Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Portland, Maine USA
Bikes: Trek 850 Antelope
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I would keep the "old" bike in good condition and use it as a back-up when the "new" one was in the shop.
Otherwise, I'd keep it for other uses.
For instance, I was given a new 21-speed Trek 850 Antelope in 1990. It primarily replaced my "old" Specialized 15-speed Alpino Uno, a much heavier mountain bike which I purchased in 1985. I used the 15-speed when the Antelope wasn't in the shop and for serious off-road biking that the 21-speed couldn't handle.
Unfortunately, the Alpino Uno reached trail's end after completing its last ride on a washed-out abandoned railroad bed in Franklin County, ME. The Antelope 850 I still have and continue to ride after 18 years of use.
If it isn't broken and/or can be repaired, keep using it.
Last edited by powerhouse; 04-29-08 at 04:04 PM.