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What do figure the price point is for seperating junk from bikes worth repairing?

Old 07-03-11, 05:37 PM
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What do you figure the price point is for seperating junk from bikes worth repairing?

On a 5K or 10K bike replacing a complete drivetrain due to normal wear or a DuraAce brifter after a crash isn`t inexpensive, but it still only represents a fraction of the value of the bike.

However there are road bikes that sell for $500 or less and although they come with bottom end components, entry level 10 speed components are almost double the price of entry level 6,7 or 8 speed components. Nd of course, buying components as spares is always more expensive than buying a package deal (complete bike).

And personally I can`t believe the frame on a $500 9 or 10 speed is anything worth spending the money to put upgraded components on either. A decent frame IMO starts at $1000. So based on maintenaince costs, if I was looking at second hand bikes, I personally wouldn`t even look at a 9 or 10 speed road bike that didn`t have an original sticker price of $2000 .

I guess thats my own price point that seperates what I wouldn`t bother spending money to repair or maintain. I expect everyone is different and some people would have higher or lower price points themselves. Whats yours?

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Can you rephrase the question?

Can you use it in a sentence?
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
Can you rephrase the question?
Can you use it in a sentence?


I think what the OP meant to say was: "I like expensive bikes".
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If cheap (sub $500?) bike breaks major drivetrain component should the part or the whole bike be replaced?

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At what price point are they worth cleaning?
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At what price point are they worth cleaning?
at least $2000. lol
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post


I think what the OP meant to say was: "I like expensive bikes".
That might be one way to look at it. Actually I hate cheap junk and if a bike costs more to fix than its worth - its cheap junk. And what I`m finding myself working in a shop is that drivetrain components for a 9 and 10 speed bikes cost twice as much as similar components on a 6, 7 or 8 speed. And labor is the same rate for cheap bikes as for expensive bikes.

So what might be $65 on an older 7 speed for a cassette and chain will be $120 and up on a ten speed and if the chainrings have issues or the derailleur or brifter has been damaged in an accident it makes it far too easy to scrap a 10 speed.
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So... you work in a shop. Of course you like expensive bikes.
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I work in a shop and I try to take a wholistic approach. If the bike is a good ride, and there is a limit to the damage, and the owner truly loves the bike, then I will gladly go along with fixing it. If it's a department store bike that needs replacement parts or if the bike's been in a garage for 10 years and the owner isn't sure what he's got, then I will suggest getting a new bike. And if that doesn't work, the repair estimate usually will.
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Well it all depends on particulars of course.

If you are speaking purely economics, then you look at cost of repair and estimate value of the bike if sold once repaired. Cost more than it is worth pretty much sums it up in that case.

Another approach is cost to replace bike. Maybe the bike is worth $200 fixed, and is looking at a $250 repair. However, buying a new bike comparable in quality might cost $500. You could say spending $250 is cheaper than $500. Of course you won't have a new bike for $250 so it isn't an apples to apples comparison. The comparison would be to buying the same bike not needing repair second hand for $200. So fixing is a non-starter. Of course finding the same exact comparable item used right then doesn't normally happen conveniently, and it may be worth $50 for convenience and certainty.

Finally of course is all the other emotional or otherwise intangible reasons. You have grown fond of the bike, it has taken you thousands of miles and though economically not worth it, if you can afford it you fix it. Or you bought it new and have owned it so long you just don't want to see it go. Etc. etc. etc. In the end it is up to the owner to make that final decision on their own for whatever reasons are important to them.
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