Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking - Should I sell the roadie?
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I bought a Masi CX a little while back and have not touched my Orbea carbon (read $$$) road bike since. I love the CX. Maybe it just fits better or its the fact that it is more versatile, I'm not sure. I primarily ride road but occasionally hit a little gravel or dirt just because I can.
The Masi is 8 lbs heavier, slower (with ritchey 35mm tires), and cheaper than the Orbea but yet I always grab the "tank" :thumb:
I hate having things around that I don't use. Should I unload the Orbea? Have others sold thier road bike after getting a CX and regretted it?
Thanks for your thoughts.
06-16-09, 08:08 PM
I don't have a high performance road bike. If I did, I would use it for group rides. My cyclocross bike is fast, but the acceleration is slower than most road bikes and that makes faster group rides a challenge.
06-16-09, 08:15 PM
i am still waiting to get a CX bike, but i have owned dedicated roadies, and i have owned old steel bikes that fit wide tires (old schwinn super let tour with 32's on it). guess which one ended up gathering dust until i sold it?
my only regret is that i sorta miss modern shifters. 8 lbs seems like quite a bit of weight, but its really only a few percent of total bike/rider mass. I was within about half a mph on my vintage ride compared to my former race bike, when i would swap them on the same route. race bike had pretty standard "road bike" geometry, and the schwinn has geometry almost identical to that of a typical cross bike.
If it were me, and I hadn't really ridden the orbea in a few months during prime riding season, id sell it. then buy a nice, light road wheelset, mount up some 23's or 25's, and call it good. The only reason id really keep it is if you were racing competitivley.
06-16-09, 08:33 PM
If it's an Orbea Orca, I'd hang it on my living room wall and call it modern art.
06-17-09, 10:25 AM
I sold my cf road bike a few months after I bought my double cross. That was a year ago do I regret that decision, not really though I am not your typical cyclist and a race oriented cf road bike didn't fit my needs, but that is just me.
06-17-09, 12:00 PM
I'm in a similar situation. I have two somewhat similar bikes. A Tricross Comp and a Specialized Roubaix Comp. I will say the Roubaix is more fun to ride but comfort wise, they are close. Speed on the Roubaix is better but I don't do group rides and only ride with my wife. Speed isn't a concern when I'm riding with her. :notamused:
I'm thinking of selling the Roubaix since it's not really needed for the riding I'm doing.
06-17-09, 12:15 PM
I let go of my road bike after realizing that I spend almost all my time trail riding, and only took the road bike out 10-15 times over the last year. My CX bike can easily handle those rides, so the road bike was simply wall art, and was more valuable to me as cash.
06-17-09, 02:09 PM
Like you I almost never ride my road bike anymore (Trek 5500), but I still own it. So I'd say keep the road bike unless you need to money and/or space.
Someday you may find that you want another road bike and then it will cost you a lot more to buy a new one than what you'll get for the one you have now.
06-18-09, 12:27 AM
you could use the masi for everyday stuff and hop on the orbea for group rides/racing. maybe riding the heavier bike will make you faster on the carbon roadie.
and the masi cx rocks. just picked one up a few weeks ago.
06-18-09, 09:08 AM
I have considered the same choice many times as I love my Major Jake and find it quite capable on the road. I still cannot find the nerve to let go of the TCR, however. For me, it would be very hard to replace if I regretted the decision. So, I think it comes down to how easily you could reverse the decision if you wanted to.
06-21-09, 11:13 PM
Tough question, esp given that, IMO, a bike or anything for that matter just depreciates with time and any claim you make a about low mileage can become dubious in the mind of the buyer- "if it's three years old, how can it have so little mileage?".
How long has it been since you frequently rode it? How much would you ask and accept for it? Now might be a better time to sell it than the Fall or Winter, unless you're willing to wait until next Spring when the market will be more robust.
If I were you, I'd take it for some long rides. Might reignite your passion for your road bike or it might remind you of why you just don't care for it anymore.
06-24-09, 09:02 PM
unless you need the cash, keep it.
Sell sell sell! But really you already own it so the cost to you is nothing. That said, if you need cash sell the thing, although be prepared for a big hit in depreciation. Although that can be made up easily, just spiting out numbers here; say you bought it for $4k and sell it for $2k your immediate loss is $2k. BUT if you take the cash and dump it in your mortgage you will be saving quite a bit of money and time off your mortgage payments in the long run. Worst thing you can do is sell it, and blow the money on something temporary (unless food).
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