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mileage(7 posts)

mileageHelp- Newcomer
Jun 14, 2001 6:35 PM
I know it varies but on average how many miles will someone put on a bike in a year? How many miles is too many when considering a used bike?
re: mileagemike mcmahon
Jun 14, 2001 6:49 PM
My guess as to "average" miles at least as to posters on this board who responded to a recent survey is 3000 to 4000 miles per year. The answer to your second question is more difficult, perhaps impossible to answer because it involves too many variables: e.g., frame material, manner in which it was ridden, crashes, maintenance, etc. You can find bikes with 1000 miles on them that are in much worse shape than bikes with 50,000 miles. I don't know if that helps, but it's the best I can do.

Miles and Hours...Breck
Jun 14, 2001 9:22 PM
Took off the computers and only go by hours if remember to log them in. At one time was approx. 565 mountain road hours a year @ 12-15mph would be about 7,500 mountain year miles; includes mountain bike hours too at about 7-12mph (220ft/mi. climbs [computer daze]:) as prefer technical climbs to descents.

Hubs need yearly service; chains and tires wear out; quality front chain rings and rear cassettes not so much; deralliers vary. Frames may last a life time. That's my experience with 1997 and earlier kit, road and non-suspension mtb.

I'm on track for 3500 this year ...Humma Hah
Jun 15, 2001 10:13 AM
... which is low, on average. Most folks here are probably in the 6000 per year range, a couple do more like 12,000 per year.

Its the hours that really matter when it comes to too much. If your family and work are suffering, that's too much. Otherwise, there's no such thing as too much ... no amount of riding is enough if you have the bug.
re: how many is too many considering used bike?Haiku d'état
Jun 15, 2001 12:43 PM
rode with a guy in an april '01 event that had 21k+ miles on his bike. aside from a new paint and decal job, it looked two days old and appeared to suit his needs just fine. this is a poke at the "it's not the years, it's the mileage" statement i'm always hearing about age...seems in this case it's not the mileage, it's the way it was ridden and maintained.

also see the above thread.
Exactly ...Humma Hah
Jun 15, 2001 5:18 PM
Mine has approximately 20,000 miles on it. That's really low for a 30-year-old bike, but a lot of those mile were abusive. Few of the parts are original, the frame, the rear hub housing, maybe the seat post clamp, the head badge. Ya fixes what breaks and ride it forever.

Aluminum frames may fatigue, steel may rust, carbon composites may delaminate, titanium -- well, it does creep at room temperature if you put enough load on it. But none of those things are squat compared to one good crash.

Everything else short of a badly bent frame can be replaced.
Keep in mind...Kristin
Jun 15, 2001 2:23 PM you take in all this data, that most people here have been riding a long time and many of them live in warm places or are including trainer(roller) time too. If you're just starting out and live in a seasonal area, 3,000 could be quite a bit. There was a thread recently, too, that seemed to indicate a number of people on the board who get in less than 3,000 mile per year. I rode a hybrid bike last year approx. 75 miles a week durning the warm season. Once I purchased the road bike, I decided I would ride 100 miles a week. Unfortunatley this was a bit agressive for my fitness level and I've since scaled back. I hope to get 2,000 miles in this summer--we'll see. Good luck!!! Its a fun sport!