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Forum: Touring
09-26-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 580
Posted By hfbill

Trek 520 tires

I have a '94 Trek 520 that I bought new. I currently run with 700x38 Schwalbe Marathons on Rhyno Lite Sunrim wheels. If the 700 x 28s are working out ok for you on the roads you ride, then stay with...
Forum: Touring
02-25-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 991
Posted By hfbill

While I'm sure it's not for everyone, for what...

While I'm sure it's not for everyone, for what it's worth, I took a somewhat novel approach to lighting on my bike. I bought a rechargeable 12vdc, 6000mAh Lithium Ion battery that is small enough...
Forum: Touring
12-31-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,735
Posted By hfbill

"There are just no pleasant or safe bike routes...

"There are just no pleasant or safe bike routes across Florida south of Lake Okeechobee. ...the drivers are still the worst in the US."
I completely agree with tommymc's observations here. We...
Forum: Touring
11-13-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,314
Posted By hfbill

Heated ski gloves & mittens

I use heated ski gloves in the winter. I also have a pair of heated ski mittens for when it gets really cold. I don't turn them on unless or until it starts to get a little uncomfortable, and then in...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,963
Posted By hfbill

I used to use custom fit Shimano RP9s with 3 bolt...

I used to use custom fit Shimano RP9s with 3 bolt cleat pedals but I ended up switching to Shimano M820 "Saint" SPD pedals with my relatively inexpensive Serfas shoes because I simply found them to...
Forum: Touring
02-07-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,217
Posted By hfbill

Watch out for fishing hooks

Watch out for fishing hooks on the bridges. The bridges in the Keys especially are loaded with them. For what it's worth, I had one too many near death experiences in Florida so I don't bike there...
Forum: Touring
01-29-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,020
Posted By hfbill

Who needs a guitar

Who needs a guitar :lol::
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9P2V0_p6vE
Forum: Touring
11-18-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,056
Posted By hfbill

A few years ago I bought Shimano RP-9 custom fit...

A few years ago I bought Shimano RP-9 custom fit road bike shoes. At first I liked them, but I found after a while that they my feet became sore after about 40 miles. I switched to my inexpensive...
Forum: Touring
08-30-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4,694
Views: 2,478,136
Posted By hfbill

No, I goofed, I was replying to esmith2039 ...

No, I goofed, I was replying to esmith2039 (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/esmith2039-194972.html)but I'm glad to hear you're a two mirror man too.
Forum: Touring
08-30-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4,694
Views: 2,478,136
Posted By hfbill

I like that you have mirrors on both sides. Nice...

I like that you have mirrors on both sides. Nice bike!
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 644
Posted By hfbill

If you're mostly riding in places where there's...

If you're mostly riding in places where there's cellular data service , (and if Elon Musk gets his way, that will soon be almost everywhere on Earth), you can use map apps and/or bike computer apps...
Forum: Touring
07-30-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,280
Posted By hfbill

Another vote for Schwalbe Marathons, 700x38

Another vote for Schwalbe Marathons, 700x38
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,992
Posted By hfbill

On my Trek 520 I've tried up to a 42 mm Conti Top...

On my Trek 520 I've tried up to a 42 mm Conti Top Contact tires. They we're very stable and flat resistant, but heavy and clunky. I went next to Schwalbe Marathons in 700x35. I immediately noticed a...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By hfbill

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you might find...

If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you might find several episodes of "Still Standing" somewhat interesting, and amusing. Toronto based stand up comic & actor Jonny Harris tours Canada stopping for a...
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 4,694
Views: 2,478,136
Posted By hfbill

This year's revision of my 94 Trek 520

I'm a tinkerer at heart, so every year, (like many of us I imagine) I have to make little updates and changes to my bike. This year I incorporated a 12v electrical system for all my LED lighting,...
Forum: Touring
04-18-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,153
Posted By hfbill

Lucky you! I can't imagine leaving my wife home...

Lucky you! I can't imagine leaving my wife home alone for a week. I'd come home to a very unhappy wife and have to hear endless stories about all the hardships she had to endure alone while I was off...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,153
Posted By hfbill

I'm seeing red flags here, ignore them at your...

I'm seeing red flags here, ignore them at your peril. 'Time for a new, or no GF.

"Bye Felicia!"
Forum: Touring
04-05-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,734
Posted By hfbill

Wow, you're having a lot more fun than me. ...

Wow, you're having a lot more fun than me.


If you've caught yourself riding home after a couple of pints and didn't realize your lights weren't illuminated, you probably shouldn't have been on...
Forum: Touring
04-04-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,734
Posted By hfbill

Unless you're biking in very remote places where...

Unless you're biking in very remote places where you can't recharge your batteries while you sleep, I don't think it's worth it. I have a 10 amp hour 12v battery and 12v led lighting. I have day...
Forum: Touring
03-26-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 19,130
Posted By hfbill

I've tried tires ranging from 42 to 32mm on my...

I've tried tires ranging from 42 to 32mm on my 520. I settled on 38mm because of the poor condition of so many of the roads I ride on here in upstate NY. If you ride more on level, smoother surfaces,...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By hfbill

I bought myself a Haro 29er a few years back to...

I bought myself a Haro 29er a few years back to use as a winter beater, but of course over the years I've upgraded and overhauled it a few times so it's not really a beater anymore.First of all,...
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,076
Posted By hfbill

I started studying French with "Fluenz" which I...

I started studying French with "Fluenz" which I found to be a great way to get started. It took me about 9 months to get through all five levels which brings you to a beginner/intermediate (A2)...
Forum: Touring
02-20-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,345
Posted By hfbill

On my 94 Trek 520 I use Schwalbe Marathon...

On my 94 Trek 520 I use Schwalbe Marathon 700x38's. I settled on the 38's after trying both fatter and skinnier tires, the fatter tires had noticeably more rolling resistance, and the skinnier tires...
Forum: Touring
02-17-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,383
Posted By hfbill

What's it like riding on an Interstate? I know...

What's it like riding on an Interstate? I know it's permitted out west, I suppose because in many places, particularly mountain passes, the interstate may be the only route available, but here in...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,572
Posted By hfbill

"Coffee Break French" lessons through a BT...

"Coffee Break French" lessons through a BT speaker mounted on my handlebars, when conditions permit. It doesn't seem to impair my awareness of cars etc, Mirrors on both sides help with that too.
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,855
Posted By hfbill

I can't help much with the fender clearance as I...

I can't help much with the fender clearance as I don't use fenders on my Trek 520, but I did run Marathon 700x35 for one season and found them a little narrow for the hilly, rugged roads I often find...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,624
Posted By hfbill

I bought the hitch through Amazon, I had to...

I bought the hitch through Amazon, I had to attach an extender (electrical conduit) with the right bend on it to the golf cart handle and then attached the hitch receiver to the end of it.
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,624
Posted By hfbill

I use the seatpost attached "Ventura" Zinc coated...

I use the seatpost attached "Ventura" Zinc coated bicycle hitch. It looks a bit like a small version of the kind of ball you'd see on a truck trailer hitch. I use it to tow my golf clubs (which...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,642
Posted By hfbill

I'm running 40mm Schwalbe Marathons on my Haro...

I'm running 40mm Schwalbe Marathons on my Haro 29er. I've been up to 85 miles a day on them. They roll reasonably well but are still robust enough to resist the pothole rich roads I sometimes find...
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,429
Posted By hfbill

OK, 'got it. I wasn't sure where you were coming...

OK, 'got it. I wasn't sure where you were coming from so I'm glad you responded. :thumb:
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,429
Posted By hfbill

'Never taken a "nut shot" from my top tube on my...

'Never taken a "nut shot" from my top tube on my 520, which I've been riding for 25 years now. I think if your bike is properly sized for you there really shouldn't be much risk of that happening.
...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,429
Posted By hfbill

Yeah, my wife feels that way too, as I imagine...

Yeah, my wife feels that way too, as I imagine many others do as well. A valid point, but personally, I've never found standover clearance to be a problem. of course YMMV.

Nice bike though!
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,429
Posted By hfbill

'Completely agree, and yes, I must admit that...

'Completely agree, and yes, I must admit that most of my preference for a horizontal top tube is based on my sense of aesthetics. There may be some advantages in terms of stiffness etc, but those...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,429
Posted By hfbill

Given how much rolling resistance one experiences...

Given how much rolling resistance one experiences on (G.D.) chipseal, it doesn't surprise me that you didn't notice the much smaller increase in rolling resistance from lower tire pressure. On the...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,429
Posted By hfbill

This is something that I think about every spring...

This is something that I think about every spring when I take my 520 out for the first few rides of the season, so I understand the temptation to want to do this, but as others have pointed out, the...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,650
Posted By hfbill

I put a clear plastic shower cap over my tablet...

I put a clear plastic shower cap over my tablet when it rains. It keeps the tablet dry and I can still read it. I don't bike in Florida (anymore) but I've not had a problem with over heating even on...
Forum: Touring
12-07-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,650
Posted By hfbill

I've been using a $100 7 inch LG tablet mounted...

I've been using a $100 7 inch LG tablet mounted on my handlebar, running the "Urban Biker" app for 3 years now. It's also useful for other map programs, weather info & radar, playing MP3s, checking...
Forum: Touring
12-07-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,158
Posted By hfbill

Switched back to SPD pedals & MTB shoes

I switched back to MTB/SPD shoes last summer. I previously had Shimano RP9 road shoes, custom fit to my feet, but nevertheless I realized that my feet were happier when riding my MTB than on my...
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,467
Posted By hfbill

Having spent quite a few winters in south...

Having spent quite a few winters in south Florida, I can't recommend Southeast Florida. I found biking around the "Treasure Coast" in season to be just too frightening. Between the bike hostile roads...
Forum: Touring
09-19-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,861
Posted By hfbill

I would find having a wallet in my pocket while...

I would find having a wallet in my pocket while pedaling to be a bit uncomfortable. The other day I had 2 quarters in my pocket, and I had to put them in my panniers because they became bothersome. I...
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,861
Posted By hfbill

Nowadays, I keep my wallet in one of the easily...

Nowadays, I keep my wallet in one of the easily accessed side pockets of my little cellphone holder, not the locked panniers. It's in my field of vision while riding so it's very unlikely to fall off...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,861
Posted By hfbill

Oh I've had commercially made cloth panniers fall...

Oh I've had commercially made cloth panniers fall off several times over the years. Once, when I was in Florida, the one with my wallet in it fell off, and I didn't notice it right away. I...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,861
Posted By hfbill

Why indeed

Why indeed:

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/bike3_22eda078db4427e598adf7b874e7bf6dc0996142.jpg
There are several different types of these inexpensive motorcycle...
Forum: Touring
05-01-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,539
Posted By hfbill

I hope so, but so far it's been a rainy spring...

I hope so, but so far it's been a rainy spring and the forecast for the next week isn't very good. The observations I mentioned concerned a trend that's been in place for the last few years, and...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,539
Posted By hfbill

As many other cyclists in upstate NY and...

As many other cyclists in upstate NY and surrounding environs have observed, rainy weather has been steadily on the increase here and dry, sunny days are becoming less & less frequent. Last summer...
Forum: Touring
04-21-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,428
Posted By hfbill

2 Mirrors are better than one.

I also use Mirrycle mirrors, one on each side, just like a motorcycle. I find that having one on the right side too really improves my overall awareness of what's coming up from behind. The left side...
Forum: Touring
02-17-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,120
Posted By hfbill

Biking in Early June

I did some biking in early June in the northwest Lower Peninsula, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix. It's beautiful countryside, nice towns, and the people were friendly & courteous, but the...
Forum: Touring
01-14-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,378
Posted By hfbill

I use a 7 inch LG GPad Tablet mounted on my...

I use a 7 inch LG GPad Tablet mounted on my handlebar. I run the "Urban Biker" app & an MP3 player in dual or split screen mode. When I'm on a quiet road, I listen to my "Coffee Break French"...
Forum: Touring
12-16-18, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,411
Posted By hfbill

I've had a pair of Sun Rhyno Lites on my '520 for...

I've had a pair of Sun Rhyno Lites on my '520 for 3 years now and have found them to be quite good. They have stayed amazingly true, which, given the lousy roads I ride on here in Upstate NY, that's...
Forum: Touring
11-28-18, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,759
Posted By hfbill

I wish, unfortunately where I live in rural...

I wish, unfortunately where I live in rural upstate NY the LBS' are small and have very little inventory of such things. In fact even the guy at the LBS who does all my major maintenance for me,...
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