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Quick Poll...How long do you typically own your road bike?(22 posts)

Quick Poll...How long do you typically own your road bike?rtyszko
Sep 16, 2002 10:56 AM
And don't give us any of the usual crap about I own more than one bike, and I use them for different things, etc... Pick one bike that you'd consider your primary bicycle. The one that in any year you ride the most.

How long do you typically own/use your primary road bike?

Me? I've had my c-dale for 5 years and I'm burning to upgrade for ride quality but I'm hoping that (except for wear and tear on the parts) my next bike lasts 10 years or so. How many on this board look to keep their bikes this long? With the costs of great bikes being what they are, it's pretty reasonable to see why folks buy new every 3-4 years.

So, what's your answer?
2-3 years. (nm)onespeed
Sep 16, 2002 11:00 AM
Frameset, about 2 years. Components, 1 to 12 months. nmDave Hickey
Sep 16, 2002 11:05 AM
what components only last you a month? besides maybe tubes? nmColnagoFE
Sep 16, 2002 12:28 PM
18 years on average, but the average isscottfree
Sep 16, 2002 11:07 AM
still going up. I buy and hold steel.
Closing in on 15 until I bought the Atlantiscory
Sep 16, 2002 2:07 PM
I'd had one for 25 years, one for six and one for about nine years, but I gave away the 25-year one when I bought the Atlantis.
Ask me in 20 years, though, and I'll still have the same bikes I have today, unless I break down and buy a recumbent. They're starting to look pretty good at about 80 miles of a century.
Dont know exactly. Over 10 years.Steve_0
Sep 16, 2002 11:07 AM
with few exceptions, Im not sure I agree todays prices are 'reasonable', nor warrant a new purchase every 3 or 4 years.
If it aint broke don't fix it....Geko
Sep 16, 2002 11:12 AM
I ride a steel fixie that does everything and goes everywhere. Until this thing is unable to go from point A to point B, I'm not about to get rid of it.
You mean 'fix it' if it ain't broke? ;-) nmrwbadley
Sep 16, 2002 11:21 AM
nice to hear that here.Steve_0
Sep 16, 2002 11:27 AM
refreshing change from "I have $4000 dollars to spend; do i upgrade every part of my current bike to gold-plated DA? Or just upgrade to solid gold frame?"

BTW geko, I feel the same about my raleigh FG. Does it all? Spending more w/out gain is a waste.
I just run them till they crack. Longer for steel.MB1
Sep 16, 2002 11:22 AM
I'll just fix a steel frame. Most of my bikes have 20,000-50,000 miles on them. Pretty much the same for Miss M except she gets more miles out of a bike.

Traveling is what really wrecks them. Airlines and UPS are death on bikes.
had my Vitus 979 w/ super record for 16 years, new bike in 3/02VO2_max
Sep 16, 2002 11:58 AM
5 years and going strongPaulCL
Sep 16, 2002 12:24 PM
My frame was purchased in the summer of 1997 and I plan to keep it for years. THat's why I spent extra for titanium.

Of course, I've upgraded...Ultegra to Record, CXP30's to Open Pro's to Speeddreams...and finally, the ultimate upgrade: Tacx Tao water bottle cages. Must have increased my average speed by 0.0000001 mph or more!!
31 years and counting.Humma Hah
Sep 16, 2002 1:52 PM
The main ride, the bike I ride on the road, is the cruiser, and I bought it new in 1971.

The 1974 Paramount I just bought to have a proper roadbike will also probably be a lifer.

The old Varsity I picked up for $30 from a neighbor, I sold a couple of years later. That was due to my wife ordering me to get rid of one bike. I couldn't bear to part with the cruiser. Otherwise I'd still have even the @#$% Varsity.
8 years for the last one.jtlmd
Sep 16, 2002 2:07 PM
3, 16, 10, and 5 respectivelyKerry
Sep 16, 2002 4:33 PM
I only have one bike, and since I got into this racket it's been as follows: 3 years on a Mercier that I used for long touring and trashed (12K miles), 16 years on a Gino Liotto with 90K miles, 10 years on an Assenmacher with 55K miles, and now finishing the 5th season on the Vortex. None of these bikes received any upgrades during their lives - all came with full Campy Nuovo Record/C-Record/Record (except the first). The first three were steel. The first one did "go flat" but the other two steel bikes did not. My philosphy is to get the top stuff, and "buy and hold."
3-4 years?DaveG
Sep 16, 2002 5:11 PM
Since I started road biking in '91 I've bought 5 bikes and sold 2, so I'm not sure how that averages out, exactly. New purchases were driven by desire to upgrade or impulse. I expect to hang onto the bikes I have now for a while.
re: Quick Poll...How long do you typically own your road bike?bianchi boy
Sep 16, 2002 6:59 PM
My oldest bike is a Bianchi Nuovo Record that I've owned about 17 years. Don't know how many miles I've put on it. I bought a newer aluminum Bianchi used a couple years ago but didn't like the ride, so I sold the frame after 6 months and switched the Ultegra components to my old steel Bianchi frame. I bought my first bike since 1985 last year, a Gios Compact Pro (another steel) -- and I've put 7500 miles on it since last June. Contrary to what some people claim, not all Italian bikes have lousy paint jobs. The Celeste paint has held up great on my old Bianchi and my Gios doesn't have a scuff on it yet.
13 years road, 16 years cross, 7 years mtb nmgtx
Sep 16, 2002 8:05 PM
10 years and counting. About to buy another though.Rich_Racer
Sep 17, 2002 1:17 AM
The technology seems to change about every 5 yearsMaartin
Sep 17, 2002 8:08 AM
I will upgrade when only when there is some improvements. It seems about 5 years before the high end stuff trickles down to the medium Ultegra level bikes I ride.
26 years for Campy Nuevo Record bike - just bought new bikeColoradoBiker
Sep 19, 2002 7:37 AM
So $725 seemed like a lot of money in 1976 for my Paramount road frame with all campy record (including the end of my silca pump )
But - it only cost me $30/ year (excluding maintainence/tires etc) and it's still in great shape.

However, now that I have my new Sampson Ti with campy 10 indexed shifting, I wonder why I suffered so long with stiff/harsh frame and downtube shifting / fair brakes.

The new technology is SOOOOO much better than 26 years ago -DUH! Won't wait that long again.