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08-01-22, 02:50 AM
Replies: 1,464
Views: 456,189
Posted By irwin7638

A more modern mixte, Soma Buena Vista cafe racer...

A more modern mixte, Soma Buena Vista cafe racer style. It's become my favorite fair weather commuter.
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Forum: Touring
07-11-22, 05:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By irwin7638

Strictly USA rider here, but after 40 some years...

Strictly USA rider here, but after 40 some years using drop bars exclusively, I switched to Rivendell Bosco Bars for touring. After 10 years, I have no regrets and love the variety of riding...
07-11-22, 04:09 AM
Replies: 3,224
Views: 834,981
Posted By irwin7638

My Rivendell Hunqapillar, finally powdercoated...

My Rivendell Hunqapillar, finally powdercoated after 11 years of beating it up on tours. It's Riv's anywhere, any road, anytime for big boys bike.
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07-11-22, 04:07 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 72,642
Posted By irwin7638

My Rivendell Hunqapillar, finally powdercoated...

My Rivendell Hunqapillar, finally powdercoated after 11 years of beating it up on tours. It's Riv's anywhere, any road, anytime for big boys bike....
Forum: Touring
06-14-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,418
Posted By irwin7638

Unlike you I've never been one for trips longer...

Unlike you I've never been one for trips longer than 10 days. I just turned 70 and still am taking 3 or 4 trips a year ranging from 3-10 days in different interesting locations. Still camp as much...
05-09-22, 04:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 676
Posted By irwin7638

Septuagenarian cycling

That was a mouthful just writing it down, but since I'm officially qualified to talk about it, I thought I'd try. Having seven decades behind me I really don't know what to say. Things don't...
05-02-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 72,642
Posted By irwin7638

After 10 years of serious fully loaded trips, I...

After 10 years of serious fully loaded trips, I cleaned up my Hunqapillar and had it powdercoated so I could quit stressing about the finish....
05-02-22, 06:20 AM
Replies: 287
Views: 72,642
Posted By irwin7638

gorgeous!!!

gorgeous!!!
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4,659
Views: 2,458,394
Posted By irwin7638

Those are stoker knobs, normally used for the...

Those are stoker knobs, normally used for the stoker on a tandem to have a place to rest like the hoods on the brakes. I put them there for the same reason, to have a riding position between the...
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4,659
Views: 2,458,394
Posted By irwin7638

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Hunqapillar ready to roll out for the day.
12-22-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,434
Posted By irwin7638

The simple, childish joy of riding my bike from...

The simple, childish joy of riding my bike from place to place.
Forum: Commuting
12-22-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 15,586
Views: 11,970,893
Posted By irwin7638

Soma Buena Vista

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Soma Buena Vista frame, 1X9 setup Lauterwasser bars, VO saddle and an...
08-23-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,079
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: 4,927
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: 2,794
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: 3,109
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: 2,231
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: 20
Views: 2,310
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: 3,428
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: 933
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: 2,223
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: 3,173
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: 5,787
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: 287
Views: 72,642
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: 6,128
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: 2,401
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: 2,686
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: 1,411
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: 2,184
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: 7,997
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: 7,682
Posted By irwin7638

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I like reflective sidewalls, but bits of tape obviously show up also.
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01-08-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,736
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: 8,225
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: 1,236
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: 1,236
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: 4,653
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: 7,285
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: 13,277
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: 6,424
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: 5,281
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: 5,073
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: 10,151
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: 1,745
Views: 343,656
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
02-17-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,073
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: 5,073
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: 8,746
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: 9,762
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: 9,762
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: 9,762
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,107
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
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