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Is it just me or some fixed gear parts are WAY overpriced?

Old 05-21-10, 11:54 AM
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Is it just me or some fixed gear parts are WAY overpriced?

$100 for good double toe straps? = $100 for a small piece of leather?

$100 for a leather saddle that molds to your ass? = $100 for a seat

I am fine with paying the big bucks for wheels and a frame but some parts are just way overpriced.
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Old 05-21-10, 11:56 AM
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Most customizable parts for hobbies are high priced...people pay for stuff...
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Old 05-21-10, 11:58 AM
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your just cheap!

cycling isnt cheap! i mean geez i just paid 1g for a gruppo for my road bike
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I don't think $100 for the leather saddle is out of this world since so many other saddle cost about as much. But Brooks' $400 saddles, ouch
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Granted, certain parts can be worth spending more money on, IE your major contact points. Going cheap on something I spend hours a day sitting on. Thats like skimping on a mattress.
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
I don't think $100 for the leather saddle is out of this world since so many other saddle cost about as much. But Brooks' $400 saddles, ouch
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considering my brooks will probably last thru my life or most of it, it's not that much. $400 is overkill tho..
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Originally Posted by northsjfixed View Post
$100 for good double toe straps? = $100 for a small piece of leather?

$100 for a leather saddle that molds to your ass? = $100 for a seat

I am fine with paying the big bucks for wheels and a frame but some parts are just way overpriced.

what does FG have to do with this stuff?

they are used mainly by the Road community
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Originally Posted by MaxSta View Post
what does FG have to do with this stuff?

they are used mainly by the Road community
Brooks are used by everyone, but toshis are mainly by the fixed "scene"
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Old 05-21-10, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by northsjfixed View Post
$100 for good double toe straps? = $100 for a small piece of leather?

$100 for a leather saddle that molds to your ass? = $100 for a seat

I am fine with paying the big bucks for wheels and a frame but some parts are just way overpriced.
no. its not just you, just like most anything that people want/desire FG parts are way over priced, wait and see what they sell for when they are no longer as popular as they are.
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Old 05-21-10, 02:52 PM
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IMO, leather toe straps are over priced for $100
but then again, I don't use straps or clips and instead use $80 clipless shoes and $90 clipless pedals, so maybe $100 isn't so bad.

No, in fact, FG stuff is dirt cheap.
Decent Road cranksets do not cost $30 shipped.
Decent 10sp chains do not cost $5.
10sp Cassettes do not cost $25

You don't even have to worry about shifters or derailers.
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it depends of what you're ready to pay for... you don't have to be so trendy, the plastic pedals will work as well as the chromed ones...
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
IMO, leather toe straps are over priced for $100
but then again, I don't use straps or clips and instead use $80 clipless shoes and $90 clipless pedals, so maybe $100 isn't so bad.

No, in fact, FG stuff is dirt cheap.
Decent Road cranksets do not cost $30 shipped.
Decent 10sp chains do not cost $5.
10sp Cassettes do not cost $25

You don't even have to worry about shifters or derailers.
So true. If these are "big bucks," try building a road race bike. A Rival groupset alone lists for more than most of the bikes here. Building a color-coordinated fixed gear to videotape yourself skidding down hills on is way less expensive than many other cycling pursuits.
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Old 05-21-10, 03:48 PM
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woah who let the hater in?
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
IMO, leather toe straps are over priced for $100
but then again, I don't use straps or clips and instead use $80 clipless shoes and $90 clipless pedals, so maybe $100 isn't so bad.

No, in fact, FG stuff is dirt cheap.
Decent Road cranksets do not cost $30 shipped.
Decent 10sp chains do not cost $5.
10sp Cassettes do not cost $25

You don't even have to worry about shifters or derailers.
Agreed.

Why is this a thread?
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People who make this stuff aren't exactly reaping huge profits. At the end of the day, the people who make and sell this stuff need to make enough money for it to be worthwhile for them to continue making and selling the stuff. This is a niche market. If millions and millions of people were buying leather toe straps and other specialty items, rather than just thousands of people, the stuff would be much cheaper.

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Old 05-21-10, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
People who make this stuff aren't exactly reaping huge profits. At the end of the day, the people who make and sell this stuff need to make enough money for it to be worthwhile for them to continue making and selling the stuff. This is a niche market. If millions and millions of people were buying leather toe straps and other specialty items, rather than just thousands of people, the stuff would be much cheaper.
Maybe not the people that make it but have you looked at the pricing in a QBP catalogue compared to retail lately?
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yes, I guess.
I worked on a bike shop that focused on fixed gears. of all the parts we sell, I can name the vendors who made parts for those "boutique" brands, and frankly, those vendors originally made inexpensive parts. of good quality, but not as expensive as when they're labelled with those "boutique" brands.
it came to me as a surprise when I can get a similar crankset, minus the label, for a fifth of the those "boutique" brand price.
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Originally Posted by ranggapanji View Post
yes, I guess.
I worked on a bike shop that focused on fixed gears. of all the parts we sell, I can name the vendors who made parts for those "boutique" brands, and frankly, those vendors originally made inexpensive parts. of good quality, but not as expensive as when they're labelled with those "boutique" brands.
it came to me as a surprise when I can get a similar crankset, minus the label, for a fifth of the those "boutique" brand price.
since this thread is dumb as hell anyways

can you recommend some good inexpensive cranksets? thanks a lot
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I'm annoyed to no end... I miss buying used parts cheep. It's like Goodwill searching online to check values of items to mark them up i was in one a couple weeks back and they had the VHS of Trainspotting in the glass case and 4x as much as other VHS in the store. In the LBS's if its something even remotely trendy its a huge mark up... I was in a LBS today and watched them put $40 on a saddle that was pretty well used, only because it was popular... I understand shops making money and the need to do so but there is a limit, in my mind, where you end up alienating your customers. I know I frequent the LBS's way less these days. This makes me sad as I would rather support the LBS in my city but if its not high prices, its ****ty service.

I often wonder if the bike boom of the 70s was like this price wise and all the other BS going on right now... I'm glad bikes are blowing up but ill be more glad when we come back to an equilibrium. We need more people on bike and we need those people getting their bikes from LBS's but we also need for there not to be a 200% mark up on things. Sometimes (and god knows many people have lost sight of this) it is better to sell more of an item at a lower price than fewer at a high price. Why does BD do so well? that exact concept...
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you DO realise there is only one company in the world that makes all cars & all bicycles. The reason why bicycle parts are so expensive is the same reason why cars are so cheap.
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i opened a few pages of the road cycling picture thread.













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i opened a few pages of the road cycling picture thread.



I bet that frame alone was like $750. Such a ripoff. I could buy a whole bike for that much. It's a scam because road racing is so trendy right now. No way that bike is worth more than $500.
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welcome to economics 101, *****es.

demand goes up, supply stays level(ish), price goes up.

maybe if all you ****ers quit riding fixed gear then i can go back to getting my **** at a decent price
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