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10-07-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,160
Posted By TricycleTom

That was almost 43 years ago. I'm still riding...

That was almost 43 years ago. I'm still riding it, so no second visit.
10-06-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,307
Posted By TricycleTom

Oh, yeah, one time I was taking a shortcut and...

Oh, yeah, one time I was taking a shortcut and didn't notice a rope across the road in time. I went half - under and landed on my back, shattering an original Belt Beacon lens. This is shading off...
09-30-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,307
Posted By TricycleTom

On a bike tour, I changed plans and headed for...

On a bike tour, I changed plans and headed for the mountains. I found a wool hat beside the road, just as I needed it for camp comfort.
Leaving a meeting in the city, I found myself at a stop...
09-09-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,297
Posted By TricycleTom

Facebonk destroyed the listservs. There isn't...

Facebonk destroyed the listservs. There isn't much free education out there any more.
09-02-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,575
Posted By TricycleTom

Sometimes, when I first hit the street, I check...

Sometimes, when I first hit the street, I check my mirror and notice that the sky is following me. Then I go back and put my helmet on.

About half my maintenance time goes into keeping my...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 24,688
Posted By TricycleTom

My first ride with excellent hydraulics was a...

My first ride with excellent hydraulics was a major revelation, but one I would only buy for serious off-road modulation. I am loathe to add a disk when a rim is adequate. The classic bicycle is...
08-26-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,884
Posted By TricycleTom

FWIW, my front hub is one of my few original...

FWIW, my front hub is one of my few original components. One time, it needed cones, but it is French threaded, so I just chucked them in a power drill, and used a Dremel tool to re-surface them. ...
08-12-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,863
Posted By TricycleTom

One. I like the continuity with my youthful...

One. I like the continuity with my youthful adventures on the same bike, and the performance check.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,651
Posted By TricycleTom

Fred DeLong reports that a beginning cyclist has...

Fred DeLong reports that a beginning cyclist has to breathe twice as hard as an experienced one to maintain the same pace through traffic. Pedalling well involves balancing your leg mass vs the...
07-22-19, 11:26 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,600
Posted By TricycleTom

I have been vegetarian for 50 years, and vegan...

I have been vegetarian for 50 years, and vegan for five. I grew up on a beef farm, and what I saw there made me very willing to try giving it up, and all the effects have been good. Now, I have...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,412
Posted By TricycleTom

We are totally spoiled. In India, they use a...

We are totally spoiled. In India, they use a tube until it is half patches, and then start using the remains as patches on the next tube. I patch my rear tube still on the bike, and never carry a...
07-07-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

I'm pretty sure that even 20 hours off the bike...

I'm pretty sure that even 20 hours off the bike gives the bod plenty of time to sneak in some renovations. I recall the story of the first two guys to row from England to NYC. A reporter asked what...
06-30-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

If I'd had anything else to do, I'd have given...

If I'd had anything else to do, I'd have given him a head start, but I guess I learned that sometimes it is OK to waste energy if it saves effort overall. I probably learned a bit about the range of...
06-30-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

My main health challenge is getting enough sleep....

My main health challenge is getting enough sleep. I'll see how days off affect that. The effort does vary considerably with other conditions. This week I easily caught up to another rider, and it...
06-24-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

Thanks for the various points of view. To reduce...

Thanks for the various points of view. To reduce confusion, the boredom does not hit on the ride itself, but afterwards, when I with I had more time for things of lasting value. I have never been...
06-17-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

Umm - I just decided to go to less-frequent,...

Umm - I just decided to go to less-frequent, longer rides this year. Not different enough?
I'm off to the big city - no contact 'till tomorrow.
06-17-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

Thanks. For '17, I rode most days, but increased...

Thanks. For '17, I rode most days, but increased the distance 10% a week, and it ate into my other activities by fall. For variety, I do get winds. Sometimes they are so gusty I skip shifting and...
06-17-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

45 X 3 = 135 minutes, and I'm getting 7 X 25 =...

45 X 3 = 135 minutes, and I'm getting 7 X 25 = 175 minutes. I'm 6' 1'' X 175 lbs, and vegan, after 50 years of vegetarian. My bike has over 100,000 km on it. It is the only exercise that does not...
06-16-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

I have read about alternate days, and interval...

I have read about alternate days, and interval training, but am only out for fitness, not competition. I was a commuter for decades, and used to consider the first week of a tour the extra training....
06-16-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By TricycleTom

Is Daily Best?

These days, I'm riding four to five miles most days, but it gets boring. Would it affect my health and fitness if I rode eight or ten miles every other day instead? Fifteen every third day?
06-03-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,766
Posted By TricycleTom

I always make do with hard skinny tires, but if...

I always make do with hard skinny tires, but if that were my main road, I'd go wider and softer to keep from sinking in, if that is an issue, and more comfort. However, any loose surface will have...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,832
Posted By TricycleTom

I only remove the front wheel for a puncture...

I only remove the front wheel for a puncture repair. It is faster to do the rear in place rather than mess with the chain. I don't usually need a tire iron for a skinwall tire. I just pull out...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,145
Posted By TricycleTom

Only a few close friends know that I'm vegan. ...

Only a few close friends know that I'm vegan. I'm not shy about being mostly organic, though. I camp out on tour. I eat home-made organic granola, with powdered coconut milk for breakfast. Gorp...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,563
Posted By TricycleTom

Don't pay rent except for camping facilities...

Don't pay rent except for camping facilities while on tour, and avoid that most days. Bikes vanish easily, and can be lifted over fences. Sublet, or store your gear. Eat rice and macaroni, not...
05-06-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,129
Posted By TricycleTom

Mine is doing fine after four decades. It even...

Mine is doing fine after four decades. It even has a few of the original components. The front hub is still French, but I found I could re-grind the cones to avoid a re-lacing job. I have gone...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,024
Posted By TricycleTom

When I got passed too close, I chased the guy...

When I got passed too close, I chased the guy down to a fresh red light and gave him a very high-volume lecture on what would happen if he hit me. All about damage to his truck, and the blood and...
04-01-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,544
Posted By TricycleTom

Whenever a name starts attracting prejudice, lazy...

Whenever a name starts attracting prejudice, lazy do-gooders come up with a new name, instead of tackling the prejudice. A kid in my school got in trouble for saying "DPs" It stood for "Displaced...
03-25-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 12,889
Posted By TricycleTom

Perhaps someone has mentioned this, but it will...

Perhaps someone has mentioned this, but it will bear repeating. Racers are loathe to have much clearance between the down tube and rear tire, because it increases both weight and flexibility in the...
03-11-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,793
Posted By TricycleTom

Ed Delano was invited to his 50th college...

Ed Delano was invited to his 50th college reunion, but it was in New England, and he'd moved to California. "It's too far" his friend said. He got there in a month, on his bicycle. AKA Foxy...
03-11-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,299
Posted By TricycleTom

When I was commuting, I'd slow down at -35C to...

When I was commuting, I'd slow down at -35C to avoid freezing my lungs, and that turned the furnace down, so I wouldn't ride far. I also would not ride on powder concealing icy ruts. There are...
03-04-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,086
Posted By TricycleTom

I have to buy tires and an occasional cable or...

I have to buy tires and an occasional cable or chain, but that's about it. The bike looks OK for another 100,000 km. Other spares can be scrounged. It has saved me a fortune in car expenses, and...
02-25-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,497
Posted By TricycleTom

More on the placebo effect: Around 1900, give or...

More on the placebo effect: Around 1900, give or take a decade, the world sprint record was held by a rider using cranks that were bent into a half-circle "so that he could push into the ends of...
02-25-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,497
Posted By TricycleTom

A lot of this is the placebo effect. People...

A lot of this is the placebo effect. People expect to go faster, so they do. They also have to go faster to justify the expense. The year Campy came out with a hi-lo flange rear hub, a lot of...
02-18-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,716
Posted By TricycleTom

I bought a light touring bike in '77, and still...

I bought a light touring bike in '77, and still ride it. It started to look ratty after a year, so I gave it a great silver paint job, and then spent two weeks worried about it getting stolen until...
02-04-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 6,904
Posted By TricycleTom

Once upon a time, after-dinner conversation often...

Once upon a time, after-dinner conversation often split into male and female groups. Maybe your wife is unable to handle social situations, but wants to feel included.
01-28-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 8,839
Posted By TricycleTom

What is A & S?? I am shopping for a bright...

What is A & S?? I am shopping for a bright yellow windbreaker. I have a fluorescent vest that I wear if I will be hard to see, but one day, a trucker stopped to offer me one on a fine day. He'd...
12-31-18, 01:01 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,811
Posted By TricycleTom

I bought my bike new, and still ride it now that...

I bought my bike new, and still ride it now that it's "vintage." I have never talked to anyone about this aspect of it. I consider dirt and rust as theft deterrents, but she's well tuned. When a...
Forum: Recumbent
12-25-18, 10:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,055
Posted By TricycleTom

I think that most practical vehicles will have no...

I think that most practical vehicles will have no trouble finding a highway with a sufficient legal speed limit. Runs could be done before dawn, when the wind is often still. All the instruments...
Forum: Recumbent
12-24-18, 11:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,055
Posted By TricycleTom

My shop chair seat is still upholstered with the...

My shop chair seat is still upholstered with the tee shirt I got at the 1990 Portland IHPSC, where I was initially disqualified from the Practical Vehicle event for having a car-like turning circle,...
Forum: Recumbent
12-24-18, 10:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,055
Posted By TricycleTom

Neither my trike nor my body are in competition...

Neither my trike nor my body are in competition form these days, but if I were thinking of buying a velomobile, I'd love to see some race results. "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" was the premise of...
Forum: Recumbent
12-24-18, 03:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,055
Posted By TricycleTom

People should be able to find a local course any...

People should be able to find a local course any time they are ready to go, and cover the cost of a certified timing cheaper than going to Battle Mountain. Maybe we need to call it the "Real World"...
12-24-18, 02:53 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,214
Posted By TricycleTom

I'm a road rider, but lived for years with such...

I'm a road rider, but lived for years with such extreme terrain that I used two speeds and coasting most of the time. The bike was built with 13-16-19-23-28 and 52-47-26, for a near-perfect half...
12-24-18, 01:32 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,214
Posted By TricycleTom

Usually the small chainring is only used when...

Usually the small chainring is only used when nothing else will do. I can feel the whole drivetrain go soft when I halve my ratio. Most of the time, I can ride the big rings instead of living with...
Forum: Recumbent
12-24-18, 01:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,055
Posted By TricycleTom

New Standards Needed

Y'all know why folks go to Battle Mountain? It has the elevation for a good aero advantage, but also, it has almost exactly the allowable downslope before the timed section. That slope was enshrined...
12-24-18, 12:16 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,214
Posted By TricycleTom

This is an appalling trend. The efficiency of a...

This is an appalling trend. The efficiency of a chain drive drops off very steeply below 15 teeth. In addition, the smaller front chainring operates with more chain tension. This increases the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-18, 12:43 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,218
Posted By TricycleTom

The only variety I get is seasonal, so I'll...

The only variety I get is seasonal, so I'll always stop for a nice sunset or the best lighting on a favourite scene. It can take several minutes, especially if wildlife is involved. This does not...
12-03-18, 12:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,140
Posted By TricycleTom

I have a long history of being happy on a bike,...

I have a long history of being happy on a bike, doing useful trips. This helps me to still get aboard for useless ones. If I miss a day, my body feels congested, and my mood suffers. Riding can be...
11-04-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,752
Posted By TricycleTom

Around here, every other vehicle is a white...

Around here, every other vehicle is a white pickup. The combines are scary, but slow enough. What scares me most are low, wide trailers. Drivers can forget, and I can miss the extra width in my...
11-04-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,765
Posted By TricycleTom

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Fast Freddie Markham, racing the Gold Rush at Montague, CA. 35 mm film camera,...
11-04-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,765
Posted By TricycleTom

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This bike has its shifters mounted on the head tube. They interfere with the...
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