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help me justify spending more than i should on a bike!!!(16 posts)

help me justify spending more than i should on a bike!!!radiofreegainesville
Aug 6, 2001 1:41 PM
i am thinking about purchasing my first road bike made post-1985.

down to two choices: trek 5200, which is much more than i want to spend, but if someone has great stories/observations about why its worth it, i might be able take the plunge (ie my riding became better/longer/faster/inspired.

the other bike is a cdale r1000. comments on either would be much appreciated.

thanks to everyone.
re: help me justify spending more than i should on a bike!!!mike mcmahon
Aug 6, 2001 1:55 PM
I don't have any insight into either bike. However, you really seem to want the Trek. If there's any way you can make it happen, spend the extra dough and get the bike you really want. Do you want to spend X years on the less expensive bike wondering what a nice ride you would have had if you had spent the extra $____?
Compare it to the cost of a boat ...Humma Hah
Aug 6, 2001 2:51 PM
In my case, I used to make the mistake of comparing the cost of flying small aircraft to the cost of driving a car. Bad mistake, cars are very cheap for what you get due to stunningly good mass production. But comparing the cost per mile of a light plane to the cost per mile of a speedboat, or better yet, a yacht, makes flying look downright CHEAP.

And if it can do that for flying, just imagine what it will do for cycling.

Uh, never mind my main ride cost $90 new, and I've been riding it for 30 years.
Cost of FlyingDCP
Aug 6, 2001 3:24 PM
Cheap? One way really good way to get your spouse to approve of your spending thousands of dollars on bicycling gear is to first learn to fly. The more time you spend cycling, the less time (and $) you spend flying.
too much?Dog
Aug 6, 2001 3:27 PM
I've never known anyone who regretted spending too much on a bike, but many who have regretted spending too little. Get what makes you happy, as much as you can afford. They can be such a big part of your life, you don't want to sell yourself short, or spend lots of money continually upgrading.

too much?Jon Billheimer
Aug 6, 2001 4:23 PM
Both the Trek and Cannondale are good bikes, but with somewhat different ride qualities. My advice is to test ride them both and buy the one that feels best to you. And heed Doug's advice. If you get the right bike for you you'll never regret what you spent.
Hey! You only live once!MrCelloBoy
Aug 6, 2001 3:44 PM
My long-term honey and I just dropped over 9 grand on a Calfee Tandem.
And we're not racers. We just like to ride the best!
Consider it an investment in your health....STEELYeyed
Aug 6, 2001 6:30 PM
and buy the bike that begs you to ride it,I bought a new Litespeed this year and spent way more than I planned on spending on a bike,but I love the way it looks,fits and rides, sits in my basement on a stand when I am not on it,.......and it calls out my name.


"Ride your Bike"
Turn in your card.9WorCP
Aug 7, 2001 9:05 AM
You can't ride a Litespeed and call yourself STEELYeyed. It's the law. Please rename or purchase a Master X Light.

Thank you.
Formula for determining how much to spend on a bikewink
Aug 6, 2001 6:54 PM
Take the number of miles you are really going to ride in one year. Convert that number to dollars and spend that much. Example lets say you are realistically going to ride 50 miles per week, 2 weeks off for vacations - whatever, leaves 50 weeks or 2,500. You can justify $2,500 on a bike, of course you really have to go 2,500 miles to justify the cost. Of course that is in the south where you can ride all year. In norhern Illinois you could really only ride 30 weeks per year - so your actual mileage would be 1,500 per year so it would be hard to justify spending more than $1,500 on a bike. Well that is my position and I am sticking to it! :)
Pretty different fit too..Mike K
Aug 6, 2001 7:35 PM
I would think there should be a noticeable difference in the way the two fit. In my case, I like a 56cm in the C-dale and a 54cm in the Trek, and in my case the C-Dale fits better (could be very different in your case). The bikes definitely have a different feel on the road.
I would personally go with which ever fits and feels best. You seem to favor the Trek so if it fits as well or better than the C-dale follow Doug's advice and don't regret spending "too much" on the bike - he's right when he says that you will regret spending "too little"....
Both are good bikes and if they fit, probably a great choice for many years of riding.
Do you golf ?Crash
Aug 6, 2001 8:31 PM
I had this argument with my buddies at work when I bought my last bike. They all were shocked at how much I spent on my bike (2100), until we started to talk about their golfing expenses. Most of these guys drop close to, or over, a grand for clubs. Add to that lessons, driving range practice, balls and misc. equipment, and 200 to 400 in green and cart fees every month and my bike starts to look downright cheap. Most of these guys also pay for a health club so they can actually get a real workout. Don't get me wrong, if you love golf and can afford it, more power to you ! But I'm amazed that guys that drop several grand EVERY year are shocked by bike prices !
Do you golf ?dustin73
Aug 6, 2001 9:02 PM
i know what you mean...thank god i work at a golf course...oh, and you forgot beer on the course (at least $7 a round), and tips for the beer girl (at least $5) and cart kids (maybe $1). then, the money you lose to your friends in a game of Dots or Wolf, which can be any amount of money...and if they spend that much in green fees, the dollar amts. i've listed probably go way up (except for the cart kids...we get screwed all the time).
i spend my beer money on bicycles- and have change ;-)dupe
Aug 7, 2001 2:10 AM
How do you want to be remembered?Spoke Wrench
Aug 7, 2001 5:53 AM
One of the saddest images I can congure is my kids standing around my coffin and talking about how sensible dad was.
I like that one!CRM
Aug 7, 2001 7:25 AM
I'm constantly providing my friends with rationales to buy the better bike stuff. I'm definitely going to incorporate this one into my pitch! Thanks.