Wednesday, June 11 2008, 12:00 AM
Bottomless CL Day!
Sick deals back to back all day long.
Yeah, the heat & humidity's been unreal. Ugggh. I hear ya on the rationalization/ derationalization curve. And I envy you when you say "simpler to buy it and decide after." That's where my problem lives. I'm about the least motivated (potential) reseller, unfortunately... I say I'll get around to it soon, but it gets out of hand- boxes full of stuff that should've been returned. Pressure. Boxes piling up. Stress. Boxes. Avoidance.
Wow. Sorry 'bout that. Don't know where that came from. Ha! You must be excited! Big purchase. Like I said in the beginning, that looks to be the sweetest deal on a trainer that good (by all accounts) that I could find. The hip rocking thing is likely a bike fit issue, though. Should be a relatively simple adjustment- maybe as simple as saddle height. Congratulations! You didn't mention which one you got!
It's been like 95 degrees + 95% humidity on the east coast here lately. Add in the propensity for late afternoon thunderstorms - and that does cut into my riding time after work. When I start sweating after 5 mins in the yard to water the plants... erm. Riding up & down hills is not always something I can motivate myself to do.
According to my usual riding partner, my hips do rock back and forth when I'm riding. So I was going to possibly use rollers to work on that - but this way I can use the trainer + rollers to work on it (when I'm riding a bike, I'm just trying to get up the next freaking hill, not trying to keep my hips from rocking).
So I figured I'd try it out - if I can get myself on it in the evening or in the early morning for a bit watching the news or something, it might train me up a bit.
And at that discount - it's not like I can't sell it to someone else on craigslist or so and get my money back.
So in otherwards - I completely derationalized the purchase, and then completely rationalized it.
So I figured it was simpler to buy it and decide after I used it.
Sorry. Premature, there. Waddaya mean you bought it? You said you weren't buying it! Which one'd you buy? I'm EST, so I've got 2 hrs still, but whaddabout what analogbomb said, I mean that kinda knocked me off the fence on top of the hesitation which seemed inherent in your tone.
Left... so did you buy it?
'cause I caved and bought it. Figured I'd try it out.
Hard to believe it has been a week and I have yet to find one thing on here to buy. I have seen this jersey four times now. The one thing I could have purchased has not been repeated, despite several posts and e-mails begging. How about the Oakley Ridgeline? C'mon, I dare ya! ;-)
Katriona: Those are excellent points you're making. Really, you're making a lot of sense. This is definitely helping. I guess I've been caught up in thinking 'If I'm gonna want one of those at some point, this is the deal.' I guess that's why it's bothering me... because... Analogbomb just nailed it for me. With precision and clarity. Not to mention understated eloquence (no offense A-bomb). What you said sounds like wisdom of the profound variety to me. I don't want one of those things either! I've never wanted one of those things. I've just felt like I'm supposed to have one, or failing that, that I'm at least supposed to want one. It's not like there's not enough I know for sure I want. What I definitely do not want or need is one more thing conspiring to take the fun and joy out of riding. Damn I feel better.
Thanks Analogbomb :)
I prefer to ride in 15 degree weather than use my trainer. I hate the damn things and unless theres enough ice on the ground to guarantee that I'll smash my face into the pavement, I ride outside. They just suck all the fun and joy out of riding.
I keep thinking maybe I should just go outside and ride my bike insteaad of paying $250-312 for one of these things.
The other thing is - if you want to get the leaning, etc, you could just use a set of rollers.
Of course, I've bought like a shitty eliptical trainer for $370 before - so I imagine my nice road bike & this is a better value.
I'm not sure if I'm loking for an enabling co- conspirator, or a comiserating sponsor to talk me down. Tell me what you think. Gotta admit, though-this is a high value/quality deal @ the Super-Clearance Sale. Yeah, it's a big- ticket item. It's got me edgy.
You know, on second look, Cozybeehive is the place to go first. I didn't realize you can link to the Cyclingnews review AND the Interbike vid straight from there. One-stop shopping. If I had looked more closely at that again, instead of fumbling thru stored search results, I guess I could've saved us both some time. My bad! I should've done better recon, before passing it on.
I figured it was kind of silly to rehash the selling points, when it's bound to be more informative to watch a 3 min. Interbike vid on Youtube, read an quick independent overview/ appraisal of the products merits @ Cozybeehive(DON"T FORGET TO LINK THRU COZYBEEHIVE TO THE COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW @ CYCLINGNEWS), browse the manufactures products and sales pitch @ their site, then if you're still interested, sift thru the owner reviews @ roadbikerview. Hey let me know what you think. In any case, I hope those sources help answer your questions.
Left. Don't talk me into super expensive trainers.
Thanks Left - For quoting me & for all the links. I'm sorting through them now.
It's not a jest. We have friends from the UK who load up on dive gear and other items when they're here visiting, since they pay almost double for a lot of gear over there.
Soon ,Eastern European businessmen will be coming here to find inexpensive American brides.
Disclaimer: This is purely in jest. The views and or opinions expressed herein in no way reflect the views and or opinions of- er, well...me.
"With no sleevies, where do you put your armies?"
Central Europe. The Europeans are getting restless. Oh yes indeed, they have Gear Discounters, Cycling Discount Outlets- all that- in France, and Italy, and Spain, and all over. You don't know about 'em because you can't afford to shop there. Been on Ebay lately? Seems like every time I bid on something, some guy in Gemany is laughing hysterically (ok maybe I'm just imagining he's laughing) as he triples the current bid. "Why is everything so cheap in America? It's practically free! How do you like the puny American Dollar now? Enjoy your buying power? Say hello to my Deutschmark!" Enough already! And thanks again, Fritz. Oh you wanted all of those? Okay.
My impression is The Japanese have a more difficult time of it, here- maybe it's the language, but more likely, it's the shipping, tariffs, whatever. In any case, it's just the Aussies, so far. And they've apparently been thwarted by exorbitant shipping rates, and anyway the AU Dollar is apparently in the same leaky boat as the US Dollar- tossed about on the turbulent seas of The World Market.
I'll say this- The British are coming! They're shrewd and ruthless and they stop at nothing. "De Rosa? US$2500???" BAM! BAM! BAM! Lights out. Once they smell blood, and they tell their riding buddies- forget about it! Oh, they're coming, mark my words.
Worst of all, now the Canadians (can you believe it?) are gettin in on the fun, kickin' the US Dollar while it's down! Can you say Pay-back? I remember the last time I went to Whistler, BC, let's just say, time was my Canadian Friends were more than eager for a taste of the US Dollar. And the foreign exchange rate was DEF on my side!They'd come right up to you in The Village, just to sell you stuff. And useful stuff, too- stuff you could use right there on the spot, if you had the nerve. Enjoy your stay in Canada. Just remember to tip the Hotel Concierge when you check out at the end of the week! Talk about Kind BC Buddies! Now even they have the drop on us, although looking back, I guess we shoulda seen that one coming. Yipes, we're surrounded! Circle the wagons!
when you put something in your cart, that item can still be sold out from under you. The only way you can combine items is if that item does not sell out. Does that help?
That's weird; you must have entered the twilight zone... Actually, this site is a different kind of animal than what you're used to dealing with. This is pressure buying. If you don't buy something as fast as you can, chances are that it will be gone. You can't save up during the day and pay later; items are only available until... well, they're not available anymore. You can sometimes keep something in your cart for a little while, and if it doesn't sell out, you may be able to buy it later, but you're taking your chances. The deals come at the price of impulse! Welcome to the new world. Have you checked out steepandcheap.com yet?
I keep loading up my cart, waiting until the end of the day to place an order...and walla - cart is empty. Is there a particular time of day that the deals expire from your cart? That seems like something that should be in the FAQ, and yet...not so much. Any guidance would be appreciated.