Unique Vintage Steel
Wanted to drop in and say hello after a week or so of browsing and such. Trying to get back into cycling after several years of having no touched my old (cheap) mtb that I rode reguarly through highschool. Having gotten out of a retail job that kept me on my feet and active 6-8 hours 4 or more days a week and into a desk job I'm starting to see the effects of the inactivity and want to turn that trend around. Recently purchased a Mongoose Tech 4 onsale at the local Sports Authority. It is a huge step up from the old bike I had been riding and the best I could allow myself to spend at the this time. I have been considering using the older bike as a road only bike to save the tires on the Mongoose from heavy concrete wear. My problem seems to be finding new tires for the bike as the current ones are heavily cracked from years of sitting. It is a 28" (believe x 1.5") rim and have had a hard time finding any tires locally. Anyone have any suggestions for a tire or location to look for tires of this size. I'll try to get a chance to confirm the exact size on the tires later. The old bike is still a good ride, though it lacks any suspension for off-road riding. Thus my idea to put some road designed tires on it and use it for easy street riding on days that I don't want to make it to the trails around Dallas or the like.
EDIT: See new post with correct info on the old bike. I was SOOOO off.
Last edited by cuda2k; 05-25-05 at 08:09 PM.
How's it going? I'm in Irving.
Are you sure the tires aren't 27 inchers? Was this older bike a road or mountain bike originally? You should be able to get tires for the bike from a local shop, but they may have to order them. If you want to pm me the exact tire size I'm sure I could find some for you (I happen to work at a shop). I think your idea of putting road tires on the older bike is a good one, if the Mongoose has knobbies you'll both wear out the tires and be slow on pavement.
But . . . don't write off zero suspension off-road riding. I take the trail that runs along the Trinity River into downtown all the time on a rigid bike with 1.75" inch wide road tires (they have a bit of tread, but they're not knobbies). You could put some tires on the old bike that are suitable for light trail riding, curb hopping, etc. that would still be very suitable road tires.
What about these? (assuming you have 27" wheels)
cheaper and a little wider--
Any local shop should be able to order these.
Unique Vintage Steel
The bike is a Mtb design. Made by 'Ming' and purchased second hand by my parents for me when I grew out of my freestyle huffy. I'm nearly certain the rim is 28" and have purchased one set of tires for it since I got the bike. The story goes that a friend of the family purchased it new way back when and rode it 3 times in 3 years. I then got it at the height of my riding kick during HS and put 300 miles on it in short order. I punctured the rear tube trying to get one more short ride on those original tires when I knew better of it. That was probably 7-8 years ago since I put the current tires on the old bike. In any case I'll check the rim tonight if I can and get the specs. Not sure how long the tires on it will last but they are in pretty poor shape after all this time and I should probably replace them before I have a repeat of the puncture episode. (At least I was only a couple blocks from home then)
Thank you for your offer to help. =)
This article may help when you do have the bike in front of you. Tire sizes are notoriously indiosyncratic. Many people at shops are ignorant about obscure/older tire sizes. Often they may be a size which is currently made, but is called by a different name on your particular bike.
Unique Vintage Steel
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