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Old 01-25-08, 12:02 AM   #1
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Am I Spending too much money on this bike?

So i bought the orange IRO angus frame b/c i liked the color and i really like the way quill stems look on threaded headsets and stuff.

So as of now, i have the frame/fork, tange headset, nitto jaguar stem, b125 bars, and sugino RD cranks. so thats already like $525.

So i've calculated the other parts i want to buy for the bike, the most expensive of which include open pro wheelset, rolls saddle, dura ace hubs, amongst other things. All this will total to around $900.

I know its really up to me on how much i want to spend on my bike, and i'm sure i'm going to be happy with the bike once i'm done building it up. But i just wanted to get an opinion on whether or not its just plain ridiculous to spend $1000+ on a $325 frameset. I know my friends/family that know nothing about bikes think i'm ********.....oh well, i figure i make money to spend it, so I might as well spend it on something i really like, as opposed to getting drunk and going out or something like that.
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Old 01-25-08, 12:06 AM   #2
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no its fine. and when ur done with that frame set and want to upgrade, u can put ur 1000 parts on ur upgraded frame. my frames generally have been in the 500 area and the parts with wheels in the 1000.
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Old 01-25-08, 12:06 AM   #3
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Spend your money on what you want. Forget what everyone else thinks. Make sure you write down what you spend and know your products in regard to quality, msrp, and reviews; otherwise, you could end up spending more than you need to.
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Old 01-25-08, 12:19 AM   #4
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spend as much money as humanly possible on your bike and then ride the **** out of it.
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Make sure you don't write down what you spend
Fixed.

I really don't want to know what mine ended up costing. It started out being a budget build. If I did the math, I'd see how much I failed.

That said, I put a King headset on a group buy IRO. You could be doing worse.
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i wrote down everything i was spending on my new build and i had to lay down afterwards
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Old 01-25-08, 12:59 AM   #7
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If you're traditional Chinese (assuming you are Chinese), yes, any amount over $300 on a new bike is considered ridiculous! LOL. Get used to it. Since you're asking on a bike forum, of course we're going to tell you to happily spend away!

Oh, if it makes you feel better, you can dig up old threads on how much people spent on their SS/FG setups...
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If you want to cheer yourself up, if you use the bike for commuting, you'll probably make up the money not spending it on gas in a couple months.
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Hrm, I think that is a lot for a mediocre frame but like others have said, you can always transfer the parts over to another frame. Personally, I think that if you invest in a good set of wheels you will always come out ahead because frames come and go.

Like my GTB. I am getting a bit tired of it and I'm looking for something steel now so I will just transfer everything over to whatever frame I decide on and sell the GTB, likely getting more money now than what I paid for it, heheheh
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Old 01-25-08, 08:41 AM   #10
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I didn't read the post but the answer is always No.
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I spent $85 total on my latest bike but its not single speed or fixed so i'll never get laid again
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there will always be someone out there who spends more...so don't feel bad lol
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From what i've seen and read, frame set costs of a build are about 1/3 the cost of most bike builds.


If it makes you feel any better it's a good thing you're not a roadie, besides buying frames, they have to buy gears, which i'm sure can add up pretty quickly, then again they also have to buy all that freaking lycra to match

You are still coming out leaps and bounds ahead of the roadies
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no its fine. and when ur done with that frame set and want to upgrade, u can put ur 1000 parts on ur upgraded frame. my frames generally have been in the 500 area and the parts with wheels in the 1000.
bling bling...every time I come around ya city, bling bling
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Old 01-25-08, 10:22 AM   #15
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I spent $1000 on my pista and it still looks stock! It's quite easy to do with $120 saddles and $80 seatposts, etc... Go for it.

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From what i've seen and read, frame set costs of a build are about 1/3 the cost of most bike builds.


If it makes you feel any better it's a good thing you're not a roadie, besides buying frames, they have to buy gears, which i'm sure can add up pretty quickly, then again they also have to buy all that freaking lycra to match

You are still coming out leaps and bounds ahead of the roadies
yeah, but roadie parts can be cheap b/c there is so much around and you can always find deals. to the OP - you can always downgrade the hubs - i know i would just get formulas/dimensions if you only have one bike. then get dura ace hubs when it is your second wheelset so you can treat them nicely.
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yeah, but roadie parts can be cheap b/c there is so much around and you can always find deals. to the OP - you can always downgrade the hubs - i know i would just get formulas/dimensions if you only have one bike. then get dura ace hubs when it is your second wheelset so you can treat them nicely.
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and please dont lace em to v's
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and please dont lace em to v's
haha , frank, i love how adamant you are about not purchasing deep v's
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bling bling...every time I come around ya city, bling bling
I already got super fresh blinged out parts, so I've resorted to bicycle jewelry...golded out headtube..

and critters KNOW not to touch my shiet when I set my bike down!..Guuuuuulyyyyyy!
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If you are paying cash and can afford it, no.

If you are using credit, have other obligations and won't be able to pay it off in a reasonable amount of time, yes.
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As long as it's ridden...
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If you're traditional Chinese (assuming you are Chinese), yes, any amount over $300 on a new bike is considered ridiculous! LOL. Get used to it. Since you're asking on a bike forum, of course we're going to tell you to happily spend away!
What the ****?
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spend as much money as humanly possible on your bike and then ride the **** out of it.
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If you're traditional Chinese (assuming you are Chinese), yes, any amount over $300 on a new bike is considered ridiculous! LOL. Get used to it. Since you're asking on a bike forum, of course we're going to tell you to happily spend away!
If you're tradition Chinese you can spend $7 and get the nicest dinner you can buy in your country including alcohol.
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Ha, I spent $25 on a Peugeot mixte frame and built a $500 bike out of it.

I'm building a road bike using a $175 dollar Pinarello frame. It'll cost over a grand when I'm done with it. New paintjob alone will run $300-400.

Just because the frame is the biggest part of the bike doesn't mean it should be the most expensive. I think that's what throws a lot of people off when they start adding up component prices.
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