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Old 01-11-13, 11:23 AM
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Man, I don't get it...

It just makes me wonder what motivates some people...

Just this morning I took a rummage through our local CL and found a stunning, brand new, 2009 Soma Speedster (now the Stanyan), dolled up in semi-Rivendell-ish fashion; lots of bells & whistles/ Ultegra 10sp. and going for a cool $1800.

Ok, fine by me; it's fair price. But- here's the thing: the owner probably spent about twice that in cash and god knows how long building it up... only to ride it 100 miles and sell it.

I see this kind of thing all the time & I just don't get it: why on earth do people go through all the time, effort, and expense to build up a seriously nice bike and then never bother to ride it?
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Old 01-11-13, 11:26 AM
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Probably just to annoy you

It could be any number of things...injury, unexpected need for cash, shiny new toy, sudden space constraint, item was inherited. Some folks have enough money where the amounts of the loss aren't substantial to them. It could also be a bike shop employee who purchased/built it very inexpensively and can build the next one inexpensively.

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Old 01-11-13, 11:26 AM
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They've got money to burn.
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Old 01-11-13, 11:37 AM
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My girlfriend's friends dropped 5 grand on a couple of Cervelos because they wanted to get into the sport. They ride quite often but, yeah, as Henry says, they have a lot of money and don't mind spending it.
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Old 01-11-13, 11:39 AM
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Thrift stores are full of brand new stuff, with tags.

Regardless of how much he put into the bike, around here on C/L, an $1800 will not sell.
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Old 01-11-13, 11:40 AM
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I don't know why, but thank goodness they do. How else would we score those pristine bikes 20 years later.
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Play it Again Sports is full of the aborted, well intentioned dreams of the causual athlete.
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Old 01-11-13, 01:07 PM
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could be any number of reasons. hell, i spent a year and $2200 to restore and build up an utterly pristine Eddy Merckx 7-11. Then I hardly ever rode it because i didn't like the geometry (too low and aggressive) and also because i was worried about scratching it up. So I ended up selling it at a $400 loss. c'est la vie, i guess.
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Old 01-11-13, 01:07 PM
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I don't know why, but thank goodness they do. How else would we score those pristine bikes 20 years later.
+1. Most of the bikes I buy have suffered more from years of inadequate storage than from actual use.
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Play it Again Sports is full of the aborted, well intentioned dreams of the causual athlete.
I've never seen a decent bike at a PIA store, but if you're into hockey or cross-country skiing or golf...
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Old 01-11-13, 01:11 PM
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They've got money to burn.
Or a mortgage payment coming up.
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Because a treadmill makes a better clothes rack, hanging clothes on the bike gets grease on them! ;-)

Intentions, folks intend to get healthy, buy new toys....and find it takes TIME to use the new toys....
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I don't know why, but thank goodness they do. How else would we score those pristine bikes 20 years later.
You do have a point there.
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