When do I have to change the bicycle?
Buying a bicycle is always a difficult decision and should never be taken lightly. The catalog and current offer is huge and to the technological, price or geometry differences we must add the preferences of each one for fashion and current market trends. This last point is, in most cases, the one that encourages us to change the bike.
Changing partners is not easy. The estimate does not arrive in two days and it takes some time to consolidate the relationship and forget the previous love. Questions in the form of doubt follow one another; When do I have to end the relationship? Am I ready to change my bike? How much money should i spend? Is it really time to change bikes?
If I recently left you a guide with 9 mistakes that you should avoid when buying a bicycle, another one of how to buy a second-hand bicycle in Wallapop, today it's time to talk about the opportune moment to change the bicycle.
Changing the bike: when and why?
As important as buying a bicycle is knowing when the time has come to change it. Bicycles are not an object to use and throw away, but if we use them routinely, they will not last a lifetime. Precisely this use, the requirement of the route, maintenance, technological innovations or your possible health problems are going to be aspects that will condition the bicycle lifespan. Next, I will leave a series of tips that more than one of them will serve as a guide for value the change of bicycle.
-Technological lag: This first point is for me one of the most important. The world of cycling and mechanics continue to evolve and changes take place. Fortunately it is difficult to see how in a couple of years a bicycle is out of date. However, the arrival of 29 ”MTBs or the appearance of disc brakes and electronic shifting has left more than one rider with a nostril.
It is advisable to be attentive to the information that runs through the sector and to specialized internet blogs. In this way we save ourselves from taking a surprise just three months after completing the purchase. Don't forget that shops and brands have economic interests that go beyond the interest and happiness of the customer. Sometimes it is common to see how certain brands "burst" prices with bicycles that have excess stock. Be very careful with compulsive shopping and "irresistible" discounts.
-Cost of repair: over time it is normal for your bike to visit the workshop more often. Components are subject to wear and tear and this means that repairs start arriving periodically.
Nothing happens if you have to leave the bike in the workshop two consecutive weeks. Repairs sometimes go streaky so don't take it all as a divine warning sign either. What you should be concerned about is the financial outlay of these.
You should never spend more money than the current value of the bicycle. Realize that bikes also suffer a significant loss in value over the years. Fortunately, its fall is not as great as that of the automobile sector, but if important technological changes come, its value will plummet.
It is important to know at all times the market value of our bicycle. Visiting second-hand sale portals we will have an idea of the maximum money that we can invest in mechanics and repairs. It also doesn't make much sense for you to kill yourself to change components if your bike starts to have its days numbered. The components are always proportionally cheaper if we get a whole new bicycle.
-Health and comfort: Those of us who have been pedaling for years know perfectly well that we must be very careful with injuries. The posture on the bike It is extremely important, and beyond the height of the saddle there are a series of biomechanical aspects that should be taken into account to ensure non-harmful sports activity. More than one cyclist has been forced to change bikes prematurely as a result of a back or neck problem. As a cyclist you should always prioritize those bikes that best suit your physical condition and your needs. The previous study of geometry will be of great help to avoid hitting your teeth and find a suitable bicycle.
-Use: This point is directly related to the previous one. It has nothing to do with the need of a cyclist who competes with that of a cyclist who limits himself to cycling for pleasure and fun. The former will need a much more aggressive geometry and bike, while the latter will do better with a bike classified as "great depth". The same is true of MTB or gravel. It is likely that if you are rearranging your outings or have changed your training group you will also have to change your bicycle.
You yourself will be in charge of doing a reflection exercise and deciding how you will use the bicycle in the coming years. If you have in mind to do a bikepacking route it is absurd that you keep looking at catalogs with aero bikes.
-Appearance of offers: If previously I showed you the negative and dangerous part of the offers, now I would like to highlight the positive part.
The offer of bicycles is enormous and both brands and dealers have to fight side by side to maintain their position in the market. This implies that the aggressiveness of prices is translated into arrival of periodic offers of great interest. It is important that you keep an eye out for news of this type since a good offer can become the determining factor for changing bikes. The catalogs and designs of the brands change annually and this sometimes leads them to “give away” bicycles from the previous year. If you find a good buyer for your previous bike and you get a good offer, maybe it is the right time to change your bike.