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Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-06, 07:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By blacktom

Kings Mountain Record

Kings Mountain in the SF Bay Area is a very popular training ride and hordes of cyclists ride up it. I am interested in finding out what the record is (from the Woodside Store to the 'stop' sign).
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Forum: Touring
09-04-05, 12:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By blacktom

If you check out the discount mailorder stores...

If you check out the discount mailorder stores (Nashbar, etc) you can find some cheap cranks, eg a 44/32/22 Truvativ (a cheap mountain bike crank) for $50. Chainrings will cost $25 to $40+ each. The...
08-28-05, 08:06 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,292
Posted By blacktom

Today is my 68th birthday. I accepted your...

Today is my 68th birthday. I accepted your challenge and with a couple of 'young' (58 & 61) friends, organised a 68 mile plus ride.

We live South of San Francisco, on the Peninsula, and once you...
Forum: Touring
08-21-05, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By blacktom

Better Map Useage

Next month, I am going to France for a month to ride from Mont de Marsan to the Mediterannean on my 'dumpster special' bike. I have purchased a number of Michelin maps that are 1 : 150,000 scale...
Forum: Touring
07-01-05, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By blacktom

I am a displaced Brit and have lived in the SF...

I am a displaced Brit and have lived in the SF area for 30 years and would be willing to offer advice as necessary. As the previous writer says the Winter is our rainy season and may even get as bad...
06-13-05, 09:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 782
Posted By blacktom

Heart rate maximums vary with the individual....

Heart rate maximums vary with the individual. Some years ago when I was racing (at 55 years old) two of my competitors had maximums of 195 and 155 respectively. Both were faster than me and equally...
06-01-05, 11:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By blacktom

HJ, I took delivery of a new Scott CR1 Team Issue...

HJ, I took delivery of a new Scott CR1 Team Issue two months ago. I did not even use the DuraAce 53/39 that came as standard but immediately purchased and installed an FSA carbon mega expo 50/34...
05-02-05, 09:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,623
Posted By blacktom

I find a jock strap is the answer as it stops all...

I find a jock strap is the answer as it stops all movement. Without it, you risk serious injury when you sit back down after being out of the saddle.
03-28-05, 12:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

Ther are hills in San Francisco that would floor...

Ther are hills in San Francisco that would floor me even on my tourer with a 24 tooth chainring and 34 tooth rear cog (a 17" gear!). But I watched a young 120 lb roady fly up the approach to Coit...
03-27-05, 11:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

My new Scott has STI brifters, the first time I...

My new Scott has STI brifters, the first time I have owned what must be the most significant advance in road bikes since clipless pedals. But I am still getting used to them.

When I was trying...
03-25-05, 11:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

Have now received, built and rode my Scott CR 1...

Have now received, built and rode my Scott CR 1 Team Issue and installed the 50/34 compact crank and the 12 - 27 cassette. It is all that I had hoped for and with the lighter (15 lb!) bike and the...
Forum: Touring
03-23-05, 12:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,265
Posted By blacktom

See my disc brake thread that is a page further...

See my disc brake thread that is a page further on in the same section (Touring) as your current thread.

Brian.
Forum: Touring
03-22-05, 12:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,265
Posted By blacktom

I agree with you that the Rohloff is the perfect...

I agree with you that the Rohloff is the perfect gear train for a touring bike - if you can live with the gear change mechanism for drop handlebars (a must for me on a touring bike). I believe...
03-20-05, 11:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

No city streets, these are the back roads over...

No city streets, these are the back roads over the coastal range, between San Francisco and Santa Cruz; beautiful cycling country.

And you can swop all 7 thru 9 speed Shimano sprockets (see...
Forum: Touring
03-20-05, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 667
Posted By blacktom

Disk Brakes and Drop Bars

Further to the thread on drop v flat bars I want to fix disks on my tourer but keep my drop bars. Has anyone tried this using regular (not STI) road levers? I realize I will not be able to use...
03-19-05, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

Will do. However my present road bike gearing is...

Will do. However my present road bike gearing is 38/28 or 36" and this is a struggle at the end of a long day and a 20% grade. 30/23 is 34" versus my 34/27 of 33" so not much difference. As I lose...
03-19-05, 01:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

Buying a complete bike is much cheaper than...

Buying a complete bike is much cheaper than buying the individual pieces. It may be fun to buy the individual pieces and assemble the perfect bike but it ain't cheap!

If I can sell the DA...
03-18-05, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,722
Posted By blacktom

I am waiting for the delivery of a Scott Team...

I am waiting for the delivery of a Scott Team Issue that comes standard with an 11 - 23 cassette 10 speed and a 39/53 double clanger with a gear range of 45" to 127"! While this is OK for Lance it is...
03-18-05, 06:55 PM
Replies: 1,804
Views: 324,059
Posted By blacktom

This is Brian. I am 67. 1) Bike New Scott...

This is Brian. I am 67.

1) Bike New Scott Team Issue on order. Old bike is a 1990 Trek 2500. Tourer is a converted Specialized Hard Rock with drop bars. Soon to have disc brakes. Front & rear...
02-18-05, 07:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,176
Posted By blacktom

Shimano 10 Speed durability

After 15 years with my reliable Dura Ace 8 speed equiped bike, I am in the market for a new bike. I am concerned over the rumours I hear that a Shimano 10 speed chain has a life of about a thousand...
11-23-04, 11:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 530
Posted By blacktom

Go to Sheldon Brown's site for an informed...

Go to Sheldon Brown's site for an informed discussion on gears and all things cycling. He also has a great gear table for calculating your own ratios.

www.sheldonbrown.com/harris
11-23-04, 11:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 922
Posted By blacktom

A Rohloff 14 speed hub gear is very strong and...

A Rohloff 14 speed hub gear is very strong and ideal for touring. The gaps are a little wide at 13.5% and the cost is a little high. Mated with a Schlumpf 2 speed Mountain Drive bottom bracket you...
Forum: Touring
11-20-04, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,684
Posted By blacktom

My local bike shop has 20 or 30 used steel forks...

My local bike shop has 20 or 30 used steel forks that they obtained when they replaced solid forks with suspension types. I suspect most one man band shops would have a supply, cheap.

Brian.
Forum: Touring
11-20-04, 09:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,776
Posted By blacktom

I toured in Europe back in the 50's and 60's and...

I toured in Europe back in the 50's and 60's and you may find those old bikes around cheap but you will have difficulties with modern groupos. Back then I used 3 speed derailleurs first and then 5...
Forum: Touring
11-20-04, 08:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,806
Posted By blacktom

Well, Mr Tea, I wish you well on your World tour....

Well, Mr Tea, I wish you well on your World tour. And, of course, your equipment (proven, bombproof, etc) is the correct approach. If your derailleur goes South, you can always turn your bike into a...
Forum: Touring
11-18-04, 01:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,520
Posted By blacktom

When I was 14 (early in the last century)a friend...

When I was 14 (early in the last century)a friend and I went camping using two backpacks. One had the camping gear, the other was full of canned food. We rode a hundred miles and every one was agony....
Forum: Touring
11-18-04, 12:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,894
Posted By blacktom

Go to the oracle - the Brooks site at ...

Go to the oracle - the Brooks site at http://www.brookssaddles.com/

All will be made clear. Note that the B 17 (and some other models) come in narrow, standard and womens widths, the women's one...
Forum: Touring
11-18-04, 12:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,806
Posted By blacktom

I believe you are right, 3 grand is closer. And...

I believe you are right, 3 grand is closer. And my idea of roughing it is riding through Southern France. Mongolia, and rancid yak butter!!!! Not for me.

Brian.
Forum: Touring
11-18-04, 12:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,806
Posted By blacktom

With a Rohloff you only need a single chainwheel....

With a Rohloff you only need a single chainwheel. If you are going to have the equivalent to a Rohloff for your derailleur I would assume an XTR which would include a triple, brake lever shifters,...
Forum: Touring
11-17-04, 05:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,806
Posted By blacktom

The cost of a Rohloff hub is about a thousand...

The cost of a Rohloff hub is about a thousand dollars, give or take. But the cost of the best deralleur (XTR) is about the same. However, a Rohloff gives you a wide based, undished wheel which is...
Forum: Touring
11-17-04, 01:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,806
Posted By blacktom

Thorn appear to make a nice touring bike...

Thorn appear to make a nice touring bike including the Rohloff, but no disk brakes. It would be expensive to modify the bike after purchase. As they are made in Taiwan I assume you cannot specify...
Forum: Touring
11-17-04, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,806
Posted By blacktom

The Perfect Touring Bike

I am thinking of replacing my current old tourer (a converted mountain bike) with a my ideal tourer. The basic consideration would be an upright (I fall off recumbents) with the following equipment:...
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