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Old 03-04-06, 09:32 AM   #1
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Have I just bought myself a bad bike?

Hi all,

I have just been out to buy myself my first bike, however in the excitment of it i'm not sure if i have bought myself a good or bad bike. I discussed everything with the guys in the shop but since i got back verious people have jokingly said, 'oh what have you brought' and i just want to get other opinions on the bike...

It is a landrover defender dsk90..
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Old 03-04-06, 09:42 AM   #2
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Well, "good bike" and "bad bike" are very subjective terms that depend not only on the bike but also how you intend to use it.

If you're happy with it for your purposes, then it can't be a "bad bike", even if there are better ones out there for the purpose.

My son's MTB is a poor choice for me to ride the paved ten miles to my work. My road bike is a better choice for that, but is a very bad choice for towing my canoe trailer. My Townie gets the nod for the canoe trailer, but is a poor choice for blasting down wooded trails, etc.

Look at this first bike as a learning tool for what you're going to be looking for in your next bike.
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Old 03-04-06, 10:27 AM   #3
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Ahh thanks what you've said does make alot of sense and I shouldn't worry so much about what other people will think of my bike, as you say if it is good for me then it is a good bike and if I find things I don't like about it then as you said again it will just teach me what to look for in my new one!! Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-04-06, 11:20 AM   #4
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It's called buyer's remorse, or second guessing yourself. After we buy something, especially if it is a very specialized personal item, we start to question whether we made the right choice. It's normal.
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A bad bike is a bike that sits in the garage. A good bike is a bike that gets out for an hour or two every day. So, it is going to be up to you whether this turns out to be a good bike.

And, if you find yourself riding ten or fifteen hours each week, in the near future, there will be a second, or a third "good" bike in your garage. Good bikes tend to reproduce.
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I think their reaction is caused by the brand "Land Rover". I have never seen these in real but heard of them. The Defender does not look so bad from the pic, though I could not find any specs, price seems good.
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as long as you ride, if you are happy on your bike and it makes you happy to ride it,
then indeed it is a good bike,,, very simple when it stops making you happy
then get a new one
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A bad bike is one that does not get along with other bikes!
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It looks like a re-badged Specialized from a link on the previous post. It looks like a good entry level hardtail. However, I agree, any bike that is ridden regularly is a good bike.
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Any bike is a good bike.
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