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05-20-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,316
Posted By MRT2

Possibly straight but just because they feel like...

Possibly straight but just because they feel like a bit of a reach. Id swapped to the 60mm stem with 6 degree rise but still can't help but feel riding on hoods with access to breaks is a stretch
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05-20-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,316
Posted By MRT2

A picture is worth 1,000 words. It is hard to...

A picture is worth 1,000 words. It is hard to know without seeing your bike setup, preferably with you on the bike. That said, once I have a fit dialed in on a bike, I am reluctant to change...
05-13-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,562
Posted By MRT2

A diamond frame refers to a bike with a top tube....

A diamond frame refers to a bike with a top tube. The reason women's bikes traditionally didn't have a top tube is because back when women wore dresses and skirts all the time, the top tube got in...
05-12-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,961
Posted By MRT2

That is an excellent point. Even neglected bikes...

That is an excellent point. Even neglected bikes with old caliper, V brakes or cantis will still work, though not as well. And they can usually be brought back to specs by changing out pads, which...
05-12-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 848
Posted By MRT2

It shouldn't be that hard to keep an old Trek 820...

It shouldn't be that hard to keep an old Trek 820 going. Whatever parts you can find, old parts bin, NOS or equivalent new gear like Altus should all work. FWIW, I don't see anything wrong with...
05-12-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,961
Posted By MRT2

I don't know that there is much debate on this. ...

I don't know that there is much debate on this. Hydraulic disc brakes perform better than rim brakes. But at what price point, and do you need them for the kind of riding you want to do? For...
05-11-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,562
Posted By MRT2

When my son was maybe 9 years old, I went this...

When my son was maybe 9 years old, I went this route instead of buying him a kids bike with 24" wheels. I knew when I bought the bike that it probably wouldn't fit him for long, and it didn't as he...
05-11-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,562
Posted By MRT2

It isn't that the parts cannot be repaired, but...

It isn't that the parts cannot be repaired, but rather, that the quality is so poor that it just doesn't make sense to put money into such a cheap bike.
Look for something like an old Trek 800 or...
05-08-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,168
Posted By MRT2

There are some nice local places around...

There are some nice local places around Milwaukee. Truly Spoken, Bike Smiths, Fyxation, Zu Zu Pedals in Port Washington and of course Bens. I still shed a tear for the Bike Fixers (formerly Cory...
05-08-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,168
Posted By MRT2

I guess time will tell, but you might as well get...

I guess time will tell, but you might as well get used to Trek or Bontrager branded products, which in an of itself isn't a bad thing. More to the point though, if the store is more of a corporate...
05-05-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,487
Posted By MRT2

This is mostly true, but there is more to the...

This is mostly true, but there is more to the story, including hormones. Namely Leptin and ghrelin. They are hormones that signal you to eat, or to stop eating because you are full.
05-05-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,487
Posted By MRT2

Congratulations on your weight loss. How many...

Congratulations on your weight loss. How many years have you kept the weight off?
05-05-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,487
Posted By MRT2

You won't want to hear this, but my experience...

You won't want to hear this, but my experience has been that I can keep the weight off, but only when keeping to a fairly strict diet, with regular vigourous exercise at least 4 times a week, at...
05-05-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By MRT2

I don't think OP is looking for off road, which...

I don't think OP is looking for off road, which is a good thing since hybrids aren't great for anything rougher than crushed limestone or hard packed dirt. You are correct about flat handlebars,...
05-05-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By MRT2

It all depends on how far you ride, and what is a...

It all depends on how far you ride, and what is a comfortable riding position for you. My current bike has drop bars and I am very comfortable with the setup. So much so that though I see...
05-03-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Because they are still closer to $700 than $500,...

Because they are still closer to $700 than $500, which was the original premise of the thread. we got into the weeds of Specialized vs. Cannondale vs. Trek etc because people kept bringing up each...
05-03-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Kona sells the Dew for $629 retail and it has 8...

Kona sells the Dew for $629 retail and it has 8 speed Altus drivetrain, 650b wheels and tires, and mechanical disc brakes. The Dew Plus retails for $779 and has hydraulic disc brakes, 1 x 10 Deore...
05-03-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

People don't know what they don't know. That is...

People don't know what they don't know. That is why Wal Mart continues to sell poor quality bikes at less than $200.
Imagine for a second the frustration of a newbie who goes out and buys a Wal Mart...
05-03-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Even if I were just replacing an old part, I...

Even if I were just replacing an old part, I think I would go up to Altus just because the cost difference is not that much. It really bugs me that premium brands are putting Tourney stuff on new...
05-03-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

You didn't answer the question. Would you pay...

You didn't answer the question. Would you pay $700 for a 7 speed bike with a freewheel?
05-03-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Knock off the ad hominem attacks. You have the...

Knock off the ad hominem attacks. You have the right to your opinion, but when you get into the realm of personal attacks, keep it to yourself.
Shifting gears, so to speak would you buy 7 speed...
05-03-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By MRT2

Wow. I must admit I have never heard of this...

Wow. I must admit I have never heard of this bicycle, but it looks really nice for a beginner looking to do some recreational riding. I take back what I said about 7 speed. A 7 speed internal hub...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,868
Posted By MRT2

I imagine you could replace them with something...

I imagine you could replace them with something like this....
05-03-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 10,579
Posted By MRT2

Except you are not exercising on a treadmill. ...

Except you are not exercising on a treadmill. You are riding outside, which means you need to factor in aerodynamics. The faster you go, the harder you actually work.
Now, you might be onto...
05-02-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By MRT2

A number of brands are selling $700 or $750 bikes...

A number of brands are selling $700 or $750 bikes with tourney drivetrains. So it actually is smart of OP to be asking questions.
05-02-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,564
Posted By MRT2

I will take a whack at this. What to look...

I will take a whack at this.

What to look for new or used.
Aluminum or Cro Moly steel frame. Carbon frame would be nice, but probably not in the cards unless you are looking to spend some money....
05-02-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Tourney is pretty cheap stuff. Not terrible, but...

Tourney is pretty cheap stuff. Not terrible, but not what I would expect of a premium brand like Specialized. . And I don't think $700 for 7 speed Tourney is a good value.

It isn't that 7 speed is...
05-02-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Nope. The retail price should include assembly,...

Nope. The retail price should include assembly, adjustments, even free tuneups for 1 to 2 years after purchase.
05-02-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Cantis. Likely my Salsa is a 2nd Gen bike. I...

Cantis. Likely my Salsa is a 2nd Gen bike. I have been very happy with it. There are a lot of different ways you can set it up.
05-02-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,307
Posted By MRT2

The gearing might be too tall for your current...

The gearing might be too tall for your current ability. You could swap the chainring for a smaller one. I ride geared bikes, but if I were looking at a 1 speed, I would probably go with something...
05-01-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By MRT2

I think so. Hang around here and you will get a...

I think so. Hang around here and you will get a sense of what is good and what isn't. When looking for used bikes, condition is important, but also look for bikes that were decent when they were new....
05-01-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,307
Posted By MRT2

Don't over oil the chain. Too much lube picks up...

Don't over oil the chain. Too much lube picks up grit which can cause wear. Very light lube and wipe off the excess. Clean from time to time with degreaser, then re lube with chain lube. I use...
05-01-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,307
Posted By MRT2

When you pick the bike up, do the wheels spin...

When you pick the bike up, do the wheels spin freely? When coasting downhill, is pedaling any easier?
05-01-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,307
Posted By MRT2

Well, it is a single speed, right? It is...

Well, it is a single speed, right? It is possible the gearing is too high for you. You might need to switch out to a smaller chainring.
05-01-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

The frame was Tenax, which was Columbus brand Cro...

The frame was Tenax, which was Columbus brand Cro Moly. Maybe I should have kept the Schwinn and figured out a way to make it work. Maybe a shorter stem, and some new bars might have done the...
05-01-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

It really doesn't matter. I would argue that...

It really doesn't matter. I would argue that recreational cycling is a sport even if it isn't a competitive sport like racing. It involves physical exertion, skill, and a certain amount of...
05-01-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

I owned an '85 Schwinn LeTour Luxe. 3 x 6 speed...

I owned an '85 Schwinn LeTour Luxe. 3 x 6 speed friction shifting. Might have started its life as 3 x 5, but I changed the 5 speed to a 6 speed freewheel. Nice bike. I sold it because it was just...
05-01-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,222
Posted By MRT2

Modern drivetrain components seem to last pretty...

Modern drivetrain components seem to last pretty long. I can't say they last as long as the best of the best from back in the day, but pretty long nonetheless. My current bicycle came with Tiagra...
04-30-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

I would walk away from that deal. At $400, it...

I would walk away from that deal. At $400, it should be in almost new condition.
04-30-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

[/b] How should a bike fit? You should know it...

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How should a bike fit? You should know it when you ride it. When you ride do you feel excessively stretched out or scrunched up? I am about 5'9" and rode a size medium hybrid for years...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,868
Posted By MRT2

A new cassette isn't that expensive. But if you...

A new cassette isn't that expensive. But if you need new shifters, the costs start to add up. Risk is always an element to this. But, you came this far. Might as well make the best of it. ...
04-30-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By MRT2

Well, nobody is saying you need to spend big...

Well, nobody is saying you need to spend big bucks on your family bike, even if it is the bike you will ride 60 to 90% of the time.. An old hybrid or comfort bike might work. Or even a older touring...
04-30-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By MRT2

Except that they can't (do it all). At least not...

Except that they can't (do it all). At least not when it is set up for what it was built to do. FWIW, it sounds like you actually need 2 bikes. One for riding around with the kids, and the other...
04-30-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By MRT2

So your desire is more aspirational. I get that....

So your desire is more aspirational. I get that. The problem is, a good mountain bike is going to be fairly expensive, but it won't be great for the paved stuff or even the easy trails. I have been...
04-29-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By MRT2

Since you are on pavement or hard packed dirt 90%...

Since you are on pavement or hard packed dirt 90% of the time, why are you looking at mountain bikes? Shouldn't you get something that will be more enjoyable for 90% of your rides, and good enough...
04-28-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

I don't think so. Tire size is likely 700c x 32,...

I don't think so. Tire size is likely 700c x 32, 35 or 38.
04-28-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

In a time where good affordable bikes are scarce...

In a time where good affordable bikes are scarce or hard to find, there is the cost of time. This is how I talked myself into paying full retail for a bike years ago, even though I like to find a...
04-28-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

Unfortunately, bikes are not universally sized,...

Unfortunately, bikes are not universally sized, and a quick test ride is suggested, as a too small bike or a too large bike will not be good and require you to spend more money to get a good fit, or...
04-28-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

I like the Jamis Coda Sport. The current model,...

I like the Jamis Coda Sport. The current model, which is almost identical in specs is called the Coda S2, and retails for $700. So the problem is mostly just getting the seller to bring the price...
04-28-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By MRT2

Is it the Coda Sport, Coda Comp, or Coda Elite? ...

Is it the Coda Sport, Coda Comp, or Coda Elite? All 3 bikes are good bikes, but $400 for the base sport model seems high as that bike was a little over $500 retail 5 years ago. Now, $400 for a Coda...
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