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Old 06-07-19, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
But effective, as it rounded up the usual scolds and would-be BF censors to post their usual banal, too clever/cute responses.
He lined up all the Punches, and you're Judy.

How about we all drop our boring scripted roles already? I know I could write your posts for you at this point.
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Old 06-07-19, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by JonBailey View Post
Which is what most people who pedal their vehicles buy because most people can't afford or are not willing to spend any more money than BSO prices.

I got my first ten-speed, a Japanese Free Spirit, for Christmas in 1974. It retailed for about $70 back then. To my parents and grandparents, $70 was a big deal then.

My father was a DOD electrician who worked for the Department of the Navy and my maternal grandfather was a retired union Operating Engineer
heavy-equipment operator then. To my parents and grandparents an American dollar had significant meaning. I'ma ge 55 now. I can remember when a
a 12-oz Coke or a candy bar was 10 cents. A loaf of name-brand bread and a box of national brand cold cereal was well under $1.00 This was in 1971.

Some things as home electronics have gotten much cheaper over the years. my mother bought our first microwave oven in 1982: a Quasar. Retailed close to
$300 back then. That same year we bought our first VCR: a large, heavy top-loading Sylvania VHS that retailed for $1,200 and had a remote control with a long cable, two-head mono sound and very complicated instructions and procedures for setting it up to tape TV shows.

I bought a large Hamilton Beach microwave at Walmart for a paltry $53 new 3 years ago. In 1990, I bought my first new VCR at Montgomery Wards for about $200 called a Symphonic. It was front-load, wireless remote, somewhat compact, two-head mono sound and somewhat easier to program than our old Sylvania. It lasted for about five years. I think the last new VCR I bought was in 2000: a Sony Hi-Fi 4-head model for about $100 then. Wireless remote, front-loading, very compact and light and much simpler to set up. The Panasonic Blu-Ray player I bought new in 2014 was about $100. In 2014 I bought a new Samsung 40" LED Smart TV with resolutions up to 1080i in excess of $700 at Best Buy. Walmart now has Samsung ULTRA HD 40" Smart TV's for as low as $228. I remember when those plasma TV's were new-car-priced and they stunk badly in design due to burn-in troubles.
Buy a time machine for $10k and go back to then.

This has FA to do with bikes.
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Old 06-07-19, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Buy a time machine for $10k and go back to then.
Wow! Time machines have gotten insanely expensive.
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Old 06-07-19, 11:22 AM
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I dont consider this a troll thread or out of order at all!!! In fact I think some time back I started one on the same subject.

The fact is-------yes some have become obscenely high priced because some people have pretty much unlimited money, and snob appeal. The fact is it doesnt make any difference if you are talking cars, washing machines, or bicycles. You reach a point of increasing quality and cost UP TO A POINT, and beyond that it is name and snobbery. Some of it is driven by weight weenies to the point that the really high priced bikes are plastic CF bikes. They are so light they are actually fragile, and mainly for world class racers that are on a team and can afford to throw them away at the first sign of damage.
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Old 06-07-19, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Wow! Time machines have gotten insanely expensive.
Yeah, but the dimension shifters on the 1973 models worked like total crap.
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Old 06-07-19, 11:29 AM
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I dont consider this a troll thread or out of order at all!!! In fact I think some time back I started one on the same subject.
Oh the irony.
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
My princess wife still hasn't claimed the throne of Druidia, so we've been on a budget.
Check out the medallion around your neck. I think you'll find out it means you're worth more than you think.

The fancy car would be a nice upgrade from the Winnebago.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
I dont consider this a troll thread or out of order at all!!! In fact I think some time back I started one on the same subject.
Right, but you've fallen behind on your pet thread rotation. Someone has to take up the slack!
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
In fact I think some time back I started one on the same subject.
Maybe you could keep an index of your posts, key words, whatever. Then you could whip out one tangentially related to the thread, put in a box or other cute display. You could make both your points w/o having to ponder.
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Maybe you could keep an index of your posts, key words, whatever. Then you could whip out one tangentially related to the thread, put in a box or other cute display. You could make both your points w/o having to ponder.
Rydabent from Lincoln!
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
I know I could write your posts for you at this point.
Sure you could, but soon you'd miss him.

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Point of comparison: A Cannondale Multisport 2000 from the year 2000 was about $2200 MSRP.
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Rydabent from Lincoln!
Lincoln Navigators are insanely expensive.
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I take it you don't own a $3,000,000 Bugatti like the rest of us do? Pshaw.
Nah. I don't want one. Too low to the ground. Where would I put my bike rack?
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Pretty Inexpensive

is what I would call the modern state of bicycling in America, at least.

For the nostalgic, you can browse your local Facebook Marketplace listings and buy a pretty decent steel bike for a few hundred dollars. And there are some bikes that are roadworthy and are cheap. If you have the tools and the know how, these would make fine riders.

For the neo-wannabe-racer-type, you can build your own by sourcing Chinese carbon frames, posts, bars and wheels, and buy dirt-cheap groupsets to finish things off. For much less than $1000, you can build up a bike that is better than roadworthy, it'd be race worthy. Even at $1600 in 2019, which will build an open mold Ultegra equipped high profile carbon tubular wheeled machine, that'd be...[adding machine keys punching...][sound of lever pulling] about $400 in 1970s money. Expensive, but not completely out of line for a race bike.

Anyway. What was the question?
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Sure you could, but soon you'd miss him.
Then the snarky pooch would have to nip at someone else's heels.
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Old 06-07-19, 12:16 PM
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Nah. I don't want one. Too low to the ground. Where would I put my bike rack?
On the roof:
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Anyone got any insanely expensive bicycle-related vacations coming up? I am flying first class to Missoula a week from tomorrow to start a two-week tour.
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Sure you could, but soon you'd miss him.
Like I'd miss a hangnail.
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According to the commercials and billboards you can walk into a casino and lose 10k while having a good time.
Buy the bike you can afford and enjoy!
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Anyone got any insanely expensive bicycle-related vacations coming up? I am flying first class to Missoula a week from tomorrow to start a two-week tour.
I haven't had a vacation in maybe 6 years. I think that's partly why my productivity at work and my outlook on life is slipping.

Maybe once all the kids are on their own and supporting themselves? I can see it happening again, though. Someday, someday.
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Huh. I bought a Trek 5200 in 2000 for $2100. Adjusted for inflation, that would be roughly $3100 in 2019 dollars. If I walked into a Trek dealer today to buy the comparable bike, the Emonda SL 6, it would cost me $2800. https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...ode=black_grey

So, by that comparison, it's actually gotten a little cheaper. And a little better, since current Ultegra is a bit nicer than Ultegra 6500.
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So, by that comparison, it's actually gotten a little cheaper. And a little better, since current Ultegra is a bit nicer than Ultegra 6500.
A false premises is a common component of a troll thread.
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I haven't had a vacation in maybe 6 years. I think that's partly why my productivity at work and my outlook on life is slipping.

Maybe once all the kids are on their own and supporting themselves? I can see it happening again, though. Someday, someday.
Children are insanely expensive.
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I bet troll threads are good for ad views. Just can't cross the line.
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Children are insanely expensive.
I should have sold them when I had the chance.

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