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Am I Cheap?(7 posts)

Am I Cheap?liu02bhs
Mar 20, 2002 8:43 PM
Okay, one of my friend keep on calling me cheap. I just want some opinions on whether his accusation is justified.

Here is my situation. I am a high school student with no job and only about $1500 of saving in my bank account. I always purchase my biking accessories online, because it's almost always more than 50% less than what the shops charges here in Houston. I buy last-season products because I believe I get more bang for the buck this way. Needless to say, I get absolutely no parental support for this support. So all of the expenses comes from my pocket.

My friend on the hand has very supportive parents. He purchases all the new products like Giro Pneumo, Trek 5900 (he has two of these), Zipp 404(2 pairs), Michelin Axial Pro(3 pair), etc. This is not to mention all of his "old" stuff like Rolf Vector Pro, Sesterier, Ritchey WCS DS wheels, Cannondale R1000, Giro Boreas and Eclipse.

Now, am I being cheap or is he just spoiled?
A little of both, but you have no choice.brider
Mar 21, 2002 8:10 AM
Yes, you are being cheap, but it's definitely warranted in your case. Until you have an income that allows "disposable" money, then you should be VERY thrifty with your purchases. There ARE more important things in life, and at your stage that would include EDUCATION. Remember, training will go A LONG WAYS to making you a better racer, and even if your friend has all the good stuff, you can still beat him with the basics through training. You could also borrow his stuff on race day (what are friends for?).
disagree that he's being cheap...SteveO
Mar 21, 2002 10:22 AM
saving over 50 percent online or through late-season specials is NOT cheap... it's intelligent.

In my opinion, FAR too many people who partake in this hobby over-spend in all the wrong places.(disposable income is one thing, wasting income for the sake of vanity is another).

Even WITH disposable income and a nice nestegg, i prefer not to blow my wad on the latest thigimagigee because it's 1 gram lighter than Mr Joneses. I dont consider myself cheap, just practical.
Being "cheap" isn't bad, especially in his position. (nm)brider
Mar 21, 2002 2:24 PM
Apr 21, 2002 8:11 PM
How did you know his last name?
Are you that dude for Jack Ass on MTV?
Apr 22, 2002 7:57 AM
no, though i have been called a Jackass.
re: Am I Cheap?haydensimons
Mar 22, 2002 9:56 AM
Nope, you arent being cheap.
I don't usually make purchases unless they are on sale. I mean big time sale too. I just can't afford it either. Sometimes I feel bad going in to the bike shop and asking for nothing more than the thingamajigger to put on the end of a brake cable cause I bought and installed the cables myself. I know it only saves me 10 bucks to do it myself, but I really don't have 10 bucks to spare.

Soooo, no. You are not being cheap. As for the friend being spoiled...well, no comment. The poster above is right. Not to imply that your friend is a flake, but I've learned to be friends with people with nice things. You can borrow them on race day!