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05-18-18, 11:29 AM
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Posted By StephenH

Start up a hill. Drop a chain when you shift. ...

Start up a hill. Drop a chain when you shift. Repeat if desired.

I've made some emergency stops, but never thought to practice it, either, and not sure I'd recommend it. I have been able to get...
Replies: 26
Views: 971
Posted By StephenH

I use leather saddles. I also sweat a lot. It...

I use leather saddles. I also sweat a lot. It seems like a bad idea to just soak that saddle in sweat every ride. So I keep a cover on it full-time. Never noticed any problems with my hiney in...
05-07-18, 06:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,024
Posted By StephenH

On Saturday, I rode 126 miles with about 6,000'...

On Saturday, I rode 126 miles with about 6,000' of elevation gain. Four of us rode, one of those guys is 71.
Last time I checked on bikejournal.com, one of the regular riders there was averaging...
Forum: Texas
04-30-18, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By StephenH

A couple of us made it out there and rode the...

A couple of us made it out there and rode the lower 32 miles or so, from South Plains to Turkey.

First off, note that the parks people refer to it as a MOUNTAIN bike trail. So it's all flat as a...
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Posted By StephenH

Not a specific answer- But if it was up to me,...

Not a specific answer-
But if it was up to me, the RAAM record would be about 30 days.
How much it gets improved over that, just depends largely on how unreasonably people are willing to treat...
04-17-18, 11:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,415
Posted By StephenH

I think I did five centuries, including a 200k,...

I think I did five centuries, including a 200k, on my Worksman cruiser.
I had straighter handlebars on it, used the stock saddle, worked okay. The stock handlebars, if you lean into them, your...
04-17-18, 11:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,176
Posted By StephenH

A friend has a Da Vinci tandem, and if I remember...

A friend has a Da Vinci tandem, and if I remember correctly, it's basically 10 speeds on the back and 4 on the front, so there's 40.
My experience: Mostly use the big ring up front, and only the...
Replies: 14
Views: 846
Posted By StephenH

One of these: ...

One of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Cyclo-Active-Bicycle-Bar-Cover/dp/B000AP0ACI
No, they're not waterproof. And if you have the wrong arrangement of speedometer and stuff on your stem, it may...
04-09-18, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By StephenH

I would expect a trailer made for automotive use...

I would expect a trailer made for automotive use to be a lot heavier than one made for bicycle use, seeing as how it has to be adequate for higher speeds and all.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-18, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By StephenH

One thing that is sometimes helpful on the "legit...

One thing that is sometimes helpful on the "legit or not" question is to see what brands of bikes they advertise, then go to those bike brands' sites, and see if they are listed as a dealer there. ...
04-02-18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By StephenH

It can be advantageous to have a local mechanic...

It can be advantageous to have a local mechanic who is somewhat familiar with tandems, and that would make it more desirable to buy local if possible.
A lot of ebay sellers are reluctant to ship...
04-02-18, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 552
Posted By StephenH

Several years ago, when I bought my CoMotion,...

Several years ago, when I bought my CoMotion, there was an option for $500 at the time for "custom frame geometry". I would think other tandem companies have similar options.
The $64 question is...
Replies: 16
Views: 817
Posted By StephenH

FYI, the randonneuring routes in "Houston"...

FYI, the randonneuring routes in "Houston" actually mostly start in Brookshire and go north.
But, somebody suggested riding with the local clubs/shop rides, and that's my advice, too. Yes, you may...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,068
Posted By StephenH

If I really thought I wouldn't finish in time,...

If I really thought I wouldn't finish in time, no.
I might be inclined to go ride parts of the route before or after to see how I fared, though. And if you have time to check it out beforehand,...
Replies: 43
Views: 2,085
Posted By StephenH

Generally, we have stops every 30 miles or so. ...

Generally, we have stops every 30 miles or so.
I only eat at stops. Being a mouth-breathing klutz makes it hard to eat on the bike, so I avoid that.
I eat whatever I can find, mostly at...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,013
Posted By StephenH

If you're in the US, and do 100k randonneuring...

If you're in the US, and do 100k randonneuring rides 12 months in a row, you can get the P-12 award. There's also an R12 award for twelve 200k's.
People in the north have trouble in the winter, so...
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By StephenH

People vary. I know some people that would just...

People vary. I know some people that would just as soon sit in a gym spinning pedals as they would actually bicycle somewhere. And if you think like that, then there's nothing to doing the same...
Replies: 63
Views: 2,753
Posted By StephenH

For a while, Chinese copies under the name of...

For a while, Chinese copies under the name of Flying Pigeon were being imported, I'm not sure if that's still the case. The Raleighs were made in a 22" and 24" size, and I'm not sure if either the...
Replies: 63
Views: 2,753
Posted By StephenH

My take on the original question- you're working...

My take on the original question- you're working on two different hobbies. One is fiddling with/riding old bikes. One is randonneuring. And either hobby is fine, but the two aren't really...
03-07-18, 06:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 394
Posted By StephenH

Preferred tubeless tires?

I'm working on an upcoming trip where it is known to be bumpy and full of goathead thorns. My wheels just happen to be tubeless-ready, although I've never tried tubeless tires. I think they say for...
Replies: 30
Views: 2,082
Posted By StephenH

Well, some of the randonneurs I know use Compass...

Well, some of the randonneurs I know use Compass tires because they're the most wonderful things ever, etc., then you read of their adventures riding a 400k in the rain and having 8 flats in the...
Replies: 20
Views: 1,520
Posted By StephenH

I've got waterproof shoes, but your socks still...

I've got waterproof shoes, but your socks still get soaked anyway. If it's rainy enough, I'll have to periodically drain the water out of my shoes.
03-05-18, 12:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By StephenH

Caprock Canyons Trailway

I was planning to make a trip out to Caprock Canyons trail in northwest Texas in a month or two. Have any of you ridden out there? Any reports?
I've gotten one comment back on a post in the...
Forum: Texas
03-04-18, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By StephenH

Caprock Canyons Trailway

In late April, I'm planning a ride on Caprock Canyons trailway. In another thread, tcs mentioned about it being poorly maintained/not maintained in times past. Just wondering if anybody has been...
Forum: Texas
03-04-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,268
Posted By StephenH

Woo. Old thread. Sorry about the photos being...

Woo. Old thread. Sorry about the photos being gone, but that's Photobucket.
Sure, you could ride it on 25's, not the ideal thing, but I'm sure it's been done. It's not like you're going to bog...
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