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Old 06-08-05, 06:13 AM   #1
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Now I know why

It is sometimes worthwhile to spend some $$$ on a decent bike.

I just got back on my bike after being off for about 2 weeks (bad weather/vacation). Last night as I am cranking along I notice more and more vibration in the peddles. Just standard pedals on this cheap $200 GT. I can hear a slight grinding in the cranks. This bike is only 9 weeks old!

So now a question for you wise folks.

Does it make sense to try and replace the stock crank set (I assume that this includes the hub/bearings/etc.) with something higher in quality, on a cheap bike? This bike is a comfort bike (hardtail/front suspension) and I intend to buy another set of rims to be used for trail riding (currently only use it for road).

I know I went cheap because I was a bit timid about getting into bike riding, but now I am addicted and want more quality and performance.

I guess my dilemma goes further in that I have been thinking of buying an actual road bike, and leaving this cheapo bike just for trails.

Thoughts/comments appreciated.
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Old 06-08-05, 06:46 AM   #2
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Sounds like the BB needs some needs some lube, not replaced. My MTB was grinding pretty bad, had it done and it's as good as new. I did exactly what you’re thinking of doing last year in getting a road bike. I love having the 2 different bikes, gives you a change of pace which I find refreshing.
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Old 06-08-05, 06:48 AM   #3
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I tend to agree with that thought (pruchase a road bike) since I really do not want to try and put high end components in a low end bike. As for the lube, yea, I have not lubed it in awhile. Perhaps that is the needed correction here. "Tonight, we lube!"
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