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Old 03-30-19, 09:44 PM
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A bike you will never sell

I have a specialized transition elite tri bike ive had for many years,i recently thought of getting a newer bike , I don't have room in the garage for another bike but I cant bring myself to sell it..... it fits me perfectly it rides awesome...I am one with this bike....I cant conceive of a scenario in witch I would part with it.....does anybody else have this problem
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
I have a specialized transition elite tri bike ive had for many years,i recently thought of getting a newer bike , I don't have room in the garage for another bike but I cant bring myself to sell it..... it fits me perfectly it rides awesome...I am one with this bike....I cant conceive of a scenario in witch I would part with it.....does anybody else have this problem

Everyone should have such a "problem"! I've had bikes I wish I still had, but I don't think I've ever been as attached to a bike as you are. Rejoice in it! You love what you have.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Everyone should have such a "problem"! I've had bikes I wish I still had, but I don't think I've ever been as attached to a bike as you are. Rejoice in it! You love what you have.
its not getting any younger....and bike technology has improved and has gone far beyond what the bike is capable of.....
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Oh man. I have a hard time selling *any* bike I own. They all are so sweet to ride . . . But recently I did manage to let a few go to the local co-op. The remaining 14 are keepers.
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
its not getting any younger....and bike technology has improved and has gone far beyond what the bike is capable of.....

I say keep the old bike and find something else in the garage you can get rid of. Or get a couple of hooks to hang the bikes up with. From what you say, I'd bet you'll ride both.
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I got rid of my 2001 Cannondale H400 hybrid in 2009, six months after getting a road bike. I had mostly stopped riding it, and assumed I would never get back to it. Yet the bike was a perfect casual-ride bike, and it didn't take long to regret having let it go. The things I didn't like about it were the SRAM twist shifters, and the adjustable rise stem that developed some creaks. It was no road bike; I couldn't comfortably ride it as far as I can ride my road bike, but I should have hung onto it, swapped the shifters and stem, replaced the slicks that I put on it before getting my road bike with some treaded 700x38s, should have put the fenders back on that were up in the attic, should have swapped the pedals for spd/platform combos, and should have ridden it on those occasions where it would have been a better choice than the road bike.

Instead I told myself that the road bike was all I needed, until 2018 when I started really getting that itch again. That H400 had long since been discontinued, but the Cannondale Quick is a similar bike with modern accouterments. Finally I found a Cannondale Quick CX used, in good shape and in the right price range. I purchased it from a guy who was wanting to get a road bike instead. I didn't tell him my story. I've added a rack, fenders, and SPD/Platform pedals, and take it on commutes, errands, rides to the park with my kids, and other places where the road bike is not the ideal choice. This year (which is quite young given I don't like riding in the snow) the mileage has begun taking the form of 2/3rds road bike, 1/3rd hybrid. But most of those miles put on the hybrid are miles I wouldn't have ridden on my road bike.

So the short answer is that I've learned my lesson and probably wouldn't ever get rid of any bike I'm still able to ride unless it really were completely redundant.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I say keep the old bike and find something else in the garage you can get rid of. Or get a couple of hooks to hang the bikes up with. From what you say, I'd bet you'll ride both.
I could get rid of my wifes car.....but then again I would be sleeping in the garage
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Old 03-30-19, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
Oh man. I have a hard time selling *any* bike I own. They all are so sweet to ride . . . But recently I did manage to let a few go to the local co-op. The remaining 14 are keepers.
14 bikes wtf
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14 bikes wtf
yeah, but they are all different, all lovely to ride, and I have the space to keep them. Most are actually pretty low end French bikes but are a delight on the move.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post

yeah, but they are all different, all lovely to ride, and I have the space to keep them. Most are actually pretty low end French bikes but are a delight on the move.
don't let ur wife find out about ur 14 loves
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I have an 83 Team Fuji that I bought new in 84. I suspect I'll have that bike till the end of my days.
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Old 03-30-19, 11:21 PM
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I got this Legnano Roma Olympiade new in 1964 as a 16 year old junior racer. I raced it, rode it to college, hung it on the garage wall for 20 years, and got it down in 2000 and began riding it again. It's a keeper. I'm taking it on its second Eroica ride next weekend. I hardly ever think about selling my bikes, but this one - no way. I buy them to ride, not to sell.


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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
14 bikes wtf
You must be new here, lol 😂
The right number of bikes is N+1. There’s always another bike

My ‘keeper ‘ is my ‘96 Cannondale F-XXXX custom XC bike. It’s seriously outdated, even when you consider how radical it was when it was new, but it just works. Plus it was my first frame-up build, so I picked everything that went in to it, as well as the mods it’s received over the years.
Actually, it’s been ‘urbanized’ over the last few years and it’s really effective as a fast city bike.

I guess that that means I can justify a new trail bike 😁
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If the bike fits you perfectly and does everything you need from it, why would you want to sell it?
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My bikepacking bike is a Foundry Firetower with a Lauf fork and carbon Jones H bars.
The drivetrain and brake components are all standardized and will be available for years to come.
I would never part with this bike.

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I have a 1991 Ochsner steel road bike that I do not think I will ever sell. I am in the process of restoring it. It is in a shop now to be powder coated. It has that magic ride of steel and handles terrific. I am so looking forward to completing the restoration and getting out on the road with it again.
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A couple of years ago I sold my Bianchi Infinito. Why I sold it I really, to this day, have no idea.

The person that I sold it to never rides it. It really bothers me to imagine that sweet bici sitting in a garage, gathering dust.



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If the bike fits you perfectly and does everything you need from it, why would you want to sell it?
its older low tech heavier than carbon probably not as aero as the newest tech bike....everybody wants the latest and greatest bike that comes out....
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its older low tech heavier than carbon probably not as aero as the newest tech bike....everybody wants the latest and greatest bike that comes out....
Not everybody.
I have aero, carbon, Di2, disc brake modern bikes too, and love them. My old steel bikes I love just as much. I ride them all and enjoy them all. Why limit yourself to a carbon only diet, when you can have steel too? Modern even gets old pretty fast these days.

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Out of about the 20 rideable bikes I have, probably half of them are on the "never sell" side.
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14 bikes wtf
The proper number is N+1 until you are at the point of W-1. Then you decide if N+0 is worth it!
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The proper number is N+1 until you are at the point of W-1. Then you decide if N+0 is worth it!
Depends on whether you live in a community property state.

if the answer is no, then N+1 greater than W-1 = Happiness
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
its older low tech heavier than carbon probably not as aero as the newest tech bike....everybody wants the latest and greatest bike that comes out....
You just lost me there...

If you want to chase the newest tech, chase it. If you love an existing bike, keep it. My advice is, Keep the old you like AND buy the new. I still have my first adult "10-speed", a Peugeot UO-8 which still gets an occasional ride. It is 46 years old and in good shape and will never be sold. If I cannot ride, it will be wall art in my rec room.

Maybe it is my age, but I now accept that unless you are at the highest level, the newer bike is not realistically going to cut your times or make the hills smaller by any amount to justify the cost. However, if you like the new technology, go for it because you enjoy technoogy of the bicycle itself. If you keep the old bike along with the new you can enjoy both, each in its own way, whenever you like...
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
I have a specialized transition elite tri bike ive had for many years,i recently thought of getting a newer bike , I don't have room in the garage for another bike but I cant bring myself to sell it..... it fits me perfectly it rides awesome...I am one with this bike....I cant conceive of a scenario in witch I would part with it.....does anybody else have this problem
You are one with your special bike.
That’s so cute
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I have a Nashbar CX bike that I built up in my last few years of College. Learned a lot about bikes from that build and I even "rebuilt" it once and sold the original.

Nashbar doesn't make that frame anymore and I had a lot of fun with that bike, so it's not going anywhere
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