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How often do you buy a new bike

Old 12-18-12, 10:46 AM
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How often do you buy a new bike

Just curious how often you all buy new bikes? I cant seem to keep a bike longer than a year before getting the itch to buy a new one.
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Old 12-18-12, 11:06 AM
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'til it breaks. for me cycling is not a 'way of life', its an interest/hobby/recreational activity that I use to keep in shape. as long as I've got a solid machine under my rear end I'm good. the upcoming year will be my third on my existing bike, however, I may break my rule this year and upgrade, but i'm not holding my breath on it.
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Originally Posted by ALLSTOTT View Post
Just curious how often you all buy new bikes? I cant seem to keep a bike longer than a year before getting the itch to buy a new one.
I suffer from the same illness.
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Old 12-18-12, 11:26 AM
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For me, 3 bikes in 4 years, but it went from a used bike 5cm too big for me i used for 2 years, to an entry level road bike that fit me at the start of this year (aluminum with tiagra components), to a decent bike i plan to stick with for a while (supersix with ultegra)

Im not rich enough to buy a sweet new high end bike every year or two
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Why would I want to by a new bike when there are so many cool older bikes available at bargain prices?
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Since getting into cycling just recently, I purchased a touring bike with dreams of riding cross country. Great bike but I wanted something lighter.

Upgraded to a road bike with Sora components, I sold that after getting my Cyclocross bike. Now, I really miss my road bike, and want a new one with better components from the start. If I can convince the hubby to let me get a new road bike, that will be it for a while for me.

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It depends.

Going back in time from now ...

Early 2012 - Thorn touring bicycle
Early 2011 - Santana tandem
Early 2010 - Hasa titanium ... bought because my Marinoni Cilco had been stolen


Plus there were some other frames acquired in there, and Rowan built up a Shogun which could be a touring bicycle or a commuting bicycle.

There was a bit of a lull in the bicycle acquiring before 2010 (although a mtn bike arrived on the scene in 2008) but there had been another flurry of bicycle acquisition between 1999 and 2003.


Cycling and bicycles, for me, are a way of life. I grew up in a house full of them, with parents who cycled. I continue to live surrounded by bicycles, and can't imagine a life where they are not present.

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Originally Posted by evan938 View Post
For me, 3 bikes in 4 years, but it went from a used bike 5cm too big for me i used for 2 years, to an entry level road bike that fit me at the start of this year (aluminum with tiagra components), to a decent bike i plan to stick with for a while (supersix with ultegra)

Im not rich enough to buy a sweet new high end bike every year or two
I wonder if thats why I replace my bikes so often .. I have never owned a "High End" bike. I usually buy bikes that are around $1,500..
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Originally Posted by evan938 View Post
For me, 3 bikes in 4 years, but it went from a used bike 5cm too big for me i used for 2 years, to an entry level road bike that fit me at the start of this year (aluminum with tiagra components), to a decent bike i plan to stick with for a while (supersix with ultegra)

Im not rich enough to buy a sweet new high end bike every year or two
i guess its all relative, I'd see an SuperSix 3 to be a bit beyond "decent" and would consider it an 'entry level' high end machine. imho, decent would be a 105 or higher AL bike or entry level carbon. perspective i reckon.
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My answer was a bit weird as I just started cycling last year. Bought one last year (road) and another this year (time trial). Plan on sticking with TT frame until it breaks. The road bike... Urges to sell it and get a new one, but then ehhh, not bad. I think I'll probably keep the road for 5+ years. The only bikes I'm lusting over are the BMC Time Machine 01, BMC Time Machine Road 01, and Specialized Tarmac SL4. They're way out of budget for now though so not really an issue!
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Bike 1: 2005-2011
Bike 2: 2011-present

But I did upgrade my entire group set this past summer (summer 2012). But I think I am pretty set on bikes for now. Like others have said, it is more of a hobby/exercise for me than a "way of life." I have a wedding to plan for and a house to buy soon, so $ is limited for bike items.
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I have had 4 bikes in 4 years. However, I purchased my first bike in 2009 and it was a mid 80's steel nishiki, one year later I purchased a 1997 Cannondale CAAD3, in 2010 I also bought a mountain bike, and then one year later I purchased a brand new 2011 Scott Speedster S30. I still have all these bikes except the Nishiki because they all have their own uses. So looking back I buy about one a year...
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I have 3 that are permanent fixtures, the rest are expendable and maybe see a season or two.
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Last new road bike I bought in 2010. Same year I bought new MTB (was sold this year)

But,
Also for the one last year I bought
- Road Bikes
1. Cannondale R2000si
2. Bianchi TSX
3. Fuji Roubaix SL
4. Almost forgot - '10 Ridley Crosswind - tried CX

- Single speed's
1. New '12 Mercier Kilo TT Pro
Used
2. '11 Pinarello Lungavita
3. '10 Specialized Langster
4. '07 Surly Steamroller
5. '89 Specialized Stampjumper (SS conversion)
6. '99 GT GTB

Hybrids
1. 2009 Cannondale Bad Boy
2. 2004 Giant Cypress SX


I currently have 6.

Proably need to sell one.

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I debated how to answer the poll question. I typically don't replace a bike for 5 years or more. Bought a new road bike this year to replace one bought in 2007, which replaced one bought in 1998.

However, I typically buy about one bike a year. This year it was a road bike, last year a CX bike, the year before a TT bike, the year before that a tandem, the year before that a track bike.

Due for a new MTB next year.
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2010 I got my first real road bike. 2011 I got my touring/foul weather. 2012 I got one of them Bike Fridays that I realized later I have no use for. Looking now for a decent junker to ride around in town now that I'm in a more bike friendly area (= more theft).
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Haven't bought a new road bike in 24 years. It got a lot of new parts after 22 though.
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I always have the itch to buy a new one.

I've purchased 3 bikes in the last 18 months (when I started getting back into cycling). First one was a Mountain bike that was also used as a commuter. Second one was a commuter / road bike (Trek FX 7.5), which retired the MTB from pavement-only rides. The 3rd bike was for my wife - a comfort / road / hybrid.

I've been wanting to buy a dedicated weekend warrior / road bike, but the FX has been working just fine for me, so I haven't had the motivation to drop the money on a new one.
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I bought a new one as a kid in 1976 or so.
Since then I have built bikes from scratch in one form or another. Sometimes new frames with new parts, sometimes a mix of new & used.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
I debated how to answer the poll question. I typically don't replace a bike for 5 years or more. Bought a new road bike this year to replace one bought in 2007, which replaced one bought in 1998.

However, I typically buy about one bike a year. This year it was a road bike, last year a CX bike, the year before a TT bike, the year before that a tandem, the year before that a track bike.

Due for a new MTB next year.
This is like me too. I bought a new SSCX frameset this year, but it's also mostly built up with parts bin components. I really wanted to buy a new race bike this year, but our minivan decided it needed a new transmission more than I needed a new bike, so maybe I'll build up a TT bike in a similar fashion as the SSCX.
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I bought a new bike in 1978. It is still hanging up in my garage. I bought a used bike in 2006 and then upgraded everything on it with better used parts. I will keep it forever. I have no real desire for a new bike. Maybe when mine become obsolete.
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Just curious how often you all buy new bikes? I cant seem to keep a bike longer than a year before getting the itch to buy a new one.
Rarely. 16 years since the last one.

After realizing I had a career and decent salary I bought myself a nice Litespeed (when they were owned by the Lynskey family) titanium frame in 1996 and had it turned into a bike exactly how I wanted. It rides as nice now as it did then and still looks good because there's no paint to chip. Same Campagnolo Chorus hubs, spokes, and nipples - even with a weak dollar and inflation running rim price up to $80 a pop that's still much less expensive than a new wheel. Same brakes although I've spent about $20 replacing three broken return springs. Same stem and bar for a great fit. I moved on to 9 cogs after Campagnolo discontinued my favorite 8 speed cassette with a new index cam and freehubs, then 10 cogs with used Record derailleurs and NOS 2010 Centaur Carbon Ultrashift levers after finally breaking one of my 1996 Chorus ergo springs for which I had no spare and replacements were discontinued.
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I've bought 3 bikes and sold 2 (to finance the buying of one of the 3 bought) this calendar year.

Plus 3 wheelsets.

I have a problem.
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I barely got into cycling in July 2011. I have 4 road bikes, a mountain bike, and a single speed. I tend to be a collector/hoarder when it comes to my hobbies.
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