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Old 09-13-09, 08:35 PM   #1
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Build/Design My Bike!

You guys have told me how to fix up my bike, a bit about components, what kinds of tires might work best for me, and all sorts of good information. I always feel awkward for asking so many questions without being able to help others out here. I thought maybe this would be at least somewhat enjoyable and could still help me out.

I've been thinking about this long and hard; I even made a database on different bike models. I decided the best option for me at this time is to take my mountain bike and make it into a hybrid. Finances suck

So, here is your bike to work with. 2000 Schwinn Mesa

Here's some of the important info
Front Fork has suspension
Brakeset---------------Tektro linear-pull brakes, SRAM IBS levers
Shift Levers-----------SRAM 5.0
Front Derailleur------Shimano Altus C90 top-swing
Rear Derailleur -------SRAM ESP 5.0
Crankset--------------Shimano, 24/34/42 teeth
Pedals-----------------Resin
Rear Cogs------------8-speed, 11 - 30 teeth
Chain------------------1/2 x 3/32"
Hubs-------------------Front: Formula aluminum, Q/R, Rear: Shimano
Rims -------------------Alexis Alloy, 32-hole

Alright, let's say you've got about $500 to spend upgrading this thing to be a decent roadster. Maybe you'd get rid of that ugly green paint job? I know I would if I was skilled enough. If you'd like, you can take into account that I'm about 230-240lbs too, but I'd be just as happy to see what you guys come up with for yourself.

Thank you!
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Old 09-13-09, 08:39 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-09, 09:08 PM   #3
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that was pretty much the perfect response.
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Today when shifting to low gear, the chain skipped past 1st and headed straight to Spokesville. It really screwed up the wheel, and I think it may have even bent the derailleur a bit too. The bike shop recommended I replace the whole bike since it also doesn't fit me very well.

So now I'm stuck between the Kona Dew, Trek FX 7.1, and the Scott Sportster P6. Anyone know a bit about these? They are all with the $400 range. The Dew is $445, plus the dealer would get me some better rims. The Trek is $440, and the Scott is $490. Ug, just looking at those numbers make me uneasy...

Interesting change of topic huh...
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Get the Dew -- better rims over stock, yo don't mention an extra fee for that....

Look past the numbers, realizing that the $445+ you spend on new will last longer AND give more riding joy than the golden oldie. If you're that sentimental about the old bike, hang it as wall art.
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I would check out craigslist or even local bike shops for used road bikes. You could get something fairly decent for $500, especially if you haggle someone down
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Today when shifting to low gear, the chain skipped past 1st and headed straight to Spokesville. It really screwed up the wheel, and I think it may have even bent the derailleur a bit too. The bike shop recommended I replace the whole bike since it also doesn't fit me very well.

So now I'm stuck between the Kona Dew, Trek FX 7.1, and the Scott Sportster P6. Anyone know a bit about these? They are all with the $400 range. The Dew is $445, plus the dealer would get me some better rims. The Trek is $440, and the Scott is $490. Ug, just looking at those numbers make me uneasy...

Interesting change of topic huh...
Yeah, I suspect that it's good advice too.

If you upgrade your old bike what you'll have is an old bike that has a few upgraded parts.

A new bike will have all brand new parts. Every part will have been designed to work with every other part. You'll also get a new bike warranty.

Personally, I LOVE to mess with and update old bikes but, honestly, most component upgrades don't make economic sense.
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Old 09-15-09, 03:51 PM   #8
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I put the Dew on layaway today. The bike was actually $405 because the hybrids were 10% off (end of year thing). He swapped me for some better rims and tires to make it $450 - or basically just not on sale anymore. It's still $10 more than the Trek, and the Trek has a better derailleur too. However, Kona seems like a sort of unique company (cussing on youtube videos), and I like that. What really did it was the bike shop. They seem to take care of their customers customers. After you buy a bike, they'll true the wheels and do adjustments for life with no cost. Old time service - how often do you get that anymore?

So... I'm excited. :-)
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