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Old 08-21-16, 03:28 PM
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What kind of bike is this?

Recently acquired this bike wondering what specific model it is.
It's a Globe.

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Old 08-21-16, 03:42 PM
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The bike brand is "Specialized" (note their "S" on the headtube). Model is Globe.

Here's a bit of info:
https://www.specializedconceptstore.c...bikes/overview
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Old 08-21-16, 03:48 PM
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Seem to be a number of different specialized globe bikes.
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Looks pretty clean. Pump the tires up & ride !
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It is a mediocre aluminum comfort hybrid made by Specialized. Probably a notch above the bottom if not right at the bottom of the Globe line. Looks clean enough from the non-drive side so if it isn't in bad shape you could certainly ride it but I wouldn't put much money into it.
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Old 08-21-16, 05:16 PM
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Man, those welds are UGLY!
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Looks pretty straight. A bit dirty, but I'm not seeing signs of abuse. Clean it up and ride it!

Depending on how long it's been collecting dust, you might wanna replace the tubes.


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My wife has that same model. Decent bike very comfy ride. She did about 200 total miles on hers before upgrading to a road bike. Longest ride was 30 and it handled that pretty well.

Get new pedals.

Enjoy the ride.
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Looks like a perfect comfort/hybrid slow commuter bike. I don't seen any dents or nicks, so it was probably a placeholder in somebody's garage for several years before someone else decided "garage sale."

I'd call it an excellent example of an unpretentious bike perfectly designed to do what it is supposed to do.
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That's pretty similar to the compact frame on my Globe Carmel (2008 or '09, don't remember). Good basic bike, very strong frames, but heavy. Mine has a simple spring suspension fork and quill stem. The stem on yours indicates it's a later model, possibly after 2012 when Specialized changed marketing for Globe. (I heard a mechanic describe it as Specialized's version of Huffy -- not sure that's quite accurate, but probably not too far off either.)

Specialized has marketed Globe bikes on and off since the 1990s as entry level bikes, and had a big push from 2008-2012, including some e-bikes. Seems like they were marketing it as the hipster bike equivalent to Pabst Blue Ribbon and American Spirit cigarettes -- fashionably unfashionable, unpretentious, functional. A recall in 2012 of some models that used carbon forks may have prompted Specialized to bury the Globe marque, while melding some of the more popular Globe models into the Specialized lineup (like the Roll, which was earlier a Globe bike).

Unfortunately Specialized took the Globe archives offline so it's harder to find info about the Globe bikes now. Up until earlier this year the archives still carried lots of detailed info for every Globe model, making it easy to identify the year, etc.

Check the fork on your bike to see whether it's carbon fiber. If it is, check to see whether it's subject to the 2012 recall notice. If so, they may still cover replacement or at least inspection.

If it's not one of the recalled carbon forks, I'd just ride it in confidence. Globes were fitted with decent components, like Shimano Altus derailers, RevoShift grip shifters, or Shimano's entry level trigger/thumb shifters, Shimano or Tektro brakes.

I rode mine hard for a year and replaced only a few things:
  • I warped the rear single wall rim after a spoke broke. I had it replaced with a decent Weinmann double wall rim and heavier gauge spokes. I'd been riding gravel and bumpy roads a lot, so that didn't surprise me. The front wheel will probably be fine -- the suspension fork and natural weight distribution help minimize stress.
  • I replaced the right (rear) RevoShift grip shifter a couple of months ago. They're plasticky and can't be repaired easily, but are easy and cheap to replace. Cost about $12-$15 via Amazon.
  • I replaced the original Specialized Hemisphere tires with Michelin Protek Cross Max after four flats in one month last fall. Lots of goat head grass burrs, metal shards, broken glass and roofing nails/screws along my riding routes. The Michelins are heavy but bulletproof, great for gravel, rough pavement, wet weather, even some off road riding although they aren't mountain bike tires.

I just added a lighter weight city bike with rigid fork, but plan to keep the Globe for rougher riding. That fat aluminum frame seems very sturdy and should last forever. Over the past year I've increased my rides from 1-5 miles to 20-40 miles on the same bike. It's good for a 12 mph average pace.

I like the big, soft plastic platform pedals and plan to keep 'em as-is. My pedals are scuffed from raking against rocks and other stuff, but intact. Can't ask for much more from 'em. And they're comfortable with any shoes, unlike some pedals with more pronounced spikey bits.

But I'm gonna replace the friction fit ergo grips with some locking ergo grips. The palm shelf is really comfortable on longer rides, but the friction fit grips slide around too much in warm weather. Locking ergo grips cost $15-$50.

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