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08-17-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,716
Posted By tclune

Not at MY speed... ;)

Not at MY speed... ;)
Forum: Commuting
07-04-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,344
Posted By tclune

My three-season tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus...

My three-season tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus and my winter tires are Schwalbe Marathon Winter Plus. I haven't had a flat since switching over a few years ago. OTOH, they are really hard to get...
05-25-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,008
Posted By tclune

There's a huge range of acceptable tire pressures...

There's a huge range of acceptable tire pressures for your bike. The pressure gauge on the tire pump is more accurate than you need. If I fix a flat on the road, I just inflate until the tire feels...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,635
Posted By tclune

I'm retired now, but I found a bike rain cape to...

I'm retired now, but I found a bike rain cape to be a must-have. I had tried various rain gear before the cape, and I would always sweat so much when wearing it that I got just as wet with as...
05-08-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,645
Posted By tclune

I'm a clyde and for me discomfort in the seat is...

I'm a clyde and for me discomfort in the seat is a matter of core conditioning more than anything else. When I start getting tired, I slump in the saddle a bit. It would be easy to mistake this for a...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,415
Posted By tclune

I do my maintenance when I swap off the studded...

I do my maintenance when I swap off the studded snows, so it was about a month ago.
Forum: Commuting
04-23-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,310
Posted By tclune

Maybe, "Just stay off your cell phone while you...

Maybe, "Just stay off your cell phone while you drive and I'll be fine."
04-12-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 24,185
Posted By tclune

Must be a bear to pedal that thing... ;)

Must be a bear to pedal that thing... ;)
04-12-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 378
Views: 24,185
Posted By tclune

Yes. At least in the Northeastern US, small...

Yes. At least in the Northeastern US, small independent book stores are coming back to life. My sense is that, with the bricks and mortar presence of Borders and the like in decline, a viable niche...
04-09-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,087
Posted By tclune

Truthfully, I keep cycling because I gave my son...

Truthfully, I keep cycling because I gave my son my car when I retired. My wife still has a car, so we're not carless. But she is constantly on the go, so if I want to go somewhere, I either have to...
03-27-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,416
Posted By tclune

People who text while driving tend to have the...

People who text while driving tend to have the same view of their competence. Most go for their entire lives without having an accident. Nonetheless, controlled experiments indicate that using the...
03-27-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,416
Posted By tclune

And you might consider that your skill level is...

And you might consider that your skill level is not necessarily equal to your confidence level.
03-06-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,560
Posted By tclune

You'd have to ask God...

You'd have to ask God...
03-06-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,560
Posted By tclune

I have always maintained that the cold is just...

I have always maintained that the cold is just God's way of telling you to pedal faster.
01-11-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,948
Posted By tclune

I get some real cognitive dissonance from some...

I get some real cognitive dissonance from some members of this site. The constant braying is that we must support our LBS or we will be left without local experts to shield us from the ravages of our...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-18, 12:24 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,037
Posted By tclune

I ride Marathon Plus tires in summer and Marathon...

I ride Marathon Plus tires in summer and Marathon Winter Plus in winter. I have never had a flat since switching to them (from Bontrager, which would puncture at the drop of a hat.) They are slow and...
10-01-18, 08:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,993
Posted By tclune

I thought us geezers all knew you don't need a...

I thought us geezers all knew you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
08-12-18, 04:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 742
Posted By tclune

How do you know he was 21? ;)

How do you know he was 21? ;)
08-10-18, 07:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 294
Posted By tclune

Around here, there are bike and e-bike rentals...

Around here, there are bike and e-bike rentals strategically placed in town and on some campuses. You might find out if renting is an option, and let the bike company worry about security. FWIW
07-22-18, 06:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,239
Posted By tclune

Thanks for the correction.

Thanks for the correction.
07-21-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,078
Posted By tclune

The one bit of cycling kit that really caught my...

The one bit of cycling kit that really caught my attention when I first used it was compression leg sleeves. I got them for their SPF factor, but I was amazed at how much they helped keep my legs...
07-20-18, 06:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,239
Posted By tclune

When I moved here a few years ago, there were...

When I moved here a few years ago, there were four bicycle shops within about five miles. I tried them all, and only one did a competent job on repairs. That one is excellent. Henry Ford once said...
07-11-18, 05:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,674
Posted By tclune

Not so. I will look like a complete clueless dork...

Not so. I will look like a complete clueless dork no matter how much my wardrobe cost.
07-08-18, 05:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,601
Posted By tclune

Not with me. I normally only use it when I'm...

Not with me. I normally only use it when I'm going to pass someone else, so I appreciate it when alerted to the presence of another cyclist who is passing me.
06-30-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,122
Posted By tclune

I was a medical device software engineer. I...

I was a medical device software engineer. I retired at 65 because I just couldn't keep up with the demands of working for start-ups any more. We moved to a college town and I got a part-time job as a...
06-28-18, 07:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,601
Posted By tclune

I also use the Safe Zone mirror. It is way...

I also use the Safe Zone mirror. It is way over-priced, but cyclists seem to like being ripped off by gear suppliers. And it is the best helmet mirror I have owned.
06-27-18, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 397
Posted By tclune

If you can get to 10 posts just *****ing about...

If you can get to 10 posts just *****ing about the 10-post policy, you'll fit in just fine around here. ;)
06-21-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 688
Posted By tclune

In case you are unaware of its existence -- I...

In case you are unaware of its existence -- I carry one of these...
06-09-18, 10:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,615
Posted By tclune

Dad's relationship advice: " If you both give 90%...

Dad's relationship advice: " If you both give 90% of the way, you can almost meet in the middle." Dad's other classic: "Measure twice, cut once." Both have proven sound over the years.
Forum: Commuting
04-24-18, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,320
Posted By tclune

I'm not sure that brand names are really much...

I'm not sure that brand names are really much value. A good brand that costs a fair amount will be a good bike. But I got a $300 Specialized bike new, and it wasn't noticeably better than any other...
04-17-18, 06:23 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,207
Posted By tclune

Yesterday, when I finished shoveling the drive, I...

Yesterday, when I finished shoveling the drive, I removed my studded snows. I'm sick of winter, and that is my act of defiance to the weather gods. We'll see how they respond...
04-08-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,042
Posted By tclune

I'd just mention that you can get tandem bikes...

I'd just mention that you can get tandem bikes for around that combined price. For a couple who want to socialize as they ride, a tandem might give them a bit of panache as well as a pleasant...
03-28-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,633
Posted By tclune

I thought they were just for e-bikes with lithium...

I thought they were just for e-bikes with lithium batteries...
03-24-18, 06:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Posted By tclune

I have used them for a few years now. While I...

I have used them for a few years now. While I think they're great for groceries and taking things to the recycling center, I find the clip a complete pain. Instead of using it at all, I just keep...
03-09-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,473
Posted By tclune

I got this kit a few years ago when I retired. I...

I got this kit a few years ago when I retired. I was just getting back into cycling after thirty-plus years, and thought that the kit would give me a basic starting point for learning how to work on...
02-23-18, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,630
Posted By tclune

I also have the Bontrager rear rack on my 520. It...

I also have the Bontrager rear rack on my 520. It came with the bike, but I have had no reason to change for another. I also use Wald folding baskets instead of panniers. For touring, I throw a few...
01-26-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,548
Posted By tclune

I use citrus-based solvents for my cleaning, and...

I use citrus-based solvents for my cleaning, and use them indoors during the winter months. AFAIK, there is no problem with fumes from them. FWIW
Forum: Commuting
01-04-18, 09:34 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,414
Posted By tclune

I used to work for a complete jerk -- and I was...

I used to work for a complete jerk -- and I was self-employed. So count your blessings. ;)
01-03-18, 06:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,825
Posted By tclune

Just curious -- how do you strap a deer to your...

Just curious -- how do you strap a deer to your bike? ;)
01-02-18, 07:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,825
Posted By tclune

You might want to try out Amazon's grocery...

You might want to try out Amazon's grocery service (assuming it is available in Canada.) With such a small town, it is very possible that even if there is a small grocery store, it may go out of...
Forum: Touring
12-29-17, 06:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,166
Posted By tclune

The Bontrager rack...

The Bontrager rack (https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/equipment/cycling-accessories/bike-racks/bontrager-backrack-deluxe-l/p/09592/?colorCode=greylight) that came on my Trek 520 has been solid as a...
12-28-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 699
Views: 105,700
Posted By tclune

In my experience, it's always mostly headwind --...

In my experience, it's always mostly headwind -- just like most of my rides are uphill both ways... ;)
12-27-17, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,904
Posted By tclune

I'm 69 and about to retire from my retirement...

I'm 69 and about to retire from my retirement job. When I was 65, I retired from my career and moved to western MA. My wife still has a car, so I can get ready access if I need it. But generally, I...
12-20-17, 06:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By tclune

Are you sure that you made the new chain the same...

Are you sure that you made the new chain the same length as the old one? This is just a very uninformed guess, but I could imagine that the new chain has too many links in it, making it more prone to...
12-20-17, 06:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By tclune

Do you know if you can replace old studs with new...

Do you know if you can replace old studs with new ones? If so, how much effort does it take and do they stay in?
12-18-17, 06:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,309
Posted By tclune

I have used both Nokian and Schwalbe and have...

I have used both Nokian and Schwalbe and have been satisfied for the most part with both. I got the low stud count Nokians because I also ride on mostly-plowed trails and thought that would do. I was...
12-14-17, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,398
Posted By tclune

Good, thick wool pants are ideal for winter --...

Good, thick wool pants are ideal for winter -- and using Velcro straps on the bottoms keeps the wind out as well as keeping the pant leg off the chain.
12-14-17, 06:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,190
Posted By tclune

A couple of quick thoughts: First, a rear-view...

A couple of quick thoughts: First, a rear-view mirror mounted on your helmet is a handy accessory that costs almost nothing. And second, I lie my bike down, step over it, and lift it up. You won't...
12-14-17, 06:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By tclune

I notice you're in southern Cal, so this may not...

I notice you're in southern Cal, so this may not apply to you. But I find that the black rubber pads get too hard in the winter around here and tend to "chatter" when I brake in the cold weather. The...
12-06-17, 04:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,452
Posted By tclune

I had the same problem with my mother when she...

I had the same problem with my mother when she needed a lift chair. So I called the local furniture store and they agreed to remove the price tags from the chairs when she came in. Mom felt free to...
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