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I need your creative input on a backup bike.(11 posts)

I need your creative input on a backup bike.Kristin
Jun 15, 2003 12:10 PM
I need a bike that I can ride when I'm injured. For instance, I've only put on 15 miles in the past 14 days because my traps got over-tight and went into spasm. First the left, then the right one week later. This happened due to a combination of my riding position, my fitness level, and ramping up my miles too quickly. The problem is that I have to take a full 6 days off to let it heal. If I had a cheap POS hybrid that would let me sit upright, I could get out and ride much sooner, then go back to the road bike when I was ready.

I looked at a 2001 Trek 800 yesterday for $230. Not a bad price or bike really. Its almost identical to the 720 I owned in 1999 (bought for $350), and it served me sufficiently. But before I lay down the plastic, I'm wondering if there isn't a better/cheaper way to get an upright bike. Perhaps if I built it myself--a statement my wrench friends cringe at since they know who will build it--then I could get better components on it. Options for under $250?
Yard sales? Classifieds?KG 361
Jun 15, 2003 12:22 PM
Be creative. You never know what you might find. Just today my wife saw an ad for "Cannondale racing bike-$100". it might be a POS but I think I'll call-who knows what it is? You might get lucky, too. Hybrids and city bikes are pretty common-you may even want to try an old mtb with a rigid fork, also a dime a dozen. Just slap some slicks on that puppy and off you go! (Slicks or road tires for mtb's are pretty cheap and bomb-proof!)
Thanks, for some reason, they don't become avail. around hereKristin
Jun 15, 2003 12:26 PM
I've been looking at yard sales looking for a beater bike for 2 years. I only ever found Huffy's--except for the Trek Antilope that turned out to be too big for me. I'm fixing that one up for a girlfriend who is 5'10". For some reason, bikes are slim pickin's around here. Of course, as soon as I buy the new Trek 800 for $230 from a shop, I'll stumble accross a higher end model at a garage sale for $100.
Shopping: Which of these would you bid on?Kristin
Jun 15, 2003 2:54 PM
Help me get over the hump. I'm a little behind the curve on MTB components. Which of these is a best bet...though I know some will end over my budget. As the bidding stands at this moment, all of these are within my reach.

Trek 900 homemade commuter. The owner obviously did his own wrenching.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3612670900&category=7297&rd=1

Mid 90's C-Dale Killer V. Nice components. Seller claims over $1300 new??
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3612782182&category=7297&rd=1

1999/2000 Specialized Expidition w/Deore
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3613163224&category=7297&rd=1

Retro? C-Dale SM500 with XCD. What is XCD??
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3612919936&category=7297&rd=1

Is Ironhorse a good manufacturer? W/Acera & Suntour mix. Worth $175?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3613723823&category=27947&rd=1

Haro?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3612804477&category=27947&rd=1

Shimano Moab
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3613545194&category=27947&rd=1

Schiwnn Homegrown w/mix of Suntour/Deore. What is Race Face???
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3613371409&category=27947&rd=1
I can eliminate a few for you.KG 361
Jun 15, 2003 4:20 PM
The Ironhorse is to big but is a good bike. So is the Schwinn Homegrown. The Trek commuter looks like a good bet for your purposes or the C-dale killer V, and yes, it probably did sell for $1300.
Why would an 18.5" bike be too bigKristin
Jun 15, 2003 4:42 PM
I'm shopping for frames from 18.5 to 19.5 inches. Unless this frame is has some unusual geometry.
Why would an 18.5" bike be too bigKG 361
Jun 15, 2003 7:05 PM
Nothing unusual. Just thought you were looking for a smaller frame. Don't know how big (or small) you are =) Knew the 21 would be too big. You probably don't want anything with a suspension fork or rear suspension since I ussume you'll be using it on the road.
Yup, yupKristin
Jun 15, 2003 7:35 PM
I misread the sale for the 21". I test rode some Trek hybrid's yesterday and their 19.5 is the best size for me. An 18.5 might actually be a little small, though correctable. Trek's MTB geo is very similar to their hybrid line, so I'm assuming that a 19.5 MTB would be a safe bet. I hope that is correct. Could be an expensive assumption.

I've been chatting with the seller of the Trek 900 and it looks promising. The urban cammo paint job he gave it would be ideal, since I will need to store this in the communal bike room. Then I only need to hope that no theives visit who know the value of XT components. He put some nice gear on it...which I trust are hand-me-downs from a better ride. Otherwise, I'll go for the CDale v-frame tomorrow. But that one might go over my budget.
None except....peter1
Jun 15, 2003 6:57 PM
The red vintage Canny. Those old SunTour components were pretty good but Shimano drove them out of the mtb market. The Killer V was indeed $1300...a good friend of mine bought one new. I never liked the look of the frame but you might appreciate the extra standover height.

If it's the right size, the Cannondale could be a pretty nice ride. If you want an upright position, the newer mountain bikes might not work because the trend in geometry over the years seemed to be toward more of a stretched out position. I don't like riding my mountain bikes on the road for that reason (but it feels find on the trail.)
Do any group rides?Spoke Wrench
Jun 16, 2003 7:44 AM
People who ride a lot tend to accumulate bikes. Try asking EVERYBODY you meet who rides bikes and see what turns up. You're much more likely to come up with acceptable quality equipment that way than you are by haunting garage sales.

Don't think that you have to offer them too much money either. Just ask: "Would you rather have $75.00 cash or a bike that you never ride getting older and gathering dust in your basement."
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!dante
Jun 16, 2003 8:30 AM
>>For those who like to get airborne, this bike is extremely light (rated at 22 lbs.).

oh my god, I almost p1ssed myself when I read this... :) (if you're going to get airborne, the LAST thing you want is a light bike, I'd snap a 22lb hardtail in about 20 min.)

hmmmm, yeah, I'd say the home-made trek would be the best bet, followed up by the Schwinn Moab. How tall are you, b/c unless you're 5'11, you should be looking at 17" or 18" TOPS. Remember, you're looking for a more upright sitting position. :-D

dante