I was down in deepest Dorset yesterday (you should try it sometime - it's grand, especially when the sun shines). I was helping to photograph new ceramics for Hinchcliffe and Barber: we were quietly pleased with the results.
My trusty old bike needs replacing - the gears have given up and mostly gone. So I'm down to three or four, when it ought to have 21. So I've been keeping an eye out on eBay to see if anything might come along that could replace it. But I've not got anywhere. Mostly because second-hand bikes seem to go for an awful lot of money. And you can never be totally convinced that you're not dealing with some dodgy dealer, can you?
Anyway, here's one that popped up this morning which just goes to illustrate my point - his description:
Hi this is my nearly new bike, it comes with the helmet, tyre repair kit, lights and milo metre.
im 65 and the bike is to much to handle.
So, a nearly-new bike at a 'Buy it Now' price of £120. Sounds OK. But wait a minute. Look at the picture:
Taken on 17 January 2007. And it's still nearly new you say?