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03-23-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By travbikeman

The Fantom looks cool. The Giant has if they...

The Fantom looks cool. The Giant has if they give it, a better fork. But the rest of the components look to be more nice on the Fantom. Just looking at pictures, not comparing specs, the frame on...
02-18-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 801
Posted By travbikeman

Wow, that is awesome! I would not have thought...

Wow, that is awesome! I would not have thought Giant would have resolved this so quickly and for your older frame.

FYI, $100 is cheap, especially considering the LBS essentially checked all...
02-17-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 7,341
Posted By travbikeman

Past 6 years since I've joined the Bike Forums,...

Past 6 years since I've joined the Bike Forums, could always tell we are in middle of winter. Not by looking out the window, or seeing my bike on the trainer, but by the same arguments over every...
02-12-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,767
Posted By travbikeman

While I see the new Sirrus with the new...

While I see the new Sirrus with the new suspension as really cool, I am always worried about proprietary parts. We had a recent thread on this forum (don't feel like looking for it) asking if...
02-11-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,683
Posted By travbikeman

yea, it will be difficult to test if the shops...

yea, it will be difficult to test if the shops don't have them. Going off your budget limit of $1000 or less, you are most likely not going to find bikes with the Shimano 105 and most likely not the...
02-11-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,683
Posted By travbikeman

Honestly, we can recommend all kinds of bikes,...

Honestly, we can recommend all kinds of bikes, but some areas and some shops, you may want to take whatever you get your hands on. Or at very least, check the bike out, test ride it and find out...
02-05-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7,647
Views: 2,476,124
Posted By travbikeman

Looking at your photo's the only difference I can...

Looking at your photo's the only difference I can actually see is the actual brake itself. The part where the pin holds the brake pads is slightly smaller. The levers look identical to the 275's. ...
02-03-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,502
Posted By travbikeman

My first mountain bike a Trek think it was a 95,...

My first mountain bike a Trek think it was a 95, maybe 94 Mountain Track 830. It had the Alivio think the MC12. From what I remember to what I'm using now with the Alivio M4000, not a whole lot of...
01-28-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,015
Posted By travbikeman

Are you putting the bolts through these plastic...

Are you putting the bolts through these plastic pieces that I highlighted below? These should have came with your back rack and will be needed to have a sturdy rack on the bike:
...
01-18-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,624
Posted By travbikeman

Just checked and found that Bike Radar does...

Just checked and found that Bike Radar does confirm that Bondhus makes tools for Park Tools and other companies like Snap On.

Bike Radar Article, click here...
01-17-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,624
Posted By travbikeman

I had bought this Bondhus set last month. This...

I had bought this Bondhus set last month. This is a solid tool set and wasn't expecting it to be so well built for only $30 and free shipping via Amazon Prime. I had read somewhere that Bondhus is...
01-04-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,416
Views: 294,102
Posted By travbikeman

Was surprised when the Scott LBS across the...

Was surprised when the Scott LBS across the border in PA had a large Scott Aspect 950 (they just got in). Went to look at it and it just followed me home. Yes, it's a mountain bike, but it has...
12-07-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1,416
Views: 294,102
Posted By travbikeman

Finally received both of my new wheels with...

Finally received both of my new wheels with Velocity rims. Also installed the Panaracer Gravel King SK tires. Then took out for a 15 mile test ride on the C&O, even though it was 35 degrees this...
10-27-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,058
Posted By travbikeman

I'm keeping options open and have seen a few...

I'm keeping options open and have seen a few Conti's I like. Not sure if they are even making the Crossrides anymore, but would be a tire I would consider buying again. But have noticed the Conti...
10-27-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,058
Posted By travbikeman

On my Crosstrail, I had switched to Continental...

On my Crosstrail, I had switched to Continental CrossRide (700x42 but measured at 39) and really liked those on the C&O canal. They are much more comfortable compared to the Specialized Triggers...
09-24-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1,416
Views: 294,102
Posted By travbikeman

It's really nice riding from Shepherdstown east...

It's really nice riding from Shepherdstown east towards DC, very similar to other rails to trails. Riding west of Shepherdstown, that has not yet been converted to the new stones. It's still the...
09-24-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,416
Views: 294,102
Posted By travbikeman

Had installed my Thompson seatpost and my new...

Had installed my Thompson seatpost and my new saddle. Was shipped a gel saddle by mistake rather than the regular SMP saddle. Was hesitant at first since I've had not such great experiences with gel...
08-24-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,763
Posted By travbikeman

IF your worried about it being fake, why not buy...

IF your worried about it being fake, why not buy them from a company in the U.S.
...
07-13-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 336
Views: 136,871
Posted By travbikeman

Smile Just thought I'd give an fyi to hopefully save...

Just thought I'd give an fyi to hopefully save you money in future....Chain and cassettes are really inexpensive to replace and are considered wear items. For that 2015 Roam 3, probably around $50...
06-06-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,416
Views: 294,102
Posted By travbikeman

Few weekends ago, I was finally able to have my...

Few weekends ago, I was finally able to have my Rockshox Paragon installed. Was thinking of upgrading to a 1x11 drivetrain......but I'm not really sold on spending $300 for an entire new drivetrain....
05-01-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,995
Posted By travbikeman

It's a great bike for rails to trails and gravel...

It's a great bike for rails to trails and gravel riding. Where I don't care for drops (am out of the wow factor I used to be when I USED to want a gravel bike). I like the geometry where I can view...
04-24-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,472
Posted By travbikeman

To some of us, bikes are becoming less of an...

To some of us, bikes are becoming less of an investment and more of an addiction. Be careful when the N+1 disease hits!

If you had the funds for it, I would suggest the FX3, that is great bike...
04-20-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 940
Views: 262,670
Posted By travbikeman

The brake Lever page does show recommended...

The brake Lever page does show recommended calipers: BR-MT200, BR-UR300

I can find the BR_UR300 but like you don't see any MT200 calipers. ...
04-16-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,804
Posted By travbikeman

:popcornHeh....the things we talk about when we...

:popcornHeh....the things we talk about when we have so much extra time available!

Personally I think it's cool if retirees or others are rebuilding bikes to sell. Doesn't mean I have to buy the...
04-08-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 940
Views: 262,670
Posted By travbikeman

Rockhopper is a bit better suited for light...

Rockhopper is a bit better suited for light single tracking mountain biking. Although it is close to being a hybrid but gearing wise and such, you might be happier with the Crosstrail for what you...
03-20-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By travbikeman

No, I bought an extra cassette and disc rotor for...

No, I bought an extra cassette and disc rotor for the new wheel set. My hybrid that I do this on is only a 9 speed. So when I buy things like this, it's usually during winter when it's less...
03-19-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By travbikeman

Ebay has some nice wheels as well: ...

Ebay has some nice wheels as well:
...
03-19-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By travbikeman

Just doing a quick google search, found this set...

Just doing a quick google search, found this set on clearance for $160 just for the wheels:
...
03-19-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By travbikeman

5 years ago, I used to continually change out...

5 years ago, I used to continually change out tires on my hybrid bike depending on what trail I was going to ride. At time I liked tires with more traction for C&O and less traction for paved trails...
03-18-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,375
Posted By travbikeman

Search through local LBS or even extend your...

Search through local LBS or even extend your search area and you might be able to score a great deal. Found the Scott 970 pictured here for only $750, MSRP was $1050. Brand new, was never bought...
03-12-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 7,248
Posted By travbikeman

I'm going to start participating in these this...

I'm going to start participating in these this year!

3/01/20 24 miles on C&O
3/08/20 18 miles on C&O
3/09/20 12 miles on C&O

So far 54 miles, will be completing at least 100 this month. ...
03-10-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 34,338
Posted By travbikeman

Nice bike, like the color scheme!

Nice bike, like the color scheme!
03-03-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 440
Posted By travbikeman

Might be less expensive to take to a bike shop...

Might be less expensive to take to a bike shop and have them repack the bearings and put on a new freewheel. Would be less than a new wheel. My guestimate would be about $60.

There are wheels like...
02-24-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 925
Posted By travbikeman

I actually liked it better. I never really knew...

I actually liked it better. I never really knew what to expect from people when selling on Craigslist. 10 years ago, I sold a bunch of things on Craigslist, but one person didn't show up to buy the...
02-23-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 925
Posted By travbikeman

Yea, I put that on until I sold it Saturday...

Yea, I put that on until I sold it Saturday morning. I accepted $200 just to get it sold. The guy had been negotiating with me for several days and was driving over 2 hours to meet up with me. Had I...
02-23-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,651
Posted By travbikeman

Just remember, weight loss is not going to just...

Just remember, weight loss is not going to just occur by bicycling. Biking is huge amount of fun, but It's an overall lifestyle change. Trust me when I say, it's not easy and is easy to get...
02-18-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 925
Posted By travbikeman

Yep! :lol: Here's the interesting one: "Man your...

Yep! :lol: Here's the interesting one: "Man your bike reminds me of Night Rider its badass lol" Oh Boy!

I've had a guy willing to drive 6 hours from Ohio, but didn't commit to buying it. Several...
02-18-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 925
Posted By travbikeman

Thanks! I shouldn't complain, I only paid $400...

Thanks! I shouldn't complain, I only paid $400 for this GT Avalanche new at Performance Bikes in Gaithersburg MD 4 years ago. I'm putting the price down to $220 and will go from there.
02-09-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7,647
Views: 2,476,124
Posted By travbikeman

Finally found a bike that I felt fits me well. My...

Finally found a bike that I felt fits me well. My medium sized Crosstrail, while I enjoyed the bike, I had to make too many changes to come close to fit me. Found a close bike shop in PA that sells...
Forum: Touring
12-25-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,068
Posted By travbikeman

I cross this bridge to go to work in MD. It's...

I cross this bridge to go to work in MD. It's not safe for a biker. But the concrete barrier to right of picture is a walkway between it and the green steel rail. Still, way too close to traffic...
10-01-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,578
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...
08-17-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 940
Views: 262,670
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: 940
Views: 262,670
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: 940
Views: 262,670
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. ...
07-10-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,909
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...
06-18-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,252
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, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,304
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....
06-07-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,649
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....
05-04-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 940
Views: 262,670
Posted By travbikeman

Look at post 805. DougG has some nice fenders.

Look at post 805. DougG has some nice fenders.
01-11-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 465,437
Posted By travbikeman

Depends really, if your only riding 60kms (30...

Depends really, if your only riding 60kms (30 miles for us Americans) a few times a week, might be good to just save your money. IF you plan to expand that, then I say go for the upgrade. I have...
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