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    Default Letting go of an old friend

    Funny how we can get sort of emotionally attached to a piece of carbon. This morning I shipped out my C50 that will be going to a new owner and for some time I was having seller's remorse. I cannot find a better bike for $1500 ! I have great memories on that bike, it rode great.... Why am I doing this ? I can just refund the buyer via paypal now.....

    Then the logic and rational took over: I already have 5 other road bikes, the Crumpton is better in every way. I had promised my wife to only replace and not add anymore.

    Anyway it's gone. I just have to hope it will be ridden hard for many years to come.

    Just saying I am better at buying bikes than selling them.

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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    I can relate. But better that it be ridden and enjoyed by someone new. My advice is a good, brisk ride on the Crumpton to get over that seller's remorse. Always works for me (though not on a Crumpton).

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    Selling them?

    Now I understand what my problem is.

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    I have only really had seller's remorse one time. And I made the buyer promise that I would get the first chance to buy it back! There have been a couple other cases where if I could go back I'd do it differently, but that was one where I wish I had just kept it. The replacement is not as nice. I keep browsing eBay....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    I have only really had seller's remorse one time. And I made the buyer promise that I would get the first chance to buy it back! There have been a couple other cases where if I could go back I'd do it differently, but that was one where I wish I had just kept it. The replacement is not as nice. I keep browsing eBay....
    In order to avoid that, I made sure I rode the replacement for a few months...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    In order to avoid that, I made sure I rode the replacement for a few months...
    Wise move. Eventually i'll find something else, as I always do. I guess these are good problems to have! But I do wish I hadn't parted with my Look 585 Ultra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMB View Post
    Selling them?

    Now I understand what my problem is.
    Makes 2 of us.

    Only time I sell is if I HAVE to. Otherwise? I bought em for a reason.

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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    Relative new cyclist, but I had serious remorse on selling a Pinarello F4:13 3 years ago. The bike was great and I rode it hard in all weather, all the time, so many happy memories, like a good friend.

    I recently bought a C40, and every time I see a classified for one, I feel sorry for the owner because I know he will regret it sooner or later.

    Weird folk, us cyclists...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post





    Just saying I am better at buying bikes than selling them.
    Aren't we all!

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    Funny, I thought I would have remorse after selling an old Pinarello frame that I've ridden a ton, but I really don't. The bike that replaced it fits me better and is pounds lighter. Now I am looking at the other bike I ride rarely and thinking maybe it should go, even though it has similarly super-sentimental reasons for still being here.

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    I always wrestle with the decision to sell a bike, but usually after they're gone I find that I hardly miss them, other than the memories.

    It does help to have a replacement in house, and ridden extensively, before moving the predecessor out - if only to insure against "why the hell did I replace that awesome bike with this shitty one?" syndrome.
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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    Quote Originally Posted by zetroc View Post
    I always wrestle with the decision to sell a bike, but usually after they're gone I find that I hardly miss them, other than the memories.
    Same here.

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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    I've never sold a bike, but a few years ago I gave my BMX away to a friend of mine, who gave it to his little boy. I was bummed to see it go, it was my commuter/fun machine at college. An Eastern somethingortheother, the only thing stock was the frame and brakes. Everything else had been replaced at some point...it was heavy (30lbs) but indestructible.

    Then I found out the little boy got into BMX racing with it, and I was stoked. No regrets.
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    Thing is, I know I need to start thinning out a bit.

    Daughter #2 is graduating HS this year and I can see within a couple or three years selling this place and going to somewhere smaller, which means less room for all of my crap. That means decisions.

    I hate making decisions.

    My bikes are my babies ( cause the other two are going to be leaving me, at least I can trust the bikes...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    the Crumpton is better in every way. .
    Really better? Or just different? Never rode one , but I would have a hard time getting rid of a frame that the pro's -off the record- liked so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Really better? Or just different? Never rode one , but I would have a hard time getting rid of a frame that the pro's -off the record- liked so much.
    yeah, really better. But the C50 was really good.

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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    You know...that bike never would have left you for someone who rode better and was better looking.

    ...wait, maybe that's what just happened.

    I'm sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbabcock View Post
    You know...that bike never would have left you for someone who rode better and was better looking.

    ...wait, maybe that's what just happened.

    I'm sorry.
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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    I feel your pain.... I just listed my old lugged steel specialized on e-bay. I bought that bike in '94......and swore I'd keep it over all the others. But, as someone stated earlier, I promised to replace, not add.
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    Default Re: Letting go of an old friend

    Letting a Colnago C40, C50, Extreme C, EPS, Extreme Power go that fits and is in good shape = mistake.

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