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09-12-16, 02:30 AM
Replies: 17,478
Views: 2,689,784
Posted By MrCoffee

Yes, the price is a little high. But the front...

Yes, the price is a little high. But the front fork and shocks in the back can be transferred to a Krate, after finding the correct fork and posts for the Fastback. If I were limited in space, and...
04-30-16, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By MrCoffee

I really like the looks of that new Raleigh. I...

I really like the looks of that new Raleigh. I think the carbon fork on that new bike should give you a smoother ride than what you are getting with the old one. Those disc brakes will offer better...
04-26-16, 01:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By MrCoffee

The tires were 27" gum walls. I think I paid...

The tires were 27" gum walls. I think I paid about $40.00 for both. Then I had to get new tubes, another $15.00 or so ($7.50 each). So, total of $55.00. Then, I was charged labor because I didn't...
04-26-16, 11:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By MrCoffee

I would have to agree with Jimbo47. Fixing an...

I would have to agree with Jimbo47. Fixing an older bike, can be very costly, and it will not perform like one of the newer ones. I have fully repaired three vintage bikes: a 1980 Concord, a 1986...
03-02-16, 02:38 AM
Replies: 833
Views: 150,222
Posted By MrCoffee

And this is why I haven't sold my 2014 Crosstrail...

And this is why I haven't sold my 2014 Crosstrail Disc. It has too much utility for me to part with it. If I did sell it, then I would replace it with a 2016 Crosstrail anyway. Might as well be...
12-17-15, 01:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,206
Posted By MrCoffee

That one is very nice. I bet you can really get...

That one is very nice. I bet you can really get the groceries when the car loses its battery! :D
12-17-15, 12:53 AM
Replies: 833
Views: 150,222
Posted By MrCoffee

So far, I have kept my 2014 Crosstrail Disc...

So far, I have kept my 2014 Crosstrail Disc stock. It has proven its self a reliable workhorse. Well, I looked at the Specialized web site, and I am appalled! They have the NERVE to label the...
08-30-15, 07:29 PM
Replies: 833
Views: 150,222
Posted By MrCoffee

It's about time us Crosstrail owners had our own...

It's about time us Crosstrail owners had our own thread! As for the seat post on my Crosstrail Disc, yes, I believe there is a maximum insertion indicator. I haven't bothered with it since I got...
07-26-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 15,027
Posted By MrCoffee

I have a hybrid, a very nice one. Not once has...

I have a hybrid, a very nice one. Not once has anybody made a negative remark about it. In fact, I have received nothing but complements. Around where I'm at, people don't ride for pleasure. They...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-15, 09:56 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 5,326
Posted By MrCoffee

I had to stop riding on rural roads. After one...

I had to stop riding on rural roads. After one encounter with a man in a black pickup truck where I had to take out and prepare to use a can of pepper spray, I decided I had to quit. There is too...
06-27-15, 03:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,108
Posted By MrCoffee

I have mechanical discs on mine, and they work...

I have mechanical discs on mine, and they work perfectly fine. If I were riding in the mountains, then maybe it would be different. I'll be honest: I might have been better suited with regular...
06-22-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,771
Posted By MrCoffee

That is correct. I have not had to add air to my...

That is correct. I have not had to add air to my tires since I got the bike in July of last year.
06-22-15, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,771
Posted By MrCoffee

I've had my Crosstrail for a year, and have never...

I've had my Crosstrail for a year, and have never had to add a single drop of air to the OEM tires. I ridden enough to nearly wear off the center rear tread, and the front has slightly more tread...
05-27-15, 08:09 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 12,626
Posted By MrCoffee

I agreee, Snow. Bike shops around my area stock...

I agreee, Snow. Bike shops around my area stock hybrids 5 to 1 compared to their road and mountain counterparts. And they sell very well, especially the ones that are more comfort oriented with...
05-27-15, 12:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,823
Posted By MrCoffee

Another angle of the issue, is that so many Sting...

Another angle of the issue, is that so many Sting Rays have been restored that their overall value has decreased significantly in the last two decades. Not all Stingray collectors are among the 50...
05-26-15, 10:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,084
Posted By MrCoffee

I agree. Yes, there are deals out there but the...

I agree. Yes, there are deals out there but the rummage and estate sale finds are getting less common. Most of the Craigslist bargains need repairs that would cost at least as much as the bike...
05-20-15, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 992
Posted By MrCoffee

The tubing is True Temper AVR, so to buy a new...

The tubing is True Temper AVR, so to buy a new frame with that caliber of material will cost at least $800.00, if not more. I ran into a problem with a stuck alloy seat post. The bottom bracket is...
05-19-15, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 992
Posted By MrCoffee

I was just given an old Performance R203 frame,...

I was just given an old Performance R203 frame, with the donor in hopes that I would resurrect it into a nice road bike. I promised him that it will be returned to its original functionality, even...
Forum: BMX
05-17-15, 10:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,514
Posted By MrCoffee

I second that. The price is right, and it will...

I second that. The price is right, and it will give him more options.
05-01-15, 10:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,674
Posted By MrCoffee

I looked at my Crosstrail Disc, and noticed the...

I looked at my Crosstrail Disc, and noticed the 700c wheels, upright positioning, multi surface tires, and taller gearing. It's a hybrid with a front suspension fork, not a mountain bike.
04-28-15, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,674
Posted By MrCoffee

Easy decision. You are using the bike for...

Easy decision. You are using the bike for commuting. And for that, you want the most affordable option. The Crosstrail does not have cheap components. It will hold up for a very long time just...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-15, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By MrCoffee

Could he be referring to the disc brakes like I...

Could he be referring to the disc brakes like I have on my Crosstrail?
04-22-15, 09:15 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 12,626
Posted By MrCoffee

I have had one bike shop discourage me from...

I have had one bike shop discourage me from buying a road bike. They would not recommend a mountain bike either. Instead, they steered me towards the base-model Specialized Crosstrail because it is...
04-20-15, 09:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,858
Posted By MrCoffee

I have a 2014 Crosstrail Disc, and it does just...

I have a 2014 Crosstrail Disc, and it does just fine on most any of the road surfaces in my area. I ride mostly on broken pavement and side walks (which is legal for bikes where I'm at). The pot...
04-09-15, 02:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,162
Posted By MrCoffee

The Sirrus feels very stiff and the ride is rough...

The Sirrus feels very stiff and the ride is rough compared to the Crosstrail. It feels like a road bike with strait bars. So I would agree, the Sirrus will be a little difficult on anything but a...
04-06-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

I'll be putting up some more photos of my...

I'll be putting up some more photos of my Specialized Crosstrail Disc. It looks the same now, as it did when it was new overall. The only blemishes are places where cables touch the frame, and an...
04-02-15, 09:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

You know, sometimes I should read a little more...

You know, sometimes I should read a little more deeply into a post. Yes, it's a shame I let the "new"ly acquired bike "fall into such a state of disrepair". All of that patina, mud, grit, dirt, and...
04-01-15, 12:26 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

Actually, the story behind that bike is quite...

Actually, the story behind that bike is quite interesting. I purchased it brand new, yes. But then I sold it to a friend, who rode it for 20 years back and forth to work. It accumulated well over...
03-29-15, 10:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

And that's all that matters. I have friends with...

And that's all that matters. I have friends with bikes similar to the Wayfarer. They can't justify the cost of higher-end bikes because they ride too infrequently for short distances.
03-29-15, 10:08 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

I would like to see a larger photo of your...

I would like to see a larger photo of your LeTour. Once you get the new Wayfarer out of layaway, you can compare the differences between the two. I think you'll find that the quality of components...
03-29-15, 09:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

You can use it as a cart if you get a flat, yes,...

You can use it as a cart if you get a flat, yes, that's a utility bike. Nothing pretty, fairly heavy, and it carries a load. It's not really intended for pleasure, it was built to get the job done...
03-29-15, 08:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

You did fine with the $142.00 purchase, for what...

You did fine with the $142.00 purchase, for what you intend to do with it. As for the piece of crap bike still being better than walking, I would agree as long as you can pedal it. But that Pacific...
03-29-15, 08:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

So it looks to me like a lot of the problems with...

So it looks to me like a lot of the problems with the pedals were for a different bike, not the Wayfarer. I've looked at other department store bikes, and I'll be honest. I have seen few, if any,...
03-29-15, 04:59 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

Good point, Grey. But I've seen mid-range...

Good point, Grey. But I've seen mid-range hybrids and lower-range road bikes with cheap platform pedals as standard equipment. On higher-end bikes, you often have to buy the pedals separate. At...
03-29-15, 04:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 44,201
Posted By MrCoffee

That is one thing about the Crosstrail, its...

That is one thing about the Crosstrail, its highest gear is really a bit too high. But the lowers are far more helpful, to make it easier to get to an area which allows the mid and higher ranges. I...
03-29-15, 04:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

You may be right on the step-through frame. ...

You may be right on the step-through frame. Those don't command much value, except for parting out.
03-29-15, 03:46 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

Sorry to chime in again. But the OP would be...

Sorry to chime in again. But the OP would be RISKING with a highly desired collectable like a vintage Schwinn LeTour! Just so you know, I recently restored a Concord Freedom Deluxe, which I sold on...
03-29-15, 03:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,822
Posted By MrCoffee

I looked at a Schwinn Wayfarer, and it's not a...

I looked at a Schwinn Wayfarer, and it's not a bad bike for the price. Features are limited, so there is less to break. The front fork looks good and solid. The one I looked at appeared that it...
03-22-15, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 736
Posted By MrCoffee

Looks like they belong to a multi-millionaire. ...

Looks like they belong to a multi-millionaire. He is very well organized. Being on a low income means that I'm lucky to even afford ONE bicycle; a Specialized hybrid. Hope he enjoys his collection.
02-10-15, 06:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 44,201
Posted By MrCoffee

I have a suspension front fork on my Specialized...

I have a suspension front fork on my Specialized Crostraill Disc. I have locked it about twice since I got the bike, but now I keep it unlocked all the time. My bike is a hybrid. It's not geared...
01-27-15, 12:41 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 47,925
Posted By MrCoffee

My most recent experience is that today's budget...

My most recent experience is that today's budget priced bikes found in bike shops will perform substantially better than the budget bikes of the late '70s and early '80s. They are lighter and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-14, 12:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,313
Posted By MrCoffee

When I see a bicycle, I expect two position...

When I see a bicycle, I expect two position lights as follows: A white light on the front, and a red strobe beacon on the back, with one or two blinks per second on the rear position light. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-14, 10:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,382
Posted By MrCoffee

I got the chance to look at both, they had them...

I got the chance to look at both, they had them sitting on exercisers. I'll be honest. I liked the Secteur, but it felt quite a bit more upright than the Allez that was next to it.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-14, 07:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,454
Posted By MrCoffee

So you passed on a very nice Secteur. I'm...

So you passed on a very nice Secteur. I'm assuming it may be similar to one I've been looking at recently, for around $750.00. Really, you could buy the used $400.00 bike. I saw a Trek 330 for...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-14, 04:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,382
Posted By MrCoffee

Update: I found a shop within 20 miles of me...

Update: I found a shop within 20 miles of me that has a Specialized Secteur from last year, a 2014 model. It has a carbon fork, and triple crank. Components are Shimano Claris, like the base-model...
12-20-14, 02:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,253
Posted By MrCoffee

Keep it clean, lubed, and serviced. Then get...

Keep it clean, lubed, and serviced. Then get another bike as a daily driver, while you have this one for Sunday outings in NICE, warm, dry weather. Used in moderation and well cared for, it will...
12-08-14, 02:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,895
Posted By MrCoffee

Exactly. It's those flippers who are keeping...

Exactly. It's those flippers who are keeping affordable bikes away from those who need them, and will appreciate them the most. I recently visited a bank ordered auction, and saw one dealer loading...
12-07-14, 09:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,895
Posted By MrCoffee

Have you considered the possibility that there...

Have you considered the possibility that there may be a stigma to owning and riding a bicycle? Most of the general population considers them to be the transportation of last resort; an "inferior...
12-07-14, 10:39 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 19,444
Posted By MrCoffee

To a certain degree, I can see the value in that...

To a certain degree, I can see the value in that $250.00 Raleigh Grand Prix. However, people will go to Meijer and buy a "mountain bike" for $100.00 less because it's just cheaper. And besides...
12-07-14, 10:17 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 19,444
Posted By MrCoffee

Almost everything available on Craigslist is...

Almost everything available on Craigslist is low-end and in poor condition. And it's priced for more than it's worth. I think the problem with bike shops folding has more to do with high energy and...
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