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07-30-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 5,858
Posted By reverborama

I have bikes with rim brakes and bikes with disk...

I have bikes with rim brakes and bikes with disk brakes. I don't mind either but as mentioned above, wider all-road tires all come with disk brakes and that's where my interest lies going forward.
07-20-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,140
Posted By reverborama

We grabbed some of those when we went hiking at...

We grabbed some of those when we went hiking at Zion last year. You can get the foil packets/little cans of tuna salad plain or in several flavors and some even come with crackers. They worked...
07-08-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By reverborama

I've got a Pletscher as well. The design is...

I've got a Pletscher as well. The design is slightly different and the finishing on the Kmart one is much cruder which makes me wonder if it is a rebranding or a complete rip-off.
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07-08-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By reverborama

Kmart branded cast aluminum rack

Arguably neither classic nor vintage this beauty came on a '76 Nishiki International I picked up quite a while ago. I thought it was hilarious so on the shelf it went. Due to the pandemic the August...
07-03-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,121
Posted By reverborama

I went out this morning but only did about 15...

I went out this morning but only did about 15 miles. It was 87 when I started and 90+ when I got home. I think it topped out at 94. I didn't push it at all, just enjoyed the ride. Then I cut the...
07-01-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,010
Posted By reverborama

Being far-sighted I can wear plain old...

Being far-sighted I can wear plain old sunglasses. I buy the six-pack of them at the discount store. I find the cheap ones have flimsy plastic bows which are comfortable when paired with helmet...
06-30-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,559
Posted By reverborama

I've done a few week-long tours in Europe on...

I've done a few week-long tours in Europe on rented flat bar bikes. The days are pretty short - 20 to 40 miles - because you're stopping at all kinds of places to sight-see. But by the end of it...
06-30-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 921
Posted By reverborama

You can put ends on the flat bars to supply...

You can put ends on the flat bars to supply different hand positions. I think you'll need to explore is the height of the bars. You may find that higher bars, regardless of type, put less stress on...
06-26-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,529
Posted By reverborama

What I tell people is when you find something...

What I tell people is when you find something that fits and is comfortable, buy a few. 6 months or a year from now it won't be available or the next batch will be slightly different.
06-26-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,613
Posted By reverborama

I do both depending on how I feel. When I mash I...

I do both depending on how I feel. When I mash I do it out of the saddle and it feels good to stretch. I usually do this on shallower climbs where I am moving pretty quickly. If it's really steep...
06-26-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,246
Posted By reverborama

So Shed, which way did you go and what has been...

So Shed, which way did you go and what has been your experience with the clipless shoes? Future 50+ users will want to know!
06-26-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,082
Posted By reverborama

I've told this one before. I was riding to work,...

I've told this one before. I was riding to work, approaching Fort Snelling. I came around a corner on the bike path and there was a squirrel smack dab in the middle. I nailed the brakes and the...
06-25-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,161
Posted By reverborama

Pump and a air gauge, a helmet, and a water...

Pump and a air gauge, a helmet, and a water bottle. I also like to wear eye protection -- regular sunglasses or the cheapest clear safety glasses at Target/Walmart. Grab a bike multi-tool while...
06-24-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By reverborama

That is one of the weird things about AFib. I...

That is one of the weird things about AFib. I can totally feel it when bouts occur. The cardiologist tells me this is unusual and that most people don't realize they have it. I have confirmed this...
06-23-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 989
Posted By reverborama

I've been working from home since the middle of...

I've been working from home since the middle of March. I have a number of hobbies and activities that I enjoy that have been eliminated by the stay-at-home orders. All that's left is biking. I've...
06-23-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 843
Posted By reverborama

Yeah, spambots are relentless. Back when...

Yeah, spambots are relentless. Back when MPLSBikeLove was a thing, I was a mod. I was deleting multiple new users and spam posts every single day. Mostly they were dropping notes with website URLs...
06-22-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 668
Posted By reverborama

Yep, I've had it for about 10 years. I take...

Yep, I've had it for about 10 years. I take Flecainide twice a day and Metoprolol at bedtime for it and it's well under control. I know other people who've needed pacemakers and ablation with...
06-22-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2,776
Views: 626,247
Posted By reverborama

Normally I ride road/gravel bikes. When cleaning...

Normally I ride road/gravel bikes. When cleaning out my Mom's garage after she passed I came across my old banana seat bike from junior high. I hadn't ridden it since I got my first 10-speed in...
06-21-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,145
Posted By reverborama

There's still plenty left to do but I can ride...

There's still plenty left to do but I can ride it. I took it out for 20 miles today.
...
06-19-20, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By reverborama

In looking at the areas I am very familiar with,...

In looking at the areas I am very familiar with, it's quite current. It has the correct detour for a section of bike trail that was closed last summer for light rail construction. I'm going to be...
06-17-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,574
Posted By reverborama

I started working from home on March 16th due to...

I started working from home on March 16th due to the COVID. I decided to try the 30 days of biking starting April 1st. I'd never done it before because I always leave town for a couple of days in...
06-12-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,012
Posted By reverborama

Wow. This thread totally went a different...

Wow. This thread totally went a different direction than I thought it would from the title.

My least favorite vehicles are generally subcompacts where you can't put a hitch on them so you have to...
06-11-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By reverborama

I keep my lock key carabinered (is that a word?)...

I keep my lock key carabinered (is that a word?) to the lock. When I need it I take it off the lock, lock up the bike, and clip it to a belt loop. I've never lost a key.
06-11-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,982
Posted By reverborama

On a bike tour through Germany I stopped in a...

On a bike tour through Germany I stopped in a couple of shoe stores and simply asked "Fünfzig?" The answer was always "Nein."
06-11-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 465
Posted By reverborama

This spring I've ridden every day since April 1.

This spring I've ridden every day since April 1.
06-09-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,768
Posted By reverborama

I was in a hit-and-run a couple of months ago. I...

I was in a hit-and-run a couple of months ago. I got a nasty abrasion plus a couple extra cuts on one leg and the heel of one palm was very sore. The bike was rideable. After giving the report to...
06-09-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,982
Posted By reverborama

I wear 14 or 15, depending on the manufacturer. ...

I wear 14 or 15, depending on the manufacturer. I ride ATACs. The most comfortable shoe I've worn is a size 15 Keen Austin but they no longer make the cycling version of it and their current crop...
05-19-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,246
Posted By reverborama

In over 10 years of riding clipless I've fallen...

In over 10 years of riding clipless I've fallen over twice although there have been a few close calls! I think Fendertele nailed it. Unclipping several yards before you come to a stop works great. ...
05-09-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By reverborama

And adding to what was said above... You...

And adding to what was said above...

You also need to check your brakes. Moving to a new wheel will also mean you are going from 27 inch wheels to 700c. You need to be able to move your brake...
04-26-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By reverborama

I agree. I think you'll appreciate the disk...

I agree. I think you'll appreciate the disk brakes and wider tires. For years I've been riding 25mm tires and recently got a bike with 38mm wheels. The ride is much better on any surface that...
04-25-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,448
Posted By reverborama

Glad that worked out for you! My first...

Glad that worked out for you!

My first "internet" bike was a 1976 Nishiki International I bought in San Diego for $60 a week before traveling there for a convention. I fixed it up and rode it all...
04-19-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,022
Posted By reverborama

Always room for one more!

Always room for one more!
08-01-18, 03:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,499
Posted By reverborama

When I turned 50 I did 106 miles and thought I...

When I turned 50 I did 106 miles and thought I should just do double my age every year. I'm turning 60 this week and just planning on a century (this Saturday). It's going to be topping 90 with...
07-20-18, 10:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,423
Posted By reverborama

There's always going to be people out there who...

There's always going to be people out there who are faster than you and people slower than you. Neither matters unless you are the faster jerk who doesn't give me an "on your left" or bell ring when...
07-19-18, 09:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,791
Posted By reverborama

Don't discount padded spandex underliners. They...

Don't discount padded spandex underliners. They offer all the advantages of the regular spandex cycling shorts but go under plain shorts and knickers. That's what I wear under my cycling knickers.
07-18-18, 02:35 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,791
Posted By reverborama

I wear cycling knickers like a hipster and a...

I wear cycling knickers like a hipster and a regular cycling jersey with the 3 pockets in the back on top. Occasionally I will wear regular lycra cycling shorts but I prefer the 3/4 length knickers...
Forum: Touring
03-21-18, 03:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,180
Posted By reverborama

Oh, man, that sounds like a lot of fun. I grew...

Oh, man, that sounds like a lot of fun. I grew up in Westmont and if I still lived out there I would love to tag along. Please post a ride report and some pictures along the way!
03-06-18, 09:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,345
Posted By reverborama

Well how does Bike Island sell a pair of wheels...

Well how does Bike Island sell a pair of wheels with tires and tubes for $99 with free shipping?!
BikeIsland.com - Bicycle Parts, Accessories and Clothing at Affordable Prices with Free Shipping...
Forum: Touring
03-06-18, 02:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,592
Posted By reverborama

I did go with 6-bolt for the hubs. I figured if...

I did go with 6-bolt for the hubs. I figured if I needed to replace a spoke out in the field, that would be easier. I'll definitely be checking out that Airport Ninja case. If that means not...
Forum: Touring
03-05-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,592
Posted By reverborama

Looking at disc brakes for light touring. Difficulty: S&S couples or Rinko

I've done three week+ long bike tours in Europe using bikes provided by the tour companies. I'd like to bring my own so I'm building up a light touring bike with 42mm 650b wheels. I'm trying to...
03-05-18, 07:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,682
Posted By reverborama

I'm 6-3 and having a 650b wheelset built up right...

I'm 6-3 and having a 650b wheelset built up right now. With 42mm tires it will have the same diameter as a 700c wheel with 23mm tires, just a whole lot more air and, at lower tire pressure, a bigger...
03-03-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,592
Posted By reverborama

Just tested out my setup for the spring classics...

Just tested out my setup for the spring classics and the TdF. We canceled cable and loaded the YouTubeTV app on our Apple TV. YouTubeTV app comes with all our local broadcast channels plus a bunch...
03-03-18, 03:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,305
Posted By reverborama

I find that the places the sun gets me the most...

I find that the places the sun gets me the most are the back & sides of the neck, the back of the arms, knee & above the knee, around the ankle, and the nose.

So... I wear:
Knickers most of the...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-20-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,289
Posted By reverborama

I grew up in New Jersey and have raced a car on...

I grew up in New Jersey and have raced a car on the Bonneville Salt Flats and I can tell you nothing rusts faster than stuff that's been on the beach. If I was going to put a fatbike on beach duty,...
02-19-18, 03:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,149
Posted By reverborama

Great job!

Great job!
Forum: Fatbikes
02-19-18, 03:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,478
Posted By reverborama

I'd been riding in winter on 32mm studs but I...

I'd been riding in winter on 32mm studs but I couldn't handle snow. Got a SS 29er with 2.5 inch studs. Better, but still not enough. Fatbike with 4.7 inch unstudded tires is just right. Plus I...
02-19-18, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,504
Posted By reverborama

Improving my riding skillz

In line with ZIPP2001's post about still having his cat-like reflexes
https://www.bikeforums.net/fifty-plus-50/1135749-old-but-still-have-my-cat-like-reflexes.html
I went up to Cuyuna state park in...
02-19-18, 01:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,577
Posted By reverborama

I keep a Fuji Supreme permanently on the trainer...

I keep a Fuji Supreme permanently on the trainer in the basement -- finally had to swap tires front to back as I'd worn out the rear. I have come very close to crashing when watching cycle racing...
02-11-18, 08:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,064
Posted By reverborama

I've saved more in car rentals and hotel rooms...

I've saved more in car rentals and hotel rooms than the cost of the AARP life membership so it's worked out pretty well for me. But as JaMM points out, they send out a lot of mail.

I joined their...
02-06-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,899
Posted By reverborama

Argh. Sold out near me.

Argh. Sold out near me.
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