Bike Commuter in training
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: '88 Fuji Saratoga, '12 Jamis Sputnik, '13 Motobecane Fantom29 HT, '16 Motobecane Turino Pro Disc, '16 Motobecane Gran Premio Elite
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Originally Posted by Guitarfool5931
I don't mind the ads. I just thought the price for a carbon fiber bike sounded like a good deal.
I'd recommend that you sit down and list (on paper) in two-column format the things that you like and the things you don't like about your current Fuji bike. Be brutally honest and include just the facts - what it is.
Now, create a third column entitled "why this matters" and write in honest assessments of whether these issues appeal to practicality, performance, or vanity. The TRUTH is important here...
For all of the negatives, create a fourth column labeled "what it's worth", and determine what you'd be willing to spend to correct this aspect.
Add the fourth column and that's your budget. Can you afford it now in cash? Can you save the amount over time and continue with your current ride? Can you accomplish most of it by simply changing some aspect of your current bike frame?
At least this way, you'll know why you're dissatisfied and what you're willing to do about it.
No don't buy a Nashbar carbon bike because it seems like a good idea...