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From the Opera Birthday Boy!(7 posts)

From the Opera Birthday Boy!tmguy
Feb 22, 2002 9:42 PM
I am glad I stimulated such a discussion. I am new to this board and I was happy to hear the divergent views. I posted this morning and just got home from work. (Yeah, I work hard for my money.)

I am actually getting a pretty decent deal on the bike built up with Record 10. $3400 with Neutrons. Money is not a major issue (wife is on board since I promised to sell my '98 Record equipped Marinoni.) I just want something special for my 40th. I will admit that I am attracted to the Pinarell mysitque and want a bike with that kind of history and soul. The Marinoni is beautiful, but doe not have that mystique factor. My only real condition is that I want steel. Would love to see what one poster offered as far as research is concerned. As I stated I have Nemo tubeset bike presently; it also dents fairly easily. (I can see the issue with the 1" fork and perhaps that will be an upgrade for '03.) I have a CAAD 3, a 3Rensho Katana, and other bikes in my garage and have owned a custom steel bike (Holks of Japan w/Superbe Pro; how many of you owned a bike with Superbe Pro?), and other various and sundry Fujis and Cannondales. I am not just doing this to spend money and have been around the block a few times on a variety of fine machines. I weigh between 170 and 180 depending on the time of year. I am a finess rider and not real hard on my bikes. I love the way the Opera looks and it did ride wonderfully, but I am considering all options.

As far as the midlife thing. I already have a nice Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Avant with 5-speed and sport package (don't need no BMW). The bike will do more for me. I have owned 12 bikes and only 4 cars. I have a 5 month old son so I figure this is my last super bike. I am saving the IWC watch for my 50th and the Porsche for when my children are out of college.

I posted for feedback and I thank everyone for their comments.

Aside from the fact that you drive an Audi...Elefantino
Feb 23, 2002 7:49 AM
... (my BMW wagon was totaled in my recent car wreck), and aside from the fact that you are buying a bike that many of us would commit some crime, large or small, to own, and aside from the fact that you ignored my well-thought and sage advice and are buying the bike with the Neutrons instead of the Ksyriums, I don't hate you.

Honest. I don't.

OK, maybe I envy you a little.

Or a lot.

Nah ... I guess that I do hate you.

FWIW, tongue very much in cheek,
Hey...what's wrong with driving an Audi...PaulCL
Feb 23, 2002 2:20 PM
Elefantino...I hate him too. I'm turning forty in three days but I'm not getting a new C-40 or anything. Before I buy my Audi (my second one), I've got to sell my current car. I'm envious too. Maybe I can convince my wife over the next three days that I NEED a $5000 bike. Got any suggestions?

(I'm just joking about the "hate" thing too - enjoy the ride)
How to buy a new bike without the wife knowing ...Elefantino
Feb 23, 2002 3:17 PM
... and how to assure that she won't be upset at all.

1) Break your neck. Bonus points if you do it while on the bike.

2) Find a new bike that you like. Used is OK, too.

3) Buy the bike.

4) THEN tell your wife it was a deal you couldn't pass up.

Hey, it worked for me.

How to convince the wife, buy her one too.MB1
Feb 23, 2002 5:55 PM
Works for me.
How to convince the wife, buy her one too.netso
Feb 25, 2002 5:19 AM
This is what I did! I told my wife she needed a new bike, when she got it she felt guilty therefore I got mine!!!
Hey...what's wrong with driving an Audi...DMoore
Feb 23, 2002 10:35 PM
I'm driving an S4 - my 8th quattro since 1986. Best damned ski cars in existence, if you don't like SUV's, and I don't. I've had 6 that were pearl white, including the present one. Several years ago I was getting a new custom Medici, but didn't know what color to get it. Gian looked at my car and said I should paint it the same color. Since then, I've had my Litespeed Ultimate, Richard Sachs, and even my Santana Moda MTB all painted pearl white. I may be in a rut... (But the Baylis and Ciocc are red, the Holland is blue, and the new Specialized E-5 will be red too.)