Justifying expensive bikes

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby paulneenan76 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 22:51 pm

Im not sure you can justify an expensive bike as a practical purchase.

Expensive or not, ultimately it's what you get of owning and riding it that counts - and owning a bike will always have at least one positive impact! You can rarely say that about anything these days.

In terms of cost - in my book, unless you are one of these dreaded bike snobs, buy whatevers the most expesive without seeking advice, or are too lazy to educate yourself to match the bike to your needs, just spend what you can afford, take care of it, and love it!!

Do I want a Mercedes SLS? Yes. Do I need one? Nope. If I could afford it without it being detrimental to my family would I buy one? Oh yes.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby The Rookie » Wed Oct 10, 2012 07:02 am

That's the point isn't it, buying a nice bike is like buying a nice car, it doesn't really do the job of moving you around that much better (proportionate to cost) but you do it anyway! A bike depreciates a lot less than a car as well!

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby njee20 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 07:58 am

And costs less in the first place!

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby bloghog » Wed Oct 10, 2012 07:58 am

I simply compare the cost for doing something like playing golf for a year makes mountain biking look incredibly cheap :D

I started out mountain biking 10 years ago on a £400 Claud Butler, I now ride a Lapierre Zesty which cost considerably more. I know that I can tell the difference :wink:

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby sandy771 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 08:31 am

Sooo tempted to upgrade my 8 month old Trance X3 to a Tallboy Lt, if there was a demo bike close I would be driving over now - does that make me a bad person?

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby stubs » Wed Oct 10, 2012 08:50 am

I ride an expensive bike because poor people cant afford it. Get out of my way you poor people Poop poop
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Thewaylander » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:08 pm

I want it...

there justified.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby fat_homer » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:49 pm

At the end of the day it's my money and if I want and can afford I'm having it. Even the Mrs agrees.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Red.Devil.Ghost » Wed Oct 10, 2012 13:34 pm

HAHA What is quite amusing is people seem to be getting a little defensive.

I got mine because I got it for a bargain. I couldn't have afforded the 2k asking price but I got it much closer to 1k so it was doable.

I can see where some people come from in finding it hard to justify such 'extravagant' bikes but as long as you are not putting yourself into debt, your family aren't going without the things they need etc then there really isn't any problems.

I know there are loads of bikes much cheaper than mine that would do the job just as well but I love bike!

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby 97th choice » Wed Oct 10, 2012 13:50 pm

Biking just like any other sector has aspirational brands and specialist models. It also has emerging technology that capture early adopters and commands a price premium.

It is no different from many other sports or product ranges (tv, computing, mobile phones, cars) in that respect.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby bluechair84 » Wed Oct 10, 2012 14:44 pm

You don't have to justify what you do to anyone other than yourself. Unless your actions are going to change someone's life, or cause them harm, you owe them no explanation. Expensive bikes only affect the person buying them, so they only have to justify it to themselves. Riding make us happy, upgrading them makes us proud, repairing them gives us satisfaction, and if the expense has no impact on anyone else, then you can continue to be happier, prouder and more satisfied through this material posession.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby fat_homer » Wed Oct 10, 2012 15:06 pm

bluechair84 wrote:You don't have to justify what you do to anyone other than yourself. Unless your actions are going to change someone's life, or cause them harm, you owe them no explanation. Expensive bikes only affect the person buying them, so they only have to justify it to themselves. Riding make us happy, upgrading them makes us proud, repairing them gives us satisfaction, and if the expense has no impact on anyone else, then you can continue to be happier, prouder and more satisfied through this material posession.

Sums it up perfectly!

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Northwind » Wed Oct 10, 2012 17:33 pm

No man with a good bike needs to be justified!

Honestly it's a load of nonsense, nobody asks you to justify a week in ibiza or a new sofa but bikes somehow need to be earned. You don't sit on that sofa well enough!
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby nicklouse » Wed Oct 10, 2012 17:37 pm

i dont comprehend the question.
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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby SPIRO » Thu Oct 11, 2012 19:05 pm

Justifying an expensive bike......life is short and you cant take money with you. :D

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Oct 11, 2012 19:17 pm

If you have to justify the purchase, you're in the wrong sport.

n+1 bitches.

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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby cooldad » Thu Oct 11, 2012 19:29 pm

The Northern Monkey wrote:n+1 bitches.

Why would you want that many bitches? I had one and that was enough to last a lifetime.


You are weird.


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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby The Northern Monkey » Thu Oct 11, 2012 19:39 pm

cooldad wrote:
The Northern Monkey wrote:n+1 bitches.

Why would you want that many bitches? I had one and that was enough to last a lifetime.


You are weird.


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Re: Justifying expensive bikes

Postby Dannyboy95 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:43 am

WindyG wrote:Don't see the need to justify anything to anyone, the important thing is getting out there and riding and enjoying it, doesn't matter if it's bottom end or a high end expensive bike.


Yes deffinitly true. I mean my first comment was not questioning people in a derogitory manor it was simply just an innocent question. Like I said before my bike was £575 and it is fine works great ect just wanted to know what people with more expensive bikes thought. :roll:
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