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how did y'all decide on which bike to buy??(12 posts)

how did y'all decide on which bike to buy??dustin73
Aug 10, 2001 11:44 PM
i mean, in like 4 months my next bike hopeful has gone from a Trek to a Colnago to a Pinarello to a Carrera and now back to a Pinarello. though, i'd like to get an Italian bike, that much i know for sure...
re: how did y'all decide on which bike to buy??Akirasho
Aug 11, 2001 2:07 AM
... I kinda buy them all... 17 so far.

Still, that's not every bike I ever wanted. I try to base the decision on what my particular wants and needs are, both from a functional and aesthetic point of view with an emphasis on the frame itself.

On the functional front, you've got to consider your fit on the bike as well as it's overall geometry with respect to you and the handling you expect (touring, racing, crits, TT's, Tri, etc.) and to components (though these obviously can be swapped out as necessary. Ride qualities can be influenced by frame material (et. al.) and how its applied (butting, tubing diameter and thickness, fabrication technique for CF, etc.) Performance (including durability)especially as it relates to costs are a factor. As you probably already know, there is a "law" if diminishing return as the cost of a frame and components go up... You'd want to buy as much frame as you can afford... but when a frame alone goes for $2500 and up... you'll be hard pressed to find objective differences 'tween them and a $1800 complete bike.

On the aesthetic front, all bets are off. Sometimes you just lust for the look... and if it's what you want (as long as it fits) then sate your artistic side (my little Bianchi Milano makes little sense for me at this time 'cept I wanted it reeeeel bad). I'd like to own a 'bent trike for no other reason than I like 'em. Indeed, tonight, I've been putting the finishing touches on a GT Vengeance frame that I bought because I thought it had been hanging at the LBS long enuff.

Break it down 'tween function and aesthetics into what you can live without and what you've gotta have (again, centered on the frame... sounds like the Trek's already been eliminated)... or bust out the Platinum card.

Be the bike.
re: how did y'all decide on which bike to buy??Jon Billheimer
Aug 11, 2001 6:55 AM
AK pretty well says it all. For myself I narrowed down frame materials according to two criteria: weight and comfort. First choice was Ti and second, CF. Carbon fibre won out on the basis of availaility (the bike was sitting there in the shop) and cost (a Litespeed would cost about $800.00 more than my OCLV at the time). For me aesthetics played no role.

So figure out what really turns your crank and buy it!
just do it!JohnG
Aug 11, 2001 8:13 AM
Get one and try it... sell it .... get another.... repeat until you are satisified. I think it takes me about 500 miles before I really know if a frame is right for me.

This is NOT a one time purchase!

good rides JohnG
Aug 11, 2001 9:34 AM
decide what you want to spend (seems like you've already figured that out)

decide how long you plan to have the bike and how many miles you will conceivably ride it before shopping for your next bike (I always go with the assumption that I will never be able to afford to buy a high end bike ever again. I also never sell my bikes. Thus I always end up buying high end hand built US steel frames--decent bang for the buck, very durable, classic looks you never get sick of. Conversely, if I was making the big bucks, I'd probably buy a new bike every year or two, and then I'd be willing to consider flavor of the month AL or carbon frames, or custom ti frames.)

Once you figured the first two things out, go with fit. You'll probably be left with one or two bikes at that point. Then just go with what looks cool.
sounds to me that your priorities are skewedishmael
Aug 11, 2001 10:11 AM
italian bikes are nice i guess but you should mainly be concerned with more important things like the size..the size is the most important concideration in my, a very personal choice...price, i dont know about you but the italian thing loses its prestige when a c 40 costs like 3 or 4 times more than a trek carbon, it may be better but thats even contravertial...supposedly in europe they all want the treks, everyone wants the exotic stuff.
sounds to me that your priorities are skeweddustin73
Aug 11, 2001 6:14 PM
i'm not saying that i want an italian bike (ok, well i am) but i want something that not everyone has, you know? and i figure i can take an incredible vacation, and get an incredible bike (and i was told it'd be cheaper over seas). haha, about the C40, that's exactly why i took that one out of my list. i did see a beautiful DeRosa today (aluminum frame, carbon stays)...and another reason i want to go to italy to get the bike is in hopes that i might get to ride some of them and then decide. here in central texas, you'd be hard pressed to find a store that sells colnago or pinarello...finding the DeRosa was odd enough. another thing, who knows, i might be able to get custom fit for the pinarello over there (not sure if they do that, though).
re:Didn't decide..bought one mo $$...;o( .....(nm)Rusty Coggs
Aug 11, 2001 4:49 PM
By the color.dano
Aug 12, 2001 12:53 AM
I'm not being a smartass saying that you can choose a bike by the color. Actually, high end bikes are all so good that it doesn't much matter which bike you get. Steel, al, ti, carbon, Italian, American, English, Chinese, whatever trips your trigger. They all ride great and they all have little detail niggles that someone might not like. So, my advice to is find the color/style that you really like, get the right size, put the components you want on it and then just ride the heck out of it.

Even after your purchase, you'll see all kinds of bikes that you'd like to have and you'll wonder how they compare to yours. But the answer is "no better and no worse....just maybe a little different." I think we often put too much thought into "the perfect bike." No such thing. Just buy one of the many outstanding bikes out there today and enjoy it. There are more excellent bikes today than there have ever been and their cost, adjusted for inflation and technological advancement, has never been lower. Part of our problem in choosing bikes today is that there are so many great bikes to choose from.
re: how did y'all decide on which bike to buy??fuzzybunnies
Aug 12, 2001 2:39 PM
It was any easy decision, I walked into the shop and stumbled into a derosa, asked the dimensions and walked out with it. Nice, quick, easy, and no hassles. Just pick the one that looks the best to you and go for it. By now you've probably researched all the dimensions, weights, and nuances. Having not eliminated any one of them as a choice means that all are great possibilities. Go with what looks best to you. TTFN
I wonder if the Italians would like to have Treks...Bruno S
Aug 12, 2001 2:50 PM
When I was in Europe a few years back the japanese cars were the most trendy cars that you could have. Exotic and expensive because they were imported and difficult to get. I wonder if that is what happens to the italian bikes here in the states and if the italians see the US made bikes as the best to have. Because of import taxes in Italy the US made bikes must be as expensive as a Pinarello the same way here in the states the Europen bikes are more expensive. But to answer you question I would go for a Pinarello Prince.
yes, they woulddano
Aug 12, 2001 10:53 PM
I lived in northeastern Italy for several years in the mid-90's. Italian cyclists love American bikes and they pay a lot of money for them. The grass really is greener on the other side of our respective fences. The popularity and desirability of Cannondales really exploded in Italy after they started sponsoring the Saeco team. Same with Treks once USPS & Lance started their TdF winning ways.

An example of how desirable Cannondales are in Italy: I spent a lot of my time in Italy working at a remote radar site on the southern Adriatic coast. I had an Italian cycling aquaintence down there who bought a brand new Cannondale CAAD3 with 8-speed Ultegra STI (this was 1996.) To get that bike, he waited several months for it to arrive at the dealer, drove over 700 miles round-trip to pick it up, and paid over $3000 for it. Of course I didn't tell him what I could get that bike for in the USA and how easily I could find it. I just admired it. He and I used to laugh that he was the Italian riding a Cannondale and I was the American riding a Bianchi. Yes, American bikes are as desirable to Italian cyclists as Italian bikes are desirable to American cyclists.