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Should I bother spending $200 to fix a $600 bike??(11 posts)

Should I bother spending $200 to fix a $600 bike??empacher6seat
Sep 7, 2002 10:13 AM
I posted a topic here a while ago about my chain falling off 5 times on the same hill. I took it to an LBS and they said the drive train was pretty much done. I have to replace the chain, cogs, and crankset. Parts and labour comes to about $200 (Cdn). Would this be a wise investment, considering the bike is around 15 years old? The frame has a bit of rust and some scratches, and I really have no clue how long it'll last. Something is just telling me to save the $200, save up during the winter and buy a new bike in the early spring.
Nope. Great excuse to buy a new bike. Don't squander it! nm.fbg111
Sep 7, 2002 10:20 AM
What kind of frame?Ken of Fresno
Sep 7, 2002 10:20 AM
If it's a quality frame it may be worth putting the money into. Otherwies, you might just be better off selling it on ebay and buying something newer. You'd porbably enjoy it more and ride more often as a result.

good time to learn about bikesgtx
Sep 7, 2002 10:40 AM
What's up with the crankset? You mean it needs new c-rings? If the c-rings aren't too bad I'd buy the chain, cassette, cassette removal/install tool, chain tool and have at it. Heck, even c-rings aren't THAT expensive (I'm assuming they aren't Campy, LOL). If you think you are going to get more into riding these are tools and knowledge you're going to want to have. Either buy a repair book (like Zinn's) or check out Sheldon Brown's site for more info. What's the worst thing that can happen? Good luck.
Concur!Andy M-S
Sep 7, 2002 10:56 AM
The cranks/rings are probably fine. A chain will run you $30 and a cassette/freewheel around $60. Add another $30 for a chainwhip and cassette tool (or if you're lucky, borrow them from a friend. Total of $90-$120 ($Canadian, based on doubling US costs). Now, you've fixed your bike (and this is easy work) and saved money--and maybe bought your first bike tools.

Remember that any new bike you buy will also tend to run high (2x $US, and road bikes ain't cheap, alas).
re: Should I bother spending $200 to fix a $600 bike??eddie m
Sep 7, 2002 10:52 AM
Convert it to a fixed gear if it's got a screw on freewheel, and buy a new 9speed as well.
I agree on the fixie idea... join the other side : ).... nmGeko
Sep 7, 2002 11:13 AM
I spent nearly $400 to fix a $10 roadie
Sep 7, 2002 1:12 PM
My singlespeed is built on a frame from a bike I got for $10. I probably could have picked a better frame, even, but it was a model I'd (foolishly) lusted for as a kid. Now it is one of my fave bikes, but I spent a lot getting it that way.

If you do gat a new bike, chances are your 15 year old frame is very well suited to SS conversion, but a new bike is often a lot less work, and not much more expensive. Even a good used bike might feel new compared to your current ride.
Some interesting suggestions...empacher6seat
Sep 7, 2002 2:12 PM
such as the single speed. Never thought of that!!

Now to answer some questions: the frame is an old steel "cyclops". They used to be custom frames made out of Vernon, BC. I believe the owner packed up and moved to Ontario some years back. It's in ok shape... some rust (which probably means more under the paint) and some scratches, no major dings though. It's heavy (whole bike weighs around 38 lbs) and has a 7 speed 105 group on it.

LBS said it was a combonation of the chain, crankset and cogs just being too worn out. The 53 isn't as bad, but the 42 is in rough shape. The previous owners were both racers, one an ironman competitor, so no doubt there's plenty of miles on the drive train.

It's still ridable, just not in 42x21 and the next two easiest gears. My plan is to keep it for the winter (I'll only be using it to commute to rowing practice, which is pretty flat so I wont need the easy gears) then buy a new (or used) bike in the spring. If I bank the $200 bones from the possible repair, I get an x-mas bonus of around 500 from work... and I'm sure I can scrape together a couple hundred more over the winter to get a half-decent bike in the spring.

Anyways, thanks for all your suggestions and advice!
WOW 38 LBS?tronracer
Sep 8, 2002 6:32 AM
Is that a typo?
If you get a new one, get it now, not Spring.girchygirchy
Sep 8, 2002 10:38 AM
Now's the time to try and get a bike, with the '03s rolling can get some hellish deals on the '02 models. Or even on some '01s if there are any left.