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  • @[email protected]
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    112 months ago

    I bought a budget Giant for around $800. I also have a Gravity bike that cost $300. The Gravity is a better bike. Even their budget bikes are overpriced.

    • @[email protected]
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      62 months ago

      I bought a Cube in 2020. I’ve just checked: the equivalent 2024 model, with pretty much identical components, (but a full 3% lighter!!) is exactly 60% more expensive.

      Yeah, pass. I can wait another 5 years without a new one.

      • @[email protected]
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        32 months ago

        I bought my Giant Warp DS2 in 2004. I still have it. There it shall remain.

        There isn’t a damn thing wrong with it (and it’s motorized now). 26" wheels were good enough for our forefathers, so they’re good enough for me.

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    22 months ago

    I do not fathom people who drop more than 300 bucks on a manual bicycle, you can go to many stores and walk out with an absolutely fine bike for that price, and if you are willing to spend more you can get an e-bike, which is one of the best vehicles ever invented.

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      2 months ago

      I still like my more expensive carbon road bike and still happy with my purchase although it mostly collects dust now since most of my riding lately has been commutes by ebike because its too far and hot this time of year for an acoustic bike. Before I got the ebike, I did occasionally make the commute on my road bike, but I’d have to get there at least an hour early to cool off, clean up, etc. No way I’d ever consider doing that ride to work on my cheap aluminum hybrid: it would take too long and I’d be too tired to do my job.

      Ebikes were still in their infancy when I got my road bike (and the equivalent to my road bike costs like twice as much as I paid now). Would have cost much more. But I didn’t purchase my road bike for commuting: I already had my hybrid then and my commute was so short that it was faster than a car without traffic. It was for the hobby.