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Old 07-29-07, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post
I like to work on my bikes more than I like to ride them. Sorry if that isn't your style.
So this is why you bought a sh*tty bike. Makes sense to me.
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Old 07-29-07, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
So this is why you bought a sh*tty bike. Makes sense to me.
i fell on the floor laughing when i read this!
very witty junkyard.
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Old 07-29-07, 08:22 PM
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Yep yep!

See, junkyard is smart enough to get it, why aren't the rest of you?
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Old 07-29-07, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post
Yep yep!

See, junkyard is smart enough to get it, why aren't the rest of you?
i'm pretty sure that he's not agreeing with you.
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Old 07-29-07, 08:38 PM
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this thread reflects the sad state of the mountain bike forum. Captain crash and maxbrokeway among others post all types of bad advice. I feel sorry for people coming here for actual information.. there is some entertainment value though.
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I may not be a seasoned forum member on here but here's my 2 cents anyway - save your money, enjoy the bike you have and when you have enough to buy something better, then do it. Keep an eye out for sales, a lot of bike shops will be running deals on their 2007's right now to make room for the 2008's. And don't rule out Craigslist - I bought a 2001 Cannondale F500 on there about three years ago - only paid $300 for it - it's a great ride and it was an upgrade from a Cannondale M200se (which was new and cost me more than the used C'dale!). And don't forget about birthdays and Christmas - wouldn't it be nice if your folks put a nice new [fill in the blank] under the tree for you this year?
Have fun riding.
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Originally Posted by Haptown View Post
I may not be a seasoned forum member on here but here's my 2 cents anyway - save your money, enjoy the bike you have and when you have enough to buy something better, then do it. Keep an eye out for sales, a lot of bike shops will be running deals on their 2007's right now to make room for the 2008's. And don't rule out Craigslist - I bought a 2001 Cannondale F500 on there about three years ago - only paid $300 for it - it's a great ride and it was an upgrade from a Cannondale M200se (which was new and cost me more than the used C'dale!). And don't forget about birthdays and Christmas - wouldn't it be nice if your folks put a nice new [fill in the blank] under the tree for you this year?
Have fun riding.
an example that you don't have to be a seasoned member to give good advice. You just have to have sense.
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Old 07-29-07, 10:03 PM
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Ok, time out. Need to address a few things:

1: I'm not about to ban anyone who disagrees with me. To do that is just pure stupid. I need a real reason to ban. If anyone wants to discuss this more, feel free to pm me, I don't bite.

2: I want to know why exactly everyone is so uptight at this moment. It's only an internet forum, it's nothing to get stressed over. If you are letting yourself get all worked up over something on here, you need to take a break from going online. There are much more important things to worry about.

3: Most people are trying to help the OP, while it is only suggestion, the decision is up to the OP on whether or not they follow the advice given. What anyone says here is not the best course of action for every single person.

Time in.

So for some good advice:

Start saving up money and look around for used bikes(It's possible to get a really good bike this way.) or an entry level hardtail. Most bikes in the entry level have similar parts specs, so see if you can test ride certain models and go with the one that is within your budget that feels the best to you.
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Old 07-29-07, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
Hey Siu...you been hangin out elsewhere lately? Been a while since I've seen anything outta ya.
I was told to stay out of here because I'm not a "real" mountain biker. But I had to stand up for those who were trying to help.

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Kona sucks.
Big time. *nods head in agreement*
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Old 07-29-07, 10:40 PM
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I think Wal-Mart is missing the boat. The should start carrying XTR and Dura-Ace components for those that want to upgrade. Wal-Mart could be the best discount retailer of high end components in the World.

My advise is, if it works then don't try to fix it. If it's broke, then don't spend more on it than it's worth. If you make lot's of money, then do whatever you want.
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Old 07-30-07, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post

(annoying dramatization)I just think that some of you need to be real. Not everyone has $700 to go out and buy that shiny new high end bikeshop bike ........ .
Wow.....$700 really? When did that become high end?
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Old 07-30-07, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
I was told to stay out of here because I'm not a "real" mountain biker. But I had to stand up for those who were trying to help.
He-He I have to ask? Who?
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Old 07-30-07, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
I was told to stay out of here
I dunno if you've seen Tombstone, but whomever told you that reminds me of Ike Clanton.
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Old 07-30-07, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
Wow.....$700 really? When did that become high end?
Maybe he missed a "0"?
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Old 07-30-07, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 996GT2 View Post

So since my Schwinn was performing pretty well, I decided to make some upgrades. I switched the stock tires for some Kevlar-Beaded WTB Velociraptors in the front and IRC Mythos XC in the rear.

Well, at least you can use these tires on a new bike.

I also swapped the stock Altus rear derailleur for a 2006 Deore M510, which shifts a lot more crisply than the Altus. Recently, I managed to bend the seatpost coming off a bad landing (nothing else damaged though), so that's going to be replaced with a new alloy one as well.
Don't replace it.


At this point, my question is whether it's worth further upgrading this bike.
The short answer is no, it's not.

This may please you but ultimately you'll spend far more money by upgrading a Schwinn bike. You sound like your serious and you know some of the lingo. You can use this while shopping for a new bike.
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Old 07-30-07, 09:32 AM
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Kona sucks.
Why are you replying to a pm I sent to someone else?
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Old 07-30-07, 09:38 AM
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I think you ought to convert it into a rigid singlespeed 29er.
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Originally Posted by iwantakona View Post
Why are you replying to a pm I sent to someone else?
I was responding to post #42. As hard as I try, I just can't crack into mtnbiker66's account and steal his PM's.
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Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
I was responding to post #42. As hard as I try, I just can't crack into mtnbiker66's account and steal his PM's.
I did. Crack code is on www.freeserials.com. Some juicy reading, I'll tell ya.
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Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB View Post
this thread reflects the sad state of the mountain bike forum. Captain crash and maxbrokeway among others post all types of bad advice. I feel sorry for people coming here for actual information.. there is some entertainment value though.
I perceived them as teenagers from what they have said.


I cant talk, I am one
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Old 07-30-07, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
I was responding to post #42. As hard as I try, I just can't crack into mtnbiker66's account and steal his PM's.
How did I get into this? Not much to read on my end.....unless you think me and Gastro setting up a camping/ride weekend is good reading.
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Old 07-30-07, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
I was responding to post #42. As hard as I try, I just can't crack into mtnbiker66's account and steal his PM's.
Ha I thought I had said that in a pm.
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Originally Posted by iwantakona View Post
Ha I thought I had said that in a pm.
You're reppin' all the other Kona riders badly. Now everyone's gunna think we're all farkin' nuts.
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Old 07-30-07, 03:43 PM
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You're reppin' all the other Kona riders badly. Now everyone's gunna think we're all farkin' nuts.
Well I am nuts but that mistake was due to 3 hours of sleep in the last two days. **** weekends.
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Old 07-30-07, 03:49 PM
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Hmmm, upgrades to a Mal-Wart Schwinn eh?

Here's one:
Deposit it here

where these two "mechanics" will give it a full overhaul and upgrade.

Failing that they will go ahead and dispose of it near Gastro's place*











* just pulling your leg Gastro
I'm sure they'll find one in a nice empty parking lot instead.


Seriously kid, save your money. Ride that thing until it breaks (and it will) and get a bike from an actual bike shop instead of a X-marts Sports store.
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