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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: WTB: 26 inch knobby tires, New or Used
« on: November 10, 2018, 12:21:57 PM »
If you want some on a budget, I have a pile in my garage attic you can pick thru. $20/pair.

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Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: WTB Strider Bike
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:30:40 PM »
I have a Scuut balance bike.  $25. They're about $100 new.

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Yea.. I think I've come to the same conclusion.... I'll ride this one another summer, and see what happens. Maybe I'll try a couple friends bikes out.

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It's more the frame geometry than the actual bike.
I haven't been able to find the geometry of both to compare, but looking at my bike next to others I've ridden with on the same trails, m[size=78%]y bike is a XC bike, and has hardly any head tube angle.[/size]
I would like a "slacker" bike for the more the aggressive riding I do in Brown county and SWW.
That is my question to you guys. downhill and technical trails.
Would it be worth the effort to switch, or wait for something else to come along.

Tech Bench / Re: New Rims/wheelset
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:48:04 PM »
Get a truing stand, for one. Truing a wheel isn't hard.
Secondly, if you're abusing wheels like that, you may want to upgrade to some heavier duty wheels.
Thirdly? Learn to ride (gracefully) so you aren't tearing up your bike... or the trails.
Mountainbiking isn't always like the X-Games or those Mountain Dew commercials.

Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: 2 Bike Hitch Platform Rack
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:34:34 PM »
For Sale 2 Bike Hitch Platform Rack.
Easy to load and carry 2 bikes (up to 40 lbs./18 kg each)
Compatible with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitch receivers

Asking $60 OBO


Does it fold in half?

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I very got an 08 Gary Fisher Procaliber that I bought as a frame and built up. It's a XC bike, and I've made do with it for a few years, but always thought I'd be better off with more of a trail bike. This one is good and comfortable for long rides, but not really stable on steeper downhills, flow trails, and light jumps. Also is not good for rock gardens, which seem to be becoming more common on local trails.
So for those who know me, I missed put all last year because of a broken neck, but plan on getting back on the trail this summer.
The Stumpy is on Craigslist locally for $280, but obviously could probably get for less.
My bike has a 120mm Marzocchi marathon fork, Shimano SLX hydraulic disk brakes, and a decent Shimano wheelset. It's also running 1x9. X-9 rear shifter and derailleur.
I'm on a budget, so swapping everything over to a better trail frame is within my budget. A whole new bike is not.

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Tech Bench / Re: Trek mt220 weight reduction
« on: November 13, 2016, 10:43:49 AM »
I got my daughters Trek down to 24lbs from it's stock 34lbs.
I had the wheels rebuilt with half the spokes, and better quck release hubs.
Also swapped a carbon bar and seat post I picked up off Ebay.
In the process I upgraded the shifter and rear cassette to a SRAM x9 9 speed grip shift set-up.

Rants and Raves / Re: Free kids mountain bike to a deserving kid
« on: March 17, 2015, 10:37:22 PM »
Sorry everyone. Bike has been passed along. I'm always buying and saving quality bikes,so if I happen upon another, I'll let you know.

Tech Bench / Re: Thinking of going 1x10.
« on: March 16, 2015, 02:40:31 PM »
Next step... Singlespeed! LOL

Tech Bench / Re: Front deralleur issue
« on: March 12, 2015, 09:57:53 PM »
Got it figured out tonight.
I had too much tension on the cable when in the small ring. I loosened it up, to where it was almost slack, then with some fine tuning f the barrel adjuster, got it shifting pretty well.
I remember, now, one reason I run one ring up front. Simplicity!

Thanks guys!

Tech Bench / Re: Thinking of going 1x10.
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:35:43 PM »
I went 1x9 a few years ago, and haven't looked back.

Tech Bench / Front deralleur issue
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:34:59 PM »
First of all, thanks to everyone on this site I've met over the years, I haven't had to visit this part of the forum much anymore. I've gotten pretty good working on bikes.
This thing has be stumped, though.
I've run 1x9 on my mountainbike for a few years, so I'm a little rusty messing with a front derailleur.
I'm tuning a coworkers bike up, and I've got everything set perfect, except the front derailleur.
I've watched numerous videos, and read numerous how-tos, and can't get it to work properly.
It's a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain on a flat bar road bike (with the trigger shifters)
It will shift up all 3 gears fine, but jumps from the big ring all the way to the small one on downshifting.
Took the cover of the shifter off, and there doesn't appear to be teeth worn or missing. Unhooked the cable from the derailleur, and with just hand tension on the cable, it seems to stop at the 2nd position. (This was kind of hard, as I only have two hands)
I found a couple more little things to try tonight (loosen cable tension when in the small ring, and WD40 the inside of the shifter itself.)
I'm wondering if the shifter is damaged, and I just can't see it. I'd hate to tell him he needs to buy a new shifter, and that not fix the problem.

I know some of you ride with more than one ring in front, so do you have any advice?
Thanks in advance. I know he's going to be getting anxious to get his bike back working properly with these warmer days. unfortunately, he doesn't have ten bikes to choose from like I do.

Rants and Raves / Free kids mountain bike to a deserving kid
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:43:24 AM »
I have a 24" GARY FISHER mountain bike that was given to me years ago by a member, who's name I've long forgotten. My daughter has ridden this everywhere from t[/size]he neighborhood and local bike paths to the trails at southwestway and Brown County. She's outgrown it and I would like to pass it along to a kid in need. It's been a rock solid reliable bike and I've hardly had to do a thing to it. If you know a needy kid, who will take it out on the trails like mine did, I'd love to Give it to him or her. The tires are cracked from age, but I believe I have a better set I can swap over.[/color]

Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Wedensday Night Ride 2014?
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:06:16 PM »
I'm going to try and make it again this Wedensday night. About 6:00 if anyone wants to meet up.

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