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Forum: Touring
03-24-16, 04:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By john426

Dear DJB: Thanks for the cautionary...

Dear DJB:

Thanks for the cautionary advice. I have done this three times in three separate trips. I am somewhat handy (but getting better) with bike repair. When I retire I want to take a...
Forum: Touring
03-20-16, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By john426

Thank you for your advice. I am getting excited...

Thank you for your advice. I am getting excited about my upcoming trip. Will look on donedeal for a used bike. John
Forum: Touring
03-15-16, 04:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By john426

Going to Ireland for three weeks in June

I just purchased my airline ticket and am going to Western Ireland in June! I do have a few questions:
1) I was thinking of buying a used bike there instead of bringing one on the plane. Iíve done...
02-23-16, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Posted By john426

free spinning cassette

My beater bike yesterday had the cassette loosen and I had to walk home from work. The cassette would not engage and spin both ways. When I got home I took off the rear wheel, greased and retightened...
Forum: Touring
02-09-16, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 988
Posted By john426

Thank you everybody for the honest reviews! I may...

Thank you everybody for the honest reviews! I may be cycling in Ohio this June. Now I have to ask the evil boss for time off...... John
Forum: Touring
02-08-16, 04:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 988
Posted By john426

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure: reviews?

I just got a flyer in the mail from The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. I like to concept of a low-key SAG supported bike tour, but I have a few questions. It says that there are 3,000 entrants; is the...
Forum: Touring
01-26-16, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By john426

Thanks everybody for the information. I looked up...

Thanks everybody for the information. I looked up the GAP/C&O and it looks very interesting. For some reason I find canals very fascinating. When I was in Ontario I followed the Welland and Rideau...
Forum: Touring
01-25-16, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By john426

Suggestions for tours?

I live outside of Philadelphia and am looking for suggestions for self supported tours. I do not have a car so I will need to get to the start and finish by bus or train. I like tours with a...
04-13-15, 04:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,644
Posted By john426

Thank you everybody for your answers. Yes I...

Thank you everybody for your answers. Yes I should have brought the front wheel to the co-op, but I guess that falls under "would of, should of, could of". It is not the end of the world, my two...
04-12-15, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,644
Posted By john426

stupid question about bicycle tire 26 X 1 3/8

I bought an older bike at a yard sale and am refurbishing it up. I went to my local bike co-op and got two new tires for it sized 26 X 1 1/2. The original ties on the bike were 26 X 1 3/8. I wanted...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-15, 03:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,491
Posted By john426

Dear Dlion: I always use a plastic milk crate...

Dear Dlion:
I always use a plastic milk crate as it makes your bike look cheap and has less interest from thieves. I know there is more air drag, but we are commuters; not racers!
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-16-15, 03:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,899
Posted By john426

Dear ConureDelSol: Here is the tag for the...

Dear ConureDelSol:

Here is the tag for the thread that "sold" me about the Greenzone:

Just Ordered A Greenzone VE (Value Edition)
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-16-15, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,899
Posted By john426

Dear ConureDelSol: I was in your shoes two...

Dear ConureDelSol:

I was in your shoes two years ago when I had to get a folder (my car was dying and I needed to keep a bike in the car at all times). I ended up getting the GreenZone because of...
Forum: Touring
02-11-15, 05:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,841
Posted By john426

Dear BeeRich: As an "Ugly American" I expect...

Dear BeeRich:

As an "Ugly American" I expect to get shabby treatment as I travel, but when I was in Quebec that was not the case! I did Route Verte 6 and a small part of 4. The scenery was...
Forum: Touring
02-04-15, 05:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,841
Posted By john426

Dear BeeRich: Your Provincial neighbor...

Dear BeeRich:

Your Provincial neighbor Quebec has stellar cycling destinations. The Route Verte is superb!
02-04-15, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By john426

Selling old bicycle parts

I have an old well loved 1980's Dahon folding bicycle that died. While the frame is gone there are many components that are in good condition. Is there somewhere on the Internet that I can sell them?
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-25-15, 11:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,105
Posted By john426

Dear xraytech: Very interesting. This is a...

Dear xraytech:
Very interesting. This is a problem with my folder because the wheels are so small that the chain is close to the ground. It is such a shame that the article was so poorly written,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-22-15, 05:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,911
Posted By john426

Dear a53ng: I have bought a used 1980's...

Dear a53ng:

I have bought a used 1980's dahon that was $60 a reliable commuter. I also have a new GreenZone folder that was $ 200 new (plus $ 30 for shipping). I have had the Greenzone for 3 years...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-27-14, 12:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 55,172
Posted By john426

I do not think the cost between Brompton and Bike...

I do not think the cost between Brompton and Bike Friday and lower cost folders are worth the differance. I have an older used Dahon and a new Greenzone. Both of these bikes are problem free and a...
09-27-14, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,495
Posted By john426

Thanks for all the answers. Even though the hub...

Thanks for all the answers. Even though the hub itself may need to be lubricated, I do not feel confident to do it myself. I will look for a opening for oiling to see if it helps. I will also try to...
09-26-14, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,495
Posted By john426

Changing cable for old 3 speed interal gear hub

I have an old folding Dahon that has a Sachs Torpeado internal gear hub shifter. I bought the bike used and it had all three gears did operate, but it has slowly lost the low and high gears. The...
Forum: Touring
07-09-14, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,519
Posted By john426

Hey Everybody: Thanks for the prompt...

Hey Everybody:

Thanks for the prompt replies. I really like DCwom's list. I will be packing in a half an hour! John
Forum: Touring
07-08-14, 04:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,519
Posted By john426

Credit Card tour packing list

I am going on a credit card tour of Cape Cod in a few days. Does someone have a packing list? I always seem to pack too much. I am going to take a folding bike (to make it easier to get on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-24-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,440
Posted By john426

Dear Repat: Rust was not the problem, my 30...

Dear Repat:

Rust was not the problem, my 30 year old bike had a peculiar folding mechanism. John
Forum: Touring
05-24-14, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,762
Posted By john426

I just signed up. thanks for doing this!

I just signed up. thanks for doing this!
Forum: Touring
05-22-14, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,670
Posted By john426

Hey Everybody: The reason I may need to take my...

Hey Everybody:
The reason I may need to take my folder is because I found a bus that leaves at night and gets to Pittsburgh in the morning for $ 15! However they only accept foldering bicycles as...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-20-14, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,440
Posted By john426

I just bought an old Dahon "Stowaway" for $ 60...

I just bought an old Dahon "Stowaway" for $ 60 and it had the same problem. Send an e-mail to the Dahon company and they will send you a copy of the origanal owner's manual. Until I got the manual I...
Forum: Touring
05-20-14, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,670
Posted By john426

GAP and C&O canal question

I am planning to do the GAP and C&O canal this summer. I have a few questions. Last fall I heard that the pump handles were removed from the GAP. Have they been put back on? Secondly how rought is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-13-14, 04:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,891
Posted By john426

Dahon handlebar diameter

About a month ago I bought a used Dahon "stowaway" and it's handlebars are too small. I went to my local co-op and got a longer and swept back handlebar for the bike. It seems too small. I read that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-15-14, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,112
Posted By john426

I bought my Greenzone folder new for $ 200 and it...

I bought my Greenzone folder new for $ 200 and it included a travel bag. However look on Craigslist for used bicycles. About 2 weeks ago I got an older folding Dahon for $ 60! Best of luck!
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-15-14, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,268
Posted By john426

Thanks for the information. It turns out the web...

Thanks for the information. It turns out the web document company let me download the item for free today. It was NOT about my stowaway bike. As it turns out the seatpost is straight and true and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-12-14, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,268
Posted By john426

I will go to a local Dahon bike shop and see if...

I will go to a local Dahon bike shop and see if they can answer the question. I sent an e-mail to the company and never got a reply. John
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-07-14, 03:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,332
Posted By john426

I have used both and I think I prefer the IGH....

I have used both and I think I prefer the IGH. The wieght difference between the two is quite small and I do think there is a bit more efficiency to the derailleur, but there is less chain in the IGH...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-07-14, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,268
Posted By john426

Dear Overbyte: I clicked on the link and it...

Dear Overbyte:

I clicked on the link and it was $ 20 to see the document. Can you just tell me the weight limit of the bike? John
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-04-14, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,268
Posted By john426

weight limit of bike?

I just bought a used Dahon folding bike and was curious as to it's load limit. It is a "Stowaway" with 20" wheels and a 3 speed hub gear with a Sachs Torpeado system. On the seat stay it says "PT...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-14, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By john426

When I had my car I kept myfolding bike in the...

When I had my car I kept myfolding bike in the trunk. Often it was easier to find parking a bit from Center City Philadelphia (where I work). It was not unusual to get free parking! Now I just...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-21-14, 06:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,992
Posted By john426

I have both a front and rear rack. My bike came...

I have both a front and rear rack. My bike came with a rear rack, but I do tour with my folder and I like to put some weight on the front to make it easier to handle. John
Forum: Touring
03-21-14, 05:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,030
Posted By john426

Hey Everybody: Thanks for all the imput. I...

Hey Everybody:

Thanks for all the imput. I have decided to just plan my trip solo and if I meet someone on the trail and we "click" we can tour together. I have all of my camping equipment, I just...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 05:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By john426

I did the Erie Canal tour in 2012 and had a great...

I did the Erie Canal tour in 2012 and had a great time. It was well run and inexpensive for a SAG supported bike tour. The history of the canal was very interesting and there were lots of places to...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 05:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,030
Posted By john426

Where to find touring partners?

I am cyclist who is looking for a touring partner. This year I want to do GAP and C &O Canal. In the past I have done "credit card touring", but to do this I want to camp and prepare my own meals. ...
Forum: Touring
03-12-14, 04:01 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,988
Posted By john426

Three years ago I did a solo bicycle tour in...

Three years ago I did a solo bicycle tour in Romania and I had this same problem with a more sinister twist, that part of Europe has a very high incidence of rabies! It was suggested that I keep...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-14, 03:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,929
Posted By john426

As I commute in a big city I like the view in the...

As I commute in a big city I like the view in the upright position. I can see traffic and potholes better. John
Forum: Commuting
03-12-14, 03:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,932
Posted By john426

Dear Federico: Count your blessings that you...

Dear Federico:

Count your blessings that you have such a wise bicycle mechanic at your fingertips and ignore his advice of things such as upright posture, cycling attire, front and rear racks and...
03-12-14, 03:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,239
Posted By john426

Thanks for you kind remarks "turtle speed", I...

Thanks for you kind remarks "turtle speed", I will take a look at my hubs this month. Since this is my commuter and there was lots of salt on the roads I am sure that lots of things need help on my...
03-11-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,239
Posted By john426

Pregress report of repair: It turned out I...

Pregress report of repair:

It turned out I had a loose lockring on the bottom bracket. I took off the whole assembly, and regreased. The bearings were also dry with no grease. After this my Huffy...
03-08-14, 12:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,239
Posted By john426

Hey Everybody: Thanks for the good advice. I...

Hey Everybody:

Thanks for the good advice. I plan on going to a bike co-op this afternoon to fix the bottom bracket. Just yesterday it started to make a more concerning squeal.

As for touring...
03-06-14, 06:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,239
Posted By john426

Well I greased my chain and changed my right...

Well I greased my chain and changed my right pedal and the "click" is still there. I also noticed that my bottom bracket has a lot of "play" in it. Going on line I see that I have an open bearing BB...
03-05-14, 03:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,239
Posted By john426

Botton Bracket "click"

My commuter (on old Huffy) has an annoying click that happens with every revolution of my crank arms. It always happens when the right pedal is at the top of it's arc. It seems to be getting worse....
Forum: Touring
02-17-14, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By john426

Do not rent, buy a used bike when you get there. ...

Do not rent, buy a used bike when you get there. At the end of your trip list it on the Internet and sell it. On my last cycling vacation in Canada I bought a bike for 100 Canadian dollars and at...
Forum: Touring
02-10-14, 06:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,003
Posted By john426

When I was on a cycling vacation in Montreal I...

When I was on a cycling vacation in Montreal I needed a front rack. I picked up something called a "Voyager" for about $20 Canadian. It worked very well and I still use it to this day. I think it is...
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