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How much money have you wasted on poor bike product buys?(9 posts)

How much money have you wasted on poor bike product buys?PdxMark
Dec 6, 2002 3:06 PM
It takes awhile to find the types of clothing and gear we each like. Sometimes whole bikes are a waste because they don't fit. So how much have you wasted in cycling-related purchases, either because the product was junk or simply didn't work for you? Even better, what do you estimate that number is as a percentage of your purchases?

For me, most bargain clothing buys were a waste. The good stuff fits and feels much better for me. Another waste was putting a triple on a bike, after having had one in the past, and realizing it doesn't work so well for me now. Oh, and a couple computers that I disliked.

So my total wasted is about $300-$400, which is maybe 5%-10% of what I've spent.
2 ugly jerseys, $40, less than 10% of total (nm)bm
Dec 6, 2002 3:38 PM
2 jerseys for $40, woulda been a bargain if not a waste nmPdxMark
Dec 6, 2002 3:45 PM
can I take the 5th?DougSloan
Dec 6, 2002 4:16 PM
It's so much, I can't even think about it. I've tried many, many, things, only to throw them in some box or sell at a ridiculous price. In the last 6 months, I've given away a set of rollers and a trainer, a set of wheels, 4 helmets, and on and on. At a garage sale recently, I sold 20 tires for $5, and none were worn out; some had never been mounted. Let's just say that I've wasted at least the price of a car. Which car, I won't say.

re: How much money have you wasted on poor bike product buys?LC
Dec 6, 2002 5:55 PM
Hard to remember since I tend to put them out of my mind as soon as a determine them unworthy. Got a couple pairs of shoes that never really fit right and some cycling clothing that are too big or small. Oh and stems! I got a big box of stems that are the wrong angle or length, mostly too short now. Not sure why, but every year I seem to want one size longer stem. Probally 4-$500 total.
Chain Cleaning StuffWhoisJohnGalt
Dec 6, 2002 7:07 PM
I've messed around with all the slick-em for the chain. Bought a Pedros something or rather to clean the chain. Kind of works..uh..well, the kids like to crank it anyway..Geez, so much fuss about the component that costs the least..Guess I could have got a refund but what the hey...right?
Just bought some rollers, went with the Kreitler alloys and the notch first time around...
Totally agree on the 'bargain' clothing, andcoonass
Dec 7, 2002 5:32 AM
my most wasted money was spent over 20 years on 'upgrading' components....If I had purchased the DA, Ultegra or Record10 group in the beginning (even individual items), I would have saved a ton of money. The best performing items do cost a lot more, and after you use it, you'll know why!
(My most impressive 'upgrade' was when I installed a DA crank.....I could not believe the improvement.) When my children grew up and left to join the real-world, I decided that it was time to stop thinking about upgrading; just order the custom bikes....never regretted it, and am definitely 200% happy with my rides.
Happy Holidays to ALL!
Continental tires!WHIZZard
Dec 7, 2002 4:43 PM
I just haven't had good luck with these POS tires! I've tried the GP3000 (sidewall scuffs, ended up blowing off the rim, stupidly purchased these again with bad results), and now the Gatorskins, they aren't round and they ride like crap AND they flat just as easily as "regular" tires. I WILL NEVER BUY CONTI TIRES AGAIN!
IMHO on tyrescoonass
Dec 7, 2002 5:24 PM
I purchased a set of Panaracer Stradius Pros a couple of years ago while they were on sale....the 150psi caught my attention....and I've been riding them (700x23) ever since...they ride very comfortable at 130psi, very secure in that they do not slip; and I was given a set of GP3000 last year but I still prefer the PSP. Try'em, you'll like 'em.