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Old 02-10-05, 04:49 PM   #1
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Ever buy bikes you don't need

Simply because it's a good deal or is kinda cool.

I'm thinking about picking up a Dahon Mariner folding bike for cheap.
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Old 02-10-05, 04:54 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-05, 06:12 PM   #3
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hell yes I have.
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Old 02-10-05, 06:13 PM   #4
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Yes, i'm a 5.9 tall mtn biker and I bought a 64 cm lugged chromoly road\racing frame.
Cheap and wow, it's super nice.
Too bad I can't ride it. Stripped\ hanging on the wall, waiting to sell.
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Old 02-10-05, 06:22 PM   #5
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I would never cheat on my bike by riding another
As soon as I got a new bike I gave my old one away!
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Simply because it's a good deal or is kinda cool.

I'm thinking about picking up a Dahon Mariner folding bike for cheap.

There's no such thing as a bike you don't need in my opinion.

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Old 02-10-05, 07:48 PM   #7
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There's no such thing as a bike you don't need in my opinion.
Well said, Koffee. You beat me to it.

as an addendum to that - you can never have too many bikes
(just look at Sheldon Brown!)
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Old 02-10-05, 08:27 PM   #8
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Don't buy a Dahon, they fall apart fast, cheap cheap cheap cheap parts.

I had a Boardwalk and was lucky I could get it off my hands (sold it on Craigslist).

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Simply because it's a good deal or is kinda cool.

I'm thinking about picking up a Dahon Mariner folding bike for cheap.
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Old 02-10-05, 08:30 PM   #9
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I haven't but I would. I'm always look for some insane steal on ebay to pick up, just because it's a deal.
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Old 02-10-05, 09:15 PM   #11
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I bought 7 bikes in the past year, and sold 6 of them on Craiglist after I decided to upgrade or try something new.

I have a Pista now and am getting a Lemond once my tax refunds comes.

I'll probably get another fixed gear around summer time.
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Old 02-10-05, 09:17 PM   #12
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Simply because it's a good deal or is kinda cool.

I'm thinking about picking up a "INSERT NAME HERE" bike for cheap.

HAHAHAHAHAHA My wife would say this belongs in the joke forum (along side of me!)
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I once bought 6 bikes for $2.00 (total) at an auction. They were mostly rusted solid from being abandoned on bike racks on campus, but I more than got my money's worth out of the two sets of bars, a seatpost and two rims that were usable.
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Old 02-10-05, 10:08 PM   #14
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um, yeah.
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I used to have a Diamond Back Formula 1. I rebuilt it with Campy cranks, longer stem, better shifter & brakes, longer seat post, and pool slicks. It was a cool bike. My brother had one just like it, we used to ride them around White Rock Lake. I ended up throwing it out when I got married, since I had no place to store it anymore (I'd taken the Campy cranks off by then).
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Define "need" for me. Depending on how you look at it, I've ever never bought a bike that I didn't need or I've only bought bikes that I didn't need.
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I'm thinking of picking up a cheap old roadie if I can find one. . .
hmmm, i'm cheap and I'm old and I'm a roadie (and I have a GSD!). does that count?

Hell yeah I buy bikes I don't need. I buy bikes for my wife that she doesn't need.
in fact I'm looking at 2 more bikes that I don't need.

Need has NOTHING to do with it.

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Old 02-11-05, 09:10 AM   #18
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Well I have 2 bikes and I just picked up a MTB frame I am going to build up as a SS plus I am looing at something for a road SS/fixie. I would guess after the 1st bike I didn't REALLY NEED any of the others.

Short answer - YES
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Define "need"

As for Dahons being cheap, I disagree. There are not as many options for folding bikes as non-folding bikes. The lower-end Dahons may not be ultra high-quality like Bike Friday or Brompton, but then neither are they $2000. I like my Dahon Matrix very much. I would like to get a SpeedPro, but it's a bit out of budget at the moment.

I guess I don't "need" it enough.
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I guess I only need one, I have 8 at home, 1 at work, but I'm still going to the police auction tomorrow just to see what's there. I'm also building up an accumulation of stuff, picked up shoes, rollers, repair stand, wheels and pump for $150 from a moving sale a couple of weeks ago. That makes for 4 pairs of bike shoes now. Part of the fun of biking for me is in the accumulation of lots of good stuff with minor cash investment.
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It's just getting out of hand. I got to sell two bikes and thin the heard to 5 bikes. Since I mostly use one bike, the other 4 barely get used and the two I have to sell never get used anymore. Too many bikes take up too much space.
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Don't buy a Dahon, they fall apart fast, cheap cheap cheap cheap parts.

I had a Boardwalk and was lucky I could get it off my hands (sold it on Craigslist).
Dahons don`t fall apart if you look after them and they are very good value for money. The Boardwalk is a basic model and surprise surprise the parts are basic but they are quite adequate.

I have an Impulse D6 and it is perfect for those journeys where I might need to bail out on public transport or I have to leave the bike standing around unsupervised for a while (I wouldnt try that with my Lemond).

Maybe a bit more bike maintenance would help?
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