Rocky's New Bike Day!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by -ROCKY-, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    .......Oh and have FUN!!! I always encourage people to do something physical , especially if it's FUN......because you'll keep doing it!
    Strava is a great app to check your progress. It times segments on a ride , keeps track of your best times, and you can follow many of the other hooligans on this site who have ridden the same segments.
    Enjoy!!
     
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  2. konakc

    konakc Well-Known Member

    Name:
    kc
    I wish we could change this thread title to Advice for beginners...
    yes Strava has maps.. one of the best features is for directions via Strava.. works when your offline b/c of the GPS...
     
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  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Shutty, Mr. Crossword Puzzle Expert-O! :cautious::oops:
     
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  4. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Then who is the cross word expert?
     
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  5. jimbowho

    jimbowho Member

    Location:
    acton
    Name:
    james jim jimmy
    Current Bike:
    12 GT sensor 29r
    Wow man, freakin Rocky came to the right place. Everyone pitching in big time. Hay rock would you like some stuff??? I know you're fat because we weigh the same. I have helmets, H20 back pack, (clean) padded shorts, jerseys, gloves, Schrader-pump, knee pads, old chain breakers etc etc. If so just pay the shipping. Sorry I'm keeping the Hite-Rite.
     
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  6. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    Im just waiting for the de-rail to commence.

    nice mtb.PNG
     
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  7. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    That's definitely a firm saddle. Could be gel suspension...no, it's actually an air spring. Stacked high to boot.
     
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  8. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    I'm definitely a hardtail fan now. Definitely. Yeah....
     
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  9. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    @-ROCKY- Did you get the flat tire sorted out?
     
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  10. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    No. I walked it home and put it away. I don't have any tubes, or bike tools. I have to get gear and tools.
     
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  11. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Alright Jimbo! :D I'll pm you, what an offer, thanks!!!
     
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  12. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Hi guys!
    I'm going to pick up some necessities from the LBS tomorrow. I pretty much have to pick up everything to get me going. A helmet, tools, tubes, air pump. I have to change both my tubes already so I'm going to do that. I decided I want a stand to work on my bike, I also need to buy a carrier for my car. I think I'm going to buy those 2 items off CL or something like that. Any recommendations on what tools to be sure to buy, I want quality tools. Thanks guys I really appreciate your help. :)
     
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  13. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    Basic bike tools:

    Hex wrenches (2mm-8mm)
    Tire levers
    Tire pump(hand pump and/or floor pump)
    T25 Torx Wrench
    Patch Kit
    Emergency Tire Boot
    Chain breaker
    Chain checker

    The above will help you with 80% of your normal maint.

    This is in addition to normal shop tools: screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches.

    There are other specialty tools, but as a beginner....most likely you won't use them til you start to learn more about the bike.

    Invest in a stiff brush and some chain lube.

    Water is your worst enemy on a bike....do not hose it down with high pressure nozzle.

    For what you are going to use it for.....a work stand, any work stand will work.
     
  14. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Don't forget to get some smaller stuff you can carry on the bike! Get a small under seat bag big enough to hold a multitool, tube, tire lever, and maybe a small hand pump. The skinny fast guys like to carry CO2, but a mini pump never runs out of air.


    I think Rocky is going to get the "go tubeless" speech faster than most newbs... :p
     
  15. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    almost 6 pages in and no body has asked for my input..... wait a second, hold on... :bang::bang::bang:. ok, sorry that was my inner @herzalot speaking:laugh::whistling:. sorry about that, he's gone now.

    @-ROCKY- nothing is left to be said. go ride your bike, if you get discouraged.... kick that Sh!t to side of the trail and start pedaling again. it's fun, you'll like it!
     
  16. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Not sure if it's been said and to be honest, I'm completely distracted by @MrGreedom 's post anyway but mountain bikers are different than their road riding counterparts. There are rules to follow.

    * Mountain bikers in SoCal don't wear spandex on the exterior....unless the 80's and 90's actually return....or you're racing XC competitively. Might as well try to avoid white socks while you're at it.

    * Mountain bike helmets have a visor...unless you're racing

    * Mountain bikers wear full fingered gloves and lastly

    * Mountain bikers are generally nice to each other and offer assistance to others who are stopped on the side of the trail
     
  17. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Pretty much what @mtnbikej said, but you don't need to get the allen wrenches and Torx bits at a bike shop. They may very well be cheaper at Sears or Home Depot.
     
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  18. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    If you are going to run tubes get a patch kit, learn to fix your tires and dont just trash them. It will save you enough money to buy something else on your ever growing list.
     
  19. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Thanks Mr! I'm kind of under the impression people here change the tube before just patching. I will definitely keep patches either way.
     
  20. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    When you get a flat out on the trail it's usually quickest just to throw in your spare tube and patch the one with the puncture when you get home.
     
  21. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Salton Sea
    Name:
    Carol
    Just go tubeless and your spare tube will sit in your pack only to see daylight again when someone else needs it.
     
  22. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Nope, didn't take long at all. :laugh:
     
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  23. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Most people here do not use tubes... For the reason that you quickly discovered on your maiden voyage. Flats suck.

    Most of us use tubeless setups... And only carry a tube for a catastrophic tire failure- like a gash in the sidewall. Basically the inside of the rim bed is sealed with tape. Stans makes a tape, but some of us have had really good luck with Gorilla Tape. Add some liquid sealant that will seal most small leans, and presto!

    And I checked- I believe that the wheels on your bike are tubeless compatible. They may already even have tape... :whistling: Honestly, though, I would try the tube thing for a little bit first. Tubes should be alright on the Floop...
     
  24. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    La Verne, CA
    Name:
    Dennis (AKA Dio)
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9 (26er)
    Dont rely on tubes that have been patched. I was one of those riders with [eight] patches on my tubes (before converting to tubeless), but I got tired of random failures. My belief is that the patch kit is useful once you get a second flat on the same ride such that you’re out of spare tubes. Use the patch kit to get you home, but I wouldn’t keep a tube around for future use if it had been patched...just my opinion.
     
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  25. littlewave

    littlewave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Newport Beach
    Name:
    Brett
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley LS
    @mtnbikej hs you covered on tools.
    If you can’t convert your rims/tires to tubeless, patch kit. When you pop a tire, change it on the trail then when you get home patch the popped tube. If/when you pop multiple tubes on the trail, patch em up!
     
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  26. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Lol you checked for me Faust!? You're too much man, thanks! :D It sounds like tubeless IS the way to go. Assuming I am ready to go tubeless, are there any drawbacks? I really don't like flats, and was really surprised to only find thorns in my tire, and they pierced the tire like butter!
     
  27. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Tubes are not alright on the Floop due to thorns. Go tubeless. :thumbsup:
     
  28. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Looking at the Marin website and the Performance website, it looks like they are "tubeless compatible."

    You made a good choice and didn't even know it... :thumbsup:
     
  29. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Floop is the sound of my dog makes when puking.
     
  30. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Aw man. I'm checking out tubeless!
     
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