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10-11-13, 12:34 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,375
Posted By rasmith3530

I just got a small Allen Sports cargo trailer....

I just got a small Allen Sports cargo trailer. What I like about it is that it can be easily converted to a hand cart, so I use it to shop and don't have to worry about buying more than the cart...
10-04-13, 10:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,873
Posted By rasmith3530

I skimmed through this thread, and the first...

I skimmed through this thread, and the first thing I noticed is that other than WalMart and Schwinn, there appears to be no mention of what model the bike is. That might help a great deal. At least...
09-19-13, 12:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,560
Posted By rasmith3530

Here are a few pics of the herd... The first is...

Here are a few pics of the herd... The first is the Crisscross after getting its new upright bars for greater comfort.

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Next is its sister, the Crosscut... I have begun its updates,...
09-18-13, 11:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,281
Posted By rasmith3530

I've got Kenda Kwests on my Performance X103...

I've got Kenda Kwests on my Performance X103 hybrid, and they are great. If you travel on routes with mixed conditions, another good choice is the Kenda Kross + in 26 x 1.95. My Dorado Sherpa MB is...
09-18-13, 11:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,792
Posted By rasmith3530

I've ridden on the nasty city streets of Chicago...

I've ridden on the nasty city streets of Chicago and singletrack as well, and most every bike I've ever owned has had a kickstand. I've never had an incident caused by my kickstand. No, I don't own...
09-10-13, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,165
Posted By rasmith3530

Gjap13, congrats on your purchase. I just picked...

Gjap13, congrats on your purchase. I just picked up a 2010 Quick 4 last week, and I too am loving it. I looked at the new Q4 but preferred this guy as A) the price was right and B) being a...
09-09-13, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,560
Posted By rasmith3530

My Hybrid Collection

I've caught the hybrid "bug" lately. I now have about half a dozen hybrid bikes. I started with a Schwinn Crisscross. This bike led me to my first Crosscut. While scouring Craigslist one day, I found...
09-09-13, 04:49 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 19,314
Posted By rasmith3530

Did anybody mention Cities Service Oil Company?...

Did anybody mention Cities Service Oil Company? It would morph into Citgo.
06-08-13, 02:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,311
Posted By rasmith3530

Resurrecting an Old Mountain Bike

I picked up a bike that was described as a "train station bike." It is an old (1987) Dorado Sherpa. It has high end old Suntour drivetrain parts (XC7000) and a mix of cool components including a...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-13, 01:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By rasmith3530

If you are going to do any type of distance...

If you are going to do any type of distance riding, you may want to move to a bike with 700c wheels, such as a hybrid. With a budget of around $500, you have a fair amount of choices. I am assuming...
03-31-13, 11:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 26,965
Posted By rasmith3530

First and foremost, the bike has to be...

First and foremost, the bike has to be comfortable for YOU. My personal preference is old lugged steel frame Schwinn "cross" bikes, but that said, my latest purchase is an almost new condition 2009...
03-30-13, 12:09 PM
Replies: 549
Views: 239,583
Posted By rasmith3530

I picked up this very cool looking Ing Direct...

I picked up this very cool looking Ing Direct special edition 2009 Marin Kentfield FS. The orange fade paint is really sweet, and the picture below doesn't do it justice. The components are middle of...
05-14-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3,516
Views: 2,437,718
Posted By rasmith3530

Wanted to update. I had a wonderful thing happen...

Wanted to update. I had a wonderful thing happen on Saturday. Since beginning my weight loss regimen, I have not bought any new clothing. At the time I began, at 315, I was just beginning to...
04-30-12, 06:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,776
Posted By rasmith3530

I should also ask if anyone here knows of these...

I should also ask if anyone here knows of these bikes were built at the same location all along? I had heard that '91s at least, were still being produced by Giant.
04-30-12, 06:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,776
Posted By rasmith3530

That is interesting. The '91 spec chart shows the...

That is interesting. The '91 spec chart shows the Crosscut as having full CroMo frame and fork, the Crisscross as having CroMo main tubes with Hi-Tens stays, and Cro-Mo fork, and the Crossfit with...
02-07-12, 02:32 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,149
Posted By rasmith3530

I've had a number of times when I was not seen...

I've had a number of times when I was not seen while riding over the years. I'm also an avid motorcyclist and have visited 44 states over the years. The question always got me, especially after all...
01-18-12, 03:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,522
Posted By rasmith3530

I'm looking at your signature, and notice that...

I'm looking at your signature, and notice that you also have a '91 Schwinn Crisscross. You might want to see if those tires will fit. If the Schwinn is stock, it will be rolling on 700 x 38 tires. I...
01-18-12, 03:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,178
Posted By rasmith3530

As a possible alternative, Trek makes an aluminum...

As a possible alternative, Trek makes an aluminum beach cruiser style bike with a step through (women's) frame. It is much lighter than the steel framed bikes like my old Schwinn. Just a thought.
01-16-12, 06:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,113
Posted By rasmith3530

I chose the Giant, simply because the specs...

I chose the Giant, simply because the specs seemed just slightly better. As others have mentioned though, it's all about comfort, so try and ride both to see which works best for you. Good luck!
01-04-12, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By rasmith3530

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see...

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what you come up with. As others have pointed out, without expensive mods to the frame, discs or V-brakes are out. Also remember that, being a Huffy,...
01-04-12, 06:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,911
Posted By rasmith3530

Several years back, I built a sport tourer using...

Several years back, I built a sport tourer using a Raleigh R300 as the basis. The crankset that I used was a Shimano Ultegra Triple. Could that be an option for you?
01-03-12, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,638
Posted By rasmith3530

A hybrid that gets a lot of good press on this...

A hybrid that gets a lot of good press on this forum are the Schwinn CrissCross and CrossCut that were made in the early 1990s. They featured a decent frame and good component mix.
01-03-12, 11:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,189
Posted By rasmith3530

A single speed might work if you are tiding...

A single speed might work if you are tiding really flat terrain ALL the time. The hills are going to dampen your enthusiasm greatly though, and that is important. You are no longer the kid you once...
01-03-12, 11:16 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,673
Posted By rasmith3530

I've dealt with this recently. When I started...

I've dealt with this recently. When I started back riding this year after a decade long hiatus, I had picked up an old Chicago built Schwinn balloon tire single speed weighing about 45lbs. On the...
01-02-12, 08:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,394
Posted By rasmith3530

It should be pointed out that both 7005 and 6061...

It should be pointed out that both 7005 and 6061 aluminum alloys have been used in the construction of supersonic aircraft. That should speak to its combination of light weight and durability under...
01-02-12, 07:36 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,003
Posted By rasmith3530

I bought the Focus due to a 100 mile daily...

I bought the Focus due to a 100 mile daily commute.
01-01-12, 07:52 PM
01-01-12, 02:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 832
Posted By rasmith3530

Search Craigslist and eBay to see what others are...

Search Craigslist and eBay to see what others are selling for.
01-01-12, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,183
Posted By rasmith3530

I have four books that I turn to for reference....

I have four books that I turn to for reference. They are Zinn's Mountain Bike Maintenance, The Everything Bicycle Book by Roni Sarig, Jobst Brandt's treatise on The Bicycle Wheel, and Glenn's...
01-01-12, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,057
Posted By rasmith3530

Primer is just that, it primes the surface so...

Primer is just that, it primes the surface so that you can apply a color coat and have it adhere to the surface. Primer is generally porous and if left without a top coat, rust will just return. If...
12-31-11, 02:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,776
Posted By rasmith3530

That is what mine are as well. I've given half a...

That is what mine are as well. I've given half a thought to switching over to V brakes and using separate shifters. Not sure yet what shifters I'd go with.

My CrissCross came with SunTour's XC...
12-31-11, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,952
Posted By rasmith3530

In a word, RELIABLE. They work!

In a word, RELIABLE. They work!
12-31-11, 10:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,776
Posted By rasmith3530

Nice bike. Earlier this year, I picked up a '91...

Nice bike. Earlier this year, I picked up a '91 CrissCross and did it up with 100mm riser bars from Electra and a Performance Forte comfort saddle. I liked the bike so much that I just recently...
12-31-11, 01:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,193
Posted By rasmith3530

Not a frequent heavy TV watcher here.

Not a frequent heavy TV watcher here.
12-30-11, 09:09 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,914
Posted By rasmith3530

While not Ergon's, when I replaced the handlebars...

While not Ergon's, when I replaced the handlebars on my CrissCross (going for more rise), I selected Ergon style grips by Specialized. I have found them to be quite comfortable, so I bought a second...
12-30-11, 03:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,534
Posted By rasmith3530

For a rack, I use a frame mounted Performance...

For a rack, I use a frame mounted Performance TranSit rack. I had one of those racks that attaches to your seat post with a quick release, but if I had a lot of stuff in my tail trunk, the rack...
12-30-11, 12:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,593
Posted By rasmith3530

FastRod, you've gotten some very good advice...

FastRod, you've gotten some very good advice here. I'm going to pass along my $.02, based on both my working on bikes for a number of years and my past experience as a journeyman automotive tech in...
12-30-11, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 826
Posted By rasmith3530

I would agree with what aixaix said. Vote with...

I would agree with what aixaix said. Vote with your money, but if you do so, let MEC know that you did and why. In fact, I would go so far as to bring in the receipt from the lbs to show them what...
12-30-11, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,983
Posted By rasmith3530

Some years back, I upgraded my Specialized...

Some years back, I upgraded my Specialized RockHopper. Among the things that I changed was the fork. I replaced the rigid fork with, initially, a RockShox Indy XC, and then later with a Judy XC. My...
12-30-11, 08:02 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,804
Posted By rasmith3530

When I started out earlier this year, at 307lbs,...

When I started out earlier this year, at 307lbs, 57yrs of age, and a 10 year hiatus from riding while working a mostly sedentary job, a ride around the block on my vintage, single speed,...
12-28-11, 03:00 PM
Replies: 579
Views: 248,337
Posted By rasmith3530

At 280 pounds, I'm not embarrassed to be riding...

At 280 pounds, I'm not embarrassed to be riding my bike, I'm more just thankful that I can. That said, there's a saying about fat people and Spandex, so I wear street clothing when riding. Once I get...
12-28-11, 01:14 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 24,214
Posted By rasmith3530

I'm new to the forum and returning to riding...

I'm new to the forum and returning to riding after a decade long hiatus during which my weight shot up to over three hundred pounds. Due to an as yet undetected medical issue, I've been ordered by my...
12-28-11, 03:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,041
Posted By rasmith3530

If you've got a decent bike to start with, and it...

If you've got a decent bike to start with, and it sounds like you do, shaving grams off by spending additional hundreds of dollars is not going to be of great benefit unless you are planning to pro...
12-28-11, 03:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,394
Posted By rasmith3530

Most of the bikes I've owned over the course of...

Most of the bikes I've owned over the course of my 58 years have been steel, although a couple have been aluminum, most notably a higher end Raleigh mountain bike and a custom built from a Raleigh...
12-28-11, 03:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,744
Posted By rasmith3530

Right now, after Christmas, is probably the best...

Right now, after Christmas, is probably the best time to get a deal on the bike you want, especially if it is last year's model.
12-28-11, 02:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,008
Posted By rasmith3530

Bicycles, like anything else mechanical, require...

Bicycles, like anything else mechanical, require periodic maintenance, based on both miles and time. Rubber dry rots, grease hardens, metal oxidizes. This is just the realities of the world. Is there...
12-28-11, 02:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,616
Posted By rasmith3530

I would stay away from anything too flashy. Flash...

I would stay away from anything too flashy. Flash and bling equals theft magnet. Disc brakes are a nice feature I guess, but I weigh close to 300 pounds and I can do a braking wheelie with my Shimano...
12-28-11, 01:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 936
Posted By rasmith3530

What a cool way to make a bicycle more useful....

What a cool way to make a bicycle more useful. This, plus a trailer, and one could maybe even live off the thing, in the right climate of course.
12-28-11, 01:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,367
Posted By rasmith3530

Very cool way to recycle and save some dough...

Very cool way to recycle and save some dough while adding load capacity to your bike!
12-28-11, 01:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,403
Posted By rasmith3530

Very cool setup and extremely novel idea.

Very cool setup and extremely novel idea.
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