Originally Posted by qmsdc15
"Personally I wouldn't buy a bike that had a 10 year life expectancy, that would be a waste of money."
Most of the frames I've owned in the last twenty years cracked well before they were ten years old. Seven or eight in total, steel and aluminum.
What the heck are you doing to your bikes? Or, why do you think their breaking if your not doing anything to cause the damage?
I have a bike I bought new in 84, it has 150,000 miles on it, the frame is still good to go, though the paint is not after 19 years of S. California sun. And 10 of those years were racing all over S. California.
I don't know anyone who has your kind of luck with frames...I did know one guy though, he was a body builder weighed around 240. His first bike was one of the Vitus 749 models, after a month the frame was broke, Vitus replaced, about a month later it broke. By the time the 3rd one was replaced he heard about Klien so he got it and hung up the 3rd Vitus which he never rode, this I think was around 1989. about 8 months later the Klien broke, Klien replaced, the 2nd one lasted 5 years and it broke, so he bought a Cannondale, broke two of those in roughly a 7 year period. Then he decides to try steel, so he contacted Grant at Rivendell and told Grant his problems and that he wanted a bike to go touring with. Grant had a Rivendell built to handle the demands of this guy. That was in 2003, my friend has been touring on that bike every summer since then and rides it when not touring...it hasn't broke, but it's not been 10 years old yet either. The Vitus still hangs in his garage never mounted.