Do I need a new bike or should I upgrade my current one?

axsirlotl Posts: 13
edited December 2017 in MTB general
I currently use a mountain bike that's about 20 years old and the brakes are pretty shoddy (the front brake cable snapped a few days ago, about a week after the rear cable snapped). It has 3 gears on the left and 5 on the right (I don't know the bike gear lingo so I hope that makes sense) but if I use any gear on the left other than 2nd gear, my bike makes quite a loud noise, so I don't know if I need to fix the crank.
I only use my bike on a 5 mile commute (there and back) to the gym every morning, so I feel (and I've been told in a thread that I made) that buying a new bike wouldn't be that beneficial to me, plus, my current bike is much safer as it's 20 years old, muddy, not flashy at all and is made of a multitude of different parts from different manufacturers (eg my pedals are different).
Should I get my bike checked up and replace my brakes or get new wheels, or is it worth replacing it with a new bike?


  • Probably a service would do you. New brake cables are not hard to fit. Sounds like the gears need adjusting, though after 20 years may need some parts. Have a look on Parktool website or youtube to see how to do it yourself.
  • cooldad
    cooldad Posts: 32,599
    Or just continue with this thread, as you only use it for commuting. ... t=13087008
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  • 02gf74
    02gf74 Posts: 1,168
    You need some one who knows about bicycles to check it over, moving parts, gear, chain and brakes.

    Some items may just need adjustment whereas others will need replacing.

    At this point you can work out how much it will cost and this will determine whether it is worth buying new or good s/h components or a new or good company condition s/h bike.