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Help me get to know my new used bike from a bike noob

Old 06-08-14, 04:31 PM
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Help me get to know my new used bike from a bike noob

I'm not exactly a biking expert, but wanted to start getting into it. A while ago I bought a used Kuwahara mountain bike for $70. I've been using it for commuting, getting groceries, and general getting around (in addition to just making excuses to go for a ride).

Help me get to know my bike. I'm realizing that I know very little about it beyond the brand name. Here are some pictures.





One specific question I had was how to properly use the rear rack. Right now I'm just using a backpack to carry whatever I need with me, but I would love to get that weight off my back. What's a good cost effective way to mount stuff to my rear rack? I'm thinking groceries, whatever I need for work, etc. Bungee cords? Buy a special bag (I've seen these online, but I'm a little hesitant about paying half the price of my bike just to attach something to it.)

Also, I tried looking for something like a serial number but couldn't find anything. Where should I be looking?
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Old 06-08-14, 04:41 PM
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For carrying things, I recommend panniers. You can spend a lot or not too much. You can throw a basket on the rack as well.

If you're not riding off road, I recommend getting smooth tires. It will make a huge difference. Otherwise, it looks like you got what you need. Ride lots.
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A quick fix for carrying groceries would be a duffle bag and bungies. A few years ago I bought Wald folding baskets for the rear of my bike. I love them!
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Originally Posted by cplager View Post
For carrying things, I recommend panniers. You can spend a lot or not too much. You can throw a basket on the rack as well.

If you're not riding off road, I recommend getting smooth tires. It will make a huge difference. Otherwise, it looks like you got what you need. Ride lots.
I'll often cut through a park or trail, especially when going to soccer games. But it's not the majority of my riding - do you think that'd be ok?
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You have a fine and faithful steed there. You only need knobby tires if you're going up/down fairly steep grades on dirt/gravel trails.

Lots of folks expand the utility of their back rack by zip-tying a milk crate or similar plastic crate onto it.

Have fun!
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