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Buy or rent

Postby transplant » July 5th, 2019, 1:06 pm

I’m looking at doing an event where my current bike is not ideal. I was looking at buying a used bike and then selling that slatted the event OR renting a bike for the event.

For renting, it is about $300/ week for a high end bike that is suited to the terrain. Alternatively I can purchase a similar used bike for - 2000, and then sell it after the event for $300 less and still be “even”. Any opinions on this that I may not be thinking of?
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby c0nsumer » July 5th, 2019, 2:07 pm

What kind of event / what is the bike? Is it something you'd want afterward?
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby DynoDon » July 5th, 2019, 3:45 pm

c0nsumer wrote:What kind of event / what is the bike? Is it something you'd want afterward?



Probably Marji Gesick 100, that is a good idea, who would want to ride your own expensive bike in that one..
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby c0nsumer » July 5th, 2019, 4:08 pm

DynoDon wrote:Probably Marji Gesick 100, that is a good idea, who would want to ride your own expensive bike in that one..


I have, and will be, riding my own expensive bike there. Probably best to ride something you know and are comfortable on.
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby transplant » July 5th, 2019, 5:27 pm

Yep! That is it!
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby c0nsumer » July 5th, 2019, 9:02 pm

transplant wrote:Yep! That is it!


I would definitely NOT rent a bike for it. That race requires you to really know your equipment. Something you've only had for less than a week is not that.

What kind of bike do you have now, and why do you think it's not suitable?

I've ridden most of those trails on a hard tail XC 29er.
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby bikerector » July 6th, 2019, 5:54 am

Many places you can rent from do not like you to race with them, so you will want to check on their rules for use.
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby b_b » July 6th, 2019, 12:40 pm

bikerector wrote:Many places you can rent from do not like you to race with them, so you will want to check on their rules for use.

Marji shouldn't be very hard on it. :mrgreen:
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby Critter7r » July 9th, 2019, 11:25 am

I wouldn't recommend riding a 100-mile, unsupported race with a bike that I wasn't intimately familiar with. Buy a bike now, ride it all summer, and disassemble and reassemble it and get familiar with how everything fits together and exactly what tools you need to fix anything that might break.
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby Leroi Brown » July 10th, 2019, 9:42 am

I would agree with discouraging the rental idea. Having ridden a good portion of the RAMBA trails, it's definitely technical, expert-level terrain that you do not want to ride on an unfamiliar bike, if possible. I rode it on a Specialized Epic and really didn't wish for more bike than I had.....maybe fatter tires perhaps....so the terrain is very rideable on an XC bike. It's not big air and and ripping downhill trail design.
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Re: Buy or rent

Postby transplant » July 11th, 2019, 3:43 pm

Thanks. New bike acquired!
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