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Old 12-19-08, 11:43 PM   #1
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My $5 Craigslist special

Let me confess, I'm a roadie. Maybe even a single speed hipster if anything. But I saw a sweet Magna Glacier Point 15-speed Shimano-shift drivetrain bike(!!!) for $5 on CL and decided to buy it for fun.

It was really nasty, so I cleaned it up, painted it, tuned it, and went nuts with the rust remover.

I don't have any before pics unfortunately, but here's an after pic with a custom rattlecan paint job and a stenciled thunderbird decal:





Yes, this is my only mountain bike. Today the streets were snowed out so I decided to go to the local woods with my buddy and try it out. Here are some pics:









The seat kinda fell off after a landing a jump near the end, but overall, it was REALLY fun. I may have to join your insanity after all.
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Old 12-19-08, 11:55 PM   #2
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Trails looked like fun.

But do go get yourself a helmet.
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Old 12-20-08, 12:42 AM   #3
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Ha, the thunderbird is pretty fly; it makes the bike go faster, I would guess. Definitely get a helmet if you're going to get into mtb. It hurts a hell of a lot slamming your head into the ground WITH a helmet. I recently cracked a helmet on what I thought was relatively soft ground. I don't even like to think what it would have felt like to go down like that sans lid.
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Old 12-20-08, 12:46 AM   #4
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Can't beat that for 5 bucks.

Nice kickstand!
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Kudos on the helmet. Looks like you had a blast, Damn I miss snow!!! Nice paint job also. If you decide to get into MTN biking spend a few more bucks on a nice bike and you will really have some fun.
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Old 12-20-08, 01:57 AM   #6
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Looks like you got bitten by the uber-cycling bug.... all cycling is fun....

Your wallet will loath you.

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Wow, Nice paint job! I've rattle canned frames a few times now and you did a fine job
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I recently cracked a helmet on what I thought was relatively soft ground.
Cracking a helmet shows no indication of what may have happened to your head sans helmet.
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Here we go , w about we try to keep this on topic and not get into a helmet/no helmet debate. To the OP nice job on the $5 bike, sounds like you are bit, have fun and keep us updated on how things are going, I bet it won't be long before you are in the market for a higher end bike.
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Old 12-20-08, 12:30 PM   #10
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Haha, thanks. It is fun. And sorry about the helmet, I own a Bell Sweep and usually wear it. Just.. forgot that time.
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thanks for sharing....looks like you had lots of fun. did you slip much? are you going for studded tires next time?

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Old 12-24-08, 01:19 AM   #12
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Growing up i had one of those!

If you replace the brake levers with any cheap non plastic ones you'll notice a GREAT improvement in braking.

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Old 12-24-08, 07:05 AM   #13
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sweet!! (for $5 and the paintjob)

what's the tire width?
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I'm not sure, but I think I can make out 1.95 in one of the pics. But I cant quite tell.
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Nice paint job! Looks like you had a LOT of fun! Maybe after a while you will come to the other side....
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Trails looked like fun.

But do go get yourself a mountain bike.
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That was not called for.
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You're absolutely right.
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I am a roadie also and just got a "mountain bike" because my grandaughter who is in college and working at a bike shop talked me into it. Got a Gary Fisher Hi Fi bty. I think it will improve my bike handleing overall and it is a good different exercise.
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Here we go , w about we try to keep this on topic and not get into a helmet/no helmet debate. To the OP nice job on the $5 bike, sounds like you are bit, have fun and keep us updated on how things are going, I bet it won't be long before you are in the market for a higher end bike.
I wear a helmet. All I'm saying is helmet cracking =/= you would have asploded.
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I wear a helmet. All I'm saying is helmet cracking =/= you would have asploded.
Not familiar with this term. Is it supposed to be assploded? Doesn't sound like something related to heads or helmets.
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so how'd you make the thunderbird?

(i know you used a stencil, but did you make one yourself? if you did...HOW?)
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What is attached to the frame near the rear derailleur?? It looks like a bottle cage
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What is attached to the frame near the rear derailleur?? It looks like a bottle cage
Derailleur protector.
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Dang Ken...I need one of those for my RD, F & R brake rotors, FD, brake levers...hmmm...maybe a front bumper for the front wheel too.
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