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08-23-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,519
Posted By irwin7638

I've taken to a relatively light weight workout...

I've taken to a relatively light weight workout on Monday and Friday. I do a different full body workout each time (I have five that I use in rotation). It's more for maintenance than building. I...
07-17-21, 04:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,220
Posted By irwin7638

I don't bother with the "kit." I wear athletic...

I don't bother with the "kit." I wear athletic shorts and a golf shirt 99% of the time. Jerseys are reserved for special club events, sometimes.

Marc
07-17-21, 04:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,748
Posted By irwin7638

Take a look at MKS Lambda pedals. ...

Take a look at MKS Lambda pedals.
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Forum: Touring
07-15-21, 03:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,355
Posted By irwin7638

I really enjoyed both the Erie Canal and Katy...

I really enjoyed both the Erie Canal and Katy trails. The Erie was the most pleasant. Here are links to my experiences:
Simply Cycle: A glorious week on the Erie Canal Trail...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-21, 04:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,285
Posted By irwin7638

I have a BM Eyc on one bike and a Luxos on...

I have a BM Eyc on one bike and a Luxos on another. I use a BM Top Line and Secura tail lights. I have nothing but happiness to report.

Marc
Forum: Commuting
07-11-21, 04:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By irwin7638

I use a Timbuk2 messenger bag and really like it....

I use a Timbuk2 messenger bag and really like it. That one you have looks like a really good deal although a bit smaller than mine. Most messenger bags also have a second cross strap to keep it...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 03:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,696
Posted By irwin7638

I've done Amtrak several times a year through...

I've done Amtrak several times a year through Union Station. The trains aren't ALWAYS late, but 30 minutes is way too tight to depend upon it. The 4 hour layover can be enough time to enjoy "The...
04-07-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 882
Posted By irwin7638

A chance conversation about age and cycling.

I thought this group might enjoy the chance encounter at the end of this post.
Simply Cycle: Found a place to lose myself...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,738
Posted By irwin7638

I can only confirm unboxed baggage service at...

I can only confirm unboxed baggage service at Depew. When I did the Erie a few years ago, I reserved a return trip from Albany to Depew, drove to the Depew station where they gave me free long term...
Forum: Commuting
03-17-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,773
Posted By irwin7638

My commute is only 6 miles and I have found the...

My commute is only 6 miles and I have found the route to be +/- 5 minutes on any bike depending on the weather, traffic and lights. I have an '87 Trek 560 road bike, a Soma Buena Vista, a Brompton...
Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,920
Posted By irwin7638

Advantage to two racks is if you do not use one...

Advantage to two racks is if you do not use one much, you can take it off and retain the other. I usually do not keep my low rider racks on a bike when I get home from a tour, put them on for the...
02-28-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 246
Views: 57,794
Posted By irwin7638

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From top left:Soma Buena Vista, Rivendell Sam Hillborne, "87 Trek 560,...
02-27-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,291
Posted By irwin7638

Any day that reminds me of the simple childish...

Any day that reminds me of the simple childish joy of riding my bike.
Marc
Forum: Commuting
02-27-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,060
Posted By irwin7638

They get upset with me when I refer to them as...

They get upset with me when I refer to them as spandex hamsters.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,249
Posted By irwin7638

You should be just fine, but the CO trail can be...

You should be just fine, but the CO trail can be really muddy in the early spring. I rode it the first week of April a few years ago and it was really wet.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,378
Posted By irwin7638

That makes sense to me. As others have said, the...

That makes sense to me. As others have said, the trail will require more effort than pavement, but it can be ridden on 28's. One thing about that section of the GAP compared to other trails is the...
02-10-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,047
Posted By irwin7638

I'm 67 and 215 lbs. My goal is the same as it...

I'm 67 and 215 lbs. My goal is the same as it has been for years: drive my car less than 3000 miles, when winter breaks ride a metric century once a week and take 3 week long self supported tours...
02-01-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,964
Posted By irwin7638

Gold chains are fine, but should be used with...

Gold chains are fine, but should be used with Gold plated cranks, brakes and seatposts, always! That's Jason Perkins' custom build on a Smolinski frame, did I say plated? Yes 24K gold plated...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-20, 05:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,324
Posted By irwin7638

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01-08-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,264
Posted By irwin7638

I gauge the time and distance on my bike by the...

I gauge the time and distance on my bike by the amount of driving I do. Last year I drove 3K miles which is high for me. 2018 I only drove 1523 miles which was the lowest ever. Everything else is...
01-08-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,565
Posted By irwin7638

Can't be said any better than that. I don't...

Can't be said any better than that. I don't compete or even ride competitively and prefer steel, but have an aluminum 29er for the Michigan winters.

Marc
Forum: Touring
01-01-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By irwin7638

Yes, I left the stays off the front for safety. ...

Yes, I left the stays off the front for safety. The fender wiggles a little but that's about the only issue. I used the stays on the back so it wouldn't rattle against the rack, but a zip tie would...
Forum: Touring
01-01-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By irwin7638

Have you looked at SKS "Velo" line of fenders? ...

Have you looked at SKS "Velo" line of fenders? They come in several sizes, slip on or off easily, and stays are optional. They're pretty inexpensive and can be painted to match the bike....
Forum: Commuting
12-22-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,972
Posted By irwin7638

We do get cold here in Michigan but my clothing...

We do get cold here in Michigan but my clothing is pretty simple. I wear Terramar wool long underwear under lightweight nylon pants, sweater under a Lands End ski parka with a pair of hunter's...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,980
Posted By irwin7638

I always stuff the tent and rainfly into one...

I always stuff the tent and rainfly into one front pannier. The pole fits under the top flap of my saddlebag.

Marc...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 12,140
Posted By irwin7638

I've heard people complaining about cyclists...

I've heard people complaining about cyclists running stop signs for years. After seeing it on a TV news spot, I went to a local coffee shop where one busy street terminates at another. There is a...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 04:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,930
Posted By irwin7638

I used Stan's sealant in tubes for a season and...

I used Stan's sealant in tubes for a season and was pleased, but found that Flat Attack pre-filled tubes were a better alternative. Their sealant is gauranteed for 5 years so it doesn't need to be...
04-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,953
Posted By irwin7638

I have never had any chronic medical conditions. ...

I have never had any chronic medical conditions. I have chosen to have an annual checkup (covered by Medicare) every fall so if a condition is discovered it will be during the open enrollment period...
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,476
Posted By irwin7638

The book might be helpful, but the trip is...

The book might be helpful, but the trip is simpler than you think. Google Maps will lead you to bike trails and routes from the Loop to Indiana Dunes. It's a nice ride, I have done it a couple of...
03-23-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,245
Posted By irwin7638

+1 I went 650B on my Soma Buena Vista just fit...

+1
I went 650B on my Soma Buena Vista just fit 38mm tires for city riding. There's no problem with bb clearance....
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 286,757
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
02-17-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,476
Posted By irwin7638

Thanks Jim. Hopefully we can get together again. ...

Thanks Jim. Hopefully we can get together again.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-16-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,476
Posted By irwin7638

I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is...

I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is probably the best place to start. I've toured from Union Station in Chicago and all along the western shore to Petosky. It depends upon how long you want...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,298
Posted By irwin7638

I've been using them for years for every type of...

I've been using them for years for every type of riding. All my saddles have been soaking wet at one time or another and have survived just fine. I use KIWI Mink Oil Paste on them once or twice a...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,909
Posted By irwin7638

Ok, thanks. What's the prize? Do I just have to...

Ok, thanks. What's the prize? Do I just have to live with eternal envy and adulation?

Marc
Forum: Commuting
01-22-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,909
Posted By irwin7638

Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622. They are the same tire...

Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622. They are the same tire as the Big Apple but with more tread.

Marc
Forum: Commuting
01-21-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,909
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,076
Posted By irwin7638

My trip was the first of April, as you will see,...

My trip was the first of April, as you will see, the snow was just melting off the highlands and the CO trail was swampy.

Marc
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,076
Posted By irwin7638

I rode the GAP/CO from Pittsburgh to DC in 2015 ...

I rode the GAP/CO from Pittsburgh to DC in 2015 Here are a couple links to the blog posts:
Simply Cycle: Early Spring on the GAP/CO trails: Part 1 The GAP...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 19,756
Posted By irwin7638

The two I use are the ones I own with dyno...

The two I use are the ones I own with dyno lighting.
A SOMA Buena Vista mixte with Nuvinci rear hub...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,769
Posted By irwin7638

Here's my experience with a Shimano Nexus hub. ...

Here's my experience with a Shimano Nexus hub. Long Story short: a 75 cent spring broke inside, Shimano quit making the part and recommended I buy a new hub. I did, a NuVinci CWP and have been...
Forum: Touring
09-04-18, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,791
Posted By irwin7638

I know that. That's how I returned to Pittsburgh...

I know that. That's how I returned to Pittsburgh from Washington. The post is about the ride from the train station to the McKeesport trail head where I left my car.

Marc
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,887
Posted By irwin7638

Here's a link to a couple of blogposts about the...

Here's a link to a couple of blogposts about the gear I have learned to carry over the past 40 years. It's what I carry for a week end or week long trip.
Simply Cycle: Bike packing 101...
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,791
Posted By irwin7638

Here is an account of the trip I took back to my...

Here is an account of the trip I took back to my car at one of the trail heads outside of town. The trail begins downtown, but I settled on parking in McKeesport since the lot is shared by the local...
09-03-18, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,117
Posted By irwin7638

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Marc
09-01-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,860
Posted By irwin7638

This thread motivated me to paint my garage...

This thread motivated me to paint my garage floor. I'd been thinking of it to make it easier to clean and find little parts I drop while wrenching on my bikes. I went to Lowe's, bought white...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 03:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,420
Posted By irwin7638

I use regular athletic shorts (I'm too young for...

I use regular athletic shorts (I'm too young for diapers) boxer briefs, a golf shirt and woolen socks. I carry three changes of clothing and have lunch near a laundromat when I run out of clothes. ...
Forum: Touring
08-24-18, 06:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,219
Posted By irwin7638

I use a Coleman Houligan 2 tent which I chose...

I use a Coleman Houligan 2 tent which I chose because it's 4' tall, tall enough that I can just walk right into it and sit down. I have a Thermarest x large mattress and pillow. Typically I use a...
08-20-18, 11:29 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,320
Posted By irwin7638

If you like your Bridgestone, you might want to...

If you like your Bridgestone, you might want to upgrade to a Rivendell Sam Hillborne (https://www.rivbike.com/collections/framesets/products/sam-hillborne-cantilever) it's designed by the same guy. ...
Forum: Touring
08-19-18, 11:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,699
Posted By irwin7638

I've been doing it for over 40 years on different...

I've been doing it for over 40 years on different trips. It's not something you plan to do, but happens. Water is something you always have to worry about and even at rustic campgrounds you have to...
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