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08-22-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,337
Posted By freeranger

Congrats on starting to ride again! It's a great...

Congrats on starting to ride again! It's a great non-impact sport and can get you back into shape and a great stress reliever also! Just to add some encouragement, a female friend just bought her...
08-22-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By freeranger

Damn! Guess I'll have to let her know how unique...

Damn! Guess I'll have to let her know how unique she is. To START hitting the trails on a mtn.bike at 66, and riding them so impressively to boot!!
08-22-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By freeranger

I think, seeing that you are just taking up...

I think, seeing that you are just taking up mtb'ing, that you might prefer a pedal that lets you "bail" quickly (at least until you get used to off-road riding). I'm using "BMX style" pedals--flats...
08-22-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By freeranger

I"m still riding my '96 GT (with upgrades)...

I"m still riding my '96 GT (with upgrades) hardtail on the trails, and it sounds to me like you're riding the same type of trails (not too technical) as I. If it was me, I'd look for a good...
08-22-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 596
Posted By freeranger

Haven't tried it on a bike cable lock (don't...

Haven't tried it on a bike cable lock (don't intend to) but I had a good size Master padlock on my shed cut with a pair of bolt cutters. I now own the bolt cutters, as my neighbor's dog was out,...
08-22-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By freeranger

Maybe contact some helmet manufacturers directly...

Maybe contact some helmet manufacturers directly for recommendations. I would hope their customer service would know, or could look into which of their helmets might work best for you. Of course,...
08-22-19, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By freeranger

A good way to check for burrs or objects is to...

A good way to check for burrs or objects is to use a dryer sheet and drag it around the rim, tire, whatever you are checking for snags or protrusions. Dryer sheets will snag on anything and let you...
08-20-19, 05:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 932
Posted By freeranger

Are there any bike clubs in your area? If yes,...

Are there any bike clubs in your area? If yes, maybe check to see if someone is upgrading and looking to sell one of their bikes, or maybe have one gathering dust that they've just never gotten...
08-19-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 466
Posted By freeranger

Recently started doing more riding on my 26...

Recently started doing more riding on my 26 hardtail as well. And like yourself, having a blast-tho I'm certainly not racing. It's amazing how getting out and hitting the trails will make you feel...
08-18-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 595
Posted By freeranger

I've had great experiences also. Several of us...

I've had great experiences also. Several of us were on a leisurely ride and one of the riders (82 years young) had a straddle brake cable(think that's the term) break on his older hybrid. We went to...
08-18-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,039
Posted By freeranger

Not all shops are like that. Luckily, the 2...

Not all shops are like that. Luckily, the 2 closest shops to us are directly across the street from each other-one sells Trek, the other Giant. So they have some pressure to be good to their...
08-17-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,112
Posted By freeranger

A good while back, I upgraded my '96 GT hardtail...

A good while back, I upgraded my '96 GT hardtail from a 3x7 to 3x8. I just looked up parts (the shifters I have seem nicer than the ones I att'd a link to), and looks like in the neighborhood of $128...
08-17-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By freeranger

Never too old to start!

Not me, I had been riding for a good while, then started road riding, and recently came back and started again-on my '96 GT (upgraded parts) hardtail. One of the women in a mostly pavement riding...
08-14-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,631
Posted By freeranger

Thought I had read it somewhere-and I had: ...

Thought I had read it somewhere-and I had:
Kool Stop Salmon pads are softer and work better in the wet but, even being softer, their durability is very good so they last a long time in typical...
08-13-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,631
Posted By freeranger

You could use softer brake pads, something like...

You could use softer brake pads, something like Kool-Stop Salmon pads. The pads will wear quicker, your rims will wear slower. If you're picking up lots of dust and grit, well, there's no way to...
08-13-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 983
Posted By freeranger

I can't remember when I wasn't riding. Some years...

I can't remember when I wasn't riding. Some years more than others, but never not riding at all. My mtn bike is a hardtail, '96 frame with upgraded parts. My road bike is an '06 LeMond. both still...
08-11-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By freeranger

Not familiar, and couldn't find a pic of the...

Not familiar, and couldn't find a pic of the cantilevers on that bike.
Here's a link to adjustments for cantilevers that I hope might be helpful: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-trad.html
08-11-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By freeranger

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08-10-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 18,011
Posted By freeranger

Personally, I try to stay off the roads,...

Personally, I try to stay off the roads, especially around where I live. But I do see riders on them (usually groups-so safer). I live in a semi-rural area, 2 lane roads, often little to no shoulder,...
08-10-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 833
Posted By freeranger

While it's impossible to state an "average"...

While it's impossible to state an "average" difference in weight, your higher grades of steel-Reynolds 853 for example-will weigh less than chromoly. As 853 is stronger the tubes can be made thinner,...
08-10-19, 06:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,007
Posted By freeranger

Wish I had some good advice, but my situation is...

Wish I had some good advice, but my situation is the opposite. She encourages me to go riding when she's working! And many in our group are retired females, and she isn't bothered by that. My wife...
08-08-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,501
Posted By freeranger

The one time mine failed was when I was using it...

The one time mine failed was when I was using it on a friend's flat! Luckily, I carry 3 cartridges (maybe overkill?) That was a non-threaded cartridge. May have been a fluke (likely from what others...
08-07-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,506
Posted By freeranger

I have a Terry Men's Liberator (very old one)...

I have a Terry Men's Liberator (very old one) that I still use on my mtn.bike. It's a comfortable saddle. One that Terry makes which might work for a more upright position is the Men's Cite Y...
08-06-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,310
Posted By freeranger

I have times when I feel like I should go out and...

I have times when I feel like I should go out and get a ride in, but have a difficult time motivating myself to do it. But then I think of the good time I have when I ride and that will usually (not...
08-06-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,071
Posted By freeranger

the younger MTB'ers must be good!!

After around 14 yrs. of not riding trails, went out and rode some the other day-on my "96(not 98 like my avatar says) GT Timberline with a Manitou Axel Comp fork, 3x8 drivetrain, and a few other...
08-02-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,581
Posted By freeranger

I've ridden a hardtail MTB since early '90's (I'm...

I've ridden a hardtail MTB since early '90's (I'm 68) and still ride similar to what you describe. I still will ride over rocks, roots, take drops that aren't way high, and still do it on my '96 GT...
07-30-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,943
Posted By freeranger

Avg. 12-13mph doesn't sound all that bad to me. I...

Avg. 12-13mph doesn't sound all that bad to me. I don't own a hybrid (yet) but many that I ride with own them and I doubt avg over 13mph on a good day. Now, we aren't out trying to ride fast, but...
07-29-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,334
Posted By freeranger

I ride with people with all levels of speed and...

I ride with people with all levels of speed and capabilities. The Lemond road bike likes to go-and it's more difficult for me to go slower on it, when the group with which I'm riding is a slower...
07-29-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 2,419
Views: 473,548
Posted By freeranger

I'm not old yet (only 68), and don't subscribe to...

I'm not old yet (only 68), and don't subscribe to pic hosting sites. But my 06 Lemond Reno in my avatar is one of the bikes I ride. The other is a '96 GT Timberline (frame) hardtail mtn.bike with all...
07-27-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,334
Posted By freeranger

"lower" level hybrid-will I be disappointed?

Well, since I can't get it deleted, guess I'd better put something in here. I was looking at a Fuji Absolute 1.9 hybrid. It has a Tourney front der and an Acera rear der. I like the bike, but coming...
07-26-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 972
Posted By freeranger

Sounds like the seller has made a mistake on the...

Sounds like the seller has made a mistake on the year. Maybe an '09 model that he purchased in 2010, and thought it was a 2010 when he bought it?
07-26-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By freeranger

I have the Giant Control Tower 2 pump and never a...

I have the Giant Control Tower 2 pump and never a problem. With presta, follow what mynewnchome stated. If a Schrader valve stem (like on a car), the pump head just slips right over the stem. Sounds...
07-25-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By freeranger

Maybe the old sprocket was worn to the old chain?...

Maybe the old sprocket was worn to the old chain? Did you put on a new chain, or using the old one? I don't wrench and work on bikes much these days, so other than that, I got nothin'.
07-24-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 736
Posted By freeranger

The bending of the spring is one way to increase...

The bending of the spring is one way to increase tension, and if that doesn't do it, assuming your frame has different holes on the brake mounting post, change the hole position to increase tension.
07-22-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 11,027
Posted By freeranger

I'm a senior, but fairly fit, and the heat...

I'm a senior, but fairly fit, and the heat doesn't decide IF I ride, so much as where I might ride, and what time of day. If the heat index is way up there, I'll ride earlier in the morning, and...
07-22-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By freeranger

Don't know about shorts, but saddles made for...

Don't know about shorts, but saddles made for leaning forward on a road bike would not be comfortable on whatever kind of bike it is (just says an bike in your ?). Maybe get a saddle made for a more...
07-22-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,223
Posted By freeranger

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature. But it...

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature. But it doesn't seem to matter in pro sports-anything goes to get an edge, even if there's a chance it will be found harmful on down the road. No thanks.
07-21-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By freeranger

My mtn.bike often used to fly free. Hit a limb...

My mtn.bike often used to fly free. Hit a limb wrong, take a drop wrong, and there it went, flying completely free of me!
07-21-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,893
Posted By freeranger

I picked up a Halo skull cap with a "tail" on it...

I picked up a Halo skull cap with a "tail" on it that covers my neck also. Happy with it:...
07-20-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,686
Posted By freeranger

I've found that if a rider is pointing downward,...

I've found that if a rider is pointing downward, they are pointing to something that you may want to avoid. Pothole, part of a broken branch, piece of glass, etc. No idea what it means along with...
07-20-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,110
Posted By freeranger

To carry a wallet, energy bar, keys, I dug out...

To carry a wallet, energy bar, keys, I dug out an old "fanny pack". Yeah, not stylish, but it works.
07-19-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,259
Posted By freeranger

My mtn.bike has a Terry Men's Liberator (the...

My mtn.bike has a Terry Men's Liberator (the std.plain one) and my road bike has a Serfas Dorado. I'm pleased with both. I'm a lightweight (around 155). The Terry is a bit more expensive, the Serfas...
07-15-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,046
Posted By freeranger

I always wear a helmet-whether road or trail...

I always wear a helmet-whether road or trail riding. Always wore one when I motorcycled also. On my off-road bicycle, I've heard a helmet hit the ground more than a few times. Was always very glad I...
07-13-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 29,208
Posted By freeranger

My wife and I were riding a MUP in Indiana on...

My wife and I were riding a MUP in Indiana on 7/12. It has policemen which ride it, using e-bikes. Humidity wasn't too bad, but toward the end of the ride it was beginning to get a bit on the hot...
07-12-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,214
Posted By freeranger

There is no trick to it--it simply is not...

There is no trick to it--it simply is not possible!!
07-12-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By freeranger

Maybe?: ...

Maybe?: https://www.dx.com/s/bicycle%20garmin%20mount?cateId=0
07-11-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,339
Posted By freeranger

Wonder if taking a hair dryer (or heat gun) to...

Wonder if taking a hair dryer (or heat gun) to the tire's bead might help make it more pliable?
07-09-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,758
Posted By freeranger

To me, one of the things that indicate that it...

To me, one of the things that indicate that it was a "good ride", is that it left me with a smile. The smiles are just as important as the miles! I'd rather have a good 10 mile, enjoyable ride than...
07-09-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 957
Posted By freeranger

The Louisville Loop-in the east end, is not too...

The Louisville Loop-in the east end, is not too far from me. And some sections are relatively flat while others have some hills. Paved, no motorized vehicles (other than the occasional e-bike)....
07-08-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,116
Posted By freeranger

I don't have any high tech. But a friend and I...

I don't have any high tech. But a friend and I went trail riding and she uses Strava (think that's the one). We ended up with a 2 mile difference in distance at the end of the ride (which was 6...
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