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Old 09-06-18, 09:09 PM   #1
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Default Old skool MtB

Mountain bikes, specifically my 20 year old fully suspended Halfords Apollo. It's been sat, neglected and covered in dust, cobwebs, and bird poo in the stable for the last few years, waiting for me to do a refurb on it. Today, after a ride in Dyfnant forest on my other, equally ancient, but refurbished half suspended Apollo, I felt inspired to dig the full sus version out for a look.

It took some air in the tyres, a new rear gear cable, and a good clean to make it rideable again. I shall have to start using it again. A bit heavy but pretty solidly built. It's seen a lot of use but nothing has broken or fallen off!

I'm going to give it the treatment my half sus bike got I think. New forks, brakes, and complete chainset. And I may even splash out on an airshock for the back.

The half suspension bike is nice to ride, especially for an old Halfords machine, but the rear wheel spends a fair bit of time hopping about on the rough trails. Hopefully with a reasonable shock the fully suspended one will be a bit more manageable.
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Old 12-06-18, 11:35 AM   #2
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I've got a ye olde Raleigh Ravine that I bought secondhand in 1996. A couple of years ago I was wondering about getting a new one, though not ridden much lately (6 year old daughter so it's coming back now). I have pretty well never really maintained it, but I noticed the wheels were a bit wobbly so stripped and regreased the bearings, same for the pedals (don't all pedals wobble anyway?), and a bit of TLC to unstick the left shifter so I can use 3rd again. New brake blocks as they had fossilized, and new tyres as the sidewall rubber was literally crumbling and starting to show the canvas - goodbye Panaracer Dusters! It feels great, I'm gonna get another 20 years out of it!
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Old 12-06-18, 11:50 AM   #3
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Service the swing arm pivots too, they seize quite easily.
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Good advice Mike, I'd not thought about that!
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