My bike is dying

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by User, 15 Apr 2008.

  1. User

    User Guest

  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    Have you thought of treating the old girl to a spa weekend and makeover (aka, full service and new parts)? Or are you afraid she'll then leave you for someone else?:evil:
     
  3. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Wot Arch said - nothing's unfixable there, just needs a bit of TLC is all.

    (Unless this is part of the case for the new bike, in which case, your old one is a write off, and anyone refusing funds for a new bike would, effectively, be sending you to your death).
     
  4. The thing to do is to pick up on these things as they happen by regularly giving your bike a good looking over. Single faults are easier to fix and less time consuming.

    If you don't feel confident servicing the bike yourself (and you can't be too careful with a bike that you commute on) get the LBS to quote for it. And if the bike isn't that expensive, and the faults prove severe enough, you might be better considering a new one.
     
  5. MER Veteran

    MER Veteran New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Min needs a clean badly.It's done 1800 since late September when it made it's debut although I didn't use it for the most of november.
     
  6. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    just sounds like normal wear and tear to me.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Wear and tear I'd say - wheels buckle, tyres wear, things rust (if you don't look after them).

    TLC, new parts and wheels and it will be like new. And another bike for better days......

    You do need a few bikes - at least two minimum....
     
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    an hour and ten justifies a nice bike

    my new nice bike has reduced my old hour to less that 50 minutes

    do it, get the best bike you can afford, I wish I had a long time ago, it's completely different and so much more fun on a good bike
     
  9. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    so all you actually need to buy is a new tyre, a bar end plug, and possibly a new wheel, and then the only actual problems with it are that it's a bit rusty.
     
  10. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    By chuff, £250 is a fair bit of cash to just let gently decay though...
     
  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Yep - spot on... not much really..... no need to make mountain problems out of a mole hill - then again...he's probably trying to justify getting another bike - we'd all say fix the current one AND get another bike.... :tongue::biggrin::biggrin:

    I've got terminal rear mudguard failure on the commuter - big snap right through it, slapped some evostick on it, if it doesn't work, I might just have to ride one of the road bikes into work, and really scare the commuters of South Manchester........ until I bolt the guard together..... ;)
     
  12. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Yikes! Have mercy Fossy :tongue:
     
  13. historyman

    historyman New Member

    I've just been through this. Having short flat(tish) commutes in London I bought the cheapest new bike in Simpsons Cycles (Camden) 2005 January sale, a Falcon Routier, for £127. I used it for 3 years, maybe 4000 miles, treated it fairly badly, sold it for £11 on ebay. In that period I spent maybe £200 on equipment (lock, helmet, pannier, gloves, lights, clips), all of which I have kept, and had only one puncture and replaced the brake pads once.
    Have just upgraded to a Giant CRS bought on ebay for £120 (good 2ndhand) + £45 accessories (pedals, rear carrier). Already a much faster ride.
    I feel bad about not having serviced the original bike beyond its 3 years (but glad the guy that bought it knew his stuff and will straighten it out, it is in a fairly similar state to User1314's). Still, I couldn't've got my 4000 miles much cheaper. Or could I?
     
  14. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    how hard is HARD?

    whadja do it with?
     
  15. PBancroft

    PBancroft Senior Member

    Location:
    Winchester
    Am just giving my bike a bit of TLC too. A little rust issue which I'm mildly concerned about (it spent winter outside, not my choice) which I need to look into, but other than that, some new tyres and a bit of spit and polish and it feels like a new beast.
     
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