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Old 04-18-2010, 09:03 PM   #41
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Quick question, I have an older mountain bike that I don't like the color on, can I just take a spray can to it? Or will it mess up something?
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:10 PM   #42
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Quick question, I have an older mountain bike that I don't like the color on, can I just take a spray can to it? Or will it mess up something?
I would just sand it down a bit and paint away. But normally i would think the best solution is powder coating
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:17 PM   #43
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Quick question, I have an older mountain bike that I don't like the color on, can I just take a spray can to it? Or will it mess up something?
you can strip it down to bare aluminum

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Old 04-18-2010, 09:25 PM   #44
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I would just sand it down a bit and paint away. But normally i would think the best solution is powder coating
needless to say, I would disassemble the bike before taking a can to it. You don't want any type of paint getting into any of the moving parts. Also, make sure to get metal paint and a clearcoat.

If it was me, I would either get it professionally powdercoated (which is actually pretty affordable) or do as the guy above suggested- leave it bare after sanding it down.... The bare aluminum look is pretty bad ass...
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I would definitely disassemble it first since you wouldn't want to paint over a number of the parts and by covering them you would cover parts of the frame. Using aircraft aluminum stripper works wonders for taking off any finish, that stuff is dangerous but works VERY quickly.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:28 PM   #46
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i'm a noob when it comes to biking. i want to get in but i'm not sure what to buy. what should i look for when buying a mountain bike? material, suspension, brakes, gears, etc.... someone please help me.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:29 PM   #47
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i'm a noob when it comes to biking. i want to get in but i'm not sure what to buy. what should i look for when buying a mountain bike? material, suspension, brakes, gears, etc.... someone please help me.
Budget and what are u gonna use it for?
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:32 PM   #48
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under $800. probably just trails and riding around the neighborhood. i know this probably sounds dumb but where else do people ride?
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under $800. probably just trails and riding around the neighborhood. i know this probably sounds dumb but where else do people ride?
If your a rookie like me a bike like the one i ordered should be fine for that. Then you can paypal me the remaining $400 as a thanks for me saving you $400.

But for $800 i would look for a hardtail, your not getting much full suspension bike for that. But if your not doing anything crazy anyway there is no need for a FS bike.
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i think i got the cheapest bike in here. except that bamboo bike

How many times/hours a week do you guys ride?
3-4 times a week and about 15-20 miles each time.
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under $800. probably just trails and riding around the neighborhood. i know this probably sounds dumb but where else do people ride?
I'm sure there are a few trails around your area. Riding around the neighborhood gets boring really fast. Go to your LBS (local bike shop) and ask them. I'm sure they can point you in the right direction. Your LBS is also a good place to meet fellow enthusiasts.
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I would definitely disassemble it first since you wouldn't want to paint over a number of the parts and by covering them you would cover parts of the frame. Using aircraft aluminum stripper works wonders for taking off any finish, that stuff is dangerous but works VERY quickly.
Thanks guys, I was afraid I would have to dissemble. The bike is probably a 10 year old Giant Boulder, so I know it's not worth much now

I think I will try that air craft stripper!

Pimpin thanks for the advice on the clear!
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I just got back into cycling after a 10-year hiatus. I bought a Trek 6700 Disc. I went back to work at a shop on the weekends and am having a good time.
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do you guys ride these types of bikes in the street or strictly mountains and trails?

what supplies do you take with you on trails?
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do you guys ride these types of bikes in the street or strictly mountains and trails?

what supplies do you take with you on trails?
trails are more fun but street can be fun too

I take:
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trails are more fun but street can be fun too

I take:
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goggles, gloves, helmet, etc...
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all in a backpack i assume?

and on the street doesn't it take more work than a road bike? due to the suspension travel and the tires?
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all in a backpack i assume?

and on the street doesn't it take more work than a road bike? due to the suspension travel and the tires?
in a camelbak (or similar), yes. It's all pretty compact and light weight, the water is the heaviest thing and many use bottle holders on their frame.


Definitely more effort. I personally only ride on the street to get to the trails, it's more than enough. The tires and weight are the biggest factors.
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i would like to get into mountain biking and biking in general but i don't have anybody to bike with.

My dad and friends do a lot of road biking, but it's not my style, i want the fun of getting dirty and going off road.

any good mtn biking forums?
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mtbr.com is the main mtb forum

they should have a regional sub forum where you can hook up with local riders

also most cities have an Off-Road biking association of some sort, so you can just google "your city + off-road biking association" or "your city mountain biking"
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