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Forum: Commuting
04-15-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,352
Posted By PhilWinIL

I have gone through some various bags over the...

I have gone through some various bags over the years. I like the Topeak panniers and trunk. The ones purchased more recently were from Arkel in Canada. They have some quality bags that have worn...
03-28-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 613
Posted By PhilWinIL

I have a Sun EZ Sport that was converted into an...

I have a Sun EZ Sport that was converted into an e-bike last year. I started out with a 1000W motor, but the problem with that was between its weight and the frame weight, it was just too heavy....
Forum: Recumbent
03-19-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,026
Posted By PhilWinIL

When we cleaned out my inlaw's garage, we came...

When we cleaned out my inlaw's garage, we came across a Sun EZ-3 three wheeler. Like the EZ-1 I have, it has a heavy frame, but when you are seated on it you are at the almost the same level as...
03-05-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,334
Posted By PhilWinIL

I have converted two bikes to e-bikes. The first...

I have converted two bikes to e-bikes. The first one is a DF with a 500W BaFang motor drive on it and works just fine. The seconds one is a Sun Sport recumbent that has been converted too. With it I...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,203
Posted By PhilWinIL

Magnet worked for me

When I was riding my bike to work a few years ago I had a light that would not change until a car or truck came. After using a wire tie to attach a magnet to the bike, it would trip the signal after...
09-19-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 111,778
Posted By PhilWinIL

Here is my 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix. It has been...

Here is my 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix. It has been ridden all over town and also usedon a trainer during the off season. I have a couple of recumbents and a kit DF that was converted to an e-bike. The...
08-22-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,569
Posted By PhilWinIL

What I like about ebikes is that you can get to...

What I like about ebikes is that you can get to your destination without feeling like you need another shower! That makes a difference in Corn Country!!
Forum: Recumbent
04-11-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,583
Posted By PhilWinIL

I started riding recumbent about 4 years ago now...

I started riding recumbent about 4 years ago now with a Sun EZ-1. They are not the best for speed but sure beat a DF for long distances. I have ridden the Katy Trail with my cousins a couple of times...
Forum: Recumbent
02-26-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,583
Posted By PhilWinIL

Recumbent vs DF

We have gotten together more than once with my cousins and ridden the Katy Trail more than once. With the trail being a fine packed gravel your speed does not go much over 12 mph if you want to keep...
12-18-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 790
Posted By PhilWinIL

Interesting article. Thanks for posting!

Interesting article. Thanks for posting!
09-22-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,641
Posted By PhilWinIL

I puchased a kit bike and converted it to an...

I puchased a kit bike and converted it to an e-bike back in the winter of 2018-2019. Of all the parts, I found the battery to be the second most expensive part for the entire bike. What I paid...
Forum: Recumbent
10-13-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,422
Posted By PhilWinIL

Sun EZ-1

I purchased a Sun EZ-1 about 3 years ago and really like it! One thing that I did was replace the standard tires with high pressure tires and innertubes. That made a difference. It is slower than my...
Forum: Recumbent
06-15-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,090
Posted By PhilWinIL

It took me some trial and error on finding a good...

It took me some trial and error on finding a good bike rack for the EZ-1 I have. I came across the best deal at etrailer.com. It is hard to find a rack that will not take some effort to get the bike...
11-04-18, 09:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,010
Posted By PhilWinIL

Pictures of the E-bike upgrade in progress

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07-25-18, 07:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,010
Posted By PhilWinIL

More life to the car

My reason for looking seriously at an e-bike is to add some additional length to the life of the car. Just purchased a new one for my wife. Another reason is to be able to ride to work and not need...
Forum: Recumbent
04-14-18, 09:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,336
Posted By PhilWinIL

Sun EZ-1 tires

We finally got out for a ride earlier today so I got a feel for the high pressure tires. They make for easier pedaling with the lack of surface contact and make a difference on coasting speed too....
Forum: Recumbent
03-18-18, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,336
Posted By PhilWinIL

Sun EZ-1 tires

I have an EZ-1 that had Kenda 1.75 tires on it with max pressure of 65psi and just replaced them with Kenda 1.5 inch high pressure tires, each at 100psi. I just put the tires on this evening, but...
10-04-17, 09:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,715
Posted By PhilWinIL

My 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix is 43 and I'm at 59,...

My 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix is 43 and I'm at 59, so I am just over the century mark at 102. Time flies!!
Forum: Recumbent
01-22-17, 09:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,137
Posted By PhilWinIL

Bents on hills

I wouldn't say the hills would keep anyone from riding them on a 'bent. They do take longer on the steeper ones, but when it comes to the long hills (former RR grades), you can get more distance on...
Forum: Recumbent
01-03-17, 10:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,137
Posted By PhilWinIL

Recumbent vs DF

I have not ridden a recumbent for long, but must say that after riding the Katy Trail on a Raleigh Grand Prix one year and then on a Sun EZ-1 recumbent the following year, the Sun won out on my...
Forum: Recumbent
03-26-16, 03:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,054
Posted By PhilWinIL

If you want to know of a huge advantage 'bent...

If you want to know of a huge advantage 'bent riders have, ride the Katy Trail end to end on a DF. Your bod will let you know!
03-22-16, 09:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,372
Posted By PhilWinIL

Congratulations Retro Grouch! Enjoy your extra...

Congratulations Retro Grouch! Enjoy your extra time on wheels!
Forum: Recumbent
02-01-16, 06:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,282
Posted By PhilWinIL

I picked up a used EZ-1 (vintage 2001) last year...

I picked up a used EZ-1 (vintage 2001) last year and rode a stretch of the Katy Trail on it in October. Really like the way it rides. It does take a while to get used to the feel of a 'bent after...
Forum: Foo
11-09-15, 08:07 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 88,787
Posted By PhilWinIL

It has been a while since I have been on this...

It has been a while since I have been on this forum. So sorry to hear about Tom and what he went through. Always got a b-day message from him. Ride on Tom.
Forum: Recumbent
08-24-15, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,276
Posted By PhilWinIL

I pretty much fell into becoming a Sun owner. We...

I pretty much fell into becoming a Sun owner. We have been cleaning out my in-laws' garage to make space for things in the house. The bike was buried underneath "stuff" that was stacked up to track...
05-30-15, 06:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By PhilWinIL

Just biked the KATY Trail

My cousin and I rolled in yesterday at St. Charles, MO from our ride along the KATY Trail from Clinton, MO. That ride is a blast! There are some mild hills at the west end, and a few places where the...
12-26-14, 01:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,239
Posted By PhilWinIL

The kids got me a Misfit Flash fitness plus sleep...

The kids got me a Misfit Flash fitness plus sleep monitor. It can be used for swimming, cycling, running and sleep. Our two daughters each have one and are tracking their steps.

Being one who is...
12-02-14, 09:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,006
Posted By PhilWinIL

Around here, the local police have their own...

Around here, the local police have their own specialized MTB's with the communication equipment. Once in a while there is an incident that occurred on a local trail which prompts them to show more...
08-07-14, 09:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,953
Posted By PhilWinIL

Altzheimers and Dementia are two reasons why I...

Altzheimers and Dementia are two reasons why I have kept up the cycling. It was back in the 90's when our dad passed away after going through Pick's disease, and our mom passed on her 90th b-day this...
08-07-14, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,677
Posted By PhilWinIL

Real Grandpas go Cycling

If this has been posted on the forum before, I apologize for the possible repeat, but could not pass it up. I saw this on FB a couple of weeks ago, and placed an order for one myself; couldn't...
11-28-13, 07:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,997
Posted By PhilWinIL

My "serious" cycling began back in the late 60's,...

My "serious" cycling began back in the late 60's, early 70's. It was ariound '66 when my older brother gave me a good shove down the driveway; I had to keep my balance! Around '69-'70 my friend and...
06-06-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,679
Posted By PhilWinIL

Brad, I was quite happy with the Iverson that I...

Brad, I was quite happy with the Iverson that I had at the time. The number of skinned knees and elbows was a lot less that the kid down the street with the Stingray! Those were the days when you...
06-05-13, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,679
Posted By PhilWinIL

Schwinn Stingray 50 years old

Wow!

Talk about time flying! Just read an article in the Wall Street Journal that the Schwinn Stingray hit the 50 year mark June 1st. There werecsome guys in our neighborhood who were always...
05-18-13, 07:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,831
Posted By PhilWinIL

I have a '74 Raleigh Grand Prix that look just...

I have a '74 Raleigh Grand Prix that look just like the one in your photo. The only difference is that this one has the additional center pull brake levers on the handlebars. The rear derailleur on...
03-24-13, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,118
Posted By PhilWinIL

For the Global Warming bunch...about a foot of...

For the Global Warming bunch...about a foot of snow here today-so far. It started early this morning at 1am or thereabouts. As of 9:30 this evening (3/24) it is still coming on strong. Hey...
03-24-13, 10:46 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 20,717
Posted By PhilWinIL

GAF - used to make film to compete with Kodak...

GAF - used to make film to compete with Kodak back in the 126 and 35mm days.
Ozark Airlines-used to serve the Midwest.
McDonnell-Douglas
C&IM - Chicago & Illinois Midland RR; now Illinois Midland...
03-16-13, 09:47 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,220
Posted By PhilWinIL

A fair-weather cyclist here too! If it's not the...

A fair-weather cyclist here too! If it's not the weather, it's the road conditions. I am not one who favors riding on ice, or packed snow that has turned into ice.
03-14-13, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By PhilWinIL

Yep-it was a birthday present. My older brother...

Yep-it was a birthday present. My older brother gave me a push down the driveway that day, and have been riding since!
03-14-13, 09:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By PhilWinIL

Have been riding for a while

304563We were going through our mom's house after she went to a nursing home and came across some OLD pictures.

This is one of me on my first REAL bike, or at least it seemed to be at the time.
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11-21-12, 10:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,131
Posted By PhilWinIL

We live just west of the stretch of Route 66 that...

We live just west of the stretch of Route 66 that runs just north of Springfield, IL through Sherman. There are many alignments of 66 in Illinois and an effort is under way to construct more bike...
07-27-12, 08:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,872
Posted By PhilWinIL

Between a parent in a nursing home who had a...

Between a parent in a nursing home who had a heart attack in the early summer and the temp's hovering around the century mark lately, my riding has really fallen off. I'm hoping to get back to...
06-13-12, 10:03 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,862
Posted By PhilWinIL

We have been empty nesters for about 10 years...

We have been empty nesters for about 10 years now. We have a granddaughter now, 19 months old who lives out of town. Wife goes down to their place (about 140 miles away) to take care of our...
02-12-12, 10:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 321
Posted By PhilWinIL

A 50+ Jersey in Adventure Cyclist

I just got around to looking through the latest issue of Adventure Cycling's Feb. 2012 issue of Adventure Cyclist and noticed a picture on page 40 with one person wearing a 50+ jersey. They're...
01-08-12, 05:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,999
Posted By PhilWinIL

I picked up a new computer about a year ago when...

I picked up a new computer about a year ago when the HP laptop I had since '05 went belly-up for the third time (three hard drives in it's lifetime). It was replaced with an ASUS K52F which has been...
12-09-11, 10:51 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,268
Posted By PhilWinIL

The engine didn't blow up on it but the tranny...

The engine didn't blow up on it but the tranny gave out halfway; we lost reverse. Whenever you had a "normal" repair to make, it cost 3 to 4 times as much since the diesels are high amperage on...
12-08-11, 10:50 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,268
Posted By PhilWinIL

I started out with a 1966 VW Beetle with a...

I started out with a 1966 VW Beetle with a rebuilt '63 engine in it. Then had the "thrill" of a '74 Vega hatchback. From that went to a 76 Plymouth Duster. After that got married and had some station...
12-08-11, 07:13 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,778
Posted By PhilWinIL

Just received my jersey today and it fits fine....

Just received my jersey today and it fits fine. Now it's just waiting for the weather to warm up! Thanks for all of the effort Curtis! :)
12-04-11, 09:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By PhilWinIL

Thanks for taking on the task Curtis! Now it's...

Thanks for taking on the task Curtis! Now it's just waiting for the warmer weather to come back around here!

It will be interesting to see what comments I get when I walk out of the office ready...
11-07-11, 11:08 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,331
Posted By PhilWinIL

My question is about how a belt driven bike would...

My question is about how a belt driven bike would handle a stiff grade. When you're heading up a hill and really putting added force on the frame and chain, it looks to me like a belt in place of the...
09-08-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,867
Posted By PhilWinIL

When I ride into Springfield from our place...

When I ride into Springfield from our place -we're about 8 miles north of town- the only road that crosses the Sangamon River near us is IL Route 29. Fortunately it has a wide paved shoulder now. The...
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