How do I justify a new bike?

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unreal1066
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How do I justify a new bike?

Postby unreal1066 » 2 Sep 2015, 6:31pm

I currently own a trek remedy 8 2012 when I bought the bike it was probably the most expensive single product I had bought up to that time. Bought untested (bike shop was too small to buy remedy display bikes).
From the start I realised it wasn't quite right for the terrain I usually ride owing to really having too much suspension and being aluminium it is heavy. To 'remedy' the problem I changed loads of parts, new stem, reverb seatpost new rear cassette, new rear wheel. I've probably spent an extra grand including maintance i.e. new bottom bracket, brake discs/pads etc.
In the summer it can be great fun to ride especially for big terrain and a great holiday in Spain where it was the perfect bike for what I was riding but the bike still isn't a top ten bike so I've tried to limit spend on it as much as possible and just use it for big jumps and downhill terrain. Selling it for under a grand would feel like I am shallow because it still works or just keeping it in a shed not being used much would be something I would feel guilty about.

My question is this what does everyone else with these very expensive bikes from only a few years ago?

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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby squeaker » 3 Sep 2015, 10:59am

How big's the shed? :wink:
If you don't use it then sell it next spring - it's doing you no favours just sitting there.
My MTB is a '99 Marin East Peak, slightly upgraded (forks, riser bars, shorter stem): mostly overkill for what I ride on off-road, but fine on the knobbly stuff - the main limitation being the rider :roll:
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby Manc33 » 3 Sep 2015, 2:27pm

OP most people want a bike that good and can't afford it. :P

You got a MTB but you're on the road a lot, is that what it is?

I remember a guy on the road on a MTB and I could hear his tyres on the tarmac. :shock:
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby TonyR » 3 Sep 2015, 2:29pm

No justification is needed. There are two rules for bikes. One is that the optimum number is n+1 where n is the number you currently own. The second that n is a positive non-decrementing number.

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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby horizon » 3 Sep 2015, 3:17pm

unreal1066 wrote:
My question is this what does everyone else with these very expensive bikes from only a few years ago?


You said you had a great holiday in Spain on it. Bikes are useful, even when a bit over-specialised. I would say keep it, plan a trip or two with it and wait for it to come back into use. It's not unusual to have a hobby bike and a transport bike (you don't tell other people they cannot have a TV or a boat if they have a car, do you?)
The experience of travel is something that you have to pay for but can never buy. Ho Ri Zon Chinese philosopher

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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby simonineaston » 3 Sep 2015, 3:21pm

You can't - the very reason you ask is because your subconscious already recognises the guilt... Get A Grip and acknowledge the essential and unavoidable selfishness of Being!
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby Vorpal » 3 Sep 2015, 3:40pm

You mean they have to be justified?!? I'm glad no one has told Mr. V that, or I'd have 3 or 4 bikes fewer than I do. :mrgreen:
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby TonyR » 3 Sep 2015, 4:45pm

unreal1066 wrote:My question is this what does everyone else with these very expensive bikes from only a few years ago?


Use them. My main MTB is a Santa Cruz Heckler I bought 18 years ago. Still much used, still a very good bike - they still make essentially the same bike today. And with so many good memories of things we've done together and hard times we've come through together, selling it would be like selling one of my children.

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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby jezer » 3 Sep 2015, 5:19pm

Simple, do you want a new bike? End of, it's never stopped me, lol
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby maxcherry » 3 Sep 2015, 7:33pm

Get a new bike. 2012 is soooo old, the bike is already dropping in value every second as well as the components suffering from the aging process.....plus it has lost that new bike smell :wink:
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby Manc33 » 3 Sep 2015, 9:42pm

"2012 is so so old" lol, I was in two minds about swapping from my 2010 frame back to one from the 1960s (a Pennine 531 like this: http://i.imgur.com/wKtdJV4.jpg) but I can't be bothered messing about bending the rear dropout to 130mm and messing about converting the head tube that expects a quill stem and whatever else needs doing. It was a bit of a bone shaker that Pennine as I remember, but I loved that bike, I went faster on it on the same energy somehow, or it seemed that way, but for some reason my newer aluminium one isn't as bumpy. That steel 531 frame is the best bike I have ever ridden, there''s "something" about it. :)
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby wearwell » 3 Sep 2015, 10:09pm

It was Einstein or somebody proved it: the ideal number of bicycles (and guitars for that matter) is N+1 where N = the number you have currently. Something similar with pints of beer.

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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby maxcherry » 3 Sep 2015, 10:17pm

wearwell wrote:It was Einstein or somebody proved it: the ideal number of bicycles (and guitars for that matter) is N+1 where N = the number you have currently. Something similar with pints of beer.


Can the same theory be used for Trifle :)
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby Manc33 » 14 Sep 2015, 11:48pm

I'm going to justify it when I can afford it with the fact that carbon road frames are getting really cheap. At one time you had to risk buying from China (even then they were £300-£400 and a lot still are) but now I'm not so sure. When it costs £125 to send a frame back to China... maybe paying another £50-£100 for a UK based one is the sensible option.

I got rid of my last carbon frame because of it being flexy but that was just that frame probably. What annoys me is although carbon soaks up bumps more by not having those little "bridge" things near the innermost part of the rear dropouts (the thing a rear brake traditionally bolts onto and the thing you could bolt a dynamo or "U-brake" onto) because those aren't on carbon frames it makes it flexy sideways. Maybe the next one will be different. 8)
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Re: How do I justify a new bike?

Postby iviehoff » 16 Sep 2015, 2:46pm

Like clothes, shoes, etc, bikes have different uses and it is normal to have several for different purposes. My wife and I have 8 between us (not counting one part way through decomissioning for spare parts). Only 6 are in the garage as 2 are kept permanently at remote locations for local use there. Fortunately we are about the same height and can ride each other's bikes, otherwise we'd need some more. Commuting bikes, fast tourers, heavy camping bikes, mountain bikes, etc.