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Needing a new bike

Old 07-26-06, 09:15 PM
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Needing a new bike

Im 19, 6', 140lbs, and bike three times a week to community college, which is about 20 miles, round trip, and miscelaneous short trips around town.

My old bike is out of comission, and Ive been looking around at new bikes. Needs to be hybrid/road/cyclocross, and hybrid seems to be what Ill have to buy, since $400 is sorta my limit right now. The bike Ive been thinking about getting is the Trek 7.3 or Trek 7.2FX. Costs $379 at the local bike shop.

However, I happened upon some articles online about the advantages of the old style lugged steel frames, and the option of maybe buying a old lugged steel bike and putting money into it to fix it up, and still end up paying less than a new bike. Thought that was interesting, then I thought of my old bike.

A friend gave it to me, its a "SR" road bike, "Japanese", steel lugged, with shimano gears. The handlebars say "alpine international, japan". The "SR" appears on the frame in several places, including the badge. The bike is about 23 years old, and the frame is in good condition in imo. I enjoyed riding it. The back wheel and gears need replacing, because several spokes broke, and you cant replace them without removing the freewheel, and its messed up so it wont come off. I got a quote of about $60 to replace the wheel and gears stuff. Also needs a new chain, front wheel needs truing bad, and gears and brakes are in serious need of adjustment and pad replacements. The left pedal is bent slightly, and the square post it slides onto is getting rounded a bit. The frame itself is solid though.

How much would it cost approx to get it in working order? And would it be worth it? Is the frame worth anything, as far as selling it? What about trying to find a old steel lugged bike and replacing the chain, tyres, etc as needed? Is that feasable? While I enjoyed riding the road bike, would I be better off getting a new hybrid bike? I'll admit, those paddle shifters on the old bike were sorta a pain, heh.



When it comes to buying a *new* bike, any opinions on the Trek 7.3FX or 7.2FX? Both 379. I was also looking at the Marin Kentfield. $280 for last years model, 350 for this years.


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Old 07-26-06, 09:43 PM
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Umm.... I could get it rideable for next to nothing. The back wheel could be had off a donor bike, if that one is truly irrepairable (which it probably isn't.... as long as the rim is not bent, the worst case scenario would be replacing the freewheel if I had to remove it destructively)

A tune up and brake pads could be done at home with minimal tools, the pads themselves are pretty damn cheap. A chain will cost between $10 and $20 depending on which one you get.

I happen to like old bikes, and enjoy working on them. Go over and post in the Vintage and Classic forum for lots more info on repairing an old bike.

Also, you didn't say why your old bike is out of commission... is that one repairable?

There are lots of ways to get a bike cheaply... yard sales, craigslist, thrift stores, ebay... even dumpsters, on occasion.

As far as getting a bike repaired cheaply, check around to see if there is a bicycle co-op in your area... someplace that you can go to use their tools, and they'll teach you how to work on your bike. It can be very rewarding. We have a collective here in Denver that I just learned about that builds and repairs bikes for kids and for people that can't afford a trip to the bike shop for repairs, and teaches you how to build and repair bikes yourself.

You don't have to have a ton of money invested to enjoy bicycling, personally, I only have about $400 invested, and have two bikes, cycle clothes, rack, panniers, lights and all the tools I need for most repairs. The only things I couldn't take apart on my bikes at the moment with tools that I already have are the bottom bracket and headset. A couple weeks ago, I built my first wheel... which has been getting me around flawlessly ever sense.

There's lots of information out there... like I said, Classic and Vintage, and also check the Bicycle Mechanics forum for help.
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The old bike thats out of comission and the old bike are the same bike. lol.

The back rim is bent somewhat, and has 4 spokes missing. Both tires also needs new tires and tubes, they were on their last legs when the spokes failed.

I know the basics of bicycle repair, and I could do whatever was necessary, I was wondering if it was worth it in the long run as opposed to just buying a new bike?

And just so I know, if anyone has opinions on the new bikes I was looking at, that would be good too.

Ill post some pics later in those other sections of the forums you mentioned and see what info I get.
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