Took the afternoon off and went and dicked around with the bike a little.. Little things that were lingering.. the XT rear derailer was F'd so I replaced it today.. Couldn't find a new one for less than $80 locally (
). I ended up using a brand new road bike derailer that I got a deal on, a Shimano 105.. Looks like a pretty sweet unit, seems to be fairly high quality, better than what was on there (Shimano XT) as far as I could tell. See how it holds up but I imagine it should be fine..
Also new tires, grips, etc.. Pretty psyched.. I am using the WTB Motoraptors, in a 2.4 diameter... Widest tires I've owned.. So far I like them a lot. Very thin sidewalls (light) but seem to be great. Good even on the street so far, not a lot of roling resistance.. And I really like the pattern. Also got a killer deal on them, local shop had them for $10
(best deal I found on the net was $30 each)... So I did two while I could. The 2.4 just barely fits in the rear frame of the stump jumper..
Anyway, I am super happy.. Now to get out riding...!
Next thing is I need is shoes. Last pair kicked the bucket.. I am a 12 foot, really high arches.. I know shoes aren't something you should skim on but I found a pretty nice and inexpensive set of Diadoras for $50 on sale that seem to fit great.. Will probably pick those up..