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01-11-23, 01:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By ironwood

A lot of the people who drive to the food bank...

A lot of the people who drive to the food bank probably have to get food from the food bank because they spend too much to own and maintain a car. A few years ago it cost $8,000 to own and maintain a...
11-29-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 949
Posted By ironwood

My Kasai dynamo hub works great. It is always...

My Kasai dynamo hub works great. It is always there and it doesn't need recharging. If it needs replacing however, I'll probably get a SON.. A side dynamo like the Velogical, which runs on the rim,...
11-21-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,220
Posted By ironwood

It looks like the Cardiff saddles sold by SOMA , ...

It looks like the Cardiff saddles sold by SOMA , without the Cardiff logo.
10-15-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,526
Posted By ironwood

Dynamos don't need recharging. I have a Kasai...

Dynamos don't need recharging. I have a Kasai hub Dynamo, so far it works great, maybe I should have spent more for a Schmidt SON, but so far so good.
10-11-22, 03:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,153
Posted By ironwood

Very nice. I like Stronglight 49D cranks as they...

Very nice. I like Stronglight 49D cranks as they take TA Pro 5 vis chainrings. You could have kept it as a double with a 46- 30 combination, or something like that. Randonneur or light touring?...
09-17-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 497
Posted By ironwood

I think that the 650A size is still popular in...

I think that the 650A size is still popular in Japan, and there are higher quality rims and tires available there, but are not imported to the US. Harris used to stock the 650A version of the...
09-16-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,963
Posted By ironwood

No one mentioned dragging one's foot.

No one mentioned dragging one's foot.
09-16-22, 01:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,567
Posted By ironwood

I ride bikes with drop bars, I like Nitto Noodles...

I ride bikes with drop bars, I like Nitto Noodles and I like randonneur bars. I also have taller stems. The drop bars allow for more hand positions, and the taller stems take more weight off my...
09-16-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 568
Posted By ironwood

There are a number of ways to get a bike for the...

There are a number of ways to get a bike for the roads less traveled.


The first is to convert an older steel frame bike to 650b. The smaller wheel diameter will allow you touse a wider tire....
09-10-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,978
Posted By ironwood

Yes, and the quiet roads that I used to ride on...

Yes, and the quiet roads that I used to ride on are now used by commuters who a directed by their GPS and Waze. So I ride on paths more. Things were better during the Covid lockdown.
07-22-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 368
Posted By ironwood

38mm 650Bs will probably fit with fenders.

38mm 650Bs will probably fit with fenders.
Forum: Touring
07-22-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,097
Posted By ironwood

I didn't train to tour before my first tour. My...

I didn't train to tour before my first tour. My commute was 25 miles round trip, and I often rode 50 or 60 miles on Saturday or Sunday. I also used my bike for shopping and errands. Then I decided to...
05-22-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,298
Posted By ironwood

There are a few liquor stores that have walk in...

There are a few liquor stores that have walk in beer coolers. If I feel I am overheating, I go into the beer storage area. It really cools you off. I don't drink the beer until I get home.
04-08-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 587
Posted By ironwood

I wouldn't buy a bike just to K-ball the parts, ...

I wouldn't buy a bike just to K-ball the parts, The best place to get parts might be the local dump if there is a metal pile. For a couple of years I could find all sorts of bike parts in the local...
03-27-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By ironwood

The peloton goes by in a flash after all the team...

The peloton goes by in a flash after all the team cars, the advertising caravan, hundreds of motorcycles. televison trucks, then more team cars. If you happen to be nearby take a look, but I...
03-24-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
Posted By ironwood

I hope that the rain today will wash away the...

I hope that the rain today will wash away the last of the salt. I also hope the street sweepers will clean up all the left over crap on the sides of the roads.
03-07-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,377
Posted By ironwood

It's going to be a bad pothole season. Some of...

It's going to be a bad pothole season. Some of them are big, and new ones keep appearing after the road crews have patched some. Be careful around puddles, there might be a bomb crater under it.
03-07-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,799
Posted By ironwood

Some of the Specialized Sequoias from the ealy...

Some of the Specialized Sequoias from the ealy 80's were among the best production bikes made .I could have bought one in 1983, but didn't

The 1983 Trek 600 series were nice. I have a 630...
12-07-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,899
Posted By ironwood

One thing not discussed here is the effect of wet...

One thing not discussed here is the effect of wet pavement on speed. Over the years I've noticed that the bike feels faster when the roads are wet. The OP was riding in the rain.


As far as tire...
11-15-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,312
Posted By ironwood

There are a couple of things that help me keep on...

There are a couple of things that help me keep on riding at 80. Compact doubles : I have a 44-30 in front, and am thinking of going to 42-28. Another is the availability of wide, supple 650B x42mm...
11-13-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,312
Posted By ironwood

I'm eighty and ride every day. A friend used to...

I'm eighty and ride every day. A friend used to ride his age in miles until he was 83, then little things slowed him down.

Dr. Paul Dudley White rode into his mid eighties, but suffered a stroke...
11-13-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,570
Posted By ironwood

What Miyata are you riding now? Some of them were...

What Miyata are you riding now? Some of them were very nice bikes. There are lots of us on the C&V sub forum who stick with old (or new) steel. As far as weight is concerned, A pound or two lighter...
11-08-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,497
Posted By ironwood

I discovered 650B tires about ten years ago. For...

I discovered 650B tires about ten years ago. For me a light touring or randonneur bike, equipped with 38mm or 42mm wide tires is fast enough on pavement and capable on trails and dirt; and above all,...
10-10-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 708
Posted By ironwood

The best thing about the NFL

I just finished a nice ride this afternoon while the Patriots were playing. Very little traffic, and what there was was well behaved. I do hope the home team does well for the simple reason that I've...
10-06-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,383
Posted By ironwood

Stronglight cranks require a Stronglight crank...

Stronglight cranks require a Stronglight crank puller, not the standard French puller.
09-12-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 74,106
Views: 12,048,899
Posted By ironwood

Major Nichols was a custom British framebuilder. ...

Major Nichols was a custom British framebuilder. I met someone who ordered a bike from him during the seventies.
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By ironwood

I once flew to Paris and just started touring...

I once flew to Paris and just started touring with no real destination after th first couple of days. I had plenty of time and enough money to just ramble and visit whatever I wanted to see....
08-10-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,108
Posted By ironwood

Wet pavement shouldn't be a problem; in fact,...

Wet pavement shouldn't be a problem; in fact, you might be faster on wet pavement.

One problem with early morning rides is that a bright sun , low on the horizon, can blind a driver. Another...
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,333
Posted By ironwood

How did I get around the US and Europe without...

How did I get around the US and Europe without any electronics back in the seventies and eighties? Actually, I don't think I want a device that will tell me exactly where I am. I like to figure it...
06-14-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 14,886
Posted By ironwood

I stopped by the shop yesterday to pick up some...

I stopped by the shop yesterday to pick up some spokes for a wheel build and say goodby to some of the people there. What I'll miss is their supply of small parts that helped keep my old bikes on...
06-11-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 14,886
Posted By ironwood

Harris cyclery is closing

I stopped in at Harris yesterday, and found out that it will be closing its doors this coming Sunday. Why? They can't get any bikes to sell, and you can't make enough money to pay the rent unless you...
03-13-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,808
Posted By ironwood

There is a saying among cyclists in Denmark: ...

There is a saying among cyclists in Denmark: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
02-06-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,867
Posted By ironwood

$$$$$

$$$$$
01-18-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,569
Posted By ironwood

It isn't an '83, all the 600 series that year...

It isn't an '83, all the 600 series that year had caliper brakes, not brazed on posts for cantilevers. The '83s are good candidates for conversion to 650B.
01-17-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,420
Posted By ironwood

You are not a Luddite if you have a bike...

You are not a Luddite if you have a bike computer. A Luddite wouldn't have bike computer. I might be considered a Luddite because I don't have a bike computer, nor do I use a GPS to find my way...
01-13-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,495
Posted By ironwood

Some of these responses are further evidence of...

Some of these responses are further evidence of the breakdown of our civil society.
01-13-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,467
Posted By ironwood

If you average all the responses out, it looks...

If you average all the responses out, it looks like you've got to convert both. That's the jury's verdict.
01-06-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,747
Posted By ironwood

If you tie it like they do on the Rivendell...

If you tie it like they do on the Rivendell video, it shouldn't come loose. Some people also shellac the tape. If done right some cork tape will look like leather, sort of.
01-06-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,747
Posted By ironwood

Try using hemp twine instead of tape. The...

Try using hemp twine instead of tape. The Rivendell site, www.rivbike.com has instructions.
01-06-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 866
Posted By ironwood

You might in the near future.

You might in the near future.
01-03-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By ironwood

The tire selection is a lot greater now than ten...

The tire selection is a lot greater now than ten years ago. I like the tires made by Panaracer and distributed by René Herse, www..renehersecycles.com But there are others as well.
01-03-20, 04:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,446
Posted By ironwood

Thank you

Thank you
01-03-20, 04:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,324
Posted By ironwood

This is another post where someone asks a sort of...

This is another post where someone asks a sort of naive question and a lot of people respond , and the OP never posts again. Other recent examples are "The best centuries in the US" or " Recommend a...
01-02-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,446
Posted By ironwood

Well, I'm glad you are feeling good, but what...

Well, I'm glad you are feeling good, but what are "PRs", "zone 2 rides", and "HIIT days"?
12-30-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,690
Posted By ironwood

How ordinary. Magnesium is the best.

How ordinary. Magnesium is the best.
12-29-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,341
Posted By ironwood

Not to mention that red bikes are faster.

Not to mention that red bikes are faster.
12-29-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,341
Posted By ironwood

Does anyone think the OP is going to post again? ...

Does anyone think the OP is going to post again? I usually avoid questions on this forum from posters who only have one post.
12-23-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,059
Posted By ironwood

I don't have a power meter or a computer or...

I don't have a power meter or a computer or Strava to tell me how fast I'm going or how much power I'm producing. I get on my bike to go somewhere; five miles or fifteen, whatever. I always get...
12-17-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,093
Posted By ironwood

I might ride my age on my birthday , but in...

I might ride my age on my birthday , but in February it isn't always possible. I'm also going metric.
12-17-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,368
Posted By ironwood

The Trek is too nice a bike to sacrifice.

The Trek is too nice a bike to sacrifice.
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