Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-31-08, 09:00 AM   #1
meagreresource
Member
Thread Starter
 
meagreresource's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Leeds, UK
Bikes: `73 falcon black diamond, `05 volume black sheep, mid 90s diamondback tailwhip
Posts: 35
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
how much money/time have you wasted on things you really didnt need?

i bought a vintage road bike for just shy of 30 quid about 6 weeks ago.

since when i`ve spent a bloody fortune on various odds and ends.

the bike has meant i can tear up my bus pass so i`m saving a fair bit each month but the 12.5 mile ride to work is a bit punishing on my `73 falcon black diamond.

i`ve pretty much put 10 times the original spend back into the bike , making a number of people (LBS included) suggest i might want to think about getting a brand new ride, fools.

I have some mechanical skills and experience with bikes but this has sure been a steep learning curve.



i love my bike, i love riding it, i love fixing it but there`s been a few rather stupid mistakes along the way


i`m reckoning i blew a good 25% of my budget and a whole lot more of my time with things like-


- the terrible effort of my first attempt to wrap bars, new bar tape required to resolved that one

- attempting to true my wheels as the brakes were a bit useless in the wet -

snapped a drive side spoke in the rear so took it to the LBS to repair and had them true both wheels

the next day the sun came out and heated my tires enough to blow the tubes out, i discovered steel rims are rubbish,

then spent a very long and stressful couple of weeks waiting to have a new wheel built whilst riding into work on a very suspect 2nd hand replacement dragged of a ruined peugeot.

the day i picked up the new wheel i rode to the LBS with 2 missing spokes (snapped on the daily commute) and a prayer , mainly because i`d blown my travel budget on getting the bike fixed.



Am i alone in this or have any others found themselves pouring money away?
meagreresource is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 09:43 AM   #2
Wordbiker
Pwnerer
 
Wordbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
Bikes: Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
Posts: 2,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had an entire marriage like that.

Count yourself lucky it's only a bike.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Ski, bike and wish I was gay.
Wordbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 10:16 AM   #3
itsmoot
in cog neato
 
itsmoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Missouri
Bikes:
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It depends. Ever had another hobby that cost money to pursue? Compare the benefits and enjoyment of that hobby to this one. Personally I enjoy fixing, riding and maintaining the bikes I've built. Lately its become a very practical hobby as increasing fuel prices put more people on bikes.
itsmoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 11:42 AM   #4
Flying Merkel
Senior Member
 
Flying Merkel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Costa Mesa CA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,639
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I went from motorcycles to bicycles. I'm saving a for-choon! Ever had a set of carboretors rebuilt by a professional who screwed it up? That particular adventure cost me what a good hardtail MTB would cost. The true cost of the repair should have been equal to a pair of biking shoes & jersey, with a few tubes thrown in.
Flying Merkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 12:11 PM   #5
ukie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: BC
Bikes:
Posts: 167
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cycling as a hobby is relatively cheap as long as one doesn't fly off the handle and buys super expensive stuff he doesn't need given the level of skill.
You need
- a good bike or two,
- comfortable cycling clothing
- few special tools to do repairs yourself
- some beer money for when you repair stuff
ukie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 12:42 PM   #6
al-wagner
Happy old man
 
al-wagner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West coast of New England
Bikes: Trek 4500 mountain bike, Trek 7500fx disk, and Trek 2200 Road bike
Posts: 622
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
33 years on a wife
__________________
http://www.thegmbc.com/
http://www.gmaa.net/

In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of damned poor sledding.
al-wagner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 12:44 PM   #7
alpinist
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Seattle
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro 26, Novara Strada, Novara Forza
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bought a new bike a few months ago, and I spent somewhere between 50%-100% more on accessories - tools, clothes, lights, fenders, panniers, a rack, lock, helmet, shoes, etc. Most of these were one-time or occasional purchases. I'm saving at least $100 a month riding to work, and I'm looking forward to the ride.

"Didn't really need?" I could live in a cave and not enjoy myself at all. Or I could go ride for an hour or two on my way home from work... If you are feeling guilty about spending money for personal pleasure, donate it to me. I'll see that it gets put to good use on someone else's bicycling/climbing/running needs.
alpinist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 04:32 PM   #8
Bill Kapaun
Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Bikes: 86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
Posts: 9,274
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
The first bike is a learning curve. I've done the same thing.
Upgrade tires from knobby to "bike path" type. A couple weeks later, upgrade them to "street slicks".
Buy $20 back up bike to put "bike path" tires on.
At least now when I upgrade, I can upgrade 2 bikes at once!
Bill Kapaun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 04:36 PM   #9
gascostalot
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 247
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
7 years paying for a dumbass mistake I made when I was 18; financing a new car with piss poor credit without knowing anything about how credit works.

Never again will I finance anything outside of a house (and even then I rather live in an apartment and save the cash).
gascostalot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 05:58 PM   #10
Bekologist
totally louche
 
Bekologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: A land that time forgot
Bikes: the ever shifting stable loaded with comfortable road bikes and city and winter bikes
Posts: 18,025
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
money and time are meant to be spent. wasted is pretty much how it all winds up.

I had a friend sink almost 1000 US into an old frame he had sentimental value to, and snapped it less than six months after the upgrade.

yes, buying old bikes is almost as bad as owning a sailboat. you can spend way too much on them way too quickly, but as long as you keep you and family fed and roof over your head, why sweat the small stuff?
Bekologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 07:41 PM   #11
conurejade
flying on 2 wheels
 
conurejade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Palm Beach County, FL
Bikes: 2007 Trek 7100 - modified. 2008 Orbea Onix Dama - Campy Centaur
Posts: 259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by itsmoot View Post
It depends. Ever had another hobby that cost money to pursue? Compare the benefits and enjoyment of that hobby to this one.
+1

Most of what I have spent I don't really think of as wasted - more of a learning experience. Many of my 'upgrades' have been directly due to changes in fitness and riding more. As an example, I got a really good deal on a good pair of carbon-soled bike shoes - when I lost weight, my shoe size went from 43.5 to 40.5. My feet 'lost weight' too - who knew? I'm certainly not going to complain because I've lost weight and become more fit - besides it's a good excuse for new bike stuff.

The only purchase I actually regret is the pair of bike gloves I got recently; they're just not comfortable once I've been on the bike for a few miles, but I REALLY wanted them to work 'cause they match my helmet.
conurejade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 07:50 PM   #12
bkaapcke
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 3,226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
As a former street rodder and one time sailboat owner, I know what excessive hobby spending can be. Big boys toys are usually fairly expensive, but bikes are quite reasonable. Plus they keep you in shape, that's worth some spending right there. Y'all shouldn't be feeling guilty about this. bk
bkaapcke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 10:03 PM   #13
mawtangent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
From the age of 8 to about 20 I had a number of bikes, mostly early-80's department store bikes, though my first early-70's Western Auto bike was decent enough, and I came across a lugged-frame, 27 inch-wheeled 10-speed that I bought from a friend for around $35 (I never noticed a brand-name on the bike but I do remember it having suntour parts; that, and the lugged frame, didn't mean anything to me then but I would like to see that bike again...but it has been lost in time)...back then I bought a bike and rode it, unless I didn't like the bike or it didn't fit me, which happened with a couple of the bikes I bought...there were no "try different tires" or "cycling cloths" or "must have" items like frame-pumps...Yes these ideas/things did exist, but they weren't part of my knowlege/mindset. I lived in extreme southwest Virginia, no bike shops, the mindset here is that you ride a bike when you are a kid and graduate to a car when you get your drivers licence.

Fast-forward 20-odd years; I'm back into cycling as a middle-aged man. I've been exposed to ideas on the internet (like the ones on this site) and have found a few bike shops within 1-2 hours drive from home. In the last 20 months (since my "rebirth" into cycling) I've spent about $1000 on several new and used bikes, a bunch of parts (pumps, tires, speedometer, stem, cycling cloths, etc), and some "local bike shop" service. I've made some bad decisions and I would have done a few things differently (and probably saved several hundreds of dollars), but I console myself with this thought: I was curious about a specific path, I made some choices, and I saw the outcome, and my curiosity was satified...............in other words I don't have to wonder "what would have happened" because I got to see "what happened" and that is worth something. My curiosity was satisfied.
mawtangent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 10:08 PM   #14
mandovoodoo
Violin guitar mandolin
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Friendsville, TN, USA
Bikes: Wilier Thor, Fuji Professional, LeMond Wayzata
Posts: 1,171
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have to think the most expensive needless things were 1. My first wife (I still limp sometimes - minor "incident" - but I managed to get to the ER before I bled out). 2. Law school.
mandovoodoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 10:24 PM   #15
bkaapcke
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 3,226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
+1 on law school. bk
bkaapcke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-08, 11:35 PM   #16
Wordbiker
Pwnerer
 
Wordbiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
Bikes: Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
Posts: 2,907
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bkaapcke View Post
+1 on law school. bk
I cpould've saved you a lot of heartache.

The last thing we need is more lawyers.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Ski, bike and wish I was gay.
Wordbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-08, 02:36 AM   #17
TalkingHead
Commie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Las Vegas
Bikes: Trek 7.3 FX, old Haro(92)
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to be big into Onroad R/c racing, and monster trucks R/c

I owned several cars and trucks..probably spent north of 30,000 bucks in 5 years...i quit the hobby, sold all my stuff and kept one on road and one off road..and that's it..still play with them sometimes..but have grown tired of the hobby

i also build a new computer every 2 years, usually high end.

I wont let the bicycle hobby get to me, im a very hobby type person but also spend way to much, being single with no kids.
TalkingHead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-08, 02:43 AM   #18
TalkingHead
Commie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Las Vegas
Bikes: Trek 7.3 FX, old Haro(92)
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
guns also, I bought 2 M4's last year..and barely have the time for them with my line of work. I hope i have time for cycle. I will probably start biking to work in the Fall, and when my hours change to 11am, from 5 Am which im now..im just to grumpy and sleepy in the crack of dawn to get on a bike..afternoon would be fantastic though.
TalkingHead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-08, 04:32 PM   #19
rando
Senior Member
 
rando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Tempe, AZ
Bikes:
Posts: 2,967
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wasted lots of time and money! because when you start out, you don't really know what you are going to need/use, so you end up getting the wrong stuff, and have to buy the right stuff eventually. took me about a year to figure out what I really needed and what I didn't, and how I wanted my bike set up.
__________________
"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world". ~Grant Petersen

Cyclists fare best when they recognize that there are times when acting vehicularly is not the best practice, and are flexible enough to do what is necessary as the situation warrants.--Me
rando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-08, 02:14 PM   #20
Ranger63
Senior Member
 
Ranger63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: western new york
Bikes: mid 80s Ross Centaur converted to Alfine 11 09 motobecane imortal force, 83 Ross Paragon,81 Schwinn LeTour Tourist, 91 Paramount, 93 GT converted to city bike
Posts: 719
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I have two vintage bikes I restored

The cumulative to do both bikes right and acquire the vintage componentry I wanted easily cost 2/3rds what I just paid bikesdirect for a new Moto CF Imortal Force.
I learned a valuable lesson.
Restoration of vintage bikes is an expensive endeavor.
(I won't even go into the shill game and last minute outrageous bids encountered on eBay)
IMHO..Unless the (vintage) bikes componentry is reuseable or the bike has deep sentimental value you're better looking at a 9pts out of 10 version on craigslist.
Ranger63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-08, 02:30 PM   #21
atomship47
the actual el guapo
 
atomship47's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: midwest
Bikes: '06 trek 7300, '05 db wildwood, '07 felt z35
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
apart from what i've done for my kids.........all my money and most of my time.
atomship47 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:58 PM.