Would this bike be wasted on me?

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Lyric, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Lyric

    Lyric Guest

    Hi,

    My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    of competition.

    As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    me.

    I understand it is quite an expensive and specialised bicycle. I'm
    using to riding a Dawes Giro 500. I cycle about 100 miles a week.


    So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph? Might I have
    any other problems using it as a general-purpose road machine?

    Or, shall I just put it on Ebay and buy something more appropriate to
    my skills? A Chopper maybe...:)

    Many thanks

    Lyric
     
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  2. Lee Bales

    Lee Bales Guest

    Lyric wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    > of competition.
    >
    > As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    > me.
    >
    > I understand it is quite an expensive and specialised bicycle. I'm
    > using to riding a Dawes Giro 500. I cycle about 100 miles a week.
    >
    >
    > So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    > buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph? Might I have
    > any other problems using it as a general-purpose road machine?
    >
    > Or, shall I just put it on Ebay and buy something more appropriate to
    > my skills? A Chopper maybe...:)
    >
    > Many thanks
    >
    > Lyric


    I dunno much about road bikes but you should be able to get more than a
    chopper if you stick it on ebay!! Most places sell it for £3699!!


    Lee
     
  3. Arthur Clune

    Arthur Clune Guest

    Lyric <[email protected]> wrote:

    : So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    : buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph? Might I have
    : any other problems using it as a general-purpose road machine?

    It will be totally useless for your purposes and you should sell it to
    me immeadiately. I'll give you 100 quid, cash in hand for it :)

    More seriously. It's free, it's fun. Why not ride it and see how you go.
    Yes, it is the equivalent of driving a Ferrari at 20mph, but hey, it's
    free.

    You'll find it a very different experience to your current bike, but
    you may well like it. Indeed, you may like it so much that you get
    faster and fitter.

    If you don't, and it's a 60cm bike, drop me a line and I'll make you
    a serious offer.

    Arthur

    --
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  4. Jon Senior

    Jon Senior Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...

    > It will be totally useless for your purposes and you should sell it to
    > me immeadiately. I'll give you 100 quid, cash in hand for it :)


    I'll give =A3105, but it's really not worth that much... just out of the=20
    kindness of my heart!

    > More seriously. It's free, it's fun. Why not ride it and see how you go.
    > Yes, it is the equivalent of driving a Ferrari at 20mph, but hey, it's
    > free.=20


    If someone gave you a Ferrari for free, but you didn't think you'd take=20
    it more than 20mph, wouldn't you still enjoy it at that speed? If it=20
    fits, ride it. It'll be a beautiful bike.

    > You'll find it a very different experience to your current bike, but
    > you may well like it. Indeed, you may like it so much that you get
    > faster and fitter.
    >=20
    > If you don't, and it's a 60cm bike, drop me a line and I'll make you=20
    > a serious offer.


    You mean that wasn't? Damn.

    Jon
     
  5. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    in message <[email protected]>, Lyric
    ('[email protected]') wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    > of competition.
    >
    > As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    > me.
    >
    > I understand it is quite an expensive and specialised bicycle.


    This is what US Postal won the Tour de France on. Reviews here:
    <URL:http://www.roadbikereview.com/2004,Road,Bike/Trek/PRD_290758_5668crx.aspx>

    > I'm
    > using to riding a Dawes Giro 500. I cycle about 100 miles a week.


    If you cycle 100 miles a week you're used to riding a bike. Get it. Ride
    it. Enjoy it.

    > So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    > buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph?


    More like getting Michael Schumacher's F1 car, but so what if you enjoy
    it?

    > Might I have
    > any other problems using it as a general-purpose road machine?


    Well, you can't put a rack on it, so luggage capacity is going to be
    limited. And it doesn't have fittings for mudguards. But you can keep
    your Giro for the wet, cold, miserable days...

    > Or, shall I just put it on Ebay and buy something more appropriate to
    > my skills? A Chopper maybe...:)


    Frankly, I think you'd be _mad_. Most of us never get a chance to ride a
    bike of this quality. At the very least ride it for the rest of the
    summer, and (if you haven't totally fallen in love with it) put it on
    ebay next spring when the weather starts warming up again. You'll still
    get enough for it to buy a garage full of choppers.

    --
    [email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

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  6. Lyric wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    > of competition.
    >
    > As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    > me.
    >
    > I understand it is quite an expensive and specialised bicycle. I'm
    > using to riding a Dawes Giro 500. I cycle about 100 miles a week.
    >
    >
    > So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    > buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph? Might I have
    > any other problems using it as a general-purpose road machine?
    >
    > Or, shall I just put it on Ebay and buy something more appropriate to
    > my skills? A Chopper maybe...:)
    >
    > Many thanks
    >
    > Lyric


    no, its a bike for heavens sake. Anyone who suggests its wasted on you is
    probably envious.
     
  7. On 03 Aug 2004 10:40:20 GMT, in
    <[email protected]>, [email protected]
    (CharleeMouse) wrote:

    >I agree with the others. Ride it and keep it
    >
    >The only thing I'd recommend is insurance.
    >
    >To the average-Joe your bike won't look that different from a £70 racer in
    >Halfords, so he's not going to be too impressed when you give him a bill for
    >3500 pounds, when he squashes your bike at a T-junction. Insurance gives you
    >one fewer thing to worry about


    Eh? In those circumstances it surely isn't up to the cyclist to worry.
    Unless I suppose you are squashed by some un-insured toerag.


    --
    Boredband: High speed internet access with uninteresting content.
     
  8. Graeme

    Graeme Guest

    "Arthur Clune" <[email protected]> wrote in news:cenif3$4ub$2
    @pump1.york.ac.uk:

    > Yes, it is the equivalent of driving a Ferrari at 20mph, but hey, it's
    > free.
    >


    If someone gave me a Ferrari for free then I'd definitely drive it around
    at 20mph. How is anyone going to recognise me if I drive by too fast?

    What? You mean Ferraris have a purpose other than posing? ;-)


    Graeme
     
  9. JohnB

    JohnB Guest

    Jon Senior wrote:
    >
    > In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > > It will be totally useless for your purposes and you should sell it to
    > > me immeadiately. I'll give you 100 quid, cash in hand for it :)

    >
    > I'll give £105, but it's really not worth that much... just out of the
    > kindness of my heart!


    Don't be taken for a sucker.
    Like many ngs this one is inhabited by con artists out to rip off anyone
    given the least opportunity.
    This so-called 'Jon' (can you trust anyone without an 'h'?) and that
    retrobate Arthur (should it really be Arfur) are amongst the worst to
    roam these parts. Don't let them take you for a ride.
    You need clear honest and friendly advice from an experienced expert you
    can trust.
    Send me your bank details by return and I'll deposit £150 with no
    strings attached.

    And I'll throw in that chopper you lust after for free too.

    John B
     
  10. CharleeMouse

    CharleeMouse Guest

    I agree with the others. Ride it and keep it

    The only thing I'd recommend is insurance.

    To the average-Joe your bike won't look that different from a £70 racer in
    Halfords, so he's not going to be too impressed when you give him a bill for
    3500 pounds, when he squashes your bike at a T-junction. Insurance gives you
    one fewer thing to worry about


    Occasionally a bicycle enthiusiast will say "nice bike", but most people won't
    notice what you are riding.

    So, pose to your heart's content, IIRC that model has a US Postal saddle as
    standard, so now you just need the rest of the kit. ;)

    BTW, the new Chopper is rubbish. What's the point in having the gear-change
    where you cannot catch your testicles? lol

    Your new bicycle is more expensive than a lot of people's cars.....enjoy it

    Charlee
     
  11. On Tue, 03 Aug 2004 01:20:30 -0700, Lyric wrote:

    > So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    > buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph? Might I have


    So what? Ask any Italian, the *purpose* of a Ferrari is to be driven
    through the city centre at 20 mph.

    Kinda hard to be noticed if you're doing 200 mph on the motorway, don't
    you think?

    ;)

    Eugenio

    --
    Understanding is a three-edged sword
    Ambassador Kosh, Babylon 5
     
  12. Roos Eisma

    Roos Eisma Guest

    [email protected] (CharleeMouse) writes:

    >Your new bicycle is more expensive than a lot of people's cars.....enjoy it


    And join us at the meet in Edinburgh later this month. Don't care where
    you live :)

    Roos
     
  13. davek

    davek Guest

    Lyric wrote:
    > My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    > of competition.


    Blimey. Very nice.

    > As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    > me.


    They obviously don't know what it's worth. Don't tell them! ;)

    I'd keep it if I were you, but I'd also keep the Dawes for general use.

    d.
     
  14. Roos Eisma <[email protected]> writes:

    > [email protected] (CharleeMouse) writes:
    >
    > >Your new bicycle is more expensive than a lot of people's cars.....enjoy it

    >
    > And join us at the meet in Edinburgh later this month. Don't care where
    > you live :)
    >

    I get the impression you'll be coming armed :)

    But I'd love to see a bike like that. I've never been on a proper road
    bike.

    A
     
  15. wheelsgoround

    wheelsgoround New Member

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    Auction it on ebay, stating that all the proceeds will be used to give bikes to under-privileged kids (for example, or any charity you want to support)

    Then everyone wins. Buyer gets nice bike. Charity gets extra funding. You get satisfaction from doing a good thing.

    Ian
     
  16. >Hi,
    >
    >My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    >of competition.
    >
    >As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    >me.


    Look into my eyes... deeeep into my eyes...

    You are feeling sleepy, veeeeerry sleepy....

    You are now hypnotised.

    The bike is obviously totally wasted on you. You know that if you keep it,
    you'll feel guilty. You need to pass the bike along to someone much more
    deserving. That someone is me. I look forward to receiving my nice new bike.

    At the end of this post, you will awake, feel refreshed and remember that you
    have to send your shiny new Trek to a lovely lady in Norfolk who will make more
    use of it than you. All out of the goodness of your heart as the bike is wasted
    on you.

    Cheers, helen s ;-)




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  17. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    dirtylitterboxofferingstospammers wrote:
    >
    >
    > Look into my eyes... deeeep into my eyes...
    >
    > You are feeling sleepy, veeeeerry sleepy....
    >
    > You are now hypnotised.
    >
    > The bike is obviously totally wasted on you. You know that if you keep it,
    > you'll feel guilty. You need to pass the bike along to someone much more
    > deserving. That someone is me. I look forward to receiving my nice new bike.
    >
    > At the end of this post, you will awake, feel refreshed and remember that you
    > have to send your shiny new Trek to a lovely lady in Norfolk who will make more
    > use of it than you. All out of the goodness of your heart as the bike is wasted
    > on you.
    >
    > Cheers, helen s ;-)
    >


    Does Celeste know you are planning a Sven?

    Tony
     
  18. Jon Senior

    Jon Senior Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > Auction it on ebay, stating that all the proceeds will be used to give
    > bikes to under-privileged kids (for example, or any charity you want to
    > support)
    >
    > Then everyone wins. Buyer gets nice bike. Charity gets extra funding.
    > You get satisfaction from doing a good thing.


    Not sure if this is boundless optimism or naivety. Ride the damn bike.
    You'll probably love it!

    Jon
     
  19. >Does Celeste know you are planning a Sven?
    >
    >Tony


    You mean Gino? I already have Gino and Luigi, and see a Bubba as a fine
    addition to the harem, so to speak ;-)

    Cheers, helen s


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  20. Paul Rudin

    Paul Rudin Guest

    [email protected] (Lyric) writes:

    > Hi,
    >
    > My parents have been in Europe and won a Trek Madone 5.9 in some sort
    > of competition.
    >
    > As the only one in the family who cycles, they are kindly giving it to
    > me.
    >
    > I understand it is quite an expensive and specialised bicycle. I'm
    > using to riding a Dawes Giro 500. I cycle about 100 miles a week.
    >
    >
    > So, is riding this bicycle going to be the cycling equivalent of my
    > buying a Ferrari and then driving it around at 20 mph? Might I have
    > any other problems using it as a general-purpose road machine?
    >
    > Or, shall I just put it on Ebay and buy something more appropriate to
    > my skills? A Chopper maybe...:)


    I can offer a free bike remova service in this case - then you
    wouldn't have the problem.

    Seriously - it all depends: if you want to get into riding something
    light and fast then it would be a great bike - assuming it's the right
    size for you. OTOH you can probably sell it for a couple of thousand
    on ebay, and maybe buy a pretty nice bike for substantially less.

    The first thing to check is whether it's the right size for you - if
    it really doesn't fit there's no point in keeping it to ride yourself.
     
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