- Cheap parts on an otherwise expensive bike. What works for you ?
What's wrong with that Duntmatter? It's totally worn out after a year, and rather than buying chains throughout the year I wear it all out together.
I do tend to change the bike every year too, so it just means not putting a worn transmission on a new bike, which makes sense to me!Posted 9 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
PVC tape for rim tape and M-Part seatpost clamp. I'd forgotten I use those until someone else mentioned them.Posted 9 years ago
Practical Matt is the only one to own up to using Bike Hut stuff so far then. 😀
As for clothing, I've raced with 3 pairs for £1 Tesco socks inside £80 North Wave shoes.
There's nowt wrong with it. I was just surprised at the difference in our levels of expenditure, and attitudes to how disposable / useable things are.
Fair enough, I should say, if you didn't know, that I get my bikes heavily subsidised, use for a year and sell on. Were I paying full price I would a) not buy such expensive kit and b) keep it longer. But the chain/cassette/rings are totally destroyed after a year, so they'd need doing anyway!Posted 9 years agoEwanMember
I've got SLX on my Nomad, which I suppose is a bit ghetto, along with super star pads and grips. However the most ghetto thing on all of my bikes is the tons of gaffer tape – all over them on rub points. I suppose I should spend more to make the bike look less shit, but I just can't bring myself to!Posted 9 years agoaracerMember
It's totally worn out after a year, and rather than buying chains throughout the year I wear it all out together.
Yeah, but for more normal people who don't dispose of a complete bike after a year, it's a false economy not to change your chain sooner.
I'm struggling to think of cheap bits on my expensive bikes – though I have kind of done the opposite. I have Campag Record on a £400 Pedalforce frame.Posted 9 years ago
I've often totted that up in my head though, and I'm not so sure, at least excluding XX where the cassette is silly money.
If you use X9SL chains on XTR cassettes at £40 and £120 respectively. Assuming you use 3 chains in a year, it's cheaper to keep one for the year and replace with the cassette.
I did used to do that before I changed bikes so often, but I'm not so sure it works that well, you spend a fortune in chains and I don't think the cassettes really do that much better. I will almost certainly be getting an X.9 cassette or sommat though!Posted 9 years ago
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