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Forum: Hybrid Bicycles 07-23-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By MRT2
Given that you already have a more than decent...

Given that you already have a more than decent flat bar hybrid, any reason why you plan to spend fairly significant money to make your bike less versatile, and less desireable?
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-22-16, 03:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 483
Posted By MRT2
Another vote for the Halo headband. I used to...

Another vote for the Halo headband. I used to use a generic headband I got from Nashbar, then replaced that with a Headsweat headband.

Bought the Halo this spring and it really works well.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-22-16, 01:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 367
Posted By MRT2
Assuming you use the same gear range (11 - 32),...

Assuming you use the same gear range (11 - 32), all 11 speed does over 9 speed is, give you 1 tooth jumps for the 4 smallest cogs (11, 12, 13, 14) rather than for the two smallest cogs (11, 12) with...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-19-16, 10:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,206
Posted By MRT2
Don't misquote me. As I said, I would not pay...

Don't misquote me. As I said, I would not pay that asking price for a really old bike without some kind of warranty. And yes, I have purchased used bikes from bike shops with a store warranty.
Forum: Road Cycling 07-19-16, 02:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 846
Posted By MRT2
52/36? Really? No offense, but I don't see how...

52/36? Really? No offense, but I don't see how that makes any sense unless you are really strong. 50/34 is plenty big, in fact too big for most.
Forum: Road Cycling 07-19-16, 10:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 846
Posted By MRT2
For real. IMO, if money is burning a hole in...

For real. IMO, if money is burning a hole in your pocket, get some new accessories or kit, and work on your technique. I see this a lot. New riders with a couple of months under their belt decide...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-19-16, 09:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,206
Posted By MRT2
Wrong on both counts. RE: used bikes ...

Wrong on both counts.

RE: used bikes

I buy both used and new bikes.

used bikes I have purchased.

- An '85 Schwinn LeTour Luxe. Paid $60 for it from a private seller. Paid another...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-19-16, 08:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,206
Posted By MRT2
Agree on both counts. The only way I would pay...

Agree on both counts. The only way I would pay that much for a really old used bike is if it comes with some kind of warranty, and proof that a lot of consumables have been recently replaced. ...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-16, 07:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,206
Posted By MRT2
Pretty sure they had indexed shifting in '93.

Pretty sure they had indexed shifting in '93.
Forum: Road Cycling 07-18-16, 01:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,140
Posted By MRT2
I always carry a multi tool. Have used it over...

I always carry a multi tool. Have used it over the years to adjust seat height, tighten water bottle cages, and adjust my cleats.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-16, 08:09 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 4,396
Posted By MRT2
Not weaker riders, smarter riders. I had this...

Not weaker riders, smarter riders. I had this epiphany 3 or 4 years ago. I was riding up a hill with a group of people. The hill was not all that steep, but it was fairly long, and it was the...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-16, 07:58 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 4,396
Posted By MRT2
You are not accounting for time. When we talk...

You are not accounting for time. When we talk about the old 10 speeds of the 70s, we were a lot younger and presumably, stronger. And even so using modern gearing, I can say that I ride much...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-18-16, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 582
Posted By MRT2
Pretty good advice here. It sounds like OP's...

Pretty good advice here. It sounds like OP's saddle isn't a great fit, but the numb hands suggest the fit is off, too, and OP is putting too much weight on his hands.

Since it hasn't really been...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-17-16, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 218
Posted By MRT2
Your wheels have had it. You need to replace or...

Your wheels have had it. You need to replace or rebuild the wheels with new spokes
Forum: Commuting 07-17-16, 11:08 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 955
Posted By MRT2
Willing to bet after the first year or two, the...

Willing to bet after the first year or two, the lifetime maintenance is more a free diagnostic, and in fact is an opportunity to get the customer back in the shop. And that is fine, IMO, since bike...
Forum: Commuting 07-17-16, 10:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 955
Posted By MRT2
I think the advantage of a LBS over bikes direct,...

I think the advantage of a LBS over bikes direct, or Nashbar is, the opportunity to test ride before you buy or failing that, at least you have (in theory) the support of a local shop that can...
Forum: Commuting 07-17-16, 06:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 955
Posted By MRT2
I agree. A lot of these lifetime adjustments are...

I agree. A lot of these lifetime adjustments are of limited value, since they will charge you for parts and labor replacing any worn parts, or for any service that is more time consuming than really...
Forum: Hybrid Bicycles 07-13-16, 03:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 317
Posted By MRT2
$2,000 to $3,000 for a commuter in NYC? That is...

$2,000 to $3,000 for a commuter in NYC? That is crazy. Look for a used bike that is ugly but functional. I would think a couple of hundred, maybe? And get a good lock, and even then, don't be...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 07-13-16, 09:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,121
Posted By MRT2
It would be a sad day but, I would probably go...

It would be a sad day but, I would probably go with un ultra compact double, 44 - 30 and upgrade to 11 speed and switch out my 12 - 27 cassette to 12 - 32
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-12-16, 04:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 496
Posted By MRT2
Placebo effect? :foo: You changed a lot of...

Placebo effect? :foo:
You changed a lot of things at once, and you went from 9 to 11 speedS. I doubt it was the narrower tires, since studies show 25s are actually faster than 23s. But lighter...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-12-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 496
Posted By MRT2
Still modestly beneficial. For the style of...

Still modestly beneficial. For the style of riding I do, I would go that route, if I were OP. I actually considered swapping out my 48 tooth big ring for a 46 but decided against it as the...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-12-16, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 496
Posted By MRT2
I believe OP has a road compact double. He may...

I believe OP has a road compact double. He may need those low gears to get up hills, especially if he is new to cycling. My personal beef with the bike manufacturers is pairing a 50 tooth chainring...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-12-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 496
Posted By MRT2
If you are buying a new bike, it makes sense to...

If you are buying a new bike, it makes sense to consider going one or two steps up from entry level. But once you take the plunge, might as well get some mileage out of your 8 speed components, since...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-12-16, 07:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 496
Posted By MRT2
There is parking/coffee shop lot bragging rights....

There is parking/coffee shop lot bragging rights. But, IMO, it would be a mistake to spend hundreds of dollars for a marginal at best improvement in performance at this juncture.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-11-16, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 496
Posted By MRT2
Any reason why you want to upgrade a brand new...

Any reason why you want to upgrade a brand new bike?
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