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Old 02-10-05, 08:23 PM   #1
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-10-05, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thank you!

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



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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-10-05, 09:04 PM   #6
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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
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Old 02-10-05, 11:37 PM   #7
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ROTFLOL And people from NYC are superficial and tawlk funny.

One of my best friends is from Nawt Kackilacky
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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.
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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.
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Justify? Hmm I have x amount of cash the bills are paid, girlfriend is happy........ screw it it's BIKE TIME
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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...
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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!
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It's a new bike. What other reasons do you need?



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Old 02-11-05, 07:12 AM   #14
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well i want a road bike because i do road and mountain, does anybody know if theres some way i can pay in installments?
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Old 02-11-05, 07:17 AM   #15
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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".
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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.
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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??
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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?
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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...
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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.
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A bass boat, eh? I used to be a fat drunk and I didn't even need a boat.
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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.

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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..
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"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.
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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.
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