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07-22-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 935
Posted By fishboat

As I remember, cyccommute has a fair bit of...

As I remember, cyccommute has a fair bit of experience with riders of the shorter variety. It's a struggle.

cyccommute...here's a chance to offer input directly to a mfger.
07-20-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,423
Posted By fishboat

Mostly, as ample data suggests, you like to...

Mostly, as ample data suggests, you like to argue.
Not playing that game. Slice and dice whatever you like, however you like. Dictate rules to the clouds. ..I don't care.
(put me on your ignore...
07-20-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,423
Posted By fishboat

Ya..sigh....and I can come back with an equally...

Ya..sigh....and I can come back with an equally pithy response pointing out how this analogy fails miserably..but, in the end..I don't care and discussing it further is a waste of time. I have my...
07-20-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,423
Posted By fishboat

Gear is a MUCH better word. Kit is a bit too cute...

Gear is a MUCH better word. Kit is a bit too cute for my taste. Gosh.. I'm so "continental" as I frequently use the word, kit. "Kit" usage came from the EU(UK)..and should have stayed there.

Gear...
07-20-21, 06:08 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,423
Posted By fishboat

Price point is a marketing term. It refers to a...

Price point is a marketing term. It refers to a product designed to address a specific level of product offering. An example of levels would be a set of tires sold on the basis of "good", "better",...
07-18-21, 04:49 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,423
Posted By fishboat

An all-time fav.. "prolly" ...

An all-time fav..

"prolly"

seriously?
07-16-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,058
Posted By fishboat

A coffee enema is even better...lightens the load...

A coffee enema is even better...lightens the load and the caffeine absorbed..."in process"..bumps the ride avg speed up by about 1.8mph.

(in general..I think this topic sets a new high in lows)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,998
Posted By fishboat

Passing thought as I was riding this morning. ...

Passing thought as I was riding this morning.

It isn't clear from the OP whether natural rubber or synthetic (butyl) rubber will potentially be short in supply. A quick search suggests natural...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,998
Posted By fishboat

..cough..ah..ya. I was in a box store the other...

..cough..ah..ya. I was in a box store the other day and noticed the price on 2x2x8s..a year+ ago they would have been $1.25-$1.50...running $4.25 now. Crazy.
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By fishboat

There were lots of changes in the last few years...

There were lots of changes in the last few years of Lemond bikes (last year was 2008). Many former steel bike models in the early 2000's were converted to spine bikes(carbon/steel mix) or aluminum. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,998
Posted By fishboat

Gravelking slicks (700x28 & 700x38) appear to be...

Gravelking slicks (700x28 & 700x38) appear to be about the same price I've paid the last couple years ~ $73 a pair (Bikesmiths-Milwaukee)

Schwalbe tires (Big Bens & Marathon Supremes) & one pair...
Forum: Touring
07-12-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,481
Posted By fishboat

+1 Good luck. Renting a good tent is a waste...

+1

Good luck. Renting a good tent is a waste of money, but getting something that looks good in the pic on the box for <$150 is a good investment.

You can get a decent tent for two for less...
07-12-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,863
Posted By fishboat

Best baby-sitter ever!

Best baby-sitter ever!
Forum: Touring
07-11-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 954
Posted By fishboat

The knee over pedal spindle is something I...

The knee over pedal spindle is something I followed for..4+ decades and has always served me well. If I ride an unfamiliar bike, one that I haven't set up for myself, and my knee hurts...it's often...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 880
Posted By fishboat

I think the OP needs to take some time to learn...

I think the OP needs to take some time to learn about modern (now minus maybe a decade) bikes before buying something. It appears his(your) level of knowledge is quite low..not that there's anything...
Replies: 22
Views: 634
Posted By fishboat

fwiw..after seeing habe's comments..I picked up a...

fwiw..after seeing habe's comments..I picked up a '93 Trek 970 a couple years ago (DB converted & now my touring bike) that was in showroom condition, threadless stem(OEM), Shimano XT group(OEM) for...
Replies: 22
Views: 634
Posted By fishboat

Depends on location. I purchased two 750s a few...

Depends on location. I purchased two 750s a few years back..one for $150, one for $100. The $100 one was a near showroom, all original, lugged '91. I sold the $150 one for $150.

I've watched...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 657
Posted By fishboat

New, nicer tires. Search here..there's lots of...

New, nicer tires. Search here..there's lots of discussion on tires.

I've purchased and updated a couple Trek 7.x FX bikes for friends. Those hardcase tires are similar to riding on beef jerky.
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,147
Posted By fishboat

The NPS thing seems to be a big issue with...

The NPS thing seems to be a big issue with respect to getting things open again. A month ago we were in the Cherokee Nat'l Forest, Nantahala NF, and Cades Cove-Smokey Mtn NP. Only Cades Cove was...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,147
Posted By fishboat

Thanks for posting this. I'm surprised at the...

Thanks for posting this. I'm surprised at the volume of places closed. I'll need to review our Sept. plans and try to get an idea what we might expect.
06-30-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 668
Views: 208,855
Posted By fishboat

Sub-24# without trying too hard..even better. As...

Sub-24# without trying too hard..even better. As time passes I continue to be amazed at how versatile the 750 frame is. My GF's 750 is 3x8 Claris with 1800g wheels. Nets out in the 28-29# range...
06-30-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 668
Views: 208,855
Posted By fishboat

Nice job. My GF has a drop bar converted...

Nice job. My GF has a drop bar converted gravel/touring bike built on a '91 750...runs 700x38's on it. She loves it. Handles a full touring load with ease. I wouldn't have thought it could...
06-29-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,386
Posted By fishboat

One thing BF surely doesn't need is another is...

One thing BF surely doesn't need is another is adolescent(acting) whiner with an attitude. ..sigh

For all the time you've reportedly spent here, and all your reported collection..there's nothing...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 787
Posted By fishboat

+1 If considering a drop bar conversion,...

+1

If considering a drop bar conversion, nearly everything involved with handlebar reach can be estimated before you do the conversion and those results can be compared to a known, comfortable,...
06-28-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 7,873
Views: 2,231,632
Posted By fishboat

I'm not so sure the shift was to 'aggressive'...

I'm not so sure the shift was to 'aggressive' head tube angles so much as the '80s bike had (somewhat) excessively slack HT angles. When I see a mid-80s mtn bike pic from the side and look at the...
Replies: 10
Views: 570
Posted By fishboat

I bought new and still have a Carrera Pro from...

I bought new and still have a Carrera Pro from '79 or '80. Have the receipt in my files. Paid $600. It's Columbus SL tubing with Campy Nuevo Record throughout.

This catalog would be about '79...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,135
Posted By fishboat

A true statement. The history (1890's and...

A true statement. The history (1890's and forward) of the impact the bicycle had on our country is pretty fascinating.
06-24-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,199
Posted By fishboat

What paint and painting process do you plan on...

What paint and painting process do you plan on using.

I have a stripped frame and currently waiting for decals to arrive. When they get here..I'll be picking up primer & paint and start the...
06-23-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 885
Posted By fishboat

Ya..that 2013 Stumpy is a screaming deal. ...

Ya..that 2013 Stumpy is a screaming deal. Listings like that typical can be timed with an egg-timer. A Stumpy ten years older than that one could easily sell for $250.

There's some other nice...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,135
Posted By fishboat

While riding with a helmet is a really good idea...

While riding with a helmet is a really good idea (a friend crashed last week..lower speed fortunately, but he did split his helmet..fortunately not his head).

Personally, I don't ride with people...
06-23-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 885
Posted By fishboat

I'm reasonably familiar with the Trek 930 (I've...

I'm reasonably familiar with the Trek 930 (I've had two Trek 970's, still have one)..22lbs seems..really light for that bike.

That said..given your needs/desires, I'd look for a good used...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,816
Posted By fishboat

Sorry..not going down that rabbit hole as it'll...

Sorry..not going down that rabbit hole as it'll never end..and I value my time.

I'm sure there's lots of resources on the web if you do some searching. One last bit of advice, don't risk any...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-21-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,816
Posted By fishboat

Yikes. Ya..chemist here and...don't quit...

Yikes.

Ya..chemist here and...don't quit your day job. How you think things work..well..that ain't how it works. Go back and study some basic chemistry.
06-21-21, 04:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,106
Posted By fishboat

OP..from your comments, you may enjoy the youtube...

OP..from your comments, you may enjoy the youtube channel "OldShovel" ..

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzrVDkt2zx2JFfJb-ipGk8A
06-20-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,515
Posted By fishboat

Keep playing video games, drinking beer, and...

Keep playing video games, drinking beer, and gaining weight..on that track you won't be around long term to worry about getting back on the bike...so there's that. You could always move things along...
06-20-21, 05:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,106
Posted By fishboat

You can visit the Trek archive to help get your...

You can visit the Trek archive to help get your bearings with respect to when the 400 was made. If you find one used, check the color on this list and you'll find the year it was made.

Trek...
06-19-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 720
Posted By fishboat

Some worthwhile reading here: ...

Some worthwhile reading here:
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1201859-26-tire-wheel-thread.html

and here...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 787
Posted By fishboat

You may want to spec-out what it'll take to...

You may want to spec-out what it'll take to convert the mtb(including parts sources) and also spec out-choose a touring bike. Your son may well outgrown the mtb too...in which case you'll need to...
06-17-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,168
Posted By fishboat

The answers to all your questions are readily...

The answers to all your questions are readily available on the web..with just a bit of searching. Google each of your questions and you're well on your way. For medicare info..see the book "Medicare...
Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By fishboat

With respect to the Axiom DLX lowriders..we've...

With respect to the Axiom DLX lowriders..we've used these on several tours and they've been working well. No issues at all, plenty stable to 15+ pounds(total) up front in panniers. The addition of...
06-17-21, 04:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By fishboat

The 1897 Yukon Gold Rush, on a gravel bike, of course

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1168x637/yukon_01d9ea239f3aabc3313464d39352fecb414567af.jpg


It seems our new-to-us "gravel" bikes were in common use in the late 19th...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,172
Posted By fishboat

Pick up a Lemond Poprad for $600 +/- and spend...

Pick up a Lemond Poprad for $600 +/- and spend the rest on some upgrades and a nice trip. It'll run 38mm tires.

853 main triangle, 525 stays, carbon or aluminum fork depending on year. Disk or...
Forum: Touring
06-14-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By fishboat

You can use this: ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS...

You can use this:
ALL US AND CANADA CAMPGROUNDS LOCATOR: STATE PARKS NATIONAL PARKS FORESTS MORE california oregon washington new york pennsylvania more (http://www.uscampgrounds.info/)
to evaluate...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By fishboat

Nice bike & nice story. For me, and others here...

Nice bike & nice story. For me, and others here and there, I place more value on a bike like this as it has some history, before and during/after you. (Nearly) anyone can order a new bike and I'm...
Forum: Touring
06-09-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 916
Posted By fishboat

...figured that might happen. A hiking (around)...

...figured that might happen. A hiking (around) we will go..

Thanks for the heads-up.
06-07-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,060
Posted By fishboat

Might not be clear to someone who's visiting. Of...

Might not be clear to someone who's visiting. Of the trails listed above, only the 400 Trail & Glacial Drumlin need a trail pass(I can't speak tot he trails around the Dells..haven't ridden them). ...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 916
Posted By fishboat

Good to hear the tunnel remains open. Thanks to...

Good to hear the tunnel remains open. Thanks to all for the updates. We're doing both trails in Sept...fingers crossed it(tunnel & trail) remains open.
Forum: Great Lakes
06-06-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,300
Posted By fishboat

Sounds like a nice trip..BIG miles days..yikes. ...

Sounds like a nice trip..BIG miles days..yikes. Glad you made it.

The trail barrier ("trail at risk of collapse") north of Milwaukee..not sure what's going on there???? This is year two of that...
Forum: Touring
06-06-21, 04:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,453
Posted By fishboat

Good to hear..and good to know about the bike on...

Good to hear..and good to know about the bike on the Hiawatha. Looks like a beer at (maybe?) the Hubbard Lodge Beer Garden..very good Sunday brunch. In the heart of Milwaukee, but you'd swear your...
06-06-21, 04:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,260
Posted By fishboat

I don't think "just riding for fitness" or any...

I don't think "just riding for fitness" or any other type of riding has much to do with recreational tire selection. Grab yourself a real slug of the tire with poor rolling resistance and it feels...
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