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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
    >>>The last time I was in there, I asked for a new chain and the manager tried to sell me a whole new drivetrain.<<<<

    Typically, when you replace a chain, it's a good idea to replace the cassette on your rear wheel, too. I don't think the bike shop was trying to rip you off, necessarily. It's just kind of standard to suggest that to a customer who comes in for a chain replacement.
    Really? This is totally off topic but you've sucked me in. What is the possible risk that justifies this massive expense? I really don't see the return on investment. I don't see this as anything but a LBS taking advantage of a customer.
    I'm looking for a 1985 Trek 520 Sirrus. I worked the entire summer of 1986 to buy the Sirrus and my sister stole it when I joined the Navy

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastbay71 View Post
    Really? This is totally off topic but you've sucked me in. What is the possible risk that justifies this massive expense? I really don't see the return on investment. I don't see this as anything but a LBS taking advantage of a customer.
    I guess this is a "new bike" thing . . .
    On an old ten speed, with just 5, big thick cogs on the back, the chain and cluster might last for decades. I know Ive gotten bikes off craigslist that still have what Im sure are the original cogs and chain, but they last a long time.
    On new bikes, with insane number of back cogs, 7-10(?!?!?) Everything is real thin and flimsy and the chain needs to bend in weird ways to reach certain cogs.
    I got my first post-1986 geared bike ever the other day, a Trek 1000, and am surprised at the drive system. I can now see why a dealer would say that(changing chains and cogs) and think there might be some validity to it

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    I guess I can see the validity in that. Perhaps the bike shop could try just changing the chain to see if it can be done without degrading the ride. If the chain ends up skipping or whatever then I would look at replacing the rest of the drivetrain.
    I'm looking for a 1985 Trek 520 Sirrus. I worked the entire summer of 1986 to buy the Sirrus and my sister stole it when I joined the Navy

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    I cut the old tubes up and use the material to protect stuff. For instance, between the bike lite mount and handlebars. And underneath my toolbox on my pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
    I cut the old tubes up and use the material to protect stuff. For instance, between the bike lite mount and handlebars. And underneath my toolbox on my pickup.
    ^^^There you go^^^ I use them to shim, quiet, absorb vibration and protect all sorts of things.

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    I use old tubes aswell. I used to use them along with duct tape and thought they worked well in Minnesota. I'm thinking maybe luck was on my side. I don't know. After moving to Colorado, I've never had some many flats in my life. I doubt extra tubes will help. I do like the old seat belt suggestion which got me thinking about guitar straps. Wally world used to sell guitar related items and I think nylon straps for $4-5? This might be worth looking into.

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