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How long do you keep a road bike?

Old 01-08-21, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Yeah, I'd actually rather wax my chain than read another wax vs. lube thread.
I'd rather wax my legs than read another one...
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Old 01-08-21, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
Wax and/or lube in your preferred method to your heart's content.
Whatever keeps your chain from squeaking and grinding. When my family picnics within sight and earshot of the bike paths, I'm always tempted to bring a bottle of chain lube and flag down the worst offenders.
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Old 01-08-21, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
I'd rather wax my legs than read another one...
Oooh, waxing vs. shaving - that痴 a page turner. I壇 binge read that thread.
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Old 01-08-21, 09:32 PM
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Awhile. I have a 1993 Trek 5900 OCLV. Frame and fork are still fine. Headset needed to be overhauled after a couplafew decades.
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Old 01-09-21, 11:05 AM
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At this point, >25 years. And counting.
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Old 01-09-21, 06:51 PM
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My 2017 Roubaix has about 22K on it and shows no signs of fatigue. I've replaced a few parts, but the frame is still aces. No intention of changing bikes since I really like the fit of this one.
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Old 01-09-21, 09:29 PM
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At this point, >47 years. And counting.

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Old 01-09-21, 09:54 PM
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Until I see something new and shiny er...
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My 2010 Roubaix Expert still looks new, weighs less than a new Domane, the original Ultegra drivetrain feels great, no accidents on the bike, and I don't need to find a tool to remove the front wheel for hitching a ride home from a buddy because my bike isn't "aero" enough for that sort of (IMO) nonsense.

I do wish I had disc brakes.

Otherwise, I'll keep this bike, but maybe try something new and current once this whole industry mess is over and I can find a lightly used one cheap or get a discount on a new one.

Or I'll try a steel road bike rather than get another carbon, I don't know.
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Old 01-10-21, 05:23 AM
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Until it goes out of fashion or you “need” the latest group set gadgetry.

So for you that’s two years.
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Old 01-10-21, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by SVTNate View Post
My 2010 Roubaix Expert still looks new, weighs less than a new Domane, the original Ultegra drivetrain feels great, no accidents on the bike, and I don't need to find a tool to remove the front wheel for hitching a ride home from a buddy because my bike isn't "aero" enough for that sort of (IMO) nonsense.

I do wish I had disc brakes.

Otherwise, I'll keep this bike, but maybe try something new and current once this whole industry mess is over and I can find a lightly used one cheap or get a discount on a new one.

Or I'll try a steel road bike rather than get another carbon, I don't know.
I'm pretty much in the same boat. Love the 2014 Scattante road bike I built with Ultegra Crankset and 105 shifters. Just wish it had disc brakes. Have you tried kool stop brake pads? They're a lot better than Shimano.

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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I just want to clarify here. Titanium (steel, too) has a fatigue limit at which it will break; as long as the stresses are below a certain level, they can repeated indefinitely and the material will never fail.

A cf frame is subject to other potential problems, but is probably even more resistant to fatigue than steel and ti.

At least, the above is my understanding...But I am no metallurgist, so someone else may want to chime in.
The OP is looking for advice on carbon frames so perhaps a carbonurgist will chime in instead!
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Old 01-10-21, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
I'm pretty much in the same boat. Love the 2014 Scattante road bike I built with Ultegra Crankset and 105 shifters. Just wish it had disc brakes. Have you tried kool stop brake pads? They're a lot better than Shimano.

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I'm running Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels ($800 new on CL!!!!) with the included Mavic pads.

It's fine in the dry, but in the wet.... lol

Luckily, this is SoCal, I ride in the wet maybe 10 days per year.

Oh, one other thing.... the whole "wider tire, lower pressure" thing I'd like to have. That and discs. I don't care about "aero" anything beyond what my 2010 bike already has.
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Old 01-10-21, 06:30 PM
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I appreciate the feed back! I致e upgraded the wheels, saddle and bars at this point. I love the way the bike fits so I think I will try to source di2 parts and upgrade early this spring. I figure another 7-8 years on this bike so why not spend a little money on di2.
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Old 01-11-21, 12:23 PM
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If you don't crash it, you will die before the bike.
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I don't know. I've never gotten rid of a road bike.
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If you don't crash it, you will die before the bike.
And, if you do crash it, you still might die before the bike.
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Old 01-11-21, 03:59 PM
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2017 Roubaix with 6,500 miles on it and no issues other than drivetrain replacement when worn. The only thing I really wish for was disc brakes. I am sure the bike frame will last longer than my interest in keeping it around.
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Old 01-11-21, 06:20 PM
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In what I call the golden age of cycling, the 1970's, a local Chicago rider was doing 20,000+ miles a year on his Schwinn Paramount. He would crank out a hundred miles then do some weight lifting to finish his workout. Tough as nails he was. I imagine he was well over 100,000 miles before he considered a new bike. And I think Schwinn gave him one because he was a one man testing machine.
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I have a '99 carbon Trek with probably 70,000 miles on it. The frame and fork are fine. Everything else except the cranks has been replaced - all that componentry is just consumables. It rides just like new, well maybe a little better because I've upgraded the wheels, headset, stem, and bars. No reason that a carbon bike shouldn't last almost forever. Carbon laminate is the most fatigue resistant structural material we have, plus it doesn't corrode.
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I gave my 2009 TCR Advanced SL to a relative last year - put about 10-12K km per year for the first five years, then maybe half that in the next four years, then it sat dormant for a year or so. Before I passed it along, I replaced the headset and BB bearings, new cassette and chain, then took it for a spin....was absolutely blown away with what a great ride it continued to be. Easily 70K km on it, and it still felt incredibly smooth and responsive. Couldn't believe how nicely it rode over broken pavement with 115psi in the tires - the same reaction I had when I took it for a test ride 11yrs earlier.

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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
Definitely seems like a group activity.

Not going to lie, waxing is certainly more time consuming, but when done regularly it keeps everything so nice and clean and quiet. Not that I want to get into a chain lube vs wax debate. Before anyone tries to: you do you. Wax and/or lube in your preferred method to your heart's content.
You don't need wax anymore because synthetic mohair.
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Old 01-13-21, 07:55 PM
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About 70k miles on my 2010 Cervelo R3. Only original parts now are frame, fork, seatpost and handlebars. My only bike and still going strong!
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This is my daily ride....I bought it in June 1993 but upgraded to 12 speed last spring. I still feel love the ride. No plans to replace it.
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The proper amount of time to keep a bike is until it gets heaps out of style and worth chicken feed. It must be sold well before it's back in style and worth vintage money, or you won't be able to perform the kicking myself ritual.
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