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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:58 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Hi folks. Newbie here. I'm returning to pedalling after a 15 year break. I still have my faithful Bontrager Privateer which, after a service, is good to go. Here she is :-

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:49 pm 
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Welcome :D

Sweet frame, but how many spacers? :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 6:26 pm 
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warpedboy2 wrote:
Welcome :D

Sweet frame, but how many spacers? :shock:


I know. But needs must! :cry:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:58 pm 
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Nice :) , love the colour scheme 8)

Was going to mention the front end but figured if it get's you out riding it then so be it :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:09 pm 
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I'm open to suggestions here to remedy this situation. The problem really is that when the bike was purchased it was from a store that just wanted to sell and I just wanted to buy. There was no mention of whether I fitted the bike or not. When I got the bike serviced recently the mechanic suggested that my 6' 1" height was not suited to the frame size and suggested the extension with spacers ( 8 btw). I must admit that I just used to ride the bike the way it was originally and never thought anymore about it.

I should perhaps mention that I have also purchased a new Specialized Rockhopper 29er which is a good fit for my size. I didn't mention it here as I thought this was for old school stuff. I like the Bontrager a lot as it has a lot of good memories for me when I used to go out for weekends with my two sons. I really wanted to get it roadworthy again and so got it serviced and then fitted the extension to the headset. All ideas however will be greatly received as my knowledge is very limited.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:17 pm 
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know the feeling. I love my little marin but its no good for me because its too small. 15" frame - can have the seat higher but the bars are too low.

oh well gives me an excuse to save up for something bigger and better (I'm thinking Kona ;) )

oh and nice bike by the way. love the colour scheme.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:17 pm 
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with the saddle up so high and the spacers looking like a african neck stretching contest...it's clearly not your size in original form but hey you've made it work and it works for you

You've pretty much done what can be done to make it work so I'd keep it as it is and if you need a better fitting bike..buy something different but keep the bonti

welcome by the way


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:57 pm 
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Just spend a bit of time on here perusing the forum. Give it a few days/weeks/months (depending on your willpower) and you'll see something for sale that you fancy and in your size. Buy it, sell the Bonty on here, and that will be you on the endless merry-go-round that is Retrobike :D

Nice bike but if it doesn't fit then you'll never enjoy it as much as you should. Welcome to the forum btw :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:26 am 
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Interesting. I went out on the Bonty yesterday for the first proper ride with the extended headset and didn't like it all. The ride felt 'unsure'. I came home and put things back the way they were when I used to ride the bike. Everything felt nice, normal, and 'sure' again. I don't understnad these things. I did notice however that when I put the Bonty side by side with my new 'fitted' Specialized Rockhopper that the difference in height between the handlebars is negligible whilst the saddle height is the same. Am I in the twilight zone? :lol: Anyway, here's a couple of pics with the bike restored to 'normal'.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:30 am 
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Ahhh....
Much better.
I can breath now


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