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Old 07-17-09, 07:05 PM   #1
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Bought my first bike now what?

Ok so I just bought my first bike about a month ago. Don't laugh its a republicbike.com bike. At the time I bought it I thought it was a good deal. Now that I have looked around I have found plenty other great bikes near the same price range and kinda wishing I had done something else. What would of you guys recommended?

Anyway, now that I have this bike what parts should I look at getting first to make this bike worth while? Any ideas would be great thanks!
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Old 07-17-09, 07:07 PM   #2
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Just ride it.

If it isn't holding you back (like too heavy for your hour-record attempt), just ride. Upgrading when stuff breaks, which it probably won't if you can do basic maint.
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Old 07-17-09, 07:09 PM   #3
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sell it on craigslist for more than you bought it for and then buy a kilo.
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Old 07-17-09, 07:12 PM   #4
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or just ride it

lube it if it moves
tighten it if doesn't

you will go a long way in life like that
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Old 07-17-09, 07:25 PM   #5
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better anwsers than I expected really. thought i was going to get trashed. can't wait to talk more.
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Old 07-17-09, 07:26 PM   #6
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....on second thought, sell it and get a pista, then when you realize that a pista isn't as cool as a used Nagasawa from japan, sell the pista and spend a year building up a pure NJS bike (minus riser bars and ourys, of course). Finally now that you can ride in style, you will realize that you can't just lock it up outside the pub/coffee house/train station for fear of theft and/or dings/scratches, so you buy another republic bike for an everyday rider.
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Old 07-17-09, 07:38 PM   #7
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Anyway, now that I have this bike what parts should I look at getting first to make this bike worth while?
making a bike worthwhile is more about what you put into it and what it gives you back. Any bike, even a thrashed old 70s schwinn can be worthwhile.

what do you want out of the bike? is it not doing something you were hoping for? Is some aspect uncomfortable? If not, then keep riding it until **** breaks, then think about replacing stuff.

More important than anything is to ride it (and keep it well lubed).
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....on second thought, sell it and get a pista, then when you realize that a pista isn't as cool as a used Nagasawa from japan, sell the pista and spend a year building up a pure NJS bike (minus riser bars and ourys, of course). Finally now that you can ride in style, you will realize that you can't just lock it up outside the pub/coffee house/train station for fear of theft and/or dings/scratches, so you buy another republic bike for an everyday rider.
i found myself doing this and slapped my own face to get out of it. Then I realized that I couldn't stop drooling at the cinelli x mash frame...**** NJS I WANT ITALIAN
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Old 07-19-09, 04:24 AM   #10
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This makes me lose faith in humanity.

Just bought a bike? Ride it.
Just bought a car? Drive it.
Just bought a book? Read it.

It's like people are more interested in OWNING the bike then actually USING it.
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Old 07-19-09, 05:29 AM   #11
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Don't waste your time or money upgrading that bike. Just ride it and fix/replace things as needed.
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Old 07-19-09, 07:08 AM   #12
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There's nothing wrong with Republic Bikes for what 90% of people are using FG/SS bikes for. Yeah they're heavy... so what? Yeah the components are no-name... so what?

Ride it. Don't wish you had a Kilo instead. You don't need one.
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lube it if it moves
tighten it if doesn't
Priceless!
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Old 07-19-09, 09:07 AM   #14
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go to mad alleycatz bro
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This makes me lose faith in humanity.

Just bought a bike? Ride it.
Just bought a car? Drive it.
Just bought a book? Read it.

It's like people are more interested in OWNING the bike then actually USING it.
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