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Old 09-09-04, 06:12 AM   #1
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Refurbish my OLD bike, or ride NEW?

I have a little dilemma and so since I am new to this wonderful forum, I decided that I would see what advice I could get from you folks.

I can't decide if I should...

A) Keep/refurbish my c19?? Dawes Super Galaxy road/touring bike (in VG condition, presently being auctioned on ebay),


B) Keep the brand new 2002 Cannondale Road Warrior that I recently acquired at a very good price.

I'd prefer NOT to have 2 bicycles lying around, especially since they are both for the same type of ride (road).

I happen to be an antique buff, so I certainly have the ability to appreciate old things. I also realize that there is more likelihood that the DAWES will APPreciate in value, while the CANNONDALE will likely DEpreciate.

If I keep the DAWES, I expect it will run me anywhere from $100-$300 to get it into excellent condition (I am a bit of a perfectionist), while the CANNONDALE already is in such condition.

I am also a tinkerer and I certainly enjoy working on things like bicycles.

Here is the list of things I would need/want to do to my DAWES, should I decide to keep it:

1) Replace ALL bearings and lubricate thoroughly.
2) Replace all brake rubbers and cables.
3) Replace all deraileur cables.
4) New tires, tubes, and rim straps.
5) Repaint (to prevent further deterioration) the small area near the rear wheel.
6) Replace seat with (near) original Brooks leather.
7) Have rims professionally trued/aligned.

It's not a tremendous amount of work. But I realize that if I put the $ into it that if I then decide to sell it I would probably not recoupe those additional $.

If I should decide to keep the DAWES, then I could always just end the auction and state that I have decided not to sell it, so that's not a problem.

I was just contemplating what NEW bicycles cost today, conrasting that with the "rarity" and unusualness of an older bicycle. If it pretty much performs just as well as a new one, then why buy a new one? Of course, I do like some of the features of the newer bikes (i.e. shifters built into the brake levers, lighter weight).

Also, is this bicycle something that is considered "vintage" or "classic"? What is the timeframe for such a categorization?

Most of my cycling is expected to be local, 15-20 mile rides on some hills and NOT speeding like a racer!

Any input would be appreciated.
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Personally? I'd keep the dawes and get rid of the cannondale.
More cachet to the dawes, they are not common and will appreciate
in value.
It also gives you something to tinker with.
Classic or vintage? depends on year mostly. if its 85 or older than yes,
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You have come to the wrong place for unbiased advice, we will all tell you to dump the Cannondale and keep the Dawes.
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Keep the Dawes. It is unique, the Cannondale is not.
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For what you'll get for the Dawes I would just keep it. Refurbish it the way you say and it'll look like the day you bought it, and maybe ride that way too.
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Keep both and use the Dawes as a stealth beater, since the C'dale is arguably a much greater theft magnet. Of course, if it comes down to keeping just one bike, you know I'll vote for the Dawes.
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Keep 'em both!!!!
What are you going to ride while you're rebuilding the Dawes if you sell the Cannondale????
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Hmmmmm....let me a new bike (which quickly becomes
used) or fix up old faithful and have a really GOOD bike while
you're having a ball working on it.

New bike?? Nah, I don't think so, mate.

Old tried & true bike? Yes, that'll work very nicely, mate.
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