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Should I keep a super nice road bike that might be too good for a starter?

Old 09-09-13, 08:28 PM
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Should I keep a super nice road bike that might be too good for a starter?

A few weeks ago, I was able to get a pretty good deal on a diamondback podium 4 for less than 900 dollars. I ride it twice and the second time felt much better and I'm starting to like it. I've never ride any road bike before and was hesitated to one because of the unfamiliarity and its price tag.

Now I have this bike and I kinda want to sell it... one main reason is simply because it's too good (for me).. I want to bike to work during weekdays and honestly I don't feel comfortable to leave the bike out on the bike rack. I can afford to have the bike but it's going to break my heart if it gets stolen (god why there are so many thieves)... so I was shopping around for a hybrid lately and tested ride a few Trek FX series hybrid. I sort of feel the road bike is actually more comfortable than a hybrid... much lighter and faster for sure.

Should I keep the road bike or sell it and get a cheap hybrid... I'm in my early 20s and pretty active.

I have a few specific questions that I hope to get some comments on:

1. Does anyone know a success story on getting anti-theft program claim money when they have their expensive bike stolen while being locked using say a Kryptonite lock? This could be a "insurance" if it can work. I've searched online and seems like it's very hard to get the claim through.

2. I probably don't quite know what I want the bike for most yet. Does it make sense to sell the road bike and settle on a hybrid now and see how I like biking overall. If I do feel the need for a road bike later, I can always try to find a good deal... does this make more sense?

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Old 09-09-13, 08:32 PM
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Keep the road bike for your fun rides.

Get beater bike for commuting.
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Old 09-09-13, 08:44 PM
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to answer one of your questions...the one on insurance claims...about the only way to get a claim paid for bike theft is to have specific insurance taken out on the bike. most homeowners/renters insurance policies have deductibles around $1000 (maybe slightly lower or higher) so that isn't a great option. you might call your/an insurance company/agent to see if they offer a floater/rider/personal articles policy to specifically cover bikes. you'll have to pay a monthly premium, but your bike will be covered.

as far as what to do with the bike, decide what you want most and then act accordingly. if you want a road bike even a little, i would say to keep it, ride the heck out of it and enjoy it. if you decide you want a bike to commute or tool around town in, find a cheap beater and ride it. much less at stake by riding a $150 bike to work than a road bike that is more expensive and you really like.

keep it.
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If you're in a place where theft is common, it will be a target in a bike rack. So you probably should have a cheaper bike to commute. But if you can afford it, keep the road bike and see if you like riding that. It's a very different experience riding a road bike for fun over riding a hybrid to work. (I rode a hybrid for a very brief period when I started riding again, and I think a road bike is way more comfortable.)

OTOH, you could split the difference. If you can get out of the podium now for what you have in it, sell that one and spend about $300 on a decent older road bike. You can still ride that for fun, but you can also use it to commute and it won't kill you if it gets stolen. In most markets, you can get a pretty good used bike for that price. And if the paint isn't perfect, that's just as well since you don't really want the prettiest bike in the rack.
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My company would let me keep my bike by my desk. That's what I'd do
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Sell the bike. Divorce the trophy wife. Quit the good job. Live out of a tent. Simplify....And don't have any goals....
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Keep the road bike for your fun rides.

Get beater bike for commuting.
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Old 09-09-13, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Keep the road bike for your fun rides.

Get beater bike for commuting.
This. Everyone else who posts on this thread is wasting your time. Get on Craigslist and find something that costs less than a decent lock.
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N+1 rule applies here
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Buy a decent lock and enjoy your road bike. Check with your insurance company - mine covers bikes with no limits, and I can buy a rider that would cover even crashes with no deductible.
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How long is the commute?

You'll probably sell the road bike for the same price as a new hybrid. Any bike will be stolen, which means the hybrid would not really fix that problem.

I would suggest figuring out a way that the bike can't be stolen (don't use the rack) or get something for $50/100 that you can afford to lose more than once.

Keep the road bike.
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Old 09-10-13, 06:40 AM
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If I was in your situation I'd buy a POS bike to commute with like others have suggested and keep the road bike. You'll probably lose a lot by selling it. True, you may not know yet what type of riding you'll do and what bike fits you best but you already have the bike so, ride it for a while and if it turns out that it doesn't suit you then sell it for something else.
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Old 09-10-13, 07:14 AM
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I would almost think an employer would be proud to have someone bike to work and accommodate their bike safely on premises. Of course there are always reasons why you can't and that is unfortunate.

maybe work will let you put a hook somewhere to hang the bike out of the way if space is a real issue.

You could always tell the boss that by riding your bike and keeping it safe he's helping to have a healthier employee which means less sick days and lower insurance premiums.... hit em' in the wallet!
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Old 09-10-13, 09:27 AM
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The bike is not too nice for you... it's too nice for the application. I will join with the many others who say find a good deal on a shi**y Craigslist bike and ride that too work. Selling that bike will result in you losing money and possibly regretting the sale later.
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Bikes too nice for you? Upgrade your legs! In other words ride the damn thing.
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Sell the bike. Divorce the trophy wife. Quit the good job. Live out of a tent. Simplify....And don't have any goals....
This response, coupled with your avatar, is scaring me.

You're only jesting, right?
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Cheapest option is to keep it and see if there's a safer place in or around the building to keep it (if possible). One place I used to work at, I would take the service elevator in the back up to my floor. Then park the bike in the copier room next to the recycle paper bins. My current place is not as accomodating so I just lock it up with the biggest chain and lock I could find at the hardware store. It is one step better in that the outside rack is up and off the street and there's usually a security guard at the stairs.

You got a great deal for the bike. If you keep it, then you should get a fitting at a good local bike shop. They will help to dial in your seat and handlebar positions. See the bike fit forum here for more info on it.
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This response, coupled with your avatar, is scaring me.

You're only jesting, right?
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You have only one problem: Your bike might get stolen in the bike rack at work.

Here's a solution: Buy the amount of u-locks and chain that you need to insure that it doesn't get stolen. If you have two U-locks plus a heavy-duty chain and a padlock securing your bike, it probably won't get stolen. You do not need to carry these things, you leave them locked to the bike rack (or to something else that you lock your bike to).

If this is during daylight hours, the thief will probably move on to another bike.

What city are you in, and how long many miles is it from home to work?
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Old 09-10-13, 09:39 PM
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Thanks everyone for your comment! I think I want to keep it deep within I'll get a cheap bike for commuting and have more fun on the road bike!
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