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Old 07-21-11, 12:05 AM
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advice on spending $400

I have $400 in the bike budget. However it is loaded on a Visa gift card, so trolling Craigslist for a used bike is not realistic. I am of two minds on how to spend the money. The first is to throw it at upgrades my 1987 Bianchi Volpe, which is currently my only road bike. However it is really only in need of new wheel bearings, and despite how much I love it, no amount of money will change the fact that it is an old, heavy steel bike best suited for leisurely touring. Another option that I'm considering is, gasp, buying some Bikes Direct Dawes/Windsor/Gravity cheap aluminum Sora equipped China bike. I'm not going to be racing, it's purely for exercise and training. I'm mildly mechanically capable, so putting it together, tuning, and fitting it isn't an issue. Before I moved I had an older aluminum STI equipped bike and for what it was, it was great. Thoughts on the subject or does anybody in the Phoenix area want to trade a $400 gift card for a nice used road bike?
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Old 07-21-11, 01:01 AM
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If it's only for training and fun ... definately keep your "volpe" ... the name alone is too cool to be discarded.
Upgrade your volpe for $400 and have a cool vintage bike instead of a crappy cheap chinese bike.
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
If it's only for training and fun ... definately keep your "volpe" ... the name alone is too cool to be discarded.
Upgrade your volpe for $400 and have a cool vintage bike instead of a crappy cheap chinese bike.
Oh I'm keeping the Volpe. I just did a bunch of work on it earlier this year. Another option is to keep scanning ebay.
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Originally Posted by tenkerman View Post
Oh I'm keeping the Volpe. I just did a bunch of work on it earlier this year. Another option is to keep scanning ebay.
Unless a new bike will encourage you to ride more, I don't see the harm in riding what you've got. Consider weighing the pros against the cons before purchasing
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Originally Posted by tenkerman View Post
I have $400 in the bike budget. However it is loaded on a Visa gift card, so trolling Craigslist for a used bike is not realistic. I am of two minds on how to spend the money. The first is to throw it at upgrades my 1987 Bianchi Volpe, which is currently my only road bike. However it is really only in need of new wheel bearings, and despite how much I love it, no amount of money will change the fact that it is an old, heavy steel bike best suited for leisurely touring. Another option that I'm considering is, gasp, buying some Bikes Direct Dawes/Windsor/Gravity cheap aluminum Sora equipped China bike. I'm not going to be racing, it's purely for exercise and training. I'm mildly mechanically capable, so putting it together, tuning, and fitting it isn't an issue. Before I moved I had an older aluminum STI equipped bike and for what it was, it was great. Thoughts on the subject or does anybody in the Phoenix area want to trade a $400 gift card for a nice used road bike?
Sell the gift card for cash at a slight discount and buy a used bike.
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Clipless pedals and shoes if you don't already have them.
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Originally Posted by laserfj View Post
Sell the gift card for cash at a slight discount and buy a used bike.
OR -- use your gift card to pay for the daily expenses of life (gas, food, clothes, etc) and you'll quickly save up $400 cash to spend however you want. Assuming you have a reasonably balanced budget; if not, keep the Visa -- you'll need it.
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