Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    I found this Trek on the local Craigslist. Can anyone tell me more about it other than its red? That's all the information the ad carried. :dunno

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  2. Off the grid

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    Cool man! :thumb I give you major props for riding in the NO heat.

    Looks like a circa 1990s entry-level Trek when then were made in the USA. Stamped steel components, plastic pedals....heavy and bulletproof. Tune it up, repack the bearings and go.
  3. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    That bike looks pretty small, 16" at most - I don't remember you being that short. Bad memory on my part? :dunno
  4. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    I'll second the small size. Probably a 16" frame. Good for 5'-5'6" at the most. It also looks to be from the early 90's. My guess is it is a 820 which probaly retailed for less than $200 then. Maybe even $150.
  5. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    He claims it is 18". That, and red. One of the worst craigslist ads ever. The price is $75. What fits me best is a 17". I'm watching for one for my kid. He's an inch taller then me now and will be able to ride an 18" no problem in a week or two more. He's growing that fast.
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    IF that's the correct bike, there's no way its 18"

    Stay away

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  7. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Okay. :D

    I wasn't that excited by it. I'm holding out for a Specialized Hard Rock of recent vintage.
  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    If yer planning on riding off-road, go with Rockhoppers or Stumpjumpers.

    LX components or better.

    If yer riding around the neighborhood, anything'll work.

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  9. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    I just looked at the website. :eek1 Do you not remember I ride a KLR?
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You sold the Versys?

    :ear

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  11. pierce

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  12. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    No, still have that, but once you ride a KLR, you're a cheap bastidge forever. :dunno

    Actually, the Rockhoppers aren't that bad. There are several used ones of older vintage locally on CL. I have the patience to wait for the right one.
  13. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    specialized has full data on bikes back to 2002 on their website, and www.bikepedia.com has them back to 1993. often used bikes aren't quite whats advertised, i've found matching the color scheme up to the equipment usually lets you nail it down....

    note there's a lot of subversions of a given Specialized model like the Rockhopper, for instance, plain, sport, comp, elite, etc, depending on the year. most of the difference is in the parts. sometimes the higher end ones have a upgraded frame, other times they are all the same.
  14. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    The price also rises dramatically as the features pile on. The base model will satisfy me, so one with more whistles and bells would only be a bonus.
  15. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    well, other than disc brakes on some versions with 'disc' in the name, and full suspension on the FSR models, there really aren't 'features' on the various Rockhopper models, just better quality parts. and the mix varies by year. Like, the 2003 comp and pro has better forks than the base, the pro has better handle bars than the base, the pro has cantis instead of the vbrakes on the base and comp, the pro and comp have nicer pedals, the pro has nicer rims, presta valves, lighter seat
  16. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    How long does the average bike suspension last?
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    I gotta Turner Sultan with a Fox RP23 on the rear. It's about 17 months old and I rarely even check the air in it. I went on a ride a couple weeks ago, wondered whether I needed to add air, checked my sag, it was fine. Even if you run into a problem, various manufacturers make rebuilt kits for their shocks.

    I converted my 3 year old Reba fork from air to spring when I got the Sultan and don't even think about it any more.
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Depends on how fat your wallet gets and how jealous you are of yer riding buddy's new boinger.

    IOW 'it depends.'

    If it helps, I'm still riding an 80mm late 90s Marzocchi Bomber. Needs another rebuild, but then, it needed one when I bought it.

    @ Pilot: the frames are all the same, its the parts that vary. Get the one that's in the best shape and upgrade as ya break things.

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  19. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Anti-Semantic

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    well, even though I'm poorer than sin, I finally pulled the trigger on getting a new bike. Picked up this little gem on friday, a jamis trail x3
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    Rides alright, reasonably light, pretty cheap. Its a 17" frame. Probably should have held out for a durango 1, but this should do well for some light duty trail riding and around town commuting either way. I put 25 miles on it saturday, my legs still feel like jelly, let alone the ass region. Not a particularly comfy seat haha. Also managed to endo it doing nose wheelies - the disks are a little grabby compared to the rim brakes on the old roadmaster! I think I may have to go bitch to the shop though, as the fork seals appear to be leaking. Hopefully this isnt a sign of things to come.

    I think next I'll be getting clip in pedals. Anybody have any reccomendations? For a college kid too, so think champagne on a beer budget.
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    For the record, my Zokes Z3 was only serviced twice, and that was well over 10 years ago when I was riding a lot. The seals have never leaked and the fork still has smooth, stiction-free action.