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04-13-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 77
Posted By hokiefyd

What matters is the derailleur is designed to...

What matters is the derailleur is designed to support the largest sprocket. A Megarange typically has a 34-tooth large sprocket. In general, any derailleur designed to support that should work. ...
04-12-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,590
Posted By hokiefyd

I have the Topeak Explorer MTX rack and bag and...

I have the Topeak Explorer MTX rack and bag and I've found it all to be very high quality stuff. The bag slides easily in and out of the rack channel and the DXP version (bag) has fold-out panniers...
04-11-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 2,106
Views: 780,390
Posted By hokiefyd

WTB has been in the mountain bike game for...

WTB has been in the mountain bike game for several decades now and have recently gotten into the "gravel" market as well. Though I've not owned the Byways, I have several sets of WTB Nano tires and...
04-10-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 426
Posted By hokiefyd

One YouTube channel you may be interested in,...

One YouTube channel you may be interested in, ccollins3890 is KevCentral (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_mxl2kDiu-Ls_m7dR5qjtw). He reviews a lot of big-box bikes and these genre has really...
04-10-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 465,449
Posted By hokiefyd

Nice color! You seem to like SQlab stuff -- try...

Nice color! You seem to like SQlab stuff -- try one of their saddles. I have an SQlab 604 Active and really like it.
04-08-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 426
Posted By hokiefyd

If your use is as mixed as it sounds, then I'd...

If your use is as mixed as it sounds, then I'd buy a basic hard tail mountain bike, something like a Trek Marlin, Giant Talon, something like that. Here's my MTB that I mostly use as a hybrid.
...
04-08-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By hokiefyd

It just goes to show that every bike will fit...

It just goes to show that every bike will fit different people...differently. You really do need to have some seat time on a bike before knowing if it's right for you.
04-08-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 235
Posted By hokiefyd

Few new bikes sold today will fit like an older...

Few new bikes sold today will fit like an older mountain bike; older mountain bike geometry featured just what you have -- a much longer top tube than seat tube...and often, a pretty long stem as...
04-05-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 395
Posted By hokiefyd

The front brakes are low-profile cantilevers. In...

The front brakes are low-profile cantilevers. In general, you'll get the most mechanical advantage with these by pulling the cable anchors laterally (horizontally). For this reason, the lower you can...
Forum: Fatbikes
04-04-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By hokiefyd

The bike looks great. Have I asked before what...

The bike looks great. Have I asked before what mudguards those are? They look like they're light weight but still offering good coverage.
04-01-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By hokiefyd

That is a freewheel and the teeth shapes do not...

That is a freewheel and the teeth shapes do not look unusual to me. Some of them appear to be "twisted" at the top...this is normal and is an aid to shifting cleanly.

Based on your description of...
03-31-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By hokiefyd

If it's a 14-34, it's almost certainly a...

If it's a 14-34, it's almost certainly a freewheel (vs. a cassette). Most cassettes have an 11- or 12-tooth sprocket as the smallest sprocket, and freewheels usually have a 14-tooth sprocket as the...
03-31-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By hokiefyd

We may be able to help more if you can take a...

We may be able to help more if you can take a picture and post here (you have enough posts to do so). It's hard to judge cassette or freewheel teeth based on their shape -- some of them look rather...
03-31-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By hokiefyd

I think we probably need a better description of...

I think we probably need a better description of "slipping". Bikesarecool21 later clarified that it's "slipping" when shifting from a higher gear to a lower one. I presume this means when shifting...
03-28-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 344
Posted By hokiefyd

The Sheldon Brown site linked above can be...

The Sheldon Brown site linked above can be referenced for more information on tire and wheel sizing.

You have a 26x1.95" tire, which means the wheel itself (the metal rim) has a 559mm diameter...
03-28-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By hokiefyd

Yes -- just wiggle that black cap side to side to...

Yes -- just wiggle that black cap side to side to pull it off (it may take a pair of pliers to get enough purchase on it). I bet there's a hex pattern inside that's designed to engage with and fit...
03-24-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By hokiefyd

It seems like walterbyrd is just looking for some...

It seems like walterbyrd is just looking for some advice on where one can procure a basic inexpensive bike with a reasonable level of quality. Walmart can be a good source for bikes, but only...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-24-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By hokiefyd

Please report back! I have the Nates on my Pugs...

Please report back! I have the Nates on my Pugs as well and, though I usually do ride it in primarily single track environments, maybe a smoother tire would enable me to expand its versatility a...
03-24-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By hokiefyd

At the minimum, the mechanical changes would...

At the minimum, the mechanical changes would include a different handlebar and different brake levers. You'll most likely be looking at handlebars with a 25.4mm clamp size and I think your current...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-23-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By hokiefyd

The Panaracer Fat B Nimble tires are supposed to...

The Panaracer Fat B Nimble tires are supposed to be pretty nice for hardpack. Universal Cycles (https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=69894) has 'em for about 70 bucks. ...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-23-21, 05:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,679
Posted By hokiefyd

I have a cheap MTB (Redline Zander, but really a...

I have a cheap MTB (Redline Zander, but really a re-sprayed Diamondback Overdrive) that came with low-grade wheels with Quando hubs. I re-packed and adjusted the hubs and think they're some of the...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-23-21, 05:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By hokiefyd

Can you fit a 4.8" tire in a '13 Pugs frame? I...

Can you fit a 4.8" tire in a '13 Pugs frame? I have a '14 Pugs and the stock Nates are relatively close to the rear stays. I'm not sure a near 5" tire would fit in this frame. Do they just barely...
03-22-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 1,527
Views: 465,449
Posted By hokiefyd

The primary risk of a longer seat post is it...

The primary risk of a longer seat post is it won't be able to slide far enough into the frame to accommodate your preferred seat height. Bottle cage mounts can interfere. If you can slide your...
03-21-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By hokiefyd

My dad tried the tubeless thing and also decided...

My dad tried the tubeless thing and also decided that he didn't think it was worth the effort. He lives in the desert southwest (goathead country!) and the widely reported ability for a small leak to...
03-21-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By hokiefyd

There are a few mechanical advantages. One is a...

There are a few mechanical advantages. One is a smoother transition from the largest sprocket to the next smallest. The MegaRange freewheel has a 14-16-18-21-24-34 tooth count; that's 10-tooth gap...
03-21-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By hokiefyd

I'm not near serious or skilled enough of a rider...

I'm not near serious or skilled enough of a rider to ride two different tires to optimize steering or drive traction. I've only ever run these as pairs. :D
03-21-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By hokiefyd

If they appear symmetrical, then you should be...

If they appear symmetrical, then you should be able to flip them and they'll run just fine. If you do happen to install one or both "backwards" with respect to how they were turning, then you may...
03-20-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 454
Posted By hokiefyd

I can offer two tire recommendations. Both have...

I can offer two tire recommendations. Both have very similar tread patterns: the WTB Nano and the Vittoria Mezcal. I own both, have used both on mixed surfaces, and both offer what I think is a...
03-19-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By hokiefyd

You might also consider a standard 6-speed...

You might also consider a standard 6-speed freewheel (vs. the MegaRange one). With the torque of an e-bike motor, you may not find that you need the super low drivetrain ratios.
03-18-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 548
Posted By hokiefyd

Unfortunately, bicycle comfort is so subjective...

Unfortunately, bicycle comfort is so subjective and personal, that you really need to try a few bikes to see what you like. Some people are more comfortable when leaned forward, on a longer, lower...
03-16-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 458
Posted By hokiefyd

Because you don't have the quill stem installed...

Because you don't have the quill stem installed in that photo, you should be able to visually look down inside the top nut and see how close the upper "cap" or shoulder of the nut is to bottoming out...
03-16-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 291
Posted By hokiefyd

My father has a few e-bikes with 27.5" wheels and...

My father has a few e-bikes with 27.5" wheels and uses Schwalbe Big Bens on them (in 27.5 x 2.00 size). They ride pretty smoothly and last a good long time for him.

I probably wouldn't go...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-15-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 903
Posted By hokiefyd

In addition to mixing rigid and suspension,...

In addition to mixing rigid and suspension, you're also mixing bike types (fat, MTB, road, etc.). That makes the discussion longer and more complicated.

I'll start by saying that I'm not a...
03-12-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 791
Posted By hokiefyd

I think there are two primary trains of thought...

I think there are two primary trains of thought on this.

Buy the bike on which you find the most comfort, because that'll get you out riding and if your skill or fitness or desires change over...
03-11-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By hokiefyd

I don't have experience with either the Surly bar...

I don't have experience with either the Surly bar or this one but another option, though currently out of stock, is the Velo Orange Klunker bar. I don't know the diameter of the crossbar on it. It...
03-11-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,080
Posted By hokiefyd

Are these them? ...

Are these them?

https://www.thebikesmiths.com/products/kenda-k935-khan-700c-tire

If that is the tire (the "Khan"), it does look like there's a puncture protection layer under the tread:
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03-11-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By hokiefyd

The Scott Sub Cross 10...

The Scott Sub Cross 10 (https://www.scott-sports.com/global/en/product/scott-sub-cross-10-men-bike) appears to have vertical rear dropouts, making a wheel alignment issue so bad that it impacts the...
03-11-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,080
Posted By hokiefyd

What model Kendas are they? The Bontrager...

What model Kendas are they?

The Bontrager H5s are usually noted to be pretty dull feeling. They're heavy, not particularly supple, and have a very thick puncture protection layer (though probably...
Forum: Fatbikes
03-11-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,762
Posted By hokiefyd

I've found my fat bike to be exceptional for this...

I've found my fat bike to be exceptional for this novice on beginner-to-moderate level single track. We have a lot of stream crossings and such at our local trails and the mud and muck...this bike...
03-10-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 20,671
Posted By hokiefyd

Bikes are never done, right? They're always...

Bikes are never done, right? They're always fluid...existing in one form or another just temporarily...at least for those of us who like to tinker. I have had my '97 750 in a steady state for a...
03-09-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Posted By hokiefyd

This is a 2015 Verve 3 that I owned a few years...

This is a 2015 Verve 3 that I owned a few years ago. It was a very smooth-riding bike and had a really stunning color combination (dark gloss black with gloss metallic blue).

The primary reason I...
03-09-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,080
Posted By hokiefyd

I think all the "official" threads were started...

I think all the "official" threads were started by regular Joes like you and me. :D If you search and can't find one, feel free to start one. There are a lot of satisfied Verve owners here who, I'm...
03-09-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,080
Posted By hokiefyd

I'm 235 pounds and I'd run a 45mm tire at about...

I'm 235 pounds and I'd run a 45mm tire at about 30-40 psi in the front and 40-50 psi in the rear...and then adjust from there. My priority is comfort and traction on rough/textured surfaces (gravel,...
03-07-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 924
Posted By hokiefyd

I think the potential issue is a short-pull...

I think the potential issue is a short-pull caliper brake at the front and a long-pull linear pull brake at the rear. The same levers wouldn't be optimal for both without some sort of cable pull...
03-07-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 657
Posted By hokiefyd

That looks nice. Yeah -- pretty much THE...

That looks nice. Yeah -- pretty much THE definition of a flat bar road bike!
03-07-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,399
Posted By hokiefyd

I like the Planet Bike Cascadia fenders. They...

I like the Planet Bike Cascadia fenders. They have very good coverage and look pretty nice as well. Planet Bike has a great policy with replacement parts -- they're very reasonably priced and...
03-04-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,925
Posted By hokiefyd

I didn't read the original post as using "the...

I didn't read the original post as using "the man" in any offensive or derogatory way. I read it in a way of, "Did this guy do professional work for you? Then pay the man!" His time is worth...
03-04-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 344
Posted By hokiefyd

U-brakes have the mounting bosses "above" the...

U-brakes have the mounting bosses "above" the braking surface while cantilever or linear pull brakes (called V-brakes by Shimano) have the mounting bosses "below" the braking surface. Be watchful for...
03-03-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 586
Posted By hokiefyd

Those look like the WTB Riddlers. How do they...

Those look like the WTB Riddlers. How do they ride? Pretty smooth on pavement? Much tread "buzz" on smooth surfaces, or are they pretty quiet? They look nice!
03-01-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By hokiefyd

That Raleigh mixte is nice. I've a Peugeot mixte...

That Raleigh mixte is nice. I've a Peugeot mixte that is a real peach to ride. It puts you into an entirely different (and maybe arguably better!) mindset.
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