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I didn't find anything on craigslist and this is a smaller area so it was new or bust.

The rough ride has more to do with every plant being covered with nails ... lol

I think auto filling tires would be spanked pretty quick here actually.

I don't care if the Mongoose lasts or not. It's worth the cash to see if I'll get back into it.

Tried riding but I'm still too sick and dehydrated :-/ Didn't go well ...

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I'd give my left nut for this weather. I'm getting ready for yet another trainer session, so done with this crappy weather.

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I didn't find anything on craigslist and this is a smaller area so it was new or bust.

The rough ride has more to do with every plant being covered with nails ... lol

I think auto filling tires would be spanked pretty quick here actually.

I don't care if the Mongoose lasts or not. It's worth the cash to see if I'll get back into it.

Tried riding but I'm still too sick and dehydrated :-/ Didn't go well ...

Not to harp man, but I saw about 30-40 different bikes that would last longer then the wally world mongoose on cl just last week. And if you want to combat the goat heads on the pavement and grassy/dirt areas consider switching to tubeless and just keep a spare tire on you. The amount of flats I've gotten on my road bike I can count on one hand in 2 years, and the same goes for my mtb with it getting a majority of its flats from pinch flatting on some DH sections on trail 100.

Since you already have the mongoose not much you can do now, but I would say stay away from any solid core tubes unless you fancy a rough ride. Once your ready or feel the need to turn to Craigslist, check east valley/phoenix instead of the west side and you should be able to find some nice bikes. Also if you are in Tempe, go to bike saviors, you can pick up a bike for $50 and build it up in their bike shop if you have the time.

Get a good water bottle and cage, and stay hydrated, since your riding that heavy beast of a bike you may want to look into a camelpak as well. I ride during the summer and commute, tour, and trail ride the big trick is to start riding now and keep doing it so you can acclimate.

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I'm not driving to Tucson, Mesa, or Phoenix for a bike though hahaha. I live in the boonies so the issue of little craigslist content and many more scary plants is a bit amplified. I did go to a local shop and talk to them about tubeless tires though. They do conversions for about $50 per wheel. I'm on craigslist daily so it's not for lack of trying I assure you. The Mongoose is all aluminum frame so it isn't bad on weight. I already run a Camelbak in my 3 day pack rig I bike with (also contains a mini air pump, chain lube, and misc). I'm not new to biking I just didn't want to spend the cash unless I find I have the time to dedicate to it like I want. I don't have to worry about commuting as it's a 45 min CAR ride to work at 60mph ... Not gonna happen on a bike, lol.

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well if your not in a hurry then something will come up in your area :) I've done a lot of the trails out in the boonies, and I'd def suggest a tubeless conversion, being out in the boonies it maybe cheaper to go with that alternative.

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I'm not driving to Tucson, Mesa, or Phoenix for a bike though hahaha. I live in the boonies so the issue of little craigslist content and many more scary plants is a bit amplified. I did go to a local shop and talk to them about tubeless tires though. They do conversions for about $50 per wheel. I'm on craigslist daily so it's not for lack of trying I assure you. The Mongoose is all aluminum frame so it isn't bad on weight. I already run a Camelbak in my 3 day pack rig I bike with (also contains a mini air pump, chain lube, and misc). I'm not new to biking I just didn't want to spend the cash unless I find I have the time to dedicate to it like I want. I don't have to worry about commuting as it's a 45 min CAR ride to work at 60mph ... Not gonna happen on a bike, lol.

You can convert it yourself. I don't know if there is much for drops (even less than 6inches), roots, ruts etc on your trails, but those rims are going to bend like a cheap spoon. Putting $100 in to those just seems silly. I'm cheap, and I ride old equipment... and even I think that's a waste of time.

You can put the same puncture filler used in tubeless (Stans NoTubes) in to any tube with a removable core. I've done it, but I found it to have a bit of a learning curve. It was probably not worth the effort compared to converting to tubeless. I don't face the same challenges with cacti, but thorns are pretty miserable. I had a lucky streak of replacing tubes every other ride last summer.

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Anyone have suggestions for a training stand? Once I'm home I plan to spin in the mornings in my house and would rather have a stand for my Felt than buy an actually spin bike.

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