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    1997 Mazda Millenia that's now sitting in the driveway with a blown motor.
    Titanium bottle cages, at about $25.00 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    what's so bad about it? *never seen it*
    It's not that Bicycling is any worse than many of the other hobby/special interest types of magazines, but after reading a half dozen or so issues, everthing starts repeating. I'm convinced that if you could borrow 4-8 older issues from someone, read them. Then you'd pretty much have read everything of interest that they'll ever publish in that magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    Everyone's done it. Spent to much on something and now you wish you could have your money back. What have you wasted the most money on?
    Most likely my custom made (knit) headcovers for my driver and 3 wood. That move cost my 83 bucks. Or it could be my stint with the high end remote control cars - roughly $1000, sitting in my basement the last 4 years?

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    I spent $2200 on a telescope and $500 on a atomic clock 15 years ago!

    Spent $1400 on a laptop for my ex-fiance! Biggest waste of them all!!!

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    Computer parts. Spent $210 on a video card that I didn't need. Coulda bought a new fork.
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    $ 2,600 on a colnago master, a bike that im stuck with until i die.

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    Get rid of those derailleurs, shifters, cassette, and leave me with one cog and chainring, and I might consider it....
    I knew it. Looking for a home for that new truckload of Brooks saddles.

    I tend to over research things. I ponder over the decision quite a bit. It has payed off, I guess. I don't have any $1400 headphones. How many ears do you guys have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsits
    Um.....

    The California lottery. Probably spent at least $500 a year for the past 15 years.
    You realize that lotteries are a poor persons tax? Let me explain; 99% of the people playing lotteries are below average incomes hoping to make it big. Some lotteries especially the California one helps to pay for education or whatever. The poor people don't pay hardly any taxes but they do play the lottery, there's their tax whether they think so or not.

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    Actually the lottery is a voluntary tax on the mathematically impared.

    As far as the poor people thing, I guess that cigarettes and beer would be a poor people tax also using that mentality. Not all poor people play the lottery. Just the ones that make the conscience decision to.

    Damn, I bought a ticket today. I am going to have to go home and tell my wife that we're poor.

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    My house.79,900 was way out of line but somehow we did it and had no life other then payments for at least 5 years. The only bright side is thats its worth 400,000 now.
    Touch every 3rd person and you'll find an idiot.

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    When I was a bike rookie, and I actually believed that buying more expensive parts would make me faster, I spent over 3 thousand dollars in one year on bike stuff.
    Does the perfect bike really exist?

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    My bike....

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    JUST KIDDING, I use this bike for training LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danr
    When I was a bike rookie, and I actually believed that buying more expensive parts would make me faster, I spent over 3 thousand dollars in one year on bike stuff.
    Hmmmm.......$3k in one year? That makes you about an average bike rider. The question is, did it make you any faster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParamountScapin
    Hmmmm.......$3k in one year? That makes you about an average bike rider. The question is, did it make you any faster?
    Not really. I think the thing that made me faster was the buyer's remorse. I felt bad if I spent that much money and didn't ride.
    Does the perfect bike really exist?

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    Purple anodized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pletcgm
    I spent $2200 on a telescope
    Actually, astro equipment have very high resale value and you can get top $$ if you know where to place ads for them. I ended up recouping more than 80% of my several thousand dollar investment in astro stuff which I sold after several years of use. If I lived in dark sky territory I'd still be observing the skies....

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    Quote Originally Posted by shokhead
    My house.79,900 was way out of line but somehow we did it and had no life other then payments for at least 5 years. The only bright side is thats its worth 400,000 now.
    The last time ANY house in So. Cal. was less than $80K was 1974. Unless of course, you bought in Palmdale/Lancaster.

    Equity is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    Actually, astro equipment have very high resale value and you can get top $$ if you know where to place ads for them. I ended up recouping more than 80% of my several thousand dollar investment in astro stuff which I sold after several years of use. If I lived in dark sky territory I'd still be observing the skies....

    George
    Dark territory???? You have all kinds of dark territory!!!! You can go to Arizona, Utah, Mt. Palomar. I wish we had that much vast, open space to observe. Luckily, I live only 90 minutes from the darkest point on the entire east coast, which still isn't anything compared to what you all have out west

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55/Rad
    The last time ANY house in So. Cal. was less than $80K was 1974. Unless of course, you bought in Palmdale/Lancaster.

    Equity is a good thing.

    55/Rad
    I hear ya... My next door neighbor's dinky 3 bedroom house is on the market for 950K. And our neighborhood is in the ghetto. But I'm so glad I pulled out a 15 yr mortgage and have only 2 yrs left on it.... and kept the variable rate all these years. Absolutely no remorse in this situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pletcgm
    Dark territory???? You have all kinds of dark territory!!!! You can go to Arizona, Utah, Mt. Palomar.
    I mean within a hundred miles from where I live...

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    I have never regretted spending money on my bikes. Everytime I get on one of my bikes I can really feel and appreciate the quality. Light/smooth/good brakes. Quality is worth paying for.

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    spent $50 on a specialized rockhopper bought from a co-worker. didn't know it was 10yrs old till i found this forum... then i learned the frame was too big for me... then i realized i like road riding more than mtb. but now that i have it... i guess i can go trailing with that one and ride the road with my sirrus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danr
    Not really. I think the thing that made me faster was the buyer's remorse. I felt bad if I spent that much money and didn't ride.
    By average, I was referring to the amount you spent. An article in the 'Bicycling' rag said that when all was added up the average, strong recreational cyclist spends between $2k and $3K a year for tires, tubes, trinkets, clothes, food, travel, etc., to sustain his/her habit. Certainly right for me. In fact, I try to budget $3k and then see if I can stay within it.

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    $325 for a LCD projector. It turned out that Infocus had two models with the same model number, an old clunker and a much newer great model. I checked out the model number on the Infocus web site, and it seemed a great deal for the money. Turned out I bought the old clumker, not worth spit!

    But, I DID get a brand new very nice road bike for $290 on EBay, so I guess it all works out.

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