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08-02-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,019
Posted By travbikeman

Thought your comment was interesting and decided...

Thought your comment was interesting and decided to do a quick google search on this. I do find it interesting how much more destructive mining and processing aluminum is as compared to Carbon Fiber....
07-20-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,015
Posted By travbikeman

IF interested, check out this video. My opinion...

IF interested, check out this video. My opinion of the drivetrain is very much the same as this reviewer. Only real issue I think this drivetrain has, is how easily it collects dirt as compared to...
07-16-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 974
Posted By travbikeman

Most likely not. Was just listing excuses to...

Most likely not. Was just listing excuses to keep me from buying more parts. :D
07-15-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 974
Posted By travbikeman

Surly Corner Bar an interesting idea

Interesting idea for anyone that likes or curious about the idea of turning a hybrid into a gravel bike:

Surly Corner Bar video click here
06-12-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 622
Posted By travbikeman

Shimano has some nice affordable Deore with...

Shimano has some nice affordable Deore with clutch offerings for 10 speeds. SRAM, I don't see they offer too often what I consider affordable with a clutch.

Don't discount Microshift Advent and...
05-27-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By travbikeman

If your bottom bracket MT500 is going bad, then...

If your bottom bracket MT500 is going bad, then would suggest replacing it with an MT800 Hollowtech II. My MT500 went bad, crunchy and such only 20 miles after riding my mountain bike. You will not...
05-20-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,786
Posted By travbikeman

OK, I'm a little late to this conversation. But I...

OK, I'm a little late to this conversation. But I actually do believe with a life style change, the body does kind of resets. But it can quickly regain if you allow it, which in a sense is another...
05-14-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,242
Posted By travbikeman

Well, if you go by the following, that's more...

Well, if you go by the following, that's more expensive than what this site thinks it's worth:

https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/value-guide/product/16713/

Reality is, that is a good price and...
05-04-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 281,298
Posted By travbikeman

That is a nice looking bike! If this helps you...

That is a nice looking bike! If this helps you get out more, then sell the others. Heck with the idea of N-1....It's DougG+outside on a new bike!

That's just more important. :thumb:
05-04-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,046
Posted By travbikeman

Thanks all for help! I've placed the order,...

Thanks all for help! I've placed the order, here's what the rear wheel will be:

Rear Rim: WTB KOM TOUGH TCS I 30 29IN BLACK RIM Price $88.00 Drillings 32 Size 700c/29er Tubeless Tape and Valve...
03-23-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By travbikeman

The Fantom looks cool. The Giant has if they...

The Fantom looks cool. The Giant has if they give it, a better fork. But the rest of the components look to be more nice on the Fantom. Just looking at pictures, not comparing specs, the frame on...
02-18-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,029
Posted By travbikeman

Wow, that is awesome! I would not have thought...

Wow, that is awesome! I would not have thought Giant would have resolved this so quickly and for your older frame.

FYI, $100 is cheap, especially considering the LBS essentially checked all...
02-17-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 8,401
Posted By travbikeman

Past 6 years since I've joined the Bike Forums,...

Past 6 years since I've joined the Bike Forums, could always tell we are in middle of winter. Not by looking out the window, or seeing my bike on the trainer, but by the same arguments over every...
02-12-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,443
Posted By travbikeman

While I see the new Sirrus with the new...

While I see the new Sirrus with the new suspension as really cool, I am always worried about proprietary parts. We had a recent thread on this forum (don't feel like looking for it) asking if...
02-11-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,001
Posted By travbikeman

yea, it will be difficult to test if the shops...

yea, it will be difficult to test if the shops don't have them. Going off your budget limit of $1000 or less, you are most likely not going to find bikes with the Shimano 105 and most likely not the...
02-11-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,001
Posted By travbikeman

Honestly, we can recommend all kinds of bikes,...

Honestly, we can recommend all kinds of bikes, but some areas and some shops, you may want to take whatever you get your hands on. Or at very least, check the bike out, test ride it and find out...
02-05-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7,691
Views: 2,530,483
Posted By travbikeman

Looking at your photo's the only difference I can...

Looking at your photo's the only difference I can actually see is the actual brake itself. The part where the pin holds the brake pads is slightly smaller. The levers look identical to the 275's. ...
02-03-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,979
Posted By travbikeman

My first mountain bike a Trek think it was a 95,...

My first mountain bike a Trek think it was a 95, maybe 94 Mountain Track 830. It had the Alivio think the MC12. From what I remember to what I'm using now with the Alivio M4000, not a whole lot of...
01-28-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,203
Posted By travbikeman

Are you putting the bolts through these plastic...

Are you putting the bolts through these plastic pieces that I highlighted below? These should have came with your back rack and will be needed to have a sturdy rack on the bike:
...
01-18-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,125
Posted By travbikeman

Just checked and found that Bike Radar does...

Just checked and found that Bike Radar does confirm that Bondhus makes tools for Park Tools and other companies like Snap On.

Bike Radar Article, click here...
01-17-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,125
Posted By travbikeman

I had bought this Bondhus set last month. This...

I had bought this Bondhus set last month. This is a solid tool set and wasn't expecting it to be so well built for only $30 and free shipping via Amazon Prime. I had read somewhere that Bondhus is...
01-04-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1,442
Views: 305,724
Posted By travbikeman

Was surprised when the Scott LBS across the...

Was surprised when the Scott LBS across the border in PA had a large Scott Aspect 950 (they just got in). Went to look at it and it just followed me home. Yes, it's a mountain bike, but it has...
12-07-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1,442
Views: 305,724
Posted By travbikeman

Finally received both of my new wheels with...

Finally received both of my new wheels with Velocity rims. Also installed the Panaracer Gravel King SK tires. Then took out for a 15 mile test ride on the C&O, even though it was 35 degrees this...
10-27-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 16,386
Posted By travbikeman

I'm keeping options open and have seen a few...

I'm keeping options open and have seen a few Conti's I like. Not sure if they are even making the Crossrides anymore, but would be a tire I would consider buying again. But have noticed the Conti...
10-27-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 16,386
Posted By travbikeman

On my Crosstrail, I had switched to Continental...

On my Crosstrail, I had switched to Continental CrossRide (700x42 but measured at 39) and really liked those on the C&O canal. They are much more comfortable compared to the Specialized Triggers...
09-24-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1,442
Views: 305,724
Posted By travbikeman

It's really nice riding from Shepherdstown east...

It's really nice riding from Shepherdstown east towards DC, very similar to other rails to trails. Riding west of Shepherdstown, that has not yet been converted to the new stones. It's still the...
09-24-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,442
Views: 305,724
Posted By travbikeman

Had installed my Thompson seatpost and my new...

Had installed my Thompson seatpost and my new saddle. Was shipped a gel saddle by mistake rather than the regular SMP saddle. Was hesitant at first since I've had not such great experiences with gel...
08-24-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,351
Posted By travbikeman

IF your worried about it being fake, why not buy...

IF your worried about it being fake, why not buy them from a company in the U.S.
...
07-13-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 341
Views: 145,239
Posted By travbikeman

Smile Just thought I'd give an fyi to hopefully save...

Just thought I'd give an fyi to hopefully save you money in future....Chain and cassettes are really inexpensive to replace and are considered wear items. For that 2015 Roam 3, probably around $50...
06-06-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,442
Views: 305,724
Posted By travbikeman

Few weekends ago, I was finally able to have my...

Few weekends ago, I was finally able to have my Rockshox Paragon installed. Was thinking of upgrading to a 1x11 drivetrain......but I'm not really sold on spending $300 for an entire new drivetrain....
05-01-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,118
Posted By travbikeman

It's a great bike for rails to trails and gravel...

It's a great bike for rails to trails and gravel riding. Where I don't care for drops (am out of the wow factor I used to be when I USED to want a gravel bike). I like the geometry where I can view...
04-24-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,544
Posted By travbikeman

To some of us, bikes are becoming less of an...

To some of us, bikes are becoming less of an investment and more of an addiction. Be careful when the N+1 disease hits!

If you had the funds for it, I would suggest the FX3, that is great bike...
04-20-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 281,298
Posted By travbikeman

The brake Lever page does show recommended...

The brake Lever page does show recommended calipers: BR-MT200, BR-UR300

I can find the BR_UR300 but like you don't see any MT200 calipers. ...
04-16-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 11,551
Posted By travbikeman

:popcornHeh....the things we talk about when we...

:popcornHeh....the things we talk about when we have so much extra time available!

Personally I think it's cool if retirees or others are rebuilding bikes to sell. Doesn't mean I have to buy the...
04-08-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 281,298
Posted By travbikeman

Rockhopper is a bit better suited for light...

Rockhopper is a bit better suited for light single tracking mountain biking. Although it is close to being a hybrid but gearing wise and such, you might be happier with the Crosstrail for what you...
03-20-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,534
Posted By travbikeman

No, I bought an extra cassette and disc rotor for...

No, I bought an extra cassette and disc rotor for the new wheel set. My hybrid that I do this on is only a 9 speed. So when I buy things like this, it's usually during winter when it's less...
03-19-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,534
Posted By travbikeman

Ebay has some nice wheels as well: ...

Ebay has some nice wheels as well:
...
03-19-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,534
Posted By travbikeman

Just doing a quick google search, found this set...

Just doing a quick google search, found this set on clearance for $160 just for the wheels:
...
03-19-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,534
Posted By travbikeman

5 years ago, I used to continually change out...

5 years ago, I used to continually change out tires on my hybrid bike depending on what trail I was going to ride. At time I liked tires with more traction for C&O and less traction for paved trails...
03-18-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,029
Posted By travbikeman

Search through local LBS or even extend your...

Search through local LBS or even extend your search area and you might be able to score a great deal. Found the Scott 970 pictured here for only $750, MSRP was $1050. Brand new, was never bought...
03-12-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 7,666
Posted By travbikeman

I'm going to start participating in these this...

I'm going to start participating in these this year!

3/01/20 24 miles on C&O
3/08/20 18 miles on C&O
3/09/20 12 miles on C&O

So far 54 miles, will be completing at least 100 this month. ...
03-10-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 36,940
Posted By travbikeman

Nice bike, like the color scheme!

Nice bike, like the color scheme!
03-03-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 479
Posted By travbikeman

Might be less expensive to take to a bike shop...

Might be less expensive to take to a bike shop and have them repack the bearings and put on a new freewheel. Would be less than a new wheel. My guestimate would be about $60.

There are wheels like...
02-24-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By travbikeman

I actually liked it better. I never really knew...

I actually liked it better. I never really knew what to expect from people when selling on Craigslist. 10 years ago, I sold a bunch of things on Craigslist, but one person didn't show up to buy the...
02-23-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By travbikeman

Yea, I put that on until I sold it Saturday...

Yea, I put that on until I sold it Saturday morning. I accepted $200 just to get it sold. The guy had been negotiating with me for several days and was driving over 2 hours to meet up with me. Had I...
02-23-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,791
Posted By travbikeman

Just remember, weight loss is not going to just...

Just remember, weight loss is not going to just occur by bicycling. Biking is huge amount of fun, but It's an overall lifestyle change. Trust me when I say, it's not easy and is easy to get...
02-18-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By travbikeman

Yep! :lol: Here's the interesting one: "Man your...

Yep! :lol: Here's the interesting one: "Man your bike reminds me of Night Rider its badass lol" Oh Boy!

I've had a guy willing to drive 6 hours from Ohio, but didn't commit to buying it. Several...
02-18-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By travbikeman

Thanks! I shouldn't complain, I only paid $400...

Thanks! I shouldn't complain, I only paid $400 for this GT Avalanche new at Performance Bikes in Gaithersburg MD 4 years ago. I'm putting the price down to $220 and will go from there.
02-09-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7,691
Views: 2,530,483
Posted By travbikeman

Finally found a bike that I felt fits me well. My...

Finally found a bike that I felt fits me well. My medium sized Crosstrail, while I enjoyed the bike, I had to make too many changes to come close to fit me. Found a close bike shop in PA that sells...
Forum: Touring
12-25-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,156
Posted By travbikeman

I cross this bridge to go to work in MD. It's...

I cross this bridge to go to work in MD. It's not safe for a biker. But the concrete barrier to right of picture is a walkway between it and the green steel rail. Still, way too close to traffic...
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