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07-07-12, 12:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,104
Posted By Tom Bombadil

That is one different looking bike. Any reason...

That is one different looking bike. Any reason for that particular design beyond just looking different?
07-05-12, 08:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,228
Posted By Tom Bombadil

That's what I'm running on my Fuji Absolute 1.0. ...

That's what I'm running on my Fuji Absolute 1.0. I like them a lot. They are a popular touring tire - they roll well and have some flat resistance. They run a little small for their advertised...
07-03-12, 04:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 58,612
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I have pedals with pins on two of my bikes and...

I have pedals with pins on two of my bikes and have never noticed any damage to my shoes. As to not moving your feet, I've found that is almost impossible unless you pick your feet up off of the...
07-03-12, 04:32 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 58,612
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I tried these and had to return them, because I...

I tried these and had to return them, because I felt hot spots along the two ridges. I found that I had to use very stiff soles to use them.
07-02-12, 10:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 58,612
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I always wanted to try these. The reviews are...

I always wanted to try these. The reviews are always positive.
http://www.amazon.com/MKS-Lambda-Pedals-16-Silver/dp/B001GSQVEE/ref=pd_sbs_sg_6
07-02-12, 10:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 58,612
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I have a flat bar road bike and a couple of...

I have a flat bar road bike and a couple of recumbents. As I note in the thread above, I purchased a pair of Wellgo MG-1 pedals and have now been using them for a couple of years. I have really...
07-02-12, 09:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 58,612
Posted By Tom Bombadil

You can read through this old thread that I had...

You can read through this old thread that I had on here some time ago.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/425189-Platform-Pedals?highlight=magnesium
07-01-12, 11:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,893
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Congratulations BD! I hope retirement is very...

Congratulations BD! I hope retirement is very rewarding for you.

I am now retired too! After 25 years with the University of Wisconsin. I loved that job for many years, but getting through the...
06-12-12, 07:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,153
Posted By Tom Bombadil

32mm is my favorite all-purpose tire. Smoother...

32mm is my favorite all-purpose tire. Smoother ride than a 28mm or smaller. Fine on crushed limestone trails and rough asphalt. Fewer flats. Almost no noticeable effect on my speed as compared to...
06-12-12, 06:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,253
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Sounds good. I rarely eat a hot dog or a brat,...

Sounds good. I rarely eat a hot dog or a brat, but once in a while I do indulge. Even during a ride.

But there is no way I would have passed on the sauerkraut (however I would have on the...
Forum: Recumbent
06-12-12, 12:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,129
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I like someone getting a BikeE and being excited...

I like someone getting a BikeE and being excited about it.

Last year I met up with 3 people riding them on a bike trail. Had never seen a "pack" of BikeE riders before.
06-10-12, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,153
Posted By Tom Bombadil

All three LBS that I use, will swap out tires on...

All three LBS that I use, will swap out tires on a new bike for free, as long as you aren't upgrading to an expensive tire. A friend of mine recently purchased a new bike that had 28mm as standard,...
06-04-12, 10:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,607
Posted By Tom Bombadil

You have to get out and ride, ride, ride. No one...

You have to get out and ride, ride, ride. No one here is going to know what you find acceptable in terms of it having a smooth ride and a comfortable riding position. Personally I found the Fuji...
06-04-12, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tom Bombadil

You are misreading their specs. That link states...

You are misreading their specs. That link states their maximum rear cog size is 27T. The "Total Capacity 37T" spec means what the total range is when both the front and rear ranges are added. ...
06-04-12, 04:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,607
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Good point. When I conducted all of my test...

Good point. When I conducted all of my test rides a few years back, I made sure the tires were inflated to 90 PSI for each ride. If you ride lower-end bikes, you have to pick a lower PSI, for many...
06-04-12, 04:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,719
Posted By Tom Bombadil

These have an EPA estimated MPG of 21/27. With a...

These have an EPA estimated MPG of 21/27. With a maximum cargo capacity of 129 cu ft.

As compared to a Ford Explorer with EPA of 18/25 and cargo of 80 cu ft.

If one can get by with a lot less...
06-03-12, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,607
Posted By Tom Bombadil

My first hand experience is now 4 years old. I...

My first hand experience is now 4 years old. I took test rides on 12 different "fitness" hybrids. Several of them twice.

The smoothest of the lot was the Fuji Absolute 1.0. That was when it had...
06-03-12, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tom Bombadil

If you have the newest Shimano Tiagra RD, then...

If you have the newest Shimano Tiagra RD, then they now offer a Tiagra-level 12-30T rear cassette.

If it happens to be their previous model, then it can be problematic to go over 11-28T. I've...
06-03-12, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,301
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I've always liked the Milano. My LBS still has...

I've always liked the Milano. My LBS still has two or three NOS for sale.
06-03-12, 09:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,032
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I've shopped in Performance Bike stores a couple...

I've shopped in Performance Bike stores a couple of times. No high pressure, friendly service. Not my favorite bike store but they were okay.
06-03-12, 08:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,055
Posted By Tom Bombadil

You are 85 cents over me. I've never purchased...

You are 85 cents over me. I've never purchased one.

I did see one in a fancy restaurant for $25. That's the highest price I've ever seen on one.
05-25-12, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 809
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Those were two of my 4 finalists when I purchased...

Those were two of my 4 finalists when I purchased 4 years ago. I went with the Fuji and have really liked it. But both bikes are a bit different now. The Shimano 105 groupset on my Fuji has...
05-25-12, 10:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,921
Posted By Tom Bombadil

It was my GP, a Dr of Internal Medicine. I don't...

It was my GP, a Dr of Internal Medicine. I don't have a urologist. I am thinking of tacking on a PSA on my annual blood test. Not really giving it much of a thought. Will probably forget to ask...
05-24-12, 09:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 632
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Great! I hope you are having a great time!

Great! I hope you are having a great time!
05-24-12, 01:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,921
Posted By Tom Bombadil

My doctor told me that the PSA test was rarely...

My doctor told me that the PSA test was rarely worthwhile. That 98% to 99% of the people who get a high PSA score and who have prostate cancer confirmed, are harmed more by the treatment than the...
05-21-12, 10:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 24,158
Posted By Tom Bombadil

There is an LBS in my area which holds an annual...

There is an LBS in my area which holds an annual sale of their rental bikes, which they keep in good shape. I've seen them selling $500 bikes for under $300.

I once purchased a 7 year old Trek...
05-21-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,103
Posted By Tom Bombadil

There is a hitch rack that is designed to carry...

There is a hitch rack that is designed to carry two tadpole trikes. Name is a Draftmaster HR-2T. List price for the entire setup is around $1000.

Parent company name appears to be Atoc.
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05-21-12, 06:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,429
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I have a Danish-style commuter bike where the...

I have a Danish-style commuter bike where the gear inch range is 45" to 94". That 45" is way too high of a low gear for me. It's a single crank with 9 speed cassette. I'm planning mods that...
05-21-12, 06:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,429
Posted By Tom Bombadil

That is interesting. I did a little...

That is interesting.

I did a little checking and found that a 46t-24t Alfine 11 setup would yield a gear inch range of approximately 27" to 110".

This is wide for a road bike, but a bit...
05-21-12, 04:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,921
Posted By Tom Bombadil

This story is in the news today: ...

This story is in the news today:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47505948/ns/health-mens_health/#.T7rDSsXNmT4
05-21-12, 11:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 903
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I had a conversation with a bike shop owner in a...

I had a conversation with a bike shop owner in a small town. Most of his business was repairing Wal-Mart bikes. A lot of it was adjusting the poorly assembled bikes. But his most frequent repair...
05-20-12, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,539
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I walked past a bike rack today with 7 road bikes...

I walked past a bike rack today with 7 road bikes in it, 4 of them had Brooks saddles.
05-20-12, 04:47 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 8,604
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Most of the "Front Range" of Colorado comes close...

Most of the "Front Range" of Colorado comes close to meeting his criteria. It isn't a "cool climate" but the heat index isn't bad and winters are moderate. Some places are pricey, but not all. I...
05-19-12, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,013
Posted By Tom Bombadil

It seems to me that the relative value is...

It seems to me that the relative value is approximately the same. All of the parts on the 2011 are still good to quite good. Just not as good as the 2010 model. The Ultegra RD is very good. Hard...
05-19-12, 07:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,013
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I test rode one years ago and really liked it. ...

I test rode one years ago and really liked it.

They did downgrade the 2011 from the 2010. The 2010 had a Dura-ace rear derailleur, Avid SD-7 brakes, a 10-speed cassette and those very nice...
05-19-12, 12:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,137
Posted By Tom Bombadil

On a Trek Navigator? If so, that's pretty good.

On a Trek Navigator? If so, that's pretty good.
05-19-12, 12:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,296
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Amazing device. Sure hope it gets less...

Amazing device. Sure hope it gets less expensive than $15,000 over the coming years.
05-18-12, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 947
Posted By Tom Bombadil

It is interesting in that nearly all WSD hybrids...

It is interesting in that nearly all WSD hybrids which have a higher top tube, are black, white, or silver. I have spoken to a couple of LBS owners about this and they tell me that those colors are...
05-18-12, 01:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,137
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I know 4 people who routinely ride their Trek...

I know 4 people who routinely ride their Trek Navigators on 30 mile bike trail rides and love them. I ride Wisconsin's bike trails and see a lot of Navigators on them, along with a lot of Trek 7x00...
05-17-12, 12:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,172
Posted By Tom Bombadil

This very nice example of a British Raleigh Royal...

This very nice example of a British Raleigh Royal just popped up on my local Craigslist. If I didn't already have too many bikes, I would be sorely tempted because I think this is a very reasonable...
Forum: Recumbent
05-16-12, 07:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,984
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I'd love to hear from the OP as to what has...

I'd love to hear from the OP as to what has transpired over the past 10 years.
05-16-12, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,744
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Good to hear you are back on the road BA. I...

Good to hear you are back on the road BA. I hope your new steed provides you with much pleasure.
05-16-12, 01:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,429
Posted By Tom Bombadil

They use a Gates 46T pulley on the front and 24T...

They use a Gates 46T pulley on the front and 24T on the rear for the Acme, with a 113T belt. However on the Spot Rocker SS they use the 46T on the front with a 28T on the rear with a 118T belt.
...
05-15-12, 01:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,074
Posted By Tom Bombadil

If you are open to using drop bars, I would give...

If you are open to using drop bars, I would give some consideration to the cyclocross bikes listed above.

The Gravity Zilla was discussed in this thread: ...
05-14-12, 10:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,074
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Some of the lightweight hybrids have 28mm tires. ...

Some of the lightweight hybrids have 28mm tires. You can run those on limestone trails. I see people do it. Personally I like 32mm's with a heavier tread, as it cushions the ride a bit and reduces...
05-14-12, 10:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,429
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I wouldn't get caught up in weight that much for...

I wouldn't get caught up in weight that much for a city bike used in a relatively flat terrain. You want rugged and reliable under all weather conditions.

The Trek Soho Deluxe is pretty nice...
05-14-12, 08:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,074
Posted By Tom Bombadil

You wrote that you would like to do "some light...

You wrote that you would like to do "some light trail." What did you mean by that? As in limestone bike trails? Or off road dirt paths? Smooth stuff or something with a few bumps in it?
05-14-12, 07:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,466
Posted By Tom Bombadil

My three favorite bikes all look somewhat...

My three favorite bikes all look somewhat different to me!
05-14-12, 06:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 721
Posted By Tom Bombadil

Looks good to me. Great urban bike. I'm...

Looks good to me. Great urban bike.

I'm surprised there aren't more of these type of bikes in production. There are some, like the Trek Soho Deluxe noted above. A female friend of mine is...
05-14-12, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 721
Posted By Tom Bombadil

I think Trek did a nice job with the Soho Deluxe....

I think Trek did a nice job with the Soho Deluxe. It makes sense, right down to the 36 spoke wheels.

Do you have any idea of what the gear inches are on it? I'm assuming that 55T belt crank...
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