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Old 05-05-11, 11:48 PM   #2226
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...Just updated my '07 Sirrus to drop bar configuration.
Very nicely put together and looks like you maintain it well too.
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Old 05-06-11, 10:07 AM   #2227
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This is my first bike that I just picked up from craigslist. I know absolutely nothing about bicycles at this moment and maybe you can tell me more about this. It is an Ironhorse "urban" 7 speed. Previous owner said he upgraded the wheels (fronts are Weinmann Zac and rear are something I cannot remember) and put on Specialized Armarillo Nimbus tires. I weight the bike and it is 27lbs. So do I have a decent bike or is this a generic junker?
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Old 05-06-11, 10:47 AM   #2228
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This is my first bike that I just picked up from craigslist. I know absolutely nothing about bicycles at this moment and maybe you can tell me more about this. It is an Ironhorse "urban" 7 speed. Previous owner said he upgraded the wheels and put on Specialized Armarillo Nimbus tires. I weight the bike and it is 27lbs.
Dont know anything about Ironhorse bikes mate other than there possibly made in the UK. It looks like a good find too, the frame looks nice and over time as you get into cycling more would be worth upgrading.
Just ride lots for now though
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Old 05-06-11, 01:53 PM   #2229
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So do I have a decent bike or is this a generic junker?
Well ... It's something in between but definately not junk.
As jbc said the most important thing if you're new to biking is to ride a lot and get the hang of it.
Do not change too much or buy too much until you have some milage on ... once you know your riding style, speed, comfort level, preferred terrain etc ... then you'll know if you want to upgrade and what to upgrade to.
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Old 05-06-11, 02:14 PM   #2230
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So do I have a decent bike or is this a generic junker?
These terms are not mutually exclusive here in the hybrid forum. Many of our bikes are "all of the above".
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Old 05-06-11, 04:10 PM   #2231
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Thanks for the replies, So far I am loving it and I have been using it mainly to get my workout riding along the trails at the beach. I can't wait to learn more!
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Old 05-06-11, 04:15 PM   #2232
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Iron Horse bikes are distributed by Dorel and sold around here in sporting goods stores. As with many such bikes, they have cheaper parts and non-series (e.g., "Tourney" vs. "Deore") components. Many times they are assembled by store employees who don't have much experience or knowledge regarding bike assembly. That doesn't mean that your bike isn't a good bike... some of those "generic junkers" provide years of trouble-free enjoyment for their owners. I have a similar bike that I've slowly upgraded over the last three years into a capable performer.

Here's a little blurb about Iron Horse from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Horse_Bicycles

The point is if you ride it, and you enjoy it, then you have a decent bike. You too can transform your generic junker into a capable performer as funds permit. Conversely, you can save your $$$ for your dream bike and keep the Iron Horse for a backup (but if your like me you'll probably sink a bunch of money into it anyway).
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Old 05-06-11, 04:54 PM   #2233
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Same bike, Same story for me. Matte Onyx I believe it's called? I'm loving it!
This is to Funian, you or anyone, but I have the same bike as Funian and I was wondering what stem+handlebars those are? I'm a noob when it comes to this stuff, but I guess if anyone has suggestions for a replacement stem/handlebar for the trek 7000.

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Old 05-07-11, 05:06 AM   #2234
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This is to Funian, you or anyone, but I have the same bike as Funian and I was wondering what stem+handlebars those are? I'm a noob when it comes to this stuff, but I guess if anyone has suggestions for a replacement stem/handlebar for the trek 7000.

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On the 7.3 FX? For 2011 The stem is a Bontrager SSR, And the handlebars are Bontrager IsoZone bars w/ Inform Satellite grips. This all stock equipment on the 7.3 for 2011.

Be wary, however, that currently there is no way to attach bar-ends to these handlebars.
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Old 05-08-11, 08:46 AM   #2235
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Here's my "hybrid", the bastard son of a MTB and a city bike...


Bought for 79Eur new, kept the frame (hi-ten steel, weights a ton), seatpost, saddle, stem and handlebar. Added a Nexus Inter-8 with twist shifter, rack and fenders, and replaced the crankset, tires, V-brakes, and brake levers.

And a true hybrid, sorry for the crappy cell phone pic:

Bought used for 130Eur, added a Suntour NCX fork, rack and fenders (still gotta figure a way to attach the front fender), replaced the damaged crankset, the back V-brake and brake levers. Recently lowered the gears from the stock 42front/18rear to a 32front/16rear on the Nexus Inter-7.
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Old 05-08-11, 09:45 AM   #2236
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The second bike looks interesting and would love to see more detailed pic's of the crank and chain guard. I would love to ride over that bridge, is there a bike path on that thing, I wish I was there.
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The bike is discontinued model (Triban) from european sports chain Decathlon. Not the best hybrid, a little heavy to start with, not especially confortable or performant but strangely it developed kind of a cult following (a whole internet forum devoted to it: http://triban.free.fr/phpBB2/ )

The crank is just Acera crankarms -or other lower level Shimano, I don't remember- with all the rings removed and a 32t Goldtech chainring (unramped, unpinned) on the middle and a Race Face chainguard (for up to 34t) on the outer position.

This pic is a little better, though still far from great:

(front wheel is 26" and rear is 700, yes, I tried it this afternoon to lower the front end some).

I've ridden twice over that bridge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasco_da_Gama_Bridge
It's closed to pedestrians and bicycles all but one day of the year, when it can be ridden in just one direction for a span of a few hours. Usually very windy up there, but a nice panoramic view.
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Old 05-08-11, 12:46 PM   #2238
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Wow thats a interesting bike and one to keep. I thought the chain stays were actually a chain guard in the other pics its no wonder it has its own net site sorry but the language barrier makes it hard for me to understand.
I,m assuming it has a internal gear hub.
Sure would love to ride that bridge.
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It does have some nice curves and a strange fascinating arching lowest tube indeed
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Old 05-08-11, 02:08 PM   #2240
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Reminds me of a Mrazek design.
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Old 05-08-11, 03:10 PM   #2241
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The elevated chain stays allow a much shorter (effective) chain stay length. More interesting to me is the fact that you can remove/reinstall the chain for cleaning without "breaking" it. Better yet, you could easily convert that bike to belt drive and never worry about cleaning your chain again...

Nice bikes! Nice picture with the flowers.

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Old 05-08-11, 03:48 PM   #2242
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I was thinking of you, ( worried ) then I seen a post from you on another forum ! Glad your OKAY Richard
How are you, Richard? (Your last post...)

I hope you're OKAY.
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Old 05-08-11, 05:57 PM   #2243
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Doing good, had to take a short break from so much time on the forum, and biking to catch up on work,
and a few other things. Well I have took the bike out maybe 10 times since my last post, hope to start back
everyday in the next couple days. Thanks for asking, Richard
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I was checking the forum every so often, but did not want to say anything because it might have been a week later
before I would have been able to check, glad to see just about everyone is still here, and some new people to,
Ready to get back out biking, Richard
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Old 05-09-11, 07:40 AM   #2246
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The elevated chain stays allow a much shorter (effective) chain stay length.
How? Please explain.
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Well, on second look, in this case, I'm not sure the designers took advantage of the ability to shorten the distance from rear hub to bottom bracket that elevated chain stays allow. In the early days of mountain biking there was a big emphasis on designing bikes with shorter chainstays which theoretically improved climbing performance. Elevated chainstays were used to allow the fat rear tire to fit closer to the BB. The limiting factor of space for a frame tube between wheel and chainring was avoided by moving the frame tube out of the way.
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Old 05-09-11, 01:22 PM   #2248
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Ready to get back out biking, Richard
Was starting to think you got swept away in a flood.
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I changed the bottle cages.
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Old 05-09-11, 07:09 PM   #2250
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what bridge was that in that pic? do they allow bikes?
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