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Old 06-19-12, 09:56 PM   #1
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I must be getting old, cash to spend nothing I want or need

Went to the bike shop today with cash in my pocket and the vague concept of getting some kind of accesory for one of my two bikes. When I got there there wasn't one single thing I needed or could justify. I could go crazy and upgrade to an XT group on my favorite bike but why? What I have works great. I could go for stronger lights, but the ones I have work fine just the way they are. I considered more luggage carrying options and realized I don't want to carry any more.

About 20 years back I would have killed for all the newest and nicest toys. These days I don't care if my audio system is 15 years old and works when it wants to. I don't care that my computer collection is about 7 years out of date as I don't use the capabilities of what I have. I look at my bikes and they do everything I want a bike to do just the way I want them to do it. I condered getting a road hybrid or a folding bike but realized I wouldn't use either of them. Its strange to not actually want anything...
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Old 06-19-12, 10:08 PM   #2
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Based upon all the information submitted, I have only one question to ask...

KRobinson! Are you a Fred?
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Old 06-19-12, 10:11 PM   #3
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Totally guilty of fredness. My freded up commuter puts the local Korean Freds to shame. I have my commuter and my exercise bike ($800 ish slightly roadified mtb) and I can't find any reasons for more.
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Totally guilty of fredness. My freded up commuter puts the local Korean Freds to shame. I have my commuter and my exercise bike ($800 ish slightly roadified mtb) and I can't find any reasons for more.
Ah Ha! Just as I had suspected!....Me Too!
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Old 06-19-12, 10:14 PM   #5
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I'm there, too. I call it being "over the hill". bk
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Hey, I've got the T-shirt for that.

Several years ago I told my LBS guy that I'd be willing to fix bikes in exchange for bike parts - no money, no social security, totally under the radar. That turned into a steady gig. I eventually found myself doing things like buying a set of Ultegra 9-speed brifters just to keep as spares so I'm not doing that anymore. Now they just call on me when some charity ride hits them up for a sag stop mechanic or something like that.
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Old 06-20-12, 08:32 AM   #8
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Not always easy to find something to buy at the LBS due to their limited selection. When you can't find anything to buy on the web either, then you're definitely OTH.
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I haven't bought anything for my commuters for some time as well, but that's usually the case as the weather improves, since winter is considerably harder on a lot of my components. There's plenty of other outlets for my cash than just bikes, what I don't spend on the bike, I have plenty of home improvement projects waiting in the wings to take any spare funds that I might have.
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The LBS is not a temptation for me. What I have to stay away from is Amazon.com. If Amazon doesn’t have it, then you truly don’t need it.
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well there is procrastinated maintenance of the bike itself..

how about Ahrensbicycles.com Wisecracker ? its a headset spacer/bottle opener
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Ain't contentment a b!tch?
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When you like your house,job, neighborhood, possessions, and daily routine I think it must be time to move somewhere totally different. These days life has become very stable. Whatever happened to the days when I did stuff without thinking about it and only had myself to be worried about?
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Nope!
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You need a tallbike.
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Altbikes are a subtle & powerful addiction. The bike in my sig is a '64 Varsity turned cruiser. It's currently undergoing upgrades. I hit 50, no new bike really excites me.
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Feel free to buy stuff for my bike.
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I found some ergonomic grips that I fitted to my bikes. Very comfy. Still I really am running out of ways to make them work better than they do already.
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my last splurge: Bike Friday, disc brakes, Rohloff IG hub.. [3rd]
Schmidt Dyno-Hub & wired LED lights..

and a heavy duty Rain cape .. adaptations
to living in a temperate rain Forest

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Fancy, fast wearing tires will take a chunk of that disposable income and you might enjoy them while they last.
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donate it to charity
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I found some ergonomic grips that I fitted to my bikes. Very comfy. Still I really am running out of ways to make them work better than they do already.

say no more, these babies will get that urge to purge your cash again.



totally fredsville
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Old 06-21-12, 11:10 PM   #23
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The bearded guy riding the bike with the bell, the lights, the rack, the fenders, the panniers, the streamers, and the whistle, wearing his baseball cap backwards and his baggy pants, with the drivetrain pant leg rolled up his hairy leg. That's just one version of Fred!

Fred is NOT the weight weenie Roadie guy who's in shape and is riding some kinda expensive race ready road bike, as he sports his jersey and bib all over his clean shaven, slim, but muscular body.

In other words, Fred ain't very Lance like!
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Old 06-22-12, 06:12 AM   #25
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You mean getting fit and wearing bicycle shorts on my freded out bike makes me less fredly? Oh no! Thankfully I still have the hairy arms and legs going for me.
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