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06-30-20, 05:45 AM
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Posted By Illinest

It seems like you already know theyre too big for...

It seems like you already know theyre too big for a 20" bike.

I don't have experience with that bike but I bought a 24" Liv for my daughter when she was 8, and I'm keeping my 7 y.o. on his 18"...
06-29-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By Illinest

So I got the new stem installed today and it...

So I got the new stem installed today and it almost feels like a different bike. Just 35mm off the stem and the whole bike feels smaller. In a good way. The bars feel like they're in the right spot....
06-29-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,453
Posted By Illinest

My 2020 Talon 2 came with RockShox XC 30. I heard...

My 2020 Talon 2 came with RockShox XC 30. I heard those are better than the Suntours but I have never rode anything else, so maybe find a better source if you are considering that.
06-29-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,453
Posted By Illinest

I don't understand the 1x focus. I got a 2x9 and...

I don't understand the 1x focus. I got a 2x9 and I basically just treat it as a 1x9 most of the time. I'm sure 1x10 would be nice but...
06-29-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,453
Posted By Illinest

I'm not sure if I could tell the difference yet....

I'm not sure if I could tell the difference yet. Maybe I could tell the difference on brakes. I had my first OTB just last week and now I'm trying to get better at using my brakes.
06-29-20, 05:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,453
Posted By Illinest

I just bought my first - a 750$ bike. I didn't...

I just bought my first - a 750$ bike. I didn't realize how much I'd wish I had a dropper post.

I have also started customizing my bike already. I've heard people say you should spend more up front...
06-24-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By Illinest

I just bought a 35mm stem. The existing stem is...

I just bought a 35mm stem. The existing stem is 70mm. I hope I love it.
06-21-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By Illinest

Okay so.... Believe it or not my crackpot theory...

Okay so.... Believe it or not my crackpot theory about arm length appears to be correct.

I measured my wingspan at 67". Compared to my height of 71" it means I have a ratio of less than .95 which...
06-20-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 928
Posted By Illinest

I finally decided on a Kuat Transfer 3. I ordered...

I finally decided on a Kuat Transfer 3. I ordered it but it didn't arrive yet. I suspect that it will probably interfere with the lift gate but it's the compromise I chose.
06-19-20, 05:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By Illinest

I would need to raise the seat back up if I...

I would need to raise the seat back up if I wanted to get my knees to have that slight bend.

You gave me an idea though - maybe my arms are the problem? Maybe I just have short arms for the size...
06-18-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By Illinest

Bike fit concerns

I just bought my first mtb - a large framed Giant Talon 2. I'm just wondering if I should have bought a medium instead.

I'm 5'11" and the charts say I have the right size but I lowered the seat as...
06-15-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 739
Posted By Illinest

I don't know much but I do know that when my...

I don't know much but I do know that when my gravel trail turned into a mud puddle I was not feeling too confident about my 700x38 tires.

I think I would prefer a wider tire. I'd rather be a...
06-15-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By Illinest

In my area the trails are maintained by SAMBA....

In my area the trails are maintained by SAMBA. SAMBA is (as I understand it) a local chapter of IMBA. Google IMBA when you get a chance.

SAMBA marks trails with a post that shows the difficulty...
06-08-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By Illinest

Thanks for advice. I just thought I was...

Thanks for advice.

I just thought I was getting us to a trail. I didn't even know how to read the signposts yet. I know better now. I'm learning about IMBA and blue and black trails, etc...
06-08-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By Illinest

Trail Etiquette

My noob ass and my 10 year old daughter found ourselves on a black diamond trail. It was above our skill level. The woods were a bit dense and we weren't sure if we should go backward or go forward....
05-26-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 928
Posted By Illinest

Help with hitch questions?

I've got a class 3 hitch arriving soon - gonna slap that thing on my Toyota Sienna.

I've never had a vehicle with a hitch before and I've only been biking for a few weeks. I want to be able to...
05-20-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Illinest

I haven't come across many rigid bikes so far....

I haven't come across many rigid bikes so far. I'm a newb and the only things I've seen are some hybrids and some fat tire bikes, but I admit I have been searching in a pretty limited price range....
05-13-20, 05:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Illinest

It's right in the thread title.

It's right in the thread title.
05-11-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Illinest

How common are suspension lockouts?

I had a cheap mtb in 2004 that I hated for the front suspension. I was trying to figure out if the problem got fixed and I stumbled across a mention.


Aside - Bike buying is tough right now....
05-09-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

I had a nice surprise and some not so nice...

I had a nice surprise and some not so nice surprises today. I managed to show the bike to someone at the bike shop! Nice!

All the other things were not so nice, and I think they were too...
05-09-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

I thought I was looking at grips, tires and a...

I thought I was looking at grips, tires and a bar. It's sorta spiraled away from that. :lol:
05-09-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

I appreciate your encouragement my dude. Thank...

I appreciate your encouragement my dude. Thank you.




You inspired me to look at CL again but I think the parts situation might be depressed right now by the 'rona. There are parts available...
05-08-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

Okay. That's good to know.

Okay. That's good to know.
05-08-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

Near Harrisburg PA.

Near Harrisburg PA.
05-08-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20200508_111805_65bec07f49a4e19c0ac58ca946f3018b8c125081.jpg...
05-08-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

I have an idea - maybe I'm wrong - that tire...

I have an idea - maybe I'm wrong - that tire replacements mean spoke adjustments should be done too? I think my wheels are round and straight but I don't actually know. I never checked it. I'm still...
05-08-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

Question first - does a closed, dry shed count as...

Question first - does a closed, dry shed count as being outdoors? I have at least kept it out of the rain and sun but I can't speak to it's care before I bought it.

As for the work - I'm not...
05-08-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

Thanks. That's the sort of data I can use. ...

Thanks. That's the sort of data I can use.

Now that you say that I pretty much expect the bike shop to quote 250-ish, but no way to know for sure until they open. Soon I hope.
05-08-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By Illinest

How pricey is it to fix/upgrade a bike?

I have an old Univega Activa hybrid. It suits my needs I guess. I paid 40$ for it and I use it to ride around the neighborhood with my kids. I'm not attached to it but I really like the fact that it...
09-19-17, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,713
Posted By Illinest

I dont understand why your advice helped but it...

I dont understand why your advice helped but it did help. I turned the clamp and moved the seat a bit and then it felt noticably better.

I also fiddled with derailleurs. I think ive got front and...
09-18-17, 05:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,713
Posted By Illinest

pictures didn't turn out too good. Light was...

pictures didn't turn out too good. Light was fading.

https://imgur.com/gallery/WHKbo

Apparently (I didn't check this yesterday) the rear derailleur is worse than the front. It won't go into the...
09-18-17, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,713
Posted By Illinest

I can do a photo or two, but not right at this...

I can do a photo or two, but not right at this moment. I appreciate your help. Thank you sir.
09-18-17, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,713
Posted By Illinest

Noob - advice about bike - Univega Activa Country

Unknown vintage. I paid $30 for it. I was thinking it would give me a chance to reintroduce myself to riding a bicycle ahead of making a pricier purchase. I dont know whether these parts are good or...
08-27-17, 08:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Spent some time at Dicks Sporting Goods today,...

Spent some time at Dicks Sporting Goods today, and spent it in the bike aisle.

Learned...


Frame size matters more than I thought. I tried three different frames of identical bikes. (Nishiki...
08-20-17, 10:38 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

I did check in at another shop to see different...

I did check in at another shop to see different bike lines and the rec from this shop was a Specialized Sirrus. I'm guessing that in the end purchasing a bike will be a lot like buying a guitar and...
08-17-17, 01:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Holy shi...... Wait. What? That's a thing? ...

Holy shi...... Wait. What? That's a thing?

Curve ball.


Well I'd say that Wifey is a Cadillac shopper for sure, but I'm not fully into the comfort thing. I'm impulsive. I am almost always...
08-17-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Lol - well yeah I'm not sure either. I've been...

Lol - well yeah I'm not sure either. I've been told that we have paved rail-trails around here that go for many miles, and I live about a 10-minute drive away from a very lovely 3-mile loop that's...
08-17-17, 08:59 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Does the aluminum frame make the shocks...

Does the aluminum frame make the shocks necessary? I know aluminum is very rigid...

Isn't it easier to feel the road when you don't have front shocks?
08-16-17, 10:38 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

right now I'm reading about Jamis Coda and...

right now I'm reading about Jamis Coda and wondering if steel frame is what I want. People say steel is heavier, but it's at least 3lbs lighter than my last bike.
08-16-17, 07:11 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

2003 Diamondback Sorrento in Jealousy...

2003 Diamondback Sorrento in Jealousy Green/Silver

I'm almost certain that's the one. I've collected information from a few places....


"The 2003 Diamondback Sorrento is a mountain bike with...
08-16-17, 06:24 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

I just remembered my first crash on the...

I just remembered my first crash on the Diamondback. Despite hearing that things are "like riding a bike" for my whole life, I remember that I felt like I had a hell of a time remembering how to...
08-16-17, 04:52 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Okay that absolutely sold me. I didn't know...

Okay that absolutely sold me. I didn't know that's what I felt but seeing it in your words - I think that's a big part of what I didn't like about my old Diamondback.

Coupling that with the advice...
08-15-17, 03:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

I thought they looked alright but I never liked...

I thought they looked alright but I never liked the swept-back handlebar thing....

@ Corrado - I can buy cheap today or I can buy better in Jan-Feb, so I don't want to shop today. I don't know if...
08-15-17, 02:04 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

That has a feeling of truth. I guess it...

That has a feeling of truth.


I guess it sounds like I might get along best with a rigid mountain bike with smooth tires. Or a hybrid. A suspension sounds like a luxury I can do without.
08-15-17, 12:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Backtracking my statement, price on the Revel is...

Backtracking my statement, price on the Revel is right so maybe it was a Revel.
08-15-17, 12:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

That's pretty direct. At everyone - it's...

That's pretty direct.

At everyone - it's impossible for me to say exactly what it was that I looked at. I know it was a Giant and it had the 'thick' type of bottom bar so it's at least not the ...
08-15-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,524
Posted By Illinest

Noob - why a mountain bike?

A quick side story first: I took my 7.5 y.o. to a real bike shop instead of the Toys R Us. We wanted to get a 20" to replace her 16" bike, but the gentleman at the bike shop surprised me by bringing...
Replies: 9
Views: 3,084
Posted By Illinest

Thanks for fixing that for me cb400Bill. I meant...

Thanks for fixing that for me cb400Bill. I meant to include the picture but I forgot. It sounds like something I should try to get then. Hopefully Bianchiigirll won't snap it up first. I live about 5...
Replies: 9
Views: 3,084
Posted By Illinest

fuji sagres sp (88?)

I've been into bikes for about 30 minutes. Yeah. Minutes.

My 6 y.o. is about ready to get rid of the training wheels on her Huffy and I've been thinking about picking up a cheap bike so that I can...
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