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I'm curious, when does your newest bike stop feeling new?

Old 09-04-17, 10:13 AM
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I bought my Rans bent in 2008 and my TerraTrike in 2012. Neither one has been ridden in the dirt or when it is wet. They have a combined mileage of 18,000 miles yet do to excellent maintenance they both feel new.
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My newest bike (2011 Specialized Ruby) ceased feeling "new" when I caused a ding in the paint at 3100 miles .... sigh
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Old 09-04-17, 02:02 PM
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My bike usually stops feeling new when I need to replace the cables. Once I get everything that needs replacing taken care of it feels new again.
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If you keep up the maintenance, keep it well adjusted, keep it clean, get it just how you like, it gathers patina. Not a question of losing any kind of new feeling but gets older and better. A "NEW" bike is still in the rough, in need of your own personalizing.
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Old 09-04-17, 02:16 PM
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If its just two bikes, then it is the comparison between the two. The older bike will have a different feel to it. The newer should feel different, better response, handling, etc.

So when the new bike doesn't feel new anymore, it means I have not ridden the old bike recently to make that comparison and the new bike becomes the default standard.
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As soon as it gets dirty, so not very long.
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Usually the bike feels new for the first year. I do my best to keep it spotless. I don't like to get it dusty or wet. It still has that new bike shine in my eyes.

By year two, I usually treat it more like a bike and less like a delicate toy. That's when it stops feeling new.
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When there is an annoying clicking coming from the drive chain and you've taken the whole thing apart and replaced and rebuilt it all and it still clicks.
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When it loses that new bike smell.
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