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Forum: Road Cycling 07-12-16, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By NormanF
Nothing wrong with one. Flat bar road bikes are...

Nothing wrong with one. Flat bar road bikes are ideal for Freds. Unless you're bent on racing, you won't notice any real difference in speed vs a drop bar road bike. Not every one is a road bike...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-12-16, 01:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By NormanF
My only STI Shimano Tiagra equipped commuter bike...

My only STI Shimano Tiagra equipped commuter bike cost me $800 back in the day on sale. Fast road/endurance road bikes will be somewhat more expensive because you pay more to get a faster ride. And...
Forum: Road Cycling 07-12-16, 01:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By NormanF
No such animal! My adventure/gravel road bike...

No such animal! My adventure/gravel road bike cost me $900 - which is about right for a mid-level bike. $1300 gets you the new entry level Specialized Sequoia, a true workhorse bike. Needless to say,...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-11-16, 05:10 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 3,264
Posted By NormanF
If you want to run fenders and wider tires on a...

If you want to run fenders and wider tires on a PX-10, go 650b.

The bike becomes a classic randonneur/constructeur as those bikes were termed in France.

Panaracer Col Del La Vie 650b x 38 give...
Forum: Commuting 07-11-16, 04:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 537
Posted By NormanF
I use the large classic Timbuk2 messenger bag. ...

I use the large classic Timbuk2 messenger bag.

Tough and well built. For most needs, its huge storage space is more than enough.
Forum: Commuting 07-11-16, 04:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 735
Posted By NormanF
Heavy load? An external frame pack - I have...

Heavy load?

An external frame pack - I have a Janson D2. Keeping the weight off the back makes all the difference in the world.

If I could get away with carrying the bare essentials, an...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-11-16, 04:45 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,971
Posted By NormanF
With the base model, you get wide tire options. ...

With the base model, you get wide tire options.

I would have liked to see a commuter/light touring package:

A Sequoia makes a lot of sense outfitted with a rack, fenders and headlight - making...
Forum: Mountain Biking 07-10-16, 09:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,211
Posted By NormanF
My steel 29er is rigid. Great all-around...

My steel 29er is rigid.

Great all-around bike.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-10-16, 09:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,339
Posted By NormanF
OP should look at flat foot/crank forward bikes....

OP should look at flat foot/crank forward bikes. You can stop while seated with both feet down, which is reassuring while riding a two-wheeled bike.

Both Electra and Rans manufacture them and...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-10-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,971
Posted By NormanF
Like I observed in my cross-thread on the...

Like I observed in my cross-thread on the Commuting Forum, the Sequoia is a perfect commuter bike. Its in between the AWOL, which is a heavy duty touring/bike packing bike and the Diverge which is...
Forum: Commuting 07-10-16, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By NormanF
Specialized Sequoia

The Specialized Sequoia has a cult following as an all-around bike. A perfect commuter as the Specialized AWOL is more of a touring and backpacking bike and the Specialized Diverge is more of a...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-10-16, 06:33 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,971
Posted By NormanF
Specialized's first adventure bike, all-rounder,...

Specialized's first adventure bike, all-rounder, jack of all trades and sports-touring bike.

Now its back:

http://theradavist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Specialized-Sequoia-1.jpg
...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-09-16, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By NormanF
18" was the cruiser size and it was one size fits...

18" was the cruiser size and it was one size fits all, which fit the majority of riders.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-09-16, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By NormanF
http://cdn3.bigcommerce.com/s-44ck0/products/2360/...

http://cdn3.bigcommerce.com/s-44ck0/products/2360/images/6205/S15_26M_ClassicDeluxe7_BLK_18.1440165091__47530.1453348219.480.480.jpg?c=2

The single speed version was known as the Schwinn Black...
Forum: Commuting 06-27-16, 06:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 717
Posted By NormanF
Wider tires can roll fast. Schwalbe Marathon...

Wider tires can roll fast.

Schwalbe Marathon Dureme folding bead tires are light, tough and fast.

Love them on the pavement and on the trails.
Forum: Commuting 06-27-16, 06:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,841
Posted By NormanF
Light and very practical. Alloy has won me...

Light and very practical.

Alloy has won me over and I just love the ride.... steel will always have its place but there's a good reason alloy has become mainstream.

No other material offers the...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 06-27-16, 06:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,121
Posted By NormanF
Flat Foot/Crank Forward puts the rider into a...

Flat Foot/Crank Forward puts the rider into a more upright position, which relaxes the neck, arms, hands, shoulders, backs, hips, legs and feet for a more comfortable and ergonomic ride... people...
Forum: Commuting 06-27-16, 06:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By NormanF
A full on touring bike is overkill for daily...

A full on touring bike is overkill for daily commuting.

A sports touring bike is a more sensible compromise... the old Trek Portland, new Trek Allant and Surly Straggler define the category.
...
Forum: Fitting Your Bike 06-22-16, 09:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,679
Posted By NormanF
At 5'7" - my optimal size is a 54-55. If the...

At 5'7" - my optimal size is a 54-55.

If the top tube were longer, I'd go a size down.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-22-16, 09:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 397
Posted By NormanF
My opinion? Don't bother. For what you spend...

My opinion?

Don't bother. For what you spend on converting an MTB, you might as well buy a gravel road/adventure bike already equipped with hydraulic brakes and disc rotors.

And its a lot...
Forum: Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking 06-22-16, 09:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By NormanF
For the same amount of money, I'd get BD's new...

For the same amount of money, I'd get BD's new Omni Strada.

This is a gravel road/adventure bike.

Of course if you're set on CX geometry, the Motobecane Fantom X is a good choice.

For the...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 06-22-16, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 840
Posted By NormanF
36" bikes already exist for taller riders. ...

36" bikes already exist for taller riders.

For most people, 700c is the optimal size and smaller riders (5'5" and under) can fit on a 27.5 or 26 bike.

The reason why wheel size won't get...
Forum: Road Cycling 06-22-16, 08:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By NormanF
I'd go with a Specialized Diverge or GT Grade. ...

I'd go with a Specialized Diverge or GT Grade.

Why limit your options with a pure road bike? With a do-it-all bike you can ride fast on pavement and still go off-road if you want.
Forum: Hybrid Bicycles 06-22-16, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By NormanF
I'm male 5'7" 30 inseam. You don't say what...

I'm male 5'7" 30 inseam.

You don't say what your inseam is - I'd probably fit a medium.

If your inseam is smaller, it would make sense to go a size down.
Forum: Road Cycling 06-17-16, 10:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,153
Posted By NormanF
The new breed of adventure/gravel road bikes are...

The new breed of adventure/gravel road bikes are lighter and faster than a 29er.

Once you're hooked on one, riding an MTB simply isn't as fast and smooth.

And you can still roll fast on 40-45c...
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