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02-01-23, 10:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By freeranger

Until you fix it, you could set the limiting...

Until you fix it, you could set the limiting screw so the der. won't go past the middle cog. Then loosen and pull the cable tight, and re-tighten after you have set the limit, then the front der will...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-23, 07:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By freeranger

Don't know the area. But PA. has LOTS of...

Don't know the area. But PA. has LOTS of rail-trails. Surfaces vary, from crushed limestone to asphalt. Might want to look into them, and if fnd them to suit, maybe get a gravel bike or other...
01-07-23, 09:20 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,348
Posted By freeranger

Hope it works out for you. Will be watching. If...

Hope it works out for you. Will be watching. If you need some encouragement, my friend, who rides an FX hybrid, has had a broken back from a motorcycle accident around 40 yrs. ago. Says the Respiro...
01-06-23, 12:40 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 17,048
Posted By freeranger

Not replacing my bikes because they have rim...

Not replacing my bikes because they have rim brakes. Not replacing because they don't have electronic shifting and they do have triple chainrings. One even has an 8 speed cassette--oh the horror! I...
01-05-23, 01:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 829
Posted By freeranger

Guess I've been lucky. Never had a bike that I...

Guess I've been lucky. Never had a bike that I couldn't make comfortable or wasn't comfortable on from the get-go. That doesn't mean that some didn't feel better than others, but none that were awful.
12-27-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By freeranger

Wouldn't mind riding the trails around a few...

Wouldn't mind riding the trails around a few reservoirs and parks in my old haunts. Very similar to your video. But 600 miles makes it a bit of a drive. Moving back doesn't seem to be in the cards.
12-27-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By freeranger

Looks like a good time indeed! Like that trail...

Looks like a good time indeed! Like that trail and scenery.
12-22-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 530
Posted By freeranger

A good set of pads on any rim brake will help. My...

A good set of pads on any rim brake will help. My favorite, and many others from what I've read, is Kool Stop Salmon pads. They do wear a little quicker than some of their other offerings, but the...
12-22-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,699
Posted By freeranger

And amazing that there's no comment about how...

And amazing that there's no comment about how much more comfortable a 'bent is compared to a DF bike.
Not so amazing--Nothing to add to the thread except sarcasm.
12-21-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 4,348
Posted By freeranger

I was talking with a friend who rides a hybrid on...

I was talking with a friend who rides a hybrid on rail trails, many of his rides are multi-day. He is riding on a Moderate Respiro and speaks highly of it. May have to try one when I tire of my...
12-21-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,666
Posted By freeranger

I never know quite what to say. My condolences to...

I never know quite what to say. My condolences to his family, friends and acquaintances. Lost several friends on bicycles when I was younger. Many more when I used to ride motorcycles. None of their...
12-21-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,230
Posted By freeranger

I'm 72 years young but have always strength...

I'm 72 years young but have always strength trained in one form or another. Always been on the thin side, but athletic, and trying my best to keep in shape. Just starting to resume working a bit on...
12-15-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,526
Posted By freeranger

Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. I'll...

Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. I'll avoid contributing to any discussions involving e-bikes in the future. BTW-I don't hate e-bikes. Happy Holidays!
12-14-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By freeranger

Isn't moving fun! Like a root canal! Glad you've...

Isn't moving fun! Like a root canal! Glad you've got yours over with and have managed to get a ride in. We've though about downsizing and moving back east (had loads of off-road trails and...
12-12-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,951
Posted By freeranger

Saddle is the more accurate description, by...

Saddle is the more accurate description, by definition, which for me brings the question-if it's a saddle (which I agree with), then why is the saddle attached to a seatpost, which fits into a seat...
12-02-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By freeranger

Not meaning to be controversial or political,...

Not meaning to be controversial or political, just curious. Did you and your wife have the covid booster? As someone who once had asthma and bronchitis, I'm very aware that respiratory problems are...
11-25-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By freeranger

To follow up--the Microshift R 539 worked. Just...

To follow up--the Microshift R 539 worked. Just put it on my wife's bike today (11/25). Found I had a der. on hand for my bike, which worked. I don't have to replace a FD that often and guess it...
11-20-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 837
Posted By freeranger

Not too much of a problem finding compatible...

Not too much of a problem finding compatible parts. I'll try to research online first, but if still not certain, have some good LBS around that can help, and of course, there is the Bike Mechanics...
11-13-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 232
Posted By freeranger

Seat--if it's a torture device, you won't want to...

Seat--if it's a torture device, you won't want to ride, nothing else will matter much. Seat height and fore/aft adjustment. Stem length/rise, so the reach feels comfortable..
Brake levers positions...
11-09-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,360
Posted By freeranger

Happy Birthday!!! Hoping to be doing as well on...

Happy Birthday!!! Hoping to be doing as well on my 83rd! An 82 yr.old friend recently bought his first e-bike. With a replaced knee and developing hip issues, it is allowing him to keep wheels...
11-03-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 416
Posted By freeranger

That looks like it might be rubber...

That looks like it might be rubber cement?--vulcanizing fluid is what should be used for patches, such as: 4 Tubes Rema SVS-Vulc Tube Patch Vulcanizing Cement 5 Gram (7 ml): Amazon.com: Industrial &...
10-31-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,277
Posted By freeranger

Any chance of borrowing your brother-in-law's...

Any chance of borrowing your brother-in-law's mtn. bike to see if you like mtn.biking? Or are there any bike shops that rent bikes, or someone that would let you try their bike? Personally, I don't...
10-18-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,471
Posted By freeranger

My underseat bag has 1 spare tube, a patch kit,...

My underseat bag has 1 spare tube, a patch kit, CO2 inflator, tire levers, and a used dryer sheet--to run around the inside of a tire-a used dryer sheet will snag easy and show if there is anything...
10-16-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 2,116
Views: 746,525
Posted By freeranger

Looks to be in great shape. Looking at the...

Looks to be in great shape. Looking at the exposed seatpost, def too small for you. Sure your friend will enjoy it, glad to hear you know someone who will ride it!
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,562
Posted By freeranger

Can't say for Power Cup, but I have Mich Pro 4...

Can't say for Power Cup, but I have Mich Pro 4 Service Course (tube) tires and no problem. A friend switched from Conti to Mich due to mounting difficulty (sorry-don't know which models).
10-08-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3,653
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Views: 589,486
Posted By freeranger

When we moved in 2003 (I was 52), my wife and I...

When we moved in 2003 (I was 52), my wife and I only rode mtn.bike trails and rail-trails. Not near as many in our current location, so in 2006 (55 y.o.) we bought drop bar road bikes. I'm 71 now and...
10-06-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,621
Posted By freeranger

Good to hear you're only replacing the bar and...

Good to hear you're only replacing the bar and tape-cheaper and easier than teeth!
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 700
Posted By freeranger

Have you considered cutting a piece of butyl tube...

Have you considered cutting a piece of butyl tube to fit over the stem and extend to cover the area getting the puncture?
10-03-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,486
Posted By freeranger

Sizing "guides" are just that--a general guide,...

Sizing "guides" are just that--a general guide, and are not correct for everyone. I had considered a hybrid once, and like the Trek FX line. Trek's sizing guide indicated a medium was the right size....
09-28-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 880
Posted By freeranger

First I've heard of that frame builder, had to...

First I've heard of that frame builder, had to look it up. Figure it wasn't cheap. Looks like they're based in Colorado, so if you can't get a response, at least you can get courts involved. I'd want...
09-25-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,228
Posted By freeranger

Could you sew (or have sewn) a vertical strip of...

Could you sew (or have sewn) a vertical strip of tough fabric to your seat bag? Or maybe punch two holes thru the seat bag, then pop rivet a tough piece of fabric vertically.
09-23-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 3,653
Sticky 65-85+ Thread
Views: 589,486
Posted By freeranger

Riding without a cell phone?! Almost as...

Riding without a cell phone?! Almost as frightening as riding without: electronic shifting, hydraulic brakes, v-brakes, GPS, carbon frame/components, clipless pedals, 1x systems with pie plate sized...
09-16-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,567
Posted By freeranger

I have a metal plate with 8 screws in my wrist...

I have a metal plate with 8 screws in my wrist from a break 3 months ago. Riding on the hoods of my road bike is by far more comfortable and a more neutral position than my mtn. bike flat bar. Road...
09-15-22, 05:59 AM
Replies: 26,495
Views: 2,879,342
Posted By freeranger

I did ride iyesterday- 9/14/22 - FINALLY-was only...

I did ride iyesterday- 9/14/22 - FINALLY-was only 9 mlles, but damn it felt good to be riding. First time in 3 months, since I broke my wrist
(not bike related). Just a little pain, easily bearable,...
09-13-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 213
Posted By freeranger

There are many on this site with better expertise...

There are many on this site with better expertise on what will switch out with what, but from what I'm reading, sure sounds like the best option is to go shopping for a new (or used) bike with better...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 8,092
Posted By freeranger

Really? Per your post: "What I see from it is...

Really? Per your post: "What I see from it is there is a lot of expense and risk with very little benefit. I tried to determine when and who might benefit from clipping in and to be fair, I suppose...
09-05-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 331
Posted By freeranger

Go to any bicycle shop with the bike, or a pic on...

Go to any bicycle shop with the bike, or a pic on your phone of the brake and what is broken.. Parts on a bike are made by just a few manufacturers. The only thing that makes it Nishiki is the name...
09-03-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 5,047
Posted By freeranger

" I contacted the seller and he replied: "That...

" I contacted the seller and he replied: "That does not compromise the structure of the head tube, according to the manufacturer. If it completely cracks, which will not, I’ll refund you the money,...
09-03-22, 02:27 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 5,047
Posted By freeranger

I'd be wary of it, seems it would be likely to...

I'd be wary of it, seems it would be likely to spread. NOT an area where you want to risk failure.
09-01-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 279
Posted By freeranger

Looking at pics on the web, it does look like you...

Looking at pics on the web, it does look like you could go lower with a non-susp seatpost. Specs show it to be a 30.9 mm post. But--looking at the pics and the relation of saddle to bars, looks like...
09-01-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 727
Posted By freeranger

Have you measured the axle distance before and...

Have you measured the axle distance before and after riding in those horizontal dropouts? The axle slipping in a dropout seems more likely than the frame bending.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 811
Posted By freeranger

Depends, of course, on how much usage it saw and...

Depends, of course, on how much usage it saw and how well it was maintained.. I tried to help a friend sell his 2002 Alp d'Huez. He is the second owner, but hardly used it after he bought it. If my...
08-27-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 768
Posted By freeranger

Good to hear! Nice bike and scenery too.

Good to hear! Nice bike and scenery too.
08-20-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 239
Posted By freeranger

It's definitely lack of strength from breaking my...

It's definitely lack of strength from breaking my wrist. All was fine before the break (2-1/2 mos. ago). Just going to take time as everything continues to heal. I'm actually ahead of where I should...
08-07-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 471
Posted By freeranger

If the only thing wrong with a bike is a pedal...

If the only thing wrong with a bike is a pedal which needs replacement, or adjustment, then the bike shop employee was way out of line. Could it have been more than a loose pedal- maybe a bad bottom...
08-05-22, 04:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,827
Posted By freeranger

The bike with the meanest dog with the biggest...

The bike with the meanest dog with the biggest teeth chasing it might be the fastest--at least for that moment!
08-05-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,579
Posted By freeranger

Just heard of a friend of a friend having a very...

Just heard of a friend of a friend having a very serious accident with bike and bodily injury involving a dog. I love dogs but if outside where they can run free and are not enclosed in a secure...
07-31-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 483
Posted By freeranger

No doubt he'll be forever thankful for the intro...

No doubt he'll be forever thankful for the intro to trail riding. Still remember the group that introduced me to trails, even tho it's been decades. Time hasn't erased the memories of those first...
07-26-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 710
Posted By freeranger

Have you checked with your LBS to see what they...

Have you checked with your LBS to see what they will sell it for? The difference might not be huge, and they may (or may not) sell it below msrp in order to make a sale, acquire a customer, and keep...
07-14-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,416
Posted By freeranger

Another option-depends on how what bikes you now...

Another option-depends on how what bikes you now have and the components on them. Would it be possible for you to buy a frame-used or new- that fits and which you or an LBS could transfer parts? You...
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