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Old 11-30-06, 01:28 AM   #1
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Fix or junk

Ok here is the deal.i wrote a thread about this earlier but i dont see it anywhere now.


Ok I bought a schwinn here in Japan about 2 months ago. Its been great and Ive had a lot of un. I really thought about bringing it hope cause its basically free. Well now there is some trouble with it. The front rim is no longer true cause i got in a small accident and i dont know how but the rear tire now has this bubble on it. On the tan part of the tire it looks like it is ripping and its obviously a problem. I assume a new rim and a new tire or two new rims and one new tire are gonna cost me 100$ or more. The bike only cost me 100$ so i dont know if its worth it. I figure the bike is worth a lot more the what i bought it for here but in the US its not worth much. Officialy its a schwinn traveler from about 12 years ago and besides the tire it seems like its in great shape. I think i can sell it back for about 80 with the dmg.

Should i sell it and buy a bike when I get back..or bring it back and fix it up?

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Old 11-30-06, 01:51 AM   #2
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New tire = $10-$20.

If the front rim really is out of true don't bother replacing the rim. You can buy a decent whole new front wheel for around $40.

post a picture of your bike if you can.
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http://www.fdassault.com/users/kp/Bike1.JPG this is pre dmg...I can take a pic of the dmg tonight
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Gee... put a new rear tire and tube on and get the front rim trued... or replace the whole wheel. Should be able to do it for less than $75
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If it costs nothing to bring it back, then bring it back.

If I put a limit on what to spend for repairs based on what I paid for a bike, I wouldn't have a hobby.

Don't make decisions based on sunk costs. The question should be, "Would I get more value by spending $100 to repair this bike, or spending the money on another bike?"

I don't know the specific model, but if it is a cromo frame, and if whatever damaged the wheel didn't damage the frame or fork, I think it is worth replacing a wheel...

As for the tire, replace them both if needed. View them as any other consumables, they are part of the cost of cycling, regardless of the cost of the bike.

If the cost of a tire is the determining factor on whether to keep the bike, I think it should only matter if you don't really like the bike, and in that case you should find something you like.
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If it costs nothing to bring it back, then bring it back.

If I put a limit on what to spend for repairs based on what I paid for a bike, I wouldn't have a hobby.

Don't make decisions based on sunk costs. The question should be, "Would I get more value by spending $100 to repair this bike, or spending the money on another bike?"

I don't know the specific model, but if it is a cromo frame, and if whatever damaged the wheel didn't damage the frame or fork, I think it is worth replacing a wheel...

As for the tire, replace them both if needed. View them as any other consumables, they are part of the cost of cycling, regardless of the cost of the bike.

If the cost of a tire is the determining factor on whether to keep the bike, I think it should only matter if you don't really like the bike, and in that case you should find something you like.


wow that was a good post. I know it makes sense to bring it back if it is free but i was just thinking that if i sell it back here for 100 bucks i can use that pluse the 75-100 bucks i would need to fix it to get a better overall bike...dunno if that works too well tho.
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