Any of you guys ever considered getting a Ritchey Break-Away frame? I'm trying to convince myself that it would pay for itself in the long run.
The frame, fork, headset, and case can be had for ~$1,200. I'm not particularly picky about my components (my "good" bike is still running 9-speed 105), so I could realistically build up a bike for $2,000. It wouldn't even need its own set of wheels.
If I were to travel by air with my bike, I would most likely choose to ship my bike to my destination via FedEx or UPS. $40 seems like a nice, conservative shipping estimate, so a round trip would cost $80. That means that the bike would pay for itself after 25 flights. Factor in a couple overseas flights and the cost of convenience, and maybe 20 flights is a fair estimate. How long would it take me to take 20 flights with my bike? That's tough to say. My plans are bigger than my bank account, that's for sure.
1 a year is a given. A good steel frame never goes out of style and I wouldn't be riding it very often, so the bike should be perfectly fine to ride 20 years from now. Will I want to ride a 20-year-old bike 20 years from now? That's another question. The logical solution is to take as many trips as possible so it will pay for itself faster, right?