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Second bike: Another CL find

Old 08-12-16, 09:46 PM
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Second bike: Another CL find

Well the 2000 GR Saddleback I picked up as my beginner bike a few months ago has proven tough as nails, but doesn't quite fit me. It's also a bit on the cheap side, and I can't seem to get it to shift perfectly. I can't put a lot towards a bike right now (other projects going on), but I *can* do my own work, so I've been hitting Craigslist for a decent-quality used bike.

Ran across a Raleigh Talus 3.0, seems to be a 2012 model. The top bar is 2" longer, and the stem (with the spacers in place) is a good 3" to 4" taller than my GT. I realize this is an entry-level cross-country machine, but it still seems to be a notch above my GT! Couldn't go wrong for $50.

It needed a complete tuneup, so I spent about an hour last night going through everything. Only issue still remaining is that I need to true the rear rim (misplaced my spoke wrench.....). But, now it brakes and shifts perfectly, stem doesn't bounce around, and I swapped in my nice comfy DB seat.

I took it for a shakedown ride tonight, and it feels great! Quite an improvement over the GT. It feels like it's geared lower, but I think I was just reaching top speed with less effort. Also, my GT has knobby tires, this bike has smoother, hybrid types (mismatched, but oh well). The bike feels smoother and more responsive than the GT, which surprised me a little.

Someone replaced the front rim with a "Matrix". I think I'll get two more rims (not sure what type yet) and some offroad tires so I can switch quickly when desired. Most of my riding is in the city and in parks with a kid trailer, but I definitely want to run some trails.

I hadn't biked since last weekend, and I can already feel the effects....must make more riding time in my schedule!

Matt
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Old 08-12-16, 10:37 PM
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seocnd bike. couple new rims. some new tires. why not just get a better bike from the get go?

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Old 08-12-16, 11:10 PM
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I used to do that when I had an enduro motorcycle. Had a rear knobby tire with a big rear sprocket that I'd switch out when I went into the foothills. Had to switch the chain also.
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