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More money than sense...

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by marzjennings, 8 Feb 2018.

  1. marzjennings

    marzjennings Veteran

    ...is often a term used by those folks who can't get their head around how much others would spend on a bicycle. I'm generally of the opinion of that if you have it spend it, but then I find this.

    Le Flaneur Sportif d'Hermes bicycle

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    And I struggle to understand why anyone would spend $13,200 on this bike. :wacko:




     
  2. Deafie

    Deafie Über Member

    I dropped $4k on a Thorn 11 years ago and still hate myself for it......except when I ride it.
     
  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
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    I like the colour and style from the picture but that's where it stop's
     
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  4. If it’s worth the money to those that can afford it, why not? What’s the point in earning money and paying taxes if you can’t spend it? Sticking it in an offshore savings account helps nobody. Spending it puts it back into the economy.
     
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  5. PaulSB

    PaulSB Guru

    Well I wouldn’t buy it as I don’t like the look of it - bikes have to be beautiful as well as a great spec. Beauty being in the eye of the beholder.

    HOWEVER if I truly could afford it, lottery win etc. my first luxury would be a bespoke bike built specifically for me regardless of cost. I’d simply drop in to my LBS and start the project there. It won’t happen. :sad:
     
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  6. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

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    I have friends that smoke like a trooper and drink like a fish .. I do neither .. I'd be interested in what they've spent over a period of say three years ..
    Cars houses motorbikes bikes holidays, it's only a case of spend what you,can afford ..
    £15000 on a bike say is only relative to your expendable cash, not necessarily a perverse figure of money to spend ..
     
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  7. Would you spend a couple of hour’s earnings on a bike you really like? If you’re into bikes many would.
     
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  8. Fonze

    Fonze Totally obsessive , cool by nature

    Location:
    Bradwell
    Quite right I would ..
    I'm not into cars or motorbikes, in my life had few nice cars but have a real passion for bikes now and have no problem spending what I can on a lovely bike ..
     
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  9. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I can well understand someone spending serious money on a bicycle. But spending that kind of money on a bicycle designed by a fashion house? That seems odd. That is more bicycle-as-fashion-accessory than passion-for-cycling. As a cyclist that is something I cannot understand. The spending of serious money on a dream bike - sure!
     
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  10. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    It doesn’t do it for me, but it might for someone else.

    Just because it’s come from a fashion house doesn’t mean it’s any better or worse than from a big brand traditional cycling company.

    If someone likes the idea of it being a fashion accessory then what’s the big deal? What categorises them as not being cyclists?

    Let’s be fair, a lot of the discussions on here are about how a bike looks. If it didn’t matter, all of the bikes would be one colour and have the same shaped standard tubing.
     
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    Nice pedals.
     
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  12. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Über Member

    Location:
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    True. It may be a brilliant frame made by a top of the line maker. But the fashion house won’t be lending its name to the bike for free. You will be paying a hefty premium for having the Hermes name on the frame, no matter how good a frame it might actually be. That’s what I don’t really get - paying the premium simply to have the name of a fashion house on your bike. I don’t object to anyone doing that. It’s their money. I just don’t understand it.

    And I certainly don’t mean to suggest they aren’t “cyclists”whatever that means. Just that this premium on fashion suggests a different relationship to bicycles and cycling than that which is usually expressed by people spending big on their dream bikes.
     
  13. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    Parlee custom carbon frames go for about $7000. The build may be $3k with rohloff and fancy wheels. Can you really spend over $10k even if you wanted?
     
  14. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    I do get your point on not understanding it.

    I think it boils down to what we all like the look of and also what we value based on the heritage of the brand. There’s an element of individuality to add into the mix and also a consideration as to what said person earns too.

    Some people could argue that slapping Bianchi on a frame does exactly the same thing. I pick Bianchi as that is a brand that I like, rather than trying to offend anyone else.
     
  15. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I would like a little less sense, it seems in cycling terms only those with only a little sense have loads of dosh to splash around.