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    What is your "realistic" dream bike?

    Of course everyone can pick out a $5000 dream bike, but what about the bike that you realistically could afford? You know, the bike you have thought about pulling the trigger on but have denied yourself instead.

    For me it is a Bianchi Volpe. I don't know why i am so drawn to it, but if I was going to make another needless bike purchase that would be it.

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    probably a bakfiets.

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    In late 2002, I was at the point where I was debating if I could get my realistic dream bicycle or not ... and I decided I could.

    So my realistic dream bicycle is my Marinoni Ciclo, Machak. He has a custom-built frame built to my measurements, and I've gone on to customize just about everything else on him to suit me and the type of cycling I do.

    However, if something happened to Machak (God forbid!) I'd probably look at a Mariposa, Rivendell, Waterford or something like that ... or another Marinoni.

    I've attached a photo of my realistic "dream" bicycle, all decked out, doing what he does best.
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    5 grand is right about where my realistic dream bike lives: custom steel from Carl Strong or Indy Fab, high-end Campy mix and hand-built wheels.

    (A bike I can go buy 'right now' isn't a dream, eh?)

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    5k is not unrealistic. Most people spend more than that on their car, so if you don't have a car - wow, you can afford a dream bike!
    Stomping as lightly as I can...

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    Either a Surly Big Dummy or a Chupacabra from Traffic Cycle Design:
    http://www.trafficcycledesign.com/products/category/7

    My dream bike can haul *all* my junk around, tour the world (not just the roads), and eats carbon fiber bikes for their nutritional value, if only it could catch them. Oh, and it'll have a Brooks saddle.

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    "A dream bike you can afford"? How is that a dream bike? If you can afford it, sounds like you should be riding it now

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    A brand new shiney black Hercules pre Raleigh 3 speed. Just like the one I got for Christmas as a kid. Probably '52 '53.

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    Does it have to be one we don't already own? I ask becasue I just purchased my Dream Bike. I'll be riding it on the local MUP with a friend as soon as I get off work.

    2008 Raleigh Detour Deluxe

    I ordered it sight-unseen in June but I did not take possesion of it until the end of September. It has disc brakes, dynamo hub, rack, fenders, hydrid geometry, everything a boy could want in a bike.




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    Quote Originally Posted by schwab019 View Post
    "A dream bike you can afford"? How is that a dream bike? If you can afford it, sounds like you should be riding it now
    Well just because you can afford something doesn't always mean you should go buy it. Probably depends on your definition of "afford." For some that means if they can find a credit card that isn't maxed they can afford it.

    For me it means spending family money on a personal thing which isn't something i do readily. Granted i have a lot of bikes and spend a lot every month on bike junk, but rarely make the "bigger" purchases like new bikes.

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    Haven't gone full carbon yet. So my dreams run the spectrum of full carbon bikes and all their various specs. Haven't settled yet on a single realistic dream.
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    I dunno. Moots, Parlee, IF. All the usual suspects. With carbon prices dropping in bang-for-buck measures, the point of diminishing returns comes along awfully quick. In any case, my bike dreams are pretty fluid and change seemingly daily.

    I'd really like a roadbike thats both useful (fenders, 28c tire and small cargo capability) AND fast enough to race AND all day comfortable. Nobody really does that anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    Does it have to be one we don't already own? I ask becasue I just purchased my Dream Bike. I'll be riding it on the local MUP with a friend as soon as I get off work.

    2008 Raleigh Detour Deluxe

    I ordered it sight-unseen in June but I did not take possesion of it until the end of September. It has disc brakes, dynamo hub, rack, fenders, hydrid geometry, everything a boy could want in a bike.



    That is the coolest set of homemade panniers I've seen thanks for the photo! oh and yes the bike is very very nice too
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    I saw a guy riding without bars the other day. Cheapo MTB. He was riding holding onto the stem.
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    Nothing safer than no bars, no brakes on a freewheeled bike.

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    The one I have right now.
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    I just want to change my steel bike to FG

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    I think I'll get me a Campag equipped Moots when I get my PhD done It'll be an affordable bike then and until then, it's a dream bike
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    Would like to get recumbent with my wife/stoker on a RANS Screamer.

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    Ever since I first saw one In Real Life, I've wanted a Seven Axiom SG. And for a daily commuter and grocery-getter, a Seven Tsunami. Especially after I learned they're made-to-measure. My body seems to have been thrown together from mismatched stuff in the spare parts bin. Clothes never fit me right unless they're custom made or at least heavily altered. I've been finding the same holds true in bikes as well.

    I like the Ti over carbon since I seem to be hard on the finish of frames. I'm always leaving paint behind when I lock my bikes. The idea of heavily (and possibly deeply) scratching a carbon frame scares me. With bare Ti, first, there's no paint to leave behind, and second, I could buff out any scratches with a Scotchbrite pad.

    I was lucky enough to be able to buy my interim dream commuter bike, a Trek Portland, a couple of months ago. I intended it to hold me over while I save for the Sevens. Trouble is that it fits me so well and rides so nice, I'm wondering why I concern myself with replacing it. So maybe just the Axiom SG is in the future.
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    in kobaltblau/kobaltblau with 29" option

    http://www.nicolai.net/products/e-frames/e-nuc-tfr.html



    with 29" 150mm forks

    ...and, given the cost, I could be flipping burgers and scrubbing toilets for a very long time (finite, thank goodness)

    edit: only realistic because I'm single, don't pay a mortgage and don't really have that much (any ) responsibility
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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis View Post
    Well just because you can afford something doesn't always mean you should go buy it.
    exactly.

    as much as i'd like a bakfiets, it's not likely i'd get much use out of it given my current lifestyle (50-mile commute)...


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    [QUOTE=HandsomeRyan;5645930]Does it have to be one we don't already own? I ask becasue I just purchased my Dream Bike. I'll be riding it on the local MUP with a friend as soon as I get off work.

    2008 Raleigh Detour Deluxe

    I ordered it sight-unseen in June but I did not take possesion of it until the end of September. It has disc brakes, dynamo hub, rack, fenders, hydrid geometry, everything a boy could want in a bike.

    How do you like it now that you've had a chance to ride it for a while?

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    I would start with a Surly Cross Check frame and build up from there. The problem is that I can't decide if I'd make it SS/FG or if I'd put gears on it.. I'm so torn..
    The other bike that I want is a folder. But again - SS/FG or geared? <sigh>
    I <3 riding without gears so much, but I already have 2 fg bikes and nothing that would work well for touring. My boyfriend's got a tourer, and he wants to do multi-day trips, so I know what I should do..
    Someday, I'll have my electrical engineering degree and a decent job and a bike for every whim. That's what keeps me going.

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