Justifying expensive bikes

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby stubs » Fri Oct 12, 2012 19:08 pm

If the price you paid for your bike doesnt bother you why did you mention it. I think anyone who doesnt own an Audi and have a £2,500 plus MTB should be ashamed of themselves.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby cooldad » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:00 pm

stubs wrote:If the price you paid for your bike doesnt bother you why did you mention it. I think anyone who doesnt own an Audi and have a £2,500 plus MTB should be ashamed of themselves.

Personally I blame Wiggle

An Audi and a £2500 bike? That's so middle class.
It must be hard to be so relatively poor.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby ricardo_smooth » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:23 pm

I justify my expensive bike by not giving a fark what anyone else thinks or says and I bought it because that's what I wanted.... If I look/sound like a bell end, it's probably because you have some kind of problem with people who buy shoot to enjoy it.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby njee20 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 20:27 pm

Really, this is still going? Wow.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Dannyboy95 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 08:27 am

njee20 wrote:Really, this is still going? Wow.


I know I seem to have touched a nerve LMAO :lol:
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Rucks » Sat Oct 13, 2012 08:55 am

Have always bought new bikes for around the £500 mark, so when it was time to replacemy last bike I decided to look into the second hand market, found myself a £2000+ bike for a steal, ok it was 3 years old but had been really well looked after, since owning this bike I've come to the conclusion I'd only replace it with something of the same standard to which the price tag is going to be far out of my reach (to explain to the mrs anyway).
I'm no bike snob (don't get oranges tho) but I can certainly notice the difference on a more expensive bike and think I look after and appriciate it more than any other bike I've owned.
As long as your happy with what you've got who cares, if we all rode the same it would be a dull and boring experience, I love looking at and talking with others about their bikes and always say hello to other riders even though most don't reply,
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby lawman » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:28 am

Rucks wrote:Have always bought new bikes for around the £500 mark, so when it was time to replacemy last bike I decided to look into the second hand market, found myself a £2000+ bike for a steal, ok it was 3 years old but had been really well looked after, since owning this bike I've come to the conclusion I'd only replace it with something of the same standard to which the price tag is going to be far out of my reach (to explain to the mrs anyway).
I'm no bike snob (don't get oranges tho) but I can certainly notice the difference on a more expensive bike and think I look after and appriciate it more than any other bike I've owned.
As long as your happy with what you've got who cares, if we all rode the same it would be a dull and boring experience, I love looking at and talking with others about their bikes and always say hello to other riders even though most don't reply,
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby 97th choice » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:29 pm

^^^ +1 potato.

I'm on my third mtb, and they've been getting progressively better and more expensive, again its the same with most sports, you trade up.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby stubs » Sat Oct 13, 2012 16:27 pm

cooldad wrote:
stubs wrote:If the price you paid for your bike doesnt bother you why did you mention it. I think anyone who doesnt own an Audi and have a £2,500 plus MTB should be ashamed of themselves.

Personally I blame Wiggle

An Audi and a £2500 bike? That's so middle class.
It must be hard to be so relatively poor.


No no the Audi is for the Nanny to run the children to school in and the head gardener uses the MTB to get to the other end of the lawn.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby lawman » Sat Oct 13, 2012 16:29 pm

97th choice wrote:^^^ +1 potato.

I'm on my third mtb, and they've been getting progressively better and more expensive, again its the same with most sports, you trade up.


Exactly this, once you step over or up to a level of kit, its sometimes hard to go back to lower end. So from that point once you get to high end, justifying the expense becomes easier.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby stanny_uk » Sat Oct 13, 2012 17:53 pm

i'll put my two pence in here.. i had a 2012 TREK 6000 £750 to start off last year good nice bike got me going.. upgraded some stuff inc fork was happy TILL i rode a 2012 FULL SUS EX9 of which i know own £2850, the differance= NIGHT AND DAY.. granted its my first full sus and for that i love it but everything on the bike excells my original very good starter bike. its forks are sublime, it stops better,its shifts better and the biggest draw for me i'm comfier and FASTER so whilst i'll say my starter bike was a good bike my new one is light years ahead! now my next question to myself would be £2850?? is that enough for a hobby trail rider?? do i need a £5000 YETI??? will i see a marked improvement?? I think £2500-3000 is enough for a hobby rider.. £5000-6000 maybe racers kit?? Not to say i might not own one in coming years!!! lol Its a shoot having bike porn LEISURELAKES just down the road from work!! LETHAL!!

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby colt » Sun Oct 14, 2012 20:10 pm

I first started riding around Cannock Chase on a £200 steel framed behmoth BSO, I quickly brought a Decathlon rockrider 9.1 for £500, the difference between the two was vast as you would expect.

A year later I was still mtb'ing and enjoying every moment, so I had to save what to me, was a considerable amount of money to buy my Trek Fuel EX8 at £1500 (managed to get a very good discount :D ) again the difference between the two bikes was immense, in fact I'd say as big a difference from the BSO piece of junk to the very capable Rockrider, and, as far as I'm concerned worth every penny, since then I reckon I've rode my Trek approx 250 times which works out at 6 quid a ride, suddenly doesn't seem so expensive to me now!

Every time I go out that figure will get lower and lower, so yes, totally justified :lol:
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Rushmore » Mon Oct 15, 2012 23:08 pm

There is a GT Fury in my local bike shop for sale at the min..

ridden once by Marc Beaumont.. ( GT )

£2500

Definitely justified if your the right size for it!! thats like an £8K bike!!!
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Myster101 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 23:59 pm

Could I afford a very expensive bike.......yes.

Could I justify buying it..........no.

I have more important things to buy/pay for. Love my bike (and biking) but it was built with mostly second hand parts by myself to keep it as cheap as possible. Would rather save for holidays etc, which me and my family can enjoy (not just me as with my bike) and my kids future than buy a bike which would be far better than my my skills.

If you have no ties and can afford it then go for it. If not then its all about (for me at least) getting the best you can without compromising others.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Oct 16, 2012 07:12 am

Myster101 wrote:Could I afford a very expensive bike.......yes.

Could I justify buying it..........no.

I have more important things to buy/pay for.


Then you can't afford it, surely? :?

It's like saying I could afford a Ferrari, but I've got a mortgage and bills to pay.

If you can't buy a bike as well as paying bills and family holidays, you can't afford it.

Surely the whole point of any hobby is that it's there and you can spend your disposable income on it. I don't see it as a purchase that needs to be justified unless you're sacrificing other things to pay for it, or considering getting into debt for it.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby anj132 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 08:31 am

Cat With No Tail wrote:
Myster101 wrote:Could I afford a very expensive bike.......yes.

Could I justify buying it..........no.

I have more important things to buy/pay for.


Then you can't afford it, surely? :?

It's like saying I could afford a Ferrari, but I've got a mortgage and bills to pay.

If you can't buy a bike as well as paying bills and family holidays, you can't afford it.



I didn't read it as he couldn't afford it just he rather spend more money on other stuff and what you quoted lost his point.

There will be some give and take, ultimately you could spend every last penny on family holidays etc' and not have a bike, it's trying to get a good/correct compromise.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby lawman » Tue Oct 16, 2012 08:54 am

Cat With No Tail wrote:
Myster101 wrote:Could I afford a very expensive bike.......yes.

Could I justify buying it..........no.

I have more important things to buy/pay for.


Then you can't afford it, surely? :?

It's like saying I could afford a Ferrari, but I've got a mortgage and bills to pay.

If you can't buy a bike as well as paying bills and family holidays, you can't afford it.

Surely the whole point of any hobby is that it's there and you can spend your disposable income on it. I don't see it as a purchase that needs to be justified unless you're sacrificing other things to pay for it, or considering getting into debt for it.


He's clearly doing things very wrong!! :lol:

But in all seriousness, other than saying he can afford it, I get what he means. You do have to think about the essentials, but there comes a time when you just have to stand up and say, "You know what, you only get one shot at this, make it a ******* good one". I for one am very much a believer in this respect, if you get a chance to do something, buy something, go do it, live a little. You gotta keep it under control, but sometimes you just gotta jump off the ledge and see where the trails take you.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Giraffoto » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:55 pm

You justify a bike by riding it, not by getting defensive about what it costs
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Oct 16, 2012 13:10 pm

lawman wrote:but there comes a time when you just have to stand up and say, "You know what, you only get one shot at this, make it a ******* good one".....................but sometimes you just gotta jump off the ledge and see where the trails take you.


You're such a webbo.




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I had mis-interprited what Myster101 was getting at I think. Having re-read it, I kind of agree with him.

I still think this is a massively webbo topic though.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby chez_m356 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 13:32 pm

Giraffoto wrote:You justify a bike by riding it, not by getting defensive about what it costs

does that apply to orange 5 owners too ? :D
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