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08-05-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 450
Posted By DeadGrandpa

There is a non-deet mosquito repellent called...

There is a non-deet mosquito repellent called REPEL, available at Walmart and Target, that works pretty well against mosquitoes and somewhat against the biting flies. It's made with lemon and...
07-28-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By DeadGrandpa

In my experience, the limiting factor is the...

In my experience, the limiting factor is the space between the chain stays.
Forum: Commuting
07-26-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,313
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I bike to live, and live to bike. Can't hold down...

I bike to live, and live to bike. Can't hold down a job, so might as well just ride. I have the impression that I liked something else almost as much, but I can't remember what it was.
07-24-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 717
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Both of you are right, of course. I looked at the...

Both of you are right, of course. I looked at the specs but was distracted. What I meant to say is that I've bought an REI brand bike and it was a heck of a deal. This one looks great and I agree...
07-20-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,533
Posted By DeadGrandpa

We're having mid 90 temps (90 per cent humidity)...

We're having mid 90 temps (90 per cent humidity) and "feels like" 105. She says we should begin riding by 6am, do our 36 mile "short ride", come home and take a nap. Sounds barbaric but it's better...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,118
Posted By DeadGrandpa

So very funny. That feeling of red lining and...

So very funny. That feeling of red lining and then recovering is too compelling. We both know that we'll both be out there again tomorrow.
Forum: Foo
07-17-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 845
Posted By DeadGrandpa

You're my kind of caretaker, Hondo.

You're my kind of caretaker, Hondo.
Forum: Foo
07-17-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 932
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I believe the technical name of the scientific...

I believe the technical name of the scientific instrument you described is "teeter-totter". I considered manufacturing one, but then I realized that I don't have any beagles for balancing the...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 932
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Gearing has been my hobby for several years. I'm...

Gearing has been my hobby for several years. I'm not an expert. But I share your desire for a workable combination for loaded touring or simply climbing steep roads. I recommend a cassette whose...
07-15-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,752
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I don't like the 50/34 compact crank for...

I don't like the 50/34 compact crank for climbing. The 46/30 sub compact crank isn't much better, and I run a 10-42 cassette. The 30T front chain ring paired with the 42T cassette low gear will...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By DeadGrandpa

If you have problems with thorns, my reading...

If you have problems with thorns, my reading tells me that tubeless conversion will be effective. Or else you can try tire liners, but they do add weight and don't protect the sidewall.
07-08-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I'm definitely on the Cheetos team. If the...

I'm definitely on the Cheetos team. If the Washington Redskins changed their name to the Washington Cheetos, I would totally be a big fan. In the meantime, I'll try to eat my share whether crunchy or...
07-08-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,047
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I suspected that, once I saw the "Bridgestone"...

I suspected that, once I saw the "Bridgestone" decal on the down tube. Nice bike, for sure.
07-08-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,790
Posted By DeadGrandpa

There are many bikes which could satisfy your...

There are many bikes which could satisfy your criteria, but I recommend that you consider one with the clearance for wider tires than you currently ride, like a "gravel" bike. High volume tires at...
07-06-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,059
Posted By DeadGrandpa

You make a good point. At one time, that bike was...

You make a good point. At one time, that bike was my favorite. But I've moved away from drop bars as a preferred steering form factor. I'm not as flexible as I used to be. I'm into the wider tires...
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,158
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I gotta try some of those tires, just as soon as...

I gotta try some of those tires, just as soon as I wear out the Schwalbe Marathons I've been running for six years. They may not be very supple or fast, but they last for thousands of miles.
07-05-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,059
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Well sure, and I can throw in the old Santana...

Well sure, and I can throw in the old Santana Arriva tandem for good measure. Just so you get your money's worth. I don't know what to do with it, either.
It's a mid 80's model. Does that mean it's...
07-05-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,059
Posted By DeadGrandpa

What I meant was, if the RB-1 is really a cult...

What I meant was, if the RB-1 is really a cult classic, maybe I should keep it myself. I quit riding it after one ride, six years ago, upon my return to riding after a ten year hiatus. It was a very...
07-05-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,059
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I came here to find out what to do with my RB-1....

I came here to find out what to do with my RB-1. You guys are not helping.
07-01-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,653
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I generally carry a Larabar or Kind bar, and also...

I generally carry a Larabar or Kind bar, and also some trail mix from walmart. Shorting yourself on food or water isn't a good idea. Bring more than you think you will need. If you're gaining weight,...
06-28-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,670
Posted By DeadGrandpa

When on multi day rides and camping, I have...

When on multi day rides and camping, I have thrown a couple of tablespoons instant coffee into one of my bike bottles. The taste is not for everyone, but I have acquired a liking for it. You don't...
06-19-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 513
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I will say that I am not any kind of mechanical...

I will say that I am not any kind of mechanical technician, but that photo of gunk and schmuttz looks much like my derailleur just before I get out the electric pressure sprayer. I try to keep the...
06-16-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,057
Posted By DeadGrandpa

There's no shame unless you get off the bike and...

There's no shame unless you get off the bike and push. Even then, you're doing something that 99% of everyone is too lazy to attempt. Attaboy!
Forum: Foo
06-11-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 639
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I prefer the "News For The Hard Of Hearing", a la...

I prefer the "News For The Hard Of Hearing", a la Garrett Morris.
05-29-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,006
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I had a pretty spectacular wipe out while riding...

I had a pretty spectacular wipe out while riding my gravel bike on the gravel Denali Hiway. Riding 700x40c Schwalbe marathon tires, pumped up to too much tire pressure for the conditions. I decided...
Forum: Foo
05-18-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,132
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I think that you're correct about poor quality...

I think that you're correct about poor quality concrete work. If the underlying dirt substrate is not properly compressed and a sufficient gravel layer to support the concrete is not there, it's...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,367
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I went about this from the other direction,...

I went about this from the other direction, because I've tried to date an outdoor oriented person and upgrade hiking to bike touring. I couldn't make it work. Finally, logging back into Eharmony, I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,501
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Rest days are when it rains. After a really...

Rest days are when it rains. After a really strenuous ride, I crave a couple hand/ mouths full of beef jerky, followed by wine. It's not complicated. We do house projects when it rains.
05-16-20, 01:41 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,072
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I agree with you. I am fortunate in that I have...

I agree with you. I am fortunate in that I have found an area in which to live that has lots of rural paved roads with little auto traffic. Sometimes I ride for ten or fifteen minutes without seeing...
05-15-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,072
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Your perception is valid, until the point where...

Your perception is valid, until the point where it bumps into mine. Riding a bike off pavement is different from riding a bike on pavement. Bigger tires make a less smooth surface more enjoyable. A...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,796
Posted By DeadGrandpa

If it makes economic sense to upgrade to disc...

If it makes economic sense to upgrade to disc brakes, I would approve of your choice. If not, I sort of remember that the v brakes and cantilever brakes worked, more or less. I would add that disc...
04-20-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,053
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have been going through the same decision...

I have been going through the same decision process, trying to select a drive train for my bf's next bike. She's a longtime roadie, used to 2x or 3x, and doesn't want to sacrifice top end gearing for...
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,703
Posted By DeadGrandpa

My oldest WTB is from a 2014 REI brand bike, and...

My oldest WTB is from a 2014 REI brand bike, and I acquired one or two more since then. None have frayed, cracked or torn. My fiancee prefers hers to the ISM .To be clear, these are not leather...
04-19-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,562
Posted By DeadGrandpa

GCN is too spandex and commercial bike brands...

GCN is too spandex and commercial bike brands related. Path Less Pedaled is entirely viewer supported, and is more the non competitive (non Strava) side of Cycling. Bike, camp, chill. We live to...
Forum: Commuting
04-10-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,318
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Bah. Lights are only desirable if you want to...

Bah. Lights are only desirable if you want to maximize your chance of being seen by drivers. The rear light is a no brainer. A front light is handy sometimes if you see a car in the oncoming lane....
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 633
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I love the idea of riding that trail (or route)....

I love the idea of riding that trail (or route). My longest tours have been 500 miles--ish. I heard about a desert out in eastern Oregon. I don't know if it is close to the route you have in mind, ...
04-06-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,254
Posted By DeadGrandpa

Bear spray is an excellent defensive option, if...

Bear spray is an excellent defensive option, if you're into that kind of thing. Not that you should instigate a conflict, but should the need arise....
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 830
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I'm not knowledgeable about the shifters. I ...

I'm not knowledgeable about the shifters. I don't enjoy drop bars (I have mtb shifters on butterfly trekking handlebars on my gravel touring bike). But I know what gearing I want/need in the...
03-28-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 782
Posted By DeadGrandpa

The stock bars have a sweep angle back of about...

The stock bars have a sweep angle back of about 25 degrees, rather than the straight bars on most mtbs. I swapped them for some Jones bars and they are great. And I forgot to mention that you can...
03-28-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 782
Posted By DeadGrandpa

If a Cutthroat, with 29x2.4 tires max width is...

If a Cutthroat, with 29x2.4 tires max width is not enough, I recommend you consider the Trek 1120, a 29 Plus bike. I love riding mine on gravel forest service roads, as gravel of most any size does...
03-27-20, 04:34 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,073
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I occasionally watch a YouTube channel called...

I occasionally watch a YouTube channel called "Gone With The Wynns". They have been sailing around the world for a couple years on a live-aboard catamaran, but had left their boat in Tonga while they...
03-27-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 469
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have about the same amount of drive train...

I have about the same amount of drive train knowledge, and I am aware of a "narrow-wide" protocol in the 1x version that prevents interchange of chains and chain rings from 1x to 2x or 3x.
Forum: Touring
03-22-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 967
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have recently renewed the drive train on my...

I have recently renewed the drive train on my gravel/touring bike. I use a Sora triple in front, but only use the small and middle chain ring. Previous to the recent change, I had a 26/38 tooth combo...
03-19-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,095
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I have been researching the Cutthroat for a...

I have been researching the Cutthroat for a couple months, ever since my fiancee asked for an off-pavement bike that wouldn't be a compromise. So we can, you know, do bikepacking and Adventure riding...
Forum: Foo
03-16-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 505
Posted By DeadGrandpa

That's funny, because I've been using a $100...

That's funny, because I've been using a $100 electric pressure washer to dislodge the black organic residue on my driveway. It's almost been a spiritual experience.
03-10-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,506
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I can't add anything to the steel vs aluminum...

I can't add anything to the steel vs aluminum question, but I recommend stressing to the youngster that he should never ride with his eyes closed. No matter how boring it gets, riding wherever they...
03-09-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,365
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I'm kinda in with the OP, in that I tend to turn...

I'm kinda in with the OP, in that I tend to turn to the BF community before turning to the almighty Google. Thinking there are members who enjoy sharing their "wisdom".


You're probably right,...
Forum: Foo
03-06-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,371
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I invented a new type of sandwich for camping (or...

I invented a new type of sandwich for camping (or breakfast):
Peanut Butter, Banana and Spicy Mustard Sandwich. No pictures, but I swear, it is delicious and I never met anyone who had added mustard...
02-10-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 3,218
Sticky 65-85+ Thread
Views: 451,556
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I'm 67, no aches or pains. I don't want to brag,...

I'm 67, no aches or pains. I don't want to brag, but with my fiancee, 61, I ride 200+ miles on a good week if weather allows us to get out 5 of 7 days. We don't ride fast, average 13 mph, plus or...
01-12-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By DeadGrandpa

I rode the Trace in early November 2014 from...

I rode the Trace in early November 2014 from North to South, 9 days of pedaling over 12 days. I was 62 at the time, and rode/ camped with Pierre from Montreal, whom I met at the first water stop...
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