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07-22-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 698
Posted By ironwood

Some water tastes better than others. My filtered...

Some water tastes better than others. My filtered tap water tastes pretty good. San Pellegrino tastes good, but it's not practical for cycling, and too expensive for gulping.
07-21-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 549
Posted By ironwood

One way to remove rust is to soak the bike in a...

One way to remove rust is to soak the bike in a dilute solution of oxalic acid. There have been a number of threads about this technique on this forum. Perhaps you can use the search function to...
Forum: Touring
07-21-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By ironwood

One jungle was cleared and another pops up...

One jungle was cleared and another pops up Anyway, it isn't really an interesting area for a cyclist, at least in my opinion.
07-21-19, 03:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,632
Posted By ironwood

Beautiful bike. I sometimes think that the mixte...

Beautiful bike. I sometimes think that the mixte is the most elegant design. Brazed on centerpulls are great. Are the pedals the Grip Kings, aka Lambda, or the new Rivendell Monarchs?
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 11:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By ironwood

I would be very careful around Calais. There are...

I would be very careful around Calais. There are many desperate migrants there trying to get to England. I don't want to sound anti-immigrant, but some of these people have nothing and have been...
07-20-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By ironwood

Trek built better than they knew back then.

Trek built better than they knew back then.
07-20-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 102,966
Posted By ironwood

Nice Gooney Bird on the tarmac.

Nice Gooney Bird on the tarmac.
07-20-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By ironwood

It will work, but you'd be better off if you...

It will work, but you'd be better off if you could find something in the 1983 600 series. These bikes had 55mm of fork offset, so they probably handle better with a front bag.
07-17-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,387
Posted By ironwood

What's Strava?

What's Strava?
07-17-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,644
Posted By ironwood

I wish I was fifty-two again.

I wish I was fifty-two again.
07-17-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,648
Posted By ironwood

My advice to younger riders is to cover up. The...

My advice to younger riders is to cover up. The skin on my forearms is severely damaged. In many traditional societies people have the good sense to cover up in the sun. We in a so-called advanced...
07-17-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 815
Posted By ironwood

I guess there aren't any drunk drivers in your...

I guess there aren't any drunk drivers in your country. On some highways in parts of the US, you would be lucky to survive five minutes.
07-17-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 730
Posted By ironwood

And there is always the metal pile at the local...

And there is always the metal pile at the local dump.
07-16-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,398
Posted By ironwood

I've seen some of these bikes in my town. There...

I've seen some of these bikes in my town. There doesn't seem to be any sense in placing them around town.
I tried lifting one of them: they are really heavy. I couldn't toss one very far....
07-15-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 282
Posted By ironwood

Each airline has its own policy. If you go to...

Each airline has its own policy. If you go to the airline website you will find detailed instructions on how to pack your bike. The Touring sub forum might have mpore advice for you.
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 03:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,345
Posted By ironwood

What do you consider "touring" to be? Camping?...

What do you consider "touring" to be? Camping? Credit card ? Multi day? If you are carrying a lot of gear, get a bike that can carry that gear safely without affecting the handling.
06-24-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,270
Posted By ironwood

I posted on this thread years ago. The old Treks...

I posted on this thread years ago. The old Treks are good conversion candidates. There have been some in Bicycle Quarterly. They take 38mm wide tires and fenders. Weinmann 750 centerpulls will...
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,649
Posted By ironwood

Many years ago while riding across South Dakota...

Many years ago while riding across South Dakota an my cross country ride some one did offer me a ride. He couldn't understand why anyone would cycle across the country.
06-16-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By ironwood

I have a 1983 Bridgestone 400, which a friend...

I have a 1983 Bridgestone 400, which a friend found in the dump without wheels. I built it up with 700c wheels and fenders. For about 5 years it was the bike I used for most utility trips and some...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,117
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: 1,024
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: 2,202
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: 860
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: 13
Views: 2,059
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: 1,476
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: 819
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: 262
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: 1,240
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: 1,081
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: 963
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: 3,894
Posted By ironwood

What brands do you care for?

What brands do you care for?
03-30-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 22,726
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: 641
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: 360
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: 1,050
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: 880
Posted By ironwood

It might snow tonight.

It might snow tonight.
03-08-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
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: 37
Views: 11,557
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: 3,547
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: 431
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: 933
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: 1,878
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: 1,249
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: 7,656
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: 1,878
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: 7,656
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: 1,878
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: 605
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: 1,277
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: 3,177
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.
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