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Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 03:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 868
Posted By ironwood

All that and you'd have to tap rubber trees for...

All that and you'd have to tap rubber trees for the tires and tubes and then vulcanize the rubber; and if you want a leather saddle , you'd have to skin the steer or cow, tan the leather and then...
12-15-18, 02:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 503
Posted By ironwood

There are people who think riding bicycles is for...

There are people who think riding bicycles is for kids. Maybe we're all just kids.
12-15-18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 418
Posted By ironwood

I was car free from birth to the age of 22. How...

I was car free from birth to the age of 22. How come there was no mention of that on national TV?
12-15-18, 11:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 503
Posted By ironwood

There are times when the sidewalk is safer, use...

There are times when the sidewalk is safer, use your own judgement. In any case, give the pedestrians the right of way, and warn them politely if you are passing them.
Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 11:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 868
Posted By ironwood

Get a smaller front chainring.

Get a smaller front chainring.
12-15-18, 08:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 325
Posted By ironwood

Have you owned the bike since it was new? If not...

Have you owned the bike since it was new? If not a previous owner may have used a smaller diameter post and tightened the clamp down too much. I've spread the seatpost clamp on an old bike with a...
12-15-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By ironwood

Or if you are a framebuilder.

Or if you are a framebuilder.
Forum: Touring
12-15-18, 03:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 868
Posted By ironwood

True, I should have said the "illusion of self...

True, I should have said the "illusion of self sufficiency". Maybe if you built all the parts on a bicycle from metal that you mined, smelted, forged shaped etc, with tools that you made yourself,...
Forum: Touring
12-14-18, 03:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 868
Posted By ironwood

One of the things I liked about touring was the...

One of the things I liked about touring was the feeling of self sufficiency, and travelling under my own power. With an E-bike you wouldn't get that satisfaction of riding over Red Mountain pass and...
12-13-18, 09:32 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,549
Posted By ironwood

I think this , the C&V Forum, is the most helpful...

I think this , the C&V Forum, is the most helpful forum on BFs. Some people might post a bike that isn't worth restoring, and they get an honest answer. There are a lot of old bikes that aren't...
Forum: Touring
12-13-18, 05:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 868
Posted By ironwood

If there was an E bike that had regenerative...

If there was an E bike that had regenerative braking and a way to capture all that energy lost on long downhills, I'd get one, but unfortunately that'll be something in the future, probably after...
12-13-18, 05:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 486
Posted By ironwood

Spindle or axle? I call the bottom bracket...

Spindle or axle? I call the bottom bracket spindle a spindle because it spins; it is also an axle, so I guess either term is correct. The axles on the hubs are not spindles because they don't...
12-12-18, 05:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By ironwood

I have a 1983 Bridgestone 400, which is one step...

I have a 1983 Bridgestone 400, which is one step below the 500, A friend salvaged the frame from the dump, and I built it up and for a fewyears it was my main ride for anything from 100 mile rides...
12-11-18, 02:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 319
Posted By ironwood

When I was car free, the town I lived in...

When I was car free, the town I lived in was"dry",i.e. you couldn't buy alcohol in town, so I had to go to the neighboring town to get beer with my bike trailer, and haul a case home. I...
12-11-18, 04:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By ironwood

Fifty years ago , I was stationed in Thailand,...

Fifty years ago , I was stationed in Thailand, and the bicycle was transportation for many people. The local version of a taxi was the pedal powered samlor(three wheels). In Bangkok they were...
12-08-18, 07:14 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,052
Posted By ironwood

I don't care what my speed is, and I don't have...

I don't care what my speed is, and I don't have any gadgets telling me how fast I'm going. I go as fast or slow as I like, and so far I've always got to where I was going.
12-04-18, 03:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,148
Posted By ironwood

That's a Dia-Compe 610, not a Gran- Compe. The...

That's a Dia-Compe 610, not a Gran- Compe. The present Dia-Compe company, for some reason, has a Dia- Compe line and a Gran- Comp line of components,
12-02-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 637
Posted By ironwood

Once they salt the roads, I stop riding until a...

Once they salt the roads, I stop riding until a rain washes it away. One reason is the damage the salt does to the bike, and another is that drivers don't know how to handle winter roads, whether...
12-02-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By ironwood

By not wanting to change wheel size, you are...

By not wanting to change wheel size, you are pretty much limited to 271/4" tires, which in my opinion are not the best for gravel. Paselas are probably as good as any in that size. However you'd...
12-02-18, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By ironwood

Car Free people of the year

I nominate the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island, in the Indian Ocean as "Car Free People of the Year".
11-29-18, 09:19 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,201
Posted By ironwood

Did you bend the fork blades yourself? Also what...

Did you bend the fork blades yourself? Also what instructions or manels did you use?
11-28-18, 01:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,148
Posted By ironwood

Now if you had someone braze on studs, they would...

Now if you had someone braze on studs, they would really be great. I have Grand Bois long reach centerpulls mounted on studs and they are great. The new Gran Comp are similar in that they are based...
11-28-18, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 914
Posted By ironwood

One thing I like about the VO saddle is that the...

One thing I like about the VO saddle is that the rails are slightly longer which allows you to move the saddle back more than you can a Brooks.
11-28-18, 07:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 329
Posted By ironwood

This is a very interesting post, I see that other...

This is a very interesting post, I see that other antibiotics such as doxycycline can also cause problems with your tendons. In my case I did take a course of doxycycline before my tendon began to...
11-27-18, 04:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 329
Posted By ironwood

My Achilles tendon started to hurt a few months...

My Achilles tendon started to hurt a few months ago; but it didn't happen on the bike, it could have been the shoes I had on were not properly broken in. I am careful not to reinjure it and wear a...
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