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Re: so you suggest buying used?
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:24:23 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: so you suggest buying used?, none-yet, Tue, 27 Mar 2018 21:35:13
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Like DE says, some functionality simply comes down to feel, smoothness etc (eg shifting components, smoothness of a shock), durability. That aspect is kind of like "why would you buy a SAAB when a Kia will get you there and it's cheaper". Technology has made a lot of bikes better than in the past, but the same can be said for cars... the same could be said for skis... audio equipment... many things.

I agree that fitness is paramount in terms of overall performance (eg race times), but for someone who is functionally fit eg those who ride regularly... they will notice differences between bikes they ride that will influence enjoyment (regardless of measurable speed improvements). I'm not arguing that that justifies a high end purchase as a "need" for their pursuits, but the old "lose 5 pounds" line is not the whole story. Sure, lose 5lbs, but a light responsive bike feels like a light responsive bike to someone who is a superstar or just relatively fit. Kind of like a 911 is fun to drive whether or not you'll ever hit it's performance limitations.

What is probably most important, beyond spending enough to not get a pile of junk (department store bikes are still mostly junk), is to find the right type of bike for your riding needs. Lots of people buy expensive bikes that are not actually right for what they are doing. Eg, that's why I don't own a road bike (expensive or otherwise). I'd probably bend a rim!

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