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Hammer2010-04-28 19:15:45 +0000 #1
Or to at least check out in person??

I want to get a mountain bike, though I can't really go all out and buy a NICE new one... Because 1. I probably won't ride it THAT often, I love road biking and 2. The money just isn't in the budget.

I've been looking for used bikes, but typically they're old and junked out. Or they're priced high enough to not make it worth buying used rather than an entry level bike from one of the LBSs.

Here's something that I found on craigslist:

Just looking at it, the rear cassesette looks rusty, as does the chain.

I've been emailing the owner and here's what he says about it:

"The bike was well cared for. I check bearings, hubs, crank for any sign of wear and all is tight, so bike is mechanically sound. I’m 5’8” and I’m comfortable on it, but others may not be. It sure is a nice looker.

The dimensions are: stand-over = 30”, top tube = 21”, seat tube = 18”, wheel base = 41”. This is definitely for a person under 6 foot, and closer to 5 foot. The only “issue” with the bike is that the struts no longer travel up or down – it functions fine- just like a bike without struts."

I'm 5'8 or 5'9. Is $80 too much for a bike? My husband is a mechanic and could help me figure that part out. Buying a used bike, I wouldn't feel bad about stripping it down so that I can repaint it whatever color I wanted.

Can a suspension fork be repaired? I thought that if it just needs a new seal and new fluid, that'd be an affordable repair vs. a whole new fork which can cost a couple hundred dollars.

It seems like others on here have done rebuilds, worth it or no? It seems like a person could rack up a bill higher than just buying a bike, but it would be fun to piece something together over the winter... Or it might just end up being a project that doesn't get completed.

I read this page for a bit of encouragement:



Biciclista2010-04-28 19:26:32 +0000 #2
$80 is not too much for a bike!

Look around, the prices of new bikes are going sky high. If your husband is mechanical and willing to help you; this bike is probably great for that price!
Hammer2010-04-28 19:47:24 +0000 #3
I generally am fearful of getting the bike tuned and everything aligned. But, I have to remind myself that somehow hubby learned how to rip a tractor into pieces, all the way down to the driveshaft and to the basic components for repairs. Somehow he gets everything realigned and put back together into pristine working order. It baffles me, but he does it. I should think that we could tackle a bike.

I could do some small things and if he came behind me and helped me put stuff back together... He's got a tractor that he's restoring for someone and will likely work on that over the winter. It'd be cool to have something to putter with out in the garage with him too. We'll see. I did buy the Park Tools manual and looked a bit online, their instructions there seem pretty good.

So, if not this bike, maybe the next.
SadieKate2010-04-28 19:33:35 +0000 #4
How tall are you" That bike is definitely not for someone 5'8" or 5'9". It's far too small. I'm 5'3 1/2" and ride a 21.5 TT.

What kind of riding are you expecting to do with it? If you are expecting to take it mountain biking for realsies (not tame crushed limestone paths), save your money and buy something with a better fork. That fork is toast. The parts would no longer be available and you'd need to buy a new one. By the time you spend the money to replace the fork and all the parts that are potentially rusted, worn out, etc., put your money in the bank and wait a few months. Look for end of the year deals or a better used bike.

You will pay far more to repair it and turn it into a "real" mtb than it is worth or will even return in performance.

So, the bottom line is how are you going to use the bike?



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