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05-12-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 751
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to sell around $10k per month on eBay. I...

I used to sell around $10k per month on eBay. I literally couldn’t keep up with demand, and eventually did more than $1 million in sales. I always had 100% feedback and then 5 star ratings. But eBay...
05-10-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 751
Posted By 50PlusCycling

“Sales tax is a gubmint thing, not an ebay thing,...

“Sales tax is a gubmint thing, not an ebay thing, can't blame them for death and taxes.”

I find it funny that when I sell things on eBay from Japan, from a business registered in Japan, and...
05-10-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 242
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Rollers. Get the type with the larger drums for...

Rollers. Get the type with the larger drums for lower resistance. Nothing improves your pedal technique and balance like rollers, you will feel the difference in your riding after your very first...
Forum: Triathlon
05-05-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,117
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The best training tool, one which has been used...

The best training tool, one which has been used by generations, is a stop watch. I did some competitive riding some years ago, and my girlfriend was our state’s triathlon champion. We both had...
05-05-22, 04:23 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,742
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’ve patched lots of tubes, and patches work...

I’ve patched lots of tubes, and patches work perfectly well. Park patches and cement do a good job, just make sure that you prep the tube (roughen up the rubber around the puncture) with the included...
05-03-22, 03:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,154
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The Cinelli Grammo stem would suit the style of...

The Cinelli Grammo stem would suit the style of your frame (IMO). The more classic stems are better suited to lugged frames.
04-30-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,004
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’ve never had a shifter cable break in hundreds...

I’ve never had a shifter cable break in hundreds of thousands of miles of riding. I’ve broken a couple derailleurs, and had brake cables pull loose, but never broken any.
04-27-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 51,234
Posted By 50PlusCycling

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hgt9-oMfabY

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hgt9-oMfabY
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Oscar Egg Randoneusse

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04-18-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 914
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Cool on the track, pointless anywhere else. I...

Cool on the track, pointless anywhere else. I used to have a bike with Specialized tri-spoke wheels which I thought were super cool, but even small gusts of wind would push the bike around.
04-17-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 7,612
Views: 822,528
Posted By 50PlusCycling

50's Oscar Egg Randonneuse, mostly original, it’s...

50's Oscar Egg Randonneuse, mostly original, it’s missing the Simplex TDF derailleur and chain guard, but the parts are on the way.

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04-15-22, 10:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,011
Posted By 50PlusCycling

For a compact pump I like the Topeak Road Morphe,...

For a compact pump I like the Topeak Road Morphe, it works almost as well as a floor pump. For something to fit in a tool bag I use the Micro Rocket carbon, which weighs less than the pocket change I...
04-15-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,760
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I love tubulars, but then I'm old school, I doubt...

I love tubulars, but then I'm old school, I doubt there are many out there who know how to take apart a tubular, remove the tube, and then sew it back up with a new tube inside. Unless you odd like...
04-15-22, 02:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,632
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If it hasn't been mentioned, don't listen to...

If it hasn't been mentioned, don't listen to music while riding. Your ears can tell you a lot about what is going on behind you. They can tell you a vehicle is approaching, the can tell you how fast...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have one for riding on the beach, it's perfect...

I have one for riding on the beach, it's perfect for that purpose. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the gearing for serious climbing, and I have to push it up the steeper ascents. I have a Birdy with...
04-13-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,524
Posted By 50PlusCycling

We are planning a ride around Hokkaido in...

We are planning a ride around Hokkaido in northern Japan. 8 days and 350km. A tour of Switzerland is in the works, it should be around 3 days and around 250km.
04-09-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 80
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Views: 3,662
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The demographic problems in Japan would not be...

The demographic problems in Japan would not be solved by increased immigration. Why not? Because the policies which have caused the fall in Japan’s birthrate would have the same effect on immigrants....
04-09-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,252
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When I was a kid, I used to make my tires shiny...

When I was a kid, I used to make my tires shiny with grease, with the predictable results. Running tires with super high pressures to lower rolling resistance caused a couple gunshot-loud blowouts...
04-09-22, 05:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,021
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The rides are just as long, just not as fast. But...

The rides are just as long, just not as fast. But I feel just as good on a bike now as when I was a kid.
04-09-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 3,990
Posted By 50PlusCycling

On my very first group ride i got a puncture out...

On my very first group ride i got a puncture out in the middle of nowhere. No one on stopped to help, and why should they? I had a patch kit and CO2 cartridge, but I had run over a large screw which...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-22, 07:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,607
Posted By 50PlusCycling

B17. I can ride all day on a broken-in B17 with...

B17. I can ride all day on a broken-in B17 with just jeans and normal underwear. I have a bike with a Brooks Swift, with that I one wear cycling shorts.
04-07-22, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I had a 660 with lugged 531 frame, it was best...

I had a 660 with lugged 531 frame, it was best riding bicycle I have ever owned, and I have owned a lot of bikes.
Forum: Foo
04-05-22, 12:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 637
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have a place in West Texas, it’s a long way...

I have a place in West Texas, it’s a long way from civilization, and a hell of a drive from the highway. The altitude is high, and with no major cities within 100 miles, the night sky is clear. You...
04-03-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 2,470
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I prefer to buy domestically-made goods whenever...

I prefer to buy domestically-made goods whenever possible, even if I have to pay much more.

.I have no ill will against China or the Chinese, they are free to trade as they like, in their own best...
04-01-22, 10:50 PM
Replies: 26,280
Views: 2,818,874
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I went out on my Birdy today for the first time...

I went out on my Birdy today for the first time since its rear shock elastomer broke about and disappeared last September. I lucked out on finding a “Super Birdy” front and rear suspension kit. The...
Forum: Foo
03-24-22, 03:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 565
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Fire ants suck. My worst day in basic training...

Fire ants suck. My worst day in basic training began waking up at 5 am with flu-like symptoms, going on a 20km road march in the rain to the rifle range, grounding my gear in formation, and then...
Forum: Foo
03-22-22, 03:31 AM
Replies: 1,906
Views: 330,423
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have a few watches which I used to rotate...

I have a few watches which I used to rotate through, my oldest is an '57 Rolex Oyster Perpetual, then I have a pair of Omegas, a Speedmaster "moon watch," and a Seamaster, these were the first good...
03-22-22, 03:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,905
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Last week was warm and beautiful here in Japan....

Last week was warm and beautiful here in Japan. The cherry blossoms started opening on Monday. Yesterday we went to the Tokyo Disney Resort and spent the day enjoying the rides, shows, and parades....
Forum: Foo
02-26-22, 02:57 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,779
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My parents weren't very happy with my listening...

My parents weren't very happy with my listening to Kiss and other rock bands on the family stereo. When I got a car (1970 Plymouth Cuda with a 440 6 Pack), it came with a factory 8 track player....
02-23-22, 08:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,280
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can bend it into a pretzel without cracking...

You can bend it into a pretzel without cracking it (which I have found out the hard way).
02-19-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,357
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yes. I have responded to accidents in which...

Yes. I have responded to accidents in which cyclists were badly hurt or killed. In the case of the latter, having no ID means family members have to come to the morgue to identify the body.
02-18-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,445
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I've been on a crusade against Trek since they...

I've been on a crusade against Trek since they threw Greg Lemond under the bus. I've been a fan of Specialized since they were just a maker of bicycle tires. I've owned a couple Specialized bikes,...
Forum: Commuting
02-18-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 943
Posted By 50PlusCycling

That sounds like the old Bicycling magazine from...

That sounds like the old Bicycling magazine from when I was a kid. Things went downhill when mountain bikes became a thing, and fell off a cliff when hipsters-vegans-soul-searching-mystics became a...
02-18-22, 06:14 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,478
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yeah, rim brakes are a pain, they make it far too...

Yeah, rim brakes are a pain, they make it far too easy to remove and replace the wheel, they are too easy to adjust, and too easy to find replacement parts. Making repairs and adjustments just isn't...
02-08-22, 10:03 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,020
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If you've studied economics, you'll know the term...

If you've studied economics, you'll know the term "There are no free lunches." You may think that a $1500 tax credit is a good thing, but that credit must be made up for elsewhere, and what you think...
02-04-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 999
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Only 2 kinds work consistently, “Aircraft...

Only 2 kinds work consistently, “Aircraft Stripper,” and the Permatex Gasket Remover (both are the same thing), which are acid gels. The stuff they sell at hardware stores doesn’t work well or at...
02-03-22, 09:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 824
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Actually, as much as I like cycling, I am not...

Actually, as much as I like cycling, I am not looking forward to the end of the ski season.
02-03-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 999
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Don’t sand down the paint, stripping it is...

Don’t sand down the paint, stripping it is easier. Use paint remover, or you can use Permetex gasket remover (sold at auto parts stores). Clean the grease off the frame, spray on the remover, it will...
01-28-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,325
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Proper fitment is important. I used to like to...

Proper fitment is important. I used to like to wear high-end Carnac and Sidi shoes, which had all the bells and whistles, and looked cool, but I suffered from discomfort/pain/burning on long rides, I...
01-27-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,095
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to use Look on my road bikes, and SPD on...

I used to use Look on my road bikes, and SPD on my mountain and folding bikes. Now I use SPDs on all the bikes, as I got tired of having to either choose shoes to match a particular bike, or change...
01-19-22, 09:43 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,155
Posted By 50PlusCycling

What is your definition of "appropriate speed?* I...

What is your definition of "appropriate speed?* I spent a summer competing in Europe as part of a minor cycling team, and being the only non-Spaniard, and the only rider over 60kg, I was the...
01-19-22, 09:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,477
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Too bad you aren't in Japan, pretty much every...

Too bad you aren't in Japan, pretty much every bike seems to be make for people who are 4'11", I have a hard time finding bikes big enough for me to ride.
01-18-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,155
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Your knees can tell you when your saddle settings...

Your knees can tell you when your saddle settings are wrong. Too short and you get discomfort in the front of the knee, too long and you get discomfort in the back of the knee. My toes don't quite...
Forum: Foo
01-17-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,103
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If Monopoly was anti-capitalist, it probably...

If Monopoly was anti-capitalist, it probably accomplished the opposite of what was intended; the game is more of an instruction guide to capitalism than any kind of admonishment against it. I and...
01-15-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 1,441
Views: 170,122
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Rode to Shibuya to,take,my daughter to her ballet...

Rode to Shibuya to,take,my daughter to her ballet class, then to Don Quijote in Roppongi to get a USB keyboard to program a robot project I have been working on. But I drove to Okura Hotel for lunch,...
01-14-22, 01:59 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,218
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Most Walmart bikes won’t be ridden long enough to...

Most Walmart bikes won’t be ridden long enough to fail. They are used even less than the home of exercise equipment many people buy to keep their New Year fitness resolutions, most pairs of shoes see...
01-11-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 10,069
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Why was mountain biking such a thing? 95% of...

Why was mountain biking such a thing? 95% of mountain bikes were never ridden anywhere but on the pavement. I loved mountain biking, but never understood how it took over the entire cycling industry....
01-11-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,001
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My favorite bike-friendly vehicle was my GMC...

My favorite bike-friendly vehicle was my GMC K2500 Suburban. It had a 454 V8 engine, 4-wheel-drive, locking differentials, and a 44 gallon gas tank which could get me across Texas on I-10 on one...
01-07-22, 10:55 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,028
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When you say "........ is for the...

When you say "........ is for the birds."
01-06-22, 11:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,213
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to have the same guy come in every year...

I used to have the same guy come in every year for a new chain and cassette for his mountain bike. He had a rather nice (for the time) Marin with an XT 18 speed driveline, but he only used one gear,...
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