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  1. #1
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    Look what I found at the pawn shop!

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    GARY. FISHER.

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    I'm sooo excited! I just about lost it when I saw what was on the outside rack. I've got it on layaway, it was a good price but more than I had on hand. I just hope I can get it out before summer ends!

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    Congrats on finding a bike. I believe it is a 2003 Tiburon.

    Here is the listing at Bicycle Blue Book:

    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searc....aspx?id=91905

    Keep in mind it will need some maintenance and perhaps new parts for the drivetrain and front suspension fork. Not sure how much that will cost, if you have bike experience, perhaps you can do it yourself? Parts can be costly, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Congrats on finding a bike. I believe it is a 2003 Tiburon.

    Here is the listing at Bicycle Blue Book:

    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/searc....aspx?id=91905

    Keep in mind it will need some maintenance and perhaps new parts for the drivetrain and front suspension fork. Not sure how much that will cost, if you have bike experience, perhaps you can do it yourself? Parts can be costly, though.

    Welcome to TE.
    Yeah, I figured derusting the gears and front suspension is within my skill set. What parts do you think it will need? Brakes looked good, seat was good, pedals turned easily, but that's about all I checked out.

    There's also a Trek 7000 there, that was in good (not great) shape when I had to pawn it to them last year. Do you think that would be a safer bet for general commuting style riding?

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    Thanks

    What parts do you think will need to be replaced? Derusting the gears and suspension are within my skill set. In hindsight I wasn't as careful as I should have been. Brakes looked good, pedals turned easily, seat was in good condition. That's about all I checked out. I'm going to go back tomorrow and look it over closer.

    They also have a Trek 7000 that was in good condition when I had to pawn it to them last year. But I'm pretty sure it's had another owner in the meantime.

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    That suspension fork would cost more to fix than the bike is worth. Suspension forks need to be serviced throughout the life of the bike. And then there is the rusted drivetrain and bottom bracket. I can't see the condition of the teeth, but they are likely worn. IMO, I'd start checking craigslist. Beautiful bikes that have sat in their owners' garages for years unridden are for sale everyday at good prices. Check anything you find against the bicycle blue book value. It only takes a few minutes to search though all the different years for a make and model to find the exact bike. Very helpful when buying used. I honestly think the hybrid you pictured is a step below the 'fair' condition listed. There is a reason that range doesn't show a value. The bike sold for $300.00 in 2003, I doubt I'd want it as a free bike, it would cost too much to get it in good condition.

    What is your budget including repairs?
    Last edited by Muirenn; 09-02-2015 at 09:17 PM.
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    Oh darn :/

    I'm on an extremely narrow budget right now, I wasn't seriously looking for a bike. I thought I'd found a really great steal. My budget is about $100-150 including repairs, which I know isn't really enough to get a bike that will stand up to how I ride (which isn't even much more than commuting + light and easy trail riding. I'm just super tough on equipment). I have never had much luck on craigslist, around here it's all just kids bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurentide View Post
    Oh darn :/

    I'm on an extremely narrow budget right now, I wasn't seriously looking for a bike. I thought I'd found a really great steal. My budget is about $100-150 including repairs, which I know isn't really enough to get a bike that will stand up to how I ride (which isn't even much more than commuting + light and easy trail riding. I'm just super tough on equipment). I have never had much luck on craigslist, around here it's all just kids bikes.
    I know when I really hoped to find a bike on CL, they were all childrens', when I looked just in case, I kept finding all these lovely bikes I absolutely wanted. Can you look at nearby cities, too?

    What part of the country are you in? And how tall are you?

    100-150 is a lot of money to throw away, even though it's a small budget bikewise. They are out there, though. Just take your time and only accept a bike within your budget in very good condition. May sound picky, but it always works for me.

    Some cities have bike exchanges that fix up old bikes and sell them for very affordable rates to produce reliable transportation, and excellent deals can be found.

    There is also this site:

    http://www.localbiketrader.com/

    And honestly, (don't shoot me, anyone), Wally World has a lot of bikes in your price-range. I don't think there is anything wrong with them, I used to own one, then gave it away several years later to someone who needed it (in fact, it was a Next Avalon, though I had the unisex version, there is almost no difference in the sizing, methinks. Weirdly, though it was many years ago, it was the same price as now). If they don't have what you need in stock, you can order it and pick it up from the store fully assembled, you just need to check its bolts and fine-tune. Plus, if you don't like it you can return it. Really a great place to start the bike habit IMO. Seriously. I have 5 bikes, all different purposes, and quite nice rides if I say so myself--and I'm eyeing several of the ones I just linked to (Yeah, ducking fast before I get kicked off the forum).

    Ah, like the looks of this one.

    Maybe this one.

    Or the women's version.

    Definitely this one. It says mountain bike, but I'd consider that a rougher handling hybrid.


    With the Roadmaster, you could get the bike for 85.00, (or maybe the Avalon for 99.00) an inexpensive helmet for 25.00, maybe some gloves (for safety) and a pump close to the 150.00 spending cap. It's also best to wear plastic sunglasses for safety. You can even get those 6 dollar safety glasses they have at Lowes. A lot of them look quite good.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 09-03-2015 at 07:44 AM.
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    Oops. Ignore this.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 09-05-2015 at 06:30 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Thank you! You've been extremely helpful!

    I got the Trek 700 I'd pawned there last year instead of the Gary Fisher. It's been sitting in the shop the whole time, so it's in the same condition I left it in. A little dustier though. I've had it out for a couple short rides and everything seems to be in working order. I've got a long list of gear to get next Cage/water bottle, new saddle, a lock, new grips/tape, gloves since I can't find my old ones, oh and I need a new helmet too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurentide View Post
    Thank you! You've been extremely helpful!

    I got the Trek 700 I'd pawned there last year instead of the Gary Fisher. It's been sitting in the shop the whole time, so it's in the same condition I left it in. A little dustier though. I've had it out for a couple short rides and everything seems to be in working order. I've got a long list of gear to get next Cage/water bottle, new saddle, a lock, new grips/tape, gloves since I can't find my old ones, oh and I need a new helmet too...

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    I knew you said something about a Trek, but I assumed it was in the same condition as the Gary Fisher.

    That's a very 'clean' looking design. I like the older style rigid fork. That's a better bike than the Gary Fisher. I actually have a Trek 7200, I think it's a 2010. It has a suspension fork. Which is kind of unnecessary. I got it used from a local bike shop. Nice bike, but I actually want to sell it because i don't need it. I got a single speed mountain bike last January (a Surly Krampus), and it fulfills my trail and city/hybrid needs.love the Golden, too.

    Are you familiar with Performance Bike and Bike Nashbar? They have a lot of gear at good prices. They carry the more expensive stuff, too, but you can get set up through them quite nicely. I think they have a sale through the holiday, and have frequent sales besides. I know it's 20% off for the remainder of the weekend.

    Also, if you want a good but reasonably priced saddle, I suggest checking into the women's Specialized Riva. Not sure about its availability, though. But you could call and check.

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb...es/womens-riva

    With a lot of Specialized brand saddles, the men's are actually unisex. Below link is the men's version. (Not sure why the review 'stars' are listed as only 2 out of 5, if you read the review, they give it5 stars and rave about it). I've tried this saddle and have several friends who bought a specialized bike that came with this saddle, and everyone seems to like it. It's available in two sizes, you just need to figure out your sitbone width so you can choose the correct size. (I know I'm writing this as though it's decided, but I'm trying to be brief as I'm punching out the letters on a touch screen, which I've always been a little blah about.) FWIW, the shape of the men's version looks like it would have fewer chafing issues through the area where the upper thigh meets the leg. (The saddle is more T shaped and the transition area between nose and seating area is more streamlined, so likely more comfortable, and I need to qualify that by saying everyone is different, but that is a common problem for female riders).

    Anyway!

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb...ss-and-reviews

    Before shopping for a saddle,you should measure your sitbones. There are a lot of threads for that on here, I can link to them if interested, but they are mostly under the gear section of this forum.


    One thing you might try is to level the current saddle on your bike. The nose is tilted up, which may cause pain in that region. But it's a large, squishy saddle, and those types are inherently painful.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 09-07-2015 at 08:53 AM.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Leveling out the saddle will help a lot, I think, until I can afford to replace it. But it's the first thing on the list after a helmet. It's kind of beat up anyway, and my last bike had a pretty rigid saddle I liked a lot. I've been doing a lot of searching and reading on the forum! And there's a good (Trek) LBS here and also an outlet/second hand store. ~I love to buy gearrrr!~

    I'm lucky in that I'm 6 feet with long arms and legs, so I'm easier to fit than most women. I know I want to switch out the twist shifters for triggers, and I might change the bar to a drop or touring bar. Gonna measure my sitbones then take a trip to the LBS and tool around looking at stuff and getting ideas.

    This is my list of things to do:

    helmet (ABSOLUTELY MUST DO THIS FIRST even though its the least fun part)
    batteries in the lights/new lights
    can the saddle be tilted? otherwise new saddle
    probably need new tires too actually
    cage+waterbottle x2
    replace twist grip shifters with trigger shifters/shifer+brake combo things
    handlebar tape
    gloves
    rear rack + pack

    And this week I'm going to do a complete wash and lube. Because it's gross.

    (he's a Duck Toller actually )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurentide View Post
    Leveling out the saddle will help a lot, I think, until I can afford to replace it. But it's the first thing on the list after a helmet. It's kind of beat up anyway, and my last bike had a pretty rigid saddle I liked a lot. I've been doing a lot of searching and reading on the forum! And there's a good (Trek) LBS here and also an outlet/second hand store. ~I love to buy gearrrr!~

    I'm lucky in that I'm 6 feet with long arms and legs, so I'm easier to fit than most women. I know I want to switch out the twist shifters for triggers, and I might change the bar to a drop or touring bar. Gonna measure my sitbones then take a trip to the LBS and tool around looking at stuff and getting ideas.

    This is my list of things to do:

    helmet (ABSOLUTELY MUST DO THIS FIRST even though its the least fun part)
    batteries in the lights/new lights
    can the saddle be tilted? otherwise new saddle
    probably need new tires too actually
    cage+waterbottle x2
    replace twist grip shifters with trigger shifters/shifer+brake combo things
    handlebar tape
    gloves
    rear rack + pack

    And this week I'm going to do a complete wash and lube. Because it's gross.

    (he's a Duck Toller actually )
    You need both bar tape and grips? My Jones H Loop bars have both, but that is quite unusual. The Jones bars are funky.

    What speed is the bike? 8 speed?

    I'm 5'7", and yes, it's easy to find bikes that fit, I have long arms and legs, and can ride both men's and women's, typically. I wear either large or extra large women's cycling gloves, maybe a medium in mens (I have some extra size large women's, I used to like them tighter than now. Shrug). Wear size 10.5 street shoes, but in cycling shoes something like 43.5 or 44, clipping in requires toe room. I may have some extra stuff lying around that would fit you. My feet and hands are really large for my height. (My sister is 6 feet tall, and wears women's size 12 shoes, minimum). I'm the runt. The Bontrager SPD shoes I have that don't work for me are size 43, though, and a bit too small. So probably would be for you, too, unless you have very small feet and hands for your height.

    My Trek 7200 is a tad on the large size. I can make it work by adjusting the adjustable stem so the bars raise up and towards the rider. I think it's a size 19 or 21, can't remember. Anyway. That's why I was asking what part of the country you are in. (I'm not far from Savannah, GA. About 50 miles). An inexpensive bike isn't worth shipping. Costs too much.

    What kind of touring bars were you thinking? Drop bars would require a lot more parts and money.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    You need both bar tape and grips? My Jones H Loop bars have both, but that is quite unusual. The Jones bars are funky.

    What speed is the bike? 8 speed?

    I'm 5'7", and yes, it's easy to find bikes that fit, I have long arms and legs, and can ride both men's and women's, typically. I wear either large or extra large women's cycling gloves, maybe a medium in mens (I have some extra size large women's, I used to like them tighter than now. Shrug). Wear size 10.5 street shoes, but in cycling shoes something like 43.5 or 44, clipping in requires toe room. I may have some extra stuff lying around that would fit you. My feet and hands are really large for my height. (My sister is 6 feet tall, and wears women's size 12 shoes, minimum). I'm the runt. The Bontrager SPD shoes I have that don't work for me are size 43, though, and a bit too small. So probably would be for you, too, unless you have very small feet and hands for your height.

    My Trek 7200 is a tad on the large size. I can make it work by adjusting the adjustable stem so the bars raise up and towards the rider. I think it's a size 19 or 21, can't remember. Anyway. That's why I was asking what part of the country you are in. (I'm not far from Savannah, GA. About 50 miles). An inexpensive bike isn't worth shipping. Costs too much.

    What kind of touring bars were you thinking? Drop bars would require a lot more parts and money.
    Either grips or tape. I really hate grips, and much prefer tape. But I have to replace the twist shifters with triggers before it's worth it to tape them, otherwise there's not enough bar to bother taping. The bike is 3x7, I don't know why bikepedia says 3x8. I looked in my LBS today, replacing the shifters will be around $55, depending if I replace just the shifters or go to a brake/shifter combo. I think I'm going to try installing them myself, I'm pretty handy and I've got a maintenance book. But it will be a month or two before I do that, and replacing the saddle is a higher priority.

    I'm in Wisconsin, near Appleton.

    I was looking at something like this for touring bars: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...33_-1___204718

 

 

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