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If money was not an issue...

Posted: 1 Dec 2014, 9:54pm
by Godlykepower
....and you could have any bike and/or frameset, you desire, what would you go for and why?

I fancy treating myself to something special and was thinking of having a Pretorius frame made.

What other bikes and frames do people drool over?

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 1 Dec 2014, 10:09pm
by Tigerbiten
A Flevobike Orca with electric assist.
It would only set me back around £11k with all the upgrades ...... :shock:
Being disabled I cannot ride a two wheeled bike and my knees are going.
Plus I've always wanted a velomobile.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 1 Dec 2014, 10:32pm
by Colin63
I drool at a lot of the artisan-made frames - the attention to detail is often wonderful. But if money was no object I'd still stick with the bike I have. I've had a Mercian since I was a teenager, so I have an emotional attachment to the company that money couldn't buy. I love that it's made by a small traditional no-nonsense business keeping a handful of frame builders employed working in a shed. I love that the shop is a bit naff and not a boutique. I love that I'm not afraid to ride the bike in any weather, to wheel it across bogs and fields and through woodland, that I don't feel stupid riding it wearing wellington boots and a heavy winter coat. I love that it's as happy carrying the groceries home as it is climbing up into the fells for a big day long journey and that it has a name so that I can talk to it when I'm becoming delirious.

So for me money isn't an issue. I have my dream bike and it's a good friend.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 1 Dec 2014, 11:21pm
by Tonyf33
If money was no object I'd have different bikes for different tasks pretty much as I do now.
I think some bikes can shout trying too hard, a friend of a friend brought his 70s Bianchi over, he'd spent over £2k getting it resprayed and buying Campag Record bits, mint chromework was nice enough & a very nice bike overall but tbh it didn't excite me.
My main bike is pretty much spot on for what i use it for and it'll do a bit of everything from 50mph on an alpine descent, loaded touring, utility trips, commuting, audax to light offroad. it's rugged, fast, reliable & lightweight yet it cost me £250 as a 50 mile used bike, there's not much out there to match it for flexibility of use & strength/comfort.

That said I'd quite like a Parlee Z Zero, not the lightest CF bike but a stunner IMO and ultimately can be built to spec, no need for a stupidly long stem or seatpost and a nice fairly traditional design of frame without ugly oversized bottom bracket and headtube/top tube intersection.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 7:39am
by pliptrot
....then I would have the nerve to enter my local bikeshop without laughing too hard at the prices. Judging by turnover there, there are many who spend as if money is not an issue. The same money for a bike as a new car? No problem, Sir. Don't forget the multiple sets of carbon wheels (deep rimmed and shallow according to the wind) and the matching mountain bike. And the $400 shoes (wot, no leather?) and the Rapha clothing, of course. How much????

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 7:57am
by easyroller
I'd get myself a really slick road machine, something along the lines of...

- Custom titanium frame with full carbon fork
- Disc brakes
- Dura Ace Di2 groupset
- Deep section full carbon wheels


:)

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 8:26am
by [XAP]Bob
Just one?
Duo Quest with some serious e-assist.

After all if money is no object then I can either get the prototype or convince them to start production ;)

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 8:43am
by b1ke
Thorn Nomad S&S in green. Please.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 9:05am
by mrjemm
b1ke wrote:Thorn Nomad S&S in green. Please.


You could have my S&S then... Was about to say my bike without the S&S, and perhaps nice normal rear ends intead of the silly alternator dropouts that my Salsa Vaya Travel has. But fitted with Rohloff. And brazed with brass (?) like the Soma Triple Cross.

In other words, a custom stainless travel bike, designed with a little bit of input from me but by an American probably, and built over there also, as they seem to have the most interesting bikes these days, and some amazing builders, though the Taiwanese sub-contractors are rather highly skilled too. No fancy lugs or twee bits though, and some serious innovation regarding security. No carbon. Disc brakes, but perhaps V-mounts for emergencies.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 9:38am
by Vantage
It's not 10 feet from me on the other side of the room, looking a little scruffy and dirty, with a few mismatched parts and pointing at the door begging to be taken out for a ride.
Soon as my glucose levels are up, I'll oblige :mrgreen:

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 10:09am
by Bonefishblues
I'd probably take the route that Rob Penn did and go and see Brian Rourke for something made to measure in 953 flavour that made me feel a better cyclist than I am. Nice and understated, nothing shouty and flash, not making any promises that I can't keep :)

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 10:10am
by honesty
Ice Trike 26x with 2 dyno hubs and lights mounted on both front mudguards,2 bar bag mounts and 2 rear dynamo lights.

Bianchi Infinito CV with full super record, campag wheels and campag pedals.

Thorn mercury setup as a heavy disc braked tourer.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 11:25am
by hondated
Bonefishblues wrote:I'd probably take the route that Rob Penn did and go and see Brian Rourke for something made to measure in 953 flavour that made me feel a better cyclist than I am. Nice and understated, nothing shouty and flash, not making any promises that I can't keep :)

Yes definitely agree even though I own a Roberts.
Should also mentioned that I emailed Rob several times and he has always had the courtesy to reply. Clearly a nice man.

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 11:42am
by squeaker
As serious road machine.... like the DF velomobile 8)

Re: If money was not an issue...

Posted: 2 Dec 2014, 11:52am
by simonineaston