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$14,500 bicycle? maybe in japan

Old 09-11-05, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by STEVO820
he is a dummy for leaving a 14.5k bike outside. i would bring it inside i dont care where i was and if they said no i would go somewhere else. he had it comming i would have kept it and painted it and deny ever stealing anything

EDIT: he is asian so the frame might be to small but i can adjust

There's a cultural context here. Imagine for a moment a world where you can ride your road bike into town, lock it up with a crummy little wire thing, and go have a cup of coffee or beers with friends. Imagine leaving a wallet with $300 in it at a ticket machine and having someone chase you down to return it. Now imagine having your beater commuter stolen and fully expecting it to be returned. It's a beautiful thing, eh?
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Old 09-11-05, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by puddin' legs
There's a cultural context here. Imagine for a moment a world where ... It's a beautiful thing, eh?
Imagine for another moment a culture where you participate in a 22km hillclimb race with 4,000 other riders, and you get to the top where you'll hang out and have a sack lunch with all your buddies. The lunch area is too crowded to bring your bike so you just lay it down on the roadside where there's space and walk a quarter mile to the lunch area. It's a race so of course you didn't bring a lock with all it's extra weight. Is it safe to just leave it there unattended??? You rest assured that it is because all around your bike are literally hundreds of Colnago C-50s, Pinnarello Princes, DeRosa Kings, Scott CR-1s, etc., all left attended while their owners kick back having lunch with their buddies down the road. It is a beautiful thing, eh puddin' legs?!

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Originally Posted by puddin' legs
There's a cultural context here. Imagine for a moment a world where you can ride your road bike into town, lock it up with a crummy little wire thing, and go have a cup of coffee or beers with friends.
BUT, make sure you don't illegally park it or you know what happens...BIKE PATROL. 2300 yen (maybe $20.00 US) fine to get your bike back.


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Old 09-11-05, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by rjtokyo
Imagine for another moment a culture where you participate in a 22km hillclimb race with 4,000 other riders, and you get to the top where you'll hang out and have a sack lunch with all your buddies. The lunch area is too crowded to bring your bike so you just lay it down on the roadside where there's space and walk a quarter mile to the lunch area. It's a race so of course you didn't bring a lock with all it's extra weight. Is it safe to just leave it there unattended??? You rest assured that it is because all around your bike are literally hundreds of Colnago C-50s, Pinnarello Princes, DeRosa Kings, Scott CR-1s, etc., all left attended while their owners kick back having lunch with their buddies down the road. It is a beautiful thing, eh puddin' legs?!

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2005 Norikura Hillclimb, held August 28th.
Do you have any more photos from that? (Original full sizes?)
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Old 09-11-05, 10:30 PM
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Hey RJ, how'd you do? Those things are a b()^ch with all the 60kg riders with 7.5kg bikes, eh? I always loved coming back to the states and riding hills with big 80kg+ Americans after suffering so much at the hands of little guys who hammer up hills so hard. But then again, one of our ride partners won the tour of Hokkaido a couple of years ago. Even at 19 he and a couple of others made every uphill really really hard. Then again, the big guys here crush the flats and headwinds. Only the Keirin guys really can put it down on the flats. Oddly enough, they all descend well too...guess going around in circles for your living does that, eh? I'm a wimp now...25c is hot here.

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Originally Posted by DocRay
But what's more bizarre? $14,000 for a hand crafted bike, or $400,000 for a Ferrari, a fancy FIAT.
what?
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Old 09-21-05, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by rjtokyo
Imagine for another moment a culture where you participate in a 22km hillclimb race with 4,000 other riders, and you get to the top where you'll hang out and have a sack lunch with all your buddies. The lunch area is too crowded to bring your bike so you just lay it down on the roadside where there's space and walk a quarter mile to the lunch area. It's a race so of course you didn't bring a lock with all it's extra weight. Is it safe to just leave it there unattended??? You rest assured that it is because all around your bike are literally hundreds of Colnago C-50s, Pinnarello Princes, DeRosa Kings, Scott CR-1s, etc., all left attended while their owners kick back having lunch with their buddies down the road. It is a beautiful thing, eh puddin' legs?!

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2005 Norikura Hillclimb, held August 28th.
Blah! No more Norikura photos!
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Old 09-21-05, 08:35 AM
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I'm no spendtrift, but even i have a hard time paying more money for a bicycle than i paid for my Ducati Monster. For 14k that bike better be rocketing me down a race track straight at 160+ mph.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1
Just another instance of Subaru over Mitsubishi!
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Old 09-21-05, 10:25 AM
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We had a lot of Ducati's locally as well! Beautiful bikes!
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