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    Now I understand what a good bike should be

    A few days ago I walked into a bike shop to discuss some new parts when the shop owner came over to me and said I have your new bike. He said it is not actually new, but very close and can be bought right. I was interested.

    The bike is a Cannondale Super Six with full Dura Ace and Ksyrum ES wheels. I said the price of that bike is out of my league. He said he just got it on consignment and the owner wants it sold. I made a cash offer and the man eventually took it.

    Now I understand what a good bike should be. I have never owned a full Dura Ace bike. The frame is a 60 CM, which is considered XL. With the pedals, water bottle holders, seat and seat bag all on the bike it weighted 17.01 pounds.

    I know a lot of the riders on this forum own this quality bike, but I never have. There is a difference. After just two rides I really understand why Dura Ace is considered a very top line product. The Super Six is wonderful. Also, once I am allowed back in the house so I can get a good night of sleep again, all will be good. I thought the wife might be a little upset about spending money like this, but MERCY>
    I started riding my bike to get healthy. Now I try to stay healthy so I can ride my bike.

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    Good on you!

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    Enjoy!
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    Enjoy the bike, and your time in the dog house! Some things are just worth a little grief.

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    Congrats on the new bike, it's a keeper. Based on my multiple experiences, you will be riding the bike long after the wife forgives you. Also, a bunch of flowers will speed up the process. While bringing home a fixie a few weeks ago I stopped at the grocery store and bought 3 bunches of flowers.
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    Your wife is just being petty. Who needs to make house payments, anyway? Everyone knows you can't ride a house!

    Actually, I hope you qualified for the installment plan.
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    I looked for the "this thread is useless without pictures" emoticon but coldn't find it so would someone else post it?

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    Nice. Love to see some pics.

    Good advice from Allegheny Jet. Of course those of us in this neck of the woods have been forced to switch to candy because he has exhausted the NE Ohio flower supply.

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    Silly people it is a quid pro quo. My Jamis came after new counter tops. The first Scandium frame and build came after a new bed. The CF frame and Dura Ace Wheels came after a new tile floor. Not one day in the dog house. However I am a bit more found of SRAM shifters but I like Dura Ace brakes. But I agree you have to ride a nice bike to know what a nice bike is like.
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    Great find! The wife will eventually get over it and I suggest doing what Mobile did. That should work.

    Today the wife and I are going to a home show and I can just imagine what we are going to bring back or have ordered for the house. That's OK, because it means an N+1 for me.
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    Nice find. Hope to see pics of it soon.

    Having been single for years I don't have problems I often see associated with the purchase of a new bike in this forum. Hope you're out of the dog house soon
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    BikeArkansas, If you have not watched this animated movie that I made regarding N+1 you should. Pay close attention to what "she says" beginning at 2:35 into the movie.

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6272...version?page=3
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    Why do you think I built a Bike Shed a few years ago. Big enough to take a bed if required.
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    I really love having a wife that RIDES, it makes things so easy when it comes to bikes! LOL, especially when HER bike cost more than mine!! Enjoy the new bike and take the Mrs. out to dinner and dancing or movie.
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    Congratulations on your new bike. As for the dog house, dinner and flowers will help.

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    Wooo hoooo!!!

    A quality road bike feels like nothing else. I have never owned a bike such as the Super Six but I have ridden a few very nice bikes. You are a fortunate fellow indeed. I now pity myself and my po' old Cannondale Synapse with only 105

    Seriously, enjoy the heck out of that bike and POST SOME PICS!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjjoondo View Post
    I really love having a wife that RIDES, it makes things so easy when it comes to bikes! LOL, especially when HER bike cost more than mine!! Enjoy the new bike and take the Mrs. out to dinner and dancing or movie.
    Actually, this is part of the problem. She does ride and thinks her bike should have been upgraded first. She may have a point, but the deal on this decked out Super Six was too good to walk away from, at least from my perspective.

    At this point the flowers will not do much good. All I am hearing now is an Orbea Diva, which is an expensive bike. I am trying to tell her to wait and a deal will come along. Not going over very well.
    I started riding my bike to get healthy. Now I try to stay healthy so I can ride my bike.

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    Flowers = Fixie....Tiffany's = Super Six with D/A
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    I always upgrade the wife's bike first. Sometimes that makes her mad so I'm not sure there really is a right answer. LOL
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    It is written: 'tis easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    It is written: 'tis easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
    Amen.
    I started riding my bike to get healthy. Now I try to stay healthy so I can ride my bike.

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    Really, how many bikes do you buy, and are they really that expensive? Ride guilt free, especially considering how much less you spent than if you bought a new bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    BikeArkansas, If you have not watched this animated movie that I made regarding N+1 you should. Pay close attention to what "she says" beginning at 2:35 into the movie.

    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6272...version?page=3
    What does it mean when my wife was getting the jokes?
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    Congrats!!

    I think the wife is correct, it should have been TWO new bikes.


    BTW, A good bike is any bike that has traits that pleases the owner/potential owner,etc.

    A good bike for me, might not be a good bike for you, and visa versa..
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeArkansas View Post
    Actually, this is part of the problem. She does ride and thinks her bike should have been upgraded first. She may have a point, but the deal on this decked out Super Six was too good to walk away from, at least from my perspective.

    At this point the flowers will not do much good. All I am hearing now is an Orbea Diva, which is an expensive bike. I am trying to tell her to wait and a deal will come along. Not going over very well.
    Ah. In words of Paul Harvey, "Now, the rest of the story." This explains a lot.

    Christmas is coming. A new Diva under the tree will go a long way, and will be a deal no matter what the price paid is.

    And it will give you the opportunity to play the "but my nice bike is second-hand" card.
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