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What to do with my bike.(8 posts)

What to do with my bike.Osh
May 4, 2001 9:09 AM
I new to triathlon this year and have only been mountain biking. Last fall I bought a new MTB and now I don't have the money for a road bike. A friend loaned me a nice Puegot for the summer, and to me it seems really fast. It's about 13 years old. He said he paid about $900 for it back then, so it was top end, and he's hasn't used it much, maybe 2K miles total. It has been sitting in his basement for the past 10 years and it looks new. It's only a 12 speed, with the shifters on the down tube. I see the new 18 and 20 speed bikes with the shifters behind the brakes and that looks alot easier to me, especially since I live in an area with a lot of small hills, so I'm changing gears a lot. So is it worth buyng this bike for $300 and trying to upgrade the drive train (I can live with the shifters where they are), or should I just borrow it as long as I can and then put the $300 toward a new or newer used bike? Thanks.
re: What to do with my bike.trigeek
May 5, 2001 6:41 PM
Friend? Work that bike as long as you can if you want with out buying it, but that equipment is too old. I would not pay more that 100 bucks for a 12 speed 13 year old bike. It would take you 700 bucks just to upgrade it. I bet you can find a used cannondale complete with 7 or 8 speed for 200 bucks more if you looked real hard. This website is great for deals on that stuff--esp frame and forks if you can find a decent drivetrain to put on it. You will be hard pressed to resell that bike for taht amount if you decide to stay with triathlon and want another bike. Good luck, go as hard as you can, as long as you can, as far as you can
Thanks for the advice.Osh
May 5, 2001 6:59 PM
Thanks for the reply. It seemed like a lot to ask. He probably feels bad that he paid so much and never really got his money's worth. I got a great deal on a mountain bike by waiting until fall to look at used bikes. So I'll try that again this year, and I'll have a couple races under my belt by then, so I'll know how serious I think I may get with this.
Thats too expensiveJonthan Faro
May 11, 2001 1:00 PM
I have a similar Peugout 12 speed, Its a touriste with Carbolite tubes and 12 gears (6 cogs at the back). I paid £45 for it from a shop last year and it was in top nick new cables, pads and in great condition generaly such as Drivetrain and the saddle goo which is normaly a good sign to how many times it's been dumped on a corner or into a car/abused. I'm keeping it though as it does me for my riding.

Agree, Too Much $$, Mtn Bk Div?MisJG
May 29, 2001 10:30 AM
I agree, this is too much money for that bike. You could put that money towards a new bike w/ much better equipment. Look for closeouts on last year's models. My wife and I bought our bikes that way and saved about $600 (combined). (I bought a '97 Cannondale R500 in '98, she bought a '99 C-dale R600 in '01. Both bikes brand new, just never moved off the dealer's floor)
As a side note, have you considered doing triathlons on your mountain bike? I do Mrs T's Chicago every year and there is a whole division for mountain bikes. That way you don't compete against the roadies. Just put some slick tires on your m-bike and you're good to go! Just a thought!
Agree, Too Much $$, Mtn Bk Div?Osh
Jun 4, 2001 7:53 AM
Thanks for the input. It's hard to put a price on such an old bike, but the more I look around, the more it seems like I should follow your advice, or maybe look for something newer, but used. Happy training!
Agree, Too Much $$, Mtn Bk Div?jaybird
Jun 26, 2001 12:17 PM
what is the worst thing that could happen by doing a triathalon on your mtn bike? You get smoked... so what, you are a beginner, its gunna happen anyway...

Depending on your strength you might be able to pass someone and what would feel better than smoking someone on a $4k bike with a mtn bike?
Jul 12, 2001 7:46 PM
I raced my first tri last weekend. The bike was fine and I averaged about 18mph, which is good for me and probably a good deal faster than I could have gone on my mountain bike. But I am definitely giving the borrowed bike back after my next race in two weeks. I'll finish the summer riding in the woods and look for a good used road bike in the fall when there are some deals. Thanks for the input.