How long Does a Bike Last? (Expected Lifespan)

If you are new to mountain biking, you will most probably want to know the life expectancy of your bike. How long can you expect your bike to last on average? We want to take a look at this question and see just what kind of life expectancy you can get from your bike.

On average, you can expect to get about 5 years of daily riding days from a good quality bike that is well maintained. A number of factors such as the riding conditions and well climate of your area play a part in how long your bike will last.

Life Expectancy of a Bike

Just like with any piece of machinery, there are several factors that will determine just how long your bike will last. In the summary above, we said that you can expect to go 5 years of daily riding on a quality bike. This means that if you were to ride your bike every day, you can expect your bike to give you 5 years of service.

Depending on your circumstances, you may not ride on a daily basis. If you are like most people, you will be taking your bike on the trail every once in a while. If that’s, it’s not a stretch to say that your bike can go at least 10 years or more when well main maintained. Let’s look at the factors that determine your bike’s lifespan one by one.

Quality of Bike

The first of these is the overall quality and workmanship of your bike. This should be obvious and go without saying. Better quality lasts longer. Quality is determined by a number of factors. Firstly, the materials that go into your bike are key. What is your frame made of? How good is the quality of our gears, chains, wheels, and tires.

The better the quality of all these materials, the better the life expectancy of your bike. It will naturally mean that you will fork out more money to buy it but the price will pay off in years to come. You may have heard of the argument of price vs cost.

Expensive, quality products cost more at the beginning but their quality means that you will pay less in maintenance costs in the future because they are overall better products. Cheap products cost less in the beginning but you may end up paying more in repair and maintenance costs over the years that far end up actually making the product more expensive in the long term.

Maintenance of Your Bike

The second factor is how well-maintained your bike is. Given that you’ve bought a quality bike, how well you maintain it will also have a great impact on how the life expectancy of your bike.

It’s not uncommon for a well-maintained bike to last 8 to 10 years or more. When you make sure that you take care of your bike, it will take care of you.

Sounds like a cheesy line, but it’s true. Make sure to carry out regular inspections of your bike as well as any regular maintenance work on the different parts of your bike like gears, wheels, greasing, and other tasks.

How Often You Ride It Is your bike a daily rider?

Do you use it to commute or do you ride on a daily basis? This is also a factor to consider when you want to gauge how long your bike will last. It goes without saying that if you ride daily, it will have a significant impact on the longevity of your bike. If you ride as an enthusiast and do it every now and then, the impact will be quite different in comparison to a pro athlete who trains daily, for example.

The Terrain You Ride it on

The conditions your bike is exposed to also play a significant role in life expectancy. If you ride in rough conditions, you will naturally expect your bike to not last as long as one that is ridden in less demanding conditions that don’t put a lot of strain on it.

Final Thoughts

All these factors play a key part in your bike’s life expectancy. Basically, it all boils down to buying quality and maintaining your bike well. Do this and you can at least get a minimum of 5 good daily riding years out of it.