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06-10-15, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,784
Posted By mountainwalker

I had the Escape 2 on our short list as well....

I had the Escape 2 on our short list as well. This review, without much reason, knocked the Escape 2 for not having the flat-resistant tires of the FX and Sirrus. It suggests the FX 7.2 as best,...
06-10-15, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,784
Posted By mountainwalker

Thanks dgunay, Chamaco and Wanderer. My wife and...

Thanks dgunay, Chamaco and Wanderer. My wife and I will be test riding both the Trek and Specialized. Based on geometry especially standover clearance it looks like one will fit us better than the...
06-10-15, 11:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,379
Posted By mountainwalker

Thanks Rekmeyata, great suggestion. I like the...

Thanks Rekmeyata, great suggestion. I like the Lezyne Pressure Drive again for the flexible tube because I've taken out a Presta valve by accident before (and have seen others do it). It is a bit...
06-09-15, 11:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,379
Posted By mountainwalker

I wound up buying a used frame pump from a...

I wound up buying a used frame pump from a colleague, and it was run over in the driveway by a friend, so this thread will come in very handy now.

Both the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG and Topeak...
06-09-15, 11:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 19,784
Posted By mountainwalker

Trek FX2 versus Specialized Sirrus - how do they stack up?

After riding a Marin San Rafael with a front shock for a while, I've decided to ditch a front shock for urban riding - more responsible, less weight, less power lost. I want to pick up a fast hybrid...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-15, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By mountainwalker

Best visibility tape for helmets that will stay on?

Which hi-viz yellow visibility tape would you recommend for putting on helmets that will actually stay on through all the seasons? I don't mind reapplying once every 6-12 months.
Forum: Commuting
03-06-15, 02:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,054
Posted By mountainwalker

Your favorite most comfortable helmet?

In terms of comfort, there are helmets you totally forget are on your head after a while, except for the straps, and there are helmets you feel are there every minute.

What's your favorite...
03-05-15, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 581
Posted By mountainwalker

Best car trunk-mounted 2-4 bicycle rack?

I've had a great Thule hitch bike rack which is rated for 4 bikes (but is generally easiest with 3) which I've used with my crossover wagon which I've been very happy with. However my family is going...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-15, 10:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,600
Posted By mountainwalker

Best Seats That Don't Pressure The Important Soft Parts Down There?

Which seats would you recommend for daily urban commuting and weekend fitness and light touring rides? Something that will have you sitting on your sit bones and not the important soft parts down...
Forum: Touring
03-01-15, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,021
Posted By mountainwalker

Short Travel Thudbuster versus Good Seat with Steel Springs?

Does anyone have any experience with the Short Travel Thudbuster? How does it compare with a good quality seat that has strong steel springs for shock absorption? Plan to use for urban commuting and...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By mountainwalker

Recommended city riding pressure for 700c wheels for more forgiving ride?

Thanks Brad, I wanted to go with 29er/700c tires, which will probably have top pressure ranges of around 90 PSI, and I was thinking I could lower pressure when not carrying any significant load...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 12:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By mountainwalker

Sam, will there be no difference in ride feel...

Sam, will there be no difference in ride feel between an all cromoly frame and fork and an all-aluminum bike? Won't the cromoly be more forgiving on pavement bumps without a suspension fork?

Also...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 12:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By mountainwalker

Recommendations for good value bikes for commuting and light touring?

I'm looking for a touring bike with a forgiving ride and no suspension (to avoid adding weight) that would be good for short few mile city commuting on mostly flat streets and weekend light road...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-15, 12:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,236
Posted By mountainwalker

Best No Suspension City Commuter Bikes Models?

After getting back into biking doing around town commuting rides and weekend leisure rides with a front-suspension aluminum hybrid bike, and finding myself locking out the suspension nearly all the...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By mountainwalker

Recommendations for good quality/value Fenders for 700c Hybrids?

Which fenders would you recommend for 700c daily commuter bikes, which are a good balance of quality and value?
09-01-14, 04:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,221
Posted By mountainwalker

Then why the recommendation for MKS toe clips...

Then why the recommendation for MKS toe clips above, and not the Zefal Christophe?
09-01-14, 04:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,221
Posted By mountainwalker

Which is good or bad?

Which is good or bad?
09-01-14, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,221
Posted By mountainwalker

Thanks, which Avenir and XLC models do you use?...

Thanks, which Avenir and XLC models do you use? Would you go with nylon and steel? Afraid the nylon might break too easily. Also do you use them with nylon and leather straps or are they just as good...
09-01-14, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,221
Posted By mountainwalker

Thanks do you you use the MKS Steel or Deep Steel...

Thanks do you you use the MKS Steel or Deep Steel clips, and can you use them just as well with straps?
08-20-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,922
Posted By mountainwalker

Best bike locks for daily use $500-600 commuter bikes?

Which would be the best bike locks, brands and models, for safeguarding daily commuter bikes in the $500-600range?

Features that would be nice:
-If U lock, size that's not too big to allow too...
08-04-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,221
Posted By mountainwalker

Best Toe Clips & Straps Make and Model?

Looking to replace standard flat pedals with Toe Clip & Strap pedals for a little more pedaling efficiency when commuting and fun riding - can anyone recommend a quality make and model? How much do...
08-04-14, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 709
Posted By mountainwalker

Recommended 1/4" Square Drive Ratchets as compact & light as Prestaratchet?

Are there 1/4" square drive ratchets as compact as the Prestaratchet? The small size and light weight are nice. Can anyone recommend a quality 1/4" square drive ratchet model that fits the bill?
...
08-04-14, 02:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,296
Posted By mountainwalker

Do you find the bits as hard to pull out of the...

Do you find the bits as hard to pull out of the holders as some say they are? Do you have the Pro or Regular set?
08-04-14, 02:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,296
Posted By mountainwalker

Lower price sometimes means value not lower...

Lower price sometimes means value not lower quality. Knowing how to use tools has nothing to do with the relative merits of the Prestaratchet. Do you have or have you seen quality 1/4 drive ratchets...
08-03-14, 05:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,296
Posted By mountainwalker

Prestaratchet versus 1/4" Square Drive Ratchet and a 1/4" Square Drive-to-Hex Bit

Are there 1/4" square drive ratchets as compact as the Prestaratchet? One appealing quality is the small size (and lower weight). Can anyone recommend a quality model that fits the bill?

Also can...
08-03-14, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,082
Posted By mountainwalker

Best Front Bike Bag with Map Window for Commuting, Fitness Riding & Mountain Biking?

Can anyone recommend a good Front Bike Bag with a map/smartphone window that would work well for commuting and fitness road rides, and also for mountain biking?
07-17-14, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,379
Posted By mountainwalker

Thanks Ed I'm surprised more have not commented...

Thanks Ed I'm surprised more have not commented on it - it basically looks like a more durable version of the Topeak Morph G that's still lighter.
07-15-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 75,541
Posted By mountainwalker

Which grades of steel should you look for in...

Which grades of steel should you look for in steel bikes, and which types/grades of aluminum in aluminum bikes?
07-12-14, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 755
Posted By mountainwalker

Grease - Which Kind to Use, How Often, Which Parts?

Know there's grease inside the headset (steering mechanism), hubs, bottom bracket (pedal cranks mechanism) and pedals - the bearings inside these are in a bed of grease that keeps them lubed. Because...
07-12-14, 12:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

That assumes the first one was cut properly and...

That assumes the first one was cut properly and hasn't stretched a lot. What about accounting for chain stretch?
07-12-14, 12:38 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 75,541
Posted By mountainwalker

Chromoly Steel versus Aluminum Frames?

While Chromoly steel bike frames offer a smoother ride, steel rusts. Given the choice for an around-town errand bike and light commuter, and all other things being equal, like price, which would you...
07-12-14, 12:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

Durability/Smoothness of KMC X8.99 Chain versus SRAM PC850 8 Speed Chains

Those KMC and SRAM chains both look good with very good reviews. Thank you very much for these awesome suggestions. Anyone have experience with both? The KMC X8.99 Chain ($20.45 on Amazon Prime)...
07-11-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

When do you have to shorten the chain? How will I...

When do you have to shorten the chain? How will I know if I need to shorten the chain for any particular bike?

Will this also work for 7 speed hybrid bikes?

So with this type of SRAM chain you...
07-11-14, 01:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

FBinNY, I thought you didn't need a chain tool to...

FBinNY, I thought you didn't need a chain tool to fit an SRAM chain - see mhifoe's comment above.

Thanks for the idea on mileage. Wow you can get the SRAM PC850 for only $10...
07-11-14, 12:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

Chain hardness/durability/quality; SRAM compatibility; Which models?

So there's no difference at all in compatibility and function between the SRAM and Shimano chains when used with the Shimano Alivio derailleurs? That's great to know.

How do you replace an SRAM...
07-10-14, 12:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

Thanks FBinNY. So it's not recommended to use a...

Thanks FBinNY. So it's not recommended to use a Shimano chain to replace the chain on a bike that came with a Shimano chain and a Shimano derailleur?

Best value is often in the mid-level. Which...
07-10-14, 11:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,662
Posted By mountainwalker

How to Select a Replacement Chain?

Warning: Noob question (just getting back into cycling maintenance and loving it). How do you select a replacement chain? Based on the speeds and the derailleur manufacturer? Does road/hybrid versus...
07-10-14, 12:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By mountainwalker

Losing the small bits is my biggest concern with...

Losing the small bits is my biggest concern with them, though I'm pretty good about holding on to gear. Not a necessary item if you have a good multi-tool, but nice and maybe one I'd reach for more...
07-09-14, 11:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By mountainwalker

No Topeak Ratchet Rocket love here? Mechanic...

No Topeak Ratchet Rocket love here? Mechanic wasn't trying to sell it as the shop didn't carry it - he just said he liked that it helped him get on his way quicker whenever he or someone in his...
07-09-14, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By mountainwalker

Favorite and Best Value Online Bike Gear Sites and Deals

Which are your favorite and best value online bike gear sites, whether cycling specific or not (like Amazon)? Performancebike, Chainreactioncycles, etc.?

Best times of year for sales/deals on...
07-09-14, 07:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 741
Posted By mountainwalker

Thank you. This helped me catch some chains that...

Thank you. This helped me catch some chains that needed to be replaced, in time before harm done.
07-09-14, 07:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,720
Posted By mountainwalker

Where can you attach a chain on the ELF that's...

Where can you attach a chain on the ELF that's secure?

Which tracking device, and how much does it cost?

I would think the carport blocking though costs time, as you have to move your cars to...
07-09-14, 07:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 741
Posted By mountainwalker

Thank you all for all the helpful answers....

Thank you all for all the helpful answers. RoadTire what did you mean by the bottom of your chart by "No. Links/x2 Pins"?
07-09-14, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 741
Posted By mountainwalker

Reliable chain-measurement method and tool?

I just want to be able to know when my chains are at a point when they should be replaced, before they start to damage more expensive parts like cogs and cassettes. I'd guess that would be at about...
07-09-14, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By mountainwalker

Topeak Ratchet Rocket Mini or Ratchet Rocket Lite? Any experience with?

Good mechanic at local shop recommended. Anyone have any experience with these? Which do you prefer?

My only concern is loosing small bits when out in the field.

Topeak Ratchet Rocket Mini...
07-08-14, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,814
Posted By mountainwalker

There is a Bikepakmart BV blinking light set that...

There is a Bikepakmart BV blinking light set that was only $7.99 on their site last week (seems they doubled the price this week), but still only $10 from Amazon prime - this is just for the BV basic...
07-08-14, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,814
Posted By mountainwalker

That BV light set is only $17 from Amazon Prime....

That BV light set is only $17 from Amazon Prime. While I would not consider it for riding by headlight in complete darkness, would you say it's bright enough to handle a bit of headlight duty?
07-08-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,379
Posted By mountainwalker

Anyone try the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG? Like Topeak Morph G only with metal foot

Anyone try the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG? You can find it on sale for only about $8 more than the Topeak Morph G, and the Lezyne has a metal fold out foot in place of the plastic one on the...
07-08-14, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 579
Posted By mountainwalker

I would think it might be better to have a...

I would think it might be better to have a standalone CO2 inflator so that failure of one part of your integrated pump and C02 doesn't mean the other function won't work.
07-08-14, 11:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,379
Posted By mountainwalker

Did it when I first started riding. You learn...

Did it when I first started riding. You learn quick that way lol...Which pump do you use?
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