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Old 05-23-17, 04:25 PM
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Do I NEED a nice bike?

Hello forum, I started riding about a month ago, now ride about 50 mils a week. I bought a 700c-Schwinn-Pathway,, fitness hybrid bike.

The bike really light weight, and rides fine, but I'm afraid the cheap components will fail. I keep looking at the cannondale quick carbon 2,, should I upgrade, or wait for failure? Any other bikes I should look at.
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Old 05-23-17, 04:33 PM
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Why do you think that your bike is going to fail? And specifically what parts do you feel will fail?

Or are you just looking for a reason to buy a new bike? If so, take heart. You're among enablers. You don't need a reason to buy a new bike; just do it. A I-feel-like-it is all it takes.
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Old 05-23-17, 04:50 PM
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I always tell my wife, "honey, I can't put a price on my health!" right before I go buy the bike

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Old 05-23-17, 05:36 PM
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I have a Schwinn hybrid I put a couple thousand miles a year on. Yes components fail but they will on any bike. If you are happy with the bike, it is much cheaper to buy better common parts if and when they break instead of a whole new bike.
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Originally Posted by Timritchieblue View Post
Hello forum, I started riding about a month ago, now ride about 50 mils a week. I bought a 700c-Schwinn-Pathway,, fitness hybrid bike.

The bike really light weight, and rides fine, but I'm afraid the cheap components will fail. I keep looking at the cannondale quick carbon 2,, should I upgrade, or wait for failure? Any other bikes I should look at.
Learn to repair and maintain the bike you have, then buy another one. Repeat regularly.
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Old 05-23-17, 05:50 PM
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You want to know what a more expensive bike feels like. I don't blame you.
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I want to goto a bike shop, and do some test rides. Would like to ride a carbon bike, just to check them out.
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Old 05-23-17, 05:58 PM
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buy something nice. You'll ride it more often
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Originally Posted by zebkedic View Post
I always tell my wife, "honey, I can't put a price on my health!" right before I go buy the bike

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Hey, I like this one. 😉 May I use it? 😀
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Old 05-23-17, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Hey, I like this one. 😉 May I use it? 😀
Think I'm going to use that too when the next bike shopping comes up!
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Old 05-23-17, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by u235 View Post
I have a Schwinn hybrid I put a couple thousand miles a year on. Yes components fail but they will on any bike. If you are happy with the bike, it is much cheaper to buy better common parts if and when they break instead of a whole new bike.
Boy, talk about a wet blanket!

He was looking for enablers....................

I vote go for it!
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Old 05-23-17, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Boy, talk about a wet blanket!

He was looking for enablers....................

I vote go for it!
Sorry!!!
I'd go for a new something if the conditions or specific need or level changed. A hybrid can do a lot of things. Figure out what you value most and the next bike should be a little more specialized in that area. Like a road, gravel, touring, cx, or an MTB etc.
Don't "replace" the non broken hybrid, supplement it with something else.
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Originally Posted by u235 View Post
Sorry!!!
I'd go for a new something if the conditions or specific need or level changed. A hybrid can do a lot of things. Figure out what you value most and the next bike should be a little more specialized in that area. Like a road, gravel, touring, cx, or an MTB etc.
Don't "replace" the non broken hybrid, supplement it with something else.
That's what I'm thinking, I need to ride some nice bikes to compare to my cheapie bike,, then decide if I need a replacement, or different type. And this moneys burning a hole in my pocket, might just buy a jeep.
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If you like riding your existing bike then don't worry about buying another.
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Old 05-24-17, 01:09 PM
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Life is short. If you can afford it, buy the bike you want. As far what other bikes to look at, since you mention the Cannondale Quick Carbon 2, you should also check out the Trek FX S 5/S 6, Specialized Sirrus and Giant Fastroad bikes.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Hey, I like this one. 😉 May I use it? 😀
Use it all you want! We have to stick together in this thing!

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Old 05-26-17, 07:46 PM
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If your bike is ever locked and out of sight (store, restaurant, work, etc.) I wouldn't spend more than I was willing to lose due to theft. A cheaper bike will be less of a target, too.
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Old 05-26-17, 11:04 PM
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Thanks for all the replys, I'm going on vacation soon, and have a couple bike shops picked out for some test drives. My cheap bike is really working great, and have it fitted pretty good.

schwinn pathway bike 4/5 in my opinion.
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