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12-01-17, 08:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,427
Posted By mickw

I would (and I did) get with a local shop and...

I would (and I did) get with a local shop and explain what you want.
You seem to know what you want , an enthusiatic shop might get excited about building you a bike.
I did exactly this , although...
Replies: 51
Views: 6,093
Posted By mickw

I just built a long haul trucker for my...

I just built a long haul trucker for my age/performance/riding habits.
I figured I'd go pretty low and see how it went , and I like it very much.
A HG50 9 speed cassette with 11-30 , and a M-361...
11-02-17, 02:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,312
Posted By mickw

Which velocity set did you get , they are all...

Which velocity set did you get , they are all good stuff.
Great deal on the Nokians for sure.
I've been selling Nokian winter tires for the last 20 years at my auto repair shop , really good stuff....
10-31-17, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,353
Posted By mickw

The only way to pick a bike from scratch is to...

The only way to pick a bike from scratch is to ride a bunch.
I'm 58 years old , degenerative arthritis , bad spine , I bought a giant roam 3 to get back into riding.
I thought it was a good fit ,...
10-31-17, 02:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,312
Posted By mickw

A good way to figure tire width is to multiply...

A good way to figure tire width is to multiply the internal rim width by 1.45 to 2 times.
This would be a very safe combo , generally you can go wider , but these are safe standards.
Example , my...
10-30-17, 06:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,312
Posted By mickw

I built a Surly Long Haul Trucker and these are...

I built a Surly Long Haul Trucker and these are what I used.
Harris Cyclery 700c Velocity Dyad/Deore XT T780 Wheel Set 36 Spoke - Harris Cyclery bicycle shop - West Newton, Massachusetts...
09-09-17, 04:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,487
Posted By mickw

https://bikase.com/product/super-band/ This is...

https://bikase.com/product/super-band/
This is the one I use , it works pretty well.
You can attach it sidewase , lengthwise , use your imagination.
I've used it on a stem , handlebar , and top...
07-19-17, 08:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,693
Posted By mickw

Nice looking bike , and a great deal too. I...

Nice looking bike , and a great deal too.
I think going brown on the seat and bar tape would really finish the "look" , very nice.
I hated the trekking bars at first , they take some getting used...
07-09-17, 05:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,961
Posted By mickw

I can only relate to what I run and what my needs...

I can only relate to what I run and what my needs are in a tire.
I replaced the original tires on my 2016 Roam3 (same stock tires) with Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour....
07-05-17, 04:59 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 98,142
Posted By mickw

OK , here's a few pics of the trekking bars. ...

OK , here's a few pics of the trekking bars.

https://s25.postimg.org/yk1tc7gin/front.bars.jpg (https://postimage.org)

https://s25.postimg.org/xghp08vvj/right.bars.jpg[/url
...
07-04-17, 09:01 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 98,142
Posted By mickw

hokiefyd , the bike is a 2001 model with an...

hokiefyd , the bike is a 2001 model with an adjustable quill type stem.
I'll get some pics this week of the setup.
The shifter/brakes are the stock twist shift setup.
I think the rubber sleeves...
07-04-17, 08:50 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 98,142
Posted By mickw

rhenry01 , that is a beautiful green , I love it....

rhenry01 , that is a beautiful green , I love it.
Thanks Bruce , I forgot to mention the bottom bracket was pretty hosed so I bought a couple tools and replaced it with a Shimano BB UN55 sealed unit...
07-04-17, 04:28 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 98,142
Posted By mickw

I just got this from a customer who is in his...

I just got this from a customer who is in his early 70's and wanted something lighter.
It's got about 6,000 (really) miles on it and mostly good shape other than the wheel bearing cones.
I bought...
06-17-17, 04:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,988
Posted By mickw

The three bikes are very close in specs to be...

The three bikes are very close in specs to be nearly the same.
Fuji Bikes | Absolute 2.1 (http://www.fujibikes.com/usa/bikes/city/fitness/absolute/absolute-2-1)...
06-16-17, 08:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,343
Posted By mickw

Stack is the height from the center of the bottom...

Stack is the height from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the head tube.
Reach is the distance from the seatpost to the head tube at perfect level.
Higher stack makes the bars feel...
06-16-17, 08:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,689
Posted By mickw

The Jones loop bars come in 666 and 710 CM widths...

The Jones loop bars come in 666 and 710 CM widths which are quite wide.
The Surly bars are about 660 CM at the widest and narrow as they go forward.
I am currently running the Velo Orange Casey's...
06-05-17, 04:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,523
Posted By mickw

Assuming she can standover fine with the current...

Assuming she can standover fine with the current frame , take a look at the stem she has.
Mine was a 115mm 15 degree stem and I changed to a 90mm 15 degree stem , this made a big difference in...
06-05-17, 04:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,689
Posted By mickw

I tried a couple different bars to bring them...

I tried a couple different bars to bring them back and turn my wrists a bit.
My bike is a Giant Roam 3 (straight type mountain bars).
The first set I tried was Origin 8 Space off road bars.
The...
05-03-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,447
Posted By mickw

I'll throw another option into the mix. My...

I'll throw another option into the mix.
My Giant Roam 3 came with 700x40 Giant SRX-4 or something like it.
Thin smooth center and lugged edges for dirt riding.
My riding is generally on the road ,...
Forum: Touring
04-30-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,798
Posted By mickw

Thanks guys , I just needed a nudge towards the...

Thanks guys , I just needed a nudge towards the bike.
I will look into it further.
Thanks again.
Mick
04-30-17, 09:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,789
Posted By mickw

The 1 has a joytech freewheel according to this. ...

The 1 has a joytech freewheel according to this.
https://www.raleighusa.com/alysa-238
The 2 has a formula cassette.
https://www.raleighusa.com/alysa-223
Mick
Forum: Touring
04-30-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,798
Posted By mickw

Fuji Touring Bike

I've been interested in the Fuji Touring bike for some time and finally saw one in person yesterday.
Fuji Bikes | 2015 Touring | Bike Archives (http://archive.fujibikes.com/2015/Fuji/touring8)
I...
04-30-17, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,789
Posted By mickw

The safe bet is to get her the one she likes...

The safe bet is to get her the one she likes .....
The Alysa 1 is pretty basic , but if she doesn't like riding (my wife doesn't) you haven't lost much either.
If she's small , short armed , short...
04-22-17, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,096
Posted By mickw

I run the SKS b53 commuter 2 fenders on my bike...

I run the SKS b53 commuter 2 fenders on my bike with 700x40 tires.
https://www.amazon.com/SKS-B53-Commuter-Bicycle-Fender/dp/B0019JPG4G
Should do the trick for your bike.
They look pretty good...
04-22-17, 07:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By mickw

My Roam 3 only has 60mm travel on the forks , and...

My Roam 3 only has 60mm travel on the forks , and it's fine for me.
I should qualify "for me" I'm older , weaker , and somewhat disabled , and 157 lbs.
In this context , the basic forks I have work...
04-22-17, 04:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By mickw

Welcome to the forum. The Cross Legend Man...

Welcome to the forum.
The Cross Legend Man looks pretty interesting.
LEGEND MAN - Cross cycling (http://www.crosscycle.com/en/catalog/trekking-1/legend-man-139.html)
I would say yes , it looks...
04-17-17, 09:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,469
Posted By mickw

On the side of the stem should be the specs. ...

On the side of the stem should be the specs.
Something like 7 degree 115mm or similar.
You could go for something like a 15 degree 115mm to rise it up a bit.
You could also go shorter which will...
04-11-17, 03:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,570
Posted By mickw

I guess I noticed the fastroad in the header ,...

I guess I noticed the fastroad in the header , the toughroad is similar but for unknown hazards and mixed surfaces the toughroad is very fast,durable,lighter , just a really nice combination for "not...
04-10-17, 03:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,570
Posted By mickw

Maybe if you are leaning towards less traveled...

Maybe if you are leaning towards less traveled paths , maybe the toughroad would work for you.
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/toughroad-slr-2
Between the 2 choices you posted the Roam might be...
04-03-17, 05:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,728
Posted By mickw

If picking up weight is a problem (it is for me)...

If picking up weight is a problem (it is for me) you might want to check into a receiver hitch.
A 1 1/4" square receiver hitch will allow you to use a bike rack that slides in and pins to install....
04-01-17, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 975
Posted By mickw

Welcome to the forum. Generally you want to go...

Welcome to the forum.
Generally you want to go to your local bike shops and explain your needs to them.
Get a feel for the staff and see who listens best.
Luckily there is a bike for every use and...
03-30-17, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,153
Posted By mickw

You should both be riding these bikes as you do...

You should both be riding these bikes as you do your selections.
The budget for 2 bikes should net you a couple nice quality bikes.
Women specific bikes are aimed at a smaller physical size and...
03-30-17, 03:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,435
Posted By mickw

If you can't find any definite info on the wheel...

If you can't find any definite info on the wheel set you have now , you may need to measure.
Here's a pretty good article on what is what.
Axle standards explained- Mtbr.com...
03-28-17, 02:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,474
Posted By mickw

It used to be that you needed a disk specific...

It used to be that you needed a disk specific rack for rear disk brakes.
The reason was the caliper was behind the frame near the rack mounts.
If your Fuji has the caliper forward of this and...
03-23-17, 02:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,230
Posted By mickw

I can only provide my personal feelings on the...

I can only provide my personal feelings on the Giant Roam 3 that I ride.
The 2016 model didn't have disk brakes , but the brakes work very well for me.
I went to the bike shop intending to buy a...
03-22-17, 06:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,474
Posted By mickw

I have settled on the Topeak MTX Trunkbag DXP...

I have settled on the Topeak MTX Trunkbag DXP mounted on the Topeak Super Tourist DX non disk without spring.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii270/Mick_Will/Roam.Fenders.right_zpsdvf6mhip.jpg...
03-21-17, 03:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,095
Posted By mickw

OK , here's a couple shots from today. ...

OK , here's a couple shots from today.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii270/Mick_Will/Roam.Fenders.right_zpsdvf6mhip.jpg...
03-12-17, 05:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,782
Posted By mickw

I was looking into this myself also. This looks...

I was looking into this myself also.
This looks like a match more or less.
Forks | Parts and Accessories | Surly Bikes (http://surlybikes.com/parts/forks/ogre_fork)
Both style brakes , length...
03-12-17, 12:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,185
Posted By mickw

If your dealer is trek , maybe they could fit a...

If your dealer is trek , maybe they could fit a rear wheel from a 520 to your fx.
The 520 wheel is about the same size , but has 36 spokes for the increased weight you run.
Mostly the higher spoke...
02-19-17, 08:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,042
Posted By mickw

I forgot to mention , my bike is probably to the...

I forgot to mention , my bike is probably to the largest size I should have bought.
My first thing to try was a stem.
The original stem was 115mm and 15 degree.
I installed a 90mm and 15 degree...
02-19-17, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,042
Posted By mickw

There's no quick answer to this problem. ...

There's no quick answer to this problem.
Overall , the "bike fit" to your body may be the base problem.
If you were jumping logs or difficult terrain riding may have caused it.
You need to get a...
02-13-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,095
Posted By mickw

As much as I like the SKS fenders , that is some...

As much as I like the SKS fenders , that is some nasty,heavy slop you got there.
I'm not sure they will be ridgid enough for that abuse.
If you do try it though , make sure they fit tightest at the...
02-11-17, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,813
Posted By mickw

I love it! I was actually thinking about a...

I love it!
I was actually thinking about a toughroad with the same bars,grips, and pedals.
I have the same grips 6.75" ESI extra chunky , on my bike with surly open bars.
They are really comfy and...
02-09-17, 03:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,095
Posted By mickw

I have a set of the b53 commuter fenders on my...

I have a set of the b53 commuter fenders on my giant roam 3.
I'm running the stock tires (700x40) and they work nice and look good.
The trick to keeping them nice and straight is to remove the...
01-28-17, 07:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,756
Posted By mickw

Once you get your bike fit and body position...

Once you get your bike fit and body position correct (for you) there is no limit to the miles per day you can ride.
I have a similar bike (Giant Roam 3) and after some adjustments and practice , I...
01-23-17, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,994
Posted By mickw

That's a really good looking bike , simple and to...

That's a really good looking bike , simple and to the point.
Very nice.
Mick
01-23-17, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,939
Posted By mickw

Maybe buy local (so to speak). Commuter Bike |...

Maybe buy local (so to speak).
Commuter Bike | Roebling Hybrid Bike | Brooklyn Bicycle Co. (http://www.brooklynbicycleco.com/collections/diamond-frame-bicycles/products/roebling?variant=12284573441)...
12-19-16, 03:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,959
Posted By mickw

I am looking at the flat bar cross check myself. ...

I am looking at the flat bar cross check myself.
I didn't want to recommend it specifically , but it's a really nice basic,quality bike from what I have seen.
I imagine you have some hills on the...
12-19-16, 05:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,959
Posted By mickw

Hawaii, America | Dealers | Surly Bikes...

Hawaii, America | Dealers | Surly Bikes (http://surlybikes.com/dealers/region/HI)
Maybe?
Mick
11-13-16, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 965
Posted By mickw

Welcome to the forum. Looks like a nice bike...

Welcome to the forum.
Looks like a nice bike you have selected.
I can only relate what "my" preferences on equipment tastes are.
I ride a 2016 Giant Roam 3 , I'm 57 years old 5'6".
My first need...
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