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how many miles recommended for steel frames?

Old 12-17-14, 03:21 PM
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how many miles recommended for steel frames?

This was mentioned in another thread, but never really got answered... how many miles can be put behind a steel cruiser frame, realistically? Reason i ask is I love my cruiser, and don't mind replacing parts on it. Already have 2800 miles behind it. (Just had the rear hub replaced and all of the bearings regreased @ my lbs.) When should i worry about frame integrity? Do the welds deteriorate after long miles? I'm not particularly hard on the bike, always looking for the smoothest rt.
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Old 12-17-14, 03:29 PM
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Check back after a major accident.

Or throwing in the fire pit or kiln.

Or leaving in the rain and woods for five years.

In my opinion unless you are overly brutalizing the bike it will likely last for decades.

Others may have better ideas.
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I got my 3G used, no idea what year it is or how many miles it had on it, but I've put almost 10,000 miles on it in the last 3 years so I was curious as well. Thinking decades as joeyduck commented but was just curious what others have experienced. Picked up a 1966 Schwinn tandem a year ago and it's solid so decades in some cases but not sure if bikes today are built as well.
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It'll last basically forever. As long as it's not rusting out, or involved in a crash as mentioned before, it'll be fine. There are Tons of old steel bikes from decades ago still riding around just fine today, with Many more miles on them than you have. I'm kinda surprised you had to replace a hub at 2,800mi. Poorly adjusted bearings or water in the bearing race?
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
It'll last basically forever. As long as it's not rusting out, or involved in a crash as mentioned before, it'll be fine. There are Tons of old steel bikes from decades ago still riding around just fine today, with Many more miles on them than you have. I'm kinda surprised you had to replace a hub at 2,800mi. Poorly adjusted bearings or water in the bearing race?
THIS ^. Other than mis-treatment, impact, or rust, a proper steel frame simply does not wear out. Better, lighter, more aerodynamic ones may come along (OK, WILL come along), and components will wear out, but an older, not rusted, not crashed steel frame will remain as functional as it was when it was new.
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34 years old and it never crossed my mind.

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If not abused probably your great grandchildren will be riding it off into the sunset.
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Ok thanks, good to know.

The reason i had the rear hub replaced is because it was grinding and not engaging well (skipped like a mountain bike with a stretched chain)
I had them save the hub so i could tinker with it. When i opened it up there was still plenty of grease, and the parts didn't look too worn. However, i found a piece of metal in the grease that i can't seem to track where it came from. I think it may have been why the hub felt like it was grinding, and i don't have a clue if it was why it was skipping
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Sounds more like a free hub body not the whole hub.
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This bike is 43 years old and has over 35,000 documented miles on it, along with many more undocumented. It has not been babied either. It has been ridden in every kind of weather, parked outside in snow, rain and sun. It is still being ridden, though not at the usage level it was when it was my only form of transportation.

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