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06-09-19, 02:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,195
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Vintage or used is always a better deal. New...

Vintage or used is always a better deal. New bicycles, like new cars, lose a significant amount of their value the moment you take them home, and depreciate steadily for some time. In the case of the...
06-08-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,361
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It is coming back. But the time scale for such...

It is coming back. But the time scale for such things is large. It took more than 3 years for manufacturers to move to China, it will take more than 3 years for jobs to come back. If deregulation...
06-08-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,361
Posted By 50PlusCycling

In a perfect world with both partners sharing...

In a perfect world with both partners sharing similar economies, currencies which were valued by the market, and enjoying similar political/economic systems, tariffs would hurt both countries...
06-08-19, 05:10 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,983
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My wife encourages me to cycle. She believes it...

My wife encourages me to cycle. She believes it is good for my health, and, for whatever reason, she wants me to live for a long time. My cycling doesn't interfere with our family time so much, we...
06-07-19, 02:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,449
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A Gios Compact Pro, issued to me by my team,...

A Gios Compact Pro, issued to me by my team, which was sponsored by a Spanish super market chain. I've had it for more than 20 years, and though it didn't cost me anything, I will never sell it.
06-07-19, 01:51 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,539
Posted By 50PlusCycling

In 1980 I wanted a new Masi Gran Criterium, the...

In 1980 I wanted a new Masi Gran Criterium, the cost was $1800, not including tires. Adjusted for inflation, that would be nearly $6000 today, for a steel frame, friction shifting, and 12 speeds. I...
06-05-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to have a Wrangler Rubicon with a soft...

I used to have a Wrangler Rubicon with a soft top. I mounted a safari rack which could carry bikes, luggage, or even support a tent. I could unlatch it to fold it back, which allowed me to raise or...
06-05-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,599
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You naturally fall into a nature pace if you ride...

You naturally fall into a nature pace if you ride long enough. When riding at a steady pace, I time my breathing to match my pedal stroke, one breath for two strokes. When climbing a steep hill, it...
06-05-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have traveled a lot internationally with a...

I have traveled a lot internationally with a bike. Hunt for a used case on eBay, Craigslist, or put a wanted sign on the bulletin board at your local bike shop. You might even try offering to rent a...
04-21-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,990
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I find a well broken-in Brooks B17 to be all I...

I find a well broken-in Brooks B17 to be all I need. I can ride comfortably in jeans, shorts, or whatever, no padding required. I ride daily, so my backside is well-acclimated. On rides more than one...
04-21-19, 02:43 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 9,552
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Paper boy, lawn cutter, street address curb...

Paper boy, lawn cutter, street address curb painter, whatever it took to earn money for comic books, candy, and movie tickets.
04-21-19, 02:40 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,685
Posted By 50PlusCycling

First, consider that America has 55% of the...

First, consider that America has 55% of the world's lawyers, and that the amount of red tape one must navigate simply to add bike lane paint markings is significant. Next, consider the potential...
04-19-19, 04:02 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,559
Posted By 50PlusCycling

For those who weren't born rich, becoming rich is...

For those who weren't born rich, becoming rich is an endurance sport. It takes extreme motivation and effort (though not necessarily a lot of smarts). If I go to the financial district and spend the...
04-11-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 906
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Come here to Japan. The scenery is fantastic, you...

Come here to Japan. The scenery is fantastic, you can drink the water and not get sick. The food is great, and cyclists have the right of way over cars. The roads are well maintained, you can stay in...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-19, 01:30 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,185
Posted By 50PlusCycling

None. A friend of mine used to be an engineer and...

None. A friend of mine used to be an engineer and Cannonade, and they were quite annoyed at the trend toward bikes with sloping top tubes. The sloping tubes mean longer seat posts, and more seat...
04-05-19, 01:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 890
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Every morning I drive my wife to work in central...

Every morning I drive my wife to work in central Tokyo, and along Roppongi street there is always a large number of bike messengers on their way to work. They all have radios, messenger bags, and a...
03-27-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 400
Views: 21,062
Posted By 50PlusCycling

In America, high speed rail programs are mainly a...

In America, high speed rail programs are mainly a huge cash grab committed by politicians, lawyers, engineers, and consulting firms. The costs of legalese and red tape are higher than the cost of...
03-27-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,573
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When I was old enough to ride, I rode to school,...

When I was old enough to ride, I rode to school, there were no special programs, no helmets were required. All we were required to do was to lock our bikes in the fenced bike parking area. I was a...
03-27-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 6,302
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Been there done that. Then I would take out my...

Been there done that. Then I would take out my badge and ID, instruct the driver to pull to the side of the road in front of me, check his license and registration, and if they were okay, give him a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-19, 04:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 949
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The Olympics was originally a military event, the...

The Olympics was originally a military event, the original competitors were Spartans and the warrior class of Greece. The Olympics continued to be a mainly military event well into the 20th century....
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-24-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 1,156
Views: 234,821
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yes, the hollow tech bottom brackets come in...

Yes, the hollow tech bottom brackets come in different widths, and use the same measurement system as square taper.
03-24-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,304
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Keep it indoors when you aren't riding it, and...

Keep it indoors when you aren't riding it, and don't live near the beach. I had an old Nishiki Olympic of around the same year as yours, I wish I still had it.
03-23-19, 11:30 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,219
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I pick up the pace a little bit to get a little...

I pick up the pace a little bit to get a little momentum, and shift down as the climb progresses to keep the same cadence. When it becomes to steep to maintain cadence, I get out of the saddle.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 1,156
Views: 234,821
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I run an XTR mountain bike cassette.

I run an XTR mountain bike cassette.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-22-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1,156
Views: 234,821
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I use a Shimano Dura Ace 7800 crankset with the...

I use a Shimano Dura Ace 7800 crankset with the hollowtech bottom bracket, it weighs about half what the original parts do, and is easy to install. 105 or Ultegra work just as well, and are still...
03-03-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,503
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Walking and running are less efficient than beach...

Walking and running are less efficient than beach cruisers, but lots of people enjoy riding and walking. Lots of people still like to ride fixies or single-speed bikes, and these are not as efficient...
02-18-19, 01:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,229
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I started with a bike like a Nishiki Sebring, an...

I started with a bike like a Nishiki Sebring, an Araya sport. The Sebring is a simple, very well made bike which can be used for commuting or touring. The frame is high quality chrome-moly steel, the...
02-18-19, 01:12 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,187
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Absolutely, both before and after a ride....

Absolutely, both before and after a ride. Pre-ride stretches help prevent injuries, and post-ride stretches help recovery.
02-16-19, 02:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,535
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Unfortunately, more than 80% of French people...

Unfortunately, more than 80% of French people don't live in Paris or it's suburbs. France, by-and-large, is still an agricultural country with lots of land, and thousands of communities throughout...
02-16-19, 02:18 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,665
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A clean Ducati 996. A friend has one for sale,...

A clean Ducati 996. A friend has one for sale, and I am tempted to buy it. I've been riding motorcycles since I was 12, and living in Tokyo, a motorcycle makes much better time in the traffic going...
01-23-19, 04:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,362
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The devil is in the details. What is considered a...

The devil is in the details. What is considered a "mountain bike" by those of us here at Bike Forums is a little different from what are described as mountain bikes as a general product. Most of...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,711
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If we had to justify the purchases of all the...

If we had to justify the purchases of all the things we own, we wouldn't own many things.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-20-19, 04:56 AM
Replies: 1,156
Views: 234,821
Posted By 50PlusCycling

That's definitely odd. Birdies are popular in...

That's definitely odd. Birdies are popular in Japan, but in the clubs here I have not yet seen or heard of a similar breakage. The only common breakage here is in the front fork assembly where it is...
01-19-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 540
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I "saw the light" when I began training with...

I "saw the light" when I began training with rollers. I used a set which had two small rollers in front instead of the single, large roller, the smaller rollers greatly increased pedaling resistance....
01-19-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,362
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Back in 1989 the bike shop where I worked was...

Back in 1989 the bike shop where I worked was full of mountain bikes. We moved the handful of road bikes we still had in stock up to the second floor, no one was interested in them. Our counter had...
01-18-19, 01:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 773
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I carry a spare under the seat, and a glue in my...

I carry a spare under the seat, and a glue in my jersey pocket. I don't bother with sealants or other things. If I get a flat, I pull off the old tire, stick on a new one, and then open the punctured...
01-12-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,943
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Steel. I have a house on the beach in Kamakura,...

Steel. I have a house on the beach in Kamakura, and things rust or corrode quickly there. For some reason, quality steel resists the salt air better than aluminum (crap steel in a Chinese Schwinn...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,812
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I still have a Gyro Atmos helmet from my first...

I still have a Gyro Atmos helmet from my first (and last) season racing in Europe, if that helmet could tell stories, it would have a lot to say. I have a Briko Twinner from the same era, but it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-19, 04:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,117
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I like Milan. My wife loves the shopping, the...

I like Milan. My wife loves the shopping, the history, and the architecture. It's safer and less congested than Rome. If we have time, I spend a few days riding a large loop which takes me to Turin,...
01-11-19, 04:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,519
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yes. When I was young, and living in Orange...

Yes. When I was young, and living in Orange County, there was a day that the Santa Ana winds were blowing strongly. An apartment block in Anaheim had caught fire, and I decided to ride my bike from...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-10-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,461
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If it exists, it is natural. Having ridden...

If it exists, it is natural.

Having ridden in the pro peloton, albeit for a single season, I have little regard or respect for records of any type. Some of those whom I thought were the noblest I...
01-10-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,440
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I ride for my sanity. I began doing long distance...

I ride for my sanity. I began doing long distance rides in my troubled teens, the physical effort and being able to go to somewhat faraway places made things easier, until I got a car, that is.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,461
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Vegans are mentally unstable people whom one...

Vegans are mentally unstable people whom one should avoid associating with. I have learned this the hard way from dating vegans. Don't become a soy boy. Human beings are omnivores by nature, and your...
01-09-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,495
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Stoddard solvent. Take your bike parts to your...

Stoddard solvent. Take your bike parts to your local car repair shop and ask them if you can use their parts cleaner. This looks like a sink which sits on top of a metal drum, it has a spigot with a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-09-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1,156
Views: 234,821
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I'd love one of these, but the distributor for...

I'd love one of these, but the distributor for Pacific Cycles here in Japan has been very lax in recent years, and as a result, most shops stopped selling Birdies and are focusing on Bromptons. It's...
01-09-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,523
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I got a good folding bike after the big...

I got a good folding bike after the big earthquake in Japan in 2011. All the nuclear power in the country was shut down, and the conventional power plants couldn't keep up with the demand, resulting...
01-09-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 934
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I've been using these cleaners for years, and...

I've been using these cleaners for years, and they do get dirty. The best cleaner is the "automotive" variety of Simple Green, which is stronger than the ordinary stuff. There is a sponge inside the...
01-09-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,330
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I've been riding for a long time, I completed my...

I've been riding for a long time, I completed my first century at 13, competed in races in America and Europe, and have experienced every discomfort possible on a bike. I've broken bones in crashes,...
01-07-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,330
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Proper bike fit is the first thing to get right,...

Proper bike fit is the first thing to get right, then you need time in the saddle to give your body time to adjust. Anyone who goes from occasional rides to a long period of 40 to 60 miles per day is...
01-07-19, 01:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 765
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Get a set of rollers. You can ride your usual...

Get a set of rollers. You can ride your usual bike, and rollers make a huge difference in your pedal stroke and pedaling efficiency. They take a little while to get used to, but after your very first...
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