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Old 08-18-07, 07:58 PM   #1
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What did you spend on your bike?

I just came into a bunch of money, and while yes I could save it, or do something responsible with it, I'd rather build myself a new bike. EAI bareknuckle is really looking good but I'm having a hard time justifying the cost to myself. I want to start riding track but also want a worth street ride, bareknuckle looks like a good compromise. My bike is my primary form of transportation. So the question is; how much did you guys spend on your bikes? This is pretty much 100% expendable income as I didn't work for it, and make enough at work to support myself anyway so I'm not in any sort of financial situation. Frame and fork are 600, I would probably pick up a new headset and wheel set as well. Total probably close to $900. Is that too much to spend on an incomplete bike? Or is that kind of par for the course for a high quality bike? Headset would either be an IRD or a Chris King, and the wheel set would be Miche's laced to Deep-Vs. Thoughts?
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Old 08-18-07, 08:06 PM   #2
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I just came into a bunch of money... This is pretty much 100% expendable income as I didn't work for it.
must be nice.
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Old 08-18-07, 08:16 PM   #3
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must be nice.
Trust me, it's rare. I work full time and go to school full time. Which is why I want to treat myself. I just sold my Guitar and Amp for $1000, and I make enough at work that school isn't a problem or anything. Don't get the wrong idea, I don't have a silver spoon in mouth or anything like that. I work like a dog.
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Old 08-18-07, 08:19 PM   #4
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Define "a bunch of money". Since you're asking if $900 is too much, it can't be THAT much money. Knowing how much expendable dough you have may help the peanut gallery determine if $900 is or is not too much. FWIW, my conversion cost about $200 to build, and my IRO (yes, including frame/fork) was just under $250.

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see previous post: $1000. Which to me, is a bunch of money since all of my money now goes to paying for school and the likes.
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I know how the full time work and school thing goes. I say no worries on spending the grand on a bike if that's your new hobby. I have a similar pattern as well, when I change hobbies I sell the old stuff to finance the new stuff.

edit: didn't see your previous post while typing mine.
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Trust me, it's rare. I work full time and go to school full time. Which is why I want to treat myself. I just sold my Guitar and Amp for $1000, and I make enough at work that school isn't a problem or anything. Don't get the wrong idea, I don't have a silver spoon in mouth or anything like that. I work like a dog.
i know. i've read your other posts. just saying it must be nice to come across some easy cash. check out my flickr link. my gray fuji cost me ~450 to build. i think it looks good, it's all i need, and it gets ridden about 15 to 25 miles a day.
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when I change hobbies I sell the old stuff to finance the new stuff.
+1 for that! Hence why the guitar and amp are gone... I've been into bikes since I was about 7, but am just starting to get serious. Want to do track and stuff, looks like so much fun.
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I spent $650 on my Pista, but have previously spent $2k on a mountain bike (Santa Cruz Heckler). I think spending the money on a bike is well worth it. Its something that will last for a long time provided you take care of it, and the health benefits and fun and social aspects of it are well worth the price. I go to school full time and work two jobs as well, so I know how nice it is to come into some expendable income and spend it on something you'll really enjoy.

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Old 08-18-07, 08:31 PM   #10
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I dunno man, Ive put like $500 into mine and its a f@cking conversion
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Ive got around 600 bucks in my bike.

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Ive got around 600 bucks in my bike.
edit much?
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I dunno man, Ive put like $500 into mine and its a f@cking conversion
+1.
about 5 bills, including powdercoat. I have like 5 stems and 3 sets of handlebars, and a few seats, and 2bbs, and a crankset now, though. all from trying out different stuff. I don't ride track (I Wish) though.
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My current fixie cost me... well, let's see: $350 for the bike, $75 for the pedals and straps, and $30 for the bars. So that's... $455. It's a Mercier Kilo TT (http://velospace.org/node/4403).

My previous fixie cost me... about the same, methinks. Wheels cost (($75x2)+($30+2)+($25x2)+$25+$5)=$290 (don't EVER do wheels that way... I bought hubs separate, rims separate, a cog separate, and a lockring separate, and then had my LBS build 'em up for me), $100 for the frame, $75 for the powder coat, and $10 for the bullhorns; everything else I had. That's... $475. It was a Nishiki International conversion, now owned by BF forum member ovoleg (http://velospace.org/node/572). 'Course, that doesn't include the Dawes Lightning SST that I bought as a parts-seed, nor the Bianchi Strada LX frame that I sought to use before the Nishiki that was too small. So add a couple of hundred dollars more if you want the true cost of that bike.

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edit much?
i did a little adding..it was more
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Old 08-18-07, 09:33 PM   #16
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hah, story of my life.
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Do it. I just spent $400 on an entry level complete track bike after riding dumpster conversions for 2 years, and I couldn't be happier. Just don't build up something that you're afraid to ride because it's too pretty or whatever. If you're gonna use it, it's not a waste.
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I've spent about ~$400 on my conversion
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I just spent a total of $4 on my conversion. Found the bike down the road and needed to replace the bottom bracket bearings.
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I'd say maybe 250 or so. New bars (from my friend), new tires and tubes, and new wheelset soon.
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i got a nice bonus at work so I bought $1200 worth of parts to build up my IRO BFSSFG..
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good parts cost that big cash. this forum is full of people talking about sweet phil woods and chris kings and sugino 75's and brooks or whatever... when you do a fat build, that **** costs dough. is it worth it? probably. cars are way expensive, plus 50 a tank and 100 in insurace a month. drop that dough on your bike. You love it right? You're on a forum talking about it so i'm sure you do. my bike was 1500, no corners cut. and I ride it like a mother****er. Spend your cash. get a good ass lock. get renter's insurance in case it gets jacked. build the best bike you can afford.
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$850ish into my Pista.
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my trek cost $20 and i traded some parts for my wheelset. remember, more money does not necessarily mean more satisfaction. people continuously spend buttloads of money on their bikes and are never happy.
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Too much.

It was about $1k for my IRO (parts only, not counting shipping and labor... that's probably another $100...)

Fortunately, i'm pretty much done with it.
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