When should you change your bicycle?
In Spain many bicycles are sold every year, but sometimes people can't afford to buy the latest model of the market, so second-hand bicycles are always a great option.
But if you're lucky and can buy a new one, you'll know that it's a very important investment for a cyclist. Not only because of its economic cost, but also because the risk of not choosing the right bike for you. That's why it's very important to compare models, read opinions and visit stores.
A bicycle is not something that you can replace every month, it's an object that you'll use often and for several years. It's important to know what bike you have to buy, but it's also important to know when it's time to change it. Obviously, this will depend on the use you make of it, kilometers made, routes, etc.
The maintenance received during this time is also very important. If it has been taken care of properly, its useful life will be longer. For all these factors it's difficult to establish an exact way of knowing when you should change your bicycle. But there are always some indicators that can give us some clues.
As with cars, the moment you buy a bicycle, it devalues. It's automatic. We can calculate that, depending on the bicycle, brand and components, you can lose between 15% and 30% of its value each year. In addition to all the deterioration, use and maintenance.
Approximately between 3 or 5 years, the bicycle is already below 50% of its value compared to the original price. In addition, there always comes a time when you have to replace the main components of the transmission, suspension, brake discs or tires.
With all this, calculate the money that you spend in performing these operations a year. If the cost is more than 50% of the value of the bicycle, then my friend, it's time to replace it.
Don't be sad, maybe this is the beginning of a new friendship!