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Forum: Touring
06-01-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,095
Posted By SparkyBeacon

A friend and I are riding the Natchez Trace...

A friend and I are riding the Natchez Trace Parkway June 16-24. South to North. It will probably be hot. We have had previous hiking/biking trips that were kind of on the cool side. So this one could...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,773
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I was not familiar with this model. Very sleek...

I was not familiar with this model. Very sleek design. I like how you put yours together.
03-05-19, 09:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 876
Posted By SparkyBeacon

So tempted

These are a little big , but ride-able for me. So tempted. I just recently initiated an ongoing eBay search for Miyata's. Because I am a fan of classic steel touring bikes and I drive a 2008 Miata....
Forum: Want To Buy
02-03-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 886
Posted By SparkyBeacon

WTB Quadricycle, quadracycle, 2-person side-by-side 4-wheel tandem bicycle

I am looking for a 2-person, side-by-side, 4-wheel bike.

Bikes in this category include:
EZ Quadribent by blackbirdbikes.com
Lightfoot Cycles Duo, Duette, or Microcar
Pacific Cycles 2-Rider
...
Forum: For Sale
01-19-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,882
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Very adjustable?

JTB owners, can you share a little knowledge?

I am looking for a quad or trike sociable tandem. I want to be able to ride with various other people, so size adjust-ability is important. On the JTB...
01-05-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I have purchased all of my glasses from Zenni...

I have purchased all of my glasses from Zenni (https://www.zennioptical.com) for several years. I am up to 5 or 6 pairs. My prescription is for bifocals or progressive lenses. I get the...
07-14-18, 11:16 AM
Replies: 1,227
Views: 69,257
Posted By SparkyBeacon

After a very easy 15 miles around town, I went...

After a very easy 15 miles around town, I went out and did 10 miles as fast as I could. Not bad by my standards. Definitely my fastest 10 miles this year.
07-01-18, 06:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I have used blue Loctite since losing a couple.

I have used blue Loctite since losing a couple.
07-01-18, 02:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By SparkyBeacon

One or two of your chainring bolts probably...

One or two of your chainring bolts probably disappeared on previous rides. I never think to check mine. If I was home now, I would pop into the garage and give the whole fleet a lookover. I suppose...
06-27-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,750
Posted By SparkyBeacon

As a Hoosier I was scratching my head over this: ...

As a Hoosier I was scratching my head over this:

Why does he want a refund for riding in Indiana? Boring scenery? Should I be offended?

But then it clicked and I am even embarrassed that it...
Forum: Touring
06-20-18, 07:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,355
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Congrats

Congrats on doing your first tour. Thanks for the ride report. It is a good read and gives everyone things to think about. I think you are now qualified to dispense touring advice.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-18, 07:55 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,423
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Re Birdy shimmy I have had it for 4...

Re Birdy shimmy


I have had it for 4 years. I think I have encountered a shimmy or wobble just twice. I was not in situations where I was inclined (sorry for the pun) to take the time to reclimb...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-18, 09:50 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,423
Posted By SparkyBeacon

This is a good idea for a folder thread. ...

This is a good idea for a folder thread.

Birdy:
I think there is a high-speed shimmy. I am not 100% sure because I rarely ride on long downhills where I hit high speeds. Nevertheless, my...
06-08-18, 09:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,599
Posted By SparkyBeacon

We are not fast and do not race. I could care...

We are not fast and do not race. I could care less about maybe spinning out the high gear under favorable circumstances some day. I want to be able to keep going if possible when challenged by hills....
06-08-18, 08:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,190
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Wimpy here

"I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."

Thank you ThermionicScott for bringing gear inches to this thread.

My fixed gear has a Surly Dingle cog and two chain rings. So I have three...
05-22-18, 10:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 745
Posted By SparkyBeacon

+1 on an oil soak for an old Brooks. One that I...

+1 on an oil soak for an old Brooks. One that I bought used was very dry. I soaked it in oil to bring it back to a normal condition. It did not have shape issues to deal with.
05-22-18, 10:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,518
Posted By SparkyBeacon

+1 for these: "Two Fish Quick cage adapter...

+1 for these: "Two Fish Quick cage adapter Twofish Quick Cage Adapter Jenson USA"

I use two of them on the bike I have been riding the most.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-16-18, 05:49 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,088
Posted By SparkyBeacon

42 gears

This bike has a common setup that Bike Friday used to use. The gearing is the Sachs/SRAM 3x7 for 21 gears. This system has a 3-speed rear hub with internal gears. There was a single front chain ring....
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-15-18, 09:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,088
Posted By SparkyBeacon

42 gears

I tour on a Bike Friday New World Tourist. It originally had 21 gears. I wanted even lower gears because I want to be able to pedal the loaded bike up steep hills. I added a chain ring and now I...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-18, 09:29 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 15,802
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I commute on a Nishiki Century from the early...

I commute on a Nishiki Century from the early 1980s. It was originally a 10-speed, then it had a long and useful life as a 15-speed, and now it is a fixed gear.
04-01-18, 09:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 852
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Sweet ride. I want it. It's not the...

Sweet ride. I want it.

It's not the ShelBroCo special I was expecting, but different is good.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-18, 04:29 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,297
Posted By SparkyBeacon

The Birdy folder has some modest suspension front...

The Birdy folder has some modest suspension front and rear. I like how it smooths out rough pavement.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-11-17, 07:53 PM
Replies: 1,158
Views: 235,208
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Coroplast fenders

I just made this front fender out of Coroplast (an old election sign). The orange fasteners are rubber-coated flexible wire, kind of like big twist ties.

The rear fender is a purchased unit that...
10-03-16, 07:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,254
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Ahh, Rhode Gear. Flickstands: I still have...

Ahh, Rhode Gear.

Flickstands: I still have three of these on bikes I actively ride.

Ultra Shuttle 3: my one and only forever bike rack. I probably test it to the max by being one of those...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-15, 08:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I put these Nashbar Bolt-On Skewers...

I put these Nashbar Bolt-On Skewers (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_174839_-1___) on my daughter's college bike. It is to prevent a mischief-maker from making off with a wheel just...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-13-15, 08:40 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 13,283
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I just rode my longest one-day ride on one of my...

I just rode my longest one-day ride on one of my folding bikes. The ride was an organized event: 2015 GOAT Ride (http://www.energy2action.com/goatinformation2012.html) . I rode 102 hilly miles on...
07-24-15, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5,313
Views: 400,824
Posted By SparkyBeacon

466596 Clean Bottle water bottles. The...

466596

Clean Bottle water bottles. The bottoms come off and they are dishwasher safe. I think I am going to like these for my Gatorade. Oddly, the two center bottles are a little shorter than...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-16-15, 08:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By SparkyBeacon

This spring I rode the 184-mile C&O Canal towpath...

This spring I rode the 184-mile C&O Canal towpath on my Bike Friday New World Tourist which has 20" wheels. It was adequate for most of the trail. However, where the trail had deteriorated and was...
05-14-15, 07:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,018
Posted By SparkyBeacon

If you use some creativity, you can have a very...

If you use some creativity, you can have a very large difference in the number of teeth on your cogs. The solution is to have two chainrings up front with same tooth differential. Move your chain...
02-13-15, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,217
Posted By SparkyBeacon

A practice run on an old wheel would be helpful. ...

A practice run on an old wheel would be helpful. I don't have old wheels around. I am pretty sure I read through the instructions and laid out the kit to see how it worked. Then I carried it for...
02-05-15, 09:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,120
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I haven't retrieved a pizza by bicycle yet, but...

I haven't retrieved a pizza by bicycle yet, but if I were, I would...

... get a refrigerated pizza from the grocery store. You bake it yourself. I would turn on the oven before heading out. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-15, 11:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,046
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Topeak Mini Morph for me. It is the smallest of...

Topeak Mini Morph for me. It is the smallest of the bunch. A lot of people like to have a pressure gauge, but I can do without for the thankfully rare flat tire.
Forum: Commuting
02-03-15, 11:21 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,800
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Riding to work, I go at a walking-level effort so...

Riding to work, I go at a walking-level effort so that I do not get sweaty.

Riding home it depends on my mood. I might take it easy or push it. Pushing it is either constant higher effort or...
01-19-15, 12:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,280
Posted By SparkyBeacon

What Furcifer said, but I am better qualified to...

What Furcifer said, but I am better qualified to break it in for you. I purchased two used bikes in 2014 that were in pristine condition. Bike #1...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-10-15, 11:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,453
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Video: Removing the Rear Wheel with Neos Derailleur

Yes, I am posting onto a thread that is five years old. I just googled this subject because I am wrestling with removing the rear wheel on my Dahon. Tern has published a nice video for this.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-06-15, 09:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,180
Posted By SparkyBeacon

There is lots of good folding bike information on...

There is lots of good folding bike information on Thor's website: www.thorusa.com (http://www.thorusa.com/)
01-05-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,411
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Flickstands

Flickstands - by Rhode Gear I think.

I am still using three of them on bikes that we ride. There are two flickstands in the second picture.

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Forum: Folding Bikes
01-04-15, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,180
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Well, I am afraid this response is unhelpful...

Well, I am afraid this response is unhelpful since you are trying to nail down pedal weights.

I weighed a MKS Compact Ezy Removable Pedal and came up with a weight of less than half of the...
12-24-14, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,417
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I had laparoscopic surgery for indirect inguinal...

I had laparoscopic surgery for indirect inguinal hernia repair 19 days ago. At 9 days after the surgery I did a 12-mile ride. At 16 days after the surgery I did a 25-mile ride. The rides were on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-17-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,605
Posted By SparkyBeacon

These are working on my folders: Sigma BC...

These are working on my folders:
Sigma BC 16.12 STS CAD
Planet Bike Protégé 9.0
12-08-14, 08:38 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,038
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Breaking Away The picture on my DVD box is...

Breaking Away

The picture on my DVD box is interesting. It is a picture of Dave, the lead character on his bike. The image must have been flipped at some point. The bike's drive-train is on...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-14, 09:03 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 7,928
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Sparky and Beacon are trail names I received...

Sparky and Beacon are trail names I received while hiking. I am going to stick with Beacon. I like it because it is biking-related. My biking raingear is my hiking raingear. On one hiking trip we...
11-17-14, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,081
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I "won" two eBay auctions for bikes this year. ...

I "won" two eBay auctions for bikes this year. Only cost me about $2,000. I think I should switch to raffles.
11-14-14, 12:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Posted By SparkyBeacon

+1 to the merino wool. The price can cause...

+1 to the merino wool. The price can cause sticker shock. But I have two lightweight merino wool shirts that I wear a lot. They are my only shirt in warm weather and my base when I need to layer...
11-10-14, 09:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,810
Posted By SparkyBeacon

My one bike would be my Bike Friday New World...

My one bike would be my Bike Friday New World Tourist. Now most people aren't into small-wheeled folding bikes. I think touring bikes in general are the type of bike to have for all purposes.
Forum: Touring
11-10-14, 09:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,503
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I have the FiberFix Emergency Replacement Spoke...

I have the FiberFix Emergency Replacement Spoke Kit. To answer your question: there are only parts to replace one spoke. However, it is reusable so it can be used again for subsequent repairs.

I...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-14, 10:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,923
Posted By SparkyBeacon

"Right. But I thought if you have a Quick...

"Right. But I thought if you have a Quick Release than the frame will easily disconnect from the rear wheel altogether."

Yes, it will disconnect. But then you have a big version of one of those...
10-20-14, 08:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,926
Posted By SparkyBeacon

Syling influence me? No way I am influenced by...

Syling influence me? No way I am influenced by what others perceive as cool or fashionable. I am totally into function over form.

Well, I might I have said that last week. I just bought this...
10-20-14, 07:55 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 12,629
Posted By SparkyBeacon

I fixed up my daughter's girl's frame mountain...

I fixed up my daughter's girl's frame mountain bike for commuting. I used it for about three years. It was a mixte-style frame. When I wore out some drive-train components, I replaced them and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-14, 07:42 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,381
Posted By SparkyBeacon

It's about 50 miles from my house to scenic hilly...

It's about 50 miles from my house to scenic hilly terrain. If I want to train on hills, I ride 4 miles to a county park. It has a 1.1 mile loop. There are two hills each lap to give you a bit of a...
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