Is it me, or do some people on here change their bikes much more than normal?
people are different and have different priorities and stuff; is what that's all about. Plus it's a great source of known-down-price barely used 2nd bikes for the rest of us…All good
Edit, Like Jimmy i have my perfect bike, until I can persuade Santa Cruz to make a carbon chameleon, they will eventually relent under the pressure of my relentless email campaign…muuuuhhhhhaaaaaaPosted 8 years ago
There are two different activities in play here. Some people just ride bikes. A lot of people pretty much just buy and build bikes. A few people do both.
Buying and building bikes is quite a fun activity, especially if you have plenty of money but very little riding time. Clearly, it is less zen then actually riding the damn thing, but that is often uncomfortable, rainy and involves getting up early. 🙂Posted 8 years agogrievoustimMember
I think I'm like you – started with a basic commuter, then a basic mtb when I got the bug
since then I have replaced the basic starter bikes – and now have 5 bikes
However they all do a different job (ss commuter, "proper" road bike, hardtail, single speed MTB, full suss MTB)
I am happy with all my bikes and have no plans to change any of them (bar upgrades to the odd individual component here and there)
I do think about new bikes – buts its always a different type of bike than I have currently (track bike, cross bike, tourer, cargo bike blah blah blah)- I don't think I could get that excited about buying another single speed say, the one I have does the job just finePosted 8 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
if I had the money I'd buy new bikes all the time…just to try them. I'd probably keep most of them too since I have the space. There's always one out there that'll be better than the one you've got.
I like spag bol and I'm very happy eating it, but that doesn't mean I don't try other pasta dishes. It doesn't take a big leap (for me!) from this to bikes 🙂
…except of course I can't afford a new bike every time I go for a ride 🙁Posted 8 years ago
What I tend to do is spiral between different sorts of bikes. 2 years ago I bought a spangly road racer. I spent a huge amount of time riding on the road. That started to get old, and I've recently spent a similar amount of money on a mountainbike (replacing one that was getting on a bit and had fallen out of favour after the roadie came along).
At the same time I've acquired a Brompton and a cargo bike which has gone through 2 incarnations.Posted 8 years agostumpy01Member
well, I bought my bike in early 2002 & erm, I've still got it. Only changed things as they've worn out – main bits being new forks & brakes last yr.
Intend to get something a bit more trail bike-y once the 2010 bikes come out as comparing my bike to various mates bikes (Heckler, Jekyll All Mountain, Whyte E-120, Orange Sub 5) mine is no way as confidence inspiring on the downs and the riding position is a lot more 'weight forward'.Posted 8 years ago
I am going to keep mine for races/enduros etc. but I don't feel the need to regularly change.SpankmonkeyMember
As someone who has had 10 bikes in the last 3 years let me put my 10p in. After a long brake from riding I brought a bike, realised it was not what I needed, changed it, got into DH living near cwm carn, all went well until a big accident, changed bikes a few times while I was healing, changed bikes again.. top and bottom of it for me was 1) too much time on my hands whilst injured and I like building bikes to keep me occupied, 2) I have 2 young kids so not as much time to ride as I would like, 3) poor choices on which bike. Well now I am a tad fitter health wise and finally have a bike I really like I am content…. I am happy I have ridden and owned a nice range of bikes as I feel I truly know what I have suits my needs!Posted 8 years agoracefaceec90Member
if i had the money i'd have 2 rooms(remember wayne's world,where he opened a door in a shop,and there was this huge cavern,with people doing martial arts).well i'd have one with as many different bikes,components,formula 1 pit team(for bikes obviously!!!),and a reality holodeck,where i could call up any terrain?weather conditions e.t.c.the other room,would be full of guitars,amps synths,effects pedals e.t.c.(there would be a formula 1 guitar team)also i could call up any guitarist in history to give me lessons e.t.c via the holodeck,also use it to replicate the best gigs ever held as well!!!i think that would be pretty cool!!! 😀Posted 8 years agoKramerMember
Not sure about everyone else, but once I've bought a bike, that's it for at least a couple of years, and even then I probably wouldn't swap it, only buy something that complements it.
However on here, there do seem to be a lot of people who buy bikes, make them pretty, take some pictures of them, then sell them on and repeat. ❓
What's that all about then?Posted 8 years agotheboatmanMember
It's surely just a personal choice thing, I quite enjoy trading a few bits around and tinkering with my bikes. The fact a lot of other folk do means I can pick up plenty of parts cheaper than buying new. If it keeps folk happy and they have the cash, what the heck.Posted 8 years agoradoggairMember
toast and syrup…mmmmmmmmmmm
Jimmy, as i fondly recall after you farting about on my 5 spot for a while you said 'if only i had one of these little puppies my dreams would come true', followed on by ' Good god Greig, do you work out, you look so toned in those shorts and t-shirt'. Naturally i discouraged your second comment as a bid to steal my bike whilst i felt weak at the knees but your first comment made me think you wanted my bad boy as the ride between your legs whilst you cheated on the prince 🙂Posted 8 years agojimmySubscriber
greig – The Turner is sweeeeeeet but when I used to ride GT etc on full suss I got bored. So I need a hardtail and my ultimate would be a Ti Alpine. But ideally I'd have a 5 Spot sitting next it ready for acytion. And a few others… If only I had a job.
And my comment was "You fat b*stard". I mean, you are putting on a bit, aren't you?Posted 8 years agohoraMember
I tend to sell on the frames I dont like. However I keep Santa Cruz's almost two years -Heckler, 15months-Blur 4x and Chameleons, well I always return to those so I guess thats the same as keeping. Currently on a Orange5- we'll see how that goes but I bought it at full retail so I dont think it will go anywhere for a long while.
Thing is- with most 'boutique'/brands that dont sell shedloads etc its bloody hard to get a offroad ride on one – so how do you know until you've bought and built?
If you pay full price- its madness to then sell on for 50% after a short period though. I dont get that.Posted 8 years agosteve_b77Member
It is rather ammusing, some people just blow cash on things irrespective of teh hobby/interest/past-time.
Another prime example of this is Match fishing on the Open Circuit, people will buy new equipment when it comes out because it "must" be better than last years model, cue loads of 2nd had top notch gear available for much less cash – winner.Posted 8 years agoade wardMember
when i used to be a bike designer my bikes were never the same from one week to the next,,,, stuff to try
after i gave that up my bikes settled down since 2000 I have had a marin mount vision single speed and a whyte prestonPosted 8 years ago
but this year it's all gone a bit different i aquired a whyte jw4 preston frame so the mount vision was stripped and put in the roof and the jw4 is the single speedmamadirtMember
I am happy I have ridden and owned a nice range of bikes as I feel I truly know what I have suits my needs!
Yeah, and what Ton said too. For me it's not just about the riding (tho' I do ride everyday), it's the speccing and building too – I'd like to say that I've found the perfect bike – maybe I have but that's not going to stop me wanting to build something else just to see how it feels. In my defence, I don't by shoes or handbags 😉Posted 8 years agoIAMember
Just skimmed the thread, but the answer is:
For some buying, maintaining and upgrading bikes, trying to get them "just right" is a rewarding activity in itself. There're two sides (at least!) to MTBing – sport and hobby.
Bikes are expensive, but not compared to a lot of other things! And if there's pleasure to be gained by riding a new bike, then why not?Posted 8 years agooldgitMember
The other thing is the constant search for the perfect bike. But in our sport there are too many vaiables i.e up/down muddy/dry/rocky/wet/sandy/rooty xc riding/freeride/AM?/downhill etc etc you can get close to the holy grail of bikes but only close.Posted 8 years ago
Accept what you ride most of the time and get a bike that suits, that's my opinion. And bling that to Kingdom come, I like to see good looking stuff on the trails. Sadly I'm function over form ❗
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