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Forum: Commuting
07-17-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,232
Posted By MAK

Take everything you plan to carry and take it to...

Take everything you plan to carry and take it to REI. That way you can truly see which bag is most comfortable and fits your needs best. As recommended above, Osprey bags are great and some are...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,052
Posted By MAK

In Delaware, we have no subways and the bus...

In Delaware, we have no subways and the bus service is very lacking if you're traveling outside of the Wilmington City limits.
I live 38 miles from work and can't do the whole commute by bike due to...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 789
Posted By MAK

I use this for my drivetrain. I also cover my...

I use this for my drivetrain. I also cover my seat with two or three plastic shopping bags and then secure the bags with a copious amount of cheap electrical tape, around the saddle itself, not just...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,052
Posted By MAK

A slight variation on No Motor's current thread

Do you drive to a parking lot and then ride to work? If so, how far is the drive and then how far is the cycling portion?

If you could drive to a parking lot adjacent to a MUP, would you commute...
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 12:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By MAK

Sorry for three separate reply posts. I just...

Sorry for three separate reply posts. I just changed browsers to be able to use the multi quote function.
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By MAK

Possibly. I either started a thread or asked as...

Possibly. I either started a thread or asked as part of another's thread. I simply wanted the most current information.
Have a great day.
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 12:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By MAK

I'll try that number. Thank you.

I'll try that number. Thank you.
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 12:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By MAK

I've been looking at Indian Rock Campground if I...

I've been looking at Indian Rock Campground if I can't find a free spot. Thank you for the other info.
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 11:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By MAK

I use the Osprey Escapist 25. It's designed for...

I use the Osprey Escapist 25. It's designed for cycling and works well. It's discontinued but still available on line if you Google it. The Osprey Talon (mentioned above) is the current bag and...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 11:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By MAK

NCR/York County Heritage Trail Question

I'm planning a two day up and back ride on the Northern Central Railroad Trail (a/k/a Torrey Brown Trail)/York County Heritage Trail from Cockeysville, MD to York, PA and back. I'll camp overnight...
07-05-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,352
Posted By MAK

I posted this a few weeks ago in this discussion...

I posted this a few weeks ago in this discussion section. My vote for a best bicycle lane.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO2U3SqI5Uk
06-23-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,689
Posted By MAK

The 109% method has me at 81.2cm but my saddle...

The 109% method has me at 81.2cm but my saddle height currently is 89.5cm. I haven't tried the .883 method.
I am not a toe pointer, my feet are pretty flat through the stroke.
06-23-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,689
Posted By MAK

Not worrying about it makes perfect sense.

Not worrying about it makes perfect sense.
06-23-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,689
Posted By MAK

I agree. It just seemed that a difference of +/-...

I agree. It just seemed that a difference of +/- 8cm was way off.
06-23-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,689
Posted By MAK

Question marks where??? You've never heard...

Question marks where???

You've never heard of that method but you know where the measurements are taken???

ADMINISTRATORS...PLEASE KILL THIS THREAD...IT'S NOT WORTH IT.

THANK YOU.
06-23-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,818
Posted By MAK

The bike is chained to the Trek. It appears that...

The bike is chained to the Trek. It appears that the Trek tires are still pumped so it's likely being used. A note on both that you're interested and want to talk with the owner could help.

You...
06-23-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,131
Posted By MAK

With 40mm tires I would think that the Topeak...

With 40mm tires I would think that the Topeak Mountain Morph would perform better. Road Morph is high pressure while Mountain Morph is high volume. I have both Topeaks and a Lezene. One other...
06-23-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,689
Posted By MAK

I truly appreciate that people give advice to...

I truly appreciate that people give advice to fellow cyclists on this forum but it is frustrating when some contributors don't fully read the OP's message/request for information.

Where does the 1...
06-22-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,689
Posted By MAK

109% method...What am I doing wrong?

I've been riding for years and have used the 'heel pedal backwards' method to measure saddle height. I recently realized that I wasn't able to engage my hamstrings effectively so I raised my height...
06-20-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,168
Posted By MAK

Not Your Typical Bike Path

Anyone ever ride this? Looks interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO2U3SqI5Uk
05-28-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,498
Posted By MAK

I usually ride 56cm bikes. I bought a used 54cm...

I usually ride 56cm bikes. I bought a used 54cm Trek 520 and converted it successfully. I added a stem riser and a long steep stem with no other changes. Very comfortable. Note that the 520 is a...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,883
Posted By MAK

I have Take- a-Look mirrors taped to each of my...

I have Take- a-Look mirrors taped to each of my glasses. I never ride without glasses because I've had numerous pebbles and bugs bounce off them. The mirrors don't shake or get blurry and even if...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,012
Posted By MAK

In my opinion...a stupid and dangerous idea. ...

In my opinion...a stupid and dangerous idea. Aside from the rage already referenced above, what about cyclists that want to pass the 'noodler? You'd be forcing the passing cyclist into the road and...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 11:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,942
Posted By MAK

Horse saddles are leather and you sit on...

Horse saddles are leather and you sit on them...My Brooks B-17 is leather and I sit on it. I use saddle soap (as recommended by some equestrians I know) from a local supply company and my B-17 and my...
05-24-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 465
Posted By MAK

I value your experience and expertise

I'm looking at two hardtail mountain bikes, a Trek Roscoe 8 and a Co-Op DRT 2.2. I've ridden both and found each to be comfortable and each fit well. The Trek has a Sram1x12 Eagle NX 30x11-50...
05-21-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,139
Posted By MAK

Darn you Ref. Because of you, I just spent...

Darn you Ref. Because of you, I just spent $25.00 for something I really don't need (already have an excellent stand). Seems sturdy though and well worth the cost��. Thanks for the heads up.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,287
Posted By MAK

I went to the Amazon address provided and the OP...

I went to the Amazon address provided and the OP was looking at padded mountain bike liner shorts made with the padding on the outside. They are meant to be worn under other shorts.
04-29-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,814
Posted By MAK

It might help if you take your bike to an empty...

It might help if you take your bike to an empty parking lot and "practice". If you're going too slow, it's harder to keep your balance so the empty parking lot can help you gain confidence.
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,942
Posted By MAK

Let me be the first...Test ride them and see...

Let me be the first...Test ride them and see which feels best. I can't imagine buying bike to do "a fair amount of touring" and possibly cross country without making sure it's the most comfortable...
04-24-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By MAK

I recommend reading, How to S**t in the Woods. ...

I recommend reading, How to S**t in the Woods. It's a short hilarious, but truly informative book available at REI or on line.
04-15-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,597
Posted By MAK

Getting back to the OPs's original question...If...

Getting back to the OPs's original question...If you're looking for bike discounts, whether you're +/- 55, check out local bike clubs. Many have set up perks with local bike shops so that members...
04-15-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 767
Posted By MAK

I got glasses from a local industrial safety...

I got glasses from a local industrial safety supply store. With cheaters for reading, they were $7.00. The cheaters come in a range of strengths and the glasses come in dark, smoke (indoor/outdoor)...
Forum: Touring
04-04-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 752
Posted By MAK

REI has a Timbuk2 Sonoma bag on sale. It looks...

REI has a Timbuk2 Sonoma bag on sale. It looks similar to the Apidura. Timbuk2 stuff is bulletproof, but I'm sure heavier than the Apidura. Its also around $50.00 or so.
Forum: Touring
04-02-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,405
Posted By MAK

I wear merino wool socks year round. Warm in the...

I wear merino wool socks year round. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer and best of all, if they get wet in cold weather, they still keep you warm. I use Chrome merino socks but other brands of...
04-02-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,221
Posted By MAK

Not familiar with your bike but I replaced a very...

Not familiar with your bike but I replaced a very heavy RockShox OEM fork on my Gary Fisher with a Surly fork and I couldn't be happier. I saved a few pounds but more importantly, I stopped sapping...
03-30-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 777
Posted By MAK

Chain question

I know that I ask a lot of questions, but you guys are the one's with the answers and experience.

As gearing goes up, chains seem to be getting narrower by necessity. As I'm looking at bikes...
03-30-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 985
Posted By MAK

Kapusta and Bikeme, Thank you for your...

Kapusta and Bikeme,
Thank you for your responses. I should be test riding both next weekend.
FYI Kapusta...The McQueen model is not made solely for REI but it appears that it is their lowest level...
03-30-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 539
Posted By MAK

IMHO...The real problem is not just the stupidity...

IMHO...The real problem is not just the stupidity of the responders but that a university professor wasted time on this when she could have been doing research that benefited her students and...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 755
Posted By MAK

Don't know of 2500 ci foldable panniers but Arkel...

Don't know of 2500 ci foldable panniers but Arkel Dry-Lite panniers are waterproof, light (about 18 oz) and foldable. They are saddleback style so the two are attached and they are inexpensive...
03-21-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 985
Posted By MAK

Comparing Two Bikes

I'm looking at buying a mountain bike (trails...nothing extreme) and I've narrowed it down to two (I think). The Trek Roscoe 8 and the Co-Op Dirt 2.2 both look good to me. The major differences...
03-21-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By MAK

Why not hang the Fuji on top and the Trek on the...

Why not hang the Fuji on top and the Trek on the bottom??? The Trek front wheel is easier to remove and replace with no break issues.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 442
Views: 25,064
Posted By MAK

Few people have mentioned that Trek's statements...

Few people have mentioned that Trek's statements are based on research and testing conducted by Virginia Tech, a very respected university. Too many people on Bike Forums seem to be predisposed to...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 442
Views: 25,064
Posted By MAK

A while ago, I remember seeing something in a...

A while ago, I remember seeing something in a message or perhaps someone's signature line that went something like:

A frame lighter than smoke;
that disappears in a wind tunnel;
that is blessed...
03-09-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 989
Posted By MAK

I use the Specialized 2FO and find the width good...

I use the Specialized 2FO and find the width good for my wide feet. I also find the toe box fine. I'm diabetic so any width or toe box problems would be a real problem for me.
I also have lace up...
03-07-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,365
Posted By MAK

Probably the cheapest (about $20.00) and easiest...

Probably the cheapest (about $20.00) and easiest fix is a stem riser. I have Delta Stem Risers on two bikes and they solved my problems. There are other brands out there that I'm sure work well.
Forum: Commuting
03-07-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,599
Posted By MAK

If the above doesn't work... Sometimes it's a...

If the above doesn't work...
Sometimes it's a very simple matter of bending the fender stays, the thin (usually silver) parts that hold the fender running from the hub area to the fender. If the...
03-04-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,448
Posted By MAK

Although not exactly a repair, when I got my...

Although not exactly a repair, when I got my first road bike, a Felt, I made a point of keeping it clean. About once a week I sprayed the chain, rings and cassette with Finish Line degreaser. Too...
03-01-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,008
Posted By MAK

I like the Shimano m647. I can clip in or, when...

I like the Shimano m647. I can clip in or, when needed, can ride unclipped because the platform gives me a comfortable surface.
...
02-09-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,238
Posted By MAK

Thank you mouse.

Thank you mouse.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,289
Posted By MAK

I wear black shoes with colored or Hi-Viz for...

I wear black shoes with colored or Hi-Viz for visibility. Besides, the black shoes make my feet look slimmer.
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