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10-01-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 771
Posted By travbikeman

Yes, you can ride an alum bike. Most Alum bikes...

Yes, you can ride an alum bike. Most Alum bikes have a rated tolerance to handle 300lbs of rider and gear. Reality is they can handle much more.

I used to be over 360 pounds with some gear. I...
09-04-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 170,668
Posted By travbikeman

Few weeks ago, I complained that Specialized only...

Few weeks ago, I complained that Specialized only sold the 2 Crosstrails. They now have numerous Crosstrails ranging from the Elite down to many levels below.

Hmmmm, wonder if I complain enough if...
08-26-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,185
Posted By travbikeman

Gravel kind of trails and very very light...

Gravel kind of trails and very very light mountain trails, my Crosstrail can handle. But jumps or anything more, no. Going over rocks and I ruined the original wheel. Do jumps and you will ruin the...
08-22-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,786
Posted By travbikeman

I switched to Shimano M530's several years ago. ...

I switched to Shimano M530's several years ago. I simply won't go back. I have become so very comfortable with being clipped in. It just feels better now than the various platform pedals I used to...
08-20-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 170,668
Posted By travbikeman

1983, my parents could only afford a 10 speed...

1983, my parents could only afford a 10 speed department store bike for me when I was a kid, a Columbia Blaze (surprised I remember the name so well). But loved the bike even though it was a heavy...
08-17-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 865
Views: 170,668
Posted By travbikeman

It's absolutely beautiful in the fall. I've been...

It's absolutely beautiful in the fall. I've been trying to get up there at least once a year to go riding that trail. I graduated from Lock Haven University and I have family throughout the central...
08-16-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 170,668
Posted By travbikeman

Just an FYI, and depending on where in PA you...

Just an FYI, and depending on where in PA you are, these Crosstrails ride great on the Great Allegheny(GAP) and the Pine Creek Rail Trail....also York Heritage Rail Trail....

PA has so many great...
08-12-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 170,668
Posted By travbikeman

I am surprised that Specialized doesn't seem to...

I am surprised that Specialized doesn't seem to be putting anything new out for the Crosstrail in the U.S. market. Few years ago, the Crosstrail had many versions from a basic to high level models. ...
07-17-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,789
Posted By travbikeman

Your enthusiasm for this cool hobby is great....

Your enthusiasm for this cool hobby is great. Love how you have done so much research on proving that one hybrid bike that is a few pounds less than another is a better bike.

But it's not, cause...
07-17-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,789
Posted By travbikeman

Those Toughroads are fun bikes to ride. I tested...

Those Toughroads are fun bikes to ride. I tested one a few years ago and have kind of regretted not getting it.
07-17-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,789
Posted By travbikeman

That is a really nice bike for what I believe to...

That is a really nice bike for what I believe to be a great deal. But it's the whole package that makes it lighter. Not just the fork, but the lighter groupset, wheels, tires and such.
07-16-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,789
Posted By travbikeman

At mentioned $1000 price the OP stated, you can...

At mentioned $1000 price the OP stated, you can get a hybrid with an air shock that is not a pogo stick. The larger tires also help, but having both a good suspension and larger tires makes for a...
07-15-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 937
Posted By travbikeman

Canyon Hybrid Bikes...

Canyon Hybrid Bikes (https://www.canyon.com/en-us/fitness-bikes/)
07-10-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,526
Posted By travbikeman

I've seen this occasionally on the trails I ride....

I've seen this occasionally on the trails I ride. The husband goes flying by and the wife is trying to keep up and does not look like she is having any enjoyment at all on this. Some guys just need...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
07-03-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,750
Posted By travbikeman

I noticed this too a week ago when riding through...

I noticed this too a week ago when riding through this area. It seems like a mess for a few miles. Also wanted to give a heads up, there was a Momma bear and cubs spotted in the Brunswick MD area.
06-18-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,309
Posted By travbikeman

With the proper tires, those bikes should be able...

With the proper tires, those bikes should be able to handle everything you listed.
06-17-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,956
Posted By travbikeman

It is possible, you may just need to save the...

It is possible, you may just need to save the money to go to the baker to buy fresh muffins and to go to masseuse for should rubs. :) :D
06-17-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,956
Posted By travbikeman

I replaced my wheels on my Crosstrail, since,...

I replaced my wheels on my Crosstrail, since, well, rear wheel broke (several spokes and slightly warped wheel) essentially since I attempted to use it as a mountain bike with my son a few years ago....
06-15-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,218
Posted By travbikeman

For $230, that's not a bad bike, although I'm not...

For $230, that's not a bad bike, although I'm not so sure about the way Schwinn puts their spokes on the wheels. I just don't know how good those wheels are with that kind of design. If, the people...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
06-14-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,750
Posted By travbikeman

AS of today, there is now a low level bridge over...

AS of today, there is now a low level bridge over this and hopefully no more flooding for a while to wash it away.
06-14-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,250
Posted By travbikeman

Merida owns a healthy portion of Specialized. So...

Merida owns a healthy portion of Specialized. So in a sense, we do have Merida here in the U.S. But in the form of Specialized bikes.

I'm betting the Toughroad SLR 0 is not offered here for the...
06-14-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 62,051
Posted By travbikeman

Are you wearing gloves when riding? Did you...

Are you wearing gloves when riding? Did you replace the grips by chance or just have the stock grips? Issues like this are more of a fit issue, where you are putting too much weight on your hands. ...
06-14-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,197
Posted By travbikeman

Both bikes are nearly identical. Comes down to...

Both bikes are nearly identical. Comes down to preferences on color and which bike shop did you like better? Free lifetime adjustments are always nice!

Plus, red bikes are ALWAYS faster! :D
06-09-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,894
Posted By travbikeman

26lbs for this Pathlite is impressive. Even the...

26lbs for this Pathlite is impressive. Even the now defunct Specialized Crosstrail Carbon Fiber used to be a bit over 27lbs. Although I'm assuming weight loss on the Pathlite is also help by the...
06-08-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,565
Posted By travbikeman

My understanding on sites like Random Bike Parts...

My understanding on sites like Random Bike Parts and others similar, sell frames that are no longer being used by manufacturers as warranty replacements or just plain extra frames for bikes that were...
06-07-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,322
Posted By travbikeman

From what I have gathered from people whom...

From what I have gathered from people whom mountain bike, the Marlin is not really a mountain bike, even though Trek advertises it to be. I've been told that it's more of a hybrid style bike due to...
06-07-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,477
Posted By travbikeman

It's being slowly resurfaced to be more like the...

It's being slowly resurfaced to be more like the GAP. Which is a more fine mixture of stones. Although, the area through Brunswick is now blacktop paved, and heard will be extended to Harpers Ferry....
06-07-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,477
Posted By travbikeman

If your fire roads or trails are like these two...

If your fire roads or trails are like these two pictures, then yes it's helpful:
...
06-07-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,477
Posted By travbikeman

I reviewed my Paragon switch and it can be...

I reviewed my Paragon switch and it can be located here:

TravBikeMans Paragon Review (https://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bicycles/1168081-rockshox-paragon.html)

If your rides have a lot of...
06-04-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,304
Posted By travbikeman

Few years ago, I was shopping for a new car and...

Few years ago, I was shopping for a new car and checked out the Tucson. Was told that it can only handle a 1 1/4 inch receiver for bikes. You may want to confirm what size hitch receiver your...
06-02-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 513
Posted By travbikeman

Very Nice! Always liked the Jari's, especially...

Very Nice! Always liked the Jari's, especially when Performance Bikes (the old one) used to sell these at a good price.....maybe too good since they obviously weren't making enough money to stay in...
06-02-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,268
Posted By travbikeman

Ok, gotta share a couple pictures too! :) ...

Ok, gotta share a couple pictures too! :)

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/489x870/20160702_143509_zpsfntyrv8c_02c03fa8eb715ff6ec2e8492d79115d03dccd3a2.jpg

Several great...
06-02-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,268
Posted By travbikeman

Are you sure the battery assist was turned off?...

Are you sure the battery assist was turned off? Bike geometry and tires both make a difference, but I'd be surprised if it would be that noticeable in a short ride on a relatively flat trail,...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-24-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,750
Posted By travbikeman

Free Daily Shuttle Until July 7th...

Free Daily Shuttle Until July 7th (http://www.canaltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Washout-Free-ShuttleL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1aasfQVd-9kT2N3VViIw9E2elhOyyTTWRhom2oEf1zHY3D3bqemr25Vtg)
05-22-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,431
Posted By travbikeman

I upgraded my suspension on my Crosstrail. Made...

I upgraded my suspension on my Crosstrail. Made the bike lose 2lbs, nice suspension for bumps, but....I'm not any faster and am still able to ride 30-50 miles in a given day. Not sure if making the...
05-22-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 13,708
Posted By travbikeman

Seeing walnuts fall down and bounce 6 feet back...

Seeing walnuts fall down and bounce 6 feet back up on trails I ride, or the tree limbs falling down when no one else is around, yea, I'm wearing a helmet.

Only time I don't wear is a quick and...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-21-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,750
Posted By travbikeman

Towpath Closed. There is no detour in place at...

Towpath Closed. There is no detour in place at this time due to unsafe conditions on adjacent roadways. Trespassing on the CSX railroad right-of-way is both dangerous and illegal. From the west, exit...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-21-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,750
Posted By travbikeman

Actually the roads that are the go around, are...

Actually the roads that are the go around, are incredibly tight (no room to maneuver with cars) and dangerous to bike on. The river is high right now, so walk through the creek is a no go. I agree,...
05-09-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,780
Posted By travbikeman

Everyone's definition of off road is different....

Everyone's definition of off road is different. Mine is gravel roads, rail or canal trails. These hybrid bikes do really well on these. I'm betting your Trek Store guys were thinking single track,...
05-08-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,550
Posted By travbikeman

Appears Shimano renamed their pedals with some...

Appears Shimano renamed their pedals with some new updates:

https://bike.shimano.com/en-NZ/apparel-accessories/pedal/offroad-pedal.html#lsg2019PedalOffroadPlatform
05-04-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 865
Views: 170,668
Posted By travbikeman

Look at post 805. DougG has some nice fenders.

Look at post 805. DougG has some nice fenders.
05-03-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,203
Posted By travbikeman

Get your new bike soon and go trail riding! Too...

Get your new bike soon and go trail riding! Too many nice trails in northern VA and MD to really list at moment. But hey, get it tonight and look at what you can do tomorrow:

Bring your bike and...
04-14-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 24,020
Posted By travbikeman

I've been a fan of this: Eco Sheep Oil...

I've been a fan of this:

Eco Sheep Oil (http://www.ecosheep.com/index.html)

You can get them on Amazon for around $8. Heck, you can even email them to see if they can ship you a free can to...
04-09-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,155
Posted By travbikeman

Curious on what your spending limit is? I...

Curious on what your spending limit is?

I personally am a fan of the Crosstrail, since I own one. The Trek is nice also and would suggest checking both out in person to get a good feel. But you...
04-09-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By travbikeman

Per the Craigslist post: Great bike in Great...

Per the Craigslist post: Great bike in Great condition. Always kept indoors. I don't think there is a scratch on it.... more pictures will be posted later today.

WHATS THE POINT OF HAVING A NICE...
04-09-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By travbikeman

That is a good price on this Roam! This Roam...

That is a good price on this Roam! This Roam would easily sell for $500-$600 in the DC region. Looks new too! surprised they want so little for it.

No or little scuffs on the crankarm, sticker...
04-08-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 23,757
Posted By travbikeman

Interesting! Nice upgrade to 27.5!

Interesting! Nice upgrade to 27.5!
04-08-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,615
Posted By travbikeman

I'm always getting passed up by these guys! ...

I'm always getting passed up by these guys! :):foo:

Especially on trails that have a lot of neighborhoods connected to them. Like the York Heritage rail trail.
04-05-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,751
Posted By travbikeman

TOTALLY TRUE!!!! Love reading those posts about...

TOTALLY TRUE!!!! Love reading those posts about how to get away with another bike and the wife! N+1 hits some of us very hard. Few of us just wish we could afford the +1 right now! :lol:
04-05-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,751
Posted By travbikeman

OH and that Fantom29 mountain bike is actually...

OH and that Fantom29 mountain bike is actually nice for only $700. Compare that to other $700 mountain bikes and that is a decent deal. But you will need to wrench or service it your self other wise...
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