Ron Ruff says...
>>So why did you pok $3K for your road bike???
>It was used, and I paid a lot less than that... but, probably because I
>"appreciate quality mechanicals". I'd rather pay $1,000 for a used Ti
>frame with Dura Ace, than $500 for a new Al frame with Sora. It's
>prettier (IMO), and I just like Ti... but I know it isn't significantly
>faster, better handling, better riding, or better shifting than the
Man alive, you can take a simple subject and confuse the hell out of it. You
make it sound like all you're going for is a prettier bike since you believe
that the more expensive stuff doesn't work better or go faster. To me, that's
just all wrong. If I truly believed that a rear deraileur that cost 1/3 as much
was as good, fast, etc., then that's what I'd buy. They all look the same to me
when they are moving 35 mph. What I've noticed when I've ridden on lower priced
gear is that it has to be kept in perfect adjustment or it doesn't work right.
And the cheap stuff gets out of alignment faster than good stuff. I'd rather
ride than tweak and the stuff I ride on has been very reliable.
>The more time we spend riding and the more years we spend in the sport,
>the easier it is to notice details and even obsess about them... but
>the OP was just starting out. I thought it made sense to advise him to
>spend a little money rather than more. He can always get a nicer bike
>later on if he really gets into the sport, and he wants to upgrade...
>then he'll probably know what he really wants. Many people have the
>idea (if they are tuned into the marketing hype), that the difference
>in speed between a $500 bike and a $5,000 bike is huge... but it really
>isn't. He doesn't have to spend much at all to get 99% of the
He can always get a nicer bike later? I'd rather be patient, shop around and
get what I want the first time. When you sell or trade a used bike, you don't
get much out of it, so buying a cheap bike as a short term stopgap is not the
solution because you lose when you upgrade. I've been on my current bike 12
years, although most of the original components have worn out and been replaced
once or twice. But that's just me. If you'd rather buy cheap shit now and
replace it with something better later, go for it. I figure you lose with that
plan but it's a free country and you're free to waste your money as you see fit.