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What to splurge on with a Col. Cyclist gift certificate?(18 posts)

What to splurge on with a Col. Cyclist gift certificate?PaulCL
Jan 3, 2002 7:01 AM
What would you splurge on with a $100 Christmas gift certificate? I just got one and am thinking about a few ideas...

1. Campy ergo brain. A little over $100 and I don't need a new computer but it looks so cool....
2. A new helmet. My current helmet is 3 years old and kinda ugly. I like the Limar 107's
3. Buy a couple jersies on sale - I can always use those
4. Or do the sensible thing and hold the GC until I really NEED something (read: something breaks)

What do you think?
re: What to splurge on with a Col. Cyclist gift certificate?Js Haiku Shop
Jan 3, 2002 7:14 AM
1. check for a review of the ergobrain.

2. i can't justify spending mucho $$ on helmets when one on sale from works fine, and fits. i'd rather spend that money on tubes or something.

3. do you have plenty of winter gear? i can't remember what part of the country you're you have a use for winter gear?

4. sensible? bah! blow it on something fun. between now and the time you need brakes, you might get run over by a zeppelin or something. live today. that is, unless you NEED brakes now. then, get them, so you can live tomorrow. :o)
15 degrees, windy with snow this weekendPaulCL
Jan 3, 2002 8:20 AM
That's where I live. I'm kinda stuck inside until the end of February. There will be the occasional 30 degree day to ride but only if the ice is off the roads.

1. Ergo brain - creates a lot of work. I wonder if it's worth it?
2. Helmet. I agree. But mine is SO ugly. A $120 is a lot for a helmet but we're talking splurge here...
3. Plenty of winter gear. Tons of it.
4. Sensible? Nah. I'll blow it.
15 degrees, windy with snow this weekendJs Haiku Shop
Jan 3, 2002 8:53 AM
1. i'm still using $15 cateye 'puters ordered online. even the velo1 bases work with the enduro2 and the mity3, so the "brains" are interchangeable throughout my stable. next step for me might be wireless for the geared bike(s), and a 'puter with cadence funtion for the SS.

2. splurge <> waste, imho. i'd rather buy a $30 helmet and spend the other $70 on cool socks or something. oh, and beer. d'oh!

3. did i mention beer?

4. that's the spirit!

I got LBS GCs from my parents for b'day and xmas (a month apart). it really pains me to spend that money at the LBS when i could get 20-40% more online, but beggars can't be whiners.
15 degrees, windy with snow this weekendgwilliams
Jan 3, 2002 8:55 AM
Don't you live in VA and ride the WO&D. Friday and Sat will be in the Forties, can't really use the weather for an excuse for not getting out and riding.

Northern KY, near CincinnatiPaulCL
Jan 3, 2002 9:18 AM
But it still gets cold. 40 degrees in January is heat wave. I'll ride in any temp over 25 - but without ice. Our problem is not the temp, but the old snow and ice that lingers on the roadway for months. Of course right now, we have none....but this weekend looks bad.
Northern KY, near Cincinnatigwilliams
Jan 3, 2002 9:29 AM
Sorry I guess I got you mixed up with someone else, suppose to be 44 and sunny in DC area on Sat, so I should be able to get in 50 to 60 miles. I used to live in Huntington WV, which was right on the border of KY.

Jan 3, 2002 7:22 AM
Sorry . . . this is off on a tangent. Every article I've read on helmets suggests buying one every year b/c normal wear and tear can create damage that is not necessarily visible, but will impair performance when it's needed. Then I talked to a friend who represents a helmet manufacturer (which shall remain nameless) in litigation. He suggested that a quality helmet can last 5 yrs or longer (assuming no impact), but that the industry lobbies the one yr rule to increase sales.

Any thoughts on this?

p.s. I'd bank the certificate 'til I needed it.
You can never have enough jerseys (nm)Brian C.
Jan 3, 2002 7:51 AM
Helmet....Greg Taylor
Jan 3, 2002 8:46 AM
Get a really nice one... If you believe the hype from the helmet manufacturers, your three-year-old lid is past its stale date. The odd drop or knock, added to a deterioration/hardening in the styrofoam over time can reduce it's effectiveness.
I second the helmet.nigel
Jan 3, 2002 8:56 AM
Since a) your present lid is "so ugly" and b) you might not want to drop $120-$160 on a better-looking, better-ventilated, more current lid with your OWN money, I'd suggest getting a brand-new, sharp helmet. It's the piece of clothing/equipment which can most positively affect the way one looks, kind of like having a great face with a butt-ugly haircut or a cheesy facial-hair scheme. Get the best-looking cap you can find; if you have to spend $50 of your own money to get the one you like, that fits best, and that's the best ventilated, then go for it: you won't regret it. When I look in the mirror, I like to enjoy what I see (not that I'm overly vain or anything, but one needs to feel confident in their appearance). New shoes, for example, won't change this.

Just my two cents. Enjoy your generous gift certificate however you decide to spend it.

re: Wait for the clearance of 01' stuff?jrm
Jan 3, 2002 9:41 AM
Then you might be able to afford all the stuff on your list..and more?
If you really want to "blow" it; One word: Powerlung! nmShad
Jan 3, 2002 12:23 PM
CC CoolMax Alta Short Sleeve Jerseys $29.99Sintesi
Jan 3, 2002 1:18 PM
These are of excellent quality I just bought one and was much impressed. This would leave $10 for some socks. Or as the Haiku fellah suggests: BEER! : )
Buy as much as you can.look271
Jan 3, 2002 2:09 PM
Get the helmet. You can get some nice 2001 lids on clearance, then buy a jersey or 2. As was stated, you can never have too many jerseys! BTW, you can't buy beer @ Colorado Cyclist :-( Too bad!
You Gotta Go With The Helmet (nm)B2
Jan 3, 2002 6:03 PM
Me!! nmcycleguy
Jan 3, 2002 11:08 PM
Just send your address to me and its' in the mailPaulCL
Jan 4, 2002 6:59 AM
NOT! But good try.