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02-20-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 953
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can use WD-40, it will unstick the chain and...

You can use WD-40, it will unstick the chain and get things moving. However, the rust and debris will remain, and cause wear to the chain.

To keep your bike working efficiently, and to increase...
02-19-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,832
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I hate turbo trainers, the CIA could use a...

I hate turbo trainers, the CIA could use a rickety turbo trainer as an “enhanced interrogation technique.”

Years ago I ditched my turbo trainer and got a set of used rollers from an LBS. After a...
02-19-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 307
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No hard times during the pandemic here in Japan....

No hard times during the pandemic here in Japan. At the moment I am in Niseko sitting in the “Edge” restaurant looking at the mountains and snow. I came here with friends for 5 days of skiing, and...
02-19-21, 02:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 596
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I upgraded to Shimano XTR BR-M970 V brakes and...

I upgraded to Shimano XTR BR-M970 V brakes and levers. You can find them used for a decent price (sometimes new, if you look around hard enough). They look good, require a much lighter touch that...
12-18-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,506
Posted By 50PlusCycling

There is nothing wrong with cycling...

There is nothing wrong with cycling infrastructure in the US. As bicycles can ride most places cars can drive, America has more roadways available for cycling than nearly any other country. What...
11-15-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,912
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Patches are still cheap, learn how to install...

Patches are still cheap, learn how to install them properly, and if you ride as much as I do, you'll save about $100 a year.
11-15-20, 04:08 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,228
Posted By 50PlusCycling

If a car honks at you, ignore it, it's only...

If a car honks at you, ignore it, it's only noise. The driver may be ignorant, he may be stupid, he may be crazy, and all three are good reasons to avoid getting into an altercation. Even if the...
10-23-20, 05:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,684
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Most of my rides nowadays are taking my...

Most of my rides nowadays are taking my 6-year-old daughter to and from school by bike. She likes to sing songs during the rides, and tell me about her day in school. These things make me happy.
10-22-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,017
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The Blackburn Road Morph is my favorite pump. You...

The Blackburn Road Morph is my favorite pump. You can set the end of the pump on the ground (there is a fold out tab you can put your foot on to hold it steady. I like this pump because it is nearly...
10-19-20, 02:49 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,561
Posted By 50PlusCycling

"May" means the same thing as "May not." You...

"May" means the same thing as "May not." You "may" get hit by a car while riding your bike next week, you "might" win the lottery if you buy a ticket tomorrow, you "could" be a millionaire if you...
10-15-20, 12:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Politics of COVID

The one thing which is most disconcerting about the COVID pandemic is how it has become a political weapon which people use to bash one another. There is an old saying in business and politics which...
10-06-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You can find “Great Cycling Writers” in the...

You can find “Great Cycling Writers” in the section next to “Top 10 Inuit Astronauts.”

Though I have read a lot of books written by cyclists and about cycling, and have been entertained or...
10-03-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 11,540
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Slavery has a long history, dating back thousands...

Slavery has a long history, dating back thousands of years. If we are paying reparations for slavery in previous generations, the line will be very long, and African-Americans would be at the very...
09-29-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 521
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When I moved to Japan I bought a used bicycle...

When I moved to Japan I bought a used bicycle hard case off Craigslist, and checked the bike with my luggage. The check-in agent hinted that there was an additional charge for checking a bike, so I...
09-18-20, 05:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,276
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It makes a bigger difference than you realize....

It makes a bigger difference than you realize. The amount of effort needed to carry around extra weight is considerable, and when that weight is removed, the energy savings goes a long way to...
09-15-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,217
Posted By 50PlusCycling

It's not important. What you ride is less...

It's not important. What you ride is less important than riding, and unless you are riding competitively in a team where there are fleet of bikes where it is logical that all the bikes share the same...
09-15-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The problem is shipping. Small goods are sent in...

The problem is shipping. Small goods are sent in small packages in airmail shipments, and most of these ride in the bottom of passenger airliners. The cost of air mail is low, so the prices for...
Forum: Foo
09-14-20, 10:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Move. When I was a kid in California the...

Move.

When I was a kid in California the hills burned every summer. The usual year in California is endless rain in the winter, which causes the grass, trees, and weeds to grow. In spring the...
09-11-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,549
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I guess the COVID 19 forum is now the new P&R...

I guess the COVID 19 forum is now the new P&R forum? But to play the game, one country among affluent countries has the largest number of obese and diabetic people, and more than 90% of COVID 19...
08-30-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,649
Posted By 50PlusCycling

The premise is generally false. Money cyclists...

The premise is generally false. Money cyclists don't spent on cars is spent on other things. However, the exception is generally large, in that the desire for expensive items like cars motivate...
Forum: Foo
08-22-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,699
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I remember some things from the 70's Meeting...

I remember some things from the 70's

Meeting Evil Knievel (I got to shake his hand at a Toys R Us event).

Wondering what a "Watergate" was, and thinking it must look something like a dam.
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08-20-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,227
Posted By 50PlusCycling

When you get older, the belly fat doesn't burn...

When you get older, the belly fat doesn't burn off so easily. When I was racing in my 20's I could eat as much as I wanted of anything, and never gain an ounce of weight. In those days I ate much...
08-09-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,937
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As long as I can maintain a steady pace, it would...

As long as I can maintain a steady pace, it would s never too hot for cycling. If I can keep moving, the air passing over and around me keeps me cool enough to continue riding. However, in really hot...
08-02-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,149
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I remember when there were no cell phones, and I...

I remember when there were no cell phones, and I was free to ride, camp, hunt, and do so many things without having to check messages and emails. Believe it or not, it was completely possible to have...
07-27-20, 01:45 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,880
Posted By 50PlusCycling

4 bikes isn't nuts, it's just a start.

4 bikes isn't nuts, it's just a start.
07-05-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,133
Posted By 50PlusCycling

As a former police officer and traffic homicide...

As a former police officer and traffic homicide investigator, I think wearing earphones is a great way to shorten your life. In most places riding while wearing earphones is illegal, and this for...
06-10-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By 50PlusCycling

"The Lancet" and the "New England Journal of Medicine" retract HCQ articles

Last month, The Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine published articles which supported a New York study of HCQ saying that it was not effective against COVID 19, and could cause increase...
05-18-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By 50PlusCycling

One thing that increased during the emergency was...

One thing that increased during the emergency was the amount of people deciding to go out and exercise. There were far more people running in the park, and far more people out cycling than is normal...
05-07-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,197
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I used to think the same thing. I always thought...

I used to think the same thing. I always thought Brooks saddles were for middle-age cycle tourists who still used panniers, toe clips, and straps. Then I started using one. I saw the light.
05-04-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 9,197
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Congrats on your purchase. I have been using...

Congrats on your purchase. I have been using Brooks saddle for the last 10 years (after two decades of scoffing them), and I love them. I have always ridden the regular B17, without any cutouts or...
05-01-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 995
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Other than the crazy drivers, it looks like a...

Other than the crazy drivers, it looks like a nice place to ride. I live in one of the most densely populated places on earth, and have to go a loooong way to get into the countryside. Though there...
05-01-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,138
Posted By 50PlusCycling

You probably already know how to get a bike that...

You probably already know how to get a bike that fits, anything with two wheels in good working order is all you need to start. When I am off the bike for a long time, my first ride is just an easy...
Forum: Foo
05-01-20, 05:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 459
Posted By 50PlusCycling

That's one of the most ironic sentences I have...

That's one of the most ironic sentences I have ever read. Walmart is the center of the universe for "sick individuals." If there isn't a zoo in your neighborhood with a primate house, you can always...
05-01-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,754
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No, absolutely not. If I were commuting in...

No, absolutely not. If I were commuting in Beijing I could see the point, but if you live in a place where your visibility is 2km or more on an average day, you don't need one. In regards to viruses,...
04-28-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 917
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I needed more gearing for hills, which is why I...

I needed more gearing for hills, which is why I moved to the MTB rear driveline. My crankset is a Dura Ace 7800, it works perfectly well with the XTR 11 speed cassette and derailleur. The cassette...
Forum: Foo
04-28-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,105
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I saw them live in 1979. I am sitting within...

I saw them live in 1979. I am sitting within arm's reach of my Gibson Les Paul (made in 1957) in case I get the itch.
04-28-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 917
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I run an 11 speed XTR cassette and derailleur on...

I run an 11 speed XTR cassette and derailleur on a Ultegra hub, there are no fitment issues, I was able to fit it on an Alfine hub as well.
04-28-20, 06:12 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,248
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Beer bottles are the least things you have to...

Beer bottles are the least things you have to worry about when riding around South Florida. Having worked more than 10 years in law enforcement there (which aged me 20 years), I've seen a few things....
04-25-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,664
Posted By 50PlusCycling

What goes up, must come down. 12 mph uphill is...

What goes up, must come down. 12 mph uphill is quite safe, 50 mph downhill is another matter.
04-17-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 18,603
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Here in Tokyo the rail system sees an average of...

Here in Tokyo the rail system sees an average of 40 million rides per day. That is 8 times as many as New York City, yet the coronavirus has spread very slowly in Tokyo. Single neighborhoods in New...
04-16-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,146
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Larger tires do indeed add a fair amount of...

Larger tires do indeed add a fair amount of suspension to your bike. The tires compress over bumps and holes just like the shocks or elastomers in a suspension system do. Larger tires at lower...
03-28-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,829
Posted By 50PlusCycling

We will never know how many people have it or had...

We will never know how many people have it or had it. In the case of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, half of those who tested positive for the virus never showed symptoms. Others had minor symptoms...
03-28-20, 04:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,356
Posted By 50PlusCycling

No, but then again that never stopped me. Most...

No, but then again that never stopped me. Most railroad lines and their service roads are private property, and are generally patrolled by the railroad police (yes, there is such a thing). However,...
08-12-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,161
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Advantage? Since it isn't in style, it will never...

Advantage? Since it isn't in style, it will never go out of style. It can used and abused, it will resist most crashes and rough handling without structural damage. It is easy to repaint if...
07-30-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 12,038
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Racing bikes are endurance bikes. They are...

Racing bikes are endurance bikes. They are designed to be ridden over long distances at high speeds, and unless you are planning rides of more than 5 hours per day, a racing bike is what you need to...
06-22-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 18,710
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Police bikes are usually mid-range mountain bikes...

Police bikes are usually mid-range mountain bikes which can be easily obtained, and which can support a fair amount of weight, and withstand abuse. Not only does the bike have to support your weight,...
06-08-19, 05:10 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 14,559
Posted By 50PlusCycling

My wife encourages me to cycle. She believes it...

My wife encourages me to cycle. She believes it is good for my health, and, for whatever reason, she wants me to live for a long time. My cycling doesn't interfere with our family time so much, we...
04-19-19, 04:02 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 13,955
Posted By 50PlusCycling

For those who weren't born rich, becoming rich is...

For those who weren't born rich, becoming rich is an endurance sport. It takes extreme motivation and effort (though not necessarily a lot of smarts). If I go to the financial district and spend the...
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