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Old 09-03-17, 02:05 PM
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I'm curious, when does your newest bike stop feeling new?

I bought my newest bike, a Ridley Fenix with Force22, just about two years ago. Recently I had to put new tires on it, due to wear, and upgraded from Vittoria Rubin Pro's to some Conti GP4000IIs. Last week, I bought some new Arundel bar tape to replace the old worn tape before it starts looking really ugly.

I was reading an article Friday about chain care, and I decided to check mine for wear. I got out my trusty chain gauge and it needs to be replaced, like now. So USPS delivered me a new Sram PC1170 chain today.

I was getting ready to ride yesterday morning, and as I was getting the bike ready, I started thinking about all that, and It suddenly came over me my bike isn't new anymore.

How about you all?
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Old 09-03-17, 02:11 PM
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For me that new feeling Is not having the bike dialed in yet.
Not having my, 'Fit' spot on,
Not having my controls In exactly the right position,
Not having the tire pressures worked out for a given ride,
Not having the cables stretched In.
Most Importantly not knowing exactly how the bike will respond to my touch.

I want that, 'New bike Feeling' Gone ASAP because I want the bike to become a part of me.

It's a Zen thing, not every one thinks like this or will even understand this point of view.

Feeding a bike tires and chains and things has nothing to do with the new bike thing.
I consider all that a sign that I am getting much enjoyment and satisfaction from my bike.
Anything less might make me think I chose poorly when I purchased the machine.

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Old 09-03-17, 03:30 PM
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When I don't worry about getting it dirty any more.

Also, like @Sindy, the new bike feeling is a good riddance. It's the lurking feeling that the builder (usually that's me) might have missed something.
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Old 09-03-17, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Wileyrat View Post
I'm curious, when does your newest bike stop feeling new?
One of the things that made my bike feel less than new was the first time I snapped a cable, about 4 months in. I forgot if it was brakes or shifter.

Originally Posted by Sindy View Post
For me that new feeling Is not having the bike dialed in yet.
Sindy's response resonated with me. One way to keep a bike feeling "new" is to change things up. I think the simplest and potentially inexpensive change is to try new tires. Fatter, thinner, grippier, less grippy, stiffer, more pliant, firmer, softer. It seems to me any tire change will affect handling which bring new sensations. A few months after I bought my 2015 Charge Plug I replaced the Kenda Small Block 8 micro knobbies with a stiffer, but grippier, smoother street tire. Very different bike. More recently, I tried the stiff but sticky Continental Touring II's that tend to run narrow. The bike now rode harsher, but with more directionality and "self-steering". After that I put on lighter but wider and more pliant tires that seem to be a good balance of handling and comfort.

On my older MTB-based commuter I put on Suomi Nokian studded snow and ice tires and the bike was transformed. Of course it was wonderful in the snow and especially the ice and provided handling and feedback sensations I hadn't experienced before. Even merely adjusting the pressure low for snow versus medium for ice versus firm for dry gave the bike a different feel.

And on that same bike this spring I put on the biggest, fattest slicks I had ever put on it (26x1.85) and it feels different again. I had some 26x2.25 hybrid tires a few years ago with a smooth center section and knobs on the side which I hate, hate, HATED due to loss of grip on cornering.

Also last fall or early winter on that MTB bike I replaced the 19 year old canti brakes with new V-brakes due to hand issues and the bike feels more responsive than ever, at least braking wise.

A few years ago I repacked the rear hub and that reduced rolling resistance dramatically and freshened up the bike.

And finally, a year after I acquired a 25-year-old road bike I had it lubed, tuned and repacked and it felt like a new(er) bike. Now, eight years later, aside from tire changes, I think it is ready for more maintenance as it is beginning to feel stale and sluggish. Although, new tires may add some novelty to it.

So I guess for me a bike stops feeling new when it becomes boring and predictable. Luckily, a cure can be cheap and inexpensive. And if you have more than one bike, a temporary fix is as simple as hoping on one of the other bikes for a few rides. When you return to the "boring" bike, it will feel slightly newer.

At least this has been my experience.
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Old 09-03-17, 05:18 PM
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I got a new used bike this spring, the new feeling lasted a month
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Old 09-03-17, 05:28 PM
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I am thinking along the lines of fit on this I guess . You know , when you come in from a ride and don't feel like you need to tweak the saddle or the bars or your clips or something . When you are comfortable with it the way it is it is not something new to you . That is a good thing to me .
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I don't know because I haven't bought a new bike since 2001 and I'm still riding it and very happy with it still.
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As soon as it started "clicking".
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There are two parts to the new feeling. One is that the bike still works well for the intended purpose. I still get the thrill of riding such a perfect machine every day. The other is having that feeling of testing something new.

For example, the allroad randonneur (in my avitar) still gives me a thrill, though I finished it 3 years ago and commute on it daily. It took almost no dialing it, because I know exactly what works for me.

Then I built a new bike for weekend fair weather hammer feasts. On this I put 200mm cranks. It feels heavenly, like flying. So... then I had to try the long cranks on the randonneur. Thing is, it was designed to be low slung with 180mm cranks, but the 200mm are just too low. So it does not feel so new any more.
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Old 09-03-17, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
When I don't worry about getting it dirty any more.

Also, like @Sindy, the new bike feeling is a good riddance. It's the lurking feeling that the builder (usually that's me) might have missed something.
Or getting a scratch on the paint...same for cars.
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Old 09-03-17, 06:45 PM
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My January 2015 Trek Emonda SLR has 12,500 miles and still feels new.
My March 2016 Cannondale SuperX has 2500 miles and still feels new.
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Most of my bikes were purchased used and need or get serviced when they are new to me. When they need another service, such as hub regrease, they've been ridden enough they aren't new anymore. Luckily I have enough bikes that when I rotate to one that I haven't ridden for a while it is kind of like they are new.
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When I buy another one, but it only becomes old when it gets sold.
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Originally Posted by Sindy View Post
For me that new feeling Is not having the bike dialed in yet.
Not having my, 'Fit' spot on,
Most Importantly not knowing exactly how the bike will respond to my touch.
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Those are the new bike feelings.... not my favorite part either.

I hate piece-meal bicycle maintenance. So, I order in, and replace chain, tires, brake pads, and tires, and handlebar tape (on my daily rider) during the winter off-season (in snows here). I like doing the wrenching and I ride enough... the parts get worn out anyway. But this way whether the bike is new and recently broke-in or five years old.... it stays like-new in many ways.

I've also purchased a few used bikes. But honestly.... some 30 year old bikes I've picked up... likely had fewer miles than I logged on my daily rider last month. It doesn't take much to keep bikes riding near perfectly.

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The beauty of my steel Guru is it never stopped feeling "new" it just evolved into "classic."
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I buy used bikes. They never feel new. They have character and patina. Those aren't ticks and squeaks. That's riding music.
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Frame that fits
A quiet drivetrain that shifts well
tubular tires from Veloflex and/or Specialized
clipless pedals
comfortable saddle

A new-like bike, and an old friend.
Better together.
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As soon as the composite fork started creaking. I wish they went back to using chromolly forks on things like ally gravel bikes and stopped with the carbon fad.
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A bike stops feeling 'new' as soon as you start lusting after another bike
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
When I don't worry about getting it dirty any more.
This ^^
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I buy used bikes. They never feel new. They have character and patina. Those aren't ticks and squeaks. That's riding music.
I once had a bike that was symphonic.
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As long as it still works, it is as good as new. I enjoy the riding experience. I'd ride a beach cruiser on single track if I had the physical ability to get that thing up some of the hills.

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Interesting responses.

I suppose I was just surprised by the amount of routine maintenance that came up on my "new" bike in a two week period.

FWIW....

To me fit is an ongoing process, I'm always fiddling around a bit with that....Even on my Fuji that I've owned for 34yrs.

No pops, clicks, creaks, etc. allowed, I will chase them down relentlessly. (riding a vintage roadie builds skills in that dept.)

I don't like riding a dirty road bike, especially my newish matte black Ridley. My mtn bike on the other hand........

I think I'm going to go ride now.
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My newest "new" bike was purchased in 1983. I realized that it wasn't new any more about 6 years ago, when I started riding again after a 2 decade long hiatus.

My newest acquisition, a 90's Bianchi, is still new to me after a year or so of riding.

I think once a bike reaches "classic" age, it transcends newness or oldness. Newer bikes will always seem old to a person who has a newer model (and to the person who hungers for the latest/greatest)
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