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02-24-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 817
Posted By travbikeman

:lol: Yea I did!.....Your welcome! on a...

:lol: Yea I did!.....Your welcome!


on a side note, I'm starting to limit my discussions on any forums. Not really getting much out of some of these and just tired of arguing... Seems...
02-24-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 817
Posted By travbikeman

Yea, the SRAM SX drivetrain in both the Marlin 8...

Yea, the SRAM SX drivetrain in both the Marlin 8 and the Canyon, I do not at all hear good things about it. Most likely be better to go for the Deore 10 speed drivetrain in the Marlin 7.

Good...
02-16-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 987
Posted By travbikeman

OP didn't say what kind of bike that the OP just...

OP didn't say what kind of bike that the OP just bought....or did I miss something?

If it's a mountain bike, few of us do put some protection on the new mtn bike to prevent stones and such from...
02-09-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,719
Posted By travbikeman

OMG, I posted in the wrong thread! I meant to...

OMG, I posted in the wrong thread! I meant to put that into the thread about the guy with the RockHopper. Whew....not enough coffee today!
02-07-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 689
Posted By travbikeman

Just a thought, Some interesting do it yourself...

Just a thought, Some interesting do it yourself racks on a trailer that shouldn't break the bank that I pulled off the internet:
...
02-07-22, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,121
Posted By travbikeman

Just an fyi, there are several youtube video...

Just an fyi, there are several youtube video reviews on Bucklos wheelsets. I've watched reviewers like KevCentral that has purchased these wheels since it is difficult to find affordable wheels this...
01-26-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,133
Posted By travbikeman

I know,.....I know.....Bacon makes EVERYTHING...

I know,.....I know.....Bacon makes EVERYTHING BETTER! :lol:

But yea, bacon wrapped hot dogs....nothing like adding additional salty fatty goodness to an already salty piece of pork.
...
01-24-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,133
Posted By travbikeman

OH, that does sound good!

OH, that does sound good!
01-24-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,133
Posted By travbikeman

Now this is a better winter discussion! :lol: ...

Now this is a better winter discussion! :lol:

Grill the hot dogs and wrap them with Pretzel dough, bake and you have heaven on earth!

https://thefoodcharlatan.com/homemade-pretzel-dogs/
01-20-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1,732
Views: 623,729
Posted By travbikeman

That bike looks like a straight bar. If it was...

That bike looks like a straight bar. If it was tapered, Specialized would have listed it and the images of the bike would have shown a tapered headtube.
...
01-18-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 569
Posted By travbikeman

My teenage son and I looked at one of these for...

My teenage son and I looked at one of these for him a few days ago but he did not test ride it since it was still being put together by the lbs.

Our thoughts on this, just an opinion.

It's...
01-16-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,948
Posted By travbikeman

Yea, this is kind of blowing my mind at...

Yea, this is kind of blowing my mind at moment.....We found a Stumpjumper alloy being built at a LBS. It comes with the SX and Specialized wants $2650 for this bike.....:twitchy:
01-08-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By travbikeman

Good video that shows how to do this. Always...

Good video that shows how to do this. Always used to find RJ the Bike Guy helpful on questions like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsOOdw0JVM
01-08-22, 05:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,019
Posted By travbikeman

Thanks! Actually that was very helpful! Been...

Thanks! Actually that was very helpful! Been trying to better understand some of the differences so I do appreciate it.

Just started getting interested in MTN Biking a year ago rather than just...
01-08-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By travbikeman

The rd-m3000 is only setup for 9 speed's (it's...

The rd-m3000 is only setup for 9 speed's (it's the Acera). If you want to upgrade to 10 speeds, you will need a 10 speed derailleur.
01-08-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,019
Posted By travbikeman

I have some really great local shops that service...

I have some really great local shops that service Giant (Element Sports and Shepherdstown Bikes). This was the main reason, even though I do most of my own wrenching, the shops are very helpful on...
01-08-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,019
Posted By travbikeman

My teenage son and I had been shopping around for...

My teenage son and I had been shopping around for FS for several months now. We did have similar questions as the OP and I did compare the Polygon heavily against my now Giant Trance.

My thoughts:...
01-07-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,548
Posted By travbikeman

I have essentially the second one you listed or...

I have essentially the second one you listed or at least similar, but has the Performance Bikes name on it from when the original Performance Bikes was in business. This was several years ago and I...
12-21-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,097
Posted By travbikeman

That is a nice color to that Fuji!

That is a nice color to that Fuji!
12-20-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,735
Posted By travbikeman

Just an idea that could save you money from...

Just an idea that could save you money from having to switch to brifters if even possible without a drivetrain swap:

https://surlybikes.com/blog/the_surly_corner_bar_dropbar_mountain_bike_handlebar
12-07-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3,215
Views: 825,919
Posted By travbikeman

Brought home my new Giant Trance 3 this past...

Brought home my new Giant Trance 3 this past Saturday. Riding single track trails like Cacapon State Park in WV is getting a bit too rough on a hard tail for this now 51 yr old.
...
11-28-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,389
Posted By travbikeman

Wow to all of your stories here! My father had...

Wow to all of your stories here! My father had shingles in his eye about 10 years ago. Was extremely painful for him.

Now that I'm over 50 now, I am planning on getting the shingles shot soon....
11-21-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,886
Posted By travbikeman

There are several wheels that Velocity has...

There are several wheels that Velocity has labeled Clydesdale.

See this link: Velocity - Wheels, Clydesdale (http://store.velocityusa.com/c/wheels_clydesdale)

Click on view details of the...
10-13-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,063
Posted By travbikeman

It actually isn't very hard to re-grease the...

It actually isn't very hard to re-grease the bearings on cup and cone hubs, or at least I don't find it difficult.

But others whom aren't willing to put this work into it may find it annoying to...
10-04-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,884
Posted By travbikeman

Is it just me or are we seeing many many more...

Is it just me or are we seeing many many more threads like this that normally occur during winter when people are bored?

This is a really a boring subject that has been overused and abused over...
09-16-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,952
Posted By travbikeman

Thanks! I mistakenly thought the article I...

Thanks!

I mistakenly thought the article I had read with the paragraph below was in house in U.S.

"How exactly does American Classic keep the price of its tires so low? Itís largely the...
09-15-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,129
Posted By travbikeman

I had noticed not long after joining the Bike...

I had noticed not long after joining the Bike Forum, this question is asked often. There are some very passionate riders whom believe their way of riding is the only right way for everyone, not just...
09-13-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 820
Views: 277,776
Posted By travbikeman

Upload photo's here in the quick reply of this...

Upload photo's here in the quick reply of this thread:

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1464x688/capture_d3d6a49e6d6c87829e0a4d243b303309127ecf3f.jpg
09-08-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,746
Posted By travbikeman

Comparing the specs on both bikes: Sirrus...

Comparing the specs on both bikes:

Sirrus has the new future shock, where as the FX does not.
Sirrus has DT Swiss rims, FX has Bontrager....Can't tell you if one is better than the other, but I'm...
09-08-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 1,484
Views: 339,212
Posted By travbikeman

When the bike was original, it really was the...

When the bike was original, it really was the same bike as the Crosstrail. The big difference and reason I bought this Sub Cross 1 1/2 years ago is that it's my proper size. The Crosstrail was sized...
09-07-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 891
Posted By travbikeman

My personal opinion would favor the Marin bike....

My personal opinion would favor the Marin bike. Not because of the disc brakes, but because of the shifter. The Marin has the rapid fire shifter, where as the Reid has the grip shift Revo shifter.
...
09-03-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 992
Views: 326,551
Posted By travbikeman

Different years and versions of the Crosstrail...

Different years and versions of the Crosstrail may have different wheel spoke sizes. Best bet is to measure what you have:
...
08-29-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 284,601
Posted By travbikeman

WOW! That is impressive not just that they...

WOW! That is impressive not just that they covered you for a bike that was well used, but that they replaced it so quickly! I would have thought it was going to take months before they replaced this,...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
08-12-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8,123
Views: 617,638
Posted By travbikeman

Not sure how long you have been in Central...

Not sure how long you have been in Central America, but the C&O now has new stones on it. It is really nice riding on it up towards Shepherdstown. Soon will be even further.

Only real downside...
08-02-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,437
Posted By travbikeman

Thought your comment was interesting and decided...

Thought your comment was interesting and decided to do a quick google search on this. I do find it interesting how much more destructive mining and processing aluminum is as compared to Carbon Fiber....
07-20-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,509
Posted By travbikeman

IF interested, check out this video. My opinion...

IF interested, check out this video. My opinion of the drivetrain is very much the same as this reviewer. Only real issue I think this drivetrain has, is how easily it collects dirt as compared to...
07-16-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,776
Posted By travbikeman

Most likely not. Was just listing excuses to...

Most likely not. Was just listing excuses to keep me from buying more parts. :D
07-15-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,776
Posted By travbikeman

Surly Corner Bar an interesting idea

Interesting idea for anyone that likes or curious about the idea of turning a hybrid into a gravel bike:

Surly Corner Bar video click here
06-12-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,132
Posted By travbikeman

Shimano has some nice affordable Deore with...

Shimano has some nice affordable Deore with clutch offerings for 10 speeds. SRAM, I don't see they offer too often what I consider affordable with a clutch.

Don't discount Microshift Advent and...
05-27-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,520
Posted By travbikeman

If your bottom bracket MT500 is going bad, then...

If your bottom bracket MT500 is going bad, then would suggest replacing it with an MT800 Hollowtech II. My MT500 went bad, crunchy and such only 20 miles after riding my mountain bike. You will not...
05-23-21, 07:34 PM
Replies: 1,484
Views: 339,212
Posted By travbikeman

This past week I had re-greased the hub bearings...

This past week I had re-greased the hub bearings in all 4 of my kids and my bikes along with an extra set of wheels I had. 10 wheels total needed cup and cone bearings to be repacked with fresh...
05-20-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,901
Posted By travbikeman

OK, I'm a little late to this conversation. But I...

OK, I'm a little late to this conversation. But I actually do believe with a life style change, the body does kind of resets. But it can quickly regain if you allow it, which in a sense is another...
05-14-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,961
Posted By travbikeman

Well, if you go by the following, that's more...

Well, if you go by the following, that's more expensive than what this site thinks it's worth:

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/value-guide/product/16713/

Reality is, that is a good price and...
05-04-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 326,551
Posted By travbikeman

That is a nice looking bike! If this helps you...

That is a nice looking bike! If this helps you get out more, then sell the others. Heck with the idea of N-1....It's DougG+outside on a new bike!

That's just more important. :thumb:
05-04-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,138
Posted By travbikeman

Thanks all for help! I've placed the order,...

Thanks all for help! I've placed the order, here's what the rear wheel will be:

Rear Rim: WTB KOM TOUGH TCS I 30 29IN BLACK RIM Price $88.00 Drillings 32 Size 700c/29er Tubeless Tape and Valve...
04-02-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,148
Posted By travbikeman

Interesting that Specialized lists the rims for...

Interesting that Specialized lists the rims for the Sirrus X4 as 32 hole. Yet the hubs are listed as 24 and 28 holes. Counting the spokes in the picture shows 24 and 28.

Ehhhh,,,,,, honestly, I...
03-23-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,241
Posted By travbikeman

The Fantom looks cool. The Giant has if they...

The Fantom looks cool. The Giant has if they give it, a better fork. But the rest of the components look to be more nice on the Fantom. Just looking at pictures, not comparing specs, the frame on...
02-18-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,191
Posted By travbikeman

Wow, that is awesome! I would not have thought...

Wow, that is awesome! I would not have thought Giant would have resolved this so quickly and for your older frame.

FYI, $100 is cheap, especially considering the LBS essentially checked all...
02-17-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 11,237
Posted By travbikeman

Past 6 years since I've joined the Bike Forums,...

Past 6 years since I've joined the Bike Forums, could always tell we are in middle of winter. Not by looking out the window, or seeing my bike on the trainer, but by the same arguments over every...
02-12-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,491
Posted By travbikeman

While I see the new Sirrus with the new...

While I see the new Sirrus with the new suspension as really cool, I am always worried about proprietary parts. We had a recent thread on this forum (don't feel like looking for it) asking if...
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