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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Clintwood, Virginia
Bikes: Dawes Lightning 1200, Schwinn High Sierra
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Old bike worth new parts?
Hello all. Trying to get back into riding my bike and I wanted some advice on upgrading some parts.
This is an old bike, Schwinn High Sierra. I got it new around 94 I believe. I upgraded it with a suspension fork when the aheadset came out (still have the old, threaded fork and stem).
My pup chewed up the stock seat so I threw on a 70's Peugeot seat thats just a hunk of plastic over some old foam.
The components are Shimano Exage 500 I believe.
I also recently added a suspension seatpost.
I do have a couple of questions I hope someone can help with:
1. I'm getting some elbow pain. It seems that my arms are straight, locked when riding. I'd like to shorten the stem. What do I need to measure to make sure I get one that is about an inch shorter.
2. I'm considering a carbon bar and wondered what everyone thought about them (I'd like to be a bit more upright).
3. The Kalloy suspension post (from eBay) works, but it rotates side to side a bit. I'm getting used to it, but is it supposed to do this? I'm considering just buying a better saddle, and going back to my aluminum post, or getting a carbon post (I hear they are more comfortable?)
4. Lastly, I traded my old Paramount road bike in on this bike when I moved "up in the mountains". I'm a little closer to civilation now and ride quite a bit on pavement. What would be some good tires for say 80% road and 20% gravel/dirt. Could I run a slicker tire up front with no ill effects?
Lots of rust and dust on it, but it still rides fine and I hate to just buy a new bike if I can make this one a little better on the old bones.
Sorry for all the question and I appreciate any replies!