Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-28-12, 06:22 PM   #1
Jonathon94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: High Falls, Ga
Bikes: Old but Useful Huffy
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A few questions about a 'new' bike I bought.

I recently bought a used Huffy Stalker Pro for $20. I know some people are already scoffing but I only plan on using this bike for short rides and maybe to pick up groceries. I figured I couldn't do too bad with $20. Anyways I was wondering if anyone knew how old this bike is and would this be considered a road bike? I can't find much information about it on google. Also, what type of maintence can I do to improve the bike. I know the handlebar grips are dryrotted and will need to be replaced. I will also oil up the chain and gears, but what else?

Here is the link to the original craigslist ad: http://macon.craigslist.org/bik/3480226953.html

and in case that he takes it down before you can see it, here is a screenshot: http://imgur.com/WOJav
Jonathon94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 06:28 PM   #2
jyl
Senior Member
 
jyl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Portland OR
Bikes: 61 Bianchi Specialissima 71 Peugeot G50 7? P'geot PX10 74 Raleigh GranSport 75 P'geot UO8 78? Raleigh Team Pro 82 P'geot PSV 86 P'geot PX 91 Bridgestone MB0 92 B'stone XO1 97 Rans VRex 92 Cannondale R1000 94 B'stone MB5 97 Vitus 997
Posts: 6,954
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
A hybrid or city bike. Fine for your intended use.

Hard to go wrong for $20 if it is rideable.

Just don't put much (>$30) money into it. Find a bike coop, look for used parts if it needs something.
jyl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 06:29 PM   #3
HillRider 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Posts: 28,918
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
Certainly wipe the chain clean and oil it and clean and oil the derailleur pivots. If you have the tools and knowledge overhauling, lubricating, reassembling and adjusting all of the bearings (hubs, headset and bottom bracket) and perhaps replacing the brake and shift cables and brake pads would be worthwhile but not if you have to pay to have this done.

Basically wipe it off, lube the chain and ride it until something major stops working.
HillRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 06:31 PM   #4
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,894
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 303 Post(s)
Ladies mountain bike.
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 07:11 PM   #5
Jonathon94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: High Falls, Ga
Bikes: Old but Useful Huffy
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thank you everyone for your replies I plan on making sure the chain is nice and clean and I will lubricate all the gears.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Ladies mountain bike.
Really??? It's a small frame with road tires.
Jonathon94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 07:30 PM   #6
wrk101
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
 
wrk101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
Posts: 19,976
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonathon94 View Post
Thank you everyone for your replies I plan on making sure the chain is nice and clean and I will lubricate all the gears.


Really??? It's a small frame with road tires.
Yes, that is exactly what it is, a womens mountain bike. You can put just about any style tire on a mtb you want. I usually run slicks on mine. Some of the older MTBs are also considered ATBs.

On maintenance, think all bearings and grease (replace both). You will find bearings on both wheels, the bottom bracket, and the headset. You can find replacement bearings on line for about 2 cents each, or buy them at your local bike shop for 5 to 8 cents each. Note, they come in several different sizes. You can clean and reuse headset bearings, I do not recommend it on the wheels, bottom bracket is marginal, your choice. Also flush and relube the freewheel. I would also replace the brake pads, along with cables. You can buy a cable set at Walmart, with housings, for about $6. Not world class, but they work.

Last edited by wrk101; 12-28-12 at 07:33 PM.
wrk101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 08:13 PM   #7
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,405
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Ladies mountain bike.
Step-through frame; only a ladies bike if it belongs to a woman.
__________________
RANS V3 - Ti, RANS V-Rex - cromo, RANS Screamer - cromo
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 08:16 PM   #8
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,894
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 303 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Step-through frame; only a ladies bike if it belongs to a woman.
Google said it was a Ladies Bike..
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 09:05 PM   #9
Jonathon94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: High Falls, Ga
Bikes: Old but Useful Huffy
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Google said it was a Ladies Bike..
Oh well, forget google. It seems like it will make a good enough bike for me. At least it isn't pink
Jonathon94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 10:03 PM   #10
HillRider 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Posts: 28,918
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
On maintenance, think all bearings and grease (replace both). You will find bearings on both wheels, the bottom bracket, and the headset. You can find replacement bearings on line for about 2 cents each, or buy them at your local bike shop for 5 to 8 cents each. Note, they come in several different sizes. You can clean and reuse headset bearings, I do not recommend it on the wheels, bottom bracket is marginal, your choice. Also flush and relube the freewheel. I would also replace the brake pads, along with cables. You can buy a cable set at Walmart, with housings, for about $6. Not world class, but they work.
Based on the way the OP was phrased, I believe maintenance at this level, while highly desirable, is beyond his mechanical ability. So while it should be done, he would have to pay way more than the bike is worth to have someone else do it unless there is a co-op or knowledgeable friend available to him
HillRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 10:15 PM   #11
FBinNY 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
Posts: 30,006
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 387 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Step-through frame; only a ladies bike if it belongs to a woman.
No, if it belonged to a woman it would be a lady's bike (unless she wasn't one). This is a bike intended to appeal to women who might ride in a skirt, or anybody who needs low stepover height.
__________________
FB
Chain-L site

An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

“Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.
FBinNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-12, 10:30 PM   #12
Jonathon94
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: High Falls, Ga
Bikes: Old but Useful Huffy
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Based on the way the OP was phrased, I believe maintenance at this level, while highly desirable, is beyond his mechanical ability. So while it should be done, he would have to pay way more than the bike is worth to have someone else do it unless there is a co-op or knowledgeable friend available to him
Ha ha yeah pretty much. I was reading some of the advice given to me, and I was thinking to myself "Huh???"
Jonathon94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-12, 10:38 AM   #13
davidad
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,902
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Some info here might help. http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help
davidad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-12, 10:59 AM   #14
Burton
Certified Bike Brat
 
Burton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Bikes:
Posts: 4,251
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonathon94 View Post
Oh well, forget google. It seems like it will make a good enough bike for me. At least it isn't pink
Yeah - if you plan on using it for grocery shopping, a step thru design is a plus - especially if you end up with side or top baskets on the rear. But, hey - pink might have made it even less likely to get stolen!
Burton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-12, 07:08 PM   #15
Spld cyclist 
Senior Member
 
Spld cyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Springfield, MA
Bikes: 2012 Motobecane Fantom CXX, 2012 Motobecane Fantom CX, 1997 Bianchi Nyala, 200? Burley Rock 'n Roll
Posts: 1,063
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Based on the way the OP was phrased, I believe maintenance at this level, while highly desirable, is beyond his mechanical ability. So while it should be done, he would have to pay way more than the bike is worth to have someone else do it unless there is a co-op or knowledgeable friend available to him
Not to mention that the cost of a few special tools would probably exceed the cost of the bike in the first place. Of course, they're well worth owning if one were to do this more than once or twice, but still may be more than the OP would like to put into this bike.
Spld cyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:20 AM.