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Old 06-17-09, 09:08 PM   #1
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When do you say good bye to your frame/bike?

Just wondering when most of you decide to get another bike? Im having too many issues with this bike (frame is really flexy, I need to change out the entire drivetrain/bb, stem etc) as of late Im thinking when I move to philly in a couple months Im going to invest in a new one. This IRO is really old and Im having way too many problems. With all the cost that I could be putting into it to fix and upgrade everything, Im thinking I should just save up for a new one. When do you guys call it quits
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Old 06-17-09, 09:10 PM   #2
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Just wondering when most of you decide to get another bike? Im having too many issues with this bike (frame is really flexy, I need to change out the entire drivetrain/bb, stem etc) as of late Im thinking when I move to philly in a couple months Im going to invest in a new one. This IRO is really old and Im having way too many problems. With all the cost that I could be putting into it to fix and upgrade everything, Im thinking I should just save up for a new one. When do you guys call it quits
eh it depends. If it has sentimental value, then I would keep it longer. I built up a conversion and then sold it 3 months later b/c I got a really good deal on another bike and (on the same day) someone offered to buy the conversion for a good price, so it seemed like a good move to make. If you aren't attached to it (which you don't seem to be) then get rid of it. Why not?

Some people have a bad habit of CONSTANTLY selling/buying bikes, and I think you can take it too far, but it doesn't seem like that's the case. Especially on an IRO (no offense, just not a very unique or amazing frame), I probably wouldn't hesitate to sell. The two bikes I have now I probably won't sell for a long time unless something happens, though.
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Yeah I agree, Im just having too many frustrations, and im constantly trying everything to make it work out but its just not. Several people who have ridden my bike have said its flexing a lot (how does this happen, with normal wear and tear?), so that could be a reason why im having problems, I dont really know for sure. Either way, i'd enjoy riding my bike more if I wasnt so irritated, seems like getting a new bike is a better investment than upgrading everything on a pretty beat up/old IRO Angus.

I do like the IRO frame a lot, hence why ive been holding on to it, I might just get another frame from them but...we'll see.
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no, bikes do not become significantly more flexy over time (to the best of my knowledge). I don't know, maybe your stem or bars or cranks are low quality?
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Old 06-17-09, 10:57 PM   #5
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I usually go for a new bike when i get sick of my old one or fall in love with a new one. Sometimes I just start a project. I also keep two bikes.

I actually am just starting making my first fixed a few days ago. Got a nice old appollo frame to build up. Should be a fun summer project I think.
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I don't get rid of entire bikes because I build my own stuff. I just upgrade or swap out stuff.

Sounds like you aren't pinpointing exactly what is the problem with your bike. I'd personally figure out what exactly is flexing and not giving you the ride quality you are looking for, and then fix it.

But some people are not as mechanically inclined as others.

Also, I have an IRO angus. It's not flexy at all. The frame isn't going to get more flexy unless it gets dented or fails in some other way. If the frame is busted like that, IRO has a really nice frame replacement policy where they will send you a new one for half price.

So.....If you like the frame, I don't know why you would be looking for a new bike. Figure out what is wrong, and fix it.

My guess is stem, bars.....And the major BB problem you seemed to be having in your other thread.
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I don't get rid of entire bikes because I build my own stuff. I just upgrade or swap out stuff.

Sounds like you aren't pinpointing exactly what is the problem with your bike. I'd personally figure out what exactly is flexing and not giving you the ride quality you are looking for, and then fix it.

But some people are not as mechanically inclined as others.

Also, I have an IRO angus. It's not flexy at all. The frame isn't going to get more flexy unless it gets dented or fails in some other way. If the frame is busted like that, IRO has a really nice frame replacement policy where they will send you a new one for half price.

So.....If you like the frame, I don't know why you would be looking for a new bike. Figure out what is wrong, and fix it.

My guess is stem, bars.....And the major BB problem you seemed to be having in your other thread.
Thanks for this, i actually forgot about IROs replacement policy. I will have to check into that tommorow
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Just out of curiosity, how old is your Angus?
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? Some people have a bad habit of CONSTANTLY selling/buying bikes, and I think you can take it too far, but .
You say a "bad" habit. It's not like I am smoking crack. It can go too far but I am always looking for a deal on something. If I find one I buy it and try it out. If it's better than what I have I keep it, if not I sell it and break even or make a little to fund my "habit".
It kind of like renting a different bike for awhile but without paying.
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youre flexing that bottom bracket? its time for aluminum or carbon!
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I have a Trek conversion, either made of 501 or 531. Either way the tubes are real thin and light but the frame feels considerably slower. I have ridden other bikes whether they're a friends off the shelf, road, aluminum, steel, titanium and they all feel faster than mine.

I never quite figured out what people meant by flexy but my conversion does have that supple feel to it compared to my track bike, maybe that's it. I've been riding ~75gi on the Trek since forever but riding making the jump to ~81gi on my track and I'm going faster, climbing easier and just overall exerting less effort. Now I'm on ~81gi on the Trek and it feels really sluggish.

Perhaps it makes you faster but if you can feel enough difference to want to spend, then I think it's time. My track bike is by all means a superior machine but not enough to justify the huge price gap.
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Thanks for this, i actually forgot about IROs replacement policy. I will have to check into that tommorow
Most likely there is nothing wrong with your frame. Why would you even consider bothering Tony? He offers a crash replacement -- not a user-error replacement.

Sounds like you have poor components and shoddy installation/maintenance of these components.
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Old 06-18-09, 01:10 AM   #13
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If its not workin out for you, you should get a new one.. but In my case id buy a new one and keep that as a beater.

Hey johan, im from vic too. we should cruise sometime.
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Old 06-18-09, 09:39 AM   #14
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when do I get rid of frames?

-when it's damaged beyond repair.
-when it doesn't fit well.

other than those 2 reason, i'll just ride stuff into the ground.
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Old 06-18-09, 04:20 PM   #15
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I get rid of mine when I see one like it up on FixedGearGallery !
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