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04-16-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 79
Posted By freeranger

Recommended insulated water bottle - Bike Forums...

Recommended insulated water bottle - Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/996042-recommended-insulated-water-bottle.html)
I have better luck using Google and then add Bike Forums at...
04-14-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 482
Posted By freeranger

Never had a fitting for a bike. I've always tried...

Never had a fitting for a bike. I've always tried one I was thinking of buying. I did have the stem changed to a shorter than stock when I bought my road bike. Could tell after just a few blocks that...
04-14-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 421
Posted By freeranger

If your daughter likes the Roam, the Roam 3 disc...

If your daughter likes the Roam, the Roam 3 disc specs show a 30/46 crankset and 11x34 cassette, meaning the large cog on the back is 34 teeth, small chainring on front is 30--this would be good for...
04-14-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 421
Posted By freeranger

The more teeth on the largest cog of the rear...

The more teeth on the largest cog of the rear cassette, and the less teeth on the small front chainring, the easier it will be to climb a hill. You want something with a 1 to 1 ratio, or less. So if...
04-13-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 220
Posted By freeranger

The Park Tool ref is an excellent one. But if you...

The Park Tool ref is an excellent one. But if you aren't a DIY'er, I'd check out another shop, with a good mechanic. Yes, some brakes are better than others, but most are not so bad that a good...
04-08-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 104
Posted By freeranger

decent paint match for Shimano road brake/shift levers

My wife crashed the other day (she and bike are ok). The shifter/brake lever on one side had the silver scraped off in spots. Had some Rust-Oleum Aluminum 7715 (formerly silver metallic per the can)...
04-07-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By freeranger

The only thing I'll add is to pay attention to...

The only thing I'll add is to pay attention to the fork that comes stock. Many are using lower level Suntour forks. Suntour does offer a trade in option, but it is not free. And if you think you need...
04-01-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,400
Posted By freeranger

Didn't look at BikesDirect--looks like their...

Didn't look at BikesDirect--looks like their prices are much closer to what my LeMond cost, for a comparably equipped bike. Other than having a LBS, assembly, and warranty (didn't search their site...
04-01-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,400
Posted By freeranger

Just for the heck of it, I went to compare prices...

Just for the heck of it, I went to compare prices on road bikes from two of the "big three" bike mfrs. Now, my bike has rim brakes, while the ones I compared have discs. Otherwise, spec for spec,...
04-01-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,400
Posted By freeranger

I agree with you. I've been around and riding...

I agree with you. I've been around and riding bikes for just about as long as I could walk. The cost of today's bikes, especially when you consider the level of components which come stock, seems way...
04-01-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By freeranger

I don't know much (anything) about GRX, but I was...

I don't know much (anything) about GRX, but I was curious after reading your post. I found this, don't know if it will help or not, but thought I'd offer it up: "You do have to be careful about front...
04-01-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 619
Posted By freeranger

A saddle which fits your sit bones will...

A saddle which fits your sit bones will contribute to the comfort factor, and should be considered as well as having a cut out. There are several sites which address how to get your sit bone...
04-01-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 862
Posted By freeranger

I've forgotten names of people I don't see that...

I've forgotten names of people I don't see that often. Usually bugs me until I later remember it. Can't recall any I that I never remembered later, but there must be one or two!
03-31-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 619
Posted By freeranger

Similar questions have come up before. Hope you...

Similar questions have come up before. Hope you find this description helpful. Think of a saddle as a soft pillow. Take your hands and put them on a pillow, with a little space between your hands....
03-31-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By freeranger

Good to hear! Sometimes all the little things...

Good to hear! Sometimes all the little things add up to be something major. Now you can concentrate on riding and enjoying it, rather than worrying about crashing.
03-30-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By freeranger

You might have better luck posting this in...

You might have better luck posting this in Recreational and Family. I don't have any experience with child seats, but bet someone there has.
03-29-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,972
Posted By freeranger

Ya beat me to it!

Ya beat me to it!
03-29-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,092
Posted By freeranger

My wife is petite. But at one point, she was...

My wife is petite. But at one point, she was gaining weight, and couldn't seem to lose it. She was eating "rabbit food", lots of salad, food high in fiber, was exercising, and nothing worked. Turned...
03-28-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By freeranger

Why did your friend not supply the cleats with...

Why did your friend not supply the cleats with the pedals, or at least tell you what cleats are needed?
03-27-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,387
Posted By freeranger

You could get regular bifocal glasses that are...

You could get regular bifocal glasses that are "clear" on the top portion, with only the rx you need in the bifocal portion. Then use them with clip-ons that you can flip up or down as needed, for...
03-27-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 466,262
Posted By freeranger

In most cases, unless the bikes have...

In most cases, unless the bikes have significantly different gearing, or one is very much heavier, the speed is determined by the fitness of the rider. Can't see that going over 15mph would be...
03-27-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,256
Posted By freeranger

Start with the "contact points". Seat, handlebar,...

Start with the "contact points". Seat, handlebar, grips, pedals. Better tires (tho some come with ok tires, and can always upgrade when they wear out). A lot depends on the components that came...
03-27-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,537
Posted By freeranger

Only if encountering a difficult hill, on the end...

Only if encountering a difficult hill, on the end of a hard ride, but not any name(s) I'll post here!
03-26-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By freeranger

"Cutting edge technology?"

"Cutting edge technology?"
03-25-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By freeranger

Good to hear it's working for ya! Looks good to...

Good to hear it's working for ya! Looks good to boot.
03-25-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 614
Posted By freeranger

Even though it may have been no fault of yours, I...

Even though it may have been no fault of yours, I would not be surprised if it was not covered. It's a mtn.bike, and lots of things may happen on the trail. Such as a hard glance on a pointy rock,...
03-24-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By freeranger

Think if that had happened to me, it might have...

Think if that had happened to me, it might have created another "muddy patch"! Glad you handled it and are safe!
03-24-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,174
Posted By freeranger

Try telling my 70+ y.o. friend, who was along on...

Try telling my 70+ y.o. friend, who was along on a 32 mile ride, while still wearing a knee brace from a knee replacement, that bicycling is more difficult. I think you're confusing "convenient" or...
03-23-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 898
Posted By freeranger

You could try a shorter stem, or perhaps a bar...

You could try a shorter stem, or perhaps a bar with more back sweep-ex: Amazon.com : UPANBIKE Urban Road Bike Bicycle Retro Handlebar 31.8mm Moustache Shape Wide 640mm : Sports & Outdoors...
03-23-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 898
Posted By freeranger

Do you have a Trek dealer in your area with any...

Do you have a Trek dealer in your area with any stock on the floor? Seems like a flat bar "fitness" or maybe a "comfort" style bike might work. The Trek FX line and also Trek Verve are just two I've...
03-22-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By freeranger

I just went out to the garage and checked the...

I just went out to the garage and checked the front caliper on my LeMond (generic brake-no markings on it).. Zero play in the caliper. Seems like play could cause a "shudder". Should be some way to...
03-22-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 437
Posted By freeranger

Seeing how thorough you've been, you may have...

Seeing how thorough you've been, you may have already checked, but thought I'd mention it anyway. Have you checked the brake mounting bolt (that goes thru the middle of the fork) for looseness? Seems...
03-20-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,880
Posted By freeranger

I tried "clipless" pedals, but they weren't for...

I tried "clipless" pedals, but they weren't for me. Never got used to not being able to place my foot in a diff. position on the pedal, if I wanted. And never felt comfortable being clipped in. Now...
03-20-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By freeranger

I also (used to) ride a motorcycle. My rear...

I also (used to) ride a motorcycle. My rear brake lever is on the right on my bicycle. Maybe that's the way most bicycles are set up because most are set up with the rear shifter on the right. So...
03-19-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,279
Posted By freeranger

No. Like many things, it's probably not a symptom...

No. Like many things, it's probably not a symptom of bike crashes occurring. It's more likely that we're just hearing about more due to technology and social media. We're hearing more about more...
03-19-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,180
Posted By freeranger

Agree!! Before I moved, I lived in an area with...

Agree!! Before I moved, I lived in an area with lots of good mtn.bike trails and rail-trails. Didn't own a road bike then.
03-19-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 724
Posted By freeranger

Nice looking bike! Glad you turned that rear...

Nice looking bike! Glad you turned that rear wheel around since the first "mock-up" picture!
03-19-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,180
Posted By freeranger

No, if every bike wreck made anxiety increase,...

No, if every bike wreck made anxiety increase, none of us would be riding. We'd all be in therapy, or on some r/x.
03-19-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,466
Posted By freeranger

My worst was years ago, after I had just moved to...

My worst was years ago, after I had just moved to KY. Went to a local mtb trail, with which I was not familiar. Rode around for a while on the trails, then decided to pack up and head back to the...
03-18-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By freeranger

Any of those bikes will go as far/fast as your...

Any of those bikes will go as far/fast as your fitness dictates. Which will be the easiest to ride?-The one that fits you best. Which will fit best? Hard to tell: not a lot to add from my response to...
03-18-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 401
Posted By freeranger

Recently read where a conversion was done using...

Recently read where a conversion was done using Microshift Mezzo: Back in the Rotation - Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bicycles/1225149-back-rotation.html)
Believe these should also...
03-17-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 455
Posted By freeranger

Have you tried an insole in only one of your...

Have you tried an insole in only one of your shoes? Some are thicker than others-maybe a local shoe or sports store might have a selection.
03-15-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 753
Posted By freeranger

Agree the crash was a good (maybe life-saving)...

Agree the crash was a good (maybe life-saving) thing! But the lack of anticipating what could happen with an inexperienced child on a bike, going downhill, toward a busy road, is so bad. A little...
03-13-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By freeranger

All of the bikes you mention are good bikes....

All of the bikes you mention are good bikes. Which one will feel best to you-almost impossible to tell just from specs for geometry. One thing that might help decide which is: how soon can you get...
03-08-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By freeranger

The more you focus on not crashing, the less you...

The more you focus on not crashing, the less you are focusing on riding. Relax, and you may find the skills will develop and maybe those bad habits will lessen, as you'll be enjoying the ride more,...
03-07-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,178
Posted By freeranger

After reading your post, I was wondering the same...

After reading your post, I was wondering the same thing. Found an article that seems to imply that it wouldn't affect climbing (we have gears for that, so it makes sense). Here's the article, hope...
03-07-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 634
Posted By freeranger

Read the "fine print" on the website of the...

Read the "fine print" on the website of the saddle's mfr. Some allow returns (Terry is one that comes to mind, sure there are others).
03-07-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 677
Posted By freeranger

Good job! This season may find me doing the same...

Good job! This season may find me doing the same to my LeMond. Thinking of these for the shifters: SL-A09 / SL-T09 – microSHIFT (https://www.microshift.com/en/product/sl-a09-sl-t09/)
03-05-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,809
Posted By freeranger

Scheller's Cycling (outside of Louisville,KY) has...

Scheller's Cycling (outside of Louisville,KY) has Verves and also FX's in stock currently (or did as of 3/2). Scheller's Fitness and Cycling | Louisville, KY (https://www.schellers.com/)
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03-03-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,178
Posted By freeranger

And I can remember playing songs from all of the...

And I can remember playing songs from all of the above, when I played in bands!
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