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Would you drive 200 miles each way to buy a bike?

Old 10-28-11, 05:18 AM
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Would you drive 200 miles each way to buy a bike?

If it was a good deal?
Or am I crazy and have too much time on my hands
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Old 10-28-11, 05:40 AM
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Need info.

400 miles for a $5000 bike marked down to $1500 yes, a savings of a couple hundred, probably not.
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Old 10-28-11, 05:57 AM
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If it was a bike I wanted, absolutely.
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Got anyplace important to be? If not, Road Trip. Find a nice Saturday, eat some good diner food, see the land. It's all good.
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Old 10-28-11, 05:59 AM
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I agree with everyone else. If it's really that good of a deal, then go for it. Just like the road trip idea, you should ride it around that area too. Could be a nice change of scenery from where you usually ride.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:00 AM
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If you are crazy about the bike and it is exactly what you want, yes.
Why not make a memorable weekend out of it? Drive there, buy the bike, stay in a hotel and ride around a new town!
I drove from San Diego to Northern Colorado for a great deal on a motorcycle. It was a little 500cc Kawasaki being sold by a Harley dealership in a town that had nearly a foot of snow on the ground. I was very happy with that bike and now have a great memory and story about it:
When I returned home, I noticed that my wife's cat was gone. "Oh no! Lisa is going to be so unhappy! I can't believe another one of her cats got out and got eaten by the coyotes!

....Wait a minute, her clothes are gone too..."

She'd left and we ended up getting divorced. And that was just the beginning with that bike. I ended up much happier now in the long run though.
I guess the lesson here is: if you take a journey for a bike, bring your old lady along for good luck.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:01 AM
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
If it was a bike I wanted, absolutely.
This,

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Got anyplace important to be? If not, Road Trip. Find a nice Saturday, eat some good diner food, see the land. It's all good.
and this.

Not that it's not crazy, but I was about to do the same thing until I found a bike on the web. In the end would not have saved a ton, but would have gotten to get the bike I wanted when I wanted, and could have seen my kid who's up there in college.

Good excuse for a road trip, buying a bike. Treat yourself to a fun day.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:17 AM
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I did.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:21 AM
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There's a bike shop in Nashville that has such a reputation for service that I have to go visit. They literally hand you a warmed toasted english muffin with butter and jam as you walk in the door.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
There's a bike shop in Nashville that has such a reputation for service that I have to go visit. They literally hand you a warmed toasted english muffin with butter and jam as you walk in the door.
You gonna share the secret?

Dang, you got me on the muffin...just clicked with the Gecko. But I would like to know the shop, I'm pretty impressed with Madison Cycles down your way (I get to HSV monthly, and MC gets me for a couple hundred bucks each time...).
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Old 10-28-11, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by tcwayne View Post
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400 miles for a $5000 bike marked down to $1500 yes, a savings of a couple hundred, probably not.
This.

Between the cost of gas and the time that could otherwise be put to other uses, it would have to be an exceptional deal on a hard to find bike.

Of course, whether that's a long trip is all relative....living in the northeast, that kind of milage would have me crossing one or more state lines, and passing countless bike shops in numerous cities. The odds of ever having to go that far to get what I want are slim. But I have family in southern Arizona, where a 400 mile round trip doesn't phase them any more than when I get in the car to go to the grocery store across town.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:51 AM
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Answer: Yes.

Even if you were to get the bike "at" MSRP, but couldn't find it locally,
you'd still get the benefits of getting exactly what you wanted and more likely than not,
being fitted to the bike and get to actually ride it before you put the money into it.
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Old 10-28-11, 07:09 AM
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It's a bike on auction.It's 2 months old,about $1500 new going for $750.I've won it now so I have no choice other than go and collect it haha
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No, not just for a particular bicycle. The savings would have to be more than the time and driving was worth and it's unlikely I'd want a bike expensive enough to have that much savings. About the only way I envision doing something like that is if I wanted to brag about buying an expensive bike.
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Old 10-28-11, 08:02 AM
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I'd do it, no problem.
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For a new Lynskey, I would.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:12 AM
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No, unless it was the world's best deal. 400 miles in the car is a lot of time I'd rather spend on a bike, or a hiking trail, or with a girl, or any number of other ways. What happens if there's a problem and you need to go back to the shop?
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Old 10-28-11, 09:24 AM
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Yes. If it is THE bike and it saves you $ by driving to go get it then by all means, yes. The price of the part, amount saved, rarity etc you are dealing on would impact the decision.... less than $200 to 300 probably not... closer to grand, yes.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:37 AM
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Why not? Road trips are fun anyways.
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling View Post
Why not? Road trips are fun anyways.
Road trips are fun if they serve a purpose and take you somewhere you want to go. Camping, to the mountains, something like that. Drive three laps around Chicago at rush hour, and it won't be much fun.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Road trips are fun if they serve a purpose and take you somewhere you want to go. Camping, to the mountains, something like that. Drive three laps around Chicago at rush hour, and it won't be much fun.
I guess it's all relative. I've driven around Chicago for hours on several occasions with my girlfriend. Chicago auto show, just hanging out in the city, etc. One time we even spent a few hours driving around just hitting up different bike shops and exploring the city.

Just this last winter I drove from NW Indiana down to Florida, then up to Northern VA to look for a place to live (new job in VA) and back to Indiana again. It was 4k miles in less than 2 weeks and I did all the driving. Doing 3 hours each way to pick up a bike is not a big deal. It's just one afternoon. If the bike is special to you or a great deal there's no reason not to take a little road trip and pick it up in person.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:46 AM
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I've done it several times. I live a rural mountain community so I often drive 50+ miles for most any errand. To obtain big ticket items, I often have to drive that much. I always weigh my options first, and try to make the most of the trip. Bring your bike along, and go for a ride or two. I always check out local attractions when going to pick something up. Farthest I've driven for a toy was about 500mi (not a bike). I know some horse people who routinely drive their tow rig and goose neck trailer halfway across the country to look at a horse they are considering.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:58 AM
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I definitely would. It's all part of the ride. Grab a buddy and make a trip out of it. If you face facts, we all probably spend more time online looking at bikes than we do riding (esp during the winter). Why not spend a few hrs in a car to get a bike you really want?
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling View Post
I guess it's all relative. I've driven around Chicago for hours on several occasions with my girlfriend. Chicago auto show, just hanging out in the city, etc. One time we even spent a few hours driving around just hitting up different bike shops and exploring the city.

Just this last winter I drove from NW Indiana down to Florida, then up to Northern VA to look for a place to live (new job in VA) and back to Indiana again. It was 4k miles in less than 2 weeks and I did all the driving.
I've driven cross country half a dozen times. The best of them was 10,000 miles over the course of 4 months. It was a blast. My girlfriend (at the time) and I stayed in the best parts of the Cascades and Rockies.

Driving 400 miles to complete an errand, though, is a chore. I wouldn't do it to get a bike, unless it was a spectacular deal. I'd factor my time in, 'cause there are plenty of other things I could be doing and enjoying. That's my answer to the question.
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I did about 150 each way this spring to pick up a low end bike for my wife. She wanted a road bike, but the money she wanted to spend was stem shifter, low end when new 25 years ago type money. I told her I was gonna have to spend a bit more then that, found a few year old Schwinn Letour for about two bills, (over 6 new) went to check it out, found it in immaculate condition (I would bet less than 200 miles), and bought it. I was happy, she was happy, and it just cost me a couple of hours of peace and quiet in the car. Not a bad deal...
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