2006 Giant Yukon Mountain Bike - 17" Frame
The latest addition. I recently sold off two bikes. One was a 26" dirt jumper that was not being used and the other was my Gios Mini Velo which I was very sad to see go but was not giving it the saddle time that it deserved. So both are now gone. All that is left is my single speed and my Brompton. So basically I have a road bike which is good for commuting and training, a 6 speed folder which is good for going to the city and using public transport with etc, but nothing to tackle the rough stuff, trails, tracks, possibly go camping with etc. Now I do! This is a Giant Yukon with mechanical disc brakes and is a size 17. I bought it for $100 off a guy in the city who was relocating to London and needed it gone quick. Looks like it has been ridden pretty hard and was covered in dirt, mud, cob webs and a rusty chain. The good news is that it also came with another two spare sets of tyres for varying conditions. I spent about 2 hours cleaning it up and getting it to look decent for this photo. I'll have more detailed information and photos soon. Currently the bike has 26 x 1.90 CST Cross tyres which are suitable for all conditions - road/trails.
Extra Tyres Included - Road & Off Road
The other two sets of tyres included were a bonus that I did not know about until I picked up the bike. The first set are a pair of 26 x 1.5 Panaracer slicks which are in practically new condition mainly used for getting around the city. The second pair is huge! 26 x 2.35 Maxxis Ignitors used for some serious trail / off-roading. The bike came with the slicks on them but I switched them over for the CST's as they are an all season tyre with slick centre and knobby sides. At least I have the other sets if I need them for different terrain. Gotta give them all a wash as they look like they have never been cleaned and also looking at the insides, are full of mud and leaves. Must have been stored outside in the weather.
Anti-theft measures & Rear Rack
Today I decided to make the bike a lot more secure so that it can be left locked up in public without too much worry. The reason I did this was because I haven’t gotten off my arse to use the bike for grocery runs and the odd trip to the shops etc. I really need to do it. So what I have done is installed some BBB locking skewers onto the rims. This involved removing the quick release skewers and replacing them with ones that require an allen wrench/key to unlock it. I also attached a ‘bike hacked’ chain inside an inner tube to secure the seat to the bike frame. As the seat post has a quick release which can be easily taken off. I also installed the rear rack and will zip tie my milk crate to it soon.
The bike in it's current state.....
To date this is what I have done with the bike. Given it a service., installed a bottle cage, installed the rear rack, installed a heavy duty kick stand, installed (cable tied) my trusty milk crate to an older Topeak rack that i had laying around. This way I can remove it and re-installed the newer one if needed for use with other accessories. I've also replaced the handlebars for longer ones as the previous ones were shortened for use in the city by the previous owner. This is also the setup I would use if I did any short tours with the bike. Lastly I have added our late doggy's collar to the head tube. She was a good old dog and was a big part of our family. So she's with us on our rides! :-)