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I got me a New Mountain Bike (From Homeless to Housing and an additional Bike)

Old 01-20-20, 01:00 PM
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I got me a New Mountain Bike (From Homeless to Housing and an additional Bike)

Here you go guys. I got me a new (used) mountain bike a week ago. It's a Raleigh M80 MTB... don't know what year, 1999 or 2000? Check out my video below.
Please give it a few minutes before playing the video as it is almost finishing up uploading..

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Get some bar ends to fit on the ends of the handlebars. Looks as if it had bar ends in the past. Maybe the seller took them off. You can get them at pretty good prices on line ($20).
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Old 01-20-20, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
As Joe Friday used to say on the Dragnet TV series,"the facts m'am, just the facts" I stopped watching the video as soon as God came up at the 2:45 mark
You didn't even know for sure how many cogs on your cassette. At least count them before posting a video
It's got 8 cogs, so that's total of 24 speed. The bike needs wheels trued.. I need to use my magic hands to true that. Spoke tension gauges is on its way...
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Cam...EAAOSw3fFd2yEd

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAMPAGNOLO-...QAAOSweaBeINsZ

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-CAMPAGN...kAAOSwRS9d-3-F
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You want me to upgrade my MTB with Campy too? LOL thanks for the links. I just checked them out. They look tasty...the RD and the brakes. I wish I could upgrade my bike but I can't spend any more money... I make very little...like $175 bi-weekly lol. Just barely enough to pay my Discover card bill. I would like to shave off a little bit of weight from my MTB though. Wish I could get a carbon fiber seat post.... that would shave off some weight. Currently I believe it weighs around 27 lbs.
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Originally Posted by TheDudeIsHere View Post
Get some bar ends to fit on the ends of the handlebars. Looks as if it had bar ends in the past. Maybe the seller took them off. You can get them at pretty good prices on line ($20).
The handlebar is too wide for my liking as I'm used to road bike handle bar... I don't want to add anything to the ends of the handlebar as it will make it wider. I'm OK with the way it is now. Just wish my bike was a little lighter.
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Old 01-21-20, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Cheez View Post
The handlebar is too wide for my liking as I'm used to road bike handle bar... I don't want to add anything to the ends of the handlebar as it will make it wider. I'm OK with the way it is now. Just wish my bike was a little lighter.

Bar ends don't make it wider!

It adds little stubby handles that angle up so that you have more hand positions. It makes it almost equal to riding a road bike with your hands on the hood levers. More comfort for the hands.

Plus get more leverage when climbing hills.




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Old 01-21-20, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by TheDudeIsHere View Post
Bar ends don't make it wider!
Unless they're the type that go into the end of the handlebar instead of clamping onto it. But those seem to be quite rare.

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Raleighs are great bikes...good for you! I had a Gary Fisher with the same components---nearly bulletproof. I wouldn't worry about upgrading right now. Don't worry about the weight. If the handlebars are too wide, two things: adding bar ends effectively narrow the bars because they clamp on the ends...and/or you could narrow the bars with a simple pipe cutter, taking the same amount off of both ends--be careful and take a little at a time until they feel right...you can't add it back. The bars should be about the width of your shoulders, maybe a little wider on a mountain bike--you'll want a little extra width for leverage.
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You want me to upgrade my MTB with Campy too?
Just in case "Someone" tells you to, you have the links.
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Old 01-21-20, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for the pics, TheDudeIsHere. I will keep that in mind and put into future consideration..

Thanks for the input, Stormsedge. Good to know these bikes are bullet proof.

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Just in case "Someone" tells you to, you have the links.
He doesn't want me to upgrade. He cringed when I was looking at racing saddles for my bike upgrade. The Shimano STX RC on my bike looks good. I think it's a badass component

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Nice ride! Good advice above for shortening your bares if needed, and I second the adding of bar ends. I'll make a plug for a different direction. I have 4 MTBs, 2 without bar ends, 1 with, the 4th has drop bars, like a road bike. I will say, the extra effort to turn the front wheel with the drop bar is only really noticed at slower speeds in the dirt. But I think this is the only MTB that will have drop bars. I'm not sure I would build another with drops...
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In the video you said you didn't want to ride your upgraded road bike in the rain. It seems Jesus got you a bike that will enable you to ride on water! How cool is that!?
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Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
Nice ride! Good advice above for shortening your bares if needed, and I second the adding of bar ends. I'll make a plug for a different direction. I have 4 MTBs, 2 without bar ends, 1 with, the 4th has drop bars, like a road bike. I will say, the extra effort to turn the front wheel with the drop bar is only really noticed at slower speeds in the dirt. But I think this is the only MTB that will have drop bars. I'm not sure I would build another with drops...
Thanks. Nice looking bike you got there *slurp*.. Like the tires and wheels.
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Thanks. Nice looking bike you got there *slurp*.. Like the tires and wheels.
Older Bontrager wheelset, with Kenda Slant Six in the rear, and Small Block Eight in front, both size 700x54.
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As soon as I saw what appear to be undershorts, stained to boot, to the left of the front wheel I was out....... Can't unsee what you see.....
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Old 01-21-20, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
In the video you said you didn't want to ride your upgraded road bike in the rain. It seems Jesus got you a bike that will enable you to ride on water! How cool is that!?
With this mountain bike I can go over rocks and curbs on the road too. I can go over the flat spikes on the road too.

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Older Bontrager wheelset, with Kenda Slant Six in the rear, and Small Block Eight in front, both size 700x54.
Wow that's a 700C wheel? That must be huge! I thought the mountain bike wheels are smaller than the 700c road bike wheels but the fatter tires make up the size... I measured the diameter of my road bike wheel (with tire) and measured 26.75 inches while my Raleigh MTB wheel with tire measured just barely over 26 inches so it's still smaller than my 700c road bike wheel. I don't like big wheels.

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As soon as I saw what appear to be undershorts, stained to boot, to the left of the front wheel I was out....... Can't unsee what you see.....
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That's my underwear....They are 10~ 15 years old. I don't buy underwear often. You want to know what those stains are? Why don't you cover your eyes... or don't think about it.
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I volunteer at a co-op that serves a lot of homeless and indigent folks. We frequently find some of our clients are former addicts and folks who have gone through 12 step programs. If any of the BF members are not familiar with those programs, I suggest you spend one evening in an AA meeting. For those who have never been in this kind of position; I am aware that you never have seen the devastation that addictions and rehabilitation have on those trying to recover. In my co-op I was not firmly in favor having NarCan in the first aid box but relented after looking at the facts. All who have been through the 12 step programs know that there is a religious component. And that most don't have the means to own a car or even pay the insurance on one.
As a person who was diagnosed as an alcoholic by the court system, and spent seven months in a so called rehab program, I have first hand experience with this. I was not incarcerated but, was called a danger if I was out of the system because I worked in a liquor store. After six months in the system I was asked by the program to help them because they finally realized I had a degree in Psychology and knew what they were trying to do. I was likely incarcerated because I called out the questionaire that they used to do the diagnostic for being an alcoholic. When I replied to the question: My soul leaves my body, I replied it does every time I remove my shoes. They didn't see the humor in this, and I got six months for it.
But after digressing, I find it difficult to dis someone who has been through those programs and how strong the religious ties are. The programs work. And my dissing someone who has been down and out is out of my wheelhouse. I have been here less than a year and this is the second time I found this behavior toward a recovering person. At what point in time will the moderators her start dropping the hammer on those who hold this better than you attitude? JMHO, MH

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Originally Posted by Cheez View Post
Wow that's a 700C wheel? That must be huge! I thought the mountain bike wheels are smaller than the 700c road bike wheels but the fatter tires make up the size... I measured the diameter of my road bike wheel (with tire) and measured 26.75 inches while my Raleigh MTB wheel with tire measured just barely over 26 inches so it's still smaller than my 700c road bike wheel. I don't like big wheels.
Yes, 700C, or 29er mountain bike if you wish. I'm 6'1" in that pic for comparison. I like the 29er for rolling over stuff that might jam up a 26" wheel. But glad I'm not any shorter, this is a big bike.

Speaking of big bikes...

2002 Marin San Rafael hybrid. Listed as a 52cm/20.5" frame, the bottom bracket is pretty high, which makes the rest of the bike tall. Still working on this bike. Needs a few little things to be ridable. Really curious how it rides. I just hope I don't have to get off it in a hurry...

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@Mad Honk, I have never been in your shoes, but know too many around me that have. All flavors of trouble, and not all survived. I have Narcan on hand at all times.

I know, at several times in my life, I could have been you, or the OP, or any of my friends. You are right, many just don't have a clue...
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Originally Posted by 308jerry View Post
As soon as I saw what appear to be undershorts, stained to boot, to the left of the front wheel I was out....... Can't unsee what you see.....
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Thanks for the heads up. I haven't watched the video. I now will not, even for entertainment value.
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At what point in time will the moderators her start dropping the hammer...
Well, they can't please everyone, right? As an alcoholic, you have your perspective, maybe not shared by all. I would be happier if they had less tolerance for trolls. Others complain about the members who are apparently senile and repetitive. If the mods choose a more hands off approach, it's their prerogative. Consistency in applying the rules should be appreciated by all of us.
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At what point in time will the moderators her start dropping the hammer on those who hold this better than you attitude?
If/when it happens, it should be a two way street.
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk View Post
dropping the hammer
This phrase actually has some amusing BF history. Maybe 10 years ago there was another famous (infamous) troll who used it regularly. I think his version was "droping the hammer" or similar. You can search, good entertainment.
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