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Got my Mountain Bike...

post #1 of 13
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It's a hodge podged parts bin aluminum framed Mongoose. It has grip shift, I will probably swap over to rapid fire if I get serious again about riding. Rock Sox, Juxy XC (the red one). Shimano XT F&R derailleurs, STX hubs and a basic Shimano crank. Avid V-brakes. The bike feels to be about *24-25lbs, which is fine.

Need some SPD's. But for $100.00 it will suite my needs.

I just weighed it....it is 28lbs.
post #2 of 13
$100 is a huge bargain for a mountain bike. Where do you (plan to) ride?
post #3 of 13
Phil: We gotta get together in the Wissahickon. And it's about a mile from NWestern Ave to Gen Lafayette.
post #4 of 13
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Wissahickon was some of my favorite single track was I was riding seriously. I will take me a bit to get back up to that lever again.
post #5 of 13
Phil,

Good for you man. Mountain biking is a fine replacement for skiing during the summer. Our local mtb centers open Apr 30, so I am ready for some serious riding.

Oh, and remember, if you get hooked, prepare to spend big bucks. Good mountain bikes can make skis look dirt cheap by comparison.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by TomB
Phil,

Good for you man. Mountain biking is a fine replacement for skiing during the summer. Our local mtb centers open Apr 30, so I am ready for some serious riding.

Oh, and remember, if you get hooked, prepare to spend big bucks. Good mountain bikes can make skis look dirt cheap by comparison.
I used to have a fair amount into my bikes. My last real mountian bike was a Specialized M2 Pro, full XT back in 96 or so. I am not looking to get back into it at that level but jsut to get out and do some single track and such. As with ski gear, I have a good amount of connections to get bike stuff. But I will be walking before I jump back in with both feet.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I used to have a fair amount into my bikes. My last real mountian bike was a Specialized M2 Pro, full XT back in 96 or so. I am not looking to get back into it at that level but jsut to get out and do some single track and such. As with ski gear, I have a good amount of connections to get bike stuff. But I will be walking before I jump back in with both feet.
It is a fun way to keep the legs moving in the off season....
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Wissahickon was some of my favorite single track was I was riding seriously. I will take me a bit to get back up to that lever again.
You need a 'permit', obtained via a 'voluntary' donation of $20, to ride anything off the main trail in the Wissahickon Park. The main trail, Forbidden Drive, is ok to ride w/o said permit, but website doesn't say that clearly, permit paperword does. The permit comes as a hospital-arm-band type thing that you wear, info here. Application forms also available at REI in Conshy and local bike shops.

P.S: (Editorial comment): This is Philadelphia pay-to-play taked to a new level. I hear if you send in the form w/o a 'donation', it takes months to get the return letter with the armband permit.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by ElkMountainSkier
You need a 'permit', obtained via a 'voluntary' donation of $20, to ride anything off the main trail in the Wissahickon Park. In past years, the main trail was ok to ride w/o said permit, but website doesn't say that. The permit comes as a hospital-arm-band type thing that you wear, info here. Application forms also available at REI in Conshy and local bike shops.

P.S: (Editorial comment): This is Philadelphia pay-to-play taked to a new level. I hear if you send in the form w/o a 'donation', it takes months to get the return letter with the armband permit.
heh, I remember that now. I had that when i used to ride there. I am gonna swap some tires and maybe I will get out later today and go for ride. Anyone interested?
post #10 of 13
Anyone know of some good mountain biking info on the web? Technique more than equipment. I have a nice bike and want to use it more, but have no idea about the ways to approach different terrain etc.

I tried epicbike.com and and there was nothing there
post #11 of 13
Phil -

One reason you might have grip shifts on your bike is 7 speed rapid-fire shifters without cantilever brake handles are hard to come by. If you have a 7 speed rear derailleur and want to switch to rapid-fire you better keep an eye out for them and jump at the chance when you get one. They do post them on eBay but they are usually the lower-end models.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Rio
Phil -

One reason you might have grip shifts on your bike is 7 speed rapid-fire shifters without cantilever brake handles are hard to come by. If you have a 7 speed rear derailleur and want to switch to rapid-fire you better keep an eye out for them and jump at the chance when you get one. They do post them on eBay but they are usually the lower-end models.
Its 8 speed I have.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Anyone know of some good mountain biking info on the web? Technique more than equipment. I have a nice bike and want to use it more, but have no idea about the ways to approach different terrain etc.

I tried epicbike.com and and there was nothing there
SMJ,
You might find some help here....

http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=55
or
http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=59
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