Unique Vintage Steel
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Kirk Frameworks JKS-C, Serotta Nova, Gazelle AB-Frame, Fuji Team Issue, Schwinn Crosscut, All-City Space Horse
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I would like to nominate myself for the 'Doesn't even know his own bicycle' award as I just got around to looking at the old mtb's wheels after an evening ride on the Mongoose.
I hereby take back what I said claiming it was a 28" wheel, and I realized this as I wheeled my 26" Mongoose up next to it and the two were the same size. Upon closer inspection the tires I currently have on are a (cheap) pair of 26x2.125"s. Rear derailler is a Shimano Tourney with a 5speeds in back. The thing was made before the introduction of the S.I.S. system by shimano as it just has thumb lever shifters.
In any case that's the old bike that will be getting a good once over when I get time and money to do so.
As far as my new bike here's some details on it.
Mongoose Tech 4 purchased onsale at the local Sports Authority. As I stated above I'm just getting back into riding and wanted to start doing some trails but didn't have a lot to drop on the new bike. The $300 I did spend was still more than I probably 'should' have, but when the list was $800 and reg price was 500, I figured I'd jump on the sale. It is a FS bike, Alum frame, Shimano Sram 4.0 shifters and rear derailler. Mech front disks, linear pull rears. The tires are VelocaRaptor(sp?)'s. And the front fork is a Mozo, though the exact model escapes me at the moment.
I know it's not a high end bike, and I don't plan on pushing it like one would a bike costing far more. For me it's probably more than I need, but when I decide to get into a hobby I typically spend a tad more than I probably should so I'm more motivated to get my money's worth. On top of that I recently got engaged and wanting to drop a couple pounds off the gut before the wedding next summer. After leaving retail sales for a desk job I just haven't been that active.
Right now I'm lucky enough to live near a long greenbelt wide grassy areas on both sides of a creek. I just returned from a 2 mile ride along it, getting reaquainted with being on a bike and off the road as well. The Mongoose handled great, and with a few seat height adjustments was quite comfortable. Think I may have to look for a simular saddle to mount to the old bike when it comes time to work on it.
Linky to the new bike's page at the Sports Authority: Mongoose Tech 4