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Old 09-22-08, 11:37 PM
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Advice on new bike or new parts?

I've had a Trek 3700 bike for about 5 months. I'm having some problems with it because I think I ride it harder than it was intended to be ridden. Are there any suggestions for upgrading this bike to better handle roots and upper level mountain bike trails? And how exactly do I go about doing that?
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Old 09-23-08, 12:46 PM
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Advice on new bike or new parts?

I'm new to mountain biking; I've been riding for about 5 months. I bought the "entry-level" bike that was suggested by my bike shop (trek 3700). But I've discovered that the trail I ride is too intense for my bike. And saying that I have already unaligned my front tire once (fixed), and bent the first gear of the rear sprocket (broken still). I went to the bike shop and discovered that I can get an upgrade/new cassette for a reasonable price.

But I'm thinking lately that I'd rather have a nicer bike that I wouldn't need to upgrade/replace parts so often. I'm debating whether I should sell my new bike and replace it with a more durable one or if I should just upgrade the more problematic parts and keep it.

Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-23-08, 03:50 PM
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Old 09-23-08, 05:15 PM
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Cool, did not know you could do that.
What other magical powers do you have?

And btw, to the OP, I would just wait for money to come in or sell the thing. The bike isnt very good.
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Old 09-23-08, 06:41 PM
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Sounds like the sales guy at the store did not really get a feel for your plans for the bike. I am not really sure on the specs of the bike, but what I find, and I'm sure that all us guys will agree on is that upgrading something really is not all that cost effective. I'd just replace the damaged parts of the bike such as your cassette. Then just avoid upgrading the bike until you have saved enough to get something that will fit your needs. I had the same problem when I started riding. I was outgrowing my bikes too fast.
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Old 09-23-08, 08:20 PM
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thanks a lot. that helps. do you think i could sell my bike to help fund the newer one?

also, i would definitely have deleted my earlier post first if i could have figured out how. plans had changed since i posted the first one and i came up with a new question.
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Old 09-23-08, 09:49 PM
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Yeah, you could probably sell the old bike on Craigslist...don't expect to get a whole lot back out of it, though.
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