Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 23 of 23
  1. #1
    Senior Member mrodgers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    2014 Giant Escape 1, Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    956
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    My awesome bike, with PICS!

    Ok, so you all have heard me mention my awesome bike. I took the camera with me on Monday and grabbed some pics for you all if you care to see such a beast of a machine I figure everyone else starts threads showing off their new bike purchases and such, I'm showing off my beast!



    There she is in all her glory. Sorry, but I don't have any pictures of the fat *** that rides the thing, LOL. Care to see some more?

    Here's why having this kind of frame and wanting to carry water sucks....



    How about some grunge? Clean it? Why bother, I don't even have full cables on the thing with how frayed they are....





    I don't even know how I got the little pouch mounted on the handlebars. It is very old considering it is a pouch for a portable CD player that came attached to a backpack I once had. Anyone remember those, the portable CD players? Also, my ghetto light system as well. These are my flashlights I use at work. Need to get something better, but they work for now. All I'm doing is illuminating reflectors in the tunnel so I don't run off the pavement. Mounted with a double hose clamp. I don't even know what lumen they are rated, not very much for 3 light package for $10 (1 of the lights was broken.)



    Here's the cockpit view.



    Ok, finally she's posing in front of the tunnel. Unfortunately taken with my wife's camera which is a complete point and shoot. Would be able to see the tunnel much better with me using my camera manually.



    Oh, and call me a geek all you want, I wouldn't have a bike without a kick stand .

    Hey, she's a piece of crap, but she propels this fat *** down the trail at 14-16 mph on a daily basis. Bought it in 2005, don't know how many miles are on it riding with the kids, but she's now got 230 on her since July 31st when I put a new computer on her and started riding daily. Other than taking the rear derailleur apart and cleaning it and adjusting everything best I could with the frayed cables, the only thing that's happened to it is I put new tubes in the tires right when I started this riding for fitness thing. Those were the original tubes I took out from 2005.

    Hope you enjoyed the pics
    Last edited by mrodgers; 09-04-13 at 05:47 PM.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  2. #2
    Senior Member SammyJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Summerville SC
    My Bikes
    2012 Caad 8 105
    Posts
    255
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for sharing the pictures! Where is that trail, and can it be found on a map? looks like a great place to ride!

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Birmingham
    My Bikes
    Felt ZXX
    Posts
    373
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Dude, I bet you take that thing off sweet jumps!

  4. #4
    covered in cat fur katsrevenge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Willkes-Barre, PA
    My Bikes
    '85 Schwinn World Tourist, 2014 Windsor Kensington 8
    Posts
    387
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Awesome bike. Looks like a fun place to ride!

  5. #5
    Senior Member mrodgers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    2014 Giant Escape 1, Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    956
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The trail? That's the Allegheny River Trail that runs from Emlenton, PA to Franklin, PA, 34 miles I think. Other than at the tunnels because they cut through the mountain obviously, the Allegheny River is within spitting distance on the left side of the trail. The picture is the longer tunnel of 0.8 miles. The first tunnel where I usually go through to cool off then turn around on my daily 12 mile run is 0.5 miles long. They are both curved right at the beginning heading north so when you are coming from the other direction, it is pitch black until you reach the end. Really cool.

    The trail is practically dead flat. The only way I notice any very very slight elevation change is I see my speed drop ever so slightly, not even a half mile an hour speed drop usually. I typically ride 6 miles exactly to the other side of the first tunnel and turn around for 12 miles total almost every day. Monday I wanted to make it to the next tunnel which was 12 miles to the entrance. I hit my longest ride yet with that at 25 miles total.

    All the rails-to-trails bike trails are on google maps, easily seen if you select bike for the method of transportation.


    Oh, sweet bike? Ah, nah... It's a complete POS. I have bunny hopped it and hopped off curbs, but off some sweet jumps? I think I'd be picking myself up and my bike up in pieces if I did that, LOL.
    Last edited by mrodgers; 09-04-13 at 06:05 PM.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  6. #6
    covered in cat fur katsrevenge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Willkes-Barre, PA
    My Bikes
    '85 Schwinn World Tourist, 2014 Windsor Kensington 8
    Posts
    387
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If it is your bike and you ride it.. it's awesome. Simple!

    I've got a few friends out there who ride that one! And others in the area. I basically get to ride just in town..... will have to see what google has up it's sleeve. Wouldn't mind seeing some trees on the weekends.

  7. #7
    Ancient Clydesdale 2 wheeler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Columbia River Gorge
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    682
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow, what a bike! Looks like you've got the perfect place to ride.

  8. #8
    Senior Member MikeRides's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Where the Detour takes me
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Detour 4.5
    Posts
    661
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey, as long as the bike rolls smoothly I don't see a problem with it! And I'm not just saying that because I started out with a similar looking bike back when I was in HS (switched out with another mountain-ish bike without suspension from wal-mart a few years later). Keep on ridin'!

    Nice to see I'm not the only one who savaged a bag unrelated to bikes for additional storage on the bike. I currently use an old Polaroid camera bag (anyone remember those?) that fits perfectly on my handlebars, using the original straps and some velcro wraps I had laying around. Fits a tube, bike tool set, lock, a bag of trail mix, and plenty of room for small items from the grocery store or a couple Redbox DVDs when I rent one.
    "Just ride it until the wheels fall off!"

  9. #9
    Ancient Clydesdale 2 wheeler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Columbia River Gorge
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Elite
    Posts
    682
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's hard to tell from the pics, but your chain might benefit from some lube.

  10. #10
    Senior Member mrodgers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    2014 Giant Escape 1, Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    956
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeRides View Post
    Nice to see I'm not the only one who savaged a bag unrelated to bikes for additional storage on the bike. I currently use an old Polaroid camera bag (anyone remember those?) that fits perfectly on my handlebars, using the original straps and some velcro wraps I had laying around. Fits a tube, bike tool set, lock, a bag of trail mix, and plenty of room for small items from the grocery store or a couple Redbox DVDs when I rent one.
    Hot dog, an old camera bag! I think I have about 3 of them sitting in a desk drawer. One of them would be perfect for strapping under the back of the seat. The front one on mine I just keep my keys in the front pocket and my cell phone in the large pocket. Beings it was a pouch for a portable CD player, it is perfect as in the picture you can see my earbud wire coming out of the hole.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2 wheeler View Post
    It's hard to tell from the pics, but your chain might benefit from some lube.
    Probably. It's 8 years old and lubed once in the spring when I soaked it with PB Blaster because it was so frozen up with rust that I could not budge the chain trying with everything I had. I sprayed it down for 2 days and broke it loose. That was when it was just my daughter wanting to putter around in the yard with it. I don't even know what the benefit to lubing up the chain is unless you have a "nice" new bike and chain to maintain. This thing is all original other than the tubes that I replaced after a week of riding it in beginning of August. Takes me about 5 pedal rotations for it to change the rear gears, but it does hit all 7 gears. It definitely needs a complete overhaul with new chain, all new cables, the chainrings and rear gears are all worn, the derailleurs need replaced, etc etc. Not worth it, I just get on and ride.

    Treating myself to a Giant Escape (probably) or similar in the spring if I get this back out after winter and keep up the riding. I'm just looking for an hour of exercise a day on the thing. Need to lower the cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. But I'm just a poor family of 4 who can barely pay the bills let alone buy a bike.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  11. #11
    Senior Member ill.clyde's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Milwaukee
    My Bikes
    2012 Kona Jake, 2009 Trek 1.2, 1997 Trek 6700
    Posts
    2,002
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Treating myself to a Giant Escape (probably) or similar in the spring if I get this back out after winter and keep up the riding. I'm just looking for an hour of exercise a day on the thing. Need to lower the cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. But I'm just a poor family of 4 who can barely pay the bills let alone buy a bike.
    Are you far from Philly? I'm sure there's a bike co-op there where you could find or build a little nicer bike if you're so inclined

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    West Virginia
    My Bikes
    2012 Cinelli Xperience
    Posts
    201
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You are loosing weight, getting in better shape, and getting out into nature on it so yes it is an awesome bike. There is always going to be someone who has a better bike, car, house, or whatever. Make the most of what you have and be content in life you will live longer and enjoy it more too. I have to disagree with your thoughts on maintenance though, if it is the only bike you have it is even more important to take care of it. The right lube can make everything more enjoyable

  13. #13
    Senior Member ill.clyde's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Milwaukee
    My Bikes
    2012 Kona Jake, 2009 Trek 1.2, 1997 Trek 6700
    Posts
    2,002
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll say this, without any hesitation ... what I see, in terms of detemination, drive and ability to make do with what we have, in this forum is something special.

    The fact that you're riding, and not only riding but succeeding and losing weight, is what matters most, not what you ride

  14. #14
    Warning:Annoying to jerks RaleighSport's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    STS
    My Bikes
    Leader 725, Centurion Turbo, Raleigh Team Technium, Schwinn Premis, GT Tequesta, Bridgestone CB-2
    Posts
    5,932
    Mentioned
    32 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Looks good to me OP! With the right amount of love, a walgoose can be a very faithful companion.
    “Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”


    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

  15. #15
    Just Plain Slow PhotoJoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Santa Clarita, CA
    My Bikes
    Lynskey R230
    Posts
    4,123
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    I'm just looking for an hour of exercise a day on the thing.
    I just quoted this for you to look back on in a year. My money is that your "one hour" turns into much more. It's addicting and you'll love the results you see! Nice job!
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

  16. #16
    Senior Member mrodgers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    2014 Giant Escape 1, Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    956
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    I just quoted this for you to look back on in a year. My money is that your "one hour" turns into much more. It's addicting and you'll love the results you see! Nice job!
    Ha, I definitely love it. I was looking for an exercise that was enjoyable and not a chore to do. Over the years I've done various things and they lasted a week or two before something came up to skip for a day, then 2 days, then wow, haven't done any exercising for 2 months now. I do love riding and like I've said, just riding every evening for 12 miles for an hour of exercise, but my wife had a rare entire weekend off along with me having off for Labor Day, I rode 16 miles on Saturday which I was disappointed when the trail ended at a gate with no trespass signs at mile 8 because I wanted to go further. Monday I rode 25 miles. Not ready for that yet because at mile 22 I was exhausted, but I definitely enjoyed it. Also, I was up, out on the bike trail, rode 25 miles for 2 hours and 3 minutes, and was back at home before any of the female folk in the family was even out of bed, LOL.

    A coworker is heavily into cycling. He's doing the Pittsburgh to DC route sometime this month. I don't think I'll ever be into that, but eventually want to ride the 34 miles from Emlenton, PA to Franklin, PA and back with him. Maybe sometime next year.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  17. #17
    Just Plain Slow PhotoJoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Santa Clarita, CA
    My Bikes
    Lynskey R230
    Posts
    4,123
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    You see - the trend is already starting. Can't wait to hear about the first 25, then 50, then metric century, then....dare I say.....100 mile! Don't scoff. It's coming!
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

  18. #18
    Senior Member mrodgers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    2014 Giant Escape 1, Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    956
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    You see - the trend is already starting. Can't wait to hear about the first 25, then 50, then metric century, then....dare I say.....100 mile! Don't scoff. It's coming!
    Hey, the first 25 is right there, the picture of the bike in front of the tunnel. The tunnel is the 2nd one on my trail, 12 miles. 0.8 miles through the tunnel and the turnaround on the other side. 25.65 miles on Labor Day.
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  19. #19
    Senior Member MRT2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    2012 Salsa Casseroll, 1997 Bianchi Advantage, 1994 Trek 930.
    Posts
    2,182
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
    Are you far from Philly? I'm sure there's a bike co-op there where you could find or build a little nicer bike if you're so inclined
    Guessing about 250 or 300 miles from Philly. Pittsburgh might be closer.

  20. #20
    Senior Member skilsaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Victoria, Canada
    My Bikes
    Cannondale t1, Koga-Miyata World Traveller
    Posts
    1,546
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Your bike is better than my 2 bikes.
    Your wheels are going round and round.
    My bikes are gathering dust.
    Not totally though. Took one out a couple weeks ago.

    For fitness this summer, I put a 50 lb sack of grain in a backpack and take that on walks...
    Biking is more fun.

    Keep on truckin.
    The one who has the most bikes wins.

  21. #21
    Senior Member mrodgers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Western PA
    My Bikes
    2014 Giant Escape 1, Junk Walmart Job - Mongoose DXR mountain bike
    Posts
    956
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    Your bike is better than my 2 bikes.
    Your wheels are going round and round.

    Well, wheels go round and round sort of. They aren't exactly round, LOL.

    For fitness this summer, I put a 50 lb sack of grain in a backpack and take that on walks...
    Biking is more fun.

    Keep on truckin.
    I rode with a coworker who is 170 lb and a couple years younger than me. I was half a mile from the cars when he texted me to razz me, "Must suck to be 40." Told him when I got back, next time I'm strapping one of the propane tanks from our forktrucks to his back and we'll see if he's as cocky about getting back to the cars first, LOL.

    He rode with another coworker and was bragging about finishing first with him. If we all ride together next time, we are going to print out a certificate for him that says, "Congratulations for finish first over a fat guy and a recreational rider!" I was going to let him take off on the trail, then hurry up and hang the certificate on the barriers of the entrance to the trail so it's there when he gets back first
    Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!

  22. #22
    Rolling roadblock
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Casselberry, FL
    My Bikes
    2013 Specialized Sirrus Comp
    Posts
    158
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The definition of an awesome bike: one that gets ridden. A lot.
    With every ride, I get a little stronger. I gain a little stamina. I gain a little pride. And so I await the next ride...

    Riding slow is not a sign of weakness. Quitting is.

  23. #23
    Senior Member goldfinch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Minnesota/Arizona and between
    My Bikes
    Trek Madone 4.7 WSD, 1969 Schwinn Collegiate, Cannondale Quick 4, Terry Classic, Gary Fisher Marlin, Dahon Jetstream XP
    Posts
    3,909
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You are fast on that thing! Oiling the chain really is worth it. The bike will ride better and you will get more life out of that old cassette and chain.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •