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12-16-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 862
Posted By hokiefyd

If you're referring to the numbers you see on the...

If you're referring to the numbers you see on the shifters, then I do not agree with your bike shop. 1/1 is the easiest, hill climbing, gear and you should be able to use this gear without any noise....
12-09-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 872
Posted By hokiefyd

I'd recommend figuring out the gearing range that...

I'd recommend figuring out the gearing range that you need and then look at various 1x systems to see if they support that range. For example, what is the chain ring and cassette sprocket count in...
11-02-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 1,965
Views: 676,584
Posted By hokiefyd

That looks right.

That looks right.
10-30-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By hokiefyd

Most typical "full length" V-brake arms are about...

Most typical "full length" V-brake arms are about 100-105mm (distance from the pivot at the bottom to the cable attachment at the top). Most Mini-Vs are in the 80-90mm range (though some differ!). ...
10-30-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By hokiefyd

One advantage to mechanical disc brakes, one...

One advantage to mechanical disc brakes, one which I've come to appreciate more and more, is the ability to fine-tune the brake pad clearance. Hydraulics don't really allow for that. The pad...
10-29-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By hokiefyd

Oh -- and the disc brake caliper. The actuation...

Oh -- and the disc brake caliper. The actuation arm length actually isn't probative here, at least to my knowledge. They also make calipers compatible with short pull levers ("road calipers"), and...
10-28-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By hokiefyd

From a technical perspective, alloy refers to a...

From a technical perspective, alloy refers to a mixture of metals or other elements. Steel itself is an alloy, of iron and other metals to modify various attributes of it, like ductileness,...
10-27-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By hokiefyd

Pic assist. Nice looking bike!! ...

Pic assist. Nice looking bike!!

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10-25-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 432
Posted By hokiefyd

I'm about 240# and use about the same air...

I'm about 240# and use about the same air pressure in narrower tires (38-40mm) and I've never had a problem. I do ride carefully (raising up for bumps, etc.), but I've never had problems with...
10-25-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 983
Views: 306,874
Posted By hokiefyd

40mm is about as small as I'll go for tires...

40mm is about as small as I'll go for tires anymore. I have one older Peugeot frame that will fit an actual 32-33mm tire (the stays are pretty tight at about 35mm), but I've upped every other bike I...
10-19-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,322
Posted By hokiefyd

Unless the surface is very loose (or icy, etc.),...

Unless the surface is very loose (or icy, etc.), it's generally pretty difficult to truly lock the front wheel. Riding position and weight distribution will have some influence on this for sure. ...
10-18-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
Posted By hokiefyd

Hi, and welcome. The hybrid category is...

Hi, and welcome.

The hybrid category is (very loosely) divided into some sub-categories. The ones you appear to be considering, rightly so, are what I call "fitness" hybrids (ones like the Giant...
10-15-21, 04:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By hokiefyd

Yes, looking from the back, the cable should go...

Yes, looking from the back, the cable should go to the left and over that tab, with the cable exiting the cinch bolt pointing directly outwards to the drive side, as the picture by thook shows. ...
10-11-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 932
Posted By hokiefyd

I understand that the IsoZone bars have a...

I understand that the IsoZone bars have a scalloped-out profile which works only with Trek's proprietary IsoZone grips. Trek sells an IsoZone bar end adapter (link here...
10-08-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,083
Posted By hokiefyd

The Cannondale Quick 6...

The Cannondale Quick 6 (https://www.cannondale.com/en-us/bikes/active/fitness/quick/quick-6) is a basic 3x7 hybrid with rim brakes for $650 (but the rear wheel has a cassette instead of a freewheel,...
10-06-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 334
Posted By hokiefyd

The pad toe is applicable to most types of rim...

The pad toe is applicable to most types of rim brakes. You want the front of the pad to touch first...the forward motion of the rim will want to pull the pad forward and rotate it towards straight,...
10-05-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7,713
Views: 2,617,348
Posted By hokiefyd

eatontkd more pictures of that 7.5 please! Trek...

eatontkd more pictures of that 7.5 please! Trek used to paint their frames in some really stunning colors and finishes. Yours is one of those. The blue frame with white accents and white cable...
10-03-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By hokiefyd

I would not buy one already equipped with that...

I would not buy one already equipped with that stuff, no. My reason is OEM stuff will likely be either lower quality or heavier or not as flexible (in terms of configurability or capability) as...
09-23-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 586
Posted By hokiefyd

I'm sort of with you there. I often look to the...

I'm sort of with you there. I often look to the underdogs in life. Everyone wants the good stuff, and for good reason. But the lower end stuff needs love, too!

My wife gives me a hard time because...
09-22-21, 04:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By hokiefyd

I've previously owned a Giant Roam, which is...

I've previously owned a Giant Roam, which is basically the same thing as a Trek Dual Sport. I also own an older Trek MultiTrack (which is similar to a modern FX) and I also own a hard tail MTB...
09-17-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,530
Posted By hokiefyd

Even the late '90s tig-wleded MultiTracks are...

Even the late '90s tig-wleded MultiTracks are fine candidates for this. I have a '97 750 that will fit up to about 42-44mm actual width tires, it's got cantilever posts for 622mm ("700c") wheels,...
09-15-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,867
Posted By hokiefyd

This is true -- and touring with a drop bar today...

This is true -- and touring with a drop bar today is largely a United States or at least North American thing. Many or even most Europeans tour on flat bar or riser bar bikes, which is relatively...
09-14-21, 05:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 528
Posted By hokiefyd

It looks like the return spring adjustment screw...

It looks like the return spring adjustment screw on the pictured brake arm is threaded all the way in. While not necessarily wrong, it is atypical and could indicate other issues with brake...
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09-14-21, 04:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,310
Posted By hokiefyd

You'll just want to clean up the inside of the...

You'll just want to clean up the inside of the tire and rim as much as you personally care to do for peace of mind, cosmetics, etc. A bit of dried sealant here and there shouldn't bother a tube.

I...
09-13-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,915
Posted By hokiefyd

There's a very strong Classic & Vintage subforum...

There's a very strong Classic & Vintage subforum (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/) here that caters to "older" stuff, or at least old-in-heart. Anything from about the mid-to-late 1990s...
09-09-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 34,870
Posted By hokiefyd

I'd say 100 pounds ($138 using today's exchange...

I'd say 100 pounds ($138 using today's exchange rate) is a good price for any rideable bike in the global market we have today, yes. Your rear wheel will be a more definitive clue as to the identity...
09-08-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,915
Posted By hokiefyd

Welcome! I agree that the Trek FX 2 would be a...

Welcome! I agree that the Trek FX 2 would be a great general purpose bike. Others in this category include the Specialized Sirrus, the Giant Escape, the Jamis Coda, the ... there must be a thousand...
09-08-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,177
Posted By hokiefyd

I think the ride quality of these bikes is what...

I think the ride quality of these bikes is what makes them worth modernizing. I have a '70 Peugeot mixte that I've upgraded with a 7-speed cassette (with a pair of 700c wheels from the co-op), a...
09-04-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1,695
Views: 575,927
Posted By hokiefyd

That's how you should buy a bike in my opinion. ...

That's how you should buy a bike in my opinion. Other than sprocket count, you'd probably never feel the difference between 4100, 5100, or 6100 series drivetrain parts on the bike. But if you buy...
09-04-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 690
Posted By hokiefyd

I don't know either of these brands off hand, but...

I don't know either of these brands off hand, but I'd be pretty certain that both brands are applying their names to contract-sourced frames. Perhaps they really are the same frame and both companies...
09-03-21, 05:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By hokiefyd

I guess this is done to afford the bike builder...

I guess this is done to afford the bike builder (whether it's mass produced or custom) as much flexibility as possible. The lower stop would be used if the shift cable passed under the bottom...
09-02-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,919
Posted By hokiefyd

I also have a '97 750 and it'll take up to about...

I also have a '97 750 and it'll take up to about 42-44mm actual width tires. I've run Continental Speed Rides on it before, which are labeled 42mm but inflate to about 38mm. That's a great tire for...
09-01-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 1,695
Views: 575,927
Posted By hokiefyd

The previous thread on the price topic was closed...

The previous thread on the price topic was closed and I'd respectfully suggest that we, collectively, not let this topic take over this thread, dedicated to discussion of the Specialized Sirrus line...
08-27-21, 05:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 588
Posted By hokiefyd

I was going to suggest a low-end front derailleur...

I was going to suggest a low-end front derailleur designed for 3x6 or 3x7 drivetrains (such as a Tourney or similar). I think the cages get slightly narrower as the intended chains got narrower (9,...
08-26-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,165
Posted By hokiefyd

The bike looks nice! Why do the rear dropout...

The bike looks nice! Why do the rear dropout slots appear to be filled? It looks like you can slide the axle in only a third of the way before it hits white painted metal. Was this common?
08-25-21, 05:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By hokiefyd

An Alivio dual-pull will likely have the cable...

An Alivio dual-pull will likely have the cable cinch bolt on the left (non-drive) side of the derailleur. You'd connect the cable straight to the cinch bolt in a top pull configuration. Pull of the...
08-25-21, 05:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 834
Posted By hokiefyd

I've had lower end bikes shipped with cable ends...

I've had lower end bikes shipped with cable ends cut like that. I'm guessing it's the result of some mass production cutting tool or process that leaves the cable end looking that way. In my case,...
08-22-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 93,894
Posted By hokiefyd

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08-22-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 897
Views: 93,894
Posted By hokiefyd

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08-16-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,435
Posted By hokiefyd

Velo Orange has a new version of the Crazy Bar...

Velo Orange has a new version of the Crazy Bar coming out soon. It softens the 45 degree backsweep angle to 35 degrees, and also widens the bar, which is probably good news for many.

Velo Orange...
08-16-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 795
Posted By hokiefyd

Thanks! I learned something. I've only ever...

Thanks! I learned something. I've only ever seen them used above and below the caliper ears (as in the Avid BB7). I've not seen them used only above the caliper ears before. But I can understand...
08-12-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By hokiefyd

The bottom line is the parts don't know how...

The bottom line is the parts don't know how they're used, no, so distinctions between "road", "mountain", "city", "hybrid", etc...are usually in the marketing. Don't get me wrong -- there are...
08-12-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 795
Posted By hokiefyd

Additionally, for what it's worth, those calipers...

Additionally, for what it's worth, those calipers should not have the ball-and-cup washers as shown in the image -- they're designed to sit square with the mounting surface, with only a flat washer...
08-05-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 733
Posted By hokiefyd

The joke on Bike Forums is every fork is bent in...

The joke on Bike Forums is every fork is bent in a picture. ;) The angle of many photos makes it hard to tell if the blades are really parallel with the head tube or not.

Having said that, it...
08-05-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By hokiefyd

Though I don't know for sure, I imagine the...

Though I don't know for sure, I imagine the smallest sprocket is referred to as #1 because most derailleurs are "normal high" derailleurs (meaning their default, no cable tension, position is as far...
08-05-21, 05:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By hokiefyd

Ideally, it'll be straight up and down. This...

Ideally, it'll be straight up and down. This could be caused from a bent derailleur/cage, or a bent hanger. A bent hanger is far more likely. You may be able to remove the derailleur and nudge...
08-05-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By hokiefyd

Shimano number it the same way. #1 is the...

Shimano number it the same way. #1 is the smallest sprocket and it counts up from there as the sprockets get larger.
08-01-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,436
Posted By hokiefyd

I've owned a number of bikes, including triples,...

I've owned a number of bikes, including triples, doubles, and converted 1xs. The two bikes I convered to 1xs have been converted back to triples. I'm a recreational rider and I enjoy and appreciate...
07-29-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 852,103
Posted By hokiefyd

The Touring subforum...

The Touring subforum (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/) may be a good place to ask (though they likely do have more of a focus on traditional touring). They'll likely say that the most important...
07-28-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By hokiefyd

I can offer some first-hand experience with this....

I can offer some first-hand experience with this. Up front: I'm not a bike racer and do not buy "racing" parts and I do not demand "racing" performance. The stuff I'm into is basic recreational rider...
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