Not long ago keeping a bike for more than a season or two would have seemed about as likely as riding it to the moon. But, big improvements in materials and technology have led to game-changing improvements in reliability and durability. That (coupled with a “settling of the dust” with new standards in wheel sizes, geometry and suspension design) means that nearly any new bike today can go more than a couple of seasons with the proper care. At a time when bike-shop repair bills can feel more like highway robbery, it’s more important than ever to protect your investment in your bike. The key to saving over the long haul is to limit the depreciating impact of all those trail miles. Here’s how we keep our bikes riding and looking new for many seasons.