When I moved to France, I bought a second hand very old bike. I need a bike, I can't do without it. But because bikes here get stolen easily and because I never know for how long I will be in the same place and where I will be next, I decided to go for an old bike.
Everything worked well till the last weeks. I paid my old bike only 45 euros and it last in a decent shape for a year and half. Now, it starts to have a lot of little problems that need reparation or pieces to be changed. Last week end I went to a bike shop with a friend, as she was looking for a new bike. A new simple bike doesn't cost less than 150 euros. However, you can find a second hand bike for between 40 and 70 euros. Repairing mine would cost me probably around 50-60 euros for a complete check and substitution of broken pieces. Here the dilemma:
Should I buy a new bike?
If I would decide to buy a new bike, I would buy a new one, with the warranty etc, as I wouldn't want in a year from now find myself in the same situation I am now in the case I would decide to buy a second hand bike again.
On the other hand what should I do with my old bike? I am not very much in favor of this philosophy that when something is broken we throw it away and we buy a new one. My bike would certainly work well if I would repair it, but it is true that for how things go now, it is cheaper and easier to replace a broken thing with something new than repair it.
I always got upset about this. Why should I buy something new when my old thing could be repaired and still work? and beside, don't we already generate so much trash that it would be much better for the environment to recycle things and repair what it is broken than buying new things?
I guess I will try to repair my bike, even if at the end on the long term for sure it would be better to buy a new one. But I don't want to throw my bike away, when it could still work well.
8 years ago