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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    N+!???Where are they???????

    Must be a sign of the recession. It is sale time on the "Old" models at the LBS and I am not picking up many postings on new bikes being bought.

    Must be down to a reason but Just can't believe that it is lack of "Want"

    I know when I went to my LBS a few weeks ago- they had trouble getting bikes from their suppliers. Giants have had to issue the 2010 models a bit earlier than usual as the 09 bikes on certain models had sold out. And they are difficult to get hold of. The latest TCR models are walking out of the shop as they arrive and no test models available at present.

    Have to admit that I am not in the market for another bike at present but I am missing the reports from other that still have the requirement for N+1
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    I'm afraid there is nothing coming from me. I expect I'll be reducing the number I own. If my RANS Stratus were easier to transport, I might not bother to ride any of the rest.

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    N+3

    Here is all I could find at the community yard sale - all 24" wheeled girls MTB. Specialized Rockhopper, Schwinn Ranger 24, and a Magna.



    Edit - it's N+4 -1 Since I sold the Schwinn and bought a Dahon Boardwalk folder today. The folder is for my wife or me, the smaller bikes are flippers that are paying for it.
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    I think it's a sign of the economic times - dealers around here don't seem to have the old inventory, possibly due to their cutback on ordering, when buyers started to cut back.

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    I picked up a Specialized Rockhopper a couple of months ago and have re-discovered a love for MTB's!

    I love the SRAM components and I hooked it up with Shimano M-545 pedals and I can go all day...well, you know, for an old guy.
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    This is my N+1:
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    I'm down to N=1............really..................really. The original White Rabit TT bike is a bare frame that may become a piece of wall art. There's my wife's beach cruiser. I have an old Centurion that belonged to my oldest son. I thought I'd sell that......or donate it.......or keep it for a hotrod conversion ala 69 Camaro as in modern 8 speed with the original stem shifters and modern brakes and 700c wheels and......................

    No.............I'm N=1 and that's the truth...............phffffffft.

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    I have not done an N+1 since I bought the Dolan track bike in 2004. I attribute it to enhanced spirituality. The ultimate goal is to remove all desire for material things; riding the bike itself is enough of a spiritual reward.

    Plus, I think buying new bikes with the latest 11-speed drivetrain components only encourages them. I remember when Campagnolo stuff was contemporary for many seasons. Now you're upgrading your drivetrain every year, and it ain't cheap. So I have rebelled, and now just ride a fixed gear. And now, a track cog that used to cost $1.95 now sells for $24.95 and up.

    Reminds me of being in Mexico. Every street corner in Mexico City there's some beggar with their hand out. Everywhere you go, somebody with their hand out. It's the same thing in North America, but the guys with the hand out are either the government or the corporations. It's so nice being out on the bike and not having to deal with all these hands out.

    But I still can't escape materiality. I still acquire upgrades to my track bike. The last was the San Marco Regal saddle I mounted this past weekend and did 200 km on. What a comfortable saddle, a real enhancement to the riding experience, and worth every penny. A smaller incremental cost than N+1, but far greater utility, in my opinion.

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    I have all I need for now, but some of the news ones are sure tempting.
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    There was a hint in my picture in the "Pie Ride" thread - the picture I posted of a piece of pie in my kitchen surrounded by some bike stuff.

    That's all I'm sayin' for now. (edit: couldn't resist. another hint below)
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    I own one bike. I commute with it. It's enough for my needs.

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    I was thinking my N+1 would be a simple rebuild or Upgrade of the Jamis from Sora to Ultegra and a carbon fork. I still plan of working on that upgrade as the parts become available. But I have an N+1 in mind and will be looking for a Comfort/ Hybrid to replace the Revive LX. Turns out my wife is so impressed with what cycling is doing for me she has decided if I will ride with her she will start riding. The caveat however is she has to have a comfortable bike that she can easily reach the ground on. The sales are starting and I have a friend that build bikes for her to look at. I am thinking something with 700c wheels but it will all come down to test rides. So if all goes well I should be testing new rides the first week of October.

    PS: I promise to not drop my wife for any reason when I ride with her. I am no fool.

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    I just sold my recumbent which did nothing but collect dust in the garage. I'm now down to 3 bikes which I believe is where I will stay. On the other hand, I've no objection to upgrading the current rides.

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    In the past week I had a broken bike replaced and an old one, that underwent a restoration, come home. My wife started to count bikes, so, for now I'll be laying low.
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    I've saved for & lusted after a new one, but decided to take the cash and put it away in case it needs to pay taxes and a mortgage payment. Job security seems ever more elusive and fragile. If, however, things get better, I'm headed the route of a Merlin Cyrene.
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    I haven't felt the need for N+1 since I have the road bike and touring bike. They both fit perfectly and cover my needs for the type of riding I do.

    I've looked at the new Madone's and didn't see anything that would tempt me into trading mine. Maybe in a couple years. I think the 7 year old granddaughter will make a great riding partner when she's a little older so I may hold onto it until she's big enough to ride it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    I know when I went to my LBS a few weeks ago- they had trouble getting bikes from their suppliers. Giants have had to issue the 2010 models a bit earlier than usual as the 09 bikes on certain models had sold out. And they are difficult to get hold of. The latest TCR models are walking out of the shop as they arrive and no test models available at present.

    Have to admit that I am not in the market for another bike at present but I am missing the reports from other that still have the requirement for N+1
    Maybe wives, husbands and significant others are snapping them up for us for Christmas.

    Hint, hint.
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    I added to the stable this past spring. No immediate needs here.

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    My new folder, a month old now. I'm very pleased with it
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    Just back from this afternoon's ride, 15 miles on each, both good
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    I bought 6 new bikes in 5 months last fall through this spring. Nothing since, although Specialized just sent me a "get well soon" card?

    I am happy with my fleet but always have one eye open.

    The recession was not my fault..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post


    I think I may see a cyclocross in your future. Reynolds 831?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoMad View Post
    I think I may see a cyclocross in your future. Reynolds 831?
    Columbus Zona.

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    The Thunderhead metallic gray frameset boarded a brown truck earlier today. I was going to wait 'til next year but the 2010 color isn't to my liking. Bikeman.com is closing out the 16" & 20" Pugsley framesets for $405 + shipping.

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