Mountain Biking - New dude needs some help
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06-03-03, 08:01 PM
OK, this is my first MTB. A starter bike if you will. Urban runs over to BlockBuster, neighborhood rides with the kids and some trail rides. Nothing too extreme. At any
rate, now that I've got myself into this I have a few questions.
Anyone know what model year this bike is?
Schwinn Mesa GS, color is mostly blue with some silver.
Rock Shox Judy TT, black color.
Ride Tuned 7005 Aluminum alloy frame.
Alexrims, double wall.
IRC MYTHOSXC tires. blackwall.
Shimano derailleurs. Acera front, Alivio back.
I bought this at a bike shop. It's brand new but I'm thinking it's an 02 model.
Seat packs. What's a good one to have? I'm looking to get a small one to hold a patch kit, spare tube, Park MTB-3 multitool and a micro pump on the inside or outside.
Micro Pump. What doesn't suck? BTW, I have no idea what kind of valves I have, how can you tell?
Spare tubes. Again. what doesn't suck?
Where did you buy it and how much did you pay? Im live in las vegas also area and I too recently bought my first mtb.
It doesnt seem like youll be doing much for the arsenal that you have.
06-03-03, 08:31 PM
CAn't help you with the year of the bike, but I think that the Mesa's switched over to full-suspension after Pacific took over Schwinn (might be wrong). If it is a full-suspension Mesa, then it is definitely a newer model. If it is hardtail, it might be.
Don't plan on putting a mini-pump in or attached to the seatbag. I currently use a Specialized seatbag that is a bit big but carries everything I need. Pedro's makes some nice smaller ones that are just big enough to carry the essentials (And use recycled innertubes!)
I use a Blackburn min-pump. I bought it a while ago for $15 bucks at my LBS but it has lasted over two years of hard riding. I have always had better luck with Blackburn products than with the stuff made by Topeak.
Do your valves come to a point or are they short and flat at the end. An easier way to figure it out is to look at the valves on a car tire. If the valves look that same as though on your bike than you have a type known as Schraeder (short and flat). Presta valves come to a point at the end and have a small nut that it tightened and loosened to allow for the valve to be opened. Make sure to get the tubes with the same type of valve when buying spares. Your rims are drilled for the type of valve that the bike came with. Schraeder valved-rims will have a larger hole than rims originally drilled for Presta valves. You can use a presta-valved tube in a rim drilled for Schraeder valves in a pinch, but don't ride it for too long as the excess space around the valve can create a "rub spot," eventually causing the tube to flat. Schraeder-valved tubes cannot be used in rims designed for presta valves unless the valve hole in the rims if drilled wider.
I wouldn't worry about the brand of tube you are using unless you are looking to do some tough downhilling or are really worried about weight. The brand that the LBS stocks is fine for most applications. If you have a problem with flatting and you can narrow the cause down to how hard you ride, you might want to try a thicker, heavier tube to be more resistant to flatting. Running your tires at the correct pressure will go even farther towards minimizing the number of flats you get.
06-03-03, 08:43 PM
edit: haha, I type too slow and moabrider47 got it covered already :D
If the head badge has a teeny 4-digit number stamped into it, the first three numerals tell the day of manufacture and the last digit tells the year. For example, 0459 means the frame was built on the 45th day of a year ending with 9.
I think your bike might be a 2000, based on the color scheme (front silver, rear blue, with darts between?) and assuming that the Judy TT is the stock fork. Unfortunately it's been a couple of years since I've worked in the industry and my memory is slipping, so I might be wrong :(
As for the valve type, here's 2000 words on the subject (http://www.geocities.com/cyqlist/valve.html) :) I like Zefal pumps fairly well, myself, and they will work on either type of valve (ask the shop staff if you need help switching it from one valve type to the other, or consult the back of the package).
The Zefal pumps will have clips that let you dock the pump beside your waterbottle cage, so you don't need a bag that's big enough to hold a pump. Jandd Mountaineering (http://www.jandd.com/about_jandd.asp) makes some nice US-made bags, or you can pick up whatever you lay eyes on first.
Good job getting the bike from a shop :) Now go put some mileage on, get it all broken in, and make sure to get your free checkup, and your bike will be off to a good start in life :)
06-03-03, 09:19 PM
Badge is stamped 0102. I wondered what that meant as I pulled the plastic off. Thanks!
I can't say enough about getting a bike at a bike shop. I got mine at Bike World, one of our local hardcore shops. Dealer took the bike in back and put it a perfect state of tune before he let me take it out the door. Can't get that at wally-word.
Support your local bike shops!
Thanks for the quick replies, you guys rock.
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