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Old 07-30-07, 08:04 AM   #1
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New to NYC and new to cycling as an adult

Hi bike people,
I moved to Brooklyn a few months ago, and after feeling trapped in the germ infested subways, I bought a $50 used bike off of Craigslist and already I feel a lot better. I ride about 20 miles a day, just around brooklyn, and I'm interested in finding new places to ride, and learning to work on my bike and take care of it.

Hm, what else?

The bike I got is a Mongoose Hill Topper. It looks like a 90's mountain bike because it has no springy suspension components, yet has flat mountain-bike style bars on it. Anyway, its pretty light, and the gears and chain and shifters are in great shape for the age, but I am looking for a way to improve the handlebars, which feel about 2 inches too low for me. I had to raise the seat to get a decent extension for my legs, but now I'm leaning more on those low flat bars than I want to and my back and hands get sore when I lean down and try to go fast. I'm going to try raising the bars, but I'm not sure the post wil be long enough to really make it comfortable, so I'm thinkin' I might have to replace the bars. Is it a bad idea to put bars from a road bike on a mountain bike? I find myself mostly on the road since I live in a huge city.

Ok, I'm sure I'll think of more questions, but I just wanted to post an introduction.
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Hello gobot, I'm not certain if you can put on an extension of the stem for the Mongoose. One thing you can do is to swap out the knobby tyres for slicks if all your riding is in the city. If it's an early '90's bike, it was made before Mongoose sold out, so it's still a good bike.

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You sure can put drop bars on the mountain bike. I did it with a trek mountain, it's kinda like a cyclocross deal. Mine had the big shock fork and looked like a freak of nature, but still fun as hell to ride.
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You sure can put drop bars on the mountain bike. I did it with a trek mountain, it's kinda like a cyclocross deal. Mine had the big shock fork and looked like a freak of nature, but still fun as hell to ride.
Thanks for that information, Gringo! Uh, photos? I'd love to see that!

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Thanks for that information, Gringo! Uh, photos? I'd love to see that!
Me too! (I'm thinking of doing the same to a Klein Attitude)

Oh, and BTW .... welcome to the forums GoBot!

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