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Forum: Touring
04-16-15, 07:48 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,590
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Our plans are beginning to firm up. Four of us...

Our plans are beginning to firm up. Four of us are planning on a self-supported credit-card tour along the Natchez Trace Parkway in October, though if we can persuade our one anti-camping group...
Forum: Touring
01-08-15, 10:16 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,590
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Yup. I've printed out all four maps from the NPS,...

Yup. I've printed out all four maps from the NPS, and we've been talking to the folks at Natchez Trace Travel.

In addition, just this morning I found some MapMyRide routes for some of the northern...
Forum: Touring
01-08-15, 09:25 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,590
Posted By Steve Sawyer

One of the advantages of doing this at the end of...

One of the advantages of doing this at the end of the season is that we should all be in pretty good shape. I start back into the spinning classes right after all the new-years-resolution-fatties...
Forum: Touring
01-07-15, 02:58 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,590
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Just starting to make plans with my two younger...

Just starting to make plans with my two younger sibs (60 and 63) to follow The Trace north-south in October (unless I can persuade them to do it in September - I freeze solid in temps below 70). This...
01-07-15, 02:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,075
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Natchez Trace Parkway

Anyone had any experience riding this parkway? My two most frequent riding partners - younger bro (age 63) and sis (age 60) - are starting to make plans to do this along the entire length from...
01-07-15, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,771
Posted By Steve Sawyer

NICE bike!! I think bikes are just beautiful as...

NICE bike!! I think bikes are just beautiful as pieces of kinetic scupture...and with those colors - really nice!!

just finished my first build too (a light touring road bike), and it is fun....
01-07-15, 01:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,299
Posted By Steve Sawyer

rancocasrich - as a person who rode a DF for most...

rancocasrich - as a person who rode a DF for most of my life, switched to recumbents in my late 40's then went back to a DF after about 10 years, I can offer what I think is some good advice:


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01-07-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,637
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Don't ya just hate when that happens? I too...

Don't ya just hate when that happens?

I too keep mine pretty loose so that in an "emergency" I can usually get out of them simply by yanking my foot up, but once you get tilted over more than a...
01-07-15, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By Steve Sawyer

For those who haven't wrenched much on their...

For those who haven't wrenched much on their bikes, I have to say that going through this process has really improved my knowledge and understanding of how a bike works. It really amazed me as I...
01-07-15, 07:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Thanks, Bill. Finding a set of fenders that both...

Thanks, Bill. Finding a set of fenders that both fit and look good is going to be a challenge. It's pretty tight in there! I was going to go over the alloy fenders with a Scotchbrite pad to give them...
01-07-15, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Ain't that the truth. Third-world roads,...

Ain't that the truth. Third-world roads, third-world internet service, third-world schools - gonna hafta move to Ohio soon!! :)

As to the color - I wasn't super enthusiastic about it at first,...
01-06-15, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By Steve Sawyer

My first bike build...

I started collecting parts for this last spring, and the LOML and my son added a couple of the final touches as Christmas gifts (the Brooks saddle, matching saddle bag & Topeak handlebar bag). Had...
01-01-15, 10:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,223
Posted By Steve Sawyer

FB - yes, it was on the large chainring when that...

FB - yes, it was on the large chainring when that pic was taken.

Retro - it works fine in the big/big - that's how I know that everything is shifting well.

Thanks, folks - as usual, posting a...
01-01-15, 02:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,223
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Is this chain too long...?

Or do I have something mis-adjusted?

This is my first bike build, and the chain came with the Shimano 105 group set. I got everything dialed in so it's shifting great, then noticed what you see in...
12-01-14, 09:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,290
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Power Grips IMO are an excellent alternative to...

Power Grips IMO are an excellent alternative to clips or clipless pedals. I used them for many years.

Not sure about the Crocs though...:D
10-20-14, 09:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,290
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I use Shimano pedals that implement the same...

I use Shimano pedals that implement the same idea, and I love them for exactly this reason - I can toggle back and forth between clipless and platform as conditions warrant - and can also hop on the...
10-20-14, 08:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Along with the other comments discouraging this...

Along with the other comments discouraging this idea, keep in mind that a GoPro running WiFi to connect the display to your smart phone will work, but the GoPro's battery is only good for about 45...
10-19-14, 06:12 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,781
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Your post was a snarky general attack - I'm glad...

Your post was a snarky general attack - I'm glad someone called you out on it!
10-18-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

That source found the entry I found - but it's...

That source found the entry I found - but it's not for spoke tension, it's for total load - rider, bike and gear...
10-18-14, 06:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Thanks for that link, Dan - but I couldn't find...

Thanks for that link, Dan - but I couldn't find any tension specs for the A119 rims - only a maximum load (105kg). Courtesy of the username and password revealed in that link, I went to the site...
10-17-14, 09:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Mavic A119s, DT Swiss Champion double-butted...

Mavic A119s, DT Swiss Champion double-butted (2.0/1.8/2.0) spokes and I'm more fat than fit, but you got the weight right on the money (182 this AM :))

I'm doing radial on the front (just 'cuz) -...
10-16-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

It surprised me that I had so much trouble...

It surprised me that I had so much trouble finding a chart showing recommended tension ranges for anything, let alone a specific brand. You'd think this would be readily available.

I'm only...
10-16-14, 08:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I'm the last person who should be answering this,...

I'm the last person who should be answering this, but I was curious and found one reference (amazingly, not on Mavic's site) that the recommended spoke tension range for Mavic rims (I'm lacing up...
10-14-14, 07:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Thanks, guys. After I posted the...

Thanks, guys.


After I posted the question, I realized that I could just take the wheel to my LBS and have 'em put a tensionometer on it. If it is too loose, I'll put an additional turn on each...
10-13-14, 10:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,311
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Consequences of low spoke tension?

I'm working on building my second set of road bike wheels. Tonight I trued up the rear wheel (36-spoke cross-3 lacing) and got it stress-relieved and trued both radiallly and axially to within less...
10-03-14, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I had ambitions to do a century last year and...

I had ambitions to do a century last year and never got to it. This year I've done two metrics, and both times I asked myself "Do another 35-38 miles....right NOW?" and both times I said uh-uh. I've...
10-01-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 10,305
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I have about 6,000 songs on my phone, and my...

I have about 6,000 songs on my phone, and my listening is about 10% 40s/50s/60s Big Band, Swing, Doo-wop, blues & R&B, 25% 80's and the balance 90's-present. I really started to get into electronic...
09-30-14, 02:45 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 10,305
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Late to this thread - I scored 25/25 on that...

Late to this thread - I scored 25/25 on that quiz, so I ain't no youngster, but if they play that crap in the old folks home when I get there, I'll run away. Sadly the Classic Rock programming ruined...
09-25-14, 09:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,915
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Thanks for the additional thoughts - I ended up...

Thanks for the additional thoughts - I ended up getting Mavic A119 rims for this project (which are black with machined brake surfaces). They and ALL THE REST of the parts for this bike are in boxes...
08-14-14, 01:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,699
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Let me put that 4.5 mile neighborhood ride into...

Let me put that 4.5 mile neighborhood ride into perspective (and echo what others here have said) - My 59-year-old wife and I went on the Amishland & Lakes bicycle tour a couple of weeks ago. I was...
08-14-14, 12:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,774
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I've been screwing around with cycling videos...

I've been screwing around with cycling videos since last year. I recorded a bunch last season but discovered that I'm always tilting my head to the right, so helmet mounting didn't work. I thought I...
08-07-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,781
Posted By Steve Sawyer

On the topic of wet - I can highly recommend this...

On the topic of wet - I can highly recommend this as a good seat cover (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SJQCL8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I rode for two days in pouring rain...
08-07-14, 07:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 991
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Smart folks! :) Not much working going on...

Smart folks! :)

Not much working going on during the weekend, but I saw one Amish farmer on a tractor, and another using a horse-drawn mower on what looked to be some pasture. The mower was...
08-06-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 991
Posted By Steve Sawyer

When we first visited this area, I was surprised...

When we first visited this area, I was surprised how many Amish women work at the flea markets, restaurants, gift and antique shops, grocery stores, etc. The whole area is peppered with these...
08-06-14, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 991
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Nope - the Hampton Inn just east of there and...

Nope - the Hampton Inn just east of there and around the corner on Route 13
08-06-14, 11:15 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,781
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I had the LBS put a B17 on a new bike I took...

I had the LBS put a B17 on a new bike I took delivery of last year. I knew that I didn't care much for the stock seat. The B17 felt pretty good initially, and felt better as the season progressed,...
08-06-14, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 991
Posted By Steve Sawyer

The wife & I also did the Amishland & Lakes tour...

The wife & I also did the Amishland & Lakes tour - our third. Marcy's not much of a rider. In fact, this was actually her first time in the saddle all year. She's recovering from a bout of shingles...
07-30-14, 10:17 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,858
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I'm just watching from the sidelines here, but it...

I'm just watching from the sidelines here, but it seems that there is a serious lack of communication - it sounds like Carbonfiberboy is saying that it's ok to run your paceline into traffic and risk...
07-25-14, 12:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,648
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I too am a fan of bibs - even when I was at my...

I too am a fan of bibs - even when I was at my thinnest (about 10 lbs less than I am now) regular shorts tended to roll at the waist. No problems with the bibs. They're stretchy enough to "pump...
07-25-14, 08:33 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,858
Posted By Steve Sawyer

That may be a correlative indicator, but I don't...

That may be a correlative indicator, but I don't think there's anything causal about the relationship. It think it's more a matter of people who adhere to these principles...
07-25-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,648
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Well then don't start - you might never wear...

Well then don't start - you might never wear anything else!

I too originally shied away from spandex, but for me it's so incredibly comfortable that when I ride with something less form-fitting...
07-25-14, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,348
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Personally, I like clipless pedals, and the one I...

Personally, I like clipless pedals, and the one I like on all my bikes is the Shimano PDM324 (http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-M324-Clipless-Clip-Pedals/dp/B001AT33CW). Not only do they support the...
07-23-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Only for those without the skill to adjust and...

Only for those without the skill to adjust and the coordination to use...
07-23-14, 11:41 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Hey, what's with this trash-talk?? (I thought I...

Hey, what's with this trash-talk?? (I thought I was being eloquent!!) :roflmao2:
07-23-14, 07:42 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I hear ya - I've gone from SPD to SPD-SL and back...

I hear ya - I've gone from SPD to SPD-SL and back to SPD (with dual-purpose clipless/platform pedals) for exactly the reasons you mention. I really liked the SPD-SL setup, but they're good ONLY when...
07-22-14, 11:19 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Climbing and acceleration (like when I find...

Climbing and acceleration (like when I find myself in too high a gear and have an opportunity to scoot across that 5-lane city thoroughfare) come to my mind.
07-22-14, 07:19 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

I've never felt that, but I started using...

I've never felt that, but I started using clipless when I rode a SWB recumbent (in which case they're almost mandatory - don't know how you'd ride one of those without being clipped in!), so I...
07-21-14, 09:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Amen. It is a personal preference. Do what...

Amen.

It is a personal preference. Do what you're comfortable with, and let others do the same.
07-21-14, 03:35 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

Even AFTER you have it mastered!! :)

Even AFTER you have it mastered!! :)
07-21-14, 03:33 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,170
Posted By Steve Sawyer

And there are those who take advantage of a free...

And there are those who take advantage of a free and open forum to repeatedly insist that everyone else conform to their personal tastes, and mocking others when they exercise their freedom of choice...
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