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What should I do with my old first bike? S-works

Old 10-01-15, 09:07 AM
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What should I do with my old first bike? S-works

Hi guys,

I bought this bike back when I knew nothing about bikes, nothing about cycling and general, and just needed a bike to get around. It was too big for me (and I knew that even then) and I didn't treat it very well. I paid $250 for it when I bought it in 2008.

Here's a link to the album. Link to pictures

You can see the dismal taping job that I did myself. These days I imagine I'd do it better, but I had a lot less money and time then as an undergrad.

The bike is all (almost) Ultegra 6501 (I think.) The brakes are 600. The frame is an S-Works aluminum frame.

I didn't take great care of the bike. The shifters are all but totally stuck and need to be cleaned. The brake hoods have worn down to the point that it makes sense just to take them off. The frame is scratched all over. But I never left it outside, so there's little rust, and the deraillers and crank still function perfectly well, despite never changing the chain.

I want to fix it up for my own sake and learn about how these parts work. Now that I have another bike that I tenderly care for, I don't mind if I mess this one up in the process.

On the other hand, I thought that maybe it made sense to part it out and sell it in pieces, and that maybe these pieces would be worth something. So I'm asking for advice. Should I fix it up, learn a bit, and try to sell it for nothing? Or should I take the parts that are still intact and sell them off? What's even worth selling? There's no rush, and I can hold onto it for a while if I need to take time to work on it.

Any advice? What would you do if this were yours?


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Too bad it doesn't have threaded eyelets for a rear rack. You could make it into a grocery getter - beater - loaner bike. If it was mine I'd try and trade it for a bike with threaded eyelets & upright handlebars for a general duty back up set of wheels.
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Always good to have at 2 bikes. Stuff can go wrong with your main bike, so you should have an extra bike at hand ready to take over when your main bike is being repaired. You might have someone visit you and it would be nice to have a bike for that person too. Or when its winter and too snowy and icy you might not want to beat up your main bike or constantly install and reinstall winter tires, so a winter bike is another reason to have a second bike.
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Donate it to the needy.
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