my first mountain bike the pains,problems,pics and successes

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Kowalski675 » Fri May 17, 2013 01:18 am

GT-Arrowhead wrote:
rgliniany wrote: thats right.... cos they are rebadged snap-on


Wtf!?! I didnt know that.

When i did work experience, the mechanics were having a discussion with the Snap On dealer bloke that came down once a week, and the prices for the parts were MENTAL!

They were like £300 for a wheel nut gun...and apparently one of them had to get their previous gun repaired twice, and it broke again for the third time...


Premium Snap On gear is mentally expensive (you can spend a couple of grand on a cabinet, before you even put any tools in it), but superb quality (backed up by a lifetime replacement guarantee - if you break it you get a new one, even if you broke it by being a dick and abusing it). It's gear for professionals who use it all day every day to make their living (and total overkill for home mechanics). The Bluepoint range is their cheaper line (but still good gear) - that's the range the Halfords Pro gear is equivalent to.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Fri May 17, 2013 11:18 am

Form over function is the best way to do it. But i tend to do the opposite...lol. I do like a flash bike. :D Your bike is a million times better than mine, and having a good metallic red coat isnt gonna change that. :wink:

I do the same,I take the wee-wee out of people with hip bikes that think they are good at riding a bike, when they can barely ride in a straight line...

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Fri May 17, 2013 11:22 am

The blackspur spanner set and the halfords professional spanner set are all that i need really, They have been good, and they look nice, so thats good for me. It is understandable to have Snap On tools in a proper garage and stuff, fixing cars 24/7. It will probably alot cheaper to have bulletproof tools that get replaced for free when they do give up. Instead of buying loads of lower quality tools. And it gives the garage a good image :D

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby andrewgrundill » Fri May 17, 2013 11:26 am

[quote="GT-Arrowhead"]

you'll have to start getting better at mountain biking and start getting a better bike otherwise you can only take the wee-wee outta of someone if your better then them otherwise you jus look like a fool :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

gonna try fix my seat post and sort my brakes out

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Fri May 17, 2013 18:19 pm

Yeah, but the thing is, i know my bikes worth, and i know where my skill level is. And my bike is representative of my skill id say. :D Not the worst, still quite bad, but can be massively improved. :wink:

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Kowalski675 » Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 am

GT-Arrowhead wrote:The blackspur spanner set and the halfords professional spanner set are all that i need really, They have been good, and they look nice, so thats good for me.


Some (not all) of my spanners:

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When it comes to buying tools the best thing to do initially is put together a basic kit to cover most day to day jobs, buying the best you can afford. Don't buy big sets that are cheap quality or contain a bunch of stuff (like imperial sockets, for example) that you'll never need. Then expand your collection as you go along, buying the tools you need for specific jobs. I'm pretty well equipped for most jobs these days (on cars/bikes, not specific bicycle tools), having built my tools up over the years, but still like buying new stuff, lol. My last significant purchase was £90 on a brake caliper piston removal tool - the sort of thing you only use very occasionally, but it turns a real pain in the ass job into child's play - expensive, but by the time you've used it twice it's paid for itself in saved time and hassle, and it'll last a lifetime. One of these days I'm finally gonna buy myself a blind bearing puller set, they're expensive, another real hassle saver.
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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Kowalski675 » Sat May 18, 2013 00:04 am

GT-Arrowhead wrote:Yeah, but the thing is, i know my bikes worth, and i know where my skill level is.


Me too. I'd feel a right fraud on an expensive bike.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby andrewgrundill » Sat May 18, 2013 12:59 pm

Kowalski675 wrote:
GT-Arrowhead wrote:Yeah, but the thing is, i know my bikes worth, and i know where my skill level is.


Me too. I'd feel a right fraud on an expensive bike.


sorted my brakes seat post and such area is still quite bad seat's stuck pointing upwards :(

I'd like a more expensive bike certainly prefer a full sus this is my first hardtail in like ages. its gr8 jus not amazing!

if I had the room and knowledge and money i'd build a 29er full sus bike.

sort what I would like to build

the green colour fame is beautiful.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Kowalski675 » Sat May 18, 2013 13:54 pm

Looks like pretty much the same colour as the wheels on my Bandit and Speed Triple.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby andrewgrundill » Mon May 20, 2013 11:17 am

Kowalski675 wrote:Looks like pretty much the same colour as the wheels on my Bandit and Speed Triple.


yeah

its a nice colour

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby andrewgrundill » Tue May 21, 2013 18:35 pm

jus brought some new things

helmet

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back pack

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Tue May 21, 2013 20:11 pm

I dont even own a helmet....lol. Yours is nice though.

I see that snickers wrapper on the window sill. tut tut.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby andrewgrundill » Tue May 21, 2013 20:56 pm

GT-Arrowhead wrote:I dont even own a helmet....lol. Yours is nice though.

I see that snickers wrapper on the window sill. tut tut.


the chocolate of champion's

im doing some small downhill and forest trails tomorrow so I thought a new helmet might be useful

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby 97th choice » Tue May 21, 2013 22:01 pm

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Chunkers1980 » Tue May 21, 2013 22:06 pm

To help him count.

Just needs to work out how to add the t to jus, and the gh to though and he'll be sorted.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby rgliniany » Tue May 21, 2013 22:13 pm

Chunkers1980 wrote:To help him count.

Just needs to work out how to add the t to jus, and the gh to though and he'll be sorted.


^ this.....

also in the 2nd pic it looks like the helmet has had an impact / slid across the floor..... you should check the insides for damage and send back if needed......
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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed May 22, 2013 00:03 am

Snickers? Bunch of ars* - they're Marathons.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed May 22, 2013 00:04 am

GT-Arrowhead wrote:I dont even own a helmet....lol.


Your mum's had loads...

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby unquestioned » Wed May 22, 2013 07:58 am

Kowalski675 wrote:
GT-Arrowhead wrote:I dont even own a helmet....lol.


Your mum's had loads...


I lol'd.

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Re: my first mountain bike

Postby GT-Arrowhead » Wed May 22, 2013 09:55 am

Kowalski675 wrote:
GT-Arrowhead wrote:I dont even own a helmet....lol.


My mum has one...



(i lol d aswell)


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