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Bianchi Osprey (1996-1999) - a few questions


Old 09-04-14, 01:22 PM
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Bianchi Osprey (1996-1999) - a few questions

Hello All,

A few questions below:

I have a Bianchi Osprey mountain bike, 21 speed from about 1996-1999. I am not sure exactly when it was made, because a friend gave it to me around 2002 in exchange for a computer. I rode it a lot. Not much real 'mountain biking' as much as just riding city trails. 50-75 mile rides 3-5 times per week for a few years. Yes, it would have been easier to use a road bike, but I've never been comfortable on a road bike.

Anyhow, I am a bigger guy at 6'-1" and 260#, always have been - which is another reason for a beefier bike such as a mountain bike. it has been about 6 years since I have ridden this bike. I took it out over last weekend and decided to take it for a spin. About 1/2 mile away, the chain broke at the master link. I could probably repair it, but the chain has so many miles and years on it, I think I'll just replace it.

I was browsing on Amazon for a new chain. So many choices. I am not really hugely into cycling as it is just a liesure hobby, so it is all a bit overwhelming. I'd normally get a new bike considering the age and mileage on this one, but I like this old mountain bike and it works great for the most part.

(1) Is there a heavy-duty chain for under $100 I could get for my bigger size?

(2) The bike has front suspension. But, it seems squishy, more than I remember. Is this a simple fix of some more hydraulic fluid or something, or would it just need to be replaced?

Thanks for the help.

P.S. Equipment weight doesn't bother me. I figure the heavier it is, the bigger my leg muscles will be, which ended up true back in the day.

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Unfortunately this isn't as straight forward as it may seem. If you replace the chain you'll definitely need to replace the rear cassette as well(the cogs out back). You could have a shop pop a new link in, but if you rode as much as you said without changing the chain or cassette, chances are they're toast.

If it is worth it to you, you may want to bring it in and have them put on a new chain and cassette. Hopefully the chainrings are still good.

Forks are tricky, it really depends on which one it is. If it is coil sprung you could get a heavier weight spring and oil(if it is a model that so allows). But that is really only a DIY for someone who doesn't really know what they're getting into

As far as I know the Osprey was, and is, a nice bike so I would think it is worth it. Hope that helps
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