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Old 03-17-2011, 07:23 AM   #19366
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Fixes anyone?

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Old 03-17-2011, 08:18 AM   #19367
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So, I'm gonna ask the collective here....

About 3 years ago, I wanted a better road bike. I was on an old Schwinn Supersport at the time, something with nice heavy chrome headstem shifters and all that jazz. Great vintage bike in excellent condition, and I wish I hadn't sold it, but anyway....


Off to ebay I went, as well as some LBC's, and I collected myself a pair of Sti shifters, ALEX 330 wheels, a shimano 105 groupset (old, though, with a biopace crankset), and a 2006 Cannondale Optimo SI, size 56. All in all, the build cost me less than 500 bucks.

Fast forward to about fall 2009, I made the mistake of parking and locking up overnight where I shouldn't have, and found my bike the next morning without a rear wheel, seat, chain, cassette....basically the whole ass end.
Out of dismay, it's sat in unfinished condition since then.

I've now got the motivation, but not much cash to fix it up. I've bought some wheels, (Shimano WH-R500 with Conti GP4000 tires) and just bought a used Ultegra cassette.

here's where I need some help: I'm running low on money, and need to get myself a 9 speed chain, and want to upgrade the chainring and cranks from that old bio-pace thing. My shifters are for a triple....

Where should I look for some good/budget items, or better yet, second hand? (especially for the triple crank?)

Thanks in advance, and I'll be posting pictures when I can.
This was posted in the "show us your bicycle" thread.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:22 AM   #19368
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:28 AM   #19369
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Thanks for reposting in the right place, Ducnut!

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Old 03-17-2011, 08:47 AM   #19370
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Back when I worked the Coors Classic we would see all the teams drive up the local-for-day car wash and put every team bike in the stall, and commence with the hot soapy water.
Then back to the traveling shop, the mechanics would tear each and every bike down to the stickers to re-lube and clean every moving part. That was great stuff to watch and learn from.
I didn't get to cleaning the bike last night. I got home too late and making dinner took until 7:30. (Chicken Pot Pie), using up the left-overs.

Maybe next week I'll have time to experiment a little.
I think the bearings are all fine I just need to hose off the frame and de-grit the chain a bit. All that riding by the ocean leaves a load of sand stuck in places.

Oh, and a couple of funnies;
Saturday when we were riding back along the beach in Newport, this drunk is up in front of us a good bit clowning on a mtb, he rides off the path into the beach sand expecting to ride.


Didn't work. Bike front wheel hits the beach, stops. Sinks. Drunk is pitched over the bars onto his helmetless head in the sand. Being a good drunk he bounced right up laughing, re-mounted and off he went. I'm sure he woke up Sunday morning feeling somewhat used.

Then Tuesday on my ride I finally hit one of the suicidal squirrels that live along the path. They decide for some reason to run across the path as close to the front wheel as possible. I think it's a game with them. These fat little bastards will just about flip a bike, (maybe that 29'er ain't such a bad idea after all?).

I hit one of the pack of three running between my wheels. He seemed to roll pretty good and run off so I suppose he too is sore from the encounter with 200 pounds of blubber running at 22 mph.



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I used to do that too. Back in the day, you HAD to repack the bearings. Jeez, I remember some races at Canaan where we had to replace BB's after a couple of laps. I've NEVER had to do that with a King bearing...thank jeebus.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:30 AM   #19371
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I have a question for you guys...

Why are used Downhill bikes soo exspensive!?!?!? I mean they cost alot to begin with but then they get the shit beat out of them and still cost alot of money!? 90% of the motorcycles I have owned have been cheaper than a used DH bike.

I was just looking around at prices, I do alot of mtbiking and thought i might want to try the DH thing. There are a few mtns near me that have trails and I thought it looks super fun! but I cant believe the cost. so my plan as of now is to atleast go and rent a DH bike sometime this summer and see how much$$ I like it hahaha.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:02 PM   #19372
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A few years ago I disassembled a Poprad Canti and sold the F/F then put most of the parts on a C-dale Caad9. I placed the Canti's in a box for safe keeping. Last night I pulled the box out to put them on the repaired X0 only to find out there are only 3!!! I search for 1.5 hours, no 4th canti
What kind?

I have a few pairs of OnZa HOs I could part with if you need something.

I'm thinking about going to a new-fangled canti on the Crosshairs and giving up on the Shimanos. IDK which ones they are, but they're adjustable. I'd hafta google it up. 'Soon.'

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Old 03-17-2011, 01:27 PM   #19373
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I have a question for you guys...

Why are used Downhill bikes soo exspensive!?!?!? I mean they cost alot to begin with but then they get the shit beat out of them and still cost alot of money!? 90% of the motorcycles I have owned have been cheaper than a used DH bike.

I was just looking around at prices, I do alot of mtbiking and thought i might want to try the DH thing. There are a few mtns near me that have trails and I thought it looks super fun! but I cant believe the cost. so my plan as of now is to atleast go and rent a DH bike sometime this summer and see how much$$ I like it hahaha.
Dude at Skirack in Burlington, VT said that rentals are available right there at the slope. I don't recall which park(s) he mentioned, though. For what they cost and their limited use, that's what I'd do.

And, good GAWD is that a nice shop! Definitely the nicest shop I've ever been in. Super-friendly and helpful staff, which is rare in a large store.

If you happen to make it over to Burlington, definitely eat at American Flatbread Company. It's the best pizza I've ever had. Nice atmosphere, too.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:33 PM   #19374
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ps - I don't have access to a hose....
A Bucket will do too, but it will take you longer to clean the
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:37 PM   #19375
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Fyxomatosis can be interesting also

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What kind?

I have a few pairs of OnZa HOs I could part with if you need something.

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I dug for 2 days and found it in a box of pedals, must have been stuck to one of the pedals when I tossed them in the box. Sad part is, I checked that box twice and still missed it!!

The bike is ready for a chain and bar tape then good to go. The only thing I don't like is the Singulaltor pulls down on the chain and not up to get more wrap on the rear cog. I hope the chain is pretty tight to begin with.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:02 PM   #19376
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I have a question for you guys...

Why are used Downhill bikes soo exspensive!?!?!? I mean they cost alot to begin with but then they get the shit beat out of them and still cost alot of money!? 90% of the motorcycles I have owned have been cheaper than a used DH bike.

I was just looking around at prices, I do alot of mtbiking and thought i might want to try the DH thing. There are a few mtns near me that have trails and I thought it looks super fun! but I cant believe the cost. so my plan as of now is to atleast go and rent a DH bike sometime this summer and see how much$$ I like it hahaha.
I can't speak for everyone but the guys I know with DH rigs keep them in IMMACULATE shape! When things break the rider doesn't fair well. They keep their shit in basically new condition. May be one reason.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:28 AM   #19377
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I just pre-Order a season pass for DeerValley (Utah) mountain "Ski"/Lift mountain bike season for $290

Perfect opportunity to dust off all my Balfa's and maybe even the Nicolai (I never been there during the summer, so maybe the M-pire is "To Much" for the runs) and a great opportunity to test the "All you can eat" abilities of the santa cruz Nomad too
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:31 AM   #19378
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I can't speak for everyone but the guys I know with DH rigs keep them in IMMACULATE shape! When things break the rider doesn't fair well. They keep their shit in basically new condition. May be one reason.
you're right. everytime i'm out on the trail, i regrease all the bearings afterwards. Every 5 days of racing my fork gets a service.
Dh bikes need to be treated like factory-mx-machines.

And in additon, these bikes are so overbuild, stable, that it's nearly impossible to break the frame.
But i might add, that DH is expensive, in general. Spareparts are expensive. Shutteling the bikes up the hill is expensive. Pretty sad, but the fun's worth the expens
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:36 PM   #19379
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I have a question for you guys...

Why are used Downhill bikes soo exspensive!?!?!? I mean they cost alot to begin with but then they get the shit beat out of them and still cost alot of money!? 90% of the motorcycles I have owned have been cheaper than a used DH bike.

I was just looking around at prices, I do alot of mtbiking and thought i might want to try the DH thing. There are a few mtns near me that have trails and I thought it looks super fun! but I cant believe the cost. so my plan as of now is to atleast go and rent a DH bike sometime this summer and see how much$$ I like it hahaha.
The way I see it...

I will never be able to afford a 900RR/HPN "GS" Dakar bike, One because they cost a shitload of money, second because they will not sell them to you even if you have the casholla, So a really high end "Anything bicycle" is the second best thing (If you want to compare them to motorcycles), and Then Downhill bikes have "No Bullshit" tolerance because is no marketing machinery that is going to prevent you from breaking a frame in half, Yes most cheapo company's just over-build them to keep the cheap but the really hard core ones are always searching how to make them work better, more bulletproof (G-boxx bike for example) and last longer.

Hell ONE HOPE six piston brake caliper (One of the best brakes in the market) cost $350 with a "Floating rotor" so just keep counting, $100 for a king headset, $70 for a strong seat post.... well you get the idea.
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hei ricardo,
do you ride dh yourself?
you've got good knowledge of whats going on, in the sport.
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