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Old 05-02-18, 01:57 PM
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Crushed my Tomato

After 18 years of faithful service, my Schwinn Homegrown met its demise a few days ago when I made the unwise choice of attempting to park the car in the garage with the bike still firmly mounted to the roof rack. Sigh.




I don't think that's going to buff out.


So now I'm confronted with a forked path forward:

Option #1
I can find a replacement frame to move all the components over. I've just started looking on CL and eBay, and it's looking like a $100 +/- $50 outlay for an alloy frame. I need an XL frame made for 1-1/8" steerer, cantis and 26" wheels, so something from the mid-90s to mid-00s, I'd expect. I haven't found anything yet, but I'm sure I'll eventually find something locally. I would like to get a solution within a month so I can back on the trail with my sons (we were coming back from a ride when this happened). With more patience, I may even find something interesting, if more expensive, that would be suitable for the component level (e.g. Ibis, Dean) while keeping a C&V flavor, as the CO front range is lousy with high-end MTBs.

Option #2
I should recognize that the bike should have been retired years ago as MTB technology has improved vastly in the past ~20 years. I can find "good enough" bikes in the $250-$500 range on CL, and could recoup some of that by parting out the components on the Homegrown. I haven't done much mountain biking in the past 10 years and never had much interest in keeping up on MTBs, but my sons are getting old enough to keep up (and pass) me now so maybe there will be a renewed interest.


Many of my old MTB riding buddies still ride and have the latest and greatest, so I've thought I'd put out a feeler for buying one of their bikes on their next upgrade, but that's a $multi-K outlay that would be a hard sell to SWMBO, and to me frankly, as I can't imagine I'd have the time to ride enough to justify the purchase.


Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Old 05-02-18, 02:35 PM
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Sorry to hear about the loss,

I have a 1997 Cannondale F2000 thats a Frame/Fork that is available if interested its a X-Large Frame.
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Old 05-02-18, 03:17 PM
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How's the car?
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Sorry for your loss. You'll ride again together in Valhalla!
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How's the car?
How's the garage door header?
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Old 05-02-18, 03:43 PM
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I hope the rider is ok!

Snark aside, that suuuuuucks.
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Crushed your tomato?

Catchup!

Hope that lightens your day.
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Bummer!

Roof racks are cool, but the reason I've not got one is that I'm sure this would happen to me one day. Rather sooner than later, too.
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Old 05-02-18, 04:20 PM
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...I was sitting with my wife in a cafe in downtown Palo Alto eating breakfast about 20 years ago.
We were seated at the window, facing the street and across.

I watched some poor soul with two three or four thousand dollar road bikes on a roof rack drive up to the drive in teller window at he bank across the street.
The whole thing happened in slow motion. First I realized he didn't know that the bikes wouldn't clear the rain overhang, or he'd forgotten them.

Then there was that initial crunch, followed by the sickening sound of the scraping and tearing as he proceeded forward.


I think he and whoever was in the car with him were off on a Saturday morning adventure ride. There are a lot of nice spots up on the ridge near there overlooking the ocean.


I couldn't finish my breakfast, that's how badly I felt after watching it.
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Thanks guys.

Car was fine - the roof carrier tray crumpled but stayed intact, as I stopped at the first sound (too late!). The garage door header is also fine - I'm the one who built the garage, and I kinda overbuilt the header.

My "friends" are sending me pictures of their various Yetis and telling me how much fun they are to ride.

Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
I have a 1997 Cannondale F2000 thats a Frame/Fork that is available if interested its a X-Large Frame.
Is that one of those HeadShock models? I'm thinking something a bit more traditional, and I'd like to keep using the fork if possible. I'm going to be picky for now.
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Old 05-02-18, 08:27 PM
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Sorry for your loss. Reminds me of the tirerack.com tv commercial. “Hey Bob, wanna go for a bike ride?”
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Old 05-02-18, 08:58 PM
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I've had decent luck finding mtb stuff on pinkbike. Our local co-op has a bewildering amount of decent aluminum frames from the 90s and early 2000s come in.
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See, this is why I don't have a garage. But it's a good thing my carport roof is 12"+ high, otherwise all my bikes would be dead by now
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There’s a welcome resurgence of friendly trail hardtails right now in the $1000 range that aren’t so XC and have inexpensive versions of the latest style. I did my homework and chose a Salsa Timberjack. A carbon fiber Yeti or Ibis etc is cool but won’t take a rack.
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Dang!, sorry about the loss......
I thought that stuff only happened in movies or commercials.... but there it is....
Hope you can find the same or similar frame for a quick component transplant to get you back on the trails.......
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But it's a good thing my carport roof is 12"+ high, otherwise all my bikes would be dead by now
That's an admirable Q factor, but the bars seem a little narrow.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Bummer!

Roof racks are cool, but the reason I've not got one is that I'm sure this would happen to me one day. Rather sooner than later, too.
I also thought a roof rack would be nice... until I heard similar stories. I KNOW I would do it too.
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The New Jersey Gran Fondo is close to me. The Hotel across the street front the starting line has a under-building parking garage. They had the good foresight to display a large CAUTION sign above the entrance warning of such potential accidents regarding bikes on roof racks. I'm sure it saved many!!!
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Sorry to hear about your incident. I don't trust myself with a roof rack for this very reason. I don't park in a garage, but I know I'd drive right through a low overhang/drive-through.

I'd go with option 1. I think you could find a very nice used vintage MTB frame for a reasonable price. Alternatively, you could probably find a complete MTB bike and then strip & sell the parts to help cover the cost.
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scary thing about this video is the sign already has holes where this bike goes in- like this is NOT the first time.
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