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average bike lifespan

Old 08-30-06, 11:12 PM
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average bike lifespan

bought an '05 Lemond in early February of '05.
i had a good year on the bike.. can't say an exact mileage but put mileage somewhere around 4,000 mi.
i gradually rearranged some things.. replaced some consumables and i slowly made the bike fit well (new seat, handlebars, stem, bar tape, tires)

first the left shifter ratchet broke (105) maybe a year to the day.. i replaced both shifters and upgraded to ultegra, then within weeks my rear wheel needed replacing, i bought a new set 'cause buying one is kinda dumb when considering my LBS pricing. then my seat began to fall apart (fizik) but i managed to repair it though it prolly won't last long.
my rear cassette then catastrophically failed this last june.. then as if related the new rear hub needed new pawls (sp?)
by july my chainring began to slip and i replaced all of them as well as the chain. my bontrager crank removal lug stripped out and i barely managed to remove it but did salvage the operation... now to rap this up. after an annoying ordeal with my new wheels that luckily are falling under warranty (although i bought another wheelset to have somehting to ride on)... today i hop on my bike that i have only had back on the road for two days and somehow the front derailleur gets smashed in the chainring.. total miles on the bike as of now i would guess to be 6,000.. i have replaced a computer once and had a span where the batteries went out so it is a guess but i think i am close.. and these are hard miles.. rain and road grime are certain to increase wear..

as of the next check i will write to the bike shop i will have replaced or should have replaced everything but the brake calipers, rear derailleur, crank/ bb, seat post, frame and fork/head assembly.
in retrospect i should have bought a new bike last Feb?
is this normal or am i just hell on the thing?
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Old 08-30-06, 11:31 PM
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IMHO, you're harder on equipment than most. Those who ride hard miles are usually the ones who need (but seldom find the time) to do more cleaning & maintenance. If you expect to keep riding the same schedule with the same maintenance, then I'd think you'd do well to sell your old bike each year & buy a new one. Just my thoughts...
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Old 08-30-06, 11:59 PM
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hard miles are hard on the bike man. I clean and lube everything on my bike after every ride and make sure nothing is coming loose. I ride HARD.
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Old 08-31-06, 12:55 AM
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If you don't race your bike should last you 25 years under normal care.
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+1 to the comments about hard miles and maintenance. But a properly maintained AND stored bike should last for ten years or more easily. That's not to say that chains, tires, cables etc... won't wear out, but they bike is less than two years old. Either your really hard on your equipment or it might not be maintenanced enough.
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replacing chain every 2500 miles, or as needed , casssettes, every 10,000 miles or so, tires as needed, and rebuild the wheels with new rims every few seasons, and a good bike will outlive you.
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You replaced the chain after 4000+ miles? You probably went too far on that which is probably why you needed a new cassette so early. Did you measure it for chain stretch?

What kind of wheels did you buy? I'm surprised you had problems with them unless you bought a cheap wheelset. I've had no problems with my Record/Open Pro wheels.
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The frames performance enhancing drugs wore off (it's a lemond after all)... Give it another shot of epo and you're good for another year

But seriously, hard riding means more frequent maint. The bike should live far longer than you'll want to keep it.
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Originally Posted by SDRider
You replaced the chain after 4000+ miles? You probably went too far on that which is probably why you needed a new cassette so early. Did you measure it for chain stretch?

What kind of wheels did you buy? I'm surprised you had problems with them unless you bought a cheap wheelset. I've had no problems with my Record/Open Pro wheels.
the cassette (SRAM) had a cog that dissentegrated.. i never found any remains of it.
the chain was replaced twice.. once early on in the first spring and then again a year later... how often should it be changed? every 2500mi seems a bit much. and no i never measured it for chain stretch and am unaware of the significance.

the wheels were cheap, in respects to elitist expensive ones, but i was assured they were a quality set that could handle what i dished 'em.. they were bontrager aero rims that retail for 250ish. they seem durable in respects to coming out of true, the hub was the original issue but now with 1300mi on them the rear has twice stranded me with a broken spoke.. it currently is "waiting on warranty".. whatever that means.
i bought a set of bontrager "race" wheels last sunday as a backup. today i forked out another 130 bucks for another new chain and front derailleur installed.

it sounds like i am griping about this which i suppose i am but i gripe only because it seems i could have simply bought a new groupset or new bike and saved myself some hassle.
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
hard miles are hard on the bike man. I clean and lube everything on my bike after every ride and make sure nothing is coming loose. I ride HARD.
if i did this i would spend more time cleaning the thing then riding it, i ride 12 mi. in the am and 12 at quitting time.. ussually a long ride on weekends.
i have no doubt i would be seen as obsessive compulsive by my coworkers and family if i were to do as you do after every ride.
not that i think of you as such.
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the cassette (SRAM) had a cog that dissentegrated.. i never found any remains of it.
the chain was replaced twice.. once early on in the first spring and then again a year later... how often should it be changed? every 2500mi seems a bit much. and no i never measured it for chain stretch and am unaware of the significance.
I've got 4800 miles on my chain and I think it's good but about time to change. I'm not to worried about the cassette since it's on the cheaper side of Ultegra.

Push down on the pedal on your side (the right pedal) to put tension on the chain while you measure the length of twelve links. If twelve links measuremore than 12 1/8", you need a new chain (on a new chain, twelve links will measure exactly twelve inches).

At least that's what I understand about how to check a chain.
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman
hard miles are hard on the bike man. I clean and lube everything on my bike after every ride and make sure nothing is coming loose. I ride HARD.

define "HARD" riding
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Sheesh,

I have a circa 1993 Trek 950. Mountain bike so not a true comparison. But you wanna talk hard riding. Stumps, hard uphill grinds. Bouncy downhill bombs. Thing still rides like the day I bought it. I still have the original wheels and have only re-trued them once.

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