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01-09-16, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,162
Posted By clarkbre

Are you able to hold the 48x11 for long at speed?...

Are you able to hold the 48x11 for long at speed? If so, you've got some strong legs. With that gear ratio, at a constant cadence of 80, you should be cruising at about 28mph.
07-05-15, 11:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,399
Posted By clarkbre

Keep up with myfitnesspal. That alone will help...

Keep up with myfitnesspal. That alone will help you track and achieve your goals.

One thing to keep in mind, with any diet, is do it all in moderation. Cutting out one thing ________ (fill in...
06-23-15, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By clarkbre

One way to either relieve or add stress to your...

One way to either relieve or add stress to your upper body is changing the pitch of your saddle. If the nose of the saddle is too low you will feel like you're sliding off towards ths handlebars....
06-17-15, 08:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,344
Posted By clarkbre

Food: calories-in vs. calories burned allows...

Food: calories-in vs. calories burned allows weight to fluctuate.

Excersize: (in any form) allows you to burn some calories. However, the benefits of being active also help your metabolism,...
06-17-15, 06:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,007
Posted By clarkbre

A typical breakfast for me is 16oz black coffee...

A typical breakfast for me is 16oz black coffee with a banana and 1 cup of quinoa or plain oatmeal with raspberries and cinnamon.

On the weekends i may splurge and have some applegate chicken...
06-15-15, 11:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By clarkbre

Slaying the Badger...

Slaying the Badger...
06-15-15, 07:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 604
Posted By clarkbre

It looks like the original MSRP for that year...

It looks like the original MSRP for that year was:
$880 for the Triple, Double & C2,
$1300 for the C2 Sport and
$1550 for the C2 Elite.

If the bike is truly an 8/10, I would expect some...
06-15-15, 03:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,365
Posted By clarkbre

Fat loss is a bit strange. I too noticed it from...

Fat loss is a bit strange. I too noticed it from my face, neck, fingers, and arms. I'm finally starting to notice my belly slimming down; however, I am starting to lose muscle in my arms as well. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-15, 09:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,942
Posted By clarkbre

Here is a conversion that I did and ended up...

Here is a conversion that I did and ended up giving to my cousin.

My dad and I bought this Univega on Craigslist for $40. I took the v-brakes off and put them on my dads bike and then started...
06-14-15, 05:48 PM
06-10-15, 03:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,879
Posted By clarkbre

A couple years ago, I too was looking at the Soma...

A couple years ago, I too was looking at the Soma ES and the Surly Pacer. After talking to a few local Seattle shops (that dealt with both brands) the Pacer won out. All shops said that they...
06-09-15, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,003
Posted By clarkbre

I've used both road and mountain parts with...

I've used both road and mountain parts with success. My hybrid came stock with a 7spd 11/28 cassette, long cage derailier canti brakes , and grip shifters. For modifications I used a 7spd 12/21...
06-08-15, 03:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,003
Posted By clarkbre

I haven't built a hybrid; however, I have built...

I haven't built a hybrid; however, I have built my road bike and highly modified 3 other hybrids.

That being said, I would say go for it.....with caution. If you're just wanting to go buy a bunch...
06-01-15, 07:01 AM
Replies: 412
Views: 11,966
Posted By clarkbre

Last month my goal was to start cycling again. I...

Last month my goal was to start cycling again. I got back on the bike and was able to ride 124 miles. For June my goal is a minimum 140 miles.
06-01-15, 06:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,150
Posted By clarkbre

I use mapmyride's free service and it does a good...

I use mapmyride's free service and it does a good job with the basic information. I've considered using the paid membership to gain the live tracking feature which would be nice in case of an...
05-31-15, 07:48 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 12,800
Posted By clarkbre

My goal was to get on my bike this month and...

My goal was to get on my bike this month and start getting active again. 4/1/15 I found out I had type 2 diabetes paired with high cholesterol. My doctor encouraged me to lose some weight and get...
05-29-15, 10:17 PM
Replies: 1,259
Views: 200,461
Posted By clarkbre

Today I swapped the stock 56cm wide flat bars for...

Today I swapped the stock 56cm wide flat bars for some 64cm wide, 30mm riser bars. While it wasn't a huge change, the new bars made the bike noticeably more comfortable and steady. After the swap,...
05-09-15, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,735
Posted By clarkbre

I would say go for it. Changing the cassette is...

I would say go for it. Changing the cassette is probably one of the easier, more beneficial mode to make on a bike.

I bought and rode my hybrid for a few months with the stock 42/34/24 triple and...
07-31-14, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By clarkbre

I don't know...Judging by the shadows, it looked...

I don't know...Judging by the shadows, it looked like Dad was having a hard time keeping up! That is a great accomplishment for you both. Looks like you've found a riding partner. How old is the...
07-31-14, 10:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,005
Posted By clarkbre

Agreed. Hopefully it is the right size for you. ...

Agreed. Hopefully it is the right size for you. If it is, start making a shopping list and targeting each section of the bike. I would keep it 3x8 to start with as it looks like a very clean...
07-29-14, 08:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By clarkbre

Tell us... Do you have a bike? If so, what...

Tell us...

Do you have a bike? If so, what do you have?

If not, where do you plan on riding (paved roads and trails or dirt trails)?

Overall, you don't need much to get on your bike and...
07-14-14, 02:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By clarkbre

I would say within the next 5 days, get out and...

I would say within the next 5 days, get out and see if there's any dry rot below the waterline! :giver:

No one can tell what kind of shape you're in or out of currently. I would say if the doctor...
07-12-14, 10:57 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 38,877
Posted By clarkbre

28mm will be good. I had those on for a while...

28mm will be good. I had those on for a while and it rode very nice...smooth but held the road well. I switched mine to v-brakes as well. It was a good and easy upgrade that made the bike a bit...
07-12-14, 10:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,362
Posted By clarkbre

Based on your question and statement in your...

Based on your question and statement in your post, I would say spend your money elsewhere. For fitness and fun, a carbon fork is not going to gain you much, if anything, over the stock steel fork.
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07-12-14, 09:02 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 38,877
Posted By clarkbre

That should be a good bike for her. I really...

That should be a good bike for her. I really love mine. It looks to be in good shape. Any plans for any modifications or improvements?
Forum: Road Cycling
03-07-14, 07:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,296
Posted By clarkbre

Wow!!! I'm very impressed. For the money you...

Wow!!! I'm very impressed. For the money you walked away with a beautiful bike. Enjoy your new hobby and tell us about your rides.
03-06-14, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By clarkbre

I recently ran into that same problem on bike I...

I recently ran into that same problem on bike I was putting together. Using one of these worked perfect:
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03-02-14, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,431
Posted By clarkbre

For anyone, count what makes you feel...

For anyone, count what makes you feel accomplished...it will push you to do more.

Friday, I cut out of work early and went for a quick 8 miler to run some errands...the next day it was supposed to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,296
Posted By clarkbre

Go for the trek. The gmc looks like a road bike...

Go for the trek. The gmc looks like a road bike but is a hodge-podge of crappy parts with drop bars. Although the trek is the base model, it is built with road bike components.

If youre...
02-24-14, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,213
Posted By clarkbre

I would say for a beginner bike, it is on the...

I would say for a beginner bike, it is on the high side. If you're just getting into cycling, a $400-$600 bike will serve your purposes very well.



Like said above, pretty much any brand is...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-14, 04:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,644
Posted By clarkbre

Agreed. My company does quite a bit of work out...

Agreed. My company does quite a bit of work out there and it amazes me how bicycle friendly that campus is. Actually, the entire town of Redmond is well laid out and respectful of bike commuters...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,644
Posted By clarkbre

OP: I would start cycling to work and then...

OP:

I would start cycling to work and then ask for forgiveness/accommodations.

It seems like any company (whatever industry it is) has people that constantly ask for all sorts of (what seems...
02-22-14, 09:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,802
Posted By clarkbre

That's the best advice... if you're mounting your...

That's the best advice... if you're mounting your bike above your fireplace.

OP, go test ride the bikes and which ever bike fits you the best and is most comfortable is the one you should buy.
02-08-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By clarkbre

I would use a black saddle. The only way I would...

I would use a black saddle. The only way I would switch color is if you are also switching the grips for the same color as the saddle.
02-03-14, 11:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,180
Posted By clarkbre

3 words of advice: Strider balance bikes ...

3 words of advice: Strider balance bikes

Striders are balance bikes that have no training wheels or pedals. The theory (and reality) is that the kid scoots along and learns to balance on two...
02-02-14, 01:18 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 17,823
Posted By clarkbre

That comment is the most dead-on thing I've ever...

That comment is the most dead-on thing I've ever read. Two people that give me crap constantly for spending my paycheck at the bike shop do this.

One has a Harley Davidson that must have every...
Forum: Commuting
02-01-14, 09:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By clarkbre

Right on. 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 speeds is more than...

Right on. 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 speeds is more than adequate as long as it's tuned and works correctly. If not, its just frustrating!




That's awesome! You won't regret learning how to wrench...
Forum: Commuting
01-31-14, 09:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By clarkbre

First, if you're not doing the work yourself,...

First, if you're not doing the work yourself, don't switch a piece at a time or even do a conversion at all. A piece at a time is not going to work 100% correct and even doing a correct 7 speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-14, 08:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,263
Posted By clarkbre

You do realize that with no water bottle holders...

You do realize that with no water bottle holders (i.e. no water bottles) and the lack of a big and small chain ring, the weightlessness of this bike makes it all but fly up hills.

In all...
01-31-14, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 409
Posted By clarkbre

In short, the two cranks take completely...

In short, the two cranks take completely different bottom brackets.

The 5502 would have been a 9 speed generation 2 chain ring crank compatible with the Octolink bottom bracket.

The 5700 is the...
01-31-14, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,199
Posted By clarkbre

Being that it's a relatively new bike, I would at...

Being that it's a relatively new bike, I would at the very least put a set of wheels, tires, and new cassette on it and continue riding. However, don't expect to get a whole lot more than what those...
01-31-14, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,398
Posted By clarkbre

For what it's worth, when I was getting into...

For what it's worth, when I was getting into cycling, I tried a pair of 26x1.4" tires on my old MTB before I bought my hybrid and road bike. The original tires were 26x1.95".

While the tires...
01-30-14, 10:11 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 17,823
Posted By clarkbre

Very cool! I have been following this thread and...

Very cool! I have been following this thread and really like those older Nishikis. it looks like it will be a very nice bike.
01-16-14, 11:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By clarkbre

I'm guessing its an 8 speed out back? No...

I'm guessing its an 8 speed out back?

No matter what cassette you look at, you have to factor in the chain rings up front. A safe guess (since its a MTB) is that you have maybe a 42, 34, 24 up...
01-08-14, 01:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By clarkbre

Good assortment and what I have are two totally...

Good assortment and what I have are two totally different things.

Hanging (it's winter/rain season folks) in my garage:
2012 Surly Pacer with semi-modern components
1994 Giant Innova...
12-28-13, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 973
Posted By clarkbre

Fynn, It would help to know your location...

Fynn,

It would help to know your location (city, state). While REI is a great store, it seems they carry more mainstream/larger brand type bikes.

In my search for a steel framed roadie, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-13, 12:34 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 35,975
Posted By clarkbre

Here is a pic of my Surly Pacer. Its nothing...

Here is a pic of my Surly Pacer. Its nothing fancy but its the first bike I completely built from a bare frame. Its equipped with Shimano 105 5500 series stuff except the crankset (ultegra 6500),...
11-17-13, 11:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,257
Posted By clarkbre

Compare warranties and find out who covers...

Compare warranties and find out who covers what...

It doesn't matter what the warranty is titled (i.e. "Lifetime" vs "3 year")

Look at the "meat" of the warranties themselves:



Again,...
11-08-13, 02:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,049
Posted By clarkbre

Interior. Those should work fine.

Interior. Those should work fine.
11-06-13, 10:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,069
Posted By clarkbre

That's it right there. The geometry of the two...

That's it right there. The geometry of the two bikes is different. Generally, road bikes are built for the rider to produce the same power more efficiently than a hybrid.

For the OP: The two...
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