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How long do you keep your main road bike?(12 posts)

How long do you keep your main road bike?Chainstay
Oct 20, 2002 1:29 PM
The poll says that 54% plan to buy a new bike next year. I know that the sample selection is biased to bike shoppers but even so; How long do people keep a bike? I have kept each of my last two bikes for 10 years and have 4 years on the current bike and it will suit me for another 10. If everyone was like me the poll would show 10%.
re: How long do you keep your main road bike?merckx56
Oct 20, 2002 2:02 PM
I've had my Merckx for 8 years. Put three new groups on it and built and sold 3 bikes in the interim period.
I won't get rid of it. It's my fined unit now. Just put together a new Look with D/A in the early summer.
I'll probably ride it for another season and buy something else. Not because I need it, but because I want it. Isn't that the whole reason one gets multiple road bikes?
10-15 yearsKerry
Oct 20, 2002 2:29 PM
If you start with top of the line frame/equipment (properly sized), use it wisely, and maintain it well, then it is only self-delusion that drives you to frequent replacement. Upgrade fever is a psychological ailment.
good questionterry b
Oct 20, 2002 4:04 PM
Bought my first road bike (since college) in 1998 and tried to buy a good enough one to avoid the upgrade-itis I got into with my MTBs. Since then, I added 2 more bikes in 2000, one in 2001 and 2 in 2002. For fun, I took my 1998er apart this year and treated it to a new set of wheels and a nice powder coating (it had been unfinished Ti.)

For me, the simple answer to your question based on what I've got is either "forever" or "a really long time." I ride about 5-6k miles per year so the 6 I currently have should last a really long time dividing that mileage across the herd. I don't think I could sell them locally, and getting rid of them via the internet seems more of a hassle than it's worth especially considering the depreciation. So, I think I'll probably just hang onto them and further reduce their yearly use as I add more in the future. Problem is, I can't think of anything else I want in the near term.
good questionMax11
Oct 20, 2002 11:36 PM
I got the same problem. Now I got 2 bikes in the house, 4 on the back porch and 1 really upset/understanding wife. Sold some bikes on the internet and it wasn't to much trouble but you do end up missing those bikes. God, I love my bikes!
storage is the ultimate limiter (nm)terry b
Oct 21, 2002 5:36 AM
14 years and counting nmgtx
Oct 20, 2002 5:29 PM
re: How long do you keep your main road bike?fbg111
Oct 20, 2002 6:25 PM
I wouldn't say upgrade fever is an ailment. Some people may have legitimate reasons for it. For example, I bought my first road bike a few months ago, an aluminum compact. It's fast and I have a nice, smoothly paved 10-mile loop that I ride it on consistently and enjoy it. But recently I've been searching for new, longer routes, trying to build up to a century. However, all these routes I've found have horrible paving, and this bike gets uncomfortable as hell after 30 or 40 miles. So I'm already looking for another bike that's more comfortable long-range. Probably going to be a titanium Merlin, and I'll probably buy it sometime next year. I'll ride the alum on smooth roads, short distances (sprint tri's and the like), and the ti on centuries and other long rides.
re: How long do you keep your main road bike?Max11
Oct 20, 2002 11:48 PM
I owned aluminum (beat me up) and titanium (overrated IMO) but once I jumped on a carbon(kestral) it changed everything. Kestral carbons are smooth, stiff and my choice for long rides. I also switch the setup between road and tri styles by replacing the seatpost (setback and straight) and putting on the syntace aero bars. Works for me and maybe for you, check it out.
31 years and counting ...Humma Hah
Oct 21, 2002 6:23 AM
I tend to develop long-term relationships, even with machines.

Then again, I'm not a racer. If I were, I'd probably have 3-4 race bikes, each for a different type of racing, and probably replace them after no more than 3-4 years.
Until some idiot runs it over with his SUV!!!........nmRode Warrior
Oct 21, 2002 7:24 AM
Averaging 5 years....Juanmoretime
Oct 21, 2002 10:17 AM
Usually about five years and the last two have only been a year. I'm think the one I just bought will be the last for a long time. I just bought a Vortex and it's been my dream bike for a while, it's replacing a Arenburg which will be for sale as soon as I remove my old components and and build up the Vortex. Al least this better be my last one for a while, or so my wife tells me.