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How much did you spend on your road bike?

Old 01-21-15, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
The bike I'm currently riding (and probably will be for quite some time) cost me roughly $7,400 for the frame, fork, Ultegra Di2, Boyd wheels, PowerTap, ProLogo saddle, pedals, and 3T stem and bars.

I put more miles on it every year than I drive and it's the only money-consuming hobby I have. I plan on keeping it 5-6 years.
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Originally Posted by snidely View Post
Any $ I spend on cycling is worth it.
This.
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Old 01-21-15, 02:39 PM
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$520.....in 1973

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"How much did you spend on your bicycle?"

Judging by the threads on this forum, never enough.

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$225



Bought the frame - probably made about 1994 - a few years ago, after seeing it hanging in a bike shop. I had a set of wheels and extra tires, derailleurs, brakes, and other old parts just marking time in my garage, and I added a few used parts I picked up from both the shop and online. It's not my best bike, but I love it.
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Five times my first new car
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Old 01-21-15, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post

Very nice. I had one of those for a while. Sweet!
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Old 01-21-15, 05:29 PM
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Who cares? How much something costs is relative to how much you have in discretionary spending. One person buying a $4000 bike may be nothing to them compared to another buying a $600 bike. What does it matter what you spent for a bike? Aren't there other things about bikes that you are more interested in, like how it rides, why it doesn't handle correctly or how do I change out my crankset?
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Old 01-21-15, 05:47 PM
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I find it interesting.

$1,200 on a 2014 CAAD10 105. Growing up I rode my snowboard. A lot. But now that my daughter is turning one year old getting on my board has been a lot harder, even if the resort is 40 minutes away. I see this as an bike that will be with me for 5-10 years in some form. Combined with the time and money snowboarding costs adding the availability of riding a bike vs being on snow. It was a no brainer. I can spend more time riding than I could snowboarding, it will be cheaper in the end, and at this point I'm enjoying it more.
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2014 was my first year road riding, i got a 2014 Crosstrail hybrid and was doing 50 mile rides but with the bike at 30 pounds and me at 265 it was killing me literally.

Then rented a new never riden 2014 ROUBIAX and was hooked.

Then i bought this TREK 1000 for $450 and put 1000 miles on it summer 2014.

Then i got an unexpected bonus and went big.




Bought a 2015 TARMAC ELITE new for $2500 and another $1500 in extras.

Over 3000 miles in 2014, i have almost 1000 miles on the TARMAC since september, would do it again ...
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Old 01-21-15, 06:13 PM
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About $1000 on my Tommasini, in 1986. Plus another $100-150 bringing it back into ship shape with new rubber, tape, and freewheel last year after not touching it for 20+ years.
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Originally Posted by sced View Post
$520.....in 1973

Nice. I like orange too.
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Old 01-22-15, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
Hello guys,

I am a road cycling enthusiast and I appreciate value when I see one. I've had several road bikes but I think that you get what you pay for. Not long ago I bought a very nice (almost NOS) Panasonic 4000 for pennies on the dollar.... $225. I cannot think of anything with 105 for that amount of money but I got it.

So the question is, how much did you spend on your road bike and did you think it was worth it?

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Per the title,

$600 for my first road bike. Used 2007 (?) Spesh Sequoia.

$3600 for my next bike. 2014 Spesh Roubaix Expert.

$800 for my town/rain bike. REI Novara Strada w/105.

Per the spirit of the OP's thread, I overpaid and you are cooler than me. I'm ok wit' dat.
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Old 01-22-15, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by sced View Post
$520.....in 1973

Thats insane. You realize how many lids, VW vans, Grateful Dead tickets, and mail-order A-frame plans that would've bought?!
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All my bike together costed me about $10,000. My car costed me $4,000 (originally, much more now with years of maintenance).

Bikes and car were all very much worth it.
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Thats insane. You realize how many lids, VW vans, Grateful Dead tickets, and mail-order A-frame plans that would've bought?!
So true! But none of that stuff would still be around. Even better would to have invested in the right stocks. I could be retired today.

The bike was expensive for the day because it was custom made for me and had all the best of the time. It was a Christmas present from my mom and dad.
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My first serious bike was a Panasonic DX2000 somewhere in the late '70's I think. In any event my current road bike is a Guru Sidero (steel) that came with Ksyrium Elites and SRAM Rival (now Red) that had been ridden twice by the previous owner. Weighs about 18 lbs. Got it for $1200. Worth every penny.
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My best bikes have been all over the place when it comes to what I paid for them. $450 got me the bike that got me into racing, a life changer, then almost killed me, cost me thousands and a career. Another $450 got me my racing bike, the bike that extracted everything this body could do. That sum ($450) again got me my Mooney from a just starting framebuilder and clubmate.

$4k+ is what my two ti customs cost each. $450 was the cost of my most fun bike since that racing bike. (1/2 the cost was paint, 1/4 a good seat. Used parts on hand. Frame cost $20. Team Dumpster.) My current flame: a 40 yo frame - $80. Another $200 or so for misc stuff. (Many trips to the hardware store to get a modern derailleur to work with the old Heuret hanger. The stop wasn't remotely in line with the adjusting screw. Also got a seriously tweaked seat lug to work with a seat pin. A huge setback seatpost. And there's my workhorse fix gear on frame #5 . Started as an $80 Peugeot UO-8. Paid $125 for a whole bike for the frame years later. Other frames cost ~$70 each.

Cost/mile is likewise all over the place. Most of a dollar for the ti customs. The Mooney, maybe 6 cents. The workhorse fix gear, about the same. (Much of that bike's costs are tires and wheels. Rims go 2 winters max - sidewall thinning. Plus a few cranksets from rubbing winter boots with road grit against the cranks. I have a pile of cranks with a bite taken out.)

Real plus of whatever I pay - having the right bike for the ride I am doing. Priceless!

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I have the following.
2015 Propel Advanced SL3 spec'd up to a SL0 bike.
2013 Madone just added Red22 and Pro Stealth Evo with Zipp 202 FC
2013 Speed Concept 9 series with full Ultegra 6870 di2 and Bontrager 7/9 Aeolus
2015 TCX Advanced Pro 1 spec'd up to Pro 0 bike.

Overal a fair bit penny.
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I look at it differently. I spend about $.20 per mile riding my bikes; a great deal in my eyes. It gets better when you add in how much I don't spend on a therapist to manage the stress at work or potential medical costs for being sedentary. Top off the time I get to catch up with family and friends on the rides.

Outside of the couple hundred dollars I spend on routine maintenance and goodies, I have spent anywhere from $700 for a new Schwinn Le Tour in 1994 to a few thousand for my last Trek Madone.

Yes, all worth it.
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Tarmac 2014 Pro frame, Di2, Reynolds wheels, 3t carbon H bar, PM. An almost seamless fit between bike and motor. Everything works well together and the mechanical functions become secondary to all other aspects of the ride.

I love the bike but I dislike it when people ask how much it cost.

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How much did you spend on your road bike?

The bikes I currently have vary in price from $895 to $13,000.

They all we're worth it. That said the most expensive (willier) is not 15 times better than the least expensive (Motobecanne).
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$770.00 in 1976.


Original bike was with Campy Nuevo Record. 2004 bike was repainted and refitted.
My most recent bike, a 2004 Merlin Lunaris with Campy Record was $7,000.
No regrets for either. Both ridden equally. Both excellent rides.

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I picked up a mid 70's vintage Fred Deeley Apollo for 25 bucks. I believe it's a Kuwahara road bike rebadged in Canada. Presently apart so no pics but with some TLC and about 40 more bucks it will be a fun ride...
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
The bikes I currently have vary in price from $895 to $13,000.

They all we're worth it. That said the most expensive (willier) is not 15 times better than the least expensive (Motobecanne).
I am very curious to know which one is $895.00.
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