$10,000 Bike



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I recently took a trip to NYC and Boston areas. Flew into JFK and after a few days in NYC, rode the Acela Express train to Boston. Bicycles are alive and well there! Saw a lot of flip-flop hubs on road bikes. Saw a lot of rental bikes. Saw a lot of Pedal Cabs. I always like to check out the local bike shops whenever I'm on a trip and in Boston I ran across a shop that sold Giant bikes. The guy running it was real nice and he showed me a Giant SL series road bike. I had never been on a modern high end road bike. I lifted it up and said WOW! Better yet, he had a large frame model in the shop that he rode himself and he let me ride it around the block. Sweet is all I can say! I wished that I had something like that 30 years ago! Thanks!!!
 
Oct 15, 2008
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The new bikes are fast and light, but 30 years ago, we had comfortable Reynolds 531 steel. I guess you would rather have light and fast to keep up with the group rides.
 
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The difference in high end road bikes and our classics is amazing.

Roads - Light, Fast, Responsive, the gear you need at the touch of a brifter! Fun.

Classics - Comfortable, no rush, take time to smell the roses and just enjoy the ride. Also Fun.

We like to ride both. It's nice having the right bike for the situation.
 
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yes! High end bikes must be amazing. I have not had the opportunity to ride one, just fondled a few.

I would looooooooooooooove to have a $10k bike, and I'm pretty sure it would be a Pinarello Dogma team issue with Campy, or something similar. I have not had a bike with full Campy yet; just a piece here and there.



I guess you could say I ride medium-end bikes. I have a BMC (aluminum frame, carbon fork, 17.5 lbs), and a Kestrel (all carbon, 16 lbs), and an old Bridgestone RB-1 with modern drivetrain (steel, 23 lbs). All of them spectacular to ride, but the lightest one is pure amazing. Makes me want to own a 14 lb bike.
 
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oh ya. I read Bicycling Guide, and I can't tell you how many times I've seen a bike listed for $8-$9k only to realize they mean just for the frame. So put a few thousand dollar set of wheels on that, and another few thousand dollar groupo, and BAM, you're in the $15k arena easy.

I know someone who runs a boutique bike shop where he only builds high end bikes that range from 8 thou into the upper teens for pro triathletes, doctors, lawyers etc. Must be nice.
 
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Yea I think the New England area would be a great place for a bike business. You've got the population density and income levels in certain areas that I saw that support high end dealerships. You've got to have people and bikes to be successful at it on the local scene.
 
Oct 15, 2008
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That's enough money to buy a new Harley or Ducati. I guess it's a matter of what you like to do.
 
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If I’m going to spend 10-large on a two-wheeler it’ll need to have an engine attached to it.

To convert a 21-pound road bike into a 14-pound road bike, lose 7-pounds of blubber.
 
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The people that can afford $15k bicycles can ALSO afford a Ducati and Harley. For them it's not either/or, it's both.
 
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