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HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!(16 posts)

HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!Jim Burton
May 29, 2001 10:34 AM
I took the plunge and had the shop order a Serotta CIII frame to be built up for me. Please, can someone out there tell me it's okay?! I really DO need a new bike...right?! I really didn't need to save that money for something else...right? This will be the last bike I ever buy...right?....
re: HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!Lazy
May 29, 2001 10:37 AM
If you're really looking for justification, then you should probably cancel the order. If that was just a way to tell us you're totally fired up because you're getting a brand new Serotta then congratulations.

I think that probably sounded a little more harsh than it was intended, but regardless enjoy your new ride. How do you plan to build it up?
Sure, it starts out as innocent bike purchasing. . .Underdog
May 29, 2001 10:46 AM
You're with your freinds and they talk you into buying something new. Nothing big just a cruiser or comfort bike. Then you find yourself doing bike purchases alone. The higher end stuff. You tell youself you can quit anytime. But the truth is you can't. You lost your will to reason as well as to spend reasonably. But you are not alone. There is help out there. We at the Bikaholics institute are dedicated to. . .
And if you do some research at this site...Lazy
May 29, 2001 10:52 AM
You will find a 12 step program for this exact problem. Authored by LenJ IRCC, if not, my apologies to the original author.
Here it isLazy
May 29, 2001 10:57 AM
Len J May-22-01, 11:16 AM
"12 Steps of Bike Buying"
1.)Admitted we were powerless over the effects of a new bike-that our current ride had become unridable
2.)Came to believe that a ride greater than our cureent ride could return us to sanity.
3.)Mad a decision to turn our money over to the LBS
4.)Made a searching & fearless inventory of the weaknesses of our current ride
5.)Convinced our wives of the exact nature of these shortcomings.
6.)Were entirely ready to have our LBS replace all these defects with new technology.
7.)Humbly asked our LBS to relace these shortcomings.
8.)Made incessant lists of all the rational reasons why this new purchase was necessary
9.)Made direct arguments to anyone who would listen as to why this purchase was necessary.
10.)Continued to research in order to convince ourselves that we made a good decision while we wait for delivery.
11.)Sought thru contact with other like minded people, to reinforce what knowledgable consumers we are.
12.)Having commited to this purchase, we try to carry this message of salvation through consumption to anyone who will listen while we continually look for the next great bike.

At least I was right about the author. LOL
Sure, it starts out as innocent bike purchasing. . .Len J
May 29, 2001 10:56 AM
!2 steps of Bike Buying.

1.)Admitted we were powerless over the effects of a new bike-that our current ride had become unridable
2.)Came to believe that a ride greater than our cureent ride could return us to sanity.
3.)Made a decision to turn our money over to the LBS
4.)Made a searching & fearless inventory of the weaknesses of our current ride
5.)Convinced our wives of the exact nature of these shortcomings.
6.)Were entirely ready to have our LBS replace all these defects with new technology.
7.)Humbly asked our LBS to relace these shortcomings.
8.)Made incessant lists of all the rational reasons why this new purchase was necessary
9.)Made direct arguments to anyone who would listen as to why this purchase was necessary.
10.)Continued to research in order to convince ourselves that we made a good decision while we wait for delivery.
11.)Sought thru contact with other like minded people, to reinforce what knowledgable consumers we are.
12.)Having commited to this purchase, we try to carry this message of salvation through consumption to anyone who will listen while we continually look for the next great bike.

Sometimes we just need a bike!
"There are worse vices to have"
There are worse vices to have...look271
May 30, 2001 6:04 PM
Like softball, golf, bowling, etc.
I ALWAYS get a warm feeling....seth1
May 29, 2001 10:52 AM
when I hear of someone buying a new bicycle, especially when they really don't need one.

GOOD GOING JIM!!!

If it helps any, last Thursday I ordered the 9-speed D/A upgrade. Did I need it? Nope, I wanted it. Next, I'll get a new frame for my new components. I like to do things the expensive way.

And hopefully that won't be anywhere near your last bike.
re: HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!AD14
May 29, 2001 11:09 AM
The justification is this.If you love to ride and will use the bike then its a great investment in your mental and physical health. Buy it, ride it, and do not look back.
re: HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!Jim Burton
May 29, 2001 2:05 PM
Yes I love to ride. I was riding a >12year borrowed old beater (still am for the moment). And yes, this was a sort of humorous way to tell everyone I am buying a new bike. I am always a little nervous and a little apprehensive about this large of a purchase (the damn thing cost twice as much as my first CAR!) but I don't regret it and can't wait to ride my OWN bike that actually fits me. The real justification and the real reason I took the plunge actually came with the ride I had this weekend. I rode ATB with a bunch of wonderful "old farts" (as they dubbed themselves) who all had the most tricked out full suspension bikes on the market and were not ashamed of going slow and enjoying the ride. I really saw that you don't need to be pro...or even close, to deserve a new nice bike. I was holding out because I felt that I might not be fast enough, dedicated enough,...in essence deserving of this bike. Until I rode with these guys. They were great and didn't need any justification other than loving to ride. So I'll try this again...

Hey guys! I ordered a new bike!! I can't wait to ride it! The feeling of actually having a bike for my skills to have room to grow into is complete elation! GO SEROTTA!
Atta boy! nmLazy
May 29, 2001 2:08 PM
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ATTA BOYAD14
May 29, 2001 3:02 PM
Now your talking!
re: HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!DINOSAUR
May 29, 2001 2:49 PM
You don't need any justification......just ride the cra* out of it once it arrives, and enjoy every single moment. You deserve it. Life is short, you can spend your money in worse ways. This will give you pleasure, happiness, well being, good health and a lifetime hobbie. Go for it, you only live once.....There, does this help?
re: HELP!! NEED JUSTIFICATION!Dutchy
May 30, 2001 1:01 AM
Lets face it, what else could you do with the money? Buy a new house....NO. Buy a new car....NO. Travel into space....NO. Buying a new bike was the only option I can see. Well done you've made the right decision. Would have done the same myself....now if I can just convince my wife. CHEERS.
Answer; yes, no, and no.look271
May 30, 2001 6:02 PM
Yes, you need the bike. No,you shouldn't save it. No, it is most certainly NOT the last bike you will ever need. This is only the beginning, my friend!
It's the economy, stupidmike mcmahon
May 30, 2001 6:17 PM
No, I don't mean you; that's an obvious reference to the unofficial Clinton campaign slogan in the '92 election. As you know our economy has been slowing to near recession or actual recession, depending on who you believe. In any event, what our economy needs is more spending, especially spending on durable goods. If you want justification, how about this: You have a moral obligation to help your country's economy recover through the purchase of this bike. Thanks for your sacrifice and patriotism!