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03-28-17, 10:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,183
Posted By FrankHudson

Though I'm right-handed, I'm a guitar and bass...

Though I'm right-handed, I'm a guitar and bass player. I doubt my right hand grip strength is greater than my left.
03-18-17, 10:35 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 28,793
Posted By FrankHudson

Hey, I've got that bike (or near enough to it)!...

Hey, I've got that bike (or near enough to it)! When I bought it I was trading up from steel rim bikes. I was so impressed with the braking at the time. In my younger days I loved it on gravel fire...
03-07-17, 07:28 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,947
Posted By FrankHudson

Eyeglass/goggle fogging is the limiting factor...

Eyeglass/goggle fogging is the limiting factor for me too. From my younger years, I have clothing figured out so I could (and did) ride even to double digits below zero F. I've tried most solutions...
03-03-17, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,565
Posted By FrankHudson

We did the Trek T900 tandem for our son too. If...

We did the Trek T900 tandem for our son too. If you ditch the suspension seatpost you can get the stoker seat pretty low, so didn't need any extenders in our case.
02-19-17, 05:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,733
Posted By FrankHudson

The East/West Greenway bike route in Minneapolis...

The East/West Greenway bike route in Minneapolis was a crowded as a summer day today. Temp was around 60 F. in February. I rode in tights and on my rain bike anyway, but lots of folks were in shorts.
02-16-17, 05:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,475
Posted By FrankHudson

Yup, winter has been kind of a bust so far in MN....

Yup, winter has been kind of a bust so far in MN. I'm to blame because I bought a fat bike in December.

The good is that we've only had a couple of real cold snaps (single digit F. and below zero...
02-07-17, 01:30 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,981
Posted By FrankHudson

Other than John's age being a notch younger, I...

Other than John's age being a notch younger, I could have written the same thing. Anything I ride brings me joy at my age and condition. Comfort and ease of use means a lot to me.

Historically...
02-07-17, 12:58 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,985
Posted By FrankHudson

Deep question, thoughtful answers here. In...

Deep question, thoughtful answers here.

In my city things are much, much better than they were back in the 20th Century, both because there is (however imperfect) bike infrastructure and because...
02-07-17, 11:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,118
Posted By FrankHudson

I had that Vetta helmet! I always though of it as...

I had that Vetta helmet! I always though of it as the Chrysler Building of helmets.
02-07-17, 11:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,118
Posted By FrankHudson

That's my summer helmet! Light, comfy and good...

That's my summer helmet! Light, comfy and good ventilation, and I like the visor. I got the clear shell one, and someone once told me they liked it because it didn't pretend to be anything other than...
02-07-17, 11:43 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,230
Posted By FrankHudson

Not plugged into all the history of Trek, but in...

Not plugged into all the history of Trek, but in any case were there's a larger (company) that was once a small, insurgent (company) there will be folks who believe the old days were where the soul...
02-07-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,454
Posted By FrankHudson

Another voice saying that studs for ice or...

Another voice saying that studs for ice or possibility of ice, regardless of tire width. Wider tires for deeper snow and wider tires for the uneven ruts that come after fresh untraveled snow. About...
02-07-17, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,100
Posted By FrankHudson

Depends somewhat on the length of your commute...

Depends somewhat on the length of your commute and any significant climbing on that route, your town's wintertime climate, and what you need to carry. But yes, a hybrid can often do that job well....
02-04-17, 05:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,514
Posted By FrankHudson

[QUOTE=PatrickR400;19357553] As for the...

[QUOTE=PatrickR400;19357553]

As for the weight of the bike, it is an issue only when going up. And even then it is the weight of the whole (bike + you) that matters.

QUOTE]

I've kind of...
01-29-17, 08:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,793
Posted By FrankHudson

Speaking first of last year, not this year. ...

Speaking first of last year, not this year.

50% on my Safari touring bike which I use for city rides, shopping trips, and longer rides. I did one real tour this past year, but it was in England...
01-27-17, 07:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,655
Posted By FrankHudson

If you didn't spend the Feb. rent money and...

If you didn't spend the Feb. rent money and you're going to use the bike, relax.

Baring crashes or theft, bikes are long lasting items. Read the recent "bike you bought more than 30 years ago"...
01-26-17, 04:27 PM
Replies: 595
Views: 41,338
Posted By FrankHudson

None of my "vintage" guitars are fancy. Here's a...

None of my "vintage" guitars are fancy. Here's a late '60s or perhaps early '70s bass that has never had a name. From it's details it looks like Japanese instruments that were often branded Teisco in...
01-26-17, 03:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,742
Posted By FrankHudson

In the olden days I bought a set of wing nuts for...

In the olden days I bought a set of wing nuts for my old gas-crisis 10 speed and I thought they looked cool. Worked great, though they might get in the way depending on your folder's fold. I'm also...
01-26-17, 03:29 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 36,058
Posted By FrankHudson

By the rules of the OP, I can't post my '51...

By the rules of the OP, I can't post my '51 Raleigh even though I've owned it since 1978 or so. However, here's my Diamondback Ridgerunner which bought new shortly after the model came out, which I...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-26-17, 03:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,985
Posted By FrankHudson

Grip studs were sold out at my LBS, so I sprung...

Grip studs were sold out at my LBS, so I sprung for one Dillinger 4 for the front tire earlier this month. My ride yesterday wasn't near as challenging as HypnoToad's. I had a very pleasurable 5...
01-26-17, 02:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,995
Posted By FrankHudson

Q: If you knew your airplane was made by someone...

Q: If you knew your airplane was made by someone at your LBS, would you fly in it?

A: Only if your LBS is owned by the Wright Brothers. :)
01-23-17, 05:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,581
Posted By FrankHudson

Having the kid ride in the middle between two...

Having the kid ride in the middle between two adults is ideal. I also used a tag-a-long along with his own bike at that age.

My memory of my kid at 6 was that gear changing was unfathomable, and...
01-21-17, 09:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,099
Posted By FrankHudson

No, it's not harmful to the tires in my...

No, it's not harmful to the tires in my experience, other that the wear that all tires undergo in using them. There's the noise and maybe they are a little less efficient, but it's winter and ice...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-14-17, 10:20 PM
Replies: 418
Views: 127,419
Posted By FrankHudson

For the past couple of winters my winter bike has...

For the past couple of winters my winter bike has been a hybrid with studded 700x42 tires and an Sturney Archer IGH. Short story there: studs are great, the IGH was not a perfect experience, and...
01-14-17, 12:44 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 18,552
Posted By FrankHudson

This memory jibes with mine when I bought a 26"...

This memory jibes with mine when I bought a 26" mountain bike about as soon as they went into general nationwide distribution. Stores didn't necessarily know much about them, and they certainly...
Forum: Touring
01-12-17, 11:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,225
Posted By FrankHudson

Looks like the rack on my 2012 Safari. I carried...

Looks like the rack on my 2012 Safari. I carried some pretty good weight on it and it worked well. No heel strike issues with my size 12 feet. I since replaced the rack with a Topeak model because it...
01-10-17, 03:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,877
Posted By FrankHudson

roughly 1300 miles for 2016

roughly 1300 miles for 2016
Forum: Touring
01-08-17, 04:53 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,225
Posted By FrankHudson

Thanks! I'm thinking about trying a suspension...

Thanks! I'm thinking about trying a suspension seat-post again next summer on my Safari.
Forum: Touring
01-06-17, 02:40 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,225
Posted By FrankHudson

When you say you raised the bars, what did you...

When you say you raised the bars, what did you do? What suspension seat post did you use?
Forum: Fatbikes
01-05-17, 11:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,985
Posted By FrankHudson

Thanks also to Tim_Iowa. That post had lots of...

Thanks also to Tim_Iowa. That post had lots of useful experience/info.
01-05-17, 10:56 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,768
Posted By FrankHudson

For too hot for headcovering and too cold for...

For too hot for headcovering and too cold for bare ears days I wear a full shell "urban" helmet and a earband. The urban helmet has rear vents and air space above the head so it "breathes" that...
01-05-17, 10:15 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,722
Posted By FrankHudson

When I was an everyday commuter I had no choice....

When I was an everyday commuter I had no choice. Heavy rain was no fun, although I eventually found some workable clothing for it. I worried about lightning, but other than biking faster though...
01-03-17, 12:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,340
Posted By FrankHudson

Yeah, I suspect that "entirely uninterested"...

Yeah, I suspect that "entirely uninterested" comes from a recreational bike outlook where your rides are all to and from "home base" or your car rack or where stops where you still can keep an eye on...
Forum: Commuting
01-03-17, 12:23 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 24,819
Posted By FrankHudson

I always wanted two bikes minimum when I was an...

I always wanted two bikes minimum when I was an everyday commuter. One "primary" bike and a second "winter/rain/something's wrong with the primary bike" one. The last thing I wanted when I'd get up...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-03-17, 12:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,985
Posted By FrankHudson

Yup, this morning's Twin Cities' roads put me...

Yup, this morning's Twin Cities' roads put me back on the studded tire 29er bike. Main roads were generally OK as much as I could tell, but side roads were at times 100% ice covered. The studs...
01-02-17, 12:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,340
Posted By FrankHudson

Hmm. "kind of bolt on" might be good enough. Most...

Hmm. "kind of bolt on" might be good enough. Most stores and some restaurants put their bike parking somewhere off to the side where the you can't see the bike and I've had little things stripped off...
12-28-16, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,340
Posted By FrankHudson

what do poggie users do when they lock up?

I'm sold on the idea of poggies being a good solution for very cold weather riding, and more so in that my new winter bike has trigger shifters that are quite difficult to use with mittens. But...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-28-16, 11:46 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,985
Posted By FrankHudson

HypnoToad, I'll bet you been riding the "outdoor...

HypnoToad, I'll bet you been riding the "outdoor hockey rinks" with street and trail signs that have spouted up around the MN/Twin Cities around Xmas after that freezing rain. Even today I'm still...
Forum: Touring
12-28-16, 11:18 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,225
Posted By FrankHudson

There are lots of good bikes out there even if...

There are lots of good bikes out there even if the Safari is discontinued, but I sure like mine. I use my Safari as a pack horse when shopping and it handles loads well in excess of the 250 pound...
12-26-16, 08:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,878
Posted By FrankHudson

I've been trying to bike regularly through the...

I've been trying to bike regularly through the Minnesota winter for the past three years. In my late 30's it I was an every-work day-winter commuter, but now my winter riding is largely urban,...
Forum: Touring
12-22-16, 10:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,125
Posted By FrankHudson

I'm another happy user of a Novara Headwind...

I'm another happy user of a Novara Headwind jacket. Mine's a model from a couple of years back. Windproof front, breathable back. I'm not sure if they've changed it, but it's my most valuable piece...
04-08-16, 11:47 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 35,170
Posted By FrankHudson

Hypno Toad, I've been watching the blizzardy snow...

Hypno Toad, I've been watching the blizzardy snow out the window at work today too, but I'm telling myself it'll be nicer by the time I get off work. Won't be a long old-man's ride for me today, and...
04-07-16, 12:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 35,170
Posted By FrankHudson

Well it's early days yet, but I'm 6 or 6 as of...

Well it's early days yet, but I'm 6 or 6 as of yesterday. Yes this year's Minnesota April weather has not been ideal. But I know many of us ride all year, so temps in the 30 F area only seem a...
03-04-16, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,805
Posted By FrankHudson

Yes, I remember this well when I used my canti...

Yes, I remember this well when I used my canti equipped mountain bike. You need the right (wrong?) conditions for it, but you can get ice ball more or less capping your brake shoes. I'd squeeze extra...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-26-16, 09:15 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 18,013
Posted By FrankHudson

I go back and forth on fat bikes too. Speaking as...

I go back and forth on fat bikes too. Speaking as a fellow Twin Cities MN winter biker, this winter has so far been a laugher. Where the fat bike rules on the street is with the ice ruts from...
Forum: Touring
02-26-16, 08:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,152
Posted By FrankHudson

Mine have been below 0 F. several times in two...

Mine have been below 0 F. several times in two years use, and below 0 C. most all of two winters. No breakage, but hard to use wearing mittens or lobster gloves!

Something like a carbineer...
Forum: Introductions
09-04-15, 11:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By FrankHudson

Besides the blessing of a son who wants to ride,...

Besides the blessing of a son who wants to ride, you're coming back to biking when MN offers many more options for nice rides: lots to good trails and the urban bike infrastructure is starting to...
07-10-15, 07:09 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,473
Posted By FrankHudson

Yes, we ride together regularly. It's one of the...

Yes, we ride together regularly. It's one of the nice things about our partnership. Mostly short-ish urban trips: out to a restaurant, shopping trips, picking up our kid at school. Grocery shopping...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-01-15, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,848
Posted By FrankHudson

And those with sicker-heels will probably want a...

And those with sicker-heels will probably want a Wallmart GMC Denali for their collections (grin)
06-26-15, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 701
Posted By FrankHudson

I use one currently on my REI Safari. I'm not...

I use one currently on my REI Safari. I'm not sure which width I have, but it has a much "later" curve out to the rear sit bone area than many saddles, so a better fit for me. Large perineal cutout...
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