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10-01-11, 08:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,529
Posted By LongIslandTom

Troubleshoot other components first, process of...

Troubleshoot other components first, process of elimination..

Try different pedals to make sure it's not the pedals that's creaking.

Tighten the headset. A loose headset can creak under power....
09-30-11, 11:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,384
Posted By LongIslandTom

A bike with very similar specs to that one costs...

A bike with very similar specs to that one costs $279 new from Bikes Direct: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/dover2.htm

To answer your question "are the following good components?" I...
09-30-11, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 590
Posted By LongIslandTom

I got a Chris King BB. I love how you don't have...

I got a Chris King BB. I love how you don't have to remove or replace any seals to service the BB-- Just use their grease injector tool to flush out old contaminated grease while injecting fresh...
09-30-11, 06:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 575
Posted By LongIslandTom

Your seat is already far enough forward. It is...

Your seat is already far enough forward. It is already far-forward positioned similar to a triathlon/TT bike.

Your seat looks like it's set way too low. In your photos your knee doesn't look like...
09-28-11, 10:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,348
Posted By LongIslandTom

External-bearing BBs like the FSA MegaExo tend to...

External-bearing BBs like the FSA MegaExo tend to have "seal drag" when new. Give it a couple hundred miles and see if it loosens up.

The user reviews on the web don't exactly shower praise on...
09-27-11, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By LongIslandTom

Sounds like a case of Chain Suck. ...

Sounds like a case of Chain Suck. http://***an.co.za/Bikes/Csuck/
09-27-11, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 728
Posted By LongIslandTom

Maybe your cranks went from way too much play to...

Maybe your cranks went from way too much play to way too tight after the BB change?

Long continuous squeak under load kind of says an interface that is supposed to move freely is getting binded...
09-21-11, 07:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,299
Posted By LongIslandTom

Hillrider: Thanks! Homebrew01: Yeah, they...

Hillrider: Thanks!

Homebrew01: Yeah, they are worn. I've beaten the crap out of that crankset because I tend to take shortcuts going home on my commute, which takes me through some pretty nasty...
09-21-11, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,094
Posted By LongIslandTom

To use BB30 bottom brackets and cranks, one needs...

To use BB30 bottom brackets and cranks, one needs a frame built with a BB30 bottom bracket shell. It will not work with a frame with English-threaded 68mm BB shell.

Those eBay items you linked to...
09-21-11, 12:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,823
Posted By LongIslandTom

to the OP: Your Specialized Roubaix Comp is...

to the OP:

Your Specialized Roubaix Comp is the one equipped with all Shimano 105 components, correct?

If you want a lower gear ratio, the most common modification I've seen with 105 and...
09-20-11, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,299
Posted By LongIslandTom

Replacing worn-out chainrings on my SRAM Rival crankset

Seeking to tap the forum's collective wisdom on a repair project..

I've ridden my bike in all conditions-- Rain or shine, plenty of exposure to mud, sand, water spray, etc. After 6000 miles of...
05-13-11, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,137
Posted By LongIslandTom

The Allegro 3 has taller gearing than the...

The Allegro 3 has taller gearing than the Cannondale Quick 4, so you can achieve a slightly faster top speed on the Allegro 3 on flat ground or on downhills. (the top gear ratio on the Allegro is...
05-12-11, 09:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,334
Posted By LongIslandTom

Unless you are getting a lot of chain-skips, I...

Unless you are getting a lot of chain-skips, I doubt your chainrings are getting worn.

Sheldon Brown has some good photos that show how teeth on sprockets and chainrings look like when they are...
05-12-11, 08:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By LongIslandTom

You can try the following: - Bring a...

You can try the following:

- Bring a multi-tool with you when you ride, make frequent stops to adjust and tweak the seat's position (its tilt angle, height, and horizontal position). Keep making...
05-12-11, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,692
Posted By LongIslandTom

Flashing back and forth between Scott's photos of...

Flashing back and forth between Scott's photos of the Speedster S50 FB vs. the regular S50, it appears the frame is the same. The geometry looks identical, and they got the same frame sizes.

As...
05-12-11, 06:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,123
Posted By LongIslandTom

It's comfortable and I'm not going to mess with...

It's comfortable and I'm not going to mess with it, no matter what anybody says. :D
05-12-11, 06:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,894
Posted By LongIslandTom

Sorry, but Sheldon Brown disagrees with you. ...

Sorry, but Sheldon Brown disagrees with you. Sheldon Brown suggests using a measured course to fine-tune (his words) your cyclocomputer setting. ...
05-11-11, 10:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,123
Posted By LongIslandTom

Notice how the stem (the metal piece that...

Notice how the stem (the metal piece that connects your bike's steerer tube to the handlebar) on your Sirrus Sport is pointed upwards a few degrees.

You can flip that stem upside-down so it points...
05-11-11, 06:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,777
Posted By LongIslandTom

A cyclocross bike is basically a road bike with...

A cyclocross bike is basically a road bike with drop bars but outfitted with stronger wheels and wider tires, sometimes with disc brakes and lower gearing, so it can withstand some off-pavement...
05-11-11, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 982
Posted By LongIslandTom

standover height is probably the least important...

standover height is probably the least important criteria in bike fitting. What's critical is how you fit while you are in the saddle riding the bike. If your current bike fits you comfortably well...
05-11-11, 05:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,123
Posted By LongIslandTom

Accessories I got on my 2006 Specialized Sirrus...

Accessories I got on my 2006 Specialized Sirrus LTD:

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I added:

- Shorty carbon-fiber bar ends

- Cateye Enduro 8 cyclocomputer
05-11-11, 05:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,894
Posted By LongIslandTom

16 miles in one hour is a pretty fast pace. If...

16 miles in one hour is a pretty fast pace. If you are measuring your speed using a cyclocomputer, I would calibrate it. Map out a 1-mile course on MapMyRide, do that course, see how close your...
05-11-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By LongIslandTom

Just to clarify, you will be using that adapter...

Just to clarify, you will be using that adapter and rack on your Ford Focus, correct?

Be VERY careful. The class-I hitch for the Focus mounts onto holes in the car's sheet-metal unibody. I've seen...
05-09-11, 02:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,537
Posted By LongIslandTom

Not going to happen. 700C wheels have a...

Not going to happen.

700C wheels have a larger diameter, which means the V-brakes on your bike will not be in the right position to work with 700C wheels. It also means the diameter of the wheel...
05-04-11, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By LongIslandTom

I frequently ride in New York City, notorious for...

I frequently ride in New York City, notorious for broken glass everywhere. For this kind of environment, Specialized Armadillo tires have served me well. Never got a puncture with them.
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05-04-11, 01:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,719
Posted By LongIslandTom

I've never been to Mineola Bikes, but as long as...

I've never been to Mineola Bikes, but as long as they offer you services like free tuneups for the first couple years, it would be a place that tries to do right for you. Three of the past five...
05-04-11, 01:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,495
Posted By LongIslandTom

The Shimano EF50 Rapid Fire shifters on your...

The Shimano EF50 Rapid Fire shifters on your Marin Belvedere have a clamp diameter of 25.4mm.

Therein lies your problems. Firstly, I'm not sure if the thinner-diameter portions of the Ritchey...
05-03-11, 01:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,719
Posted By LongIslandTom

Looks good. I used to ride a GT Avalanche (very...

Looks good. I used to ride a GT Avalanche (very similar to the Transeo but with 26-inch MTB wheels) and the front suspension does come in handy for dealing with badly decayed urban infrastructure.
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05-01-11, 06:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,639
Posted By LongIslandTom

How bad are the roads in your area, particularly...

How bad are the roads in your area, particularly on your commuting route?

If they are really that bad (potholes and cracks everywhere), then a front suspension would indeed come in handy.
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04-30-11, 08:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,683
Posted By LongIslandTom

Road-biased hybrids are indeed lighter and have...

Road-biased hybrids are indeed lighter and have taller gearing optimized for pavement use, and for most people that does translate to a speed advantage over an MTB-biased hybrid with shorter gearing...
04-29-11, 10:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,040
Posted By LongIslandTom

You can always use the 7.5 FX as a platform to...

You can always use the 7.5 FX as a platform to try your hand at wrenching..

For instance, the 7.5 FX can be modified to have even LOWER gearing than the Muirwoods very easily. All you have to do...
04-29-11, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By LongIslandTom

I'm a novice when it comes to wrenching and I...

I'm a novice when it comes to wrenching and I swapped out those things myself, no problems. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/729709-My-hybridized-titanium-bike

If someone who is...
04-29-11, 08:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,448
Posted By LongIslandTom

The Marin Muirwoods is a pretty heavy-duty bike. ...

The Marin Muirwoods is a pretty heavy-duty bike. All-steel construction, and the Alex CA20 rims are real heavy too.

If you want to join group rides faster than C+ pace, I'd look for something...
04-27-11, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 582
Posted By LongIslandTom

Just keep in mind that a lot of bicycle...

Just keep in mind that a lot of bicycle manufacturers have this little disclaimer: "Specifications subject to change without notice."

That means a particular model bike might have the BB as...
04-27-11, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 15,257
Posted By LongIslandTom

I bought a BikesDirect bike a few weeks ago. ...

I bought a BikesDirect bike a few weeks ago. It's a titanium-frame road bike with SRAM's Rival component group. I then proceeded to hack it up and convert it into a flat-bar bike. :D ...
04-26-11, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 265
Posted By LongIslandTom

Perhaps you have too much cable tension. You...

Perhaps you have too much cable tension. You might also want to check the derailleur hanger and make sure it's not bent.
04-26-11, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 646
Posted By LongIslandTom

That is not a good deal. That bike costs...

That is not a good deal.

That bike costs $300 at Performance bike. http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1077278_-1___

If that Ebay seller is willing to go down to $250,...
04-25-11, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,911
Posted By LongIslandTom

Badger1: Thanks, just swapping out the Apex...

Badger1: Thanks, just swapping out the Apex shifters for the double-tap flat-bars would cost only half of swapping out for Shimanos so I'll definitely give it serious consideration. My 2006 Sirrus...
04-25-11, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,404
Posted By LongIslandTom

Well, if you add a front suspension, it will make...

Well, if you add a front suspension, it will make the bike even heavier.

And as for making the bike lighter, you will have to spend mucho to get it appreciably lighter, because everything on the...
04-24-11, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 758
Posted By LongIslandTom

Cool-looking piece of gear! :) Googled to see...

Cool-looking piece of gear! :) Googled to see if any U.S. retailers sell it... No hits. :(

I'd be tempted to swap out a mushy stock suspension fork on a current 700C hybrid and replace it with...
04-24-11, 06:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,316
Posted By LongIslandTom

About 10 years ago, I rode with the bar ends...

About 10 years ago, I rode with the bar ends tilted up at a 45-degree angle..

Over the years the angle got lower and lower until now on my new Titanium bike I got them at just 10 degrees. :)
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04-24-11, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 758
Posted By LongIslandTom

I used to have a front-suspension Trek 7100...

I used to have a front-suspension Trek 7100 hybrid.. I got rid of it because the front suspension really kills me trying to climb up the hilly roads here on northern Long Island. These days I...
04-24-11, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,911
Posted By LongIslandTom

Today New York finally got a break from the bad...

Today New York finally got a break from the bad weather, so I took my new hybridized Ti bike out for a 30-mile spin.

What I liked:

There were quite a few large hills in northern Long Island, so...
04-24-11, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,381
Posted By LongIslandTom

Not so fast. The 2007 Scott SUB 20 has an...

Not so fast.

The 2007 Scott SUB 20 has an MSRP of $570. http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=2007&Brand=Scott&Model=Sub+20&Type=bike

Frankly, paying 70% of a 4-year-old used...
04-23-11, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,705
Posted By LongIslandTom

In my experience, I've never had much luck with...

In my experience, I've never had much luck with padded shorts.. I tried several different saddles and found one that is comfortable for me. That one saddle stayed with me through five different...
04-23-11, 03:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,911
Posted By LongIslandTom

qdmsc: Yeah I'll have to sell the Sirrus since I...

qdmsc: Yeah I'll have to sell the Sirrus since I only got room for 1 bike at my place. :( That bike and me had been through some good times, and I'm a little sad to have to let it go. Ah well!
...
04-23-11, 02:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,911
Posted By LongIslandTom

Those Tektro Carbon Eclipse brake levers were...

Those Tektro Carbon Eclipse brake levers were original equipment on my 2006 Sirrus LTD. :)

Back then, Specialized really went overboard carbonizing the Sirrus! Frame, fork, seatpost, cranks,...
04-22-11, 11:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,911
Posted By LongIslandTom

My hybridized titanium bike

Since 2006 I've ridden a Specialized Sirrus LTD, which is a flat-bar road bike type of hybrid. The frame, fork, seatpost, handlebar and cranks are all carbon fiber. It came with a Shimano Ultegra...
04-22-11, 09:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,705
Posted By LongIslandTom

Nearly every bike manufacturer offers a line of...

Nearly every bike manufacturer offers a line of flat-bar road bike type of hybrids like the Trek FX.

Jamis offers the Allegro line. I've ridden the 2010 Jamis Allegro 4 and it was a very nice...
04-22-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 591
Posted By LongIslandTom

Heck no. $340 for an 8-year-old bike from 2003...

Heck no. $340 for an 8-year-old bike from 2003 that retailed for $440 when it was new is not a good deal at all.

This is the bike from that Craigslist ad: ...
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