Anyone remember the old days riding a 10 speed for thousands of miles no flats, no broken chains no broken anything. Are the bikes and hardware getting cheaper or are there more worry warts out there now. Between my 2 - 10 speeds I went through and a few Stingrays which I think I pioneered Mountain Biking with in the 70's I never even had a flat. I used to swap out tires for different riding conditions and seasons. Chopped a few bikes. Stripped my bikes down to frame and painted them. Made a few single speed wheelie machines!! Brakeless of course. Riding in water, mud, crashes, this, that, no problems at all. Are the new road bike that fragile? I have a Trek 7100 Hybrid that I have been riding for a few years now and it's a tough bike. Do I need to worry about the fragility of the new road bike I am getting???