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12-05-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,282
Posted By bgross

Congratulations to both you and the soon-to-be...

Congratulations to both you and the soon-to-be new owner.
She’s a beauty and a bargain. I’m glad I didn’t see this until today….
12-05-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 531
Views: 61,961
Posted By bgross

She is a beauty - and not only because she’s...

She is a beauty - and not only because she’s adult-sized.
02-14-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,796
Posted By bgross

I retired (15 years ago) from the grocery...

I retired (15 years ago) from the grocery industry. I’ll never forget the first customer who said “Son, at my age you don’t buy green bananas.”
Heard that many, many times.
02-08-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,796
Posted By bgross

We’re all going to die. Some sooner, some later -...

We’re all going to die. Some sooner, some later - and most of us sooner than we imagine.

IF the new bike is what you really want, and the price won’t put you out in the street or cause you to miss...
10-19-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,325
Posted By bgross

I misread the question and was thinking *bike*...

I misread the question and was thinking *bike* color.
When I got run over from behind (“Oh, I’m sorry - I didn’t SEE you!”) I was wearing a multi-color jersey and had a bright red flashing tail...
10-19-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,662
Posted By bgross

For reasons that make sense to me, my diet is...

For reasons that make sense to me, my diet is plant based.
My quite-adequate protein intake comes from legumes, whole grains, and corn.
As has been pointed out elsewhere in this thread, my body is...
01-20-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,857
Posted By bgross

Gotta love the “stories” that salesmen come up...

Gotta love the “stories” that salesmen come up with.

Remember “It was owned by a little old lady from Pasadena who only used it to drive to church on Sunday”?
01-13-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 72,926
Views: 11,844,825
Posted By bgross

Thankfully it’s about 6cm too short - or I’d be...

Thankfully it’s about 6cm too short - or I’d be out the door!
01-05-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,478
Posted By bgross

Pedro’s Orange Peelz. Not cheap, so used...

Pedro’s Orange Peelz.
Not cheap, so used selectively.
12-29-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 11,342
Posted By bgross

Wow, thanks for the stroll down memory lane. My...

Wow, thanks for the stroll down memory lane.
My first bike was a Schwinn Racer (3-speed) I bought at the end of summer 1963. I sold it to a co-worker in about 1969 and began saving my pennies for a...
12-28-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,325
Posted By bgross

I can’t be the only one thinking this: Don’t...

I can’t be the only one thinking this:
Don’t exclude “previously owned” bikes from your list.
With a budget of $3.5k, you can get *two* very nice bikes with different geometry, different...
12-16-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,122
Posted By bgross

Ah, Lieutenant Colonel Obi-wan Nicholson. Bet...

Ah, Lieutenant Colonel Obi-wan Nicholson.
Bet he doesn’t ride a Japanese bike. Probably a Raleigh.
12-14-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 72,926
Views: 11,844,825
Posted By bgross

When something sounds fishy and the seller makes...

When something sounds fishy and the seller makes up a story to cover it, maybe using the name of a country that actually exists would be a good idea? But that’s just me.
Enjoy!
12-13-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,751
Posted By bgross

Embrace Impermanence! You know that your...

Embrace Impermanence!

You know that your current bike is both wonderful and inadequate. A new bike will share those attributes after a while.
Knowing that will help you play this wonderful game...
12-10-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By bgross

Here’s his response: ”Seems to me I had a...

Here’s his response:

”Seems to me I had a long conversation with someone that worked in the factory. The serial number was G5C8V15. It was covered by the cable guide. I thought it was 78 but he...
12-10-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By bgross

Hmm. Thanks for all the input, and especially...

Hmm.
Thanks for all the input, and especially the new/old photo.
Maybe a WitSec case?
In the light of dawn... the thrill is gone.
12-10-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By bgross

Is it me?

I noticed this ad a couple weeks ago when we were in France. Home now, and tempted... but.

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/d/san-diego-87-trek-tx700-upgraded/7025457215.html

Wasn't was...
12-06-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 531
Views: 61,961
Posted By bgross

Add this to your quotes: “I was thumbing through...

Add this to your quotes: “I was thumbing through photos and gasped when I saw this one. It looks EXACTLY like the GS I had. And wish I still did.”
12-01-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,864
Posted By bgross

There I was, minding my own business one...

There I was, minding my own business one afternoon, pedaling along at a sedate pace.
”On your left” came a voice as he overtook me.
Nodding at each other he paused his cadence momentarily and...
12-01-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,864
Posted By bgross

Being tallish, a nice 63-64 always catches my...

Being tallish, a nice 63-64 always catches my eye. Okay, maybe the occasional 62.
I guess it’s a ‘form follows function’ cultivated taste.

Wheel size? Whatever rolls.
11-29-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2,536
Views: 301,930
Posted By bgross

Reminds me of another “stranded flat” story. A...

Reminds me of another “stranded flat” story.
A few years ago I was working support at a century event in San Diego. Mid afternoon John Howard rode In after a training ride. He had a flat (and...
11-26-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,804
Posted By bgross

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane! In...

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

In 1981 I bought a Competition GS from a friend. LOVED that bike.
Then life changes had the bike hanging in the garage, unbidden, for about ten years....
11-26-19, 01:58 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 14,906
Posted By bgross

Depends upon the drugs. I seem to recall a...

Depends upon the drugs. I seem to recall a particularly vivid conversation in ‘The Teachings of Don Juan’ that involved a black dog.
In a feeble attempt to keep this on topic... if you hit a dog...
09-16-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 15,544
Posted By bgross

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/1f53db5a_d7e8_4c0e_a825_1700cd0e0088_03cbb9b9ce13c560388b8ef8fde75f8db1cab110.png

I dress to be seen, but I *assume* that drivers...
05-27-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,657
Posted By bgross

Yup. When you begin riding your butt hurts,...

Yup.
When you begin riding your butt hurts, even after a short ride. So you toughen up your sit bones by alternating short ride days and days of rest. And buying padded cycling shorts. And trying...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 10,240
Posted By bgross

This, though we’ve only been vegetarian for ~32...

This, though we’ve only been vegetarian for ~32 years. We made the transition to vegan/WFPB about 18 months ago and were surprised at how simple it was.
When touring/traveling we simple “flex” back...
05-20-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 53,997
Posted By bgross

Being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I ride what I...

Being a Bear of Very Little Brain, I ride what I love and love what I ride - and that’s steel.

Well, three of four are steel. One tandem is aluminum.




I realize that metal is heavier than...
05-13-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 27,735
Posted By bgross

Haters gonna hate, right? Those of us who...

Haters gonna hate, right?

Those of us who are old enough remember the days of “My dog’s better than your dog.” I was (and still am) sure that my dog was the best, period. But I figured out that no...
02-16-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 738
Posted By bgross

Good news/Bad news: Unlike during...

Good news/Bad news:

Unlike during summertime, there won’t be a lot of traffic! Fewer long lines of angry cars stuck behind creeping, 8’ wide/40’ long RVs. Of course the downside is fewer passing...
02-15-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,555
Posted By bgross

After that nice lady ran me down from behind at...

After that nice lady ran me down from behind at the stop sign (and was nice enough to back up her pickup so paramedics could strap me down and fit me with the collar before my ride in the short bus)...
02-15-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,463
Posted By bgross

Unless your century training plan involved moving...

Unless your century training plan involved moving from couch to bike in just a couple weeks - and expecting to be able to ride 100 miles? You’ll have plenty of time.

As goes your training, so goes...
Forum: Touring
02-10-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 15,486
Posted By bgross

Currently looking at supported/self-guided tandem...

Currently looking at supported/self-guided tandem tours in Central Europe.
We did a Danube cruise/tandem week several years ago and it nearly broke the bank! This will be about 1/4 to 1/3 the price...
Forum: Introductions
02-07-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,409
Posted By bgross

Greetings! Best of success to you on all fronts.

Greetings! Best of success to you on all fronts.
02-07-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,913
Posted By bgross

To the OP: My reading comprehension isn’t...

To the OP:

My reading comprehension isn’t what it could be,so maybe I missed the part where you talked about your current fitness training/cycling experience. The reason I ask is that usually I...
02-07-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,363
Posted By bgross

To the OP: By all means, find a way to...

To the OP:

By all means, find a way to test-ride a Tandem together. Even better if you can do it with some “coaching” from an experienced tandem rider.
When my bride and I were considering the...
12-30-12, 10:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,534
Posted By bgross

Before we got off to the races with speculation,...

Before we got off to the races with speculation, the surviving rider's injuries included three broken spinal vertebrae, a concussion, and other painful issues.
A revised story in the local...
12-02-12, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 626,678
Posted By bgross

Sorry about the Facebook inconvenience for you...

Sorry about the Facebook inconvenience for you folks. I'm lazy and it's easy for me. But I make sure I'm wearing my tinfoil had whenever I'm signed on to FB.

The tour was just unbelievable. MANY...
11-21-12, 02:16 PM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 626,678
Posted By bgross

On the way to Melk, Austria in July. It was in...

On the way to Melk, Austria in July. It was in the mid-60s and looks like rain, but we lucked out and were dry all day.
...
11-21-12, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 626,678
Posted By bgross

Here are a few photos of some happy tandem...

Here are a few photos of some happy tandem couples, riding the Danube River Trail, from Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia.
...
11-19-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 20,485
Posted By bgross

Holy Square-rigger, Batman! With a tailwind and...

Holy Square-rigger, Batman! With a tailwind and those sails aloft, you could cut the engine and really fly - without a spinnaker...
11-19-12, 11:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,154
Posted By bgross

From the standpoint of 'reality', I think you'll...

From the standpoint of 'reality', I think you'll be happiest going this route.

Have fun and let us know how it progresses.
11-19-12, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,223
Posted By bgross

I forgot to mention that I recognized part of...

I forgot to mention that I recognized part of your problem from my (our) own experience.

We bought our C'dale new. It is a VERY stable ride with its oversized AL frame and 26" wheels.
When we...
11-19-12, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,223
Posted By bgross

Excellent points, and, IMO, goes to the heart of...

Excellent points, and, IMO, goes to the heart of the matter: the combination of 1) the ability of the captain to deftly handle whatever bike, and 2) the possibility of the stoker ("the stoker makes...
11-19-12, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,293
Posted By bgross

We fossils have found that there are several "low...

We fossils have found that there are several "low tech" options which help.

Our C'dale (see sig.) has an older "damping" seat post which, combined with my bride's Selle Anatomica saddle, works...
11-19-12, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,718
Posted By bgross

Looks like others have most of your...

Looks like others have most of your issues/questions covered - especially the need to prioritize your adjustments with proper saddle/pedal position *first*.

You mentioned that the steering seemed...
08-27-12, 08:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,508
Posted By bgross

I'm only 6'4", so I'm sure I haven't heard it as...

I'm only 6'4", so I'm sure I haven't heard it as many times as folks who really are tall, but it used to bug me when people would try to be cute and say things like "how's the weather up there?". *...
07-29-12, 10:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By bgross

We're hanging here in Budapest for a few dats...

We're hanging here in Budapest for a few dats after a week-long Santana tandem tour. First class river boat accommodations on the Danube from Passau, Germany through Austria (with overnight in...
07-27-12, 11:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,891
Posted By bgross

Nice job! We're in Budapest right now,...

Nice job!

We're in Budapest right now, having just completed a Santana river cruise tandem rally on the Danube. More than sixty tandems, most with couplers.
The dozen or so without couplers were...
07-13-12, 10:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,362
Posted By bgross

There's an old saying "It's easier to get...

There's an old saying "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission."
Bovine excrement!

However difficult it is to get permission (especially when the answer is no), forgiveness takes even...
07-11-12, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
Posted By bgross

I'll be the dissenting vote here. I've done it...

I'll be the dissenting vote here.
I've done it for short distances, when necessary. It's not a problem, really. A good way to get used to the fit, shifting, etc.

However, if you 'get used to it'...
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