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    Listen! Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    I read the noob notice. I love it!!

    I just pulled my bike out of the storage because I honestly miss it but it's time that I actually bought a good bike rather than junk that craps out on me. What I have now is a Schwinn Aeromax. I was thinking of fixing what's wrong with it and then after checking it out I'm better off replacing the whole damn thing. I rode it for 3 years almost every day and it shows. Now it's time to get a bike that will last and withstand my destructive force riding it.

    Facts about me:
    6' 190lbs
    AD USMC Sgt(budget minded lol)
    In shape but looking to put fun back into exercise
    Seperating in a year directly to college (commuting plan and trails)
    Very mechanically inclined
    Other hobby is Offroading Toyotas

    What I liked about the bike:
    Full suspension (even with the bob)
    fairly light for me
    Not interested in high speed but I will take my bike almost anywhere

    Hate about the bike:
    Brakes
    soupy suspension
    sloppy shifter
    constantly out of adjustment

    So now I'm in the market and I've done a lot of research (mostly here) and shopped a lot (pinkbikes, craigslist, ebay) and this is what I'm in the market for:

    Full suspension
    Used
    Disc Brakes (mechanical or hydro-- either one needs adjustment)
    19 or 20 frame
    Multi-speed
    not afraid of something that needs work
    Budget: not afraid of spending money but if I can find a deal or steal I will take it.

    So here begins my questions
    If I buy used how long do parts generally stay out on the market (suspension changes etc.) so I can narrow down some choices.

    Anything to watch out for in pics besides the obvious?

    And for the last and grand finale past bikes that you used for entry level and enjoyed (if you still have your frame and just upgraded around it I definitely am interested)

    And just a note on my location 29 palms is in the middle of NOWHERE however it has great off-road biking trails all over.

    Thanks in advance
    Krypto

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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    Here's a picture of it if you're wondering what it looks like. If its worth fixing I'd be interested.


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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    Maybe see if you can find an older used Santa Cruz Superlight?

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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    I actually found one of those in my price point but it was really far away. I'm glad at least one of the bikes I researched was worth looking at though. Learning has occurred.

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    pink bike website has an awesome classified section that you can break down by state lots of good deals there.

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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    How is the gt 4.0? The reviews seem pretty decent for strength and I found one in good shape.

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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    I also found this ad in craigslist. Its a haro fs bike
    http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/3737748448.html
    And a gt fs
    http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/3738214096.html
    Cannondale v1000
    http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/3732838748.html

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    Not sure if anyone is even still following this thread but I picked up a ride this past weekend and I have been enjoying it so far. My buddy still rockets past me on his road bike....but I don't get blown over by cross winds which is common around here. I still have my eye on a super light however I don't ha e that kind of available cash and to top it off I might enjoy riding....but that is a lot of cash to throw down as well even if you find one used.

    I ended up with a specialized fsr I believe. The frame was made by the path in OC and the rear setup I assume came off a busted fsr. Bomber front forks that are amazingly smooth and a fox float that I am still adjusting to how I want it to feel. Shimano deore brakes, crank, and shifters. Gt handle bars. To sum it up it feels superb compared to what I was riding. I think she needs a tuneup and eventually I want disc up front but honestly stopping power is already great so that can wait.

    I am curious about wheel sets though. I don't want to break the bank but it seems like they could easily be improved on. Next up on the list would be a new crank setup. Love the pedals though. They work great for boots (yes I ride in camo to work). Anyway for 300 I figure I've got a good base to grow with and build on till I'm ready to move on. The bike feels great off road though. I was hitting 20 in firm/loose sand and powering right through it.



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    Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    Congrats. Looks like a capable bike for you.

    A couple comments:

    1. I wouldn't put too much money in upgrading. Only upgrade when you're forced to.

    2. I would be very leery of upgrading the crankset. It's expensive for what you get in return. You'd probably be better off changing just the chain rings vs the entire set. Note: The drive train wears together. So you'll probably have to replace the cassette, chain and perhaps the derailer pulleys when up replace te chain rings.

    3. You have a 26" wheeled bike. There are up to 3 different "standards" for wheel size: 26", 29" and 650b (27.5"). If you upgrade the wheels on this bike, you'll only be able to transfer the upgraded wheel set to your next bike if you stay w 26". Again, I'd avoid upgrading unless your wheels are broken.

    4. Fork: see #3. In addition, you'll have to consider a ridiculous amount of head tube "standards". Avoid upgrading but consider a rebuild. Most shocks have pretty detailed schematics online and you can pick up a seal kit fairly in expensively. Shouldn't be a problem for you to do this yourself.

    With all of this said, ride the piss out of your new bike and have fun.

    When you transition to civilian life, get another dumpster darling (cheap, crappy but capable) for commuting to class. Bikes on campuses get stolen. If someone steals your $20 garage sale baby, you'll be less upset than if someone steals your fsr.

    Thank you for your service, Marine.

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    Re: Learning from what I know....and I know I need a new bike

    17 miles in and I'm still loving it. Considering a more comfy seat though. And a new helmet. My brain feels kinda naked off road. My helmet is at least 3 years old and is uncomfortable. Taking her to Joshua tree national park this weekend to tweak adjustments on the suspension so I have to read up on that.

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