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Forum: Introductions
08-26-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome to Bike Forums. Mechanics will guide you...

Welcome to Bike Forums. Mechanics will guide you through repairs and maintenance. Enjoy bike season as long as possible...
08-24-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By beach_cycle

I buy most of mine via amazon.com. There are...

I buy most of mine via amazon.com. There are more options, but with my budget Amazon is fair.
Forum: Recumbent
08-23-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,361
Posted By beach_cycle

I commute on an adult tricycle. They are heavy...

I commute on an adult tricycle. They are heavy and not aerodynamic plus not as maneuverable in tight spots like multi-use paths with pedestrians; all those factors increase travel time. My peak...
08-21-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,665
Posted By beach_cycle

Weight training is awesome because it increases...

Weight training is awesome because it increases strength, endurance, and over-all health, plus it produces a natural high that makes me happy! A great balance is weight lifting 3x/week, but not two...
08-21-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 712
Posted By beach_cycle

Total hip replacement for me was May 25, 2017. A...

Total hip replacement for me was May 25, 2017. A bike crash caused it, but it was damaged and problematic for years. Nevertheless, it was an immediate surgery, so I had no time to research and they...
08-16-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,862
Posted By beach_cycle

With a smartphone, there are options to download...

With a smartphone, there are options to download various free bike computers. I currently use one called Urban Biker, and keep my phone out of site during a ride. But it logs things like miles...
Forum: Introductions
08-11-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 510
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome to bike forums! Sorry about the nerve...

Welcome to bike forums! Sorry about the nerve damage, but good for you doing the best you can with it. I was hit by a car when I was 23, 1991, and it was not good. The most significant injury was...
08-10-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,702
Posted By beach_cycle

Sometimes... I have old injuries and artificial...

Sometimes... I have old injuries and artificial hip. Physical the****** recommend I stretch, so at home I do when I remember. I also stretch in the gym when the stretching area is open - they have...
Forum: Introductions
08-09-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By beach_cycle

Not bad only a 20 minute ride... about 100 miles...

Not bad only a 20 minute ride... about 100 miles out of LA for a dark sky and that can be long due to traffic. But we have the Griffith Observatory - Official Site: Griffith Observatory Los...
Forum: Introductions
08-06-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 526
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome to Bike Forums. I lived in Minnesota a...

Welcome to Bike Forums. I lived in Minnesota a couple years, and it is beautiful in that part of the country. That's cool you enjoy amateur astronomy. When I took amateur astronomy in college, I...
08-04-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,820
Posted By beach_cycle

Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve used...

Thanks for the suggestion.



I’ve used WD-40 Bike Degreaser for gears and drivetrains (sprays on as a white foam, then liquefy in a couple minutes running off grease and grime). Works good,...
08-03-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,651
Posted By beach_cycle

Greek yogurts are best per protein:carbs:fat. A...

Greek yogurts are best per protein:carbs:fat. A few mornings a week, I'll alternate between oatmeal/bananas and healthy cereal/blueberries/yogurt [both mixed]. Yogurt can improve other foods, too. ...
08-02-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,820
Posted By beach_cycle

Dish Soap/Water to Clean a Crankset

My fall commuting begins August 28. In June, I assembled a new trike for the upcoming commute season. My older trike is a single speed, and the newer is a seven speed - 1 x 7; 38t chainwheel and...
Forum: Introductions
08-02-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 312
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome to bike forums. I've noticed, as the...

Welcome to bike forums. I've noticed, as the years pass, commuting on bike becomes both longer and easier. Keep up the routine...
07-24-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,009
Posted By beach_cycle

Front brake has 90% of the bikes stopping power...

Front brake has 90% of the bikes stopping power (rule of thumb). I've rode bikes with one brake, and prefer the front brake. It can cause the bike to flip when pulled with force, so most of the...
07-20-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,068
Posted By beach_cycle

... a couple times. First was a Cloud-9 Cruiser...

... a couple times. First was a Cloud-9 Cruiser saddle because the OEM broke a spring; the C-9 saddle was extremely comfortable. Second was replacing the stock Meridian saddle with one from an old...
Forum: Introductions
07-19-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome to bike forums; you'll find helpful...

Welcome to bike forums; you'll find helpful information for you and others. Check out the vintage classic...
Forum: Introductions
07-19-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome to bike forums.

Welcome to bike forums.
07-19-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 11,745
Posted By beach_cycle

How hot is too much to ride? Reflecting back to...

How hot is too much to ride? Reflecting back to the 1970's, I had a paper route in the lower desert (Palm Desert near Palm Springs). Summer heat hit 130 F back then, but papers had to be delivered...
07-14-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,141
Posted By beach_cycle

For me, I prefer higher gears. True, lower gears...

For me, I prefer higher gears. True, lower gears make it easier to climb hills and/or ride against the wind, but if the sloop is less than 50% and the wind is less than 20 MPH, I opt to peddle...
07-12-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 537
Posted By beach_cycle

I ride a Schwinn Meridian; I assembled it in...

I ride a Schwinn Meridian; I assembled it in summer 2018, and logged over 3,800 miles (commuting to college.) Reliable transportation.

I want to add gears, but with my budget and limited...
07-11-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,953
Posted By beach_cycle

Yes, non-QR and confused actual wheel nuts as...

Yes, non-QR and confused actual wheel nuts as additional lock nuts.
07-11-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,953
Posted By beach_cycle

Edited post for clarity, accuracy and uploaded...

Edited post for clarity, accuracy and uploaded images.

The cone was actually 15mm. I discovered cones on the back are common 15mm, and front 13mm. The replacement axle I ordered is probably for...
07-10-19, 10:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,953
Posted By beach_cycle

Replacing the Front Axle

I am replacing the front axle on my Monterey trike because the threads on the original axle are stripped.

The cups use ten bearings [5/32Ē?], so Iíll replace them. The replacement axle is the same...
07-07-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,917
Posted By beach_cycle

You can do it!

Learning to ride is an Amazing Adventure that becomes a life long activity. I donít remember learning to ride, but I recall my dad taking the training wheels off my early childhood bike when I was...
07-07-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,293
Posted By beach_cycle

Silicone gel case.

I use a silicone gel case; my phone is too thin and slick, so the case allows a snug grip. And dropped phone, so case protects too... but allows easy use while on most of the time (unless in VR...
07-06-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By beach_cycle

So true. I liked the replies, and do my best to...

So true. I liked the replies, and do my best to evaluate them. Those answers you mentioned made me realize I got careless and needed to slow down and get back to basics.
07-06-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By beach_cycle

Thanks for all the great advice. With...

Thanks for all the great advice.



With success comes carelessness, at least for me. Today, I installed the drive side tire/tube, but did it cautiously using your tips, thanks. I am out of...
07-05-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 720
Posted By beach_cycle

Why do tubes blowout?

I just had two tubes blowout while inflating. I've been changing tires about 40 years, but 22 of those years I drove cars and motorcycles, and rode buses 12 years, so technically changed bicycle...
06-19-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,698
Posted By beach_cycle

Thanks for the logical info. About the history,...

Thanks for the logical info. About the history, a common result of big wheels were head injuries. Safety Bicycles are early modern bikes.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 124,730
Posted By beach_cycle

Thanks for the image/link.

Thanks for the image/link.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 124,730
Posted By beach_cycle

Thanks for the info. This is what Google tells...

Thanks for the info. This is what Google tells me:

What is a hitch pin?

A hitch pin is commonly intended for use with a trailer hitch receiver and a removable ball mount. The pin has a...
06-18-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,698
Posted By beach_cycle

I don't understand gear inches; the concept is...

I don't understand gear inches; the concept is sound, but the formula is not logical. I'll use my Meridian for an example: I have a 60t chainring driving a 22t cog on the axle that spins a 26"...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 1,195
Views: 124,730
Posted By beach_cycle

What is this?

A couple days ago I thought I saw a hex key, but when I picked it up...
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06-15-19, 12:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By beach_cycle

That was what happened. My Meridian has an...

That was what happened. My Meridian has an intermediate axle with a freewheel hub and band brake that are adjacent. The Monterey units need to be on opposite sides of the drive axle. Lesson...
06-14-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By beach_cycle

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/883x662/2019_6_14_kent_monterey_cassette_freehub_top_view_dc883883357f8097aa665bf7c6019dfa7383a382.jpg

Top view...
06-14-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By beach_cycle

Freewheel Hub Free Wheeling Forward and Backwards

Assembled my latest adult tricycle June 1; she rode smooth for 95 miles, but during yesterdayís ride, power to the drive axle quit. It slowly happened over a mile; the gears kept going lower (7th...
Forum: Introductions
05-30-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By beach_cycle

Hello and welcome to Bike Forums. I discovered...

Hello and welcome to Bike Forums. I discovered them because many of their posts were returned in Google searches while I was doing bike maintenance and searching for info. Bike Forums is a good...
05-26-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,536
Posted By beach_cycle

Hi 3 Wheel Granny; I like that username. My...

Hi 3 Wheel Granny; I like that username. My basic backstory; a couple decades since my last motorcycle accident, I started riding a trike. In 2016, I was 48 and my first adult tricycle was an...
05-24-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 556
Posted By beach_cycle

Master links have three pieces, quick links have...

Master links have three pieces, quick links have two, and a chain tool is used primarily for breaking chains. Search videos for how to use master links, and watch the one that looks similar to your...
05-22-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 24,015
Posted By beach_cycle

That is an excellent question. The ones I've...

That is an excellent question. The ones I've used were not. WD-40 Bike line chain lube sprays on good, quick and convenient but not budget friendly. Bar and Chain Oil for chainsaws is tacky, and...
05-22-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 16,162
Posted By beach_cycle

Indeed, it was windy yesterday. I go to school...

Indeed, it was windy yesterday. I go to school in Long Beach (Lakewood Village), begin my commute in Huntington Beach near Newland and Warner and go through the Harbour en route. The winds were up...
05-20-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,680
Posted By beach_cycle

Great work! :giver:

Great work! :giver:
05-20-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 13,699
Posted By beach_cycle

Yes, I always wear a helmet, today, but I did not...

Yes, I always wear a helmet, today, but I did not in the 20th century. Since June 2016, I ride adult tricycles, but in the 1970's through 1999 I rode bicycles and motorcycles.

In 1991 a car hit...
05-19-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 643
Posted By beach_cycle

Great suggestion... videos help me maintain my...

Great suggestion... videos help me maintain my bikes.
Forum: Introductions
05-19-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 401
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome 7Shifty. I lived in Two Harbors, MN a...

Welcome 7Shifty. I lived in Two Harbors, MN a couple years late 1980's; that is were my family lives, so being first generation Californian, I wanted to meet and get to know some of my family. I...
05-18-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,961
Posted By beach_cycle

Average speeds on an adult tricycle are lower...

Average speeds on an adult tricycle are lower than most 2 wheel mountain bikes; this I know because Iíve rode mountain bikes with gears and they rolled much faster using less energy to peddle. 17...
Forum: Introductions
05-15-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 294
Posted By beach_cycle

Welcome La Ran. Happy you can still ride a...

Welcome La Ran. Happy you can still ride a mountain bike. I'm 51 now, but in 1991 a car hit me, high speed on a motorcycle... in my late twenties, rode an 18 speed mountain bike for a while;...
Replies: 18
Views: 10,675
Posted By beach_cycle

Brake cable broke after 5 months

I had a stock Schwinn Meridian brake cable snap after 5 months (~2,200 miles). It was for the rear band brake, but the front caliper brake still operated. I replaced it ASAP; it was a first for me,...
Replies: 21
Views: 9,893
Posted By beach_cycle

Awesome! Your stories are inspiring. I read the...

Awesome! Your stories are inspiring. I read the entire post and can relate to some of the details.

My story includes a brain injury in 1991 (car vs. motorcycle). I was riding the motorcycle....
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