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    How often do you buy a new bike?

    Hello. I'm new here. I've been riding since 2005, and, in those years, have only boughten two new bikes. When I bought my current one, I sold my previous one. Every year new bikes come out with only a few upgrades and, usually, only minor changes to the frame design.

    So, how often do you buy and bike (not upgrade components, but buy a complete bike)?

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    I've bought 7 bikes in the last 2 years (2 hard tails, 1 FS, 1 road, 2 cyclocross, 1 time trial)... only have 5 of them still. I think I'm finally to the point I have the bikes I want and don't have a reason to upgrade anything I have at this point. (As a disclaimer, I first started riding bikes 2 years ago, hence all the bikes in that time frame, LOL!)

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    I've owned 7 bikes in 21 yrs.....lets see UM that's a bike every 3 yrs.

    3X7 = 21 Yup got it right

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    just ordered my 2nd bike in 4 years altho this one is not a mtb. Have a 88 Mongoose road and a 94 Trek mtb. Don't ride the Trek anymore.
    , course I had a 18 yr hiatus from riding


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    Been mtb for 20 years. I average a new bike every 4 years and usually update/mod the shock/fork every 2 years. Got to tell you after 4 years of bi-annual maintenance and annual overhauls my bikes are pretty clapped out.

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    Not as often as I'd like to, but certainly more often than I need to...

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    whenever i see one i like. which is often.

    no need to get sucked into the latest-greatest trap though. most mid to upper level bike's capabilities far surpass those of the average rider.
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    I get a lot of used bikes, however i never get duplicates and im a firm believer in using things until they are spent. At this point I think I get about a bike a year, but once I have a bike i like it doesn't get replaced until to has to be. And even then, its usually just the broken parts that get replaced and not the whole bike. This year I got a fat bike. Last year was an ibis mojo. I have 10 bikes overall and have been riding longer than that. I guess Im net really a good example to guage yourself by.
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    It's a bad habit, I try to concentrate on riding new trails or areas that I haven't been to before.
    I bought bikes in 2003, 2009,2011, and planning a build this year.
    Riding.....

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    Lets see...

    9 years I've bought two mountain bikes, built two mountain bikes, bought one frame I never built. I also bought three road bikes. Currently I own one complete single speed mountain bike, one frame I'm trying to sell, one frame that I'm keeping because it's not worth anything and one road bike I purchased this year. I'm planning to buy another mountain bike soon. That'll give me one single speed mtb, one nice geared mtb, and one nice road bike. With those, I should be set for a while. I may add a CX bike next year if I can score a good deal on a model closeout, but otherwise, I'll probably not get one.

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    I don't buy new bikes anymore.. I just have upgrade plans for my bike. This year I decided to stick with 26" wheels since i bought a frame a few years ago and I want to build a fs in a few years. So this year I bought a new fork and wheels, along with a a new cassette and derailleur. I wait to find stuff cheap, I'm in no rush most of the time. My last full bike was an 06 hardrock, before that was a steel trek. I like building my bikes, and I still like 26" wheels so my upgrades are getting cheaper lol

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    IF custom steel hardtail frame was purchased in 2002. Trance frame around 2004. I haven't bought a complete bike in years though I plan on doing just that in 2015.

    Guess you can say I buy new bikes every decade. My road bike is also ten years old with no immediate plans to replace it. I tend to just upgrade parts as they wear out. I don't break frames or haven't yet.

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    I once bought a new MTB as a complete entity, that was a birthday gift for my son in 85 or 86 I think. All the bikes I have had since then have been parts bin specials, and none the worse for that. I am guessing I have saved a bunch of money since then, and I can put the components on them that I want. Since online shopping became viable, it has become a lot easier to find deals! I only ever have 2 bikes, usually with about the same setup for the terrain I usually ride, so that way even if I have a mechanical issue with one, I can ride as normal. Like the previous poster, I will ride til I break stuff or it wears out, then I will change it. My bikes are constantly evolving! That keeps it fresh too. Always good to try out new parts.
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    Too many good deals on parts/frames to buy a complete bike anymore. I bought my last new/complete bike in 2009. It's fun to build up a frame exactly the way you want it to be. To this day, I have never seen a complete bike offered exactly how I would want it to be.
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    Ive bought 3 "new" bikes in 20+ years of MTBing. By the time each bike has been put to pasture, the frame is usually all that remains of the original bike.

    I bought a new bike in jan of '13, the process of component upgrading/replacement is already well under way. Mind you, i am not into bling and do not upgrade just to upgrade... i replace parts that wear out, break, or are insufficient for my needs.
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