Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Houston, TX 77095
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia Elite, Schwinn Frontier FS MTB, Centurion LeMans (1986)
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Another thing to do is to change the terms of the debate. Ask her how much she spent on her car, and how many miles she expects to get out of it. So, let's say $25,000 and 100,000 miles, that's $0.25 per mile.
Then ask her how many miles per week she plans to ride her bike, and how long she plans to keep this bike. Let's say 25 miles per week for 5 years. That's 6,500 miles. Well, at the same $0.25 per mile rate as the car, that gives her $1,625 to play with. Well let's say she only budgets $0.0625 per mile, then she still has $406.25 to play with.
Often newbies spent too little, it's like trying to run a marathon in Wal-Mart tennies. Unless they're rich, in which case they waste their money, but they make a bike shop owner happy.
I saw a kid on a charity ride on a high-end Cervelo TT bike, barely making 12 MPH !!!
Peter Wang, LCI
Houston, TX USA