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06-07-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,566
Posted By AU Tiger

Good advice. This thread might be helpful...

Good advice. This thread might be helpful (https://www.bikeforums.net/hybrid-bicycles/1178616-list-650b-hybrids.html) in that search.
10-08-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,272
Posted By AU Tiger

That's great to hear you've got it all sorted...

That's great to hear you've got it all sorted out!
It's a good-looking bike - now enjoy riding it!!!
10-06-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,272
Posted By AU Tiger

Glad to hear you're liking the new bike. As...

Glad to hear you're liking the new bike.

As for the creaking, the easiest thing to try first is to clean and grease the seat post. Before you remove it, measure the location so you get it put back...
09-15-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,802
Posted By AU Tiger

I must not be reading the right threads, because...

I must not be reading the right threads, because I don't remember actually seeing anyone here espouse the supposed 30-mile rule. The only time I hear of it is when threads like this pop up every so...
09-14-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,597
Posted By AU Tiger

Those are my favorite tires. I'll also use...

Those are my favorite tires. I'll also use Hutchinson Override if I can't find the Pathfinder Pro in stock, but I prefer the Specialized. I just replaced the rear tire last week with just over 6,000...
09-09-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,272
Posted By AU Tiger

Since that's in your mind, you ought to at least...

Since that's in your mind, you ought to at least give it a try. You may find that it's not a matter of easy vs. difficult, but simply riding position and hand positions. I started off on a flat bar...
08-29-21, 08:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,135
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats, and enjoy the new bike! Oh, and...

Congrats, and enjoy the new bike!
Oh, and pictures are required when you get it. =)
08-28-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,135
Posted By AU Tiger

Even though (as I previously stated) I'm firmly...

Even though (as I previously stated) I'm firmly in the 1x camp, the comments about a 2x setup providing better (tighter) gear spacing are valid. Especially since the Trek's 1x is only 10-speed...
08-27-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,135
Posted By AU Tiger

Go with the 1x drive train. Only having one...

Go with the 1x drive train. Only having one derailleur to worry about greatly simplifies riding and maintenance. I have a 40T on the front and an 11-speed 11-46T on the rear, and that gives me plenty...
08-26-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,898
Posted By AU Tiger

Saddles are a very personal thing. What one...

Saddles are a very personal thing. What one person likes another may hate. It really depends on what's comfortable to you. Unfortunately, there's not always a practical way to try one out without...
08-24-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By AU Tiger

Specialized Pathfinder Pro 2Bliss, Hutchinson Override

You should get a nice variety of good suggestions. I'll offer my two cents because the two tires I run don't typically get a lot of mention on this forum.

I really like Specialized Pathfinder Pro...
04-22-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,228
Posted By AU Tiger

I run the tubeless version of the Specialized...

I run the tubeless version of the Specialized Pathfinder Pro, and I find them to be perfect for riding paved roads with a mix of gravel thrown in. I ran 35mm tires for several years, and recently...
03-31-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,821
Posted By AU Tiger

I just added a set of fenders to my mountain...

I just added a set of fenders to my mountain bike: the SKS X-Blade on the rear, and the SKS Shockblade on the front. The rear one straps onto the seat post - super easy with almost no work at all....
03-28-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,174
Posted By AU Tiger

We don't have Norcro bikes in my area, so I have...

We don't have Norcro bikes in my area, so I have no first-hand experience with them. But looking at the website, the Indie is interesting in that it has 27.5" tires, a chromoly fork, and backsweep...
03-22-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,034
Posted By AU Tiger

No worries - you didn't come across that way at...

No worries - you didn't come across that way at all.
Like so many other things about biking, it's nice that we have a variety of options so we all can find what works best for us.
03-22-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,034
Posted By AU Tiger

That sounds like an issue with the seal. I check...

That sounds like an issue with the seal. I check each tire with my finger before every ride, but probably only have to add air about once a week. (I average around 20 miles per ride x 5 days a week...
03-08-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats! Trek makes good bikes. Enjoy!!!

Congrats! Trek makes good bikes.
Enjoy!!!
03-05-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By AU Tiger

What type of terrain will you be riding? (hills...

What type of terrain will you be riding? (hills vs. flat) The Gravity looks like a decent entry-level flat-bar road bike, but the lowest gear ratio is 28/28 = 1.00. That will make it tough to climb...
03-04-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,821
Posted By AU Tiger

I put a pair of SKS longboard fenders...

I put a pair of SKS longboard fenders (https://www.sks-germany.com/en/products/bluemels-series/bluemels-longboard-28-45-black-set/) on my bike a year ago and have been very happy with them. They keep...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,216
Posted By AU Tiger

I realize this thread is ancient by now, but I'm...

I realize this thread is ancient by now, but I'm shopping for a handlebar bag to carry a camera while I bike and the Topeak and Ortlieb are at the top of the list. Can you elaborate a little bit...
02-28-21, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,022
Posted By AU Tiger

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I'm...

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I'm currently shopping for a handlebar bag myself and the Topeak looks promising. I'm curious how it's holding up after a few years of use.
02-15-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
Posted By AU Tiger

Given your criteria, that looks like a great...

Given your criteria, that looks like a great choice. The 26/34 combo would give you a nice low gear ratio of 0.765. So assuming you can find one and assuming it fits you well, then go for it.

As...
02-03-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,104
Posted By AU Tiger

Well as another saying goes, that's water under...

Well as another saying goes, that's water under the bridge now. So just enjoy riding the new one and don't worry about what you could've done differently. It is, after all, A NEW BIKE!!! New bike day...
02-02-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,104
Posted By AU Tiger

You mentioned the gearing and hills... At...

You mentioned the gearing and hills...

At the lower end of the gearing, the FX3 would be a little better for climbing:

The FX3's 30/36 is 0.833
The FX2's 28/32 is 0.875

And at the upper...
01-09-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,266
Posted By AU Tiger

I still don't understand what makes you want to...

I still don't understand what makes you want to go to a 1x since you can really just get away with using one chain ring on the setup you already have. In my experience, a 1x drive train is convenient...
01-08-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,266
Posted By AU Tiger

I have a 1x11 drive train with a 40T chain ring...

I have a 1x11 drive train with a 40T chain ring and an 11-46T cassette. I really like the simplicity compared to the 3x9 that was on my previous bike. I never have to think about what chain ring I'm...
11-18-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,122
Posted By AU Tiger

I know what you mean, as that's the decision I...

I know what you mean, as that's the decision I made for myself also. I absolutely love my drop-bar gravel bike! But I'm just careful not to try to push everybody to the same choice. For one thing...
11-18-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,122
Posted By AU Tiger

You could try putting bar ends like these...

You could try putting bar ends like these (https://smile.amazon.com/Profile-Designs-Boxer-Bar-Black/dp/B001KS3RFQ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=profile+design+bar+ends&qid=1605715362&sr=8-2) on your...
11-17-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,122
Posted By AU Tiger

That's a great looking bike!

That's a great looking bike!
11-15-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,122
Posted By AU Tiger

I started with Fuji Absolute and really liked it,...

I started with Fuji Absolute and really liked it, but I was getting a lot of hand numbness. I added bar ends and that helped a lot, but I wasn't comfortable having my hands that far from the brakes...
10-25-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,642
Posted By AU Tiger

I ride mostly pavement, but it's a rural area...

I ride mostly pavement, but it's a rural area with a lot of horse & buggies (which really do a number on the roads). And many rides have a mile or two of gravel roads mixed in with the pavement. Plus...
10-05-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,390
Posted By AU Tiger

That's a cool looking bike! I'm guessing the...

That's a cool looking bike!
I'm guessing the angle of the handlebars helps ward off the hand numbness that flat bars can sometimes cause on longer rides.
10-03-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,390
Posted By AU Tiger

+1 For the riding the OP describes, a hybrid...

+1

For the riding the OP describes, a hybrid sounds like the best choice. It's definitely a good starting point. I began with one several years ago and transitioned to a gravel bike last year. But...
08-06-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,061
Posted By AU Tiger

I really like these bib shorts made by Przewalski...

I really like these bib shorts made by Przewalski (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HUNDFHE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Before finding them, I tried a type with a gel...
07-25-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By AU Tiger

I understand completely. My son is the same way. ...

I understand completely. My son is the same way.


I like that!


That actually makes a lot of sense and does not seem wasteful at all to me. A few weeks ago I was in the middle of some...
07-24-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 895
Posted By AU Tiger

I would just take her to one of the shops and see...

I would just take her to one of the shops and see what she likes. You clearly know enough about bikes to recognize a good bike vs. a not-so-good one. And if your area is anything like mine, you may...
07-23-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,403
Posted By AU Tiger

+1 Several years ago I went from the stock 28mm...

+1
Several years ago I went from the stock 28mm tires that came on my Fuji Absolute to 35mm tires. What an amazing difference in comfort, and my speed actually increased. It's possible that increase...
07-23-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,342
Posted By AU Tiger

Great job! Congratulations!

Great job! Congratulations!
07-19-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,342
Posted By AU Tiger

For the use you've described, I would look at a...

For the use you've described, I would look at a rigid-fork hybrid with 650b tires. Something like the Kona Dew, the Jamis Sequel, or the Salsa Journeyman (flatbar version). My personal pick would be...
06-29-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,885
Posted By AU Tiger

Yes, that is the difference between them. Unless...

Yes, that is the difference between them. Unless you're a racer who is super concerned about weight, the R5 will suit you just fine. For perspective, the weight difference between the R1 and R5 is 46...
06-28-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,885
Posted By AU Tiger

I'm a little late to the party, but I've had an...

I'm a little late to the party, but I've had an Argo Tempo on my gravel bike for about a month now, and I really like it. The huge cutout provides a lot of relief for the sensitive areas. My typical...
05-24-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,658
Posted By AU Tiger

Following up on my previous post about tire...

Following up on my previous post about tire clearance, Trek contradicts itself on its own website. Here...
05-23-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,658
Posted By AU Tiger

Well everyone is different, so what works for me...

Well everyone is different, so what works for me may not work best for you. Having said that, I would (and did) go with a gravel bike.

I started off with a flat bar Fuji Absolute in 2015. It was...
05-07-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 10,247
Posted By AU Tiger

I have the Nashbar Soho pedals...

I have the Nashbar Soho pedals (https://www.nashbar.com/nashbar-soho-pedals-nb-soho/p900277) on my bike, and I really like them. I can go clipless on my road rides and just use sneakers when riding...
04-30-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By AU Tiger

Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona...

Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona mountain bike for, and I run Schwalbe Hurricanes on it. The tread along the edges gives good grip in gravel and dirt, the smoother center allows for...
04-30-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,922
Posted By AU Tiger

I've gotten several rides in with both pairs...

I've gotten several rides in with both pairs (Oakley Flak 2.0 XL with Prizm Road Rx lenses, and Tifosi Synapse with High Speed Red Fototec non-Rx lenses), and I'm very happy with them both. I've worn...
04-29-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,159
Posted By AU Tiger

No doubt you are correct, but it seems a strange...

No doubt you are correct, but it seems a strange choice for that. The Roam 4 Disc comes with hydraulic brakes and an Altus rear derailleur. Seems like they would have opted for mechanical disc brakes...
04-29-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,159
Posted By AU Tiger

So why would a manufacturer even put a 7-speed...

So why would a manufacturer even put a 7-speed cassette on a new bike? The retail price difference between a 7 and an 8 speed cassette is less than $10, so it's much less than that for a...
04-28-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,159
Posted By AU Tiger

Cool, I didn't realize freehubs came in 7-speed...

Cool, I didn't realize freehubs came in 7-speed varieties. That's helpful information, especially since Giant's website often doesn't even list the number of speeds on the specs, and leaves the...
04-27-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,159
Posted By AU Tiger

Definitely not the Roam 4. It has a 7-speed...

Definitely not the Roam 4. It has a 7-speed freewheel instead of the much better freehub which is on the rest of the lineup. If you're more interested in that difference, you'll find lots of posts...
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