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Someone talk to me about rebuilding or new tires...or something?
Until about three months ago, I was commuting and riding for pleasure a Wal-Mart mountain bike that my parents bought me in 1996 or 1997. Actually it was basically the frame and all the parts I'd replaced on it over the years. (I never had enough money to get a good bike, so I just upgraded parts here and there as I could.)
Well, It was getting to the point that a lot of the stuff needed to be repaired and/or replaced again and I was trying to decide if it was worth it to do that or just to buy something new...and then low and behold, my boss gave me a Giant Cypress DX. Here it is.
Now, this is a nice bike, but it's weird to me. It could be that I was used to riding a crappy bike that was too big for me for more than a decade. It could be that I'm used to some heft underneath me, instead of this new-fangled lightweight stuff.
I don't know, but I've tried to spend some time getting acquainted with it over the past weeks.
I know for sure I need a new seatpost if I'm going to continue riding it because my legs are too long. I also need to put my old seat on it because this one is all fat and fluffy and I hate it. I'm wondering if I might like it better with a knobbier tire, like my old ones? (If they even make them that width.) I might just need a more...durable...bike. I'm used to going off and on curbs and pretty much riding through whatever I want and under any conditions I want.
Can anyone tell me about experiences with new bikes and how you modified them, if at all? Or perhaps I'm just crazy?