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08-08-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 3,375
Posted By freeranger

Never thought about cell reception when riding....

Never thought about cell reception when riding. Then again, I grew up and was riding bicycles before cell phones existed. Guess if I'd needed to call someone I'd have had to ask someone to use the...
08-08-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By freeranger

Pays more than one way to DIY

Was just talking with a friend in PA this morning. We got to talking bike stuff and he mentioned his sister (lives in Balt., MD area) was going to take her bike in for (he thinks) just a routine...
08-05-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 506
Posted By freeranger

The oil of different plants has been shown to be...

The oil of different plants has been shown to be an effective repellant. Haven't had to use them myself, but here's something I found which you may find interesting reading: ...
08-02-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 610
Posted By freeranger

There are two main types (there are more than 2,...

There are two main types (there are more than 2, but these are the usual) of valve stems for bike tubes. Schrader (looks just like on your car), or Presta-which is smaller and has a core which must...
07-31-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By freeranger

My wife and I are light-weights, never had a...

My wife and I are light-weights, never had a saddle sagging problem. But those we ride with are all sizes, with all types of saddles, never heard of nor noticed any problem with saddles developing a...
07-31-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 512
Posted By freeranger

Got an old tube that could be cut and slipped...

Got an old tube that could be cut and slipped over the grips?
07-29-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 582
Posted By freeranger

When you find step-thru frames, they are usually...

When you find step-thru frames, they are usually marketed as "women's" bikes. Whether the geometry is actually different or not, I don't know. But Trek has some step-thru FX models, and Cannondale...
07-29-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,953
Posted By freeranger

A fairly firm saddle with a cutout and lightly...

A fairly firm saddle with a cutout and lightly padded Andiamo underwear has worked for me. That, and saddle adjustment. Work with it until you get it where you need it. I recently just changed my...
07-28-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 796
Posted By freeranger

If levers don't work, could always try a tire...

If levers don't work, could always try a tire bead jack: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71w7Ehr-wHL._AC_SL1500_.jpg
07-28-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By freeranger

Probably just need to make a (or some) saddle...

Probably just need to make a (or some) saddle adjustments. I'm sure I have one leg shorter, was on crutches for 9 months after fracturing a hip when I was still in high school. I recently, after...
07-28-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 471
Posted By freeranger

davei1980-sounds like you've got it all under...

davei1980-sounds like you've got it all under control. Re-star nut-I've never used anything other than a deep well socket, a little smaller than the i.d. of the steerer tube, to set the star nut.
07-27-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By freeranger

Suppose if it was designed well, shouldn't be a...

Suppose if it was designed well, shouldn't be a problem. One bolt seat clamps seem to work, and they certainly have pressure put on them. Never saw a single bolt stem before the pic. Personally, I...
07-27-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,931
Posted By freeranger

Because they are ineffective. If you want to be...

Because they are ineffective. If you want to be seen, mount front and rear running lights on your bike. Motorists aren't looking down toward your pedals and are unlikely to notice them even if their...
07-27-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 877
Posted By freeranger

We've had what the weather folks in this area...

We've had what the weather folks in this area describe as "Amazon air" or "the air you wear". Dew point has been way up, making it feel lots hotter that the temp would indicate. Air quality has been...
07-27-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By freeranger

Congrats on the bike! Time for rocks, roots, and...

Congrats on the bike! Time for rocks, roots, and all that fun trail stuff now!!
07-26-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By freeranger

Out of curiosity, I pulled up the specs on a...

Out of curiosity, I pulled up the specs on a Specialized Fuse mtn.bike, just to look at some specs. The crank length on all but the XL size is 170. This just happened to be the first I pulled up, and...
07-26-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,262
Posted By freeranger

The correct number of bikes is N + 1

The correct number of bikes is N + 1
07-26-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 512
Posted By freeranger

Found this, which expands the descriptions a bit:...

Found this, which expands the descriptions a bit: https://www.choosemybicycle.com/en/woc/shimano-mtb-component-hierarchy
07-25-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By freeranger

I haven't ridden a DS, but if I was riding...

I haven't ridden a DS, but if I was riding intermediate trails, I'd want a dedicated trail bike. Might be OK on easy trails-hopefully someone with first hand experience on a DS 4 will chime in. One...
07-23-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 760
Posted By freeranger

Very glad to not be needing parts just now! But...

Very glad to not be needing parts just now! But our mtn.bikes' tires aren't looking great, and are old, but still not falling apart. Have gone online to see what was available in 26"-559-mtn.bike...
07-23-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,399
Posted By freeranger

Have had Mavic rims on our mtn.bikes for a good...

Have had Mavic rims on our mtn.bikes for a good while, and they've been bombproof--hopefully the newer stuff will measure up.
07-21-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By freeranger

Sorry to hear that's happening to you, or anyone....

Sorry to hear that's happening to you, or anyone. Stupidity takes all forms.
07-20-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 655
Posted By freeranger

No secret tips from me, but from Park Tool: ...

No secret tips from me, but from Park Tool: https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/seized-seatposts-and-stems
07-19-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By freeranger

I'd have to agree, even though it goes against N...

I'd have to agree, even though it goes against N + 1
07-14-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 8,248
Posted By freeranger

Around here, just about any vehicle. Seems like...

Around here, just about any vehicle. Seems like 95% are either texting or talking on their handheld cell phone-for some odd reason, the state has yet to ban handheld devices?! Was behind a car...
07-13-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 630
Posted By freeranger

Rather than dragging your finger around inside...

Rather than dragging your finger around inside the tire and finding that metal sliver (OUCH!), use a cotton ball, dryer sheet, or handkerchief-better than a metal splinter ending up in your finger.
07-13-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,100
Posted By freeranger

Rather than running at less than minimum...

Rather than running at less than minimum pressure, your idea of a basket is a better idea. Also could add a large seat bag, or rack, maybe put some heavy objects (fishing weights, brick, whatever) to...
07-12-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,116
Posted By freeranger

Only had it happen once-that was more than...

Only had it happen once-that was more than enough! No chest pain, but ran out of hydration on a long ride. Legs felt like wet noodles. Mine was definitely lack of hydration and heat. You said you...
07-11-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,339
Posted By freeranger

Noticed you're not typing in all caps!! Sorry,...

Noticed you're not typing in all caps!! Sorry, that was too easy to pass up. I know hearing loss is not funny, some family members went thru it. Glad the aids have helped ya, now the ride has even...
07-10-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,771
Posted By freeranger

Been a while since I bought a bike, but I think...

Been a while since I bought a bike, but I think they should come with at least a basic manual. Around a year ago, was on a ride, and one of those riding was inexperienced. The seat was way too low,...
07-10-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,544
Posted By freeranger

I seem to be going in the "other" direction. As I...

I seem to be going in the "other" direction. As I age, the more I'm appreciating having a range of gears from which to choose. Hats off to those who can ride with minimal gears tho!
07-06-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By freeranger

The rental idea is a very good idea. Provides a...

The rental idea is a very good idea. Provides a way of finding the type of bike which will work for her, without buying one which she may or may not end up being one she'll ride.
07-06-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,651
Posted By freeranger

Proprietary products-yuck! Maybe you could visit...

Proprietary products-yuck! Maybe you could visit the LBS and sit on some bikes with diff. bars (or see how the bars on some of your friend's bikes feel) until you find a bar that feels comfortable....
07-03-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,595
Posted By freeranger

Didn't seem to bother me in the past, like it...

Didn't seem to bother me in the past, like it does now. Guess I'm not adapting to high heat/humidity as easily these days. Guess I'm going to have to set the alarm clock a couple of hours...
07-03-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 799
Posted By freeranger

I was surprised when I researched and found what...

I was surprised when I researched and found what a decent road bike with Tiagra and 105 would cost these days (similarly spec'd to my '06 LeMond), compared to what I saw some selling for on CL. ...
07-03-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,174
Posted By freeranger

My wife and I used to go to several of the...

My wife and I used to go to several of the rail-trails in PA with a good friend of ours. Remember (don't remember the name of it) where each side had a few people with snake bags and poles. Asked...
07-03-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,705
Posted By freeranger

That is the EXACT bike that some thief is looking...

That is the EXACT bike that some thief is looking for! All you can hope is he isn't where you parked yours.
07-03-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,220
Posted By freeranger

Well, as nice as that frame is, someone could...

Well, as nice as that frame is, someone could have been putting it on their wall as an art display. Don't laugh-we once sold a leather western horse saddle to someone who didn't have a horse-you...
07-02-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,808
Posted By freeranger

Never seen nor heard of a carbon frame failure....

Never seen nor heard of a carbon frame failure. The ONLY failure I've ever heard of was a chromoly mtn.bike frame of my ex-neighbor (large-200lb, but not obese) person who broke a headtube weld after...
07-02-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,392
Posted By freeranger

As I enjoy riding singletrack, with rocks, roots,...

As I enjoy riding singletrack, with rocks, roots, small drops, stream crossings and I also enjoy riding pavement, I'd be missing front susp. when off-road, or the efficiency of a road bike on...
07-01-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By freeranger

I have a Camelbak M.U.L.E. that holds all I would...

I have a Camelbak M.U.L.E. that holds all I would want to put into it. Lots of 100 oz. packs to choose from: ...
06-30-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By freeranger

If you want them, you want them. But why do you...

If you want them, you want them. But why do you feel you NEED disc brakes? Well adjusted v-brakes with decent pads will handle what most will use them for. The v-brakes on my old mtn.bike can easily...
06-30-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,445
Posted By freeranger

The young and healthy have no need to...

The young and healthy have no need to worry--WHAT!! Should they not worry about spreading the virus?! EVERYONE needs to worry about this pandemic. If EVERYONE doesn't take measures to stop the...
06-30-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By freeranger

You might have luck finding a match with nail...

You might have luck finding a match with nail polish. Now, the store might not like you taking your bike into their store, but maybe you could leave your license, of enough $$ to more than cover the...
06-30-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,224
Posted By freeranger

You could try a handlebar extender, to free up...

You could try a handlebar extender, to free up some room on the bar: ...
06-30-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 876
Posted By freeranger

Yep, regardless of age, it's a lot of fun! Some...

Yep, regardless of age, it's a lot of fun! Some of the stuff I used to ride, I'll now pass on, but still enjoy rolling over the rocks, roots, mild drops, but nothing as extreme as in the past. Met a...
06-30-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,763
Posted By freeranger

I hope it's true, as I tried clipless, and they...

I hope it's true, as I tried clipless, and they just were not for me. Maybe it's because I'd ridden mtn.bike flats with pins for so long that I just feel more comfortable on them. It would seem to...
06-29-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By freeranger

Start slowly, and build up endurance and distance...

Start slowly, and build up endurance and distance as you go. Don't try to do too much at first, you don't want to burn out so that you aren't enjoying riding again. Find a bike that fits the type of...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 19,519
Views: 4,134,403
Posted By freeranger

Handlebar tape-but probably not for what you're...

Handlebar tape-but probably not for what you're thinking. Used it to cushion bar ends on a mtn.bike.
06-28-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By freeranger

Whether help is accepted or not, whatever their...

Whether help is accepted or not, whatever their reason, the important thing is that you offered.
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