Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC
Bikes: Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
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In all my time lurking and as a member of this distinguished group of cencerned, practical and knowledgeable cyclists, I do not recall any single instance where anyone was encouraged or assisted in spending less.
Though there may have been a time or two where less expensive components or bikes were mentioned, my recollection is that it was done only in support of spending the savings on something else at the LBS.
Once you have secumbed to the well meaning, heartfelt advice of this august group, you then must deal with what I call the "LBS factor." This is a cycling specific mathematical principle which stated roughly is, "If the receipt you leave the LBS with totals less than twice your pre-visit spending limit, you have succeeded in restraining your spending and in fact stayed within that limit
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