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Old 07-17-09, 10:31 PM   #1
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Dumping cycling

I've decided to quit cycling. Various reasons. So I've got a few bikes like a couple MTB, (2006 Orbea Lanza 29er), Road bike (2006 Spec. Roubaix Comp) and cross bike (2006 Spec. Tricross Comp) and a rain bike (roadified 1987 Bianchi Grizzly). The question I'm looking for advice on is should I keep them, sell some of them or sell them all? My thinking around selling is if I do get back into it a few years from now, I may want a new bike verses riding ones that'll be fairly old at that time.

Thanks for any advice. Even the smart ***** ones.
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Old 07-18-09, 01:42 AM   #2
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Wait until you recover from your concussion. Then make a decision.
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Old 07-18-09, 02:05 AM   #3
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Keep them all, then years from now once you get back into cycling again...you'll be glad you kept your classic bikes.

If you need the cash, definitely sell them and spend it on what matters, but if you don't have to...don't. It'll make getting back into it all the easier.
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not even casual riding to blow off steam or relax?
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Send them to me and I'll provide a loving home until you are ready to get back into the sport.

Srsly tho- I don't mean to get all up in your business but can you elaborate on why you are quitting cycling? If you don't want it posted publicly but don't mind sharing you could PM me.
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Of course he wants to discuss it; he wouldn't have posted here otherwise.
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Old 07-18-09, 09:19 AM   #7
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A Bicycle is a tool. If it no longer gets the job done, or is irrelevant, get ride of it.

You may wish to consider other bicycle forms, recumbent or folding that might solve some of our problems better than the bikes you currently own.
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Old 07-18-09, 09:24 AM   #8
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What size is the road bike, Darling???
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It's ironic really. I moved to Oregon to get MORE into cycling and I ended up getting more involved in a hobby farm instead. Now I don't have as much time as I use to and it's just simply not enjoyable. I'm usually a long distance rider and now can only ride 20-30 miles due to time limitations. Even then, I've only been riding like once a month since I moved here a couple years ago. That makes even the shorter rides not much fun since I'm not in the shape I was and my rear end isn't use to being on a saddle. Just not "in love" with it like I use to be.
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Sell some of them. Get a Surley Pugsley to ride and do chores around the farm on, that'll keep your legs conditioned for riding. Then you can ride your road bike on long distance rides when you have the chance.
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I was gonna give a similar answer -- keep 1-2 bikes to hold the place and sell the rest. Who knows how you'll feel in, say, 3 years? And hey, it's always nice to have a bike around to lend to visiting kids, etc.
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You can dump that Orbea Lanza on me...

If you've been feeling this way for a long time, and your feelings haven't changed, it probably won't hurt to get rid of all but one or two. That way, someone is enjoying the bikes that would have otherwise been gathering dust in your attic/garage, and you still have enough left over that you can still ride if you suddenly feel an urge to do so someday.
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I'd sell the high end bikes and keep the Bianchi for local rides.

Just a thought, FWIW...

I went through a similar phase in biking after chronic knee problems ganged up on me in my early 40s. Had been used to riding every day, but my riding abilities steadily diminished and it got to the point where each ride was so humiliating compared to former abilities that I quit entirely for over a year. Surgery and PT eventually brought my knees back and now am riding more than I ever did when I was younger. You never know, the biking bug may bite again.
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Old 07-20-09, 11:49 AM   #15
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Personally, especially if I had the space, I'd hold onto them. If you were so much into biking that you bought 4 different bikes, odds are you'll likely get bored of your current hobby and end up doing some sort of cycling again. The problem is that selling a used bike gets you 50-60% of the cash you spent on it back, but in 5 years your bike will still be 100% functional (the roads aren't going to be redesigned so you'll need a new bike to ride them or something).

I'd *at least* keep ahold of your most comfortable road bike.
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Old 07-20-09, 06:45 PM   #17
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Keep one, sell the rest!
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Old 07-21-09, 08:53 AM   #18
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Hobbies come and go. For all the glorification of the people who are compulsive extremists with what they do, most of us are just hobbyists. We do it when it's fun; we stop doing it when we're tired of it. Very rarely do we completely give up something that we love. Usually, we just take a break from it. A few weeks, a few months, a few years.

I can't say whether you should bother keeping your bikes or not. I don't know how long it will take you to get back into it, if you ever do. Pragmatism is a virtue, so if you're sure about taking a long enough break from cycling, you should turn that nice collection into cash. Invest the money, and use it to buy new bikes later if you wish.

Though I would advise you to keep one. Something you could still ride around if you get the urge...even if that urge is just for a moment.
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I'd say keep at least one bike on hand, since it doesn't seem that you are quiting do to burn out you'll probably get the bug again at some point.

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And if I was going to sell one, I'd probably sell the most expensive ones just because that's where they're most likely to have made improvements in another couple of years if you get back into it. For example, I've read really good things about last years redesign of the Specialized Roubaix.

...of course on the other hand, if you got rid of the "rain bike" and then got back into it several years from now, your old Roubaix could become your "rain bike". :-)
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I say keep them.

1. You may want to take up cycling again
2. You may have to take up cycling again, useful in case of major fuel problems, breakdown in public transportation, so forth.
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I want to get more involved in a hobby farm.
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If you are anything like me, keep one bike. I have a couple of sports/activities that have stayed with me from childhood; I "cycle" through them over the years but never leave them completely. It is always fun to rediscover them and keeping a bike will allow you to do that, whenever it happens to you.
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hold on to them and you will probably meet up with someone with an intrest to start or continue riding .You will have a bike to sell or offer them and maybe a new riding partner to start out and it may get you back into it .the resale value of a bike versus replacement cost doesnt work out too good.
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Sell all but the one you like best.
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