Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

When do you say enough and put them down?

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

When do you say enough and put them down?

Old 07-07-19, 06:37 AM
  #1  
iowa mark
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: NW Iowa
Posts: 23

Bikes: GT,Trek,Fuji,and a couple of Schwinns

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
When do you say enough and put them down?

I went out on a nice morning ride the other day on one of our local trails and was just getting up on the pedals when CRUNCH. Caught a rock in the wheels of the rear derailleur and mangled everything. Broke the B screw mount, stripped teeth off of both pulleys, bent the cages, and broke off the entire drop on the bike frame. This is my old Trek 2200 aluminum lugged carbon tubed campy equipped favorite road bike. The old 8 speed derailleur is impossible to find parts for, and the drop looks to be part of the aluminum forging of the rear frame. I feel like I'm putting down my favorite dog. I am finding at my age, there are things in my life that are hard to say good bye to. And not just people. Any sage wisdom out there?
iowa mark is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 06:42 AM
  #2  
Lemond1985
Sophomore Member
 
Lemond1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,931
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 441 Times in 297 Posts
As a wiser man than I once said ... "pics or it didn't happen".
Lemond1985 is offline  
Likes For Lemond1985:
Old 07-07-19, 07:38 AM
  #3  
freeranger
Senior Member
 
freeranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 1,273

Bikes: 06 Lemond Reno, 96 GT Timberline mtn.bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)
Liked 36 Times in 27 Posts
Wisdom dictates "don't take your favorite road bike out on the trails".
freeranger is offline  
Likes For freeranger:
Old 07-07-19, 02:58 PM
  #4  
shelbyfv
Senior Member
 
shelbyfv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 5,590
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1228 Post(s)
Liked 230 Times in 154 Posts
Hang it on the wall. Obviously there are plenty of derailleurs that would work but if the integrated derailleur hanger is broken, it wouldn't be worth the cost of repair.
shelbyfv is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 04:06 PM
  #5  
iowa mark
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: NW Iowa
Posts: 23

Bikes: GT,Trek,Fuji,and a couple of Schwinns

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
The trail is a nice easy paved few miles along the local river and through a few parks that I've taken several times. The issue, I guess is the loss of one more thing in my life that shouldn't matter as much as it seems to. I know it's just a bike. Just having an old guy moment, I suppose.
iowa mark is offline  
Likes For iowa mark:
Old 07-07-19, 04:12 PM
  #6  
Lemond1985
Sophomore Member
 
Lemond1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,931
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 441 Times in 297 Posts
It's amazing Trek didn't have a replaceable RD hanger. When I broke the RD hanger on my Cannondale road bike BITD, Cannondale gave me a brand new current year frame. That was before they started putting replaceable hangers on all their frames, IIRC.
Lemond1985 is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 04:12 PM
  #7  
bobwysiwyg 
Senior Member
 
bobwysiwyg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: 961' 42.28° N, 83.78° W (A2)
Posts: 1,925

Bikes: Mongoose Selous, Trek DS

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 728 Post(s)
Liked 71 Times in 49 Posts
Originally Posted by iowa mark View Post
Just having an old guy moment, I suppose.
I have several of them in a month's time. No worries, you get use to them.. as do those around you.
__________________
"Skepticism is the first step in critical thinking." -- Me
bobwysiwyg is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 05:03 PM
  #8  
unterhausen
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 18,596
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 72 Times in 62 Posts
sounds like a good candidate for metal recycling. The mechanicals could be fixed, but the frame is toast
unterhausen is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 06:12 PM
  #9  
Carbonfiberboy 
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 15,247

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1935 Post(s)
Liked 85 Times in 70 Posts
Maybe that's your favorite road bike, but that's actually a terrible frame. You know your size and measurements. Look online for a used 9 or 10-speed carbon bike. I'm still riding my '99 5200. Don't get rid of the old bike until you have the new one all set up.
__________________
Results matter
Carbonfiberboy is online now  
Old 07-07-19, 06:26 PM
  #10  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,784

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 233 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6822 Post(s)
Liked 652 Times in 410 Posts
I try to stay emotionally detached from inanimate objects.

One day I can't live without something. Then it breaks or dies, new is purchased and I wish I had upgraded years ago.


-Tim-
TimothyH is offline  
Likes For TimothyH:
Old 07-07-19, 06:32 PM
  #11  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 23,333

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 93 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3202 Post(s)
Liked 223 Times in 174 Posts
Sometimes you have to turn your head & spit?

Last edited by rumrunn6; 07-09-19 at 12:22 PM.
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 07:24 PM
  #12  
benetga
Senior Member
 
benetga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 96

Bikes: Trek 1.1- Commuter, Nashbar Carbon105 -Sunday ride, Specialized Rockhopper-SS Winter Bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Could you make it a single speed?
benetga is offline  
Likes For benetga:
Old 07-07-19, 08:47 PM
  #13  
BluesDawg
just keep riding
 
BluesDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Posts: 13,558

Bikes: 2018 Black Mountain Cycles MCD,2017 Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar, 2017 Niner Jet 9 Alloy, 2015 Zukas custom road, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 172 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 11 Posts
Sorry, man. That's got to be hard to take.
BluesDawg is offline  
Old 07-07-19, 09:08 PM
  #14  
CAT7RDR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 257

Bikes: Kestrel RT-!000, Trek Marlin 29'er

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 30 Posts
Originally Posted by iowa mark View Post
The trail is a nice easy paved few miles along the local river and through a few parks that I've taken several times. The issue, I guess is the loss of one more thing in my life that shouldn't matter as much as it seems to. I know it's just a bike. Just having an old guy moment, I suppose.
I am going through this right now helping my octogenarian mother go through holiday decorations that have been in boxes unused for 20 years. She won't part with them. Too many happy memories for her.
CAT7RDR is online now  
Old 07-08-19, 04:41 AM
  #15  
OldTryGuy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SW Fl.
Posts: 4,527

Bikes: 1981 Custom Touring Paramount, 1983 Road Paramount, 2013 Giant Propel Advanced SL3, 2018 Specialized Red Roubaix Expert mech., 2002 Magna 7sp hybrid, 1976 Bassett Racing 45sp Cruiser

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 690 Post(s)
Liked 76 Times in 54 Posts
When do you say enough and put them down?

Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I try to stay emotionally detached from inanimate objects.
One day I can't live without something. Then it breaks or dies, new is purchased and I wish I had upgraded years ago.
-Tim-
inanimate or not, when the Dr. said "very aggressive PCa" it was

has·ta la vis·ta to "the Boys"

bicycling is much -- MUCH MORE comfortable now
OldTryGuy is offline  
Old 07-08-19, 04:53 AM
  #16  
Lemond1985
Sophomore Member
 
Lemond1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 1,931
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 441 Times in 297 Posts
Lemond1985 is offline  
Old 07-08-19, 11:06 PM
  #17  
Wildwood 
Veteran/Pacifist/Resister
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 8,886

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 204 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1896 Post(s)
Liked 202 Times in 147 Posts
Does Trek make good bikes???
__________________
60s? Frejus TdF/70sFollis 072/71 Bottecchia Giro d Italia/72 Zeus Competition/78 Batavus Competition/80 Mondia Super/81 AustroDaimler Olympian/82 Harding(Holdsworth) Special/84 Pinarello Record/85 EM Corsa Extra/86 DeRosa Pro/88 Falcon Race/99 Pinarello Cadore/99 Calfee TetraPro/03 Macalu Cirrus/04 Tallerico: The less ridden = '97 CoMotion tandem + city bike, mtn bike, beach cruiser
Wildwood is offline  
Old 07-09-19, 10:20 AM
  #18  
Leisesturm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 4,070
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1345 Post(s)
Liked 54 Times in 45 Posts
Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Does Trek make good bikes???
Beats me ... I mean ... how would I know?

Leisesturm is offline  
Old 07-09-19, 07:59 PM
  #19  
downhillmaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 812
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 481 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 162 Times in 87 Posts
Originally Posted by iowa mark View Post
I went out on a nice morning ride the other day on one of our local trails and was just getting up on the pedals when CRUNCH. Caught a rock in the wheels of the rear derailleur and mangled everything. Broke the B screw mount, stripped teeth off of both pulleys, bent the cages, and broke off the entire drop on the bike frame. This is my old Trek 2200 aluminum lugged carbon tubed campy equipped favorite road bike. The old 8 speed derailleur is impossible to find parts for, and the drop looks to be part of the aluminum forging of the rear frame. I feel like I'm putting down my favorite dog. I am finding at my age, there are things in my life that are hard to say good bye to. And not just people. Any sage wisdom out there?
I would repair it. That is a great frame and happens to be the same one that Iowa Rep Steve King rides!
Very cool.
downhillmaster is offline  
Old 07-09-19, 09:13 PM
  #20  
velojym
Senior Member
 
velojym's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Alabama
Posts: 308

Bikes: 2000 Kona Jake the Snake, Surly LHT, Montague Paratrooper, Cannondale M500, Santana Arriva, Bridgestone 200

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Liked 36 Times in 26 Posts
Originally Posted by benetga View Post
Could you make it a single speed?
This. You can eliminate the derailleur, single out the front too, and lighten the bike up a bit in the process. Take it out on light pleasure rides now and then, and have something else to ride when you need a fully functional geared bike.

Alternately, hang it on the wall. That's what I figure I'll do with Jake (2000 Kona JtS) when the time comes. Some of us get attached to our hardware, and there's nothing wrong with that. It just makes for a bit of heartache when something like this happens.
velojym is offline  
Old 07-09-19, 10:10 PM
  #21  
MarcusT
Senior Member
 
MarcusT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: NE Italy
Posts: 671
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 305 Post(s)
Liked 26 Times in 22 Posts
I am going to be the cold voice of reason:
The bike may have sentimental value, but in the end it was a factory made, anonymous bike that you just happened to purchase.
Now, if it were a custom made frame that you had gone through hell and high water to meet your needs, I would say it may be worth saving.
Find whatever photos you have of when the bike was young and move on.
If you endeavor, you will find a better bike
MarcusT is offline  
Old 07-10-19, 05:59 AM
  #22  
Koyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 867
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 459 Post(s)
Liked 167 Times in 97 Posts
I don’t become emotionally attached to things...Only to people and dogs. If I trashed a bike tomorrow, I would only be upset about the cost of replacement.
Koyote is offline  
Likes For Koyote:
Old 07-11-19, 06:53 AM
  #23  
Classtime 
Senior Member
 
Classtime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,651

Bikes: 81 Medici, 84 Turbo, 86 IM, 2010 Milwaukee Road, 2011 RS

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 596 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Still looking for a picture of your 2200. And then I'll look for a picture of your new 2200 that you find on CL or EBay.
Classtime is offline  
Old 07-12-19, 05:57 AM
  #24  
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Posts: 12,060

Bikes: Ridley Helium SLX, Canyon Endurance SL, De Rosa Professional, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Schwinn Paramount (1 painted, 1 chrome), Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Raleigh Roker, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2

Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 740 Post(s)
Liked 43 Times in 28 Posts
Time to upgrade. I've had a passion for vintage bikes, and still value the collection, but get a good modern bike and don't look back. You won't regret it. These are awesome: https://www.canyon.com/en-us/road-bikes/endurance-bikes/endurace/endurace-cf-sl-disc-7.0/2184.html?dwvar_2184_pv_rahmenfarbe=BK%2FGY&dwvar_2184_pv_rahmengroesse=2XL
Barrettscv is offline  
Old 07-12-19, 03:20 PM
  #25  
RockiesDad
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 172 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Time to upgrade. I've had a passion for vintage bikes, and still value the collection, but get a good modern bike and don't look back. You won't regret it. These are awesome: https://www.canyon.com/en-us/road-bi...mengroesse=2XL
x2. Good excuse to get a new bike. It's not like N+1 which is a bit harder to explain to your significant other but now its just a replacement for something that you rode to the ground and got your monies worth and then some...
RockiesDad is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.