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dang, this guy overpaid

Old 03-09-08, 01:37 AM
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dang, this guy overpaid

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/465328254/

the bike retailed for $124 on Target but it was on closeout for $50 at one time. $400!
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Old 03-09-08, 01:42 AM
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Wow.
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And if anyone know a place that still sells these Triax road bikes let me know. I want to convert one to single speed.
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ouch. helpful hint for future reference: bike with "shimano" written on the chain stay = generally bad news.

kind of like those toys r us mountain bikes that have "DUAL SUSPENSION" written prominently on the frame. like, no shiz it's a dual suspension. you could see that by looking at it from a block away. but just to make sure we'll write it on the frame so everyone knows you bought a toys r us bike
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Originally Posted by Zinn-X View Post
ouch. helpful hint for future reference: bike with "shimano" written on the chain stay = generally bad news.

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^Pwned.
At $400 its overpriced, but... eh.
The paint job isn't bad, better than some of the bilboards we ***** out around here.
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Old 03-09-08, 02:52 AM
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pwned my ass. i was very selective of the word "generally." pics forthcoming

okay ladies. i see your expensive team bikes (key word: TEAM) and raise you a GMC Denali.




I could snoop around fruitlessly for more high resolution pics of cheap bikes, but I can say from experience, that more often than not, the hallmark of a cheap bike is having crap about its componentry written on the frame in some fashion. Throw sponsors into the picture and that story changes, but go to a real bike shop, note the very non-denominational frame decals, then go to Wal Mart and see for yourself what I'm talking about.

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Originally Posted by foul smell View Post
And if anyone know a place that still sells these Triax road bikes let me know. I want to convert one to single speed.
I think there's a shop in Paulo Alto...
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Any bike that comes new these days with a threaded headset has got to make you wonder. And stem shifters!
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Originally Posted by shayel View Post

Cha-CHING!! This is what I was thinking as well. Although he did say "generally."

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Don't worry the jokes on the shop; they have to deal with every single bike that breaks the moment it goes out the door.
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Originally Posted by foul smell View Post
And if anyone know a place that still sells these Triax road bikes let me know. I want to convert one to single speed.
Target by me has them.
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Originally Posted by foul smell View Post
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bike/465328254/

the bike retailed for $124 on Target but it was on closeout for $50 at one time. $400!
I think it's funny that you even knew the Target price for that bike.
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Originally Posted by JBS103 View Post
Don't worry the jokes on the shop; they have to deal with every single bike that breaks the moment it goes out the door.
No they don't. If a shop can sell someone a PoS like that for $400, you really think they'll give a **** when the guy comes back with problems?
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Why does that guy want everyone to know who his wireless provider is?

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No they don't. If a shop can sell someone a PoS like that for $400, you really think they'll give a **** when the guy comes back with problems?
My LBS relies so heavily on word of mouth that alienating people to that extent would put them out of business.
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Originally Posted by JBS103 View Post
Don't worry the jokes on the shop; they have to deal with every single bike that breaks the moment it goes out the door.
They could just give the guy a brand new bike and still be up $100. I think customers would be thrilled with that kind of warrantee service, until they find out how much they're getting screwed...
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Any bike that comes new these days with a threaded headset has got to make you wonder. And stem shifters!
www.rivbike.com
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Why does that guy want everyone to know who his wireless provider is?

The company I work for subcontracts for CSC. Every time someone at works mentions CSC, it takes me a moment to remember he's talking about the company, not the team...

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This story sounds to me like the backhanded result of a bike shop owners anger towards Target.

Target puts Shimano tagged bike 'on sale' @ $40 in the weeks leading up to, say, Xmas and then advertises it in Sunday circulars everywhere. Bike shop is selling fine right up until that particularly fateful Sunday. Customers come into bikeshop asking why Mr. Snooty Palo Alto bikeshop isn't selling $40 bikes and that these carbon things are a ripoff @$7000.

Bike shop owner, knowing that at least half of the clueless customers rantings are true (I'll leave it to you to figure out which half...) can't morally defend himself, which pisses him off righteously, so he marches right down to the local Target and buys himself the entire stock of $40 specials. 'Game over', he tells himself.

Feeling as though he'd won the war, he gets cocky and decides to apply his usual mark-up percentage to these as well. 'Thatll show 'em' (These ranting, know-nothing cretens).

That week, a hapless chain store manager walks in the bike shop and says "I've got $500 to spend on a bike"......

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Also...


Bikes with "Shimano" on the chainstay won the TDF 7 years in a row. just sayin'
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Old 03-09-08, 12:53 PM
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those are all sponsored bikes, normal trek doesn't have shimano on chain stay
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those are all sponsored bikes, normal trek doesn't have shimano on chain stay
wrong again.

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Funniest thread in a while. Reminds me of the "No true Scotsman" thing...
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here's my "sponsered" bike. lol
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