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11-22-18, 05:01 PM
Replies: 21,355
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Posted By NormanF

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SA Taiwan is the default hub in the new Raleigh...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-18, 01:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,731
Posted By NormanF

.Buy a mini velo and and it will still be a good...

.Buy a mini velo and and it will still be a good investment when your daughter turns 18,

You can biuy a full-sized road bike then with no fear of obsolescence.
11-17-18, 08:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,509
Posted By NormanF

The elitists and poseurs who scoff at inevitable...

The elitists and poseurs who scoff at inevitable change tell people to do things the hard way because they’ve always been done that way and they’re afraid to embrace change.

E-biking takes the...
11-16-18, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,714
Posted By NormanF

Since it takes 700C tires instead of the oddball...

Since it takes 700C tires instead of the oddball 590 mm size, it simplifies maintenance.

And the three offered sizes are suitable for a wide range of intended riders...
11-16-18, 08:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,714
Posted By NormanF

You have a very nice riding bicycle approximating...

You have a very nice riding bicycle approximating the appeal of those early Raleighs...

The price doesn’t break the bank and the only quibble is its made in China instead of the UK...
11-16-18, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,714
Posted By NormanF

I agree with your observations. The most obvious...

I agree with your observations. The most obvious drawback of this homage is the sloping top tube.
It wouldn’t have killed Raleigh to do a classic parallel top tube.

That said, the nostalgia...
11-16-18, 05:49 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,826
Posted By NormanF

Its possible to modernize an old bike but a...

Its possible to modernize an old bike but a balance... you don’t want it to be too modern.

The vintage charm is what lends it the appeal it has.
11-16-18, 02:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,714
Posted By NormanF

This bike is.a tribute to the Raleigh heritage 3...

This bike is.a tribute to the Raleigh heritage 3 speeds of the 40s, 50s and 60s, it’s made of old-fashioned hi-ten steel, has a sprung leather saddle, a Heron chainring and Heron etching on the stem...
11-16-18, 01:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,714
Posted By NormanF

Raleigh Tourist (2018)

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This is modern vintage update of the famed...
09-17-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,145
Posted By NormanF

Puch is not so much remembered for its...

Puch is not so much remembered for its world-class bicycles as for its mopeds, the forerunners to today's e-bikes. In particular, the Puch Maxi:
...
09-17-17, 07:23 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 18,669
Posted By NormanF

The upside is the Internet has made rural and...

The upside is the Internet has made rural and small town life more manageable. You no longer have to jump in a car and drive hours to pick up stuff you can't find in the local mom n pop store.

In...
09-17-17, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 848
Posted By NormanF

My view? Its a rebadged Raleigh made for Huffy....

My view? Its a rebadged Raleigh made for Huffy. Nice find!
09-17-17, 02:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By NormanF

Raleigh still makes the Raleigh Clubman. ...

Raleigh still makes the Raleigh Clubman.

There is a still a demand for vintage bikes!
Forum: Commuting
09-17-17, 02:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,663
Posted By NormanF

If I was OP, I'd get an adventure/gravel road...

If I was OP, I'd get an adventure/gravel road bike. More tire clearance and on most of them you can run full fenders with 35c tires. Wider is better.

And traditional road bikes are not built to...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-17, 02:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,223
Posted By NormanF

Adventure/gravel road bikes make excellent...

Adventure/gravel road bikes make excellent commuters. They can take fenders with 35c tires and their stable geometry allows one to haul heavy loads on a rear rack even on the roughest of roads.
...
09-17-17, 01:15 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 18,669
Posted By NormanF

I LCF out of necessity in a small mountain town....

I LCF out of necessity in a small mountain town. Its possible to haul groceries home on a bike as well as for fitness. For heavy loads impractical to transport by bike, I have such goods shipped to...
09-16-17, 07:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,087
Posted By NormanF

A Marin Muirwoods 29er has 42c stock tires. As an...

A Marin Muirwoods 29er has 42c stock tires. As an urban 29er, you have the option of running even wider 29 X 2.0 tires if the need should arise.

Hard to beat the recommended $770 MSRP for a...
09-16-17, 07:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,299
Posted By NormanF

I'm a short guy - 5'7" - the founder of Niner...

I'm a short guy - 5'7" - the founder of Niner Bikes is my height. I ride a medium or 17" 29er. Fits me to a T.
09-16-17, 03:38 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,307
Posted By NormanF

A 650B wheel is smaller than a 700C, so you lower...

A 650B wheel is smaller than a 700C, so you lower the height of the frame and its even safer to ride it.
09-16-17, 02:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,754
Posted By NormanF

I have Schwalbe Marathon Dureme. Not much flat...

I have Schwalbe Marathon Dureme. Not much flat protection. Installing some Rhinodillo tire liners solved the problem. Good all-rounder on pavement, fire roads, gravel roads and hard pack terrain. At...
09-16-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,307
Posted By NormanF

OP can buy a vintage Peugeot Reynolds 531 and do...

OP can buy a vintage Peugeot Reynolds 531 and do a 650B conversion.

I've done it. A correctly sized frame become even safer to ride on account of the smaller wheel size.
09-16-17, 01:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 19,551
Posted By NormanF

The city bike was unheard of in the 1980s and the...

The city bike was unheard of in the 1980s and the Specialized StreetStomper was ahead of its time.

Today, the Marin Muirwoods 29er and Raleigh Redux fill the role the StreetStomper did back then. ...
08-22-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 32,755
Posted By NormanF

AWOL = Bikepacking/heavy touring/cyclecamping ...

AWOL = Bikepacking/heavy touring/cyclecamping

Sequoia = All rounder/light touring/commuting/trails/day rides

Diverge = Gravel roads/fireroads/fast road rides

What bike in the Specialized...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-17, 12:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,497
Posted By NormanF

That's no longer true... if you're going to run...

That's no longer true... if you're going to run an IGN on a VD bike, then install an eccentric bottom bracket. It will allow you to use an IGH with the proper chainline tension with a VD bike.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,258
Posted By NormanF

For under $400 you've could bought off eBay a...

For under $400 you've could bought off eBay a Marin Muirwoods.

A double-butted cromoly urban 29er. Makes a good commuter and you can do double duty with riding off-road trails.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-17, 11:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,857
Posted By NormanF

Purpose-built commuter bikes are heavier than a...

Purpose-built commuter bikes are heavier than a road bike and have rack and fender mounts. They all take wider tires.

My adventure bike has rack and fender mounts and takes 35 c tires. Its my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-17, 11:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,660
Posted By NormanF

Today bike frame are sized like clothes. I...

Today bike frame are sized like clothes. I generally buy a bike one size smaller than my clothes size. I wear L but I ride a M bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-17, 11:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,905
Posted By NormanF

Typically, you go to an MTB rear derailleur......

Typically, you go to an MTB rear derailleur... they will handle an alpine-range cassette. Since its marketing, you can switch over to a full MTB drivetrain on a road bike with no problems.
07-02-17, 01:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,378
Posted By NormanF

On a Diverge you might be able to go 35 c. Will...

On a Diverge you might be able to go 35 c. Will the tires you want fit on your current wheelset?
Forum: Touring
07-02-17, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 952
Posted By NormanF

Leather saddles are the way to go. They're rock...

Leather saddles are the way to go. They're rock hard but paradoxically they are comfortable because unlike with gel seats, your private parts don't sink into the saddle.

They're not for every one...
07-02-17, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,378
Posted By NormanF

The main limiting factor in tire size fit on a...

The main limiting factor in tire size fit on a gravel bike is the fork width and seatstays. What tires are you hoping to mount?
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-17, 12:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,282
Posted By NormanF

If you're between sizes, you could go up a size....

If you're between sizes, you could go up a size. My rule of thumb if its a long tube tube, I prefer to go one size down with long legs for my height; otherwise I stick to the recommended size.
07-01-17, 10:37 PM
Replies: 585
Views: 95,988
Posted By NormanF

Rhinodillo Blue tire liners to fix a recurring...

Rhinodillo Blue tire liners to fix a recurring flat issue.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-17, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,976
Posted By NormanF

An entry-level bike lets you get a feel for...

An entry-level bike lets you get a feel for riding the road and when you want something better and lighter, you can upgrade later.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-01-17, 07:29 PM
Replies: 811
Views: 210,414
Posted By NormanF

The frame is double-butted cromo. Bike is cheap...

The frame is double-butted cromo. Bike is cheap because of substandard parts. Upgrade them and you'll have a nice rolling bike. A new STI brake/shifter set will set you back as much as the bike.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-17, 11:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,282
Posted By NormanF

How small? At 5'7", I ride a medium frame and it...

How small? At 5'7", I ride a medium frame and it fits me perfectly. Mine is 54 cm. What's yours?

A bike is too small if its not within a manufacturer's recommended height/weight range for a given...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-17, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,533
Posted By NormanF

Seriously, road bikes are a niche. ...

Seriously, road bikes are a niche.

Manufacturers keep improving and refining the gravel road/adventure bike market segment.

If you're looking for a do-it-all bike, there's are lots of choices...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-17, 11:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,748
Posted By NormanF

You can get a gravel road bike and have a bike...

You can get a gravel road bike and have a bike that you can ride anywhere.

You don't need two separate bikes for the trail and the road.

Something to consider if you think you want to go-off...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-17, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,029
Posted By NormanF

I'm 5'7" - I ride a 54 cm bike and the endurance...

I'm 5'7" - I ride a 54 cm bike and the endurance geometry fits like a glove. Of course the head tube is taller and the angles are slacker and the wheelbase is extended compared to a traditional road...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-17, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,134
Posted By NormanF

The best bar for comfort riding is a mustache...

The best bar for comfort riding is a mustache bar.

It puts the brake/shifter set in a more natural position and allows you to ride upright. You'll need to add a stem riser and an adjustable stem...
07-01-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,666
Posted By NormanF

It has a kevlar/polyurethane type puncture...

It has a kevlar/polyurethane type puncture protection casing. Would be good for running it off trail.

Should be sufficient but if its not enough, a high quality tire liner would give you a second...
06-30-17, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By NormanF

I run Marathon Dureme. If I was in the...

I run Marathon Dureme.

If I was in the market for new tires today, I'd buy Specialized Sawtooth, an all-around road/gravel tire.
06-30-17, 02:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,825
Posted By NormanF

C'mon... if you don't like the colors, you can...

C'mon... if you don't like the colors, you can have the frame sandblasted to bare aluminum or powder-coated to any color you like.

What's the saying about paint? Its cheap and you can change it.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-17, 06:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,788
Posted By NormanF

80 F on a good day in the Colorado mountains...

80 F on a good day in the Colorado mountains during the summer. Heat is dry and bearable.

Beats living in the hot valleys below them.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-17, 06:22 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 16,544
Posted By NormanF

IGH is set and forget it. There's a reason...

IGH is set and forget it.

There's a reason old Raleigh 3 speeds have stood the test of time. Simple, practical, every day bicycle.
Forum: Commuting
06-27-17, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,085
Posted By NormanF

The Jamis Commuter. Its set up out of the box as...

The Jamis Commuter. Its set up out of the box as a complete commuter bike.

With the Bianchi Cortina, you'll have to add fenders and a rear rack.

I'd rather have the bike turnkey.
06-27-17, 11:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,000
Posted By NormanF

Some hybrids are flat bar road bikes. They have...

Some hybrids are flat bar road bikes. They have the same geometry as their road bike counterparts - only the bar setup is different.

For example, the Specialized Sirrus is roughly equivalent to...
06-26-17, 07:41 PM
Replies: 883
Views: 236,134
Posted By NormanF

If you want your first bike, buy a gravel...

If you want your first bike, buy a gravel road/adventure bike. Later, if you feel like it, you can add a fitness bike like the Sirrus to your stable.
06-26-17, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,357
Posted By NormanF

Cool. A Poor Man's tubeless wheelset! Jury still...

Cool. A Poor Man's tubeless wheelset! Jury still out on its long-term durability. :eek:
06-26-17, 06:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,282
Posted By NormanF

If a pinch flat, replace the tube - they're cheap...

If a pinch flat, replace the tube - they're cheap and install Tuffy liners while you're at it to prevent future flats.
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