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06-29-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
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: 20
Views: 444
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: 26
Views: 451
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: 27
Views: 568
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: 226
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: 807
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: 863
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: 80
Views: 2,180
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: 642
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: 2,424
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: 1,084
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: 907
Posted By ironwood

Just buy some new stainless spokes..

Just buy some new stainless spokes..
04-10-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 546
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: 546
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: 348
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: 49
Views: 2,478
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: 608
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: 49
Views: 2,478
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: 3,706
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: 46,976
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: 291
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: 1,227
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: 1,019
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: 8,456
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: 4,211
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: 453
Posted By ironwood

Nitto Technomic

Nitto Technomic
11-16-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,972
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: 1,910
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: 8,713
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: 8,713
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: 3,417
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...
Forum: Touring
11-13-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,217
Posted By ironwood

I use lobster gloves that I got from REI a few...

I use lobster gloves that I got from REI a few years ago. They're OK to about 14F (-10C), which is about as cold as I ride. As noted by others, keeping the rest of your body warm keeps your fingers...
11-09-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,340
Posted By ironwood

Crust bikes has a bike that takes 24" wheels. The...

Crust bikes has a bike that takes 24" wheels. The website says it is for adults under 5'2". Other than that there are folding bikes from Tern or Airnilmal. I don't think there are many good 24"...
11-08-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By ironwood

I discovered 650B tires about ten years ago. For...

I discovered 650B tires about ten years ago. For me a light touring or randonneur bike, equipped with 38mm or 42mm wide tires is fast enough on pavement and capable on trails and dirt; and above all,...
11-07-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,049
Posted By ironwood

I tried to save a rock hard Brooks Pro. First I...

I tried to save a rock hard Brooks Pro. First I tried Proofide, but it didn't really soften it . Finally I rluctantly tried neatsfoot oil, and did manage to make the saddle comfortable. and for...
11-07-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,567
Posted By ironwood

I've pulled out probably two hundred bikes from...

I've pulled out probably two hundred bikes from the local dump. Most of them I've donated to a local charity or given away, and I've kept a few to ride. There are also a lot of used bikes sold in...
10-10-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By ironwood

The best thing about the NFL

I just finished a nice ride this afternoon while the Patriots were playing. Very little traffic, and what there was was well behaved. I do hope the home team does well for the simple reason that I've...
10-06-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,267
Posted By ironwood

Stronglight cranks require a Stronglight crank...

Stronglight cranks require a Stronglight crank puller, not the standard French puller.
09-23-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,070
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: 63
Views: 2,669
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: 1,542
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: 113
Views: 7,628
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: 69,756
Views: 11,340,107
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: 1,343
Posted By ironwood

Rivendell has some.

Rivendell has some.
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,331
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: 12
Views: 781
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: 3,273
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: 2,556
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: 2,042
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: 2,556
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...
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