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Originally posted by Keweenaw4310
We could get into a whole discussion about mountain bikes here.

I have a Trek 8000, Trek 8500, Trek Fuel 90 & Trek STP 200 highly modified.

Have a lot of hours on all of them. The 8000 is my main beater bike. Have Marzocchi forks on that one and love them. Best $400.00 I've ever spent on a bike part. STP has SID Race the other 2 have Rock Shox Duke's.

Time to put away the bikes and break out the skis around here.
Impressive, Tom.:thumbsup: I have a Kona Muni-Mula hardtail that I bought in '98. Has Rock Shox T2 with the guts replaced with England adjustable air cartidges. I know England AC's have there detractors, but they have were a big improvement over the stock T2, and have worked well. Plus, I don't ride in competition. Plan to buy a FS one of these days.
 

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Muni-Mula is aluminum spelled backwards! I'm not up on the company, but in the past the bikes had Hawaiian like names, even though the company is based in the Pacific NW.

You are mostly correct about the LX/XT component mix. XT rear deraileur, STX (performed great until just recently) front drlr., LX cranks, Avid single digit brakes, to name a few off the top of my head.

It has a ball-brunished 7005 double butted Aluminum frame. It's been a nice "mid range" hardtail, IMO.

The bike has held up well to moderate off road riding.

PS It has Rockshox Judy T2.
 

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Here's a pic of some welds that I posted in a previous thread:

<img src=http://www.homepage.mac.com/userosx/.Pictures/tubes.JPG>
 

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I think what you guys are discussing is terrific!! Even though it's beyond me, Why peddle like hell to give your Ass a ride:question: Especially if you can Fly!!

Or baring that most sane people would hop on an Orange KTV900 in an instant or even a Green Gator!!

Just a perspective from an oldster!! :jumpropeb
 

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Dean, I understand the perspective from a oldster but Bicycles are one of the best and somewhat safest way for a good heart workout you can get. When I was on my diet and even today every chance I can get I get on a bike. If a lardbutt like me does it there is good reason for a lot of folks to ride. I am using a 30 year old if not older Columbia bicycle for my workouts. I thought I was going to die after the first ride I did on the private road I live on but today I ride at least 3-4 miles a day 6 days aweek. Yeah I could do other things like walking but riding you can go slow enough or fast enough to see a lot. So this old 46 year old is out riding whenever I get a chance. It does look funny for a guy 6'6" riding but I do it and the neighbors are done laughing because my dogs are trotting along with me for the ride and they are getting their exercise at the same time.
 

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Originally posted by Archdean
I think what you guys are discussing is terrific!! Even though it's beyond me, Why peddle like hell to give your Ass a ride:question: Especially if you can Fly!!

Or baring that most sane people would hop on an Orange KTV900 in an instant or even a Green Gator!!

Just a perspective from an oldster!! :jumpropeb
By flying, you mean in an airplane, right :question:

If that's the case and to further an answer to your ATV reference, it's all about $$ !
 

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I have a 194? J.C.Higgins. Can I ride with you guys?
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Rodster, that is what is referred to a "Clunker" in the biker geek world. And it's meant in a good way. You or I could take that bike amongst the young mountain biker's and be instantly hip. Of course my new found hipness would all fall apart once I started talking. ;)
 

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Originally posted by Michael
Dean, I understand the perspective from a oldster but Bicycles are one of the best and somewhat safest way for a good heart workout you can get. When I was on my diet and even today every chance I can get I get on a bike. If a lardbutt like me does it there is good reason for a lot of folks to ride. I am using a 30 year old if not older Columbia bicycle for my workouts. I thought I was going to die after the first ride I did on the private road I live on but today I ride at least 3-4 miles a day 6 days aweek. Yeah I could do other things like walking but riding you can go slow enough or fast enough to see a lot. So this old 46 year old is out riding whenever I get a chance. It does look funny for a guy 6'6" riding but I do it and the neighbors are done laughing because my dogs are trotting along with me for the ride and they are getting their exercise at the same time.
Good point, Michael! I didn't ride nearly enough this year as I should have. I ought to make it a point to ride every chance I get this winter when the weather is 45° or above. :)
 

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Originally posted by MowHoward2210
By flying, you mean in an airplane, right :question:

If that's the case and to further an answer to your ATV reference, it's all about $$ !
It was a joke in the making!! I dare say after you guys get done with the Mods and expensive tweaking you have invested a fair sum!! Am I wrong here?? Doubt it !!

I really wish you all could read something that I write w/o being offended!!

I enjoy building things out of nothing and sometimes there good and sometimes there crap! One thing is for sure I heartily appreciate what ever anyone has done and am most appreciative of the "doing it on the cheap"

Can we just get over the who has what stuff, once and for all?? (Rant over)

I'll continue this after I cool a bit!!

PS No one ever gave me a damn thing and I dare say you would walk a country mile before you would find someone more willing to give/share!!

PS. IMHO No one has been more maligned on this forum then me and you know it!!
But I still keep trying to make things interesting for all!!
 

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Dean,

Yes the mods can get expensive. It depends how far you want to take them. My shock mod and a different handle bar stem and different pedals cost me around $225 I think. One can do a lot more than that if they want!

As far as the flying and the dollar signs, I was trying to be funny. My financial plans and strategy will probably make a Gator or a RTV900 unobtainable for a while, and I was just trying make light of that, and I seriously doubt I will ever be able to afford to fly a plane. I'm sorry if all that came across to you in a bad way. :confused:
 

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Tom, Mow:
I apologize , Sorry, it just caught me at the wrong time !!
 

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BTW Your both big big Guys to reply!!
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Originally posted by MowHoward2210
Good point, Michael! I didn't ride nearly enough this year as I should have. I ought to make it a point to ride every chance I get this winter when the weather is 45° or above. :)
Well the goal for me was 275 pounds from almost 400 pounds. I did not look fat as I am so dang tall. But in a year and half I got all the blubber off and I am now fit for a old guy. I did the combination of weight lifting, bike riding, walking and going to the Y every three days for laps in the pool plus pushing away from the table. I did weigh myself after the wonderful ham dinner my wife fixed (she hates turkey) and I weigh in at 274. So I guess the old push away from the table works.
 

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Push aways! Yeah, that's the hardest routine to get into. Doing push aways helped me drop 25lbs. (Not that I hold a candle to you in the weight-loss department Michael. - Good work BTW!)

I've got to increase my exercise routine to get the other 25lbs that I need to lose off my frame. I guess it's time to dig out my old mountain bike and start putting some regular miles on it.

-=A=-
 

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Originally posted by Keweenaw4310
Easy to take things the wrong way... Like for instance, I don't know what to make of the above comment.


I figured you were upset about the tractor coloring page jab I got in.
Interesting and truthful comment and as such if you will permit me I'll answer it with my best effort!

1. I got a big kick out of the coloring page thingy!! However you must admit the coloring of my butt pink by some and then posting it at every instance certainly was not the highest level of mature comrade that I have seen in my 63 years!! A response at that time would have been ill advised IMO.

2. The above comment that you aren't sure how to take, is easy if you are able to put away the infectious herd mentality that several allowed themselves to get swept up with from the beginning. (no blame to or for anyone)..

3. Many of you are very accomplished in your own chosen profession and so you should be and very proud of your efforts to this point in your life, it can be seen in almost every post you make, from the projects to way you present your latest triumph over what-ever!!!

4. I too have had an unbelievable full challenged career and I must tell you there is not a day that goes by that at some point or another I wonder why I am still here! Damn glad that I am and lucky too!!! BTW!

5. To the best of my knowledge I have never poked "malicious" fun at or to another member on this forum or any other for that matter, what I have done is call pointed attention to a member for doing exactly that!

I love jokes (especially on me) and the truth be known I get through most days by being self deprecating, it makes people laugh and is very disarming in what would be an otherwise volatile situation.

The plain truth is on a medium such as this, no matter how clever we think that we are, I know of no one that can see the heightened grin welling up on our ugly mug that is just bursting with glee, thinking man this is great, wait till he/she reads this, man I really nailed him/her only to realize that it was not read with the big guffaw we thought it would be!!

I'll just leave you with this, you are always welcome in my home, you might arrive angry, out of sorts, but I will bet you will leave with a smile!! If for no other reason then "MAN, I'M SURE GLAD I'M NOT HIM"
 

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Originally posted by CatDaddy
Push aways! Yeah, that's the hardest routine to get into. Doing push aways helped me drop 25lbs. (Not that I hold a candle to you in the weight-loss department Michael. - Good work BTW!)

I've got to increase my exercise routine to get the other 25lbs that I need to lose off my frame. I guess it's time to dig out my old mountain bike and start putting some regular miles on it.

-=A=-
Hardest *&%$%&( job I ever had to do was to lose the weight and now to keep it off!
 

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Originally posted by Michael
Hardest *&%$%&( job I ever had to do was to lose the weight and now to keep it off!
Yes I agree with you. Down 45lbs myself, and it has been work, But feel SOOOOO much better about myself!!!! I look at myself in a mirror now, and dont mind what I see.:D I am now in the poisision that I can be in the best shape of my life, on my 40th birthday.


As for bikes, I have ALWAYS been a big bike fan. Did not ride much when driving age came, but picked up a bit in my late 20's. Now in my late 30's and with a young child, it has been tough, and had the bike out for the first time in about 3-4 years last month. Well now that winters here, I am agean stuck at home.:mad: Spending a bit of time on the exersize bike so maybe I will be in good biking form come spring.

BTW that bike now is an old Trek 820. Not the best, but pretty strong, and much better then the store brands I used to have.
 

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:ditto:, if you are going to ride a bike more than a few times a year, you should spend a little extra and buy a "bike shop bike" such as the Trek. Not only will the components last a longer, but you will also be riding a correctly set up and safer bike. I have about (I'm too lazy to go look) 3300 miles on my bike, and the only things that have needed replacing are the Bottom Bracket (where the cranks spin around in), brake pads and chain.
 

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Originally posted by Keweenaw4310


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If you spend over 1000.00 on a bike, you'll also feel more compelled to use it and not let it hang in the garage. It isn't just about the money though. I really do believe that it boils down to the feel of the bike that gets you back on it again and again.
Exactly! A well handling light bike on the trails is more fun than clunky ill handling cheapy that might break in two the first time you grab some air.
 
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