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02-11-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By motorapido

My SG S700 has been flawless for 6,000 miles

My Alfine 11 SG S700 is probably the older model. I have had no problems despite gearing it far lower than Shimano approved and riding 6000 miles including several fully loaded tours and mostly on...
01-20-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,726
Posted By motorapido

Voyager hyper bad in rain?

​​​​​I've roo Voyager Hyper on my touring bike on toda gravel bike oaths (great Allegheny passage and c&o trails) many thousands of miles and also daily on my work computer and find them excellent in...
Forum: Northeast
11-08-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By motorapido

Official parking lot at southern train terminus

Official parking lot is available at the southern terminus in Jersey shore. Nice Publix toilets and immediately next door to a good grocery store. I've parked multiple overnights there many a time....
09-21-18, 12:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,510
Posted By motorapido

Pedals

i can't speak to fixed gear since I run singlespeed and use brakes, but I commute with fancy work dress shoes and ride weekends in sneakers and love these flat pedals and get great grip from the pins...
09-21-18, 12:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,510
Posted By motorapido

I'll address the fender question. I ride a...

I'll address the fender question. I ride a Mercier Kilo WT (stands for Wide Tire) frame (track/singlespeed horizontal rear-facing droupouts) with 38mm tires and full sks longboard fenders. Here's the...
08-15-18, 07:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 513
Posted By motorapido

Kmc does not require a tool. You must patiently...

Kmc does not require a tool. You must patiently and carefully press the sides of the link closely together as you angle the link and press the plates to release them from the groove that retains...
07-12-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,784
Posted By motorapido

Built a single speed commuter for my six mile...

Built a single speed commuter for my six mile flat commute two years ago at age 53 and ride it to work five days a week year round. Ditched derailleurs on my touring bike two years before that for an...
06-21-18, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 554
Posted By motorapido

Are your tires wide and supple?

Before spending a bundle on a shock absorber seat post, start where the bumps start, at the tires. Panaracer PT Messengers can be found cheap. Can you fit 38s and run them around 45 psi depending on...
06-07-18, 07:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 274
Posted By motorapido

How bicycles revolutionized the plumbing industry late 1800s

Follow this link to an interesting story about the controversy caused when some plumbing contractors supplied their laborers with bicycles to reach more customers more quickly than bikeless plumbers....
05-31-18, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 525
Posted By motorapido

I experienced the same thing. Go easy on the file

Despite years of experience with a home machine shop using lathes and mills and hand tools, I used a file too aggressively and ended up with an axle that fit too loosely and was not parallel. It...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-18, 08:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By motorapido

My experience with the inexpensive bicycle rain...

My experience with the inexpensive bicycle rain over shoes is that they are tiny and don't fit my size 11 1/2 US dress shoes for my daily commute to the office. When you find a solution for $40 or...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,344
Posted By motorapido

Weight?

Nice you can fit 38s with fenders.i bought a Mercier Kilo WT (stands for wide tires) frameset. I'm running 38s tires, Vittoria Voyegeur Hypers and full fenders as my singlespeed commuter with a rear...
04-04-18, 08:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,863
Posted By motorapido

Nashbar kid/dog trailer personal experience

I recently bought the Nasbar kid trailer and love it. Great quality. Always seems to be on sale for $129. Our puppy is about the same age, but smaller -- a terrier mix, about 20 pounds. She loves...
Forum: Touring
04-03-18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,286
Posted By motorapido

Surface conditions and tires

I've ridden the entire GAP/C&O six times, camping, solo, self supported, on a 1970s sports touring steel frame with tires ranging from 32 to 38, file tread, and never knobbies. Two trips included...
Forum: Touring
04-03-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By motorapido

Riding it from airport?

If you're flying in to the airport, that's a great way to get to the GAP. If you're starting there after driving in with a bicycle and are seeking a rental car drop off, consider that there is an...
Forum: Great Lakes
04-03-18, 06:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,959
Posted By motorapido

Anybody know if the traillink gpx is kept...

Anybody know if the traillink gpx is kept current? I suppose detours and temporary road closures are probably pretty well marked, but I'd hate to attempt to follow an out-of-date GPX file since the...
04-01-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,629
Posted By motorapido

Identical to Aest pedals

They appear identical to another Chinese magnesium body/titanium axle pedal sold under Aest brand. I own the Aest version and like them quite a bit. I have them on my singlespeed commuter, which I...
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,138
Posted By motorapido

Message me for details

Feel free to message me through this forum if you'd like to arrange for a phone call. I've ridden that route 6 times, pretty much with your exact itinerary and can offer many insights. Get ready for...
03-29-18, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 737
Posted By motorapido

It's an 8-speed cassette now. Fortunately, the...

It's an 8-speed cassette now. Fortunately, the dropouts are currently spaced to accept the hub/wheel I have with a 10-speed cassette in the swap out.

From some quick calculations, it appears that...
03-28-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 737
Posted By motorapido

Good evaluation of motives for this 1x conversion

The owner of this bike is one of those people who, despite multiple advanced degrees, refuses to listen to, learn and apply simple theories and practices for riding a bicycle with a triple chainring....
03-26-18, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 737
Posted By motorapido

Suggest 1x10 inexpensive setup

I'm switching a friend's hybrid from a triple to a 1x10. I already have a nice wheel with an 11-42 cassette that I will donate to the project. I'm seeking a value-priced rear derailleur and shifter...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-22-18, 12:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,959
Posted By motorapido

No current GPX for Ohio to Erie trail?

The lack of responses to the OP's question and to mine from last year make me think that nobody has a current GPX file to share. This is baffling. If a branch of Ohio government oversees this trail,...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-15-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,959
Posted By motorapido

Agreed: we need gpx of route

I don't have a current gpx file and I share your frustration, since I'm planning to ride the entire route, solo, this summer, and like you, all I can find are older gpx files that include whatever...
02-28-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,488
Posted By motorapido

You're describing the old "sports touring" category

Lots of 60s and 70s bikes filled that niche and were called sports touring bike.
Forum: Touring
02-27-18, 12:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,879
Posted By motorapido

Depends. . .

I've ridden the entire GAP/C&O 6 times and haven't taken a dip, despite looking, casually, for swimming holes. Others I've seen going off trail to swim seemed to be dealing with rugged,steep...
02-16-18, 10:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By motorapido

Called nasbar: they don't know

A very friendly nashbar employee told me they don't know if it will work. So I'll just order one and test it and report back here.
02-16-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By motorapido

Adapt Nashbar trailer to singlespeed axle and Alfine IGH axle

I've searched unsuccessfully to find definitive information for adapting the hitch connector of the Nashbar Kid Karriage II trailer to a singlespeed bike (standard singlespeed nutted axle, track...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-17, 10:25 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,041
Posted By motorapido

Careful with flammable solvents in ultrasonic cleaners

Careful. I once kaboomed an ultrasonic cleaner that I was using with flammable solvents. Of course, it was a Harbor Freight cleaner, which immediately spells danger. Harbor Freight is sometimes known...
11-13-17, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By motorapido

I turned one down on a lathe

I started with a Nitto technomic. Good quality stem. Turned it down and toured many thousands of miles with it on my 1976 Super Le Tour, which I bought brand new in 76. In recent years, I changed it...
Forum: Touring
10-30-17, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,030
Posted By motorapido

Why kill such a marvelous tire?

Daggonit. They don't show up on the Vittoria website. I have enjoyed many thousands of puncture free miles in urban commuting and gravel rail trail self supported camping tours on the Randonneur...
10-04-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,774
Posted By motorapido

I get longer chain life

I commute on a single speed NOT fixed gear, so I don't have to skid to brake, which probably adds way more chain stress for those who ride fixed without brakes, compared to me on singlespeed with...
09-29-17, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,395
Posted By motorapido

See bikeisland for frameset deal

I scored a Mercier Kilo WT frameset dirt cheap at Bikeisland to move ss parts over from another ss bike. Terrific frameset. Not true track geometry, though, thank the lord, but precisely perfect for...
09-27-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,596
Posted By motorapido

What route? State about 300 mi

What route? That's about a full East/West crossing plus half way back.
09-27-17, 11:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,694
Posted By motorapido

Kinlin xr31t rims

Kinlin xr 31t from Bikehubstore.com. wide, strong, light-ish and well reviewed.i run then on my urban commuter bicycle with 38mm Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires. Love those tires, and the rims. Are you...
Replies: 32
Views: 4,429
Posted By motorapido

Not sure comment, but dynamo suggestion

Have you considered a Shutter Precision dynamo instead of SON? Less expensive, lighter weight, terrific reviews from tours and even Great Divide riders. I love mine.
Forum: Touring
09-27-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,570
Posted By motorapido

Full gps download would help too

A good GPS/gpx file download of the entire route, including both the bike only sections and road sections would be helpful, too. I encountered your same lack of detailed camping and route info when...
Forum: Touring
09-27-17, 11:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,570
Posted By motorapido

I seek the same Ohio Erie info

Me too. I can't seem to find good trip reports and like you say the website isn't helpful if you're trying to identify approved camping areas or even to assess possible stealth camping areas. I had...
09-23-17, 06:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,226
Posted By motorapido

Great wax summary

As a waxer, for years, I would add just one thing. After the waxed chain dries after its wax bath, take a minute to flex all the links and rub it down with a towel to remove little bits of wax that...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-17, 12:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,587
Posted By motorapido

Why love them?

Light weight, folding, super smooth rolling and many many thousands of flat free miles for me on urban debris strewn roads and well maintained gravel bike paths.
09-05-17, 05:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,159
Posted By motorapido

Beautiful post. Pure poetry.i salute you

One of the best posts I've read in a very long time. Enjoy your project.
Forum: BMX
08-25-17, 07:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,616
Posted By motorapido

Trip time depends on how pretty she is

I could ride from my home in Harrisburg Pennsylvania to Los Angeles in about an hour on a ***cycle with a flat tire, bad spokes and bad bearings if I were making the trip to visit my girlfriend...
08-18-17, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By motorapido

Hallelujah. Thanks. Guess I need to buy a couple...

Hallelujah. Thanks. Guess I need to buy a couple dozen frames to build up over the winter.
08-18-17, 02:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By motorapido

Website with tons of framesets?

I have stumbled upon a US-based website that includes a huge variety of framesets, but for the life of me I cannot remember the site name, and Google isn't yielding anything but the usual sites that...
08-09-17, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By motorapido

Upgrading: expensive, but fun

Sometimes you get attached to a bike and you keep upgrading as interesting new components come along. I've been doing this to a particular frame that I bought new in 1976. I've spent a fortune on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-17, 11:40 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,153
Posted By motorapido

I fussed until finding Salsa Poco bars

I picked up used alloy Salsa Poco bars. Super short reach and very shallow drops. I was able to mount my brakes so the hoods' flat portion is parallel to the bar ramps for a perfectly level, smooth...
Forum: Touring
07-30-17, 06:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,069
Posted By motorapido

Google TMobile coverage map

You can Google cell coverage maps to get a general idea for starters. Then if you're lucky, you can find a TMobile user who rode that route recently to confirm if the coverage map is accurate.
07-27-17, 05:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 852
Posted By motorapido

Here's a tiny ultralight for emergencies

I tour with my topeak road morph but do my Urban commute with this tiny, ultralight carbon fiber pump that is said to be the lightest in the world. It's enough to get enough air in a newly installed...
07-27-17, 05:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 852
Posted By motorapido

Love my Road Morph

Yeah, terrific pump.
07-26-17, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By motorapido

Soma sells some excellent forks

I put a Soma "Classic Curve" model fork on a 38 year old Panasonic. Looks vintage beautiful, rides great. All chrome. Good price.
07-26-17, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By motorapido

Soma sells some excellent girls

I put a Soma "Classic Curve" model fork on a 38 year old Panasonic. Looks vintage beautiful, rides great. All chrome. Good price.
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