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.
Colnago Master XL, Bianchi Via Nirone 7, Marinoni Fango
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.
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!"