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07-22-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By ironwood

38mm 650Bs will probably fit with fenders.

38mm 650Bs will probably fit with fenders.
Forum: Touring
07-22-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,735
Posted By ironwood

I didn't train to tour before my first tour. My...

I didn't train to tour before my first tour. My commute was 25 miles round trip, and I often rode 50 or 60 miles on Saturday or Sunday. I also used my bike for shopping and errands. Then I decided to...
05-22-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,017
Posted By ironwood

There are a few liquor stores that have walk in...

There are a few liquor stores that have walk in beer coolers. If I feel I am overheating, I go into the beer storage area. It really cools you off. I don't drink the beer until I get home.
04-08-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 564
Posted By ironwood

I wouldn't buy a bike just to K-ball the parts, ...

I wouldn't buy a bike just to K-ball the parts, The best place to get parts might be the local dump if there is a metal pile. For a couple of years I could find all sorts of bike parts in the local...
03-27-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By ironwood

The peloton goes by in a flash after all the team...

The peloton goes by in a flash after all the team cars, the advertising caravan, hundreds of motorcycles. televison trucks, then more team cars. If you happen to be nearby take a look, but I...
03-24-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,779
Posted By ironwood

I hope that the rain today will wash away the...

I hope that the rain today will wash away the last of the salt. I also hope the street sweepers will clean up all the left over crap on the sides of the roads.
03-07-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,779
Posted By ironwood

It's going to be a bad pothole season. Some of...

It's going to be a bad pothole season. Some of them are big, and new ones keep appearing after the road crews have patched some. Be careful around puddles, there might be a bomb crater under it.
03-07-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,064
Posted By ironwood

Some of the Specialized Sequoias from the ealy...

Some of the Specialized Sequoias from the ealy 80's were among the best production bikes made .I could have bought one in 1983, but didn't

The 1983 Trek 600 series were nice. I have a 630...
12-07-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,405
Posted By ironwood

One thing not discussed here is the effect of wet...

One thing not discussed here is the effect of wet pavement on speed. Over the years I've noticed that the bike feels faster when the roads are wet. The OP was riding in the rain.


As far as tire...
11-15-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,918
Posted By ironwood

There are a couple of things that help me keep on...

There are a couple of things that help me keep on riding at 80. Compact doubles : I have a 44-30 in front, and am thinking of going to 42-28. Another is the availability of wide, supple 650B x42mm...
11-13-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,918
Posted By ironwood

I'm eighty and ride every day. A friend used to...

I'm eighty and ride every day. A friend used to ride his age in miles until he was 83, then little things slowed him down.

Dr. Paul Dudley White rode into his mid eighties, but suffered a stroke...
11-13-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,494
Posted By ironwood

What Miyata are you riding now? Some of them were...

What Miyata are you riding now? Some of them were very nice bikes. There are lots of us on the C&V sub forum who stick with old (or new) steel. As far as weight is concerned, A pound or two lighter...
11-08-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,465
Posted By ironwood

I discovered 650B tires about ten years ago. For...

I discovered 650B tires about ten years ago. For me a light touring or randonneur bike, equipped with 38mm or 42mm wide tires is fast enough on pavement and capable on trails and dirt; and above all,...
10-10-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By ironwood

The best thing about the NFL

I just finished a nice ride this afternoon while the Patriots were playing. Very little traffic, and what there was was well behaved. I do hope the home team does well for the simple reason that I've...
10-06-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,334
Posted By ironwood

Stronglight cranks require a Stronglight crank...

Stronglight cranks require a Stronglight crank puller, not the standard French puller.
09-12-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 70,510
Views: 11,539,315
Posted By ironwood

Major Nichols was a custom British framebuilder. ...

Major Nichols was a custom British framebuilder. I met someone who ordered a bike from him during the seventies.
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,341
Posted By ironwood

I once flew to Paris and just started touring...

I once flew to Paris and just started touring with no real destination after th first couple of days. I had plenty of time and enough money to just ramble and visit whatever I wanted to see....
08-10-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,066
Posted By ironwood

Wet pavement shouldn't be a problem; in fact,...

Wet pavement shouldn't be a problem; in fact, you might be faster on wet pavement.

One problem with early morning rides is that a bright sun , low on the horizon, can blind a driver. Another...
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,217
Posted By ironwood

How did I get around the US and Europe without...

How did I get around the US and Europe without any electronics back in the seventies and eighties? Actually, I don't think I want a device that will tell me exactly where I am. I like to figure it...
06-14-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 13,923
Posted By ironwood

I stopped by the shop yesterday to pick up some...

I stopped by the shop yesterday to pick up some spokes for a wheel build and say goodby to some of the people there. What I'll miss is their supply of small parts that helped keep my old bikes on...
06-11-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 13,923
Posted By ironwood

Harris cyclery is closing

I stopped in at Harris yesterday, and found out that it will be closing its doors this coming Sunday. Why? They can't get any bikes to sell, and you can't make enough money to pay the rent unless you...
03-13-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,763
Posted By ironwood

There is a saying among cyclists in Denmark: ...

There is a saying among cyclists in Denmark: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
02-06-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,802
Posted By ironwood

$$$$$

$$$$$
01-18-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,550
Posted By ironwood

It isn't an '83, all the 600 series that year...

It isn't an '83, all the 600 series that year had caliper brakes, not brazed on posts for cantilevers. The '83s are good candidates for conversion to 650B.
01-17-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,352
Posted By ironwood

You are not a Luddite if you have a bike...

You are not a Luddite if you have a bike computer. A Luddite wouldn't have bike computer. I might be considered a Luddite because I don't have a bike computer, nor do I use a GPS to find my way...
01-13-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,450
Posted By ironwood

Some of these responses are further evidence of...

Some of these responses are further evidence of the breakdown of our civil society.
01-13-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,420
Posted By ironwood

If you average all the responses out, it looks...

If you average all the responses out, it looks like you've got to convert both. That's the jury's verdict.
01-06-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,387
Posted By ironwood

If you tie it like they do on the Rivendell...

If you tie it like they do on the Rivendell video, it shouldn't come loose. Some people also shellac the tape. If done right some cork tape will look like leather, sort of.
01-06-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,387
Posted By ironwood

Try using hemp twine instead of tape. The...

Try using hemp twine instead of tape. The Rivendell site, www.rivbike.com has instructions.
01-06-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 803
Posted By ironwood

You might in the near future.

You might in the near future.
01-03-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By ironwood

The tire selection is a lot greater now than ten...

The tire selection is a lot greater now than ten years ago. I like the tires made by Panaracer and distributed by René Herse, www..renehersecycles.com But there are others as well.
01-03-20, 04:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,435
Posted By ironwood

Thank you

Thank you
01-03-20, 04:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,499
Posted By ironwood

This is another post where someone asks a sort of...

This is another post where someone asks a sort of naive question and a lot of people respond , and the OP never posts again. Other recent examples are "The best centuries in the US" or " Recommend a...
01-02-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,435
Posted By ironwood

Well, I'm glad you are feeling good, but what...

Well, I'm glad you are feeling good, but what are "PRs", "zone 2 rides", and "HIIT days"?
12-30-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,625
Posted By ironwood

How ordinary. Magnesium is the best.

How ordinary. Magnesium is the best.
12-29-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,294
Posted By ironwood

Not to mention that red bikes are faster.

Not to mention that red bikes are faster.
12-29-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,294
Posted By ironwood

Does anyone think the OP is going to post again? ...

Does anyone think the OP is going to post again? I usually avoid questions on this forum from posters who only have one post.
12-23-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,994
Posted By ironwood

I don't have a power meter or a computer or...

I don't have a power meter or a computer or Strava to tell me how fast I'm going or how much power I'm producing. I get on my bike to go somewhere; five miles or fifteen, whatever. I always get...
12-17-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,064
Posted By ironwood

I might ride my age on my birthday , but in...

I might ride my age on my birthday , but in February it isn't always possible. I'm also going metric.
12-17-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,163
Posted By ironwood

The Trek is too nice a bike to sacrifice.

The Trek is too nice a bike to sacrifice.
12-09-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,800
Posted By ironwood

I found a Bridgestone 400 frame, fork, crank...

I found a Bridgestone 400 frame, fork, crank brakes and seatpost, in the dump abour 15 years ago> built it up with 700c wheels, 32mm wide Paselas, and some other parts I happened to have. It was,...
12-03-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
Posted By ironwood

I had a nice ride Sunday even though it was about...

I had a nice ride Sunday even though it was about 29F. Raods were clean, but they began putting down salt in anticipation of the snow we are having. I don't ride in salty slush.
11-23-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,368
Posted By ironwood

The saddles I ride (mostly Brooks B-17,) are...

The saddles I ride (mostly Brooks B-17,) are comfortable otherwise I wouldn't ride on them. If someone doesn't like the saddle on his or her bike, change it .
11-19-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 27,438
Posted By ironwood

If you keep riding and don't have any major...

If you keep riding and don't have any major health setbacks, you should be good up to about 85. I don't know anyone personally over 85 who still rides. but there are some people who do.

Lower...
11-12-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,890
Posted By ironwood

"There's no such thing as bad weather"

Sunday's NYTimes had an article on cycling in Copenhagen and it quoted a Danish cyclist; "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
10-28-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 49,469
Posted By ironwood

I don't really worry about it. One of the...

I don't really worry about it. One of the reasons I don't worry about it is that I've been cycling walking, skiing etc. all my adult life. In 1956, the cardiologist Paul Dudley White identified the...
10-21-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 750
Views: 78,000
Posted By ironwood

Recently I've been drinking a Pilsner from...

Recently I've been drinking a Pilsner from Lamplighter Brewing in Cambridge, Appollo Sunshine, but it is a seasonal offering, so it's mostly gone. Wait til next year. I like dark beers and ales...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,296
Posted By ironwood

It should be okay. I often use a front bag and a...

It should be okay. I often use a front bag and a saddlebag for carrying stuff. Some bikes are sensitive to a front load, and some handle better with a front bag: it depends on the bike's geometry. ...
08-15-19, 03:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,696
Posted By ironwood

There are so many variables involved. Some bars...

There are so many variables involved. Some bars might be perfect for one rider, but torture for another. Saddle height, bar height reach, width, type of handlebar wrap all play a role, along with...
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