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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.
Just be careful with the little one on the back!
Fixing to go look at an OLD Specialized HardRock. No suspension at all.:eek1
Just want a nice kicker bike, anything I should look for or upgrades I might want to consider?
Brake pads for starters. Good looking bike!
Oh sure, only ride on sidewalks if I have a choice, I'm going to start delivering her to day care next week and we already have a super safe route map out..
May as well upgrade to V-brakes, they can be found for pretty cheap this days
Good point. Much easier to adjust, too.
Has V-brakes. I like it, but not a fan of the twist grip shifting.
Gave me this to get rid of it:
Diamondback is what it says on the swingarm. Worth building?
appears to be a diamondback DBR-xr of some sort... was a great frame back in the late 90s...
My Fargo is just about together, I can wait!
I can't, either. I wanna' see what you've built.
Actually, it is basic and tough......
Okay I'm a Bike Snob...
I work at shops for many years and I touch all kind of bikes, but my own where always super high end (XTR/HOPE/king headsets if they fit kind of high end) but now that I'm transporting my little kiddolina around I need a bike I can left lock up with out worry (the Klein Adept, still to nice for that), in any case I'm almost done building one and let me tell you cheap parts suck ass..
The frame is a old Kona with pretty decent tubing but far from super highend, rigid fork and quill stem to complete the package, perfect for the purpose.
Drivetrain consist of a old school Deore rear derailleur (nice and sturdy, in fact bulletproof), a LX front, old school XT cranks (I have plenty of this) and a really sucky LX rear hub with a sticky cassette body that works okay, but far from great, everything was taking apart, clean and re lube (how I know half the parts suck goat)
Okay still LX/XT 8speed but I don't really care much if get stolen, the grips will be safety wire for added safety of the handlebar component and as many torx bolts as I can find will be replacing the stock allen bolts on things like the V-brake mounts, etc.
Better pictures when I'm done..
Thanks! Here is a closer picture... It's a bit of a "build" as well
(I know the seat is at an extreme angle. I've been screwing with the angle...)
Awesome! Nicely done!
First time on the road..
Nice! It's always good to have a bike that doesn't cost the same as a decent used car.
Those cranks are some of my favorites because they last for tens of thousands of miles. Not saying I haven't broken any. Bike snob is relative.
Actually it feel great, not to worry about it, is such a weird sensation of liberty I'm just not use to it..
Yeap the old XT's are some of the best cranks ever made, very rigid and sturdy, only shame is the wide Q-factor, all fix by the XTR M-900 that I have on the Klein