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juiceranch 04-22-07 06:57 PM

street > dirt conversion
 
um im new here.. i have a mongoose (yes mongoose) :o street bike which is from the year 2000 (yes, quite old) i think? anyway, its a street setup. weighs about 35 pounds. since im getting a new bike soon (not mongoose) which is also set up for street i was thinkin maybe i could convert my old one into one for dirt? because where i live theres this huge abandoned field near my house and i think i could gather a bunch of dudes and make some jumps. so what kinda parts would i need to make it good for dirt jumps/dirt trails?
well heres what i know about it, its got one of the biggest heaviest frames i have ever seen, i think if i dropped it off the empire state building, it would slam through the ground to the core of the earth and it wouldnt even melt. yes, its BIG AND BULKY AND HUGE ugh. can i use it or do i need a new lighter frame? im thinking all i need is new frame and wheels? am i right or do i need anything else?

wethepeople 04-22-07 07:04 PM

Dirt tyres and run it into the ground.

juiceranch 04-22-07 07:26 PM


Originally Posted by wethepeople
Dirt tyres and run it into the ground.

did u mean run it to the ground? or into the ground. so i dont need a frame? its not like sand or anything i just need lightness to get air. im not gona sink in the ground lol

CMcMahon 04-22-07 07:42 PM

There's no difference between a street bike and a dirt bike, as long as you've got decent tires.

KinetikBiker 04-22-07 07:46 PM


Originally Posted by CMcMahon
There's no difference between a street bike and a dirt bike, as long as you've got decent tires.

And the fact that you don't need stunt bars on a dirt bike. :D

juiceranch 04-22-07 08:10 PM


Originally Posted by KinetikBiker
And the fact that you don't need stunt bars on a dirt bike. :D

tru. so its final? im headed to roberts bikes after school, ill have to pick up some knobbys. ima pop off those slicks and on with the dirt tires, then grab a friend and head to the dirt. and toss the pegs. theyre so old and scratched from curbing anyway. lol

CMcMahon 04-22-07 08:12 PM

Don't get knobbies. Just get a wider tire up front, with a bit deeper treads. Fly Ruben's front and back, for example.

juiceranch 04-22-07 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by CMcMahon
Don't get knobbies. Just get a wider tire up front, with a bit deeper treads. Fly Ruben's front and back, for example.

hm when i said knobbies i didnt mean those cheap five doller ones i meant dirt tires.

CMcMahon 04-22-07 08:49 PM

Yeah, I can see that, but when I think "knobbies" I think "knobbies," like the GT tires I ran back when I only rode trails.

wethepeople 04-22-07 08:50 PM

Or Maxx Daddies.

FitRider 921 04-22-07 08:52 PM

Juice, welcome to the forums, and I'm glad you are from the great NY. However, it would be greatly appreciated if you typed things out fully and used proper spelling and grammar. Also, please do not use things you would say on an instant messenger (like "lol"). Thank you.

Beerman, do you just recommend Fly Rubens to everyone?

FuzzyRyder 04-22-07 10:38 PM

Their amazing tires, why wouldn't he?

CMcMahon 04-22-07 10:59 PM


Originally Posted by FitRider 921
Beerman, do you just recommend Fly Rubens to everyone?

I haven't found a rider yet who doesn't love them; they're perfect for dirt, park, and street.

callumrides 04-23-07 05:58 AM

it weighs about the right amount for a dirt bike. hehe.

i think im funny.

specializeride 04-23-07 06:42 AM

those tires are rad thats all i use

sbcdestroy 04-23-07 06:52 AM

just ride it.

dirt street park, whatever, I ride my bike on anything

FitRider 921 04-23-07 12:56 PM

I didn't say anything was wrong with Rubens, because I want them.

KinetikBiker 04-24-07 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by CMcMahon
I haven't found a rider yet who doesn't love them; they're perfect for dirt, park, and street.

I'm hooked on my Aitken tires. They are perfect size and just aggressive enough for wet trials but yet smooth enough for a skatepark.

I will probly try Rubens next.

I_Suck_At_BMX 04-24-07 06:33 PM


Originally Posted by KinetikBiker
I'm hooked on my Aitken tires. They are perfect size and just aggressive enough for wet trials but yet smooth enough for a skatepark.

I will probly try Rubens next.


I run rubens and love them. I used to run a M-tread in the rear and a holy roller up front and I liked that combo a lot too. However the Rubens hold a lot more psi then the holy roller and thier treads go on the the sidewall more. I thiink they ride a bit smoother too. PLus my rubens have lasted a lot longer than any other tires I have owned.

tmowery18 04-24-07 06:34 PM

Speaking of tires, I have a thorn stuck in my back tire and air is slowly leaking out. I'm still riding it but I want it fixed so I don't have to get air everyday. I was thinking about a ruben but I don't know what size to get and I don't know if I even should get a whole new tire or should patch this one.

FitRider 921 04-24-07 06:46 PM

Patching a tire is not the greatest idea. Patching tubes is a good idea. Patches are so much less expensive than tubes and really save a lot of time, money, and effort.

I_Suck_At_BMX 04-24-07 07:14 PM

Get the widest ruben the shop has and put it up front, get thier narrowest and put it on the back.

tmowery18 04-24-07 07:42 PM

I'm not switching my front tire. I'm keeping the primo dirt monster up front. So get the smallest size for the back?

FuzzyRyder 04-24-07 09:36 PM

You don't patch the tire... You patch the tube. It dosent matter if there is a tiny hole in the tire.

wethepeople 04-24-07 10:53 PM


Originally Posted by I_Suck_At_BMX
Get the widest ruben the shop has and put it up front, get thier narrowest and put it on the back.

I don't like super narrow on the back, looks really dumb and I prefer more cushion for back tyre tricks


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