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01-09-14, 10:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,524
Posted By rnorris

Same winter routines here, except I hit local...

Same winter routines here, except I hit local trails on cross country skis when the snow is too deep to ride them. Winter is my big running season as cycling takes up most of my exercise at other...
12-19-13, 10:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 881
Posted By rnorris

I'm not working right now, but over time I've...

I'm not working right now, but over time I've worked all sorts of shifts and have commuted by bike in any hour you could name at some point. My favorite time to commute by bike is late in the evening...
12-19-13, 09:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By rnorris

In Flagstaff we just lost a really great store....

In Flagstaff we just lost a really great store. It was owned by a guy who stocked refurbished used bikes and had a gold mine of old bike parts to choose from. He is also a custom frame builder and...
12-17-13, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By rnorris

If the OP is still reading this thread... I had...

If the OP is still reading this thread... I had no intention of belittling you or attacking you in my post. I was using my own example as a short person to show that it is possible to find a bike...
12-17-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By rnorris

I have the same inseam you do (although I'm...

I have the same inseam you do (although I'm several inches shorter in height) and have never had the problems you describe, except on bikes with frames that are far too large. My mountain bikes are...
Forum: Touring
11-21-13, 12:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,403
Posted By rnorris

Information like this is really useful. I've been...

Information like this is really useful. I've been looking for possibilities for a touring bike that runs a lot lighter than the usual suspects, as most of them are vastly overbuilt for the load I'd...
Forum: Recumbent
11-18-13, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,578
Posted By rnorris

I agree. The XP treats a wide variety of riders...

I agree. The XP treats a wide variety of riders to one of the nicest recumbent rides around. At all of 5'3" and 105 lbs., I felt at home on a standard size XP immediately during a test ride at RANS...
10-01-13, 07:05 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,523
Posted By rnorris

-Mama bear and 2 cubs were trying out the local...

-Mama bear and 2 cubs were trying out the local MUP one night. I thought they were some new artsy sculptures until Mama said "WHUFF?" and stood up on her hind legs to look at me, as did the cubs. I...
09-30-13, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,740
Posted By rnorris

I'm tempted to try this with my small frame GF....

I'm tempted to try this with my small frame GF. It might roll a bit better over the rock gardens we have here in Arizona and provide a bit more crank clearance, which wouldn't hurt. Now I have to...
09-29-13, 08:32 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 34,716
Posted By rnorris

Was a bit chubby when I was 10 or 11, but grew...

Was a bit chubby when I was 10 or 11, but grew out of that. Then some weird genetics took over and my build froze as a short, skinny 15 year old and I've never busted 110 lbs. I've always had lots of...
08-25-13, 10:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,650
Posted By rnorris

Since my post 4 years ago, I've grown to 225 lbs....

Since my post 4 years ago, I've grown to 225 lbs. and 6'5". Well, not really. :lol: Still a scrawny flyweight, running the same tire pressures as before.
Forum: Recumbent
03-14-13, 11:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,222
Posted By rnorris

I generally average about 13mph as well in the...

I generally average about 13mph as well in the hilly suburban to urban areas I usually ride in, whether I'm on my LWB or upright road bike. In my case it's simply that I can't put the power to the...
01-14-13, 09:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 924
Posted By rnorris

I want to do some night rides on desert trails...

I want to do some night rides on desert trails next summer.... stars, plenty of moonlight, and warm air.
01-14-13, 09:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 636
Posted By rnorris

I usually run and cross country ski when local...

I usually run and cross country ski when local trails are buried in snow, which they usually are for 2 to 3 months. Some trails get packed down enough to ride, but if I really want to get a fix of...
Forum: Foo
12-12-12, 08:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 899
Posted By rnorris

Some say that Paul McCartney fronting for Nirvana...

Some say that Paul McCartney fronting for Nirvana at the benefit concert for superstorm Sandy in NYC tonight is a sure sign the world is ending.
12-11-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,677
Posted By rnorris

I would guess that one's past its prime... ...

I would guess that one's past its prime...

My sister's department store MTB bottoms out on almost any respectable bump, even under me, which is ridiculous. Can't change the spring setting and I...
12-10-12, 02:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By rnorris

Good to know, as I have the same problem. Really...

Good to know, as I have the same problem. Really hate it when the hem of the shorts catches on the bike seat...
12-10-12, 02:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,814
Posted By rnorris

As others have said, you can raise a bit off the...

As others have said, you can raise a bit off the seat to ease the worst of the bumps, and in time you'll start doing that naturally. I'm often off the seat when riding my hardtail on technical...
11-17-12, 12:55 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,238
Posted By rnorris

In my own case, I find that I can never ride with...

In my own case, I find that I can never ride with completely dry nose and eyes in cold weather, but keeping
my hands and face as warm as possible seems to help. Oversized sunglasses look dorky, but...
11-17-12, 12:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,850
Posted By rnorris

As in the song, Rt. 66 runs right through...

As in the song, Rt. 66 runs right through Flagstaff where I live. There are bike lanes on it, just not a particularly pleasant ride as it's the chief arterial crossing town in an E-W direction and is...
10-08-12, 10:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,482
Posted By rnorris

...That I would ever be as big and old as my...

...That I would ever be as big and old as my grandparents, who fascinated me when I was very young with their seemingly immense, ponderous bodies and all-seeing eyes. My grandfather could sit in his...
09-26-12, 12:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,249
Posted By rnorris

Am in a very similar situation to you, although...

Am in a very similar situation to you, although I'm a guy... just over 100 lbs. myself and it's rarely varied more than 5 pounds either way for decades. Weight gain comes very slowly for me,...
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 11:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By rnorris

Excellent advice here. Looking at the bigger...

Excellent advice here. Looking at the bigger picture, you need to have a pretty good concept of what you want your retirement to be like before you can make plans and estimate your expenses....
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 11:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 984
Posted By rnorris

271877 A Datsun B210, identical to the one in...

271877
A Datsun B210, identical to the one in the picture- white "fastback". 1400cc engine, maybe 70HP. Bought it in New England in 1975, drove it to Seattle. It drew lots of stares in the Midwest,...
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 11:04 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,186
Posted By rnorris

Yup, I called my first employer-issued phone just...

Yup, I called my first employer-issued phone just that. Heavy, thick, and black with a retractable antenna. I told my young nephew that it was government issue and would take out a bear if you threw...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-12, 10:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By rnorris

My slowest flat fix was nearly an hour. Winter...

My slowest flat fix was nearly an hour. Winter night with thick fog and temps below freezing, no lights except my headlamp. Trying to work a stiff tire bead back over the rim with numb fingers was no...
Forum: Touring
06-06-12, 06:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,145
Posted By rnorris

Am hoping the OP will return here and let us know...

Am hoping the OP will return here and let us know if a satisfactory bike was found.
06-05-12, 12:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,708
Posted By rnorris

Agree with the others that you should check for...

Agree with the others that you should check for misaligned rim tape or a sharp spot on the inside surface of the rim itself.
Alternatively, do you have goat heads in your area? They'll repeatedly...
06-05-12, 12:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 928
Posted By rnorris

For running, it takes about 1 to 2 miles for my...

For running, it takes about 1 to 2 miles for my body to get on board- especially in the morning. With cycling, it's often 3 miles or more, depending on time of day, previous exercise, etc.
Forum: Touring
06-05-12, 12:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,145
Posted By rnorris

Not likely to be a problem for this rider. I'm...

Not likely to be a problem for this rider. I'm of similar build and most bikes are stiff as a church to me, as I don't have the mass or muscle to flex the frames.
Forum: Foo
06-03-12, 12:48 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,447
Posted By rnorris

5 ft. 3 inches, have always been small for a guy....

5 ft. 3 inches, have always been small for a guy. Had some problems with being bullied early in life, but I always had good friends so it didn't mean much. Getting the bonus of it now because I can...
Forum: Foo
06-02-12, 11:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 932
Posted By rnorris

Barrow, Alaska, 1979.

Took a summer job as a field assistant on the North Slope while in college. This was during the height of the oil boom there and there were a number of umm, "ladies" hanging around the airport...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,942
Posted By rnorris

I did the bike on bus routine for several years...

I did the bike on bus routine for several years during my commute in the Seattle area. My solution to this problem was to move the fender as high up in the fork as possible to give room for the...
05-24-12, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By rnorris

Carfree Mountain Bikers

I'm not carfree, but the town I moved to last year (Flagstaff) is very well set up to live a carfree lifestyle. The area has a lot of excellent off road riding, from networks of logging roads for...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 10:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,191
Posted By rnorris

To the OP: Sounds like you've found the rebound...

To the OP: Sounds like you've found the rebound adjustment on your shock and cranked it down to where the shock has minimal effect. That's what I had to do on my older MTBs that didn't have a...
05-22-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 31,668
Posted By rnorris

Lots of interesting perspectives here. I agree...

Lots of interesting perspectives here. I agree with others who have pointed out that the 70's bike boom wasn't a universal presence across the country, was largely generational in nature, and driven...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-12, 10:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,169
Posted By rnorris

This is the conclusion I came to as well for my...

This is the conclusion I came to as well for my small-framed bikes. Only have one 700c wheel left in my collection, and it's on the back of a recumbent where its advantages can be utilized.
05-15-12, 07:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,263
Posted By rnorris

Can't remember my first mountain bike tumble, it...

Can't remember my first mountain bike tumble, it was so long ago back in full rigid MTB days. I do remember the dumbest one, though. My 17 year old cousin wanted to play on some trails at a local...
05-15-12, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 864
Posted By rnorris

I often encounter hikers on the local singletrack...

I often encounter hikers on the local singletrack trails near where I live, so I'm a bit careful about downhill speed where visibility isn't good. Many of them will step off the trail, but I never...
Forum: Recumbent
05-14-12, 10:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,984
Posted By rnorris

Not so newly acquired now.... hope it's been a...

Not so newly acquired now.... hope it's been a good decade. :)
05-14-12, 08:22 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,045
Posted By rnorris

I don't drink much, but back in the day I'd have...

I don't drink much, but back in the day I'd have the occasional ride home after a Friday night party in the pitch dark of the local MUP, trying to follow the little spot of light from my $5 generator...
05-14-12, 08:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,466
Posted By rnorris

There's lots of innovation going on around the...

There's lots of innovation going on around the edges of the standard diamond frame bike- recumbents of all shapes and sizes, racing trikes, velomobiles, quads, front wheel drive bikes, and homebuilts...
05-14-12, 07:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,540
Posted By rnorris

Hah, I didn't think anyone else here was that...

Hah, I didn't think anyone else here was that light... My 105 lbs. are well used though (50+) :p
05-14-12, 02:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,540
Posted By rnorris

Your metabolism probably won't change much at...

Your metabolism probably won't change much at this point so you won't gain weight easily for some time, unless you really let yourself go. I'm similar, and 22 years past that benchmark. I gain weight...
05-12-12, 09:12 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 6,533
Posted By rnorris

I wonder if this was the same B-25 I saw flying...

I wonder if this was the same B-25 I saw flying along the central Florida coast a few weeks ago. Neat aircraft. I'm dating myself, but my dad trained in B-25's near the end of WWII. The war ended...
05-12-12, 08:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,540
Posted By rnorris

Gary Fisher Hifi Pro 27.5 lbs. (FS) Cannondale...

Gary Fisher Hifi Pro 27.5 lbs. (FS)
Cannondale F600 (light duty hardtail) also 27.5

Self on either bike with light pack, about 145 lbs. total
05-09-12, 07:49 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,327
Posted By rnorris

Cycling is encouraging me to keep running.... odd...

Cycling is encouraging me to keep running.... odd man out, I guess. It really helps on the bike when max. cardio output is needed, such as during long climbs at higher altitudes. I can tell the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-12, 07:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,889
Posted By rnorris

Broken collarbone, 3 cracked ribs, concussion,...

Broken collarbone, 3 cracked ribs, concussion, and a trip to the ER due to a bit of mutual stupidity with another cyclist. Was on a very short trip between two buildings on a college campus- no...
05-09-12, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 773
Posted By rnorris

Just a note from someone who's mass challenged on...

Just a note from someone who's mass challenged on the light end- my bike collection weighs between 27 and 30 pounds each and I don't notice added weight much until it gets up to 5 pounds or so,...
05-04-12, 09:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,353
Posted By rnorris

I recently bought my Arizona driver license. All...

I recently bought my Arizona driver license. All it took was some money and my old Washington State license.

Went to the local DMV office prepared for at least a written exam and a vision test.......
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