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Ever bought a bike on a whim?(15 posts)

Ever bought a bike on a whim?StevieP
Dec 16, 2002 4:20 AM
I live in the UK & I used to love MTBing and I occasionally rode on the road. However, since selling my Kona to fund a winter training bike (mudguards & all) I have turned into a 'roadie' with no mountain bike.

Without having a mountain bike, I now have a horrible vision of being stuck on the Colnago on my own and not being able to ride with other buddies who are out on their MTB's enjoying the trails.

So, I have parted with £1600 and purchased a lovely Klein Palomino which I should take delivery of in February 2003.

Now, I didn't really give this a huge amount of thought and decided to by this on a whim.

My questions are;

Has anyone else bought an expensive bike on a whim and been happy or unhappy?
How many of you regularly ride MTB's as well as a road bike?

re: Ever bought a bike on a whim?GileyD
Dec 16, 2002 5:06 AM
Both my last two bikes were bought pretty much on a whim.

April 2000 - quite happy with my old steel hardtail MTB, flicked though an MTB mag one day and saw a review of the (then) new Orange Sub5 full susser. Just had to have one and ordered one a few days later. No regrets - love the bike and would buy the same again tomorrow.

July 2002 - quite happy with my 531c steel road bike, surfing the web one day and saw the new Litespeed Sirius, ordered one on my credit card the next day. Again, well happy with my purchase.

Probably not the best way to buy expensive bits of kit, but sometimes you see something and just know it's the one for you.

My MTBing is restricted to the rare periods (in the UK) when it's reasonably dry, rest of the time I ride the road.
re: Ever bought a bike on a whim?Eager Beagle
Dec 16, 2002 6:08 AM
"Deathgrip" tyres - who makes this stuff up?

Looks like a top ride though - I don't think you'll have too many regrets.

Have brought bikes on a whim - my Jake was one - belonged to the mechanic in the shop I was in looking for something else - did a deal and that was it - money well spend, producing may hours of happiness. My SS was pretty much a whim, but it was used, exactly what I wanted, and a bargain, so didn't really count.

You have gotta have a MTB in the UK - too much nice country not to, and too much traffic on the roads too much of the time.
I bought the MTB on a whim ...Humma Hah
Dec 16, 2002 6:17 AM
... although I'd been thinking of getting a MTB for some years, I'd not really looked into it much, and just up and bought one when I realized the cruiser would be laid up for a while waiting for parts. It has been a tolerably good bike, very rugged but with a cheap derailleur, but I'd probably have been happier with a different bike, maybe a Fisher.

At under $300, it certainly does not qualify as expensive. I would have agonized for months over an expensive bike.

I don't ride the MTB much. At the moment, it is loaned out to a friend.
yes, biggest bike related mistake I ever madeterry b
Dec 16, 2002 6:19 AM
Used Calfee Tetra Pro, tremendous deal - more than 1/2 off on the frame. Didn't need it, didn't want it but I was curious about the whole carbon thing. Bought from the beloved internet bike builder much lauded in these circles whom I will not name. Worst built bike I've ever encountered. 100s of dollars and an inestimateable amount of anger, grief and despair to make it right.

Now I have it working so alls well that ends well.
re: Ever bought a bike on a whim?pa rider
Dec 16, 2002 6:43 AM
I ride both types of bikes for 12 years.

Yeah I can say I swing both ways on impulse buys. I bought a Fisher supercaliber in 1994 as a close out. Paid over $2000 and thought this carbon bike would ride like the giant cadex one I had in 1993.

To my surprise I broke the frame in two months at the bottom bracket. Gary had a defect on the weaving of the lugs, so I was one of many models that broke there. Got a larger size bike as warrenty and couldn't get the correct size from my dealer. Had to do with what was in stock and they tried to BS me it was the same size in the 1995 model, so I sold the frame.

From this experance I would say I wouldn't buy another high end bike for mtb. That held up until I got a jekyll this year, but their forks are proven to be the best on the market (lefty).

How does this Klein Palomino compare to the old klein full suspension bikes? Is it better than the attitude full suspension (they cloned the fisher sugar models in 2002). I owned a sugar for two years, but the bike didn't fit me right (wrong seat angle and I had the seatpost all the way back).

I did have a 1995 klein pulse, which was the last year Gary Klein owned his own company. It had the sealed klein bottom bracket. I couldn't break the klein frame like some other aluminum bikes I owned (put a few 1" dings in my cdale mtb's).

My last question for the Klein Palomino would be the reliabity of the rear shock? You have good and bad about rock Shok and Fox, but I never heard of this one. Is it a house brand by Trek or Klein?

Shock is a FoxStevieP
Dec 17, 2002 12:40 AM
It is made for Klein by Fox. It is the same shock that is used on the Mavericks.

I'll let you know what the bike rides like. I am very impressed by Kein having been on their website & learnt about their frame design & technology.
...what do you think???Akirasho
Dec 16, 2002 7:17 AM

... happy, Oh yeah!
... don't ride the MTB's offroad much anymore... generally used as UAVs.

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?Humma Hah
Dec 16, 2002 9:53 AM
... whaddya do, throw 'em?
Urban Assault VehiclesAkirasho
Dec 16, 2002 11:52 AM
...for when you absolutely, positively have to ride through Cracksville and survive...

Used to do a commute that took me through rough areas of town predawn and after dark... best done on said equipped with lights... the idea was to move relatively fast... and look like a bike cop while doing it.

Even today, I can use these to manouever through crowded downtown venues during festival season... and they make a great cross training platform (one of my cycling buds loads his MTB with a few extra hunks of lead... then proceeds to hunt down "roadies" and shut them down).

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Q: Ever bought a bike on a whim? A:Story of my life. (nm)onespeed
Dec 16, 2002 7:43 AM
bought my MTB on a whimColnagoFE
Dec 16, 2002 7:55 AM
My road bikes have always been obsessively thought out though. For what it's worth I got a Gary Fisher Sugar 2 and don't regret the decision at all. It's been a great bike after they swapped out the crappy Bontrager crankset.
Frequently! nmgogene
Dec 16, 2002 8:28 AM
Sure, paid $4funknuggets
Dec 16, 2002 9:10 AM
Went to salvation army this weekend and bought two bikes for $4. One had a lugged steel frame from some unknown vendor, and the other was a crappy mtn bike with shimano shifters. I swapped the parts around and put some work into tuning it up and put new crossie tires on it and a bike computer for fun and wha-lah, a decent hybrid-style trail/street bike for my wife for the low low price of $19 total. I will, however need to replace that rear wheel and bottom bracket because it makes a lot of strange noises...

Will my LBS be able to help me find parts?
re: Ever bought a bike on a whim?CFBlue
Dec 16, 2002 2:26 PM
Every bike I have bought has been on a whim, from the recumbent I bought Saturday, to the Y-Foil I bought two years ago. I just get in the mood and go shopping