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10-21-19, 11:01 AM
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Posted By AU Tiger

I really like those - especially the ones that...

I really like those - especially the ones that show the creek winding back and forth. In the section we rode Saturday the bends are broad as opposed to snaking. And seeing your shots from bridges...
10-20-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 242
Posted By AU Tiger

Yep. Even just driving up Route 15 north of...

Yep. Even just driving up Route 15 north of Williamsport is a treat this time of year.


The entire PE department at the high school where I teach are graduates of Lock Haven. Apparently it has a...
10-19-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 242
Posted By AU Tiger

Pine Creek Rail Trail (PA)

Several years ago I spent Columbus Day riding a beautiful stretch of the Pine Creek Rail Trail (north central Pennsylvania), and I finally got back up there with my family today. The entire trail is...
10-18-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 312
Posted By AU Tiger

If you’re asking specifically about the CX line,...

If you’re asking specifically about the CX line, I think the Quick CX 3 (https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Bike/ProductDetail?Id=7a542ede-a4cd-43d6-8a5f-8ee42539af3e&parentid=undefined) would work...
10-17-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By AU Tiger

Yes, it definitely makes sense to have two...

Yes, it definitely makes sense to have two different bikes in that situation... for both the tires and the geometry. In my opinion, though, if you're happy with a rigid fork on the trail bike, you...
10-17-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By AU Tiger

What type of trails are you referring to when you...

What type of trails are you referring to when you say medium-difficulty? Trails through rougher terrain and/or singletrack downhill?

I'm asking because it's a little unusual to want a front...
10-17-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By AU Tiger

In what ways does your 930 fall short? What are...

In what ways does your 930 fall short? What are you trying to gain with the second bike?
10-11-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,020
Posted By AU Tiger

That's awesome! I suppose that probably...

That's awesome!
I suppose that probably describes my community as well, but I like the way you put it.
10-10-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,020
Posted By AU Tiger

From what I've read, there's not a huge profit...

From what I've read, there's not a huge profit margin on bikes themselves... more so on accessories. So you could certainly ask, but I don't think it's reasonable to expect them to say yes....
10-08-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,020
Posted By AU Tiger

For what you describe, I don't see the point of...

For what you describe, I don't see the point of paying the extra money for the 4 vs. the 3. I think the 3 would be a very capable bike for commuting.

If you're not set on having a carbon fork,...
10-06-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats!!! Salsa makes very good bikes, and that...

Congrats!!! Salsa makes very good bikes, and that one looks to be no exception. I think you're gonna have a lot of fun riding it!


My mountain bike has hydraulics, and my gravel bike has...
10-05-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

When you test ride again, if you still feel like...

When you test ride again, if you still feel like the 54" is too large for you, make sure you try making adjustments to the saddle - both height and tilt. The tip of my saddle was originally tilted...
10-05-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

I would say that if you were comfortable on the...

I would say that if you were comfortable on the Checkpoint, you won't regret having a drop-bar bike. I have thoroughly enjoyed the extra options my gravel bike has given me this summer. I get that...
10-04-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

We've referred to different categories of bikes...

We've referred to different categories of bikes in this thread, so it might be helpful to define them. Here is a very general description of each of the types of bikes which might reasonably be...
10-04-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

I forgot to address this question before. ...

I forgot to address this question before.

This summer I switched from the Fuji Absolute I talked about earlier to a Fuji Jari, which is a gravel bike very similar to the Trek Checkpoint. The tires...
10-04-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

But the primary difference between the Verve and...

But the primary difference between the Verve and the FX is one of geometry, while the difference in handling which you describe is a difference of tires. Those are two different things. I realize...
10-04-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

It might help if you define what "off road" means...

It might help if you define what "off road" means to you. The FX line will be perfectly fine for rail trails and the like - paths with crushed limestone or not-too-deep gravel and dirt. Trek's...
10-04-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,240
Posted By AU Tiger

That has not been my experience at all. My...

That has not been my experience at all.

My first hybrid was a Fuji Absolute with 28mm tires, typical hybrid tread. After a couple of years riding the stock tires, I replaced them with 35mm...
10-03-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 972
Posted By AU Tiger

It's interesting to see the different...

It's interesting to see the different perspectives on this question, all of which are no doubt based on personal experience.

I have four bike shops within a 30-minute drive of my home. I've...
09-29-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By AU Tiger

Your statement about 80 miles was in answer to...

Your statement about 80 miles was in answer to the question of how many miles you ride per month. If that is indeed what you meant - 80 miles per month - then that translates to just a few miles per...
09-29-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By AU Tiger

If you're willing to go with 650B tires rather...

If you're willing to go with 650B tires rather than 29ers, the Salsa Journeyman (https://salsacycles.com/bikes/journeyman_650b/2019_journeyman_flat_bar_sora_650) and Kona Dew...
09-27-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By AU Tiger

Now I see what's going on. From the home page on...

Now I see what's going on. From the home page on Cannondale's USA site, clicking Women's > Fitness > Althea takes you here...
09-27-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By AU Tiger

Yes, that is what we are referring to. The...

Yes, that is what we are referring to. The crankset refers to the front cogs (chainrings). Since the Althea is a 1x drive train, there's only one number there. Some bikes have a double or a triple...
09-27-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By AU Tiger

Good catch. I just went back and looked -- I was...

Good catch. I just went back and looked -- I was looking at the 2018 Althea 1 (https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Bike/ProductDetail?id=2d8521cc-3bd6-479f-935f-7ed5ee9fe9c6), which is what popped up...
09-27-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By AU Tiger

Looks to be a nice bike. This summer I moved from...

Looks to be a nice bike. This summer I moved from a 3x9 bike to a 1x11 bike, and I really like the simplicity of it. It does stretch me just a bit on steeper hills because I don't have quite as low...
09-26-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By AU Tiger

In that case, the Quick is probably most like...

In that case, the Quick is probably most like your Liv Alight in that it has a rigid fork rather than a suspension fork. A few test rides should tell you pretty quickly whether you want to stick with...
09-26-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 356
Posted By AU Tiger

Have you considered the Salsa Journeyman...

Have you considered the Salsa Journeyman (https://salsacycles.com/bikes/journeyman_650b/journeyman_flat_bar_claris_650)? It's available with flat bars or drop bars, and with 700c or 650B wheels....
09-25-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats on the new bike! Glad you're enjoying...

Congrats on the new bike! Glad you're enjoying it.
I agree with you about the fun. It's a different type of fun than road biking, and I thoroughly enjoy both types.
09-24-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By AU Tiger

Make sure you test ride 27.5" (650B) and 29"...

Make sure you test ride 27.5" (650B) and 29" bikes. There are pros and cons to each, but they definitely felt different to me when I rode them.
09-23-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,296
Posted By AU Tiger

Two more to add to the list: Salsa...

Two more to add to the list:

Salsa Journeyman (https://salsacycles.com/bikes/journeyman_650b/journeyman_flat_bar_claris_650)
It's offered in flat bar and drop bar versions, as well as 700c and...
09-23-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By AU Tiger

A few years ago I bought a Kona Fire Mountain...

A few years ago I bought a Kona Fire Mountain (https://2017.konaworld.com/fire_mountain.cfm) as a second bike for that type of riding. Very happy with it! It has a triple crank, but I would bet you...
09-23-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By AU Tiger

You said that the chain and the cassette are...

You said that the chain and the cassette are rusty. Even if you had to completely replace both of those and the crank, it would probably cost you less than $150 to have a bike shop do that for you...
09-18-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 972
Posted By AU Tiger

Fifteen miles isn't all that far, so I would say...

Fifteen miles isn't all that far, so I would say get the bikes that you find most comfortable. You're really only locked in to the shop you buy the bike from for things which are included with the...
09-16-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,227
Posted By AU Tiger

I had good luck with these bar ends...

I had good luck with these bar ends (https://smile.amazon.com/Profile-Designs-Boxer-Bar-Black/dp/B001KS3RFQ/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=bar+ends+design&qid=1568645369&s=gateway&sr=8-2) when I had a flat-bar...
09-13-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,018
Posted By AU Tiger

My longest rides have been in the low 40s, but I...

My longest rides have been in the low 40s, but I find that after 30 or 35 miles I'm not really enjoying it any longer. That was true with my flat-bar Fuji Absolute, and it's still true with my...
09-06-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,403
Posted By AU Tiger

Sounds like you'd be happy with a cyclocross...

Sounds like you'd be happy with a cyclocross tire. I ran 35mm Schwalbe CX Comp on my previous bike (Fuji Absolute) and really liked them. The gravel bike I purchased this summer (Fuji Jari) came with...
08-30-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,370
Posted By AU Tiger

The benefit I've found with mechanical disc...

The benefit I've found with mechanical disc brakes vs. rim brakes is not so much in stopping power but rather in ease of adjustment. With disc brakes it's just a matter of turning a screw to move the...
08-14-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,308
Posted By AU Tiger

You don't need anything fancy or expensive for...

You don't need anything fancy or expensive for bar ends. I put these bar ends...
07-03-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,377
Posted By AU Tiger

I have this type of pedal on both of my bikes (a...

I have this type of pedal on both of my bikes (a gravel/hybrid bike and a mountain bike), and I'm very pleased with them.
06-26-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,303
Posted By AU Tiger

Yeah, it must be a thing for them. We came across...

Yeah, it must be a thing for them. We came across another pair in another park we visited while in PEI. It definitely invites you to relax and enjoy the view!
06-22-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,303
Posted By AU Tiger

No joke! It was a long drive up there, but it was...

No joke! It was a long drive up there, but it was definitely worth the trip!
06-22-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,303
Posted By AU Tiger

Our last ride in PEI was on the roads near our...

Our last ride in PEI was on the roads near our rental house in Darnley, over to the neighboring village of Malpeque. I gotta say, biking is a great way to see the countryside there!
...
06-22-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,303
Posted By AU Tiger

Our next ride was on the Gulf Shore Parkway - a...

Our next ride was on the Gulf Shore Parkway - a biking/walking trail in PEI which runs along the Gulf of St. Lawrence from Cavendish to North Rustico. Absolutely stunning scenery!
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06-22-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,303
Posted By AU Tiger

The next ride was a section of PEI's famous...

The next ride was a section of PEI's famous Confederation Trail. The entire trail is 470 km, but we just did about 22 km round trip between St. Peters Bay and Morrell.
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06-22-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 3,955
Views: 469,303
Posted By AU Tiger

Just finishing up a 10-day trip to upstate Maine...

Just finishing up a 10-day trip to upstate Maine and Prince Edward Island which included several good bike rides. The first was the carriage roads on Campobello Island - in New Brunswick, just across...
06-11-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,757
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats on the new bike! I really like the satin...

Congrats on the new bike! I really like the satin stone silver color, and $825 is a good price for that bike.
I recently purchased a leftover 2018 Fuji myself to replace an Absolute 1.5 I'd had for...
06-11-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
Posted By AU Tiger

I just replaced my flat-bar hybrid (Fuji...

I just replaced my flat-bar hybrid (Fuji Absolute) with a drop-bar gravel bike (Fuji Jari), and I really love the extra hand positions (the main reason I made the switch). But I wouldn't try to talk...
06-04-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,318
Posted By AU Tiger

Up until a few months ago, I had a Kia Sportage...

Up until a few months ago, I had a Kia Sportage which is basically the same thing as a Hyundai Tuscon. I used a two-bike platform rack made by Pro Rack (which is a fairly generic company, I think --...
06-02-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 519
Posted By AU Tiger

Well I made the mistake of taking it out for a...

Well I made the mistake of taking it out for a test ride when I was in the shop a couple of weeks ago buying a rack for the car. I told the guy then, "I'm already spending $400 on a bike rack, so I...
06-02-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,273
Posted By AU Tiger

I'm in Selinsgrove, which is between Harrisburg...

I'm in Selinsgrove, which is between Harrisburg and Williamsport. So it's a little bit of a drive to get there, but well worth it. I've ridden the southern part of the trail from Jersey Shore to...
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