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08-08-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By PDKL45

List of Flat Bar Road Bikes

I am pretty much sold on my next bike being a flat bar road bike, but I'm going to take a while to find the perfect bike for me. While I'm pretty much decided on a Merida Speeder, I am also sort of...
08-08-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

Here's the 2020 ToughRoad SLR 0, available in...

Here's the 2020 ToughRoad SLR 0, available in Korea, which, in terms of looks, is very close to the SLR 2 above. It's actually not as nice as the 2019 model in terms of colorway and components (in my...
08-07-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By PDKL45

Check out a Cruzbike T-50. However, with the...

Check out a Cruzbike T-50.

However, with the comfort bikes and hybrid bikes, remember that you're not limited to the components that the bike comes with. You can start with a bike with a lot of...
08-05-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,587
Posted By PDKL45

The Giant Fastroad SL 1 has 105 this year, but...

The Giant Fastroad SL 1 has 105 this year, but with a Praxis crankset, for around 1,100 dollars.
08-01-19, 01:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,278
Posted By PDKL45

Ergon's almost in a class of its own, especially...

Ergon's almost in a class of its own, especially with the "S" or small grips. I tried Ergotec grips, but they were too fat between the thumb and forefinger, as compared to the slimmer Ergons. I much...
07-29-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,203
Posted By PDKL45

Anyone got any updates on OP's question, closer...

Anyone got any updates on OP's question, closer to the date? I saw the new 2020 road eBike, with the Sagan commercial, but that's about it. Oh, and the Sequoia has been dropped from the range,...
07-27-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By PDKL45

Interbike's no more, and dealer events have taken...

Interbike's no more, and dealer events have taken over to an extent. QBP brands often used to wait until Saddledrive to release new stuff, and then it was often under embargo, but this year thsy gave...
07-25-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,287
Posted By PDKL45

The 2020 Giant Fastroad Advanced is up on the US...

The 2020 Giant Fastroad Advanced is up on the US website now, and the SL should be up in a week or so, they've been rolling their 2020 range out gradually around the world. I have actually paid...
07-25-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,287
Posted By PDKL45

I don't know that the Giant is always better...

I don't know that the Giant is always better value, but in my opinion, the 2020 Giant Fastroad SL 1 offers better value than the 2020 Trek FX 4 at the $1,400 point right now.

It has an upgrade to...
07-25-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,287
Posted By PDKL45

The Trek FX Sport 4 looks okay, but it's about 1...

The Trek FX Sport 4 looks okay, but it's about 1 kilogram heavier than the Merida 500, comes with Tiagra vs. Ultegra and is only $100 cheaper. I don't think you guys in the US can get Merida bikes,...
07-24-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,287
Posted By PDKL45

Here's the Australian site: ...

Here's the Australian site:

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/bikes/on-road/fitness

They just went up on the South Korean site and I was interested to see that they've got the same colorways...
07-20-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,287
Posted By PDKL45

The 2020 models are here in some markets, and I...

The 2020 models are here in some markets, and I would recommend them over the 2919 models.

The 2020 top model has a carbon seatpost for added comfort as well as Shimano 105 with a nice Praxis...
07-19-19, 12:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,551
Posted By PDKL45

Have you seen the 2020 Giant Fastroads? Giant...

Have you seen the 2020 Giant Fastroads? Giant Australia has had the 2020 models up for a week or two. Obviously they're a flat bar road bike, as opposed to the more traditional hybrid that is the...
07-14-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,212
Posted By PDKL45

Guys on XC mountain bikes ride like that all the...

Guys on XC mountain bikes ride like that all the time in Seoul, Korea. There's a huge network of paths here, and guys love to ride their high end hardtail MTBs as path bikes, so you see them grabbing...
07-11-19, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 803
Posted By PDKL45

Merida Speeder Max Tire Clearance

Does anyone have any idea of the maximum tire width of a Merida Speeder? They come with 700x28C tires, but I'm wondering if you could fit slightly wider tires, say 700x35C, with fenders.
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07-11-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By PDKL45

How about a flat bar road bike like a Giant...

How about a flat bar road bike like a Giant Fastroad? You could check out the Specialized Sirrus or a Cannondale Quick as well.
07-09-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

Have a look at the Toughroad SLR GX 1, on offer...

Have a look at the Toughroad SLR GX 1, on offer in the US. Giant has included the same racks as the Toughroad SLR 1, and it does look like a move a company would make to transition the Toughroad line...
07-09-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,389
Posted By PDKL45

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This guy got flat bars cut to 44-46cm and had a welder attach...
07-09-19, 02:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,224
Posted By PDKL45

Hey OP, why not contact Jan Heine at Rene Herse...

Hey OP, why not contact Jan Heine at Rene Herse bicycles? He often travels to Japan as his wife is Japanese and he is very knowledgable when it comes to classic bikes. Maybe he, or someone else,...
07-07-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

No 1x SLR 0?! Maybe they'll release it in other...

No 1x SLR 0?! Maybe they'll release it in other markets, but Oz was the original home of the SLR 0 model.

Edit: Actually, from what I can see, they're rolling out the 2020 models gradually, so...
06-30-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,617
Posted By PDKL45

With a fatbike, you have the ability to run...

With a fatbike, you have the ability to run various wheel sizes. A 26x4.0 tire has roughly the same diameter as a 29x2.0 tire, so if you have two wheelsets, a fat 26" and a regular 29", you could...
06-30-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

Looking at the site, the 2020 Toughroad SLR 1...

Looking at the site, the 2020 Toughroad SLR 1 will be copper colored with the same Deore 10 speed and the same decent Giant racks. I wonder what the wheels are like, though? In my experience, Giant...
06-27-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

I think the Toughroad SLR GX has "Giant CrossCut...

I think the Toughroad SLR GX has "Giant CrossCut AT 2, 700x38" tires on the lower level bikes and “Giant CrossCut Gravel 2, 700x40” tires on the higher level bikes. That's why I was asking actually,...
06-27-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,837
Posted By PDKL45

There's a spectrum of hybrids, from flat bar road...

There's a spectrum of hybrids, from flat bar road bikes (Giant Fastroad; Merida Speeder), often known as "Fitness" bikes, to the more traditional middle of the road hybrid (Giant Escape; Merida...
06-27-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

Strange that they're only offering the Toughroad...

Strange that they're only offering the Toughroad SLR GX 2 in the US, You would think that there was a ready market for the higher level GX 1 and GX 0 models there? I was under the impression that...
06-18-19, 04:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, I just went to Praxis and it looks like...

Yeah, I just went to Praxis and it looks like they have 38, 40 and 42 tooth chainrings that will go straight on to that crankset. Took me a while, but I finally got the info.

The new 2020 Giant...
06-18-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 656
Posted By PDKL45

Look for a Sunrace 8 speed 11-40 cassette and an...

Look for a Sunrace 8 speed 11-40 cassette and an 8 or 9 speed Shimano Altus or Alivio rear derailleur with a total capacity of 45 teeth. You can check the exact derailleur model name on the Shimano...
06-17-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By PDKL45

Praxis Direct Mount Road Spider to 1x Conversion

The Praxis Alba compact road double has a 110 BCD direct mount spider to hold 50 & 34 T chainrings. I am wondering if anyone knows whether a 1x conversion of that crankset would be as simple as...
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,475
Posted By PDKL45

Korean air quality is awful in Winter and Spring,...

Korean air quality is awful in Winter and Spring, we're just coming into the time of year when it clears up. Get a sports mask rated for PM 2.5 filtration if you're concerned, and make sure it has a...
06-14-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

Does anyone know if the tire clearance is the...

Does anyone know if the tire clearance is the same on the flat bar and drop bar models? The flat bar bikes have 700x50 (29x2.0) tires, while the drop bar bikes have 700x40c tires stock. Is it...
06-13-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

It's strange that the Toughroad SLR 0 is not...

It's strange that the Toughroad SLR 0 is not offered in the US. I know that feeling really well; living in Korea the distributors of many brands fail to offer any of the brand's bikes that I am...
06-13-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,180
Posted By PDKL45

That's awful news, as I really like the Toughroad...

That's awful news, as I really like the Toughroad SLR flatbar and would love to own the 1x11 model. Unfortunately, I can't just up and buy a new bike right now, even if it may be phased out...
05-29-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,180
Posted By PDKL45

It's not. EU customers can still buy bargain...

It's not. EU customers can still buy bargain Shimano stuff, while the rest of us now have to deal with local distributors, many of whom make the worst government departments look like sleek,...
05-23-19, 06:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,446
Posted By PDKL45

Chain Reaction Cycles stopped selling Shimano...

Chain Reaction Cycles stopped selling Shimano months ago now, and their shipping policy was much cheaper than that of the German sellers. It's utterly ridiculous and really quite infuriating, but...
05-13-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,974
Posted By PDKL45

If your Sora has a triple crankset, you can use a...

If your Sora has a triple crankset, you can use a Shimano 12-36 9 speed cassette with an MTB rear derailleur, like an Alivio, or NOS 9 speed Deore/Deore XT. Sora STI levers are fine with Mega 9 rear...
05-13-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,301
Posted By PDKL45

Buying a new bike can be difficult. There are a...

Buying a new bike can be difficult. There are a few things you can list that help others to help you, though (borrowed from r/whichbike on ******):

- Your level of experience with cycling:
...
04-23-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,409
Posted By PDKL45

Sch-Vaal-Buh

Sch-Vaal-Buh
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 03:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,004
Posted By PDKL45

SQ Labs makes inner bar ends that look...

SQ Labs makes inner bar ends that look wonderfully ergonomic.

https://bikeshed.johnhoogstrate.nl/bicycle/handlebar/sqlab_411/
03-20-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,060
Posted By PDKL45

Hey OP, I am overweight as well, but I have...

Hey OP, I am overweight as well, but I have recently lost 12.5 kg, around 25 lbs and I am on track to lose a lot more.

With us bigger guys, we lose weight with food management and we gain health...
03-19-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By PDKL45

Have a look at the Wolftooth Tanpan...

Have a look at the Wolftooth Tanpan (https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/products/tanpan) to allow you to shift the XT derailleur with 11 speed STI levers.
03-19-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,916
Posted By PDKL45

Unfortunately the Specialized AWOL is on the way...

Unfortunately the Specialized AWOL is on the way out, it seems. All stock is now exhausted, and there had not been an update of colorways and specs since the 2017 models. I have heard from a few...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-29-18, 06:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,039
Posted By PDKL45

If anyone finds their way here via Google,...

If anyone finds their way here via Google, looking for an answer to this question, it's Rookey Bike Works.

https://rookeybike.com/
08-01-18, 09:29 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 12,757
Posted By PDKL45

Long may we live in his supple embrace. ...

Long may we live in his supple embrace.

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08-01-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,498
Posted By PDKL45

The ways of Korean distributors are mysterious...

The ways of Korean distributors are mysterious and a massive factor in the growth of international shopping among Korean consumers.
08-01-18, 07:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,498
Posted By PDKL45

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08-01-18, 06:03 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 12,757
Posted By PDKL45

People who read it also quote posts from December...

People who read it also quote posts from December 28, 2011 in Jan Heine's blog, https://janheine.wordpress.com/ while they wear their Rene Herse robes, chant their sacred Alex Singer chants (low end...
08-01-18, 05:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,498
Posted By PDKL45

If you're actively avoiding those 660mm H type...

If you're actively avoiding those 660mm H type aluminium bars made in Taiwan, you'll have to stay a long way away from Bikely in Seoul, Korea. It would be a terrible thing if anyone started selling...
08-01-18, 12:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,498
Posted By PDKL45

Thumb shifters probably work like that, but...

Thumb shifters probably work like that, but trigger shifters won't. I am fine as they are now, not as they are in this photo. I can operate the brakes with 2 fingers and the trigger shifters are set...
08-01-18, 12:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,498
Posted By PDKL45

Each to his own I guess, I like them as they are.

Each to his own I guess, I like them as they are.
07-31-18, 08:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,498
Posted By PDKL45

One thing I would caution against is positioning...

One thing I would caution against is positioning the brake lever and gear shifter (especially a trigger shifter) too close to the grips. You can see here that the gear levers overlap the grip, which...
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