Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Most extravagant bike-related purchase?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Most extravagant bike-related purchase?

Old 03-16-03, 11:01 PM
  #1  
Grendel
1.64x10^6 posts
Thread Starter
 
Grendel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Spring, TX
Posts: 501
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Most extravagant bike-related purchase?

Now, by extravagant I don't neccessarily mean a large sum of money -- a $50 bottle cage or $100 stem would be more extravagant than a $200 pair of shoes or a $3000 bike. You know, something that cost more than it should have but you bought it anyway?

My personal best in this category was something I bought today; a $110 carbon fiber seatpost (Easton EC-70) which I at least managed to get on sale for 20% off, but still....

I wasn't really wanting to get a CF post; I just wanted to get a post with a little more setback and after visiting 4 local shops I finally found a post that would work, but it was hella expensive. I was tired of driving and the sale price made it almost acceptable, so now it's on my bike. That's one sales receipt that's going straight to the shredder!
Grendel is offline  
Old 03-16-03, 11:16 PM
  #2  
khuon
DEADBEEF
 
khuon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
Posts: 12,234

Bikes: 1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Originally posted by Grendel
You know, something that cost more than it should have but you bought it anyway?
$75 Redhook cycling jersey. I love Redhook beers so I just had to have one. I wonder if they make a Guinness jersey. I'm also quite bummed that Primal Wear discontinued the jersey with the green alien.
__________________
1999 K2 OzM 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
"Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send." -- Jon Postel, RFC1122
khuon is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 06:49 AM
  #3  
ChipRGW
hehe...He said "member"
 
ChipRGW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FLA
Posts: 630
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I bought a new seat for the bike this weekend.
I had to get one due to a "clipless" incident last Thursday.
So I went to the LBS, picked one out that was around 50 bucks.

The wife says, "are you sure you don't want to get a "better" one?"
Duh, yeah...
So I bought a seat for a hundred dollars. I barely paid that much for the whole bike.
__________________
Sometimes you just let the rabbits run, but sometimes you gotta let the dogs run.
ChipRGW is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 07:53 AM
  #4  
Inkwolf
Grounded
 
Inkwolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Wisconsin, Land of the Cheeseheads
Posts: 901
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Dang, I live in a part of the country where a Huffy is considered a darned good bike and Schwinn is the epitome. Around here you don't buy bike stuff, except maybe a bell, a rack, and a light. (Helmet optional) But here I am with my silly Selle Italia leather seat, panniers, biking shoes, Camelbak.... Everything I buy for my riding feels like an extravagance....what fun to live a decadent life of luxury and spendthriftiness!
Inkwolf is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 09:29 AM
  #5  
a2psyklnut
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Parrish, FL
Posts: 7,963

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Investment or extravagence********** Tough to discern between the two. For example, a Chris King headset, retails for over $140.00. For a headset? Heck, you can get a decent headset for $18.00, and you expect me to pay over $100. Are you on crack?

But, it comes with a 10-year guarantee, and it'll probably outlast the frame. So, yep, I bought one!

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 09:46 AM
  #6  
RonH
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Posts: 18,211

Bikes: 2018 Lynskey Helix Pro

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 522 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
I guess I fell for the sales pitch (or the pitch from some of the BF members).

purchase #1: I bought my two headlights (NiteRider NiteOwl) for my commuter for $120 each.

purchase #2: I broke down and bought a decent saddle for my road bike for $100. Glad I did.
Now I need to find a comfortable saddle for my commuter. Not sure if I want to spent $100 though.
RonH is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 11:02 AM
  #7  
RareVos
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Extravagant... I bought a NOS Record Delta brakeset. I guess the thing that makes them extravagant is the fact that the only thing they are good for is slowing down enough that other people can notice them. Seriously, the old Shimano RSX calipers on my beater stop better. Not complaining, its not like I do mountain descents... I bought them because they are pretty.
RareVos is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 11:14 AM
  #8  
shokhead
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: So Cal
Posts: 4,665

Bikes: 2012 Trek Madone 6.2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
R535 shimano's-$56 bucks,WOW.
shokhead is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 12:33 PM
  #9  
D*Alex
Banned
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: upstate New York
Posts: 1,688
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Spent $130 once on a set of good tyres. Too bad they didn't last any longer than any other tyres-may have made the purchase a bit more justifiable if they had...
__________________
Je vais à vélo, donc je suis!
D*Alex is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 12:43 PM
  #10  
Kev
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 1,652
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That is really tough to narrow down, but most likely it would be my Cinneli Carbon handlebar/stem. I love it though, most comfortable handlebars I have ever owned. Fits my hands perfectly, but they were $450. here is a pic
Kev is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 03:22 PM
  #11  
Anders K
To infinity and beyond
 
Anders K's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Posts: 425

Bikes: Cannondale M600, Crescent 92318, Bianchi Lo Spillone (tandem)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well it must be my Schmidt dynamohub but I don´t rate it as an extravagant purchase cause it preforms soooo well that I cant imagine living without it

But it was a lot of money...
Anders K is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 03:52 PM
  #12  
khuon
DEADBEEF
 
khuon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
Posts: 12,234

Bikes: 1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Originally posted by Inkwolf
Dang, I live in a part of the country where a Huffy is considered a darned good bike and Schwinn is the epitome.
But you live in the part of the country from where Treks originate. Then again Schwinn is next door and Huffy not all that far away either.
__________________
1999 K2 OzM 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
"Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send." -- Jon Postel, RFC1122
khuon is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 04:18 PM
  #13  
bikeCOLORADO
#GoatRidesBikes.com
 
bikeCOLORADO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: SW MO
Posts: 472
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Polar S-710 HR Monitor....$330
Of course it's also a watch, altimiter/barometer, wireless bike computer (downloadable to the PC) and a darn good training assistant.

Garmin ETrex Vista GPS - nearly stole it new for $225
Maptech Terrain Navigator Software for the GPS (Utah and Colorado maps) $129
__________________
GoatRidesBikes.com
bikeCOLORADO is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 04:55 PM
  #14  
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Posts: 16,966

Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 +, 2002 Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
z1 fr Marzocchi at 733 cdn...
Maelstrom is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 05:01 PM
  #15  
firebolt
Senior Member
 
firebolt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: SF Bayarea
Posts: 166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hmm... my $130 Briko Spark helmet.... I got it for $60, on a clearance sale. I find it to be more comfortable and cool-looking than Giro, but the adjustable head-strap is kinda suck.

firebolt is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 05:25 PM
  #16  
mykster
Have you seen my tractor?
 
mykster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Stanwood, WA
Posts: 106

Bikes: Kona Stinky and Stab

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would have to say my Serfa's Dual Density Pro saddle. It was $100 give or take a few bucks. I wasn't planning on buying a new saddle, but when I saw it I had to have it...you know, for the coolness factor.
mykster is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 07:15 PM
  #17  
Scooby Snax
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Most extravagant? Well it could be the Sugoi 21 Windows jersey. It was the only one I could find in size XL, it was $85 CDN, which is about $65 more than my other jersey!! but it looks soo durn cool!!! But it was my: "thanks me, for taking me out to ride" present!! Or... was it buying the egg beater peddles for $70? nah, I had just brokem my wrist because the $55 *****mano 515's locked me in? (thats my story and Im sticking to it!!)
 
Old 03-17-03, 08:15 PM
  #18  
cyclingshane73
Compulsive Upgrader
 
cyclingshane73's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 603

Bikes: 2002 Kona Deluxe (road), 2001 Cove Stiffee (mtb)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I almost bought a ti bottle cage for $80 bucks Canadian. Almost...

I guess just about everything I buy I consider to be a little over the top. I would have to say though that my CK headsets do it for me. I have a regular one and a Steelset. I remember sweating when buying them.
__________________
"No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs. We should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power." -P.J. O'Rourke
cyclingshane73 is offline  
Old 03-17-03, 09:17 PM
  #19  
KennethToronto
Go Go Fassa
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Toronto posting alert
KennethToronto is offline  
Old 03-18-03, 01:03 PM
  #20  
ChezJfrey
Rider in the Storm
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 736

Bikes: LeMond Zurich, KHS Fiero (Fixed), Centurion Ironman Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by khuon
$75 Redhook cycling jersey. I love Redhook beers so I just had to have one. I wonder if they make a Guinness jersey. I'm also quite bummed that Primal Wear discontinued the jersey with the green alien.
Hmmm, this sounds familiar. I did the same thing with Deschutes Brewery. I was there (in Bend) and just had to have the jersey displayed on the wall.
ChezJfrey is offline  
Old 03-18-03, 01:50 PM
  #21  
easyrider
Donating member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: www.fantasybikerace.com
Posts: 249
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well, now for a different story...

How about a freakin' website to play fantasy cycling? You guys don't want to know what I paid for this, thinking that memberships would sell like they do in fantasy football. So, here I am giving them away for free, because it makes me feel good, but still paying the designer.

No regrets though. I'll be giving out a service that makes some folks happy.

__________________
Click here to visit FantasyBikeRace.com

FantasyBikeRace is now FREE to play!
easyrider is offline  
Old 03-18-03, 02:26 PM
  #22  
Bokkie
Jubalayo Unogwaja!
 
Bokkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bollocks!
Posts: 1,090
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My bike had XT components so I upgraded to SRAM XO. No real need to, but looking at the stuff once fitted, it looks, so, well, ahem, sexy!

Maybe I need to get out more, eh?
Bokkie is offline  
Old 03-18-03, 02:27 PM
  #23  
Inkwolf
Grounded
 
Inkwolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Wisconsin, Land of the Cheeseheads
Posts: 901
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by khuon
But you live in the part of the country from where Treks originate. Then again Schwinn is next door and Huffy not all that far away either.
Treks are El Dorado. Okay, maybe it isn't really as bad as I say here in the North Woods anymore, but I still think that if anyone in my particular rural area had a Bianchi or Cannondale or Univega or Rivendell or Gary Fisher or something in a rummage sale for $25, it would probably be all mine, because nobody else would be willing to spend that much on an off brand.
Inkwolf is offline  
Old 03-18-03, 03:04 PM
  #24  
mykster
Have you seen my tractor?
 
mykster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Stanwood, WA
Posts: 106

Bikes: Kona Stinky and Stab

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by easyrider

How about a freakin' website to play fantasy cycling? You guys don't want to know what I paid for this,

We do now.
mykster is offline  
Old 03-18-03, 05:34 PM
  #25  
stumpjumper
Lagomorph Demonicus
 
stumpjumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Posts: 795
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
$13,000 for something to carry my bike to the trailhead, plus a few hundred on pits a pieces to make it get there even faster.

stumpjumper is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.