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06-29-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 682
Posted By AU Tiger

Yes, that is the difference between them. Unless...

Yes, that is the difference between them. Unless you're a racer who is super concerned about weight, the R5 will suit you just fine. For perspective, the weight difference between the R1 and R5 is 46...
06-28-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 682
Posted By AU Tiger

I'm a little late to the party, but I've had an...

I'm a little late to the party, but I've had an Argo Tempo on my gravel bike for about a month now, and I really like it. The huge cutout provides a lot of relief for the sensitive areas. My typical...
05-24-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
Posted By AU Tiger

Following up on my previous post about tire...

Following up on my previous post about tire clearance, Trek contradicts itself on its own website. Here...
05-23-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
Posted By AU Tiger

Well everyone is different, so what works for me...

Well everyone is different, so what works for me may not work best for you. Having said that, I would (and did) go with a gravel bike.

I started off with a flat bar Fuji Absolute in 2015. It was...
05-07-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By AU Tiger

I have the Nashbar Soho pedals...

I have the Nashbar Soho pedals (https://www.nashbar.com/nashbar-soho-pedals-nb-soho/p900277) on my bike, and I really like them. I can go clipless on my road rides and just use sneakers when riding...
04-30-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By AU Tiger

Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona...

Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona mountain bike for, and I run Schwalbe Hurricanes on it. The tread along the edges gives good grip in gravel and dirt, the smoother center allows for...
04-30-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By AU Tiger

I've gotten several rides in with both pairs...

I've gotten several rides in with both pairs (Oakley Flak 2.0 XL with Prizm Road Rx lenses, and Tifosi Synapse with High Speed Red Fototec non-Rx lenses), and I'm very happy with them both. I've worn...
04-29-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By AU Tiger

No doubt you are correct, but it seems a strange...

No doubt you are correct, but it seems a strange choice for that. The Roam 4 Disc comes with hydraulic brakes and an Altus rear derailleur. Seems like they would have opted for mechanical disc brakes...
04-29-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By AU Tiger

So why would a manufacturer even put a 7-speed...

So why would a manufacturer even put a 7-speed cassette on a new bike? The retail price difference between a 7 and an 8 speed cassette is less than $10, so it's much less than that for a...
04-28-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By AU Tiger

Cool, I didn't realize freehubs came in 7-speed...

Cool, I didn't realize freehubs came in 7-speed varieties. That's helpful information, especially since Giant's website often doesn't even list the number of speeds on the specs, and leaves the...
04-27-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By AU Tiger

Definitely not the Roam 4. It has a 7-speed...

Definitely not the Roam 4. It has a 7-speed freewheel instead of the much better freehub which is on the rest of the lineup. If you're more interested in that difference, you'll find lots of posts...
04-26-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By AU Tiger

No doubt that a bike shop would do a better job...

No doubt that a bike shop would do a better job than I can do! But it was definitely set up properly when I bought it. Up until this recent problem, it was the best shifting bike I've had in spite of...
04-26-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,110
Posted By AU Tiger

It sounds like you're looking for a dual sport...

It sounds like you're looking for a dual sport hybrid - a flat bar bike with fitness geometry and a front suspension. Trek DS, Specialized Crosstrail, Giant Roam, and Cannondale Quick CX are all good...
04-26-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By AU Tiger

I was willing to push with more pressure this...

I was willing to push with more pressure this time. And I also used an air compressor to blow out any debris with the cable completely taut. Between the two of those, I was able to get it working....
04-25-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By AU Tiger

Yeah, that's what I figured. But when I tried...

Yeah, that's what I figured. But when I tried that, it would not move far at all before I encountered significant pressure. But that's helpful to know know I'm on the right track.


Will give this...
04-25-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By AU Tiger

Faulty derailleur?

I have a 2017 Altus front derailleur which will no longer shift into the lowest gear on a triple crank. I think itís possibly a faulty derailleur, not the cable adjustment. When the shifter is in...
04-17-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By AU Tiger

I decided to get two different pairs: one with Rx...

I decided to get two different pairs: one with Rx lenses and one without. That way I also have a good pair of riding sunglasses for days when I wear contacts. And it will allow me to compare two...
04-15-20, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By AU Tiger

So after a bit more research, now I'm thinking...

So after a bit more research, now I'm thinking the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL might be a better choice than the Wiley X. The Saint looks good, but the Flak just seems a little more cycling specific. I think...
04-15-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By AU Tiger

That's helpful - thanks again!

That's helpful - thanks again!
04-15-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By AU Tiger

I was not even aware they made something like...

I was not even aware they made something like that. I'll have to look into that more. Thanks for the tip!


That's one of my concerns - will they adapt to conditions quickly enough to make a...
04-14-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By AU Tiger

Sunglasses?

Iíve decided to spend some money on quality Rx sunglasses for riding. The ones I have are cheap ones from Zenni which have been okay, but theyíre due to be replaced. And after having a bug fly into...
04-03-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,337
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats on the new bikes! I see they have...

Congrats on the new bikes!

I see they have 1x9 gearing with a 40T chain ring and 11-42 cassette. That's very close to what I have, but mine is an 11-speed SRAM instead of the 9-speed microSHIFT....
04-02-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By AU Tiger

It's probably the kind of thing that if I ever...

It's probably the kind of thing that if I ever decide to upgrade to hydraulic brakes, I'd be better off just trading in my current bike for a newer one with hydraulic brakes already on it. Cyclists...
04-01-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By AU Tiger

I'm guessing it would be more involved with drop...

I'm guessing it would be more involved with drop bars, where the brake levers and shifters are more integrated than on flat bars?
04-01-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,337
Posted By AU Tiger

The rigid fork bikes will have no problem at all...

The rigid fork bikes will have no problem at all on gravel roads, and they'll be a little lighter as well. As hokiefyd said, you may find you like the geometry of the suspension fork bikes better....
04-01-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By AU Tiger

How hard was it to convert the brakes to...

How hard was it to convert the brakes to hydraulic?
03-31-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By AU Tiger

I have TRP Spyres on my gravel bike which have...

I have TRP Spyres on my gravel bike which have that feature, and I like them.


Yes, that's part of what I mean by difficult to keep adjusted. They just seem like they constantly need attention....
03-30-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By AU Tiger

With respect to stopping power, yes, I would say...

With respect to stopping power, yes, I would say rim brakes and mechanical disc brakes are about the same. (Neither holds a candle to the stopping power of hydraulic disc brakes!)
But in my...
02-13-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,205
Posted By AU Tiger

I started off on a Fuji Absolute 1.5 five years...

I started off on a Fuji Absolute 1.5 five years ago and loved it. Transitioned to a Fuji Jari 1.5 last year and love it even more. If the fit is right, I would definitely recommend the Fuji brand.
01-03-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,155
Posted By AU Tiger

For a softer ride, I would bump up to 35mm or...

For a softer ride, I would bump up to 35mm or even 38mm tires. You could easily get your tire pressure down to 40 or 50 psi which makes a world of difference. The increase in rolling resistance would...
01-01-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,370
Posted By AU Tiger

One jacket that fits that category is the Endura...

One jacket that fits that category is the Endura Windchill (https://www.endurasport.com/Windchill-Jacket/p/bE9102). I ordered one to compare with the Gore jackets I was also considering. It has a...
12-21-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,370
Posted By AU Tiger

I clicked on this thread because my opinion of my...

I clicked on this thread because my opinion of my cycling jacket is the exact opposite. Every time I'm out riding in the cold I think how much I love this jacket. It's a Gore C5 Windstopper Thermo...
12-07-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By AU Tiger

I ordered the Endura Windchill Jacket, the Gore...

I ordered the Endura Windchill Jacket, the Gore C3 Windstopper Soft Shell, the Gore C3 Windstopper Classic Thermo Jacket, and eventually the Gore C5 Windstopper Thermo Jacket in order to compare...
12-04-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

Cool! Bears can be tough to photograph even with...

Cool! Bears can be tough to photograph even with the camera out and ready. We saw a momma with cubs in Cade's Cove (Great Smoky Mountains) several years ago - great photo op, but no good shots to...
12-04-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,243
Posted By AU Tiger

This has been my experience as well. I've got a...

This has been my experience as well. I've got a little over 1,000 miles on it, and I cannot imagine going back to a flat-bar hybrid. I'm very glad I started on one when I got into biking a few years...
12-04-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By AU Tiger

What's to convert? A gravel bike is already a...

What's to convert? A gravel bike is already a hybrid. It just has drop bars instead of flat bars.
I replaced my Fuji Absolute with a Fuji Jari at the beginning of the summer, and I ride it in all...
11-21-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,317
Posted By AU Tiger

I don't know how it compares to wool because I've...

I don't know how it compares to wool because I've never worn a wool base layer. But the Champion C9 shirts resist odors well enough that I can get 2 or 3 rides (around 15 miles each with lots of...
11-12-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,317
Posted By AU Tiger

My favorite is Champion C9 Varitherm with a...

My favorite is Champion C9 Varitherm with a brushed back. Comfy and warm, wicks well.
11-11-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By AU Tiger

I don't mind the lack of insulation - happy to...

I don't mind the lack of insulation - happy to use layering for that.

Do you know what model it is? Is it the Stow (https://www.giro.com/p/mens-stow-cycling-jacket#pid=7106775)? I like the concept...
11-11-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By AU Tiger

Do all softshells restrict arm motion?

Trying to push my riding season a little further into the cold weather, so I'm shopping for a softshell... at least I think that's what I want. I've taken a few rides wearing my Columbia Pouration...
10-28-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,564
Posted By AU Tiger

Awesome! Congrats, and enjoy the riding!

Awesome! Congrats, and enjoy the riding!
10-25-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

I think the scenery is better along the Pine...

I think the scenery is better along the Pine Creek trail. Even though it follows the river, the Lehigh Gorge trail has very limited water views. Most of the time the trees are too thick to get nice...
10-25-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

I hope they don't stop operating the train...

I hope they don't stop operating the train service. I would like to do that sometime.

Several years ago I rode the entire trail from Jim Thorpe to White Haven and back. It's a nice ride, but...
10-25-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

That's a great way to do the whole trail. ...

That's a great way to do the whole trail.
There's a train service that does something similar for the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail that runs between Jim Thorpe and White Haven.
10-21-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

I'm in the Susquehanna Valley in central PA, so...

I'm in the Susquehanna Valley in central PA, so that looks like it would be about three hours from here. We like to incorporate bike rides into our travels, so I'll put that on the list for some time...
10-21-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

I really like those - especially the ones that...

I really like those - especially the ones that show the creek winding back and forth. In the section we rode Saturday the bends are broad as opposed to snaking. And seeing your shots from bridges...
10-20-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

Yep. Even just driving up Route 15 north of...

Yep. Even just driving up Route 15 north of Williamsport is a treat this time of year.


The entire PE department at the high school where I teach are graduates of Lock Haven. Apparently it has a...
10-19-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,254
Posted By AU Tiger

Pine Creek Rail Trail (PA)

Several years ago I spent Columbus Day riding a beautiful stretch of the Pine Creek Rail Trail (north central Pennsylvania), and I finally got back up there with my family today. The entire trail is...
10-18-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,515
Posted By AU Tiger

If you’re asking specifically about the CX line,...

If you’re asking specifically about the CX line, I think the Quick CX 3 (https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Bike/ProductDetail?Id=7a542ede-a4cd-43d6-8a5f-8ee42539af3e&parentid=undefined) would work...
10-17-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,425
Posted By AU Tiger

Yes, it definitely makes sense to have two...

Yes, it definitely makes sense to have two different bikes in that situation... for both the tires and the geometry. In my opinion, though, if you're happy with a rigid fork on the trail bike, you...
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