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01-17-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,077
Posted By Cougrrcj

Driveway is 85' long, 20' wide, plus the apron....

Driveway is 85' long, 20' wide, plus the apron. For light/fluffy snow of an inch or two, I use the pushbroom. Heavier (wetter) snow up to four inches and I use a shovel. Over that, I break out the...
01-11-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 17,749
Posted By Cougrrcj

That depends... My 35+year-old road-ridden...

That depends...

My 35+year-old road-ridden bikes all have six-speed freewheels, so it is tough not to have jumps of 2t or more... My two road bikes have 13-14-15-17-19-21 and 13-15-17-19-21-24...
01-11-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 17,749
Posted By Cougrrcj

That's why have my cheap Harbor Freight...

That's why have my cheap Harbor Freight reflective safety vest... Velcro straps... Fits over everything. Oh, and I STILL use my blinky lights front and rear! Front blinky because someone STILL...
01-10-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 746
Posted By Cougrrcj

My best 'birthday ride' was 6.2x my age, back...

My best 'birthday ride' was 6.2x my age, back when I was 19. 118 miles. Day 1 of my first TOSRV, then had to do it all again the next day! Well, minus the ride to the start, and sightseeing/riding...
01-09-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 623
Posted By Cougrrcj

Yep, seek proper medical expertise from an Ortho....

Yep, seek proper medical expertise from an Ortho. Your knee may not be tracking correctly. Have them also watch your cycling pedal stroke. If you are riding 'bow legged' - that is with your knees...
01-09-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,099
Posted By Cougrrcj

Yep, I get it! Just TRY to find a dress shirt...

Yep, I get it! Just TRY to find a dress shirt with a 18-1/2" neck (my neck is over 18" so if I need to button the top button just to wear a tie, I need a 18-1/2" or 19" neck shirt). If I do find one,...
01-09-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 17,749
Posted By Cougrrcj

What 'irks' me when I see it... Mis-matched...

What 'irks' me when I see it...

Mis-matched wheels and/or tires Tires can be different size (ie 28mm rear/25mm front), but NOT different colors!

ONE valve stem cap. One cap on, one missing......
01-09-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 651
Posted By Cougrrcj

Let's see here. For my primary bike (34 year...

Let's see here.

For my primary bike (34 year old '86 Miyata 710), I used one of my new 'spare' tires and tube I had laying around when I hit some road debris, but I bought two tires and five short...
01-05-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,444
Posted By Cougrrcj

If MY OLD BODY was up to it, I'd be perfectly...

If MY OLD BODY was up to it, I'd be perfectly happy to ride the Colorodo Rockies with my '84 Univega Gran Tourismo and the right gearing. Triple crankset - check. 6-7-speed rear cluster - check. ...
01-05-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,868
Posted By Cougrrcj

Until age 18, getting around by bicycle was just...

Until age 18, getting around by bicycle was just transportation since I had no car available until after high school. It was my freshman year at Ohio State that I 'got serious'. I ditched the...
01-05-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 938
Posted By Cougrrcj

As I'm oftentimes prone to disclose in this...

As I'm oftentimes prone to disclose in this fashion, I met my wife in a dark parking lot -- at a car cruise-in. She had her Mustang ('70 Mach 1), and I had my Cougars. What sealed the deal in Sept...
01-05-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 5,104
Posted By Cougrrcj

I wouldn't mind aluminum Presta caps at all. I...

I wouldn't mind aluminum Presta caps at all. I keep putting the cracked plastic caps on every time I ride. The plastic caps are black, but as long as they are black or silver, I wouldn't care at...
01-05-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By Cougrrcj

This is how I packed a 25" (63cm) touring frame...

This is how I packed a 25" (63cm) touring frame to travel 2500mi plus...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x600/miyata_1000_new_092aeffcab09ba65a7e0cb96e31221c38b113ba0.jpg...
01-03-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,099
Posted By Cougrrcj

I used this gear calculator, and a...

I used this gear calculator, and a chainring/sprocket combo that got me to around 76gi. Oh, and I was figuring 700x25c tires... https://www.gear-calculator.com/
Your 42/19 combo with 700x23c tires...
Forum: Touring
01-03-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,582
Posted By Cougrrcj

Rather than plywood for the sides and top, I...

Rather than plywood for the sides and top, I would think that corrugated plastic or corrugated polycarbonate sheet would be a good option. Much lighter than plywood. several thicknesses available -...
01-03-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 824
Posted By Cougrrcj

My riding is weather dependent. My last ride for...

My riding is weather dependent. My last ride for the season was mid-November. Once the road salt goes down, no more riding for me. In the Spring, we'll normally have snows that require road salt...
01-03-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 37,576
Posted By Cougrrcj

Do I WORRY about my heart? Nope. I've already...

Do I WORRY about my heart? Nope. I've already outlasted my old man's history -- he had his first two heart attacks at age 55 Angioplasty . We went another fifteen years before the next one that...
01-03-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,099
Posted By Cougrrcj

76gi at a 105 cadence is ~24mph.135 cadence is...

76gi at a 105 cadence is ~24mph.135 cadence is 30mph. That's spinning (and moving).

My favored gearing on the flats is in the 80-85gi range. my cadence is normally in the 90-100 range. That...
01-02-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 812
Posted By Cougrrcj

In the '70s, my Boy Scout troop would collect...

In the '70s, my Boy Scout troop would collect 'trash' bikes for a quick refurb and donate to inner city kids... Bikes that were too far gone we broken down to provide parts for others - bearings,...
12-29-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,053
Posted By Cougrrcj

My Old Man was a Scotch drinker - never liked...

My Old Man was a Scotch drinker - never liked that or Irish whisky either... Bourbons? Nope, but that was my sister's choice.. Wife likes her Jack Daniels... Why I like Canadian, I don't know...
12-29-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,508
Posted By Cougrrcj

OK, we're gonna do cars now? My first car...

OK, we're gonna do cars now? My first car (mentioned, but not named above) was a '72 Cougar - base model. Bright red, white vinyl top, white interior (no pics of that one that I can find... Only...
12-29-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,967
Posted By Cougrrcj

Not sure if I should have used an edit or quote...

Not sure if I should have used an edit or quote sine it has been a few days since the first one, but---

< EDIT > - forgot to mention that from late July to Labor day I was on 'Wife Support Duty'...
12-29-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,305
Posted By Cougrrcj

This aftermarket rack support for the Pletscher...

This aftermarket rack support for the Pletscher rack that I bought from Bike Warehouse in 1976 for use on my old Fuji...
...
12-29-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,053
Posted By Cougrrcj

As long as the whiskey is stored in the freezer! ...

As long as the whiskey is stored in the freezer! That's where I keep my Crown Royal - AND the shot glass... Goes down like the sweetest syrup, then the explosion of warmth when it hits the belly......
12-27-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,508
Posted By Cougrrcj

I rode a bike to school - even in Cleveland...

I rode a bike to school - even in Cleveland winters - most days from grade 3 through 12, graduating in 1976. I didn't have a car, nor even access to one, and I would beat the bus had I taken that......
12-27-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,967
Posted By Cougrrcj

How many miles did I ride this year? I have no...

How many miles did I ride this year? I have no freaking idea. I only did 24 25-mile commutes due to a very wet Spring - early Summer here in Ohio, and only < maybe > another two- to three hundred...
12-22-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,063
Posted By Cougrrcj

Looks like a barely-ridden one at that!...

Looks like a barely-ridden one at that! J=1981-built -- could be '82 model with that high serial number, but checking against the catalog, the 81 had center-pull brakes, 82 were side-pull, ......
12-22-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,929
Posted By Cougrrcj

Miyata 1000 and 610 of the same year did NOT...

Miyata 1000 and 610 of the same year did NOT necessarily share frame/fork. Yes, some times the three main tubes of the 610 were the same tubing as the 1000 (and other times NOT), but the seat stays,...
12-22-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,724
Posted By Cougrrcj

That's the reason I got my '65 Schwinn Racer for...

That's the reason I got my '65 Schwinn Racer for -- to leave at work for one of us to ride at lunch or break times... I thought it would be a breeze, but those early S-5 tires are expen$$$ive! I paid...
12-22-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 802
Posted By Cougrrcj

Every time I see a vintage SunTour freewheel...

Every time I see a vintage SunTour freewheel selling cheap, I grab it! I must have a dozen or so, from straight block 13-18 to loaded-touring-friendly 14-34. Six-speed Winners are my favorite, but...
12-20-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,724
Posted By Cougrrcj

That was the whole point! My work commute was on...

That was the whole point! My work commute was on a 55mph two-lane State Highway. Well, the first 8-1/2 miles were. Nice to be SEEN!!! Then another mile-and-a-half on the same State Highway, but the...
12-20-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,113
Posted By Cougrrcj

Me - then a 'near Clyde' at almost 100kg. (220...

Me - then a 'near Clyde' at almost 100kg. (220 lbs) - now 195 lbs
Bike - 1986 Miyata 710

I only have one 700c bike - my '86 Miyata 710. This was my Arizona bike - kept out in Phoenix at my...
12-16-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By Cougrrcj

All Shimano 333 hubs were bad? I rode the heck...

All Shimano 333 hubs were bad? I rode the heck out of my Sears three speed so equipped back in the early '70s. I preferred it to my dad's ~1960 Sears 'JC Higgins' three speed with the S-A hub. The...
12-16-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 1,441
Views: 456,121
Posted By Cougrrcj

'84 Univega catalog... ...

'84 Univega catalog... https://univegacatalogs.wordpress.com/1984-2/
12-15-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,506
Posted By Cougrrcj

Nope. I went from tricycle to a hand-me-down,...

Nope. I went from tricycle to a hand-me-down, second-hand '50s-era Western Auto 24" balloon tire behemoth, to (briefly) my dad's 26" JC Higgins (Sears) Puch-made 3-speed, to my own Sears Free Spirit...
12-15-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,837
Posted By Cougrrcj

I'm an old-school rollers combined with...

I'm an old-school rollers combined with resistance unit(s). I have two roller-belt-driven wind resistance units. None are hooked if I just want to ride the rollers to work on my balance and cadence...
12-13-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,300
Posted By Cougrrcj

OK, so not everybody calls them that... but what...

OK, so not everybody calls them that... but what else would you call integrated brake/shifter combo? STI is Shimano's term for theirs... I don't have a road bike with indexed shifting, so go ahead...
12-13-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,300
Posted By Cougrrcj

The OP's looks more like a repositioned 'thumbie'...

The OP's looks more like a repositioned 'thumbie' mount than a brifter... AndyK's example looks more like the brake lever/shifter combo we call brifters...
12-13-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 613
Posted By Cougrrcj

The brakes on my '84 Univega Viva sport had that...

The brakes on my '84 Univega Viva sport had that 'spongy' feel, even after I put on new cables when I converted aero brake levers... I looked at what the cause was, and I could actually see the...
12-12-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,037
Posted By Cougrrcj

I buy tires three-at-a-time. I typically go...

I buy tires three-at-a-time. I typically go through two rear tires for every front - that is for wear, not damage.
12-11-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 18,689
Posted By Cougrrcj

Well, since I posted in this thread several years...

Well, since I posted in this thread several years ago, I have acquired several new-to-me bikes. (thanks to the n+1 infection that I got from BF.net)

'84 Univega Viva Sport was just 'the Univega'...
12-11-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 7,472
Posted By Cougrrcj

My old Fuji came with a 51/39 up front an the...

My old Fuji came with a 51/39 up front an the ubiquitous SunTour 14-17-20-24-28 five speed freewheel out back. At the end of the first day of TOSRV (105 miles that day) the OSU cycling club group...
12-11-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,031
Posted By Cougrrcj

Fred MAMIL Poseur

Fred

MAMIL

Poseur
12-09-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By Cougrrcj

The climate is always changing! 14,000...

The climate is always changing!

14,000 years ago, where I sit was buried under a mile of ice (glacially-scoured lower Great Lakes during the last Ice Age). Man did not cause the warming that...
12-08-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,331
Posted By Cougrrcj

Me= Fred^n

Me= Fred^n
12-08-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,331
Posted By Cougrrcj

This pic of my old Fuji is full of 'Fred'-ness...

This pic of my old Fuji is full of 'Fred'-ness little details:
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/400x711/051_8b801ee7a9eb1e7004b1d6a65b2f024e2f1d972c.jpg

'75 Fuji S-10S -- a...
Forum: Touring
12-06-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 743
Posted By Cougrrcj

I bent a few Zefal HPs bashing bad doggie noggins...

I bent a few Zefal HPs bashing bad doggie noggins when riding out west of Columbus in the '70s... That area is all built up now... (sad)...
Forum: Touring
12-06-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 743
Posted By Cougrrcj

OR, use a 'spare' leather toe strap. Only for us...

OR, use a 'spare' leather toe strap. Only for us old codgers, though... Doubles as a front wheel holder, parking brake, etc....
12-06-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,749
Posted By Cougrrcj

Nope! Not going there... :p

Nope! Not going there... :p
12-06-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,423
Posted By Cougrrcj

Fun/enjoyment of riding. Not gonna set any...

Fun/enjoyment of riding. Not gonna set any Strava KOMs or endurance records at my age... I do have an overall ET I strive to maintain/beat on my 12.5-mile commute, but that is largely dependent on...
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