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Old 07-08-09, 02:37 PM   #1
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1980ish Specialized Rockhopper

Hi, I had been looking for a hybrid bike for around $600 when my dad found his old Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike. Its still in good condition, and I like riding it. How does it compare to new hybrid bikes? Can I switch to narrower tires without getting new rims?

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That's about as good as it gets.

For just general bashing around town I think that an old hard tail mountain bike is pretty hard to beat. If it's too old to have a suspension fork, all the better. If it was my bike I'd stick on some 1 1/2" slick tires.
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I have a 1996 rockhopper and a 2009 Giant Cypress DX. They weigh the same and are about the same size but I can ride about 5mph faster on the cypress and go twice as far without feeling as tired. The gearing and tires on the rockhopper do make a difference. I was going to swap tires and maybe gears on my rockhopper and get a new seat but then I'm putting $200-$300 into a bike thats worth $100-$200 and caught the cypress on sale new for under $400 so in the long run I probably came out spending less to just buy the new hybrid.
I kept the rockhopper for a commuter then since it was scratched up already I don't worry about it getting knocked around on the bike rack at work and a couple guys at work bought mountain bikes so we may try a trail sometime.
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Awesome. How much do decent 1 1/2" in tires cost? How can I find out the year and gearing?
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Awesome. How much do decent 1 1/2" in tires cost? How can I find out the year and gearing?
Look here for tires. Compared to 700c road bike tires, 26in. tires seem like a huge bargain.

Old Rock Hoppers are great, great bikes. I found a late 80s RH at a yardsale for $40 for the purpose of pulling my kids' trailer. I gave the trailer and the RH to my cousin's husband for their little girl. Somedays I wish I'd kept the bike....

Great, great, do it all bike. I've pulled the kids, used it for grocery shopping, commuting, riding trails in Tahoe, you name it.
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That's an excellent bike; I wish I still had mine...

As others have said, the best change you can make is to replace the knobbies with slicks. It makes a huge difference.

I rode that bike when I was car free (including a year I lived in Germany), and it was just excellent. It worked for regular biking; it worked for shopping; it worked for touring. It just worked...

It was easy to accessorize, too - I added slicks, a new seat, a rear rack, fenders, a bottle generator, and lights to mine.
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