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Old 06-17-2009, 12:31 AM   #81
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I'm in serious need of a new mountain bike, whats the best thing I can get in the 600-800 dollar range/ Its a noob question, but its been years since I've bought a bike
If you're looking for a brand new bike then, yes, hardtail will be a good choice. However, you could buy used and some bikes that are full suspension go for that price range on Craigslist.
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^ No doubt. If you know what you're looking for, you can definitely find some deals.
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What do you guys think of Schwalbe tires?
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What do you guys think of Schwalbe tires?
My winter tires are Schwalbe Marathon Winters.

They are durable, heavy, and a bitch to mount/unmount.
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What do you guys think of Schwalbe tires?
Which ones and what type of riding will you be using them for?
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Which ones and what type of riding will you be using them for?
They make one called a Nobby Nic that I was looking at at the bike shop the other day...the guy said they would be good for the terrain I'm riding, etc. He said he uses them.

Thinking about going with those and the Stan's tubeless kit you recommended (thanks for that by the way)
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Cool. I haven't tried it but I hear it's a good all-rounder.
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Well, I did something today I have not done in about 10 years.


I rode a bike!


Actually I rode MY bike.

I had a basic Giant mountain bike when I was in college and when I graduated in '94 life took over and I pretty much stopped riding.

About 8 years ago I suffered a ruptured disc in my lumbar spine, and figured I would never be able to ride a bike again, so I resigned myself to donating the thing if I ever got around to cleaning the circa-1994 dirt and Grateful Dead stickers off the frame (what hooligan stuck those on there?).

In the closet it sat, front wheel removed in my apartment in Tucson until I moved to an apartment in Phoenix in 2005. I moved it into a brand new closet. The tubes had deflated, and now it looked like even more work to clean it up. A task for a rainy day, for sure. Except I live in Arizona, and there are no rainy days. So it sat. Until I bought my house a few years ago, and I , once again, moved the wreck of a bike into the corner of the garage. I kept telling myself, "one of these days I will donate it, but I need to clean it up first."

Well, you monkeys and your enthusiasm, combined with my fond recollection of how the world looks from the saddle of a bike, caused me to clean the damn thing up today!

Bear in mind, this bike has a frame made of lead (ok, "chromolly" but it's as heavy as lead), NO suspension anywhere, front, rear, middle... I had to use a solvent to break up the gunk that had lived on the gears (front and back) and also to remove the crud from the derailleurs (<---Hey! Spelled that right the first try!).

Once all the crud was off, I looked at the tires, Rubber doesn't age well, but these seem to be 'OK' for now. I don't even know if they make Panaracer Smokes anymore, but they were the shit when I got them and they still have a strong bead. The tubes, I was sure were shot. I pulled them out, along with the vinyl thorn liners and put some air in them. They HELD the air! WTF, right? We will see tomorrow if they REALLY hold air, but w/e.

Re-attached the brakes, made sure the shifters worked, and BAM, I was riding a bike up and down the street!

There are many areas in and around my community I want to go to take pictures, but the thought of walking all that way was a barrier. Now, I will give it a go on the bike, and if it becomes a habit, maybe I will get a new one with disc brakes, power steering and airbags...

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Thanks for the motivation to fix up an old bike and ride again!
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I wouldn't go too far on those old tubes and tires. Rubber does degrade over the years, though at least AZ doesn't have that much humidity (?) but you DON'T want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere (or worse, a bad neighborhood) with a flat tube. Its worth the <$60 to get new tires and tubes.

I ride nearly every day now, but its a lot more fun and safer to go with multiple people I ride at night sometimes but usually with at least 2-3 people in a group and we all have lights.... its more fun and the crisp night air is relaxing. There's also fewer cars on the road in some places so you have the road to yourself at times. The best part is that I'm getting exercise and having fun doing it. If you have an iPhone, there's a sweet app by REI called "Bike Your Drive" where you can calculate how much carbon emissions you're saving and but the best part for me is how I can calculate how many miles I've biked and how many calories I've burned.

I just went to a bike party (approximately 1500 people) last night and it was tons of fun. And there were lots of college chicks in short shorts and tight pants

I recommend getting a road bike though if you've found a good group to ride with and you're sure that you're going to keep at it. A mountain bike, I've realized, isn't the funnest on the street. To each his own though. Whatever you do, ride safe!
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^Thanks!

Yeah, if I keep this bike, I will get new tubes and tires.

If this riding around thing becomes a regular occurrence, I will probably upgrade to a new bike.

I wonder of Giant will let me trade up with a 17 year old bike?
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Good to hear that you've gotten back into cycling. Enjoy.
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Stogie,

Great to hear. You're in goathead country, right? Before you light out to places that you wouldn't walk to, make sure you don't have to walk back. Tires have come a looooong way in 15 years for flat resistance; I'd definitely find out what to ride around there that will be as thorn resistant as possible, and make sure you ride with a tool & repair kit that'll help get you home if you lose a tire/tube in the middle of nowhere.

Pick up Zinn & the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance as a good general reference on mountain bike maintenance. And post up a pic of that bad boy!
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:33 AM   #93
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Hot Weather Riding Is Back

So yesterday we had the first day in 5 that it didn't rain and storm, so I lit out for one of my regular rides -- was planning to to 28 miles. It was 100 degrees in the sun, with about a 15 mph wind.

I ended up doing only 21 miles and was almost 1.5 mph slower than normal, even though I was taking in a half bottle of Gatorade every 25 minutes or so.

I forgot how much acclimatizing this hot weather stuff takes. I should be up to speed by August though.
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Sheldon Brown's website is a good resource too.
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OK, new tires and tubes (they did, in fact, leak).

This is embarrassing with all your bikes on the previous pages...







And, some 15 year old crud:

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Cool bike, Stogie.
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Cool bike, Stogie.
Stop laughing at me.

On Bikes.com, there is a thread in the Vintage and Classics forum about some guy getting one for $8 at a thrift store!

I went for a short ride today. I am really out of shape, but it was a lot of fun.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:58 PM   #99
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Stogie, that's awsome! I'm really proud of you!

My beautiful bike was stolen four years ago when my house was robbed. Boo Hoo! I haven't replaced it. I hope to be able to at least swim properly by the end of this summer (my shoulder). Maybe next year you can inspire me!
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Bought a Pinarello FP5 to replace my Motobecane Cafe Noir. Still have my Giant MTB and this baby

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They make one called a Nobby Nic that I was looking at at the bike shop the other day...the guy said they would be good for the terrain I'm riding, etc. He said he uses them.

Thinking about going with those and the Stan's tubeless kit you recommended (thanks for that by the way)
So this was a bit of a disaster.

Had the bike shop install this for me. Front tire blows withing the first 15 minutes of light riding.

Brought it back to the shop to see what they thought about it. He puts some sealant in, picks it up and starts pumping the tire and it blows up right in his face Messed his finger up too.

So anyways I guess it was a defect tire. The replaced it for free, but I haven't had a chance to check out the new one. He told me to beat them a little bit just to make sure they aren't bad also, so I guess we'll see.
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Chief -- that's a sweet bike.

Stogie -- I'm really not laughing at you.

Scottman -- that happens sometimes. I've had tubes explode on me when inflating them for the first time.
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So this was a bit of a disaster.

Had the bike shop install this for me. Front tire blows withing the first 15 minutes of light riding.

Brought it back to the shop to see what they thought about it. He puts some sealant in, picks it up and starts pumping the tire and it blows up right in his face Messed his finger up too.

So anyways I guess it was a defect tire. The replaced it for free, but I haven't had a chance to check out the new one. He told me to beat them a little bit just to make sure they aren't bad also, so I guess we'll see.
They can be a pain to set up sometimes. Consider yourself lucky your lbs replaced the tires for free. I believe Schwalbe has a policy that if you use a sealant to convert to tubeless it voids the warranty.
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Chief -- that's a sweet bike.
Thanks Mike-carbon fiber stem, cranks, frame, forks, handlebars and bottle cages.
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Thanks Mike-carbon fiber stem, cranks, frame, forks, handlebars and bottle cages.
You probably have 1/3 of the weight hanging under your seat.
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Dang...bike enthusiasts on acurazine...yay! NOW I'm in heaven...

I'll post pics of my rides in when I'm home...
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You probably have 1/3 of the weight hanging under your seat.
Probably about 1/2 pound but a lot really, esp. when you add in two full water bottles is added to bike. 1 tube, 2-co2's, patch kit, tire wrench, combo tool and some $$$. Used a dollar bill 3 weeks ago to temp. patch the hole in my tire. worked like a charm
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Should we merge this thread and the mountain bike thread?

http://www.acurazine.com/forums/show...2#post11037132
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Found out today that I'll be riding alone this year -- my brother has been having foot pain and it turns out he's got hallux rigidus/limitus and will be having foot surgery. He'll be unable to ride again until next year.

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Are there no local club rides you can join?
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Are there no local club rides you can join?
There is a local riding club -- I'll probably have to go that route. I'd ride with the wife, but seriously my heart rate doesn't get above a walking heart rate at her speeds.
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At least your's rides...mine refuses to get on a bike. She fell as a kid and she's petrified!

Dang!
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Should we merge this thread and the mountain bike thread?

http://www.acurazine.com/forums/show...2#post11037132


And it should be made official
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Anyways, how often do you guys go through chains?


And how do you determine when they're worn and need replaced?
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I've replaced chains that got bent in horrible drivetrain accidents, but haven't worn through one yet. I've got a wear gauge that I use to check them.

I replaced one on my brother's old 90's era Trek 930, but that chain was easily 16 years old when it was finally worn, and the cassette needed to be changed too.
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Should we merge this thread and the mountain bike thread?

http://www.acurazine.com/forums/show...2#post11037132
No, that is a 5 year old topic with over 260 replies and is specific to mountain biking. Merging them would not make any sense at this point.
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Two stock photos of my bikes.

Mountain is a '99 Gary Fisher Aquila



Roadie is a '01 Giant TCR-2



Both still ride great. Contemplating getting a new mountain bike though.
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