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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Yellow Pig, Sep 21, 2011.
That is incredible. Period.
Looking for a bike and know nothing of the acoustic world.
Mostly going to be following the 4-5year old around to start so some Denver bike trails like the Platte River system, and going to Ruby Hill. Assuming a Hybrid is appropriate. Suggestions? Looking for something good enough that I won't outgrow too quickly. Price is open but value based........
Craigslist is your answer, I've gotten a great dual susp bike for my son and a simple hardtail for his younger sister for 20-30% of original MSRP. You could get by with $100 older hardtail or go up from there. 30 minutes browsing and you should be happy with something.
Personally, I would skip looking at hybrids, rather just go for something that you would actually enjoy riding anywhere/anytime, with your kids/friends/solo (e.g. legit mountain bike tho no need for highest-end carbon fiber, but something that you would actually enjoy). [Edit: maybe an "all mountain" or "xc", depends on what ya like.]
GOLDEN was right, you can get some great deals on craigslist, or even bigger shops who sell their rental fleet each autumn.
Did a bunch of downhill bike park laps this afternoon with my 10 yr old. I had rented him an xs downhill bike for the weekend since he has shown a big interest, so I took one out today as well. It was very fun, but I don't see myself having to buy an extra bike just for that. I do see my possibly upgrading my Giant Trance to something with more squish, and wider 27.5 tires. Those things sure did hold a much better line! I needed another expensive hobby like a hole in the head, but doing fun outdoor things with my family is a win always!
We have a rlt9, one of the first years it was released in aluminum and with hydro brakes. For bike packing I recommend getting the rear wheel rebuilt to accept a mtn cogset to give better gearing for climbing and flats. Also why I bought a salsa deadwood for bikepacking
All bags work but I like the Ortlieb bar and seatbags, waterproof and cavernous. Bedrock or Jaypack framebags..
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I have an old Scott team bike, built by Ritchey, that I've been thinking about selling. Rigid, steel, 26er, 8spd. Not the latest and greatest, but might be a decent starter bike.
Rode all the Jeffco trails on a rigid steel Schwin Clearcreek when I first moved out here in the mid 90's. Then had that huge upgrade to 40mm of squish with my Trek 930 Shx, thought I was in heaven.
If one was just looking at riding with their 4-5yr old kid, the Scott/Ritchey would be the perfect urban assault bike.
Honestly, just find something that fits halfway decent and you'll be fine.
CJ, That sounds like it could be a good fit. PM me with info on it.
There's not much wrong with that, I ride lots of non technical single track with a 1989 rigid HardRock. Thinking about jumping on the Fatbike bandwagon tho.
Any recommendations on a QUALITY hitch rack that would carry a dirtbike AND a MTB? I currently rack the moto and put the MTB inside the truck (front wheel off), but it's sorta a pain and would love to clear up more storage in the truck. Ideally, MTB would be closest to the truck (safest/lightest) and moto farthest back. All this w/out having a long (extended) rack as my truck is already so long. I can probably get someone to weld an addition on my current rack, but wondering what decent options/configurations others might be using. Thx.
I know it's already October and you probably have this figured out already, but if you're following a 5 year old, you aren't typically riding anything rough. I would suggest you look for a cyclocross bike. Drop bar, 10 speed, wider tires for lots of options. You can probably find a good used one from the "people to spend more than they should" crowd near Boulder. A 'cross bike is a good allrounder; it likes pavement, grass, and gravel.
RedRock... I have a Versa Haul moto rack and it has a 2" hole for adding on my 1up bike rack. So, moto then MTB. Sticks out a ways but I added on some trailer lights since the regular taillights are kind of blocked and I don't want to give the man an excuse to pull me over. I think something other than the 1up rack might stick out to the rear a lot less.
Thanks everyone. I just picked up a Trek X Caliber 7 for reasonable I think. Basically stock and looks barely used..... guy gave me the story that he knee needed work and it's been sitting mostly since. I'm sure it's more bike than I need for a while at least...............
Thanks eddyturn....looking into that.
Fyi, I currently have a Mototote (single bike) for my 200, and wouldn't want a rack that would stick out much further. My truck is lifted a bit but already looking at around 23 ft long, making it any longer will be super hard to get back/forth home and around switchbacks/washes/etc. I can keep putting the bike in thru the rear passenger door, but frankly it's a pain (remove wheel, take up cargo space, etc). Will prob see if I can find someone to weld something on the actual hitch/frame (between the truck/moto) unless I hear of some grand idea. Actually really surprised that no company has made these......I just wanna ride both bikes haha!
Seems like you could just strap the MTB to the moto.
I picked up one too a couple weeks ago for a song from a pawn shop. It was converted to 1x9 though; I really need to work on my cardio, holy crap!
Subsequently, I bought a Sunny spin bike for $50. With any luck by the time spring arrives I'll be in decent enough shape to not nearly vomit multiple times on a pretty easy climb.
Cross post from the trials section. Thought some here would appreciate it too.
Any gravel grinders?
I picked up my Lauf True Grit last weekend
A good buddy of mine works with them and I ordered mine a few weeks before they were officially announced so I lucked into getting the very first bike...
16lbs. Loving it!
I've been intrigued by the Lauf fork as the stutter bump roads around West Yellowstone beat me to death. Nice that the bike come in at 16 lbs - I'm sure my Jamis Renegade is more than 20 lbs