Bicycle Mechanics - Old Bike worth upgrade to front suspension
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03-26-07, 12:25 PM
Okay first thing is first I'm new here so hope this is in the right place.
Okay I have been away from MTB for awhile due to some life stuff but have decided to return with the urging of a great friend and MTBer. I have been looking over my gear and while my bike is older but not in bad shape but it is lacking some of the current design stuff.
My big is a Norco Big foot per front suspension and standard pedles.
Type of riding weekend stuff trails nothing to exterme, I'm mide 30's descent shape
So the questions i hae are:
1. Do i need front suspension if so can an older bike be upgraded to front suspension.
2. Peddles seem to be all clip-less i have standard peddles with toe cages (not sure if that is the right tech name) Do i need to upgrade this also.
I was thinking of maybe upgrading my bike in couple of years after i have gotten the bug again.
Any advice or wisdom would be wonderful.
The Norco Bigfoot was a good solid entry-level bike. Do you have any idea what year yours is from?
If it's more than 10 or 12 years old, it may have a 1" headset, which means that finding a suspension fork for it today will be difficult (modern forks are almost exclusively 1 1/8").
Generally, the older the bike, the shorter the fork it is designed for. If it's 1993-ish or earlier, it's probably designed for a rigid fork (the shortest). After that, it's probably designed for suspension, but for most of the '90s fork travel was quite short, meaning the forks themselves were shorter.
Putting a long fork on a bike designed for a shorter one is not the end of the world, but it can sometimes make handling sluggish at slow speeds (of course, suspension helps you go faster, but still...)
A couple good photos would help date the bike.
As for pedals, I think you might have your terminology mixed up. The 'small pedals with mechanisms' and known as clipless. The ones that have cages ('clips') and straps are NOT clipless.. they are just regular pedals.
Personally i love clipless pedals but they do take some getting used to (ie. some crashing before you get the 'clip out' instinct ;))
Oh, and i should have prefaced my whole post by saying that you really don't NEED suspension. Suspension, IME, basically lets you go faster. The thing is, unless you're racing, it doesn't matter how fast you go.. it's just challenging and feels fast at a lower speed when you're on a rigid bike (in a sense, it's safer!).
Then again, if you want to keep up with riding buddies on full suspension rigs, you may want to be riding the same type of machine.
03-26-07, 01:30 PM
Okay that just scred me think about when i bought that bike.. Yes it would have been early 90 crap I'm getting old. Yes you are right about the peddles.
Okay after looking at the age of the bike and the fact that even though i used to ride on trails a long long time ago. I think my best approach is to use the bike as is for this year maybe do a peddle upgrade if I find a good deal and maybe plan on upgradeing to a newer bike for next year. It will also give me a chance to make sure I'm up for it again and the money i would spend to upgrade an old bike is probley better put toward a new one next year.
PS and recomendtion on a decent clipless peddle, and shoes
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