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Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By hfbill

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you might find...

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you might find several episodes of "Still Standing" somewhat interesting, and amusing. Toronto based stand up comic & actor Jonny Harris tours Canada stopping for a...
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 4,463
Views: 2,165,606
Posted By hfbill

This year's revision of my 94 Trek 520

I'm a tinkerer at heart, so every year, (like many of us I imagine) I have to make little updates and changes to my bike. This year I incorporated a 12v electrical system for all my LED lighting,...
Forum: Touring
04-18-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,067
Posted By hfbill

Lucky you! I can't imagine leaving my wife home...

Lucky you! I can't imagine leaving my wife home alone for a week. I'd come home to a very unhappy wife and have to hear endless stories about all the hardships she had to endure alone while I was off...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,067
Posted By hfbill

I'm seeing red flags here, ignore them at your...

I'm seeing red flags here, ignore them at your peril. 'Time for a new, or no GF.

"Bye Felicia!"
Forum: Touring
04-05-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,681
Posted By hfbill

Wow, you're having a lot more fun than me. ...

Wow, you're having a lot more fun than me.


If you've caught yourself riding home after a couple of pints and didn't realize your lights weren't illuminated, you probably shouldn't have been on...
Forum: Touring
04-04-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,681
Posted By hfbill

Unless you're biking in very remote places where...

Unless you're biking in very remote places where you can't recharge your batteries while you sleep, I don't think it's worth it. I have a 10 amp hour 12v battery and 12v led lighting. I have day...
Forum: Touring
03-26-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 13,379
Posted By hfbill

I've tried tires ranging from 42 to 32mm on my...

I've tried tires ranging from 42 to 32mm on my 520. I settled on 38mm because of the poor condition of so many of the roads I ride on here in upstate NY. If you ride more on level, smoother surfaces,...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By hfbill

I bought myself a Haro 29er a few years back to...

I bought myself a Haro 29er a few years back to use as a winter beater, but of course over the years I've upgraded and overhauled it a few times so it's not really a beater anymore.First of all,...
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,660
Posted By hfbill

I started studying French with "Fluenz" which I...

I started studying French with "Fluenz" which I found to be a great way to get started. It took me about 9 months to get through all five levels which brings you to a beginner/intermediate (A2)...
Forum: Touring
02-20-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,650
Posted By hfbill

On my 94 Trek 520 I use Schwalbe Marathon...

On my 94 Trek 520 I use Schwalbe Marathon 700x38's. I settled on the 38's after trying both fatter and skinnier tires, the fatter tires had noticeably more rolling resistance, and the skinnier tires...
Forum: Touring
02-17-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,225
Posted By hfbill

What's it like riding on an Interstate? I know...

What's it like riding on an Interstate? I know it's permitted out west, I suppose because in many places, particularly mountain passes, the interstate may be the only route available, but here in...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,566
Posted By hfbill

"Coffee Break French" lessons through a BT...

"Coffee Break French" lessons through a BT speaker mounted on my handlebars, when conditions permit. It doesn't seem to impair my awareness of cars etc, Mirrors on both sides help with that too.
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,148
Posted By hfbill

I can't help much with the fender clearance as I...

I can't help much with the fender clearance as I don't use fenders on my Trek 520, but I did run Marathon 700x35 for one season and found them a little narrow for the hilly, rugged roads I often find...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,036
Posted By hfbill

I bought the hitch through Amazon, I had to...

I bought the hitch through Amazon, I had to attach an extender (electrical conduit) with the right bend on it to the golf cart handle and then attached the hitch receiver to the end of it.
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,036
Posted By hfbill

I use the seatpost attached "Ventura" Zinc coated...

I use the seatpost attached "Ventura" Zinc coated bicycle hitch. It looks a bit like a small version of the kind of ball you'd see on a truck trailer hitch. I use it to tow my golf clubs (which...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,777
Posted By hfbill

I'm running 40mm Schwalbe Marathons on my Haro...

I'm running 40mm Schwalbe Marathons on my Haro 29er. I've been up to 85 miles a day on them. They roll reasonably well but are still robust enough to resist the pothole rich roads I sometimes find...
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,607
Posted By hfbill

OK, 'got it. I wasn't sure where you were coming...

OK, 'got it. I wasn't sure where you were coming from so I'm glad you responded. :thumb:
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,607
Posted By hfbill

'Never taken a "nut shot" from my top tube on my...

'Never taken a "nut shot" from my top tube on my 520, which I've been riding for 25 years now. I think if your bike is properly sized for you there really shouldn't be much risk of that happening.
...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,607
Posted By hfbill

Yeah, my wife feels that way too, as I imagine...

Yeah, my wife feels that way too, as I imagine many others do as well. A valid point, but personally, I've never found standover clearance to be a problem. of course YMMV.

Nice bike though!
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,607
Posted By hfbill

'Completely agree, and yes, I must admit that...

'Completely agree, and yes, I must admit that most of my preference for a horizontal top tube is based on my sense of aesthetics. There may be some advantages in terms of stiffness etc, but those...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,607
Posted By hfbill

Given how much rolling resistance one experiences...

Given how much rolling resistance one experiences on (G.D.) chipseal, it doesn't surprise me that you didn't notice the much smaller increase in rolling resistance from lower tire pressure. On the...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,607
Posted By hfbill

This is something that I think about every spring...

This is something that I think about every spring when I take my 520 out for the first few rides of the season, so I understand the temptation to want to do this, but as others have pointed out, the...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,933
Posted By hfbill

I put a clear plastic shower cap over my tablet...

I put a clear plastic shower cap over my tablet when it rains. It keeps the tablet dry and I can still read it. I don't bike in Florida (anymore) but I've not had a problem with over heating even on...
Forum: Touring
12-07-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,933
Posted By hfbill

I've been using a $100 7 inch LG tablet mounted...

I've been using a $100 7 inch LG tablet mounted on my handlebar, running the "Urban Biker" app for 3 years now. It's also useful for other map programs, weather info & radar, playing MP3s, checking...
Forum: Touring
12-07-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By hfbill

Switched back to SPD pedals & MTB shoes

I switched back to MTB/SPD shoes last summer. I previously had Shimano RP9 road shoes, custom fit to my feet, but nevertheless I realized that my feet were happier when riding my MTB than on my...
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By hfbill

Having spent quite a few winters in south...

Having spent quite a few winters in south Florida, I can't recommend Southeast Florida. I found biking around the "Treasure Coast" in season to be just too frightening. Between the bike hostile roads...
Forum: Touring
09-19-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,704
Posted By hfbill

I would find having a wallet in my pocket while...

I would find having a wallet in my pocket while pedaling to be a bit uncomfortable. The other day I had 2 quarters in my pocket, and I had to put them in my panniers because they became bothersome. I...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,704
Posted By hfbill

Nowadays, I keep my wallet in one of the easily...

Nowadays, I keep my wallet in one of the easily accessed side pockets of my little cellphone holder, not the locked panniers. It's in my field of vision while riding so it's very unlikely to fall off...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,704
Posted By hfbill

Oh I've had commercially made cloth panniers fall...

Oh I've had commercially made cloth panniers fall off several times over the years. Once, when I was in Florida, the one with my wallet in it fell off, and I didn't notice it right away. I...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,704
Posted By hfbill

Why indeed

Why indeed:

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There are several different types of these inexpensive motorcycle...
Forum: Touring
05-01-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,158
Posted By hfbill

I hope so, but so far it's been a rainy spring...

I hope so, but so far it's been a rainy spring and the forecast for the next week isn't very good. The observations I mentioned concerned a trend that's been in place for the last few years, and...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,158
Posted By hfbill

As many other cyclists in upstate NY and...

As many other cyclists in upstate NY and surrounding environs have observed, rainy weather has been steadily on the increase here and dry, sunny days are becoming less & less frequent. Last summer...
Forum: Touring
04-21-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,780
Posted By hfbill

2 Mirrors are better than one.

I also use Mirrycle mirrors, one on each side, just like a motorcycle. I find that having one on the right side too really improves my overall awareness of what's coming up from behind. The left side...
Forum: Touring
02-17-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,421
Posted By hfbill

Biking in Early June

I did some biking in early June in the northwest Lower Peninsula, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix. It's beautiful countryside, nice towns, and the people were friendly & courteous, but the...
Forum: Touring
01-14-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,738
Posted By hfbill

I use a 7 inch LG GPad Tablet mounted on my...

I use a 7 inch LG GPad Tablet mounted on my handlebar. I run the "Urban Biker" app & an MP3 player in dual or split screen mode. When I'm on a quiet road, I listen to my "Coffee Break French"...
Forum: Touring
12-16-18, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,263
Posted By hfbill

I've had a pair of Sun Rhyno Lites on my '520 for...

I've had a pair of Sun Rhyno Lites on my '520 for 3 years now and have found them to be quite good. They have stayed amazingly true, which, given the lousy roads I ride on here in Upstate NY, that's...
Forum: Touring
11-28-18, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

I wish, unfortunately where I live in rural...

I wish, unfortunately where I live in rural upstate NY the LBS' are small and have very little inventory of such things. In fact even the guy at the LBS who does all my major maintenance for me,...
Forum: Touring
11-28-18, 08:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

I just pulled the trigger on the Lake 303s. I...

I just pulled the trigger on the Lake 303s. I chose them over the 145's because I'm looking for something I can ride with down to 20, maybe even 15 degrees F. I did order a size larger than my...
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 04:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

Oh and I do plan to buy a size larger than my...

Oh and I do plan to buy a size larger than my summer shoes so that I'll have plenty of room for those nice comfy, thick wool socks.
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 03:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

Good points to consider. Hopefully if I can find...

Good points to consider. Hopefully if I can find the right shoe/boot I won't need the neoprene at all anymore. For what it's worth though, when I'm XC skiing I use the same neoprene socks inside my...
Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 11:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

I should have also mentioned that I do wear other...

I should have also mentioned that I do wear other socks under my neoprene socks. Usually thin wool, silk, capilene etc, (not cotton). There's not enough room on the inside of the shoe for heavy wool...
Forum: Touring
11-25-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

[QUOTE=Marcus_Ti;20677160]How much do you...

[QUOTE=Marcus_Ti;20677160]How much do you encounter that 20F->40F temp swing when riding?

Not that big of a swing, but a swing of 10 degrees is not to at all uncommon. I went out today and had 42...
Forum: Touring
11-25-18, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 971
Posted By hfbill

Winter Bike Shoe recomendations

I'm looking at purchasing a pair of shoes for winter riding in 20 to 40 degree (F). My current shoes have too much ventilation and even with my neoprene socks, there's just too much cold air rushing...
Forum: Touring
11-21-18, 01:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,315
Posted By hfbill

Not a fan of the post 2009 520's compact frame

Trek lost me in 2009 when they decided to change the 520 to a compact geometry frame, thereby loosing the horizontal top bar. I might have been tempted to get a newer 520, mainly for the disc brakes,...
Forum: Touring
11-14-18, 07:04 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,970
Posted By hfbill

Not a recommended response to being buzzed, and I...

Not a recommended response to being buzzed, and I suspect this is probably fake, but still amusing, especially if you're a little twisted like me :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVho5SnRSIw
Forum: Touring
10-22-18, 06:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,339
Posted By hfbill

I agree with the idea put forth by RifRaf, that...

I agree with the idea put forth by RifRaf, that you're better off buying something that you'll be happy with over the long run. I can't say for sure from the pictures, but the COTEetCI panniers don't...
Forum: Touring
10-17-18, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 780
Posted By hfbill

I think the ideal season for this ride has passed...

I think the ideal season for this ride has passed for this year, so whichever way you go, make sure you have sufficient cold & wet weather gear. I would go south from Montreal in to NY and then take...
Forum: Touring
09-24-18, 07:50 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,593
Posted By hfbill

Double vs Triple

I have a Deore XT triple on my Trek 520, and a double on my Haro 29er. I find the double easier to deal with and is a good choice for my around town utility bike. Both bikes have similar low end...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-18, 07:50 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 7,534
Posted By hfbill

Bose Soundlink II mounted on my handlebars kept...

Bose Soundlink II mounted on my handlebars kept at low volume. I can hear the cars coming, as well as see them in my mirrors (one on each side). I think thoughtful volume management is the key.
Forum: Touring
09-13-18, 09:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,039
Posted By hfbill

I ran with Conti Top Contact II's for a while but...

I ran with Conti Top Contact II's for a while but I had flats from the steel cords popping out on the inside and puncturing the tube. I switched to Schwalbe Marathons and immediately noticed that...
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