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Old 10-21-16, 11:19 AM
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Hello, not a serious biker but...

I have an old Raleigh Technium I bought at a flea market a while back which I added fenders and a back rack to. . Wife and I like to ride around the block in the evenings, which is a 5 mile trip where I live. On weekends in the summer we ride the 12 mile round trip into town and get ice cream. Which totally undoes the bike riding I know.

This week in a thrift shop I found an old Diamondback Ascent MTB, rigid frame and forks, new Continental tires, very clean. After adjusting the seat I road it around the parking lot and decided that for $11 I'd take a chance. After looking it over a little closer when I got home I think the front sprocket is slightly bent. So I decided that I'll spend the winter watching How-To videos on youtube and learning how to make this bike tick.

I'm assuming this bike is from the late 1980s. Anyone know anything about them? I do not need a real MTB. Where I ride it is fairly flat but the roads are rough and I'm over weight. So what I hope to end up with is a sturdy bike for trips >20 miles. I guess that is more of a commuter than a road bike.
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Old 10-21-16, 11:45 AM
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welcome to the forums... if you are over weight, the rigid frame and forks is the way to go...
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Old 10-22-16, 08:52 PM
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Welcome. The bike sounds like a good winter project. Between online videos and places to buy used parts, it's fun and inexpensive. If you find there's needed tools you don't have, check local co-ops
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Thanks all. I hope by reading posts here I can work my way through this project. I've always enjoyed tinkering on things as a hobby, just never been that interested bikes without motors. Then about 6 years ago my best friend had a stroke. For some reason I brow beat him into taking up bicycling as part of his physical therapy and he dragged me along also. I'm not sure why I did that as neither of us had probably been on a bike since the 1980s.

However riding a bike is something he has really taken too. This summer alone he clocked just over 600 miles on his bike. With the help of a couple other friends who ride. For some reason the old rigid MTBs appeal to me and that is why I want to resurrect this old Diamond Back.
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Welcome to BF, glad that you have began a new life in cycling. Best thing I know of besides the YouTube vids, is to get a couple of the manuals that are available, Lennard Zinn's, "Zen and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance", and Park Tool Co's "Big Blue Book of Bicycle Maintenance" are just two I recommend. Feel free to ask questions and enjoy the great people here.

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