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...?