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09-08-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 150
Posted By RandomlyWest

Writing in from California here ... I seem to...

Writing in from California here ... I seem to remember that in Southern CA back in the 1980s, Motiv was the "house brand" at SportMart, which was sort of the Dick's Sporting Goods of its day and...
07-23-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By RandomlyWest

I have a Micargi road bike (an Avant), and it's...

I have a Micargi road bike (an Avant), and it's decent. It's basically a Giant AnyRoad with components one level down (Claris vs. Sora).

Micargi is headquartered in Southern California, and that's...
07-20-21, 11:09 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,709
Posted By RandomlyWest

The vague question asked by this thread actually...

The vague question asked by this thread actually makes me think of something more specific, something I have wondered about.

Let's say someone does a vigorous spin workout 2-3x week down at the...
07-12-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By RandomlyWest

Try the Bicycle Tree in Santa Ana, if you live in...

Try the Bicycle Tree in Santa Ana, if you live in or near OC.
The Bicycle Tree (http://www.thebicycletree.org/)
07-04-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,259
Posted By RandomlyWest

Live4Bikes in Bellflower, CA has apparently been...

Live4Bikes in Bellflower, CA has apparently been selling new Univega MTBs, gravel bikes, kids bikes and e-bikes this year.
https://live4bikes.com/search?q=univega
Forum: Touring
05-16-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 469
Posted By RandomlyWest

The Salinas Valley - which AMTRAK's Coast...

The Salinas Valley - which AMTRAK's Coast Starlight rolls through - may be another option. Very nice and mellow. If you're going northbound into the Salinas Valley through SLO/Paso Robles, leaving...
05-16-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,313
Posted By RandomlyWest

I'm wondering if the Ozone Westcliff is the same...

I'm wondering if the Ozone Westcliff is the same bike as the Mongoose Hotshot, which is a big-box bestseller of sorts. They look very similar. The Hotshot is a simple, decent bike for getting around...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,752
Posted By RandomlyWest

Learn to read a map really well, and get a map...

Learn to read a map really well, and get a map that shows elevation changes/grades.

On an early tour, I had a simple map and I did not read it well. The first 50 miles of the first day were flat...
05-12-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,587
Posted By RandomlyWest

Santa Ana River Trail (Orange County, CA). The...

Santa Ana River Trail (Orange County, CA). The SART was like 4 years old at that time, it was desolate compared to the nicely landscaped Class I path it is today. Only about 15 miles long at that...
04-23-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,565
Posted By RandomlyWest

One thing I've noticed in Southern California:...

One thing I've noticed in Southern California: pick a bike shop website, and chances are you will see e-bikes front and center on the home page. In fact, looking at some of these websites, you want...
04-09-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 669
Posted By RandomlyWest

Wow, you have a 1977 Motobecane Super Mirage....

Wow, you have a 1977 Motobecane Super Mirage. Very cool! Try asking this question in the Classic & Vintage forum (or perhaps the mods can move this thread there). The question of protecting vintage...
02-12-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,203
Posted By RandomlyWest

I would vote for brakes. At least front brakes,...

I would vote for brakes. At least front brakes, preferably front and rear brakes.

About a decade ago, when fixed-gear riding exploded among Gen Y/Z riders where I lived (Southern California), it...
01-26-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,617
Posted By RandomlyWest

I bought a new (lower-end) road bike in 2018 with...

I bought a new (lower-end) road bike in 2018 with a component group that Shimano had discontinued in 2014 (2300).
11-28-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 6,591
Posted By RandomlyWest

Hiro11, I complement you - you present a...

Hiro11, I complement you - you present a fascinating argument with this thread.
As someone who loves and rides vintage MTBs, allow me to reframe this argument just a bit.

In 1990, a good mountain...
Forum: Touring
11-14-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,076
Posted By RandomlyWest

Speaking of gravel, the author of the Road.cc...

Speaking of gravel, the author of the Road.cc article writes:

"...in the last few years the Galaxy must have come under considerable pressure from the new breed of gravel and adventure bikes and...
11-11-20, 11:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,757
Posted By RandomlyWest

According to IMDB, that 1967 comedy was filmed in...

According to IMDB, that 1967 comedy was filmed in Malibu. So we know at least that much. That looks like Paradise Cove in the background. Or maybe the El Matador Beach area?
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,569
Posted By RandomlyWest

Did those 1970s-1980s tire cleaners actually work?

Did those 1970s-1980s tire cleaners actually work?
10-26-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,184
Posted By RandomlyWest

Mm ... gonna say no.

Mm ... gonna say no.
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,201
Posted By RandomlyWest

Great post! Factoring in inflation, the...

Great post! Factoring in inflation, the top-of-the-line $100 Yellow Fellow = a $3,000 bike in 1890s terms, though you get more for your money for $3K today. :)

Here's the amazing thing to me, how...
10-20-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7,654
Posted By RandomlyWest

Yes. At age 20, I was riding a 1-speed Schwinn...

Yes. At age 20, I was riding a 1-speed Schwinn Cruiser through Newport Beach, CA in blue jeans and a blue T-shirt (wasn't quite a roadie yet). I found myself misjudging traffic in a busy 5-way...
09-27-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,199
Posted By RandomlyWest

For me, it wasn't what, but who - it was my dad,...

For me, it wasn't what, but who - it was my dad, who I didn't particularly have a good relationship with (heavy drinker, dreamer, longtime denier of reality).

In his early 50s, my dad decided he...
09-25-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,029
Posted By RandomlyWest

Answer: a fast-paced club ride. Picture...

Answer: a fast-paced club ride.

Picture this: you're northbound on the MUP, on a 26er with knobbies doing about 12mph.
Going southbound toward you on the other side of the yellow stripe, 3-4...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By RandomlyWest

You can do the same in Firefox: the very instant...

You can do the same in Firefox: the very instant the color photo loads, click on the icon in the right side of the address bar that looks like a piece of paper with lines of writing on it. That takes...
Forum: Touring
08-16-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By RandomlyWest

NYT Article: 3 Teens, Teacher Currently Biking Across U.S.

A good read. One of their names rings a bell, seems like one of them may have been on the Adventure Cycling forums asking for advice some weeks back...
...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,109
Posted By RandomlyWest

Cycling the Pacific Coast is a great book, newer...

Cycling the Pacific Coast is a great book, newer (2017) than even the revised edition of the classic Bicycling the Pacific Coast.
...
07-17-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,779
Posted By RandomlyWest

Here's some news: HB Velo Cyclery is reopening...

Here's some news: HB Velo Cyclery is reopening just off the SART's Atlanta Avenue "offramp", right at the corner of Brookhurst and Atlanta. Just saw the sign announcing the new location for the shop,...
06-19-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,165
Posted By RandomlyWest

Poseidon is headquartered in La Habra, CA (I've...

Poseidon is headquartered in La Habra, CA (I've seen more than a few LA/OC cyclists riding Poseidons).

The Poseidon website says: "We are a consumer-direct business which means we don't go through...
05-01-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,779
Posted By RandomlyWest

So, of course, OC beaches are closed for the...

So, of course, OC beaches are closed for the moment. That said, the south end of the SART is not. You can still exit the south end of the SART at the Santa Ana River mouth and do that little short...
04-30-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,767
Posted By RandomlyWest

On Facebook, a "friend" told me that cyclists who...

On Facebook, a "friend" told me that cyclists who rode without masks in the San Fernando Valley were "silent killers in Lycra."

I told him to read this. (Which is definitely worth the click.)...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,165
Posted By RandomlyWest

Thank you for sharing this knowledge and these...

Thank you for sharing this knowledge and these images! As a SoCal cyclist who has done some regional solo tours in CA (and elsewhere in the West), I have noticed this road on maps and wondered what...
04-25-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,646
Posted By RandomlyWest

I am 6'2". I have the torso of a 6'6" guy and the...

I am 6'2". I have the torso of a 6'6" guy and the legs of a 5'11" guy. According to my height, a 60-61cm frame should be ideal for me. I've ridden, and felt best fitted to, 58cm frames all my life....
04-22-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,801
Posted By RandomlyWest

How about one of the visors from Bouclier, based...

How about one of the visors from Bouclier, based in the Bay Area? Full face, looks kinda cool, only works with visorless helmets though.

https://boucliervisors.com/
04-10-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 63,970
Views: 9,854,759
Posted By RandomlyWest

Santa Ana, CA. "Several bikes ready to ride and...

Santa Ana, CA. "Several bikes ready to ride and or fix up." $20. Oh yeah, one of them's a Miyata.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/d/santa-ana-bicycle/7096878294.html
04-05-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,069
Posted By RandomlyWest

Amvoss, just over that fence is The Ranch at...

Amvoss, just over that fence is The Ranch at Laguna Beach (or as it was formerly known, Aliso Creek Golf Course). The county has had high hopes to take the bike path through the course property and...
03-24-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,917
Posted By RandomlyWest

Are Big Box Stores Promoting a Throwaway Bike Culture?

Recently, there was a thread in this sub-forum where the owner of a new Breezer Downtown lamented that the bike was already "starting to deteriorate" after "a couple hundred miles."

The...
02-21-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,985
Posted By RandomlyWest

Kent is the "house brand" of Big 5 Sporting...

Kent is the "house brand" of Big 5 Sporting Goods. Walk into any Big 5, and you'll see their current fixed gear, mountain, city, and cruiser bikes. Their Thruster model is a very inexpensive fixed...
02-18-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 63,970
Views: 9,854,759
Posted By RandomlyWest

2 Nishiki Internationals - 1970s - $50 each

Both have been stored indoors for 20+ years, the seller says. Remarkable condition. Woodland Hills/West Hills area (San Fernando Valley), CA.
...
02-16-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 63,970
Views: 9,854,759
Posted By RandomlyWest

Vintage Lygie Road Bike - $450

Looks all original (but the handlebars could be 1970s aftermarket). 50-52cm, early 1970s by the owner's guess. Newport Beach, CA.
...
12-04-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 11,601
Posted By RandomlyWest

Should You Buy a New Helmet Every 3-4 Years?

I just read an article that states:

"Conventional wisdom and manufacturers’ guidelines state one should get a new helmet every three to four years, even if you have not had an accident or dropped...
10-28-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 918
Posted By RandomlyWest

I have not, but the Google reviews are mostly...

I have not, but the Google reviews are mostly very positive. As with Cyclart, and as with all 1-2 person shops doing paint jobs/restorations, the turnaround is hardly instant and the work may take...
10-28-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 918
Posted By RandomlyWest

They do powdercoating for a base price of $150...

They do powdercoating for a base price of $150 (see their Pricing page).
10-27-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 918
Posted By RandomlyWest

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Element 6 in...

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Element 6 in Santa Ana. They do painting, they do decals, they do powdercoating, they work on vintage steel, they even do carbon frame repair. Highly regarded.
...
09-25-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 71,820
Posted By RandomlyWest

In other south-end-of-the-SART news, that Carl's...

In other south-end-of-the-SART news, that Carl's Jr. that was at Brookhurst and Hamilton for ages has closed ... and it's becoming a Starbucks.
09-14-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 63,970
Views: 9,854,759
Posted By RandomlyWest

1968 Carlton Corsa (frame only?) - Orange, CA - $40

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/d/orange-vintage-1960s-carlton-corsa/6975358414.html

Probably frame only, but the way the ad is written, seller comes across like the whole bike is for...
Forum: Touring
07-28-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,245
Posted By RandomlyWest

A 13,235-Mile Road Trip for 70-Degree Weather Every Day

Seen this article? May be worth a look.

https://www.citylab.com/environment/2015/10/a-13235-mile-road-trip-for-70-degree-weather-every-day/411406/
07-18-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,016
Posted By RandomlyWest

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1440x904/asahiagain_26e44c9bb047aac53ef0e0639d24c90b5415c941.jpg

My 1984 (?) Asahi 790 12-speed. Mostly restored, needs new decals. Shimano...
07-14-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,274
Posted By RandomlyWest

Bikeshare Bikes... Buy 200+ of Them for $20 Apiece

I wonder if this seller will find a buyer. Kind of sad that all these bikes might meet the scrap-heap fate of so many other bikeshare bikes around the world.
...
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 11:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,141
Posted By RandomlyWest

*The Southwest Chief leaves L.A.'s Union Station...

*The Southwest Chief leaves L.A.'s Union Station daily for Chicago, running through Flagstaff and Albuquerque along the way.

*The Sunset Limited leaves L.A.'s Union Station 3x a week for New...
06-04-19, 12:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,031
Posted By RandomlyWest

Your best bet is really to exit at Zzyzx Road and...

Your best bet is really to exit at Zzyzx Road and just cycle south on Zzyzx Road. You could park just off the exit on dirt (there are some informal dirt parking places just off the exit ramps). Or,...
Forum: Touring
04-18-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 741
Posted By RandomlyWest

Cycling the Pacific Coast (The Book)

Frequently, cyclists posting in this forum mention or refer to Bicycling the Pacific Coast, the classic Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall guide to riding between Vancouver and Tijuana. That (excellent)...
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