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06-12-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,003
Posted By MRT2

Interesting point. My bike has Sora FD, and it...

Interesting point. My bike has Sora FD, and it works well.
06-12-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,003
Posted By MRT2

Tiagra STIs for the last 7 years. No problem...

Tiagra STIs for the last 7 years. No problem shifting.
06-11-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,831
Posted By MRT2

The industry is pushing consumers to hydraulic...

The industry is pushing consumers to hydraulic discs, just as it always pushes consumers to the next big thing. That said, you are looking at a bike for $250. Unless you are prepared to spend, maybe...
06-11-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,831
Posted By MRT2

It probably is, but what can you expect for $250?

It probably is, but what can you expect for $250?
06-11-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,665
Posted By MRT2

Agree OP needs to double her budget if she wants...

Agree OP needs to double her budget if she wants to buy something new from a bike shop.. Disagree about going to Wal Mart, or Dick's.

As for used, some cities have bike collectives or retailers...
06-10-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,611
Posted By MRT2

Or you need a road bike that fits you. You...

Or you need a road bike that fits you.

You say you took the Giant to a shop for a fitting. what did they say?

As for your specific complaints. Sore wrists and hard time reaching the brakes...
06-10-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,745
Posted By MRT2

As I said, the loaner was a 6 speed plus a...

As I said, the loaner was a 6 speed plus a bailout gear, probably paired with a triple. If you had an 8 speed cassette paired with the same compact double chainring, you would have noticed no...
06-10-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,745
Posted By MRT2

An example of an 8 speed cassette that gives...

An example of an 8 speed cassette that gives identical gear ratios on the 4 lower gears is the Sunrace 8 speed 12 - 32 All you give up are a useless 11 tooth cog, and two tooth jumps between 12,...
06-10-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,745
Posted By MRT2

You are not exactly wrong, but you are not...

You are not exactly wrong, but you are not exactly right, either. The loaner bike has a 7 speed 11-34 "mega range" freewheel. You are correct that there is a huge jump between the second lowest to...
06-10-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,745
Posted By MRT2

A good post except for one thing. If you look...

A good post except for one thing. If you look closely at a gear inch calculator, you will find the biggest difference between, say, a 10 or 11 speed cassette and an 8 gear cassette is in how closely...
06-09-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,745
Posted By MRT2

I agree. For bike nerds, it might seem like...

I agree. For bike nerds, it might seem like nothing to suggest spending another $300 to get something better, but a lot of folks already considering themselves stretching up to get to $700 retail. ...
06-09-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,745
Posted By MRT2

We have all been there. You want to get back to...

We have all been there. You want to get back to cycling, but the choices are confusing. Way back in the 80s, there were two basic types of bikes. Road bikes, with drop bars, and mountain bikes. ...
06-09-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,141
Posted By MRT2

Not really. As someone else said, maybe after...

Not really. As someone else said, maybe after many years, you can turn the bolt. When a Brooks is new, the leather is very hard. You treat the leather with a small amount of proofhide. But in...
06-05-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 788
Posted By MRT2

Fix the bike fit problem first. Your hands...

Fix the bike fit problem first. Your hands should be resting lightly on the bars, not locked in a death grip.
06-03-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,302
Posted By MRT2

In general, a good water bottle should hold...

In general, a good water bottle should hold water, fit in my bottle cages, and be easy to drink from without leaking. And stand up to a year or two of use without getting gungy or disgusting. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-02-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,869
Posted By MRT2

If you ride more than a couple of hours, you will...

If you ride more than a couple of hours, you will really appreciate drop bars. Less than an hour, flat handlebars are fine. Rides of 1 to 2 hours, drops are better but you can get by with flat...
06-02-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,423
Posted By MRT2

If it really is the FX 1, I would still counsel...

If it really is the FX 1, I would still counsel against it if you need a commuter. It isn't bad. For the money, you get a decent aluminun frame, but they really cut corners with the fork, which is a...
06-02-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,423
Posted By MRT2

As someone else mentioned, Trek FX 7.1 was last...

As someone else mentioned, Trek FX 7.1 was last made in 2015. It retailed for $439 4 years ago. It is an entry level bike, so, lower end 7 speed shifters. It would be an OK bike for occasional...
05-27-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,410
Posted By MRT2

Even so, you still need a new back wheel,...

Even so, you still need a new back wheel, cassette, and chain, and someone who is confident spreading the rear dropouts from 126 to 130 mm so the new rear wheel can fit. It can be done, but I would...
05-27-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,410
Posted By MRT2

Ok, welcome to the world of vintage bikes. This...

Ok, welcome to the world of vintage bikes. This is an area that I once dipped a toe in, and I still like the idea of vintage. But before we go on a few thoughts.

There is s saying in the world...
05-27-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,425
Posted By MRT2

For as long as I can remember, weight has been an...

For as long as I can remember, weight has been an issue. Don't get me wrong. It isn't as if I mope around depressed about it, but it is always something I think about at least a few times a week, if...
05-05-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,149
Posted By MRT2

My bike is now 7 years old, and has a 3 x 9...

My bike is now 7 years old, and has a 3 x 9 setup. 12 - 27 cassette, and 48 - 36 - 26 tooth chainrings. I have used this setup so long that for me, shifting is completely intuitive. On a lot of...
04-20-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By MRT2

I have both Shimano and Wellgo cleats. the...

I have both Shimano and Wellgo cleats. the Shimano are a little better finished.
04-04-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,636
Posted By MRT2

I do ride with him sometimes, and not super fast,...

I do ride with him sometimes, and not super fast, like 12 to 14 mph. He has trouble post heart attack sustaining that, which is why he wants an electric assist. Wisconsin has some hills, but my...
04-04-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,636
Posted By MRT2

Buy a new e bike or convert an old bike?

Asking for a friend. I am a long time member of this forum but don't know much about e bikes. My friend's bike is an ancient Panasonic 10 speed from the 70s. He brought up e bikes to me due to his...
02-03-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By MRT2

We will see. Cycling has always been a seasonal...

We will see. Cycling has always been a seasonal activity for me so I usually lose a little bit of cycling fitness every winter.. The TKD is a change from the past.
02-03-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Posted By MRT2

Just checking in

Hey guys. I haven't posted here in awhile, but I do lurk every so often. It is winter here in Wisconsin and so I am off the bike the last couple of months. I hung up my bike a little early this...
01-04-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,244
Posted By MRT2

I am 5'9" and north of 250, sometimes over 275. ...

I am 5'9" and north of 250, sometimes over 275. I have been wearing Primal in size 3 XL for a number of years now and they are my go to jerseys. Also, Bontrager Solstice in size 2 XL is a good...
10-03-18, 02:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 597
Posted By MRT2

At 215, you are barely a clyde, so anything...

At 215, you are barely a clyde, so anything labeled semi form fit, club fit, or loose fit should work. But the sizing across brands is all over the place. In my experience, most jerseys are a size...
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By MRT2

Don't know, but pretty sure I owned hat bike back...

Don't know, but pretty sure I owned hat bike back in the early 80s. I believe I paid about $150 when it was new.
09-02-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,289
Posted By MRT2

A sensible approach. 3 months is barely broken...

A sensible approach. 3 months is barely broken in. Guessing you don't even have 1,000 miles on the bike yet. Ride it a few years and you will get a sense of if you want, or need another bike. If...
09-02-18, 11:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,289
Posted By MRT2

The truth is, for the riding you do, your current...

The truth is, for the riding you do, your current bike is more than adequate. On the other hand, if money is burning a hole in your pocket, then who am I to tell you no. My only concern would be,...
08-16-18, 10:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 913
Posted By MRT2

Just to clarify, I think you mean clipless...

Just to clarify, I think you mean clipless pedals. As opposed to pedals with toe clips.

Shimano SPD are the most common and the quality is very good. For pedals, I would suggest the Shimano...
08-16-18, 09:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By MRT2

Fat Lad at the Back is UK based, sells cycling...

Fat Lad at the Back is UK based, sells cycling attire for larger guys, and gals..
08-07-18, 06:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 418
Posted By MRT2

I am thinking it would not.

I am thinking it would not.
08-04-18, 01:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Posted By MRT2

I would think the FX2 would be pretty decent on...

I would think the FX2 would be pretty decent on dirt, or gravel. If not, you could always swap the slick tires for a semi slick or semi knobby tire. Or just run your current tires as a slightly...
07-31-18, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By MRT2

Buy a bike you will enjoy riding for at least 5...

Buy a bike you will enjoy riding for at least 5 years. 1.5 years is barely enough time to break a new bike in. I would suggest hold off a little and buy the best bike you can afford, when you can...
07-31-18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,814
Posted By MRT2

Yup. Entry level bikes are not great candidates...

Yup. Entry level bikes are not great candidates for big upgrades. I know hardcore mountain bikers are really into upgrades, but most of them budget more just for a suspension fork than OP spent on...
07-31-18, 10:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,814
Posted By MRT2

Waste is the operative word. Hang around here...

Waste is the operative word. Hang around here for any amount of time and you will see that while you can upgrade an entry level bike, it usually is much more cost effective to find the sweet spot...
07-31-18, 09:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,814
Posted By MRT2

It is all relative. $500 is a reasonable budget...

It is all relative. $500 is a reasonable budget for a general use bike, if you are buying new. $500 is a little bit cheap for a bike purpose built for trail riding.
07-31-18, 09:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,814
Posted By MRT2

The question is, decent for what? And for whom? ...

The question is, decent for what? And for whom? If this is a first geared bike for a kid looking for a bike that looks like a mountain bike, but that will be used mostly for riding around the...
07-31-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,814
Posted By MRT2

I would have a conversation with the service...

I would have a conversation with the service manager, or owner of the shop. Part of the problem is, you need to be realistic regarding what you bought, but at the same time, you should expect the...
07-31-18, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 556
Posted By MRT2

Not sure if it makes a difference. You have...

Not sure if it makes a difference. You have testimonials from many, many people who have used Brooks for many decades, so you know they last a long time. Not forever, but then again, neither do...
07-31-18, 07:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 888
Posted By MRT2

I understand your point. Maybe the objectively...

I understand your point. Maybe the objectively better bike can be set up to feel better. Maybe the retailer selling the lower spec'd bike is just more skilled at fitting customers to bikes. Etc. ...
07-30-18, 09:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,012
Posted By MRT2

looks like mountain bike. I thought you were...

looks like mountain bike. I thought you were looking for a road bike.
07-29-18, 03:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,012
Posted By MRT2

It depends on where you live, and what your local...

It depends on where you live, and what your local used bike market is like. And, how vintage do you want? Are you looking for something 10 years old or less, or are you OK with an old school 10...
07-27-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,577
Posted By MRT2

Exactly. I have bought two bikes off Craigslist,...

Exactly. I have bought two bikes off Craigslist, and each of them had a back story. For example, some years back, I bought a a mid 80s Schwinn LeTour. It had a sticker on it from a bike shop that...
07-24-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 549
Posted By MRT2

Since you are looking for mostly pavement, a...

Since you are looking for mostly pavement, a gravel bike should be fine for mostly pavement, and occassional off road adventures, as long as you don't get too carried away. Much better suited to the...
07-24-18, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By MRT2

the Madone is a racing bike. If you are looking...

the Madone is a racing bike. If you are looking for a more relaxed geometry, look elsewhere.
07-24-18, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By MRT2

It depends on how you are built, and how...

It depends on how you are built, and how aggressive you want to be on the bike.* If you want an aggressive, bent over position, the smaller bike might work for you.* If you want your handlebars...
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