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Old 11-01-15, 08:50 AM
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Why do I always want something more?

More.
I remember Humphrey Bogart saying to Edward G. Robinson in 'Key Largo".
I know what you want Rocco .....You want MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL....I have a perfectly wonderful bike, a 2016 Specialized Crosstrail comp.
I have upgraded the tires to Schwalbe marathon supremes, the saddle to a serfas Rx, the pedals to raceface affect the seatpost to a thudbuster st, the grips to ergon gp4, and the stem to a suntour adjustable. I've added serfas rechargeabe lights front and back, spoke reflectors, bottle cage and a saddlebag. The reflectors, pedals, bottle cage, and saddle bag are all blue making my bike not only a great rider but a beauty as well.
So why do I want more?
Why am I always scanning the cycling offerings at performance, nashbar, amazon etc. ?
Why? Why? Why?
Do I need professional help?
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Old 11-01-15, 08:54 AM
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I think the key is to calmly accept that we all need several bikes, and seasonal variants for each of those bikes.
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Wait till the N + 1 bug hits you.
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Old 11-01-15, 08:56 AM
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It wears off after a while. I don't have any desire for a fancy new bike.
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Old 11-01-15, 09:46 AM
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Bike addiction passes through various stages. Early on you're focused on the bike and material aspects of it, reading about and wanting the latest and greatest. After a while that becomes boring and you start focusing on the ride itself, wanting to be faster/stronger or a better hill climber, or pulling out world maps and lusting about all the places you want to go.

As you age, you come to realize there's so many places and so little time, and you ger more serious about making the opportunity to making those dream trips a reality.
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Old 11-01-15, 11:12 AM
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I have 4 perfectly fine and functional bikes, yet I want at least 2 more. Why? I have no freakin' idea.

I've definitely gone overboard - as in way overboard - on a couple of my other hobbies. 4 bikes doesn't seem too terrible to me, yet other people find it excessive.
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Old 11-01-15, 12:31 PM
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You will need more bikes because eventually you will have bought every possible accessory for your existing bike, and replaced each one, and there will be simply nothing left to buy.

You are human ... the only humans who are really satisfied are either in comas or have spent their entire lives training themselves to discard every attachment and desire.

And ignore those folks who say it is a phase---it might be for some, but for others the love of cycling Includes tinkering, adding, adjusting, rebuilding ... even people like me who can barely pick up a wrench without hurting himself---I still keep tinkering. But I love riding more each time I ride.

Seriously though--quit wasting money on more accessories for that bike and start saving up for your next couple bikes. Then get more accessories.
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Old 11-01-15, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
More.
I remember Humphrey Bogart saying to Edward G. Robinson in 'Key Largo".
I know what you want Rocco .....You want MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL....I have a perfectly wonderful bike, a 2016 Specialized Crosstrail comp.
I have upgraded the tires to Schwalbe marathon supremes, the saddle to a serfas Rx, the pedals to raceface affect the seatpost to a thudbuster st, the grips to ergon gp4, and the stem to a suntour adjustable. I've added serfas rechargeabe lights front and back, spoke reflectors, bottle cage and a saddlebag. The reflectors, pedals, bottle cage, and saddle bag are all blue making my bike not only a great rider but a beauty as well.
So why do I want more?
Why am I always scanning the cycling offerings at performance, nashbar, amazon etc. ?
Why? Why? Why?
Do I need professional help?
Even an old trike rider like me found I needed two trikes. One for riding and another for hauling loads. I trashed the axle bearings on the light bike trying to haul feed on it. Kind of like owning a sports car and a pickumup.
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Old 11-01-15, 02:06 PM
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"So why do I want more?"

You have a human mind. The mind is a desire/aversion machine, it will run this way until death.
The only solution is to get behind the mind and see it's unreality.
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Old 11-01-15, 03:27 PM
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Why do I always want something more?

Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
More…LOL....I have a perfectly wonderful bike, a 2016 Specialized Crosstrail comp.

I have upgraded …I've added … making my bike not only a great rider but a beauty as well.

So why do I want more?
Why am I always scanning the cycling offerings at performance, nashbar, amazon etc. ?
Why? Why? Why?
Do I need professional help?
I have a very expensive carbon fiber bike, and a really nice beater mountain bike. I have been involved in some rancorous threads about the incremental quality of ever-more expensive bikes. The naysayers just don’t believe a bike such as mine is worth it, though likely haven’t had enough saddle time on one to appreciate it.

To those disbelievers, and to the OP, my response is, at least I have no buyer’s remorse over what I may be missing…having the best should stifle your desire for more.

The mountain bike is used when the weather is bad, and hence the riding is sub-optimal so that experience is going to be as good as it gets, and I don't want to mess up the CF bike. My only other desire for N+1 is for a folding bike to take on vacations or business trips, for which I usually have little time to ride anyways.
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Old 11-01-15, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
Do I need professional help?
If you have not spent all your available cash on bikes and bike parts, I will offer professional counseling guaranteed to stop your purchasing addiction for so long as you remain in treatment.

I ought to have quite the stable by the time you quit treatment.
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Old 11-01-15, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Why do I always want something more?


…having the best should stifle your desire for more.
Oh, if only that were true. You see, this is a pattern for me. I've done it with fishing equipment, boats, vegetable gardens and all other hobbies.
I start off buying something of decent quality. Then I get to know what matters to me. Then I buy something that is at or near top of the line for my needs. Then I start fine tuning it, then I become obsessed with perfection. There is no doubt in my mind that I could have bought the most expensive bike in the world and I would still be tweaking it. It's what I do.
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Old 11-01-15, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
More.
I remember Humphrey Bogart saying to Edward G. Robinson in 'Key Largo".
I know what you want Rocco .....You want MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LOL....I have a perfectly wonderful bike, a 2016 Specialized Crosstrail comp.
I have upgraded the tires to Schwalbe marathon supremes, the saddle to a serfas Rx, the pedals to raceface affect the seatpost to a thudbuster st, the grips to ergon gp4, and the stem to a suntour adjustable. I've added serfas rechargeabe lights front and back, spoke reflectors, bottle cage and a saddlebag. The reflectors, pedals, bottle cage, and saddle bag are all blue making my bike not only a great rider but a beauty as well.
So why do I want more?
Why am I always scanning the cycling offerings at performance, nashbar, amazon etc. ?
Why? Why? Why?
Do I need professional help?
Grass is always greener over other side of the fence .
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Old 11-01-15, 03:59 PM
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Its a comsumption driven economy for the underclasses ..
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Old 11-01-15, 04:12 PM
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My wanting "stuff" was stifled by getting more bikes. I love the hunt for a good deal and wrenching. I sell enough "good deal bikes" and I start looking for one I will want to keep for at least awhile. Having lots of bikes makes what I call excessive accessorizing to a minimum, though I will treat myself to a Brooks saddle to a bike I think I will keep for a long time, or some other high end thing once in awhile. Currently on the hunt for a legit dutch city bike, and have picked out some bikes to part with if I come across one.
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You want more because there is always newer or sometimes better things out there. I have about 6 bikes either on paper(computer HD really) or in my head that I eventually want to build. I think about bikes pretty often and occasionally have seen bikes I want come through the shop or just see them when out riding or doing other things. It is one of those addictions that will take your money but you also get into shape and sometimes meet some really cool people and learn some cool stuff.

Some people spend their money on purchases they cannot do much with and if you can do something with it usually not productive. Whereas with bikes I can ride them and learn to service them and hopefully one day learn to weld and braze them and get healthy as well.
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Old 11-01-15, 05:39 PM
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Something about collecting stuff is what we do, to ensure our survival and our tribes survival..........or something, we just like stuff.
I got the Diamondback hybrid i didn't need, now I noticed a killer sale on a Schwinn hybrid that would be a nice backup beater......
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I have two daily use bikes, a Cannondale road bike and a Trek mtb. Also a 35 year old Fuji tourer I keep mostly for sentimental reasons. None of them are stock but once obsessively dialed in I don't much mess with them no more.

If you're beyond that point...yes, you need help.

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I am like you i have 3 road bikes one TT bike one mountain bike all bikes is older 2003 and under and always i looking for new bikes or is better i sale all my bikes and i buy one much newer bike.
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You want a new bike because you come to the forums and read all the posts about "Hey I got this great new bike" and then you want one too.
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You are compensating for not getting any at home.
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Do I need professional help?
Perhaps. I will offer to assist. I believe you need to release yourself from the desire that holds you captive. If you will please send the bike to me you will be cured.
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