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Old 01-07-08, 07:35 PM
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Gauntlet thrown to DG

OK, I picked up a mountain bike off Craig's List for $50.

Now, my needs are different than yours, as I need it for riding in the winter and will be riding it on roads or limestone. But you can see that patience is a virtue and chance favors a prepared mind! And, tomorrow I RIDE!!!!!

Here are the specs.

http://www.bikealog.com/BikePedia/Qu...enne&Type=bike

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Old 01-07-08, 07:44 PM
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He can't pick up the gauntlet. He's too muscle-bound.
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I bought my mountain bike, a Trek 820, last winter, for $50.

Time for DG to get with the program.
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Old 01-07-08, 08:27 PM
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Looks like a nice bike. STX SE was a good, reliable group. Those Scott bullhorn handlebars were very popular for a while. Good hand positions but a bear to remove the grips and levers.

Take that bike on some mild singletrack at least once in a while. That's what it was made for. It will do what you plan to do well also, but it may feel a tad bit emasculated.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Take that bike on some mild singletrack at least once in a while. That's what it was made for. It will do what you plan to do well also, but it may feel a tad bit emasculated.
Well, we have a winter bike path through the woods at a state park near here. They showed a bunch of younger adults on it on the news. They were going about 3 miles an hour, and still slipping. With the winter thaw since then has probably turned the thing into a tiny waterfall of ice. It looked really hard.

Gonna go try that! I'll post photos.

But also, it's both a hardtail and a (hardhead???) No shocks! So I'm not going to be going anywhere too crazy with it.
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No suspension at all - just like when mountain bikes were a brand new thing. The bars do look quite functional.
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You only need shocks to go really fast over really rough stuff. You can go slower over really rough stuff without them. If you're crazy enough, you can go fast.
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Originally Posted by solveg View Post
OK, I picked up a mountain bike off Craig's List for $50.

Now, my needs are different than yours, as I need it for riding in the winter and will be riding it on roads or limestone. But you can see that patience is a virtue and chance favors a prepared mind! And, tomorrow I RIDE!!!!!
Way to go, Solvang! But I have picked up the gauntlet. I just brought home my own "new" mountain bike tonight, a Fuji Thrill. Steel is real, baby! I don't know what year it is, and it is in need of a thorough cleaning and new tubes and tires, but I am not in any hurry.

Oh, and I paid $30.

I figure the frame alone must be worth that much, and I can use this bike to start learning how to fix bikes. If I blow it, not much lost. It fits perfectly, and it fits my criteria perfectly too, in terms of trail riding.

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Woo Hoo!

Non-suspension mountain bikes are hot again!

Looks like a great bike for $30. I would have popped for it at that price.
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Way to go, Solvang! But I have picked up the gauntlet. I just brought home my own "new" mountain bike tonight, a Fuji Thrill. Steel is real, baby! I don't know what year it is, and it is in need of a thorough cleaning and new tubes and tires, but I am not in any hurry.

Oh, and I paid $30.

I figure the frame alone must be worth that much, and I can use this bike to start learning how to fix bikes. If I blow it, not much lost. It fits perfectly, and it fits my criteria perfectly too, in terms of trail riding.

Pics from the ad are below. Just bear in mind, this is the beginning of a LOT of questions about how to get this bike up to speed!


First thing to do is take off those thumb shifters...and mail them to me.

Steel is real... and so is the SEC! Congratulations to LSU. If it couldn't be us it might as well be them.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post


First thing to do is take off those thumb shifters...and mail them to me.
So I realize you can't tell much from two pictures, but does anyone know much about this bike? The tires were flatted so I didn't ride it (plus it was quite dark). If it's a well-known piece of junk, that's ok, because as I said, I can practice working on bikes with it. But I've not spent much time looking to Fuji, and I have no idea how to learn how old the bike is.

By the way, I don't mean to hijack this thread. But my name IS in the title!
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By the way, I don't mean to hijack this thread. But my name IS in the title!

This is a gray-area justification, at best!
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This is a gray-area justification, at best!
Hush, or I'll break your crystal radio!
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Let the DG trail riding BEGIN!
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What is written on the components and the tubing badge? (look on the seat tube)

Looks like a fairly low end model, maybe a little heavy but probably sturdy and reliable. I'd guess late 80's to early 90's.
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Wooooooooooo-hoooooooooooo!

Here's the deal, DG...those old rigid mountain bikes are not "cool" right now. But they will be.

Here's a good thread. East Hill has your bike.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=265400&page=3
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Hush, or I'll break your crystal radio!
Touche'!
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Congratulations to both Solveg and DG on your hardtails. They are basic,
tough, simple fun machines to ride and you'll find you can go everywhere
with them.

Happy trails
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Solveg, I called you Solvang earlier and I most humbly apologize. I must have had too much juice today.
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Solveg, I called you Solvang earlier and I most humbly apologize. I must have had too much juice today.
LOL! Every time I see the word Solvang, I think it's my name! So it's totally understandable. I* always wondered if you took offense one time when I called you Deeg...
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LOL! Every time I see the word Solvang, I think it's my name! So it's totally understandable. I* always wondered if you took offense one time when I called you Deeg...
Call me anything, except late for dinner!
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I* always wondered if you took offense one time when I called you Deeg...
His friends call him Pee Wee.
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Looks like we have a couple of Mountain bikers in the offing. Both bikes look good and the only thing I would do with either of them is to get the wheels checked out. Then it is go and ride time.


And as someone has said- Rigid is great for those slow uphill technical tracks covered in slippery tree roots and rocks. Not too much fun coming down but You can get used to that. All it will cost you is a visit to the dentist after every ride.
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
Way to go, Solvang! But I have picked up the gauntlet. I just brought home my own "new" mountain bike tonight, a Fuji Thrill. Steel is real, baby! I don't know what year it is, and it is in need of a thorough cleaning and new tubes and tires, but I am not in any hurry.

Oh, and I paid $30. Pics from the ad are below. Just bear in mind, this is the beginning of a LOT of questions about how to get this bike up to speed!
I have you both beat. My Specialized Hard Rock was a freebie! It's already given me 2 1/2 years of hard service with only a flat tire and minor truing of the rim. Woohoo! Good purchases both of you!

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You got a pretty stout granny gear, 24x28. If you're going to do some serious MTB, your knees would appreciate a new cassette with a large cog at 32T or even 34.

Just sayin'.
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