Looking at a bike on Gumtree, made the usual enquiries (ie is it hot etc.) and after a fair wait got this reply:
"Hi sorry 4 the late reply.. been tied up with a lot of work commitments outside of town so i've put the bike in UPS custody this afternoon at my cost incl shipping fees. If u agree with delivery I'll wait ur shipping address & phone no as they will call u before hand.
The bike is ok to ride it and it will get to u in approx 1 day. You'll have 30 mins to inspect the pkge's content n void the shipment if something's wrong and the UPS agents will take it back, but everything is like I described so there shouldn't be any problems. For payment you'll need cash in hand.
Msg soon if u have any questions. Thx, *****"
(name deleted by me)
What on earth? Is this for real do you think? Manchester Gumtree is a minefield at the best of times, but this... this is a new one on me!
UPS agents etc... all sounds a bit scary - what do you guys reckon? Thanks, Alex
PARTS FOR SALE:
vintage Brooks Professional saddle | Specialized FACT CX fork | Columbus fork | Reynolds 531 fork | Avid Arch Rival v-brakes | various 700c, 27" and 26" wheels | vintage Weco hubs (fixed/freewheel) | vintage Raleigh ladies frames + lots more!