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Old 11-15-23, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Need41speed
Folding bikes, at least for me, put you lower to the ground & in a more upright position so, youíre much more stable & comfortable than a road bike. My transition to folding bikes is spurred on by the development of our rail system here in Honolulu & future travel to the mainland, Europe & ?
I'm thinking the distance to the ground from your saddle would depend on your bottom bracket height, not the size of your wheels. That is, compared to a road bike and using the same length cranks and similar leg extension. There were 2 people who joined our road bike club for a while and they set their folders up to duplicate the positions of their road bikes. They used drop bars on the folders.

Riding with them in group rides it didn't seem to make any difference that they were on folders. They weren't super fast but they weren't slow either. Even on climbing rides they did fine.
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Old 11-15-23, 06:55 PM
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On my way to being an "old people" ... today's ride ... a 1971 Raleigh Sports ... younger than me.


'71 Raleigh Sports ... at the Boulevard in Gloucester, MA, USA
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Old 11-16-23, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by bharrisonb
On my way to being an "old people" ... today's ride ... a 1971 Raleigh Sports ... younger than me.


'71 Raleigh Sports ... at the Boulevard in Gloucester, MA, USA
Remind me of a bicycle one of our neighbors had in the 60s. It was green and his chain cover was bigger, it covered both the top and bottom sides; he brought it back with him from London. The same seat and bag but he also had a light with a friction generator on the rear wheel. There was a built-in lock on the seat-stays under over the fender. I recall it being quite heavy.

I am impressed that you still have it in running condition.
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Old 11-16-23, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by dsonyay


My main ride is a BMC Roadmachine (2022 model) with Ultegra 12spd Di2. 51cm. Great bike.. but not as Endurance oriented a frame as I hoped. I wish it had rim brakes too. Not liking disc brakes. Iím a south Louisiana rider .. no need for disc brakes here Age- 61 and 10 months.
*sweet* lookin BMC

what donít you like about the disc brakes ? disc brake systems work equally well on flat as well as hilly terrain Ö (just as many rim brake systems)

if you prefer more upright position - could try a different stem - including a stem with a rise and / or a shorter stem

many hydraulic disc brake hoods are positioned a greater distance from the handlebar compared to rim brake brake hoods - so keep this in mind when evaluating your position on the bike
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Old 11-16-23, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by dsonyay
how do you like the Scribes? I saw a YouTube review of the wheelset (the owner had a red Roadmachine). He really liked the wheels. Ive read both other reviews where some had issues with Scribe.

I may sell the BMC soon. Not crazy about the geometry.. would prefer more upright.. the Roadmachine seems just barely slacker than my CAAD9

I know the video you're talking about. That's Mitch Boyer. He got the 42mm set and I got the 50mm. That video is the one that got me thinking about the Scribes in the first place. So far, I really like them. They are my first carbon wheels. They have been over some very rough, backroad surfaces here and have held up just fine. The fact that they are wide rims allows me to lower the pressure in my tires. Between that and the carbon, it does smooth out the ride more. They do seem to be a bit faster, as well.
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Old 11-16-23, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by TennBent
I know the video you're talking about. That's Mitch Boyer. He got the 42mm set and I got the 50mm. That video is the one that got me thinking about the Scribes in the first place. So far, I really like them. They are my first carbon wheels. They have been over some very rough, backroad surfaces here and have held up just fine. The fact that they are wide rims allows me to lower the pressure in my tires. Between that and the carbon, it does smooth out the ride more. They do seem to be a bit faster, as well.
i may need to investigate a wider inner wheel width as well
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Originally Posted by bharrisonb
On my way to being an "old people" ... today's ride ... a 1971 Raleigh Sports ... younger than me.
The Raleigh 'Sports' model was a veery popular bike when I was a schoolboy in the late 50's early 60's ó for those who could afford one. Nice bike!
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Old 11-16-23, 02:32 PM
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The one that's been seeing the most use since the pandemic: 2021 Orbea Oiz






The one that has the most miles on it: 2016 Surly Disc Trucker. Stopped here just off the 127 near Tecopa CA





The one that weighs the least and is tons O' fun in the New England winter: 2015 Borealis Echo





The one with the motor (03 Sportster) with the XC bike arriving at the trailhead.

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Old 11-16-23, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bharrisonb
On my way to being an "old people" ... today's ride ... a 1971 Raleigh Sports ... younger than me.


'71 Raleigh Sports ... at the Boulevard in Gloucester, MA, USA
Looks just like the '72 Raleigh Sports I bought new for $82 in Philadelphia and commuted there with it every day for years. Mine had the the 3speed coaster hub which I preferred for its reliable all weather braking capability.
This picture was taken in 1983 near the Delaware Water Gap when the twins were about 9 months old.


The last known location for it was in Freiburg, Germany in 2001, where my daughter used it for daily commuting and left it at the Hauptbahnhof after finishing a years study at the University and took the train to the Frankfurt airport to head back to the U.S.
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The one I used today is about a decade old Cervello, fairly light road bike with all DurAce (except the crank that was changed to a compact Ultegra). It still rides well. I was thinking to throw it in the trunk of a car and go in the area with rolling hills where it’s much more picturesque.




But days are short here so decided against it and went directly from home onto a bike path.






All the wild flowers have gone to seeds and in some areas our city crew mows the edges to keep it clear.
Usually there is a sandhill crane nest in the pond in summer. These days, my rides are least interesting but once the snow comes down, that will change.
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Old 12-17-23, 11:33 PM
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Mainly a Surly Cross Check. Recently added a Specialized Enduro for trails the CC isn't up to. And, a Lemond Tourmalet for road days. {which seem tobe fewer. Moved to the Sierra Nevadas, and liking the trails up here!}


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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
Looks just like the '72 Raleigh Sports I bought new for $82 in Philadelphia and commuted there with it every day for years. Mine had the the 3speed coaster hub which I preferred for its reliable all weather braking capability.
A lovely photo of a true 'classic' in bicycle culture. These were supreme machines during my schoolboys days ó although I thought my Lenton Sports in Reynolds 531 was a cut better. But the "Sports" like yours had an 'AW' hub ó I think ó even though yours had a brake incorporated. My bike came with the dangerous, awful, appalling 'SW'. (It hurt me bad!)
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Originally Posted by gorillimo
Mainly a Surly Cross Check. Recently added a Specialized Enduro for trails the CC isn't up to. And, a Lemond Tourmalet for road days. {which seem tobe fewer. Moved to the Sierra Nevadas, and liking the trails up here!}

Can you remind me what bars you have on the Surly? Thanks.

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Iíve mainly ridden my old MTB lately.



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Originally Posted by ofajen
Can you remind me what bars you have on the Surly? Thanks.

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https://www.somafab.com/parts/handlebar
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The Clarence?
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Originally Posted by ofajen
The Clarence?
Looks like it.
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Originally Posted by ofajen
Can you remind me what bars you have on the Surly? Thanks.

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They are Satori Noirette Plus.....
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No. But, they look very similar.
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Sooo,
Iíll be 80 in May, so Iíll ride this one 80km on my birthday.
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Sooo,
Iíll be 80 in May, so Iíll ride this one 80km on my birthday.
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Well, I know who I want to be when I grow up (Iím only 72). Beautiful bike.
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Not the only Sportster/pedal bike here. I don't carry my enduro to the trails on the HD, tho!

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The bike I ride most often these days. Started from a bare frame. Original intent was to make this into a touring bike, but it turned into my daily ride.


Trek 990
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