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    Please help me not feel guilty about this purchase

    Around October of last year, I bought a nice new 2013 Trek Mamba. I love everything about the bike and didn't plan to ride anything else for many years to come. Then, just last month, I got orders to Japan for the next two years. Well, I'm here, and not only will I not have a car, but I also refuse to pay $5 every time I get into a cab to get somewhere on base (multiple times a day). In addition to that, I definitely didn't forget to bring my MTB passion with me. With that being said, I was thinking about having the Mamba shipped here, but the hassle of it and especially the wait was a turn off. I made the trip to go possibly buy a $450 Trek Wahoo that I saw last week, but that bike was gone and instead they had two pretty Cannondale Trail 5's for $675. At first I was like and then I was like and now I'm like:



    Please make me feel good about this. I feel bad for my beloved and neglected Mamba and I can't believe I just spent the money on another new 29er (that is probably going to get rained on a lot). I heard Okinawa has some good mountain biking trails up north... so that's a plus, right?!

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    LOL trader! jk nice looking bike. I have a trail 1 I really enjoy that bike!

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    That's easy for a spendy guy like me to justify.

    Just sell it when its time to go home and you'll have only spent about what it cost to ship the Mamba, without the hassle and potential damage. Then you get to experience the new-ness and joy of the Mamba all over again!

    Oh, and lets not forget that you're basically getting PAID $5 every time you ride that bike somewhere, so you can keep a mental tab of that...

    Also, MTB in Japan sounds really awesome.
    Last edited by rigid9; 04-04-2014 at 07:04 AM. Reason: More justification

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hittman2780 View Post
    LOL trader!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler21 View Post
    ...At first I was like and then I was like and now I'm like:...


    Yes, at $5 per ride it will be paid off in 3 months.

    -F
    It's never easier - you just go faster.

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    Marine?

    I live stateside, Fort Carson, and put roughly 600 in parts laying about into a commuter build to get me to and from work on nice days. I already saved it in gas, and its more fun than driving. Win-win.

    Go ride your bike.

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    Feel guilty about that Big Mac you ate, or the luxury car or house you bought but shouldn't have. Maybe even feel guilty about that expensive night on the town. But never...repeat...never feel guilty about a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler21 View Post
    At first I was like and then I was like and now I'm like:


    lmfao

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    Don't ride that bike to town and get all lubed up on Mojo. Those cabbies will make a speed bump out of you.

    Nice bike. Hell, we paid $600 for a car that had a toilet brush tied to the clutch cable. Cable was so short, you had to have someone sit in the back seat to work the clutch for you. OOH-RAH!!!!!!!

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    Never Ever EVER feel bad about a mtn bike purchase.

    "It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission."
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    Sorry, Tyler – we can't help you.

    You can, however, extinguish any guilt by doing this: Ride that bike until you break or wear out part. Smoke that chain first; burn up the tires and pads. Move on to warranty parts if you need to.

    Seriously, the only way guilt can or should linger is if you are not riding it. Or, if you've broken monogamy with your main ride.

    Cheers,

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    Some good motivation in this thread, thanks guys!

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    That thing pays for itself! After 135 quick cab rides you'd be left with nothing. Besides you only live once, so just enjoy it. Being stuck in a duty station with nothing to do stinks. Semper Fi.
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    Ride Brother RIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks For Your Service!!

    Don't forget to RIDE!!!!!!!!!
    Ride MORE = Live Longer
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    $25 a day for a cab x 2 years = $18,000
    $675 for a sweet new 29er = $675
    Ridin trails in FRICKIN JAPAN= PRICELESS!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltspd1 View Post
    Feel guilty about that Big Mac you ate, or the luxury car or house you bought but shouldn't have. Maybe even feel guilty about that expensive night on the town. But never...repeat...never feel guilty about a bike.
    This just made me feel better. It really is true. Riding a bike consistently is a win-win in so many ways.

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    Just think how you would feel if you were there and did not get to go mountain biking!

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    Total absolution!

    As queen of my universe and a legend in my own mind, I hereby grant you total, instant, complete absolution from guilt for any bike or bike related purchases (including, but not limited to: bikes, upgrades, maintenance, bike bling, bike-related gear and clothing) from now going forward throughout all time, and for any wife to be and all of your offspring and their off spring, cause you're going to love your wife, kids and grandkids and want to buy them bikes.
    Done.

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    I don't see anything to feel guilty about here

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    As queen of my universe and a legend in my own mind, I hereby grant you total, instant, complete absolution from guilt for any bike or bike related purchases (including, but not limited to: bikes, upgrades, maintenance, bike bling, bike-related gear and clothing) from now going forward throughout all time, and for any wife to be and all of your offspring and their off spring, cause you're going to love your wife, kids and grandkids and want to buy them bikes.
    Done.

    So many great responses on this thread and I hope you're feeling totally absolved from any guilt about your purchase from Her Majesty Queen June Bug!

    Now go ride that bike. Nothing like the freedom a bike gives you..... even if it's just commuting.
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    Tyler, all humans has only one obligation and target of their life - to be happy. So, enjoy your live, youth and passion. You will have awesome memories at senility. How do you think, will you still regret those 600 dollars when you will be old??? Live as you do not regret anything on your deathbed.

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    First, thanks for your service.
    Second, remember that joke about how a six-pack of beer is better than a woman because it doesn't care if you get a beer somewhere else? Bikes are the same way. PCS or TDY, being without your bike sucks (car or not) so don't be without your bike. If that means you buy two then you buy two. When you leave, you can find someone to give a good deal to on this bike then your purchase will make two bikers happy.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Bikes are like Mormon wives.

    It is ok to have many of them.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    In Okinawa I paid $500 for my Toyota Town Ace , and $30 a month for insurance. Something like that will get you to the riding and Scuba spots better than a bike.

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    Hey man don't feel bad. You gotta do what you gotta do. I'll take care of your Mamba and always be there for her.

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    Never feel bad about buying a bike. Feel guilty about NOT riding a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Bikes are like Mormon wives.

    It is ok to have many of them.
    Being from Utah, I completely agree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Flagg View Post
    Being from Utah, I completely agree!
    Same problem with both. Too much maintenance to make it worth the trouble to have more than two.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    Same problem with both. Too much maintenance to make it worth the trouble to have more than two.
    Well with bikes that isn't true because the more bikes you have the less maintenance you do per bike.

    If 1 bike = X maintenance
    Theoretically 2 bikes will = X/2, 3 bikes will = X/3, etc.

    The difference is you can only ride one bike at a time but with women....well, use your imagination.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    hooray for you, dude!

    1) you got to go to japan. there's a hell of a lot of us who would love to see japan but never will.

    2) you got to go to japan and the way you say it, got to do some mountain biking there.

    i got a high five for you outta california, my man!

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    Definitely haven't regretted it at all. Check out some of the stuff this bike has let me discover so far:




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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Well with bikes that isn't true because the more bikes you have the less maintenance you do per bike.

    If 1 bike = X maintenance
    Theoretically 2 bikes will = X/2, 3 bikes will = X/3, etc.

    The difference is you can only ride one bike at a time but with women....well, use your imagination.
    I'm going to non-concur with your first supposition because in addition to planned parts replacement due to wear, there is the natural weathering and aging issues that affect a bike regardless of miles ridden. So for bike 1 maintenance = worn parts + age/weather repairs + post ride maintenance. With more bikes its maintenance = worn parts/n + n*age/weather repairs + rides*post ride maintenance. Not exactly a 1-1 ratio, but I'm not riding 10 year old weather cracked tires, just because I only have 600-700 miles on them.
    The most expensive bike in the world is still cheaper than the cheapest open heart surgery.

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