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03-24-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By Miradaman

Kevcentral just reviewed it a few days ago... ...

Kevcentral just reviewed it a few days ago...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438NJ0beDJ4
03-17-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By Miradaman

That's a low end Dick's Sporting Goods bike,...

That's a low end Dick's Sporting Goods bike, isn't it? Not that there's anything wrong with that if it fits your needs and budget. Where I am, if it's clean and in nice shape it might be worth $80....
03-05-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By Miradaman

With those fat tires and the single chain ring,...

With those fat tires and the single chain ring, my guess would be that the Windsor Dover 7 wouldn't be the best choice for any sort of distance riding. The Gravity bike is more of a flat bar road...
02-03-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,446
Posted By Miradaman

Personally, I don't think you need to spend that...

Personally, I don't think you need to spend that much, in my amateur opinion. I rented a mid-range Giant Talon hardtail last summer that retailed for around $750 and threw it down many rocky, rooty...
02-03-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,822
Posted By Miradaman

Haven't taken it on any paths but I have tackled...

Haven't taken it on any paths but I have tackled some modest Midwestern hills near my house and it's not at all bad in that regard...
02-03-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,822
Posted By Miradaman

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Got this as a freeby from a neighbor. Haven't done much to it except scrub the...
01-20-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,555
Posted By Miradaman

For an all-rounder endurance road bike, yeah, I...

For an all-rounder endurance road bike, yeah, I do not at all understand why they don't make them with triples. My 30-year old low-end steel Trek with granny gear tackles hills loads better than the...
01-02-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,421
Posted By Miradaman

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My abused, neglected yet always reliable Mirada. Planning to rehabilitate it...
12-29-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By Miradaman

Most definitely. I've ridden 80s/90s era rigid...

Most definitely. I've ridden 80s/90s era rigid steel MTBs/ATBs for the majority of my adult riding career. You simply can't beat them as everyday all-rounders, particularly in a city. Put street...
12-29-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By Miradaman

Indeed, I've rented several new MTBs over the...

Indeed, I've rented several new MTBs over the last few years on trips out to CO. There's no comparison, you'd get killed taking my old GT on some of the trails I took those rental bikes on. Not to...
12-29-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By Miradaman

Me too. I'd love to have a "real" mountain bike...

Me too. I'd love to have a "real" mountain bike but I can't justify the cost, given I live in the flat Midwest and my old GT hardtail is perfectly adequate for all the local forest preserve...
12-22-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,389
Posted By Miradaman

That does look cool, I'll give you that. But the...

That does look cool, I'll give you that. But the drivetrain on this bike is solid and nothing needs to be replaced, I bought it from the original owner and it didn't look like he used it much, bike...
12-21-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,389
Posted By Miradaman

Thanks all for your input. Based on your replies...

Thanks all for your input. Based on your replies I think I'm going to replace it when I get the chance. Reading some of the posts I think I'll feel a bit better having one on, and looks are a moot...
12-19-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,389
Posted By Miradaman

"Dork Disk"

Howdy folks
Was riding my old mtn bike in the forest preserve today and the yellowed, brittle old "dork disk" finally crumbled to pieces and basically fell off. Now, I know dork disks are deeply...
12-17-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,384
Posted By Miradaman

Funny, I'm right-handed but I do the exact same...

Funny, I'm right-handed but I do the exact same thing I shift only with my right and keep the bike steady with my left. I feel I can keep the bike more stable by only reaching down with my dominant...
12-15-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,047
Posted By Miradaman

Ha, I was thinking more along the lines of when...

Ha, I was thinking more along the lines of when you use it to run errands and lock it up to a bike rack outside the grocery store or library or wherever. When I lived in the city I'd lock the frame...
12-15-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,047
Posted By Miradaman

And make sure you have some sort of solid...

And make sure you have some sort of solid thief-proof lock if you park it outside anywhere. Some years ago when I worked in downtown Chicago a coworker of mine spent $500 on a new bike on a Saturday,...
12-15-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,047
Posted By Miradaman

Congrats on the new bike! Make sure you lock that...

Congrats on the new bike! Make sure you lock that thing up ninety ways from Sunday...a nice shiny new mountain bike like that is sure to be a thief magnet...
12-07-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,047
Posted By Miradaman

Love to see a review of the Polygon after you put...

Love to see a review of the Polygon after you put some miles on it. I've been curious about their bikes.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Posted By Miradaman

22.6 lbs is pretty darn impressive for a new $500...

22.6 lbs is pretty darn impressive for a new $500 aluminum bike. Trainer or not, I'd ride the heck out of that thing...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Posted By Miradaman

Nice! Any idea what it weighs?

Nice! Any idea what it weighs?
12-05-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 655
Posted By Miradaman

No reason not to if your son likes the bike. Two...

No reason not to if your son likes the bike. Two of my sons had women's bikes and rode the heck out of them. My youngest son (12 y/o) still rides a women's Schwinn Suburban. Neither one was even...
12-03-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,055
Posted By Miradaman

OK, nowhere near 50,000 but I did put over 10,000...

OK, nowhere near 50,000 but I did put over 10,000 miles on my early '90s Schwinn Mirada Sport before it was stolen. Lived in the city for many years and it was my commuter/grocery getter/errand...
12-01-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 773
Posted By Miradaman

I rented a 2020 Talon 2 last summer on a trip to...

I rented a 2020 Talon 2 last summer on a trip to Colorado. Did some pretty challenging trails with long steep ascents and fast, rocky, rooty descents. The Talon 2 was perfect for a guy like me who...
11-11-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By Miradaman

Yep

Yep
11-10-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By Miradaman

Yeah, that caught my eye too...I like little...

Yeah, that caught my eye too...I like little details like that, so I made sure it was positioned just so for the photo...

26 inch, as it turns out. I had no idea that was a thing for old road...
11-10-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By Miradaman

Bought the Schwinn for the pre-Covid sum of $20...

Bought the Schwinn for the pre-Covid sum of $20 in fall 2019. Needed nothing other than a vigorous scrubbing of all the shiny bits to get the rust off...
11-10-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By Miradaman

Oh yeah, I know this is a bottom of the barrel...

Oh yeah, I know this is a bottom of the barrel bike. Posted it more for the novelty, and the fact it still looks good and rides well.

Don't worry, my son is pretty attached to the Schwinn and he's...
11-10-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By Miradaman

Free Spirit 10 Speed

Got this from a neighbor who was tossing it. Pumped up the tires, gave it a wipedown and discovered it was in a fairly decent state of tune. Took it for a ride and...it was unexpectedly fun for what...
10-25-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,190
Posted By Miradaman

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My middle child's $20 Schwinn Suburban.
10-02-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Miradaman

Interesting. How would I go about getting a...

Interesting. How would I go about getting a longer axle? I mean, is it just something you'd order from Amazon or would it need to be scavenged from another old bike?
10-02-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Miradaman

He's a big guy and it's smaller than it looks....

He's a big guy and it's smaller than it looks. He's been riding it a year now and I've already had to raise the seat up. Got the bike in fall 2019 for the pre-COVID price of $20. All the shiny bits...
10-02-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Miradaman

I suspected as much, hence my asking before...

I suspected as much, hence my asking before attempting. Thanks for the answers folks.
10-02-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By Miradaman

Pegs on a Schwinn Cruiser?

Yes, it's an odd question. My grade school age youngest child rides a '79 Schwinn Suburban. He wants to mount some sort of pegs on the rear wheel so when he gives the occasional lift to a friend they...
09-30-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 9,043
Posted By Miradaman

My sentiments exactly. And I'd love for others to...

My sentiments exactly. And I'd love for others to do the same. I'm not impressed that you have to announce your presence to me so you can show off the pricey bike you're riding at a hazardous pace on...
09-30-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 9,043
Posted By Miradaman

It depends. If I'm in a trafficky area and I'm...

It depends. If I'm in a trafficky area and I'm passing someone at close quarters, I'll call out. If I can give the other rider wide berth, say 10 feet or so, I don't. I feel a certain degree of...
06-23-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,016
Posted By Miradaman

And here I thought from casual observation that...

And here I thought from casual observation that that prediction was spot on. By me it seems the majority of people who ride are on hybrids.
05-16-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Miradaman

Yeah, usually I avoid the pretentious bike snob...

Yeah, usually I avoid the pretentious bike snob threads since they really don't apply to me, but somehow somewhere along the line I'd picked up the idea that regular riders should replace their chain...
05-16-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Miradaman

Yep, I deferred to his opinion and I'm just going...

Yep, I deferred to his opinion and I'm just going to continue riding it as is with the all-original drivetrain. It certainly rides good enough as it is now.
05-15-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Miradaman

He put it actually put it on the stand and went...

He put it actually put it on the stand and went over it pretty well for me. He measured the chain with some tool I didn't recognized and said it was defintely stretched. He didn't show me the...
05-15-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By Miradaman

New chain for old Trek?

Howdy folks
So, after reading here that a chain is a wear item (something I never knew) I thought a new chain for my '89 Trek would be an easy affordable upgrade. Got an appointment at my local Trek...
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By Miradaman

Oops, my bad, sorry.

Oops, my bad, sorry.
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By Miradaman

I'm no expert, but speaking from experience, I...

I'm no expert, but speaking from experience, I had a very nice early 60s Hercules 3-speed that I got for next to nothing. Had a very hard time finding a buyer for it, even though I'm in a major...
05-08-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,363
Posted By Miradaman

Keep trying, you'll figure it out, save money and...

Keep trying, you'll figure it out, save money and have the satisfaction of riding a bike you fixed up yourself. Like you, I'm, shall we say, "frugal", with no mechanical skills whatsoever. Between...
05-08-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 482
Posted By Miradaman

True, but so far I'm enjoying the challenge of...

True, but so far I'm enjoying the challenge of upgrading a (formerly) beater bike on a budget...
05-08-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 482
Posted By Miradaman

OK, so my takeaway here for cassette upgrade is...

OK, so my takeaway here for cassette upgrade is minimal (if any) performance gains in terms of higher average speed, with potential performance loss due to wider mid-range gear spacing and the stock...
05-08-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 482
Posted By Miradaman

[/b] OK, that's what I thought but second...

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OK, that's what I thought but second guessed myself. Gearing is still very confusing to me I must admit...
05-08-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 482
Posted By Miradaman

Meant lower gear btw...

Meant lower gear btw...
05-08-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 482
Posted By Miradaman

As is it's great on hills. What I was hoping for...

As is it's great on hills. What I was hoping for was to maybe eke out a higher average speed with the higher gear...
05-08-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 482
Posted By Miradaman

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This is the RD in question by the way. Sorry for the...
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