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Old 06-29-18, 11:38 AM
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Hello I've had my current bike for about 24 years, it's a mens bike with a steel frame which I love very much, it has sentimemtal value to me as it arrived when I started my first full time job but the brakes are a bit dodgy and the gears , there are 15 on 3 dogs, don't always work, the middle cog works just fine but I can't get it in the bottom cog and sometimes it won't change to the top one, I had it serviced at Halfords last summer, it is a mountain bike but I bad hybrid tyres put on it for commuting, it's a 8 mile round ride and 2.5mile of it is a steady incline, I'm toying with the idea of a new bike but love my old one so can't decide wether to spend the money getting it serviced again or if it's even worth servicing it, I did the gold ine a Halfords last August.
so what do people suggest, new bike or service the much loved one
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Old 06-29-18, 11:58 AM
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Even if you get a new bike; at some point it's normal that service will be needed.
My suggestion is to learn to do some(if not all) maintenance on your bike. There
are free online videos(GCN, Parktools, etc.). In my are there are also free classroom
training; Time's Up, etc. If you don't have basic handtools already; screwdrivers,
allen/hex wrenches/sockets, etc. - they are a good investment to have since you can
use thrm on other things. Repairing cars, motorcycles, houses, etc.
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Old 06-29-18, 12:31 PM
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Take it to a bike shop. Not halfords, and not one of those places with fancy displays and only does expensive bikes, a proper independent bike shop. One where its been ran by the same bloke for donkeys. Tell him your brakes and gears are buggered and you'd like him to sort it out.

Honestly halfords are only good at 2 things : 1) making you pay lots of money for replacing stuff that doesn't need it, 2) breaking things.
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Old 06-29-18, 12:48 PM
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What make and model is the bike? Folks here can usually tell if it is low or high end for it's time to see if it is worth servicing.
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If you love the bike, I would not even consider replacing it unless you find out there is something really messed up and it sure doesn't sound like that from what you describe.
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Its a mountain peak, falcon
Tried posting a pic but I'm not allowed yet
thanks for the advice everyone, I'm going to pop in our local bike shop later and ask him to have a look at it
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Old 06-30-18, 03:32 AM
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Its a mountain peak, falcon
Tried posting a pic but I'm not allowed yet
thanks for the advice everyone, I'm going to pop in our local bike shop later and ask him to have a look at it
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Research N+1.
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Only 24 years old! It's just getting broken in. I've been riding 1983 bikes for the last ten years, and recently rebuilt my forty year old Zebrakenko with 650B wheels and tires. I rides great.
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Unless the frame gets broken, old bikes can almost always be made functional. That's usually the most economical answer. The fact that you say you have an emotional attachment to this bike is a bonus.

A new bike will be nicer.

Only you can decide if a new bike is worth the extra cost. There will be people who answer both ways. Both are right. only you can answer what's right for you.
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you're asking a bunch of addicts if you should have more. of course you should get another bike!
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