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10-28-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 498,644
Posted By DaveTMpls

If it's hilly, I recommend 2x

I know there are young guys who can bike up a hill with a 1x gear set. I have a 2x10, and I downshift to the lower front gear when climbing hills. The Sirrus Elite is a road bike (smooth tires, no...
08-08-18, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,441
Posted By DaveTMpls

You have a lot to choose from

I wanted some gel padding for my bike seat, and ended up with one of the Specialized women's (!) seats. The men's padded seats were too darned bulky for me.
06-29-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 498,644
Posted By DaveTMpls

I have a Sirrus Elite that came with an SRAM...

I have a Sirrus Elite that came with an SRAM double (2x10, IIRC). I bought the bike specifically to get away from triple chainrings. This setup has worked really well for me. Unless I am riding...
06-06-18, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,129
Posted By DaveTMpls

Thumbs up Inner bar ends. O.M.G. What a great idea! Thanks...

Inner bar ends. O.M.G. What a great idea! Thanks man! I will check out the BAM handlebars as well.
04-06-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,458
Posted By DaveTMpls

My suggestion is, buy the cheaper bike and spend...

My suggestion is, buy the cheaper bike and spend the extra money to customize the bike to your requirements. It is amazing how much money you can spend on upgrades at a bike shop that carries all...
09-27-17, 03:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,265
Posted By DaveTMpls

If you're planning to tow a trailer, and you want...

If you're planning to tow a trailer, and you want a carbon frame, you should verify that the manufacturer allows this. I bought a (much loved) Specialized Sirrus hybrid with the Roubaix carbon...
01-26-17, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,003
Posted By DaveTMpls

Try before you buy

Cannondale Quick geometry is different from Sirrus. I have a long torso, and couldn't get comfortable on the Quick. This was a few years ago, but may still be true.
05-03-16, 03:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,392
Posted By DaveTMpls

I see most posters are do-it-yourselfers. I use...

I see most posters are do-it-yourselfers. I use my bike to commute to work, and my short route takes me past an excellent bike shop with mechanics on duty. My post-mounted bike bag has a hex tool,...
05-03-16, 03:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 12,198
Posted By DaveTMpls

If you sweat like I do, I definitely recommend a...

If you sweat like I do, I definitely recommend a biking jersey. You want something with ventilated armpits. I would look ridiculous in spandex, so I went with a gel-padded seat and cargo shorts. ...
05-03-16, 02:56 PM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 498,644
Posted By DaveTMpls

I went with Speedplay Zeroes. My first set of...

I went with Speedplay Zeroes. My first set of cleats, at age 70! Last summer was a painful experience, until unclipping while stopping became automatic. I'll never go back to toe clips.
08-24-15, 02:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,517
Posted By DaveTMpls

rack mounts. son of a <bleep>. I am not sure I...

rack mounts. son of a <bleep>. I am not sure I wanted to know this. :-)
07-06-15, 02:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,110
Posted By DaveTMpls

Cheap vs expensive bike ! Regarding the...

Cheap vs expensive bike !


Regarding the above question in relation to the specific need of the opening poster, my usual advice to buying a bike is to assess your needs first. Then, as for any...
07-06-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 20,981
Posted By DaveTMpls

I originally started riding a hybrid because...

I originally started riding a hybrid because Minneapolis had such bad streets. I wanted a MTB frame to better absorb the bumps, but I wanted road wheels so I could go fast. My first hybrid (1990...
06-23-15, 02:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,865
Posted By DaveTMpls

If you're riding on gravel, I would definitely go...

If you're riding on gravel, I would definitely go with the Crosstrail or Trek DS. I love my Sirrus, but it's a road bike with a flat handlebar.
06-23-15, 02:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,380
Posted By DaveTMpls

What I've noticed is, 1) major brands now have an...

What I've noticed is, 1) major brands now have an enormous range of offerings; 2) major brands now offer a lot of accessories and upgrades (seats, crank sets, shoes, apparel, etc, etc). When I...
06-23-15, 01:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,051
Posted By DaveTMpls

I bought my daughter a new Trek 7.2 last year,...

I bought my daughter a new Trek 7.2 last year, which she loves. I have to say though, a Trek hybrid is a road bike with flat handlebars. It's really not made for off-road. You might actually want...
05-15-15, 03:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 26,942
Posted By DaveTMpls

Interesting-looking bike! Thanks for the pix.

Interesting-looking bike! Thanks for the pix.
04-20-15, 03:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,419
Posted By DaveTMpls

I have SRAM's 2x10 groupset on my Sirrus. On...

I have SRAM's 2x10 groupset on my Sirrus. On level ground (or small changes in grade), I am only shifting the rear derailleur. However, put a hill in front of me and I immediately downshift to the...
04-20-15, 02:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,466
Posted By DaveTMpls

I bought a new Trek 7.2 for my daughter last...

I bought a new Trek 7.2 for my daughter last fall, and she loves it! Great bike for riding in the city.
04-20-15, 02:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 26,942
Posted By DaveTMpls

Ah. Now you come to the Big Problem. You do not...

Ah. Now you come to the Big Problem. You do not want to spend this kind of money without a test ride and a salesman who is knowledgeable about this class of bike. I ended up buying my bike at...
04-20-15, 02:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,621
Posted By DaveTMpls

Jon -- I also recommend you test-ride Specialized...

Jon -- I also recommend you test-ride Specialized and Trek bikes. When I was cross-shopping Specialized Sirrus vs. Giant Escape, I found the Sirrus frame geometry fit me better (long torso).
12-29-14, 01:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,806
Posted By DaveTMpls

I agree with most of this, but my new hybrid has...

I agree with most of this, but my new hybrid has a 2 x 10 speed transmission, and I love it! I'll never go back to triple crank front. Been there, done that. Newer bikes will have 2 x 11 or even 2...
11-26-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,176
Posted By DaveTMpls

I recommend you find a large, reliable LBS and go...

I recommend you find a large, reliable LBS and go for test rides until you find the bike that suits you. For my first hybrid, I test rode Specialized Sirrus bikes starting with the cheapest, until I...
10-31-14, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,200
Posted By DaveTMpls

I live in Minneapolis and, yes, I put my bike...

I live in Minneapolis and, yes, I put my bike away when daylight savings time ends. Too cold; sun has set before I leave work; road bike tires are positively dangerous on frozen pavement, even if...
10-14-14, 03:15 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,969
Posted By DaveTMpls

Agreed. The confusion arose because the 2014...

Agreed. The confusion arose because the 2014 sirrus aluminum frames use the new geometry, whereas Specialized waited until 2015 to change the frame geometry of the sirrus carbon bikes.
09-16-14, 12:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,820
Posted By DaveTMpls

When I bought my 2013 Sirrus Carbon, the bike...

When I bought my 2013 Sirrus Carbon, the bike shop told me not to put a frame-mounted rack on it. I had to swap out my seat post for a steel one, and use a post-mounted pack. This has worked OK for...
09-05-14, 02:26 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 29,231
Posted By DaveTMpls

It's not just slightly more upright, depending on...

It's not just slightly more upright, depending on how you've set up your stem angle. If you have drop bars, your back is parallel to the ground, and to look forward you really have to be able to...
09-03-14, 10:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,072
Posted By DaveTMpls

Wow, you guys are hardier than me. The Polar...

Wow, you guys are hardier than me. The Polar Vortex last year hit Minnesota like the winters of old. Also, this far north, it gets dark at 5PM in mid-winter. I hate riding in the dark. I put my...
09-03-14, 10:47 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 29,231
Posted By DaveTMpls

You could certainly be correct about the 2014's. ...

You could certainly be correct about the 2014's. I read the pre-release descriptions from the trade shows, and they were all saying "New! New!". but I never brought my bike into the shop and stood...
09-03-14, 04:20 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 29,231
Posted By DaveTMpls

From the photo, it looks like the distance from...

From the photo, it looks like the distance from the seat to the flat bar would be too short for me. As I recall, that was my main issue with the Quick.
The other problem I see with this bike is the...
09-03-14, 04:12 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 29,231
Posted By DaveTMpls

An interesting discussion, to be sure. A small...

An interesting discussion, to be sure. A small correction: The 2013 (and earlier) carbon Sirrus bikes had the Roubaix frames. I know because I bought one, in September 2013. If I had waited a...
08-28-14, 02:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,573
Posted By DaveTMpls

I went from a 3x6? on my original hybrid to a...

I went from a 3x6? on my original hybrid to a 2x10 on my new one. The new setup is exactly what I was hoping for. One set of gears for the flat, another set for uphill. 1x11 would drive me nuts.
08-01-14, 12:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 39,773
Posted By DaveTMpls

Thanks for posting this, Anthony! I have the...

Thanks for posting this, Anthony! I have the 2013 Sirrus Elite Carbon, and my handlebars are too wide as well. Please keep us posted on your further upgrades.
06-28-14, 02:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,793
Posted By DaveTMpls

I bought a new Specialized Sirrus Elite last...

I bought a new Specialized Sirrus Elite last August, moving up from a 10?-year-old Sirrus hybrid with carbon front forks. I was pretty surprised to find that I ended up spending another $1000 to get...
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