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09-20-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 851
Posted By ironwood

Some of my bikes have Nitto Noodles, another has...

Some of my bikes have Nitto Noodles, another has a VO reando bar and one has an ordinary drop bar. They are all comfortable, but if I would buy a new bar , i think I'd go with the Randoneur bend....
09-17-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 402
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: 34
Views: 2,680
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: 1,222
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, 01:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,135
Posted By ironwood

The Nitto Technomic stems might give you 2mm more...

The Nitto Technomic stems might give you 2mm more height. Another possibility is a new replacement fork for the 23" frame.. Soma might have a threaded fork that would fit.
09-16-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 384
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....
09-14-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By ironwood

I have the same frame which I converted to 650B. ...

I have the same frame which I converted to 650B. 1983 600 series Treks from that year are sought by people who have caught the 650B bug.
09-12-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 119
Posted By ironwood

There are a number of spoke length calculators,...

There are a number of spoke length calculators, just Google "spoke length calculator".
09-10-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,289
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.
08-24-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 889
Posted By ironwood

Dia-comp makes a double pivot sidepull, DL800...

Dia-comp makes a double pivot sidepull, DL800 with 79mm reach, It has a traditional nut., and does not have a quick release, They also make a recessed nut version with 75mm reach and quick release,...
08-17-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By ironwood

The red bike was faster

In the latest print edition of Bicycle Quarterly, there is an article about Genevieve Gambillon who won the Woman's World Championship Road Race in 1972. She had two identical bikes built by Rene...
Forum: Touring
08-07-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 480
Posted By ironwood

Have you thought about making your own bag? I...

Have you thought about making your own bag? I made some bags many years ago out of cordura. They weren't that good, but they served their purpose. I could make a good bag, and I was planning to make...
08-06-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,497
Posted By ironwood

I agree. You can find good steel bikes cheaply, ...

I agree. You can find good steel bikes cheaply, or for free. Some people use backpacks, I did once, but prefer bags or panniers mounted lower. When I was car free a trailer was really helpful. ...
Forum: Touring
08-06-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 480
Posted By ironwood

David Cain up in Waitsfield Vt makes custom rando...

David Cain up in Waitsfield Vt makes custom rando bags in waxed canvas as well as panniers saddlebags and more. www.waxwingbagco.com. I have one and like it.
08-01-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By ironwood

Thanks for the information, I'll look for one of...

Thanks for the information, I'll look for one of the Shimano tools.
07-27-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By ironwood

Notched Regina freewheels

Does anyone know how to remove a notched Regina freewheel without deforming the notches? A couple of months ago I saw a Regina f/w remover that had a fence around it. Has anyone used one?
07-22-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 342
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: 9,744
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...
07-13-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,925
Posted By ironwood

Is the frame a British Witcomb, or an American...

Is the frame a British Witcomb, or an American made one?
06-29-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 980
Posted By ironwood

Best pecan rolls I've found are from Quebrada...

Best pecan rolls I've found are from Quebrada Bakery, Wellesley MA.
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By ironwood

Only in your sixties? You have time for more...

Only in your sixties? You have time for more than one long trip.
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 950
Posted By ironwood

Cover up as much as you can, especially if you...

Cover up as much as you can, especially if you are of Irish or Scottish descent. Long sleeves, long pants, something to protect your nose, (glacier glasses have a nose shield), full fingered...
Forum: Touring
06-29-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,566
Posted By ironwood

Many years ago while touring in France, many...

Many years ago while touring in France, many touring cyclists rode rode bikes with drop bars. Flat bars became popular with mountain bikes. There aren't many French built bikes now ( Cyfac, Alex...
Forum: Touring
06-26-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By ironwood

There is an outfit in Brittany,...

There is an outfit in Brittany, www.bretonbikes.com that is located on the canal de Nantes a Brest that is connected to the Eurovelo network. They have bikes they provide for their clients, but I...
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,080
Posted By ironwood

Why not start with the bike you have? You don't...

Why not start with the bike you have? You don't say what you presently own, but a lot of bikes are easily converted for touring. But then again, some aren't.
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Posted By ironwood

Going tubeless is great, until it isn't.. In my...

Going tubeless is great, until it isn't.. In my case it was the tire that was the problem. A leak developed on the sidewall where there was a mark left by the tire mold. ( I don't know what to call...
05-22-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,102
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.
05-03-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By ironwood

The BB drop of 280 is probably a little too much...

The BB drop of 280 is probably a little too much for a 650Bx32 tire.
Forum: Touring
05-03-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,642
Posted By ironwood

The first Bikecentennial groups had a leader. ...

The first Bikecentennial groups had a leader. Bikecentennial, now Adventure Cycling Association, also had detailed route maps for the first routes across.the US. They were useful, but if you...
04-15-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,255
Posted By ironwood

Many years ago I used a backpack to carry books...

Many years ago I used a backpack to carry books for a couple of miles. Then I got a rear rack and panniers, and gave up the backpack except for short rides on a bike without racks or a front bag....
04-11-22, 03:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,182
Posted By ironwood

Just buy some new stainless spokes..

Just buy some new stainless spokes..
04-10-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 565
Posted By ironwood

Most New England towns have dumps, now called...

Most New England towns have dumps, now called something like Recycling and Transfer Stations, The metal piles in the dumps were a great source of bikes and parts. I used to find bikes that were...
04-08-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 565
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: 360
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: 2,995
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.
03-24-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 700
Posted By ironwood

Are you going with 650B or 700C on the new bike?

Are you going with 650B or 700C on the new bike?
03-07-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,995
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: 4,330
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...
03-04-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 48,201
Posted By ironwood

I was looking at the Tektro website and saw they...

I was looking at the Tektro website and saw they have a new dual pivot sidepull. brake, the 810, with an 81mm reach. This might be great for a 27" to 650B conversion. Does anyone know if it h the...
03-04-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 304
Posted By ironwood

I have cut plastic fenders to fit, and found a...

I have cut plastic fenders to fit, and found a crack developing at the cut.


I have VO aluminum fenders on a couple of bikes. To make them fit at the seat stay, I simply dented the fender...
02-24-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,242
Posted By ironwood

VO Zepplins are very good, maybe not as good a...

VO Zepplins are very good, maybe not as good a Honjo, but less expensive.. It takes a while to fit them properly.
02-20-22, 03:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,081
Posted By ironwood

Probably not because the canti posts are at the...

Probably not because the canti posts are at the same height as the rim. On a steel bike it is possible to have a framebuilder move the posts down the fork and seat stay, but is it worth it?

There...
Forum: Touring
12-30-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,845
Posted By ironwood

Did the OP go to the Netherlands?

Did the OP go to the Netherlands?
12-07-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,526
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...
11-21-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 468
Posted By ironwood

Nitto Technomic

Nitto Technomic
11-16-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,113
Posted By ironwood

I have dynamo powered headlight and tail light ...

I have dynamo powered headlight and tail light I am adding a rear fender mounted reflector. I put on reflective ankle straps, and have reflective velcro wheel reflectors, andreflective velcro...
11-15-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,938
Posted By ironwood

When you say winter tires, do you mean studded...

When you say winter tires, do you mean studded tires? I guess if you have ice, either black ice or white(?) ice, studs might be necessary. I don't ride on ice, and I don't really like salt, so...
11-15-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,044
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: 9,044
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: 3,517
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...
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