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Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 04:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,403
Posted By irwin7638

I used Stan's sealant in tubes for a season and...

I used Stan's sealant in tubes for a season and was pleased, but found that Flat Attack pre-filled tubes were a better alternative. Their sealant is gauranteed for 5 years so it doesn't need to be...
04-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,996
Posted By irwin7638

I have never had any chronic medical conditions. ...

I have never had any chronic medical conditions. I have chosen to have an annual checkup (covered by Medicare) every fall so if a condition is discovered it will be during the open enrollment period...
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,989
Posted By irwin7638

The book might be helpful, but the trip is...

The book might be helpful, but the trip is simpler than you think. Google Maps will lead you to bike trails and routes from the Loop to Indiana Dunes. It's a nice ride, I have done it a couple of...
03-23-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,708
Posted By irwin7638

+1 I went 650B on my Soma Buena Vista just fit...

+1
I went 650B on my Soma Buena Vista just fit 38mm tires for city riding. There's no problem with bb clearance....
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 900
Views: 120,113
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
02-17-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,989
Posted By irwin7638

Thanks Jim. Hopefully we can get together again. ...

Thanks Jim. Hopefully we can get together again.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-16-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,989
Posted By irwin7638

I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is...

I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is probably the best place to start. I've toured from Union Station in Chicago and all along the western shore to Petosky. It depends upon how long you want...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,320
Posted By irwin7638

I've been using them for years for every type of...

I've been using them for years for every type of riding. All my saddles have been soaking wet at one time or another and have survived just fine. I use KIWI Mink Oil Paste on them once or twice a...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,870
Posted By irwin7638

Ok, thanks. What's the prize? Do I just have to...

Ok, thanks. What's the prize? Do I just have to live with eternal envy and adulation?

Marc
Forum: Commuting
01-22-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,870
Posted By irwin7638

Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622. They are the same tire...

Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622. They are the same tire as the Big Apple but with more tread.

Marc
Forum: Commuting
01-21-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,870
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By irwin7638

My trip was the first of April, as you will see,...

My trip was the first of April, as you will see, the snow was just melting off the highlands and the CO trail was swampy.

Marc
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By irwin7638

I rode the GAP/CO from Pittsburgh to DC in 2015 ...

I rode the GAP/CO from Pittsburgh to DC in 2015 Here are a couple links to the blog posts:
Simply Cycle: Early Spring on the GAP/CO trails: Part 1 The GAP...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,769
Posted By irwin7638

The two I use are the ones I own with dyno...

The two I use are the ones I own with dyno lighting.
A SOMA Buena Vista mixte with Nuvinci rear hub...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By irwin7638

Here's my experience with a Shimano Nexus hub. ...

Here's my experience with a Shimano Nexus hub. Long Story short: a 75 cent spring broke inside, Shimano quit making the part and recommended I buy a new hub. I did, a NuVinci CWP and have been...
Forum: Touring
09-04-18, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,194
Posted By irwin7638

I know that. That's how I returned to Pittsburgh...

I know that. That's how I returned to Pittsburgh from Washington. The post is about the ride from the train station to the McKeesport trail head where I left my car.

Marc
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,875
Posted By irwin7638

Here's a link to a couple of blogposts about the...

Here's a link to a couple of blogposts about the gear I have learned to carry over the past 40 years. It's what I carry for a week end or week long trip.
Simply Cycle: Bike packing 101...
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,194
Posted By irwin7638

Here is an account of the trip I took back to my...

Here is an account of the trip I took back to my car at one of the trail heads outside of town. The trail begins downtown, but I settled on parking in McKeesport since the lot is shared by the local...
09-03-18, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,369
Posted By irwin7638

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Marc
09-01-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By irwin7638

This thread motivated me to paint my garage...

This thread motivated me to paint my garage floor. I'd been thinking of it to make it easier to clean and find little parts I drop while wrenching on my bikes. I went to Lowe's, bought white...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 03:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 801
Posted By irwin7638

I use regular athletic shorts (I'm too young for...

I use regular athletic shorts (I'm too young for diapers) boxer briefs, a golf shirt and woolen socks. I carry three changes of clothing and have lunch near a laundromat when I run out of clothes. ...
Forum: Touring
08-24-18, 06:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,086
Posted By irwin7638

I use a Coleman Houligan 2 tent which I chose...

I use a Coleman Houligan 2 tent which I chose because it's 4' tall, tall enough that I can just walk right into it and sit down. I have a Thermarest x large mattress and pillow. Typically I use a...
08-20-18, 11:29 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,999
Posted By irwin7638

If you like your Bridgestone, you might want to...

If you like your Bridgestone, you might want to upgrade to a Rivendell Sam Hillborne (https://www.rivbike.com/collections/framesets/products/sam-hillborne-cantilever) it's designed by the same guy. ...
Forum: Touring
08-19-18, 11:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,022
Posted By irwin7638

I've been doing it for over 40 years on different...

I've been doing it for over 40 years on different trips. It's not something you plan to do, but happens. Water is something you always have to worry about and even at rustic campgrounds you have to...
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 10:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By irwin7638

You overlooked it, I was only riding 30-40 miles...

You overlooked it, I was only riding 30-40 miles a day, point to point. Maybe 50 total. Those sandy backroads are tough to manage.

Marc
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 04:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By irwin7638

A roll through the woods

Nothing monumental here, but just a way to take a few days off.
https://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-roll-through-woods.html

Marc
07-12-18, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,422
Posted By irwin7638

Unfortunately i won't make it this year Ken. I've...

Unfortunately i won't make it this year Ken. I've got some business which must be addressed this weekend. Have a good time!

Marc
07-09-18, 04:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By irwin7638

I didn't see the need for motels but most of the...

I didn't see the need for motels but most of the people I met were staying indoors somewhere.

Marc
Forum: Touring
06-28-18, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By irwin7638

Erie canal trip

Here's a link to my blogpost about my experience on the Erie Canal earlier this month:Simply Cycle: A glorious week on the Erie Canal Trail...
06-28-18, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By irwin7638

Erie canal trip

I rode the Erie Canal for a few days and thought it was the best, most trouble free tour I've ever taken. I met a lot of other Ahhh, mature (that's the word) riders along the way.
Here's a link to...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-18, 09:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,244
Posted By irwin7638

I would suggest Soma, with the Tange Prestige and...

I would suggest Soma, with the Tange Prestige and Infinity tubing, they are about the lightest production steel around. I have a Buena Vista and even with two racks, fenders and a Nuvinci (5lb) hub,...
03-24-18, 10:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,434
Posted By irwin7638

It sounds like the handlebars are the main issue....

It sounds like the handlebars are the main issue. I have Nitto Bosco Bars on two of my bikes and they provide a huge range of body positions. I can go from bolt upright cruiser position down to...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-18, 10:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,957
Posted By irwin7638

I'm not in a particularly high crime area but...

I'm not in a particularly high crime area but commute on my Rivendell Hunqapillar on a regular basis. I use an Abus ring lock on the rear wheel supplemented with a cable, or U-lock (if I'm in a...
03-08-18, 06:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,770
Posted By irwin7638

I'll be there on one of my faux vintage bikes. ...

I'll be there on one of my faux vintage bikes.

Marc
03-08-18, 06:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,770
Posted By irwin7638

No Problem, you'll be in shape at the finish. ...

No Problem, you'll be in shape at the finish.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-24-18, 04:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,225
Posted By irwin7638

:thumb: My Hunqapillar fits 50's fine, but...

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My Hunqapillar fits 50's fine, but it might not be much lighter than an LHT.

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02-23-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,447
Posted By irwin7638

I started when I was in college and very busy...

I started when I was in college and very busy with school and a full time office job. I started biking to work some recreation into a busy schedule and just kept doing it. I took up touring...
02-23-18, 06:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,582
Posted By irwin7638

I'm not planning any cross country trips, but I...

I'm not planning any cross country trips, but I take 3 or 4 5-10 day rides each year. This year I'm planning part of the Ohio River Valley in April, Arizona in June, a National Forest in Michigan in...
Forum: Touring
02-21-18, 10:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,427
Posted By irwin7638

I use Ortlieb Front Rollers, I pack the tent and...

I use Ortlieb Front Rollers, I pack the tent and rainfly in one, my bed (mattress, sleeping bag and pillow) in the other. I use a huge Rivendell saddlebag on the back rack for clothing and personal...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-18, 10:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,057
Posted By irwin7638

Studded tires keep me on the road year 'round in...

Studded tires keep me on the road year 'round in Michigan.
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I can...
Forum: Touring
02-10-18, 04:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,225
Posted By irwin7638

Rivendell Hunqapillar handles the tire size but...

Rivendell Hunqapillar handles the tire size but with Kaisai 8630 tubing it's not the lightest bike but it will handle whatever you want. I love mine. I think the Appaloosa would be a bit lighter...
02-10-18, 04:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,498
Posted By irwin7638

I wear just what you describe most of the time. ...

I wear just what you describe most of the time. Rivendell makes some very nice pants that are made for riding. I definitely don't wear the diapers. A leather saddle and fabric which wicks moisture...
02-09-18, 08:55 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 9,310
Posted By irwin7638

I always thought the original chamois in wool...

I always thought the original chamois in wool shorts prevented irritation by wicking moisture away from the skin. Most "technical" sports fabrics today do that. I've been wearing Hane's undies and...
01-20-18, 09:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,525
Posted By irwin7638

Welcome, sunlight is getting longer 2-3 minutes...

Welcome, sunlight is getting longer 2-3 minutes per day!

Marc
Forum: Touring
01-01-18, 09:31 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 10,585
Posted By irwin7638

I've used many different fuel stoves over the...

I've used many different fuel stoves over the years for both bike travel and backpacking. I really prefer the Trangia alcohol stove. They are slower, but simple and the fuel is cheap and easy to...
Forum: Touring
01-01-18, 09:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,946
Posted By irwin7638

Use a Lizard Skin chainstay protector to hold a...

Use a Lizard Skin chainstay protector to hold a couple. It's simple, elastic and velcro holds them in place.

Marc
Forum: Commuting
11-25-17, 08:23 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,575
Posted By irwin7638

I like to ride my bike. The rest of those things...

I like to ride my bike. The rest of those things are nice fringe benefits.

Marc
11-20-17, 04:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,145
Posted By irwin7638

As I mentioned in the post, the source of the...

As I mentioned in the post, the source of the study is also the gatekeeper for all the Federal money spent on transportation in the area. Whenever a local jurisdiction wants to make improvements...
11-19-17, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,145
Posted By irwin7638

An infrastructure proposal that just might work!

I think the study completed here in Kalamazoo Mi (https://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com/2017/11/its-like-bureaucratic-seas-parting.html) deserves to be shared with the rest of the community.

Marc
Forum: Touring
09-19-17, 04:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,024
Posted By irwin7638

I use a vapor bag and also put toe warmers on...

I use a vapor bag and also put toe warmers on clean socks before going to bed.

Marc
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