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Old 10-30-06, 07:58 AM
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Newbie on full carbon

I've been test riding bikes for a month now from 6 different LBS. I had full intentions of buying an aluminum frame. I fell in love with the fit of a certain Al. frame and as I was ready to buy they pulled down a carbon frame of the same geometry. I walked out with the full carbon for "only $400 more, what a steal!"

Now guilt has set in. Everytime I look at it and ride it I feel guilty. I'm a lifetime runner but I know it will be a long time before I can get into decent riding shape. I can see myself riding about twice a week simply because of time restraints w/ the 9-5. I feel like someone with full carbon should be more than just a casual athlete.

What do you think? I feel like I should trade it back down to get a true beginners bike. Anyone else been in this situation before? Honestly how much scoffing and shaking heads will I see as a newbie on this bike?
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Ride it and enjoy it. If the extra dollars you have sunk in it makes you feel motivated to use it more, that's not a bad thing. And forget what anyone else thinks.
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No one should really scoff at you for riding a nice bike. You ride what you can afford, it's that simple.
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Feel guilty about riding it? Fine, pretend you just stole it and you're making your get-away. Now you'll go faster too.

PS. Enjoy the bike.
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I never feel guilty for my over indulgent behavior and purchases! Enjoy the carbon and ride it like you stole it.
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what kind of bike did you purchase? I'm curious.
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06 Orbea Onix @ 2300 over the 05 Orbea Dauphine @ 1900
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No way should you feel bad. I bought my first bike real cheap, and my second bike just cheap, and i regret it now, wishing i'd blown a few squids more!
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Well, I presume you earned the money to pay for it. Why buy something cheaper in the hope that others will like you more (or dislike you less) because of it? Doesn't make much sense to me...
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Sweet. I was very close to pickup up an Orbea carbon bike in July but couldn't resist the deal I got on my Trek 5000.
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Originally Posted by gji555
06 Orbea Onix @ 2300 over the 05 Orbea Dauphine @ 1900

ttiwwp...
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I know the feeling. I would rather be a fast guy on a slow, heavy bike, than a slow guy on a flashy high-end bike. Unfortunately, I've moved into the second camp and I don't know that it's a good thing. Hey, it gives you some incentive to get out there and ride!
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not sure what "ttiwwp" means but I'm assuming its some form of "you got ripped off either way"... Please be brutally honest!

Thanks everyone for the comments. The general consensus seems to be keep it, but I haven't ruled out the trade down. Not worrying about others is a great point... I just hope I can deal with my own guilt. Funneling that energy into training is good idea... I just know I'm never going to be too hardcore.

Anway, thanks again all! And any other opinions are welcome.
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The purpose of money is to spend it and it was only a waste if you didn't enjoy it.

Forget all the people that talk about OCP and skill over money. Ride what you like and can afford.
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At this point, ride it and enjoy it. It would probably cost you money to get the cheaper bike at this point (bike resale is not great) unless the shop is willing to take it back and give you full credit (which I would feel bad about doing). You are stuck, just in a very good way. The extra $400 over 8 years is only $50/yr or less than a dollar a week. Don't sweat it!
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Originally Posted by gji555
not sure what "ttiwwp" means but I'm assuming its some form of "you got ripped off either way"... Please be brutally honest!

No, no, no...it means "this thread is worthless without pics". Let's see the bike!
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Most people buy a cheap bike and go right into upgrade-itus. Enjoy your ride without guilt.
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the AL frame you are looking at is not exactly Trek 1000 territory either. they are both super nice bikes. i dont know much about the industry but it would seem to me that the 2 are pretty much the same bike and you are paying for more expensive materials and a more complicated build process. neither one is a "beginner" bike in my opinion. keep what you got, thats a nice bike.

even though i do long for those times when you are faster than the guys on bikes that are 2 or 3 times more than what my bike cost, its only because i want that bike and have convinced myself that even if i had that bike i wouldnt be a better rider, that way i am happy with my bike.

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I was a runner who got into cycling about a year and a half ago. I went shopping and found a bike with full ultegra, alum/carbon frame, neuvation wheels, etc. Took it home, then after a couple of weeks took it back to the shop and downgraded. My salesman told me that I would be back next year wanting an upgraded bike.

Sure enough he was right...I bought a new bike this month and I'm loving it.

Keep the bike, you won't regret it!
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Originally Posted by gji555
06 Orbea Onix @ 2300 over the 05 Orbea Dauphine @ 1900
I did almost the same thing last year. I decided on the Onix over the Marmolada for my first road bike. Now after seeing the 07 Orca, I want to upgrade.
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There are now plenty of full CF bikes out there that are less than special...anyone can be on CF if they want to be...doesn't mean much anymore.

That isn't to say that there aren't some pretty special CF frames around...but there are special Ti, AL and steel frames as well.
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there's a pretty simple solution to your guilt: Just go ahead and ship the new bike to me, then go back to the shop and buy the "downgraded" version. After about a year when you decide you really would like the full carbon bike, just ship me the "downgraded" one and I'll gladly send the CF one straight on to you. That way, you won't have to spend the $$ again next year. You can go ahead and spend them now.
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Originally Posted by gji555
I've been test riding bikes for a month now from 6 different LBS. I had full intentions of buying an aluminum frame. I fell in love with the fit of a certain Al. frame and as I was ready to buy they pulled down a carbon frame of the same geometry. I walked out with the full carbon for "only $400 more, what a steal!"

Now guilt has set in. Everytime I look at it and ride it I feel guilty. I'm a lifetime runner but I know it will be a long time before I can get into decent riding shape. I can see myself riding about twice a week simply because of time restraints w/ the 9-5. I feel like someone with full carbon should be more than just a casual athlete.

What do you think? I feel like I should trade it back down to get a true beginners bike. Anyone else been in this situation before? Honestly how much scoffing and shaking heads will I see as a newbie on this bike?

I did the same thing. If you buy right, you can buy once. I did the same thing with my mountain bike, and it is still going strong 14 years later.

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