Making a choice between upgrading a bike you have or simply buying a new bike.

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What road tire should I buy for my new cyclocross

I'm a recreational rider wanting to get more serious with cycling. I like Cyclocross bikes for their versatility and plan on commuting to work using my new entry-level Nashbar CX1. I've heard that ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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Does a brand-new bike bought online need a service before riding it?

I bought a brand-new road bike from a website. The bike was preassembled and delivered in a big box. The only things I had do were: - remove the styrofoam wrappings - screw on the pedals - loosen/...
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Shimano Claris vs 105?

I'm planning to get my first road bike as I have been putting a lot of miles into my hybrid. Did a century last sunday. Altogether I have done around 5k miles on my trek hybrid. So I thought getting a ...
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Upgrading cheap “cruiser”-type bike for commuting

My current bike is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Avalon-26-Mens-Cruiser-Bike/dp/B00BF0DDRG To disclaim, I don't know very much about bikes, and I'm trying to get more into bikes for commuting and ...
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short, fat, first time cyclist

I'm short 5'2" (1.57 m) and 247 lb (112 kg). I've been working to lose weight and have come down 5 st (30 kg) so far. Now I really want to ramp up my exercise and was looking at cycling as an option. ...
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Why not upgrade?

I've got a 1997 Trek 1220 that I picked up relatively cheaply. When purchased, it was freshly tuned with new cables brake pads, chain, cassette, and also with a new wheelset. The cassette had been ...
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Upgrade my Globe Vienna for commuting and distance riding, or look for a new bike?

I've been cycling for about six months now, and am looking to get into some distance cycling and want to get my speed up on my commute. I currently ride a Globe Vienna and was wondering if it was ...
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Marin MTB eldridge Grade

I have a Marin small steel frame MTB circa 1997. Is it possible to upgrade to today's parts such as 10 speed derailleurs and shifters. I'm pretty sure disk brakes are out of the question. If so any ...
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Is my six-year old touring bike worth repairing?

My touring bike (which I use for commuting) needs repairs which will cost £200... half the price of a new one. I am not mechanically-minded.... and I am too busy and too old to learn! A new bike ...
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What first bike to buy? [closed]

I'm going to be moving to a semi-urban area in a few months. I'd love to buy a bike to be able to travel around the town. I don't want to spend too much money. I'd say the best < $300 can get me. ...
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Would a quality derailleur improve a cheap bike

I bought my son a cheap mountain bike last week, it did 2 miles before the chain mashed up the drailleur. is it worth replacing with a better quality component. im a novice , but handy enough to ...
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7 to 11 cassette upgrade or new bike

I've recently purchased a 1986 Schwinn Passage. Everything works great, but I'd like to upgrade to STI shifters and the Cassette. I've found a great deal on a groupset, Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed. My ...
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Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?

10 Years ago, when I was 14, I got my first road bike. It costed around 1000 € (~1350$), and I have been using it every year. I have cycled at least 1.000 km every season. Now, I have started to ask ...
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The difference between a junkie bike and a racing bike?

So I found this used old bike in the junk. My experience with bikes was zero, so in order to fix it I had to learn about bikes on youtube and other places. What I understood is that one can basically ...