Bicycle Mechanics - Fix this bike up, or buy new one?
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04-29-06, 11:50 PM
Lot of smart people in here, thought I ask your opinions...
I have this bike (http://eden.rutgers.edu/~schower/IMG_1124.JPG) that I've been riding for the past year, do any where from 5-15 miles a day, but... Pretty much the whole drive train is worn out or bent. The spindle has some pretty bad wear from the bearings, the spider or crank is bent, the axle in the rear wheel is slightly bent, and thanks to a crash last week, both front and back wheels are not even close to true anymore. But hey, I'm a big guy, so what can I expect.
I wanted to buy a new wheel set, a flip/flop in the rear with a fix and free, but then adding a new BB, crank set, chain, sprockets, tires, tubes, and I guess making a drop bracket for the calipers (27" -> 700), crap, thats a lot of money I'd spend on this bike I got for free.
Should I scrounge around for used parts on CL and Ebay, or say screw it and buy something like a Raleigh rush hour (lookin real good right about now)?
04-29-06, 11:54 PM
Its often more economical to buy something already pre-built. Acquiring all of the parts and assembling it yourself does generate inner satisfaction but does not save you any money.
04-30-06, 07:54 AM
I love watching the Barrett-Jackson collector auto auction on television. One of the observations that the commentators frequently make is that most of those beautiful hot rods sell for far less than what it would cost you to build it yourself. The same is generally true of upgrading and modifying bicycles.
The flip side of the coin is that, for people like me, redoing bikes is fun in itself and you get a bike that's set up exactly the way you want it. To me, that's worth the extra money.
it's a lovely bike. Keep it, put on some new wheels if they're original,
and you have a sweet bike. That way you can get your new style bike and
have a geared bike for distance riding.
04-30-06, 08:31 AM
One question: is the frame solid and adequately rust free? If your not sure, the next step is more clear, start with new.
Those old Fuji's were nice bikes but, truthfully, it will likely cost much more to upgrade and rebuild the bike than it would to start new. That is unless you are a good scrounger, have lots of time , good mechanical skills and don't consider the cost of your time part of the cost of the project. A well stocked spare parts box is also a plus.
Frequent visits to your LBS's, particularly old, well established ones, can turn up a lot of NOS or take off parts they are happy to sell for very low cost just to get them out of the shop. You may be able to get what you want at better than e-bay prices and see exactly what you are getting.
Final word: Buy new or plan to make a real project of this.
buy a new bike and then convert that one into a fixed gear or single speed.
04-30-06, 10:06 AM
I'd keep the frame...... save it for a winter project. Get a new bike. You deserve it.
04-30-06, 10:15 AM
The front and rear derailleurs, as well as the shifters, are missing on this bike. So, amongst the list of other stuff you want to upgrade, you'd have to replace these items as well.
04-30-06, 10:32 AM
It depends on your budget but doing 5-15miles a day a worth the investment of a new bike.
04-30-06, 11:30 AM
With the list of stuff that you have on the bike that is bent or worn out, you might want to look at the frame also. Is anything on it cracked or bent or broken. If the frame is shot, don't throw good money after bad.
By the way, even for a big guy (I'm one myself ;) ) you should learn how to be a bit more gentle on your bicycle. Oh, and level that saddle...Ouch!
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