Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Hybrid Bicycles Where else would you go to discuss these fun, versatile bikes?

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-30-09, 04:12 PM   #576
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
Posts: 7,594
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Fixed gear means the wheel can't freewheel, like in coasting, the pedals must continue to turn. Single speed is like old fashioned bikes.
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 05:52 PM   #577
AiredaleII
Senior Member
 
AiredaleII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakes Region of NH
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
Does it say what model of Specialized bike it is anywhere on the bike?
It's a 2001 S-Works M4 Road Bike in Festina colors.
AiredaleII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 07:58 PM   #578
Saddle Up
I Love My Dream
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 1,076
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Got it thanks.
Saddle Up is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 08:03 PM   #579
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,264
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post
Hmmm, I thought a single speed was a fixed gear... what might the distinction be?
A fixed gear is technically a single speed but has no freewheel to allow it to coast... if the wheels are turning the pedals will be turning as well since the cog is directly attached to the hub with no ratcheting mechanism as you have with a single speed that does coast.

In practice the two systems are rather different.
Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 08:09 PM   #580
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,264
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Fixed gear means the wheel can't freewheel, like in coasting, the pedals must continue to turn. Single speed is like old fashioned bikes.
Fixed gear bikes pre-date single speeds and to this day they are often paired together as racers of old used to do... one would ride fixed on the flats and to the top of a climb and then flip the wheel so that one might coast more quickly down to the bottom and save energy.

Descents on a fixed wheel are not coasting affairs as one has to apply power and / or back pedal to create resistance and control one's speed

A peanut butter wrench was often used to release the wheel nuts, named thusly as the flat end was used to spread peanut butter early racers carried as provisions.

Some models came with wing nuts which meant a wrench did not have to be carried to remove a wheel.
Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 09:06 PM   #581
mikeybikes
Senior Member
 
mikeybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Edgewater, CO
Bikes: Tons
Posts: 3,214
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sh00k View Post
oops - i meant single speed - not fixed gear. is this also an expensive conversion? can i just remove the 9 or 10 speed cassette and replace it with a single cog?

i appreciate the help. it'll be the future fad. instead of turning 70s/80s road bikes into fixies and single speeds, ppl are going to start doing it with hybrids! =P
Just converted my Trek 820 to a single speed. Feel free to ask questions.

http://blog.mikeshoup.com/2009/09/30...w-single-speed
mikeybikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-09, 09:26 PM   #582
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
a lot of talk and no pics. Let's fix that. This is from last Friday just after riding across town to the college where my son is going to school. (They're trying to start a parents association and had a meeting, so I rode there directly from work.)

__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 08:27 AM   #583
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
Posts: 7,594
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Nice bike! It's always nice to see bikes tall enuf to ride.

But, why the fenders? It never rains in Texas...... LOL
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 08:52 AM   #584
Riverside_Guy
Senior Member
 
Riverside_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NYC-UWS
Bikes: Trek 750
Posts: 373
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What serves braking on a fixed gear bike? Isn't that where clutches and coaster brakes came about? Sorry for such basic questions...
Riverside_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 12:32 PM   #585
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
Posts: 7,594
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Some ride without brakes. The smart ones ride with caliper brakes.
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 01:14 PM   #586
mikeybikes
Senior Member
 
mikeybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Edgewater, CO
Bikes: Tons
Posts: 3,214
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post
What serves braking on a fixed gear bike? Isn't that where clutches and coaster brakes came about? Sorry for such basic questions...
Topic best left for discussion in the SSFG forum. Anyways, you can slow a fixed gear down by resisting the pedals. Still no substitute for a good front brake.
mikeybikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-09, 01:33 PM   #587
Doohickie 
You gonna eat that?
 
Doohickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
Posts: 14,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Nice bike! It's always nice to see bikes tall enuf to ride.
I've been very fortunate to have come across four different bikes, either cheap or free, that fit my 6'-2" frame pretty well.

Quote:
But, why the fenders? It never rains in Texas...... LOL
I know, I just like the way they look. It gives the bike style. (And yeah, I have been riding in the rain lately.)
__________________
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Doohickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-09, 12:37 PM   #588
Neil_B
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
I was told photos of my bike would be welcome. Here's Roark, with his owner, during some of their 5000 miles of traveling:

Inside Sheeder-Hall covered bridge, Chester County, PA, February 2009:



In Pine Creek Gorge, near Wellsboro, PA, August 2009.



Milepost Zero, C & O Canal Towpath, Washington, DC, August 2008:



Third trip from Pittsburgh to DC, June 2009:





Tour through Delmarva, June 2009:



  Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-09, 12:46 PM   #589
Panthers007
Great State of Varmint
 
Panthers007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dante's Third Ring
Bikes:
Posts: 7,479
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice photos! That looks to be a great area to tour by bike. And it's cool to see you are using a pretty much stock Trek 7.5 FX. Has this bike caused you any problems? And would you recommend a FX-series bicycle for touring on to others?

Photos are always welcome additions, by the way. Thanks for sharing yours!
Panthers007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-09, 01:07 PM   #590
Neil_B
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
Nice photos! That looks to be a great area to tour by bike. And it's cool to see you are using a pretty much stock Trek 7.5 FX. Has this bike caused you any problems? And would you recommend a FX-series bicycle for touring on to others?

Photos are always welcome additions, by the way. Thanks for sharing yours!
In fact, the bike has a lot of alterations. 36 spoke custom built rear wheel for my, ahem, Clydesdale status, extenders on the crankarms for my crooked legs, Brooks B-17 saddle, Ergon grips, big, big bell, Nashbar Landcruiser pedals for my big feet.... and the special skewer for the trailer. I've made these changes on an as-needed basis, which explains why the bike looks a little different in each photo.

I suggest a 7.2 or 7.3 for touring - the wheels seem to have more spokes and the steel fork is more durable. Plus you can attach front panniers to it, which I can't do with my carbon fork.

More photos:

Inside an abandon Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel - ride at your own risk.



Falls Bridge, Philadelphia. This photo is also on the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia homepage.



January 2009, Oaks, PA:



On an overnight tour, November last year:





  Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-09, 01:55 PM   #591
Panthers007
Great State of Varmint
 
Panthers007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Dante's Third Ring
Bikes:
Posts: 7,479
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I see what you mean. I tossed the wheels on my 2007 7.5 FX. Built up a set of 32-spoke Mavic A719 rims and Shimano Ultegra hubs 3X - laced. But that was just for starters...


Panthers007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-09, 04:10 PM   #592
qmsdc15
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland
Bikes: rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
Posts: 5,155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Historian, inspiring rides. Thanks for posting.
qmsdc15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-09, 06:58 PM   #593
Saddle Up
I Love My Dream
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 1,076
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
for sure that
Saddle Up is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 07:34 AM   #594
al-wagner
Happy old man
 
al-wagner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West coast of New England
Bikes: Trek 4500 mountain bike, Trek 7500fx disk, and Trek 2200 Road bike
Posts: 622
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is a 2006 Trek 7200 with hydraulic disk brakes.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 7200disk.jpg (66.0 KB, 114 views)
__________________
http://www.thegmbc.com/
http://www.gmaa.net/

In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of damned poor sledding.
al-wagner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 09:00 AM   #595
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
Posts: 7,594
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Nice bike, Al - what rack do you have on the back?
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 10:05 AM   #596
Riverside_Guy
Senior Member
 
Riverside_Guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NYC-UWS
Bikes: Trek 750
Posts: 373
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks like a ToPeak. I was wanting a trunk bag like it, but the ToPeak seems to have attachment gizmos for only their rear rack... I had a perfectly good Blackburn rack, so I didn't want to "buy" what I already had. Searched far and wide... found something!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_oh_product

28 bucks, free shipping, it's quite well designed. Only one quibble, there's not enough velcro material to attach the length of those side straps so an inch and a half kinda flaps. So far, despite that, it appears to be quite secure... but I will sew on some more material. It fits the rack perfectly, had side stiffners, can hold a bunch of stuff AND has a zippered gusset that adds another 2 vertical inches.
Riverside_Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 11:59 AM   #597
qmsdc15
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland
Bikes: rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
Posts: 5,155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice bag. I took the Jandd rear rack off the Marin and put it on the Cannondale.

Is this frame too small for me?
qmsdc15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 12:16 PM   #598
al-wagner
Happy old man
 
al-wagner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West coast of New England
Bikes: Trek 4500 mountain bike, Trek 7500fx disk, and Trek 2200 Road bike
Posts: 622
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Nice bike, Al - what rack do you have on the back?
It is a topeak. I have been using it for about 4-5 years and have had no problems with it.
__________________
http://www.thegmbc.com/
http://www.gmaa.net/

In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of damned poor sledding.
al-wagner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 01:03 PM   #599
AiredaleII
Senior Member
 
AiredaleII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lakes Region of NH
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Hardrock Sport
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by al-wagner View Post
It is a topeak. I have been using it for about 4-5 years and have had no problems with it.
I use Topeak too. The rack has rails on it that the Topeak bags slide on to and lock into place. You can use several different size Topeak bags on the same rack. Al's bag is bigger than mine. I really love the bag and rack. Excellent design and quality.

Here are a couple images of mine:



Here you can see how the built in panniers open up. It also expands upwards.

AiredaleII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-09, 07:54 PM   #600
sh00k
Senior Member
 
sh00k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vacaville, CA
Bikes: 2011 Trek FX 7.3 | 2015 Trek FX 7.4 | Lotus Classique
Posts: 669
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)
historian - love the pictures! i wish i could put 5k miles on my bike! lol.
sh00k is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:49 PM.