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    What to do with this bike? *pics*

    My 05 stumpy is on layaway until I can save up a few more paychecks (just graduated from college and started a new job so basically I have $0) but it should be out by the end of October or in early November...
    Anyway, I have this 1999 (98?) Trek Mountain Track 830 XC bike that I bought when I thought you only needed one bike and I thought $500 was a damn expensive bike I know it is not the best frame, the components pretty much suck (I do like the rear derailler) but the bike has been through a lot and has been a good one. When I got it I didn't know that you need a DH bike to ride down hills, or a different bike for hucking, jumping, whatever. This bike did it all: tricks, jumps, drops, downhill, trail riding... Then I was off to college and so it sat neglected for about 3.5 years with the parents. I got it again to commute with and get back into riding... It is still stock as ever, I changed the seat, put a new chain on, cables, tires, minor stuff. There is a little bit of rust (some screws...nothing that can't be changed)
    So, I really don't want to get rid of the bike, I would not get anything for it, so I turn to you guys(/gals) for some suggestions. I will probably still do some commuting on it, some path riding with my wife, but probably not any serious singletrack or anything. I am pretty open to suggestions beyond a pseudo comfort/mountain/commuter bike. I am not in a huge rush to go out buy a bunch of parts and get it ready right away (but over time change this out with that...keep my eyes open for good parts- that kind of thing). So, what kind of components would you guys suggest? The fork sucks, I've never liked it... any ideas on a decent fork for commuting and light trail riding? I also hate the front derailler and know I will need to change it out eventually.
    None of these pics are very exciting, but maybe by seeing the frame, someone will see something I don't and will suggest the perfect use for the bike (other than the garbage can )
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    Sorry the pics are so small, I guess I can only put up 100KB? Guess I need winzip...
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    be a man, put a rigid fork on it, and make it a singlespeed

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    Good thought. I have putzed around on Sheldon Brown's site and have been considering the one speed deal in the back of my mind... like I said, I'm open to something different
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    How about sell it, and put the money towards the layaway?

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    I could do that, but I don't think I would get very much for it Money isn't a huge issue, it is just time. I need to pay off a couple debts and I know I will have the bike in about a month. The $100 or so I might be able to get for the bike would not be worth it and not really help me get the stumpy any faster. Plus having a second bike could be useful... I do have an old Huffy (girls) super POS that was never mine but I got it for free and when I get around to it I will make it rideable just so friends that visit at least have something to ride. This Trek is obviously a way better bike, but I would like to do something similar, where visiting friends/family can ride it, but I would still like to use it as well.
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    Rigid chromo fork, lose the kickstand -a set of V-brakes and set of bmx pedals.

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    rigid fork, ss

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    Put a rear rack on it and use it to get back and forth to work, school, etc. That way you save the earth, save a bucket load of money and make people think you are weird, all at the same time.
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    I hadn't thought of the rack! I have seen them, but always thought they looked pretty old ladyish- what the hey! I think I'll do it
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    It's a commuter! Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harov3
    It's a commuter! Yay!
    Best thing to do with a retired MTB.

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    So, how does a singlespeed, commuter, with an old lady rack sound for a retired MTB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Callaway
    So, how does a singlespeed, commuter, with an old lady rack sound for a retired MTB?
    I'm not so keen on the singlespeed part, but the rest works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Put a rear rack on it and use it to get back and forth to work, school, etc. That way you save the earth, save a bucket load of money and make people think you are weird, all at the same time.
    Yea baby, nice phrasing.
    Need to get the message to non-cyclists as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    I'm not so keen on the singlespeed part, but the rest works.
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    Thanks. I am not sure what I am gonna do about the singlespeed...I've already taken off the front derailleur, but I've never liked it anyway



    Hey, it works!
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    i really dont understand why some people are so into single speeds and rigid forks. i am not being offensive or saying that it is stupid or anything but i just dont get it. i mean take it from my perspective. until a few months ago i did not even know that there were bikes out there with gears and suspension. i have been riding single speed rigid bikes all my life. jeez. and while i have always liked biking and while biking has always meant for me single speed and rigid forks (**** i did not even know the word fork. phttt) the thing is that after riding a bike with gears and a suspension set up, wee i mean that is so beautiful. why would you want to do away with that? it is so easy to ride uphills now. and although i have ridden a lot back in school during camping trips on rocks and bumpy roads etc, the suspension is pretty nice under my butt. yknow? i mean it used to be fun then sure but on hindsight i think if we had these bikes then, man, we would just be flying. actually well it would not have made a diffeence because we had a lot of fun with our bikes then and that is all we knew and we were not worried about parts and sh*t and just rode but those bumpy mountain trekking roads and those uphills would have surely been a lot easier with the bike i have now.so why do you want to go back to single speeds and suspension? man if you give a kid in my neighbourhood a POS 200 dollar geared bike he would maintain it and love it till the day he dies. no kidding. the moment i got my bike i sent a picture to all my cousins. i am going to go back to india for exams in a few days and i will carry a picture of my bike with my so i can show it to the servants in my house. man they would freak out. man my bike, what with all those gears, is much cooler than the Triumph motorcycle arnold schwarzenegger rode in terminator 2. no *****.
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    The reason that I want to get rid of the suspension is becuase it is a lousy fork, adds weight, and I simply don't need it. My front derailler was completely crappy and detracted from my rides (it's there to use, but it sucks). The stumpjumper will now be the fun bike and so rather than have this bike sit useless I can change it around a little bit- change its form to fit its function. Plus I just want more experience tweeking with bikes. A guy can always use another good hobby
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    I swapped out my crappy suspension fork for pretty much the same reasons. It doesn't make sense to throw a high dollar fork on a bike that gets put on the front of a bus on my way to or from work and (on some local trips) can be locked outside. The Rigid (Surly 1x1) serves me quite well for what I currently use that bike for. I'm not one of those neo-purists mind you I love my dual squish and any of my future Trail bikes will be of the dual squish variety. I just love how much lighter and more responsive my commuter is after I lost that boat anchor of a fork (which will either go on eBay shortly or will be made into a lamp)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankush
    i really dont understand why some people are so into single speeds and rigid forks.
    for singlespeed there are myriad reasons. go to FAQ at MTBR.

    For rigid forks, well, I would bet that 80% of all mountain bikes sold are used in situations where you don't need a suspension fork and that it actually hampers your effort. Of the other 20%, 10% could do without them also, meaning they are not neccessary, and the other 10% absolutely need them for their style of riding and terrain they attack.

    Also, you can put a chromo rigid fork on a bike and forget about it for 10 years or so. Just make sure it is not rusting. A suspension fork needs maintenance.

    everybody has a different take on the perfect ride (I can't understand why people ride lifts with bikes, while I am sure others think I am crazy for climbing up mountains) and not everyone believes gears and suspension help them with their style of riding. So be it.

    I know some people who have road bikes, singlespeed mountain bikes, freeride bikes, xc bikes and fixed gear bikes. They ride them all and enjoy the experience on each one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unsuspended
    I know some people who have road bikes, singlespeed mountain bikes, freeride bikes, xc bikes and fixed gear bikes. They ride them all and enjoy the experience on each one.
    yeah i guess so. i was just wondering. i guess it is just a little odd for me, coming from a place where everybody has no gears and suspension, that people who actually have the option of gears and suspension wont go for it. i know for sure that a guy can ride up and down a steep hill bumpy hill without gears and suspension, we have done it when we were back in school, many times, everytime we rode a bike actually because we had no other option and we enjoyed ourselves all the time. a few of my friends could jump etc with their bikes but we were not into all that, whenever we went camping for a few days, a week or ten days, we would rent bikes from the school (i was in boarding school, a strict military type one) and ride, road, mountain, this or that, we did not really bother, but now, i would never buy a bike without gears or front suspension. if i dont need them, i can just not use them. i lock out my suspension most of the time anyway cuz on the street it interferes with my pedalling and on the trail it is too soft. but just the fact that i HAVE it on my bike, hoo boy, it's a trip. i guess it is just the thrill of newness or something. who knows. for me it is really big though. like seeing the taj mahal in my living room.

    tho this much i will give you that to have gears and suspension and a beefy looking bike (atleast compared to the thin ***** we had before) one does get more confidence. i would never do stuff i am doing or trying to do now with those bikes, tho my friends did, but they have always been braver (ahem, stupider? ) than i.
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    I would suggest getting some baldish tires (an easy cheap way to make these suckers fly). Nashbar has some on the cheap: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

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    Quote Originally Posted by Callaway
    So, how does a singlespeed, commuter, with an old lady rack sound for a retired MTB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ankush
    yeah i guess so. i was just wondering. i guess it is just a little odd for me, coming from a place where everybody has no gears and suspension, that people who actually have the option of gears and suspension wont go for it. i know for sure that a guy can ride up and down a steep hill bumpy hill without gears and suspension, we have done it when we were back in school, many times, everytime we rode a bike actually because we had no other option and we enjoyed ourselves all the time. a few of my friends could jump etc with their bikes but we were not into all that, whenever we went camping for a few days, a week or ten days, we would rent bikes from the school (i was in boarding school, a strict military type one) and ride, road, mountain, this or that, we did not really bother, but now, i would never buy a bike without gears or front suspension. if i dont need them, i can just not use them. i lock out my suspension most of the time anyway cuz on the street it interferes with my pedalling and on the trail it is too soft. but just the fact that i HAVE it on my bike, hoo boy, it's a trip. i guess it is just the thrill of newness or something. who knows. for me it is really big though. like seeing the taj mahal in my living room.

    tho this much i will give you that to have gears and suspension and a beefy looking bike (atleast compared to the thin ***** we had before) one does get more confidence. i would never do stuff i am doing or trying to do now with those bikes, tho my friends did, but they have always been braver (ahem, stupider? ) than i.
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