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Recently, while at my LBS in Fayetteville, NC, to have a noise checked out on my C'dale Rush, I bought my my wife a new mountain bike. A Cannondale F5 to be exact. I didn't really expect to leave there almost $900 poorer (Bike plus a couple little things) but it happened and I didn't know what to expect from my wife in terms of her reaction. Luckily, it went really well and she likes the bike a lot. The bike I replaced is a early 1990s Specialized Rockhopper we bought new in Salinas, CA. It is still in very good condition but it is a rigid and the geometry just doesn't look right for today...she also didn't look very comfortable on it which is why I think it took me a lot of convincing to get her to ride.

Anyway, I'm glad it worked out for her and I. So, now, I wonder what other folks leave their LBSs with when going for something minor.
 

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One of the few non-custom bikes I've owned was my Trek 1200. Not sure why I wanted it, but it probably had something to do with the larger aluminum tubing and aero wheels.
 

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Yeah, custom bikes are surely not impulse buys. I, too, like the larger tubing which is why I probably gravitated towards Cannondale products 20+ years ago.
 

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You know, now that you say that, I like the feel of my wife's ancient Rockhopper and the first mountain (Schwinn Woodlands) bike I ever bought as both are/were chromoly. I thought the Schwinn was absolutely awesome until I rode my friend's Cannondale. On and off I have contemplated getting a steel bike again, but the wife picks on me about having too many bikes already. Two?
 

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Impluse was the past week: XT crank/BB, XTR front derail, XT rear derail, XT chain, LX cass all to switch over to 9 spd. Not to mention the 2010 Azonic Outlaw wheelset and Juicy 3s, and Panaracer Fire XCs last week.
 

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Nice! I'm going to wait for my components to break before I get new but by then I probably should just buy en entire bike again. I have, however, been wanting a new wheelset for my Rush. Since it has a Lefty, it's a little more difficult than I like.

BTW Was stationed at the Hump years ago.
 

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Yeah the Hump is going through a major transition right now, 2ID and everything in Seoul will be moved here in the next 4 years!

Yeah with all of the mud and trails, the factory Shimano crap is not cutting the turkey for me. Everything altogether retail would have been about $1400, but I managed some killer deals......everything listed with odds and ends for a hair over $700 w/ shipping to Korea!
 

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2 impulse buys. First: went into a bike shop to buy a Specialized Body Geometry seat. Walked out with the bike it happened to be attached to. Second: went into a bike shop to buy an upright handlebar for my hybrid. Allowed the shop to talk me into buying a road bike: "We can get you into any desired position on a road bike." They forgot to mention the contortions we would have to go through to get that position, like a teeny little frame with a stem extender about a foot high. Never worked for me. Finally I sat down and thought through exactly what I wanted and got the bike I should have ordered long ago. Live and learn. Thank God for craigslist resales.
 

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Impulse buy at LBS. What was yours?
2002 Bianchi DISS. My full squish bike was in the shop with a busted rear suspension. After a month of waiting, I couldn't take being bikeless any longer. I coughed up eight hundred beans and was a happy camper once again.:)
 

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My impulse buy...a fixie...Charge Griffin to be exact. Did I need it--"no" Do I love it--"yes"
 

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A couple times, I went to the LBS for other things (tubes, gels, etc.), and walked out with BG saddles.

They both managed to get mangled; one, under my destructive, now-18-y-o nephew, the other... well, I THINK it was that damned raccoon that has tried to claim my garage.
 

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impulse buy

The first "real" road bike I got was a hand-built used Jeffry Butler:love: I got that at Action Sports a long, long time ago I think it was a impulse buy but it took me months to pay it off while it hung in the store. It was all Campy and it had sew-ups and in comparison to the P.O.S. I was used to riding it was unbelievable.(still have the crank)


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