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Old 12-01-08, 04:19 PM   #1
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When should I replace my bike?

Ok I have a 2005 M4 Specialized Disc Stumpjumper. I ride this bike 5 miles a day on the canal bank. And take it out to the mountain trails about twice a month. I just put about $300 dollars into getting it tuned and lubed, plus a new saddle and tires. so my question is when should I be looking to replace the bike or should I even have too?
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Old 12-01-08, 05:56 PM   #2
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When you can't find replacement parts or it's broken to the point where it would cost more to fix it than to replace it. It's a perfectly decent bike, ride it into the ground.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:05 PM   #3
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Why "replace" when you can simply "add". You want a new bike? Get another one.
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my bike has a blue strip on it. when it turns white, time to get another bike.
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Old 12-02-08, 08:06 AM   #5
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When the blue strip turns white, does it mean your bike is pregnant?
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When the blue strip turns white, does it mean your bike is pregnant?
I think he's got to pee on it first!

Seriously though, you've got a great bike for recreational and light trail riding. Keep up with the maintenance and it will last you for years. If you're itching for a new ride though, don't try to rationalize the cost of purchasing a new one. Just do it. Bikes are a money pit, not an investment.

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When you can't find replacement parts or it's broken to the point where it would cost more to fix it than to replace it. It's a perfectly decent bike, ride it into the ground.
concurrence.
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I was riding with my brother some years ago. We were standing at the top of a seriously steep descent contemplating the right line. A girl rides up to us, and glancing at my brother's canti brakes and rigid fork, says, "Hey, wow, you're like Retro-man."
She then effortlessly cleaned the descent and rode out of sight.
That was the moment.
You should have seen his face.

It was time for a new bike. The old one had been perfectly adequate until a moment earlier.

The bicycle industry plants riders like this girl in order to maintain growth.
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Old 12-02-08, 07:18 PM   #9
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My hardtail ride is the same bike that I bought in 1994- Parkpre Team 925, steel frame. I've taken good care of it and put many thousands of miles on it (less miles nowadays 'cause I also have a FS). There is absolutely no component on it that is original, with most stuff having been replaced multiple times. I'm actually on my second crankset (rings replaced many times), but only because there were grooves from my shoes wearing the sides of the crank arms. I love my steel Parkpre.
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