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09-23-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,358
Posted By ironwood

There are some people who say that the magnesium...

There are some people who say that the magnesium in bananas helps prevent cramps.
09-20-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,080
Posted By ironwood

For a couple of years I rode bikes I had built up...

For a couple of years I rode bikes I had built up from salvaged parts I found at the local dump. It started as a way to keep my maintenance skills up; then I found I really liked some of the bikes I...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By ironwood

It'll be OK. But you might want to change the...

It'll be OK. But you might want to change the gearing.
09-18-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,195
Posted By ironwood

A lot of bikes from the late 70's and early 80's...

A lot of bikes from the late 70's and early 80's are good candidates for conversion to 650B.. Many can be had for a song. A lot of Treks, Miyatas and Univegas have room for 650Bx38mm tires and...
09-12-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 64,080
Views: 9,895,697
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.
08-31-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By ironwood

Rivendell has some.

Rivendell has some.
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,837
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....
08-17-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By ironwood

If the wheel has been sitting for a while, the...

If the wheel has been sitting for a while, the sealant might have pooled in one spot. Take the wheel and hold it horizontally and shake it to redistribute the sealant, then flip the wheel and do the...
08-13-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,171
Posted By ironwood

I read a long time ago that neatsfoot oil will...

I read a long time ago that neatsfoot oil will damage saddles by making them too soft. However I did use it to try to restore a neglected Brooks Pro that was had dried out and was really rock hard....
08-11-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,731
Posted By ironwood

The first wheels I built were trued on a...

The first wheels I built were trued on a suspended frame. I put a pencil on top of the brake pads as a guide to make the wheel round, then I took off one pad and used it as a guide to dish and make...
08-10-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,754
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...
08-02-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,731
Posted By ironwood

There seems to be a consensus that the SON dynamo...

There seems to be a consensus that the SON dynamo hubs are the best. I've built two wheels with Kasai dynamos and have had not problems. At $137 from Rivendell they are half the price of a SON...
07-24-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By ironwood

If you are a citizen of a country that has good...

If you are a citizen of a country that has good relations with the Iranian regime, maybe you could cross Iran to the coast of the Gulf and take a boat.
07-24-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By ironwood

Thanks for the tip. However, before I read your...

Thanks for the tip. However, before I read your post I managed to find a skewer at a local bike shop. Too bad they stopped making the BOB; I thought it was a fine product.
07-21-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By ironwood

QR skewer for BOB trailer?

It seems that BOB has stopped making trailers, and I can't find any sources for a skewer. Does anyone know where I could get one? I want a longer one for a bike with 135mm dropouts.
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,051
Posted By ironwood

I crossed the country, East to West many years...

I crossed the country, East to West many years ago, and found September and October to be glorious, but there is no way to predict the weather now. Weather in New England can be as bad as anything...
07-10-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,272
Posted By ironwood

Univega was just a name. Some of the best ones...

Univega was just a name. Some of the best ones were made by Miyata. Same quality construction, I think. There's a lot on the C&V forum about Univega and it's predecessor, Italavega.
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,043
Posted By ironwood

Is there anything about your bike you are not...

Is there anything about your bike you are not happy with?
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,795
Posted By ironwood

What airline will let you bring a bike for free? ...

What airline will let you bring a bike for free? Most of them now charge a fee.
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,851
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...
07-10-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 542
Posted By ironwood

Why not get a 700C wheel? You would only have to...

Why not get a 700C wheel? You would only have to lower the brake pads 4mm . Otherwise try building it yourself, it isn't that hard.
07-08-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 749
Posted By ironwood

The rear dropout spacing is 126mm. It originally...

The rear dropout spacing is 126mm. It originally came with a six speed freewheel. Depending on well it was treated by it's previous owners, the rear hub might have a bent axle. The only original...
07-06-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,596
Posted By ironwood

I used to shop at the Lincoln Guide Service, XC...

I used to shop at the Lincoln Guide Service, XC skis and bikes. Did you get your Bridgestone there? They were a dealer.
07-02-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,766
Posted By ironwood

The tire's construction is more important than...

The tire's construction is more important than it's width. Jan Heine of Bicycle Classics has done a lot of testing rolling resistance of tires. He is selling a line of tires , "Rene Herse", formerly...
06-14-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,596
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: 9,596
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: 3,004
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."
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By ironwood

The summer is the time one should have maximum...

The summer is the time one should have maximum protection. You are at about the same latitude as Algeria and Tunisia.


To get back to the question of sunscreens, although they may protect from...
03-11-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 723
Posted By ironwood

By May Andalucia can get very hot.

By May Andalucia can get very hot.
03-11-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,769
Posted By ironwood

Maybe it's related to our "fight or flight"...

Maybe it's related to our "fight or flight" response. Our bodies have to do something in response to stress or conflict
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By ironwood

I used a lot of sunscreens, but they weren't that...

I used a lot of sunscreens, but they weren't that good forty years ago. Maybe they are better now. You'll find out in forty or fifty years.

It's interesting that many societies which we consider...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By ironwood

Sun protection.

My advice to anyone planning a long tour in a sunny place is: Protect your skin, wear long sleeves and pants and full gloves. Also protect your nose. I toured a lot many years ago, and am now being...
03-08-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,639
Posted By ironwood

There were at least three versions of the Grand...

There were at least three versions of the Grand Touring bike imported into the US. One of the first was a hi-tensile frame with MAFAC Racer centerpulls, Stronglight 49 crank, Simplex derailleurs, a...
02-16-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,752
Posted By ironwood

There is a nice Niko on the Tampa craigslist for...

There is a nice Niko on the Tampa craigslist for $85. Go to the E-Bay Craigslist thread.
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By ironwood

There is a forum for this.

There is a forum for this.
02-15-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,755
Posted By ironwood

Do you mean MAFAC Raids or Racers? If you are...

Do you mean MAFAC Raids or Racers? If you are going to use 650B tires, Raids or Grand Bois long reach, or Compass ( the latter two are simply variations on the Raids) are best. I'm not sure...
02-13-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,548
Posted By ironwood

A lot depends on the Dollar -Euro exchange rate.

A lot depends on the Dollar -Euro exchange rate.
02-13-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,527
Posted By ironwood

There was an article in Bicycle Quarterly a while...

There was an article in Bicycle Quarterly a while ago about rehabbing a prewar Urago. I don't have the issue number right now.

The rear derailleur could be a Cyclo; they look "weird" to modern...
02-08-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,780
Posted By ironwood

I'm retired so finding time isn't a problem, But...

I'm retired so finding time isn't a problem, But I used to commute on a bike. Now I use my bike for shopping or other utilitarian purposes and just going to places within a reasonable radius.
02-06-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,607
Posted By ironwood

$$$$$

$$$$$
02-01-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,370
Posted By ironwood

I went across N.America on an older bike than...

I went across N.America on an older bike than yours, but then it was in 1980. Aluminum racks were the only ones readily available at the time I had an Eclipse rear rack and a Blackburn front. They...
01-31-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Posted By ironwood

I've gotten some nice bikes in the local dump. ...

I've gotten some nice bikes in the local dump. For years I rode bikes I put together from parts I found. Not so much to save money, but to keep my mechanical skills up. Yard sales are also a good...
01-31-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 64,080
Views: 9,895,697
Posted By ironwood

I like the brazed on centerpulls, resembles a...

I like the brazed on centerpulls, resembles a Centurion Pro Tour.
01-30-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,222
Posted By ironwood

Suppose you are right on the equator, what then?

Suppose you are right on the equator, what then?
01-29-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,207
Posted By ironwood

Winter isn't over until it's over.

Winter isn't over until it's over.
01-27-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,603
Posted By ironwood

Another great thing about wool is that it still...

Another great thing about wool is that it still can insulate even when wet as opposed to cotton. The Appalachian Mountain Club has a slogan "cotton kills". It's an exaggeration, but a number of...
01-27-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By ironwood

Careful, it can be addictive. Many years ago I...

Careful, it can be addictive. Many years ago I pulled a bike out of the metal pile at the dump, and kept finding better and better bikes.
01-27-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,365
Posted By ironwood

A lot of old bikes from the late 70s and early...

A lot of old bikes from the late 70s and early 80s can be converted to 650B. A 650Bx42 tire would be good for logging roads and town. The selection of high quality, wider tires has increased in the...
01-27-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,603
Posted By ironwood

Wool is great stuff. So is silk. I've never...

Wool is great stuff. So is silk. I've never been able to wear synthetics next to my body for more than about three hours before it starts to stink.

Wool should be washed because it loses some...
01-26-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 615
Posted By ironwood

Does it fit you? Read about sizing and fitting a...

Does it fit you? Read about sizing and fitting a bicycle.
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