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Bike overhaul

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If you remember, I purchased 6-yr old tri bike from a tri club friend last fall. She had 6 ironman (plus of course all the training) on it. It was maintained well (clean plus cable, chain and such had been replaced often) and rides very well. During a fitting, a LBS fitter suggested for a complete overhaul. It will be about $250 at this store (please don't tell me I should learn how to do this myself..) Is it worth it? When he removed some spacers, he showed me how much grease/sweat or whatever accumlated between them as a reason/proof for this overhaul. I am not planning to buy any more bike for some time and I would like to do the right thing to prolong this bike's life.<br>
Also, what he suggested was to shorten the grip of the aerobars so that I can shift without moving up my hands from a riding position. My friend (who is about my size) was obviously riding this way. It would cost another $$ to do this. Is this important to get it done?<br><br>
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The quick test is to see if anything grinds or is too loose. For example, take off a wheel, hold the hub with your fingers and give the wheel a spin. If you feel any grinding or if there is any play in the hub, than you probably do need an overhaul. You can conduct similar experiments with other moving parts.<br><br>
However, if your friend rode this bike for six years without an overhaul, it probably needs one given the kind of mileage she most likely put on it.<br><br>
<br><br><span style="color:#000000;">I think that it really hard for any of us to answer that question. Will it be good for your bike? Definitely! Is it worth the $s for you? Only you can answer that question. If you are swimming in cash, then no question, do it. If funds are tight, then perhaps you set a more modest budget. Then go to the bike shop and say "I have $### to spend on bike maintenance. What do you recommend I do with that money." That way you stick within a specific budget and you get the important work done first.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">For me, I wouldn't spend $200 on an overhaul, but that is because I'd do it myself.</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;">Victor</span>
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