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    Hi Folks -

    OK, so today a friend of mine and I went to the local REI to gather things for an upcoming trip. While there, they announced that there was a clearance sale in the back...so off we went. Amongst some other stuff, I found a used Novara Randonee, probably 1 year old I'd guess, for $400. It was the proper size for me. I actually started considering buying it, because I thought it was a good deal.

    Now - mind you - I already have five bikes: A touring bike, a road bike (which I haven't had for a month, yet), a single speed, a mountain bike and project bike (converting to FG). This would merely be a redundant addition to the stable, nothing that I was wanting or needing...but there I was, actually thinking about buying it!

    I walked out, thinking "Ye gods! This crack habit is stronger than I had originally suspected!" Mind you, this is probably how I went from one bike to five in 12 mos time. Funny how it's only after it's waaaay to late when you realize that you might have a "problem"
    There's nothing for you to see here...just move along, now...

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    the last two bike purchases were because I entered one of those dam shops with another person who wanted advice on something they wanted to buy and so I pointed them to what they wanted and while I WAITED (yes, that IS the magic word) - I walked around and touched bicycles, drooled a bit and ... Oh time to leave - OK bye. However I went back.

    This year - and soon - will be the first time in a few years that I am actually planning on a purchase of a new bike and not just being sucked into a drooling session at my LBS.

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    Welcome to BA. You are in a good place now and we welcome you to these four walls. We have 12 steps available for you to kick this nasty habit. However, there are no half measures here and you have to go all out. We suggest you find a sponsor after the first few meetings. Also, get used to drinking bad decaf coffee during the evening meetings; no one likes a wide awake Bike Junkie. We also have a book available known as the "Big Bike Book" and it only costs $5. If you cannot afford the price of the book one will be made available for you free of charge. With that said, good luck and take it one day at a time. Welcome to Bikes Anonymous.

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    This is only the beginning. I bow to you for your strength. *bows*
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    Hi. My name is Alfster, and I am a bike adict. I really, really, REALLY want a touring bike, but I already have 5 bikes (7 if you include unicycles) ... and unless I start hanging bikes off the ceiling above our bed, I have no space left. But I really want a touring bike. Couch, any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Couch, any advice?
    Read page 30 of the "Big Bike Book".

    Couch

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    embrace the additicition. I'm up to 26 bikes. And no I don't have a bike additction problem.
    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. ~Mark Twain, "Taming the Bicycle"
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    I feel inadequate. I only have one bike.
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    hello kitty is evil. i was thrown out of the shop for trying to take a pic. evil big corporate strong arm tactics. kitty is dead to me.

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    Give it time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Hi. My name is Alfster, and I am a bike adict. I really, really, REALLY want a touring bike, but I already have 5 bikes (7 if you include unicycles) ... and unless I start hanging bikes off the ceiling above our bed, I have no space left. But I really want a touring bike. Couch, any advice?
    OT but how DO you count unicycles? And tandems?
    What is bicycle touring?
    "So I kept looking and eventually found that a spark plug had same threads. So I cycled next two days until I got to Jackson, MS with a spark plug instead of right pedal." - mev

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
    OT but how DO you count unicycles? And tandems?
    Tandems are still bicycles. Unicycles are not bicycles, neither are tricycles.

    I'd sell two of my bikes for a cross bike. Or I'd just keep the other two bikes for a cross bike. I really don't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Tandems are still bicycles. Unicycles are not bicycles, neither are tricycles.

    I'd sell two of my bikes for a cross bike. Or I'd just keep the other two bikes for a cross bike. I really don't care.
    I'd NEVER give up one of my children for another one. SHAME on you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    I'd NEVER give up one of my children for another one. SHAME on you.
    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Besides, the cross bike would work as reasonable substitutes for both of them.

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    Explain desperation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Explain desperation.
    I still haven't won the lottery and/or figured out how to successfully robbed a bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I still haven't won the lottery and/or figured out how to successfully robbed a bank.
    Can't win if you don't play, UA. And if you haven't figured out how to rob a bank successfully that means you are pretty dang smart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnome View Post
    embrace the additicition. I'm up to 26 bikes. And no I don't have a bike additction problem.
    Sounds like a storage problem, though.
    Dream. Dare. Do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind;12121940[B
    ]Can't win if you don't play[/B], UA. And if you haven't figured out how to rob a bank successfully that means you are pretty dang smart.
    Wait, what?!? You mean I actually have to play? Crap.

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    I have three bikes, but I need them all and they need me and I would not be complete without them. Page 30 you say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Tandems are still bicycles. Unicycles are not bicycles, neither are tricycles.

    I'd sell two of my bikes for a cross bike. Or I'd just keep the other two bikes for a cross bike. I really don't care.
    Fine I'll give you the unicycle on a technicality, but tandems are still a problem. It's only half mine, so I only count it half.
    What is bicycle touring?
    "So I kept looking and eventually found that a spark plug had same threads. So I cycled next two days until I got to Jackson, MS with a spark plug instead of right pedal." - mev

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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
    Fine I'll give you the unicycle on a technicality, but tandems are still a problem. It's only half mine, so I only count it half.
    What if you're one of those lonely people who has to ride a tandem alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    A Randonnee for $400? Were I a man of excess cash, I'd be asking if it was the Saratoga REI and what size it is. Grumble.
    I apologize for the late follow up...yup, REI in Saratoga. I think it was 55 or 56cm, if memory serves. It wasn't there when I came back the following day...
    There's nothing for you to see here...just move along, now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunningPirate View Post
    It wasn't there when I came back the following day...
    that's fortunate (or not as the case may be).

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    A Big Dummy is expensive enough that I don't really moon over them much. But I would ditch my touring bike for one.

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    maybe; not that a trade has come up

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