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12-03-23, 04:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 497
Posted By 50PlusCycling

There is a subgroup of cyclists to be wary of on...

There is a subgroup of cyclists to be wary of on the roads. These are the guys who have racked up enough DUIs to get them permanently banned from driving, and so they get around on bikes, or the have...
12-03-23, 01:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 827
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Increasing tire pressure never decreases rolling...

Increasing tire pressure never decreases rolling resistance, ever. But higher pressures, besides making for a harsh ride, shrink the contact patch, decreasing traction, and increasing the chances of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-02-23, 10:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 184
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Capreo components are highly regarded in Japan,...

Capreo components are highly regarded in Japan, which is arguably the world’s top market for folding bikes. NOS Capeo cassettes sell for more than $100, so these Sunrace cassettes will be very...
12-02-23, 08:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 827
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Tire pressure is all about trial and error....

Tire pressure is all about trial and error. Different tires and tires sizes react differently at different pressures. This is very easy to experiment with, as your tires will gradually deflate after...
11-26-23, 05:14 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 3,262
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I worked in American law enforcement for many...

I worked in American law enforcement for many years, and things are not the same. Nowadays police usually canít arrest people for driving on a suspended license, and many states have done away with...
11-25-23, 05:20 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 3,262
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Here in Japan a law was passed in 2008, requiring...

Here in Japan a law was passed in 2008, requiring cyclists to ride on surface streets. In Tokyo, what few bike lanes existed were largely divided sidewalks, one half for pedestrians, the other half...
11-25-23, 05:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 647
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It was challenging if you were trying to do it on...

It was challenging if you were trying to do it on a 20Ē BMX bike, which was what most of us were riding when I was in the Scouts.
11-24-23, 11:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,275
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to write polls, and it was an enlightening...

I used to write polls, and it was an enlightening study. The usual object of a poll is not to measure public opinion, but to fabricate public opinion. A poll can be worded in a way to make a majority...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-23, 10:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 32,945
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The K3 is probably the most popular folding bike...

The K3 is probably the most popular folding bike in Japan right now, people here love them.
11-22-23, 04:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,408
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I didn’t get to ride as much as I wanted. I got...

I didn’t get to ride as much as I wanted. I got my Moulton together, and it’s a lovely bike to ride, but 2023 was a busy travel year. I spent a week in Okinawa, then another week in Aomori, yet...
11-17-23, 05:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 302
Posted By 50PlusCycling

What is the point? America’s entire approach to...

What is the point? America’s entire approach to road safety is backwards. A vehicle or a road is only as safe as the drivers who use them. I spent a number of years in law enforcement cleaning up...
11-16-23, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I decided to get a new bike recently, but in...

I decided to get a new bike recently, but in Japan, where the most common frame size is 52cm, finding the right one is all the more hard. So I decided to simply order the parts separately, and build...
11-13-23, 01:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,718
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Here in Tokyo we have more people commuting by...

Here in Tokyo we have more people commuting by bike every day than the entire United States combined. Tokyo doesn’t have “congestion pricing,” or any other strategy to keep cars out of the busier...
11-11-23, 06:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 402
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’ve run tubes and tubeless, and find that tubes...

I’ve run tubes and tubeless, and find that tubes are easier for me to manage. I’ve gotten enough practice changing tubes that doing so is quick and painless. When mounting tires I don’t need soapy...
11-11-23, 06:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can use road or MTB cassettes on HG hubs, I’m...

You can use road or MTB cassettes on HG hubs, I’m running an 11 speed XTR cassette on a Ultegra hub, and I could do the opposite, run an Ultegra cassette on an 11 speed XTR or other MTB HG hub.
Forum: Touring
11-09-23, 02:40 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,187
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’ve toured on a Birdy and on a Moulton. I used...

I’ve toured on a Birdy and on a Moulton. I used ordinary Ortlieb panniers, mounted on the front. Rather than mount rear panniers as well, I instead used a fairly large weatherproof bag, with the...
11-07-23, 02:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,170
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Here you see the consequences of a fundamental...

Here you see the consequences of a fundamental flaw in the system. The greatest cause of an unfair system is too much fairness. Instead of the quick and firm application of justice, the system, out...
11-06-23, 01:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I’d stick with the Brawler. A new bike is nice,...

I’d stick with the Brawler. A new bike is nice, but your kids may not use it enough to make it worth the expense. You can get a good, dual pivot brake from Amazon for cheap, installation is not...
11-05-23, 05:28 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,423
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Funny, Iíve had my eye on a 3 Renso ďKatanaĒ with...

Funny, Iíve had my eye on a 3 Renso ďKatanaĒ with a complete Dura Ace AX group-set. It has a pantographed AX-3 Rensho crankset.

...
11-05-23, 03:52 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,170
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Cycling here in Japan is relatively safe, and...

Cycling here in Japan is relatively safe, and there arenít many accidents or fatalities despite the fact that on any given day, more people in the city of Tokyo ride their bikes than the entire...
11-04-23, 11:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 458
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I also like to ride, and I acquired that love of...

I also like to ride, and I acquired that love of cycling on the very same roads you describe. From the Santa Monica Pier, to Oceanside, I loved to ride along the coast. But in those days I wasn’t yet...
10-31-23, 02:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If itís something Iím going to do only once, Iíll...

If itís something Iím going to do only once, Iíll mouse together a tool out of nuts, bolts, and washers. If itís something I may do 3 or 4 times in the next few years, Iíll get a cheap Chinese tool...
10-26-23, 03:50 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 4,127
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Being a small business owner can be lucrative,...

Being a small business owner can be lucrative, but the bike business has always been a low-margin thing which is why bike mechanics earn starvation wages. A bike shop owner is going to have more than...
10-25-23, 09:47 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 4,127
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As a former bicycle mechanic who worked in a...

As a former bicycle mechanic who worked in a well-known shop, I wouldn’t recommend bike repair as a career. If you like living with roommates to share your rent (or living with your parents), and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-23, 04:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By 50PlusCycling

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10-25-23, 03:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,218
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Iíve been riding for a long time, and numbness...

Iíve been riding for a long time, and numbness has always been an issue. But not enough to keep me off my bike. I find a well broken-in B17 and ordinary (not cycling) shorts are fine for 100km rides....
10-24-23, 04:46 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,548
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My resting pulse is low, and my blood pressure is...

My resting pulse is low, and my blood pressure is the same as when I was in high school, so yeah, I think cycling keeps me physically younger, though it doesn’t add color to my hair, or add hair, for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-09-23, 09:11 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 29,232
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Noticeably. Iíve seen 20Ē bikes pass road bikes,...

Noticeably. Iíve seen 20Ē bikes pass road bikes, and I have passed them myself on my Moulton. But not everyone who rides a road bike is fast or fit rider. Fitness being equal, a road bike will be...
09-26-23, 01:59 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,117
Posted By 50PlusCycling

A couple weeks ago a set of pro rollers showed up...

A couple weeks ago a set of pro rollers showed up for sale on a classifieds site here in Tokyo. These were the big berthas that are found in the training rooms in the Keirin tracks throughout Japan....
09-24-23, 09:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,117
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If you ride on rollers, you will eventually fall,...

If you ride on rollers, you will eventually fall, so keep that in mind when you are choosing where to set them up, don’t place them next to your fish tank or flat screen tv.

Keep a steady rhythm,...
09-23-23, 06:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 780
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Normally, I would say “no,” but having recently...

Normally, I would say “no,” but having recently seen someone break a corroded bar during a sprint, and causing a pretty spectacular crash, now I would say “yes.”
09-13-23, 05:47 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 5,701
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Welcome to the world of marketing. In the past,...

Welcome to the world of marketing. In the past, tobacco and Coca Cola were advertised as being beneficial to your health. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
09-11-23, 07:08 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,141
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If we are talking about America, less than 2% of...

If we are talking about America, less than 2% of the country is urban, and more than 85% of Americaís population lives on this 2%. Not all of these urban areas are ď15 minute cities,Ē but commuting...
09-09-23, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Iíve been using Brooks B17 saddles for years, and...

Iíve been using Brooks B17 saddles for years, and usually wear ordinary shorts and underwear, the saddles are comfortable enough that I can ride for hours without discomfort. I bought some padded...
09-01-23, 06:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 627
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I have a credit card which provides that service...

I have a credit card which provides that service if I use it to book my flight. On one occasion my bags got to the hotel before I did.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-01-23, 12:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By 50PlusCycling

One of these came up for sale in my area, but I...

One of these came up for sale in my area, but I couldn’t think of where I could hide it from my wife…
08-30-23, 05:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,473
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When I buy a new bike, I find it more economical...

When I buy a new bike, I find it more economical to get one already equipped with the components I want. The only real upgrade I need is the saddle, as no new bike I have ever test ridden or bought...
08-26-23, 04:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,529
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Unless you are a rabid rider who spends a lot of...

Unless you are a rabid rider who spends a lot of time in the saddle, cycling is not likely to lose you much weight. When I was riding 1000km a week as a competitive cyclist, I was stuffing myself...
08-26-23, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If I am going to spend a lot of time on an...

If I am going to spend a lot of time on an unfamiliar bike, I will bring a broken-in saddle from one of my bikes, and a pair of shoes and pedals. A pocket tool is a necessity, as I will probably have...
08-24-23, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I had an old Trek 660 team bike, with a full...

I had an old Trek 660 team bike, with a full Campy group set, and it remains one of the best bikes I have ever owned. It had the perfect balance of stiffness and flex, and the geometry was spot-on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-24-23, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The upper and lower parts of the hinge look okay....

The upper and lower parts of the hinge look okay. The center looks worn, it may be the pin or it may be the hinge. The pin is easy enough, you can find a bolt at a good hardware store, just bring the...
08-21-23, 09:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,909
Posted By 50PlusCycling

We are genetically programmed with lots of...

We are genetically programmed with lots of different genes, but many require that something press a button to make them run. That button is bigger and easier to push if we are sedentary, take part in...
08-15-23, 02:50 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,407
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As someone who remembers the fashions of the 70ís...

As someone who remembers the fashions of the 70ís (watch the original ďGone in 60 SecondsĒ), I find modern cycling wear and glasses to be very conservative.
08-14-23, 10:11 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,051
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Because I like bikes. I also have a lot of...

Because I like bikes. I also have a lot of guitars because I like guitars.
07-25-23, 04:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,657
Posted By 50PlusCycling

On the other hand, many doctors aren’t much...

On the other hand, many doctors aren’t much better than "internet doctoring," and some are worse. I'm not a doctor myself, but have worked in the medical profession. I've learned that a diagnosis is...
07-24-23, 06:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,601
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Odds are your pads will last longer than you own...

Odds are your pads will last longer than you own the bike.
07-24-23, 08:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,482
Posted By 50PlusCycling

This one is the the O-jyorou (big Joro), which...

This one is the the O-jyorou (big Joro), which has yellow only behind its legs, and grows much bigger than the more common variety. When I was a kid, my parents told me to be careful of “banana...
07-22-23, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5,122
Views: 796,252
Posted By 50PlusCycling

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07-22-23, 06:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,894
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Bought a Stowaway on eBay UK and had it shipped...

Bought a Stowaway on eBay UK and had it shipped to Japan.


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I rode it...
07-17-23, 08:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,178
Posted By 50PlusCycling

On my sweat-a-thon rides across the Everglades in...

On my sweat-a-thon rides across the Everglades in the summer, I would load up on salty food the day before. A quart of pork fried rice from the local Chinese restaurant gave me lots of carbs, fat,...
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