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05-15-17, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,337
Posted By therealjoeblow

The Giant Escape 3 is about $20 less than the...

The Giant Escape 3 is about $20 less than the Trek FX, and is equipped about the same in the drivetrain, but uses a much nicer threadless headset and stem, versus the quill on the FX...
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05-14-17, 10:52 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

^^+1 on ColonelSanders advice. You need to be...

^^+1 on ColonelSanders advice. You need to be careful about going too high, or else you'll be replacing cables and worse yet, hydraulic lines if you have hydraulic disc brakes.

I have no...
05-14-17, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,427
Posted By therealjoeblow

If you like all 3 bikes, have ridden them, they...

If you like all 3 bikes, have ridden them, they all fit you well and feel good to you, and you are looking to make a call based on specs, then this info should help you.

Shimano components for...
05-13-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

Because everyone has opinions, and that's fine....

Because everyone has opinions, and that's fine. That's what makes the world a great place. It's just that a lot of people form their opinions based on myth and not on fact, and then try to ram that...
05-13-17, 05:34 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

Quill stems and Threadless stems are different. ...

Quill stems and Threadless stems are different. There are both fixed and adjustable versions of each.

A Quill stem is smaller in diameter and slides inside your larger diameter, hollow headset:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-17, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 941
Posted By therealjoeblow

+1 on the Delta Smartphone Holder. Awesome...

+1 on the Delta Smartphone Holder.

Awesome solution available in various sizes to fit any phone, phablet or tablet with or without cases, and without need to glue anything to your phone or use a...
05-12-17, 03:56 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

Yep, don't buy a bike just because it's a good...

Yep, don't buy a bike just because it's a good deal... figure out what bike you want/need, and then try to find a good deal on it.

Cheers
TRJB
05-12-17, 11:21 AM
Replies: 1,259
Views: 200,418
Posted By therealjoeblow

This should work to center your light... ...

This should work to center your light...

Practical Bike Flashlight Holder Handle Bar Bicycle Accessories Extender Mount | eBay...
05-11-17, 08:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,040
Posted By therealjoeblow

I ditched the original saddle after my first long...

I ditched the original saddle after my first long ride on it (~60km's) because it was very uncomfortable on short rides and brutally uncomfortable on long rides. Even with padded cycling shorts.
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05-11-17, 04:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By therealjoeblow

Those are CamelBack bottles, not Polar. ...

Those are CamelBack bottles, not Polar.

Cheers
TRJB
05-11-17, 04:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,040
Posted By therealjoeblow

Sweet, welcome to the Roam club! Hope you...

Sweet, welcome to the Roam club!

Hope you have a great summer and have lots of opportunity to ride the heck out of it and enjoy it!

Post some pics in the sticky picture thread when you get it...
05-10-17, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,865
Posted By therealjoeblow

I ride a Giant Roam 1, which is the men's/unisex...

I ride a Giant Roam 1, which is the men's/unisex version of the Rove you are looking at.

On my Roam, I have Continental SpeedRide 700x42 tires, which actually measure 38mm wide when inflated to...
05-09-17, 05:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,266
Posted By therealjoeblow

These are 2 of the best (most concise, and...

These are 2 of the best (most concise, and easiest to understand) videos I've found for adjusting derailleurs:

1) Rear:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7QFNimcLQM

2) Front:
...
05-09-17, 05:28 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

Yes, I find that is exactly what they help with -...

Yes, I find that is exactly what they help with - the typical jarring bumps from bad pavement joints, cracks or potholes. They provide a softening of those which would otherwise go directly to your...
05-09-17, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,409
Posted By therealjoeblow

Hmmm, I guess the forum doesn't like links to...

Hmmm, I guess the forum doesn't like links to other competing forums...

www.zzz.com/r/bicycling/comments/3acm8d/whats_the_fastest_rolling_700x32c_tire_bonus/...
05-09-17, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,409
Posted By therealjoeblow

Yes, good comments from @ColonelSanders...

Yes, good comments from @ColonelSanders (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=364284) and @hokiefyd (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=455851).

There is some additional discussion along the...
05-08-17, 11:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,266
Posted By therealjoeblow

Look on Kijiji for a good quality name brand bike...

Look on Kijiji for a good quality name brand bike - Giant, Trek, Specialized, Scott, Norco

You're in the best part of the country for buying used, you have a population of 6M people in close...
05-08-17, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 2,148,731
Posted By therealjoeblow

It's just a handlebar accessory mount, you can...

It's just a handlebar accessory mount, you can buy them on ebay made out of alloy for very low cost in various lengths.

Here's one...

Useful Bicycle Handlebar Extension Light Flashlight Lamp...
05-08-17, 09:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,409
Posted By therealjoeblow

At 207 lbs body weight, you will need very high...

At 207 lbs body weight, you will need very high pressures on 25mm tires. The ride will get very harsh and uncomfortable.

You didn't say what you are hoping to achieve with narrower tires (and...
05-08-17, 05:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

PS- also watch out for stolen bikes if you are...

PS- also watch out for stolen bikes if you are buying new. At the same time I was looking for the Roam, I found a really nice Trek DS8.3, also 1 year old. Something about the seller seemed fishy to...
05-08-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

^^Second that advice on the used bikes. You...

^^Second that advice on the used bikes. You might have to be less picky on what you settle on, but in general as @hokiefyd (http://www.bikeforums.net/member.php?u=455851) says, there's a lot of good...
05-08-17, 09:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

Yes ...

Yes

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/_upload_au/Giant-global-Warranty-Policy.pdf

Cheers
TRJB
05-07-17, 11:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

DS2 is still way over priced for what you get,...

DS2 is still way over priced for what you get, again compared to Giant...

The DS2 is $660 vs the Roam 2 at $570, and while they are fairly closely matched component wise, the Giant is still...
05-07-17, 11:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

That's also a hardtail mountain bike, like the...

That's also a hardtail mountain bike, like the Marlin, not a Hybrid...

Your thread title and opening post said you wanted advice on a Hybrid, but based on some of the bikes you are asking about,...
05-07-17, 08:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,857
Posted By therealjoeblow

Like you say, the "thinner" light-weight tires...

Like you say, the "thinner" light-weight tires are not as puncture resistant as your older "very thick" tires.

That's just a fact, and one of the reasons your newer Trek is faster than your older...
05-07-17, 08:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,040
Posted By therealjoeblow

It's an easy comparison, you generally don't even...

It's an easy comparison, you generally don't even need to look up the specs. The Giant is lower cost and has better components than the Trek. This is true in just about every case when comparing...
05-07-17, 08:01 PM
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Views: 536,819
Posted By therealjoeblow

Not sure what your DS4 has on it from the...

Not sure what your DS4 has on it from the factory, but if you are planning any kind of mixed use, then a big +1 on the Conti SpeedRide's, I'm riding them on a Giant Roam which is pretty much the same...
05-06-17, 04:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

Well, that depends on what you want out of the...

Well, that depends on what you want out of the bike.

If you're going to ride it occasionally (say once a week, for a few KM's around the block) then the lower end Tourney/Altus/Acera are probably...
05-06-17, 04:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

Tourney is the bottom of the line, basically the...

Tourney is the bottom of the line, basically the same (low) grade of components that you get on bikes from Walley's world and other big-box stores.

The Shimano MTB component hierarchy goes like...
05-06-17, 02:11 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,741
Posted By therealjoeblow

Swapping the fork is a fairly expensive...

Swapping the fork is a fairly expensive proposition.

If you are in Canada, for some reason the Roam specs are different than in the US. In Canada the Roam 3 has Rim Brakes, but in the US it has...
05-04-17, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,762
Posted By therealjoeblow

Ok, yes that makes sense now, the HG200 is in...

Ok, yes that makes sense now, the HG200 is in both the Tourney and Altus lineups, so you are going up 2 to 3 grades with the HG400.

Cheers
TRJB
05-04-17, 12:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,762
Posted By therealjoeblow

Hard to understand why that would be. The HG50...

Hard to understand why that would be. The HG50 is in the Deore lineup, and the HG400 is Alivio, and is about 1/2 the price; so from that perspective, one would not think the 400 on its own would...
05-04-17, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By therealjoeblow

PS, I also note that you said "No front...

PS, I also note that you said "No front suspension may be jarring to me".

In that case you might also want to look at the Giant Roam which has very good hybrid grade suspension, intended for poor...
05-04-17, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,583
Posted By therealjoeblow

I your case, I think the budget logic could...

I your case, I think the budget logic could benefit from being considered a bit further for what you want...

You started out thinking the Escape 1 was right for you, but with disc brakes which is...
05-04-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,952
Posted By therealjoeblow

Unlikely. In the city where I live, your...

Unlikely. In the city where I live, your run-of-the-mill amateur thieves have realized its a heck of a lot easier to zip through the deadbolt of a front door for house break-ins with a $39 angle...
05-03-17, 08:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,952
Posted By therealjoeblow

Time is irrelevant really. *ALL* locks can...

Time is irrelevant really.

*ALL* locks can be defeated by a large pair of bolt cutters or an 18v angle grinder in about 10-30 seconds.

Everytime I look at Kijiji, about 1/4 of the new ads daily...
05-03-17, 04:07 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

Ah, ok, then good reasoning to look at the Roam...

Ah, ok, then good reasoning to look at the Roam 3.

In that case, my opinion would be that the Roam 3 with an adjustable stem is a better bike between your two original choices. It has Acera RD...
05-03-17, 12:10 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

BTW, you posted 3 messages with the same content...

BTW, you posted 3 messages with the same content and variations of the title

Specialized Crossroads vs. Giant Roam 3

Opinion: Specialized Crossroads vs. Giant Roam 3

Poll Opinion:...
05-03-17, 11:56 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 20,251
Posted By therealjoeblow

The geometry of the Giant Cypress DX (700c...

The geometry of the Giant Cypress DX (700c wheels) or Giant Sedona DX (26" wheels) compare much more closely to the Crossroads than the Roam does (the Roam compares to the Specialize Crosstrail, not...
05-02-17, 11:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,352
Posted By therealjoeblow

I've heard the term "Goat's Head" several times,...

I've heard the term "Goat's Head" several times, but never really knew what they were - I just looked them up. Thankfully we have nothing of the sort here in central Canada.

Based on what these...
05-01-17, 11:23 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,281
Posted By therealjoeblow

I picked up a shard of glass on Saturday about...

I picked up a shard of glass on Saturday about 30km from home. I do carry a patch kit and a pump, but it was on the back tire and I didn't really feel like getting grease from the chain all over my...
05-01-17, 11:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,352
Posted By therealjoeblow

I did a lot of research over the winter to find...

I did a lot of research over the winter to find tires that meet exactly the criteria you mentioned, and came up aces with Continental SpeedRide 700x42's. They actually measure 38mm when inflated to...
05-01-17, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3,902
Views: 443,119
Posted By therealjoeblow

Right on, keep it up, and before long you'll be...

Right on, keep it up, and before long you'll be out every day on longer and longer rides, with a wife or significant other pissed at you for never doing any of the yard work or other chores anymore...
05-01-17, 09:18 PM
Replies: 1,259
Views: 200,418
Posted By therealjoeblow

I don't know for sure, but my guess is that this...

I don't know for sure, but my guess is that this style will be with us for 3 or 4 years now in the Roam.

I use the bar ends 2 ways:

1) first and middle finger wrapped around the bar end itself,...
05-01-17, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,259
Views: 200,418
Posted By therealjoeblow

2017 is a new frame design for the Roam. The...

2017 is a new frame design for the Roam. The previous style survived without change from 2013-2016 inclusive.

The Ergon GP3 grips are excellent, I have them on my '15 Roam 1. I have GP2's on my...
04-30-17, 08:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,940
Posted By therealjoeblow

The Escape comes in models without disc's too, if...

The Escape comes in models without disc's too, if that suits you better.

Cheers
TRJB
04-30-17, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1,259
Views: 200,418
Posted By therealjoeblow

Nice, love the color-matched bottle cages! ...

Nice, love the color-matched bottle cages!

Possibly you have this otherwise covered, but you need a patch kit to go with that pump, it won't do you much good on its own if you pickup a piece of...
04-30-17, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7,383
Views: 2,148,731
Posted By therealjoeblow

Welcome to the Giant Roam club! A great bike for...

Welcome to the Giant Roam club! A great bike for sure, I ride a 2015 Roam 1, pics a few pages back.

To post your own pics:

1) create a free account over at https://postimage.io/
2) upload...
04-30-17, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By therealjoeblow

I put Kenda Komfort K841A's on my 2002 Giant...

I put Kenda Komfort K841A's on my 2002 Giant Sedona LX:

Kenda K841A Komfort Tire > Components > Tires > Pavement Tires | Jenson USA (http://www.jensonusa.com/Kenda-K841A-Komfort-Tire)
...
04-29-17, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,940
Posted By therealjoeblow

Giant Escape 1 Disc is Giant version of the...

Giant Escape 1 Disc is Giant version of the Sirrus Disc you are looking at. It's $650 USD, and slightly better equipped in terms of component level than the Sirrus:
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