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test driving a bike you could never afford?

Old 07-30-09, 06:08 PM
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test driving a bike you could never afford?

Is this considered bad cycling equate? I love looking on ebays for decent bikes to buy next year, but i REALLY wanna try riding a team pro bike, taking it out for a spin and seeing how it stacks up against my base fuji that weighs around 26lbs with sora components. Discuss
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Old 07-30-09, 06:13 PM
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Become friends with the people at the LBS. The store owner let me take out his Fuji SL1 SRAM Red bike and it costs $7,500 and I ride a bike that costs less than his wheelset.
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Old 07-30-09, 06:17 PM
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Oh yeah. I get along real well with the owner of the LBS 3 blocks down the street. He let me test out a bike once that he knew I couldn't afford (I was buying an Orbea Onix, and he let me test the Orca just for the heck of it). However, I wouldn't do it at a shop where I didn't know them and they didn't know me. I'm not capable of that kind of dishonesty. But since the shop owner is perfectly aware of the fact he's sending me out on something I can't buy... I suppose if something tragic happened though there might be trouble.
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Old 07-30-09, 06:30 PM
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If your lbs knows you have no intention of buying the bike and is still happy to let you ride it then it's fine. If you pretend you are in the market for one then that's bad form.

Better to test out bikes when they have manufacturer test days in your area.
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Old 07-30-09, 06:42 PM
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Be careful with this. This is how I ended up with a bike far to expensive for my budget
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Old 07-30-09, 06:49 PM
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Why not. Some day I'm going to "pimp out" as the kids say as well as dump 1/2 a bottle of cologne on my face and stop by the Ferrari dealer in W. Palm Beach.

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Be careful with this. This is how I ended up with a bike far to expensive for my budget
Good point. I don't have to worry about that at the Ferrari dealer though.

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Old 07-30-09, 07:11 PM
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[QUOTE=Walter;9389139]Why not. Some day I'm going to "pimp out" as the kids say as well as dump 1/2 a bottle of cologne on my face *Pop Collar* and stop by the Ferrari dealer in W. Palm Beach.

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Old 07-30-09, 07:18 PM
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Why not. Some day I'm going to "pimp out" as the kids say as well as dump 1/2 a bottle of cologne on my face and stop by the Ferrari dealer in W. Palm Beach.



Good point. I don't have to worry about that at the Ferrari dealer though.

I went to a Ferrari dealorship in Atlanta, all I can say is WOAH.
I go to my LBS like 3 times a week and I'm starting to get to know them and they let me test rides bikes even though they know I am only a kid. I rode a CAAD9 just to see what all the hopla is a about, and the best so far a Specialized SL2 in SRAM red. Oh ye also rode a cervelo s1 and some other stuff, good thing I dont have a job or I'd be broke.
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Old 07-30-09, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by under18cyclists View Post
good thing I dont have a job or I'd be broke.
HUH???

Personally, I don't want to take something out that I couldn't afford. Do shops have insurance that cover a test ride? If they do, then I would be fine, with another reminder to stay in school. If they don't have insurance than I would feel really bad if something happened.
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Old 07-30-09, 08:32 PM
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Becuase if I had a job I'd spend all my money on bikes and be poor like I am now.(this makes no sense if you think about it)
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Old 07-30-09, 08:33 PM
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You live in MA. Go to Outdoor East, Interbike's East Coast show. You'll have to wait until October.

http://www.interbike.com/outdoordemoeast/

Scroll to the bottom to the Interbike Festival. No details right now.

I went last year. It was nice the first day, poured the second. I could only make the second day, so it wasn't as good as it could have been.

However...

I can tell you that I rode a top line Storck with 69s around a 5-10 minute test loop. Very nice. It was raining when I rode so I limited myself to one bike, but there were loads of bikes to ride. Bring pedals, shoes, helmet, and riding kit.

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Old 07-30-09, 08:45 PM
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Today at my LBS, I tried a 58cm Madone just to see how it feels purely due to me possible buying a used Madone.
I felt bad being dishonest, saying I just wanted to see how it fit because I am going to be "making my own custom bike, with a possible Madone frame"

On the flip side, I do know if I need any repairs or maintenance work done to it I will be going there.
I however did not test ride it, I just checked how it felt.
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Old 07-30-09, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by SemperFi87 View Post
Be careful with this. This is how I ended up with a bike far to expensive for my budget
Ahahaha, yes.

Amazing how the bike budget balloons...
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Old 07-31-09, 07:33 AM
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I wouldn't do that to myself...
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Old 07-31-09, 07:38 AM
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Just be honest with the bike shop. Now what if the LBS lets you take out the expensive bike and you are completely blown away? Would you then consider buying or saving up for that bike from them? If the answer is no, I wouldn't do it.
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Old 07-31-09, 07:39 AM
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"never afford" is a pretty harsh statement.
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Having worked in retail (not bike related) for a number of years I must say that I didn't really appreciate this kind of behavior.

However, if the bike shop doesn't care then what the heck. Perhaps if you ride the bike and like it you'll talk it up with your cycling buddies and the LBS will get a sale eventually.
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Old 07-31-09, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SemperFi87 View Post
Be careful with this. This is how I ended up with a bike far to expensive for my budget
+1

i was checking out the allez elite...until the sales guy said, "oh we have this '08 Tarmac in your size, you should go test-ride it" .... i now have the afore mentioned Tarmac, but man is it sweet. i'm sure any $7k/$8k bike won't allow you to spend that much for it, but it's fun and more of a tease then anything. i did the same thing with cars before and it was fun.
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Old 07-31-09, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
I wouldn't do that to myself...
Well, if you really want to try out a pro-bike without any ethical qualms about actually using it check out the Competitive Cyclist's demo program if they still have it. Costs a few hundred $ but you get the bike for a whole week.
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I say do it. If they allow test rides, they allow test rides. This sort of thing has to be factored in. If they want to ensure that you are serious about purchasing the item in question they will require a deposit that can be applied to any purchase, or run your credit card for the price of the bike or something. That said, I wouldn't lie to them or lead them on, I would just say, "Can I take xxxxx for a ride?"

As I recall, when I went shopping for a lamborghini with my boss at the time he asked if he could take it for a spin, and they said "No. If you want it, you want it. If you need to drive it to decide, go buy a Porsche." He ended up with a Ferrari, and as I recall, did not test drive that either.

Which is my way of saying that if they don't want you riding the expensive stuff, they won't let you.
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Old 07-31-09, 08:13 AM
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I've ridden a number of extremely expensive bikes, but only on invitation and after making it clear I didn't intend to buy. I think it is OK so long as you are honest and they are willing.
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Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
I wouldn't do that to myself...
This. I made the mistake of test driving an Infiniti G35, and while I could afford it, I decided I couldn't justify it, and it has colored my ability to enjoy every other car.
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Look, I would highly recommend trying whatever bike you can get your hands on. I would try every highend bike, in every highend shop in your area. If you find the perfect bike for you, who knows you may decide that it is worth it to SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY IT.
Everyone who says "I wouldnt do that" --why not???? What is the harm??? Why wouldnt you try them out????
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I've taken very some very expensive bikes for some short rides. It helped me decide on some components for my in comparison cheap bike.
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Originally Posted by blindvelcro View Post
Look, I would highly recommend trying whatever bike you can get your hands on. I would try every highend bike, in every highend shop in your area. If you find the perfect bike for you, who knows you may decide that it is worth it to SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY IT.
Everyone who says "I wouldnt do that" --why not???? What is the harm??? Why wouldnt you try them out????
Because I will never spend that much on a bike so why tease myself???

Besides, my bike gets jealous when I ride other bikes...
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