Just dumped a load of garden stuff at the local dump and on the way out one of the guys that works there is wheeling over to their hut a bright green bike, mmm, looks interesting? Turns out to be a 18"ish C16R but unfortunatly he's on the internet looking it up, 'you wanna get rid of that?' I ask, 'well, at the right price' he says.
Anyway, so I check it over and there's a whole load of things need sorting -
RST Forks - seized, loose headset, loose buckled and ovalised rear wheel with 3 spokes missing, seized and rusted cables, damaged handlebars, chain is on the limit of replacement. All other parts ok but need cleaning up.
Buy it or leave it - I have to think about all the cost of replacing bits like forks, maybe headset, maybe sprockets, cables, chain, bars etc. Maybe forks could be serviced and used, but you just don't know? And there's all the time involved stripping bits, truing wheels etc?
You see, if I'd have got there 5 mins earlier and seen someone getting it out the car I'd have been straight over and taken it, but I think Â£70 a bit much for all the work it needs?
Then one day you find, 10 years have got behind you ....