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03-04-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 69
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Posted By hokiefyd

I didn't read the original post as using "the...

I didn't read the original post as using "the man" in any offensive or derogatory way. I read it in a way of, "Did this guy do professional work for you? Then pay the man!" His time is worth...
03-04-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 273
Posted By hokiefyd

U-brakes have the mounting bosses "above" the...

U-brakes have the mounting bosses "above" the braking surface while cantilever or linear pull brakes (called V-brakes by Shimano) have the mounting bosses "below" the braking surface. Be watchful for...
03-03-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By hokiefyd

Those look like the WTB Riddlers. How do they...

Those look like the WTB Riddlers. How do they ride? Pretty smooth on pavement? Much tread "buzz" on smooth surfaces, or are they pretty quiet? They look nice!
03-01-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By hokiefyd

That Raleigh mixte is nice. I've a Peugeot mixte...

That Raleigh mixte is nice. I've a Peugeot mixte that is a real peach to ride. It puts you into an entirely different (and maybe arguably better!) mindset.
02-28-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 159
Posted By hokiefyd

I'm here with you on this (and on love for steel...

I'm here with you on this (and on love for steel bikes).
Forum: Fatbikes
02-27-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By hokiefyd

The snow season's mostly over for us in Virginia...

The snow season's mostly over for us in Virginia (probably...), so I put the Vee Speedsters back on my Pugs this weekend for some hard pack and MUP riding. Since they were mentioned earlier in this...
02-25-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,303
Posted By hokiefyd

The payback for the weight and "dead" feel to the...

The payback for the weight and "dead" feel to the ride is (likely) very good puncture protection. Those H5 tires have a pretty thick puncture protection layer under the tread. So they SHOULD be...
02-25-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By hokiefyd

You do have several 3x9 choices in Shimano. ...

You do have several 3x9 choices in Shimano.

Alivio M3100: https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/component/alivio-m3100.html
Acera M3000:...
02-25-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 2,099
Views: 764,559
Posted By hokiefyd

It's a great point to be sure. I wonder why the...

It's a great point to be sure. I wonder why the brace is so tall in the case of that Magnum fork. If you couldn't run a tire that tall because it'd hit the crown anyway, I wonder why they used such...
02-25-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2,099
Views: 764,559
Posted By hokiefyd

If your primary goal is to rid yourself of the...

If your primary goal is to rid yourself of the NEX fork for anything else (like a nicer air fork or a rigid fork), then a rigid fork will be the option with the fewest variables and almost guaranteed...
02-24-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2,099
Views: 764,559
Posted By hokiefyd

The inexpensive Suntour fork on my MTB has a...

The inexpensive Suntour fork on my MTB has a 370mm dimension from the axle to the brace, which supports up to a nominal 740mm diameter tire. Of course, actual clearance wouldn't be that much, but a...
02-24-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 307
Posted By hokiefyd

You're saying that you can get the smallest...

You're saying that you can get the smallest sprocket but not the largest sprocket...or the largest sprocket but not the smallest sprocket...but not the whole range? This suggests an issue with the...
02-24-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 307
Posted By hokiefyd

Did you have a wheelset on the bike before this...

Did you have a wheelset on the bike before this or is this a new build? How much distance is there between the end of the freehub and the drive side lock nut or end cap? I can't imagine there being...
02-24-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2,099
Views: 764,559
Posted By hokiefyd

Yes, a 27.5" MTB fork should work just fine. An...

Yes, a 27.5" MTB fork should work just fine. An 80mm travel fork has about exactly the same axle-to-crown distance that your 63mm fork currently does, and a 100mm travel fork would sit about 20mm...
02-24-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By hokiefyd

Yes, what you are describing is normal. If you...

Yes, what you are describing is normal. If you look closely at the gears in the back, you'll see little "ramps" pressed into the sides of the sprockets. These ramps help lift the chain up onto the...
02-24-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By hokiefyd

If you plan to ride on wooded tracks that may be...

If you plan to ride on wooded tracks that may be wet or muddy, then I think a mountain bike will certainly suit your needs better. You can generally fit wider and more aggressive tires on hybrids,...
02-23-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By hokiefyd

Based on your intended use (which I didn't see...

Based on your intended use (which I didn't see when I first wrote my response above), I actually think a light duty hardtail mountain bike might be a good purchase for you. Something in the Giant...
02-23-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By hokiefyd

Hi, and welcome. The three most important things...

Hi, and welcome. The three most important things to me, that I usually recommend paying attention to, in order are:

The bike. Does it fit you? You really do have a lot of options. The Giant...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-23-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By hokiefyd

It does look like they'd be noisy and sort of...

It does look like they'd be noisy and sort of choppy, with the various and separate tread elements contacting the pavement independently. The Vee Speedsters are essentially completely silent, and...
02-22-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 660
Posted By hokiefyd

A 9-speed chain is about the widest chain one...

A 9-speed chain is about the widest chain one would be running with most 1x setups . Most narrow-wide chainrings are stated to work with 9/10/11/12 speed systems, so I'd think a 9-speed chain would...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-22-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By hokiefyd

Alleytom could you take and post a picture of the...

Alleytom could you take and post a picture of the non-drive side on the rear? I'm curious to see what adapter plate or other was used for the rear disc caliper. Thanks!
02-21-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,303
Posted By hokiefyd

Yes, they're good. They have a reasonable...

Yes, they're good. They have a reasonable puncture protection layer and they have a good thick tread. They're also very reasonably priced. I had a set of them on my daughter's 20" bike when she...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-20-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By hokiefyd

At only 20 bucks apiece for 26x4" tires, it's...

At only 20 bucks apiece for 26x4" tires, it's hard not to want to try them just to see what they're like. They're not light (1,670g), but I guess also not out of the ballpark for an inexpensive fat...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-17-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By hokiefyd

What tires do you run on your bike when you...

What tires do you run on your bike when you configure it for long distance like this?
02-17-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By hokiefyd

There are only two primary mounting types for...

There are only two primary mounting types for rotors - centerlock and 6-bolt. Both photographs here show the centerlock type. The "sawtooth" pattern visible in the first picture is the spline...
02-14-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By hokiefyd

Here's another article that talks specifically...

Here's another article that talks specifically about straddle wire height with different cantilever brake geometry:

https://blackmtncycles.com/get-the-most-out-of-your-canti-brake/

Imagine an...
02-14-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By hokiefyd

I think that advice is most applicable to...

I think that advice is most applicable to low-profile cantilever brakes (more how your existing brakes were setup). Look at the first picture of how your Avid Shortys were configured, with the brake...
02-13-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By hokiefyd

With the arms splayed out wide like that, I think...

With the arms splayed out wide like that, I think you can get better mechanical advantage by raising the straddle cable, so that you're pulling more in line with the motion of the ends of the brake...
02-12-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 497
Posted By hokiefyd

Note those linked ones are listed as a 2x7...

Note those linked ones are listed as a 2x7 variety, meaning there'd be only two shifter positions for the front derailleur. You described your bike as a 21-speed, so you'd need a 3x7 shifter set to...
02-12-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By hokiefyd

Cranksets usually have a bottom bracket spindle...

Cranksets usually have a bottom bracket spindle length specification, so you are sure to get the correct length bottom bracket. For example, the Shimano FC-TX801...
02-12-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By hokiefyd

Thanks for the clarification on that. I figured...

Thanks for the clarification on that. I figured the 1-year labor warranty was sort of tied to the 1-year parts warranty, and the owner wouldn't have two pay for labor on a broken frame, but perhaps...
02-12-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By hokiefyd

If I'm not mistaken, the labor to swap the parts...

If I'm not mistaken, the labor to swap the parts to the new frame should be billed to Giant as part of the warranty claim.
02-11-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 497
Posted By hokiefyd

Thanks for the correction; yes, two finger and...

Thanks for the correction; yes, two finger and four finger.
02-11-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,116
Posted By hokiefyd

That's interesting -- the picture just posted...

That's interesting -- the picture just posted seems to depict much larger/darker cables than typical for shift or brake cables. I wouldn't think a typical shift or brake cable would be near that...
02-11-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 497
Posted By hokiefyd

The Shimano ST-EF51s are good. There are genuine...

The Shimano ST-EF51s are good. There are genuine ones and a zillion knock-offs. I haven't had any of the knock-offs to know if they're good or not. The standard ones are "three finger" levers and are...
02-11-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,059
Posted By hokiefyd

I agree with what travbikeman said. Many go into...

I agree with what travbikeman said. Many go into a bike purchase like they do a vehicle purchase, and look for reviews, recommendations, etc. Cars are one thing were Ford makes their own engines,...
02-11-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By hokiefyd

Much of your experience will be determined by...

Much of your experience will be determined by your local bike shop. I had a bottom bracket issue and a freehub issue with a 2018 Roam I once owned and the bike shop and Giant were very good about...
02-09-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 597
Views: 171,219
Posted By hokiefyd

I have the Planet Bike Cascadia fenders on my '97...

I have the Planet Bike Cascadia fenders on my '97 750. I have the 45mm size and they cover the 38mm tires nicely. I have several Planet Bike accessories on various bikes and there's some value...
02-08-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 597
Views: 171,219
Posted By hokiefyd

Welcome! Post a link to your photo album, and a...

Welcome! Post a link to your photo album, and a member with more than 10 posts can repost the photos for you.
02-07-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 7,640
Views: 2,455,752
Posted By hokiefyd

And it looks like the brake levers have...

And it looks like the brake levers have adjustable position -- it looks like there's a little threaded screw where the lever connects to the plunger. I may mistaken, but I don't think the HD-M275s...
02-05-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7,640
Views: 2,455,752
Posted By hokiefyd

Do you have any close-up pictures of the brake...

Do you have any close-up pictures of the brake levers or calipers? I'm not finding any information on the internet for an M143 or HD-M143 brake system from Tektro.
02-04-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By hokiefyd

Noodles and brake cable are pretty standard. ...

Noodles and brake cable are pretty standard. I've never seen a case where a noodle or its liner was not large enough for a standard brake cable. Yes, the noodles should have a liner in them. You...
02-03-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 952
Posted By hokiefyd

You can! You can get riser handlebars so your...

You can! You can get riser handlebars so your grip area is 3" higher than what you have now. You can also just get a stem extender, which will raise the entire bar up. You can also get an...
02-03-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 562
Posted By hokiefyd

"Thin width" tires and "thin wall" tires are...

"Thin width" tires and "thin wall" tires are definitely two different things. I think both posts are are generally accurate. Narrow tires aren't necessarily faster...there are many variables and it's...
02-02-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By hokiefyd

Additionally, if it's a rim brake-equipped...

Additionally, if it's a rim brake-equipped Sedona, it's more difficult to change wheel sizes, even if the frame could handle it. There are some adapters available that relocate your brake arms, but...
02-02-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,189
Posted By hokiefyd

travbikeman do you know who makes frames for...

travbikeman do you know who makes frames for Scott? I can understand Giant having more control over their inventory, since they own much of the supply chain (at least for the frame and other...
02-02-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,618
Posted By hokiefyd

The good thing about cycling is there is no...

The good thing about cycling is there is no "correct" way to do it. What works for you is good for you, what works for him is good for him, what works for her is good for her, and what works for me...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-02-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 736
Posted By hokiefyd

I think the conventional definition of a "fat...

I think the conventional definition of a "fat bike" is something with tires at least 3.5" or 4". Most current fat bikes have tires in the 4.8" to 5" range. A 2" tire would be considered a fairly...
02-01-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,618
Posted By hokiefyd

I have to think Giant spec'd the 40t crankset...

I have to think Giant spec'd the 40t crankset with a much wider 10-speed cassette in mind (like an 11-46) to go with the Deore derailleur, as another poster apparently has on his or her 2021 Roam 2,...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-29-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By hokiefyd

If your rear derailleur can handle that range,...

If your rear derailleur can handle that range, then a 30t combined with an 11-50 will increase your high gear ratio and will also decrease your low gear ratio compared with a 28t with an 11-42. ...
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