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Forum: Classic & Vintage 08-02-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By Mercian Rider
Chuck Harris (Mirror Man & cycling pioneer) estate auction

Chuck Harris was a cycling pioneer in the United States long before the 70s bike boom. His belongings, including his bicycles, components and the rest, are being auctioneed tomorrow at the home of...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 10:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
Dude, c'mon. You were talking about you? If so,...

Dude, c'mon. You were talking about you? If so, I deeply apologize.
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 09:48 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
You have no idea how much I appreciate an honest...

You have no idea how much I appreciate an honest and open minded answer. The wind penetration is two edged. Yes, with too few layers, the penetration will cause you to be cold. But the wind...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 07:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
It's funny you chimed in. This morning I wore 4...

It's funny you chimed in. This morning I wore 4 layers. I tried every possible movement and twisting I could think of with hands and bars and riding no hands. No binding whatsoever. Zero. So...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 06:52 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
Look, I have the mouth breather who rides with...

Look, I have the mouth breather who rides with the Power Rangers saying I'm freakish for wearing layers. The irony compels me to respond. And the Power Ranger mouth breather guy keeps repeating "I...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By Mercian Rider
Yeah, I remember some roadie dissing touring...

Yeah, I remember some roadie dissing touring bikes "used for anything but touring." My response was, how about racing bikes used for anything but racing? (I own some racing bikes too, they're just...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By Mercian Rider
A. Don't upgrade. B. Screw "hardcore"...

A. Don't upgrade.

B. Screw "hardcore" cyclists. Learn that early on and you'll enjoy cycling more. To quote "Fight Club," "We spend money we don't have, to buy things we don't need, to impress...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 12:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
No one's asking you to wear the number of layers...

No one's asking you to wear the number of layers I suggest. Sounds like many of you think fewer layers are necessary. Fine, try it out and see. What I've listed works for me, and I've used layering...
Forum: Commuting 11-30-12, 10:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
Thanks. That's the whole point. Wore 4 layers...

Thanks. That's the whole point. Wore 4 layers wool layers on this morning's 14 mile commute (2 base thin layers, 1 thin sweater, and a medium weight sweater). I stayed warm and dry. You wouldn't...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 09:58 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
One last (I hope) point. I've given it some...

One last (I hope) point. I've given it some thought and I can see how some of you are getting the mistaken impression that I'm layering up to six sweaters. I'm not. I have a drawer full of merino...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 03:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
For some reason these knitted wool layers aren't...

For some reason these knitted wool layers aren't binding or piching me. At all. So I must be doing it wrong? ;)

Yeah, I think we're at or even well past the :deadhorse2:stage in this thread. If...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 03:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
I like nice restaurants, or at least having that...

I like nice restaurants, or at least having that option. As far as ease of movement goes, layers are actually far less restrictive than a nylon shell. Knitted wool stretches. Nylon does not. You...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 02:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
My commute is 14 miles one way and takes about an...

My commute is 14 miles one way and takes about an hour. The layering works even better for all day rides--the advantage being that if the temperature rises 20 or more degrees f through a day, you...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 01:54 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
Believe me, I sweat too, and it does feel good to...

Believe me, I sweat too, and it does feel good to ride hard enough to really sweat. I just don't like it when my clothes are soaked in it!
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 01:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
I don't use windproof shells any more. When I...

I don't use windproof shells any more. When I did it was mainly on club rides, and I counted them as 3 layers. I find I'm much more confortable without the shell. I always ended up with too much...
Forum: Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries 11-28-12, 12:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 232
Posted By Mercian Rider
1949 Lady's Raleigh Lenton Sports

FALSE ALARM--THE GROUP HAS NOW DECIDED TO HAVE ME CLEAN IT UP AND FIND A GOOD HOME FOR IT RATHER THAN SELL IT.

This was donated to a local cycling advocacy group, ConsideBiking.com, by a woman...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 11:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,621
Posted By Mercian Rider
1973 Mercian Professional, I'm the original...

1973 Mercian Professional, I'm the original owner. Try to commute with it every other week or so.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj303/KeithAM_photo/018.jpg

2000 Bob Jackson Special...
Forum: Commuting 11-28-12, 10:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mercian Rider
Using Layers for Cold Weather Riding

Veteran cyclist Ashley Molk mentored me when I first started riding with the local AYH club in the early 1970s at age 12--13. One of the things he taught me was to wear layers of wool for cold...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-27-12, 12:16 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 17,230
Posted By Mercian Rider
1973 Mercian Pro (I'm the original owner): ...

1973 Mercian Pro (I'm the original owner):

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj303/KeithAM_photo/018.jpg

2000 Bob Jackson Special Tourist (commuted on it yesterday):
...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-27-12, 10:33 AM
Replies: 6,524
Views: 535,772
Posted By Mercian Rider
Likewise, on the ride home last night: ...

Likewise, on the ride home last night:

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj303/KeithAM_photo/Moon.jpg
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-26-12, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6,524
Views: 535,772
Posted By Mercian Rider
Beat me to it on the Opinel. Light, elegant, and...

Beat me to it on the Opinel. Light, elegant, and cuts well because the blade is thin. And costs less than a fast food lunch.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-23-12, 08:56 AM
Replies: 35,900
Views: 3,666,732
Posted By Mercian Rider
Raleigh Twenty: ...

Raleigh Twenty:

http://columbus.craigslist.org/bik/3412627078.html

Vintage Raleigh Folding Bicycle - $200 (Pickaway County)
...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-21-12, 04:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,140
Posted By Mercian Rider
As did both my 1970s DL-1s. But those aren't ...

As did both my 1970s DL-1s. But those aren't road bikes.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-21-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,140
Posted By Mercian Rider
That reflects my experience as well, with few...

That reflects my experience as well, with few exceptions that wouldn't apply here (DL-1s, touring bikes with 40 rear, etc.).
Forum: Classic & Vintage 11-21-12, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,140
Posted By Mercian Rider
I agree completely--my original answer applies...

I agree completely--my original answer applies only if you're dedicated to 100% "vintage correct," which is something I don't aim for myself.

As for what a Brit of that era would most likely...
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