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    Buying a bike you have no real use for....

    The title says it---have you ever bought a bike simply because it spoke to you even though you had no real practical use for it? For example, I spotted a single speed that just really grabbed me at a local LBS, yet I live in totally hilly terrain---I ride a road bike now, and let's just say I use the gears to their fullest! I walk out my front door and I'm climbing hard within the first 1/3 mile just to get anywhere.
    But still, I want this other bike---I think the stealthy simplicity of it appeals to me. I'm getting plenty of fitness out of my road bike in my hilly locale so I don't think at my age (50) I need to be grinding up these hills on a single speed, but still....i want it
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    Buying anything for which I have no real use? Let me think...

    That would be "No".

    If you want to go 1-speed, make it a fixed gear. You could train on it. Oops, then it would have a purpose...

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    I did that when I bought my English 3-speed. It looks sharp, but I doubt I've put more than 100 miles on it in the last two years.
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    Hi,

    Common sense prevailed. No point buying a bike that appeals
    if analysis indicates it will in reality disappoint expectations.

    Not until I'm a demon on my bikes in any gear I like would
    I get a bike i can't ride. At 50+ it takes a long time. In my
    twenties 3 speeds quickly ended up mostly in top gear.

    When I can ride my folder in one gear mostly perhaps,
    but realistically anyone over 40 will struggle with a SS.

    Not half as much as an unfit under 40 though ....

    rgds, sreten.
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    I hear ya all. I needed some talking out of it before I went and made an impulse purchase!
    Maybe if I move to the flatland one day.....
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    tell you what I think , you have good resources and thats a good thing!you can buy all the toys you want and then not play with them,,, I did something simiualar I bought a truck that I did'nt need I, already have a truck, my wife has an suv, we still have my daughters' collage car and she's gone, I got my motorcycle and four bicyles why did I buy that truck ??? I had the money!! and thats a good thing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    I've done impulse buys before with used bikes. Sometimes a deal is too good to pass up.

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    Does this look like a practical bike?



    I bought it during my divorce, specifically because I wanted a toy bike. One without real purpose. I kept it at work and rode it around the parking lot when I got frustrated or stuck on a problem. It was also fun letting visiting clients climb aboard.

    But the genius moment was when I realized that it would be perfect for a parade. And I got on line and the local holiday parade was taking applications. I contacted my bicycling buddies and persuaded them to get in the parade. It's become a tradition.

    So I do about 22 miles a year on this bike and its worth every penny I paid for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    I've done impulse buys before with used bikes. Sometimes a deal is too good to pass up.
    Hi, Not a problem, you can always move it on for probably a small profit, rgds, sreten.
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    Hold on, you guys are supposed to help talk me outta this....
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    The track frame in my list of bikes. I don't really have any use or ideas for it.

    But then again it only cost me $20 and it looks good hanging on my wall. So there.

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    Have some that I have supplanted and the newer ones gets the most use..

    the Cyclo-camping Tour bike Post tours ..

    and one that is ready for black ice on the road, days , which was last 3 + years ago.. it was useful then..

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    Yup... more than once... Hi my name is Aaron I and buy bikes I don't really need.... BTW should have called me I have a sweet 2005 Redline 9.2.5 I could have cut you a helluva deal on. It only gets ridden to church, anywhere else is uphill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbass View Post
    I'm getting plenty of fitness out of my road bike in my hilly locale so I don't think at my age (50) I need to be grinding up these hills on a single speed, but still....i want it
    Here's your answer. Use it for what it was originally designed for. The Encino Velodrome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    I keep looking at a singlespeed Trek District S in my shop. It rides really nicely, and fits like a glove, but I just can't accept that one and only speed when I actually get on the road. I find myself really wanting to shift into a higher gear...and yet, I still dig that bike anyway. *le shrug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanovran View Post
    I keep looking at a singlespeed Trek District S in my shop. It rides really nicely, and fits like a glove, but I just can't accept that one and only speed when I actually get on the road. I find myself really wanting to shift into a higher gear...and yet, I still dig that bike anyway. *le shrug*
    I rode one of those too--I really dug it. I almost pulled out the credit card on that one last year. The bike that has caught my eye this time is a Specialized Langster Street. I dunno, I just dig it. Rode great on a short test ride--where it was all flat, unlike where I actually live....

    As for the velodrome--I would love to try that someday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pbass View Post
    Hold on, you guys are supposed to help talk me outta this....
    I think that's against the Term and Conditions here.

    For what it's worth, I think the "unsuitability" of FG/SS bikes for hills is way overblown. I enjoy tackling hills with mine.
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    No, I have never bought a bike that I didnt want or need however, I have pulled at least 5 bikes out of dumpsters or trash heaps because I though it a shame to destroy them. I usually only need to spend a few hours and dollars to get them to a useable point. then I either sell them real cheap on craigslist or give them away.
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    The cruiser, then I sold it, the hybrid and now the slicked MTB is just the "parking" bike (meaning I don't mind if it gets stolen)
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    I've had a few bikes that I had illusions of grandeur thinking I was going to doing self support touring (Trek 520) and cyclocross racing (Specialized Tricross Pro) but I did neither. I ended up selling them both and now my main ride is a pretty ordinary steel road bike. Which I'm very happy with.

    I couldn't deal with a single speed either. My bike now has a low geared triple so I don't have to destroy my knees grinding up hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post

    I think that's against the Term and Conditions here.

    For what it's worth, I think the "unsuitability" of FG/SS bikes
    for hills is way overblown. I enjoy tackling hills with mine.
    Hi,

    FWIW I think those that can tackle hills on a SS way
    overestimate the ability of other people to do the same.

    A long slog up a hill is no fun if your not in the condition
    to do it in a high gear. As they say, on a SS if you can go
    up hills, you will go up them much faster than geared.

    That is short, sharp, hard work for a short hill and
    a major power output effort up a long hill for a lot.

    The flexibility needed in pedaling torque for various cadences,
    (lots of power at any cadence), is more suited to the younger.

    Even if young, say commuting, you may not want to get that hot
    and sweaty powering your way up a hill, though you can do it.

    FWIW I don't really disagree. In my youth I really enjoyed hammering
    up hills in the top gear of a 3 speed, the other gears were for wimps, .

    Nowadays though, at 50+, I have to look after my knees, as do others.

    rgds, sreten.
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    I picked up an old Stingray clone for free once, had no purpose; it was too big for my daughter, and my stepsons didn't want it. So it sat, in pieces, until my daughter NEARED fitting it; by then, I'd determined the wheels were toast, so I Frankensteined it for her, with smaller wheels and crank. She got a summer out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbass View Post
    I rode one of those too--I really dug it. I almost pulled out the credit card on that one last year. The bike that has caught my eye this time is a Specialized Langster Street. I dunno, I just dig it. Rode great on a short test ride--where it was all flat, unlike where I actually live....

    As for the velodrome--I would love to try that someday!
    Stop, take a deep breath and lets talk about this. Does that SS cost more than a new set of ultra light wheels for your main ride? Or do you already have a good set of climbing wheels and some Aero wheels? If the answer is yes you have all of the cool stuff to bling your favorite ride then maybe it doesn't matter. But yes we have all been tempted to get something we may hardly ever use. For me it has been a folder or single speed Like the Giant Bowery. But do I need an urban bike where I live? No, I needed a back up bike in case mine was down for some reason. I have bought a frame I didn't need only to empty my parts box building it up. I did try a fixie for a few weeks, not my style and I can see no fixies in my future. Still now that I do have a backup bike I could see getting a folder for those few times I can't take on of my full sixed bikes with me. Or I could simply get yet another set of wheels.
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