too! As for Bryan’s bike…we’re going to try to sell that to someone who might want the parts. The auction was still a cool new experience, something we’ll remember for a very long time.

Ooooh yeah, on the way home, Bryan bought a huge box of strawberries and our apartment-mates just bought angel cake and whipped cream….so you know what that means….strawberry shortcake for dessert! Yay! 😀

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