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Old 06-17-21, 02:14 PM
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New here looking for advise.

Looking for some advise as to what to do. I currently own a 2012 Trek 1.5 with less than 3000 miles on it. I have upgraded tires and tubes already and have also replace the bar tape, other than that it is factory stock. I currently donít have the money to replace my bike at this time but was thinking about saving up and getting a new bike next year, I really enjoy riding but havenít had the time up until now.
I will be mainly riding roads and bike paths. Would I be better off to get a new bike or should I keep what I have? If I keep what I have should I change/upgrade any thing or just keep it stock?
I donít know exactly what kind of mileage I will be putting on a month but would like to be up in the area of regular 50-75+ mile rides almost weekly along with several others during the week ranging from 10-25 miles.

Thank you for any input you may have.
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Old 06-17-21, 02:33 PM
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My vote is for keeping what you have. It's adequate for the job, if not the lightest and shiniest. Save your money for stepping up in overall quality for a whole new bike.

You might want to get a chain wear measuring tool, and keep track of the chain "stretch". 3000 miles isn't a lot for the original chain, but depending on how it was maintained, you could need a replacement chain soon. If you ignore it, you can wear out your cassette and front chainrings with a worn out chain, and replacing all that stuff is expensive. Get a new chain now and have it when you need it. You'll still wear out the rest of the drive train eventually, but it'll take two or three chains, replaced when each one wears out.
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Old 06-17-21, 02:38 PM
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Unless something is broken or you are not comfortable with the way your bicycle rides than don't worry about a replacement right away. As you ride more you will gain experience and knowledge riding with others. From what I have seen it is more difficult than usual to find new bicycles currently. I started out on a bicycle not much different than what you have and found that it was a lousy ride on tank trails on the base. The tires wore out to quickly also. So my next purchase was a touring bike. I currently ride a touring bicycle with 2" wide tires. Being the hot season I do most of my riding at night or early morning. Its 110 degrees right now.
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Old 06-17-21, 02:56 PM
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Replace or Maintain

Welcome to Bike Forums.
I spent 2020 riding around on a 2011 bike. Did 2,000 miles on it.
Assuming your bike is not giving you terminal troubles, continue riding it.

If you've a hankering to spend some money in the bike dept..... Then some tools to assist with it's maintenance and upkeep would be a good place to start.
You might also learn some new skills along the way.

Drivetrain maintenance is a good place to start.
Chains stretch with age. A chain wear tool will allow you to determine if the chain has stretched past the usable limits.
Dricetrains also require a good cleaning.
The tool to remove the Cassette from the wheel (for cleaning) and a Torque wrench in order to replace the cassette correctly are good options.
You'll also want to remove the chain for cleaning.
Maybe your chain has a master link (quick disconnect), you'll need master link pliers.
Maybe you chain doesn't have a master link, you'll need a chain break tool.
If you do have to "break" the chain to remove it. Do consider using a master link for reassembly, makes things much easier.

Just some ideas. After all, if you were to purchase a new bike, the tools to maintain it are still required.
I couldn't imagine having to take my bike to a mechanic every time my chain needed a cleaning.

All the best

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Old 06-17-21, 03:04 PM
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i have a similar ride, Trek 1.2 i bought new in 2007 or 8. i have replaced tires, brake pads, chains, RD, RD hanger, and most recently the bottom bracket. i've added clip on aero bars and that is it. i now put on about 6K mi/year. i am looking to get a new ride.

EDIT: i guess my point is that if it is functional just ride it.
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I would also agree with the keep what you've got crowd.

I bought my first road bike (a 2006 Lemond Tourmalet) last year used. To get something new that is comparable to your 2012 Trek 1.5, you'd have to spend $1000 or more. Those prices are crazy to me if your current bike doesn't have some major issue. Just keep the normal maintenance up and replace wear items (chain, tires, tubes, brake pads, etc.) as needed and ride it.

I looked at some other bikes after I found my bike, but I didn't see anything that even came close to making we want to buy anything new. Sure there are a few things nicer with a new bike over my 2006 version, but I'm really happy with my bike as it rides. I definitely don't see anything on "comparable" level new bikes that would justify spending about 3 times what my current bike cost.
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Old 06-17-21, 11:11 PM
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The answer is always to buy a new bike, because new bikes are nice.

Will it make you faster? Possibly, depending on what you choose. An aero bike will make faster easier. If your current bike is in good condition, fits you well and is a joy to ride, then stick with it.

On the other hand, if you can afford a new modern road bike, then go for it!
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Old 06-18-21, 05:15 AM
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Save your money right now, ride what you have, and reevaluate next year when you see how much riding you're actually doing, what you'd want in a new bike, and you'll know whether the shortage is over. If you're enjoying what you're riding now, getting experience enough to know what you do and don't like is very valuable information.
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Keep it. It's a pretty darned good bike. A new bike may make no difference whatsoever in the longer rides you hope to make. If after you start riding those longer rides, you feel like you want a new one, then reward yourself. Maybe availability will be better by then.
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As you are planning frequent and relatively long rides it would be worth considering your contact points ie shoes/pedals, clothing and saddle. Those can all potentially be make or break items once you start clocking up regular mileage.

Providing the fit is good and well maintained, I would rather ride an older bike in my most comfortable bike gear than a brand new $10k super-bike that left me sore and sweaty after 75 miles.
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Old 06-18-21, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by bwilsonjvl View Post
Looking for some advise as to what to do. I currently own a 2012 Trek 1.5 with less than 3000 miles on it. I have upgraded tires and tubes already and have also replace the bar tape, other than that it is factory stock. I currently donít have the money to replace my bike at this time but was thinking about saving up and getting a new bike next year, I really enjoy riding but havenít had the time up until now.
I will be mainly riding roads and bike paths. Would I be better off to get a new bike or should I keep what I have? If I keep what I have should I change/upgrade any thing or just keep it stock?
I donít know exactly what kind of mileage I will be putting on a month but would like to be up in the area of regular 50-75+ mile rides almost weekly along with several others during the week ranging from 10-25 miles.

Thank you for any input you may have.
if the bike you have fits and is comfortable Iíd stick with it and think about something new after you get lots of miles in. You will have a better idea of what youíd like different then.
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Old 06-18-21, 06:28 AM
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Old 06-18-21, 09:04 AM
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This bike is barely broken in. Ride the heck out of it.
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Old 06-18-21, 09:26 AM
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Thank you all for the replies. I tend to have a very impulsive purchasing quality about me and have been trying to make more informative decisions. I figured that a new bike probably wasn't going to the answer I would get but I have not really been following the bike world for a while so I wasn't sure what all has changed, I also wasn't sure if my equipment would be considered very low end or if it was in line with what I am looking to do with it.
I did do some research into the new bikes and did notice that to get some of the same equipment that I have currently I would be spending over $2000 on a new bike. This seemed a bit high to me considering that my bike was only around $1100-$1200 when I bought it but as with everything I am sure the prices went sky high.
I think I will first look into upgrading pedals and shoes as I am currently using mountain bike equipment and then put some money into tools and maintenance needs.
Getting a new bike can wait another year or two, if at that time I decide it's it the correct time to change things up I will do so. I have never really been unhappy with this bike and it has never let me down so I guess that is a good enough reason to keep it around for a while longer.
Thanks again.
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Yup

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This bike is barely broken in. Ride the heck out of it.
Just make sure you have tires appropriate for where you ride. Many have discovered that wider tires are comfortable and versatile. 28-38mm wide range is pretty good for most pavement and gravel roads. Measure to see what will fit. After you wear out the upgrades you already did, of course. A new bike isn't going to get you much, if any better results.
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Old 06-18-21, 09:43 AM
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If it's the 50/34 front and 12-30 rear 10 speed that the Trek archive show, then you should be good for most anything paved.
https://archive.trekbikes.com/us/en/...t_2012/details

If it takes you another almost ten years to put 3000 miles on it, then you might never get your legs use to the effort of riding rolling terrain and hills. Aim for at least 3000 miles per year.
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I'd be surprised if you could fit anything wider than 25mm tires on that bike, but that's fine for road and bike path.
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Originally Posted by bwilsonjvl View Post
Thank you all for the replies. I tend to have a very impulsive purchasing quality about me and have been trying to make more informative decisions.... I have never really been unhappy with this bike and it has never let me down so I guess that is a good enough reason to keep it around for a while longer.
I applaud your trying to be a better version of you. Resisting impulsivity means to resist robbing your future self of some foreseeable or unforeseen benefit, only because your present self wanted it instead. Way to go!
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I have a similar vintage Trek 2.3 which most likely is the same frame (carbon seat stays and fork) with slightly higher level componentry to your bike. I am looking for a modern endurance bike simply for the geometry/comfort benefits. That being said I am going to wait a year due to availability. I really don't need a new bike but would love to have one.

As it is I have been busy putting vintage 7900 series Dura Ace components on my bike. Just a front DR and shifters and a cassette and it will be full Dura Ace !! I actually like the factory Bontrager wheels but they may get upgraded soon. I get a real kick out of working on it.

Ride the crap out of the old trek and if you are really hooked treat yourself to something new.

ETA My bike is a 2009 ...Yikes time flies.

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Originally Posted by bwilsonjvl View Post
Looking for some advise as to what to do. I currently own a 2012 Trek 1.5 with less than 3000 miles on it. I have upgraded tires and tubes already and have also replace the bar tape, other than that it is factory stock. I currently donít have the money to replace my bike at this time but was thinking about saving up and getting a new bike next year, I really enjoy riding but havenít had the time up until now.
I will be mainly riding roads and bike paths. Would I be better off to get a new bike or should I keep what I have? If I keep what I have should I change/upgrade any thing or just keep it stock?
I donít know exactly what kind of mileage I will be putting on a month but would like to be up in the area of regular 50-75+ mile rides almost weekly along with several others during the week ranging from 10-25 miles.

Thank you for any input you may have.
Is there something wrong with the bike? I'd keep the bike if there is nothing wrong with it. Does it need an overhaul? I looked up the specs and from I can see it has good components on it. https://archive.trekbikes.com/us/en/...t_2012/details

Clean it up really good, tune it up, overhaul it? You have to do what you think is best....
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Ride the bike that you have now.

After every ride, make a list of the things that you like about the bike that you have now and the things that you hate. If you do that, by the end of autumn you'll have a much better idea of what to look for in your next bike.
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First plan for a new bike in the future. Year or two out. There are not many available now and you may settle on something because itís available. Then in a couple of years get buyers remorse. Maintain and ride what you have. Sounds like a good fit with the distance you can ride. I have a 2005 Madone so yours is not old.

Anyway Iíd go ahead and get a new chain and measure tool. Just to have when you need it.
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Originally Posted by bwilsonjvl View Post
Looking for some advise as to what to do. I currently own a 2012 Trek 1.5 with less than 3000 miles on it. I have upgraded tires and tubes already and have also replace the bar tape, other than that it is factory stock. I currently donít have the money to replace my bike at this time but was thinking about saving up and getting a new bike next year, I really enjoy riding but havenít had the time up until now.
I will be mainly riding roads and bike paths. Would I be better off to get a new bike or should I keep what I have? If I keep what I have should I change/upgrade any thing or just keep it stock?
I donít know exactly what kind of mileage I will be putting on a month but would like to be up in the area of regular 50-75+ mile rides almost weekly along with several others during the week ranging from 10-25 miles.

Thank you for any input you may have.
Keep what you have. Upgrade rotating weight when you can. You probable do not need a chain measuring tool. New chains will measure exactly 12 in rivet to rivet. More than 1/8 in and throw away the chain. They are shockingly cheap.
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I'd keep what you got, plans and actual implementation of them are two different things. I suggest you first start actualizing those plans on the current bike and take it from there.
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Originally Posted by bwilsonjvl View Post
Looking for some advise as to what to do. I currently own a 2012 Trek 1.5 with less than 3000 miles on it. I have upgraded tires and tubes already and have also replace the bar tape, other than that it is factory stock. I currently donít have the money to replace my bike at this time but was thinking about saving up and getting a new bike next year, I really enjoy riding but havenít had the time up until now.
I will be mainly riding roads and bike paths. Would I be better off to get a new bike or should I keep what I have? If I keep what I have should I change/upgrade any thing or just keep it stock?
I donít know exactly what kind of mileage I will be putting on a month but would like to be up in the area of regular 50-75+ mile rides almost weekly along with several others during the week ranging from 10-25 miles.

Thank you for any input you may have.
You come to the right place, cyclist are very opinionated.
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