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My last 3 months of cycling purchases...

Old 09-01-11, 09:44 PM
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My last 3 months of cycling purchases...

I worked at a Performance bike shop over the summer. Now I'm back in college and figuring out where to put all of my stuff, so while I was at it, I laid it all out and took some pictures.





NSFW: http://i56.tinypic.com/2mga1wn.jpg
Pictured: About $5000+ of bike stuff bought by an addicted 19yo cyclist.

Not pictured/not brought to college: Fuji Tahoe 29er 2.0 and all my mtb stuff...

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Old 09-01-11, 09:51 PM
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Dang...... Enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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Cycling: you're doing it wrong.
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holy crap, thats a lot of goodies!




I want your poster
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Old 09-01-11, 10:07 PM
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Actually, that's not so bad. All stuff you'll definitely use, no money wasted there.

WTF is up with the poster on the wall though?!
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Old 09-01-11, 10:11 PM
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Poster on the wall is artwork from the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book.
I'm pretty sure I have 95% of everything that I could possibly "need" and I paid less than $3500 for everything pictured; less than some people's wheel collections.
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Nice!
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Did you actually get paid while you worked there, or take it all out in trade?
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
I want your poster
I do too.

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man"
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That's really funny. I worked at my LBS when I was in college and all I bought was a TdF Coke water bottle.
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
Did you actually get paid while you worked there, or take it all out in trade?
Barely, of all the money I earned working 40 hour weeks the entire summer, I had $200 left when I moved into my dorm. The discounts were just too appetizing, without it, making minimum would have sucked.
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Old 09-01-11, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Zei View Post
Barely, of all the money I earned working 40 hour weeks the entire summer, I had $200 left when I moved into my dorm. The discounts were just too appetizing, without it, making minimum would have sucked.
I think you did ok - I agree with you - making minimum sucks, so if you've got the cash to take advantage of big discounts, that may make it much more worth it financially.

Of course, if you end up with buying habits that recur like this seasonally, you're going to be in a big hole soon....
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Lol, I think too many of us on this forum have those kind of seasonal buying habits, don't we? Upgraditus?

Back on topic OP, do you actually ride? Or just pick up all the goodies for a "to be" hobby?
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I know what you mean! I too worked in a LBS this summer and hoarded a lot of bike related stuff. Getting paid minimum wage does suck but like others have said, the discounts make up for it. I think I spent 70% of my summer's pay cheques on bike stuff.
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
Lol, I think too many of us on this forum have those kind of seasonal buying habits, don't we? Upgraditus?

Back on topic OP, do you actually ride? Or just pick up all the goodies for a "to be" hobby?
I was riding for almost 2 years when I started the job. I was riding a sora/tiagra cyclocross bike with slicks on it and had about 3000 miles completed.
This summer I was getting 10 hrs of training rides a week on top of working 40 hours at the shop. I have done a flat century with an average of 19.4 mph solo. Hoping to get into road racing in the next few years and finishing near the front when I do.

So, it's been an ongoing addiction, and not a "to be" hobby. It's just that before I was doing everything low end, $500 bike, $20 shorts, $20 helmet, and now I have a Giro prolight, a few nice bibs, and a $20 waterbottle even. (Cmbk Podium Ice, worth it.) This summer's purchases were a result of me going from entry level gear to mid-high end and cycling a whole lot more.
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Pretty impressive... how do you like the bike?
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That's really funny, as I remember when I was in college. Your parents thought you were working to make some money to save when you went back to school! :-) Sounds like you had a fun and memorable summer.
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Originally Posted by todayilearned View Post
Pretty impressive... how do you like the bike?
Love it, everything feels how a nice bike should. I have it down to under 18 pounds, the Prologo Nago Evo saddle I love and will probably never upgrade. I've already swapped out the fork to a carbon steerer one, and the wheels aren't anything special, not entry-level but not high-end; I'll wear them down as much as I can until I have to upgrade.
I like how it all feels and looks, sure it's a "cheap" carbon frame, probably made from tons of sheets of carbon without much unidirectional segments, but for a bike under $2000, it's a great choice. Also, at 135 pounds, everything feels stiff to me.
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I like how it all feels and looks, sure it's a "cheap" carbon frame, probably made from tons of sheets of carbon without much unidirectional segments, but for a bike under $2000, it's a great choice. .
why do you assume the frame is low quality carbon?

fyi, ASI makes all the performance house bikes.
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Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
why do you assume the frame is low quality carbon?

fyi, ASI makes all the performance house bikes.
It's not low quality as in dangerous or anything, it's just a little heavy and probably not as stiff as carbon could be. It still feels super nice and it's monocoque, but it's no Pinarello Dogma. All I was saying is that it's only a little bit higher than entry-level carbon frames, and there are frames out there that cost double of what my entire bike does.
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Nice collection....
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What a good little American consumer.
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Originally Posted by armybikerider View Post
What a good little American consumer.
=P Bike stuff is legitimately 95% of what I spent my money on this summer. My store manager thanked me for stimulating the economy. In response to me saying that I needed to buy a torque wrench before going to college, a bike builder at the shop said "Yep, that's what every college dorm needs, a torque wrench."
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http://connect.garmin.com/activity/111253793 This morning's ride before class... I can barely get out of bed at 945 when I have 10am classes, but if it's a bike ride I'm waking up for, I'll be too anxious to fall asleep and I'll be able to eagerly get up at 630am.
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