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Old 02-07-17, 05:15 PM
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Opinions on updating older bikes

I know it's cheaper to buy the bike you want rather than build it, but I've recently gathered a small pile of newer parts at a local bikeswap and from Craigslist. My initial plan was to purchase a new frames to go with these but things have come up where my spending is temporarily stopped. Would it be a bad idea to put everything on my current bike or just keep it in boxes until I finally have everything I need to make a completely new bike? I keep going back and forth with the idea of updating my current ride.
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Old 02-07-17, 05:27 PM
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Yep
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Old 02-07-17, 06:11 PM
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If it will be a while until you can buy the frame you want, use and enjoy the parts on your current bike. Otherwise, save and wait.
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Old 02-07-17, 06:20 PM
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246 pages of updating older bikes. http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...i-s-ergos.html
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Old 02-07-17, 06:30 PM
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Look at his question and see whether or not you can provide a useful and thoughtful answer.
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Old 02-07-17, 07:05 PM
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There are some seriously nice rides that thread. I just don't have any sentimental attachment to my bike other that it's mine.
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Old 02-07-17, 07:46 PM
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Go ahead and use the parts on your present bike/frame. You can always take 'em off and change it back. Playing with bikes is fun, why wait?
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Old 02-07-17, 08:23 PM
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Ditto. I have an 11 year old frame that I keep updating. Every time I do, it feels like a new bike. It has newer wheels, a new 11 speed groupset, and some other minor upgrades. The difference riding it now versus my fancy, bought complete new bike is, frankly, pretty small. so, go right ahead. it might keep you plenty happy until you can get the frame you want.
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Old 02-07-17, 08:40 PM
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I say, put the new parts on your old frame.

You could keep them, wait for someday. What if someday is 2 years down the road and then there is something else you want.
Use them now. You can always move them to another bike.
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Old 02-08-17, 09:57 AM
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If you're the one doing the work and enjoy mechanical work, go ahead.


If you get frustrated doing that kind of stuff and end up taking it to a bike shop to fix it, save the gear (and your hard-earned $$).
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Old 02-08-17, 10:37 AM
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Unless you have plans to sell those parts, I'd use them now.

If and when you get a new frame, move them over again.
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Old 02-08-17, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by stykthyn View Post
I know it's cheaper to buy the bike you want rather than build it ....
Unless you have recently acquired a small pile of newer parts.
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Would it be a bad idea to put everything on my current bike or just keep it in boxes until I finally have everything I need to make a completely new bike? I keep going back and forth with the idea of updating my current ride.
Is "cheaper" the ultimate criterion?

Would your old bike be better with new parts? Why did you want to build a new bike anyway? is it possible that if you upgraded your old bike you wouldn't even want a new one?

And if you still wanted a new bike after upgrading ... you could by Chinese frame and swap the new parts to the new frame and rebuild your old bike and be that much better off .... or slowly collect more bargain-rate parts and build the new bike that way.

As for what would cost less .... selling all the parts and the old bike. if you absolutely have to have a bike, obviously not buying anything else and using what you have would be cheapest, so sell the new parts. next option, add the new parts and sell the old parts.

But ... is it really about money, or enjoying your ride?

Personally i'd upgrade the old bike If and only if it were to be a significant upgrade. Going form 9- to 11-speed, generic brakes to something really solid, much lighter, stronger wheels .... otherwise I'd save the new parts and save up for a new frame.

Main reason is, once I upgraded the old bike I would never want to put the old parts back on when I got the new frame. Otherwise, update now and switch back later.

If the upgraded old bike were going to be so good I wouldn't want to buy a new frame, then I'd do that.

What frames have you been considering?
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Old 02-08-17, 01:47 PM
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Update the old bike. I did and now I don't need a newer one. But I WANT a newer one.
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Old 02-08-17, 02:08 PM
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winter is a good time to wrench
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Old 02-08-17, 03:03 PM
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Plan is to build a more contemporary endurance frame. I was eyeing nashbar. They have some promising looking candidates. Also keeping an eye out in local boards for a synapse/defy frame. I'm currently on a stiff racing frame. It's
Part list is 5800 groupset, fsa stem and carbon bars, and speedplay pedals. I'm waffling back and forth on wheels. Likely will go with some takeoff ultegra wheels or something comparable.
The thought behind building the bike was to get exactly everything that I wanted and set it up exactly how I wanted it.
While coming in under budget is always good, "cheap" isn't the theme of the build. It's entirely possible that higher quality parts could give me the ride I'm looking for. I just don't want to spend any money on the older frame unless it's for a part that can move over to the newer bike.
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Nashbar, Ribble, Workswell ... lots of good frames out there for under $500. Before I started playing job roulette I was looking at a Workswell endurance frame, with 5800 .... $1000 before the cockpit and assorted bits, which could be had for a couple hundred, probably (and I have a couple excellent saddles, the frame comes with seat post, got some aero carbon bars ..... <Must Fight Bike Lust .... >

Go for it. Build the old bike, unbuild it when you get the frame and build the new bike. Post pics.
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Old 02-09-17, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by stykthyn View Post
I know it's cheaper to buy the bike you want rather than build it, but I've recently gathered a small pile of newer parts at a local bikeswap and from Craigslist. My initial plan was to purchase a new frames to go with these but things have come up where my spending is temporarily stopped. Would it be a bad idea to put everything on my current bike or just keep it in boxes until I finally have everything I need to make a completely new bike? I keep going back and forth with the idea of updating my current ride.
If you enjoy wrenching, I'd say go for it. Great winter project and (if you are like me) you'll learn definitively what you like and dont like. Worst comes to worst, you'll do the work, find your dream frame, and take all the stuff you upgraded on your old bike off, return it to its former condition, and build out your frame. When you do, you'll take all that experience and do a quality build on your new ride...imho.
ps. photo and catalog everything...ask me how I know
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