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12-10-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 668
Posted By ironwood

It looks like you have 4mm to drop the brake, ...

It looks like you have 4mm to drop the brake, which will reach a 700c rim.
12-10-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 457
Posted By ironwood

700c tires will also give you a little more room...

700c tires will also give you a little more room for fenders.
12-10-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 668
Posted By ironwood

If the front brake is original, it will reach a...

If the front brake is original, it will reach a 700c rim. It does need a rear brake, there are lots of options. My gearing is 46-36 28 front and 14-30 tooth rear cog. The crank is probably drilled...
12-09-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 668
Posted By ironwood

I found a Bridgestone 400 frame, fork, crank...

I found a Bridgestone 400 frame, fork, crank brakes and seatpost, in the dump abour 15 years ago> built it up with 700c wheels, 32mm wide Paselas, and some other parts I happened to have. It was,...
12-04-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,915
Posted By ironwood

Meteorlogical Winter began December first. The...

Meteorlogical Winter began December first. The snow was right on time.
12-04-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 197
Posted By ironwood

Motobecane switched sometime in the eighties. ...

Motobecane switched sometime in the eighties. The bottom bracket cups are often stamped with the thread indicated: 35mmx1 for French, 1.37" for English. and 35mmx1 for Swiss. Note on Swiss...
12-04-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By ironwood

The Classic and Vintage forum has a long running...

The Classic and Vintage forum has a long running thread on dumpster bikes. I'm one of those people who salvage bikes from the metal pile in a fairly affluent town. Most of them go to a local...
12-04-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 884
Posted By ironwood

Go to an orthopedic specialist. I've had a...

Go to an orthopedic specialist.

I've had a number of ankle twists and sprains, and the best advice I can give, other than seeing a doctor, is try not to re-injure the joint. A high lace-up brace...
12-03-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By ironwood

I had a nice ride Sunday even though it was about...

I had a nice ride Sunday even though it was about 29F. Raods were clean, but they began putting down salt in anticipation of the snow we are having. I don't ride in salty slush.
12-01-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 756
Posted By ironwood

It's snowing now in the Boston area, but it is...

It's snowing now in the Boston area, but it is predicted to turn to rain and then back to snow. Today was a nice cold day for riding. The roads were very clean, but they've started to put down...
11-27-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By ironwood

Well, at least there's x-country skiing and...

Well, at least there's x-country skiing and snowshoeing. That reminds me that one of the reasons I increased my cycling, was to keep in shape for skiing.
11-23-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,168
Posted By ironwood

The saddles I ride (mostly Brooks B-17,) are...

The saddles I ride (mostly Brooks B-17,) are comfortable otherwise I wouldn't ride on them. If someone doesn't like the saddle on his or her bike, change it .
11-19-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 9,120
Posted By ironwood

If you keep riding and don't have any major...

If you keep riding and don't have any major health setbacks, you should be good up to about 85. I don't know anyone personally over 85 who still rides. but there are some people who do.

Lower...
11-13-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,463
Posted By ironwood

One good thing about Colorado is that they don't...

One good thing about Colorado is that they don't use a lot of salt on the roads, or at least they didn't when I lived there. As far as cold is concerned, we ski in cold weather, so why not cycle. ...
11-12-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,791
Posted By ironwood

"There's no such thing as bad weather"

Sunday's NYTimes had an article on cycling in Copenhagen and it quoted a Danish cyclist; "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
10-31-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,597
Posted By ironwood

He could have been trying to get a Darwin.

He could have been trying to get a Darwin.
10-28-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 14,569
Posted By ironwood

I don't really worry about it. One of the...

I don't really worry about it. One of the reasons I don't worry about it is that I've been cycling walking, skiing etc. all my adult life. In 1956, the cardiologist Paul Dudley White identified the...
10-28-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 560
Posted By ironwood

I guess it depends on where you ride at night. ...

I guess it depends on where you ride at night. You might be more visible on a dark road with little traffic and you have good lights and a lot of reflectors. On the other hand, in an area with a...
10-28-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 717
Posted By ironwood

Compass 650Bx42mm Babyshoe Pass tires are great...

Compass 650Bx42mm Babyshoe Pass tires are great on most surfaces.
10-25-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,228
Posted By ironwood

There is an old saying among skiers and winter...

There is an old saying among skiers and winter hikers: If your hands and feet are cold, put on a hat. Gloves and socks are fine, but if your body is cold, it will not send blood to the extremities....
10-21-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By ironwood

Cardiff saddles at Soma fab.

I'm a Brooks user, but I wanted a leather saddle for a bike that I ride for errands and in lousy weather. Also I don't want my Brooks to be stolen. So when I saw a new leather saddle from Cardiff,...
10-21-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 629
Views: 39,650
Posted By ironwood

Recently I've been drinking a Pilsner from...

Recently I've been drinking a Pilsner from Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge, Appollo Sunshine, but it is a seasonal offering, so it's mostly gone. Wait til next year. I like dark beers and ales...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,092
Posted By ironwood

It should be okay. I often use a front bag and a...

It should be okay. I often use a front bag and a saddlebag for carrying stuff. Some bikes are sensitive to a front load, and some handle better with a front bag: it depends on the bike's geometry. ...
10-09-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By ironwood

I recently found that one tire wouldn't hold air...

I recently found that one tire wouldn't hold air very long. So I put in more sealant, and it still leaked. I put the wheel in water to see if I could find a leak, and found some tiny pinhole leaks in...
10-09-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 304
Posted By ironwood

Some Raliegh Grand Prix's with that type of...

Some Raliegh Grand Prix's with that type of wraparound seat stays were built in the Netherlands by Gazelle.
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,680
Posted By ironwood

Clamps for lowriders work fine. I toured across...

Clamps for lowriders work fine. I toured across the US and in Europe with clamps for low riders. There are a number of reasons why a frame would shimmy, headset, frame mis-alignment, unequal...
09-29-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By ironwood

I wouldn't say the bottom bracket is 'sky high':...

I wouldn't say the bottom bracket is 'sky high': the drop is 70mm on my bike. That's okay for a with 650bx42mm tires.


An interesting thing about the article is that the reviewer refers to the 34...
09-27-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By ironwood

Once upon a time, Bicycling Magazine had some...

Once upon a time, Bicycling Magazine had some good reviewers.

I remember that article, and I did buy, and still have, a Record Tour. It was my first quality bike with cro-mo double-butted steel...
09-14-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By ironwood

Thanks for the link. It seems that the SON hubs...

Thanks for the link. It seems that the SON hubs are still the best. I've been using the Kasai hub and have been satisfied with it, but I'm wondering if the SON hubs are the much better to justify...
09-14-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 8,882
Posted By ironwood

A lot of riders just don't know about them. But...

A lot of riders just don't know about them. But then again I see too many cyclists who don't seem to know about lights. It's that time of year.
09-09-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 951
Posted By ironwood

Hub Dynamo Comparison Tests?

A few years ago Bicycle quarterly tested a number of hub dynamos and compared power output and rolling resistance. Since then there have been new hub dynoamos on the market. Does anyone know of any...
09-09-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,963
Posted By ironwood

Maybe the OP can tell us what repairs he does on...

Maybe the OP can tell us what repairs he does on his bike, that is if he actually rides a bike.
Replies: 37
Views: 3,020
Posted By ironwood

Some riders finished the Paris Brest Paris event...

Some riders finished the Paris Brest Paris event on 650B tires with respectable times. I don't know what size tires Fiona Kolbingen had on her bike in the Transcontinental.
08-29-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,687
Posted By ironwood

During the late 1970's and eighties, I toured on...

During the late 1970's and eighties, I toured on a freewheel equipped bike, and I broke one spoke in thousands of miles of loaded touring. I had a freewheel remover and a crescent wrench with me, but...
08-29-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 870
Posted By ironwood

Have you calculated the trail? Also what tires...

Have you calculated the trail? Also what tires are you using?
Forum: Touring
08-18-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,575
Posted By ironwood

Cycle tourists in Europe might ride all sorts of...

Cycle tourists in Europe might ride all sorts of bikes. On flat ground you'll see a number of upright bikes. Someone might be touring with his city bike. But not so much in the mountains. Among...
Forum: Touring
08-17-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,426
Posted By ironwood

Doesn"t everyone go to Jiffylube when their chain...

Doesn"t everyone go to Jiffylube when their chain needs a lube?
08-17-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 7,486
Posted By ironwood

Maybe if you told us your location, another...

Maybe if you told us your location, another member might be able to direct to someone in your area who could help you, such as a small shop or a co-op. Or there might be bike maintenance classes...
08-16-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By ironwood

They used better leather in the old days, forty...

They used better leather in the old days, forty or so years ago. The saddles from the early 1990s used thinner leather and were were not so good. There has been some improvement since then.
08-15-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By ironwood

When the leather is torn. When the...

When the leather is torn.

When the tightening screw is bottommed out, and the saddle sags.

When tightening the nut only tightens the center ridge, but not the sides where your sitz bones should...
08-15-19, 03:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,827
Posted By ironwood

There are so many variables involved. Some bars...

There are so many variables involved. Some bars might be perfect for one rider, but torture for another. Saddle height, bar height reach, width, type of handlebar wrap all play a role, along with...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,534
Posted By ironwood

You could have a framebuilder replace the top...

You could have a framebuilder replace the top tube.
08-14-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,462
Posted By ironwood

I buy Guernseys.

I buy Guernseys.
08-14-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,094
Posted By ironwood

Could it possibly be Kato Kaelin? Judge Lance...

Could it possibly be Kato Kaelin? Judge Lance Ito? Judge Judy? Justice Brett (I like beer) Kavagnaugh?
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,534
Posted By ironwood

There are a lot of posts on the C&V forum by...

There are a lot of posts on the C&V forum by folks who tour on their old vintage bikes. As long as the frame hasn't rusted or been damaged it should be okay. You don't have to spread the rear to...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 03:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,575
Posted By ironwood

The Cinelli Hobootleg looks like a nice bike from...

The Cinelli Hobootleg looks like a nice bike from what I see. I didn't know it existed, and wonder if it's available in the US.
08-14-19, 02:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,330
Posted By ironwood

Grant Petersen listed it as one of the top...

Grant Petersen listed it as one of the top production of that period.
08-14-19, 02:21 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 9,059
Posted By ironwood

Grand Bois and Sun XCD stil lsell them, so...

Grand Bois and Sun XCD stil lsell them, so they're not totally gone.
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 12:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,534
Posted By ironwood

I did in the late seventies and early eighties. ...

I did in the late seventies and early eighties. I could do so still, but I don't camp any more.
08-14-19, 12:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,094
Posted By ironwood

Pee Wee Herman of Pee Wee's Fun House?

Pee Wee Herman of Pee Wee's Fun House?
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