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Old 02-11-11, 07:18 PM   #1
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Breaking out of my knee thread

As the title says, I've sort of polluted my knee thread...

I've decided I hate the frame building forum... Can't stop drooling. I HAVE decided I will build a frame at some point, if for no other reason than to hang on the wall. Or maybe to build a SS/FG with an eccentric to adjust the chain tension. But I digress.

I want to build a tandem. Or thought I did. Being semi-realistic, I have decided that my best bet might be to repair and sell the two older Trek 950s I was going tom hack up for this project. By the time I buy the tube I need, about $100, and brazing supplies (about another $50-80) even if I just give it a quick ride, I'll still need new seat posts, tires and tubes, brake pads and seats. And a few other things I'm not even thinking about. I'd be in another $150 or more.

For the same or less, I could be into a Mongoose Wanderer from Walmart or Amazon or such. I know, I know... Walmart bikes suck. On the other hand, this isn't intended as a high speed downhill bomber. But a flat path 10 MPH bike for myself and my wife, who isn't in the best of health and can't ride on two wheels by herself.




Blue 950 is a 16.5" frame the white one is a 18". Both are complete Mountain LX groups. And both are 1989 models. I need to replace the shifters for the white bike, and see if i can find the brakes for the rear of the white one too. I do have the seat and post for the blue one. Maybe I can flip them...
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Old 02-12-11, 02:29 AM   #2
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Hmmm, guessing the title doesn't sound like this thread is intended...

So for the first time since I got this Fisher bike, I REALLY looked it over. It was given to me by a friend that couldn't stand to see me on my mid 90's Trek 820. He had upgraded to something better, and had given this bike to his son, but after a year of sitting, he gave it to me. We rode them at lunch at work until I got laid off from that job. Its not as it came from Fisher, should have Shimano stuff. But has Suntour XCE and X-1 stuff.


The crank has 46-38-24 (NINJA RING!!!) and 175mm arms... Gearing in the rear is 13-15-17-20-23-26-30. Never really looked it over this close or worried about gearing. Now I know why this bike can climb walls. I am curious to know how to figure out the model year of this bike.
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Old 02-12-11, 07:58 AM   #3
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Chain looks a little dry....
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O you know the what model the Fisher is? Is there a serial number on it anywhere? maybe on the bottom bracket?

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Yeah, the chain being dry is why the bike is on the stand. I use White Lightning branded lube. Bike sat WAY too long.

Serial... I'll PM that to you... Hoo-Koo-E-Koo
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Blue 950 is sold... White 950 will go to my daughter in law. Since my son already has a mid 90s Trek 820 MTB, she needs a bike.

Out on the Fisher, I think the chain is past time for replacement. Just noisy. I can live with the X-Press shifters, but might look to swap in a SRAM Grip Shift set later on.Hopefully, the SRAM shifters will work with the old Suntour drivetrain.
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Doesn't look like any modern shifters will replace the X-Press... so the big question looms above... How much money am I willing to throw at this bike? I could take parts of the Trek I have left, but then still need shifters. I know of a couple of decent MTB type bikes at the pawn shop for reasonable, might be worth the money to buy a bike I know is too small for me, just to change out groups. I keep thinking about the pile of stuff I gave away back in 94...
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The Fisher is probably a 91. Found date codes for the front and rear derailleurs. June of 1990 for the front, April of 92 for the rear (which is probably a replacement anyway). And the Hoo Koo E Koo was Fisher's entry level racer during that time frame.

And, my old KHS Fiero roadbike could be an 86 or 87. Was the low end of the KHS spectrum. But, it rode nice for me. I had probably put better parts on it since I bought as a bare frame anyway. Giving some thought to some work to it. I mentioned either making it a single speed, or putting it back on the road as is. Needs new wheels no matter what I choose. It has 27" wheels, but will likely switch to 700c for the better choice in tires. To repaint it or not? If I repaint I can add downtube shifter bosses. The bike is all but worthless to anyone but me anyway, why not make it what *I* want it to be?

So what is it with me and old bottom of the line bikes? A guy could get a complex over this...
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So I've just been riding the Fisher as is. And this is how it will remain. I am considering replacing it next year with a 29er full suspension bike.

For the Treks, I was wrong on their sizes. The blue is 18" and the white a 20". The blue one is sold. The white one will have a second life.

Riding my Fisher on the bike paths behind my wife on her trike is very uncomfortable. Its a nice ride and all, but I'm too bent over for slow speed riding. So the white 950 will be my path bomber. After much thought and consideration, I decided against it being a SS. Instead, will opt for 1x6 using the existing RD, and remove the big and little chainrings from the crank. It needs new cables and will get red cable housings. I need to get some new brakes at least for the rear. New chain, and a new shifter since both are broken. I think a cheapo friction shifter will suffice just to get it moving. And, tires and tubes. (Why isn't this done already?)

Since I will want it stylish, I'm thinking about some parts from Origin8 are in line later on. White seatpost, and other big parts, red chainring bolts and other accessories. White and red theme...

Later, gotta truck in the garage right now...
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Hmmm, guessing the title doesn't sound like this thread is intended...

So for the first time since I got this Fisher bike, I REALLY looked it over. It was given to me by a friend that couldn't stand to see me on my mid 90's Trek 820. He had upgraded to something better, and had given this bike to his son, but after a year of sitting, he gave it to me. We rode them at lunch at work until I got laid off from that job. Its not as it came from Fisher, should have Shimano stuff. But has Suntour XCE and X-1 stuff.


The crank has 46-38-24 (NINJA RING!!!) and 175mm arms... Gearing in the rear is 13-15-17-20-23-26-30. Never really looked it over this close or worried about gearing. Now I know why this bike can climb walls. I am curious to know how to figure out the model year of this bike.
Why is there a big hole in your chainstay (on the left outside of the big chainring)?
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Chain looks a little dry....
Maybe worn too, doesn't look like it's seating on the chainring well.
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Why is there a big hole in your chainstay (on the left outside of the big chainring)?
The tube is just indented for chainring clearance. The way the paint has worn and the shadow makes it look like a hole.
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Chain was not in good shape and was replaced. The chainrings were likewise in bad shape, but will either be replaced this summer or a new bike... The Fisher was given to me and was in worse shape when I got it. It cleaned up some, but new paint would be nice.
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Hmmm, guessing the title doesn't sound like this thread is intended...

So for the first time since I got this Fisher bike, I REALLY looked it over. It was given to me by a friend that couldn't stand to see me on my mid 90's Trek 820. He had upgraded to something better, and had given this bike to his son, but after a year of sitting, he gave it to me. We rode them at lunch at work until I got laid off from that job. Its not as it came from Fisher, should have Shimano stuff. But has Suntour XCE and X-1 stuff.


The crank has 46-38-24 (NINJA RING!!!) and 175mm arms... Gearing in the rear is 13-15-17-20-23-26-30. Never really looked it over this close or worried about gearing. Now I know why this bike can climb walls. I am curious to know how to figure out the model year of this bike.

My GT Tequesta has a mix of Suntour XCE and X1, it dates from 1992. Still going.

That Suntour stuff is hard to find now; I managed to find new (old stock) trigger shifters and a rear derailleur on ebay. It's VERY finicky to fine tune the rear indexing.
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Old 06-06-11, 10:21 PM   #15
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Its not too bad, but skips the 5th cog up and down. I'm really close to swapping the whole shebang with some budget Shimano stuff thats more current. And *IF* I want to ride this bike on real trails, that elastomer fork has to go.
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