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05-13-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,531
Posted By MRT2

A diamond frame refers to a bike with a top tube....

A diamond frame refers to a bike with a top tube. The reason women's bikes traditionally didn't have a top tube is because back when women wore dresses and skirts all the time, the top tube got in...
05-11-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,531
Posted By MRT2

When my son was maybe 9 years old, I went this...

When my son was maybe 9 years old, I went this route instead of buying him a kids bike with 24" wheels. I knew when I bought the bike that it probably wouldn't fit him for long, and it didn't as he...
05-11-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,531
Posted By MRT2

It isn't that the parts cannot be repaired, but...

It isn't that the parts cannot be repaired, but rather, that the quality is so poor that it just doesn't make sense to put money into such a cheap bike.
Look for something like an old Trek 800 or...
05-05-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,481
Posted By MRT2

This is mostly true, but there is more to the...

This is mostly true, but there is more to the story, including hormones. Namely Leptin and ghrelin. They are hormones that signal you to eat, or to stop eating because you are full.
05-05-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,481
Posted By MRT2

You won't want to hear this, but my experience...

You won't want to hear this, but my experience has been that I can keep the weight off, but only when keeping to a fairly strict diet, with regular vigourous exercise at least 4 times a week, at...
05-03-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Even if I were just replacing an old part, I...

Even if I were just replacing an old part, I think I would go up to Altus just because the cost difference is not that much. It really bugs me that premium brands are putting Tourney stuff on new...
05-03-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

You didn't answer the question. Would you pay...

You didn't answer the question. Would you pay $700 for a 7 speed bike with a freewheel?
05-03-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Knock off the ad hominem attacks. You have the...

Knock off the ad hominem attacks. You have the right to your opinion, but when you get into the realm of personal attacks, keep it to yourself.
Shifting gears, so to speak would you buy 7 speed...
05-02-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,550
Posted By MRT2

I will take a whack at this. What to look...

I will take a whack at this.

What to look for new or used.
Aluminum or Cro Moly steel frame. Carbon frame would be nice, but probably not in the cards unless you are looking to spend some money....
05-02-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,299
Posted By MRT2

The gearing might be too tall for your current...

The gearing might be too tall for your current ability. You could swap the chainring for a smaller one. I ride geared bikes, but if I were looking at a 1 speed, I would probably go with something...
05-01-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,299
Posted By MRT2

When you pick the bike up, do the wheels spin...

When you pick the bike up, do the wheels spin freely? When coasting downhill, is pedaling any easier?
04-28-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,168
Posted By MRT2

In a time where good affordable bikes are scarce...

In a time where good affordable bikes are scarce or hard to find, there is the cost of time. This is how I talked myself into paying full retail for a bike years ago, even though I like to find a...
04-27-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 367
Posted By MRT2

Hybrid, all day long. Or even a road bike. ...

Hybrid, all day long. Or even a road bike. While you certainly can convert older hardtail mountain bikes for general use, today, you would likely do better with a hybrid for riding on paved...
04-26-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,227
Posted By MRT2

If indeed it was only ridden 3 times, it should...

If indeed it was only ridden 3 times, it should be ready to ride and not need anything new for at least the first season. There is absolutely nothing wrong with entry level road components from 10...
04-26-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

It is harder to keep track of Cannondale's old...

It is harder to keep track of Cannondale's old specs because they don't archive it like Trek does. But according to this website, Cannondale has downgraded the Quick 6 from just 2 years ago, when the...
04-25-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

The title of my thread was the creeping cost of...

The title of my thread was the creeping cost of entry into this sport, or activity. Not the creeping cost of an enthusiast level road bike. And maybe we the public were just spoiled by the cost of...
04-25-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Then again, there is a danger of selling lower...

Then again, there is a danger of selling lower quality at higher prices, which Cannondale is as guilty of as any of the big brands.
The Quick 6 has a 7 speed freewheel, as far as I can tell. Which...
04-23-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 763
Posted By MRT2

Good question. My wife rides the Satelite, which...

Good question. My wife rides the Satelite, which was the precursor to the Quest. Probably sees more money in the gravel/urban bike market. The Renegade is getting great reviews, and maybe those...
04-23-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,879
Posted By MRT2

That makes no sense. The big gear is 40 x 11,...

That makes no sense. The big gear is 40 x 11, which is a pretty big 98.2 gear inches. At 90 rpm, that translates into 26 mph. At 80 rpm, 23 mph. At a leisurely 60 rpm, you are at 17.5 mph.
I...
04-22-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,728
Posted By MRT2

You are correct about quality having nowhere to...

You are correct about quality having nowhere to go but down. Because nobody is investing in better quality 7 and 8 speed groups.
I started a thread a couple of weeks ago complaining about $500 or...
04-11-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,494
Posted By MRT2

Welcome to the forums. There are plenty of...

Welcome to the forums. There are plenty of touring rigs out there, and other variations on the touring or light touring theme. I ride a 2012 Salsa Casserol, though I have changed out the wheels on it...
04-11-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By MRT2

My wife had a knack for throwing her chain when...

My wife had a knack for throwing her chain when trying to shift going uphill. She insisted there was something wrong with the bike. I rode her bike uphill and couldn't replicate the problem. Took...
04-10-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,006
Posted By MRT2

I would also say try drop bars. A lot of newer...

I would also say try drop bars. A lot of newer bars have very shallow drops and the bars themselves flare out. I have decided that if I switch out my current drop bars, I am going with a bar like...
04-10-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,306
Posted By MRT2

Eventually, yes. Enthusiasm for cycling goes in...

Eventually, yes. Enthusiasm for cycling goes in waves. Last year the pandemic caused a mini cycling boom as people stopped going to gyms and were looking for an outdoor activity they could do and...
04-10-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By MRT2

If the chain only falls off when going uphill, it...

If the chain only falls off when going uphill, it might be something to do with your shifting technique. Maybe try easing off the power as you shift, or better yet, get in the habit of shifting to...
04-09-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 665
Posted By MRT2

One of my pet peeves. Tourney on a $700 plus...

One of my pet peeves. Tourney on a $700 plus bike is unforgiveable.
04-09-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

The Dew plus was $549 in 2009. It featured...

The Dew plus was $549 in 2009. It featured mechanical disc brakes, 3 x 8 drivetrain. 700c wheels and tires. The current Dew plus retails for , $779 currently. It features 650b wheels, and...
04-07-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,714
Posted By MRT2

The rapport and institutional memory you will...

The rapport and institutional memory you will build is more likely with a small, locally run place than with the mega store.
04-07-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,714
Posted By MRT2

I would ask why you didn't go to a small, locally...

I would ask why you didn't go to a small, locally run place in the first place. So far as I know, there is nothing proprietary about the FX3, so no special Trek/Bontrager approved parts you have to...
04-06-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

My son rides a bike that looks similarly crusty,...

My son rides a bike that looks similarly crusty, that I paid a bike shop not much for. I believe the deal was a trade for a kid's bike, plus about $100 or so in cash for an old Gitane frame that...
04-06-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,037
Posted By MRT2

It depends on the clearance of the dropouts and...

It depends on the clearance of the dropouts and the brakes. There may not be room to mount a larger tire. I doubt anybody can know that from the available information.
04-05-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,998
Posted By MRT2

We are going with the Dyad. Hopefully will be...

We are going with the Dyad. Hopefully will be the right mix of durability but still reasonable weight.
04-05-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,998
Posted By MRT2

Clydes and Wheels,

A couple of weeks ago when I took my bike out for the first ride of the spring riding season, I noticed a tiny crack around one of the spoke holes. Sadly, the crack has worsened, and so now I am...
04-04-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 13,178
Posted By MRT2

I used to run in high school, intermittently in...

I used to run in high school, intermittently in college, and as a young adult. I gave it up around the early 2000s as I just couldn't take the stress on my knees. I have don't a lot more cycling in...
04-02-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Finally something we agree on. Exactly a year...

Finally something we agree on. Exactly a year ago, I steered an friend to a bike that was hanging in her mother's garage as a way to get out and ride during the early part of the pandemic, when gyms...
04-02-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Indeed this is true, and a useful retort to those...

Indeed this is true, and a useful retort to those who say newcomers can just go buy a used bike. I can go buy a used bike and have an idea if I am getting a good deal. Someone who knows nothing...
04-01-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Bikes are largely sold out or backordered right...

Bikes are largely sold out or backordered right now. That is true. Perhaps pandemic related. Perhaps supply related.
04-01-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Part of my point though is that disc brakes at...

Part of my point though is that disc brakes at this price point did raise the prices for maybe not much of a performance increase.
04-01-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

You can do your own inflation math. And if you...

You can do your own inflation math. And if you want to look up the links to 2020 models, you can do that yourself, too. (and you can stop moving the goal posts). It really doesn't matter what the...
04-01-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

Maybe it comes down to marketing. Disc brakes...

Maybe it comes down to marketing. Disc brakes look cool, but they add a lot to the cost. Better drivetrain components, or 8 speed instead of 7, or a freehub instead of freewheel are things you...
04-01-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

$700 for a bike with Tourney level components is...

$700 for a bike with Tourney level components is a rip off. Even Tourney at a $500 price point isn't great, IMO. I am sorry but Specialized is just being greedy. And while I get it that the...
04-01-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

IMO, there is no excuse for putting Tourney level...

IMO, there is no excuse for putting Tourney level components on any bike shop quality bike. Acera is better than it used to be, and Altus is OK for entry level. But seriously, they can do better...
04-01-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

They are going to kill the goose that laid the...

They are going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg at this rate. I used to be an audiophile, but they kept raising prices and at a certain point, I just stopped buying gear. It was one thing...
04-01-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 300
Views: 15,192
Posted By MRT2

New bikes, and the creeping cost of entry to our favorite sport

This is a variation on a theme I see from time to time. I am not really concerned for myself, as I have a nice bike that I have invested in new wheels, and have otherwise maintained over the years....
03-31-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 505
Posted By MRT2

No, OP asked about replacing a 3 x 6 with a 3 x 7...

No, OP asked about replacing a 3 x 6 with a 3 x 7 or 3 x 8. That is why I asked.
03-31-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,870
Posted By MRT2

It is fine. If that is your natural speed, that...

It is fine. If that is your natural speed, that is what it is. My wife and I go through this every so often, but usually by the middle of the riding season, we settle into about the same. 12 mph...
03-29-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,735
Posted By MRT2

That sounds about right. Every person will be a...

That sounds about right. Every person will be a little different. But if you can ride and carry out a conversation easily, you are working at a very leisurely pace. not that you should turn your...
Forum: Introductions
03-28-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By MRT2

Welcome to the forums. I was not familiar with...

Welcome to the forums. I was not familiar with the Panasonic ATB, but looked it up. From what I see, the frame on that Panasonic is really nice. Jamis and Surly sell bikes based on that sort of...
03-27-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,467
Posted By MRT2

That is a big no, as for assuming the wheels are...

That is a big no, as for assuming the wheels are sufficient for your weight. What that rating means is, the frame will be sufficient to hold your weight. Not the wheels. The wheels may or may not...
03-25-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,037
Posted By MRT2

Well, perhaps, but if your budget is under $300,...

Well, perhaps, but if your budget is under $300, you can't have everything. Indeed, Trek sells a 7 speed FX1 for $500 retail, and if you want an 8 speed Trek hybrid, it will cost you $700 for the FX2...
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