Garage Files: To Replace or Repair?
Mountain biking is a gear-intensive sport, and that’s part of the reason we love it so much. New gear is half of the fun, whether it’s the newest drivetrain, suspension or cockpit widget, you simply must have it to be considered “the cool kid on the mountain.” That said, though, unless you’re a sponsored pro rider, you’re probably going to have to walk the fine line between replacing worn-out, smoked components that keep your bike from running at all and balancing the bank overdraft fees from when you “just gotta have it.”
The Mountain Bike Action wrecking crew goes through a lot of components, and we’ve learned when it makes sense to repair a part or when it’s better to just throw in the towel, go for a new one and prepare to take the heat from the girlfriend when the credit card bill comes due and you have to head to In-N-Out instead of a sushi restaurant on date night. We understand. Learn from our experience.
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