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    What good is having a bike that will last...

    What good is having a bike that will last a lifetime if you keep wanting new ones? That was the question my younger son asked me this weekend as I was explaining the virtues of titanium. I didn't have an answer for him. Do you?
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    You want it to last ;so when you get a new one you can give it to your son He will save maga bucks and thank his Dad
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    Actually it's a very good question. I have a Ti Indy Fab bike. If I were to order it today it would be different than what I ordered over 4 years ago. My needs have changed, my position has changed and therefore it would be made different. So custom is great but don't expect it to be the last bike you every buy because we all change over time both physically and in what we want in a bike.

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    The answer, my friend, is oh, so simple.





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    Because the next one just might be a keeper.
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    I was afraid the topic here was "What good is having a bike that will last longer than you will?"
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    When I bought my Litespeed Classic in 1993 I thought to myself that this was going to be my last road bike I'll ever need. The frame will last a lifetime. Wrong. Fifteen years later, I still have this bike, but in 2005 I bought another Litespeed (frameset only). Meanwhile, I turned the Classic into a dedicated single speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    What good is having a wife that will last a lifetime if you keep wanting new ones? I didn't have an answer for him. Do you?
    I was going to change it like this, but then I thought - noooo - don't do that. So, I didn't.

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    My question is what good is it spending a fortune on a titanium bike when a much cheaper bike will ride just as well?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    My question is what good is it spending a fortune on a titanium bike when a much cheaper bike will ride just as well?
    Because one could afford one and likes titanium?
    On the same note why would someone spend $100K on a vehicle when a $40K vehicle would suffice?

    But my most comfortable bike happens to be my cheap steel framed Steamroller, which I picked up the framest on Ebay for $200.
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    How to respond to logic and clear thinking? Try being illogical and nuts!!

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    It depends upon how much you want to be manipulated by the Sales & Marketing Machine (S&MM).

    I feel sorry for the people who let themselves be led around by the nose into buying every new doodad and geegaw out there.

    The reason I feel sorry for them is that the first thing you have to do is let the S&MM dictate to you whether you are happy or not. Once you give up and let someone else tell you how you feel, you're dead meat.

    Everything I buy must pass one simple test: Will this thing really improve my life? For most stuff, the answer is "No" and I put it back.

    Yes, I want a Ti bike or two. I like Ti for several reasons, not the least of which is that I don't have to worry about paint coming off or getting scratched everywhere I lock up, or the thing corroding away in the salt since I ride all winter.
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    The only parts of a bike that's corroded on me is the components and bearings. I wish they made those out of titanium. If I had more money than I knew what to do with, I might buy ti. Or more likely, not. Yeah, definitely not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
    Because the next one just might be a keeper.
    ...and if not, you minimize your loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    What good is having a bike that will last a lifetime if you keep wanting new ones?

    What good is wanting a new bike when you have one that can last you a lifetime?
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    I'm sure my red CF bike will not be fashionable in a year or two. That's why I don't have a Ti bike.

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    What's wrong with keeping the old one and buying a new one? It is the foundation of N+1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    What good is having a bike that will last a lifetime if you keep wanting new ones? That was the question my younger son asked me this weekend as I was explaining the virtues of titanium. I didn't have an answer for him. Do you?
    Would you feel better if the frame wore out or broke? The point of buying something doesn't have to be because the old one is no longer serviceable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    My question is what good is it spending a fortune on a titanium bike when a much cheaper bike will ride just as well?
    A fortune? You can get a ti frame for $900. I do think the corrosion thing is a big plus for some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    What good is having a bike that will last a lifetime if you keep wanting new ones? That was the question my younger son asked me this weekend as I was explaining the virtues of titanium. I didn't have an answer for him. Do you?
    Variety! I just bought/built a titanium frame bike. It has several things different from my other bikes:

    • Colnago
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    • STI
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    What good is having a bike that will last a lifetime if you keep wanting new ones? That was the question my younger son asked me this weekend as I was explaining the virtues of titanium. I didn't have an answer for him. Do you?
    Yes:



    And even the new ones I want are old ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post

    And even the new ones I want are old ones.
    What? you mean there are old bikes in existence that are not titanium? I'm surprised that they haven't corroded away!





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    ^^^misplaced sarcasm, imho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Yes:



    And even the new ones I want are old ones.
    There in lies the problem!! I can avoid the titinum and carbon and all that stuff but STYLE keeps gettin me, then I put em in the garage and they never leave !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    What? you mean there are old bikes in existence that are not titanium? I'm surprised that they haven't corroded away!



    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    ^^^misplaced sarcasm, imho
    ^^^ indicates to me that the sarcasm was right on target!

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