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I have a 1999 or 1998 Trek 6500 w/ a Rock Shox Indy C front shock.

It had been sitting for about 5-6 years while I was in HS and College.

I replaced the tires and cleaned it all up and lubed the chain and crank, aligned the front wheel as it was loose.

But when I put pressure directly down on the pedal up a hill, the chain jumps off the crank and falls a level. After a rotation it goes back in it's desired gear.

How do I fix this?

Also I have alot of noise coming from the crank area when I pedal, any way to fix this?

Do I need to replace this stuff? Like the front and rear crank and the little rear crank(derailer)?


Also my brakes suck and I'm gonna replace them with some new ones. V-Brakes actually.

I would like a new fork in the future. What do you guys think of Rock Shox Tora 318 Solo Air 100 Fork w/ PopLoc? My LBS would sell it to me w/ an air pump for $250.

Sound like a deal?

Thanks alot for all the help guys. I just wanna bust my butt on the bike all winter to get ready for motorcycle racing in the summer.

Thanks again.

~Andy
 

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dude... save the money and get a new bike...

in the mean time, check and see if your front derailer is tuned properly. Check the limit screws. Also look at this site for some tips on repairs...
http://www.parktool.com/repair/

I think you can get a decent entry level bike for like $350 Also check out Ibex... Very good bang for the buck from entry level bikes to highend bikes... :)

http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/ALP-450-Details.html
 

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Don't spend much

Like mrpercussive says, you'd be beter off saving up money for a new bike rather than sinking a lot into your current ride. The slippage of the front chain could just be an adjustment to the front derailleur. The noise coming from the crank area could be a number of things. Again, could be as simple as an adjustment. Could be you need a new bottom bracket. Could be a number of things in between those two scenarios. New fork and brakes will run you $300 or so. That's halfway to a new bike, and a decent one if you shop around or choose a direct to consumer company like Ibex.

All in all it's your call, but I would take the bike to your LBS to have them assess what it will cost to get the bike in ridable condition. If it's less than $100, I would go ahead and fix your current ride, and save up for a new one. In the time you have to save for the new ride, you'll have a chance to do some research and decide on what new bike to buy.

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Sheldon Brown Jim Langley and Park Tool are my favorite resources when it comes to bike repair. It's probably true that you could buy your way to a new bike in no time if you buy a new fork and brakes. But you could also save some money by just buying what you need. (at a good price: search for bargains~)

Here's a good recomendation on a fork. Personally unless you're having real problems with your current fork just ride it till it falls off then buy a new one.
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/FK408A00-Manitou+R7+Comp+Oe+06.aspx

As for brakes, you probably have rim brakes and only need to replace the pads as they are probably old and hard. Other than that and quick derailleur tune you should be ready to go.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/
http://www.jimlangley.net
http://www.parktool.com/repair/

And since mrpercussive made an unsolicited reference to Ibex....
My personal opinion on buying a new Ibex is you probably want to do it just for the components and switch out the frame, but then again you could buy a new Motobecane just for the components for cheaper. I'm sort of vain that way. But that's me. :p

Also, you own a Trek 6500 which was a pretty loaded bike at the time. Even now I don't think you would want to downgrade to a sub $400 entry bike. Stick with what you have IMHO
 

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Also, you own a Trek 6500 which was a pretty loaded bike at the time. Even now I don't think you would want to downgrade to a sub $400 entry bike. Stick with what you have IMHO
hmm, Trek 6500 1998/1999
http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycles-All-85831-Trek_6500__1999/display_~full_specs
http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycles-All-70373-Trek_6500__1998/display_~full_specs
Brakes were either Leechi or dia compe? Alivio front and LX rear
STX Shifters
etc..

In reality, a new bike will be better due to 9-8 years of trickle down technology.
New bikes all come with disc brakes nowadays, forks have new technology.

A new bike will be cheaper.
 

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but guys.. I like my bike.. it's my classic.. the first bike I worked all summer for as a kid just to have.. I would rather stick with it.
At my LBS I can get new V-Brakes (avid i beleive) for $60 installed with new integrated brake/shifter set-up.

I am gonna take my bike in the shop today and see what I can do about crank situation.

THanks alot for the help guys.

I really appreciate it

~Andy
 

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shady0667 said:
but guys.. I like my bike.. it's my classic.. the first bike I worked all summer for as a kid just to have.. I would rather stick with it.
At my LBS I can get new V-Brakes (avid i beleive) for $60 installed with new integrated brake/shifter set-up.

I am gonna take my bike in the shop today and see what I can do about crank situation.

THanks alot for the help guys.

I really appreciate it

~Andy
You obviously overlooked my response...:madman:
 

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Sorry Becane73.

I was referring to the other guys telling me to buy a new bike.

Thanks for the advice.

That will be the road for sure I just was trying to get a general idea of how much or how little it might cost.

I have a problem with not trusting LBS after owning a motorcycle and dealing this stealerships and such.

Thanks again.
 

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shady0667 said:
Sorry Becane73.

I was referring to the other guys telling me to buy a new bike.

Thanks for the advice.

That will be the road for sure I just was trying to get a general idea of how much or how little it might cost.

I have a problem with not trusting LBS after owning a motorcycle and dealing this stealerships and such.

Thanks again.
:thumbsup: ;) :D
 

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shady0667 said:
but guys.. I like my bike.. it's my classic.. the first bike I worked all summer for as a kid just to have.. I would rather stick with it.
At my LBS I can get new V-Brakes (avid i beleive) for $60 installed with new integrated brake/shifter set-up.

I am gonna take my bike in the shop today and see what I can do about crank situation.

THanks alot for the help guys.

I really appreciate it

~Andy
Let us know how you make out. If you're intent on replacing the fork, check ebay. There are deals to be had. Just be sure you get something with the appropriate travel. You don't want to mess up the geometry.

Bob
 

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shady0667 said:
but guys.. I like my bike.. it's my classic.. the first bike I worked all summer for as a kid just to have.. I would rather stick with it.

~Andy
I know how you feel, I'm in the same boat (kinda)
 

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Ok, so if we answer your original question :
How do i get my bike back into good shape? It's not that hard, just throw some money onto it and new components. Sounds like you have a big budget anyways =P

edit: PS. Your chain problem is just derailler adjustment, has nothing to do with the components unless its been severely bashed to hell.
 
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