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Is it possible to be completely satisfied with your bike?

Old 07-05-14, 09:40 AM
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Is it possible to be completely satisfied with your bike?

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?
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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?
Nope. I am on the same boat. There is nothing I'd change.. well, Speedplays for the titaniums but that makes very little difference for a big price. At the moment, I don't have another bicycle in mind for a long time.
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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?
I had five bikes set up that way.
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Old 07-05-14, 09:48 AM
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To answer the question, yes; OK, one exception. The motor on my bike is 65 years old, needs rings, plugs, points, condenser, new bearings...
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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?
when i'm not riding my bike i look at it and think cosmic carbones would make it SO MUCH hotter, but yeah, i've been there.

it feels weird, doesn't it?
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Old 07-05-14, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
To answer the question, yes; OK, one exception. The motor on my bike is 65 years old, needs rings, plugs, points, condenser, new bearings...
Rings, plugs? ... OMG Condenser? You obviously have a very different lifestyle than I.

Butt back on topic - I envy the folks that have their bikes setup so well. I wonder if I will ever get there with my bikes. I'm going through seats now as my riding style has changed, (clipless, more hoods, drops, higher cadence) along with my age (up) and fitness level (down), distance (up).
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My bikes are set up pretty much as I want them. But the operative word is bikes. They are each right for their purpose - touring, racing, JRA, fixed gear - but none of them are perfect, simply because the definition of perfection changes with each different type of ride.
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Yes. "Off brand" and all.
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I could improve literally everything about my bike. Satisfied for the type of riding I do - yes. If you have a bike that you ride a lot and enjoy it, I think it's hard not to be.
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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.
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not weird. i've got seven bikes that are all perfect! don't want to change a thing.

and the one i'm building right now? i'm sure will be just the same.
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I think it depends on what you're trying to do. Most in here will have multiple bikes and getting those to be good at the speciality that they are designed for isn't that difficult. Having one bike, this is difficult. It's hard to setup a bike to do most everything well. I have finally done that, but it's taken some change in how I ride. I don't care much about speed anymore so lightness isn't a concern. I like riding any grade so I make sure I have plenty of low gearing. Comfort is my goal since I like long distance riding now so the bike has to be able to take larger tires and ability to put a rack on it. So I leaned more towards versatility and got what I wanted, but had to build it.
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Honestly, the single only ride I attend that I consider my bike NOT being perfect for is the Mobile Social up in Atl. I actually worry more about being on something that nice at that point and long for my old beater mountain bike. Aside from that, not one single thing.
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My bikes are aces. I could use a new family, however.
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Is it possible to be completely satisfied with your bike?
yes
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Old 07-05-14, 01:33 PM
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Yes. I sort of like my bike's little imperfections. A creaky seat here, a slightly balky shifter there. As long as it's nothing major, my bike's foibles remind me that nothing is perfect.
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I am totally satisfied. Taking a bare frameset and doing a build this past spring, the bike has exceeded my expectations.
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That depends on how much disposable income you have
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My bikes are fine. It's the rider that needs some improvement.
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as humans we will never be satisfied with what ever it is we are obsessing about, whether its bikes or musical instruments lol...
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My bikes are aces. I could use a new family, however.
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It's not about the bike. It's about you. I've had Corvettes, BMWs, Audis, Lotus, Ducatis, etc. and not been satisfied. But, now I'm older, wiser (at least that's my claim) and probably slower and I'm happy with what I've got. Especially my steel Guru and my 10 yr. old Ducati.
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It's not about the bike. It's about you. I've had Corvettes, BMWs, Audis, Lotus, Ducatis, etc. and not been satisfied. But, now I'm older, wiser (at least that's my claim) and probably slower and I'm happy with what I've got. Especially my steel Guru and my 10 yr. old Ducati.
same... few years back i sold most of my studio gear, downsized from 7 guitars to 1, cut back on everything. i own 1 bike and minimal things. i have never had more free time in my life lol. less things to worry about
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same... few years back i sold most of my studio gear, downsized from 7 guitars to 1, cut back on everything. i own 1 bike and minimal things. i have never had more free time in my life lol. less things to worry about
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."
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I'll think of getting a lighter wheelset or seatpost for the hundredth time, then I'll go for a ride and ask myself "why". It's not going to make me faster. I spent years pouring money into bikes and it never improved my average mph, only fitness did. Not like a car where you can buy a bigger cam and ported heads and gain 100 horsepower.
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