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Old 09-30-14, 03:01 PM
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Advise with restoring a Mountain bike

Hi there,

I'm looking to restore a mountain bike of mine that has seen better days.

It's a Coyote Blue ridge 19" that i was given around a year ago and used a lot to get to and from work. Not too long ago i was involved in a car accident while on this bike. It took a bit of damage to the rear derailer, pedals and rear break. Due to this damage, shifting is an issue and pretty much made riding it impossible.

I tried adjusting the derailer and a few other things, however i think the parts need to be replaced (Plus the bike was second hand too, so i'm sure it has some years already on it).

Anyway, I have a new bike (A Carrera Crossfire Two) however i'd really like to repair and clean up the Blue Ridge. The frame is going to be striped and repainted but I'm new to taking apart bikes, however i have an understanding of how the mechanics work.

I'd like some advise on what replacement parts would be a good option for a bike like this, such as gear cassette, derailers, ect.

Thanks in advance
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Old 09-30-14, 05:39 PM
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Good Looking bike

I'd stick to stock level components but first,, I'd line check the frame itself, crashes like than can bend them just a tad and It will
never shift right.

Tie a string at the rear axle point, tie it right In the dropout routing the string forward on the outside of the frame all the way around the
center of the head tube and back to the other rear axle mount....

Measure the string distance from the seat tube. both sides need to be the same.

It's now your second, project bike, make a single speed out of her, You wont be sorry

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Having had a very quick look at the Coyote Blue Ridge, it's a very low end bike, and trying to do any work on it is going to exceed the original cost of the bike almost instantly.

Be realistic, work out what work the bike needs, then look at the cost of a new bike, it will probably be cheaper to replace with a new one.

you said it has been in a crash, if there is any damage to the dropouts, especially the NDS (non drive side), scrap it.
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Thanks for the advise folks

I know it's not exactly a high end bike, but I'd like to keep it up and running as it holds sentimental value. Otherwise I'd scrap it and solely use the Crossfire Two.

The frame is intact from what i have been able to work out. It's lucky considering, so it shouldn't be a problem. This might be a noob question, but can you use a mountain bike with a single speed setup?
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Thanks for the advise folks

I know it's not exactly a high end bike, but I'd like to keep it up and running as it holds sentimental value. Otherwise I'd scrap it and solely use the Crossfire Two.

The frame is intact from what i have been able to work out. It's lucky considering, so it shouldn't be a problem. This might be a noob question, but can you use a mountain bike with a single speed setup?
Yes You Can,, spacers replace cassette gears, and that gives you some test ride options. After you find the gear you want you can loose the rear
derailleur but you most likely will still need a spring chain tensioner because of your drop outs....
Or set the original derailleur up and use that...
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