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08-23-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,266
Posted By sfh

Where I live, there's a big increase in the...

Where I live, there's a big increase in the number of electric cars. Damn . . . those things don't make a sound . . .

But for bikes, the hornet-nest sound of high-end rear hubs drives me nuts. I...
08-23-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,266
Posted By sfh

I was hit by a cyclist while I was running on a...

I was hit by a cyclist while I was running on a MUP on a crowded weekend morning. The cyclist was southbound, and there was a pedestrian in front of him also southbound. I was northbound. As I...
08-23-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,266
Posted By sfh

Yeah. I'm a distance runner, and I always...

Yeah. I'm a distance runner, and I always announce when I'm on a bike. When I'm running, I always announce when I approach a person or a group that's walking. Always. And when I'm running and a...
08-22-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,327
Posted By sfh

I would have been fine if I had simply ignored...

I would have been fine if I had simply ignored the granny ring. But I didn't -- it was there, and I felt strangely obligated to use it. Maybe it wasn't the bike's fault . . .
08-22-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,327
Posted By sfh

gah . . . and you were doing so well! :) ...

gah . . . and you were doing so well! :)

Kidding. I only had a triple on one of my bikes, and I didn't like it. If I were looking for a road bike on a budget, I wouldn't let double vs triple be a...
08-22-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By sfh

So mostly I have been surprised at how few good...

So mostly I have been surprised at how few good bikes are for sale on CL at any price . . . let alone reasonable or even good prices! I think the difference though is more that I've moved to Boston...
08-22-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,526
Posted By sfh

Depends on the commute, right? I have a...

Depends on the commute, right?

I have a well-employed friend who commutes 18 miles through the NW Boston suburbs each way every day. 36 miles a day is plenty and a nice bike is a lot cheaper than...
08-21-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 14,915
Posted By sfh

Not limited to cyclists of course. I run more...

Not limited to cyclists of course. I run more than I bike, and I've had all kinds of run-ins with people that think they can run three-across on a multi-use path. Add cyclists who want to ride...
08-21-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By sfh

Good suggestion . . . I don't personally ride...

Good suggestion . . . I don't personally ride with clubs, but I can check with some friends who do. I know the bikes are out there!


Actually a couple of excellent deals on good bikes hit the...
08-19-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By sfh

Sound advice. This is completely his choice . ....

Sound advice. This is completely his choice . . . I'm trying to help him find some sources and, when needed, drive him out for test rides. When I said I'm "showing him a few", I meant a few of the...
08-19-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By sfh

I'm going to keep showing him a few. He gets to...

I'm going to keep showing him a few. He gets to decide what he wants of course. There are several Bianchi bikes out there from late 90s even early 00s. A Bianchi axis (that looked positively...
08-19-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,006
Posted By sfh

Yeah. Hope I didn't sound critical of you for...

Yeah. Hope I didn't sound critical of you for the right-hand turn issue. Sure -- it upsets a few drivers, but taking the lane is the safest course. To stay to the right invites the car to pass . ....
08-19-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,127
Posted By sfh

Buying used . . .

As my kids were growing up, it was easy to buy used bikes. I'd go to Craigslist, find a bike, and buy it. Was just as easy to sell their old bikes that way. Now there's offerup, letgo, facebook,...
08-19-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,006
Posted By sfh

If I understand the OP's explanation, this isn't...

If I understand the OP's explanation, this isn't a case of "would you roll a stop sign".


The cyclist in question here put himself in danger and behaved as if it was someone else's job to...
08-17-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,297
Posted By sfh

So I bough a Midnight Special a year ago. As...

So I bough a Midnight Special a year ago. As said above, it's a cool bike that's heavy and expensive. But I love riding it -- still can't believe how much I enjoy the 650B.

For gravel . . ....
08-17-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,028
Posted By sfh

I get it. I just posted in another thread . . ....

I get it. I just posted in another thread . . . I feel like I can quickly tell when I enter a shop if it's shaping up to be a good experience or a bad one.

I used to be in the golf equipment...
08-17-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 685
Posted By sfh

Good call. I think we've all had good and bad...

Good call. I think we've all had good and bad experiences at bike shops.

Having recently moved, I've been exploring a few bike shops in and around Boston. The first shop I entered I didn't feel...
08-17-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,028
Posted By sfh

So no . . . all shops aren't like this. ...

So no . . . all shops aren't like this. Different shops are engrained into the local cycling community to different degrees, and that sure impacts the experience anyone has in a particular shop.
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07-11-18, 05:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,291
Posted By sfh

Awesome. LOVE that color! My wife rides a...

Awesome. LOVE that color! My wife rides a Surly Pacer. My son rides a Surly Cross-Check. And I've been through 3 bikes in recent years and can't find anything I like more than a Surly.

...
07-08-18, 07:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,040
Posted By sfh

OK. That's officially awesome. You win the day!...

OK. That's officially awesome. You win the day!

I had a CAADX from a few years ago and never quite loved it. I LOVE the look of your bike! I actually used my CAADX mostly on the road, and it...
06-29-18, 07:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,733
Posted By sfh

Yeah, I don't deal with them either. But BD knows...

Yeah, I don't deal with them either. But BD knows who they're dealing with in bike assembly and has built a business around it. Those of us that don't trust the model don't have to use it.

For...
06-29-18, 06:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,733
Posted By sfh

No, Not exactly. There's really no reason to...

No, Not exactly. There's really no reason to turn that into a BD bash session.

There's a counter-offer that the customer is completely entitled to decline.

This situation really does sound...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-18, 11:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,924
Posted By sfh

I don't haggle. If I see something (bike or...

I don't haggle. If I see something (bike or otherwise) I want, I offer what it's worth to me. The seller can either accept or decline. I don't take offense.

It's a simple negotiation. I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,118
Posted By sfh

Yeah -- I'm guessing it's a Straggler with a...

Yeah -- I'm guessing it's a Straggler with a Cross-Check fork.

There should be a serial number under the BB. Write it down. Call Surly.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 714
Posted By sfh

Yeah. If you list the bike at the...

Yeah. If you list the bike at the bicyclebluebook MAX value, it will likely sell quickly. If you list the bike higher than that, expect several potential buyers to send you links to bicyclebluebook.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-17, 03:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By sfh

So, thanks for the replies here. I've come to...

So, thanks for the replies here. I've come to agree that there's no point in tearing into a perfectly good wheel just to replace the hub. Talked with the shop today who said it would be cheaper to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-17, 03:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By sfh

I'm not experienced in servicing hubs, and I'd...

I'm not experienced in servicing hubs, and I'd have the LBS do it. They wouldn't use "globs" . . . they would properly grease the hub. I appreciate the advice. Thanks.

The shop assured me that...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-17, 03:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By sfh

The bike is in a faraway shop. I test rode about...

The bike is in a faraway shop. I test rode about 5 or 6 weeks ago while i was traveling, but they'd ship it to me -- it's a previous model year and not available locally. So no, I haven't bought...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-17, 02:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By sfh

I think the R24 Spline wheel does use the 2-pawl...

I think the R24 Spline wheel does use the 2-pawl hub. It is not, per the shop selling the bike, a Star Ratchet -- which is what it sounds like you're describing.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-17, 01:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By sfh

Absolutely that's the first thing we'd try --...

Absolutely that's the first thing we'd try -- certainly before we invest in new wheels or start surgery. I've read some reviews online that say that quiets these down nicely.




I was...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-17, 01:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By sfh

Replace rear hub?

So I have found a beautiful All-City Mr Pink -- fits great and rides beautifully. But . . . the rear freehub is so loud that it ruins everything. Trust me, lots of people tell me that I shouldn't...
11-29-17, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,773
Posted By sfh

Thanks for the replies -- just wanted some...

Thanks for the replies -- just wanted some confirmation that what I was seeing on the geo charts matched someone's experience. Yes -- All City sizes based on seat tube from BB to top of top tube. ...
11-28-17, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,773
Posted By sfh

All-City 52cm

Seeing a lot of frame-size fitting threads so I thought I'd start my own . . .

Looking at new road bikes, and I've found an All-City Mr Pink for a nice price. It's a 52cm frame, and I'm a touch...
11-17-17, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,795
Posted By sfh

Copy this. Amazon makes it SO easy. Much like...

Copy this. Amazon makes it SO easy. Much like buying online is generally easier than buying in-store, returning things on Amazon is easier than returning to a store.

Just about every return is...
11-14-17, 07:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,758
Posted By sfh

You just need to tell your bike shop what kind of...

You just need to tell your bike shop what kind of riding you want to do. If the salesperson responds with, "You mean a gravel grinder?" then just repeat the type of riding you want to do. Test ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-17, 04:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 19,042
Posted By sfh

Is there a Shimano brake that will clear 32C...

Is there a Shimano brake that will clear 32C tires? I have Tektro 539 because it's mid-reach and can fit them. Shimano 105 states that it will not fit more than 28mm.

I can step up to Velo...
11-04-17, 09:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,925
Posted By sfh

This has been my experience with fittings at the...

This has been my experience with fittings at the LBS. Even those that publicize a paid fitting service -- I found it harder than it should have been to actually get the paid service. I stopped in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-17, 04:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,407
Posted By sfh

I know this is a month old but . . . If you...

I know this is a month old but . . .

If you go to raleighusa.com, you can register for a corporate account and get much lower prices. That Revere bike is just $405. Of course, it's not steel,...
11-01-17, 07:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,356
Posted By sfh

Sorry. You are correct, and my post didn't sound...

Sorry. You are correct, and my post didn't sound right. I should have said, "Cycling is not a leisure activity." It is a necessary activity in Dutch cities -- completely integrated into the...
11-01-17, 07:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,356
Posted By sfh

Amsterdam is an amazing city, and the number of...

Amsterdam is an amazing city, and the number of bikes there (and through most of the Netherlands) is staggering. But cycling isn't an activity to be enjoyed. Cycling is how you go places and do...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-17, 04:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,379
Posted By sfh

Kind of the topic of this whole thread. ...

Kind of the topic of this whole thread.

Regardless of the price, it's a Reynolds 853 frame with carbon fork and Ultegra drivetrain. If that's what you want and you can make it fit, I think it's a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-17, 03:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,379
Posted By sfh

Yeah -- I don't know who 365 Cycles is, but they...

Yeah -- I don't know who 365 Cycles is, but they are blowing out Raleigh bikes right now. I talked to them on Friday, and they didn't have a good explanation for why their eBay prices were lower...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-17, 05:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,379
Posted By sfh

So . . . Lots of distractions once fall got here,...

So . . . Lots of distractions once fall got here, and I never did get around to buying a bike. This weekend, I located a old-model-year Mr. Pink in my size that a shop is willing to ship to me for a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,379
Posted By sfh

Seriously, I appreciate all you've posted on the...

Seriously, I appreciate all you've posted on the BM. The Mr. Pink is a nice fit for me, but I'd rather find the pink 2016 version with the steel fork. It's not urgent since the season is closing on...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-17, 03:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,379
Posted By sfh

Man, I wish you'd stop bringing that up . . . it...

Man, I wish you'd stop bringing that up . . . it was your series of posts that really got me interested in that Black Mountain bike and the company. I've talked to Mike a couple of times since then....
10-16-17, 06:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,092
Posted By sfh

I ride a Cannondale, and I haven't been able to...

I ride a Cannondale, and I haven't been able to shake the idea that I'm riding a commercial. The 2018 Synapse is said to accomodate 32mm tires while previous versions would clear 28mm.

For...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-17, 07:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,379
Posted By sfh

Soma has a great selection. My local dealer was...

Soma has a great selection. My local dealer was more interested in selling me the Wolverine, which is also a great frame.

But, I'm looking now at All-City Mr Pink and Black Mountain Road. Been a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,838
Posted By sfh

I'm not even 50 yet, and I will soon buy my 3rd...

I'm not even 50 yet, and I will soon buy my 3rd last bike.
10-02-17, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,071
Posted By sfh

Thanks. Ordered the MXPs last night. I'm...

Thanks. Ordered the MXPs last night.

I'm new to the sport, but even at that I just didn't have any confidence in turns as I could feel that back wheel sliding out from under me. Rather than...
10-01-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,071
Posted By sfh

Thanks. Yes, I would describe them as a...

Thanks. Yes, I would describe them as a filtered, now that I know what that means! I've raced exactly once. I slid out a lot on the turns, and the course had just one reasonably straight portion...
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