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07-02-20, 08:06 PM
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Posted By friday1970

Finally got mine done. 1986 Schwinn High...

Finally got mine done.
1986 Schwinn High Sierra.
Bought it via FB Marketplace for $30. And trust me, it wasn't in good shape. The frame was a little rusted, but no physical damage.
So stripped...
Replies: 2
Views: 163
Posted By friday1970

What I know about converting to 650B is really...

What I know about converting to 650B is really about two things. Brake reach and pedal-to-ground clearance.
I recently converted an older Trek 330 to 650b. My only issue was the original brakes...
07-01-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 642
Posted By friday1970

So many things. 1) tire rolling resistance....

So many things.
1) tire rolling resistance. Slick tires with supple casings that absorb little bumps in the pavement. Higher tire pressures.
2) More aero position. Hybrids mean you probably sit...
06-28-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,953
Posted By friday1970

Well, thanks for the reply. You see, you're...

Well, thanks for the reply.
You see, you're replying under the assumption that I've either not had it yet and/or I'm currently sick.
Instead of running assumptions and virtue signaling to others'...
06-25-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,953
Posted By friday1970

I just go to convenience stores, gas stations,...

I just go to convenience stores, gas stations, liquor shops and buy whatever I can find. Even beer if I have to (or should I say, prefer to...)

Actually a month ago, since bars were shut down, I...
06-25-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,156
Posted By friday1970

+1 for Body Glide. My favorite anti-chafing...

+1 for Body Glide. My favorite anti-chafing prevention
06-25-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By friday1970

I have Microshift groupsets (shifters, FD, and...

I have Microshift groupsets (shifters, FD, and RD) on three bikes. I love them and have zero problems with them.
Forum: Recumbent
06-24-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 416
Posted By friday1970

I have roughly a 38" x-seam. Like you, my options...

I have roughly a 38" x-seam. Like you, my options are limited.
I do have an Optima Baron Lowracer. For my size, it has been tricky for me. I've found I cannot run a triple up front, at least while...
06-17-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,812
Posted By friday1970

You'll figure it out. But on a different...

You'll figure it out.
But on a different subject, near the end of a long 80+ mile ride, I love to pull up to a gas station or liquor store, grab a can of good cold suds tucked into a brown paper...
06-16-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,708
Posted By friday1970

1 Trucks with teen boys/young men. While most are...

1 Trucks with teen boys/young men. While most are good, there's always going to be some punk who will scream at a cyclist because he knows that we have no chance of catching up to him and smashing...
06-16-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By friday1970

I concur. More bikes are out, even whole...

I concur. More bikes are out, even whole families. Mom, Dad, kids, bikes all over the trail. Me swerving to avoid little ones on training wheels.
Not a bad thing.
06-15-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,823
Posted By friday1970

When you got passed, did he give you that "Lance...

When you got passed, did he give you that "Lance Armstrong Look'?

On one of my brevets last year, this subject came up. We all agreed that while we would not use one ourselves (currently, at...
06-12-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,647
Posted By friday1970

Here's a good question. How does aluminum frames...

Here's a good question. How does aluminum frames hold up against areas close to salt water? I plan to ship a bike to Okinawa, as something to use when I visit my in-laws. I'm assuming for the hot,...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-12-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By friday1970

Definitely the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, easily...

Definitely the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, easily my favorite trail in Michigan. I normally do the 60 out and back, with a stop at Cops and Donuts for a coffee and, of course, a donut. I used to stop...
06-11-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,240
Posted By friday1970

I have a small, but well maintained fleet of...

I have a small, but well maintained fleet of bikes. Most of my bikes have backup. For faster shorter road rides, I have two. For longer rides, like brevets, I have two. For mountain bikes, only 1,....
06-10-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,142
Posted By friday1970

Neither did the person referenced in the article....

Neither did the person referenced in the article. He just happened to be near the area where another person knocked over BLM signs. A twitter person decided the strava user was the culprit based on...
06-04-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 744
Posted By friday1970

How well do yellow tinted safety glasses work at...

How well do yellow tinted safety glasses work at night compared to clear ones? I'm planning on an overnight ride in late June, and I have clear glasses already. (Learned my lesson last year on a...
05-29-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By friday1970

If it's a 50-52cm, trust me, you don't want it....

If it's a 50-52cm, trust me, you don't want it. I'll just gladly contact the seller, purchase it myself, and then it will be of no one's concern anymore.....

J/K

Good rare find. I'd snag it if...
05-26-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 529
Posted By friday1970

I've got one of these on order, somewhere in...

I've got one of these on order, somewhere in transit from China. I'll be putting onto an MTB drop bar conversion, and I'm hoping it will be comfortable. And if so, maybe on other bikes where my rear...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-26-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By friday1970

As sad as I am to see this, I do appreciate the...

As sad as I am to see this, I do appreciate the update. Is Saginaw road open to use as a bypass?
Forum: Great Lakes
05-21-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By friday1970

Flooding in Midland. Anyone know Sanford bridge status?

As many of us have heard, the breaching of the dam in Edensville Michigan has caused massive flooding in Sanford and Midland. I've seen pictures of the parking lot for the Pere Marquette trailhead,...
Forum: Introductions
05-20-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 442
Posted By friday1970

Nothing better than stopping at a small...

Nothing better than stopping at a small convenience store for a cold beer and a rice ball.
I noticed your large list of bikes. Which one(s) did you take over there? I couldn't imagine having to TMO...
05-18-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By friday1970

I've got both, trainers and rollers. I love my...

I've got both, trainers and rollers.
I love my rollers far far more.
With my trainers, I focus more on strength training. And I can prop up a laptop and watch/stream videos as I ride in place.
But...
05-18-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,598
Posted By friday1970

Sorry if I don't have a photo of my bike. It's a...

Sorry if I don't have a photo of my bike. It's a 1987 Trek Elance 330 converted to 650b
I'd just like to say that since I can't pub crawl due to Covid19 restrictions, I made the most of what I could...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-18-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,122
Posted By friday1970

It looks like 90 mile round trip. I just built up...

It looks like 90 mile round trip. I just built up a bike with 650b wheels. I guess i could go lower on tire pressures and just make a weekend day of it. I could stop at a few stores in town, shops,...
05-15-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By friday1970

While not my color, that pic of the purple/pink...

While not my color, that pic of the purple/pink rockhopper above is pretty sweet.
Forum: Great Lakes
05-14-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,122
Posted By friday1970

Well, that's one hellava bummer. (Pun intended) ...

Well, that's one hellava bummer. (Pun intended)
I wonder if the markings from last year are still visible enough to navigate this ride. I am bummed that I haven't been able to participate in any...
Forum: Introductions
05-14-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 470
Posted By friday1970

Another SE Michigan cyclist! Welcome aboard. I'm...

Another SE Michigan cyclist! Welcome aboard. I'm out in the NW suburbs of Brighton, and work in Plymouth. After work, I'll take my bikes from the work parking lot and hit up Hines Dr, I-275 trails,...
05-14-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,499
Posted By friday1970

I'm in the camp that you stick on 165mm cranks....

I'm in the camp that you stick on 165mm cranks. 175mm would kill your knees, and that may cost you later in life. Also with 165mm cranks, this allows you to raise your seat higher in relation to your...
Replies: 30
Views: 2,143
Posted By friday1970

Often after a 200k ride, I'd love nothing more...

Often after a 200k ride, I'd love nothing more than a good nap. But I usually wake up after 2 hours, and the sleep wasn't good. And then at night, no sleep. So, strong coffee after a good ride helps...
05-13-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,481
Posted By friday1970

How many times have I been on rides thinking...

How many times have I been on rides thinking "I'll take it easy today", then someone passes me and then I think "It's on!".
I'm only 49, but I hope to God that when I turn 70, I can still do this. I...
Forum: Introductions
05-07-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 442
Posted By friday1970

Welcome to the forums! USMC? I was stationed...

Welcome to the forums!
USMC?
I was stationed there of and on for a total of 8 years, between '90-98, and I absolutely loved it there. And I get the fortunate chance to visit my in-laws there near...
05-06-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 408
Views: 12,021
Posted By friday1970

I do ride with earbuds and listen to music on the...

I do ride with earbuds and listen to music on the roads, but that all depends on where and if my mirror is attached.
If it's a heavy trafficked road with little to no shoulders, no. And if do wear...
05-04-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,695
Posted By friday1970

Just ride and don't worry about it.

Just ride and don't worry about it.
05-04-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,496
Posted By friday1970

Would people get triggered? Maybe. I would not...

Would people get triggered? Maybe.
I would not take it off and I would keep wearing it until someone does.
I wear a "This guy needs a beer" jersey quite often. To a recovering alcoholic, this might...
Replies: 135
Views: 97,411
Posted By friday1970

Tips for riding a century. Gotta admit, I had...

Tips for riding a century.
Gotta admit, I had to find a post just add this:
If your ride is on a Saturday, drink much coffee Friday morning. Why? Trips to bathroom throughout the day to flush away...
Forum: Recumbent
04-29-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,366
Posted By friday1970

I would not call this a recumbent. But rather, a...

I would not call this a recumbent. But rather, a crank forward bike.
About Walmart shoppers. They're not all 300lbs. I've seen some pretty weird shoppers at Whole Foods as well, hippies that stink...
04-29-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By friday1970

Now, if you're looking to get really creative and...

Now, if you're looking to get really creative and with 38mm tires, you could always go with a 650b setup. This would require 27.5 (650b) rim brake wheels and most likely longer reach brakes. I'm am...
04-29-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,494
Posted By friday1970

Reading these FL stories, I can't help be relate...

Reading these FL stories, I can't help be relate to similar things I experience here in Michigan. I've been coal rolled outside of the cities, three times in the last two years. I rolled into...
04-28-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By friday1970

25's should easily fit. 28's can be a mixed bag,...

25's should easily fit. 28's can be a mixed bag, especially with tires that run large, such as Conti GP 4000 SII's.
Another thing I just considered is your inner rim width. Have you measured it?...
04-28-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By friday1970

I'll defer to someone who has that bike and can...

I'll defer to someone who has that bike and can best tell you what is the max tires they can fit. I can't find much on google. How much clearance do you have now with 700x32 tires?
04-28-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By friday1970

Thicker tires as far as material, or larger tires...

Thicker tires as far as material, or larger tires as in volume of air?
Also,which bike of yours?
04-28-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 19,900
Posted By friday1970

What bike to I ride most of the time? Honestly,...

What bike to I ride most of the time?
Honestly, it would be either my 2014 Nishiki Maricopo (heavily modified) or my Optima Baron Lowracer recumbent. The other bikes that squabble for leftovers are...
04-27-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,098
Posted By friday1970

Old post, but I needed confirmation on what was...

Old post, but I needed confirmation on what was seeing with my 1986 High Sierra.
Sheldon's page says 26.2, but when I measured this with my calipers, mine's at 26mm, actually right around 25.95,...
04-27-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,213
Posted By friday1970

I'll be doing the same route as you did with my...

I'll be doing the same route as you did with my 86 SHS. It's in the shop getting repainted. There was a lot of surface rust on the chainstays, and it was an eyesore. So, off to the powercoating place...
04-27-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,057
Posted By friday1970

Old thread, but good read. I picked up an 18"...

Old thread, but good read. I picked up an 18" 1986 High Sierra a week and a half ago for $35. Trust me, it probably wasn't worth much more than that. Surface rust on stays, worn tires, etc... a...
04-27-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,758
Posted By friday1970

Exactly this. You mentioned doing randos. Having...

Exactly this. You mentioned doing randos. Having larger tires with lower pressures. A good 200k rando means up to 13 hours on the saddle, and you are going to want to have a much comfort as possible....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 747
Posted By friday1970

I use rollers at home to train. 50 minutes into...

I use rollers at home to train. 50 minutes into my 1 hour session yesterday, I had to stop and remove my el cheapo carbon saddle and replace it with one that had more padding.
On the road, I get to...
04-23-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 340
Posted By friday1970

You could try to recalibrate your GPS on your...

You could try to recalibrate your GPS on your phone. There are instructions on how to do this on the internet. I reset my phone to fix my issue though.
What happens is that Strava loses contact with...
04-23-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,444
Posted By friday1970

The NYT published a story saying that by the time...

The NYT published a story saying that by the time March 1st here, we had 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19. But in reality, it could have been nearly 28,000 cases....
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