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Bling is in the eye of the beholder

Old 12-16-07, 08:51 PM
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Bling is in the eye of the beholder

On a snowy December night, I took my newly purchased Zipp 404 Powertap SL wheel to Home Depot; I needed to replace the hub batteries and needed a larger wrench and some special batteries, I wanted to be certain I could remove the plastic hub cap while I was at the store. As I'm going through checkout in the deserted retailer, I ask the kid by the checkout line how much he thought the Powertap Zipp should cost. The best price I could get on this particular item from my LBS or online was a little over $2000 (really $1700 if you minus out the electronics/head unit, so let's call it $1700).

The kid's answer: '$40'. I turned to a customer standing nearby, who said, 'Oh no, that's a nice bike wheel, I'd say more like $200.'

Read it and weep weenies. When I see my LBS owner I'll tell him, he seems to take deranged pleasure in selling this preposterously overpriced bull**** to idiots like me. I know I would. My only consolation is I bought it from some other bike weenie on eBay. But not to worry, my LBS just sold me another pair or $360 cycling shoes, and the Pcad Schwag Pipeline is always full at my LBS. I currently have a $600 store credit there just waiting to be spent. I typically have a running store credit at Piermont Bicycle Connection. They like it that way.
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Old 12-16-07, 08:55 PM
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Yes, we're stupid. But we're happy aren't we? Imagine how many "road bikes" you can pick up at Walmart for $2g's, and all you'd get are two wheels...
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This is my angle on this: By April of 2008 I will have been back on my bicycles for 3 solid years. I will have spent $15K on bike stuff. I lost 30+ lbs., and got my life, happiness and health back. That last sentence would go right before the 'Priceless' tag line in the Visa commercial.

I wonder how much a heart attack would cost my family in lost income and health care expenses? I'm 50 now. Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day.

Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.
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Just the same, I can't imagine a watch costing more then 30 bucks and a set of dress shoes more then a few hundreed. At least with bike bling, the effect is tangible.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
This is my angle on this: By April of 2008 I will have been back on my bicycles for 3 solid years. I will have spent $15K on bike stuff. I lost 30+ lbs., and got my life, happiness and health back. That last sentence would go right before the 'Priceless' tag line in the Visa commercial.

I wonder how much a heart attack would cost my family in lost income and health care expenses? I'm 50 now. Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day.

Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.
But if you actually ride your bike, you might risk hurting some very expensive schwag. It's not worth it.
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Old 12-16-07, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by qw1a View Post
Just the same, I can't imagine a watch costing more then 30 bucks and a set of dress shoes more then 30. At least with bike bling, the effect is tangible.
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Old 12-16-07, 09:14 PM
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The fact that there are members here who think dress shoes shouldn't cost over $30 says more about BF than I ever could.
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But its JUST a bike.
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Lemme see if I got this right . . . . . . . . he said $30?
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This is not the Reading Comprehension Center of the Universe. Or the Pinnacle of Grammar and Spelling either. The scariest part may be that many participants actually appear to be in college.

Check that last comment. The scariest part is that I spend so much time here.
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Old 12-16-07, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
The fact that there are members here who think dress shoes shouldn't cost over $30 says more about BF than I ever could.

I know right! It should be "than" not "then!"

Awful tragedy!
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Hey, if you're spending more than $30 on dress shoes, you've got your priorities mixed up.

Of course, by dress shoes, I mean black or brown Vans. I think that goes without saying.

Oh yeah, and I'm in college. And in the immortal words of Ralph Wiggum: "Hi Super Nintendo Chalmers. I'm learnding".
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Originally Posted by Youngin View Post
I know right! It should be "than" not "then!"

Awful tragedy!
I was going to fix that part too when I fixed the price of the shoes, but I didn't want to be one of those OCD people that always corrects peoples' posts on BF. My wife already thinks I do it too much in real life.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
The fact that there are members here who think dress shoes shouldn't cost over $30 says more about BF than I ever could.
Such as? Don't you believe that suit-tie-shoes are atavistic and the sooner we all switch to sneakers, the better off we all are?
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I'm 50 now. Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day.

Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.
I love you man.....
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Such as? Don't you believe that suit-tie-shoes are atavistic and the sooner we all switch to sneakers, the better off we all are?
You're going to have to watch your mouth around here young man, we have children watching and listening around here on a regular basis.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
This is my angle on this: By April of 2008 I will have been back on my bicycles for 3 solid years. I will have spent $15K on bike stuff. I lost 30+ lbs., and got my life, happiness and health back. That last sentence would go right before the 'Priceless' tag line in the Visa commercial.

I wonder how much a heart attack would cost my family in lost income and health care expenses? I'm 50 now. Guys my age who sit on their asses drop dead of heart attacks every day.

Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.
I've been back on the bike for 1 1/2 years, also lost 30 lbs, and it only cost me $1500 (Used Cannondale with Record/Chorus, and 2 race wheels) .... but I'm only 45
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You're going to have to watch your mouth around here young man, we have children watching and listening around here on a regular basis.
Incidentally, I work in an industry that is probably second-most suit-and-tie infested. Nonetheless, I managed to avoid wearing a suit for the past 4 years, interviews included. Business-casual is the way to go, with 30-dollar dress shoes

In any case, my bike is my most expensive posession (excluding real estate).
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People who aren't cyclists are often surprised at how much equipment actually costs - the same goes for any sport, or any hobby, or any endeavour for that matter. With anything, if you get into it, and actually seek out the specialized equipment for it, it can get very expensive.

Good examples:
-Woodworking - the line of Festool tools. Higher priced than almost anything out there for the "same function" but most of the time the most superior (design, quality, build) product of that type you can get.

-Art. Do you really want to know how much good art supplies really cost? You think that's expensive? Go for the top-quality stuff, then you can cry about it.

-Lighting. Sure, a table lamp will work for your photo project. Get a real lamp specific to photography and you'll wonder why your thousand-dollar camera is so cheap.
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Bike crap may be overpriced, but if you actually ride your bike, it's a total friggin bargain.[/QUOTE]

Value is inherent as you already stated. It is not "overpriced", it is what we will pay. Take pride in what you own, value what you value, and be excellent to one another.
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You think zipp wheels are costly? Now imagine your wife lugging home lous vuitton bags at 2k a pop.
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I still want to buy a Lamborghini.......
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Originally Posted by BlueJay66 View Post
Value is inherent as you already stated. It is not "overpriced", it is what we will pay.
Given lack of a liquidity, bike bling is more difficult to mark to market than subprime ABCDO equity tranches. I'd say - "it what it's worth to you".
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Given lack of a liquidity, bike bling is more difficult to mark to market than subprime ABCDO equity tranches. I'd say - "it what it's worth to you".
If Pcad Performance is the benchmark, it's worth nothing to me. Yet I still buy it. There can be no more accurate barometer of idiocy than that.
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Originally Posted by shabbasuraj View Post
I still want to buy a Lamborghini.......
I'd settle for a corvette. I still haven't figured out how to transport the road bike with it. However, it looks like it'll be a long time before I have that issue.
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