I would guess that people have different priorities.
My total bike collection (over 30) cost much less than my BIL's Porsche, not to mention his fancy pants 4x4 pickup truck that he thinks he needs because it snows twice a year. To each their own. I don't see the point in a $5,000+usd carbon fiber wonder bike that is going to be destroyed the first time you crash at speed. But then again people that buy those don't see how I can ride a 50# city bike with ONLY 8 speeds. :D The joke at my LBS is that Aaron buys bikes by the pound, the heavier they are the less they cost ;) I have a few lighter weight steel frame bikes from the 1970's and 1980's that I will be riding for another 30+ years, if the engine holds out.
In the end, I think that it all comes down to the fun factor.
What's up with all this justification of how much a single bike, car, boat or set of golf clubs costs? Whatever your toy of choice, have fun while you can because sooner or later, we'll all be gone and nobody will care anymore. If there's some frustrated CPAs who get enjoyment fretting over this kind of stuff, I apologize because I'm OK with that too. The last check out of my bank account is going to the undertaker and it's going to bounce.
The lady at the garage sale I mentioned in the previous post who asked about adding an electric motor to a trike has to be at least 30 years younger than I. She was noticeably overweight but not obese. She lives in an area where she could ride a bike for miles without encountering any serious hills - nothing more than a few hundred feet in a half mile. I think she thought riding a trike would be fun and exercise but really didn't want much of the latter. Sadly, that's the attitude of many Americans. It would be nice to weigh less but not if it takes any effort. That's why so many go on crazy diets or buy "nutritional supplements" that are advertised to "burn fat" with no effort. You do get lighter but only a little, the weight of the money it extracted from your wallet.
We do apparently have a different definition of serious hills. "A few hundred feet in a half mile" would be 600 feet in a mile which is an average grade of better than 11%. I would, at the very least, notice sush a hil. :D
When people are griping about price and are firmly convinced that all they need is a $100-200 bike, stop pushing bikes. They will get ill fitting crap and then hate it. Talk to him about a gym membership instead. My guess is that he will gripe about the price of that, too. So, save your breath. bk
To paraphrase Mencken, no one ever went broke overestimating the laziness of the American people.
The lady at the garage sale may be like several women my wife has run into at her gym. They are there for a "workout" that does not cause any sweating. My wife asked someone on staff about this and was told there are always some who never want to sweat. They both had a good laugh. bk
With a little looking around, you can find a decent new bike in the $350-$400 range. Not fancy or particular light & *****en, but a bike that'll last for more years than I have left. Good used bikes that need minimal work or on Craigslist for around $100-$200.
That's still too much for some folk. There is no understanding of quality among non-bike riders. Had to explain to a guy trying to sell me his Roadmaster that if it were free, I wouldn't take it. Nothing on the bike was worth saving except the reflectors.
If I ever buy a new bike, I'm going to expect to pay around $1,200-$1,400. It's life span will be measured in decades.
Takes patience & an open mind.
It really goes to show that the average person has no idea, as they cannot see the difference between that and whatever fairly classy looking bike I am on.(I usually come back in my van if they do have something nice)
Someday all this will pay off, and some person will offer me a pile of BSO's that includes an old lenton or DL1 or some such. That is the only way I would ever buy a BSO.
Noncyclists. Philistines all.
I flipped a Schwinn Clear creek hybrid, a Dyno cruiser & a KHS MTB. If any one of these was the only bike I'd ever ridden, I would never have ridden a bike again. Awful & antifun machines. Found a beat up Firmstrong beach cruiser in the alley. Another cheap horrible bike, worse than the others. It was a fun ride. It would have been a bike to keep for quick runs to the store or slow rides to the beach.
If you buy cheap, keep it simple.
A good used bent or trike might be in order. Altho used, most bents are of good quality.
The other thing I have often posted on cycling forums, is the fact if you buy a bent, you dont have to buy a bunch of high priced clothes to protect you from the bike. The t-shirts and rugby shorts I wear are cheap. Generally the only other cost for riding a bent may be shoes.
Another thing if a person wants to start exercising and has decided to bike, a bent is probably the best way to go. A bent will not leave you sore!!! I see so many people buy a DF bike, and because they are not used to riding a bike, it leaves them with at least a sore rump and maybe other parts of their body. So they just give up.
BTW, you don't need a bunch of high priced clothes to protect you from a diamond framed bike. When I started I rode a lot in jean shorts over athletic briefs (about $8 each at WalMart or Target) and only had minor backside soreness. My legs were always more tired and sore than my rump. I still ride 20-50+ miles in recreational summer wear like t-shirts and trekking shorts without the benefit of chamois or jersey pockets, on a regular basis. The only thing I won't ride in is cotton tidy whities, but that has more to do with sweat than soreness. I never have understood the individuals who swear you will rub yourself bloody raw and lose your man parts if you don't ride in a $150 set of bibs slathered in Monkey Butt Grease. I've done a century on a 95-100+ degree day wearing an inexpensive wicking t-shirt and trekking shorts over $35 liner shorts with a thin chamois, and my backside to saddle interface was no problem (running out of water in the middle of nowhere was a different story, lesson learned). You can see what I wore at the Headwaters 100 through Itasca State Park in 2012. The only cycling specific clothes were the hat and the shoes. No those aren't MTB shorts, they are Wranger trekking shorts from Wally World.
And set him up with a $300-400 bikesdirect ride.
Send him to this site also:
or the corresponding FB site. :thumb:
Perhaps you just need to try a new angle...there's so many ways and styles to bike, maybe you just need to expand his mind.
Girls, booze, and bikes...what could be more 'Merican???
Tell him to go buy a hybrid at PerformanceBike
Really once I noticed that people spend $1000 on golf clubs and other things I realized spending $1000 on a bicycle or say......a pair of headphones that will last you a lifetime and give you tons of musical enjoyment, isn't a big deal at all.
How much does a car owner spend in a year on just that?
The real problem is that it takes two or more steps before one gets a decent bike. When "just trying it to see", most won't buy in the $1K+ range. So, it's an entry level bike for $300.00. If you take to it, a year or two later you're faced with some issues. Time to upgrade? To what? And how much?
Then the sticker shock hits you. So you think about it, save up some money and wait for the one you really want to go on sale. Never mind that you can't believe how much you just spent on a bike. But you really like it and it becomes part of the cost of living. Besides, it's a healthy thing.
It would be nice to borrow a used entry level bike from a friend while we figure all this out. But no, life doesn't work out that well very often. So, it's a problem. bk