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Old 11-01-14, 01:42 PM
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Winter beater!

The idea of having a bike that is used exclusively for Winter's treacherous conditions has infected me for a while. A good quality 26" mtb on the cheap. One that can be ridden freely without worry about salt, gravel- ect destroying the "good" bike.

Went by the local flea market this morning. Chilly day. There is a guy with a huge trailer full of stuff and many bikes besides. Right away spotted a solid fork MTB in 26" size.

Upon closer inspection, the drivetrain was toasted. RD bent, chain hanging freely. Would not even pedal a full stroke without hanging up. The frame however was sweet. I never heard of "General" bicycles, but that's how this one was stickered.

Haggled and fenaggled, and he sold it to me for thirty bucks. It had a like new pair of Kenda Kross tires on it- and good parts besides, like pedals. Figured what the heck?

Got her home and the "fun" began. Replaced the RD, which I'd never done before. Changed out the Kenda's for a pair of Suomi Mount and Ground studded tires. About as entertaining as arm wrestling a chimpanzee.

Took her for a 7 mile ride. The studded tires sound like onion rings in a deep fryer. It's a slow bike, but then again- it's sole purpose is to get to work during icy conditions!
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Old 11-01-14, 01:49 PM
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That bike deserves a good beating!

I probably would've opted to convert to fixed just in case the brakes don't work well in snow, but not having derailleurs to not work is a plus.
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Old 11-01-14, 01:53 PM
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now drop $120 on studded tires* just allow Long reaction times with rim brakes in ice & snow. plan ahead ..

* I got a Nokian pair in 1990, I still use. though I built Drum Brake hub Wheels removing rim brake issues but still using a Pre Disc Brake Frame.
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Great point Scott. Forgot to mention the brakes are fine. No adjustment needed. Almost unbelievable, LOL
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"Winter"?

I'm all for finding excuses to n+1, but how is winter an excuse?


ooooohhhhh, you live somewhere with seasons, I bet. That have more variation than hot, almost hot, and nicely warm?

It was 70 degrees on my commute this afternoon. Lovely.
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Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
"Winter"?

I'm all for finding excuses to n+1, but how is winter an excuse?


ooooohhhhh, you live somewhere with seasons, I bet. That have more variation than hot, almost hot, and nicely warm?

It was 70 degrees on my commute this afternoon. Lovely.
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Bob, did drop BIG bucks on Nokians. They were a bear to install to say the least.

The peace of mind they bring about is well worth the asking price!
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That's a heck of a fork on that bike. I spent around $30 on my winter bike as well but I am getting ready to sink some dough into a pair of studded tires.
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I often use my best bike for winter riding, especially when there is a threat of a big snowstorm or ice storm, I want to be riding my best bike during those times. I never understood the logic behind riding some POS beater bike during winter. I just don't have time to deal with problems and breakdowns.
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I often use my best bike for winter riding, especially when there is a threat of a big snowstorm or ice storm, I want to be riding my best bike during those times. I never understood the logic behind riding some POS beater bike during winter. I just don't have time to deal with problems and breakdowns.
I never thought of a beater bike as a POS. A beater bike, to me, is in fine mechanical shape but you've found the parts for cheap. There are a lot of inexpensive bikes and parts out there that work really well. I wouldn't ride a bike that wasn't mechanically sound.

This is mine; the frame was $30 and the parts (other than the pedals) came out of my used parts collection:

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
That's a heck of a fork on that bike. I spent around $30 on my winter bike as well but I am getting ready to sink some dough into a pair of studded tires.
I can't belive my eyes on that fork either. I'm totally stoked on this ride.
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Guilty confession ... I actually kinda dig those groovy old MTB bike bars with the integrated quill stem - purely for the aesthetics - no other advantage to them that I can think of.

Those bar/stem single units are common here on Venture Mountain Tour bikes - which were obviously sold by the boatload judging by the number one sees still, rarely in lovingly kept condition, often still functional (or nearly so) - big box house brands, eh? Might be off the same assembly line as the OP's bike.
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Old 11-01-14, 03:39 PM
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That's a heck of a fork on that bike. I spent around $30 on my winter bike as well but I am getting ready to sink some dough into a pair of studded tires.
Check out Ebay. Move soon as these things might sell out. Bought mine from an outfit in California.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I never thought of a beater bike as a POS. A beater bike, to me, is in fine mechanical shape but you've found the parts for cheap. There are a lot of inexpensive bikes and parts out there that work really well. I wouldn't ride a bike that wasn't mechanically sound.

This is mine; the frame was $30 and the parts (other than the pedals) came out of my used parts collection:

That is one nice bike man. And your point is well taken. Lucky as I was to discover the "beater" this morning,I'm pretty grateful.

It's just a cool ride!
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These handlebars are so rockin cool.
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