Note to Self: Bring “NFS” Sign

PENSACOLA, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) — A Florida man who rode his bicycle to an estate sale said the $450 bike was mistakenly sold for $5 while he was inside.

Jim Rodney, 56, of Pensacola, said he parked his bicycle outside the estate sale Saturday and emerged to discover his bike had accidentally been sold by a family member handling the sale while haggling over a different bike, the Pensacola News Journal reported Tuesday.

Rodney said organizers of the estate sale offered him $100 for the loss of his 27-inch, 21-speed Schwinn Super Sport.

“I thanked them, but I told them that that wouldn’t help me get my bicycle back,” Rodney said.

“I’m hoping that the person who bought the bike will see this and realize that a mistake was made and have the kind-enough heart to get it back to me,” Rodney said.

6 replies
  1. Will
    Will says:

    Always always ALWAYS lock your bike at garage sales or keep them in eyeshot. Lock them to something too, if you can. Hard to sell a bike if its locked to a table or street sign or bannister.

  2. Eric
    Eric says:

    What I want to know is why I can’t find a sale like that?

    The ones I go to (on my bike, natch) always want $50 for a 10 year-old Wal-Mart BSO with twisted rims, worn out tires and chrome that started rusting five years ago.

    • Will
      Will says:

      Heh that reminds me of a guy that tried to sell me a really rusty next bike that originally retailed at walfart for $100 for $75.

      I’ve also been surfing craigslist and there’s a guy selling lamborghini bikes for $450. They are currently retailing new for $199. That being said, I got lucky monday and picked up a 1995 specialized rockhopper for $40. Going to be the next frankenbike project, looking to make that my main do-all bike.

  3. Tom
    Tom says:

    Think $50 for a Wal-Mart BSO is nuts? I see folks advertising circa 1975 ten-speeds (that sold new for $115 when I was working in a shop at the time) at $300, billing them as “classic road bikes!” And hipsters actually pay that kind of money!

    Well, yeah, $50 for a Wally-World BSO is pretty nuts.
    (;-) <–helmeted rider grinning

  4. Nellie
    Nellie says:

    I almost had something like this happen to me. I had brought the girls to a little thrift store in town, and when we came out sure enough there was a Lady checking out our bikes. Once she realized they were ours she said. I thought they were for sale, I was going to buy them for my Daughter and Ganddaughters. I just directed her to where the thrift stores bikes were and left, but now we lock our bikes up 100% of the time because while out here I don’t worry about theft too much. I have learned that mistakes like that can happen. I hope everything works out and he is able to find his bike.

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