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    Im 28 and just pullled a Roadmaster out of a dumpster. Out of shear curiosity is this that bad of a bike for someone to throw away a almost brand new bike? As you can guese from my user name Im rather on the unfit side of things. I used to built and healthy back in high school, but now im just built out of fat. Luckily I've cut all fast foods and soda out of my diet and the bike ride to work is only 3 miles of flat land.

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    The Roadmaster is cheap dept store bike. You'll notice this after a few rides AND problems with the bike, but it's better than no bike.
    Good luck with the exercise and weight loss.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2011 Felt Z4

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Hi Ron, whats up? Is there anything I could do to make this Roadmaster shine and be more reliable? Like how about the De-railers and gears. Also where could I get repair manuals for this bike? Im planing on striping this bike down completly,but I have never done this kind of project before.(where should I start?) Thanks for any info you can provide.

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    http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml

    http://bloombikeshop.com/repairmaintenance/main.htm

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/articles.html

    These sites will tell you all you need to know on bike fixing. Wheels and their bearings are the most critical parts so startt by reading those sections. You will need cone wrenches, spoke wrench, and freewheel/cassette removal tools, which are not expensive. After that you should get into derailler and brake adjustment.

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    Life is good RonH's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by unfit
    Im planing on striping this bike down completly...
    The frame and components aren't worth the time or money. You'd be better starting with a decent used bike. Have you checked with any bike shops in your area to see if they have any good used bikes?

    If you're not acquanted with bikes and bike components, it's sort of like starting with a Yugo (remember them?) and stipping it down and pouring money into it to make it "like" a BMW.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2011 Felt Z4

    Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz

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    Never trash a man's ride. I still have a Huffy 10-speed. Not a fast bike, but great for the years of rehab I went through. Good luck with your bike Unfit. Something inexspensive like Neverdull works well on rims, spokes, and other polished areas. Good luck with working on your bike.

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    just keep riding the bike you pulled from the dumpster.
    it is just fine! you can ride any bike well.
    the biker makes the bike go.

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