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Old 08-19-11, 08:23 AM   #1
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GT Mountain Bike

I own a GT mountain bike, I am not sure what year 1990? It heavy and right now it doesn't work. I need a tune up on the bike the gears will not shift. We have greased them a few times but they still fail. It has been tuned up in the past but that was probably over 10 years ago. I am a casual rider, just out for some fun off road speed it good but not the most important thing. I would like something lighter to.

So my question being is that should I spend $100 with parts & labor on my old bike that I am not attached to, or should I go out and get a new bike. My budget is no more that $200.00 and I don't want to go to Walmart or Target to buy a new bike, lol.

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Old 08-19-11, 08:34 AM   #2
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will it go without trying, to shift gears? Ie, as a 1 speed?




At the LBS, here , no charges for estimates , yours too I suspect.
Take it down to where someone like that can see it.

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Old 08-19-11, 08:48 AM   #3
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If you're not willing to spend more than $200, and don't want a department-store bike, then your options are severely limited. Either you'd have to buy used, which can be a goldmine if you know bikes, or an utter waste if you don't. Or you buy some new shifter cables, flush the shifters with wd-40, read and look at some net tutorials, and get the old beater going again. Maybe have a bike shop replace chain/cassette for you.
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As dabac, dependant on the model, the GT could be worth reparing or not, however that value is only with the retro community, for the average user, looking at a more recent 2nd hand bike (going on the limited budget) would be a much better option if all you want is 'fun off road speed'
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will it go without trying, to shift gears? Ie, as a 1 speed?




At the LBS, here , no charges for estimates , yours too I suspect.
Take it down to where someone like that can see it.
It doesn't shift at all, it remains in one gear all the time.
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Fix it. Anything decent that is new will cost you $500. Anything other than a bike store sells crap. Used can be good but sounds like you would not know what is good. You describe yourself as a casual rider. If you off road ride then you need a descent bike. My brother bought a cheap bike and wrecked it on a casual mountain bike ride.
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Old 08-19-11, 11:39 AM   #7
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Does it have thumb shifters? A lot of time, these become gummed up. Spray the inside of them with WD-40 and work them a few times. This usually frees them up and you should be back in business.
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