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Old 06-28-07, 01:49 PM   #1
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Noob Needing help

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after searching craiglist about everyday and learning whats out there and also not wanting to spend a whole lotta money, I ran across a Trek 810 for 50 bucks. The guy said after just posting the ad he was bombarded with people wanting it, and i believed it for that price and the way it looked in the ad. I told him SOLD. So i am picking it up after only seeing the picture. Looked okay---I hope fingers crossed but for 50 bucks what the hell

my wife and I have decided we want to do some light mountain biking as a form of cross training exercise on days of from running, So i may let this be her bike. She wanted a "dark blue" bike anyway.

So, Ive read that this bike has a decent frame but the components suck, Im wonder what I could do to make this bike into a fairly decent rig and stay in a decent budget also.

somebody stated new fork? anythoughts. Its an 18" and has ugly red grips? I think the first thing is better tires, pedals ? I would like to find good parts that are in abundance so i can get them cheap also.

Any ideas ?

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Old 06-28-07, 07:11 PM   #2
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Well, being an 810 it has to be an early 90's or late 80's bike, which means it probably doesn't have a suspension fork on it. It would be wise to get a suspension fork for your first upgrade.
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Well maybe not now that I looked. I'm seeing some with suspension forks. A year would help.
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Its a 2000 i believe and has front suspension, yes. THis is a bike for my wife so now I am searching for ME : ) but anyway heres the story on the Trek.

Well I went by and picked up the bike, the guy said the rear brake was sticking. Bike would barely roll when pushed, it just skidded along. I knew the rear wheel was bent. So I got it home and loosened the rear brake waaay up and spun the rear wheel and it looked like something out of a cartoon.

Took it for a spin and everything worked fine, except now no rear brake..lol. All the gears worked but were off and it wouldnt go into the the rear wheel biggest gear.

So the first thing i did was wash the @#$%^ out of it, I mean i went everywhere, all in the nooks, everything, really good, Then cleaned off the chain and after reading a million articles on the best way to lube a chain, and all the different schools of thought on Chain lubrication, i decided my own plan was probably best. I used SLICK 50. Then i adjusted the front and rear dueralliers, pumped up the tires, waxed as much of the paint as I could with Mequirs paint cleaner wax, and the bike looks almost brand new.

Still bummed about the rear wheel, I started researching wheel replacements, then I ran across Truing a wheel articles, So I went and bought my first bike tool, 3 a park set ? 3 way sprocket wrench (I also spent about a half hour browsing everything in the bike shop. I talked to one of the young kids wrenching on bikes about truing, he gave me some pointers, always tighten, and if the bend is gradual it should be okay.

So I turned the bike over and went to work, eyeballing and adjusting, It quickly went from cartoonish to reasonable, no rubbing but there is still a slight wobble. Some of the spoke were maxed out, and I finally said good enough. Its much much better and decent to ride, but I think i would like to get a new rear wheel.

Its a weinmann 519 26", I'm wondering what other types will fit, Maybe something lighter and stronger. and how easy it will be to replace for a noob.
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Old 07-05-07, 12:32 PM   #5
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Well making a second bike purchase today, a 2006 TREK SU 200 for 200 bucks.

We'll see how this one turns out. I am sure I could sell these bikes for what I bought them for or more, so in a sense I am trading up. For now the wife rides the 810 and I ride the SU 200.
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If you still want to swap out rims, go for a Sun RhynoLite. The cheaper pinned version (as opposed to the wellded-seam model) is economical, strong and a vast improvement over the single-walled Weinmann 519.

Way to go on truing your wheel; I love it when people try something new by getting the tool and just going for it.
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Thanks dminor for the tip, I definitely want to upgrade to a stronger rear wheel. I think this current one is beyond fixing.

Well a Cannondale M300 Se popped up on Craigslist yesterday,. 100 OBO, so I offered 75 and got it. Bike is in amazing condition, very light and Perfect mechanical condition! I cleaned it and waxed it too.. check it out. I thought this would be good for my daughter, but when i got it home my wife rode it and immediately claimed it. (She had owned a very high end Cannondale but sold it before we got married)
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So today i pick up the Trek su200 with disc brakes and slicks for 200 bucks. So this will make 3 bikes in about a week off of craigslist , enough for us all to ride together this weekend.

I will probably sell the 810 and possibly this 200 later, because of the weight thing, After riding the Light Cannondale and noticing how smooth all the components and everything works I want something similar feeling to that.
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