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    Should I Upgrade or Buy new Bike?

    Hi guys, I have been out of the scene for 6 or 7 years now but am looking at getting back into it. I rode multiple times a week for about 5 years, mostly trail riding and a bit of road. I have a mid 90's GT Tequesta. Bikes still in pretty decent shape, V brakes in good shape. Downfalls are no front suspension, my wrist is still bad after a bad wreck on her one of my last rides. I for sure want something to take some of the abuse off of my wrist. Second is the right 1-7 shifter is now a bit fussy for some reason and works on and off. Also needs new tires and tubes, who knows what condition the bearings and other assorted parts are in.
    So this comes to my big decision, Should I upgrade my current ride or would it be wise to just buy new? Since I have been out of the scene for a few years I can already tell there has been big changes in the industry and i feel like I know nothing now. How much do you think I would end up spending to upgrade this? If I bought new I would probably spend no more than $600 so would the quality of bike i could get with that match what my old tequesta could do with a few houndred in upgrades? If going new is the best way to go I would appreciate some ideas on modern bikes considering I dont know the goods and bads anymore. Thanks for any help you can give and I cant wait to get back out on the trails. Also any online stores with great prices on bikes or parts i should check?

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    Jim D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimd118 View Post
    Second is the right 1-7 shifter is now a bit fussy for some reason and works on and off.
    Thanks,

    Jim D.
    Try shooting some sort of spray lube into it and see what happens. Sometimes the grease gums up and they die (are they Shimano trigger shifters?) but a lot of times the shifter will start grabbing again. I'd say you have a 50/50 shot.

    Forget upgrading unless you are really attached to the frame. Hit up all the bearings with new grease, clean it up and give it some new tubes (and maybe some cheap tires if they are REALLY worn out) and and it will be a fine beater bike for cruising around and the occasional offroad excusion. If you think you are really going to get into mountain riding, you can get a nice all-mountain full suspension for about $1.5k. All the new technology will blow your mind.
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    For $600 you can get a nice used mtn bike that will likely run better and be a lot lighter than your GT could be built up to be. If it was an GT Zaskar, I could maybe see updating it for nostalgia's sake, but the Tequesta wasn't a real high-end bike to begin with. Convert it to SS and ride it to work. Buy a used Gary Fisher [long top tube].
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    Yeah i love the used gary fishers, any good places to find them other than ebay?

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    I just say something about fixies being sooo trendy right now. That is hipster kryptonite. -Anon

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    If everything is compatible with the modern stuff then how 'bout picking up something from BikesDirect. If you don't like the bike you can strip off the parts and use them on your current frame.

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    Yeah i checked out that bikesdirect.com like i said though ive been out of it for a bit so not familiar with these names, are these any good? anyone have experience with any of these bikes?

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    BD sells what could be termed "generic" brands. Folks around here have positive things to say about them but they aren't the types of brands you'll see in bike stores. (But they aren't junky WalMart type brands either). I believe the BD guy is a regular on the forum so he can explain better but it's my understanding that he buys frames from China or Taiwan or somewhere, boxes them with some components, and ships them out. (Or they come boxed with components, don't know which).

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    Ok heres another question, im also looking for my girlfriend so when it comes to actual decent mt bikes is there any difference for male female, most sites ive been to dont have a split mt bike section but do have a girls section that generally seem generic and use not as good gear. Should I be shopping for a mt bike period for her?

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    That's a fit thing. Some women are more comfortable on women's specific bikes, some on mens. I'd assume some men would be more comfortable on women's bikes but we're too manly to actually try riding them. If a men's bike fits here there's no reason to go to a women's bike. It's not like the old day when women's bikes were designed to allow the rider to ride while wearing a skirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimd118 View Post
    Ok heres another question, im also looking for my girlfriend so when it comes to actual decent mt bikes is there any difference for male female, most sites ive been to dont have a split mt bike section but do have a girls section that generally seem generic and use not as good gear. Should I be shopping for a mt bike period for her?
    I am of the opinion that the bike I get for my wife should be at least as good as what I would get for myself. Part of it is because I love her [awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww], but from a functional standpoint, she isn't as strong as I am and her power-to-weight ratio isn't as good. She needs a bike that will shift/brake smoother and is lighter than what I have. That usually means going with better quality, lighter parts. Further, "Women Specific Design" [WSD] typically means a 1/2" shorter top tube and some pink paint.

    I am also of the opinion that a bike can be more difficult to choose than almost any other piece of personal use equipment. How it fits can have a profound impact on how much you enjoy the sport. Take your GF to a bike shop and get her to ride some bikes to see what she likes and what works. If they have WSD bikes, get her to throw a leg over those as well. Try some high-end bikes too, just to see if she can tell the difference. Once you have the sizing and spec figured out, you can buy from that shop or go online and see if a vendor there has something that will work for you.
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    well after talking to 5 or 6 people that have bought from bikesdirect i made a purchase from them a few minutes ago. Ended up ordering the cliff 4900. Soon as i get it and get a few rides down i will be sure to give a full review of my experience.
    thanks for the help

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    At that price point BD is the clear winner IMO. Any of the "bike store" brands at that price are giving you a generic "Made In China" frame with components hung off it, so essentially the same thing you get from BD. But BD gives you much better components for your money. I bet you'll love that bike!

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    If you can, buy new. Otherwise just get an SID.
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