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Commute 6K a year - get new components or buy new bike?

oatmealtwiceoatmealtwice Posts: 21
edited December 2014 in Commuting general
Hi there

I commute around 6K a year - commute involves muddy lanes used by quarry traffic/farmers etc so hard on the bike.

I've had a Trek 1.5A for 2.5 years. It's getting to that time again when I will need to replace the chainset/chain/cassette - the LBS said my headset would need replacing soon and maybe my brake mechs. Will need new Marathon Plus too. The wheels are a year old and OK!

So! that sounds like a lorra money (not compared to driving the car!).

Do I just buy the basic Boardman road bike or equivalent instead??


  • A few components is far cheaper than a whole bike.

    Chain ~ £10
    Cassette ~ £20
    Chainset ~ £50
    Headset ~ £20
    Tyres ~ £50 a pair
    Brakes ~ £30

    So around £200 for that lot, or £800/£1000 for a new bike.

    You can even buy the new 105 groupset for £300. That's where I'd put my money. That will go a few years with a couple of chain/cassette changes.
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  • They're mostly just consumables. Buy on-line, fit yourself. Certainly don't justify buying a new bike after 2.5 years.

    On the other hand, it's an entry level bike that you might want to upgrade, in which case why not if you can afford it? Maybe sell it or maybe keep as a winter beater.

    For an upgrade, if you're not in a tearing hurry, keep an eye on the for sale boards here, on CTC, etc.

    For that kind of use, maybe consider a tourer for the commute - something like the Dawes Galaxy or Surly LHT - perhaps used but in good nick.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    That would be both.

    What a silly question.
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  • whoofwhoof Posts: 756
    I can see you might want to replace a chainring but not the chainset. £24 for two ring.
    Also replace the brakes? I've been commuting on my bike for 20 years with the same brakes with the current commute been 5000-6000 miles a year. If they do need changing you might want to be cleaning your bike a bit more often.
  • MichaelWMichaelW Posts: 2,226
    muddy lanes. Good candidate for disk brakes.
  • Hi all -thanks for the replies! Whoof has a point re the cleaning, I'd give myself a. Maybe the brakes could be rescued. The shed I kept the bike in was quite damp for a while as well which has not helped either. Perhaps I should be banned from owning a bike ;-) Or a shed, or anything...
  • I suspect some time spent finding out how to do stuff would be useful. Saves you loads in labour and parts prices and makes you less reliant on what the LBS is telling you.

    PS I'd check your BB - not expensive if you do it yourself and they do tend to wear, although some seem to go on forever but some not that long.

    Edit: PPS Missed chainset replacement - never had to do that from wear and tear. Chainrings on the fixed, yes, but not the whole caboodle.
  • On the subject of replacing a whole chainset, I did it once when I had to replace the BB and a couple of worn chainrings at around the same time. I was able to get a discounted chainset (which included the BB) for a bit less than the individual parts would have cost me.

  • dodgydodgy Posts: 2,890
    Sounds like a bike with belt drive and discs would be a good choice for your commute. No oil to worry about, mud will just wash off the belt with cold water.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    That depends on how much damage will happen to the belt on each return trip before washing.

    For me I'd just keep putting 'good enough' parts (normal dérailleur setup) on it and keep it going all the time the frame and forks are OK, that or bite the bullet and go for something hardier (disc braked CX or fast hybrid to taste).

    Going to a single front ring (if the gearing works) will also help keep costs down.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Replace all the bits and use it as your commuter. And buy yourself a nice bike for best!
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