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09-01-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 610
Posted By tclune

A lotta bottles

If those are all empties on the table, I can't help but wonder how true the wheel really is... ;)
08-31-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 610
Posted By tclune

I just turned the bike upside-down and trued the...

I just turned the bike upside-down and trued the wheels in place. I decided to get something more for-purpose and got something like this....
08-30-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 739
Posted By tclune

You don't say how old you are. I am 72, and I'm...

You don't say how old you are. I am 72, and I'm just plain more brittle than I used to be and have worse balance. My increased caution isn't a matter of greater wisdom, just different circumstances.
08-26-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,885
Posted By tclune

Well, I've accomplished the first, but still...

Well, I've accomplished the first, but still waiting on the second...
08-14-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,543
Posted By tclune

Schwalbe Winter Marathons

Schwalbe Winter Marathons are the worst for me. The regular Marathon Pluses are a bear, but when you add the studs into the mix, trying to mount the tires is truly awful. I save my hands and let the...
12-01-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By tclune

That may well be it. This past spring, I had to...

That may well be it. This past spring, I had to replace the back caliper because the spring was shot. So I may not have a problem this winter at all! Here's hoping...
11-30-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By tclune

V-Brake pads that don't freeze?

I normally get the standard black rubber brake pads for my bike. They work fine in most conditions, although they are not as good in rain as I'd like. But the real bummer for me is when the weather...
08-17-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,144
Posted By tclune

Not at MY speed... ;)

Not at MY speed... ;)
Forum: Commuting
07-04-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,303
Posted By tclune

My three-season tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus...

My three-season tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus and my winter tires are Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus. I haven't had a flat since switching over a few years ago. OTOH, they are really hard to get...
05-25-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,483
Posted By tclune

There's a huge range of acceptable tire pressures...

There's a huge range of acceptable tire pressures for your bike. The pressure gauge on the tire pump is more accurate than you need. If I fix a flat on the road, I just inflate until the tire feels...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,435
Posted By tclune

I'm retired now, but I found a bike rain cape to...

I'm retired now, but I found a bike rain cape to be a must-have. I had tried various rain gear before the cape, and I would always sweat so much when wearing it that I got just as wet with as...
05-08-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,143
Posted By tclune

I'm a clyde and for me discomfort in the seat is...

I'm a clyde and for me discomfort in the seat is a matter of core conditioning more than anything else. When I start getting tired, I slump in the saddle a bit. It would be easy to mistake this for a...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,589
Posted By tclune

I do my maintenance when I swap off the studded...

I do my maintenance when I swap off the studded snows, so it was about a month ago.
Forum: Commuting
04-23-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,101
Posted By tclune

Maybe, "Just stay off your cell phone while you...

Maybe, "Just stay off your cell phone while you drive and I'll be fine."
04-12-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 28,728
Posted By tclune

Must be a bear to pedal that thing... ;)

Must be a bear to pedal that thing... ;)
04-12-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 28,728
Posted By tclune

Yes. At least in the Northeastern US, small...

Yes. At least in the Northeastern US, small independent book stores are coming back to life. My sense is that, with the bricks and mortar presence of Borders and the like in decline, a viable niche...
04-09-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,750
Posted By tclune

Truthfully, I keep cycling because I gave my son...

Truthfully, I keep cycling because I gave my son my car when I retired. My wife still has a car, so we're not carless. But she is constantly on the go, so if I want to go somewhere, I either have to...
03-27-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,386
Posted By tclune

People who text while driving tend to have the...

People who text while driving tend to have the same view of their competence. Most go for their entire lives without having an accident. Nonetheless, controlled experiments indicate that using the...
03-27-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,386
Posted By tclune

And you might consider that your skill level is...

And you might consider that your skill level is not necessarily equal to your confidence level.
03-06-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,761
Posted By tclune

You'd have to ask God...

You'd have to ask God...
03-06-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,761
Posted By tclune

I have always maintained that the cold is just...

I have always maintained that the cold is just God's way of telling you to pedal faster.
01-11-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,612
Posted By tclune

I get some real cognitive dissonance from some...

I get some real cognitive dissonance from some members of this site. The constant braying is that we must support our LBS or we will be left without local experts to shield us from the ravages of our...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,035
Posted By tclune

I ride Marathon Plus tires in summer and Marathon...

I ride Marathon Plus tires in summer and Marathon Winter Plus in winter. I have never had a flat since switching to them (from Bontrager, which would puncture at the drop of a hat.) They are slow and...
10-01-18, 08:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,272
Posted By tclune

I thought us geezers all knew you don't need a...

I thought us geezers all knew you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
08-12-18, 04:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 895
Posted By tclune

How do you know he was 21? ;)

How do you know he was 21? ;)
08-10-18, 07:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By tclune

Around here, there are bike and e-bike rentals...

Around here, there are bike and e-bike rentals strategically placed in town and on some campuses. You might find out if renting is an option, and let the bike company worry about security. FWIW
07-22-18, 06:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,465
Posted By tclune

Thanks for the correction.

Thanks for the correction.
07-21-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,791
Posted By tclune

The one bit of cycling kit that really caught my...

The one bit of cycling kit that really caught my attention when I first used it was compression leg sleeves. I got them for their SPF factor, but I was amazed at how much they helped keep my legs...
07-20-18, 06:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,465
Posted By tclune

When I moved here a few years ago, there were...

When I moved here a few years ago, there were four bicycle shops within about five miles. I tried them all, and only one did a competent job on repairs. That one is excellent. Henry Ford once said...
07-11-18, 05:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,436
Posted By tclune

Not so. I will look like a complete clueless dork...

Not so. I will look like a complete clueless dork no matter how much my wardrobe cost.
07-08-18, 05:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,817
Posted By tclune

Not with me. I normally only use it when I'm...

Not with me. I normally only use it when I'm going to pass someone else, so I appreciate it when alerted to the presence of another cyclist who is passing me.
06-30-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,236
Posted By tclune

I was a medical device software engineer. I...

I was a medical device software engineer. I retired at 65 because I just couldn't keep up with the demands of working for start-ups any more. We moved to a college town and I got a part-time job as a...
06-28-18, 07:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,817
Posted By tclune

I also use the Safe Zone mirror. It is way...

I also use the Safe Zone mirror. It is way over-priced, but cyclists seem to like being ripped off by gear suppliers. And it is the best helmet mirror I have owned.
06-27-18, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By tclune

If you can get to 10 posts just *****ing about...

If you can get to 10 posts just *****ing about the 10-post policy, you'll fit in just fine around here. ;)
06-21-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 768
Posted By tclune

In case you are unaware of its existence -- I...

In case you are unaware of its existence -- I carry one of these...
06-09-18, 10:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,230
Posted By tclune

Dad's relationship advice: " If you both give 90%...

Dad's relationship advice: " If you both give 90% of the way, you can almost meet in the middle." Dad's other classic: "Measure twice, cut once." Both have proven sound over the years.
Forum: Commuting
04-24-18, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,447
Posted By tclune

I'm not sure that brand names are really much...

I'm not sure that brand names are really much value. A good brand that costs a fair amount will be a good bike. But I got a $300 Specialized bike new, and it wasn't noticeably better than any other...
04-17-18, 06:23 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 18,495
Posted By tclune

Yesterday, when I finished shoveling the drive, I...

Yesterday, when I finished shoveling the drive, I removed my studded snows. I'm sick of winter, and that is my act of defiance to the weather gods. We'll see how they respond...
04-08-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,681
Posted By tclune

I'd just mention that you can get tandem bikes...

I'd just mention that you can get tandem bikes for around that combined price. For a couple who want to socialize as they ride, a tandem might give them a bit of panache as well as a pleasant...
03-28-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,008
Posted By tclune

I thought they were just for e-bikes with lithium...

I thought they were just for e-bikes with lithium batteries...
03-24-18, 06:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,510
Posted By tclune

I have used them for a few years now. While I...

I have used them for a few years now. While I think they're great for groceries and taking things to the recycling center, I find the clip a complete pain. Instead of using it at all, I just keep...
03-09-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,094
Posted By tclune

I got this kit a few years ago when I retired. I...

I got this kit a few years ago when I retired. I was just getting back into cycling after thirty-plus years, and thought that the kit would give me a basic starting point for learning how to work on...
02-23-18, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,331
Posted By tclune

I also have the Bontrager rear rack on my 520. It...

I also have the Bontrager rear rack on my 520. It came with the bike, but I have had no reason to change for another. I also use Wald folding baskets instead of panniers. For touring, I throw a few...
01-26-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,932
Posted By tclune

I use citrus-based solvents for my cleaning, and...

I use citrus-based solvents for my cleaning, and use them indoors during the winter months. AFAIK, there is no problem with fumes from them. FWIW
Forum: Commuting
01-04-18, 09:34 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 9,823
Posted By tclune

I used to work for a complete jerk -- and I was...

I used to work for a complete jerk -- and I was self-employed. So count your blessings. ;)
01-03-18, 06:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,013
Posted By tclune

Just curious -- how do you strap a deer to your...

Just curious -- how do you strap a deer to your bike? ;)
01-02-18, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,013
Posted By tclune

You might want to try out Amazon's grocery...

You might want to try out Amazon's grocery service (assuming it is available in Canada.) With such a small town, it is very possible that even if there is a small grocery store, it may go out of...
Forum: Touring
12-29-17, 06:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,417
Posted By tclune

The Bontrager rack...

The Bontrager rack (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-accessories/bike-racks/bontrager-backrack-deluxe-l/p/09592/?colorCode=greylight) that came on my Trek 520 has been solid as a...
12-28-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 701
Views: 129,776
Posted By tclune

In my experience, it's always mostly headwind --...

In my experience, it's always mostly headwind -- just like most of my rides are uphill both ways... ;)
12-27-17, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,220
Posted By tclune

I'm 69 and about to retire from my retirement...

I'm 69 and about to retire from my retirement job. When I was 65, I retired from my career and moved to western MA. My wife still has a car, so I can get ready access if I need it. But generally, I...
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