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02-19-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,494
Posted By tarwheel

Take a look at gravel bikes. Almost everyone...

Take a look at gravel bikes. Almost everyone makes one nowadays. Many are very versatile bikes, suitable for roads, trails, dirt roads, etc. Choose a model that has mounts for fenders and racks if...
01-17-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3,036
Sticky 65-85+ Thread
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Posted By tarwheel

65!

Two more days and Iíll be eligible for the 65+ thread! Wahoo!
Forum: Touring
11-22-18, 07:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,132
Posted By tarwheel

Are you cycling on interstate highways? That’s...

Are you cycling on interstate highways? That’s not allowed here.
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 07:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,295
Posted By tarwheel

I’ve ridden the entire GAP-C&O three times, most...

I’ve ridden the entire GAP-C&O three times, most recently in June of this year. The first two trips were great with minor difficulties from mud on parts of the C&O, but this year was very...
Forum: Touring
10-09-18, 01:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,075
Posted By tarwheel

Seems like a rear rack top bag would be a better...

Seems like a rear rack top bag would be a better option unless you have some compelling reason to use a large handlebar bag. Like others, I don’t like riding with large bags on the handlebars. They...
Forum: Touring
10-09-18, 01:37 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,720
Posted By tarwheel

Here are some good touring books that I’ve read...

Here are some good touring books that I’ve read but are more travelogues.

Travels with Willie, by Willie Weir

Metal Cowboy, by Joe Kurmaskie

Miles from Nowhere (as mentioned by others)

Be...
Forum: Touring
10-09-18, 01:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,004
Posted By tarwheel

Sounds like a great trip. I drove up the CA coast...

Sounds like a great trip. I drove up the CA coast from San Francisco to Crescent City on US 1 a few years ago, and was surprised by how hilly and winding the road was. It must have been quite a...
Forum: Touring
07-26-18, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By tarwheel

I’ve shipped my bike with Amtrak three times when...

I’ve shipped my bike with Amtrak three times when we rode the GAP-C&O Canal trails. The first two times we had to box our bikes, but Amtrak had roll-on service the last time. Boxing the bike is no...
Forum: Touring
06-28-18, 12:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,915
Posted By tarwheel

I rode the GAP-C&O trails the week of June 9-15...

I rode the GAP-C&O trails the week of June 9-15 with friends, our third time doing the route. It was much more difficult and less enjoyable than our previous trips, primarily due to on-going rains...
Forum: Touring
05-02-18, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 859
Posted By tarwheel

Thanks, Jeff. I also found the LMB Shoreline West...

Thanks, Jeff. I also found the LMB Shoreline West Tour in August after posting my previous message. I’ll check out DALMAC as well.
Forum: Touring
05-02-18, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 859
Posted By tarwheel

Touring in Michigan

My wife and vacationed in northern Michigan a couple of years ago and Iíve been wanting to go back for a cycling trip. We were there in September and the weather was ideal, but perhaps we just got...
Forum: Touring
04-16-18, 01:48 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 14,553
Posted By tarwheel

Touring plans

Iím riding the GAP-C&O for third time in June with several friends. Like our past trips, we are driving to DC, taking the Amtrak to Pittsburgh, and riding back on the trails. We are staying at inns,...
Forum: Touring
04-16-18, 01:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,529
Posted By tarwheel

Hotels

Weíve stayed at the Spring Hill Suites, which is right next to the Hot Metal Bridge on the south side, both times we rode the GAP. Although itís a little pricey, the cost was reasonable because we...
Forum: Touring
04-10-18, 06:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,757
Posted By tarwheel

C&o

FWIW, I rode Bike Virginia one year in which the route followed the C&O for a short while and then the route switched to roads that roughly paralleled the canal into Antietam. It was brutal, with...
Forum: Touring
04-10-18, 06:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,864
Posted By tarwheel

Bullhorns

I had one of my bikes set up with bullhorns and enjoyed it, but I only used that bike for shorter rides and occasional commutes. The big problem for me is that there was nowhere to hide on windy...
Forum: Touring
04-07-18, 05:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,757
Posted By tarwheel

Iíve ridden the entire Gap-C&O twice, with...

Iíve ridden the entire Gap-C&O twice, with another trip planned for this coming June. We drive to DC, take the Amtrak to Pittsburgh, and then ride back over about one week. I like both trails but...
Forum: Foo
01-16-18, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 854
Posted By tarwheel

There was a time when I listened to Cranberries'...

There was a time when I listened to Cranberries' CDs over and over and over. Her voice was incredible, like a musical instrument. Sorry to hear of her passing and other problems prior.
01-16-18, 03:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,206
Posted By tarwheel

I'll be 64 in a few days and retired at age 63 in...

I'll be 64 in a few days and retired at age 63 in February last year. I bike commuted year-round for the last 10 years of my working career. Coldest commutes for me were in the mid-teens and that...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-17, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 108,589
Posted By tarwheel

I was hiking at Mount Rainier last week, and it...

I was hiking at Mount Rainier last week, and it went from about 100 miles of visibility on Monday and Tuesday, to dense haze from wildfire smoke the rest of the week. Fortunately, we got to see some...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3,129
Views: 108,589
Posted By tarwheel

I'm still riding a lot in retirement, but not...

I'm still riding a lot in retirement, but not visiting the Bike Forums as often. It doesn't seem right posting ride reports in the commuting forum now that I'm no longer working, even though all of...
Forum: Touring
06-05-17, 06:21 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,142
Posted By tarwheel

My bikes have canti brakes, not Vs, but clearance...

My bikes have canti brakes, not Vs, but clearance depends on your frame and fork. V brakes should easily clear fenders if the frame and fork are designed for fenders.

The front rack is a Nitto and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-17, 02:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,223
Posted By tarwheel

Gunnar Sport

Gunnar Sport
Forum: Touring
05-25-17, 02:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,171
Posted By tarwheel

If you're looking for a lightweight insulated...

If you're looking for a lightweight insulated jacket for wearing OFF the bike, I highly recommend the Patagonia down sweaters, which are on sale right now at REI through May 29. It will pack down...
Forum: Touring
05-25-17, 06:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,171
Posted By tarwheel

Get a high-quality, breathable rain jacket like...

Get a high-quality, breathable rain jacket like the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 and then add layers beneath for additional insulation and warmth. I bike commuted year-round for 10 years and my SP jacket...
05-08-17, 04:11 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 97,801
Posted By tarwheel

The Sequoia looks great, Vintage_Cyclist. Glad to...

The Sequoia looks great, Vintage_Cyclist. Glad to see that it ended up in good hands.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-17, 01:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,989
Posted By tarwheel

I recently bought a new Gunnar Sport and highly...

I recently bought a new Gunnar Sport and highly recommend it. I've owned a Waterford RST-22 for many years and it's the best riding bike I've ever owned. The Gunnar Sport in my size (58) has a...
04-27-17, 01:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,712
Posted By tarwheel

I retired at the end of January, just after my...

I retired at the end of January, just after my 63rd birthday. My wife retired 2-1/2 years ago.

I haven't missed work for a minute. So far I've just been enjoying sleeping late, piddling around the...
Forum: Southeast
04-26-17, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,772
Posted By tarwheel

There really is only one option (NC Highway 12)...

There really is only one option (NC Highway 12) for riding most of the Outer Banks. I would only attempt it during spring or fall, due to traffic in the summer months. However, weather can be a huge...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-17, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 906
Posted By tarwheel

I've got one in the Italian flag colors, marked...

I've got one in the Italian flag colors, marked Parmegiano, but I seldom wear it. A little Parmesan goes long way.
04-26-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By tarwheel

I think Ice Pick was referring to the cable...

I think Ice Pick was referring to the cable hanger built into the seat-post mount, not the chrome piece. I've seen similar chrome hangers available for sale, perhaps at Velo-Orange.

My Bob...
Forum: Foo
04-26-17, 08:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,640
Posted By tarwheel

If you feel that coffee is affecting you...

If you feel that coffee is affecting you negatively, then by all means quit. Cold-turkey is often the best way to stop doing things. I did that when I quit smoking 40 years ago, and that was one...
Forum: Touring
04-26-17, 07:54 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 9,630
Posted By tarwheel

A touring bike is fine for everyday use if you...

A touring bike is fine for everyday use if you aren't too concerned about speed and want to be able to carry loads. However, for everyday use, I prefer a sport touring or cyclocross bike. For me, a...
Forum: Touring
04-26-17, 07:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,526
Posted By tarwheel

If you haven't visited this website yet, check it...

If you haven't visited this website yet, check it out. It has detailed maps of the GAP-C&O route along with information about camping, lodging, food, bike shops, etc. along the way.

Great...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-17, 08:11 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,959
Posted By tarwheel

I angle my saddle slightly to the left. I used to...

I angle my saddle slightly to the left. I used to be bothered by frequent saddle sores on the left side, until someone recommended angling my saddle slightly toward the side where I got sores. I...
Forum: Touring
04-25-17, 07:16 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,526
Posted By tarwheel

There are plenty of nice places to camp along the...

There are plenty of nice places to camp along the GAP-C&O trails, as well as hostels and low-cost lodgings in some towns.
Forum: Touring
04-25-17, 05:30 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,526
Posted By tarwheel

Weeklong, 400-mile tour from Pittsburgh to...

Weeklong, 400-mile tour from Pittsburgh to Washington DC along the GAP and C&O Canal trails cost me about $500 total for lodging, food, beer and Amtrak rail. Rode with several friends and we shared...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-17, 07:49 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,416
Posted By tarwheel

Safety was my highest priority while commuting,...

Safety was my highest priority while commuting, as my route was entirely on urban and suburban streets. The safest route was about 3-4 miles longer than the shortest route, which for me was a plus....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-17-17, 08:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,134
Posted By tarwheel

I've run a wide range of tire widths on my bikes...

I've run a wide range of tire widths on my bikes and I keep detailed records of my average speeds. In general, wider tires are slower for me, assuming that they are also heavier. If a wider tire...
Forum: Southeast
03-24-17, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,200
Posted By tarwheel

If you can hold out to late April, Cycle North...

If you can hold out to late April, Cycle North Carolina's spring ride would fit the bill. It features 3-4 days of rides based out of Oriental, NC. Each day they have a number of marked routes with...
03-23-17, 04:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,345
Posted By tarwheel

It is rather ridiculous that Shimano can't design...

It is rather ridiculous that Shimano can't design a shifter that can be rebuilt. I should have said won't rather than can't, because Campy has designed their shifters to be rebuildable. However, I...
03-22-17, 10:45 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,327
Posted By tarwheel

Until I recently sold two bikes, I had 6 of them,...

Until I recently sold two bikes, I had 6 of them, all nice. Two classified as vintage/classic, but they were the ones I sold. I soon plan to sell my classic Bob Jackson touring bike, which will leave...
03-21-17, 01:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,345
Posted By tarwheel

The cables were replaced when my bike shop noted...

The cables were replaced when my bike shop noted the problem. It didn't shift well even after installing new cables, cassette and chain. I switched the shifters to friction mode as an interim...
03-21-17, 01:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 14,406
Posted By tarwheel

A second wheel set is a huge convenience if using...

A second wheel set is a huge convenience if using the bike for gravel as well as road. I have several extra wheel sets with tires of varying widths and treads, and it is much more convenient
to...
03-21-17, 01:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,345
Posted By tarwheel

Can Shimano bar-end shifters be rebuilt?

I've got several sets of 9-speed Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end shifters on my bikes. One of them is shifting poorly and my bike shop told that they think it is worn out. The problem is most evident in...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,628
Posted By tarwheel

I have a GPS tracking device made by NUTT, which...

I have a GPS tracking device made by NUTT, which has an associated app you can use to track lost or stolen items. It is small and weighs next to nothing, and I keep it attached to my car key. I...
03-19-17, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,221
Posted By tarwheel

I'm in the process of downsizing my fleet. Just...

I'm in the process of downsizing my fleet. Just sold two bikes and planning to sell another, to make room and get parts for a new sport touring frame. My process is to sell the bikes that get ridden...
03-16-17, 06:59 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 27,913
Posted By tarwheel

Disc brakes are the latest example of component...

Disc brakes are the latest example of component changes being rammed down cyclists throats under the guise of progress. Half the problem is consumers, however, who accept the latest hype as gospel....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-17, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By tarwheel

What is OMS? ChainL is the dirtiest lube I...

What is OMS?

ChainL is the dirtiest lube I have ever used. It lubricates well and lasts a long time, but it splatters dirty oil all over my wheel and chainstay.
03-12-17, 07:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,613
Posted By tarwheel

Soma and All City get my votes.

Soma and All City get my votes.
03-12-17, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,227
Posted By tarwheel

I presume that the NTC-150 is the Technomic model...

I presume that the NTC-150 is the Technomic model with a 150 mm quill. Other Technomic models are available with much longer quills. The finish and clamp are much higher quality on the Pearl and...
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