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Offline JoelS

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So I bought an MTB
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:14:03 AM »
Well, I bought a MTB.  It'll be a while before it's ready.  It's the first entirely off-the-shelf bike I've bought for myself since the early 90's or something.  And the first bike I've acquired with Shimano components in about the same timeframe.  A Giant XTC.  I found a bar that should work for my wrists and shoulders.  See this link: http://www.3tcycling.com/mtbbars/xida  It's only got 3.5 degrees of sweep.  So about half of standard.

I also found some shoes that don't fit too bad, considering my misshapen feet (I busted up the right one pretty bad and it didn't heal straight).  Giro shoes seem pretty good.  I don't think I'd want to wear them for a 5 or 6 hour road ride, but they should be ok for shortish MTB rides.

Anyway, while installing the cleats last night, a screwhead broke off.  Is this a sign?  Or just bad luck?  Thankfully I had another screw with the right thread size and pitch, though it was about an inch too long.  Cut it down with the dremel and ground it smooth on the grinder.  Then took off the burrs on a belt sander.  Fit perfectly.  Glad I have a garage full of power tools!

I'll report back after I get some time on the bike.  Strangely, I'm looking forward to the change of pace and scenery.  It may end up being a bit cooler on the trails during the summer than on the road. 

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Re: So I bought an MTB
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 09:57:43 AM »
Excellent!

I think those bars would kill me. My Pugs came with 17 degree bend bars and the more I ride that bike vs my others, I like that bend more and more. But, you're not me (lucky for you) so you kinda have to use what works for you :)

Need a pic of the bike too!  :D

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Re: So I bought an MTB
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 10:01:47 AM »
You'd really hate the bars I couldn't find.  I was looking for a bar with no sweep.  Just a straight tube.  But I did get my hands on a bar with 3 degrees of sweep and that wasn't too bad.  My wrists are pretty beat up with damaged bones, ligaments, and cartilage.  So I need to compensate.  To make it even worse for most people, I'm going to cut them down to just over shoulder width.  So they'll be narrow too.

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Re: So I bought an MTB
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 10:03:19 PM »
I'll get a pic eventually.  Though it's no longer clean!

Got it out today for the first time.  Took the kids to some easy trails for a few miles, and hit up one pretty good climb.  It handles really well.  I like the geometry.  The 29'er wheels roll over stuff nicely too.  The kids had a ball, especially the break for a swim in the lake.  I think we'll make this a weekly outing for the summer.

I'm thinking of getting it out for another ride tomorrow afternoon.  Road ride in the morning.  That should cook my legs.