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Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 860
Posted By Awl

Hell yeah dude. Only 2 years touring, mostly...

Hell yeah dude.

Only 2 years touring, mostly country roads through small towns, but KwikTrip/KwikStar and Casey's are always a stop for chocolate milk, doughnuts, or something more substantial,...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 563
Posted By Awl

I've thusfar managed 35mph on a bike with shorter...

I've thusfar managed 35mph on a bike with shorter chainstays and it felt just fine loaded, the weight and 38mm tyres definitely help I think. No computer, but I take an educated guess as I bottomed...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,063,261
Posted By Awl

On the Heritage Trail in Dubuque County, during a...

On the Heritage Trail in Dubuque County, during a 6-day tour from Lanesboro to Dubuque and back through the Great River Rd. 4 states...
09-26-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By Awl

Patina keep-up

I have visible surface rust on my 50-year-old Schwinn and I really like the natural patina of the frame in general; do not want to repaint it. What are some recommendations to keep the rust from...
09-26-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 458
Posted By Awl

What a beauty! There's a coffee shop in Afton...

What a beauty! There's a coffee shop in Afton that has a light blue Super Sport of the same vintage, that they use for display. Lovely to see one of these done up and modernised!
08-04-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 19,130
Posted By Awl

I personally act completely mental and if there's...

I personally act completely mental and if there's even a chance, try to force eye contact. That being said 90% of the motorists I am subjected to are nice or at least OK. I'm also a very...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,063,261
Posted By Awl

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Looking at Lake Elysian during a two-day "tour" between Mankato and...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,398
Posted By Awl

Haven't been stung by a bee or wasp yet but I did...

Haven't been stung by a bee or wasp yet but I did inadvertently eat one. Kind of like inhaling one
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,489
Posted By Awl

I had to cut a trip in northern WI last month for...

I had to cut a trip in northern WI last month for snow scares/ice remnants. In its stead I went to southern MN and dealt with rain for 2/3 days. This year I'm just shrugging off the rain riding...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,143
Posted By Awl

I tend to go less meat-y when outing, be it...

I tend to go less meat-y when outing, be it backpacking or cyclotouring, unless you count MRE's
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,063,261
Posted By Awl

Didn't go as far as I expected but this is in...

Didn't go as far as I expected but this is in Afton MN, during quite a warm April day....
Forum: Touring
04-06-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,140
Posted By Awl

Best of luck with your nose. Honestly...

Best of luck with your nose.

Honestly backpacking and cycling are two different monsters in winter. Hiking, especially with a nice weight behind you, makes you work out more muscles than...
Forum: Touring
03-21-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By Awl

Vaguely related but last night I slept under a...

Vaguely related but last night I slept under a full moon for the first time, as in no tent. That light is something that I'll never forget.
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,884
Posted By Awl

My job is the biggest inhibition. Else it's...

My job is the biggest inhibition.

Else it's the worrying over making whatever goal I set myself for each day, whether it be a destination, sight to see, what have you. When I'm already out there...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,401
Posted By Awl

You could use your old road bike for touring, you...

You could use your old road bike for touring, you might hate the small tyres after enough gravel bouncing you round. That's personally why I'm finishing a 650B conversion on my own road bike.
Forum: Touring
02-05-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,721
Posted By Awl

Oh yeah man. Been on Gandy Dancer in that part,...

Oh yeah man. Been on Gandy Dancer in that part, started my 4-day from Taylors Falls to Superior, Duluth and back last year. Fell in love with cyclotouring.
Forum: Touring
02-02-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,721
Posted By Awl

At least a shakedown in Iowa from Minneapolis in...

At least a shakedown in Iowa from Minneapolis in the early autumn. If the ice is mostly subsided by May a shakedown in east Wisconsin from Taylors Falls MN. I can only plan for a week at a time...
Forum: Touring
01-18-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,078
Posted By Awl

Toe half-clips as they hold my foot in a fixed...

Toe half-clips as they hold my foot in a fixed place and there's no trouble getting my foot out/off. Since my tourer is 90's the aesthetic is a bonus.
Forum: Touring
12-29-18, 05:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,452
Posted By Awl

My Le Tour with short chainstays felt so much...

My Le Tour with short chainstays felt so much better with both a lighter front low-rider load, combined with about the same weight up on top of the rear rack. All the load in the rear just made it...
Forum: Great Lakes
12-25-18, 04:01 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,765
Posted By Awl

Plymouth Ave from Wirth to about Penn IIRC there...

Plymouth Ave from Wirth to about Penn IIRC there isn't a bike lane; east of Penn there is unless they're still working on Penn. Honestly my rides of late have been real short; don't have the best...
Forum: Touring
12-08-18, 05:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,266
Posted By Awl

I have a Schwinn Le Tour that's a lot like the...

I have a Schwinn Le Tour that's a lot like the Panasonic, sidepulls and an indexed derailleur as it's newer is about the only difference. Took it for a four-day tour loaded with tent, bag, camping...
Forum: Great Lakes
10-16-18, 06:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,765
Posted By Awl

Once you get out to the country, like north way...

Once you get out to the country, like north way north of the Twin Cities people tend to be nicer. Even nicer still on country backroads. Like I rode 61 round Hinckley and south of that for a bit...
Forum: Touring
10-03-18, 09:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,852
Posted By Awl

Hell I see "vintage" and I'm thinking of loading...

Hell I see "vintage" and I'm thinking of loading my old Schwinn Collegiate up for a couple-day ride... every time I take it out I think of it too...
Forum: Touring
08-11-18, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,063,261
Posted By Awl

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2nd day of a 4-day tour to Superior WI.
07-29-18, 09:15 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,219
Posted By Awl

Last year my cutoff was 31C, this year I couldn't...

Last year my cutoff was 31C, this year I couldn't afford that otherwise I'd have ridden in the spring, stopped in May, and maybe started back up again by now. It is hard to want to go out in it,...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-17-18, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,539
Posted By Awl

Is anyone here familiar with the northern 'half'...

Is anyone here familiar with the northern 'half' of Gandy Dancer trail; i.e. the supposed mountain-bike-only half? I want to do a short tour of the area and wonder if my road (maybe some could call...
Forum: Touring
07-22-17, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,063,261
Posted By Awl

On my leg home after my first tour. 3-day from...

On my leg home after my first tour. 3-day from St Paul to Montrose via Excelsior Bay in the Minnetonka area, Victoria, Waconia, Minnetrista, on and on. 1990 Schwinn Le Tour. Since it has 'Tour' in...
03-12-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,205
Posted By Awl

Well it isn't really a vintage bike but I use...

Well it isn't really a vintage bike but I use Brooks Cambium bar tape to match the C17 saddle. It's comfy enough, but I also have gel inserts and tyre tubes in the bars.
...
03-11-17, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 573
Posted By Awl

Lovely. Really like those saddles too.

Lovely. Really like those saddles too.
03-10-17, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 573
Posted By Awl

'Restored' 1969 Schwinn Collegiate Waits for Weather

Over the winter I took apart the Collegiate I bought last September (picked it up for $75; its MSRP was $71,95). Luckily enough before the weather turned (and before the original tyre blew) I got to...
12-02-16, 03:14 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,660
Posted By Awl

I kept thinking I'd stop riding as the...

I kept thinking I'd stop riding as the temperatures went down here in St Paul. Took my usual 13mi ride today and it read 31F. I figure until the snow gets deep enough to turn my 28c's into rail...
12-01-16, 10:56 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,050
Posted By Awl

Rest in peace

Rest in peace
12-01-16, 10:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,798
Posted By Awl

Well if we count the old Schwinn musclebike...

Well if we count the old Schwinn musclebike designs back when they were welded, or the 'camel back' forms, a somewhat sloping top tube isn't exactly a new thing, just now a different way of designing...
12-01-16, 10:44 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,979
Posted By Awl

The only flat smooth pavement I've encountered...

The only flat smooth pavement I've encountered thusfar has been on trails and I deliberately take them slow; scenery and traffics. On commutes I was averaging ~15mph and that's just fine.
11-17-16, 07:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,274
Posted By Awl

I've managed 47mi without really planning on it,...

I've managed 47mi without really planning on it, my longest ride thusfar, and it didn't give me problems outside of incorrect fitment.

My first ride next year I plan on a century, more for...
Forum: Touring
11-17-16, 07:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,480
Posted By Awl

Had you considered the newer Shimano ME7 or ME5? ...

Had you considered the newer Shimano ME7 or ME5? They're a bit spendy but the idea seems to be for enduro so you in theory could do some trail in them. They seem to have not-so-stiff soles too so...
Forum: Touring
11-09-16, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,959
Posted By Awl

Not touring yet but thought I'd chime in. I...

Not touring yet but thought I'd chime in.

I have been using Specialized Bar Phat gel inserts for my bars since building up the bike. The tape got pretty worn down by sweat though, plus I didn't...
10-20-16, 04:07 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,039
Posted By Awl

Starting to be car-light because every time I...

Starting to be car-light because every time I drive any more I hate it. Bike can't carry as much yet though so there's that.
10-20-16, 03:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,655
Posted By Awl

I used to drive my girlfriend bonkers when I'd...

I used to drive my girlfriend bonkers when I'd sit or lie in bed for a while and suddenly flex my right knee to get a nice loud crack
10-10-16, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1,036
Views: 197,783
Posted By Awl

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vy6y4twm8ovbd27/2016-10-...

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My 1990 Le Tour (hope it's OK I squeeze this on in here), original brake and drivetrain systems. I'm in the process of...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-16, 06:10 PM
Replies: 26,585
Views: 16,384,761
Posted By Awl

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vy6y4twm8ovbd27/2016-10-...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vy6y4twm8ovbd27/2016-10-09%2010.07.19.jpg?dl=0

1990 Schwinn Le Tour, painted last year, brakes and drivetrain are original components.
Forum: Great Lakes
10-06-16, 08:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,765
Posted By Awl

Gives me hopes for longer rides on my Collegiate...

Gives me hopes for longer rides on my Collegiate as it has the same type of bars. I haven't gone further than 9 miles on it yet but plan on changing that next year.
Forum: Great Lakes
10-06-16, 07:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,765
Posted By Awl

What a pretty ride and pretty machine. How those...

What a pretty ride and pretty machine. How those bars feel after about an hour, comfort-wise?
Forum: Great Lakes
10-06-16, 07:50 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,765
Posted By Awl

Damn that's a distance I dream of doing. I hiked...

Damn that's a distance I dream of doing. I hiked the North County trails up near Itasca State Park in August (I've been a bigtime hiker for years), and the beauty up there just astounded me. This...
10-03-16, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,483
Posted By Awl

My C17S seems to be harder initially but either...

My C17S seems to be harder initially but either it flexes with recent pressure on it better, or I just get more used to it after a few minutes. Either way it's more comfy than the padded saddle I...
10-03-16, 09:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,884
Posted By Awl

Hell the colour scheme itself makes me think...

Hell the colour scheme itself makes me think Paramount. What a pretty beast.
Forum: Great Lakes
10-03-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,765
Posted By Awl

Twin Cities here, I've taken a few rides namely...

Twin Cities here, I've taken a few rides namely along the Mississippi this year
10-03-16, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 810
Posted By Awl

Thanks for the info guys! I figured they were...

Thanks for the info guys! I figured they were originally smooth-wheeled because I couldn't imagine the cogs being that worn down, but if they were cogs I'd have replaced them during the restoration....
10-03-16, 08:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,865
Posted By Awl

Haha I heard the 'pine tree' variant of this joke...

Haha I heard the 'pine tree' variant of this joke a while back and use it a lot nowadays
10-03-16, 07:50 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 125,898
Posted By Awl

Very quickly since 'restoring' my road bike...

Very quickly since 'restoring' my road bike earlier this year my riding style has changed from recreational to commuting, 4,5 miles one way, with the occasional trip on the side, once every month on...
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