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2011/04/05 11:09:25 (permalink)
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Push bike advice wanted.

 
I brought a hybrid mountain bike about four years ago for £220.  It was in a sale, - it’s a “Trek”.
 
I mainly use it for my commute to work which is mainly roads, but I go up the occasional curb to get a shortcut here and there.
 
Anyway – the rear brake isnt working very well, and it has trouble shifting from 4th to 5th gear, - I have to put it up to 6th, then shift back down to 5th.  It’s also squeaking a bit, and the chain is looking rusty.
 
So, - I give it to my local bike shop, Cycleworks, - to service.  They said it’ll be £50 plus parts.
 
They’ve just rang me and told me that it needs a new hub, new drive train, chain, cables, brake pads,... – all in all i’m looking at £325 !!!!
 
I told them the bike only cost me £220 !!
 
They reckon they could sell me a hybrid bike for about £400!  They reckon that bike prices have gone up!
 
I feel like they’re taking the p***.  I personally didnt think the bike was THAT bad!  It gets me to work and back every day okay!  Are bike shops typically known for replacing things when they’re really not needed.
 
Not sure what to do, - might start looking for a new bike, - not sure what to go for... – might go for more of a road racer instead to be honest... – i fancy being able to go much faster than I am currently able to on my hybrid.. – plus I sit quite ‘upright’ on my bike....
 
And surely I can bike cheaper online...?
 
 
 
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    normanstanleyfletchr
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 12:11:54 (permalink)



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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 12:22:08 (permalink)
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    That's very similar to my bike!  Thanks for that! :)
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 13:14:39 (permalink)
    +1 (1)
    If you've ridden it every day for four years, the drivetrain probably is knackered. Similarly, at four years is quite likely the hub needs replacing (cheap ones tend not to be repairable).
     
    That said, asking for £325 on a £220 bike is crackers.
     
    Bike prices have gone up by 30% in past year or two. A lot of the common (shimano) drivetrain parts are japanese and the exchange rate with gbp is now crap. The result is that bikes usually drop a quality level on drivetrain/brakes/etc to compensate.
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 13:57:20 (permalink)
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    Taking the piss
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    Skrewdriver
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 14:12:41 (permalink)
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    Okay if I want to go for another Hybrid...  but want more performance, - ie, i want to be able to go much faster on the roads, - what do I look for?  A lower seating position?  Lightness?  Any particularly tyres?  Is it worth spending more than £300?
     
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 17:02:02 (permalink)
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    Ive just bought on of these http://www.leisurelakesbi...ale.aspx?&id=11756
     
    havent got it yet, but from everyone hat has one they come well recommended, also I bought on ebay so was cheaper again and only 170miles it had done, saved alot of cash
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 17:34:32 (permalink)
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    Looks like a decent bike.  I have Bontrager tyres on my Trek 7.1 FX,  they've lasted me four years without a single puncture.
     
    I'm torn between a hybrid and a road bike... - I only have a short commute to work, but would like something that really enables me to get the power in, without having to go the whole lycra hog.
     
     
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 18:07:06 (permalink)
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    its only really the labour charges which are cranking it up to £325 could probably replace the parts like for like for £100-120 (including buying a BB tool and chain tool)
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 19:31:22 (permalink)
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    I was the same situation...thats why I got the 7.5 as they are more or less a road bike with upright position.... I personally couldnt het used to the road bike positioning, but thats me
     
    Hope you get what you're looking for
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 20:26:27 (permalink)
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    I prefer riding drop handle. As an example I had to fight through a headwind on the way home from the gym tonight. It would have been harder on a hybrid as I would have been more upright. It's also fun being able to get your head down and get some speed up.
     
    If you are nipping up the odd kerb/cycle path then you will want a bike with 28c tyres to take the edge of the bumps. I would also want to be able to fit full mudguards for travelling in Winter.
     
    I have one of these which ticks the above boxes. Comes in a bit cheaper as it doesen't have gears. Really comfy frame.
     
    http://www.evanscycles.co...eed-road-bike-ec021813
     
    Not a great time to buy bikes as it's peak sales season as the weather is clearing up. 2011 stock levels still high, better to wait until later in the year if you can when they are trying to shift the 2011 range.
     
    Some of the lower level Treks are worth looking at (1.1 to 1.2.) Have a sit on one in the shop and have them figure out what size frame you need. I would then keep an eye on e-bay for a baragin. Trek are a common brand and there will have been someone who bought one with great intentions last Summer but is never going to use it.
     
    Drop handle and will take full mudgurads with 25c tyres and a Shimano Sora groupset.
     
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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 20:30:52 (permalink)
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    Why do people call it pushbike?
     
    At what point do you push it?
     

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    Re:Push bike advice wanted. 2011/04/05 20:34:10 (permalink)
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    up a steep hill



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