If you are on ebay, and who isn’t. You may have come across this cool Chris – Craft folding bike. Now we see these from time to time. They are priced like the Jerry Conrad books, priced in a way that makes me scratch my head. Oh , sure its a supply and demand thing. And having a cool Chris Craft bike laying around is fun. Regardless, it is a what ever a buyer is willing to pay deal. What caught my eye on this one particular sale though is the sellers comments. It made the bike all that better? Why, by telling us all its issues in a fun non sleazy trying to hide stuff way. The seller wahwah1055 respects whomever is going to buy it by saying what is wrong with it right at the top. For that alone, you know what you are getting. The issue here is, is this an honest seller or when you get there to pick it up, is this a person that just enjoys pointing out flaws? “Ya, that car you pulled up in has some rust, and the “R” in SubuRban is off. Oh and your wife is fat, and really ya outta get that mole looked at. Want to come in for lunch? We are having undercooked wieners, and some stale chips. Oh, thanks for buying the bike, watch out for holes in the road.”
All kidding aside, I like the way wahwah1055 is selling the bike. But as an editor, I might have told folks how rare it is at the top, or how cool you would look riding around the marina, OR it’s a MUST have to have at any boat show, hey wait a minute, that’s a cool idea.. Oh, wait, its missing a nut. Wait, I am a nut… Anyway, here is the fun listing description. He had me at Known issues #2
Hello, for auction is a very rare Chris Craft folding bicycle.
1. The biggest issue is that it’s missing the locking pin that keeps it from folding. There was a Bolt in place when I found it. I road the bike for a couple of hours and didn’t have any issues with the bolt coming lose. But I would hate for someone to get hurt so it would be best to find a replacement or rig something more permanent up.
2. Some less-than intelligent person welded one of the pedals to the crank, I mean why? They are very high quality pedals so I don’t envision this ever being a problem but because of this it adds to the shipping because now it has to be shipped as bulk.
3. Will most certainly need new brake lines and guides( their is black electrical tape holding them in place.) The bike stops fine with the ones on there now but the covering on the cable is in rough shape. Tires are weather checked and will need replacing — but they do hold air.
4. I think it will need a new stem for the handle bars as I don”t think this one is original. There is a bunch of washers used as shims so it most likely needs a shorter stem.
5. There is rust around the bike. but it’s mainly just surface rust caused by scratches in the paint as you can see.
6. The chrome has some rust on the handle bars and on the bottom of the chain guard. But a little Barkeepers Friend may take care of that(not a guarantee.)
7. The generator and lights work however the back one only worked after I cleaned the connection. It will need a better cleaning and perhaps a new screw holding it in place.
8. I don’t think the seat is original. But it is a very well made one.
9. I’m not sure if the bell came on this bike from the factory but it will need replacing as well.
10. Finally, the stickers. A few of them may be salvaged but other probably can not… oh, and it’s missing the a valve stem cover.
The bike is in over-all decent — well-ridden shape. I’m listing all the negatives in fine point because I don’t want you to be disappointment with your purchase. It’s been my experience that surprises are better when they are pleasant.
There is a leather pouch on the back that has wrenches in it. I’m not sure if that came from the factory or not but it’s a cool extra if it was.
It’s a fun little bike to ride. The rims appear to be straight(I’m not an expert so that is not a guarantee) and it’s very rare. From the little I could find out about them they were apparently sold in some kind of catalog in the mid to late 60’s. The last one to sell on Ebay was a few years ago. That’s pretty rare.
Okay, shipping. The box I’m shipping the disassembled bike in is 39″ long 22″ wide and 16″ tall and weighs just shy of 40 lbs. Depending on where you live it may be reasonable to ridicules(IE out west.) I’m truly sorry but I charge only what the post office charges me and not a penny more.
Also I have lots more pictures. Feel free to ask and I’ll send them to you.
Thanks for looking YOU CAN SEE THE LISTING ON EBAY BY CLICKING HERE!