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Forum: Commuting
01-14-22, 06:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 880
Posted By J.Higgins

I love to read the stuff coming from your...

I love to read the stuff coming from your scientific mind, Stu.
Forum: Commuting
01-13-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 880
Posted By J.Higgins

When I was a GI, I was stationed in Tampa for a...

When I was a GI, I was stationed in Tampa for a few years. I was into triathlons. I would run/swim/bike in any weather. I ESPECIALLY loved it when it was raining, because I was cooler and felt...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 3,861
Posted By J.Higgins

I'm projecting that the industry here in North...

I'm projecting that the industry here in North America will be indelibly-marred from all of this. Its plain to see how much has already shifted, such as OEM's buying out LBS's. I'm thinking that...
01-11-22, 04:01 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,559
Posted By J.Higgins

Word. My wife and I ride gravel bikes, plus-sized...

Word. My wife and I ride gravel bikes, plus-sized tire bikes, and modified MTB's here because the paved roads are so bad. It actually a bit of relief when the road turns to dirt sometimes. There just...
01-11-22, 03:45 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 966
Posted By J.Higgins

Been wrenching bikes since the late-60's, and...

Been wrenching bikes since the late-60's, and I've built and repaired a lot of wheels. Now that I think back, I don't recall seeing a front wheel with a snapped spoke. Oh, I've seen taco'ed front...
01-09-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,816
Posted By J.Higgins

That bike turned out nice!

That bike turned out nice!
Forum: Touring
01-05-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,147
Posted By J.Higgins

The Covid pandemic killed my decades-long lust...

The Covid pandemic killed my decades-long lust for Brooks saddles. The BBB (Big Bike Boom), plus pandemic-related supply chain issues made Brooks saddles nearly unobtainium for a while, well at least...
12-27-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Posted By J.Higgins

You've been using it for a year... do you think...

You've been using it for a year... do you think it may be spotty operation from use? Surely it cant be wearing out already. Maybe you flush it out with some silicone spray?
12-20-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By J.Higgins

I applaud your ingenuity, Zandy. I got to say...

I applaud your ingenuity, Zandy. I got to say that the shine on that derailleur is pretty nice! Not all soaps are equal, so could you tell us precisely which laundry soap you are using? My wife...
12-18-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,827
Posted By J.Higgins

I agree with what most people have already said...

I agree with what most people have already said in here about the weight rating. You should be fine as long as your bike is assembled well, and the wheels are tuned nicely. Even then, I have seen a...
12-04-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 586
Posted By J.Higgins

This is my go-to for bearings. Bel-Ray...

This is my go-to for bearings. Bel-Ray (https://www.belray.com/product/waterproof-grease/). I use Park Polylube 1000 and sometimes SRAM Butter for just about everything else.
12-01-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 646
Posted By J.Higgins

Kool Stop tire bead jack and windex. Just enough...

Kool Stop tire bead jack and windex. Just enough leverage from the jack, and just enough lube from the window cleaner. I've never had a problem after resorting to this method.
Forum: Touring
11-29-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By J.Higgins

When I toured in the past, my number one priority...

When I toured in the past, my number one priority between stops for the night was easy access to alcohol. My thirst for booze pretty much ruled supreme over all other priorities. I've been sober now...
11-24-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 644
Views: 85,580
Posted By J.Higgins

We just finished up the last season of Goliath....

We just finished up the last season of Goliath. This series is typical of many series, where after a few seasons, they run out of things to write about, so you wind up with overly-long scenes of...
11-20-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 975
Posted By J.Higgins

Here ya go:...

Here ya go: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainline.html
11-15-21, 06:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 378
Posted By J.Higgins

Ruben, have you tried cleaning the seatpost very...

Ruben, have you tried cleaning the seatpost very well, perhaps using some mineral spirits? Twist up a metal coat hanger to resemble a giant needle's-eye, and insert a piece of cloth and use that...
Forum: Touring
11-14-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By J.Higgins

This is a good point, TiM, one that I've never...

This is a good point, TiM, one that I've never considered. I have S&S couplers on my Bilenky, but I have to honestly say that I have only used them once, and it wasn't for air travel either. Probably...
Forum: Northeast
11-08-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By J.Higgins

Fitchburg! Whodathunk it! Seriously, though,...

Fitchburg! Whodathunk it!

Seriously, though, there are new trails all over New England, and some of the best are right in Mass. Ever do the Winchendon trail?
11-07-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,423
Posted By J.Higgins

Musing on your OP and this post, I know a guy who...

Musing on your OP and this post, I know a guy who has at least a thousand bikes. Not one of them is less than dealership-quality. Says its his "retirement plan." he does have some pretty sweet and...
Forum: Foo
11-02-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 18,271
Views: 1,009,428
Posted By J.Higgins

Buys two years-worth of Girl Scout Cookies, and...

Buys two years-worth of Girl Scout Cookies, and eats the whole stash in two weeks.
Forum: Foo
11-02-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,655
Posted By J.Higgins

Maybe its still pissing him off after 4 years?...

Maybe its still pissing him off after 4 years? :backpedal:
Forum: Foo
11-01-21, 03:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,260
Posted By J.Higgins

I'm retired now. Double retiree. Looking back,...

I'm retired now. Double retiree. Looking back, the best times were in the US Military, and the worst of times was employed by civilian companies. People in management with little-to-zero competence...
Forum: Foo
10-31-21, 04:41 AM
Replies: 18,271
Views: 1,009,428
Posted By J.Higgins

Joined the Me Too movement in a big way, coming...

Joined the Me Too movement in a big way, coming out about Ronald McDonald. When he scored a position at McD's, the clown was all over him like the bulls in Shawshank. After that job, he applied to...
Forum: Foo
10-29-21, 04:49 AM
Replies: 18,271
Views: 1,009,428
Posted By J.Higgins

Lies using ASL, sadly. Well its not as sad as it...

Lies using ASL, sadly. Well its not as sad as it is deplorable, but he's pretty good at it. He's so good at lying with his hands, he uses his hands to tell one lie, but with his lips he mouths a...
Forum: Foo
10-29-21, 04:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 674
Posted By J.Higgins

^^^ Much like Honda Gravel, I too use Seafoam in...

^^^ Much like Honda Gravel, I too use Seafoam in all of my power equipment and Power Service Diesel 911, and Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement in my tractor. I've never had any issues with bad,...
Forum: Foo
10-28-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By J.Higgins

I just got tested and the results were all...

I just got tested and the results were all negative. Doctor said I was too fat. I told him I was going to get a second opinion. He just shrugged and said I was ugly too.
Forum: Foo
10-28-21, 05:03 AM
Replies: 18,271
Views: 1,009,428
Posted By J.Higgins

Grows a lot of weed. Smokes a lot of weed. He...

Grows a lot of weed. Smokes a lot of weed. He blows smoke rings when toking on a joint, which pretty much makes him the coolest guy in the trailer park, despite the fact that he listens to Elvis.
Forum: Touring
10-27-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,729
Posted By J.Higgins

Looks like a good trip you have planned, Indy....

Looks like a good trip you have planned, Indy. Ending up in Atlantic City? Say hi to Nucky for me.
Forum: Touring
10-27-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Hi, Carrie. Despite plans for my next tour...

Hi, Carrie. Despite plans for my next tour careening off course and winding up in the ditch, I'd love to have you by my side for the day! Bring the chatterbox. Hey, bring your sons too! Oh, you...
Forum: Foo
10-24-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,351
Posted By J.Higgins

Same here. I am angst-ridden right now. At 63, I...

Same here. I am angst-ridden right now. At 63, I feel like one minute my whole life is ahead of me, and the future is bright, and all that, and the next minute something happens that makes me feel...
Forum: Foo
10-24-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 18,271
Views: 1,009,428
Posted By J.Higgins

Loves polyester. Has a collection of 1970's...

Loves polyester. Has a collection of 1970's leisure suits. Specializes in leisure suits worn by 1970's sitcom celebs. The shining jewels in his collection is a peach-colored suit worn by Don Knotts...
Forum: Foo
10-24-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,351
Posted By J.Higgins

...or too careful! :50: The true measure of...

...or too careful! :50:

The true measure of success is knowing which butt to grab and which to avoid.
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Well in light of my recent revelations, it looks...

Well in light of my recent revelations, it looks like my plans are bust. Guess I'll figure something else out. :notamused:
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

I used to just crumple it up and bury under a...

I used to just crumple it up and bury under a rock when I was a teenager. Then I grew up and began to pack it out. A couple of times I had critter problems. One raccoon, and mice. After the mouse...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By J.Higgins

Followed suit > Success! Successfully carved...

Followed suit > Success!

Successfully carved that nasty wart off my butt, and I surely do feel liberated!
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Wait... wuuuut... ...

Wait... wuuuut...

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Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By J.Higgins

Attempt to add something of value to an otherwise...

Attempt to add something of value to an otherwise friendly thread > Fail. Shoo fly!
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

It'll be one or the other for sure (inReach, or...

It'll be one or the other for sure (inReach, or the sat-phone). Both would be nice, but the inReach would get used much more I believe. Still, if I want to use the inReach to the limit of its...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

And this is precisely why I'll be using the...

And this is precisely why I'll be using the DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer as my primary resource for this trip. My goal (so far - always ready to change it if needed) is to put everything in pencil on...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 05:20 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. This is the...

Thank you for your thoughtful reply. This is the sort of exchange of which I am craving. My emphasis is always on the journey, and never how quickly I get there. I rarely have the destination be the...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 04:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,661
Posted By J.Higgins

HEADS UP: Deluxe Trucker

Saw this on Craigslist this morning, and thought I would add it here. If anyone is looking for a bargain in a very sweet tourer, here it is if you ride a 56cm.

Like new Surly Trucker Deluxe, 56...
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 05:50 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Excellent commentary. I also share a lot of your...

Excellent commentary. I also share a lot of your feelings about technology and how it shapes our lives. I was just thinking about the novel I have on my nightstand. Back in the day, back before...
Forum: Foo
10-23-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,351
Posted By J.Higgins

You can run. You can hide. You can lie. The truth...

You can run. You can hide. You can lie. The truth being that your service will be compulsory, conscripted, strong-armed, and press-ganged. Failure to comply will result in punitive actions involving...
Forum: Foo
10-23-21, 05:22 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,351
Posted By J.Higgins

Seriously? You making jokes about my momma? If...

Seriously? You making jokes about my momma? If you do, you better get it right. Factually, my momma was so fat, she broke her leg and gravy ran out.
Forum: Foo
10-23-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,351
Posted By J.Higgins

Burning Redneck Man. Love it! :thumb: Let's make...

Burning Redneck Man. Love it! :thumb: Let's make the acronym read, BRM.

I think that you should remove the tips on those arrows and replace them with tiny boxing gloves. That way, if you miss the...
Forum: Foo
10-23-21, 05:05 AM
Replies: 18,271
Views: 1,009,428
Posted By J.Higgins

Used to drool Homer-style when looking in the...

Used to drool Homer-style when looking in the donut case. Hasn't been an issue since he began wearing covid masks. One time, he was so hungry, he forgot to remove the mask before he ate the donut,...
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 05:00 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Make no mistake; I am daft! :bike2: I like...

Make no mistake; I am daft! :bike2:

I like that you said, "Back in the day I used them a lot for all kinds of outdoor pursuits." I remember being at camp and there'd be my brother in law, Pete,...
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

I've been watching these guys - Wheels to Wander...

I've been watching these guys - Wheels to Wander (https://www.youtube.com/c/WheelstoWander)

I like to watch these guys. They aren't pros, well, they dont seem like pros. Down to earth. The girl is...
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 04:31 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Do you have a photographic memory, Indy? I do....

Do you have a photographic memory, Indy? I do. Its not a super-powerful, everything-precise, like the character, Lisbeth Salander, in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but its not bad when it comes to...
Forum: Touring
10-23-21, 04:19 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,992
Posted By J.Higgins

Gaia sounds like a good app. I DL-ed it, and am...

Gaia sounds like a good app. I DL-ed it, and am now getting to know it. I wasn't going to mention where I was planning to go yet. I was holding off to do a little more research, but Northern Maine is...
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