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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-19-09, 09:04 PM   #1
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Help, I have fallen in love with another bike!!!

I don't know why I do this to myself, but I test rode another bike last week, and I can not get it off my mind. It is a 2008 Kona Jake that one of the LBS's has marked down. I guess that I really don't NEED the bike, but I really WANT it.. I keep rationalizing why I should get it. Then I try to tell myself that I can't afford it, but then I think of ways I might be able to swing getting it again. The LBS is not making it easier either, they have a lay away program that they said they would extend the normal 90 day period out as long as I kept paying. So, talk me into or out of this bike.

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Old 06-19-09, 09:14 PM   #2
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I sayyyyyy....go for it. Man cannot have enough bikes... besides you need a cyclocross
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Old 06-19-09, 09:24 PM   #3
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how much?... i still want a CX bike ...
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Old 06-19-09, 10:52 PM   #4
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N+1, remember......always the perfect rationale.
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Old 06-19-09, 11:16 PM   #5
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I couldn't possibly comment either way without seeming partisan.

I'm sitting in a room with two whole bikes (road, single-speed), an entire spare groupset, enough parts to build up most of a fixed gear (sans frame), a spare set of wheels and enough carbon componentry for half a custom frame build. AND I've got a new custom titanium frame on order.

One day the wife will catch on to the N+1 thing and I'll be in lots of trouble...
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Old 06-20-09, 05:44 AM   #6
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Back in January, I fell in lust with a GT Peace Rasta Painted 29r Multi. I knew better. i could not afford it. I took that knowledge home and spent hours reading about it and pouring over specs.

Inside of two weeks, I had listed a gob camping and whitewater gear (mostly stuff I had two of or didn't use anymore and was just collecting) on some "for sale areas" of 3-4 different forums and by the end of the 3rd week, I walked into my LBS and bought my baby, and had a couple hundred bucks left over for beer

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Old 06-20-09, 07:45 AM   #7
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Unlimited layaway as long as you keep on paying? Is there really a question here? OK, there is one question, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??

EDIT: You really picked the wrong crowd if you were hoping for negative feedback with regards to getting it, lol.
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Old 06-20-09, 10:10 AM   #8
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I couldn't possibly comment either way without seeming partisan.

I'm sitting in a room with two whole bikes (road, single-speed), an entire spare groupset, enough parts to build up most of a fixed gear (sans frame), a spare set of wheels and enough carbon componentry for half a custom frame build. AND I've got a new custom titanium frame on order.

One day the wife will catch on to the N+1 thing and I'll be in lots of trouble...
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Old 06-20-09, 02:44 PM   #9
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Buy it now! I have a Kona Dew and love it.

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Old 06-20-09, 04:17 PM   #10
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It's been said allready, but that realy was a silly request to post here! No, we won't talk you out of it.
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Old 06-20-09, 10:23 PM   #11
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how much?... i still want a CX bike ...
$800, it's only $50 off of the 2008 price but, it is $100 off the 2009 price.

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It's been said allready, but that realy was a silly request to post here! No, we won't talk you out of it.
That was what I hoping for, I would also try to talk anyone here who asked about getting a new bike into it too. I have done some more research, and the Jake appears to be a great bike for the way I want to use it. My plans for tomorrow may have changed
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Old 06-21-09, 04:47 AM   #12
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Don't spend money you don't have. You'll have to work more to pay it off and that will keep you from riding. Maybe you can cure yourself with some new gear for your current bike?
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Old 06-21-09, 05:51 AM   #13
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Find yourself a mistress, in the long run, it is gonna be cheaper than bikes
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Old 06-21-09, 06:14 AM   #14
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Buy it, otherwise it will haunt you for a long time.
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Old 06-21-09, 06:56 AM   #15
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You could always go for N - 1 to free up funding for the new jake.

As a recent convert I must say that CX bikes are a heck of a lot of fun! The versatility is outstanding and there is very little that one cannot do (within reason).
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Old 06-21-09, 06:30 PM   #16
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I thought you where getting that already
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Old 06-21-09, 07:05 PM   #17
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I don't know why I do this to myself, but I test rode another bike last week, and I can not get it off my mind. It is a 2008 Kona Jake that one of the LBS's has marked down.
I amost bought that exact bike last fall, but found my Fuji absolute with almost similar components for cheaper, so I bought it. The Jake had a better shimano stuff, but so far Ive been happy.
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Old 06-21-09, 08:44 PM   #18
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Well... with all the positive support here, I just could not help myself. My new Kona Jake is sitting in the garage!!!! I picked it up this afternoon. I just got back from making my initial fitting adjustments and a short test ride. It was fairly easy dial it since I just measured my road bike and matched it as the best that I could. My test ride confirmed that I was pretty close and may only need some fine tuning. For now though, it will do. THANKS again for the support and advise. Now I may need to sell my mountain bike, but I can live with that.
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