What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

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What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Manc33 » 4 Aug 2019, 11:23am

This is only for a laugh, but what's the most stupid bike part purchase you could possibly make, where it costs an absolute fortune and doesn't give you any real world benefit over the standard part you're already using?

My suggestion is... titanium disc brake rotors! Normal rotors are about £12 for a pair and last ages. Some titanium rotors I saw are £220 a pair - and that's in a 160mm variant. I daren't look at what the 180mm or 203mm ones must cost. Those ti rotors are 53g each but you can get (steel) Ashima rotors that are only 75g each, that are about 4 or 5 times cheaper.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/KCNC-Ultralight-Titanium-Brake-Rotor/dp/B00JW7ART6


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There might be even worse examples than this like, something with a 100x or 1000x price difference, but guys please don't start suggesting diamond studded parts, or solid gold parts, that's cheating! I am talking about a functional normal part, not "bling" stuff that's purposely expensive / for the sake of it.
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 4 Aug 2019, 11:38am

As a overshoot from the other lubrication thread.
I think really expensive lubes are a decent contender, when normal oils and greases will do as good a job.
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby landsurfer » 4 Aug 2019, 11:48am

Power meters ... .... £100 bib shorts ... :lol:
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Mike Sales » 4 Aug 2019, 12:03pm

Expensive sun glasses. And overpriced polystyrene articles.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby skyhawk » 4 Aug 2019, 12:16pm

Mike Sales wrote:Expensive sun glasses. And overpriced polystyrene articles.


Well that's my Oakley Ferrari Carbon Fibres out then ;) £320.00 Yes I do have them :)

OOOPS......................

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Mike Sales » 4 Aug 2019, 12:19pm

skyhawk wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:Expensive sun glasses. And overpriced polystyrene articles.


Well that's my Oakley Ferrari Carbon Fibres out then ;) £320.00 Yes I do have them :)

OOOPS......................

Rayband and Oakleys




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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby PH » 4 Aug 2019, 12:43pm

skyhawk wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:Expensive sun glasses. And overpriced polystyrene articles.


Well that's my Oakley Ferrari Carbon Fibres out then ;) £320.00 Yes I do have them :)

OOOPS......................

Rayband and Oakleys

Do you use them? Do they offer you something that the cheaper ones didn't?
The OP talks of stuff that doesn't give any real world benefit for the price, but the pleasure that having some things gives can make them excellent value.
My biggest waste of money items tend to be cheap impulse buys that never get enough use to justify the cost, even if that was a low one. £20 Aldi SPD shoes come to mind, I wore them once and gave them away. I've tried in recent years to do less of that sort of shopping, with good results, I've found you can have better kit and spend less money. OTOH it's your money, so it's your decision if it was worth spending.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Mike Sales » 4 Aug 2019, 12:49pm

skyhawk wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:Expensive sun glasses. And overpriced polystyrene articles.


Well that's my Oakley Ferrari Carbon Fibres out then ;) £320.00 Yes I do have them :)



My photochromic, varifocal, prescription glasses cost a lot less than that.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Psamathe » 4 Aug 2019, 12:52pm

skyhawk wrote:
Mike Sales wrote:Expensive sun glasses. And overpriced polystyrene articles.


Well that's my Oakley Ferrari Carbon Fibres out then ;) £320.00 Yes I do have them :)

OOOPS......................

Rayband and Oakleys
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A bit off-topic but most Ray-Ban sunglasses seem to have glass lenses and I don't like the idea of cycling with a bit of glass just in front on my eye, just in case I fall-off ..... I feel happier with plastic or some non-glass lens. Maybe I've got it all wrong or am being too paranoid? (My optician who is also a cyclist said glass lens sunglasses when cycling not such a good idea - but I have no idea if he was just being paranoid like me or had genuine basis for his comment).

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby reohn2 » 4 Aug 2019, 1:10pm

The OP's example highlights the case of a society with too much want and not enough need.
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby horizon » 4 Aug 2019, 1:18pm

I was looking at wheels recently and came across these and a few like them:

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ful ... gJnlPD_BwE

Full price is £1799 for the complete wheelset. I suppose for some people and in their (racing) context they're not expensive and indeed probably good VFM for what they offer. I did use them to explain to Mrs H that I could spend a great deal more than what I did. But for me they take cycling out of one realm and into another so I just shake my head and move on.

But then I came across these and it made me feel happier:

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/zip ... prod186046

Only £3570 for the pair.
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby brynpoeth » 4 Aug 2019, 1:58pm

Titanium discs are not a waste of mon€y, because they are visible, everyone can see that one used to be rich :wink:

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby Oldjohnw » 4 Aug 2019, 2:36pm

Back to the insatiable consumer society.
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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby reohn2 » 4 Aug 2019, 2:38pm

Oldjohnw wrote:Back to the insatiable consumer society.

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Re: What's the biggest waste of money possible on a bike part?

Postby sjs » 4 Aug 2019, 2:56pm

reohn2 wrote:The OP's example highlights the case of a society with too much want and not enough need.

There's too much need as well, but by a different set of people, for different things.