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11-04-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 382
Posted By practical

Check th spring - it can get rusty. If so, blast...

Check th spring - it can get rusty. If so, blast it with some WD40 and work it back and forth.
08-18-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,962
Posted By practical

Don't race. Why compare yourself with others?

Don't race. Why compare yourself with others?
07-27-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 639
Posted By practical

I converted a 3x9 Specialized Sequoia Elite to a...

I converted a 3x9 Specialized Sequoia Elite to a flatbar and it's been working out very well. I simply found a combo 3X9 shifter and brake lever set online and it installed very easily. It ****s...
07-27-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,521
Posted By practical

I had a very similar problem. Turned out to be...

I had a very similar problem. Turned out to be bad bearings in the bottom bracket. Got replaced and problem solved. I don't know if that is your issue bu maybe check into it.
07-27-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 782
Posted By practical

I had a similar issue - a clicking noise when I...

I had a similar issue - a clicking noise when I pedaled. I couldn't recreate it on the stand so I couldn't figure it out. Brought it in to the shop and they found the bearings in the bottom bracket...
07-27-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 10,987
Posted By practical

Besides being boring to watch, the idea of...

Besides being boring to watch, the idea of bicycling as a competitive sport has waned. Bicycling instead is a personal fitness, play, commuter, whatever activity and no one needs to compete against...
05-08-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,117
Posted By practical

Check your pedaling. Do you mash more than spin?...

Check your pedaling. Do you mash more than spin? I grew up riding the heavy single speed balloon tire bikes and probably you did too. We always mashed with those bikes so it's easy to pedal in a...
03-27-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,891
Posted By practical

Taking photos while moving

Does anyone know if there is a camera that allows you to take photos while biking? There are lots of times I would like to take a pic of something but I don't want to stop and take camera out. Any...
03-26-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,563
Posted By practical

I really liked the photos of the flat bar road...

I really liked the photos of the flat bar road bikes that people posted. I have two bikes - one with flats and one with drops. I like them both, but I prefer the flats. I don't understand the whole...
03-20-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 862
Posted By practical

I think where your starting point is good. The...

I think where your starting point is good. The internet in general and youtube specifically provide great resources. That being said, learning how to do something and doing it proficiently is not the...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,783
Posted By practical

Glad that you're asking about mirrors. To me they...

Glad that you're asking about mirrors. To me they are an essential piece of safety equipment. I don't know of anyone who has a good mirror ever regretting it. I use a Myrracle Mirror because it...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-25-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,359
Posted By practical

I lead recreational group rides and have a...

I lead recreational group rides and have a similar problem. I announce where along the route we are going to regroup and always have a sweeper. Sometimes I announce that everyone should go at...
12-29-18, 03:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,506
Posted By practical

I think this is a great question. You got some...

I think this is a great question. You got some interesting replies but nothing that really helps. I don't think you can get a good test ride so you have to trust your own sense. If the size is right,...
12-27-18, 08:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,824
Posted By practical

We have a hatchback and use the bike rack that...

We have a hatchback and use the bike rack that works with that. Nothing special. It holds two bikes. It marks up my car. But we use it all the time.
12-09-18, 11:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,185
Posted By practical

I bought a Vilano mountain bike a couple of years...

I bought a Vilano mountain bike a couple of years ago so my comments are based on that experience.
1. I thought the bike was good value for the money. That being said, it's going to be an okay...
12-04-18, 07:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,104
Posted By practical

I have an older Specialized Sequoia touring bike...

I have an older Specialized Sequoia touring bike that I converted to a flatbar. It has racks, lights , fenders and 28m tires. I use it for commuting, street rides and long rides.
11-25-18, 03:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By practical

What's the advantage or appeal of converting to a...

What's the advantage or appeal of converting to a dropbar?
11-23-18, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,213
Posted By practical

I think this idea has potential.

I think this idea has potential.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-18, 04:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,054
Posted By practical

I did something similar with my road bike. The...

I did something similar with my road bike. The issue I had was that I could not inflate the tires until I had put the wheel on as it would not fit past the brakes. I also have to deflate the tire to...
10-30-18, 09:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By practical

Linear pull brakes need spring adjustments often...

Linear pull brakes need spring adjustments often to keep them balanced. I find these brakes are a pain and wish that hybrids had rim brakes like road bikes which work much better and need very little...
09-27-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,328
Posted By practical

I use clipless shoes because I do a fair amount...

I use clipless shoes because I do a fair amount of long rides. My bike is a true hybrid - a road bike converted to a flatbar setup. I love it when riding in traffic. I have dual pedals. I like having...
09-26-18, 06:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,103
Posted By practical

I bought a bike stand from Nashbar. It's not...

I bought a bike stand from Nashbar. It's not great but it works for me. It's portable which is important to me. About the same price.
09-20-18, 11:23 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,102
Posted By practical

I always wear one - just as I always wear a seat...

I always wear one - just as I always wear a seat belt. But I wonder why I bother when I'm on a rail trail (once or twice a year).
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-18, 11:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,252
Posted By practical

Depends on far I have to go. The closer I get,...

Depends on far I have to go. The closer I get, the more I will slow down. I want to time it (of course). I check the intersection. Are cars just going through? Has the intersection mostly cleared?...
09-17-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,458
Posted By practical

When riding behind someone, always assume they...

When riding behind someone, always assume they may have to stop or take an evasive action unexpectedly without warning. If you're not leaving enough space to avoid a collision, you are raiding...
09-14-18, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 93,892
Posted By practical

You probably can't go wrong at that price - but...

You probably can't go wrong at that price - but you want to make sure to get a bike your husband will enjoy riding. I don't know how much that bikes weighs, but if it's over 30 pounds, he will get...
09-11-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,026
Posted By practical

Are the chain and cassette new or used? If used,...

Are the chain and cassette new or used? If used, could the chain be stretched? Could some of the middle gears of the cassette be worn?
09-10-18, 11:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By practical

I have a pair made for toe clips and they work...

I have a pair made for toe clips and they work great. I think you can find a shoe that might work if you look for these qualities: 1. pointy toe (slips in and out easier). 2. smooth and stiff sole....
09-06-18, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By practical

How about using your hybrid? Your hybrid would...

How about using your hybrid? Your hybrid would accommodate gravel-friendly tires. (Your road bike might but you really don't want to have to switch tires or wheels.) I think flat bars are a good...
Forum: Foo
09-04-18, 12:25 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,142
Posted By practical

I don't think they're any more or less "flimsy"...

I don't think they're any more or less "flimsy" than other laptops. Nothing has broken on any of them and they're still working as fine now as when I got them.
09-04-18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,462
Posted By practical

If you're going to use a milk crate, then put the...

If you're going to use a milk crate, then put the rack on the front. A milk crate on the rear will make mounting a dismounting harder. You will have to step over the top bar rather than swing your...
09-03-18, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,492
Posted By practical

I don't grease any cables. I was taught to do it...

I don't grease any cables. I was taught to do it - especially when putting on new cables and housing. Maybe I'm wrong, but not it doesn't seem to affect the performance by not greasing them. So, if...
Forum: Foo
09-02-18, 03:04 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,142
Posted By practical

I have three Chromebooks (one for each level in...

I have three Chromebooks (one for each level in the house). I wouldn't use a "real" computer again.
08-30-18, 04:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,451
Posted By practical

I appreciated the comment that the legal...

I appreciated the comment that the legal requirements may vary. But what is the safe and courteous thing to do? 1. Always put safety first, regardless of who is "right" or "wrong." 2. Always act with...
08-20-18, 12:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By practical

Have you taken it to the bike shop? A bike shop...

Have you taken it to the bike shop? A bike shop would be best for a job like this as it requires experience and special tools. It's possible you will need a different rear derailleur and it's...
08-20-18, 05:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,776
Posted By practical

Often the focus of bike "etiquette" is on the...

Often the focus of bike "etiquette" is on the rider in front of another rider and includes such things as signalling with your hand and voice. While this is nice, I think the focus should be on the...
08-18-18, 05:38 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,578
Posted By practical

I think if I owned a bike shop, I would assist...

I think if I owned a bike shop, I would assist buyers in buying online from any retailer. I would have the bike shipped to my store where I assemble the bike for a standard fee. This would be a great...
08-06-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 364
Posted By practical

When my FD acts up, it's always the spring. It...

When my FD acts up, it's always the spring. It gets balky. I need to use WD40 and work it back forth until it comes back to life. Is this what your FD does?
08-04-18, 04:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By practical

We sometimes draft but only when biking into the...

We sometimes draft but only when biking into the wind and our speed is around 10-12 mph (or slower).
08-03-18, 05:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By practical

Safety from behind

While riding with friends the other day, the talk turned to signals and announcements such as saying "slowing, stopping" or signalling debris on the road, etc. I said to the group, "I don't care if...
08-03-18, 05:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,601
Posted By practical

You know what you're looking for and the price...

You know what you're looking for and the price range you're willing to spend. With that in mind, you can find good, quality bikes that fit your criteria from any good manufacturer. Since you get a...
07-14-18, 06:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,490
Posted By practical

Your price range is good for getting a quality...

Your price range is good for getting a quality hybrid bike. You will have lots to choose from. I suggest you get the lightest bike. Also, as others have said, you can put on 32m or 35m tires with a...
07-14-18, 06:27 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,121
Posted By practical

I like toe cages. They work well. I think the...

I like toe cages. They work well. I think the secret to them is the shoe. I happen to still have a pair of shoes made specifically for toe cages that I got in the 1980s. They have a slightly pointed...
07-09-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 670
Posted By practical

Nice bike. Choose the best bike for the kind of...

Nice bike. Choose the best bike for the kind of riding you do. I'm an older recreational cyclist. I converted a road bike into a hybrid by changing the handlebars and shifters. It really fits me and...
06-20-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,175
Posted By practical

I've seen some youtube videos showing how to do...

I've seen some youtube videos showing how to do this. Search youtube and see what you find.
Forum: Commuting
05-10-18, 09:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,730
Posted By practical

I had an 8x12 garden shed that I used for bike...

I had an 8x12 garden shed that I used for bike storage. Built it myself and used landscape ties as "sleepers" to put it on. I presently have an 8x8 shed and it's too small, fortunately I also have a...
05-03-18, 09:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,634
Posted By practical

I'd leave the flat bars on it. What advantage is...

I'd leave the flat bars on it. What advantage is there in changing it? Add bar ends if he'd like them. I'd look at a different set of tires which I'm sure his rims will accommodate. A nice fat tire...
05-02-18, 12:22 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 12,554
Posted By practical

I put flat bars on a road bike and I like it much...

I put flat bars on a road bike and I like it much better. I use this bike mostly for commuting, riding in traffic, etc. and I find the upright position much better. I also have a a bike with drop...
04-06-18, 04:24 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,791
Posted By practical

You have a mountain bike, right? But you ride...

You have a mountain bike, right? But you ride mostly on flat and paved roads, right? Why not sell your mountain bike and get a road bike? Did you know that Florida is the flattest state in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-18, 08:23 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 14,425
Posted By practical

I have enjoyed a lot of GCN videos, but I agree...

I have enjoyed a lot of GCN videos, but I agree that it may have run its course. What I like about the videos is that they are very well done, high production values. Multiple camera angles, good...
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