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Trip to Holland or new bike?(14 posts)

Trip to Holland or new bike?Fender
Jul 10, 2003 1:33 PM
I want to get a new bike. My current bike rides pretty well, but will need a few new parts, wheels, headset (damn campy bearings!!!), cables, chain and cassette, and tires. Should I just replace these and hold of a new purchase or take a trip to Holland and Belgium in November? Trip will cost around $1200-$1600 and new bike at least $1400.

Parts I need are Ultegra. New bike will also be Ultegra equipped. Trip is for 7 day's staying in hostels.
I'd get the bike. nmLeroy
Jul 10, 2003 2:07 PM
Depends... (of course)niteschaos
Jul 10, 2003 2:21 PM
If you current bike needs wheels (custom CC built with pimped out specs) that's $250, tires $70, chain and cassette $50, cables $20, and I don't know about the headset (maybe $80 for a nice one?), that total's only $470 and you don't have to worry about those parts again for a long time.

Is a lady coming with you on your trip to Holland? You meeting some people you know you'll party down right with?

Go for the guaranteed in life.
I'd highly recommend the trip...Dwayne Barry
Jul 10, 2003 2:50 PM
Belgium and Holland are the best. The landscape and architecture are beautiful, very few housing developments and strip malls and houses that were built to last. You're basically in a city/village/town or out in the country, none of the ubiquitous urban sprawl crap that's ruined America.
The bike is part of the culture. Nothing beats seeing an old lady riding her 3-speed over wet cobbles with grocery bag in the one hand steering the bike, and an umbrella in the other shielding her from the rain. Or the kids coming home from school, also on their 35lb 3-speeds, riding an echelon in the wind. Needless to say, no one wearing helmets. Only bike racers where them, when racing.

Then you have the beer, so many kinds. Bars with the glasses specifically designed to bring out the flavors in the different kinds of beer. And of course the pleasures of Amsterdam. Although I must admit that gets old quickly. And finally if you go, you'll realize your bike is fine! Just get what you need to keep it going and ride.
ditto. Parts is parts - experience something new. /nmSmogRider
Jul 10, 2003 3:43 PM
the bike will always be there, Holland might notterry b
Jul 10, 2003 3:51 PM
much of it is at constant risk of being flooded and with the way the Greenland ice sheet is melting, I'd opt for Holland before it's too late. might want to throw in Venice too.
Holland good for riding ... Venice not so good ...Humma Hah
Jul 10, 2003 4:02 PM
... unless you like pedal-boats.
it's the wrath of god for allowing dope and prostitutes...Bruno S
Jul 10, 2003 5:46 PM
so go there while you still can :-)
the bike will always be there, Holland might notseyboro
Jul 11, 2003 4:23 AM
Plus, it's been 64 years, I hear the Germans are getting itchy again...
No brainerFTMD
Jul 10, 2003 5:54 PM
Go on the trip. The memories are forever. You'll be a more interesting person forever going forward b/c of the new experiences. A bike is just a thing. Take the trip!
Go to Holland first........................MR_GRUMPY
Jul 10, 2003 6:22 PM
When you get to Belgium, go see Eddy and get a bike from him. I'm sure you could get a frame for $1400.
A trip to Belgium might ruin your riding hereContinental
Jul 11, 2003 6:42 AM
I recently took a business trip to Belgium and had 2 days of vacation time there. It was an unforgettable, wonderful experience. The only problem is that the bicycling culture is so wonderful there that it makes me realize how rotten cycling is in St. Louis compared to what it could be. It's kind of like having a taste of good wine, the grocery store Gallo then never measures up.
Tell me about it...Dwayne Barry
Jul 11, 2003 7:21 AM
towns seem to all have bike lanes everywhere, same with anykind of major road connecting towns. And from the train all you see are endless little roads surrounded by farm fields and isolated villages.
re: I did both! New European bike & trip n.m.Trux
Jul 11, 2003 10:31 AM