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Old March 22nd, 2012, 06:23 PM   #101
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Looks to be the newer ones
Aluminum frame
I have not personally seen one of the new Dawes. It seems to be the consensus that it is not the same quality as the English Dawes. Some came with really high end components for pretty cheap. You really need to know what you are looking at. A Shimano 105 group is $700, and a low end group is 50 bucks.

Look at Bikesdirect.com, they have about the best prices I have seen. You can get an idea what components to look for. That is a large part of how well a bike will function and last.

Frames are a bit subjective. One person may love a frame and another hate it. I personally like Chrome-moly frames. A lot of people like aluminum. I try and stay away from plain steel bikes, unless it's an old fillet brazed Schwinn light-weight.

Just look over whatever you are thinking of buying and take it for a ride. If the welds and seams look good and it doesn't flex all over the place, the frame will probably last.

In my opinion, the best bike deals out there right now are 80s mountain bikes. They are easily converted to something more comfortable. They have decent components. And as a bonus, some have some really crazy paint jobs.. lol.. I have a Trek with a purple to green fade theme..
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Old March 28th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #102
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Well, day 6 I think of owning this bike. I've only ridden 3 days, and did 7.15 miles, and 8.35 miles and 2.23 miles (one way to work, here till 2am) Legs are starting to feel better. Over all, very happy with this bike. Have added a mileage/speed computer, front and rear LED lights.
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Old March 28th, 2012, 02:51 PM   #103
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Well, day 6 I think of owning this bike. I've only ridden 3 days, and did 7.15 miles, and 8.35 miles and 2.23 miles (one way to work, here till 2am) Legs are starting to feel better. Over all, very happy with this bike. Have added a mileage/speed computer, front and rear LED lights.
if you have an iphone or droid download strava, free app, tracks your rides, let' you follow others, pretty cool app and has kept me wanting to ride more to add more rides to my profile.
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Old March 28th, 2012, 02:58 PM   #104
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Good idea! Just yesterday I got some head phones, so I can listen to music while riding. I'll look into that app. Thanks!
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Old March 28th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #105
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When you get it let me know and I'll look you up on there
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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #106
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should have just bought a comanche
http://www.amazon.com/Jeep-Comanche-.../dp/B004073506
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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #107
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I love the color.

I wonder if its built with the same attention to detail and quality as the Jeep product I drive that spits fuel at me every time I gas up...

I bought bike #1 last night. Now I just need to find another one and we can form our own little biker gang...
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Old March 29th, 2012, 09:58 AM   #108
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did you score that one in ann arbor?
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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #109
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did you score that one in ann arbor?
Yeah, it looks to be in decent shape. I'm not sure about the size though like we were discussing. The seat is way jacked up. Either way if its not big enough for me Kerry can use it.

I think I'll mess with it a bit tonight when I get home.

The guy asked me if I wanted to take it for a ride. Maybe I should have, but I told him I haven't ridden a bike since I was 12 and I'd prefer to wipe out in front of my own house...
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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:09 AM   #110
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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #111
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He thanks for the tips guys. I've been wanting to get a mountain bike but dont have the $$$ to spend at a bike shop. Looking at craigslist right now...so good deals in the tri cities. For what people are asking for good used bikes I could get a mountain bike and road bike for the price of one new decent bike.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #112
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what about Giant brand bikes yes/no?
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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:02 AM   #113
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what about Giant brand bikes yes/no?
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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:21 AM   #114
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Only Giant model I would avoid is the Butte




Really, do you want to ride around with a sign saying 'Giant Butte'?
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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #115
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Really, do you want to ride around with a sign saying 'Giant Butte'?
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Old March 29th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #116
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My Giant says "tcm total carbon mountain" on the side. Someone asked earlier. Nice score for a hundred bucks.
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Old March 29th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #117
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Yeah that is a real nice score for $100. If it fits you stole that baby. It does look fairly old, early 2000s but if it works that's a good frame.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #118
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Bumping this old thread with a few questions.

I bought this bike last night, hope it was not a mistake?? = http://muskegon.craigslist.org/bid/3388311292.html

It is a ~2005 jamis dakar xc (not sure of year).
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Where can I learn a little bit about how to repair the flats?
What do I use to pump up the tires?
Anything I should know about this particular bike?
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Old November 6th, 2012, 10:36 AM   #119
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Bumping this old thread with a few questions.

I bought this bike last night, hope it was not a mistake?? = http://muskegon.craigslist.org/bid/3388311292.html

It is a ~2005 jamis dakar xc (not sure of year).
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Where can I learn a little bit about how to repair the flats?
What do I use to pump up the tires?
Anything I should know about this particular bike?
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Decent price for a decent bike. Jamis frames have a reputation for cracking when being ridden hard/abused, but the average person shouldn't have a problem.
How to repair a flat? Go get a 26" tube from the store and put it in the tire. (You will need to know if you have a presta (goofy looking smaller diameter hole in the rim, or shrader (standard) valve stem)
You pump up the tires with an air compressor, hand pump or otherwise. I'm assuming it has presta valves on it so they look foreign to you, any good bike shop will have a presta to shrader adapter in a cookie jar on the counter for about $2 so you can use a standard air pump.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #120
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^ Yup, must be a presta.

Thanks!

EDIT: Looks like about 30-35 psi for tire pressure and surprisingly, the local bike shop is just as cheap as the internet for tubes and stuff....

Now I just gotta get out and ride it.
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