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Old 06-26-06, 09:13 PM
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Just bought my first non-walmart bike!

Ok so I finally decided to stop wasting money on walmart sh1t and got me a decent bike!

First I'll introduce myself though. Im Ryan, 17 years old and live in Birmingham AL. Im 6'4" and weigh about 170(justifying my XL bike =P).

Went to the bike store today hoping to look around and try out some hardrock sports. Well turns out the 2007 hardrock sports came in and they had an XL in the colors I wanted so I bought one! Im going to pick it up wednesday.

I was just hoping you guys could give me some maitnence tips and maybe some advice for riding. I have loved riding bikes since I was about 5 but have never had a decent bike.

I was also wondering if some of you could reccomend a bike light. I will be doing a lot of night riding hopefully so will definately need a light. Preferably under $100 also. Right now I'm using a cheap schwin helmet from wally world, but will get a new one soon if any of you have reccomendations that would be cool. Im thinking about upgrading the front braking to disc if it doesn't cost more than its worth. I know that I could have just bought the sport disc but my parents complained enough that I was spending 400 on a bike.

Thanks in advance for all the help that I'm sure I will get here.
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Old 06-26-06, 09:20 PM
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If the helmet is comfy, keep it unless vanity is poking you too much. They all require the same safty standards.

Bike light? Drop by the commuting forum, those guys love thier lights

I dont know if your bike is disc ready up front, but i would hold off if i were you regardless.
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I wasn't planning on doing the disc upgrade for at least 3 months but if Im going to Id like to do it soon because once I get to college I'm going to be so poor I'm not even going to be able to afford to replace the tires on it =P. I think if I did upgrade to discs up front that I have to get a wheel made for discs if I understood some other threads correctly.

As for the helmet, its not too bad but as I said I'm 6'4" and have a larger head than the average person so it doesnt fit quite like it should. Im making about 130 a week right now (good for where I live and my age) and my car is paid off now so I want to enjoy being able to spend money while I can (before college).
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Wow, 6"4, buck seventy, thats nuts!!!

As for a helmet, look around at different shops and get the one that fits the best. All helemts that are sold at a shop are going to do a decent job. The more expensive ones generally have more vents and are lighter.

As for the front brake, ride the bike and you will soon find out what you want to upgrade
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Originally Posted by I<3Mountain Dew
I wasn't planning on doing the disc upgrade for at least 3 months but if Im going to Id like to do it soon because once I get to college I'm going to be so poor I'm not even going to be able to afford to replace the tires on it =P. I think if I did upgrade to discs up front that I have to get a wheel made for discs if I understood some other threads correctly.
If you are planning on taking your new bike to school I wouldnt sink too much money into it. If you do try and keep it in your dorm(GOOD LUCK). Bike thefts are high around schools.

Good luck and enjoy your new ride!!
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Originally Posted by I<3Mountain Dew
I think if I did upgrade to discs up front that I have to get a wheel made for discs if I understood some other threads correctly.
Yup. You would need a disc hub (better to buy a new wheel). You front fork probably has disc mounts.
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Old 06-26-06, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by j944
If you are planning on taking your new bike to school I wouldnt sink too much money into it. If you do try and keep it in your dorm(GOOD LUCK). Bike thefts are high around schools.

Good luck and enjoy your new ride!!
Nah the college I'm going to is less than 20 minutes from home so I will be staying here and keeping the bike in my room.
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Old 06-26-06, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MattP.
Yup. You would need a disc hub (better to buy a new wheel). You front fork probably has disc mounts.

Yes I think I read somewhere that the fork is ready for a disc upgrade. Probably has the same fork as the Soprt Disc.
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once I get to college I'm going to be so poor I'm not even going to be able to afford to replace the tires on it =P
Save the money for beer. Seriously.
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wow im sad I bought my bike a month ago but it is 2006 hardrock pro disc. darn if I only waited a month I could have gottent he 2007.
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One question I forgot....I heard the pedals suck on these. I haven't tried them out but the looks of them at the shop today made me think the same. So are there any particular brand of pedals that people around here prefer?
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The only pedals you want to avoid are really cheap plastic ones. It's also up to you whether you want platform of clipless.

Platforms are what they sound like. Something you toss your feet on and pedal.

Clipless is misleading. You wear a shoe with special cleats and clip in to a mechanism in the pedal.

Since you say your new to the sport, I'm not going to recomend clipless. If you want REALLY good platforms, I recommend the Crank Brothers 5050, but they can get spendy so all I'm going to say is going to your local bike shop [lbs] and find some metal platform pedals with [preferebly] sealed bearings.
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Old 06-27-06, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by I<3Mountain Dew
Ok so I finally decided to stop wasting money on walmart sh1t and got me a decent bike!

First I'll introduce myself though. Im Ryan, 17 years old and live in Birmingham AL. Im 6'4" and weigh about 170(justifying my XL bike =P).

Went to the bike store today hoping to look around and try out some hardrock sports. Well turns out the 2007 hardrock sports came in and they had an XL in the colors I wanted so I bought one! Im going to pick it up wednesday.

I was just hoping you guys could give me some maitnence tips and maybe some advice for riding. I have loved riding bikes since I was about 5 but have never had a decent bike.

I was also wondering if some of you could reccomend a bike light. I will be doing a lot of night riding hopefully so will definately need a light. Preferably under $100 also. Right now I'm using a cheap schwin helmet from wally world, but will get a new one soon if any of you have reccomendations that would be cool. Im thinking about upgrading the front braking to disc if it doesn't cost more than its worth. I know that I could have just bought the sport disc but my parents complained enough that I was spending 400 on a bike.

Thanks in advance for all the help that I'm sure I will get here.
What shop did you get the bike from? I live right down the road. Have fun!
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Originally Posted by cmktech
wow im sad I bought my bike a month ago but it is 2006 hardrock pro disc. darn if I only waited a month I could have gottent he 2007.
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What would be better besides it being a 2007?
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Old 06-27-06, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Razrcide
What shop did you get the bike from? I live right down the road. Have fun!
Bike Link on Hwy 280.
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Old 06-27-06, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Razrcide
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What would be better besides it being a 2007?
Guy at the shop told me they were the same except for different paint options and a different gear system manufacturer.
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Originally Posted by Defiance
The only pedals you want to avoid are really cheap plastic ones. It's also up to you whether you want platform of clipless.

Platforms are what they sound like. Something you toss your feet on and pedal.

Clipless is misleading. You wear a shoe with special cleats and clip in to a mechanism in the pedal.

Since you say your new to the sport, I'm not going to recomend clipless. If you want REALLY good platforms, I recommend the Crank Brothers 5050, but they can get spendy so all I'm going to say is going to your local bike shop [lbs] and find some metal platform pedals with [preferebly] sealed bearings.
I was actually looking at the crank brothers 5050's last night. Seem like pretty nice peddles. I would get clipless but I will be using the bike to ride around the neighborhood to friends houses too so I dont want to have to wear a certain shoe just to ride my bike around the neighborhood.

Maybe I'll get a set of clipless that I can swap out for when I go trail riding and such.
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Suggestion from me is always the Pryma AL full face helmet...:

You can get a new one on ebay for under $ 80 ... I got mine for $ 65 NIB.

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Suggestion from me is always the Pryma AL full face helmet...:

You can get a new one on ebay for under $ 80 ... I got mine for $ 65 NIB.

Im going to try and get the guy to throw in a helmet, or at least a discount when I got pick up the bike tomorrow. I probably will get a full face helmet but I doubt they will have that particular one. I only saw about 4 full face ones when I was there the other day.
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pedals

I can't think of the model number but Shimano makes a pedal that is a platform on one side and clipless on the other. You might want to check them out. Have fun with your new bike.
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Originally Posted by I<3Mountain Dew
Bike Link on Hwy 280.
Cool, I got my bike from there too. I took it in for the 30 day tuneup and brought it back home. I get it home and go for a ride and the crank arm fell off. Make sure you check behind them on the tune up. I guess mistakes happen but it should never happen to me! J/K
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Ok so I went and got the bike today. Got the first 2007 . I love it. Its a black and silver XL. Shimano gears and such unlike the 2006. Got them to throw in a cheap-ish($40) Giro helmet for very cheap.

The pedals are kind of cheap just like everyone said they would be. So I will probably be replacing those very soon. The stock seat seems a little uncomftorable too. I'll give it a couple weeks though, might just need to get use to it.

The first upgrade I will be getting (other than pedals) is headlights!

I'll post some pics of it tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by MattP.
Yup. You would need a disc hub (better to buy a new wheel). You front fork probably has disc mounts.
Can you please explain why it would be better do buy a new wheel? It is cheaper to buy a disc compatible hub, even a second hand Shimano475 off eBay and get it professionaly laced. That would be cheaper then buying a new wheelset or two...
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Enjoy the bike I<3Mountain Dew!

Dont worry about those pedals too much, you'll find the plasitc ends will bend but dont worry they wont brake on you. Hunt around for some decent platform pedals in the mean time though. Well even just the metal version pedals would be good enough!

Dont buy a new seat yet! You must adapt to it! It happens ALL the time, people always say "this seat is horrible i'm going to upgrade it ASAP"...dont worry about it. LIke you said, ride it for 2 - 3 weeks first!

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Originally Posted by j944
If you are planning on taking your new bike to school I wouldnt sink too much money into it. If you do try and keep it in your dorm(GOOD LUCK). Bike thefts are high around schools.

Good luck and enjoy your new ride!!
Indeed, I was walking around the Berkeley campus because my brother might go there next year and every bike rack had atleast one bike with just a frame, no wheels, forks, bars, or even cranks!
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