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Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,403
Posted By ironwood

How to save money? Start early. Don't waste...

How to save money? Start early. Don't waste money with unnecessary spending, such as an automobile. Buy low, sell high.
05-13-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 871
Posted By ironwood

I had washed and packed away my woolen underwear...

I had washed and packed away my woolen underwear not expecting to take them out until November, but , it's cold and I had to dig them out.
05-10-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,079
Posted By ironwood

Generally I use Proofhide but I used Nikwax on...

Generally I use Proofhide but I used Nikwax on one saddle when I didn't have anything else, and the saddle is fine. Obernauf's isn't that available around here, and Rivendell is at present out of it.
Forum: Touring
05-10-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 799
Posted By ironwood

There is no way to predict the weather for any...

There is no way to predict the weather for any week in August in New England. It can be blistering hot in the interior and cool on the immediate coast. If you are lucky, a cold front can come down...
05-05-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,573
Posted By ironwood

I don't know about a ride to school program, but...

I don't know about a ride to school program, but some schools have a "walking school bus" program where the kids walk in a group.
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,384
Posted By ironwood

How tall are you? I think small bikes look...

How tall are you? I think small bikes look better with 26" wheels and tall frames look better with 700c. In between 650B is just right. Other things to consider are toe clip overlap and bottom...
04-18-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 801
Posted By ironwood

I have a Zebrakenko that I purchased in 1977. The...

I have a Zebrakenko that I purchased in 1977. The lugwork is sloppy compared to other bikes, and has other imperfections. However it rides nicely and the frame is straight, and over the years has...
04-09-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By ironwood

You can do it, but a seven speed cassette would...

You can do it, but a seven speed cassette would probably be better.
04-06-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,148
Posted By ironwood

I thought it was the other way around. Women have...

I thought it was the other way around. Women have broader hips and a lower center of gravity. Many women have longer legs and a shorter torso than men of the same height. But this will vary in...
04-06-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,025
Posted By ironwood

None of these gadgets existed when I was younger,...

None of these gadgets existed when I was younger, and I don't see any need for them. A nice bike ride is a nice ride, so just enjoy the ride. Fitness will come if you ride enough.
Forum: Touring
04-06-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By ironwood

Being completely inactive for ten days might set...

Being completely inactive for ten days might set you back, but if you stay active by walking, running or taking a few long hikes, there shouldn't be any problem. In fact it might help to be off the...
04-01-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,736
Posted By ironwood

What brands do you care for?

What brands do you care for?
03-30-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,626
Posted By ironwood

If I ever get an e-bike, it will be the type...

If I ever get an e-bike, it will be the type with the motor hidden inside the bottom bracket. I wouldn't want to advertise the fact that I'm riding an e-bike.
03-30-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By ironwood

I think Flying Pigeon made over 500,000,000 bikes.

I think Flying Pigeon made over 500,000,000 bikes.
03-27-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 354
Posted By ironwood

Build a new wheel with the good hub. If the rim...

Build a new wheel with the good hub. If the rim is good use it, those spokes look a little old.
03-27-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 983
Posted By ironwood

There are lenses available to correct color...

There are lenses available to correct color blindness. Try Google. Also in my case, a pair of cheap yellow or orange eyeshields enabled me to pick out reds and green where before I saw something...
03-22-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 849
Posted By ironwood

It might snow tonight.

It might snow tonight.
03-08-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,326
Posted By ironwood

Dynamo lights are great, I have a Kasai dynamo,...

Dynamo lights are great, I have a Kasai dynamo, maybe I should have splurged for a SON, but so far so good.

Brazed on centerpulls are also great, I have the Grand Bois long reach Chouette model...
03-08-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,978
Posted By ironwood

Birmingham Small Arms, BSA, knew that long ago.

Birmingham Small Arms, BSA, knew that long ago.
03-05-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,438
Posted By ironwood

I know someone who rode his age when he was 83. ...

I know someone who rode his age when he was 83. A couple of minor injuries have slowed him down some, but he still rides at 87
02-25-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By ironwood

You might ask on the touring forum : some...

You might ask on the touring forum : some experienced tourers might not visit this forum. You can ask the moderator to move the thread
02-21-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 865
Posted By ironwood

There are platers in Rhode Island and...

There are platers in Rhode Island and Connecticut who have plated frames for builders. The Framebuilder's Forum might have more information.
02-21-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,535
Posted By ironwood

I think these taxes were imposed to raise...

I think these taxes were imposed to raise revenue. They hit people who depend on their automobiles to get to work or use their vehicle for work. They have no alternative. But it is a waste of time...
02-20-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,100
Posted By ironwood

Maybe something like Boeshield, which was...

Maybe something like Boeshield, which was developed to protect aircraft from corrosion would help. But don't get it on the brake track on the rims.
02-20-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,381
Posted By ironwood

And we have The Ride, to take us to scheduled...

And we have The Ride, to take us to scheduled medical appointments if we are disabled. This answers Machka's question. www.mbta.com/accessibility/the-ride .
02-20-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,535
Posted By ironwood

Seventy years ago, the majority of French people...

Seventy years ago, the majority of French people were car free. It must have been a great time for cyclists,and bike builders. Since that time, there has been a shift to automobiles, so now the...
02-19-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,381
Posted By ironwood

The availability of public assistance in getting...

The availability of public assistance in getting to medical appointments is, unfortunately, a political question. I live in an area where disabled seniors can go to their appointments for a modest...
02-19-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,535
Posted By ironwood

There are a lot of other cities in France besides...

There are a lot of other cities in France besides Paris with good public transportation, However, Many French people love their cars as much as most Americans, and for some the car is necessary. I've...
02-15-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 532
Posted By ironwood

Most useful? Besides things like water or mud,...

Most useful? Besides things like water or mud, the is animal waste. If you've ever come across a stretch of road just after a herd of cattle have been, you'll see why people have fenders.
02-15-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,224
Posted By ironwood

It happened to me about forty years ago. My...

It happened to me about forty years ago. My bones were younger then. Ever since that time I try to cross tracks at a right angle. Wider tires, 42mm or so are also more forgiving.
02-14-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,040
Posted By ironwood

I spent a winter in North Dakota, a lot of it...

I spent a winter in North Dakota, a lot of it outside.
02-13-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By ironwood

Maybe the OP could be more specific in what he...

Maybe the OP could be more specific in what he wants a bag for: touring, randonneuring, commuting etc. He could also tell us which bike he wants to equip with luggage.
02-13-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,040
Posted By ironwood

Another thing that might work is swinging your...

Another thing that might work is swinging your outstretched arms in big circles, the centrifugal force will push blood into your fingers.
02-11-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By ironwood

Looks like a perfect candidate for a 650B...

Looks like a perfect candidate for a 650B conversion.
02-11-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By ironwood

If you can't find exactly what you want off the...

If you can't find exactly what you want off the shelf, in the Boston area you can ask Emily O'Brian at Dill Pickle , www.dillpickle.com , to make a bag exactly to your specifications. Or Dave Cain...
02-10-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By ironwood

Old posts on the subject are just as good as...

Old posts on the subject are just as good as recent posts, There hasn't been that much in the way of technological advances in bag technology. When you say "bags", do you mean bags that go on the...
02-10-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,563
Posted By ironwood

Today came pretty close to an ideal winter day...

Today came pretty close to an ideal winter day for riding. Temp was just below freezing, no wind, dry. I'm pretty much acclimated to the cold by now, and I put on a silk layer under all the wool: ...
02-09-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,563
Posted By ironwood

Dry pavement, no salt, anything above , say 25F,...

Dry pavement, no salt, anything above , say 25F, and slightly overcast with no blinding sun, no wind, and some sporting event such as football or Nascar races or tractor pulls keeping the pick-ups...
02-09-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,100
Posted By ironwood

At the top of the page there is "search", right...

At the top of the page there is "search", right between "new posts" and"quick links". Click.
Forum: Touring
02-04-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,490
Posted By ironwood

Another reason I liked going East to West is that...

Another reason I liked going East to West is that it saves the most spectacular scenery for last. I remember a day in Wyoming after crossing the plains of Minnesota and South Dakota, when we came...
02-04-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 889
Posted By ironwood

My understanding is that local cities and regions...

My understanding is that local cities and regions pay the Tour for the "privelege" of having the tour pass through. or stop or start in a particular place. It could be that the local authorities in...
Forum: Touring
01-31-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,490
Posted By ironwood

I rode East to West many years ago, and I only...

I rode East to West many years ago, and I only remember two days when headwinds were a real problem; and I only remember one day with a real tailwind. It isn't really a big problem.
01-30-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By ironwood

Why not go there pick it up, ride for a couple...

Why not go there pick it up, ride for a couple of weeks, and bring it home?
01-30-19, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 368
Posted By ironwood

Paselas are pretty close to Cdvs, less tread but...

Paselas are pretty close to Cdvs, less tread but faster. Does anyone know what's available in Japan for this size, 590?
01-29-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By ironwood

The brakes look like MAFAC Racers, and the hubs...

The brakes look like MAFAC Racers, and the hubs look like Normandy high flange.
01-22-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 568
Posted By ironwood

Saturday was a nice day for riding, in the...

Saturday was a nice day for riding, in the twenties, but that was it for a while. I don't trust the drivers, and I'm not good on ice, and hate salt.
01-22-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By ironwood

I just thought of a quick way to estimate out...

I just thought of a quick way to estimate out where a 650B tire is widest, and determine what tire width will fit. A 700C rim has a bead seat radius of 311mm, and a 650Bx 42 tire's widest point is...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,731
Posted By ironwood

I can't tell from the pictures what type of crank...

I can't tell from the pictures what type of crank is on the bike or whether you can put smaller rings on it. A lot of France is flat; Eurovelo routes and converted train tracks and canal paths are...
Forum: Touring
01-17-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,060
Posted By ironwood

When i was forty, I started out from sea level,...

When i was forty, I started out from sea level, San Diego, and rode to Silverton, and on over Red Mountain. I didn't have any problem. If you ride a lot of hills before you go, you shouldn't have a...
01-16-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,894
Posted By ironwood

Yesterday was nice , temperature about 30F, no...

Yesterday was nice , temperature about 30F, no wind, roads clean and dry with no salt. However, the low sun is potentially blinding for drivers. Today it might get up to 40F. I prefer a milky sky...
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