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  1. #1
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    Evil Evil Bike Shop Dude

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    So I go to my local Specialized dealer today and ask to test ride a Specialized Toupe Saddle on the trainer because I know they are very fussy about returns and I wanted to be safe. So the guy rolls out a Specialized Dolce in my size and lets me toodle around the store with it - I buy the saddle and walk out the door, thinking.. "hmm that sure seemed like a fun little bike. - Eh, but I'm not into Aluminum.." and put it out of my mind.

    Fast forward 6 hours or so, I've ridden the Toupe about 10 miles on my 40lb Surly LHT and decide I need to try the 143mm size because the 155 is chafing me. So I schlep back to the Specialized dealer and ask to test ride the 143 saddle..

    Dude: "Sure! But didn't you say you didn't like Aluminum.. You need to try the Specialized Ruby Expert! Oh, let me take your ID and credit card so you can take it out on the road, you can't get a good feel for a saddle on a trainer.. there aren't bumps in the road on a trainer!" [Insert evil grin here]

    So he rolls out a friggin BEAUTIFUL black/hot pink Specialized Ruby expert in my size(that weighs less that 1 wheel on my LHT), pops the saddle on, and says "Have fun!"

    Oh geez, it fits like a glove... after 5 seconds on the bike I know the saddle is going to be the one, but I couldn't stop after just one ride around the block. 8 min later I pry myself off the bike and wheel it in the shop..

    Dude: "Did it work for you?"
    Me: "YES!"
    Dude: "The saddle or the bike?"
    Me: "YES!"
    Dude: "mwah hahahahahahahahahahahahaha"
    ME: "Ok, how much?"
    Dude: "about $2,000"

    Me: "sigh.................................. maybe in a few years......"

    Evil Evil Bike Shop Dude

  2. #2
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    That guy is genius!!!
    Kirsten
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    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  3. #3
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    That's exactly what happened to me! But I was put on the men's 2011 Synapse and now I have a built from scratch black and hot pink women's Synapse... SO much money, but SO worth it!

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
    Dude: "The saddle or the bike?"
    Me: "YES!"
    Dude: "mwah hahahahahahahahahahahahaha"
    That's the way it started for me too... I think the sales guy knew by the unstoppable grin on my face I liked the Ruby.

    I think they come from the drug trade.. The first hit is free

    Shannon
    Starbucks.. did someone say Starbucks?!?!
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom-zoom View Post
    That guy is genius!!!
    yes, he is!!!!
    Now you can't get the bike out of your mind. I'm surprised he didn't say: "you know, we have interest free financing or layaway if you're interested..."
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

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    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri Girl View Post
    yes, he is!!!!
    Now you can't get the bike out of your mind. I'm surprised he didn't say: "you know, we have interest free financing or layaway if you're interested..."
    Ha, that was what happened with my test ride on the Dolce. I said I'd wanted carbon, but they didn't have a Ruby in my size to test. "We can order it for you, and there are options for financing or layaway..."
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva


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  7. #7
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    Yep, the allure of financing or layaway is how I came to get my lovely Gunnar, and later, my Jamis...

    They know their stuff and how to hook bike lovers

  8. #8
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    The Koolaid has entered my bloodstream ;-)

    I fended him off by explaining that we are buying a house and the closing date is in 2 weeks. His grin changed to a mere smile and he said: "Oh, congradulations" [notice the lack of explanation point]

    Now I just have to keep reminding MYSELF of that!

  9. #9
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    I haven't bought a house in 10 years, so correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't a new bike be a perfect accessory to that new garage of yours?


    hee hee

    I'm trigirl- I'm an enabler... bwa ha ha
    Check out my running blog: www.turtlepacing.blogspot.com

    Cervelo P2C (tri bike)
    Bianchi Eros (commuter/touring road bike)

    1983 Motobecane mixte (commuter/errand bike)
    Cannondale F5 mountain bike

  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri Girl View Post
    I'm trigirl- I'm an enabler... bwa ha ha
    This is TE...where we're ALL enablers! *evil*
    Kirsten
    run/bike log
    zoomylicious


    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  11. #11
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    It has a lovely 2-car garage which my DH and I agree will only be used for 1 car + the 11 bikes we have in the family now!

    But none of them are Carbon.....mmmmmmm.... Carbon....

    No! I must resist the collective force of you enablers manifesting a beautiful new Specialized Ruby in my Garage!

    Carbon.......mmmmmmmmm.. Carbon
    Last edited by Scrappy; 06-13-2011 at 07:37 PM.

  12. #12
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    Those evil bike store guys. I casually asked how much a full carbon road bike might set me back, with 105 componentry. Ended up spending around NZ$1000 more than the first bike I looked at after I got shown a sexy sexy Giant with full Ultegra. Still love her though and don't regret buying her at all! Nothing like coming home with a grin on my face thinking "I love my bike".

  13. #13
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    Carbon is really sweet. I don't even care much about how light or stiff it might be over other materials. What I love is how it makes chip-sealed roads almost pleasant. Since that's what 80+% of our roads are...I *heart* me some carbon.
    Kirsten
    run/bike log
    zoomylicious


    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  14. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy View Post
    The Koolaid has entered my bloodstream ;-)

    I fended him off by explaining that we are buying a house and the closing date is in 2 weeks. His grin changed to a mere smile and he said: "Oh, congradulations" [notice the lack of explanation point]

    Now I just have to keep reminding MYSELF of that!
    I think I squeaked..."student loans...!" He laughed.
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
    http://wholecog.wordpress.com/

    2009 Giant Avail 3 |Specialized Jett 143

    2013 Charge Filter Apex| Specialized Jett 143
    1996(?) Giant Iguana 630|Specialized Riva


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  15. #15
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    To add to the enablers - You know, you mentioned having 11 bikes. Is there maybe one or two you might be interested in selling to offset the cost of a pretty new carbon bike?? Just a thought.
    Savra

    2006 Specialized Dolce Elite/Specialized Stock Saddle
    2011 Surly LHT/Brooks S Flyer

 

 

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