Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Logan, UT
Bikes: one bike for every day of the week
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Originally Posted by sknhgy
The bearings got repacked afterwards.
That's a good thing. I got a buddy from work who loves to ford streams and who never bothered to get anything repacked. Guess who's stuck rebuilding the bike from the ground up. He can dis me for walking my bike across if he wants but I won't submerge bearings unless I'm on the old bomber.
It sounds like you've gotten your money's worth out of the bike. I'd say you could certainly justify something better but wear and tear is always going to be an issue. About the only moving part I haven't managed to break or wear out over the last 10 years is an XT square taper bottom bracket.
On the light, durable, cheap,... choose any two front I've always made durability the #1 concern. Even then, I have to budget about 10 cents per mile for maintenance on the mountain bikes, a little less for the road race bike, and about half that for the two commuter bikes. For me that adds up to about $350 per year.
The thing is, you don't mind spending that much maintaining a nicer bike. It's a drag for a cheaper one. There's always a point where durability starts going back down but I get ten thousand miles out of a good bottom bracket and only four thousand out of an inexpensive one. Superlight racing components don't seem to last as long as the solid not quite top of the line stuff either. That means, given my mileage, $50 bottom brackets don't cost me any more than the cheapies in the long run but the race specific ones do. I guess this is why I'm a Ultegra/XT guy and not an Sora/Alivio or Dura-Ace/XTR sorta guy.
I'd say milk it until the next big thing comes up for rebuild or replacement, then get yourself something in the 50 cents per annual road mile plus $1 per annual mountain mile range.