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    JAM and other things

    Exactly what is a JAM? Lol

    Also...I have a 24 inch-21 speed Tanzer Rhino that I bought from Toy's R US about 4 yrs ago.

    Oddly it warned me it wasnt for off road use or for downhills I dont think.

    But yea...im going down a bike path and there's a hill with a sharp turn...I decided to see if I could make it..

    BOOM! I fly off the edge and me and the bike are flipping down the hill. The breaks stopped working and one of the gears broke. Plus my cuzin left it in the rain some parts rusted(re-oiled the chain tho)

    It runs but the emergency brake is the only thing that HALF works(it slows in 2 sec pulses)

    And besides im thinking about buying another bike...my bike is quite heavy and I think it slows me down alot.

    For close in areas I ride at 2-6 for long distance I generally do 2-4...I dont like to go much higher than 2-4 cuz 2-4 is bad enough it just puts slightly less stress on me even tho im going slower in my opinion(2-7 doesnt work)

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    Jack Ass Motorist.

    I'm thinking you might want to avoid the Toys R Us bikes next time!

    Check out Craigs List for your area, Salvation Army, Goodwill for cheaper, but servicable used bikes.

    Where are you located?

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    Adding on.

    Also take better care of your bikes (I.E do not let the chain rust up clean it and lube it) clean the bike when it is dirty polish the frame once in a while keep the cables lubed ( Brake and shift cables)Keep the brakes adjusted and replace the shoes when necessary.It may be a toys r us bike but good maintenance would have helped.A better bike will be nice but to keep it nice requires a responsible attitude and work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill
    Jack Ass Motorist.

    I'm thinking you might want to avoid the Toys R Us bikes next time!

    Check out Craigs List for your area, Salvation Army, Goodwill for cheaper, but servicable used bikes.

    Where are you located?

    East Hill
    In Capitol Heights,MD just outside DC.

    But yea I'll definitely do that...as far as the ppl talking about me servicing my bike....I dont know how to lol. I know nothing about bike service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WishYouWasMe
    In Capitol Heights,MD just outside DC.

    But yea I'll definitely do that...as far as the ppl talking about me servicing my bike....I dont know how to lol. I know nothing about bike service.
    It's good to know to at least change a flat tyre, and how to keep the chain lubed. Lubing the chain keeps it from driving you mad from the squeaking, if nothing else.

    Lots of information on bicycle maintenace in the Bicycle Mechanics forum, or you can just skip to Sheldon Brown's shortcuts page:

    sheldonbrown.com shortcuts

    A lot of choices there in the DC area for bikes on CL--you should not have too many problems finding something suitable if you poke around a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill
    A lot of choices there in the DC area for bikes on CL--you should not have too many problems finding something suitable if you poke around a bit.
    I just sent him a PM offering him my old Cadex ALM1 for free (I live down the road from him in DC). It's done me good for several years (bought it from a cow-orker four or five years ago for a good price). It needs some work, but unless a brake cable snaps, it shouldn't kill him like a Toys R Us bike would...Good timing since I was trying to figure out the quickest/easiest way of getting rid of it (leaving it unlocked at the local metro station was at the top of my list). And I'm absolutely loving me new Jake!

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    Wow! That is very generous of you, and I hope he takes you up on your offer.

    I wish I could include everyone on BF in saying thanks, you'd probably hear the echo all the way around the world! I need to give you some good karma points .



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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill
    Wow! That is very generous of you, and I hope he takes you up on your offer.

    I wish I could include everyone on BF in saying thanks, you'd probably hear the echo all the way around the world! I need to give you some good karma points .



    East Hill
    Hey, good karma is always appreciated! I'm hoping he takes me up on the offer and spends some time wrenching on it. I'll admit that I've neglected it for a while, so it definitely needs some cleaning up and tuning up. But when it comes down to it, it's a decent bike to try fixing up, especially for someone new to the whole thing. It's certainly better than his ToysRUs bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustBrowsing
    Hey, good karma is always appreciated! I'm hoping he takes me up on the offer and spends some time wrenching on it. I'll admit that I've neglected it for a while, so it definitely needs some cleaning up and tuning up. But when it comes down to it, it's a decent bike to try fixing up, especially for someone new to the whole thing. It's certainly better than his ToysRUs bike...
    yea I plan on learning some about bike servicing...seems like a little pastime to do anyway

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