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04-16-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,445
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I loved riding a bike at night in my early teens....

I loved riding a bike at night in my early teens. I was more or less unsupervised in those days, and the angst I often experienced in those days made it hard for me to fall asleep at night (like a...
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The bike was quite complete, and came with the...

The bike was quite complete, and came with the original documents. Unfortunately (for me), word got around, and the price was bid up. It ended up selling for $6.500.
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Rene Herse?

I have been looking for a touring bike here in Japan, and it is quite hard to find anything in my size (58cm). Bur recently I have come across an old Rene Herse bike with a R Herse crankset, and...
04-12-21, 11:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,480
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A larger contact patch will create more rolling...

A larger contact patch will create more rolling resistance. Increasing tire pressure reduces contact patch size, decreasing pressure increases contact patch size. Tires with softer rubber have larger...
04-06-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A good subject for a long argument. An electric...

A good subject for a long argument. An electric bike requires the mining of a larger variety of materials, including rare earths. The mining and processing of these materials is energy intensive....
04-06-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,592
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yes. When racing in the Alps and Pyrenees back in...

Yes. When racing in the Alps and Pyrenees back in the day, we had (some of us) special bikes. These bikes were lighter than the bikes we used on the flats. They had lighter frames, wheels, and tires,...
04-06-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,194
Posted By 50PlusCycling

English words are popular here in Japan. You can...

English words are popular here in Japan. You can actually communicate pretty well with English so long as you pronounce it "correctly" so Japanese people can understand it. If you go to McDonald's...
04-06-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,240
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Recently here in Tokyo I saw a beautiful 80's 3...

Recently here in Tokyo I saw a beautiful 80's 3 Rensho road bike for sale, it was entirely chrome plated. It was amazing, but unfortunately, it was only 51cm (I ride a 58cm).
04-06-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,707
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When you remember the double-digit inflation of...

When you remember the double-digit inflation of the late 70's, it wasn't just bikes which saw their prices skyrocket over 15 years. In 1980 I could have bought any number of racing bikes for under...
04-04-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,308
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When your number comes up, it comes up,...

When your number comes up, it comes up, regardless of how safe you are trying to be. Over my life I have had some visions of the future which have come true, which means these things were predestined...
04-03-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As previously mentioned, the cables must be in...

As previously mentioned, the cables must be in good order, and it helps if the shifters are clean and properly lubricated. As for shifting, the chain rings on the freewheel and crank set have ramps...
04-03-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,707
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The goal of marketing and advertising is to make...

The goal of marketing and advertising is to make us buy things we don't really need and can't really afford. In 1980, when I was a kid, I lusted after a Masi Gran Criterium bike at the LBS. It was...
04-03-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,196
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You'd have to catch me first.

You'd have to catch me first.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Multi-speed hub for 12" wheel?

I recently acquired a Panasonic Traincle folding bike, this bike is a single speed and comes with 12" wheels. I would like to install a geared hub to tame the hills and add a little top-end speed to...
03-21-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,638
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I hope you like your bike. I am filing my own tax...

I hope you like your bike. I am filing my own tax in Japan this year. One thing I do not like about America is the absurd system of filing tax returns. Here in Japan you are taxed on your previous...
03-19-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 849
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Old bikes can come with the lever on either side....

Old bikes can come with the lever on either side. Most bikes I have ridden over the years have the front brake lever on the left, but a couple had it on the right. As a long-time motorcycle rider I...
03-19-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,516
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I prefer presta valves as they are smaller and...

I prefer presta valves as they are smaller and add less weight to the wheel. I have no problems using pumps or CO2 cartridges when I have to pump up my tires, and I like that presta valves come in...
03-16-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,240
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I've got a bike with late 90's Mavic Helium...

I've got a bike with late 90's Mavic Helium wheels on it. I've put over 100,000 miles on this bike, and the brake pads have not worn through the wheels, though I did wear out the front wheel bearings...
03-16-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,012
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I run an e-commerce business, and to promote this...

I run an e-commerce business, and to promote this business, I use video and audio productions. In 2021 people seem to get restless unless they are constantly being stimulated by a video screen or...
03-13-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,278
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My most embarrassing crash resulted in my having...

My most embarrassing crash resulted in my having to find a towel to wrap around myself, as my shorts were torn off and shredded too much to put back on.
03-13-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,832
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I would imagine his Traveler has quill shifters.

I would imagine his Traveler has quill shifters.
03-13-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,832
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You don't have to change anything. A bike is...

You don't have to change anything. A bike is basically two wheels, a seat, handlebars, and pedals. Newer bikes have more gears, less weight, and much better brakes, but none of these are essential,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Gios was one of the sponsors of the team I used...

Gios was one of the sponsors of the team I used to ride with, and I still have my team-issue Compact Pro. Gios is a rather odd brand among the usual makers, they don't have the same "vibe" as Masi,...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-10-21, 02:32 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,381
Posted By 50PlusCycling

yes. next question.

yes. next question.
03-10-21, 02:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,531
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My Gios has a lot. I used to ride around 15,000...

My Gios has a lot. I used to ride around 15,000 miles per year, and have had the bike for some 23 years, though I have ridden it less over the last 10 or so, as I have spent more time on other bikes....
03-09-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,489
Posted By 50PlusCycling

To me, it is not possible for it to be too hot to...

To me, it is not possible for it to be too hot to ride. Cycling is one of those rare sports which can keep you cooler on a hot day, so long as you can ride steadily. I've ridden in the tropics where...
03-09-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,659
Posted By 50PlusCycling

For whatever reason, Lycra cycling shorts have...

For whatever reason, Lycra cycling shorts have become fashionable, even among non-cyclists, so they are certainly pretentious.
03-03-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 7,161
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I prefer group rides when possible, especially...

I prefer group rides when possible, especially longer rides. In a group the miles pass more quickly, and if I am in an easy group, it's a good place to meet people and chat. If I want to ride hard, I...
03-02-21, 01:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I find the Professional to be a bit narrow unless...

I find the Professional to be a bit narrow unless I am wearing bike shorts. The B17 is comfortable with or without bike shorts.
Forum: Foo
02-21-21, 08:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,740
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Not to sound unkind, but you are experiencing...

Not to sound unkind, but you are experiencing what is wrong with a large part of society. The lack of motivation has a negative effect on your overall life perspective, and you are not obtaining any...
Forum: Foo
02-21-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,402
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The “vaccines” are odd, as they don’t protect you...

The “vaccines” are odd, as they don’t protect you from catching or passing on COVID, they just protect you from becoming seriously ill. So, even if you are vaccinated, you will still have to take...
02-20-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,089
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I bought a first generation Ricoh GR III digital...

I bought a first generation Ricoh GR III digital camera. It cost me $100, including the charger and battery. It is not a POS camera, it is durable, has an excellent lens and sensor, and can be...
02-20-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,010
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The best investment (and to many people, the most...

The best investment (and to many people, the most expensive) is time in the saddle. More than half of the comfort issue is your backside, not the saddle or shorts. If you spend enough time in the...
02-20-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,214
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can use WD-40, it will unstick the chain and...

You can use WD-40, it will unstick the chain and get things moving. However, the rust and debris will remain, and cause wear to the chain.

To keep your bike working efficiently, and to increase...
Forum: For Sale
02-19-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,026
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’d love to have it, but I’m in Japan, and...

I’d love to have it, but I’m in Japan, and shipping options are rather limited recently.
02-19-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,199
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I hate turbo trainers, the CIA could use a...

I hate turbo trainers, the CIA could use a rickety turbo trainer as an “enhanced interrogation technique.”

Years ago I ditched my turbo trainer and got a set of used rollers from an LBS. After a...
02-19-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No hard times during the pandemic here in Japan....

No hard times during the pandemic here in Japan. At the moment I am in Niseko sitting in the “Edge” restaurant looking at the mountains and snow. I came here with friends for 5 days of skiing, and...
02-19-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,706
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You might scoff at roads in America, but they are...

You might scoff at roads in America, but they are better than the roads the other 90% of the world has. Here in Japan roads are much narrower and more congested, yet they are safer for cyclists. This...
02-19-21, 02:18 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,021
Posted By 50PlusCycling

"Once Saddle to Rule Them All." When I was...

"Once Saddle to Rule Them All."

When I was younger, I scoffed at Brook saddles, they were for guys who rode bikes with panniers and orange flags. I used what were popular at the time, Selle...
02-19-21, 02:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 718
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I upgraded to Shimano XTR BR-M970 V brakes and...

I upgraded to Shimano XTR BR-M970 V brakes and levers. You can find them used for a decent price (sometimes new, if you look around hard enough). They look good, require a much lighter touch that...
12-18-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 12,934
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have been working from home for some 5 years...

I have been working from home for some 5 years now. It is wonderful not to have to commute, for the 6 years before I became self employed I used public transportation. Tokyo has a very efficient...
12-18-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,706
Posted By 50PlusCycling

There is nothing wrong with cycling...

There is nothing wrong with cycling infrastructure in the US. As bicycles can ride most places cars can drive, America has more roadways available for cycling than nearly any other country. What...
12-18-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,500
Posted By 50PlusCycling

For me there has never been a substitute for...

For me there has never been a substitute for outdoor riding. I use rollers at home when the weather is too bad to ride outside, and I sometimes use a trainer at the gym. There is no way I can ride on...
12-15-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,751
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Though I own a power-assist shopping bike here in...

Though I own a power-assist shopping bike here in Japan (for shopping and taking my young daughter to school), it is hard for me to take these kind of power assist bicycles seriously. The advantage...
12-15-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,182
Posted By 50PlusCycling

First, make sure the bike fits. The saddle and...

First, make sure the bike fits. The saddle and bars should be adjusted for a bit more upright and relaxed position than they would for younger people. You should be carrying at least some of your...
12-15-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,133
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It's a 53, which is the most common size here in...

It's a 53, which is the most common size here in Japan.
11-16-20, 12:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,333
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Winds do keep me inside. On windy days I choose a...

Winds do keep me inside. On windy days I choose a route which will take me into the wind on my way out, and let the wind push me back when I return. On rare occasions the wind has changed mid-ride,...
11-15-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,027
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Patches are still cheap, learn how to install...

Patches are still cheap, learn how to install them properly, and if you ride as much as I do, you'll save about $100 a year.
11-15-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,335
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If a car honks at you, ignore it, it's only...

If a car honks at you, ignore it, it's only noise. The driver may be ignorant, he may be stupid, he may be crazy, and all three are good reasons to avoid getting into an altercation. Even if the...
11-01-20, 02:00 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,978
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As a former bike mechanic, I say Park tools are...

As a former bike mechanic, I say Park tools are excellent. They are well-designed, well-made, and a good value for those who use bike tools regularly. You can get no-name tools very cheaply from...
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