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    My first ride on a SS,(SUPER budget build, basicly free)

    I bought an old steel Trek 820 a few years ago to use a cheap commuter for $35. This is how I bought it.

    I painted the frame and switched it over to a 1 1/8 threadless fork. Everything I used even when commuting on it was free or used parts bin parts except the $12 tires I used. I figured I got more than my $35 worth out of it commuting. After a few years I started commuting on a roady so the frame and fork of the old Trek were just gathering dust. I tried selling them but no one wanted it. So I figured I would put it together with leftover parts for my girlfriend to try some MTBing on the easy singletrack trails. The only things I bought to build it up were the WCS grips and the chain tensioner. Total cost of $25 to get it ready for my GF. It is SUPER low tech and cheap but it is actually a blast to ride.

    I took it out today and did a few laps at my favorite trail. This was my first ever ride of a SS or full ridged MTB. I am not sure that I like it better than my other bike but I did really enjoy it. The bike handles very sharp and is super precise in the slow technical stuff. It was genuinely a new experience that I enjoyed thoroughly.

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    Your bike looks like the definitive SS conversation; it's what SS is all about. I like!
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    How does she like that saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    How does she like that saddle?

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    She has not riden on it yet. My brother gave it to me becouse he hated it. I tried it no my road bike and hated it. But it felt OK today. I think it is hard but has a lot of flex to it. it didnt feel good sitting on it for a long time on a road bike. But it felt fine today for a hour or so ride where i was out of the saddle a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rc51kid View Post
    She has not riden on it yet. My brother gave it to me becouse he hated it. I tried it no my road bike and hated it. But it felt OK today. I think it is hard but has a lot of flex to it. it didnt feel good sitting on it for a long time on a road bike. But it felt fine today for a hour or so ride where i was out of the saddle a lot.
    How you feel on it, and how your girlfriend feels on it may be two different things.

    I would imagine that a seat like that with a rather high and narrow ridge down the middle would be relatively uncomfortable for a female. (They have their squishy bits in an alternate location, you know )

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    Quote Originally Posted by rc51kid View Post
    She has not riden on it yet. My brother gave it to me becouse he hated it. I tried it no my road bike and hated it. But it felt OK today. I think it is hard but has a lot of flex to it. it didnt feel good sitting on it for a long time on a road bike. But it felt fine today for a hour or so ride where i was out of the saddle a lot.
    Hopefully you kept the old saddle
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonCz View Post
    How you feel on it, and how your girlfriend feels on it may be two different things.

    I would imagine that a seat like that with a rather high and narrow ridge down the middle would be relatively uncomfortable for a female. (They have their squishy bits in an alternate location, you know )
    It had to be said, I just didn't have the guts to say it.
    I thank you, and I'm sure rc51kid's GF will thank you, too.

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    On the other hand, maybe she really really really likes that saddle, in which case you are a lucky man indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonCz View Post
    ...(They have their squishy bits in an alternate location, you know )
    Hahah, I'm laughing my squishy bits off right now.

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    Nice job. I just did the same thing to my old trek zx 6000 (bonded aluminum frame), but I stripped the black paint and left it bare aluminum. The rigid fork was a lot tougher to get used to for me than the fixed gearing, but I agree; low tech and plenty of fun.

    Why did you swap out the stem? Was the change noticeable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonCz View Post
    How you feel on it, and how your girlfriend feels on it may be two different things.

    I would imagine that a seat like that with a rather high and narrow ridge down the middle would be relatively uncomfortable for a female. (They have their squishy bits in an alternate location, you know )
    Thanks for the reminder, last time I checked her “squishy” parts were a little different than mine. I kind of like those squishy things, sure would hate to mess them up. I guess I might have to reconsider the seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsqueri View Post
    Nice job. I just did the same thing to my old trek zx 6000 (bonded aluminum frame), but I stripped the black paint and left it bare aluminum. The rigid fork was a lot tougher to get used to for me than the fixed gearing, but I agree; low tech and plenty of fun.

    Why did you swap out the stem? Was the change noticeable?
    I switched it out becouse i wanted to use regular stems and bars. I had all the parts sitting around so i did it to standardise.

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    + rep for that bike and for riding an rc51. Especially if it's a Repsol edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut View Post
    + rep for that bike and for riding an rc51. Especially if it's a Repsol edition.
    Sorry no Repsol, just a regular old RC51,

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    Quote Originally Posted by rc51kid View Post
    Sorry no Repsol, just a regular old RC51,
    {nice bike!}
    Sick!

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