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  1. As another poster said, everyone does this once. ...

    As another poster said, everyone does this once. I did it looking back over my shoulder at almost a stop looking for my wife, who had flatted a ways back. I fell in grass fortunately. My wife fell...
  2. Is the build quality of Fiat's better now than...

    Is the build quality of Fiat's better now than when I had my 850 Coupe? Fun little car, but would have been lots of trouble had I kept it very long. Oh, the 124 Spyder was a cool sports car, and I...
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    The bike path nearest me is very crowded on the...

    The bike path nearest me is very crowded on the weekends. Speeds are high too, at least among the better riders. Tight turns in wooded areas with no visibility through the turn can be a problem....
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    I have seen this happen to others who have...

    I have seen this happen to others who have retired. Maybe you end up being more active instead of sitting at a desk all day like I do. Hope it happens to me in a few months when it is my turn. ...
  5. Man, that's great! I've not noticed the passing...

    Man, that's great! I've not noticed the passing of another decade without also noticing a decrease in physical capability, so it appears you are doing it right. Guess I need to do better.
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    Last night raised the stem on my old Raleigh. It...

    Last night raised the stem on my old Raleigh. It had been slammed down with the seat well above the bars. That was sort of OK for a ride one day, but the next days ride proved to be very painful...
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    I'm not a big believer in cycles of large amounts...

    I'm not a big believer in cycles of large amounts of testosterone, but most of us post-50 can benefit from some additional testosterone and other "tweaking" to get better levels. It can make a big...
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    Well, this turned out to be a not too big of a...

    Well, this turned out to be a not too big of a deal. I kept using Kroil on the seat post and binder bolt. I finally attacked the binder bolt using vise grips and a wrench. The nut finally turned...
  9. Thread: Old brakes!

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    Like the OP, I'm not a fan either. I replaced...

    Like the OP, I'm not a fan either. I replaced the pads with Kool-stops and things got only a little bit better for me. The cables are new. Maybe a little adjustment is needed, but I view the...
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    Some kind of parts/metal fatigue I'd guess. I...

    Some kind of parts/metal fatigue I'd guess. I weigh 220 and sometimes wonder about my very lithe road bike frame from the 70's.
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    Donated two weeks ago. I usually feel a little...

    Donated two weeks ago. I usually feel a little down on energy for a bit afterwards. No data to support this though. I try to give 2-4 times per year, and will continue to do so as long as I can.
  12. Comfortable is a good descriptor. I've got a...

    Comfortable is a good descriptor. I've got a rear rack and pannier set on and could see a front rack someday as well. My 531 road bike seems very springy in comparison to the Alpina Pro. Not sure...
  13. I could see mine as a drop bar conversion too. ...

    I could see mine as a drop bar conversion too. Sort of a heavy duty road bike.

    As far as I know, the Alpina Pro's from the 80's were all Tange Prestige tubing. Some were double butted and some...
  14. Enjoying riding my Alpina Pro. I don't know the...

    Enjoying riding my Alpina Pro. I don't know the year, but it has double butted Prestige tubing with red/black web paint. I fitted Kenda Kwest high pressure tires since my riding is primarily on...
  15. My wife got a flat on her second ride on new...

    My wife got a flat on her second ride on new tires last Tuesday. I replaced her tires with something having a protective belt, as we were none too happy to be in that predicament 10 miles from home....
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    At present, my only road bike is a 1974 Raleigh...

    At present, my only road bike is a 1974 Raleigh Competition. It is a fine vintage bike and I don't usually see anything else like it when riding it.
    I also ride several vinatge MTB's. I may...
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    Finally rode my new old Univega Alpina Pro last...

    Finally rode my new old Univega Alpina Pro last Sunday. Did a 30 mile trip and found the bike to be very smooth and "solid". In fact, the further I rode the better I liked how it rode for me. It...
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    Haha...when I am with my 23 year old, we try to...

    Haha...when I am with my 23 year old, we try to pass everyone and not get passed. When with my wife...well, a very pretty Masi did go by like a rocket late in our ride. But it wasn't a vintage Masi.
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    I've taken three rides so far this season on a...

    I've taken three rides so far this season on a well travelled 30 mile bike path, and so far, I've only seen one other steel road bike. I think it was late 80's Japanese. Everything else has been...
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    Sticky: 1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? 1974...

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

    1974 Raleigh Competition MkII and Univega Alpina Pro. I'd sort of like to get a new road bike for my birthday next December.



    2. Do you take any...
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    Last two rides I took, and the first two rides of...

    Last two rides I took, and the first two rides of my season, I averaged 15 and 16 mph for 30 and 32 miles respectively. Last quarter of those rides I felt pretty "zapped". I was riding with my son...
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    Wow! A Kimber? Impressive retirement gift. ...

    Wow! A Kimber? Impressive retirement gift. They must have loved having you there.
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    I will get nothing, and expect nothing when I...

    I will get nothing, and expect nothing when I retire in about a year. I'm even leaning toward saying no to the usual cake and punch retirement party with co-workers. I'd really rather meet with...
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    Brake pads, yup, been there on my 74 Raleigh. ...

    Brake pads, yup, been there on my 74 Raleigh. The bike was almost dangerous to ride with the original pads. They had very little use, but seemed to have hardened with the passage of time.

    Find...
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    OK. I can see that this is leading to the...

    OK. I can see that this is leading to the cutting solution. I can probably make use of a sawzall at home anyway. I also see that the local Auto Zone carries flexi hone's in sizes appropriate for...
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