A Match Made in Paris — Social Media and Vintage Bikes


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The story goes like this. A couple lives in Paris. Their rad, retro bike sits in a corridor for a few months. It’s too small for him, and she rarely rides. One day, she decides it’s time for the wheels to find another home.

She takes photos of the bike with her iPhone and writes the text on the subway while going to work:

“De marque “Lejeune”, ce vélo pour femme n’est pourtant pas tout jeune ! Mais il roule très bien et la selle est super confortable. Ill a eu une petite révision il y’a 2 ans et aurait éventuellement besoin de nouvelles chambres à air.”

The bike is listed for just 25 €.

Emerging from the underground, she emails her boyfriend Antoine Doury, who tweets a URL to the Krrb listing:

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“Immediately some friends retweeted and in few minutes four people were interested — even a guy in Belgium,” Antoine says. “Vintage bike are quite rare in Paris so I guess that was a very good deal!”

And that’s how Krrb, Twitter and a low price on a sweet item got the job done in an hour.


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