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Is it possible to be completely satisfied with your bike?

Old 07-05-14, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
A year or so ago I lost a house I owned thanks to squatters who cost me a year of rental income. As a result TD Bank not only took my house but got a large judgement against me. I won't go into details but suffice it to say the legal system is not your friend when it comes to stuff like this. The squatters have nothing so you can't get at them and the banks have everything, including the legal system, so you can't beat them. As a result I am not able to own anything of significant value. If I did, the bank or whoever buys the debt will attach it. So I have my 10 yr. old Ducati, a car I'm under water on and a couple bikes. But, here's the surprising part.....I feel free. No longer jonesin' for the latest and the greatest and finally seeing that the value is actually in the journey and not the "things." A forced confrontation with "truth."

as i said to my friend i can walk, bike, board everywhere. go where ever i want without a care in the world and best part is its free
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Old 07-05-14, 09:24 PM
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The last year the CAAD was Made In America (that means flawless welds, round tubes...and some pride!)
56 and perfect geometry for me.
My favorite color scheme.
SRAM Force components, in coated carbon, before they covered them in black paint and ugly graphics.
Mavic CXP22 wheels with decals removed. Will take on anything and have been extremely reliable for me.
Fizik Aliante saddle.
Tao cages.

I built this bike up exactly how I wanted on the budget I had at the time. I consider it a working mans bike. No frills.

I have been completely satisfied since day one!


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Old 07-05-14, 10:30 PM
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If I had only ONE bike no. But since i have 7 I have a bike for every occasio0n and they all do exactly what I built them to do. Thus they are 'perfect'.
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Old 07-05-14, 10:43 PM
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Yes of course, but likely not for long. I'm often thinking of changing out tires for something different for example, or consider changing my stem height , not that it is uncomfortable, but maybe it would be nicer to have it lower, or higher. I enjoy tweaking it seems
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Old 07-05-14, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by 2702 View Post
................. I do think there is always someting to thinker with from performance to looks with any bike you have. Its a fun hobby to get your mind off things.
The hobby within the hobby. The secondary cycling related activity. I enjoy wrenching on bicycles and will buy an older bike in need of TLC from time-to-time. That (and reading the forum) keeps me busy [in the] off season. Even cyclists that use bicycles exclusively as transportation can find a cycling related hobby... within their cycling.

I just bought a new bicycle and I am currently making some minor changes.
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Old 07-06-14, 08:08 AM
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I can always think of some little improvement to make on the bike.
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I have a bike that I love with all the parts I've ever wanted. I ride it a lot and enjoy every ride... but yeah I really like to goof around with it, wrenching and replacing things. I'm happy thinking of the next tire or wheel, or derailleur, or toy whether I need it or not. A couple of months ago I got my first motorcycle in 8 years, within two weeks a weird accident had it crushed by a truck carrying 27 tons of gravel. They replaced it with a new bigger motorcycle so now I have another new toy to modify.

Ah well, no use being the richest man in the cemetery
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Old 07-06-14, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I can always think of some little improvement to make on the bike.
That is kind of my point. I don't see anything that would actually "improve" my bike. I'm completely happy the way it is.

I do need new bibs. Just noticed I have a hole in two of my Castellis. Been thinking of just getting baggy cycling shorts.
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Old 07-06-14, 09:29 AM
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I have on bike set up exactly the way I want it and won't be changing much anytime soon. It rides great and have no complaints yet. I have 4 other bikes that are constantly under some sort of change though. I like to tinker on bikes and find that half the fun of having biking as a hobby is changing stuff up on the equipment. Right now I picked up an old Raleigh that I'm cleaning up and recabling, a Lemond Zurich that is just a frameset but waiting on parts, a Jamis Aurora undergoing a transformation into a townie bike with dyno lights and my Sam Hillborne is becoming a fully bagged tourer.
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Old 07-06-14, 09:39 AM
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All the bike I'll never need - it's my legs and training and that need upgrading
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Old 07-06-14, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
So I was out on a short ride today and was thinking about bike stuff and I could not think of one thing I'd like to upgrade. Frame, bars, brakes, wheels, pedals, seat, groupo...there is nothing I want to change. Is that weird?
my comfort on my bike seems to be constantly changing. i am moving things around until i think i have the perfect position and then a few rides later i want to move things back and so on.
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Old 07-06-14, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by 2702 View Post
I think everyone who really likes bikes need at least 2 for some variety.
I do think there is always someting to thinker with from performance to looks with any bike you have. Its a fun hobby to get your mind off things.

i would add that the different bikes should be of different styles of cycling. much as i love my 2 road bikes, i wish one of them was a touring bike.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
That is kind of my point. I don't see anything that would actually "improve" my bike. I'm completely happy the way it is.

I do need new bibs. Just noticed I have a hole in two of my Castellis. Been thinking of just getting baggy cycling shorts.
Post a pic of your bike and we'll list all the upgrades that will provide you with so much more satisfaction.
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Old 07-06-14, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
A year or so ago I lost a house I owned thanks to squatters who cost me a year of rental income. As a result TD Bank not only took my house but got a large judgement against me. I won't go into details but suffice it to say the legal system is not your friend when it comes to stuff like this. The squatters have nothing so you can't get at them and the banks have everything, including the legal system, so you can't beat them.
Off topic but your experience is a valuable lesson for anyone considering housing as an investment. Courts are very reluctant to evict renters. They let people that are months behind stay while the property owner still must satisfy their debts.
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It's hard to be satisfied with one bike because there are so many different needs -race, club, climbs, flats, clinchers versus tubulars, steel versus CF, touring, cursing, etc. Even fit changes with seasons and milage.
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Yes it is possible to be complety satisfied with you bike or bikes, at least for 5 or 10 minutes anyway. That is the nature of the beast. New stuff keeps cropping up to interest (tempt) you to modify and upgrade. Nothing wrong with that, is there?
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Financially yes but things to want to buy but can not ever afford .. Nope!!
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Financially yes but things to want to buy but can not ever afford .. Nope!!
I like what I have now. I don't want more expensive wheels, or a "better" group, or lighter handlebars. Maybe when my tires need replacing I'll try a new brand just for the heck of it.
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Old 07-21-14, 07:30 PM
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That is a very "clean" looking bike! I like it!
Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
The last year the CAAD was Made In America (that means flawless welds, round tubes...and some pride!)
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I built this bike up exactly how I wanted on the budget I had at the time. I consider it a working mans bike. No frills.

I have been completely satisfied since day one!

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
My bikes are fine. It's the rider that needs some improvement.
Absolutely. I will never outride my bike.

I actually replaced the black bar tape with red tape this past weekend. Didn't need tape, but I wanted to try red. Looks pretty good.
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Time for some new tape... Maybe a chain soon...
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