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08-07-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 441
Posted By travbikeman

If you would like a chromoly bike rather than...

If you would like a chromoly bike rather than alum, check out Breezer Inversion's.

Marin bikes has several gravel bikes also, the Lombard and Gestalt to name a few.
08-07-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By travbikeman

My understanding is no, the Claris and Altus have...

My understanding is no, the Claris and Altus have different pull lengths that will not align up with each other. You should be able to get a nice Altus derailleur super inexpensive. Somewhere...
08-07-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 704,035
Posted By travbikeman

The Judy is a mountain bike suspension. That...

The Judy is a mountain bike suspension. That potentially will ruin the geometry of the Dual Sport.

I and others like the Paragon. Scroll up and you will see several bikes with this upgrade.
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08-07-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 704,035
Posted By travbikeman

I just online chatted with Trek and found this is...

I just online chatted with Trek and found this is coil. I had previously thought it was air from what I looked up, but it's not.

Rather disappointing for a bike that costs $1150.
07-28-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 454
Posted By travbikeman

So..what's your budget on a bike? Everyone can...

So..what's your budget on a bike? Everyone can give recommendations, but we have no idea if you are able to budget the bike itself. If you are looking at Wal Mart bikes, I'm assuming it's possibly...
07-22-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By travbikeman

What's interesting to me is that the brand new...

What's interesting to me is that the brand new Rockhoppers, all of them, including the comp and expert all have straight tubes now. Which I find somewhat strange that Specialized went backwards on...
07-22-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By travbikeman

Rockhoppers to my understanding have straight...

Rockhoppers to my understanding have straight steerer tubes and headset. Might be limited to what you can get when you eventually want to replace.

Few that I hear are good though:

Suntour...
07-22-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 704,035
Posted By travbikeman

To ACE91 and I agree with the others above. The...

To ACE91 and I agree with the others above. The Paragon is a great choice for these hybrid bikes and there are others that own the DS that have upgraded to this shock, just search for the images. I...
07-20-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 711,345
Posted By travbikeman

Wow.....great pictures...everyone is doing...

Wow.....great pictures...everyone is doing awesome! Loving it!
07-20-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,886
Posted By travbikeman

I agree with other posters above about canal...

I agree with other posters above about canal dust. I too ride the C&O canal, at least 3 times a week from 10 to 40 miles each time. I too am a clyde, uncomfortably close again to...
07-16-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 858
Posted By travbikeman

I have this (last years model in red) in extra...

I have this (last years model in red) in extra large, but it is showing out of stock at moment:

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/align/p/162044?color=278042-162044&searchText=60820-3052
07-16-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By travbikeman

I agree with Hokiefyd, if they don't feel spongy...

I agree with Hokiefyd, if they don't feel spongy needing to be burped, then they just need to bed in.

BUT, I'm not sure how comparable these are to the Shimano XT or Ultegra brakes you are...
07-14-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 110,478
Posted By travbikeman

Wow, that LBS is looking to make the bucks! :eek:...

Wow, that LBS is looking to make the bucks! :eek:

I myself have gotten tired of going to the LBS to do this kind of work. I find it enjoyable to work on my own bike. With the help of Youtube...
07-13-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 110,478
Posted By travbikeman

Smile Just thought I'd give an fyi to hopefully save...

Just thought I'd give an fyi to hopefully save you money in future....Chain and cassettes are really inexpensive to replace and are considered wear items. For that 2015 Roam 3, probably around $50...
06-18-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By travbikeman

I have to keep reminding myself to stop falling...

I have to keep reminding myself to stop falling for the latest and greatest thing. I'm most likely going to just keep what I have. BUT, it is cool to see new bikes changing over to a 1x system.
06-18-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 593
Posted By travbikeman

2021 Modernized Dual Sport Hybrids

Appears that some manufacturers are modernizing the upper tier DS hybrids to a 1x drivtrain:

Cannondale Quick CX 1 - with a tapered steerer :O ...
06-15-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By travbikeman

The Quick's are nice bikes. This looks like a...

The Quick's are nice bikes. This looks like a good price for what looks to be at least a near new bike. Looks to be a good deal to me.

Normally I would tell you to try to talk price down. BUT,...
06-13-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 704,035
Posted By travbikeman

Looks like Trek is first to putting a one by...

Looks like Trek is first to putting a one by system on the sport suspension hybrids. The Dual Sport 4 now has a 1x11. But a 42 tooth crank, seems to be interesting.....Not sure how easy that would be...
06-13-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 481
Posted By travbikeman

Promax Solve: ...

Promax Solve:

https://www.promaxcomponents.com/product/solve-disc-brake/

If you take the pads out, if you haven't done this before or are unsure how to do so, youtube is great for guidance. ...
06-06-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1,368
Views: 263,879
Posted By travbikeman

Few weekends ago, I was finally able to have my...

Few weekends ago, I was finally able to have my Rockshox Paragon installed. Was thinking of upgrading to a 1x11 drivetrain......but I'm not really sold on spending $300 for an entire new drivetrain....
05-28-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By travbikeman

Depending on where you are located, that bike...

Depending on where you are located, that bike used when in size medium or large should easily sell for $500-$600, especially now since it's much more difficult to find a bike.

BUT, it's a small,...
05-19-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 734
Posted By travbikeman

That is a really nice looking bike. Looks like...

That is a really nice looking bike. Looks like it would be a great touring style bike for rails to trails and such. Especially with the fork mounts that you can put water bottles or anything else...
05-16-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,301
Posted By travbikeman

Was about to tell you that Whyte is not in the...

Was about to tell you that Whyte is not in the USA, so many of us would not have info for you on it.....when googling it, found...yes it is in the U.S. https://www.whyteusa.bike/

Learn something...
05-16-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

There are a lot of bikes similar to the...

There are a lot of bikes similar to the Crosstrail: Giant Roam, Trek DS, Scott Sub Cross, Fuji Traverse, Cannondale Quick CX.....etc....etc....

Seems like many bike shops are selling out of bikes...
05-16-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Seems like the past few years, Specialized has...

Seems like the past few years, Specialized has sort of been phasing out the Crosstrail as it seems to being replaced by the electrified versions of it. Used to be 5 or 6 models from the higher E2...
05-14-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 110,478
Posted By travbikeman

Curious if you have these grips on your bike: ...

Curious if you have these grips on your bike:

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/comfort-lx-twist-grips

Good video on how to remove and add grips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN2Q8tnOLoo...
05-05-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

The Forks steerer tube is only so long and will...

The Forks steerer tube is only so long and will not allow anymore spacers. You can change a lot of other things like getting a handlebar with a riser if you don't want to upgrade the stem. The...
05-05-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

IF I remember correctly, the stock grips did have...

IF I remember correctly, the stock grips did have a screw that holds them on. So yes, you can angle them. My Crosstrail did only come with 2 spacers and don't think you will be able to add anymore...
05-04-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Remember, you don't want your leg to be...

Remember, you don't want your leg to be completely straight 6 oclock when pedaling. You want your leg to keep some angle when at the 6 position otherwise you are going to hurt your knees and joints....
05-01-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,605
Posted By travbikeman

It's a great bike for rails to trails and gravel...

It's a great bike for rails to trails and gravel riding. Where I don't care for drops (am out of the wow factor I used to be when I USED to want a gravel bike). I like the geometry where I can view...
05-01-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By travbikeman

Only time I have ever seen anyone go over a...

Only time I have ever seen anyone go over a handle bar by slamming brakes is when they are going down a steep hill.

Like an example here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mS7Ga3c5Rc

Above...
04-24-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,676
Posted By travbikeman

To some of us, bikes are becoming less of an...

To some of us, bikes are becoming less of an investment and more of an addiction. Be careful when the N+1 disease hits!

If you had the funds for it, I would suggest the FX3, that is great bike...
04-20-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

The brake Lever page does show recommended...

The brake Lever page does show recommended calipers: BR-MT200, BR-UR300

I can find the BR_UR300 but like you don't see any MT200 calipers. ...
04-20-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Heh, forgot that my new Sub Cross and Scale has...

Heh, forgot that my new Sub Cross and Scale has the Shimano M315's on it. The MT200's are replacements for the M315. These are good solid brakes. I like how the lever can be adjusted to be closer...
04-20-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

If the Micro-shift does connect directly to the...

If the Micro-shift does connect directly to the handlebar, it should be fine. They do produce good products, but it is the more affordable product.

If you are still uncomfortable with it, one...
04-20-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

As long as the shifter is what connects to the...

As long as the shifter is what connects to the handlebar and not the brake lever, you should be able to use it as a separate component and purchase any brake system you want. It's unfortunate that...
04-19-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Warranty work should be completed by the...

Warranty work should be completed by the Specialized LBS. Problem is, I'm not sure if warranty is transferable to 2nd owners? You would have to take a look at online owners manuals or Specialized...
04-18-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,451
Posted By travbikeman

What you just described was the difficulty I had...

What you just described was the difficulty I had with the Presta valves on my ex's Fuji hybrid bike she had. I literally had to hold the pump onto the valve with one hand and pump with the other. IF...
04-18-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Multi tool, possibly saddle bag with spare tube,...

Multi tool, possibly saddle bag with spare tube, get ready for possible saddle and pedal changes and eventual or depending how long of rides you go on, grip changes as well.

IF riding early in...
04-16-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 9,353
Posted By travbikeman

:popcornHeh....the things we talk about when we...

:popcornHeh....the things we talk about when we have so much extra time available!

Personally I think it's cool if retirees or others are rebuilding bikes to sell. Doesn't mean I have to buy the...
04-15-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,564
Posted By travbikeman

Park Tools YouTube video's on repair are really...

Park Tools YouTube video's on repair are really good and informative. Reading how to fix things are one thing, sometimes being shown is helpful.
04-14-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Might be a good idea to discuss this with your...

Might be a good idea to discuss this with your LBS for any suggestions on adjusting the bike to better fit you.
04-14-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

The way I see it, both bikes are same with...

The way I see it, both bikes are same with exception to 3 things:

1. The Elite has a slightly better front suspension fork. But it's still a coil spring and not really sure how much better it is...
04-10-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By travbikeman

Curious with your Mangusta 5000, do you ever use...

Curious with your Mangusta 5000, do you ever use the drops on your handlebars? If you do, then look for a teachers salary affordable gravel bike. Yes, there are affordable gravel bikes and road bikes...
04-10-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By travbikeman

Well, it's been a couple days and no one has...

Well, it's been a couple days and no one has replied to you. I'm betting it's because many of us haven't tested both of these bikes and cannot give an opinion on the comparison.

Only wanted to...
04-09-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Oh, they produce Maxxis tires. OK, have...

Oh, they produce Maxxis tires. OK, have experience with those. Nice tires. Thanks for the link hokiefyd!
04-08-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Rockhopper is a bit better suited for light...

Rockhopper is a bit better suited for light single tracking mountain biking. Although it is close to being a hybrid but gearing wise and such, you might be happier with the Crosstrail for what you...
04-08-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

When you are able to, it would be interesting to...

When you are able to, it would be interesting to see pictures! Would like to see the tires and how they look on the bike. Curious on how much you paid for them?
04-08-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 220,617
Posted By travbikeman

Take a look at the pictures here of some mountain...

Take a look at the pictures here of some mountain bike tires on the Crosstrail:

https://www.bikeforums.net/mountain-biking/1111521-specialized-crosstrail-sport-disc-2016-wider-tyres.html
...
04-04-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2,033
Views: 704,035
Posted By travbikeman

IT is more maintenance, but reality is all forks...

IT is more maintenance, but reality is all forks require some maintenance. MY old Suntour NEX needed to be taken apart and re-oiled. It's currently taken apart in my garage just to see how it looks...
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