Coming to the dark side via a General Lee 24

Discussion in 'BMX & Dirt Jumping' started by eaterofdog, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. eaterofdog

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    So I have been off of the bikes for a year with a broken ankle. (I broke it at the skate park.) My buddy calls me and wants to get a trail ride in.

    We went out to the local trail and this dude has been working hard on expanding the little dirt jump area we had set up. He's made a bunch of good jumps and drops. And he is pretty damn cool, it's nice to make a biking friend.

    We rode with him a while and I liked his Haro X24. I went to a local shop and got an orange DK General Lee 24. I was just going to look at it, but when I saw how cheap it was, less than $300, I just bought it. Frickin' $300 is just a few parts for mountain bikes.

    I took it back out to the jumps and rode a few hours. It is so much easier to jump that I was going big in an hour. This is on a type of bike I had never ridden before, on my second ride in a year. It just jumps really well.

    It is hell to ride through the woods to the jump however. The seat is the size of a playing card. A longer seatpost and better seat are in the works.

    Pretty fun for the money.
     

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    good to hear you're trying a bmx.

    but you gotta unlearn the urge to jack the seatpost up. bmx seats/posts are not for sitting on. learn to stand all the time. it's not a big deal !!
     
  3. cranberry

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    Be careful. You might get sucked completely to the dark side...
    I went from 26 to this...


    then to this...


    I barely ride any of my 26r's now.
     
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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Dang. I bought a gateway bike.
     
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    yep.

    I just noticed my jane is a mirror image color scheme of the general
     
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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    I saw that. Mine has that deep south deviant inbred thing going on though. I might put one of those "Heritage not hate" stickers on it. To enhance the general filthy hovel ambiance.
     
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    I have a thing for orange.


     
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    I've been thinking about getting a General Lee 24 too. Are the hubs/ bb unsealed?

    BTW How's your kart project going?
     
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    I doubt they are sealed. I haven't looked.

    The kart needs a new chain. And the officer said no 40 mph drifting on the dirt roads or impound.
     
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    The stock wheels and BB are not sealed. I picked up a set of sealed Sun/Ringle superstock hubs laced to rhyno-lites on e-bay for $100 about a year ago.
    And they were new
     
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    welcome to the world of duece-quads. I'm sure you'll dig the bike, just upgrade as you ravage parts along the way.
     
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    I know the stem has to go. They are known for slipping. And mine is slipping already.

    I don't like the pedals. Nothing wrong with them, they are just chinsy looking.

    The back wheel is going to die like a sick dog. Single wall rims don't like to jump.

    I will also be putting a better seat and longer seatpost. I hate riding 2 miles through the woods standing up to get to the jumps. And I am going to take photos of me jumping it with the seat sticking WAY out just to irk cmc. LOL
     
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    Welcome to the cruiser club!
     
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    The stem bar clamp was loaded with grease. I cleaned it out. Not sure what that was all about.
     
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    I installed some Wellgo B-38 pedals and an SDG freeride seat from my parts bin. A better seatpost is on the way.

    It is surprisingly fast in the woods with the 24 wheels.
     
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    Nice! That seat looks ginormous though! I just got my cruiser all ready for the new year or even some indoor skatepark riding. My wrists will hate me again soon.
     
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    Nice! Welcome to the world of 24s. I am lucky I only ride mine a short distance of at all to get to some jumps, street and RaysMTB.
     
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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    The seat is a little big, but it's a lot smaller than the first seat I had installed.

    Fun today. Still getting used to the bike.
     
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    Secret spots are awesome.

     
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    A longer seatpost and the original seat are installed now.

    I also studied up on the U brakes and adjusted them. They were set up horrible from the shop. For you mechanics, the transverse cable was set up too long. They will easily lock the wheel now.

    Everything on the bike was set up wrong from the shop. Front hub was too tight, chain was too tight, headset was too loose, brakes set up wrong, etc etc. The guy says to bring it back in 60 days for a free tuneup. Uh, no thanks dude. Your "mechanics" are like apes hitting rocks with sticks. I saw them take it back for a "check up" when I bought it and the ape just hung it up and stood next to it and looked really stoned for a couple of minutes.
     
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    Sounds like a overall bad setup, yes, but to be fair to the mechanics - with "cheaper" bikes (don't get upset) in the shop we used to set most things up a bit tight because it was amazing how quickly even an 80 pound kid could loosen up bearings, etc. Hubs with painted races, cheap chains, etc. all break in a LOT and rather quickly. And we knew they wouldn't bring it back in for adjustment soon enough (or at all) and then we'd be dealing with an upset customer who thinks they bought a POS.
     
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    daydreaming about a new rhythm line.....
    i recently made the switch back to a 24" BMX as well. i even sold my mtb a week later...


     
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    Cool looking cruiser
     
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    So on your cruiser you're hitting the same jumps you used to use that Foes DH bike on?
     
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    aaah the general. it truly is a gateway bike. all thats left of my general is the frame hanging on the wall of garage.

    fun bike. not the highest quality componentry, but for $250, who cares?

    enjoy.
     
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    According to my measurements, I should be able to fit K-Rad 2.3s on the bike. I would like a higher volume tire for lower pressures. The 1.95s need to be ridden rock hard.
     
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    The perfect seat. I got a total theme going on here.

     
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    New seat installed. Looks sweet.

    Freewheel changed from 17 to 15. 33/15 gearing.

    New bars, stem and grips on the way. Bars are too low and the stem slips. The DK grips are really fat and I can't wear gloves with them.

    Bike will be dialed in soon. I hope the shipment comes today so I don't have to shank the fedex guy.
     
  29. urbaindk

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    Nice. I'm running 33/13 on mine. I recently replaced the seat and post, grips and put a chaintug on. The guy I bought it from built a chrome rim onto a WTP Pi hub which is pretty nice. I'm also running a Shadow interlock chain. Next up are the bars and sealed BB. For a little bling factor I'm running a red brake cable, red grips, and the seat has red accents with red guts. The frame is black with all the stickers removed. Looks pretty sharp.
     
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    How is your stem? Mine was drilled with the bolt holes all cockeyed. The stem and the seatpost are horrible.
     
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    yes, the seat and seat post were ridiculous. I replaced them before the seat fell off and the post punctured my ass.

    The stem seems fine. It hasn't budged. I've heard reports of stripping and slipping, but I haven't seen it myself, even after a nose case which was hard enough to blow a tire of the rim. We'll see what happens when I get taller bars. (more leverage).
     
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    Luck of the draw I guess.

    Fedex dude didn't bring the bars and is now bobbing in a swamp and feeding critters. I totally forgot it was being shipped UPS. My bad.
     
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    33/15 is still a little too low. I need like a 34 tooth.
     
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    Mosh bars installed. They are like SUPER wide. Also a Poverty stem. Shea seat and Poverty post in the back.

     
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    actually a 36 would be best. nobody makes 35's, or at least i haven't found one.

    36/15 X 24 = 57.6
    that'll be a strong gear, but not too hard that you can't get up hills.

    i was running a 39/16 on my GL. 39/16 X 24 = 58.5 . hella fast for riding across town. not too hard for hills either if you get a cranking start at em.
     
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    I have settled on 33/15. The area I ride in has lots of short run ups that favor quick acceleration.

    I cut 3/4 of an inch off of each side of the Mosh bars. The Poverty stem has ended my creaking headset problems. The front end is perfect now.

    The rigid bmx bike seems to favor more upper body strength. My arms are noodles after a long session.

    I have seen some good advancement in my dirt jumping since I got this bike. I am always a little spooked on a 26. I feel like I am jumping a swing set or something.

     
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    what you gotta do is get a 24" mtb frame so you can have the best of both worlds
     
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    so - i feel like I really want to get on one of these DK's for the price they're selling at... but my problem is will I be happy with it? Like - I could take that 250 and save for something I'd rather be on... input anyone?
     
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    I'm running 33-13 on mine. (~60") It feels pretty good once it's moving but doesn't accelerate that fast. At the track it's fine because I have a good roll in but when I ride park it tends to feel a little sluggish.

    I just ordered some Eastern Dragon Bars (7.5" rise). They should be here in a couple of days. I think I'll be pretty happy with them. About all I have (or want) to upgrade is the stem and BB at this point.
     
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    1) what kind of riding do you want to do ?
    2) what height/weight/age are you ?
    3) do you already have other bikes ?