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Old 02-01-07, 12:24 PM
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How long do you keep a bike?

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I am relatively new to cycling (4 years) and really new at road cycling. I purchased a Raleigh R700 used in Aug 05 and put over 2K miles on it. It is well maintained by a trusted LBS. My question, perhaps dumb, is do I keep this forever or is there a time when the frame or complete bike is sold for something else? I like the bike, it fits well and recently purchased a new wheel set to replace a pothole damaged rear wheel.
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Be a real BF man. Forever.
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I don't think I could bring myself to sell any of my bikes.
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Old 02-01-07, 12:40 PM
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In 10 years, my bike has gone through 2 sets of forks, bars, seatposts, saddles and brakes, 3 sets of wheels, 4 sets of pedals and it is still as good as the day I bought it.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW
In 10 years, my bike has gone through 2 sets of forks, bars, seatposts, saddles and brakes, 3 sets of wheels, 4 sets of pedals and it is still as good as the day I bought it.
And one frame
Seriously tho I have at least one bike that I have had for 25 years, others have come and gone over the years. If you get a good bike, keep it and don't be afraid to get more...besides what are fellow BF'ers for except to feed the habit. FWIW I just accumulated 3 from here in the past 6 months

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I have one that doesn't even have the same frame! (warranty replacement after I found a cracked weld) The only original parts are the brake calipers.
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Old 02-01-07, 01:22 PM
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The bike I ride the most these days is an '83 Schwinn le tour luxe that I've had since it was a year old. Granted, I've completely replaced the drivetrain with more modern stuff, not because the old stuff was worn out but I've customized it for my specific needs. So as not to give the wrong impression, I should add that I've had a bunch of other bikes along the way, I just happen to have revived the old Schwinn recently. And truth be told, I didn't ride the le tour luxe all that much during the '80's, I had a '79 Schwinn Traveler that I bought new and I liked it better for some reason, so it got most of the miles at that time even though the le tour luxe was the "better" bike of the two-
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i tried to sell a bike once, but i felt guilty.

so, i shipped it down to my parents place so i always have a nice road bike down there when i visit. i might even try to get my GF's parent's permission to keep a bike at their place too. so, when i go up there, i'll have something to ride as well. if we ever break up, it could be hard to get that bike back though. lol.
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Till it dies or gets stolen.
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At 25 years or 100,000 miles you gotta throw it away - or sell it to a vintage collector..................my oldest current bike is a '94 Cannondale hybrid (no original parts) converted to singlespeed. It's the backup bike to the hybrid that replaced it which is the backup bike to the used Rans recumbent I ride. The rule is that you have to have at least one backup bike.
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It depends on the bicycle. I owned one for a few months ... it didn't fit me very well, and I found it a new home with someone who loved it.

Most of the rest of the bicycles I own, I've owned pretty much forever.
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Unless it doesn't fit, I keep it until it breaks or gets stolen. If it doesn't fit, I'll usually keep it for a while until I find someone in that size who doesn't ride. Then, I gift them.

Mountain bikes are easier to fit - I've become known as the guy with spare bikes, because I'll keep any mountain bike I get my hands on, and loan them out for group rides with new people (I'm semi-in-charge of the school outdoors club, so there's a lot of new people who need to borrow equipment.)
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Originally Posted by Eatadonut
Unless it doesn't fit, I keep it until it breaks or gets stolen. ................(snip)................
I guess I'm stuck with this one... perfect fit, too heavy to break, too ugly to steal. Bought it used in 1984.

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There's an expiration date on the bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman
There's an expiration date on the bottom bracket.
Left side or right side? Cause I can't seem to find it!
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I've only gotten rid of one bike. It was about 23 years old. The wheels and the drivetrain were shot to the point it was no longer safe to ride and totally not worth the cost of repairing. With three other bikes of my own and the rest of the families' in the garage it was better to make a little room than hang on to a useless bike for nostaligia, but I felt bad seeing it go.

But I think with, say, aluminum entry-level and near entry level road bikes 10 to 20k, with high end bikes keep them forever unless they become unsafe.
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Ride it for thirty years doing routine maintenance, then walk in to a bike shop and see if there have been any technological advances that aren't so hideously ugly that you might barf, go back outside and get back on your bike.
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Originally Posted by MKahrl
Ride it for thirty years doing routine maintenance, then walk in to a bike shop and see if there have been any technological advances that aren't so hideously ugly that you might barf, go back outside and get back on your bike.
+1

The only technological advance that I have seen worth a crap in the past 30 years is in lighting...especially in the LED taillights and the headlights with halogen bulbs and reflector design.

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Originally Posted by Brusheda
If it aint broke don't fix it
I thought it was, if it isn't brokent fix it untill it is.
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I've been riding my Peugeot for thirty years. My newest bike is a '93.
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I have a later model ten-speed that I plan to give to Goodwill, but keep procrastinating. I thought about taking my Giant Cypress to the Philippines and leaving it there, but cannot part with it.

So maybe I am in the forever club.
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thanks, I thought that would be the answer. I'll let you know in 10 years how its holding up.
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Until the headtube cracks from the pressure of emergency trackstanding on cobbles to avoid getting run over by a cop SUV blowing a red light.

Man, I loved that Rockhopper.
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Originally Posted by soze
Until the headtube cracks from the pressure of emergency trackstanding on cobbles to avoid getting run over by a cop SUV blowing a red light.

Man, I loved that Rockhopper.
. . . Maybe I don't understand trackstanding. What did you DO?
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