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Old 11-30-17, 02:45 PM
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Educate me please. Newb needs help bulding bike

Hello everyone,

Im fairly new to cycling, i picked up a used mountain bike this past Spring for my first bike in almost 20 years. I put some street tires on it, and have been using in through out the city (Toronto)


I've decided to upgrade because i wanted a faster more efficient bike for getting around and exercising. I picked up a used Devinci Stockholm Hybrid bike. I got it for dirt cheap because it was left outside and neglected. It needs a lot of work.

I'm no expert by any means, but i know it needs a new chain, possibly brakes, shifters, and deraillers too. (some of these may be able to be reused)

It looks like the rear wheel was changed as it only has 7 gears and it should have 9.

I'd like to fix it up, but looking for some advice on replacement parts. Im not sure if ill be able to find the exact parts, so a compatible part might be needed. Im dont want to shell out big bucks so top of the line components arent necessary.

Can someone suggest a proper 9 gear wheel to get? or should i change the sprocket? what would be best?
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The most important consideration is the number of teeth of the biggest sprocket. If you need to climb hills or carry lots of stuff, you will need a cassette with at least 28 teeth and a long cage rear derailleur. If your route is flatter, you can have a compact cassette, say 11-24, and thus can use a smaller and less expensive derailleur.
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I suggest a bike shop for those lacking any mechanical aptitude.. you are unlikely to buy fast unlike hot rodding a car

you have to put out the effort..

a frame with a 7 spreed wheel is too narrow, for a hub wide enough for a 9 speed cassette.

how many hundred dollar amounts you want to spend?





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contrariwise, if you are willing to put out the effort, and live in a big enough city to have a Bike Co-op, I would beeline straight there. They will have tons of used parts for dirt cheap, tools for use on-site, and friendly volunteers to explain to you how to do things.

Also, once you get up to that magical post count (10?), post some pictures here, and we can make an educated guess which parts might be still usable and what needs replacing.
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I picked up a used Devinci Stockholm Hybrid bike. I got it for dirt cheap because it was left outside and neglected. It needs a lot of work.

... what would be best?
...in Toronto, what would be best would be to buy a different bike that has been kept indoors.
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Old 11-30-17, 05:39 PM
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message received.

You should decide if it seems to be worth fixing. All the items can add up in price, and might end up more than a different bike in reasonable condition.

The bike co-op idea is the best if you have one locally.

You'll get experience working on bikes, so maybe fixing up this one is worth it just for that reason.

To start:
get it rideable. Can you pedal it at all now?
does the shifting work at all? if it's indexed (clicking) shifters, they do need to match the rear derailleur and the number of cogs to work correctly. Or does it shift, but the chain isn't centered on each cog?

A new chain if the old one is rusted together. First, try lubing the chain, maybe it looks worse than it is.

hold each of the wheels by the axle off the bike and spin it. does it slow down immediately, or feel rough?

When the chain is off, spin the cranks. Do they go at least one revolution before stopping? Any rough feel when you turn the crank?

turn the handlebars. A fairly smooth feeling, or sticky & notchy?

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I would insert between "get it rideable" and "does the shifting work at all?"

"do the brakes stop the bike?"

Safety first!
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