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Old 01-04-12, 05:33 PM
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freebie w-m bikes in good shape!!

a friend scored 2 wm bikes for free. both 24" mtbs, one a trek 830, the other a mongoose xr-75. low enough mileage so that the flash on the the faces of the tires is
still there. kept in a carport, so kinda grubby but the only rust is on the chains.
she gave me a hand tweaking hers up. tires needed air (a LOT of air), brakes wanted
adjusting, cables lubed. now all it needs is the derailleurs adjusting and clean the chain. i
adjusted the seat and bar height for her. rode it up 'n' down the street and is delighted.
gonna put a master link in and do the chain this weekend. it is going to a shop for the
'railleur adjusting (beyond my ken).

the trek will be about the same, but i think the chain will need replacing- more rust than the 'gooses. we'll see.

check this out- she got some kind of fever and wants to buy a REPAIR STAND and keep it at my house. oh, i can seriously dig this. true, she doesn't have room at hers- basement full, no garage. i'm thinking a park pcs-10 and will kick in half. then i'll have visitation rights. we've been good buds for >10 years.
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I'd either learn to adjust the derailleurs yourself, or find a different bike on Craigslist, the Mongoose really isn't worth investing money on. The Trek should be a pretty decent bike though.

Adjusting the derailleurs and shifters on a bike is fairly easy, this explains it pretty well.
http://sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html

On a bike like the mongoose you may not ever get it shifting that well, cheap grip shifters don't seem to index well from my experience.
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If I were you I would give the Trek a tune up and some new cables and ride it like you stole it.

The Mongoose can be sawed up and reattached to make weaponry used to protect the Trek.

Edit: Are you sure they are 24"? Most Trek 830s I have seen, and the Mongoose XR-75 bikes I see on the interweb just now, are 26" wheel (adult) bikes. 24" bikes are for very short people or kids.
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Edit: Are you sure they are 24"? Most Trek 830s I have seen, and the Mongoose XR-75 bikes I see on the interweb just now, are 26" wheel (adult) bikes. 24" bikes are for very short people or kids.
I'm pretty sure I have seen 24" versions of Trek's MTBs, but they aren't common.

Make sure you are looking at the size listed on the tire, and not just holding a tape measure up to the wheel.

Also, aside from weaponry, the Mongoose should have usable brake pads that can be taken, and the tires can have screws added for a cheapo studded tire.
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yup, both 24", really small, but she is petite- <5'. the trek is for someone else, i have a bianchi.
she's happy, so i am happy for her.
i had forgotten i have a white lightnin' box chain cleaner, so
will use it sunday, and i ordered a hooked wrench for the bb
and it arrived today.
will give the sheldon link a look. maybe they explain it better than the
park bike repair book. thanks for the tip!


update: they ARE 26". the frames are different configurations so that one looks a lot smaller. sorry.

both up 'n' runnin', whee!

one weird thing though (what, only one?)- at the co-op i was looking for good used tires (they did have lots of them), and i was only looking at size and tread thickness. got home and found one is a tubeless kenda. stuffed a thorn-resistant tube in anyway. i was wondering why getting the beads to tuck in was so hard!
almost needed a cheater bar.

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Yup, the Mongoof has pretty much always (at least, the last 11 years) come in 24" and 26" wheeled models; the XR75 replaced the "venerable" (LMAO!) DXR. Quality has never been GOOD, but still has stair-stepped down over the years; today's models would have been rejected as unfit for sale less than a decade ago!
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today we cleaned the chain using my white lightnin' box chain cleaner. hooked it up and rotated the cranks and let her go from there. took three cleaning cycles to get it clean, but no rust and she was delighted with how shiny it was.
i oiled the outside of the chain and she did the inner part. then we took the crankset/bottom bracket apart for inspection/cleaning. oooooo, shiny now!

the bb is a spindle with (hooray!) bearings in races instead of loose. i hadn't messed with this sort of thing before so paid attention to which way the races faced. cleaned, re-lubed with park grease, reassembled, didn't take long at all.
one of the pedals is binding pretty bad so i'm soaking it (vertically) in liquid wrench for a few days. if no go we get a new pair.

she's excited and i'm pleased i learned something new, too.

i only had to buy 1 wrench so far ( a hooked wrench, park hcw-5 generically called a lock ring wrench). was flying blind on whether the size would be right, but WHOOP there it is. that same wrench fits the tensioner nut on the rear suspension spring, too. i LIKE-A da juice (saturday night live, 1970s)!

now we're ready for a trip to the shop for 'railer adjusting.

wasn't sure my crank puller was right size (there are 2 sizes; one is for splined), but it fit.

we'll do re-packs on the wheel cones another time. they spin nicely.

got to looking the trek over and apparently it was NOT sold in a wal-mart. a sticker indicates it came from bicycle village somewhere in the metro area (they have 3 shops, i think).

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Wow. Sounds like you you got a great score! You can find a lot of great things on CL. Picked up a 180 gallon acrylic aquarium for $290. Turtle now has his forever home and we added a Henrietta to keep him company. I've picked up all kinds of aquarium stuff on CL really cheap.
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Trek has never been sold in WM, but too many other brands have degraded to that so it makes it hard if you don't know your bikes. I have a couple of Mongoose MTB's in my bike shed. One was a higher end one that came from an LBS the other from WM. World of difference in the quality.

Sounds like you made a good score and are going to get some use out of them.

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Wow. Sounds like you you got a great score! You can find a lot of great things on CL. Picked up a 180 gallon acrylic aquarium for $290. Turtle now has his forever home and we added a Henrietta to keep him company. I've picked up all kinds of aquarium stuff on CL really cheap.

i love turtles! terrapins, boxes, sliders, spiny, any except snappers.
someone i once knew went to chile for an exchange year. brought back a spiny in a suitcase. that was ~'76.
still has it. 180 gallon. mmm, about 3 55 gallon drums laid end to end? dass big, boss! they might get lost in there!
think about locator collars.
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update: after doing what i could we took them to bike depot/park hill for finals. only 1 derailleur needed tweaking (a front one, $10)! we bought and put on 2 used tires ($5@) and 2 used tubes ($2@) (one was thorn resistant), 2 wheels needed tweaking (dunno $) , and we got 2 used matching pedals ($8pr). also got 2 master links ($4@).

gonna clean the trek's chain tomorrow and replace the pedals and oil everything that needs it.
that's it. tomorrow both will be roadworthy. cindy is really happy with 2 rideable bargains. will try to remember
to get pics of her and the bikes tomorrow and maybe i'll break down and be in one.

now, considering her riding will be casual, i don't think 1 used, for zero dollars, w-m bike is a bad deal. she is happy, it fits, runs well with minor tinkerings. bang for the buck is what she wanted, and got.

also met cyccommute, and a pleasure it was to meet a fellow bf'er.

last update: costs of fixing up the 'goose (not counting tax):
$14 used tires/tubes (at co-op)
$10 adjusting front derailleur (at co-op)
$ 8 used pedals (at co-op)
$ 5 true front wheel (at co-op)
___
$37

costs of fixing up the trek :
$10 chain (from wal-mart)
$ 6 kickstand (from wal-mart)
$14 used tires/tubes (at co-op)
___
$30

incidentals:

$ 3 package of slime scabs patches (from wal-mart and used almost all of them)
$18 park hooked wrench hcw-5
$ 8 2 sram power links
____
$96 grand total for 2 bikes that ride nice, stop well, and shift well.
i worked for food, snort! so that i didn't eat her out of house
and home, i suggested furr's cafeteria where i could get all i
could snarf for a flat $9 each time we went there. hers was
another $9.
and i got to keep the wrench! another fix for the tool junkie!

despite naysayers, she and i think we did pretty well. i increased my knowledge of bikes because the goose was really different from my bike, and the trek has different brakes from mine. most of the labor was cleaning, lubing and adjusting, and cindy wasn't shy about getting grubby along with me.

i don't believe it- she rescued 2 more free bikes! these are his 'n' hers murrays
with true single piece cranks. tires rotted, mostly. more cleaning/adjusting/lubing.

headed back to bike depot/park hill come saturday. i'm getting to like this.

end of saga.

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