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    Ever have buyers remorse after buying a bike?

    When you start second guessing yourself.

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    Yes of course. Your spending a lot of money. I had it, turned around, took the bike back and bought something more expensive.


    Go out and rid your new machine. The feeling of buyers remorse will soon go away.
    "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    Yes of course. Your spending a lot of money. I had it, turned around, took the bike back and bought something more expensive.


    Go out and rid your new machine. The feeling of buyers remorse will soon go away.
    Too late to take it back. I ridden the bike 3-4 times. I should have rode alot more bikes and sizes.
    I might ride it till the end of the summer and sell it.
    You're lucky your bike store took the bike back. My bike barely touched the pavement and they wouldn't let me exchange it.

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    Absolutely. When I was considering buying my Sola, I sort of coaxed the wifey into it by offering to remodel her kitchen (or as she says "our kitchen"). Dear God, I had no idea how much I lost *that* deal. Next time, I'll get a huffy.

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    NEVER.

    As long as u accept the truism that, One never has perfect information, and as such u made the best decision possible under the circumstances.

    Now if yer a compulsive consumer, nothing can save u from that.

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    Yeah, after I see the same bike on Craigslist for half the price :-)

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    There are different levels of buyers remorse, and it also depends on what I'm buying. I try to research the hell out of my potential purchases before making them but when searching for a used bike, I've had to make compromises. I did feel a bit upset that I wasn't up to snuff on the levels of component groups when I found out those on my "new" bike were the lowest-end components but, then I look at it this way - the lowest end components on this bike are so much better than the components on my old bike that I come out ahead either way. And to that end, I doubt I would notice the difference between the low end awesome components and the high end awesome components so it worked out.

    Just get out there and ride. Unless the bike is a poor fit, you'll get over it in short order. There will almost always be something better, something more desirable, something flashier but the way I look at it is that this is the best, most desirable flashiest thing I could afford and dangit I'm going to enjoy it!

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    No, but that is because I don't make impulse buys. As others here have stated, researching your prospective purchase is paramount.

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    When I was much more ignorant, I paid $25 for a used RoadMaster! Spent about 10 hours on it, repacking bearings and trying to get it to work right. Sold it for $25 and felt relieved!
    If I only had that bike now, I could probably get $27.

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    Bought a used fixed gear from craigslist....still love it

    Bought a used LHT from craiglist, plus racks and panniers from thetouringstore.com....LOVE IT

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    I did on Friday night/Sat morning (last week) after I bought my new Fuji Roubaix Pro. Could I have spent my $$ on something more important such as my daughter's college fund etc. That though vanished when I took my first test ride though. :-)

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    It took me about a week and a half to "click" with my new bike (just over 200 miles). That is after installing my old saddle, new tires, shorter stem and new bar tape. After the first couple of rides, I was really missing my old bike and feeling quite guilty about it.

    Sometimes even if you've chosen the right bike, it takes a little while to come to terms with it.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekknoschtev View Post
    There are different levels of buyers remorse, and it also depends on what I'm buying. I try to research the hell out of my potential purchases before making them but when searching for a used bike, I've had to make compromises. I did feel a bit upset that I wasn't up to snuff on the levels of component groups when I found out those on my "new" bike were the lowest-end components but, then I look at it this way - the lowest end components on this bike are so much better than the components on my old bike that I come out ahead either way. And to that end, I doubt I would notice the difference between the low end awesome components and the high end awesome components so it worked out.

    Just get out there and ride. Unless the bike is a poor fit, you'll get over it in short order. There will almost always be something better, something more desirable, something flashier but the way I look at it is that this is the best, most desirable flashiest thing I could afford and dangit I'm going to enjoy it!
    That's what I think I might have. I was told I'm a large bike frame by my very reputable bike store, however I haven't been feeling super comfortable on my bike and now I'm wondering what the medium bike is like. don't think I did enough research and I didn't discover the bike forums until after I bought the bike and road it a few times.

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    I bought 2 bikes since I started riding again and had buying remorse each time. Could I have gotten something better? But after I ride the bike and it becomes mine, I start to feel better.
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    Yep, I am wondering if I should have bought the 54cm versus the 56cm for my CAAD9
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    A few years ago when I knew nothing of bikes, I bought a used Magna at a bike auction for $25. Took it to a bike store to get fixed up. Paid an additional $90.

    I regret that whole day and wish I could take it back. BTW, that LBS went out of business within a year of my visit.
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    Kind of hard for me to have buyers remorse when the most I've spent on the bike itself is $5.

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    When I was deciding about which bike to purchase I nearly chose the wrong one. The selection of bike brands near me is fairly limited, but I had overlooked a couple of shops. I had the bike all lined up for purchase and the shop owner was doing a final tune up for me. The bike was relatively cheap at $450 and I didn't like it at all. I figured that there was nothing I could do about it and that I'd have to deal with it. It had poor components, seat, and I generally disliked the look of it. I felt so bad that I decided that it just wasn't worth and I apologized and left the store.

    A few days later I felt a bit foolish and stubborn for not buying the bike. I ended up finding a hidden away LBS that carries Specialized and Trek. I ended up buying a Sirrus for $150 more than the first bike. I have been thrilled ever since and have felt no remorse whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmithepa View Post
    NEVER.

    As long as u accept the truism that, One never has perfect information, and as such u made the best decision possible under the circumstances.

    Now if yer a compulsive consumer, nothing can save u from that.
    Thanks That is a really good quote. I am prone to buyers remorse.

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    I've never ever remorsed on any of my bicycle purchases, though I've remorsed a couple of times at about one to two years into three to five year high dollar auto loan.

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    No, I never have. I just go out and enjoy my new bike by riding it.

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    every time I buy an old peugot.

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    Nope. I save for the purchase, do the research, and buy the bike confident that I've made the best purchase for myself, and that I'll be getting hundreds of hours of enjoyment from the bike.
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    no, never had. It was my 16th birthday gift, dad bought me a custom built road bike with full Ultegra set. It's been 14 years, and still loving it.

    Thanks dad!

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    Well I do. I didn't know about these forums where I can ask questions and get information based on people that have experience with bikes. I have bike that is uncomfortable the more I ride it, feels stretched out a bit, which I might have to shorten the stem. Not a big deal as the bike wasn't too expensive around 600.
    As a beginner, one thing I've learned is to take your time when buying and ride alot of bikes and different sizes.

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