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post #31 of 49

Every now and then, from a long way off,  you can hear the classic sound of the shake, rattle and roll coming from a high tensile steel frame with crappy loose parts coming down the trail. Of course, it has to be punctuated with some serious brake squeal and and plenty of chain popping.

post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post  Some of you may recall I ride a 10-speed road bike (gave the Grand Prix away to someone who won't pedal it as hard as me, as it was beginning to skip again when peddling hard + there is that annoying crank pin issue, but I still have the heavier Supercycle), but enjoy riding off-road too.

 

You gave away the GP?   *sigh*  nonono2.gif 


I had to face the fact that I just couldn't afford a hobby of keeping classics in shapefrown.gif.  I sold the Caprice for SCRAPeek.gif.   I'm keeping the Super Gs though.  Besides, I felt guilty abusing the GP.

 

BTW tires are 90 psi Kenda   27 x 1 1/4 " with barely noticeable tread.  They seem to be very efficient and work well on the asphalt, not so good in the mud.

 

Doesn't Kenda make a dirt/gravel  tire in that size, for $cheap?

post #33 of 49

Yo, quit hating on the hybrids!

 

I rode 103 miles yesterday on a 13 year old (bottom of the line) H300 Cannondale hybrid, a route that included the Nova Epic (the 40 mile course) which was mostly off-road and included techincal singletrack. Finding appropriate tire that fit 27" rims will be tough though. I try to spend as little as possible to keep my bikes rolling but I don't buy cheap junk. Unfortunately cycling is an expensive hobby but if you shop around you can find discounts. Nice mountain bikes cost up to $10,000 but that doesn't mean I can't ride off-road!

 

If Costco sold alpine skis they would probably sport stickers that say "WARNING: NOT FOR DOWNHILL USE."

post #34 of 49
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Doesn't Kenda make a dirt/gravel  tire in that size, for $cheap?

 

Good answer! I did not know that. Here you go http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Knobby-Bicycle-Gumwall-27-Inch/dp/B000A0KZ1O Dirt cheap. Ride on!

post #35 of 49

Why does the phrase "lipstick on a pig" keep coming to mind?

post #36 of 49
Costco was selling the Northrock XC6. Not sure if they still do. This is a basic entry level hard tail that would seem fine for the OP's requirements if the price point was compelling over other entry level models.

Like most competing at the lower end it has deficiencies, but there are brand name components on the bike and it likely has a typical geometry - IIRC Giant manufactures the frame. I am not suggesting anybody buy a bike from Costco, this is just frame of reference as to what you may see at Costco.

http://www.northrockbikes.com/mountain-xc6.php
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Why does the phrase "lipstick on a pig" keep coming to mind?

 

Dunno.   Yet hot bacon is a good thing.  

Much better than lard that's let itself go and doesn't bother to dress up anymore.

Or so I'm told.

post #38 of 49
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There is nothing magical that happens to crappy, cheap bikes when you cross the border into the good ol' USofA, they're still crappy, cheap bikes.

i know i was just setting the geography, bikes tend to be cheaper in the US (by about 10% on average) due to our stupid tariffs and the bgger market over all

heck you guys even have places it doesn't snow

post #39 of 49
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Good answer! I did not know that. Here you go http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Knobby-Bicycle-Gumwall-27-Inch/dp/B000A0KZ1O Dirt cheap. Ride on!

 

Ghost, did you get those tires mounted up yet?

post #40 of 49
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It's against my religion to buy new tires when the current tires aren't bald.  They will be my next tires though, if I don't get an off-road bike. 
 

post #41 of 49
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Had a blow-out on the rear Kenda tire today.  Tack a 2-hour hike onto that morning bike ride, will you?

I don't like blow-outs.  The tire was inflated to the rated pressure,  There were no cuts or holes in the tire.  The sidewall was off the rim and the tube was split.

 

HMMM....Maybe I will replace that tire, but I don't have a lot of clearance.
 

post #42 of 49
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Had a blow-out on the rear Kenda tire today.  Tack a 2-hour hike onto that morning bike ride, will you?

I don't like blow-outs.  The tire was inflated to the rated pressure,  There were no cuts or holes in the tire.  The sidewall was off the rim and the tube was split.

 

HMMM....Maybe I will replace that tire, but I don't have a lot of clearance.
 

 

Sorry to hear you blew-out.  Have you thought about some bigger tires, or maybe even an off-road bike?  smile.gif

post #43 of 49
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Well the hike back home wasn't planned, but at least it didn't blow when I was cornering at top speed at a low point between two hill.  That would have hurt. 

 

Went to the local bike shop this afternoon.  Cheapest 29er hard tail is $650.  Cheapest 26" is $530.  I'm thinking the lack of efficiency on the road of a 26" would be unbearable, since I often do a few miles of road to get to interesting trails, and I'm used to a road bike.  So, $aving up the $650, could take a while, maybe I'll see something on Kajiji. 

 

Tire didn't look too bad, the bead wasn't perfect, but it shouldn't have popped.  Maybe the tube got pinched th_dunno-1[1].gif.  I'm pretty sure I was careful when I put it on.  Anyway I put a new tube it this afternoon and pumped it up to 80 psi, instead of the 90 psi written on the sidewall.  Will see how it goes.  The back tire was the newest one; the front tire looks a little scary (all scuffed up from rocks) but it was fine.

post #44 of 49

So I'm a bit confused. It sounds like you don't really want a mtn bike.  If by off road you mean dirt roads not steep rocky singletrack then you need something like this:

 

AppleMark

 

Set up for dirt:

AppleMark

 

Pick your tire and you've got a pretty efficient road bike or a comfortable dirt road cruiser.


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post #45 of 49
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Had a blow-out on the rear Kenda tire today.  Tack a 2-hour hike onto that morning bike ride, will you?

I don't like blow-outs.  The tire was inflated to the rated pressure,  There were no cuts or holes in the tire.  The sidewall was off the rim and the tube was split.

 

HMMM....Maybe I will replace that tire, but I don't have a lot of clearance.
 

 

So are you seriously telling us that you were a 2-hour hike from home and you didn't even have a spare tube? nonono2.gif

post #46 of 49
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Anyway I put a new tube it this afternoon and pumped it up to 80 psi, instead of the 90 psi written on the sidewall.  Will see how it goes.  The back tire was the newest one; the front tire looks a little scary (all scuffed up from rocks) but it was fine.

 

All scuffed up from rocks. 80 psi. th_dunno-1[1].gif You want to ski cruddy bumps on your SG boards, be my guest. But don't come crying to us when you have trouble with speed control.

post #47 of 49
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Had a blow-out on the rear Kenda tire today.  Tack a 2-hour hike onto that morning bike ride, will you?

I don't like blow-outs.  The tire was inflated to the rated pressure,  There were no cuts or holes in the tire.  The sidewall was off the rim and the tube was split.

 

HMMM....Maybe I will replace that tire, but I don't have a lot of clearance.
 

 

So are you seriously telling us that you were a 2-hour hike from home and you didn't even have a spare tube? nonono2.gif

No spare tube, no patch kit, not even a water bottleeek.gif, left my helmet at home too, 'caus I couldn't be bothered to walk back up the stairs and get it, when I remembered itdevil.gif.

post #48 of 49
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Had a blow-out on the rear Kenda tire today.  Tack a 2-hour hike onto that morning bike ride, will you?

I don't like blow-outs.  The tire was inflated to the rated pressure,  There were no cuts or holes in the tire.  The sidewall was off the rim and the tube was split.

 

 

Something fishy about that.   Are you -sure- that was the proper pressure for your weight?

 

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  I'm thinking the lack of efficiency on the road of a 26" would be unbearable, since I often do a few miles of road to get to interesting trails, 

 

You're upselling yourself here.   You will not notice any lack of rolling efficiency of one wheel size or the other on the road.   There will be a gearing change, of course, but that has to do with your pedaling style.      And the fun factor will be more than made up for by the fact that you can just point your front wheel at kerbs and cobblestones and brick and not give a flip. 

 

Of course, if you're trying to find excuses to upsell yourself, pay no mind, continue on.

post #49 of 49
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Went to the local bike shop this afternoon.  Cheapest 29er hard tail is $650.  Cheapest 26" is $530.  I'm thinking the lack of efficiency on the road of a 26" would be unbearable, since I often do a few miles of road to get to interesting trails, and I'm used to a road bike.  So, $aving up the $650, could take a while, maybe I'll see something on Kajiji. 

 

In spite of your recent setback, stepping into a local bike shop shows you've made good progress!

 

I saw this 29er hardtail for $599 at REI yesterday and it looked pretty nice:

http://www.rei.com/product/848462/diamondback-overdrive-29er-bike-2013

 

That would be $540 after your REI dividend.  REI seems pretty good about fitting, assembling and servicing bikes.  Probably not as good as your local bike shop, but 1000x better than Costco.

 

26" MTB is far less unbearable than skiing powder on straight skis.  I wouldn't mind doing another dirty century on my 26er, but another Alta powder day on skinny skis... no way.   It's worth the few extra $$ for the 29er, though.

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