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Dogmeat
Anyone here an avid mountain biker?

I'm probably getting a new bike this week.

Main reason is back and kees are too tore up to jog anymore, and I really need to get some cardio.

I wanna cut down to like 235 and see how much strength I lose ... hopefully not too much.

But, I used to race back in jr. high, but my old 92' StumpJumper has kinda seen the end of it's life because I've left it outside in the rain and snow the last like 4 years .... *sigh*

So anyways ..

What would yall recommend?

I think I might come up with a 2009 StumpJumper FSR Comp 29 this week ..... Any other recomendations?
cmac
just get a hard tail gt off of craigslist to get back into it
Dogmeat
QUOTE (cmac @ May 18 2009, 10:11 PM) *
just get a hard tail gt off of craigslist to get back into it


Maaaaaaaaaaan, shit!

Homie don't play like dat!
Mommy
I love biking.
Dogmeat
Welp, guess I'm the proud owner of a 2009 Specialized StumpJumper FSR Comp 29 .... guess this means I'll be eatin ramen the next couple paychecks wink.gif

Took it out for a short 4.5 mile ride after work tonight on some Vernal single track.

Fun stuff. Man am I outta shape. Hahahah.
cmac
pics?
Dogmeat
had the bike out for the second time today.

i'm just "breaking myself" back in on short little 5 mile jaunts after work ...

I was gonna pick up some egg beaters friday but I am not so sure I wanna go with clipless pedals until i get comfy on a bike again ..

Either way, the bike feels great. Components are much cripser than on any other bike I've ever owned. Suspension works marvelously. I love being able to put the rear shock on "Pro Pedal" mode on climbs then open it up on decents ...

It's gonna take me all summer, but I think I'll get my biking legs back smile.gif
jonathan83
how is a bike worth $3000?

i mean, what makes it so much better than $100 bike at walmart? i dont know anything about bikes so thats why im asking. just seems super expensive.
Psykopath
QUOTE (jonathan83 @ May 21 2009, 01:36 AM) *
how is a bike worth $3000?

i mean, what makes it so much better than $100 bike at walmart? i dont know anything about bikes so thats why im asking. just seems super expensive.

Parts, build quality, durability, handling, brakes, reliability, etc...
Dogmeat
QUOTE (Psykopath @ May 21 2009, 01:32 AM) *
Parts, build quality, durability, handling, brakes, reliability, etc...


That incredibly sexy and slightly painful feel I get between my legs when I sit down too hard on the aggressive racing seat smile.gif

But, yeah for the most part ..

For instance, my first mountain bike was a $320 Trek 820 back in 1991 or therabouts ... I rode that for maybe a year before I bent the front forks on it, chewed the deraillers up (not from hitting them just shifting them) etc ... That bike would have been fine for casual riding, but not for racing or jumping or anything like I was doing ...

My second bike was a 1993 Bianchi Osprey ... much better than the Trek, had Shimano LX components, it was a $540 bike, which at the time was a fuckload of money .... I worked all summer to pay that bike off. That bike wound up being in the shop just about every time I rode it. I raced it amatureley for a year, then at the start of the second year I had it, the frame cracked on one of the signature Bianchi gussets, which is supposed to be the strongest part of the frame. So basically, I rode that bike into the ground when I was 13/14 years old ...

The next summer, I jumped up and bought a holdover 1992 Specialized Stumpjumper the latter part of 1993 .... Raced that bike for two years, beat on it good, and it never missed a single beat. That bike cost me $925 .... It had Specialized's first incantation of the Future Shock (forks on bikes were the new and coming thing back in the early 90's) ....

Only when I moved to Lubbock and left the bike outside for about 2 years did it kinda start to rust through sad.gif

I pulled it out before I went and bought the new bike, and it had rusted a lot because I just left it outside sad.gif ..... So it's my fault that bike broke, not me.

But with that said, a $925 bike in 1993 lasted me 15 years with 2 or 3 years of really hard riding on it....

This new bike feels amazing .... so much different than my old SJ used to feel, and when my old SJ was new it felt like a rocket ship when compared to my old Bianchi...

I'm sure I'll get at least 10 years of use out of this bike. The frame and suspension components have a lifetime warranty on them.

And like I said, my whole justification for doing this is that I'll drop 15-20 pounds this summer from riding again wink.gif
Spectatrix
Sounds fantastic. I might look into getting a new bike in a year or so. I have an old Diamondback bike that my dad bought me 10+ years ago. It's nothing fancy, but it has held up pretty well. Had to replace the main gear set after I left it outside for a year in San Marcos and got the shifting cables replaced last year, but that's about it.
chook
I still got my Trek 820. Can'd do much cause I am afraid of breaking it.
Psykopath
When I buy another bike, I'll probably be dropping about $750 for a Giant Transport LX 2008:

FORSAKENR320
QUOTE (Psykopath @ May 21 2009, 03:25 PM) *
When I buy another bike, I'll probably be dropping about $750 for a Giant Transport LX 2008:



thing needs a gun rack...
Dogmeat
QUOTE (Psykopath @ May 21 2009, 02:25 PM) *
When I buy another bike, I'll probably be dropping about $750 for a Giant Transport LX 2008:



jesus are you gonna deliver papers from that thing? blink.gif
Psykopath
QUOTE (Dogmeat @ May 21 2009, 04:35 PM) *
jesus are you gonna deliver papers from that thing? blink.gif

No
Just bike relatively long distances with gear.
cmac
bike relatively long distances with gear on a fixie. clean and smooth.
no brakes, no stopping.



Dogmeat
ya know, somone suggested I get a single speed bike.

I use maybe 6 of the 27 gears on the one I just bought.

Maybe there was something to be said for getting a single speed bike....
cmac
easy and reasonably cheap to build at least
Dogmeat
QUOTE (cmac @ May 20 2009, 12:17 AM) *
pics?


Old and new



New



I think I might hold off on the egg beaters ... I'll see how I feel this weeknd ..

Man I got a lot of getting in shape to do smile.gif

Sentinel23
QUOTE (Dogmeat @ May 27 2009, 09:57 PM) *
New



I think I might hold off on the egg beaters ... I'll see how I feel this weeknd ..

Man I got a lot of getting in shape to do smile.gif


That bike company has some interesting rear suspension systems. I was gonna get a front and back suspension bike but the cost difference is too much. Got myself a used Jamis Trail X1 for 200. It was pretty much unused. I think that's good enough for riding in the city.
Dogmeat
QUOTE (Sentinel23 @ Jun 10 2009, 03:07 PM) *
That bike company has some interesting rear suspension systems. I was gonna get a front and back suspension bike but the cost difference is too much. Got myself a used Jamis Trail X1 for 200. It was pretty much unused. I think that's good enough for riding in the city.


Hehehe ... this bike hasn't seen pavement yet wink.gif

I'm diggin the rear suspension ... lock it out on long climbs, mixed riding on pro-pedal, then open it up for the downhill ... handles like a dream smile.gif
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