I want to try riding a bit this winter and snow is just around the corner.
I have my trusty rigid GT Outpost Trail (my first real mtb bike) that i was thinking of riding. It has been sitting in the garage for years. THE last thing i did to it was i put on new 7sp shifters and a full cable kit.
That said...from what i have read thus far.......scrap the gears and go SS seems to be the logical choice. Not sure if i want to do this but then again the bike isnt getting used so....
ALso....salt reacts like hell on those aluminum frames correct? WEll i imagine just as bad or worse than any other frame material.
I had a buddy ride his much newer giant Yukon wiht studed tires for about 3 rides one season and it seized up all his cables, shifters, rusted chain to hell and basicly make his bike look like a crap farm.
Knowing him..he didnt clean it after each ride..no fenders etc. Bottom line is it was toast very shortly. THat salt gets into everything.
How do you keep stuff clean? Id be up for washing after each ride or at least once a week ....however......you cant just pull out the hose. Where do you get the hot water to wash them down to keep them functioning
I have the bike comepletely torn down to grease up the HS and wheel bearings etc. ANything i can do or should do to it while it is torn down to avoid problems in the future?