Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 38
  1. #1
    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Queens New York
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Pisa, LeMond Poprad
    Posts
    1,181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How Do You Justify Buying a New Bike???

    I mean, when you already have a good bike?

    I sold my Specialized Langster and Fuji Track bike to buy my new '05 Bianchi Pista.

    Tomorrow, I'm going to the bike shop to lay down a deposit on the bike I have decided to go with...

    ... and believe me, it wasn't easy coming to a decision (I considered the Bianchi Veloce, Eros, Axis, Pista Concept, Cannondale R700, R900, R1000 and Cyclocross, the Specialized Allez Cr-Mo and some other bikes)...

    ... but I'm going to get the Lemond Croix de Fer for 2005, it's the steel frame traditional geometry road bike with Shimano 105/Ultegra components. It's $1,300 at my LBS and they can order one for me by the end of Feb.

    I'm justifying the purchase of this new bike by the fact that I'm almost 30 years old and never have owned a car, I'd be spending $500+ a month if I owned a car.
    I Changed My User Name!

  2. #2
    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN baby!
    My Bikes
    2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux
    Posts
    3,336
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Once I have a road bike and a MTB bike then I will base it upon when ever the hell I please. LoL. I guess whenever I come up with money and have the desire to spend it on it. I mean, people (my mom spends thousands on books/ audio books a year) buy what makes them happy and occupies their time. I want a road bike so I am not pushing a 40lb rid down the road on some huge tires. I guess you do what makes you happy....if buying a new bike does it, then there is your reason.
    Linkage...My 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux My Mindless Banter
    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

  3. #3
    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Queens New York
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Pisa, LeMond Poprad
    Posts
    1,181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thank you!

    Women spend $$$$$ on bags, shoes and make-up. A guy can spend $2000 on a new bike whenever he damn well pleases.



    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    Once I have a road bike and a MTB bike then I will base it upon when ever the hell I please. LoL. I guess whenever I come up with money and have the desire to spend it on it. I mean, people (my mom spends thousands on books/ audio books a year) buy what makes them happy and occupies their time. I want a road bike so I am not pushing a 40lb rid down the road on some huge tires. I guess you do what makes you happy....if buying a new bike does it, then there is your reason.
    I Changed My User Name!

  4. #4
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    30,271
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A fair number of my officemates pay $175 a month to park their cars in the garage next to our building. That's $2100 a year.

    Or, one of these , every year.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  5. #5
    Dilettante zbicyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    66
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Lots of justifications:
    1. Need a winter bike.
    2. Need a spare in case the commuter is in the shop.
    3. I'm going to get a new one, fix up the old bike and give it to (insert name of needy relative who needs to start exercising and once mentioned he'd ride if he had a bike ... as if he couldn't get one himself.)
    4. It would cost more to repair [whatever is wearig out] than to get a new bike.
    5. If we had a tandem, it would be fun to ride together.
    6. Always wanted to try a recumbent.
    7. For brevets and fast rides, it would be nice to have a fast bike that was lighter because it wasn't rigged out like a commuter bike. (rack, fenders, bracket for lock, etc.)
    8. I just turned xx years old and I'm feeling sorry for myself. I think I'll get a red Corvette convertible ... or maybe a new bike. (This one works well on wives)
    9. A fixed gear bike helps build up a smoother stroke.
    10. My stem is rusted from riding so much in a rain, and I can't maintain the bearings properly.
    11. Well, you just got a new ... (This one doesn't work well on wives.)
    12. I think I'd like to try a triathalon.
    13. Rowbikes are good whole-body exercise.

    But seriously: you should examine how much "mad money" you reasonably have. Are your kids barefoot? Have you ignored your IRA or 401-K? Do you have credit card debt? Are you trying to save for a house? Are you planning to declare bankruptcy next month? Well, maybe you shouldn't get a new bike. Otherwise ...

    My personal problem is a bit different. I'm a sucker for old junk that needs repair, and I'm always buying parts to get them in shape, and new tools. Did I really need a repair stand? the truing stand? I haven't bought welding equipment ... yet.

  6. #6
    Lagomorph Demonicus stumpjumper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    791
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ultra-g
    Thank you!

    Women spend $$$$$ on bags, shoes and make-up. A guy can spend $2000 on a new bike whenever he damn well pleases.
    damn straight. I've got so many fecking Coach and D&B purses and Longeberger baskets cluttering up the house that she better not say a single thing about the 30+ bikes & frames in the garage
    Lord Bowler: Uh oh. You hit the sheriff
    Brisco County Jr.: Yeah, but I did not hit the deputy.

  7. #7
    Retired Member ultra-g's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Queens New York
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Pisa, LeMond Poprad
    Posts
    1,181
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by lauren
    ROTFLOL And people from NYC are superficial and tawlk funny.

    One of my best friends is from Nawt Kackilacky
    I Changed My User Name!

  8. #8
    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    St Peters, Missouri
    My Bikes
    Rans Enduro Sport, Hase Kettweisel Tandem, Merin Bear Valley beater bike
    Posts
    23,975
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Can't. Buying a new bike seldom makes logical sense. Of course there's this:

    My worst nightmere is of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about how sensible dad was. I'd rather they talked about how much fun I had. Sorry kids, the last check from my checkbook is going to pay the undertaker and it's going to bounce.

  9. #9
    Senior Member clausen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Northern Ontario
    My Bikes
    Colnago Master XL, Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Marinoni Fango
    Posts
    3,656
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    My philosophy is if ain't broke don't fix it. But try telling that to my wife. The only time I've bought a new bike is when

    a) Needed a bike for a diferent use MTB vs Road
    b) found a better home for old one and gave it away
    c) a car bent the frame 45 degree
    d) brother borrowed new bike and was stolen so gave me his bike that does not fit.

    But if it's not putting your family in a financial situation and it will make you happy go for it that what lifes about.

  10. #10
    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    St. Petersburg, FL
    My Bikes
    2003 Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp, 1999 Specialized Hardrock Comp FS, 1971 Schwinn Varsity
    Posts
    15,071
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Justify? Hmm I have x amount of cash the bills are paid, girlfriend is happy........ screw it it's BIKE TIME

  11. #11
    Senior Member cyclezealot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
    My Bikes
    Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
    Posts
    13,147
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    It's no different than any other purchase...Particularily, should you use it for transportation..In that case you should get a gold metal...An expensive bike is certainly more justifable than an expensive, gas guzzling car...

  12. #12
    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN baby!
    My Bikes
    2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux
    Posts
    3,336
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot
    It's no different than any other purchase...Particularily, should you use it for transportation..In that case you should get a gold metal...An expensive bike is certainly more justifable than an expensive, gas guzzling car...
    heck it's more justifable than the gas you put in the gas guzzling car!
    Linkage...My 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux My Mindless Banter
    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

  13. #13
    Formerly Known as Newbie Juha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Helsinki, Finland
    Posts
    5,854
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's a new bike. What other reasons do you need?



    --J
    To err is human. To moo is bovine.

    Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?


    Become a Registered Member in Bike Forums
    Community guidelines

  14. #14
    la vache fant˘me phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    well i want a road bike because i do road and mountain, does anybody know if theres some way i can pay in installments?

  15. #15
    Virtulized geek MsMittens's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    NYC, NY
    My Bikes
    Modified Davinci (single speed) and custom Gunnar Rock Tour
    Posts
    523
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I justify it for a few reasons:

    1. my new bike is going to be custom made
    2. I need to have a proper touring bike since I'm doing more tours and the MTB just ain't cutting it
    3. Because the new bike just looks "thexy".

  16. #16
    Beauty Everywhere snowy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Colorado
    My Bikes
    2006 Giant Anthem, Specialized Dolce Elite 05
    Posts
    2,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here is my thing, a new $500 purse is not going to keep me in shape. A bike on the other hand will do wonders for a girls figure. I rather be riding a $1200.00 bike (thats what I paid for mine). Then walking around 50lbs over weight and a new $500 purse. Its all about choices. Plus I want to be able to do whatever my little heart desires when I'm 70 yrs.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    832
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    NO wife
    NO kids
    NO TV
    A dog but he doesn't eat much and he makes me laff
    Sides a guy can't have too many toys,so whats another bike
    And who wants a Porsche anyhow??

  18. #18
    Senior Member cyclezealot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
    My Bikes
    Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
    Posts
    13,147
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Maybe the bike of your dreams is over $6500 and you are on a budget.? You can get a great bike for half that..Wonder if the bike is expensive enough you can finance it like a car?

  19. #19
    cut my gas use in half Jessica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    My Bikes
    walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem
    Posts
    324
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yes, Lauren, I commute on a wally world bike... if it breaks or gets stolen, I'll just get another. I am considering a more expensive bike, but I am thinking used...and I plan to uglify. If I leave anything unattended, it disappears (bike trunk and contents, 3 pairs of gloves, coat, etc.) However, I am very open about how it is not worth stealing my bike cause it is just a beater...
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

  20. #20
    Cycling Anarchist Trsnrtr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    3,202
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Let's see, it was either the Bass Boat and trailer or the $4,000 bicycle. Hmmm... one causes weight gain and drunkeness and takes up space in the driveway. The other causes weight loss and fitness gain.

    Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
    Dennis T

  21. #21
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    30,271
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A bass boat, eh? I used to be a fat drunk and I didn't even need a boat.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  22. #22
    Forum Admin lotek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    n.w. superdrome
    My Bikes
    1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
    Posts
    17,643
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Justification: I don't.
    reality: I buy my wife a few jersey's, some De Feet Socks and
    offer her a new bike, she says no on the bike and mine is OK.
    well in theory thats how it works.

    Marty
    Sono pi¨ lento di quel che sembra.
    Odio la gente, tutti.

    Are you a registered member? Why not? click here to register. Its free, and only takes 27 seconds!
    Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.

  23. #23
    Senior Member cyclezealot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
    My Bikes
    Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
    Posts
    13,147
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Jessica..A beater bike..Still has to be reliable..My boss would love to attack my bike commute as being unreliable..He does not like it , I sense...Or so he has told others...Think not much he can do about it, as long as it is reliable..
    If you think you are safe with your bike and it is secured, I see no reason to commute on a piece of junk..I know a beater bike, does not have to be junk..

  24. #24
    Vello Kombi, baby Poguemahone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Je suis ici
    Posts
    5,046
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "Am I the only one that doesn't commute on an expensive bike?"

    I regularly commute on a five dollar Peugeot UO8 I bought at auction and then turned into a fixed gear for the cost of a track cog. Super-relaible.

    It helps to have some mechanical aptitude. Although my tools likely cost more than all of my bikes put together, you can get a basic set of tools and a maintenance manual for about the cost of two Wally world bikes (or you can spend more on the good tools, as I do). A good used bike is probably better, and learning bike mechanics is a good skill if you do a lot of riding.
    "It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

    Waste your money! Buy my comic book!

  25. #25
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ultra-g
    I'm justifying the purchase of this new bike by the fact that I'm almost 30 years old and never have owned a car, I'd be spending $500+ a month if I owned a car.
    I use the same justification. 1300 is diddly compared to owning a car. That and the health benefits save you coinage too.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •