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by guitarguy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 6669

Re: Delta priority boarding - first timer

Haha thanks for the info and for putting our hopes and dreams in check everyone. I already knew we'd be after the important people, but from my experience these people are mostly first class and comfort plus so they won't be near us anyway, and plus there typically aren't that many of these folks. C...
by guitarguy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

I also agree with going tubeless. Lower pressure will give better traction. I like tubeless myself, but I can run about 24 psi (I'm 185lbs riding rocky rooty terrain) with tubes, 22 psi without - any less and hard turns get squirmy. Tire width and tread is going to make a much bigger difference wit...
by guitarguy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage ceiling bike storage
Replies: 21
Views: 1497

Re: Garage ceiling bike storage

Holy crap I would like to know this exact information sans the child bike! I will see what all the experts say.

:sharebeer
by guitarguy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Delta priority boarding - first timer
Replies: 80
Views: 6669

Delta priority boarding - first timer

We will be getting the vast pleasure of priority boarding on our Delta flight next week. We're flying domestic economy on a reward ticket, and because I currently have a Skymiles credit card we'll get to board early as I understand it. Question: Do we have to *do* anything? Verify anything? Or do we...
by guitarguy
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

I also agree with going tubeless. Lower pressure will give better traction. I like tubeless myself, but I can run about 24 psi (I'm 185lbs riding rocky rooty terrain) with tubes, 22 psi without - any less and hard turns get squirmy. Tire width and tread is going to make a much bigger difference wit...
by guitarguy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

Just don't be like me. "Light hands" became "loose grip" and when landing off a large drop my hand slipped off the bar and I went ass over tea kettle. :oops: you do need to actually keep a little bit of a grip! :P Good to know! haha I tried my first taste of a drop on my last ride and as hard as I ...
by guitarguy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

Good for you! Not sure if a life of ice hockey or starting out mountain biking caused me more bruises and bumps. :D Loosen up on the grip, and I think your hands will feel better over time. I was actually surprised how much I could bring my ice hockey pedigree over to mountain biking: balance, the ...
by guitarguy
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

My guess (along with the gloves) is that you're getting tired on the trails and putting more weight on your arms/hands than you should be. I personally wouldn't waste time digging or at the gym, I would spend that time getting in better shape on the trails. Ride 5 or 6 times a week if you can (espe...
by guitarguy
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

I may have missed you mentioning this, but do you have padded bike shorts? Those will help a lot when it comes to rear end recovery time. I don't have them yet, but I am planning on buying a pair of Zoic Ether padded shorts (with the removable liner) from my local REI. Signed up for their membershi...
by guitarguy
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basement water issue or not? Advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Re: Basement water issue or not? Advice?

I'm not understanding how exactly the water is getting in. Is it through the window frame or seeping in somewhere due to poor grading on the exterior of the house...? Either way I wouldn't spend any money fixing up the basement with a known water issue. If it's seeping in through painted surfaces th...
by guitarguy
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

(2) If you wrists are getting sore, make sure you are not putting too much weight on your hands. This occurs if your handlebars are too low or not enough air in your front fork. You can also try grips like the Ergon GE1. Also, one last bit of advice. Crashing is not something you want to do. It wil...
by guitarguy
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

Thanks for the replies all! I have been working and focusing on not death gripping the bars. If it is a weight balance issue and too much weight is landing on my hands, what is the fix for this? Is it more technique or a bike adjustment? I'm aware of the body needing recovery time after working out ...
by guitarguy
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

2. My hands seem to be getting fatigued while riding. How big are your hands? I had narrow grips on the last bike I bought and had similar issues. Went with ESI chunky grips and no longer have fatigue. I would find a great LBS to assess any pain, problems and possible mechanical repairs. Grips are ...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

Uh oh...my LBS has the x cal 8 on sale for $999. Really wondering if it'll be better in the long term to just bite the bullet and dive in now. I'll have something I can hold long term rather than wanting to upgrade next year or the year after. I already know that's where this is gonna go. Plus the ...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

Uh oh...my LBS has the x cal 8 on sale for $999. Really wondering if it'll be better in the long term to just bite the bullet and dive in now. I'll have something I can hold long term rather than wanting to upgrade next year or the year after. I already know that's where this is gonna go. Plus the x...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

I ended up with a Trek Marlin 5...seemed like a decent entry level bike and I liked it better than the Giant and Specialized models I test rode. LBS had it on sale for $429. They helped me size it and set it up, and they offer lifetime free tune ups and adjustments which is big for me because altho...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

It's a little tough to give gear recommendations because I'm not entirely clear on what kind of terrain you're riding. It sounds like a skills course. But will you be riding any steep stuff? Rocky stuff? I'm in San Diego so most of my riding is steep and rocky. I wouldn't ride my regular trails on ...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

For pedals, metal downhill flat pedals have little "spikes" which really help with grip if you chose not to go clipless. And flat pedals can do anything clipless can IF you are willing to learn the skills. I saw a guy hop up a 2.5 ft ledge on flat pedals from a standing start about 40 ft away. It w...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

What did you end up getting for a bike? I ended up with a Trek Marlin 5...seemed like a decent entry level bike and I liked it better than the Giant and Specialized models I test rode. LBS had it on sale for $429. They helped me size it and set it up, and they offer lifetime free tune ups and adjus...
by guitarguy
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 3264

Any BH mountain bikers?

Well after my thread on what bike to buy...I'm glad as ever that I went with a mtb! At 32 y/o and riding again for the first time since I dumped my last bike for a car at 16, I'm loving it. I'm no high end physical specimen but I'm fitter than I've been in years and I feel it's a great time for me t...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

I went for a mtb ride today in my new pair of 5-10 Freerider shoes. They don't have any way to strap the laces down, so I tucked them in under one of the lower cross laces on top of the shoe. The guy at REI recommended this method rather than tucking on the side of the tongue. They stayed put perfec...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Well... Good news: my first official single track mountain bike ride is in the books...and the bike isn't broken and neither am I. Win! 2 hours of heart pumping leg burning twisty hilly tight bumpy rooty terrain. Bad news: This kind of riding is so incredibly fun that I think I may quickly develop a...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Chain tool. You will be walking if your chain comes apart. This goes in the small under seat bag. Hmm, I've never had a chain come apart while riding in 30 years of cycling. Chain tool is good to have when you want to replace your chain, but I wouldn't carry one with me on my bike in the unlikely e...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Ordered most of our goodies...also picked out a multi tool for $20 that also includes tire levers https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0037N32VG/ref=ya_st_dp_summary?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and a mini pump with pressure gauge that attaches to the side of the water bottle cage. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00XLG...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Since DW's bike isn't equipped with the cage mounting holes on the tube, we'll go with something basic that we can secure with hose clamps. Should be fairly straightforward and she's crafty so with a little black spray paint you won't even be able to see them. You might consider black zip ties, you...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

#5. One pump. One CO2 with 1 in inflator + 2 cartridges. One bike carries pump. Other bike carries inflator.IF you intend to patch and more than a couple of miles from home. Pumping is a pain but necessary if you don't find all the leaks. CO2 is easy but you only got 1-3 tries. If I was a female wi...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

Wow! Thanks so much for all of the info!! :) Having read through a lot of the stuff here, I think we identify with those suggesting the minimalist approach at least to start out. Our goal is definitely not to go gear up with everything under the sun. We want to keep it simple, and keep the bikes lig...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Re: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

You need a rear view mirror. I like the "take-a-look" mirror that clasps into glasses or can be zip-tied to a helmet visor. You need high quality chain oil. I like full-fingered biking gloves to save my palms a bit. High-viz vest. It don't use water bottles. I prefer a camelback or similar water ba...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories
Replies: 71
Views: 4525

Essential Bike (bicycle) Accessories

So my wife and I just picked up our first bikes in a long time...very happy! Rode all over town yesterday. Now we have the "necessary" task of stocking up on all the essential extras we're going to want/need. In addition to helmets, we are loosely planning on a few items... 1. Prob a small under-sea...
by guitarguy
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Update: DW and I are now bikers. 8-) We ended up visiting another (non chain - in business for 40 years and a slew of 5-star ratings online) local shop yesterday and DW found a bike she loved more than any of the others she tried out so we bought it...a Giant / Liv Sedona DX. Price was $435. They al...
by guitarguy
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

How "important" is the rear derailleur for durability and reliabliy? Assuming negligible difference in price at call it $70 difference, is this particular advantage really worth high attention? I'm still a little new to judging these components and I know these are all entry level bikes, but if the...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

How "important" is the rear derailleur for durability and reliabliy? Assuming negligible difference in price at call it $70 difference, is this particular advantage really worth high attention? I'm still a little new to judging these components and I know these are all entry level bikes, but if the...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

You're looking at Trek & Giant..might as well look at Specialized too (the big three) https://www.specialized.com/us/en/men/bikes/mountain/trail/hardrock-v-650b/115480 https://www.specialized.com/us/en/men/bikes/mountain/trail/rockhopper-29/115566 Fuji, Diamondback, and GT are other options(Perform...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

I'm not finding my mtb tires on the web. They're basically mild-tread slicks in the center with cleated-ribs on the far edges. They're fast on streets, rail trails, and off trail. If I get too far off trail the cleats on the front-side walls grip the trail so I don't move around much. That sounds k...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Interesting info! I was curious just to see if there was a different "feel" with the 27.5 vs the 29. Being a tall guy, not sure if I'll have any difference of opinion or not. If nothing else, the Giant bike seems to have a level up on some of the components and seems worth a look/ride. But true...I'...
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel tipping: how much to leave?
Replies: 72
Views: 4601

Re: Hotel tipping: how much to leave?

We don't tip.

We leave the do not disturb and don't have housekeeping in our room during the stay either. We don't need our bed made spotless each day, and we hang/dry/reuse the towels to avoid waste.
by guitarguy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Well...for those on the edge of their seat...I have an update! I went to a local shop yesterday and test rode a Trek Marlin 5 mountain bike. In exchange for leaving my drivers license with them I was able to take the bike through the neighborhood and even took the "opportunity" to hop up a curb and ...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Can you describe more about: 1. How much distance will you be riding and how often? Do you see yourself riding more than 10 miles at a time? (The further you ride, the more you need to optimize for durability and performance) 2. Do you live in a flat or hilly area? (Gears are good for hills, weight...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Can you describe more about: 1. How much distance will you be riding and how often? Do you see yourself riding more than 10 miles at a time? (The further you ride, the more you need to optimize for durability and performance) 2. Do you live in a flat or hilly area? (Gears are good for hills, weight...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Healthy smoothie ideas
Replies: 18
Views: 1643

Re: Healthy smoothie ideas

I go for chocolate whey protein supplement smoothies/drinks. Option 1 - blended in nutrabullet - 1 scoop chocolate protein - 1 frozen banana (key!) - 1 handful baby spinach - 2 tbsp almond butter - 1 handful ice - some water (or almond milk) Option 2 - blended in shaker bottle - 1 scoop chocolate pr...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

You seem to be basing your purchase primarily on price and theory/advice...possibly mixed in with a brief ride around a parking lot(somewhat meaningless if you don't know what you're looking for in terms of fit/geometry..etc.). I think you might be able to make a better decision if you rented a cou...
by guitarguy
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

My wife is bothered by vibration through the handle bars and consistently found the bikes with carbon fiber front forks to be more comfortable. Don't know how much of a difference it makes in the long run if you ride a lot. I personally hardly noticed the difference. Interesting. How about these sh...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

We've ruled out shopping at a big box store, or on CL, or the like. We're planning on a local shop. For any Trek people in here, can anyone comment on the FX vs FX 1 vs FX 2 bikes? Last years model of the FX 2 is on sale, slightly more expensive than the FX. $359 - FX: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

If it's relatively flat where you live, consider a single speed bike. There's much less to break and maintain if you don't have to shift, and the simplicity can be really nice for a beginner. Just a comment on this, this is important if you are planning on biking in the winter is a snow/ice area. B...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

We've ruled out shopping at a big box store, or on CL, or the like. We're planning on a local shop. For any Trek people in here, can anyone comment on the FX vs FX 1 vs FX 2 bikes? Last years model of the FX 2 is on sale, slightly more expensive than the FX. $359 - FX: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/e...
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

I also found the Fuji Traverse 1.7 bike for $449...

$50 more than the FX 2 from Treck, but has disk brakes.

There hasn't been much mention of Fuji on here but they seem to sell some high end stuff. Any thoughts on this make/model?

Enjoying all the shopping around! 8-)
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

I have also seen a couple mentions here and online for Nashbar brand bikes. Any additional comments on those?
by guitarguy
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

Thanks so much for all the information! DW and I are eyeing these Trek FX 2 bikes (they have men's and women's models) that are on sale for $399 right now. There is a bike shop and authorized Trek dealer just a couple miles from our house, so we're planning on stopping in there later this week. Hope...
by guitarguy
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Re: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

I hate to break this news to you but you may have to up your budget to get a decent bike. No one like working or maintaining a cheap bike. A decent bike is a pleasure to ride a cheap bike is a nightmare. We don't have a problem upping the budget a bit if we're upping it for good reasons and not bel...
by guitarguy
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shopping for first bike since I was a kid
Replies: 121
Views: 8011

Shopping for first bike since I was a kid

DW and I have decided to buy bikes! Yay! Since we have not had bikes since we were children and much of our friend/family circle is bike-less, we are looking for some recommendations and advice to help aside from what we can find on google. Our usage expectation: 80% riding on pavement in a city typ...