human909 wrote:Carbon fibre aside I'm still confused about the expected lifespan people have of bikes.
The two bikes that I ride are from the 90s and still going strong. One bike I've owned new from 1999. Still has many original components including rear brake cables and housings. Just replaced the front brake cable and housing yesterday. Its on its second cassette and chain wheel, probably about its 6th chain. Its spent plenty of time in rain and muck.
Why own bikes from the 90s? Cause they are still working like a dream. The Sakae Litage frame is a beauty, my Giant is just a reliable workhorse. Sure I could by $3000 or $6000 bike but the simple question how would it make me happier or my life easier? If that can't be easily answered then why would I do that vs spending the money on a something that would.
Bravo.. that's the answer!