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Old 08-17-08, 10:10 AM
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$15,000 for a road bike?
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There are alot of 5k+ frames. Add lew wheels, top group, cockpit etc.Wow you are at 12-15k. There are tons of people riding that $ level of road bike. Don't forget the powertap.

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At that price, it rides you.
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That's just too much money for a bike.

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I'll ride anything as long as it fits me (physically) reasonably well.

Having said that, that bike is 3x more expensive than my motorcycle.
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Hey look! The reason for this forum!

Keeping up with Lance

Blame seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong for the high-priced bike movement. As Armstrong's victories piled up from 1999 to 2005, so did demand from affluent cycling enthusiasts determined to buy replicas of his tour-winning machine, or something comparable, no matter the price.

In addition to boosting the sport's overall popularity, one of the most enduring of the so-called Lance effects "was to get the people who already rode a high-priced bike to buy a higher-priced bike," said Jay Townley, a partner in a Wisconsin-based marketing and research firm who studies cycling trends.

Hence, the proliferation in recent years of custom-bike builders, perhaps as many as 190 worldwide, Townley said, that cater to the cycling market's upper crust.

"The people driving this high-end business aren't your typical bike commuter," Townley said. "They aren't helping the environment or saving money by buying these high-priced bikes. They're doing it because it's a fashion statement for them within their circle of friends and acquaintances who happen to be other bikeys."
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i would sell it since i wouldn't enjoy that anymore than a $5,000 bike. that's just a guess since my bike cost me $800. haha
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Call insurance...then ride it.

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where's the "wouldn't buy it even if i had a spare $15k?"

I might buy a disgustingly expensive bicycle if I had unlimited income, but it wouldn't be a colnago.
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does it fit full fenders?

i'd ride it, but i sure as hell wouldn't buy it.
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$15000?

That's chump change compared to what my Weight Weenie brethren straddle every morning.
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I've actually had the honor of riding that bike around the block a couple times. One of the customers at my LBS owns, and yes he rides it and can you believe he has number 1 in the series, says so on the frame.
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FLIP IT!!!


That being said... it is beautiful.... absolutely beautiful... but foolish for the price. I love my $400 trek 1400 and ride the hell out of it. It was quoted perfectly..."You don't need it. ... It's a toy." Although I don't know many people that would shell out that buckage for a "toy" .
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People routinely line up at Cat 5 races with $8,000-10,000 bikes.

I wouldn't ride the particular bike because I wouldn't pay for the names.

However, when I get the next bike, it will be a nice frame, possibly custom (maybe a Parlee) Dura Ace 7900, or perhaps Record., SRM cranks and some nice wheels. that's easily over $10,000.

In perspective, you can easily spend twice that on golf at a country club in a single year,and have nothing tnagible to show for it.
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Which option should I choose if I'd rather spend the money on hookers and blow?
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I'd ride it but I wouldn't buy it.
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If I had the income to justify such a bike expense, I would be riding it. I a minimalist where I like to make use of everything I own, selling off or giving away the things which sit for too long.
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Poor people are angry. Cheap people with money are even worse. I love this place. Same crap in every thread. I guess it never get old.
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I would trade it for a Prince
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh

In perspective, you can easily spend twice that on golf at a country club in a single year,and have nothing tnagible to show for it.
I close more deals with customers on the golf course then any other place I use to hook perspective clients. Pays for it self.

Joy from doing something is all the tangibily you need. Can't put a price on it.
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Originally Posted by kwrides
I would trade it for a Prince
Prince w/ Bora's (the only wheel allowed) Record etc. your getting to 10K. So your still in the ballpark. Some people like the rareness of those Colnago's. They all sell every time they make um. I like the Price too.
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Prince w/ Bora's (the only wheel allowed) Record etc. your getting to 10K. So your still in the ballpark. Some people like the rareness of those Colnago's. They all sell every time they make um. I like the Price too.

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Colnago sold out. R&A didn't. I live near R&A they have a ton of stuff they don't sell. Thats because of the prices.

They have 2 ferrari bikes too. Atleast the last time I was there.

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I should head down to River City and check it out. That place is packed with Freds all the time...a little moreso when I walk in har har har!.
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Originally Posted by MadeInItaly
I close more deals with customers on the golf course then any other place I use to hook perspective clients. Pays for it self.
Good. It works for you. Not downgrading it. (I belong to 3 clubs.) Just making a point that spending money on your chosen avocation isn't unusual.
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