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    Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

    Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

    Everyone thinks I am nuts to have such a pricey bike and beat down car. To me it is totally warranted because the bike has a lot of pleasurable value in it for me. Cars are great, but I drive like a grandma and ride my bike like a downhill racer. Cars get me from point a to b but I don't get the pure pleasure of adrenaline driving one like riding an intense technical trail on my mountain bike.

    My car is the best though. Totally attached to it, taken me everywhere, never let me down and still runs great.

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    Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

    Well, I'm a utilitarian cyclist, so I guess I'm in this category. I no longer own a car, and ride everywhere I need to go, unless it's a family trip, which calls for my wife's minivan.

    But, my bike is worth as much as I sold my Blazer for.
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    Yeah. I love my Ranger, but it's now legally old enough to drink the 30 proof Ethanol if it were a person. The truck works for what I need, and I'm putting in almost as much time piloting the bike as the truck, so I am OK with that.

    Saw one guy with an even cheaper ranger, and a brand new Bronson on it a couple months back - I gave him the nice bike followed by a fistbump, and he didn't seem that pleased about being in the same situation, but I wholeheartedly meant that as a compliment.

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    Ha! Count me in. My road bike would be about $7K to replace, my 2000 'burb and my 2000 ML aren't worth that anymore...

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    Lol this was me until 2 weeks ago...

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    the tranny decided to stop working, so I upgraded to a 13 Kia Optima...

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    Bought the used pickup for $2000. EVERYBODY's bike is worth more than that. I have half a dozen worth more.

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    My bike is a good bit older than my car. Good bike, but it's still definitely worth a lot less than the car. Both are paid off, though, so no worries. Car's a 2007 Honda Fit. No frills, dead reliable. Just what I want in a car.

    About to get a new bike...might be worth close to as much as the car, but I'm sure not paying retail for any of it. Not that I care that much.

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    I also agree with the poster above about not paying retail for a bike. I have been biking my entire life and have never bought a new bike. All my bikes were really good used bikes off craigslist that I've repaired and replace parts that i didn't like. But had they been new i guess they would cost more than my cheapest car ~$2k.

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    I think my bike is nearly worth more than both our cars put together! Wife wants to upgrade the car, I want a new bike....

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    I don't care about cars, but I have a reliable one that I take to Costco every couple of weeks. My most expensive bike is worth about twice what the car is worth, but my commuter bike is worth about $100, because I lock it up downtown daily.
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    I usually get a couple laughs when I mention to my riding friends how silly I think it would be to pay more for a car than I would for a bike.
    Probably 90% of the time I'm in my car, I'm irritated about something, usually traffic. It's impossible to be on a bike and not in a good mood. Which does it make sense to pay for?

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    Re: Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

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    Probably 90% of the time I'm in my car, I'm irritated about something, usually traffic. It's impossible to be on a bike and not in a good mood. Which does it make sense to pay for?
    Exactly!

    For me, a vehicle is a way to get from A to B, nothing more. Mountain biking brings me happiness, so it just seems logical to invest in happiness!

    On a related note, my boat is worth roughly 3 times as much as my '98 4runner

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    I'm almost the other way around, until a bit over a year ago, I never bought a new car. The majority of my bikes were new. My cars are used that I've repaired and replaced parts I didn't like , until recently.
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    I also agree with the poster above about not paying retail for a bike. I have been biking my entire life and have never bought a new bike. All my bikes were really good used bikes off craigslist that I've repaired and replace parts that i didn't like. But had they been new i guess they would cost more than my cheapest car ~$2k.

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    My 10+ year old bikes are definitely worth less then my 8 year old car.

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    I have a 96 Sonoma I paid $1k for, have twice that in my bike! Lol
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    I drive a salvage titled Volvo wagon worth about $2000 and a Turner 5 Spot valued at priceless. Seriously tho, the bike is definitely worth more than the car by a couple grand. The bike also makes me much much happier when riding than the car does when driving.

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    If you really don't care about and don't want to spend your cash on the status symbol stuff many associate with cars then it totally makes sense that you spend more on bikes.
    I am pretty sure it is just about impossible for a bike to be worth more than a car where I live due to the huge taxes and costs the Govt puts on motor vehicle ownership and usage. A cheap new car will cost US$60,000 minimum as there is a bidding system for entitlement to own this can go up to about $80,000. Something in the so called 'luxury' end like a BMW starts at $150K

    Funny thing is we have one of the best and most affordable public transport systems I've come across, but most people still take out housing loans to bid for entitlement and buy cars; the roads are always jammed. Parking is scarce and costs a fortune, they even have electronic pricing on the roads, which can cost up to $5 per road per use. It isn't really any more convenient than cycling, bus or subway. I am cool with all of this though; as I have never had a car here all the people who want them and are willing to pay for them are keeping my income tax down

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    I think it is silly for people to waste their money on expensive cars.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I do, but more so because my truck is an old beater, not that I spend a crazy amount on bikes.

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    I have some money tied up in bikes for sure, not enough to equal either one of our cars though.

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    To actually answer the question, up until last year the answer was yes. Not that I a crazy amount in bikes but I had a little car that I bought for $1400. I sold that because I really needed a truck/suv to fit my lifestyle so I bought a nice used 99 4runner for $4300 that I have had for almost a year now.

    I buy cars for cash. Thought about financing one and even had the loan but just couldn't justify financing a depreciating asset. In my opinion it is ridiculous to pay interest on something that depreciates in value. I could by a nicer vehicle but to me a vehicle is simply a tool and as long as that tool still does the job well, I don't need to buy a new one. Bikes however are a form of entertainment and a way to keep healthy. You can't put a price on either. However, I still don't finance them.
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    Re: Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    To actually answer the question, up until last year the answer was yes. Not that I a crazy amount in bikes but I had a little car that I bought for $1400. I sold that because I really needed a truck/suv to fit my lifestyle so I bought a nice used 99 4runner for $4300 that I have had for almost a year now.
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    4runners 4life! Lol I've had my '98 for about 7 years now and put 80k hard miles on it in that time and all I've had to replace is a starter. Over 200k now and still going strong. They're damn near bulletproof

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    Always, and I ride some pretty cheap bikes too. I've never paid more than $1000 for a vehicle. Usually trucks or vans.
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    I just think it is great to see an expensive high end mountain bike clamped to the roof of just a beat down car. When I see that, I think "that person is a hardcore mountain biker".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    4runners 4life! Lol I've had my '98 for about 7 years now and put 80k hard miles on it in that time and all I've had to replace is a starter. Over 200k now and still going strong. They're damn near bulletproof
    That's why I bought one a couple of years ago when I got rear ended and had to total my previous car. I bought it brand new and while I did finance it I put 15k down and almost have it paid off already by making double payments. Plan on driving it for many more years.

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    My bike has always been worth more to me than my vehicle, no matter how much either one cost.

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    I come from the same mold. Coming from a motorcycle enduro background, my motorcycles are worth more than the vehicles I haul them in and I am proud of it. Just got into MTB last week and love it. I have 3 rides and realize I need to be in much better shape cardio wise. I rode the motorcycle on Sunday and had 2 rides on the mountain bike earlier that week and rode much faster on the "iron horse".....

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    I'll take a different approach, my mountain bikes ('11 Fisher Paragon and '13 Salsa Fargo) aren't worth more (resale value) than my '06 Honda Ridgeline but I would argue that they are worth more based on they're savings potential. My drive to work it 22 miles each way (44 miles x $.56 {current mileage reimbursement from Federal Government} = $24.64). My ride to work is 17.6 miles (short course) each way (35.2 = $.06 {average annual cost of maintenance divided by miles/year over the last 31 years adjusted to 2014 dollars} = $2.11). Now it can be argued that the $22.53 I "make" every day is off-set by the extra 100 minutes I "waste" riding, but I work on salary and get home by the time my wife and son return from his after school practices (football or marching band) and I would argue that the open-heart surgery/heart attack cost is still higher so I'll stick with my first set of numbers.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    My next car will be 1976 or older, "pre-smog," as cheap as possible.

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    Sounds like me. Drive a dented '98 Camry with 160,000 miles and a $3000 bike on it.

    That car's made it up some ridiculous washed-out fire roads.

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    I don't have a car right now so... :P

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    I was thinking of trading my 2004 Mazda 6 last year and was offerddy $2k for it. My Spearfish was $2,500.
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    Who has a bike is worth more than their car?



    $4500 bike hauled in my $2000 commuter car. I take my wheels off and my bike fits nicely inside with a hatch back eclipse. All 3 of my vehicles are over 10 years old and paid off.
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    The newest car in my driveway is 26 years old and still does what i want it to do .
    the average age of my cars is 36 but the dirt bike fleet is split between 05 and 2010

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    Im a rare car nut that loves biking... Ive got an old car with about 50 grand in mods in it, and Im not quite finished with it. Will make nearly 2000 horsepower in a street car when finished next summer. That said, Im looking for a new 650 b carbon SantaCruz when the car is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3ftabove View Post
    Im a rare car nut that loves biking... Ive got an old car with about 50 grand in mods in it, and Im not quite finished with it. Will make nearly 2000 horsepower in a street car when finished next summer. That said, Im looking for a new 650 b carbon SantaCruz when the car is done.
    Did you say Two thousand horsepower? How the heck are you going to put that power to the tires More important question do you have a pilot license Kudos man!!

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    We had this discussion recently... Three carbon bikes (Ibis Mojo HD, Spesh Stumpy Evo Expert carbon, Remedy 9.9 carbon) + another Spesh Stumpy Evo with a Pike... All in the bed of a '99 Tacoma beater pickup with 200k miles in it.

    We also thought it was funny that we'll trust a bike rack with such high dollar bikes as well
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    Does it count if every single bike you own is worth more than your car, because you don't own a car?

    If so, yes.

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    I didn't intend to breach the subject of total operating expense, but it's a valid point. In my case I estimate the real cost of car ownership to be around $1.00/mile (including cost of the vehicle minus depreciation, gas, insurance....). The argument could be made that my commuting is not an efficient use of my time (relative to hourly rate of my salary). My counter argument will always be check the numbers. My Ridgeline costs around (using $.56/mile for non-fixed costs) $25 dollars to drive round trip and that takes 70 minutes each day. My bike costs (using $.06/mile) $2.00 to ride round trip and that takes 160 minutes each day. The delta is -$23.00, +90 minutes. I can look at the 90 minutes as wasted time or I could subtract 60 minutes for the workout I would replace it with and end up making $23 in 30 minutes (reasonable). In my case, my work allows 3 hours of exercise each week so I'm really all profit there and I'd just watch more TV or play more cards/games/etc... after work if I got home early anyway (we all run out of projects at some point each night). The math I use (when I'm selling my wife on something like a new Fargo) is the time spent riding minus the time I'd be driving, minus the time from work to exercise, minus the expense of a heartattack is alway less than the cost of a new bike and a few minutes of lost sleep.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Worth more? Maybe not. Bikes don't hold value that well either. Paid more for the bike? Absolutely.

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    Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    Worth more? Maybe not. Bikes don't hold value that well either. Paid more for the bike? Absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Now that's a mountain bike, mean and dirty. Good job.
    It doesn't often look like that, but you'll notice there's a number plate on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    The math I use (when I'm selling my wife on something like a new Fargo) is the time spent riding minus the time I'd be driving, minus the time from work to exercise, minus the expense of a heartattack is alway less than the cost of a new bike and a few minutes of lost sleep.
    You, sir, are a wizard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    Which ones

    Usually (and I don't mean this as a critique) when someone says "I could really go for some Ti tonight" they spell it Thai. You may have an addiction.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Who has a bike is worth more than their car?

    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Usually (and I don't mean this as a critique) when someone says "I could really go for some Ti tonight" they spell it Thai. You may have an addiction.
    That's why I took the 12 steps
    Step one stop buying ti
    Step two buy more carbon
    Step three

    Actually, that's half my ti collection.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mimi1885 View Post
    That's why I took the 12 steps
    Step one stop buying ti
    Step two buy more carbon
    Step three

    Actually, that's half my ti collection.


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    So step #4 is quit the program, step #5 is go to bike store, step #6 is relapse and buy another, then back to step #1 until the equation N+1=garage volume/bike size?
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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