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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Lets not turn this into a pissing match.
    We have real pissing matches here, you stand on a road with your combatants, you can have as many challengers as you can get.

    You open your fly and start pissing, walking backwards of course.

    You need a steady stream, if you brake your stream on the road you are disqualified.

    The person that can piss the longest walking backwards, without a break in your piss on the road is the winner, its pretty big time stuff here.

    Do you guys do this in the states ? or are you not sophisticated enough ?
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    ....about 50 trips to CoinStar.
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    I broke my neck in a quad accident, spent 2 months in the hospital, with disability and my vacation time, I still got full pay, I didnt spend any money on food or beer, so I had nice fat check waiting for me when I got out. I watched Ebay for a couple months while I recouped and finally saw a brand new 2011 enduro for 3k. I bought that bike and rode it for 2 years. I recently sold it and took that money and $200 extra and got a 2012 Carbon Stumpy that I rode for a few months and didn't really like it. I ended up trading that bike, my girlfriends bike, that she never rode and some misc bike parts for a 2012 Bandit 29er that I absolutely love
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    I got it one piece at a time. Sort of like Johnny Cash but I paid for it.

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    My last mountain bike was purchased with the severance pay I received when my job was relocated to another state.

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    Work, work and more work, and paid cash.
    Down to 3, can't seem to justify more than that.
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    i bought my cannondale jekyll by financing it. the bike shop has a one year interest free and i took advantage of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradkay View Post
    My last mountain bike was purchased with the severance pay I received when my job was relocated to another state.
    same here but my job was sold to another company.

    however, my single speed was given to me when my neighbor purchased a lynsky and my 'cross bike is a warranty replacement for a bike i paid for in installments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbob View Post
    I got it one piece at a time. Sort of like Johnny Cash but I paid for it.
    Building your bike, part-by-part... is so much fun! MTBR is invaluable, for component reviews, while Craigslist and eBay is where the parts are!

    The best part is when all the pieces come together, and you take your "dream build bike" to your favorite trail.....PRICELESS!!!
    "The ONLY person who needs to race.....is the entrant"

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    I had a $1,000 Trek Hard tail I bought cash and a year later I bought a Santa Cruz Heckler frame and shock on close out for cheeaaap! I used the trek as a donor bike and everything I up-graded I bought on sale, or a year old. I also really think about my purchases. I would love a thousand dollar wheel set, but that is way over kill for me. I evaluate what I need and want and purchase accordingly.

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    Re: How did you buy your bike ???

    At the time I was working a crap job bought a gt avalanche hard tail that was too small of a frame. And spent a lot fixing it and upgrading , now its an idrive 5(force) with all the parts(well some) from my first bike, $3k total invested.
    Now have a great job so now deciding which $4-5k rig will be next in the stable.

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    I am fairly new to the sport, And poor lol. I bought my first bike with money I had made during a garage sell and a little I had saved up. Wife thought I was crazy spending 650 on a bike, That was a two months ago. Sold that bike and demoed a trance and had to have it, So I took the cash from the first bike and went to the gun safe and picked out a nice unused firearm and sold it. You know swapping toys for toys. Well yesterday I got to ride a stumpjumper and think I may have to sell the trance and another firearm lol. I have a toy cap as my wife calls it, I just trade around as I need.

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    Quote Originally Posted by crit_boy View Post
    Getting a good job is not easy. No one said it was. Guess what else. Getting the job is only the beginning. You have to work to keep it too. Someone else wants it. You are not going to stumble bass-ackwards into 40K, 50K, $100K+ per year.

    I do not have wealthy parents or relatives. It is called sacrifice and busting your a$$. If you think people get everything from their parents you are making excuses for your own situation.

    After high school, I enlisted in the Navy - took advantage of all the education I could get from them. Used the GI bill to finish college and go to law school. Worked 30+ hrs per week when I was a full time undergrad student. Did law school in less than 2.5 yrs - married with a baby.

    There is no excuse for not being able to afford education. You can get about $10K in federal guaranteed student loans per year - Online, credit score does not matter. Start at community college, transfer to state school. Or begin in a trade. There is a lack of people with trade skills. Many are paid well. Don't mess around, get it done. Then chuckle to yourself when people on Internet forums complain that only doctors and lawyers can afford X bike.
    That sounds familiar. I went to junior college, then UCLA on cal grants and small loans, the law school. It took 15 years of work after graduating and passing the bar to get where I could finally buy the bikes I want, when I want. But guess what, now I have a 9 year who loves riding, so the money now goes there.

    Guess what, matter how much you make, you still have too allocate your earnings.
    Riding slowly since 1977.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cary View Post

    Guess what, matter how much you make, you still have too allocate your earnings.
    More money, more problems?

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    I made the mistake of going to a local bike shop chain and buying what they told me I should buy.

    I wont make that mistake again.

    As far as what people buying bikes make in a month, I believe you need to broaden your horizons

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    After tried riding my friend FS


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    Sold my old mtb and half of my vintage road bike collection. Then bought from an LBS that did not appreciate my business. Got to love LBSs! Should have bought online, next time for sure....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pruitt1222 View Post
    I am fairly new to the sport, And poor lol. I bought my first bike with money I had made during a garage sell and a little I had saved up. Wife thought I was crazy spending 650 on a bike, That was a two months ago. Sold that bike and demoed a trance and had to have it, So I took the cash from the first bike and went to the gun safe and picked out a nice unused firearm and sold it. You know swapping toys for toys. Well yesterday I got to ride a stumpjumper and think I may have to sell the trance and another firearm lol. I have a toy cap as my wife calls it, I just trade around as I need.
    Huh....wait until you start riding a Yeti SB66c, Scott Genius 700, Trek Remedy....and once you try a 29er - your entire gun quiver will be GONE!
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    Saved up a lot of money and found the best deal possible for the bike I wanted, a Trek Cobia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Building your bike, part-by-part... is so much fun! MTBR is invaluable, for component reviews, while Craigslist and eBay is where the parts are!

    The best part is when all the pieces come together, and you take your "dream build bike" to your favorite trail.....PRICELESS!!!
    This was my first custom build (SC Heckler) and I was really worried that the bike wouldn't ride like I had hoped and dreamed, it turns out it's actually better. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was when I first got it out on the trail. Made all the waiting worth it for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMjunky View Post
    Sold my old mtb and half of my vintage road bike collection. Then bought from an LBS that did not appreciate my business. Got to love LBSs! Should have bought online, next time for sure....
    My LBS absolutely loves it when I visit them. They took $300 off a $1200 bike for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    My LBS absolutely loves it when I visit them. They took $300 off a $1200 bike for me.
    A good LBS can be hard to find, and when you find a good one its easy to forget all the crappy ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derekbob View Post
    A good LBS can be hard to find, and when you find a good one its easy to forget all the crappy ones.
    Well then I am glad that most LBS in my area are good. Although there are a few less good ones, most are very good.
    There are a few greaT LBS in particular that sell my favorite bikes.

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    Sold a banjo and a few other things from burnt out hobbies.Then I worked my butt off doing jobs for people and doing anything to make a buck.I first bought a 2000 rockhopper but then I wanted more....so I sold it and went and got a new Marlin off the LBS.And now I am already planning on selling my dirtbike and my Marlin this fall so I can get a superfly AL Elite this spring.It just never ends!

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    sold my xterra and used the money to buy my mojo hd. yes sold a motor vehicle to purchase a bike. family and friends cant really grasp the concept of swapping a car for a bike, kind of get this look when telling them

    i look at it a my old hobby funded my new one

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    heh I got mine though a bike loan scheme at work, to encourage us Aus Public Service guys to go green. one of the guys in our defence force used to ride for a merida team and was selling his team carbon 96 2011 model for a good price race tuned (he already had a newer model), FSA carbon everything, sweeet ride, walk past a pawnbroker with it lol and people start asking me if I want to sell it. nooo chance

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    I was set up with my first bike by a buddy of mine. Kinda blind date style. I enjoyed riding so much I bought it. Within a year I had the full blown fever and moved from a hardtail to a more aggressive FS bike. Then two years after that one I drank the 29er kool-aid and bought a 29er hardtail. Started with the frame and built it up. I had so much fun with that project that I bought a FS 29er frame and fork and built that one up too. I do my best not to think about how much I've spent. I just keep riding and enjoying my purchases.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Just sold two bikes to buy one new bike. Addition by subtraction!

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    With cash off craigslist.
    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum.

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    My Schwinn was like a 'pound rescue'. It was hanging in a friend of a friend's garage collecting dust and I was able to snatch it up. That was a while ago and the 29er of mine was a more recent purchase. The Schwinn was starting to get tired and I decided to retire it to commuter status. That's when I scooped up the XtC and have been enjoying the benefits of a 29er HT.
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    New bikes especially now are often a good investment, however I often find that buying new faces the same risk as buying a new car. Often itis betterto buy a carwith 20 thousend miles on it than a new bike beacuse its weaknesses will already be revealed. The same goes for a bike. After a year or so wear shows and the bad parts show. Italso depreciates quickly but once ithits the minus 100$-200$ depreciating value it really o ly ha a chance to improve especially if you put upgrades on it. For an example I purchased a Kline Mantra in excellent condition. Granted it is 12 years old and I did geta gooddeal 500 dollars. It is an excellent price I know that if any parts were to break they would have already and I know that I am geting an excellent product that I know that I will be abel toride it for many years. Oh did I mention that I spent 550$on it and it was priced at 950-1250$! Happy riding.
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    Saved some money and sold my hardtail when I thought I had enough for a full suspension, I am happy to say it is paid for. Bikes are pricey and it can be difficult to get everything you want, get a good platform and upgrade as you can when you get the extra cash.

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    buy a bike, sell a bike, repeat.

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    I just got lucky, I bought a used bike for a bargin price and it's a fantastic bike and I'm very happy with it.

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    1st bike was a 2002(?) Iron Horse Warrior Comp in December(?) 2007. I found it on CL for $250, about half the price of new and with only a few rides on it. Great beginner bike, but too heavy to be worth upgrading.
    By March I was addicted, and bought my '06 Cannondale Rush 1000 for $1750 on E-Bay. Charged that one to my CC.
    I sold the Iron Horse for $250 and used the money to buy a new seat and tires for the Rush, plus some other small items.
    I began to miss having a HT, wanted a spare bike, and wanted something I could let my g/f ride. I found a 2004 Cannondale F600 SOBE on CL for $500, and absolutely loved that bike until the day it was stolen!
    To replace it, I decided to build a custom bike that had enough suspension to take out-of-state (FL), so I spent a year and $3,000 piecing together my "1996" Cannondale Uber-V. I paid for it with a mix of CC and cash.
    I really like that bike, too, but still miss the HT! If I can find another 2004 Sobe-Edition F600, or maybe a 2004 Sobe-edition Scalpel, I may get a 3rd bike....
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    Took advantage of Treks 12 months no interest to help bring up that credit score after purchasing a home. Paid it of in 90 days of course.

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    I took out a student loan to buy my dh bike while i was in college. Being on the race team, I got an insane discount on it.

    I just bought a xc bike of pinkbike for a steal.

    So, to extrapolate the two lessons here: 1) get hooked up and buy new 2) buy used

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    I got drunk one night searching information on Niner WFO's.

    I started hitting all the ebay as well as a few consignment sites and low-balling the auctions. I put at the bottom of my comments "sorry I'm not trying to insult, but this is all I got".
    Within a couple of days I had a couple of seller's willing to bargain with me and I got an AWESOME deal on an almost new Niner WFO

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    When I got into Mtbing at a younger age, I financed my first real mountain bike. It was a GT Avalanche for around $1200.(early 90's). Since then, I've saved and purchased all my bikes of the past. I've never purchased my dream bike because I just can't come to terms with paying that much for a bike, 4k-5k! My current bike is a GT Zaskar Pro 29r that was built up by my LBS with higher end components, wheels, etc. it ended up costing 2k out the door. Believe or not, my mother'n'law purchased that bike for me in a round about way! It's my first HT since the mid 90's and I absolutely can say that I LOVE this bike!

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    How did you buy your bike ???

    First MTB was a trek 6000 aluminum frame (still made in USA) Brother called me from A swap meet in rural Oregon while I was working in California... Picked it up when I showed up for college a few months later. Rode that for 5 years, no suspension at all.... Until I put a suspension stem on it.. Not recommended... Way too much slop! Did a lot of urban riding and some single track around LaGrande Oregon. Quit riding for about 15 yrs so it sat collecting dust. Decided I was tired of constantly expanding...... So got it tuned up, ride it twice and decided it wasn't going to cut it....

    Started checking Craigslist and came across a beautiful 2006 Salsa else santo fs I got for 500. Owners were moving, had "upgraded" to 29'r so had no need for it. Was a tertiary bike for them
    And didn't want to transport it with them.

    So far I have given her a tune up and been riding. Love it, love it, love it! Donated the trek to a local organization that gives bikes to those in need and can't afford them. Figured immoaying it forward!


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    Haha first off I bought a Next. Thought it was the best until it broke. Then I got a Giant Rincon 2010 for Christmas and put 1100 miles on it. Then I sold it to my buddy and bought a Giant Yukon FX for 650$ has given me some troubles with the gearing and fork but a great bike. Fork is now totally fixed but still have rear derailleur issues. I have to say though, it was that Next Power Climber that gave me a good sweet tasting lick of mtbing. Now I'm chewing a big bite!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincon98 View Post
    Haha first off I bought a Next. Thought it was the best until it broke. Then I got a Giant Rincon 2010 for Christmas and put 1100 miles on it. Then I sold it to my buddy and bought a Giant Yukon FX for 650$ has given me some troubles with the gearing and fork but a great bike. Fork is now totally fixed but still have rear derailleur issues. I have to say though, it was that Next Power Climber that gave me a good sweet tasting lick of mtbing. Now I'm chewing a big bite!!!
    I had a Next Power Climber as well. That thing was a piece of junk, worthless and not fun to ride. No I have a 2013 Cobia and it is a HUGE difference, also compared to my Cannondale F9.

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    Straight cash Homie.

    I make a lot of sacrifices with my job like being gone from my family and going to some pretty crappy places. I have been riding enough lately to justify the expense.

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    Last time I bought a bike, I didn't buy a complete bike. I already had some items from a previous bike: good wheels, brakes, seats, seat post, and a few other things I'd bought when I saw the price was right.

    Then I got the frame and fork with cash. Once I had the bike on its wheels and rode it a bit, I decided it needs different bar and stem.

    That was in 2010. Since then, I've only needed new chains, brake pads, one set of front hub bearings, new BB cups, chain lube and a small amount of grease.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    I bought two bikes in the past 14 months.

    For my first bike I robbed a bank. Just my luck I stole all the money from my own account.

    For my second bike I pick-pocketed a douchebag. Ended up being my own pocket.

    Either way they were paid off in full as soon as I got the bikes. I never buy anything that I can't pay off within a month. Unless there is some awesome 0% interest free loan. Gotta pay to play. Gotta save to pay.
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