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It's nice not to want stuff(14 posts)

It's nice not to want stuffmickey-mac
Nov 17, 2003 2:40 PM
Last payday, I headed to Supergo in Santa Monica. Despite spending almost an hour in the store I walked out with only a floor pump to replace a broken one and two tubes. I had no desire to buy anything. Then I went to Helen's in SM. Same deal: no desire. Sure, there are plently of things out there I'd buy if I found them at a 50-100% discount, but I have no burning desire to buy anything cycling-related. I love riding more than ever and love my current bike. Even my wife has noticed that I'm not buying stuff. How long can this last? I'm starting to worry about myself. ;-)
I know what you meangtx
Nov 17, 2003 2:53 PM
I've been like that for a few years now. Not sure what the deal is. Every once in a while I have the desire to buy an old frame off eBay or maybe a new Surly and build it up with parts I have lying around but then it usually passes. I went into a shop to try on some new Carnacs recently but decided liked my old thrased ones better--instantly saved $200! I still get a warm and fuzzy feeling from opening up a box with a new tire or chain, though. ;)
don't's temporary (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 17, 2003 3:31 PM
Did the same thing in the same store last yearCory
Nov 17, 2003 3:59 PM
I used to live just up the street from Supergo, and even after all these years I still think about being able to ride down there anytime. Last year on vacation I stopped by the place, and there wasn't ONE THING I needed, and nothing I wanted badly enough to buy it. It seemed wrong to leave empty-handed, so I picked up a couple of tubes ("I'll always use these").
My wife was pretty impressed--when I bought the Atlantis, I told her it was the last bike I'd ever need. Who knew I meant it?
have you tried changing bike genre's?joe friday
Nov 17, 2003 4:15 PM
it starts all over again!

At a 100% discount, I'll take all you've got :) (nm)Kerry Irons
Nov 17, 2003 5:13 PM
I was thinking the same thing until...fracisco
Nov 17, 2003 6:02 PM
I was thinking the same thing until I saw somebody wearing this wind jacket over the weekend. It's like 'fogged glass', so you can see what's underneath, but not crystal clear.
I was thinking the same thing until...CritLover
Nov 17, 2003 6:32 PM
How much is that one? Assos has has one out for a while now, but it's like a hundred and fifty friggin dollars! I saw a guy racing with it in the spring and it looked awesome, but c'mon now, let's get serious- it's a wind jacket! On the other hand, it supposed to have these fibers that expand when wet, and it then becomes a rain jacket. Too steep for my budget- hopefully this one will be affordable.
Bad ideawooglin
Nov 17, 2003 6:37 PM
Very bad idea. Just think. In a few years everything you own will be outdated and you'll have to run up the credit card to near insurmountable proportions to get back to where you were before. Better to spread it out in dribs and drabs. Trust me. Your wife will thank you in the long run.....
I'm in the same placeRay Sachs
Nov 18, 2003 5:11 AM
For the past 6-7 years, I've been buying and selling and trading and building and rebuilding and checking out every type of bike in every type of equipment configuration. But I think over the past 2-3 years I've pretty much settled on what I like, have a handful of bikes that all get used plenty for their intended purposes, and I just rarely see anthing in a shop or catalog anymore that really calls out to me. I love to ride, have the bikes and gear that works best for me, and don't have much more desire to do anything other than maintain and ride my bikes. I'm happy with anywhere from 7-9 speeds with brifters, barcons, or downtube shifters, indexed or friction. So I'm not too worried about staying current. No desire for 10 speeds or to shave another pound off of an already plenty light bike when I'm not riding against a clock anyway. Nothing's gonna make me noticeably faster than I am now other than more structured and harder training than I'm willing to do.

So I buy tubes and tires and chains and, very occasionally a cassette or chainrings. If something breaks I replace it. But otherwise I'm pretty well set.

I must admit its kind of a strange feeling, but I kind of like it.

Rides in your areatoronto-rider
Nov 18, 2003 7:46 AM
Hi Mickey-mac

I will be in the Santa Monica area in December from the 25dec to 4 Jan, looking for Group rides. Know of any rides on Jan 1?

Gary in Toronto, Canada
Try LaGrangemickey-mac
Nov 18, 2003 8:03 AM
I'd check the LaGrange web site: They do rides out of the Santa Monica area. If they don't have anything listed, you may want to drop an e-mail to one of the officers. I haven't ridden with them in a while, but they used to get together some sort of New Year's Day ride. Good luck and happy riding. If you need any other suggestions, send me an e-mail:
Rides in your area - L.A.fracisco
Nov 18, 2003 2:43 PM
Also check and

I have heard of a big New Year's Day ride that is in Orange County on the coast and ends up numbering in the hundreds, but it might be just an urban legend.
re: It's nice not to want stuffMShaw
Nov 18, 2003 10:04 AM
I'm kinda in the same situation. There are a few things that I'd like to have, but nothing that I "need." The things I'd like to have need to be 50-100% in order for me to get off my wallet... So far, nothing's jumped off the racks at me.

My new motorcycle is another story... There's things that I'd REALLY like to have for it, so I'm in acquisition mode for it. My new to me 66% off BMW Tall windscreen falls into the discount range... Next step Hyperlights, then maybe some PIAA driving lights, then...

I'm tossing around the idea of a fixed gear/SS road trainer for the late winter/spring. I think I can put one together for less than $500 complete. That'll necessitate buying things. Preferably semi-used & for cheap... After all, its just a fixie.

Right now, all I'm doing is riding, and its good.