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04-22-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 911
Posted By AU Tiger

I run the tubeless version of the Specialized...

I run the tubeless version of the Specialized Pathfinder Pro, and I find them to be perfect for riding paved roads with a mix of gravel thrown in. I ran 35mm tires for several years, and recently...
03-31-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,535
Posted By AU Tiger

I just added a set of fenders to my mountain...

I just added a set of fenders to my mountain bike: the SKS X-Blade on the rear, and the SKS Shockblade on the front. The rear one straps onto the seat post - super easy with almost no work at all....
03-28-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 785
Posted By AU Tiger

We don't have Norcro bikes in my area, so I have...

We don't have Norcro bikes in my area, so I have no first-hand experience with them. But looking at the website, the Indie is interesting in that it has 27.5" tires, a chromoly fork, and backsweep...
03-22-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 832
Posted By AU Tiger

No worries - you didn't come across that way at...

No worries - you didn't come across that way at all.
Like so many other things about biking, it's nice that we have a variety of options so we all can find what works best for us.
03-22-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 832
Posted By AU Tiger

That sounds like an issue with the seal. I check...

That sounds like an issue with the seal. I check each tire with my finger before every ride, but probably only have to add air about once a week. (I average around 20 miles per ride x 5 days a week...
03-08-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 800
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats! Trek makes good bikes. Enjoy!!!

Congrats! Trek makes good bikes.
Enjoy!!!
03-05-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 800
Posted By AU Tiger

What type of terrain will you be riding? (hills...

What type of terrain will you be riding? (hills vs. flat) The Gravity looks like a decent entry-level flat-bar road bike, but the lowest gear ratio is 28/28 = 1.00. That will make it tough to climb...
03-04-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,535
Posted By AU Tiger

I put a pair of SKS longboard fenders...

I put a pair of SKS longboard fenders (https://www.sks-germany.com/en/products/bluemels-series/bluemels-longboard-28-45-black-set/) on my bike a year ago and have been very happy with them. They keep...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,668
Posted By AU Tiger

I realize this thread is ancient by now, but I'm...

I realize this thread is ancient by now, but I'm shopping for a handlebar bag to carry a camera while I bike and the Topeak and Ortlieb are at the top of the list. Can you elaborate a little bit...
02-28-21, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,535
Posted By AU Tiger

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I'm...

Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I'm currently shopping for a handlebar bag myself and the Topeak looks promising. I'm curious how it's holding up after a few years of use.
02-15-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,271
Posted By AU Tiger

Given your criteria, that looks like a great...

Given your criteria, that looks like a great choice. The 26/34 combo would give you a nice low gear ratio of 0.765. So assuming you can find one and assuming it fits you well, then go for it.

As...
02-03-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,415
Posted By AU Tiger

Well as another saying goes, that's water under...

Well as another saying goes, that's water under the bridge now. So just enjoy riding the new one and don't worry about what you could've done differently. It is, after all, A NEW BIKE!!! New bike day...
02-02-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,415
Posted By AU Tiger

You mentioned the gearing and hills... At...

You mentioned the gearing and hills...

At the lower end of the gearing, the FX3 would be a little better for climbing:

The FX3's 30/36 is 0.833
The FX2's 28/32 is 0.875

And at the upper...
01-09-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,124
Posted By AU Tiger

I still don't understand what makes you want to...

I still don't understand what makes you want to go to a 1x since you can really just get away with using one chain ring on the setup you already have. In my experience, a 1x drive train is convenient...
01-08-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,124
Posted By AU Tiger

I have a 1x11 drive train with a 40T chain ring...

I have a 1x11 drive train with a 40T chain ring and an 11-46T cassette. I really like the simplicity compared to the 3x9 that was on my previous bike. I never have to think about what chain ring I'm...
11-18-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,502
Posted By AU Tiger

I know what you mean, as that's the decision I...

I know what you mean, as that's the decision I made for myself also. I absolutely love my drop-bar gravel bike! But I'm just careful not to try to push everybody to the same choice. For one thing...
11-18-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,502
Posted By AU Tiger

You could try putting bar ends like these...

You could try putting bar ends like these (https://smile.amazon.com/Profile-Designs-Boxer-Bar-Black/dp/B001KS3RFQ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=profile+design+bar+ends&qid=1605715362&sr=8-2) on your...
11-17-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,502
Posted By AU Tiger

That's a great looking bike!

That's a great looking bike!
11-15-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,502
Posted By AU Tiger

I started with Fuji Absolute and really liked it,...

I started with Fuji Absolute and really liked it, but I was getting a lot of hand numbness. I added bar ends and that helped a lot, but I wasn't comfortable having my hands that far from the brakes...
10-25-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,828
Posted By AU Tiger

I ride mostly pavement, but it's a rural area...

I ride mostly pavement, but it's a rural area with a lot of horse & buggies (which really do a number on the roads). And many rides have a mile or two of gravel roads mixed in with the pavement. Plus...
10-05-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,993
Posted By AU Tiger

That's a cool looking bike! I'm guessing the...

That's a cool looking bike!
I'm guessing the angle of the handlebars helps ward off the hand numbness that flat bars can sometimes cause on longer rides.
10-03-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,993
Posted By AU Tiger

+1 For the riding the OP describes, a hybrid...

+1

For the riding the OP describes, a hybrid sounds like the best choice. It's definitely a good starting point. I began with one several years ago and transitioned to a gravel bike last year. But...
08-06-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By AU Tiger

I really like these bib shorts made by Przewalski...

I really like these bib shorts made by Przewalski (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HUNDFHE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Before finding them, I tried a type with a gel...
07-25-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 822
Posted By AU Tiger

I understand completely. My son is the same way. ...

I understand completely. My son is the same way.


I like that!


That actually makes a lot of sense and does not seem wasteful at all to me. A few weeks ago I was in the middle of some...
07-24-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 822
Posted By AU Tiger

I would just take her to one of the shops and see...

I would just take her to one of the shops and see what she likes. You clearly know enough about bikes to recognize a good bike vs. a not-so-good one. And if your area is anything like mine, you may...
07-23-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,490
Posted By AU Tiger

+1 Several years ago I went from the stock 28mm...

+1
Several years ago I went from the stock 28mm tires that came on my Fuji Absolute to 35mm tires. What an amazing difference in comfort, and my speed actually increased. It's possible that increase...
07-23-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,201
Posted By AU Tiger

Great job! Congratulations!

Great job! Congratulations!
07-19-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,120
Posted By AU Tiger

For the use you've described, I would look at a...

For the use you've described, I would look at a rigid-fork hybrid with 650b tires. Something like the Kona Dew, the Jamis Sequel, or the Salsa Journeyman (flatbar version). My personal pick would be...
06-29-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,620
Posted By AU Tiger

Yes, that is the difference between them. Unless...

Yes, that is the difference between them. Unless you're a racer who is super concerned about weight, the R5 will suit you just fine. For perspective, the weight difference between the R1 and R5 is 46...
06-28-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,620
Posted By AU Tiger

I'm a little late to the party, but I've had an...

I'm a little late to the party, but I've had an Argo Tempo on my gravel bike for about a month now, and I really like it. The huge cutout provides a lot of relief for the sensitive areas. My typical...
05-24-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,515
Posted By AU Tiger

Following up on my previous post about tire...

Following up on my previous post about tire clearance, Trek contradicts itself on its own website. Here...
05-23-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,515
Posted By AU Tiger

Well everyone is different, so what works for me...

Well everyone is different, so what works for me may not work best for you. Having said that, I would (and did) go with a gravel bike.

I started off with a flat bar Fuji Absolute in 2015. It was...
05-07-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,852
Posted By AU Tiger

I have the Nashbar Soho pedals...

I have the Nashbar Soho pedals (https://www.nashbar.com/nashbar-soho-pedals-nb-soho/p900277) on my bike, and I really like them. I can go clipless on my road rides and just use sneakers when riding...
04-30-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 542
Posted By AU Tiger

Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona...

Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona mountain bike for, and I run Schwalbe Hurricanes on it. The tread along the edges gives good grip in gravel and dirt, the smoother center allows for...
04-30-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By AU Tiger

I've gotten several rides in with both pairs...

I've gotten several rides in with both pairs (Oakley Flak 2.0 XL with Prizm Road Rx lenses, and Tifosi Synapse with High Speed Red Fototec non-Rx lenses), and I'm very happy with them both. I've worn...
04-29-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,896
Posted By AU Tiger

No doubt you are correct, but it seems a strange...

No doubt you are correct, but it seems a strange choice for that. The Roam 4 Disc comes with hydraulic brakes and an Altus rear derailleur. Seems like they would have opted for mechanical disc brakes...
04-29-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,896
Posted By AU Tiger

So why would a manufacturer even put a 7-speed...

So why would a manufacturer even put a 7-speed cassette on a new bike? The retail price difference between a 7 and an 8 speed cassette is less than $10, so it's much less than that for a...
04-28-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,896
Posted By AU Tiger

Cool, I didn't realize freehubs came in 7-speed...

Cool, I didn't realize freehubs came in 7-speed varieties. That's helpful information, especially since Giant's website often doesn't even list the number of speeds on the specs, and leaves the...
04-27-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,896
Posted By AU Tiger

Definitely not the Roam 4. It has a 7-speed...

Definitely not the Roam 4. It has a 7-speed freewheel instead of the much better freehub which is on the rest of the lineup. If you're more interested in that difference, you'll find lots of posts...
04-26-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By AU Tiger

No doubt that a bike shop would do a better job...

No doubt that a bike shop would do a better job than I can do! But it was definitely set up properly when I bought it. Up until this recent problem, it was the best shifting bike I've had in spite of...
04-26-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,896
Posted By AU Tiger

It sounds like you're looking for a dual sport...

It sounds like you're looking for a dual sport hybrid - a flat bar bike with fitness geometry and a front suspension. Trek DS, Specialized Crosstrail, Giant Roam, and Cannondale Quick CX are all good...
04-26-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By AU Tiger

I was willing to push with more pressure this...

I was willing to push with more pressure this time. And I also used an air compressor to blow out any debris with the cable completely taut. Between the two of those, I was able to get it working....
04-25-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By AU Tiger

Yeah, that's what I figured. But when I tried...

Yeah, that's what I figured. But when I tried that, it would not move far at all before I encountered significant pressure. But that's helpful to know know I'm on the right track.


Will give this...
04-25-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
Posted By AU Tiger

Faulty derailleur?

I have a 2017 Altus front derailleur which will no longer shift into the lowest gear on a triple crank. I think itís possibly a faulty derailleur, not the cable adjustment. When the shifter is in...
04-17-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By AU Tiger

I decided to get two different pairs: one with Rx...

I decided to get two different pairs: one with Rx lenses and one without. That way I also have a good pair of riding sunglasses for days when I wear contacts. And it will allow me to compare two...
04-15-20, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By AU Tiger

So after a bit more research, now I'm thinking...

So after a bit more research, now I'm thinking the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL might be a better choice than the Wiley X. The Saint looks good, but the Flak just seems a little more cycling specific. I think...
04-15-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By AU Tiger

That's helpful - thanks again!

That's helpful - thanks again!
04-15-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By AU Tiger

I was not even aware they made something like...

I was not even aware they made something like that. I'll have to look into that more. Thanks for the tip!


That's one of my concerns - will they adapt to conditions quickly enough to make a...
04-14-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,615
Posted By AU Tiger

Sunglasses?

Iíve decided to spend some money on quality Rx sunglasses for riding. The ones I have are cheap ones from Zenni which have been okay, but theyíre due to be replaced. And after having a bug fly into...
04-03-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,792
Posted By AU Tiger

Congrats on the new bikes! I see they have...

Congrats on the new bikes!

I see they have 1x9 gearing with a 40T chain ring and 11-42 cassette. That's very close to what I have, but mine is an 11-speed SRAM instead of the 9-speed microSHIFT....
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