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Disappointed and it's only been 3 weeks. Should I be?(23 posts)

Disappointed and it's only been 3 weeks. Should I be?94Nole
Aug 14, 2002 10:02 AM
I now understand somewhat the madness that is the bicycle market.

I shopped for a couple of weeks and ended up buying a Lemond Alpe D'Huez and paid about $1300. Now, 3 weeks later and lots of reading and reading, I feel that could've gotten a lot more bike for the money.

Shoudl I just get over it or feel like crap? At least I am riding. But I'll never know how it would've been.
Hey, its just like women...eschelon
Aug 14, 2002 10:22 AM
You get together with this chick and you think its great...you know, you've taken her out to dinner a few times, threw a few burger and fries down her throat, gave her some attention, and told her what a great catch you are and sooner or later she believes you and before you know it, both of you are "knockin the boots"...and pretty soon it kind of sets in that there are so many other better looking chicks you could "get with"...fear not...don't let buyer's remorse set in...no matter what bike you ever get in life and no matter how much you spent or could've spent...there is always going to be another bike that you would rather have..."just because you are married to the chick/bike doesn't mean after you have used it to death doesn't mean you can't ditch it later on in life.

I'm a sick sick person.
so, the words "bike" and "chick" are interchangeable, eh?ET
Aug 14, 2002 10:46 AM
That's gonna really go down well with the chicks, er, women on this board. :-)
Hey, if anyone really takes what I said...eschelon
Aug 14, 2002 11:30 AM
seriously and get "offended"...to hell with them...any smart person should see that this is a joke and should realize the crap I posted is pure crap.
bikes cant cook, chicks get headaches .......Spirito
Aug 14, 2002 11:45 AM
so according to my astute observation i dont think they are the same or interchangeable.

seriously though ..... its one thing not to dig eschelon's humor but another thing to take it seriously.

whattayagonnado - call camille paglia to pop a cap in his ass.

puh-leez

ciao
More words for bachelors to live by. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 11:56 AM
1. It is important to find a woman that cooks and cleans.

2. It is important to find a woman that makes good money.

3. It is important to find a woman that likes to have sex.

4. It is important that these three women never meet.

Okay, totally tongue-in-cheek, no flames please.
LOL Good stuff eschelon! nmNo_sprint
Aug 14, 2002 12:46 PM
Now matter how or where you buy your bike...MXL02
Aug 14, 2002 10:24 AM
you will usually end up with some buyer's remorse. The only cure?...keep riding. Remember, it ain't about the bike. And even if you get that bike lust disease and start collecting them, just try to get the best deal you can and then move on. Dwelling on woulda, shoulda, coulda is, IMHO, a waste of time.
agreedyeah right
Aug 14, 2002 10:47 AM
kinda like eschelon's comment on women (up to the last part), you're going to have remorse eventually, as soon as the this is a sweet looking bikes part fades, and routine sets in. Eventually you come to a point where you either discover if you like the bike (the ride etc), or you don't and you sell it. You didn't get ripped, stop whinning and keep riding.
Don't sweat it! $1300 for a bike that fits right is a deal.Quack
Aug 14, 2002 10:26 AM
I'm sure many people spend well more than that on a frame that doesn't even fit. If your bike is comfortable and reliable, the money was well spent. You're not going to die tomorrow. There are a lot of years to obtain top notch hardware. Beat the piss out of your Lemond and when the $$$ are available, make the $3k+ leap.

Enjoy!
No doubt!No_sprint
Aug 14, 2002 12:51 PM
I was riding/racin' bikes 1 cm too big for years. Never really felt comfortable. All the shops I went to, fitted and recommended that size. One day I decided to hell with all of them and dropped 2 cms on a bike. Now all my bikes are 1 or 2 cms smaller than the *correct according to some* size. Now I am happy. It's a whole new world. I am more in command, much faster, happier, comfortable, no longer fighting numbness, fighting hands falling asleep, foot cramps, feeling too stretched out....
you should quit ridingmr_spin
Aug 14, 2002 10:28 AM
Stop riding. No sense rubbing it in.

Stop reading, too.

Since you so obviously got ripped off, If I were you I'd put on a ski mask and rob the store that sold it to you, douse it with gasoline and set it on fire. Those sons of bitches. You have to feel better after that.
Do I sense sarcasm here??MXL02
Aug 15, 2002 4:03 AM
;-)
re: Disappointed and it's only been 3 weeks. Should I be?gs6769
Aug 14, 2002 10:34 AM
Hmmm. I'm no authority on Lemonds or their pricing structure, but it seems to me they generally make a high quality cycle. IMO no matter what one opts for the chance for a bit of buyer's remorse or doubt exists. I note that you don't say anything about how the bike performs, fits or feels which I think are more important concerns than whether you could have saved some $ or had somewhat better kit. My advice would be to focus on the Lemond and it's doubtless many attributes. You may find yourself in love. If, after a reasonable time on board, if it's just not working out, you can go after something else with a much better idea of what's important to you.
You got a very nice bike.Sintesi
Aug 14, 2002 10:47 AM
Lemond makes great bikes and 105 is decent componentry.

You can get a bike with a better spec at that price point but you're probably looking at an internet deal, which means no test ride or fitting. You have a relationship with your dealer and probably a pretty decent service plan and that has value.

"Never buy something from someone you can't punch in the face."
At least that's what I heard.
The first 50% of the money buys 90% of the performancecory
Aug 14, 2002 11:00 AM
Stop thinking and ride. You could easily spend twice as much money (and probably still be in the bottom half of what posters on this board spent for their bikes), but you would NOT get twice the performance or have twice the fun.
Don't believe you could have gotten a 'lot' morescottfree
Aug 14, 2002 11:02 AM
bike for the money. You paid a bit of a premium for the quality steel and for the lifetime frame warranty and the LBS support. You could maybe have paid less over the Internet/mail order for something Ultegra or part Ultegra with none of those things. But I'm not sure you didn't get the better deal as is.

The Alpe D'Huez in a very nice bike (I test rode one myself recently). I'd rather have it for $1300 than any of the $1100 Aluminum Ultegra 'specials' out there on the Web.
The mistake was not the bike.dzrider
Aug 14, 2002 11:04 AM
It was reading after you bought it instead of before. I frequently regret it when I continue researching after my decision for exactly the feeling you describe. The Alpe D'Huez is a nice ride enjoy it. The value is in how many miles and how much pleasure you get, not in the frame or parts.
3 weeks?filtersweep
Aug 14, 2002 11:04 AM
Many LBSes have a 30-day return policy... might want to trade up?
if you can't love the one you want - love the one you're withMJ
Aug 15, 2002 4:38 AM
nm
LBS is different from mail order too...cabinfever
Aug 15, 2002 5:15 AM
If you bought at your LBS, I'm sure you'll get your money's worth in the long run too. I've recommended the $1,000 Fuji Team several times from bikesdirect.com, but only because I personally like to work on my own bikes, I know what my seat height should be, top tube length, etc. Therefore, I don't always need the LBS for recommendations and service. But, for many, the LBS is the way to go. For the extra $100 or $200, you are buying into a valuable relationship too. Plus, if you have 105, there is very little difference between that and Ultegra (IMHO). I wouldn't feel bad about it at all.
Update !!!!!!!94Nole
Aug 15, 2002 5:21 AM
Thanks to all those who posted thoughts.

Made a couple of adjustments (seat height/position) based on recommendations of some here and this bike now rides wonderfully.

No more lusting after other rides. I'll probably come up with some sort of mileage goal before I even consider another bike. Maybe 20-25k.

Thanks again.
You got ripped-- Full Ultegra Fuji for under $1100$str8dum1
Aug 15, 2002 8:20 AM
at bikesdirect.com