1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    3 by 9 to 2 by 9

    Hi. I never use my large chain ring so I want to remove it. I removed it and realized the second ring wobbles because the bolt is expecting for the 3rd ring to be still exist. Is there a way to take a 3 by 9 crankset and convert it into a 2 by 9? Basically, is there some sort of spacer you can purchase for the bolts to get the 2nd ring and granny ring to be tight against each other or do I have to go and buy a 2 by 10 if I only want a 2 ring set up?

    Thanks, mtbfan2

  2. #2
    Former Bike Wrench
    Reputation: mtnbiker72's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    You need single speed chaining bolts (shorter) or run a bash guard in the third ring position.

  3. #3
    ummmm.. what!?
    Reputation: blkcheerio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Bashguard is the way to go. Not only will it protect but also help keep the chain in place. Also.. don't for get to set the limiter screw on your front derailleur..
    Its a JEEP thing. I drive one and still don't understand..

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