Anyway people ask me about advice when they want to buy a bike and I try to help them since it's fun and one can always use another training partner.
Recently I've been aproached by two friends who were going to buy a road bike. They said what they wanted to pay (both were the same pricerange around 700€) and I told them to look for second hand bikes since the new ones under 1200€ or so are pretty bad and you can get really nice used bikes if you take your time and look around.
So I spent hours talking to them, showing sites and bikes that seemed ok so they would not get ripped off. I also told them what component groups they should look for and all about that jungle.
A week after I helped the first friend he tells me that he just bough a brand new bike that was pretty much shit on wheels 1,5kg heavier than acceptable and exactly what I told him not to buy.
Two weeks later the other friend that I've been talking about bikes with for over a year (I guess that "recently" as I put above was not that correct but meh) goes out and buy the exact same bike.
I dont know what I did wrong, I spent hours giving advice based on all mistakes I've made myself and everything I have learned these 15years and they just did the exact opposite. When it comes to friend #2 I think her mother is somehow involved in her bad decisionmaking since she was about to buy a computer a while ago. I told her to tell me when she was going to buy it and I'll ask some friends what she should get. Pretty much the same as asking me about bikes, I aske friends that know more than me what hardware to get. Well all of a sudden she went out with her mother, bought a really bad computer, almost instantly realised that it indeed sucked and that she'd have to buy a new one.
Her mother payed for some of the bike and it was a really quick thing.
As a bonus to the story I have good connections with the local dealers one of them selling that exact brand they choosed. So if they had asked me I could get a discount on the bikes since they know me and I just got them two more customers. I might add that these friends dont live in the same city as I do.
Anyway I just had to get this out since it just annoyed me so much. Putting time and effort trying to help someone and then they do the exact thing I told them not to do.
Anyone have any input how to become more trustworthy or should I just tell the next person to fuck off when they ask me for advice?