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02-22-24, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By freeranger

Noone but you can tell if you've found the best...

Noone but you can tell if you've found the best saddle position for you. When putting a saddle on, I'll take along a wrench and have it handy for a couple of weeks, usually. If something doesn't feel...
02-02-24, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By freeranger

73 y.o. here. While I've stayed in good physical...

73 y.o. here. While I've stayed in good physical shape, I do notice a slight decrease in flexibility in getting on and off the bike. You may have already mentioned this, but what might help the rider...
12-31-23, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 702
Posted By freeranger

You might get more help in the Clydesdales/Athena...

You might get more help in the Clydesdales/Athena section, specifically geared towards those of larger stature.
12-23-23, 10:21 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 6,955
Posted By freeranger

Just turned 73 and I notice that I feel different...

Just turned 73 and I notice that I feel different than 10 yrs ago or so, but I don't feel "old". My wife and I have both been lucky enough not to have any ongoing medical issues (she did have a...
10-16-23, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 522
Posted By freeranger

Was going to meet with a client and my boss...

Was going to meet with a client and my boss showed me a tear in one of the seats in his Cadillac. About a week or so later, showed me the seat and you'd never know there was a tear. Might want to...
10-12-23, 06:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,093
Posted By freeranger

If you've just started using it, and it's in good...

If you've just started using it, and it's in good condition, could just need some minor adjustments or lubrication (is the chain "dry"?). Check to see if there is a bike co-op in your area. They...
10-11-23, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By freeranger

Nothing to add except that it's only $20 to get a...

Nothing to add except that it's only $20 to get a new set (L&R) brand new shifters. Could get a new set while fixing the old one, and have a spare on hand.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-23, 06:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,266
Posted By freeranger

Am I getting slower, or just taking riding less...

Am I getting slower, or just taking riding less fast so I can enjoy the ride longer? Both I think.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-23, 06:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,900
Posted By freeranger

I sure hope there's no problem!! Flats with pins...

I sure hope there's no problem!! Flats with pins is what I've been using for over a decade on my road (and mtn) bike.
09-28-23, 11:05 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,024
Posted By freeranger

I haven't (at least yet) owned or ridden a 1x...

I haven't (at least yet) owned or ridden a 1x system. But on my 3 x 9 road bike, don't think it's possible. The bike shifts great, is quiet in most gear combos, but even well tuned, some combos will...
09-28-23, 10:58 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,270
Posted By freeranger

Oh, my eyes! Can't unsee that!!

Oh, my eyes! Can't unsee that!!
09-28-23, 10:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By freeranger

Why not just upgrade to a quality set of linear...

Why not just upgrade to a quality set of linear brakes (also called v-brakes) and use Kool-Stop salmon pads with them? You get to keep the bike you like, save some money, and properly set up, have...
09-22-23, 06:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 688
Posted By freeranger

I've found that it's not a bad idea to check the...

I've found that it's not a bad idea to check the Park Tool or Harris Cyclery (Sheldon Brown) sites before starting a repair, even if I think I know how to go about it. Always possible there might be...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-23, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,227
Posted By freeranger

Many (most?) saddles from major mfrs. come with a...

Many (most?) saddles from major mfrs. come with a return policy--most up to 30 days if the saddle is like new (maybe use elec.tape on the rails when trying it out.) A few saddles that have gotten...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,808
Posted By freeranger

Race Face Chester pedals are worth a look. Made...

Race Face Chester pedals are worth a look. Made in USA, good reputation, good quality.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-23, 06:32 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 5,710
Posted By freeranger

You state "I absolutely loved riding all of the...

You state "I absolutely loved riding all of the bikes I gave owned"--my view is that the bikes you have owned have suited you well, without spending a lot. I've never ridden a "high end" road bike...
08-21-23, 10:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,402
Posted By freeranger

Well, ya took the first step and joined this...

Well, ya took the first step and joined this forum!! Welcome! Only another 15 and you can join more of us.
08-18-23, 07:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,233
Posted By freeranger

I used to ride motorcycles as well as a bicycle....

I used to ride motorcycles as well as a bicycle. At one time I had a BSA (made in England) and a Suzuki (Japanese) and the foot shifter and foot (rear) brake were on opposite sides on the...
08-13-23, 06:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,248
Posted By freeranger

Maybe try some stiff shoe inserts (insoles) so...

Maybe try some stiff shoe inserts (insoles) so you could wear any shoe you like. Haven't tried these, but found on a quick search: Amazon.com: Carbon Fiber Insole - 1 pc | Rigid Carbon Fiber Shoe...
08-12-23, 08:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 486
Posted By freeranger

Without going back to ones I can't recall, I've...

Without going back to ones I can't recall, I've had my LeMond road bike since 2006, and my GT mtb since 1996 (it's listed in my avatar as a 1998, but that's when the frame on it now was supplied-the...
08-10-23, 06:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,093
Posted By freeranger

Just had mine done last May. I was nervous also....

Just had mine done last May. I was nervous also. Glad to be ride of glasses after wearing them for 69 years! My experience was great! After the first eye was done, couldn't wait to have the second...
08-03-23, 01:27 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,138
Posted By freeranger

I do ride in heat (hate it combo'd with high...

I do ride in heat (hate it combo'd with high humidity!). It seems to bother me more than a couple of years ago. Maybe because I missed last riding season due to recuping from an injury. Or it could...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-23, 06:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,563
Posted By freeranger

Haven't tried enough helmets for a...

Haven't tried enough helmets for a recommendation. But-have you tried a headsweat or a cooling towel worn under the helmet to absorb, or to wet with cold water to help keep your noggin cooler?
08-02-23, 06:42 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,247
Posted By freeranger

I'm split on this one. I want to say no if it is...

I'm split on this one. I want to say no if it is not e-bike specific. But don't care for the bickering that seems to happen, regardless of whether or not it's e-bike specific, between those dedicated...
07-31-23, 06:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,712
Posted By freeranger

claresnyder might want to check the date of the...

claresnyder might want to check the date of the original thread when responding. This is 2 years old-op likely has it fixed or may not even have the bike now.
07-29-23, 06:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 686
Posted By freeranger

One thing I would NOT do is to shim a stem. To...

One thing I would NOT do is to shim a stem. To get a bar up higher, why not put a "BMX" bar on it. Many different heights available and you wouldn't have to change the stem. 25.4 bmx handlebars -...
07-27-23, 10:55 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 5,627
Posted By freeranger

Don't have that problem. But then, I've never...

Don't have that problem. But then, I've never worn "cycling specific" kit. A decent wicking t-shirt and gym shorts over bike underwear with a chamois are the usual. Guess maybe because I rode nothing...
07-24-23, 09:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,278
Posted By freeranger

There are all kinds of lube, some for dry...

There are all kinds of lube, some for dry conditions, some for wet conditions, some that you may want to wipe down and re-apply more often, some which may not need that. Your friend will want to...
07-22-23, 05:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,564
Posted By freeranger

Heat shrink tubing (any hardware store) is a good...

Heat shrink tubing (any hardware store) is a good substitute for a cable crimp.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-23, 05:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 897
Posted By freeranger

Not a thing wrong with slowing down some and...

Not a thing wrong with slowing down some and enjoying the ride. Maybe slow down on the keyboard too!! I've found that my slower rides (not a speed demon either) have been ones I've enjoyed more....
07-17-23, 05:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,596
Posted By freeranger

And neither bike is shown with peddles!!

And neither bike is shown with peddles!!
07-14-23, 05:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 961
Posted By freeranger

Don't try to change gears while going uphill and...

Don't try to change gears while going uphill and exerting lots of pressure to the pedals. You can change gears but take a very short pause or ease up on the pedaling stroke while changing gears. If...
07-07-23, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 708
Posted By freeranger

Do you have a LBS (local bike shop)? If the price...

Do you have a LBS (local bike shop)? If the price difference isn't great, they can use your support. And if you ever need work done, or advice, those few $ will be worth it. Also, if the LBS price is...
06-25-23, 02:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,702
Posted By freeranger

Sorry, the lower pic caught my attention. You can...

Sorry, the lower pic caught my attention. You can get a Tourney dbl. crankset with a 50T big ring, but it's made to work as a 2x8 setup. Shimano Tourney FC-A070 Crankset (Black) (2 x 7/8 Speed)...
06-25-23, 01:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,702
Posted By freeranger

Judging by the stem extender and the height of...

Judging by the stem extender and the height of the seatpost, looks like that bike is too small for you. Think maybe looking for a new (or used), better fitting bike with the drivetrain you want might...
06-22-23, 06:13 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,526
Posted By freeranger

Riding when you want, where you want, at the pace...

Riding when you want, where you want, at the pace you want, stopping for a drink, energy bar, viewing scenery, etc. when you want, not needing to put up with waiting for other riders to arrive or...
06-19-23, 09:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By freeranger

Carrying fishing rods - Bike Forums...

Carrying fishing rods - Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/945655-carrying-fishing-rods.html)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-23, 06:37 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,396
Posted By freeranger

Yes-Maybe-No It all depends on your level of...

Yes-Maybe-No It all depends on your level of involvement, fitness, and what type of riding you do. Top level expensive bikes will be lighter, have lighter and better components, frame materials will...
05-19-23, 06:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By freeranger

If you're inflating the tire to 80% psi, it's...

If you're inflating the tire to 80% psi, it's very unlikely that you're getting pinch flats.
05-16-23, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 711
Posted By freeranger

If you have problems finding a Shimano...

If you have problems finding a Shimano replacement, Microshift makes compatible shifters. I've not used any of their shifters but did replace a front road der. for a 3 x 9 and have found the part...
05-11-23, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,472
Posted By freeranger

Super Light Road

Super Light Road
05-11-23, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By freeranger

Not a hybrid, but my alum. road bike with a...

Not a hybrid, but my alum. road bike with a carbon fork and seatpost is very smooth. If you don't find a steel framed hybrid, you may want to test ride an alum. frame with a carbon fork and seatpost...
04-25-23, 12:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By freeranger

From experience, or do you just think more...

From experience, or do you just think more expensive always = better quality? The ones I'm using are their Pro4 Service Course tire, and I have nothing bad to say about them. Reviews on Bike Tires...
04-25-23, 08:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By freeranger

All good advice above. I recently put some new...

All good advice above. I recently put some new (Michelin) tires on my road bike. Had to "work" the tires to get them "true" all the way around (rims are good and true). Also, another thing I have...
04-24-23, 06:16 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 7,202
Posted By freeranger

As others have mentioned, don't try welding...

As others have mentioned, don't try welding anything to the frame. I have an old (98) mountain bike with a good set of v-brakes and levers, with Kool Stop salmon brake pads, and can lock up the wheel...
04-24-23, 05:46 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,570
Posted By freeranger

Except at very low speed, a bike is "steered" by...

Except at very low speed, a bike is "steered" by leaning, not by using the handlebar to "steer". Your fork is not backwards. It is possible that what you are experiencing on one bike and not the...
04-21-23, 09:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 761
Posted By freeranger

You could try overlapping another patch over the...

You could try overlapping another patch over the leaking side.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-23, 04:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,276
Posted By freeranger

I agree. If you think about it, the steerer is...

I agree. If you think about it, the steerer is inside the head tube, and the head tube had better be very solid, or you have a problem!! So, other than weight, can't see the steerer making a...
03-24-23, 02:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,698
Posted By freeranger

Not just bike tires. Last trip for groceries made...

Not just bike tires. Last trip for groceries made me sad. Used to be when you bought $50 worth of groceries, someone would bag it for you. Now they ask if you want it bagged or are eating it there!!
03-24-23, 02:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 913
Posted By freeranger

Glad you've gained knowledge and experience on...

Glad you've gained knowledge and experience on doing the adjustments! Saves trips to the LBS and if (when) the cable stretches, you can get it back to good shifting again! I know of a few who never...
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