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Old 02-26-08, 05:41 PM   #1
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I sold off a bike last week. It was a Terry porportional road bike with a 24" front wheel and a 700c rear wheel. I didn't get very much money for it but it wasn't getting used very much either. Here's the interesting part. My wife was unhappy that I sold it.

Obviously I need to regain the balance before the universe implodes and, coincidentally, make my wife happy again. What to buy, what to buy? I'm willing to consider most anything but bonus points will be awarded for a bike that needs a lot of mechanical updateing.

1. Guest bike for my grand daughters to ride. This would be the obvious replacement for the Terry. I have doubts about how much they want to ride with us or how often it would get used.
2. Super lightweight carbon road bike or maybe a cool titanium framed road bike. A potential problem with either is it might make my Klein feel even worse. It doesn't get ridden enough as it is.
3. Custom frame road bike. The problem is that I have no idea how I'd want it to be different from the bikes that I have today.
4. I hesitate even to mention the "R" word. Recumbent. I'll be up near Stevens Point this summer without my wife. Stevens Point is home to the Hostel Shop, a MAJOR recumbent dealer.
5. Spray paint stuff. Not a new bike but I could see myself giving some of my existing bikes a more professional repaint job.
6. Other. I'll also award points for creativity and originality.
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Yes, get all 6 options you mentioned.
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Why did your wife care that the Terry was sold?
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Why did your wife care that the Terry was sold?
She thought that we should save it for one of our grand daughters. I saw an 8 year old bike that was kind of a weird design and that didn't really fit anybody in our family. It was also ageing. The colors weren't quite modern - stuff like that.
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Sell another and test the marriage. Thus spoke Zarathustra.
The next bike sale really would test our marriage. The other two bikes that never get ridden are my Porsche mountain bike and my wife's Specialized Hybrid. I'm not going there.
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Highly logical.
And thoughtful. If selling one bike makes her unhappy, buying six will make her ecstatic. At least that's the way it works in my universe.
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I sold off a bike last week. It was a Terry porportional road bike with a 24" front wheel and a 700c rear wheel. I didn't get very much money for it but it wasn't getting used very much either. Here's the interesting part. My wife was unhappy that I sold it.

Obviously I need to regain the balance before the universe implodes and, coincidentally, make my wife happy again. What to buy, what to buy? I'm willing to consider most anything but bonus points will be awarded for a bike that needs a lot of mechanical updateing.

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Was it her bike?

You could probably make her happy by asking her what type of bike to buy.....then buy it
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Terry bikes are HARD to find used. They are in high demand. There's a whole used bike thread on the terry bike with people looking for them.

Once women own them, they don't sell them. Now that other brands are making woman-specific bikes, though, maybe they're getting less valuable. I don't know of any others with the different wheel sizes, though.

I bought one from CL for $50, one of the first models, and I answered the ad within minutes of it being put up. By the time I got there, she had had 6 calls. Unfortunately, I hated the bike because I have the opposite of a normal woman's dimensions. My LBS said, "You are not a candidate for that bike".

So I sold it for $225, which was under what I knew it was worth, but I felt guilty asking more. Went to my class at the bike coop that night and they were selling the same bike, tuned up, for $400 and the girl was thrilled-- over a 15 year old bike.

So, I can kinda see your wife asking, "Why THAT one???"
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Obviously you need a full suspension mountain bike.
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I've been monitoring bikes for sale on CL in both Madison and Milwaukee for over 15 months and have never seen a Terry bike listed.
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Tell your wife about the woman you sold it to and how much she loved it and needed it. For many women, a Terry is the difference between constant discomfort and loving the ride. If she knows what a good home it found, it will go a long way to mollifying her.
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Option #4 - The "R" word. And as long as you're becoming an apostate, go all out and make it a trike! Then you'll have all of your bikes not being ridden...
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I sold off a bike last week. It was a Terry porportional road bike with a 24" front wheel and a 700c rear wheel. I didn't get very much money for it but it wasn't getting used very much either. Here's the interesting part. My wife was unhappy that I sold it.

Obviously I need to regain the balance before the universe implodes and, coincidentally, make my wife happy again. What to buy, what to buy? I'm willing to consider most anything but bonus points will be awarded for a bike that needs a lot of mechanical updateing.

1. Guest bike for my grand daughters to ride. This would be the obvious replacement for the Terry. I have doubts about how much they want to ride with us or how often it would get used.
2. Super lightweight carbon road bike or maybe a cool titanium framed road bike. A potential problem with either is it might make my Klein feel even worse. It doesn't get ridden enough as it is.
3. Custom frame road bike. The problem is that I have no idea how I'd want it to be different from the bikes that I have today.
4. I hesitate even to mention the "R" word. Recumbent. I'll be up near Stevens Point this summer without my wife. Stevens Point is home to the Hostel Shop, a MAJOR recumbent dealer.
5. Spray paint stuff. Not a new bike but I could see myself giving some of my existing bikes a more professional repaint job.
6. Other. I'll also award points for creativity and originality.
How about a foldie that you and your grand daughters can ride?
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Old 02-28-08, 10:52 AM   #16
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How about a foldie that you and your grand daughters can ride?
Kind of like rdmjr's suggestion. The nice thing about a folding bike is that it would take up less storage room while it's not being ridden.
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Recumbent........
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The only reason my wife would be upset about one less bike in the house is.....

she doesn't get the money!

BTW - my short list

1) bent
2) folder (though I have had a couple)
3) Bionx electric assist road bike
4) cross
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