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    Tacklin' on trails in WA!
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    Questions about my bike!

    Greetings! I just registered on since I'm beginning to get back into biking!

    I currently have a Trek 6500 ALPHA ZX, however, since it's been in storage for so long, it's been worn down; I need a new chain, new tubes, and possibly new tires.

    Anyone on here who owns one of these bikes have any suggestions? I'm looking to do some riding on trails as well as on the road. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

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    I don't own a trek, but:
    >Make sure you get the right chain (i'm guessing 8 speed if it's a few years old)
    >Check wear on the chainrings and cassette as well, there's no point in putting a new chain on if the rest of your drivetrain is wrecked.
    >If everything else is corroded, you'll probably want to replace the cables. I'd reccommend a fully sealed cable set, it's only a little more expensive but should stop most of the gunk ruining the cables for a while.
    >All-purpose style of tyre, maybe panaracer fire, specialized adrenaline, but it depends on how much road vs. difficultly of trails.

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    If you are replacing the chain replace the cassette with it. Those two things drive and wear together. Tubes are cheap and arn't a bad idea even if the others seem to be okay.

    Yes i agree, replacing deraillure calbes will help and housing even better. Also check the deraillure alignment to see if the hanger is bent and needs re-aligning. Check your rims are straight, if they are not, you will need to get them 'trued' up. Also spin each wheel and see how the hubs are performing, if when the wheel spins it dosn't spin very smoothly, a hub service could be in order.

    If your chaning the tyres I can recommend the Panaracer or even the Kenda Nevegal. But there are HEAPS of tyres out there, leave this deciding for last after you've fixed up the rest of the bike!


    Good luck.

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    Tacklin' on trails in WA!
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    Thanks for the feedback guys! Well, I know for sure that the chain needs to be replaced since it's rusted and whatnot. As for the drivetrain, cassette, and freewheels, they're still in pretty good condition. Like I said, it was just in storage for a while. I just need to get new tubes, tires, and the chain. The brakes still work good; I'm also replacing the handlebar since I'm not a big fan of the curved ones so I'm replacing it with a straight bar.

    Is it possible for the cassette and the freewheel to wear down over time, even though the bike's been indoors and not used?
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    There's no reason the cassette/freewheel would wear down by just sitting there. It may accumulate rust or other things like that but it's not like it was there long enough to erode.

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    Thanks! Also, I'm a bit curious about the front suspension fork; I'm about 220 pounds and I'm hearing from other people that the front suspension fork is too soft if you're over 200 pounds. Is this a serious problem or will it be alright as long as I don't do any heavy riding? I would eventually replace them but for now, I'm wanting to get the bike fixed and ridin' again.
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    What fork is on it now? Just because you're over 200 lbs doesn't mean you won't be able to ride fine. Did you gain weight since you rode it before then? If you're not going to be doing heavy riding I'm sure it'll be fine until you can get a new one if you find you need one.

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    They are currently on Rock Shox Indy C's; I haven't ridden it in about a little under two years and I've gained about 15 pounds during that time. Like I said, I don't plan to take this bike over huge chasms and whatnot, but some mild trail riding as well as some street as well. Should I be fine with them, especially if the bike hasn't been ridden hard before?

    Also, there seems to be some minor paint splatters on my frame due to my father painting our house; is there any product or solution I can use to wipe off those paint splatters without damaging the original frame paint?
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    Quote Originally Posted by philaaay
    They are currently on Rock Shox Indy C's; I haven't ridden it in about a little under two years and I've gained about 15 pounds during that time. Like I said, I don't plan to take this bike over huge chasms and whatnot, but some mild trail riding as well as some street as well. Should I be fine with them, especially if the bike hasn't been ridden hard before?

    Also, there seems to be some minor paint splatters on my frame due to my father painting our house; is there
    Well upgrade the chain/tubes and tyres now. I am stronly recommending you upgrade the deraillure cables with it. That is a very very cheap and worthwhile upgrade.

    Ride the bike with those upgrades above on them, see how it feels. If you dont like the INDY fork you could get it serviced or you could look into buying a higher prices second hand or new fork. Just ride the bike before you determine if you need a fork upgrade. I dont have any expereince with the Indy so i couldn't help you out any futhur.

    Good luck

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