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12-05-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 297
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I recently upgraded my mountain bike with new...

I recently upgraded my mountain bike with new Magura brakes. The only tools I needed were a set of Allen wrenches, a box cutter, and, for kicks, a bleed kit. The kit and he tools cost $30,...
12-05-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 629
Posted By 50PlusCycling

There's *cold", like those evenings in Southern...

There's *cold", like those evenings in Southern California when you have to wear a sweater, then there is COLD, like in Hokkaido were the snow is at eye-level, and you get a hard workout just...
11-16-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,446
Posted By 50PlusCycling

V-brakes offer more power and better modulation...

V-brakes offer more power and better modulation over center-pull/cantilever brakes, and also contain fewer parts. V-brakes do require more frequent adjustment, which takes no time once you get used...
11-14-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 826
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Still use rollers. Nothing works better to...

Still use rollers. Nothing works better to improve your balance and pedal stroke.
11-07-22, 12:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,037
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I find a mountain bike good for all-around...

I find a mountain bike good for all-around riding. You can ride on trails or pavement, dirt roads and grassy parks. The gearing range is usually enough to get up steep climbs without getting out of...
09-09-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
Posted By 50PlusCycling

One of the few ‘positive’ things about the...

One of the few ‘positive’ things about the pandemic is that there have been no foreign tourists at the ski resorts in Niseko (or anywhere else in Japan) so there have been no lines at the lifts, and...
09-09-22, 06:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,391
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When the weather gets too cold for shorts, it’s...

When the weather gets too cold for shorts, it’s time to hang up the bike and take down my skis.
09-06-22, 04:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,190
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The yellow-colored jackets will attract bees and...

The yellow-colored jackets will attract bees and other pollenating insects, keep that in mind if you are allergic to stings.
09-06-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Thankfully I am now back to 100%, no more pain,...

Thankfully I am now back to 100%, no more pain, and back on the bike. I used my downtime to do some more upgrades, my old Giant is sporting a new crankset and BB. I’ll be doing some testing on safer...
09-04-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,502
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to have a stable. I kept two horses in it....

I used to have a stable. I kept two horses in it. The first was a half-Arab gelding who was good-looker, but spooky and prone to shying at things like butterflies. The other was a running Quarter...
09-03-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 693
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to get up early and do 20 mile ride before...

I used to get up early and do 20 mile ride before work each morning. Then I started simply commuting to and from work, which was 22 miles each way. But I began working from home 7 years ago, and my...
09-02-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 849
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My vote just doubled the count for mountain bikes…

My vote just doubled the count for mountain bikes…
09-01-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,813
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The one of me sitting down and having a beer...

The one of me sitting down and having a beer afterward.

Twenty-something years ago, by a mix of hard work, good timing, and the unexpected and very kind influence of a person I barely knew, I got...
09-01-22, 01:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 967
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Schwinn Stingray, orange in color. Huffy 1976...

Schwinn Stingray, orange in color.
Huffy 1976 Bicentennial BMX
Royce Union BMX (it had drum
brakes, too cool).
Araya Tourer
Schwin LeTour
Masi Gran Criterium
Pinarello Record
De Rosa Neo...
08-30-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,381
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The best bikes I have seen by Japanese makers are...

The best bikes I have seen by Japanese makers are by Zunow, and by companies like M Idea. There are numerous small makers who make wonderful bikes as well. I recently looked at a Zunow touring frame...
08-30-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,637
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It's always been for fun. Even when I was racing...

It's always been for fun. Even when I was racing competitively, it was for fun (it certainly wasn't for the money). My only goal is to get to wherever it is I am riding, or whatever distance I set...
08-30-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,932
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Don't use Fedex. If you are buying from overseas,...

Don't use Fedex. If you are buying from overseas, try to use airmail as your first option, and priority mail as your second option, with UPS as a last resort. Fedex is fine for documents, but not for...
08-29-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have a Crank Brothers 27.2 drop post with a...

I have a Crank Brothers 27.2 drop post with a remote lever, and am perfectly happy with it.
08-28-22, 08:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 673
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Can anyone say "irony"?

Can anyone say "irony"?
08-22-22, 01:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,370
Posted By 50PlusCycling

We got a house on the beach in Kamakura, Japan....

We got a house on the beach in Kamakura, Japan. It’s 3 stories tall, but we solved the stairs issue by adding an elevator to the design. The biggest problem in building the house was the living room...
08-21-22, 07:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,203
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can easily find the hole in any tube by...

You can easily find the hole in any tube by simply pumping air into it. You can feel where the air is coming out with your hand, the air streaming out of the hole feels cold. Most flats are caused by...
08-21-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 9,101
Posted By 50PlusCycling

People don’t learn (myself included), and even...

People don’t learn (myself included), and even the best of us have our bad moments. I used to roll up on motorcycle accidents on a regular basis, most involved sport bikes. It used to amaze me that...
08-21-22, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
Posted By 50PlusCycling

We A dual-suspension mountain bike which...

We


A dual-suspension mountain bike which fits between an enduro and a downhill bike. It has long-travel suspension, big axles, and is good for jumps, stunts, stairs, etc.

Here she is:

...
08-21-22, 04:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It’s been a week, and I am mostly recovered. The...

It’s been a week, and I am mostly recovered. The pain was pretty intense earlier in the week, I sneezed once and it felt like I had been shot (and I know what that feels like). The pain is mostly...
08-19-22, 11:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As a former Army medic, I have seen many cases of...

As a former Army medic, I have seen many cases of heat cramps, also known as salt cramps. In the hot-and-sticky South, in the summer we tended to sweat until our uniforms and boots were covered with...
08-19-22, 11:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,603
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Myself being cheap, and good tires being...

Myself being cheap, and good tires being expensive, I would change them when the tread wore to the point I could see the casing threads, or about 1500 miles.
08-19-22, 11:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My New-Old Mountain Bike

So here is the 2002 Giant AC-1 bike which I bought in Honolulu last month. I brought it home with me to Japan, and have been playing around with it, and adding some upgrades.

So here are the...
08-16-22, 03:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 764
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Sounds fun than my first one. I did my first...

Sounds fun than my first one. I did my first century at 13 on my shiny new Schwinn Le Tour. Much of my food on that ride was Easter candy, which is probably why I threw up not long after returning...
08-15-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,068
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I always used Regina Extra freewheels on my old...

I always used Regina Extra freewheels on my old Campy bikes, they can still be found NIB if you look hard enough. There is an alloy version called the Extra Record, these are very light, and are much...
08-15-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No pulsing in the brake lever when stopping? You...

No pulsing in the brake lever when stopping? You can make a runout tool with a piece of metal wire, wrap it around the fork, then bend the wire until the tip almost touches the rotor, if the wire...
08-15-22, 09:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 833
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Topeak, there is nothing on the market as good....

Topeak, there is nothing on the market as good. You get a very durable phone case with a flip-out stand, and it locks firmly onto a mount which can be attached to a handlebar or the top of a stem....
08-14-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,366
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can shoplift from stores or shoot up heroine...

You can shoplift from stores or shoot up heroine on the bus in California without worrying about being fined or spending a night in jail, but ride a bike "illegally" on a trail and they start looking...
08-13-22, 11:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Not even a bump on my head, but my shoulder and...

Not even a bump on my head, but my shoulder and chest have tightened up, and taking a deep breath hurts, aspirin seems to be managing the pain. Oddly, it feels a little good to get a little banged...
08-13-22, 10:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 688
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I once got hit by a teen girl driver and was...

I once got hit by a teen girl driver and was knocked off my bike. She was helping me get back onto my feet, and the first thing I said was "where are my tacos?" I guess I was hungry.
08-13-22, 10:09 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,466
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Here in Tokyo we have no gravel except in...

Here in Tokyo we have no gravel except in playgrounds. The roads are flat, smooth, and well-maintained. I normally ride a 23mm tire, which I find a good balance between speed and comfort. In my...
08-13-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,386
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Crashed Today…

This morning I rode my free-ride bike out to Yoyogi Park in Tokyo for a 25km spin. Yesterday a typhoon rolled through the region, this morning the weather was perfect, though everything was wet....
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-13-22, 01:13 AM
Replies: 2,257
Views: 602,466
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It’s normal.

It’s normal.
08-11-22, 05:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 850
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When I traveled for work I never had time to...

When I traveled for work I never had time to ride. Get up at 7 am, visit clients and attend meetings until at least 7 pm, review and sort out documents while eating dinner, and hopefully get to bed...
08-11-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,217
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yes. Drivers were arrested for stealing packages....

Yes. Drivers were arrested for stealing packages. There were a couple package sorters who were arrested for stealing firearms at a sorting facility. One driver was arrested for burglarizing a house...
08-10-22, 10:43 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,217
Posted By 50PlusCycling

From long experience as a police officer, and now...

From long experience as a police officer, and now as a business owner who uses UPS on a daily basis. “Misplaced” is too often the passive expression for “stolen.” UPS have “misplaced” many of my...
08-10-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I expect we’ll see the same trend in America soon...

I expect we’ll see the same trend in America soon enough. If you’re going to get a new bike, you probably won’t find a better time than now.
08-10-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,217
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A hard lesson. I would file a police report now,...

A hard lesson. I would file a police report now, you have a limited amount of time to do it. It could be someone at your UPS “store” is stealing things and tampering with the labels and tracking...
08-08-22, 10:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 758
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My favorite shoes for clips and straps or flat...

My favorite shoes for clips and straps or flat pedals are Merrell’s. These are an all-terrain shoe which is reasonably stiff, quite comfortable, and wear like iron. They are a little more bulky than...
Forum: Touring
08-08-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,186
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Though I tend to be a loner, I would prefer to...

Though I tend to be a loner, I would prefer to tour with a group. The miles go by faster, and it’s nice to have something to distract you from the daily fatigue. There is more safety in numbers, and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-22, 02:32 AM
Replies: 2,257
Views: 602,466
Posted By 50PlusCycling

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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This is an 11~36 with GS derailleur. I used to...
08-05-22, 08:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,527
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Welcome to rest of the world, where loose dogs...

Welcome to rest of the world, where loose dogs are to be seen anywhere you turn your eyes, and are the bane of cyclists, motorcyclists, runners, small kids, and old people. I learned to play...
08-04-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 340
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Depending on the fork you either back off the...

Depending on the fork you either back off the spring preload or decrease the air pressure, some forks have a damping adjustment lever or knob which allows a fork to react more quickly or more slowly...
08-04-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’ve been riding a mountain bike on the road for...

I’ve been riding a mountain bike on the road for the past few weeks. It’s a dual-suspension free-ride bike, so it’s heavy, cushy, and has big, knobby tires. But it’s a very good city bike. Potholes,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 2,257
Views: 602,466
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I was able to run a GS derailleur with my 36t...

I was able to run a GS derailleur with my 36t cassette, it has more ground clearance than the Deore SGS you have mounted on your bike. Looks good though,
08-03-22, 04:55 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,667
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Well, I made it back. The trip was surprisingly...

Well, I made it back. The trip was surprisingly pain-free. No delays at the airports, and with uploading my COVID and vaccination documents to a Japanese government app before I departed, I was...
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