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Old 05-12-19, 08:46 PM
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I start with the bike and components I want, then pay the price. I've done that already, so I'm not looking for another bike.

I may get a new WRX -STI but I feel guilty about spending my kids inheritance. kinda. Don't tell them.
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I feel my thoughts are still evolving on something like how much would I spend, but for now, I can't see myself ever spending over AUD$10,000 as it is just too large a psychological hurdle for me to clear.


And despite nominating AUD$10,000 as a max limit, that doesn't mean I will get anywhere near that.


My most expensive complete bike purchase was AUD$1,700, but I have just built up a Surly Troll frameset into a complete bike and the total cost there would be close to AUD$3,000(In Australia a stock standard Surly Troll retails for AUD$2,400), but I acquired the various parts over a two year+ period.


In all likelihood, unless I buy an e-bike or a Surly Big Dummy, I probably won't ever spend more than AUD$3,000 for an off the shelf bike.
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Old 05-13-19, 04:27 AM
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
depends what ur gonna do with the bike if ur just gonna ride with the local club get a cheaper bike but if u spend 8000 on a carbon bike just to ride with the local bike club thats just a huge waste of money
Not if you get aero bars.
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Old 05-13-19, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
if weight is not a problem then you can build a really nice bike for about $500. My strategy goes like this:

buy a vintage ride with decent quality wheels and frame. Spend some time truing the wheels and get a used groupset package on ebay and you have a very nice ride.
Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Yes, your builds are legendary!!
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ÖHowever, in the real world, if I had $1500 cash around, i have other things that would get precedence over new bikes. I have a couple of very nice bikes in the stable for regular use (commuting, and the 'fast' road bike) so all of the N+1s are 'for fun only'

I don't mind used bikes, and consider myself pretty savvy at picking out decent doners for component swaps and flips; I can build a lot of bike for $300 (net)
Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
I feel my thoughts are still evolving on something like how much would I spend, but for now, I can't see myself ever spending over AUD$10,000 as it is just too large a psychological hurdle for me to clear.Ö

In all likelihood, unless I buy an e-bike or a Surly Big Dummy, I probably won't ever spend more than AUD$3,000 for an off the shelf bike.
Iím one who doesnít have the time, facilities or inclination to build up a bike. I do wonder though, and does not seem addressed on this thread, How much do custom built bikes cost, mainly the workmanship? I presume one would involve premium frame materials, and components.

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Old 05-13-19, 06:42 AM
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What's the most you'll spend on a bike?

Pretty much a full 24 hours in a day.

Done that a few times!
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Old 05-13-19, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Obeast View Post
if weight is not a problem then you can build a really nice bike for about $500. My strategy goes like this:

buy a vintage ride with decent quality wheels and frame. Spend some time truing the wheels and get a used groupset package on ebay and you have a very nice ride.
Yes, your builds are legendary!!
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Old 05-13-19, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
depends what ur gonna do with the bike if ur just gonna ride with the local club get a cheaper bike but if u spend 8000 on a carbon bike just to ride with the local bike club thats just a huge waste of money
Huge waste of money?

Really?

I own and ride expensive bikes. I am old, slow, I am diabetic, have asthma and I have seven coronary stents to keep my damaged coronary arteries open.

I ride long distance and do a lot of climbing (mostly slowly).

I put four kids through private schools and college.

I bought my bikes with my own cash money, no credit cards involved.

Riding my bikes puts a huge grin on my face and helps relieve the stressors of daily life.

Could I get the same results from less expensive bikes? Probably, but why do it if I can afford the bikes that I want.

Huge waste of money? I donít think so.

Peace out and ride safely.
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Old 05-13-19, 07:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
My latest build is an Italian frame from 1979 with an orphaned 2014 Campagnolo Record groupset from a sold frame, spare set of wheels, carbon bars, and a stem from a drawer. It's currently my favorite ride and ridden more than my $4500 modern road bike.

Having said all of that, at my old age after a life of working hard and being blessed, I'll spend anything on a bike.
I am with you. At my old age, after a lifetime of hard work, why not ride what I like?

Your Gianni Mota is still one of the sexiest bikes in all of BF.
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Old 05-13-19, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
depends what ur gonna do with the bike if ur just gonna ride with the local club get a cheaper bike but if u spend 8000 on a carbon bike just to ride with the local bike club thats just a huge waste of money
Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Huge waste of money?

Really?

I own and ride expensive bikes. I am old, slow, I am diabetic, have asthma and I have seven coronary stents to keep my damaged coronary arteries open.

I ride long distance and do a lot of climbing (mostly slowly).

I put four kids through private schools and college.

I bought my bikes with my own cash money, no credit cards involved.

Riding my bikes puts a huge grin on my face and helps relieve the stressors of daily life.

Could I get the same results from less expensive bikes? Probably, but why do it if I can afford the bikes that I want.

Huge waste of money? I don’t think so.

Peace out and ride safely.
+10 dittoes. While my health problem is a fractured sacrum from a bike accident, I too am satisfied with my purchase and I posted earlier:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
...My shopping strategy for something important is to look at the high end (expensive) models first, just to know what’s available and then whittle downwards to find what’s acceptable, the so-called sweet spot of price/value.

I’ve participated in several popcorn threads on BF about the value of “expensive” bikes (I have one), and my last word is "At least I have no buyer's remorse about what I may be missing." :innocent...
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
My average speed stayed the same, but I think I was hampered by injuries from the accident, and I believe the new bike compensated at least to maintain my average speed. I did note that I was more inclined to sprint (successfully) to beat traffic lights before they turned red.

I further craved the smoothness of the ride, including the shifting,making cycle-commuting more pleasurable. Of greatest benefit, while long (greater than 40 mile) rides took the same amount of time as before, I felt much less tired at the end
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Performance in this context does not mean outright speed because that is down to the person riding it and their strength and endurance.

But rather is in the quality of the shifting, braking, ride, handling through corners and over rough surfaces, aerodynamics and (dare I say it) comfort.

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Old 05-13-19, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Iím one who doesnít have the time, facilities or inclination to build up a bike. I do wonder though, and does not seem addressed on this thread, How much do custom built bikes cost, mainly the workmanship? I presume one would involve premium frame materials, and components.
Post number 25. Every aspect & component is custom & spec'd for this individual build. The paint alone was $450 additional.
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Old 05-13-19, 11:23 AM
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The line changes all the time. Buy the bike that will make you happy and will keep your enjoyment of riding alive.
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Old 05-13-19, 01:08 PM
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I thought my ceiling was around $3500 but I splurged a little bit and picked up a 2019 Specialized Tarmac Disc Expert for just under $4300 all in. Carbon fiber frame and Carbon wheel set. It was on sale for 10% off and with no sales tax in Oregon it was a good buy. It's light, fast, and climbs real well. My general riding pace is between 18-21 on the flats and this bike fits the bill. I'll be turning 60 this summer so I decided if not now, when? Doing a few big rides this summer with the most difficult being the RAMROD. 10,000ft of climbing over 152 miles in one day. This will be my 5th time doing this event.

My best bike for the buck is a blue 2018 Fuji Transonic 2.3. It's a carbon fiber frame with Ultegra components except the crank. Got it on a close out from Performance Bike for $1120.
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
As I consider buying a new bike, I find myself in a dilemma...

Knowing the type of bike I want, and all the components that I "must" have, I have found myself thinking...Well, for just a bit more I can have this... and for only another $$$ I can get this... But if I just double that, I can have the ultimate bike of my dreams!

Where do YOU draw the line?

Knowing a thing or two about bicycles and a budget of $1,500 there are amazing deals on eBay. Recently scored a Eddie Merkex built by Lifespeed Titanium: full Campagnolo super record, the modern carbon components, eurus G3 Wheels with Pirelli P1 tires: $1,300 delivered.

Slow down do your homework the used bicycle market is soft. The ebayers are eager to sell.
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I don't really have a maximum, but my minimum for a new geared bike would be $800 and probably $600 for a SS/FG. However my main thing is getting a bike that works well for me. I am happy to spend lots of money to get the right bike. The worst is getting a cheap bike I am unhappy with just to "save" money. To be fair I probably wouldn't spend more than 20k on bike if I ever had that kind of money.
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Old 05-14-19, 09:27 AM
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Reading this and wondering if I should have spent more on my latest bike... $10 for double butted chromo frame and fork, and full Deore DX group
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Carbon, Di2, Hydro Disc, and clearance for 40mm are the "needs" for the N+1. So, whatever that costs.
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Old 05-15-19, 01:11 PM
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My latest bike is going to be about $10,000. It is a custom bike that is made of steel, hand carved lugs, and will have top of the line components. Of course I am an outlier on the amount of money most people spend on their bikes here on Bike Forums. I have been waiting over 18 months for it to be built so I am itching to have it completed.

My friend has 4 custom bikes at about $10,000 each. He obviously makes way more money than I do and feels that custom is the only way to go. My two other bikes Rivendell and Brompton are production bikes and are cheaper than custom.
I wonder how much I would have to make to feel comfortable spending $10k on a custom bike! Awesome though, please share pics when you get it!
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I wonder how much I would have to make to feel comfortable spending $10k on a custom bike! Awesome though, please share pics when you get it!
$10,000 for a custom bike, with top end cmponents, is not all that much in today's rarefied market.

You don't need a big income either. There are always credit cards and some bike makers offer financing (check out the Merlin website).

My LBS tells me stories about people (no names are included) who max out their credit cards to get their "dream" bike. Kinda crazy if you ask me.
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Cracks me up when i see bike racks with bikes that are way more expensive than the cars in which they are attached too.

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Love it. Awesome. I have a Schwinn Highplains

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Reading this and wondering if I should have spent more on my latest bike... $10 for double butted chromo frame and fork, and full Deore DX group
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Cracks me up when i see bike racks with bikes that are way more expensive than the cars in which they are attached too.

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$300 is in my bicycle cookie jar. If I sell some more junk on eBay it will go up.
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The more I get into road cycling the less I will be willing to pay for a bike.

My next bike will be used, under $1,000, steel and I will be happy with Tiagra/Deore level components.
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$300 is in my bicycle cookie jar. If I sell some more junk on eBay it will go up.
And you probably ride faster than most on a 300 dollar bicycle
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The more I get into road cycling the less I will be willing to pay for a bike.

My next bike will be used, under $1,000, steel and I will be happy with Tiagra/Deore level components.
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