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Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 587
Posted By tcs

More the other way around. Sturmey-Archer has...

More the other way around. Sturmey-Archer has offered various models of hybrid derailleur+hub gear sets since the early 1950s.
03-03-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By tcs

The Sec. of Transportation actually riding a...

The Sec. of Transportation actually riding a bicycle in traffic and agreeing to speak at a bicycle conference? Promising.
03-02-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By tcs

US Sec. of Transportation Buttigieg

The new US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg addresses the National Bike Summit tomorrow.

“We think of trains, planes, and automobiles, but what about bikes, scooters, wheelchairs for...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 587
Posted By tcs

[/color] I've been thinking about a SRAM...

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I've been thinking about a SRAM 11-50, 12-speed Eagle NX cassette fitted on a Sturmey-Archer CS-RK3 hub with a single chainring. 806% gear range.
03-02-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

Your theory would seem to depend on Britain,...

Your theory would seem to depend on Britain, France, Italy, Austria and Japan not being devastated during WWII.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-02-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By tcs

Go big or go home. MKS Ezy-Superior Lambada. ...

Go big or go home. MKS Ezy-Superior Lambada.

https://www.mkspedal.com/?q=en/product/node/52


So you take the pedals (if you have to leave the bike locked but unattended) and you make the bike...
03-02-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

As an American club rider in the late 1970s, I...

As an American club rider in the late 1970s, I asked the same question. Where was the West German equivalent to Raleigh, Peugeot, Motobecane, Gitane, Puch, ALAN, Colnago, Panasonic, Fuji, Paramount?
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By tcs

MKS EZY Superior or possibly EZY depending on...

MKS EZY Superior or possibly EZY depending on what you want out of life*.


*Cleat (Shimano SPD or Time ATAC or none), large or small pedal surface, smooth or aggressive pedal surface, double or...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By tcs

The most common solution to this problem is to...

The most common solution to this problem is to clean the seatpost and tightening collar. Like, really, really clean.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By tcs

Best bet is to contact Dahon: ...

Best bet is to contact Dahon:

https://usa.dahon.com/pages/contact-us

The Boardwalk is Dahon's longest-running model. Debuting in 2000, it's still in production. It has received spec upgrades...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By tcs

Dahon HIT

Dahon is coming out with a new world market 'pandemic special'. 20", fold-in-half, nine-speed, 300# limit Deltec cable-reinforced frame with ten-year warranty, dynamo hub + LED headlamp. They say...
03-01-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

While I was impressed with Giant Bicycle's...

While I was impressed with Giant Bicycle's robotic layup of CAD-designed carbon fiber frames, bicycle manufacture is at its heart 1890s technology. Even China is getting too advanced for bicycle...
03-01-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

Manufacturing costs. Amazing is the large numbers...

Manufacturing costs. Amazing is the large numbers of cycles manufactured in Germany, not considered a low-cost country.

Note: the EU protects its native bicycle industry with tariffs.
03-01-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

Ignaz Schwinn was a German immigrant to the USA....

Ignaz Schwinn was a German immigrant to the USA. The Schwinns had family 'in the old country'.

"In 1933 Frank Schwinn took a trip to Germany. There he saw a healthy bicycle industry that had...
03-01-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

Germans build 'em; Germans buy 'em. ...

Germans build 'em; Germans buy 'em.

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03-01-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,619
Posted By tcs

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I recall Dane Mikael Colville-Andersen visited...
Forum: Recumbent
02-27-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By tcs

John's Trikes and Richardson Bike Mart in the...

John's Trikes and Richardson Bike Mart in the Dallas area. Easy Street in Ft. Worth.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-27-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 17,960
Posted By tcs

With fenders, or without? ...

With fenders, or without?

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A factory BikeFriday...
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By tcs

Provenance?

Provenance?
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,292
Posted By tcs

Captain Dashboard, call your office! ...

Captain Dashboard, call your office!

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Forum: Folding Bikes
02-23-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2,541
Views: 735,976
Posted By tcs

'Major' problem? Meh. If you want to go on a...

'Major' problem? Meh. If you want to go on a world tour on your Moulton AM, rebuild the wheels with 18" rims and use Schwalbe Marathons in ISO40-355. Or perhaps you could rebuild with ISO349 rims;...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-23-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2,541
Views: 735,976
Posted By tcs

I'm not sure there has ever been more than one...

I'm not sure there has ever been more than one tire brand+model available in ISO369. But, and it's a big but, the company has always made sure that one was available in adequate supply. Helix would...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,292
Posted By tcs

Google Streetview - not a cycletouring miracle...

Google Streetview - not a cycletouring miracle worker, but very helpful. I'm a fan.
...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,292
Posted By tcs

On a 'dead reckoning' tour several decades ago...

On a 'dead reckoning' tour several decades ago our delightful country lane dump us off on a full legal speed +, heavily trafficked, no shoulder highway. Hey, it went in the right direction. :(
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,292
Posted By tcs

Here in Parts Unknown nearly all the road signs...

Here in Parts Unknown nearly all the road signs indicate which general direction they head.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-22-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2,541
Views: 735,976
Posted By tcs

Since getting out from under Raleigh back in '83,...

Since getting out from under Raleigh back in '83, Alex Moulton Bicycles has been dedicated to continued availability of its special 17" (ISO369) road tires. No 50000/year production level. Not a...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,472
Posted By tcs

Don't forget Winona! :ride:

Don't forget Winona! :ride:
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By tcs

Cols are included in the ToF because 1) they are...

Cols are included in the ToF because 1) they are challenging and 2) you can get ~200 cyclists, 40-50 vehicles & thousands of fans up and down them.

There are some stellar mountain roads in the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-21-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 604
Posted By tcs

He-who-must-not-be-named said between the...

He-who-must-not-be-named said between the pandemic and the world-wide bike boom he has been unable to get a supply of Curves for the US market.
02-21-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By tcs

Bright flashing lights at night. Headlight: no. ...

Bright flashing lights at night. Headlight: no. Just no. Taillight: maybe. Used in conjunction with a steady taillight on the street, I'm all in. But never on a path.
02-21-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 476
Posted By tcs

Sturmey-Archer hub magnetos are of course the...

Sturmey-Archer hub magnetos are of course the 'Dynohub (tm)'. The classic GH6 was produced from 1946 through 1984. They were rated at 6V and until the early 1970s 2W, afterward 1.8W. Modern Dynohubs...
02-21-21, 02:05 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,544
Posted By tcs

Rode Brooks for years, still have one. Mostly on...

Rode Brooks for years, still have one. Mostly on Selle Anatomica these days. Got a couple of Persons Deluxe 77s which I like. My Lepper Tourer isn't broken in yet. Had Gyes GS-17A I liked - it...
02-14-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

Okay, so you're worried that you're being stalked...

Okay, so you're worried that you're being stalked by a bike thief who is planning to break into your locked garage and steal your double-locked Hetchings Curly Magnum Opus with gold-plated lugwork...
02-14-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

Actually, it would be far, far easier to steal...

Actually, it would be far, far easier to steal another, less-well secured bike. That's the point.



I've heard variations of that story for 40+ years, with locations indicated all over the...
02-14-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

Hence the idea behind the design of the Skunk...

Hence the idea behind the design of the Skunk Lock™ I referenced in post number 10.
02-13-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 977
Posted By tcs

For future reference, the list of tensioned...

For future reference, the list of tensioned leather saddle manufacturers is longer than 'Brooks'.
Berthoud - France
Brooks - UK
Gyes (Cardiff, Dia Compe, Fenix, Fyxation, Lekker, Origin8,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-13-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By tcs

I thought this was brilliant for folding bikes. ...

I thought this was brilliant for folding bikes.

There's a controller on the handlebars. There's a cable pulling servo on the stay. The connection in between is wireless.

I could seriously see...
Forum: Touring
02-12-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,937
Posted By tcs

Congratulations! Perhaps sub-optimum...

Congratulations!



Perhaps sub-optimum for group sing-alongs but just the ticket for crowded campgrounds.
02-11-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

tcs' hot tip: use good locking protocol. ...

tcs' hot tip: use good locking protocol.

Machiavelli's hot tip: lock up next to a nicer bike secured less well.
02-10-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

Yep, they make it look easy. That said, on those...

Yep, they make it look easy. That said, on those lock cutting videos they typically
1) use a quality high power angle grinder
2) use a quality new blade
3) start with a high capacity, fully...
02-09-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By tcs

You'll find lots of scattered information over in...

You'll find lots of scattered information over in the electronics sub-forum. Busch & Müller are all about StVZO. The inexpensive Chinese-sourced Xanes light and some Taiwanese Owleye lights are...
02-09-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

Best available information is that lock picking...

Best available information is that lock picking has been and remains a very rare avenue of bike theft. Hopefully, that will remain the case despite those Youtubers promoting this with 'how to'...
02-09-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

A surprising % of bike thefts are from sheds,...

A surprising % of bike thefts are from sheds, garages and balconies. Yeah, I lock my bikes @ home.
02-08-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,153
Posted By tcs

The word from places where bike theft is viral is...

The word from places where bike theft is viral is that two relatively more modest locks do statistically provide more deterrence than a single higher resistant lock. ✔️

If I had to leave my bike...
02-08-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,071
Posted By tcs

I started to answer my 1959 Shopsmith Mark V, but...

I started to answer my 1959 Shopsmith Mark V, but then I remembered my ex-wife's paternal grandfather's post hole auger which dates to before the war. Uh, yeah, that would be the Great War. It will...
Forum: Touring
02-07-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,989
Posted By tcs

Golly, I love campfires: the warmth, the light,...

Golly, I love campfires: the warmth, the light, watching the embers burn, poking & stoking. Wired into my medulla oblongata over the last 75,000 years?

That said, I had a miserable visit to...
02-06-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 628
Posted By tcs

Watch for ice. ...

Watch for ice.

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02-06-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,521
Posted By tcs

"We never taped our bars in the old days." - Dan...

"We never taped our bars in the old days." - Dan Henry
Forum: Touring
02-06-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,989
Posted By tcs

That varies from place to place. Nearly all the...

That varies from place to place. Nearly all the developed parks here in Parts Unknown have prohibitions on gathering combustibles. I can well imagine hoards of hunter/gatherers would quickly denude...
Forum: Touring
02-06-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,989
Posted By tcs

When the US goes carbon-free in 14 more years... ...

When the US goes carbon-free in 14 more years...

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