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Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-27-10, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 915
Posted By Longfemur
Setting goals... the disease of modern life,...

Setting goals... the disease of modern life, successfully brainwashed into us at a young age with plenty of encouragement from the media, religions, education systems, etc. Ignore goals. Just ride...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 05-27-10, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 560
Posted By Longfemur
I don't think it can hurt to have the fitting...

I don't think it can hurt to have the fitting done if you can afford the money. It used to be easy, because we all followed the same rules of thumb, and all the bikes had basically the same points of...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 05-14-10, 12:43 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,075
Posted By Longfemur
To go back to the original question, I rode bikes...

To go back to the original question, I rode bikes back then already, and the way I remember it, most higher end bikes had centrepulls for the simple reason that people liked not having to keep...
Forum: Touring 05-04-10, 05:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,261
Posted By Longfemur
I'll be interested in reading a review after...

I'll be interested in reading a review after you've done that.
Forum: Road Cycling 05-04-10, 05:50 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,113
Posted By Longfemur
If your doctor says it's Ok, then ride and don't...

If your doctor says it's Ok, then ride and don't worry about it. It can only be good for you. When I was your age, I rode a lot, on a road bike (before they were called road bikes). My only medical...
Forum: Commuting 05-04-10, 05:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,193
Posted By Longfemur
You're riding a bike. Who cares what your shoes...

You're riding a bike. Who cares what your shoes look like if they work for you?
Forum: Hybrid Bicycles 05-04-10, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,195
Posted By Longfemur
This is really hard to answer. Have you tried the...

This is really hard to answer. Have you tried the road bike? A hybrid will feel more familiar, more like a regular bike at first, and it will be comfortable for shorter rides. A road bike, even a...
Forum: Road Cycling 05-04-10, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,528
Posted By Longfemur
There's no definitive answer to your question,...

There's no definitive answer to your question, because you can play with both height and reach, and then there's also the design of the bars themselves (reach from stem, how deep or shallow the drops...
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 02-24-10, 07:19 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,114
Posted By Longfemur
Clipless pedals are to bicycles like digital...

Clipless pedals are to bicycles like digital cameras are to photography. It's hard to go back, even if you don't particularly like the idea.

Are they necessary? No. Can you ride without them?...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-20-09, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,901
Posted By Longfemur
It ends up the same for the length of your...

It ends up the same for the length of your cockpit, but it's not the same in terms of overall fit of the bike and how the bike handles. It depends on the kind of bike we're talking about. A modern...
Forum: "The 33"-Road Bike Racing 12-20-09, 12:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,351
Posted By Longfemur
Fat definitely *is* fat, as far as weight gain...

Fat definitely *is* fat, as far as weight gain goes. Of course, in terms of other aspects of health, some fats may be healthier than others. But they are still the same in terms of any weight gain.
Forum: "The 33"-Road Bike Racing 12-20-09, 12:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,351
Posted By Longfemur
Fat is fat, and calories are calories. It doesn't...

Fat is fat, and calories are calories. It doesn't matter at all whether they come from vegetable or meat sources. If you suddenly start eating less sodium salt, you are likely to end up carrying less...
Forum: Commuting 12-08-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 949
Posted By Longfemur
I ride daily but not as a commute. I made it into...

I ride daily but not as a commute. I made it into December this year, but snow or no snow, once it's around the freezing point, for me, it's just not worth the health risks from the cold weather, the...
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 12-08-09, 10:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By Longfemur
Don't worry about it. It's totally insignificant....

Don't worry about it. It's totally insignificant. You don't want your frame to rust, but your chain and cogs are easily replaceable items (plus, they aren't the kind of things that will rust...
Forum: Vehicular Cycling (VC) 12-08-09, 10:17 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 8,838
Posted By Longfemur
Make the distances shorter and the weather nicer....

Make the distances shorter and the weather nicer. Have you ever been to Europe? No matter how many nice pictures and videos get posted on the internet, the amount of bicycle use is insignificant...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-08-09, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Longfemur
Both rims and tires last a long time. Why don't...

Both rims and tires last a long time. Why don't you just let her ride it. You can still buy 27 inch tires. I have a smooth-rolling touring bike with 27 inch wheels myself. Though I haven't tried it,...
Forum: Advocacy & Safety 12-05-09, 01:29 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,226
Posted By Longfemur
Leaving aside the bozos who ride the wrong way on...

Leaving aside the bozos who ride the wrong way on one way streets, hop on and off sidewalks, etc., I think that if vehicular type cyclists observed every letter of the law at all times under all...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 12-05-09, 01:20 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,501
Posted By Longfemur
Get a Brooks if that's what you want and you can...

Get a Brooks if that's what you want and you can afford it, but it's a bit of a misconception that leather saddles last a lifetime. I suppose it would last decades if you don't ride on it much.
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Forum: Touring 12-05-09, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,625
Posted By Longfemur
Are you a travel planner or a travel doer? ...

Are you a travel planner or a travel doer?

If the former, it's very important to spend a lot of time thinking about what type of bar tape you need, and once you've decided on the type, you need...
Forum: Road Cycling 12-04-09, 10:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 635
Posted By Longfemur
Forget about road pedals if you want to use...

Forget about road pedals if you want to use clipless, unless you really need to see yourself as some kind of "serious" cyclist. Some very serious non-racing road cyclists use "mountain bike" SPD...
Forum: Road Cycling 12-04-09, 04:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 635
Posted By Longfemur
It depends. What exactly is it that you expect to...

It depends. What exactly is it that you expect to gain from clipless pedals? I've had various kinds for more than a decade, but I'm always just as happy to ride the bike equipped with ordinary...
Forum: Commuting 12-04-09, 04:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,094
Posted By Longfemur
Any commuting mileage is do-able, given the right...

Any commuting mileage is do-able, given the right weather and sufficient time. Unfortunately, commuting zeal often meets with the realities of daily life.
Forum: Road Cycling 12-04-09, 04:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,436
Posted By Longfemur
In terms of modern, higher performance bikes, I...

In terms of modern, higher performance bikes, I most regret selling my 1997 Peugeot Biarritz. Of course, it was a bright canary yellow, so maybe I was justified in selling it at the time.
Forum: Road Cycling 12-04-09, 04:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,456
Posted By Longfemur
For the same reason they "upgraded" from 5, 6, 7...

For the same reason they "upgraded" from 5, 6, 7 and 8 I suppose. I always thought 6 or 7 in back was all I needed, but I do ride 9 now, only because that's what was currently available at the time....
Forum: Road Cycling 12-04-09, 04:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 899
Posted By Longfemur
You guys remind me of my father's generation and...

You guys remind me of my father's generation and their yearly new car - and the lifelong progression from owning a Chevy II or Vega to an Oldsmobile or Buick. And I'm 56, so that goes back a long...
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