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    A strange thing happened on Sunday ...

    Woke up quarter to 6, had an espresso with some toast, dressed up took the bike and went to find the group I usually ride with. It was the first time I went out cycling, since June. Started riding, some chit chat for the first half an hour and then nothing ... at some point in the half of the 45 km ride outwards, I said gonna stop here and have a coffee, my legs dont feel right its the first time out since June so gonna take it cool for the first time. Had an espresso alone and I rode back home. In the whole ride I was bored ... I had no motivation, did not enjoy the scenery, most of my old friends stopped riding, had no goal in the near future to do an audax and get the legs in shape ... Father of 2 young kids now with no time in weekends for being absent the whole morning in weekend, with a new hobby ... photography

    God damnit what will happen to this bike I absolutely love to just sit there and watch it ... Its a Colnago Super in Sarroni red, with 11speed Campny SR/R groupset mix, 3T carbon peripherals and Campy neutron wheelset. Goddamnit I am totally in love with this bike ...

    But what am I going to do with it ... keep it in the garage and just watch it ? Will this boredom of cycling for hours pass ? Should I sell it for someone else to enjoy this beauty or just leave it in the garage to get glimpses of it and watch it get old and unused ...

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    It's a beautiful bike, and my size - maybe - but unless you're really strapped for cash, I'd hold onto it and see where life takes you..
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    Don't ride for a month then get back at it. I start to get antsy if I go for more than a couple weeks off the bike. To me the ride itself is the end. Evan a crappy short ride is a good day to be alive. You would never ever get nearly what that bike is worth selling it.

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    Perhaps give the young children up for adoption so you can properly refocus on cycling.
    In all seriousness, people go through phases all the time. Itís nothing to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clean39T View Post
    It's a beautiful bike, and my size - maybe - but unless you're really strapped for cash, I'd hold onto it and see where life takes you..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moke View Post
    Don't ride for a month then get back at it. I start to get antsy if I go for more than a couple weeks off the bike. To me the ride itself is the end. Evan a crappy short ride is a good day to be alive. You would never ever get nearly what that bike is worth selling it.

    Haven't ride it since June ...

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    We can’t decide this sorta thing for you....but if you stop riding please replace the exercise quotient with something else, don’t become a slob.

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    Keep it. The children will grow up sooner than you think. When they start to have their own weekend plans, go for a ride. Then, decide to sell or not.
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    It's only one bike...keep it, you never know what will happen in the future, and if you get back into riding, now you're gonna need a bike if this one's gone.

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    It's hard to sell a used bike for what you have invested. Park it in the corner until you're ready to ride it. I gave up on group rides years ago. Ride because you enjoy it. And you can combine your new hobby with riding a bike. Chuck the clipless pedals, put on some fat platforms and ride around with a camera in a courier bag. Go looking for photographs. Start a 365 photography project but find the pictures via bicycle if you want, or not. Flip the stem. Put a flat bar on it. Whatever. It's just a bike. Your kids will be riding around with you soon enough. I only have one kid and she's 12. We rode nearly 3 hours today around town on touristy bike routes. She loved it. I had a great time. We both brought our cameras and took some photographs. Give up cycling, keep riding the bike, if that makes sense. I think it does.

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    I’m not sure where you live but for many of us November is the end of the serious road rides anyway.
    It makes it harder to sell a road bike.
    Why not just keep it and wait for spring and see if the urge comes back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kupepe View Post
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    You're done.
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    I'm in a similar boat, 7.5 month old at home, not much motivation to ride, certainly not like I used to. Most days I'd rather spend my time with the little one, she's growing and changing so fast, I don't want to miss anything. She's only little once.

    But I'm not selling my bikes. It doesn't hurt for them to sit for a while unused, and it's nice to have them there when I do get the itch to ride. And I know I'll get back to riding a good bit eventually, and new bikes will cost way more than what I'd get selling off my current ones.
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    Sell it.... and wait a few months someone else on this forum will be selling another RS by spring

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    Keep it. Have fun with the kids. At some point theyíll start to want to do their own thingómy girls are teenagers now but they started at 10 or so. Then itís short rides and you start to notice things you donít notice with a car full of kids: hey thereís the park, wow that place has changed, so this is what quiet sounds like.

    Itíll come back. Itís just taking a break for your kids.

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    Iíve written several responses to this but the basic jist of all of them is shut up and ride.

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    Keep it. You love the bike. Zero reason to sell it.

    One thought: find a short loop to ride right out your front door. A loop you can do in a hour, with a few hard spots (short hills, whatever) along the way. And get out and hammer that sucker a few times a week. You need to move your body. Do it for your kids sake, if nothing else. You've got time for that, no?

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    Have you asked yourself what got you into riding in the first place?

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    I haven't ridden (more than a handful of times) since June either. Selling my bikes would never once cross my mind. In fact, I'm thinking about getting another one...
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    Put it on a trainer. Ride 30 minutes hard a couple times a week until you're ready to take it back out. You'll be in better shape than you are now and it will be way more fun.

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