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Old 01-24-11, 05:31 PM   #1
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Looking for a legitimate sounding excuse.....

......to add yet another steed to the stable.

A 2001 Rans Velocity-2 popped up at a very reasonable price. I don't have one of those yet, I don't need it, I don't have room for it, but I want it anyway.

I test rode a newer model back in 2007 and ended up with a Sun EZ Sport instead. I was quite impressed with both the Rans Velocity and the Rans Stratus, but as a beginner I felt a bit more comfortable aboard the Sun at the time. Now days I use the EZ Sport as a low speed neighborhood Cruiser and my higher end Tour Easy for longer rides.

My Tour Easy is above all the best ride I've ever had but it would be nice to have a back-up higher end bike, and this could very well be the one. I've been watching for a Stratus but the reviews I've seen puts the Velocity 2 at a slightly higher rating and again, the price on this baby is really very reasonable.

I have some small rumblings of a plan brewing in the back of my pea-sized little man-brain and I'm confident that if this bike stays on the market long enough I should be able to convince "She who needs to be listened to" that the world won't come to an end if I buy it.

Or maybe I'll just go out and buy it and to heck with the consequences....



Yeah right, look at the silly little man who thinks he's so brave.
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Old 01-24-11, 06:11 PM   #2
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Didn't one or two of the kids just graduate college? That frees up a lot of money right there.
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“It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”
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Well we've got 2 DF's and two Recumbent bikes and thinking of adding a R-trike! The problem is we live in a "1 bedroom" apt. Luckly the wife doesn't mind a "bike" in the kitchen, maybe I can get a table top to fit it when it's not being used!
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Old 01-24-11, 06:21 PM   #5
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Didn't one or two of the kids just graduate college? That frees up a lot of money right there.
Nah, that just slowed down the cash outflow a bit....

But really, the issue isn't so much the money as it is the 'Honey'.

Believe it or not, she seems to think that I have too many bikes. TOO MANY BIKES!! Who's ever heard of such a thing as too many bikes? How can I deal with such unreasonableness as that?

Oh woe is me.

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Old 01-24-11, 06:24 PM   #6
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Its better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
That's the ticket!!

Hmmm, I wonder how cold it is in the Dog House these days?
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Old 01-24-11, 06:33 PM   #7
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Move It On Over


Came in last night at half past ten
That baby of mine wouldnt let me in
So move it on over (move it on over)
Move it on over (move it on over)
Move over little dog cause the big dogs moving in
Shes changed the lock on my front door
My door key dont fit no more
So get it on over (move it on over)
Scoot it on over (move it on over)
Move over skinny dog cause the fat dogs moving in
This dog house here is mighty small
But its better than no house at all
So ease it on over (move it on over)
Drag it on over (move it on over)
Move over old dog cause a new dogs moving in
She told me not to play around
But I done let the deal go down
So pack it on over (move it on over)
Tote it on over (move it on over)
Move over nice dog cause a mad dogs moving in
She warned me once, she warned me twice
But I dont take no ones advice
So scratch it on over (move it on over)
Shake it on over (move it on over)
Move over short dog cause the tall dogs moving in
Shell crawl back to me on her knees
Ill be busy scratching fleas
So slide it on over (move it on over)
Sneak it on over (move it on over)
Move over good dog cause a mad dogs moving in
Remember pup, before you whine
That sides yours and this sides mine
So shove it on over (move it on over)
Sweep it on over (move it on over)
Move over cold dog cause a hot dogs moving in
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How can I deal with such unreasonableness as that?
Out to dinner and maybe a little diamond.
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Old 01-24-11, 06:40 PM   #9
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Cranky, watch my N+ 1 movie and pay close attention to the last 45 seconds, your answer lies there.

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6272413/
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Out to dinner and maybe a little diamond.
That could get to be an expensive bike...

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Old 01-24-11, 06:52 PM   #11
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Out to dinner and maybe a little diamond.
I can think of chaeper routes to a Divorce!!

I bought her diamonds for our 20th anniversary. She's spent the last 15 1/2 years trying to figure out what I was trying to buy my way out of!!
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Sugar, you two been together that long, another bike ain't gonna do nuthin'. She loves you for what you are, and yer bikin' fever is part of that, no?
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Old 01-24-11, 07:14 PM   #13
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Maybe you could sell/donate some extra bike parts/supplies. Instead of n + 1 - 1.

Since you are already an expert at 'bent-riding, the higher bottom bracket should not be a problem for you and will help you to be svelte and aerodynamic.
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Believe it or not, she seems to think that I have too many bikes. TOO MANY BIKES!! Who's ever heard of such a thing as too many bikes? How can I deal with such unreasonableness as that?
You need to carefully explain that you only have one wife and your wanderlust is confined to new bikes....

your mileage may differ
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Old 01-24-11, 08:00 PM   #16
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Cranky, Cranky, Cranky.
You need to find someone on which to blame your purchase of a new bike! Say...Obama and his effort to stimulate the economy, Jack Lallane dying prematurely, the devil...whoever! Always remember: "A good scapegoat is almost as welcome as a real solution." -Anonymous.
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So what's the game plan, Cranky?
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Old 01-25-11, 05:18 AM   #18
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So what's the game plan, Cranky?
Procrastination!

The owner has answered my inquiries with a report that leads me to believe the bike is less than stellar. The seat has tears, the tires are shot, he's the third owner and the mileage is unknown. So now, like a good hunter, I just sit back and see what happens. He's already come down 18% in his asking price in just one week.

In this particular situation, procrastination is a virtue.
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Old 01-25-11, 07:13 AM   #19
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Well good luck and let us know how it works out. As for myself, I have all I want trying to keep up with two bikes. Just put tires on the Felt then ordered a new cassette and rear derailer, paid an entry fee for the Tour de Mesa ride and got two new lights, one for the helmet and one for the bar. Yesterday my garmin went missing on my ride. I seems there is always something.
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Remarry. The right woman would be thrilled you bought something you wanted.
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Procrastination!

The owner has answered my inquiries with a report that leads me to believe the bike is less than stellar. The seat has tears, the tires are shot, he's the third owner and the mileage is unknown. So now, like a good hunter, I just sit back and see what happens. He's already come down 18% in his asking price in just one week.

In this particular situation, procrastination is a virtue.
When the price drops so that you cannot refuse it- You know it was meant to be.

And if it doesn't drop enough- Sell the wife to get it.

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I say a bike purchase accompanied by a new pair of shoes for the wife.
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Old 01-26-11, 01:51 PM   #23
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Old 01-27-11, 12:34 PM   #24
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My Tour Easy is above all the best ride I've ever had but it would be nice to have a back-up
There's your excuse: Everyone needs a back-up bike.

And note, there's a big difference between just having another bike and having a "back-up". I discovered this while riding with my wife, and she's (now) in 100% agreement. My "main bike" is a modern 10-speed with brifters. My "back-up" bike was 25 years old with 7-speeds and downtube friction shifters. Whenever I rode the "back-up" bike my wife complained that it's very hard for her to match my cadence or stay with me on rollers, because I shifted less frequently & tended to power up hills in bigger gears than I would on my "main bike". Eventually I explained that the old bike isn't a substitute for the new bike, it's an alternative, and hence the experience of riding it should be different. Therefore, it's not a really "back-up".

She agreed. So now I have a "back-up" bike too!

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I'd say that you need no excuse to buy a recumbent.

But then again, I say that as a divorced man.
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