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How long should my bike last?

Old 07-06-13, 09:37 PM
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How long should my bike last?

To start out, let me say I am a pretty new cyclist but I've been researching on bikes for a good 2 weeks now and I really want to get started. I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on this here Windsor the Hour PLUS (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ehour_plus.htm). I see that a lot of you guys give BD a bad rep particularly because of the lower components. Anyway, I just want a cheap bike that will work and BD seems to offer that. I plan on upgrading my bike after 4 or 5 years when I'm out of college but would like to hear your opinions on this... Will my bike last that long? I understand I'll probably have to replace tires and get it tuned up probably once a year but if I do that, should it run well for 5 years?

Also, this is just out of curiosity... If you guys just got this bike, which components would you replace right away?

Also, if anyone can point me to a better bike for less than $400, it would be appreciated. I would like to have single speed/fixed, front and rear brakes, drop or bullhorn bars, and preferably steel. I'd like it new too so no CL or eBay.

Thanks guys.
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Old 07-06-13, 10:25 PM
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Old 07-06-13, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
Kilo TT
I have read the rave around this bike. To be honest, it doesn't look that bad but what turns me off is the lack of both brakes because I really want brakes. It seems to me that buying brakes after the fact can cost a lot of money (cheapest was more than $100 total for levers, brakes, and cables) which in that case I would go with a much better and preferred bike from my LBS
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Old 07-06-13, 10:41 PM
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Old 07-06-13, 10:46 PM
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The Kilo TT DOES come with front and rear brakes.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...t_stripper.htm

It comes with cross top brake levers not hoods. If you want hoods, I just bought a pair of levers/hoods for about $25. LBS should be able to install them for $10
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Originally Posted by striknein View Post
Shop used
Unfortunately where I live bikes aren't used in very much use so there aren't many to buy. I also ride a smaller size (49ish) and it's been hard to find a used bike that looks like it's quality around that size. I've already spent days scouring through Craigslist and the like. Are BD's bikes really that bad that I should be going used instead of new?

Sorry, I'm very new to cycling and don't know much
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Old 07-06-13, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
The Kilo TT DOES come with front and rear brakes.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...t_stripper.htm

It comes with cross top brake levers not hoods. If you want hoods, I just bought a pair of levers/hoods for about $25. LBS should be able to install them for $10
That's actually very interesting. Thank you for pointing that out; I'll look into it. Just wondering though, is the Kilo TT really that much better that it warrants the extra $100?
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Old 07-06-13, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by cnguyen0320 View Post
That's actually very interesting. Thank you for pointing that out; I'll look into it. Just wondering though, is the Kilo TT really that much better that it warrants the extra $100?
The main difference is between the frames. The Windsor hour is made in China with generic chromo tubing and has a simple unicrown fork. The Kilo TT is made in Taiwan with Reynolds 520 chromo tubing and has a nice brazed fork with a lugged crown. The weld quality is sloppy on the Windsor and very nice and tidy on the Kilo TT. The Kilo TT frame is a bit lighter as well. Also, the cranks on the Kilo TT are better quality. It looks from the pictures that the seatpost on the Windsor is now a cheap two-piece affair, and the pedals lack toe-clips and straps. The rest of the components are about the same. None of this matters in terms of functionality or durability. So, if you're just interested in saving money, get the Windsor. In both cases you will still need to buy a freewheel if you want to flip the rear wheel and ride it as a singlespeed.
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Old 07-06-13, 11:31 PM
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The frame and fork will probably last for decades unless you are intentionally running them into solid objects. (I was fascinated to learn from this subforum that people actually do this, so am probably going to work it into every post I make here for the next few weeks.)

The rest of the parts are decidedly meh but should hold up reasonably well, if you take any kind of care of them. The chain of any bike regardless of quality should probably be replaced every thousand miles or so, and the ring and cog will wear out on occasion too.

If it were my bike I would ditch the seatpost and saddle immediately. Those two-piece steel posts are guilty of every sin a seatpost can commit: sliding down into the frame no matter how tight the bolt, allowing the seat to flop around (which actually doesn't matter much because it won't allow you to ever get the seat into the right position anyway), weighing about three times as much as any decent alloy post, and also looking like pure hell. And the five dollar foam seat makes my dick hurt just looking at it.

I'd also remove the chain guard, as it's completely useless if you have any idea how to adjust the chain.

Aside from that, it looks like a functional if bottom-of-the-barrel (WalMart bikes excepted) bicycle.
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Old 07-07-13, 12:38 AM
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Maintain your bike and it'll last and last and last. Replace things as they wear out or prove not to up to the job - saddles often fall into this category but not every rump is equal so what is painful to me might be comfy to you.

The better the bike you buy, the longer it'll last as a whole unit with fewer parts replaced because they're causing trouble, so buy the best you can afford.
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Old 07-07-13, 01:01 AM
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Even a junker can last a lifetime if you take care of it. Maintain your bike, replace stuff that breaks, don't let it die of exposure, and avoid crashing into moving or stationary objects. It'll last you well beyond 5 years.
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My coworker commutes to work every day on a Peugeot road bike that's about as old as me (36) and that bike is in great condition. Like Sean said, take care of the bike and do regular maintenance and it will last.
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one of my bikes i found in a driving rainstorm & is from 1987, its still perfectly fine.

there are members here with bikes much older than that which are probably in better condition than mine
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My coworker commutes to work every day on a Peugeot road bike that's about as old as me (36) and that bike is in great condition.
I commute to work on a 40 year old Raleigh 3-speed.
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The Hour Plus is a decent bike for the money.
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If you take care of the bike the bike will take care of you...It's decent for the money...you will ride it for a few months to a year then take it to a LBS for a good tune up...
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Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
The frame and fork will probably last for decades unless you are intentionally running them into solid objects. (I was fascinated to learn from this subforum that people actually do this, so am probably going to work it into every post I make here for the next few weeks.)

The rest of the parts are decidedly meh but should hold up reasonably well, if you take any kind of care of them. The chain of any bike regardless of quality should probably be replaced every thousand miles or so, and the ring and cog will wear out on occasion too.

If it were my bike I would ditch the seatpost and saddle immediately. Those two-piece steel posts are guilty of every sin a seatpost can commit: sliding down into the frame no matter how tight the bolt, allowing the seat to flop around (which actually doesn't matter much because it won't allow you to ever get the seat into the right position anyway), weighing about three times as much as any decent alloy post, and also looking like pure hell. And the five dollar foam seat makes my dick hurt just looking at it.

I'd also remove the chain guard, as it's completely useless if you have any idea how to adjust the chain.

Aside from that, it looks like a functional if bottom-of-the-barrel (WalMart bikes excepted) bicycle.
I just wanted to say plus one million to every sentiment in this post. especially the pain in the D part. and maybe also the "people run bikes into walls on purpose?" part.
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I feel like I missed something about idiots running into walls during my incredibly short absence here. Wut?
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It's called a fakie bro.
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