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Old 01-04-10, 09:26 PM   #1
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Trek 830, I dunno anything about it......

found this bike in the woods, trashed with a few other things, the back tire is blown, bike seems ok...

I have been riding wal mart bikes for 20 years, I don't know **** about bikes...

My toes can touch the ground but my heels can't unless i bust my balls... and that is with the seat fully down... i dunno how big the bike is...

I need a new back tire, the front tire looks newish... if was to up grade the rims, should i go with smaller rims? i am looking for SPEED.. and looking for better tires then what was on it.. maybe not as flat... it has a weimann 519? front rim.. looks new... The back rim looks like its made of steal?

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check with your local PD and make sure that the bike hasnt been reported stolen, you dont want to get caught with it if it has...

as for the serial #, check under the bottom bracket (where the pedals attach to the frame) not sure on trek's but on all of my bikes, it is stamped there.

it's a chromoly frame/fork, that will make for a relatively heavy bike. it will never be "road bike fast" but if you put some smaller tires on it (1.5" or less) designed for street/commuting use, you should reduce your rolling resistance enough to get it moving. leave those rims alone as long as they are in decent condition.

Being a "free" bike, I think it would be worthwhile to take it to a shop and get it tuned up if you dont have the know-how to DIY.
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Old 01-04-10, 09:58 PM   #3
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how much is a tune up going to cost? what brand or what tires?

I can buld cars and motor cycles from scratch... i dunno crap about bikes....i am going to watch some youtube videos on how to adjust bikes... if there are any..
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is this a male or female bike? where can i order tires?
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is this a male or female bike? where can i order tires?
what are the best tires to get? its 26 X 1.95 on the tire thats on the rims now... could i put road tires on here? skinny tires?
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what are the best tires to get? its 26 X 1.95 on the tire thats on the rims now... could i put road tires on here? skinny tires?
Continental make a tyre called a "Grand Prix". 26" for your rims and about 1" wide. They are a good rolling tyre for MTB's on the road- but this is not a good road bike. Good commuter or hacker but a bit old now. Best tyres for this would be for the use you want to put it to. I would suggest something a bit wider than the Grand Prix- say a 1.25 or 1.5.

My second Mountain bike in 1990 was a Trek 800. Lower spec than yours and it was heavy- gears weren't low enough for hills and it was not fast. But as a bike to learn the basics of Mountain biking it was fantastic. It is a good basic bike but no more by todays standards.
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is this a male or female bike? where can i order tires?

Flip it over and look for dangly bits..
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this bike is about 30 pounds... how much weight are the newer 500$ bikes...?

what gear sets could i upgrade this bike too?
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reviews say the Grand Prix tires like to bust or blow up... is there any good tires for around 20$?
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this bike is about 30 pounds... how much weight are the newer 500$ bikes...?

what gear sets could i upgrade this bike too?
dont spend too much upgrading components on this thing unless you intend to do some serious riding, at which point I'd suggest considering a new bike.

A basic tune-up at my LBS is somewhere in the neighborhood of $75, or you could just DIY with some online tutorials, at least enough to get it cleaned up and rideable.

As for tires, if you're doing road riding & want some slicks/treaded road tires, drop into your local shop and get whatever they have in stock. If you are looking for something "durable" Armadillo's are popular.

here is some info about the 830:

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...2492&Type=bike

if you're looking for a decent affordable entry level mountain bike, might i recommend this?

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9253

price range 390-550

if you're looking for a road bike, check out www.bikesdirect.com and you might find something you like at a price that you like too... just make sure you know what size to get before making the purchase. your LBS should be able to help you out there.
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dont spend too much upgrading components on this thing unless you intend to do some serious riding, at which point I'd suggest considering a new bike.

A basic tune-up at my LBS is somewhere in the neighborhood of $75, or you could just DIY with some online tutorials, at least enough to get it cleaned up and rideable.

As for tires, if you're doing road riding & want some slicks/treaded road tires, drop into your local shop and get whatever they have in stock. If you are looking for something "durable" Armadillo's are popular.

here is some info about the 830:

http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...2492&Type=bike

if you're looking for a decent affordable entry level mountain bike, might i recommend this?

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9253

price range 390-550

if you're looking for a road bike, check out www.bikesdirect.com and you might find something you like at a price that you like too... just make sure you know what size to get before making the purchase. your LBS should be able to help you out there.
might get the SPECIALIZED NIMBUS ARMADILLO tires in 26 x 1.5

anyone know where i can find these cheaps? around 30$ or below?

anyone like these tires?

how do you check the size of a bicycle? this bike is a lttle big for me... i need handle bars that are closer?
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any indication of size should be on a decal on frame... assuming this bike had a threaded setup, you cant really do too too much about your reach, you can move your seat forward but that will be your limit unless you start spending money on components... if the bike doesnt fit well, you may want to consider putting it on craigslist and searching for something that fits you better... not just comfort, safety. When you stand over the bike frame, how much space is between your delicates and the tube? can you stand flat footed?

my LBS loves the Nimbus tires, one of the girls that works there has a self claimed tire problem and said the nimbus holds up very well against her. check with your local shop, they are a pretty commonly used tire. not sure what the price tag is but $30 should be plenty adequate (per tire)

i use the michelin city's on my bike, nashbar has em for like 25/each

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...5_10000_201490

they also have other cheaper options.

(btw, they werent nearly as hard to mount as the reviews say...)
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safety is not a on my list of things.... I only wear a helmet when i am back fliping off a motorcycle going 90MPH and i have not done that in 6 years... i do have to deal with people running me over... which happens almost everyday... the vans love to side swipe..

Money is limited... almost zero.. unless i get lucky.. and get a computer repair job... which is rare at this time of year... Both my truck and my car are broke down... there not going anywhere.... but the junk yard... I do make stuff, forge knives... and sell them.. but due to all the thrives grabbing every bit of scrap like it was gold that is getting harder.... i deal with 4 sets of cars a day.. all random thieves... and they will try to grab my bike....

didn't i say i ride a 6 year old pile of **** wal mart bike 3 or more miles a day? I have to air the tire up everyday... been riding wal mart bikes for 20 years... or k-mart... some times... i will ride 20 miles... or more...

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The bike doesn't fit you and is probably stolen. It needs repairs that you can't afford to make. Most people with stolen bikes sell them on Craigslist.
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Assuming that the bike is not stolen and you decide to use it, Performance has 1.25" street slicks on sale for $10 each. I have them on an old Trek 820 that I have and I really like it. I don't ride it a lot since I mostly ride road bikes but you will find it to be much better ride than what you have been riding. My 820 is not heavy and makes a great little general do all bike. Those slicks make a good street tire. I don't ride dirt trails but I doubt they are any good for that.
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how much does it cost for a bike shop to true a wheel and put a tire on?

is there a way to true the wheel at home? I can put a bike tire on... but not sure about truing the wheel?
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I'm kind of thinking at this point that your best bet is going to be to load the bike up and bring it to your LBS and let them have a look at it. They can tell what everything will cost and if the bike is even worth your while. seems to me if you already have a functional bike - wal mart bike or otherwise, given your skill level & budget, you are better off sticking with it as opposed to messing around with the trek.
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The serial number is stamped on the underside of the bottom bracket.

IMO, the frame is way to big for you. Fix it, clean it, sell it.
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both sprockets will need to be replaced in the future .. there trashed... not as bad as the wal mart bike.... i dunno about the other parts...the front sprocket is missing teeth...

I am going to have to find someone who can help me tune it and knows what there doing... Not a bike shop.. but an bike enthusiast... who can help me for free.

Maybe in a Year after i break the sprockets, i am going to have to find new parts or used parts... maybe upgrade to a 11 speed if that's possible...and later in the future when i get a frame, take all the good parts from this bike and put them on the new frame. and put a motor on this frame....

Any how toos on how to make bike stand? and truing wheel thing?
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I rode a 60" wal mart bike with no breaks for 5 years..... this bike is smaller... it turns pretty fast..... and might handle much better then the 70$ rusted wal mart bike i been riding.. its the height that is annoying me. but i think i got the seat just about right.
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I rode a 60" wal mart bike with no breaks for 5 years..... this bike is smaller... it turns pretty fast..... and might handle much better then the 70$ rusted wal mart bike i been riding.. its the height that is annoying me. but i think i got the seat just about right.
A 60 inch bike? That's a 5 foot tall seat tube. Something smells....
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I searched high and low for Armadillo, no bike shop has them and there hard to find online... is there anything just as good for 10$ to 15$?

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thats what i call a poor mans bike stand...
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