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08-29-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3,348
Views: 353,695
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When I raced in events which were likely to have...

When I raced in events which were likely to have a sprint finish, I wore a helmet. I suffered a few crashes, tore up shorts, jerseys, and got some road rash, but never got a scratch on my helmet....
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08-23-21, 03:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,144
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Better get rubber boots with steel soles to...

Better get rubber boots with steel soles to protect you from poop and used syringes on the sidewalks.
08-23-21, 03:33 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 40,383
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No mystery, have you used public transportation...

No mystery, have you used public transportation in America? It is slow, unreliable, dirty, and dangerous. It is hard to upgrade and improve because labor unions and political corruption make it more...
07-20-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,080
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A dozen or so years ago I bought an early 50's...

A dozen or so years ago I bought an early 50's Schwinn cruiser from a flea market. It was the kind with the old skip-tooth drive line, painted wheels, and a hard vinyl seat with springs. Being...
07-15-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 866
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If you had a girlfriend, you would know how often...

If you had a girlfriend, you would know how often legs have to be shaved.
07-14-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,355
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I had one on a Maruishi 3 speed bike. The...

I had one on a Maruishi 3 speed bike. The shifting was no more precise than on a chain-driven 3 speed bike. But it was clean, quiet, and needed no maintenance.
07-14-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 984
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I got hit some years ago, and the insurance agent...

I got hit some years ago, and the insurance agent had no idea how to determine the value. He called a local bike shop and asked how much the bike was worth. The shop asked what kind of bike it was,...
07-14-21, 05:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,054
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I switched from a square taper bottom bracket to...

I switched from a square taper bottom bracket to a Hollowtech on my Birdy. It and the new crankset are significantly lighter than the original parts. The installation is easy so long as you get the...
07-14-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,092
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It's all the OP will need. His 29" wheels will...

It's all the OP will need. His 29" wheels will give the brake a lot more leverage than the 20" wheel it is most commonly used on. This brake is more than enough to send you over the bars if you...
07-10-21, 02:33 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 8,986
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Most "innovations" are marketing. The market...

Most "innovations" are marketing. The market always needs something new to waste--I mean, spend their money on. We don't: have to look very hard to see how much innovation there has been in cycling....
07-06-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,272
Posted By 50PlusCycling

That is most likely correct, certainly none of...

That is most likely correct, certainly none of the other components are made in America. It is easy enough to have 100% of the parts made overseas, assemble the bike in someplace like Texas, put a...
07-06-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 7,275
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Between dirt, small pebbles, small insects, cold...

Between dirt, small pebbles, small insects, cold air, and bright sunshine, eye protection is essential. I have been wearing the same Oakley Juliet sunglasses since 1998, they are pretty much...
06-30-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,171
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I recently got a flier from the Minato City...

I recently got a flier from the Minato City office here in Tokyo, these were sent to every household in MInato City (which is Akasaka, Roppongi, Azabu, Odaiba, Hamamatsu-cho, etc). These fliers were...
06-30-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,134
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I wonder why it is that there is a need for bike...

I wonder why it is that there is a need for bike co-ops. A bike is not an expensive, hard-to-find, difficult-to-repair machine. Bike mechanics are not highly skilled relative to other specialists,...
06-30-21, 03:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,960
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I was a big fan, and remember meeting Haldeman...

I was a big fan, and remember meeting Haldeman when the race started in Hungtinton Beach when I was a kid. The bike shop at which I worked donated $2000 as a prize to the winner (there was no other...
06-23-21, 12:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 749
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No seat will be comfortable until you get your...

No seat will be comfortable until you get your backside used to riding. This usually takes a couple of weeks of short or medium rides. Once your backside has toughened up, you can start looking for...
06-22-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 11,626
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If you are a bike mechanic for 20-plus years, god...

If you are a bike mechanic for 20-plus years, god help you. Bike mechanics are not highly skilled, there is no genuine training or certification required for the job, and the cost of bicycle repair...
06-21-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 832
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Don't break your brain. You should be able to...

Don't break your brain. You should be able to ride in the big ring for general riding, and shift your rear gears to the most comfortable ratio. There is no rule. For myself, I tend to use a gear...
06-21-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,311
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Depends on the glasses and the straps. Some work...

Depends on the glasses and the straps. Some work better over, some under, and some over one and under the other, or under one and over the other, etc.
06-21-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,602
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to not wear socks with cycling shoes. It...

I used to not wear socks with cycling shoes. It was comfortable and cool, but the sweat and washing broke down the glue which held the shoes together, and they didn't last very long. In those days I...
06-10-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 740
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I'm in the 6-day-a-week club. This is a mix of...

I'm in the 6-day-a-week club. This is a mix of commuting and riding for fitness, I don't get in as many miles as I used to, but I am on the bike pretty regularly.
06-09-21, 03:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 61,780
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Here in Japan one can find the old Nishiki road...

Here in Japan one can find the old Nishiki road bikes. They came in a full range of models here, the most popular was the Olympic, which was a well-made, general use road bike. But they also make a...
06-04-21, 11:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,984
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Cycling is addicting. If you ride regularly, and...

Cycling is addicting. If you ride regularly, and put effort into it, your body produces endorphins to manage the physical stress. Endorphins are addictive, and when they get you hooked on a physical...
06-03-21, 04:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,709
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I once did a ride across the Everglades on a...

I once did a ride across the Everglades on a South Florida August day. It was blisteringly hot and humid, and on the route I took, there were no trees or buildings to provide shade.

The first...
05-25-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,345
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Lowering the seat will increase the amount of...

Lowering the seat will increase the amount of bend (and flex) in your knee, which can put more tension on the tendon, which is not a good thing. You should try to avoid riding if you can, much as it...
05-24-21, 02:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,345
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I am not a doctor, but treated lots of leg...

I am not a doctor, but treated lots of leg injuries as an Army medic. I have also suffered some knee (and other injuries) over the years. A torn ligament can take quite a lot longer to heal than you...
05-24-21, 02:33 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 23,232
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have to say that derailleur drivetrains are...

I have to say that derailleur drivetrains are like democracy. They are the worst system for changing gears except for everything else that has been tried.
05-21-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,763
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The manual says if this is the case, don't ride...

The manual says if this is the case, don't ride it - not even around the block!

This is what happens when your country has 57% of the world's lawyers. At 5'11" you should be able to ride a large...
05-21-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,701
Posted By 50PlusCycling

That old spongy rubber that was popular on beach...

That old spongy rubber that was popular on beach cruisers and road bikes in the early 80's works pretty well. It is very soft and cushy, is easy to clean, and not hard to install (simply wet the bars...
05-18-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 293
Views: 9,233
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As well as bicycle racing, I did some motorcycle...

As well as bicycle racing, I did some motorcycle racing in my younger days. "Steering" a motorcycle is counter-intuitive. One of the firs things I was taught on the track was how to do a "flick",...
05-16-21, 12:28 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,673
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Rural New Mexico, and sunny southern California....

Rural New Mexico, and sunny southern California. In New Mexico I was often chased by dogs, and the goat-head stickers which grew everywhere meant I learned how to put on tire patches pretty well by...
05-15-21, 11:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,119
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Oakley Juliets (think X-Men, or Black Hawk Down)....

Oakley Juliets (think X-Men, or Black Hawk Down). They are expensive, but they are virtually indestructible. I have been wearing the same pair for around 25 years. The titanium frames are durable,...
05-15-21, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I once had a Pinarello painted by Cole in the...

I once had a Pinarello painted by Cole in the Miami area, but he no longer seems to be around. It is a shame, because he did a wonderful black paint job with a mix of dark purple, and just a touch of...
05-15-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,360
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I've ridden on older tires than that, I once...

I've ridden on older tires than that, I once bought an 50's Schwinn which still had its original Goodyear tires, and when pumped up, they still held air. But the sidewalls were somewhat rotted, and...
05-12-21, 01:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,249
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Running is a good simulation for riding up hill,...

Running is a good simulation for riding up hill, which is why I hate running. If there are no steep climbs in your local area, you can try sprinting up what hills you have. Living for years in South...
05-10-21, 02:25 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 25,404
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Generally, we tend to criticize people and things...

Generally, we tend to criticize people and things we envy, as it makes us feel better to think that people who are more fit or have nicer things than we have are somehow, in some way, inferior to us....
05-05-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,042
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I often forget what it is like to live in a place...

I often forget what it is like to live in a place where bike theft and crime are common. I used to live in North Long Beach, where car and home burglaries were so common that there was really no safe...
05-05-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,481
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I use my phone. i got a Topeak phone case and bar...

I use my phone. i got a Topeak phone case and bar mount for my iPhone. I have been using this setup for 5 years now, and like it. The mount is quite solid, it never moves or shifts, even though I use...
05-04-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,047
Posted By 50PlusCycling

There was a time when cars and trucks came with...

There was a time when cars and trucks came with only a single speed. This was okay for flat city streets crowded with pedestrians, horses, and stray dogs, and when it was not necessary to go more...
05-04-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,579
Posted By 50PlusCycling

This is why it is important to make sure the...

This is why it is important to make sure the derailleur travel limit screws are adjusted from time to time, the screws can wander, as many people have discovered the hard way. The derailleur can be...
05-04-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,849
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No bike "needs* disk brakes.

No bike "needs* disk brakes.
05-04-21, 05:12 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,314
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Around 60 cars and trucks, I often had 3 or so at...

Around 60 cars and trucks, I often had 3 or so at a time. Then about 10 motorcycles, and around 20 bicycles.

Now I have one car, and 3 bicycles. I have wanted to get a second car, but cannot...
05-04-21, 01:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,165
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I worked for some bike shops when I was young,...

I worked for some bike shops when I was young, some did well some did not. I was working in one of these when the sheriff’s deputies came in with a court order to take all the cash from the registers...
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The bike was quite complete, and came with the...

The bike was quite complete, and came with the original documents. Unfortunately (for me), word got around, and the price was bid up. It ended up selling for $6.500.
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Rene Herse?

I have been looking for a touring bike here in Japan, and it is quite hard to find anything in my size (58cm). Bur recently I have come across an old Rene Herse bike with a R Herse crankset, and...
04-12-21, 11:19 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 7,551
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A larger contact patch will create more rolling...

A larger contact patch will create more rolling resistance. Increasing tire pressure reduces contact patch size, decreasing pressure increases contact patch size. Tires with softer rubber have larger...
04-06-21, 06:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 771
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A good subject for a long argument. An electric...

A good subject for a long argument. An electric bike requires the mining of a larger variety of materials, including rare earths. The mining and processing of these materials is energy intensive....
04-06-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,248
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Yes. When racing in the Alps and Pyrenees back in...

Yes. When racing in the Alps and Pyrenees back in the day, we had (some of us) special bikes. These bikes were lighter than the bikes we used on the flats. They had lighter frames, wheels, and tires,...
04-06-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,611
Posted By 50PlusCycling

English words are popular here in Japan. You can...

English words are popular here in Japan. You can actually communicate pretty well with English so long as you pronounce it "correctly" so Japanese people can understand it. If you go to McDonald's...
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