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I purchased a Dawes FS bike in 2012 as my MTB starter bike. I replaced the handlebars, stem, fork and rear shock mostly to make it more aggressive trail worthy. Plus, I made it a 1 x 10 just for preference. The frame is solid and I still use the bike today for XC, gravel and some rural rode riding. I do work on my own bikes. I must say that for the price I paid and the money I have invested it it, it was a good purchase and a reliable bike.
I have a Kona Coilair and a Gary Fisher hardtail. I probably ride my Kona a bit more than the hardtail mostly because of the jump and drop features I ride. The Gary Fisher is more like a sports car on the twisting hilly trails while the Kona is my trusted bike to do or try any feature with.
I have a coil and air shocks. I mostly ride on air. I have found that an air shock has more finite adjustment for different terrains. Coils in my opinion, provide a more rigid suspension on the aggressive trails.
I bleed them when they start to get a squishy feeling. This happens about every couple of years. I test them out before a ride.
I like to push myself with speed, duration, gravity, etc. during a ride. I go into it pretty optimistic and pressure myself to see what I can do. I usually end up not meeting all my expectations, I am pretty drained and sometimes beat up when I am done. After a short recovery, I reflect on the ride and always feel satisfied, relaxed and have memories of a fun time. In other words, my fun factor is dependent on how much I challenge myself regardless of success or failure of the ride.
Yes, it worked itself out. I was upping my riding duration during that time and I think it was just my muscles and tendons getting used to the longer more challenging rides. The pain lasted approximately 8 weeks and has not come back even though I have continued to increase my duration and goals over the last year. Keep riding consistently and I think you will be fine.July 31, 2020 at 20:06 in reply to: Who's still buying/selling bikes or parts person to person during covid-19? #500859
Hey folks, just an FYI on buying parts online. I have been buying and selling bike parts for years online. In the last few months, I have experienced a big increase in fraudulent sellers and sellers that plain just do not ship the parts they are offering once to pay for them. I am not selling anything here however, I would strongly suggest you stay away from Craigslist type sites and use Paypal for payments when you do make a purchase. Ebay still is pretty good. Just check out the sellers rating before you waste your time on refund processing.
I grew up riding and not wearing a helmet, because people just did not wear them. We also had steel dashboards and no seat belts in cars. I have had more MTB and cycling crashes than I care to admit to. Let’s just say I still crash 2 to 3 times a month and I have been riding road bikes and MTB’s for decades. I like to push my limits. My point is, from my experience, if you are going more that 10 mph, wear a helmet! They are light, cool and comfortable. Plus they keep the perspiration from dripping into your eyes. It is one less thing to think about when you know you are going down and there is nothing you can do about it.
I do not use earbuds or listen to music on the trails. It distracts me from my concentration. Plus, I will periodically stop and listen to nature.
Don’t know of any clubs but, I do have a bi-cycle. I think most everyone here does too.
Good sound advice by all contributors. I lost 30 lbs in the first 2 years biking. The hardest thing for me was to keep a consistent riding routine at the beginning. Don’t worry so much about what you can’t do or how you look. Just get out as often as you can, don’t give up and try to ride a consistent amount each week. After a few months I am certain you will see noticeable improvement.May 27, 2020 at 19:12 in reply to: Who's still buying/selling bikes or parts person to person during covid-19? #378123
A revisit from my prior post. I just purchased yet another bike from Craigslist. I just can’t pass up a good deal! Anyway, we corresponded prior to the meeting on the rules of social engagement, we both followed the rules and everything went very smoothly. I felt the more comfortable with the social distancing. We never came within ten feet of each other, I used a bleach wipe before I got in my truck and wiped down the bike once I got home. That t was 2 weeks ago. Maybe it was an overkill of precautions but, is was worth the effort for prevention and a good transaction.
I am having a debate with myself and I agree with all the above comments. I know Shimano makes a flat pedal clipless option but, the flat pedal side sucks. Someone needs to find a way to make a good flat pedal combination so the rider can choose based upon the terrain without having to stop and swap pedals.April 16, 2020 at 20:38 in reply to: Who's still buying/selling bikes or parts person to person during covid-19? #311955
I passed up two great bike deals on Craigslist in my local area. I was even in a small bidding war on one but, decided that venturing out to an unfamiliar location meeting a stranger was not worth the risk. I have purchased a few parts and clothing accessories online from stores and private parties and just let them sit for a week in my workshop before opening the package. Of course, I wash my hands after handling the box and the goods inside. So far, I have not had any issues.
My last two bikes were five to eight years old at time of purchase. I purchased them for the frames, stripped them down and rebuild them from the frame up. I totally enjoyed the experience and I know my bikes capabilities extremely well as a result. In my opinion, if you are up for an adventure have approximately $1000+, a few months of part time parts searching and construction efforts, you can have an awesome bike with the components that you want. Note, there will be some trial time and money costs but, the end result will be highly satisfying. Assuming you have the time and desire the experience.
Your question is a bit arrogant. It’s like asking are there any Christian bikers or are there any Latin bikers or are there any physically challenged bikers, etc. What difference does it make if you enjoy the trails?
I live outside of Charlotte NC in the rolling hills of the Piedmont. December, January and February are not as cold as they are wet. I do some mud riding but, also get out on the roads that have the steepest hills that I can find to to stay fit. I primarily use my XC bike in these ‘wet’ months and my trail bike the rest of the year.
You have a very good trail/enduro bike. Unless you are interested in gravel/road/hybrid or downhill competition, save your money.
Are you sure your chain is the correct length and the correct size for your cassette? My initial guess is that your chain is too long.January 22, 2020 at 17:03 in reply to: Bought Used Bike….get a tune up at the LBS or try to do it myself?? #303983
You have a good bike to start with but…
In my opinion, it depends on your mechanical aptitude. You can find out how to do most upgrades and repairs on YouTube but, you will need the right tools, ability and passion to do it right.
It is always good to connect with your LBS. If you truly get into mountain biking, you are going to need a relationship with them. Frame condition, wheel/tire, brakes and suspension condition are the most complex to comprehend and extremely important for your safety. Since you are a newbie, the LBS is your best and safest option. However, you do need to learn about bike care and maintenance because, there will come a day when you are out on the trails and a failure will occur. The more you know about repairs and functionality, the better off you will be.
FYI, I have been an MTB rider for over 25 years, have a degree in mechanical engineering and still visit my LBS a few time a year for parts, new bike model test drives/purchases and advice. Just make sure your LBS has a good history with mountain bikes!
PS, your LBS typically has a very good network for used bikes too, when you are ready for an upgrade.
Cheers for you and welcome to the trails!