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07-15-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,577
Posted By MRT2

And yet it doesn't always work that way.

And yet it doesn't always work that way.
07-14-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,577
Posted By MRT2

Aerotech, Twin Six, Voler, Primal, Pearl Izumi. ...

Aerotech, Twin Six, Voler, Primal, Pearl Izumi. Also, Bontrager, which is the house brand for Trek. Some of their lower end lines like the Solstice Jersey are good quality and decent price, even...
07-13-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,751
Posted By MRT2

It actually sounds like you are doing fine. ...

It actually sounds like you are doing fine. Check your ego and just keep riding. Find a ride that is a little bit slower and you will feel better about yourself. Others have already said what...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,226
Posted By MRT2

In general, you get what you pay for. But I hear...

In general, you get what you pay for. But I hear you. Who wants to spend over $100 on a pair of shorts? I have worn different brands over the years and at any point, one pair emerges as my favorite,...
06-09-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 905
Posted By MRT2

Halo headband. It has a little rubber piece on...

Halo headband. It has a little rubber piece on the inside that directs the sweat away from the eyes.
06-08-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,199
Posted By MRT2

What do you consider a short life span?

What do you consider a short life span?
06-07-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By MRT2

You should be able to change out the stem for one...

You should be able to change out the stem for one with a bit of rise to it.
05-31-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 724
Posted By MRT2

At 5'7", a small is likely too small, as that is...

At 5'7", a small is likely too small, as that is a bike made for someone closer to 5'" to 5'4". At 5'7", you probably need a medium. It makes me mad that bike shops are so greedy or clueless that...
05-31-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Posted By MRT2

2 suggestions. One for you, and one for the...

2 suggestions. One for you, and one for the bike.
First you. Do some exercises to strengthen your core. It is possible that over time, your abdominals, and lower back muscles got weaker. So...
05-30-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 634
Posted By MRT2

That is the challenge, isn't it? I can only tell...

That is the challenge, isn't it? I can only tell you about a project I did working with a bike mechanic during the winter, when he had some extra time. The project was to fix up an old Peugeot...
05-30-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 634
Posted By MRT2

What you are proposing can be done, but probably...

What you are proposing can be done, but probably doesn't make much sense economically. Unless you can do all the work yourself (or have a bike mechanic buddy who owes you a big favor) and have all...
05-30-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,354
Posted By MRT2

I have my doubts over the 2 to 3 year replacement...

I have my doubts over the 2 to 3 year replacement schedule. There is, no doubt an expiration date for helmets, though nobody knows for sure where the line is. My current helmets are 4 and 6 years...
05-29-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By MRT2

Get the best bike you can reasonably afford. It...

Get the best bike you can reasonably afford. It is money well spent. So if the Specialized is calling to you, a couple of hundred of dollars extra spent now will reap dividends years into the future...
05-29-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By MRT2

Nothing practical. If you can hit 17 or 18 mph on...

Nothing practical. If you can hit 17 or 18 mph on flat stretches of road, the way to get your average up is to maintain those speeds for longer periods of time, and to get faster going up hills.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By MRT2

I agree. FWIW, the difference in peformance from...

I agree. FWIW, the difference in peformance from the old 8 speed up to 9 speed is noticeable. My wife's bike has the old 2200 shifters and frankly, compared my my 9 speed Tiagras, they leave a lot to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By MRT2

OK then. So the bike is 7 to 8 years old. Even...

OK then. So the bike is 7 to 8 years old. Even more reason to be wary of putting too much money into it. Repair worn parts, keep the chain nice and clean and lubed, and the wheels true, but beyond...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By MRT2

Doing the sort of upgrades you are considering...

Doing the sort of upgrades you are considering can get expensive quickly for diminishing returns. You don't want to be the guy who spends more than his bike is worth only to realize he really should...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
Posted By MRT2

You can always try something like this. ...

You can always try something like this. https://velo-orange.com/products/crazy-bars-1
05-26-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,281
Posted By MRT2

Well, it kind of does. At least at the entry...

Well, it kind of does. At least at the entry level.
05-25-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,485
Posted By MRT2

The stock wheels are probably the weak point, so...

The stock wheels are probably the weak point, so I would probably not be doing that, or you will find yourself looking for a good wheel builder sooner rather than later.
05-25-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,281
Posted By MRT2

IDK if it is tariffs, or the industry pushing...

IDK if it is tariffs, or the industry pushing things like hydraulic disc brakes, or interrruptions in the supply chain, but prices of new entry level bikes have gone up. Generally, Giant is the...
05-24-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 838
Posted By MRT2

No way a small sized bike can be made to fit. I...

No way a small sized bike can be made to fit. I know, everybody is built differently, but I would say a small sized frame is for someone 5'5" or shorter. At 5'8" you are a medium.

Shame on the...
05-24-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 838
Posted By MRT2

I don't even know what this means. . Trying to...

I don't even know what this means. . Trying to adjust a too small frame is almost as bad as going with a too large frame. I know because I rode a too small frame for years but didn't realize it...
05-24-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 838
Posted By MRT2

You never mentioned how tall you are.

You never mentioned how tall you are.
05-24-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 838
Posted By MRT2

You need to get a bike that fits. Years ago, I...

You need to get a bike that fits. Years ago, I rode a Bianchi hybrid in size medium. It never fit quite right and riding for more than an hour or two, I tended to have neck pain. About 8 years...
05-23-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,485
Posted By MRT2

When you start getting into longer rides, you may...

When you start getting into longer rides, you may find flat bars to be limiting. One hand position, one riding position. Drop bars offer multiple hand positions and riding positions. And on longer...
05-22-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,144
Posted By MRT2

Neither a step up, nor a step down. I have been...

Neither a step up, nor a step down. I have been using a triple for years now. Mine is 26 - 36- 48 with a 12 - 27 9 speed cassette. I do use my small chainring for hills. Since you don't have...
05-20-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,157
Posted By MRT2

It sounds like an updated version of my bike; the...

It sounds like an updated version of my bike; the Casserol, from 2011/2012.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,425
Posted By MRT2

Just go with a base layer, club fit jersey and...

Just go with a base layer, club fit jersey and basic black cycling shorts. There are alternatives. I bought my son a cycling shirt that looks like a basic button down but is really a stealthy...
05-18-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,319
Posted By MRT2

To ride your own bike? :foo:

To ride your own bike? :foo:
05-18-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,844
Posted By MRT2

The tread on the Schwalbe won't be any better...

The tread on the Schwalbe won't be any better than a smooth tire. The appeal of Schwalbe is, they are extremely durable, and puncture resistant.

The others look like they would offer better...
05-17-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 865
Posted By MRT2

OK then. You might be in for a little sticker...

OK then. You might be in for a little sticker shock when you see what new bikes are selling for these days. Your basic bike shop quality bike will start at $500 to $550 and go up quickly from...
05-17-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 865
Posted By MRT2

Perhaps you should consult with your physician...

Perhaps you should consult with your physician first before asking advice from strangers. I am more than happy to make some recommendations, but make sure you have the all clear from your doctor.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 10,975
Posted By MRT2

I hear you. FWIW, I don't get the whole reverse...

I hear you. FWIW, I don't get the whole reverse snobbery of some folks who think just because you look the part that you must be some sort of db, or worse, a poseur. For the most part, I find...
05-17-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,319
Posted By MRT2

Ordinarily I would say to do that. But with the...

Ordinarily I would say to do that. But with the whole COVID 19 thing, that might be a slightly risky thing to do.
05-17-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By MRT2

If you switch out your cassette, you might want...

If you switch out your cassette, you might want to also switch out the chain as well, depending on how much wear it has.
Are you sure your big chainring is a 56 tooth? I have never heard of a ...
05-16-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,319
Posted By MRT2

For summer, I pretty much stick with the Giro...

For summer, I pretty much stick with the Giro Bravo Gel glove. I have about 5, maybe 6 pair in different colors and of different vintage, but they seem to work for me. I actually prefer them when...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,209
Posted By MRT2

8 speed Claris vs. 9 speed Sora. That appears...

8 speed Claris vs. 9 speed Sora. That appears to be the main difference between otherwise identical builds. Don't know the weight, but in either case, you could lose a little bit of bike weight...
05-16-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,960
Posted By MRT2

I also have a set of wheels built around Velo...

I also have a set of wheels built around Velo Orange Grand Cru Touring hubs. I went 36 front/36 rear. Probably not necessary for the front wheel, but I figured the extra weight was negligible...
05-15-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 758
Posted By MRT2

Not really. Cycling is mostly an aerobic...

Not really. Cycling is mostly an aerobic activity.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,605
Posted By MRT2

Probably so, but I wouldn't worry yet about not...

Probably so, but I wouldn't worry yet about not being able to find replacement pads for your old caliper brakes, or replacement rims. This was the standard for a very long time, and there will be...
05-15-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 466
Posted By MRT2

My wife's old Peugeot used Simplex derailleurs. ...

My wife's old Peugeot used Simplex derailleurs. The shifting was pretty poor compared with modern Shimano shifters and derailleurs. No getting around that. When it came time to overhaul the bike,...
Forum: Introductions
05-15-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 238
Posted By MRT2

Not to mention a good suspension fork will often...

Not to mention a good suspension fork will often cost as much as many folks are willing to pay for an entire entry level bike.
Forum: Introductions
05-15-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 238
Posted By MRT2

Lack of a suspension is a good thing, as entry...

Lack of a suspension is a good thing, as entry level front suspension on bikes are more bad than good. It is a heavy part that can suck up energy a novice rider needs to propel him or herself...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,425
Posted By MRT2

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I do think...

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I do think this sentiment is misguided. Since when does wearing a bike jersey turn one into a "Tour de France wannabe"? We are talking about a bike jersey, not...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,425
Posted By MRT2

Congratulations on your new road bike. I don't...

Congratulations on your new road bike. I don't have anything near as sleek, as my Salsa Casserol is more of a light touring bike, but this is what I do. Spare tube, multitool, and extra food in a...
05-11-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,157
Posted By MRT2

Hydraulic discs do certainly work well, but until...

Hydraulic discs do certainly work well, but until very recently, they were only available in the mountain bike world. IMO, disc brakes strike me as something nice to have, but not necessarily a...
05-11-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,157
Posted By MRT2

Two reasons why your friends riding road bikes...

Two reasons why your friends riding road bikes might have been faster putting in the same effort as you on your mountain bike. One is tires. Though the trend in road bikes is towards somewhat wider...
05-11-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,157
Posted By MRT2

Sort of an open ended question, and a lot of...

Sort of an open ended question, and a lot of questions. What did you ride 10 years ago? What did you like/dislike about your previous bike? Do you want flat bars, or are you amenable to drop bars...
05-10-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 763
Posted By MRT2

What size bike are you currently riding? Is it...

What size bike are you currently riding? Is it possible you are riding a bike that is too small for you?
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