Selling an unwanted bicycle has never been easier. Back in the old days, the only way to get rid of one was to either hold a garage sale or post an ad in the local paper. But now it's possible to reach a much broader audience, whether it be through eBay or—even better—Craigslist, where you can post a free ad with multiple photos.

The drawback to Craigslist is this: The person placing the ad can say whatever he or she wants. There is no editing, and apparently no spell check. Anything goes, and often anything does. Which leads to some truly bizarre ads. We scanned the past couple days of bike ads in New York City and found some basic mistakes that should be avoided. So, in order to actually sell that old ride, check out How Not to Sell Your Bike on Craigslist (or Anywhere Else).

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