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03-13-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,813
Posted By ironwood

There is a saying among cyclists in Denmark: ...

There is a saying among cyclists in Denmark: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 910
Posted By ironwood

The summer is the time one should have maximum...

The summer is the time one should have maximum protection. You are at about the same latitude as Algeria and Tunisia.


To get back to the question of sunscreens, although they may protect from...
03-11-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 548
Posted By ironwood

By May Andalucia can get very hot.

By May Andalucia can get very hot.
03-11-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,707
Posted By ironwood

Maybe it's related to our "fight or flight"...

Maybe it's related to our "fight or flight" response. Our bodies have to do something in response to stress or conflict
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 910
Posted By ironwood

I used a lot of sunscreens, but they weren't that...

I used a lot of sunscreens, but they weren't that good forty years ago. Maybe they are better now. You'll find out in forty or fifty years.

It's interesting that many societies which we consider...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 910
Posted By ironwood

Sun protection.

My advice to anyone planning a long tour in a sunny place is: Protect your skin, wear long sleeves and pants and full gloves. Also protect your nose. I toured a lot many years ago, and am now being...
03-08-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 549
Posted By ironwood

There were at least three versions of the Grand...

There were at least three versions of the Grand Touring bike imported into the US. One of the first was a hi-tensile frame with MAFAC Racer centerpulls, Stronglight 49 crank, Simplex derailleurs, a...
02-16-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,510
Posted By ironwood

There is a nice Niko on the Tampa craigslist for...

There is a nice Niko on the Tampa craigslist for $85. Go to the E-Bay Craigslist thread.
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By ironwood

There is a forum for this.

There is a forum for this.
02-15-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,335
Posted By ironwood

Do you mean MAFAC Raids or Racers? If you are...

Do you mean MAFAC Raids or Racers? If you are going to use 650B tires, Raids or Grand Bois long reach, or Compass ( the latter two are simply variations on the Raids) are best. I'm not sure...
02-13-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,002
Posted By ironwood

A lot depends on the Dollar -Euro exchange rate.

A lot depends on the Dollar -Euro exchange rate.
02-13-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,027
Posted By ironwood

There was an article in Bicycle Quarterly a while...

There was an article in Bicycle Quarterly a while ago about rehabbing a prewar Urago. I don't have the issue number right now.

The rear derailleur could be a Cyclo; they look "weird" to modern...
02-08-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,822
Posted By ironwood

I'm retired so finding time isn't a problem, But...

I'm retired so finding time isn't a problem, But I used to commute on a bike. Now I use my bike for shopping or other utilitarian purposes and just going to places within a reasonable radius.
02-06-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,236
Posted By ironwood

$$$$$

$$$$$
02-01-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,633
Posted By ironwood

I went across N.America on an older bike than...

I went across N.America on an older bike than yours, but then it was in 1980. Aluminum racks were the only ones readily available at the time I had an Eclipse rear rack and a Blackburn front. They...
01-31-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By ironwood

I've gotten some nice bikes in the local dump. ...

I've gotten some nice bikes in the local dump. For years I rode bikes I put together from parts I found. Not so much to save money, but to keep my mechanical skills up. Yard sales are also a good...
01-31-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 54,964
Views: 7,809,794
Posted By ironwood

I like the brazed on centerpulls, resembles a...

I like the brazed on centerpulls, resembles a Centurion Pro Tour.
01-30-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 852
Posted By ironwood

Suppose you are right on the equator, what then?

Suppose you are right on the equator, what then?
01-29-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,595
Posted By ironwood

Winter isn't over until it's over.

Winter isn't over until it's over.
01-27-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,037
Posted By ironwood

Another great thing about wool is that it still...

Another great thing about wool is that it still can insulate even when wet as opposed to cotton. The Appalachian Mountain Club has a slogan "cotton kills". It's an exaggeration, but a number of...
01-27-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By ironwood

Careful, it can be addictive. Many years ago I...

Careful, it can be addictive. Many years ago I pulled a bike out of the metal pile at the dump, and kept finding better and better bikes.
01-27-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,337
Posted By ironwood

A lot of old bikes from the late 70s and early...

A lot of old bikes from the late 70s and early 80s can be converted to 650B. A 650Bx42 tire would be good for logging roads and town. The selection of high quality, wider tires has increased in the...
01-27-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,037
Posted By ironwood

Wool is great stuff. So is silk. I've never...

Wool is great stuff. So is silk. I've never been able to wear synthetics next to my body for more than about three hours before it starts to stink.

Wool should be washed because it loses some...
01-26-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By ironwood

Does it fit you? Read about sizing and fitting a...

Does it fit you? Read about sizing and fitting a bicycle.
01-25-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,999
Posted By ironwood

I've been riding Brooks and Ideal saddles for...

I've been riding Brooks and Ideal saddles for over fifty years without a problem, except for an occaisional saddle sore, probably caused by clothing.
Forum: Touring
01-25-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 823
Posted By ironwood

How much is anything worth? Whatever people are...

How much is anything worth? Whatever people are willing to pay for it. There is a market for some bikes, but a frame by itself would be of most interest to someone who wrecked his or her frame,...
01-23-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,684
Posted By ironwood

I'm surprised that you didn't suggest a small...

I'm surprised that you didn't suggest a small nuclear reactor.
01-18-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By ironwood

It isn't an '83, all the 600 series that year...

It isn't an '83, all the 600 series that year had caliper brakes, not brazed on posts for cantilevers. The '83s are good candidates for conversion to 650B.
01-17-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,402
Posted By ironwood

There is a forum for heavier riders, Clydesdales...

There is a forum for heavier riders, Clydesdales and Athenas , Someone there might have good advice.
01-17-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,852
Posted By ironwood

You are not a Luddite if you have a bike...

You are not a Luddite if you have a bike computer. A Luddite wouldn't have bike computer. I might be considered a Luddite because I don't have a bike computer, nor do I use a GPS to find my way...
01-14-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 686
Posted By ironwood

There are a lot of old, better, Ralieghs that...

There are a lot of old, better, Ralieghs that show up on Craig's listor E-Bay, or yard sales, etc . There are also a lot of Japanese bikes from the early eighties available. These bikes probably have...
01-14-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,362
Posted By ironwood

What's wrong with your present set up?

What's wrong with your present set up?
01-13-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,496
Posted By ironwood

Some of these responses are further evidence of...

Some of these responses are further evidence of the breakdown of our civil society.
01-13-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 528
Posted By ironwood

If you average all the responses out, it looks...

If you average all the responses out, it looks like you've got to convert both. That's the jury's verdict.
01-13-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 528
Posted By ironwood

Check the bottom bracket drop. I measured my...

Check the bottom bracket drop. I measured my Tempo, and it was 75mm, which is a little low, especially if you use long cranks. I didn't try to put 650Bs on it. I think you might be able to use...
01-12-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,857
Posted By ironwood

Amsterdam and Copenhagen are modern cities in...

Amsterdam and Copenhagen are modern cities in modern societies. You must mean "modern American society".
01-12-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,496
Posted By ironwood

Stopping the thief is one thing, but hitting him...

Stopping the thief is one thing, but hitting him with a bat , which can be a deadly weapon, is another. In some ways this resembles "spring gun " cases, where someone sets a spring gun rigged to...
01-11-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By ironwood

Do you have a bike now?

Do you have a bike now?
01-11-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,972
Posted By ironwood

When it stops you and makes you fall. It...

When it stops you and makes you fall. It happened once to me on a climb in the Big Horns , Wyoming.
Forum: Touring
01-11-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 885
Posted By ironwood

I looked at the French Decathalon site and looked...

I looked at the French Decathalon site and looked for Trekking Velos. They are not presently offering one now, but the site says they plan to offer bikes more like our idea of a loaded touring bike....
01-10-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,857
Posted By ironwood

I believe it because I've seen great bikes thrown...

I believe it because I've seen great bikes thrown away. Most Americans would not know a Herse or Singer. A bike is a child's play thing for most Americans.
01-09-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By ironwood

Need a lot more information about the bike before...

Need a lot more information about the bike before giving any advice.
01-09-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 461
Posted By ironwood

Do you have fenders (mudguards) on your bike? A...

Do you have fenders (mudguards) on your bike? A front fender might protect the headset from water thrown up from the tire.
01-09-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,736
Posted By ironwood

Back when I did use toe clips, I had leather...

Back when I did use toe clips, I had leather soled cycling shoes with leather cleats, as I recall they were TA. I used Lyotard pedals. After thousands of miles the shoes sort of fell apart, when I...
01-09-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,731
Posted By ironwood

It's interesting how ideas about tire width, and...

It's interesting how ideas about tire width, and pressure have changed over the years, Fifteen or twenty years ago the idea that wider tires were better for the average rider was ridiculed. People...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 05:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By ironwood

I think the various accounts here could be...

I think the various accounts here could be combined to make a great comic road movie. I think the author of the Outside article should write a movie script.
Forum: Touring
01-08-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By ironwood

I thought the article from Outside was really...

I thought the article from Outside was really funny. I've never been on a group tour,but I've met some groups, and found the group members to be much more involved with the group, and not open to...
01-08-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,736
Posted By ironwood

I used toe clips for many years; I never used the...

I used toe clips for many years; I never used the clipless system of attaching to the pedal. For the last couple of years I've been riding platforms like Grip Kings and the VO touring platforms with...
01-08-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 220
Posted By ironwood

Ask the moderator to move the thread to thre...

Ask the moderator to move the thread to thre mechanic's sub forum. There are serious mechanic there who don't waste their time here.
01-06-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,594
Posted By ironwood

If you tie it like they do on the Rivendell...

If you tie it like they do on the Rivendell video, it shouldn't come loose. Some people also shellac the tape. If done right some cork tape will look like leather, sort of.
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