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Old 10-30-17, 12:03 PM
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I am poor and bought a CCM Slope women's hardtail bike. Mods?

Hi, I'm 13 and therefore have only 25 dollars due to me using all my money on CCM Slope Women's Hardtail bike, (I am a guy but the bike has disc brakes and a 21 speed shifter, so i don't really care that it is a womens bike.) and i use it for light mountain biking. After riding it for a couple of weeks i realized that the tires have absolutely no grip on a loose surface when you are leaning, and the front derailleur can be a bit sloppy sometimes. (Takes a couple of seconds to shift.) Alright, get ready for my (whopping amount?) of resources:

-A massive array of tools (My dad's)
-A bunch of abandoned bikes that i have collected over the past year
-A bit of experience as a mechanic
- Twenty-Five dollars

So, what mods can i do? Or am i just deranged?
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Old 10-30-17, 12:07 PM
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P.S, I was thinking of buying a Shimano Altus rear derailleur to replace my bottom of the barrel Tourney.
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Old 10-30-17, 01:19 PM
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From what you've said, I'd probably check into new tires. What about the bike annoys you the most? Tackle that problem first, I think.
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Old 10-30-17, 03:23 PM
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Not sure if you are going to get a better tire for 25 dollars but a deal may be out there. I would just tune it up if needed. Sounds like the front may need adjusting or a new cable and ride from there until you save some more money.
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Tune it up and that should fix the sloppy shifting.
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No tires have much grip on a loose surface in turns. Save your money.
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Old 10-30-17, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Eatleadin321 View Post
-A bunch of abandoned bikes that i have collected over the past year
Check the the old bikes for decent tires and tubes. If there are any tires that have bigger knobs they might work better in dirt (but they'll be slower on a paved road). Look at the components and see if there are any higher end bits (e.g. Shimano Deore, LX, or XT) - if you can find some in decent shape you might want to swap it onto your new bike.

You'll probably want to spend money on a patch kit and some chain lube. We already have thousands of threads on chain lube here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=chai...hrome&ie=UTF-8

If your shifting is sticky you might replace the cables and cable housing before upgrading derailleurs.

For any maintenance task you can probably find a youtube video showing you how.
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Old 10-31-17, 09:15 AM
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Thanks for the advice, but i do not know how the problem is called, but if i had to say i would say that it is sticky, as when i shift from 2-3 it stays on 2 for a long time and i have to downshift and retry.
cheers, Peter

(edit) I just realized that sticky shifting is when the shifter buttons stick, my problem is that the actual chain stays in an "in between" position between gears 2-3 on the front derailleur sometimes.
Cheers, peter

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Old 10-31-17, 09:48 AM
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Definitely needs a tune. Replace all cables. Adjust and tune. Depending on the shifters you have, they could also be gummed up so clean the internals of that too.
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Originally Posted by Eatleadin321 View Post
the actual chain stays in an "in between" position between gears 2-3 on the front derailleur sometimes.
This might be the way it's supposed to work: there will be 4 click stops to place the chain on one of 3 chainrings on the front. Click stops 2 and 3 are both for the middle chainring. If the chain is on the biggest cog, you need click stop 2 in the front for middle ring. If the chain is on the smallest cog in back, you need click stop 3 in front.

Or something like that. The extra click stops up front is called the "trim" and is needed to deal with the chain angles in some gear combinations.
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I think you should do what you can with it as is. Free parts are fine but limit your spending on the bike. It will be a good project and will increase your skills as a mechanic. Swap of parts from your parts of used bikes as parts break on your current bike. Get as much as you can out of it. Try reducing air pressure in the front for better traction. Post online craigslist that you are looking for some free tires and parts explain your situation.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
This might be the way it's supposed to work: there will be 4 click stops to place the chain on one of 3 chainrings on the front. Click stops 2 and 3 are both for the middle chainring. If the chain is on the biggest cog, you need click stop 2 in the front for middle ring. If the chain is on the smallest cog in back, you need click stop 3 in front.

Or something like that. The extra click stops up front is called the "trim" and is needed to deal with the chain angles in some gear combinations.
Thanks, i never new that since my old bike was a 20 Inch BMX style bike with only 5 gears. But would changing the derailleur for something higher end change much? I'm assuming the more expensive derailleurs would only make the shifting smoother and faster, right? Would it change anything else?
Cheers, peter.
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Tourney is fine for the RD, I'd target something else with that cash. See if the cables and housing are in good shape, check the brake pads, chain. If the cables are good, not much friction, see if the FDR is mounted at the right height and angle.

If I wanted to spend $25 to improve something right away, I'd probably go after new tires. Or alternatively, the tools needed to get into the hubs to check the bearings and add grease.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
No tires have much grip on a loose surface in turns. Save your money.
I disagree. MTB tires with side knobs DO grip better than a road tire with nothing. Plus, if the OP works on his cornering technique: outside foot down w/ weight on on it, lean the bike, not the body, he'll do a lot better.
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Originally Posted by Eatleadin321 View Post
Thanks, i never new that since my old bike was a 20 Inch BMX style bike with only 5 gears. But would changing the derailleur for something higher end change much? I'm assuming the more expensive derailleurs would only make the shifting smoother and faster, right? Would it change anything else?
Cheers, peter.
If the derailleurs are adjusted right and it's still sticky, my first guess would be cables and housing. The best derailleur is not going to work well if the cables are sticky.

But upgrading the derailleur wouldn't hurt, if you happen to find a good deal on one.
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