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Old 05-20-20, 08:00 PM
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Looking to do something fun with my 25yo Raleigh hardtail

I just pulled my first adult bike out of storage after about 15 years. Itís a 1995 Raleigh M80, stock except for the tires and saddle. I really like this bike and Iím interested in doing something fun with it that will result in a usable bike for years to come.

I have two young boys who are just getting into riding and, more than anything, I want something I can tool around the neighborhood on with them.

Three considerations:

1. Iím a pretty huge guy. 6í8Ē and 300 lbs. One of the things Iíve always loved about the bike is how solid the frame and wheels have always been for me.

2. The area I live in is pretty hilly, so while the idea of a single speed grown-up bmx bike sounds fun, Iíd probably be better off with some gearing help.

3. Iíd like to do the work myself at home and for a budget of around $300.

Any ideas about how to turn this beloved old tank into a fun neighborhood bike? Any decent group sets that I should be looking for in my price range that would swap in easy? I see that a single chainring is the norm now. Will that pose a problem if I try to replace the current triple ring/7 speed cassette setup? What about the Rock Shox fork? Try to refurb it or look for a steel fork instead?

Thanks for the ideas everyone!
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Old 05-21-20, 07:21 AM
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What's wrong with the bike now? I'd pump up the tires and lube the chain then give it a ride around the block if it's capable to see what needs work.
Report back and we'll try to help you. Pictures will help to quicker explain the problems. Good luck and kudos for getting out with the kids
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Nothing's wrong with the bike, per se. I just assumed that there were some relatively easy upgrades available that could improve the ride experience. I have a road bike that gets the majority of my use, but itís not particularly easy to hop on and ride endless circles around the cul-de-sac on.



It also sounds like a great excuse for me to learn a bit about bike maintenance.



I already expect that a never-serviced 1995 Rockshox with a threaded steering tube is going to be an issue--though when I test rode it, I didn't notice anything that seemed out of order.



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Old 05-22-20, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Blackfox918 View Post
Nothing's wrong with the bike, per se. I just assumed that there were some relatively easy upgrades available that could improve the ride experience. I have a road bike that gets the majority of my use, but itís not particularly easy to hop on and ride endless circles around the cul-de-sac on.



It also sounds like a great excuse for me to learn a bit about bike maintenance.



I already expect that a never-serviced 1995 Rockshox with a threaded steering tube is going to be an issue--though when I test rode it, I didn't notice anything that seemed out of order.



Photos to come as soon as my 10 post requirement is met.
how are your tires? and brakes, those are the two I suggest first. The fork may be serviceable, I haven't check which on it is. But old fork are often not worth the effort.
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Strip the bike down and rebuild if you want experience.
Don't need to go nuts and take apart everything, but the bottom bracket, hubs and headset could probably use some grease
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It seems to be a hodgepodge of components. Grip-shift shifters. The brake levers are unmarked but the brake arms are Alivio (as are the hubs). The front derailer is a Deore LX, and the rear is just marked Shimano STX.

Iíve already pulled everything apart and started the cleaning process. Pretty gunky all around but, surprisingly, nothing looks to be completely trashed.
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how are your tires? and brakes.
Iím sure the tires are dry rotted, and the brake pads are original to the bike, soÖ Those will definitely be replaced!
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Check the back of your cranks, if they say ct90, m290, or mc12 take them to the local bike shop and have them sent back to shimano for a recall, the recall is still valid and will get you a box of parts with a chain, crank, bb and front der; your crank looks like the right style to be recalled. Depending on the shop they should install the parts for you no charge as shimano does give them a payment along with the box to cover the cost. If you bring them the cranks they should just hand you the box of parts since shimano just pays them either way. Can't tell for certain yours is one of the cranks but they look it.

Personally I'd just replace the tires for something smoother and the brake pads for something stickier and call it a day. The M80 was a good mid-range bike that did ok, I owned an m400 which is what it became when it switched to aluminum frame and a few years later went back to being an m80, don't know why. It isn't an impressive bike but comfortable, reliable and a bike worth riding and making changes to match the riding your doing but nothing worth upgrading and at this point old enough that if you want more then you should just buy better.
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Check the back of your cranks, if they say ct90, m290, or mc12 take them to the local bike shop and have them sent back to shimano for a recall.
Well look at that...
What an unexpected surprise. Thanks for the tip!

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Here's the link on Shimano's website showing it's still current
https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/infor...12-cranks.html
the lbs needed proof before calling it in for me.
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