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08-23-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,254
Posted By pjthomas

WTB saddles, I have the WTB Rocket Pro. The MSRP...

WTB saddles, I have the WTB Rocket Pro. The MSRP is $90 but you can find them usually for less. I paid $50 I think. The saddle has a channel which for me eliminated any numbness. Note with WTB has...
08-14-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,239
Posted By pjthomas

Unless you think your FX 7.2 is too uncomfortable...

Unless you think your FX 7.2 is too uncomfortable you will find the Verge a downgrade.
08-13-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,239
Posted By pjthomas

I'd lean towards fx 3 coming from a fx 7.2. But...

I'd lean towards fx 3 coming from a fx 7.2. But first I'd consider upgrading the FX 7.2 drivetrain unless your dead set on disk brakes. Weight isn't that important and your could offset the steel...
07-25-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,606
Posted By pjthomas

Yes, the Sport bikes, FX4 and up are flat bar...

Yes, the Sport bikes, FX4 and up are flat bar road bikes. You can ride gravel, even mild single track, but it's a road bike. The FX3 and down are unpaved fitness bikes, beefier and geared for off...
07-25-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,606
Posted By pjthomas

According to the Trek web site the the FX 4 SPORT...

According to the Trek web site the the FX 4 SPORT is about a kilo (2.2lb) lighter because it's more road oriented with more than just the crank change. Besides the weight there is also the switch...
07-22-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By pjthomas

Unless you have a use for the DS, trade it. FX 3...

Unless you have a use for the DS, trade it. FX 3 has a compliant carbon fork so light offroad like fireroads are still doable.
07-22-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,543
Posted By pjthomas

Love the cromoly frame.

Love the cromoly frame.
07-11-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 11,745
Posted By pjthomas

Heat. Even vented helmets are hot on a hot day. ...

Heat. Even vented helmets are hot on a hot day. So unless you at a greater risk of falling than overheating, helmet is always the best choice.
07-08-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,492
Posted By pjthomas

In Jan, 2018, I replaced the Trek Invert II tires...

In Jan, 2018, I replaced the Trek Invert II tires on my 2001 720 MT. They only got better as they got older until the fabric ripped. I still rode home a couple of miles on just the rubber. I first...
06-25-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 11,745
Posted By pjthomas

Generally cycling is safe and serious accidents...

Generally cycling is safe and serious accidents rare and helmets offer minimal protection. I access the risk and wear one when what I deem is appropriate. Riding in traffic or through the woods on...
11-14-18, 08:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,178
Posted By pjthomas

Largest tire that will fit PLUS buy a higher...

Largest tire that will fit PLUS buy a higher thread count (TPI) tires. A higher thread count will be more supple and add absorb more road noise. Faster too. And if you ride on roads only, get a road...
11-03-18, 08:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 713
Posted By pjthomas

Consider building your own wheels to your own...

Consider building your own wheels to your own specs.
10-11-18, 03:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 29,483
Posted By pjthomas

I'm 5'11" riding a 19" 2000 720 MT. Same bike...

I'm 5'11" riding a 19" 2000 720 MT. Same bike but chromoly steel. Only thing original is the frame/fork, seat post and stem, and brake levels. Everything else has been replaced: tires, wheels,...
10-04-18, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By pjthomas

Standard for at least Shimano. Some other hubs...

Standard for at least Shimano. Some other hubs machine the ratcheting teeth into the hub and only the pawls into the freehub.
10-03-18, 05:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By pjthomas

Many Shimano hubs have interchangable freehubs...

Many Shimano hubs have interchangable freehubs and the ratcheting mechanism is fully part of the freehub. I've put a Deore freehub on an old Altus hub.
10-02-18, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By pjthomas

If building a disc, use the same spokes on both...

If building a disc, use the same spokes on both sides. Disc brakes can put a lot of torque on the spokes, more than the drive and though the angle less steep than the drive side it's steeper than...
10-01-18, 10:56 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,027
Posted By pjthomas

I have three steel bikes in my basement. ...

I have three steel bikes in my basement.

1988 Shwinn World
1996 Giant 520 Boulder (womens)
2000 Trek 720 MT.

The only one with rust is the Shwinn World (I bought new) and it's only cosmetic...
09-29-18, 07:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By pjthomas

I just did a wheel build: ...

I just did a wheel build:

https://www.bikeforums.net/20554268-post1121.html

I used triple butted spokes. Butted spokes even though thinner in middle are stronger because they are thinner in the...
09-25-18, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,073
Posted By pjthomas

More leg, smaller frame, more torso, larger...

More leg, smaller frame, more torso, larger frame. There is a lot of room to raise and lower the seat but not as much adjustment in length. Also have to consider you arm length. You still want to...
09-25-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 640
Posted By pjthomas

Actually the Niski doesn't seem like a bad bike...

Actually the Niski doesn't seem like a bad bike based on the specs. No Tourney components. Though the specs list SR Suntour and pictures show Shimano for the crank. I'd just go over the bike or have...
09-24-18, 09:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 629
Posted By pjthomas

Yeah, I'm not as flexible either. Sounds like...

Yeah, I'm not as flexible either. Sounds like you need a larger size in the Tricross. Offset seat post and a longer higher stem might help.
09-24-18, 08:27 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,027
Posted By pjthomas

Hydro forming really only applies to aluminum...

Hydro forming really only applies to aluminum frames. Aluminum needs to be stiff to avoid fatigue stress so hydro forming allows stiffness to be added in the shape of the tubes. CrMo butted tubes are...
09-23-18, 04:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 629
Posted By pjthomas

There is no standard for sizing, especially for...

There is no standard for sizing, especially for S, M, L, XL, ... The overall geometry varies between make and models. Add each person has their own unique geometry. If the Tricross XL seems too...
09-22-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 728
Posted By pjthomas

The WTB saddles are nice especially the ones with...

The WTB saddles are nice especially the ones with the dna paddling. I bought the wtb rocket elite linked below. Elite is a one size performance bike exclusive. It's my size and was a bargain. But...
09-21-18, 12:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,027
Posted By pjthomas

CroMoly and really fat tires (for a hybrid)? I...

CroMoly and really fat tires (for a hybrid)? I admit is a pound heavier than my 720 MT.
09-17-18, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,392
Posted By pjthomas

ERD is the effective rim diameter used to with...

ERD is the effective rim diameter used to with measurements from the hub to determine spoke length. The ETRTO number is the bead diameter and inner width (distance between the rim beads). 700C...
09-08-18, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,989
Posted By pjthomas

Exactly! Pump both tires near the high end. ...

Exactly! Pump both tires near the high end. Find a rough stretch of road, not pot holed but cracked. Ride and you'll feel how harse the ride is. Let a little air out of the front tire and ride...
09-08-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1,292
Views: 217,065
Posted By pjthomas

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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09-06-18, 07:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,035
Posted By pjthomas

Skip this one. It's overpriced and a 12 year old...

Skip this one. It's overpriced and a 12 year old aluminum frame with a lot of commuter miles. Aluminum frames fatigue stress and have a limited life. If you are still considering this bike examine...
08-31-18, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By pjthomas

IMHO, I could be wrong, but the Liv is probably a...

IMHO, I could be wrong, but the Liv is probably a better bike.
08-28-18, 05:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,058
Posted By pjthomas

Grips are fairly interchangeable.

Grips are fairly interchangeable.
08-28-18, 01:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,058
Posted By pjthomas

For your use you don't need a suspension fork or...

For your use you don't need a suspension fork or disk brakes. Might also consider the trek fx3 (non disk). It has a carbon fork which cuts down on vibrations. An alloy fork, especially a disk fork,...
08-16-18, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 547
Posted By pjthomas

You should ask your LBS. I suspect a days worth...

You should ask your LBS. I suspect a days worth of labor, and a surcharge for not buying the parts from them.
08-15-18, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 547
Posted By pjthomas

New freehub with a respacing/redishing, or a new...

New freehub with a respacing/redishing, or a new rear wheel.
New rear derailleur.
New shifter.
New crank.
New bottom bracket.
New cassette.
New chain.
New shift cable.

The change is simple,...
08-12-18, 09:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By pjthomas

First the obligatory buy the one that fits. That...

First the obligatory buy the one that fits. That out of the way, both bikes were probably built in the same factory. I still ride my Trek 720 MT. Solid bike, great commuter. The Giant might also...
08-12-18, 04:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,365
Posted By pjthomas

1. I can't answer without knowing the width of...

1. I can't answer without knowing the width of the hub, not the rim, so you need to get that info from the seller. And it MUST be 135mm to match your frame.
2. Probably not. The spacing between...
08-11-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,365
Posted By pjthomas

Also, road wheels are narrower than hybrid wheels...

Also, road wheels are narrower than hybrid wheels so check the width of the drop outs.
08-11-18, 08:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,365
Posted By pjthomas

Since you wore out the rims and are willing to...

Since you wore out the rims and are willing to replace them, you like the bike. You might as well replace wheel since replacing the rim is a costly wheel rebuild. Going with an 8/9/10 freehub is...
08-10-18, 09:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,616
Posted By pjthomas

The FX 3 disc costs $120 more and the offsets you...

The FX 3 disc costs $120 more and the offsets you suggest are not free. Also the non disk FX 3 can be lightened the same way also so it's still 1.5 lbs. That's 1.5 lbs you have to pull up a hill...
08-09-18, 06:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,616
Posted By pjthomas

FX 3 disc is 1.5 lbs. heavier than the rim FX 3.

FX 3 disc is 1.5 lbs. heavier than the rim FX 3.
08-08-18, 09:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,616
Posted By pjthomas

Not all disk brakes are equal, some mechanical...

Not all disk brakes are equal, some mechanical brakes are not superior. It depends on your application. If you commute in the rain or do a lot of downhill then disks might be the right choice. But...
08-08-18, 06:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By pjthomas

These two bikes both have free wheels. If you...

These two bikes both have free wheels. If you think you need a suspension fork, they you might want to avoid a freewheel in the rear. Freewheel hubs have the drive side bearing closer to the...
08-05-18, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3,949
Views: 463,322
Posted By pjthomas

Good that that buck did not consider you bar ends...

Good that that buck did not consider you bar ends as antlers.
08-05-18, 06:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,616
Posted By pjthomas

You can also say a premium hydrid is an oxymoron;...

You can also say a premium hydrid is an oxymoron; no DuraAce/XTR equipped hybrids that I know of. ;)

I think using disk brakes is more about trend than being modern. It's about checking off a...
08-04-18, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,292
Views: 217,065
Posted By pjthomas

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Does making a truing stand out of an old bed frame count?
07-15-18, 04:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 857
Posted By pjthomas

I use even cheaper nylon pedals off of amazon. ...

I use even cheaper nylon pedals off of amazon. Light weight durable matte black and when I scrape them they are still durable matte black.
07-11-18, 08:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,235
Posted By pjthomas

Actually hybrid, any hybrid, is a cross between...

Actually hybrid, any hybrid, is a cross between two things. It's not an mtb or road bike, yet it's both.
07-09-18, 03:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By pjthomas

It is what it is. Cross chaining will rub, even...

It is what it is. Cross chaining will rub, even with the best derailleurs. Best you can do is make sure your have the right fit/installation. I have an Alivio and I just barely avoid rubbing after...
07-09-18, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By pjthomas

HokieFyd is correct, apples and oranges. That...

HokieFyd is correct, apples and oranges. That said the Sora provably is comparable in quality/function as an Altus. All FD are all about the same; it's the fit that's different. And if you shop...
07-06-18, 11:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,299
Posted By pjthomas

I would not recommend any of these. That said of...

I would not recommend any of these. That said of the three I'd buy the Kempo because is the least expensive and has the least "bullet list" features. The DSB would be the last one to buy, you...
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