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    How to love your bike again...

    ... in a platonic way, of course.

    What's the one thing you have done to your bike ( tuning, adjustment, part, whatever) that really made a difference to how much you wanted to ride it more? The bike in question here is a Giant AC - which I have had since about 2003 or 2004. And no, a new bike is out of the question - maybe in a year or two.

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    I had an AC 1 back in the day

    that was a fun bike!!

    assuming the bike is in not in need of any major upgrades, (shocks, drivetrain etc..)

    i always find changing out derailleur cables & housings get the bike shifting like new again

    thats an inexpensive bit of regular maintenence that can make a big difference.


    in regards to "what will make you want to ride it more" that is solely up to you
    maybe find a local mtb club and go ride somewhere new, get out of your comfort zone. you will probably meet some cool new people and who knows you may even have .....FUN

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    I change the oil in my fork TWICE. The first time I put fresh oil in I go for a short ride and drain it, this rinses all the crud/dirty oil residue out. After that I put fresh oil in again and the action is smooth like butter.

    It's difficult to say that any one thing makes the ride that much better or makes that big a difference, it's maintaining each system of your ride meticulously so that all components play together like a symphony.

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    Single Speed it.

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    A serious Love Session with the machine.

    Break it down, toss the clapped out cheap stuff ( cable housings, brake pads, etc. ).

    Clean, lube, reassemble, tune.

    I find that after a couple hours of Quality Time I really want to spend a a bunch of Dirty Quality Time with the machine!

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    Put some fast tires on it like small block 8 or racing ralph, that type anyway, then go to torontocycles.com and get some colored anodized bling.

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    Have surgery where the doc says no riding for 8 weeks....you'll really love the bike about 2 weeks into recovery. LOL.
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    Tires. They can totally change a bike.
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    Finally took the leap and picked up a pair of clipless pedals. Dunno why, but that made me wanna ride more than ever!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    A few quick ones -
    Wash it - not just a blast with the garden hose but a full detailing with wash rags and brushes.

    New tires - takes a few minutes to install but can really do wonders for you bike.

    New grips - another quick change that can really improve your cockpit.

    New saddle - do a little research in the review section on Mtbr and your butt will thank you

    New cleats - coming unclipped unexpectedly? New cleats will work wonders.

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    Take it somewhere new. And/or do a cosmetic cleanup and replace anything that's "clapped out" (stealing that phrase from above...describes so many things...so may people! lol)

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    I actually changed to flat bars and a 70mm stem from a riser bar and 90mm stem. Got a bit closer to a comfortable fit for my xc bike. I feel better climbing like people said it would. Now I'm in the process of swapping out the axel fork for a Reba race. Hopefully that helps even more with comfort.

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    Strip it down and paint it your favorite colour.

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    Tubeless/new wheels
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    flat pedals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    Strip it down and paint it your favorite colour.
    Yes strip it down. To strip it down, you need to rub it, and rub it, and rub it. And that is what love is all about, right?

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