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01-20-16, 09:42 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,135
Posted By Alekhine

Thanks!

Thanks!
01-20-16, 10:45 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,135
Posted By Alekhine

I haven't posted here in years, so hi to...

I haven't posted here in years, so hi to everyone. :)

Anyway, I do my job from home. I teach classical piano and music theory, and for extra income I have an online job that I do here and there...
11-19-13, 07:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

A worthy post, and no worries about keeping the...

A worthy post, and no worries about keeping the conversational topics in order. Roody and I were on a tangent there and it's easy to mistake one topic for another when that happens.

You did,...
11-19-13, 06:04 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

I think there are degrees to this. In my case...

I think there are degrees to this. In my case "taking exception" is an okay way to put it, I suppose. It's more a preference. I don't really think of myself as a "cyclist," so - while it doesn't...
11-19-13, 05:35 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

Of course. Why wouldn't I? They are friends. You...

Of course. Why wouldn't I? They are friends. You learn all sorts of things about friends, and not always from their own mouths.

I think you're confusing the nature of the OP's question with...
11-19-13, 01:33 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

Ya, I mean, it's not like I don't have strong...

Ya, I mean, it's not like I don't have strong opinions about the issue or anything. I do. And to some extent how I explain them to people is dependent on my relationship with them. If it's someone...
11-18-13, 01:02 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

I don't operate that way. That unspoken...

I don't operate that way. That unspoken implication that you presume is one that I feel no responsibility for - it would be purely in the mind of the other and not in my intent. My tendency is to...
11-18-13, 07:24 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

I'd tell them the reasons. I wouldn't call that...

I'd tell them the reasons. I wouldn't call that advocacy though.
11-17-13, 10:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,704
Posted By Alekhine

I'm not sure that everyone here is an advocate. ...

I'm not sure that everyone here is an advocate. Some of us simply don't drive and that's that. The only 24-7 label I would prefer to be known by is pianist/classical musician, etc. If I'm on the...
11-04-13, 07:55 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 10,387
Posted By Alekhine

I listed post-Beethoven classical earlier as my...

I listed post-Beethoven classical earlier as my favorite, and it is, but you listed a lot of my favorite other music that went unmentioned. I just don't listen to it a lot anymore for various...
11-01-13, 09:32 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 10,387
Posted By Alekhine

Lifetime classical pianist here, so I mostly...

Lifetime classical pianist here, so I mostly listen to my fantastic predecessors on the instrument, all the way back to Josef Hofmann recordings from the 1920s and 30s, but I'm also a big fan of...
11-01-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By Alekhine

There are several places you can get decals. ...

There are several places you can get decals. Here's one: http://www.velocals.com/servlet/the-Olmo/Categories

Depending on how much the frame means to you/value, you might consider a...
10-31-13, 07:17 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,427
Posted By Alekhine

Who exactly are you talking about here? Please...

Who exactly are you talking about here? Please name names.
10-30-13, 06:24 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,468
Posted By Alekhine

I do all my grocery shopping for the week with a...

I do all my grocery shopping for the week with a backpack and two canvas shopping bags, but that's only in winter if the roads aren't bike friendly, which they often aren't.
10-29-13, 11:46 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,826
Posted By Alekhine

My god these pics are fun. A+ thread. The 70s...

My god these pics are fun. A+ thread. The 70s gave me a good childhood too, constantly outdoors, but you guys were clearly bigger daredevils than I was. I remember the badass kid who did all this...
10-24-13, 04:01 PM
Replies: 426
Views: 38,067
Posted By Alekhine

My pleasure! Crumb is a big favorite of mine...

My pleasure! Crumb is a big favorite of mine too. He touches on quite a few issues I have with the world I was born into and its development, both culturally and aesthetically. And yes, excellent...
10-24-13, 08:54 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 38,067
Posted By Alekhine

I quit mostly because while I completely...

I quit mostly because while I completely understand their mass appeal, cars are inherently trashy and nasty in my view of an ideal aesthetic world. I care about public spaces and what they look like...
10-19-13, 07:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,020
Posted By Alekhine

Thanks! Couldn't resist the British racing green....

Thanks! Couldn't resist the British racing green. I also redid the lug lining about a year ago with a gold paint pen after a dose of afternoon courage. I must have been high in choosing white when...
10-19-13, 07:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,020
Posted By Alekhine

Sure thing. :) I haven't taken a photo of...

Sure thing. :)

I haven't taken a photo of this bike in 2 years, so this is an older incarnation of the KoM from when I lived in the city. Maybe I'll dig out the camera and post some up to date...
10-19-13, 04:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,020
Posted By Alekhine

My main ride is a Mercian custom with Rohloff OEM...

My main ride is a Mercian custom with Rohloff OEM setup and cartridge-bearing BB & front hub (Phil) and headset (King), with all manner of heavy duty parts for loaded touring. Maintenance is as...
10-17-13, 06:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,394
Posted By Alekhine

lol

lol
10-17-13, 05:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,662
Posted By Alekhine

Not at all embarrassed, whether someone knows me...

Not at all embarrassed, whether someone knows me or not. Likely, the tastes and opinions of others are going to conflict with my own in all sorts of other things (most definitely culturally and in...
10-17-13, 03:54 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,365
Posted By Alekhine

Thanks again! And regarding the Subaru, I...

Thanks again! And regarding the Subaru, I understand completely. Cars are amazing things, especially with all the amenities like heated seats.
10-17-13, 03:18 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,365
Posted By Alekhine

Thanks. I do go uphill both ways, but then I go...

Thanks. I do go uphill both ways, but then I go downhill both ways as well.

It's pretty easy though. Nothing our ancestors didn't have to deal with not so long ago in human history/prehistory....
10-16-13, 01:04 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,365
Posted By Alekhine

I live in a rural setting. And in a place where...

I live in a rural setting. And in a place where we get harsh winters too (just outside Buffalo, NY). I walk for miles and miles to get groceries in the winter if the roads aren't okay for bicycling. ...
10-13-13, 08:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,758
Posted By Alekhine

1. Easy, and I think a small order, especially...

1. Easy, and I think a small order, especially for those of us who do loaded touring and bike camping. Can do 2 or 3 pizzas even, since pizza can be broken up into individual slices and placed in...
10-03-13, 10:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,259
Posted By Alekhine

I don't know how I would, but presently I don't...

I don't know how I would, but presently I don't try. I can't really bring myself to sell people my interests or lifestyle choices at all.

I suppose I can think I lead by example as a utility...
09-29-13, 08:21 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 12,618
Posted By Alekhine

Generally I agree with the 'complaining about...

Generally I agree with the 'complaining about success' bit, but I think "success" is a high abstraction and indeterminate word, and it unfortunately begs the question of whether widespread means...
09-29-13, 03:38 AM
Replies: 312
Views: 12,618
Posted By Alekhine

My opinion is yes. ____________________________...

My opinion is yes.
____________________________

On balance, I don't think the various horrors of cars and their function as "just a tool" are mutually exclusive things. I also believe it's...
09-07-13, 03:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,051
Posted By Alekhine

From 2001 to present. In the city this was...

From 2001 to present.

In the city this was easy. Moved out to rural farm country last year though, so last winter was my first experience having to go round trip 3 to 4 miles to buy things like...
Forum: Touring
09-02-13, 06:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 408
Posted By Alekhine

One possibility is instead of a sticker getting a...

One possibility is instead of a sticker getting a personalized Ohio mini license plate and attaching it to your rear rack. (I actually have one of these from 1979 or so when I was a kid and got it...
Forum: Touring
09-02-13, 02:14 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 22,568
Posted By Alekhine

Unless you do a lot of airplane travel* I'd stick...

Unless you do a lot of airplane travel* I'd stick with what sounds like an already excellent bicycle collection. If you do travel by plane a lot, I think the BF configuration with the trail-able...
Forum: Touring
09-01-13, 01:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 22,568
Posted By Alekhine

Oh, sure. Use your favorite tool to get the job...

Oh, sure. Use your favorite tool to get the job done, absolutely. I like a certain aesthetic and my tastes in that regard should be taken no more seriously than if we were disagreeing on pizza...
Forum: Touring
09-01-13, 04:37 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 22,568
Posted By Alekhine

Agree. There was an excellent thread on this...

Agree. There was an excellent thread on this maybe 7 or 8 years ago where Bekologist had me laughing my arse off. When I lived in CA, some of the Riv owners I met were outright cultish. I used to...
Forum: Touring
08-29-13, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 836
Posted By Alekhine

One of the prettiest places I've ever been. Only...

One of the prettiest places I've ever been. Only thing in the natural world that beat it for me was Thailand.
06-22-13, 03:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,429
Posted By Alekhine

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_krK5FX0vBtU/TTL7mHuAfII/...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_krK5FX0vBtU/TTL7mHuAfII/AAAAAAAABSc/ijR1FDYicgc/s1600/Merckx_Guimard.JPG

"Take this jersey. You earned it. It's yours."

All the above, but I always liked this^...
05-19-13, 05:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,761
Posted By Alekhine

I love watching Anquetil's style, but I believe...

I love watching Anquetil's style, but I believe it's something that is only meant for certain types. I remember reading about "ankling" some while back, and the consensus was that not everyone...
Forum: Touring
03-02-13, 03:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,495
Posted By Alekhine

Don't presume people use shaving foam when they...

Don't presume people use shaving foam when they recommend shaving by ponds, creeks, and streams. I certainly don't - not even in my bathroom. Once skin is conditioned to water enough, the cream/foam...
Forum: Touring
03-01-13, 12:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,495
Posted By Alekhine

Shaving can be done anywhere there is water. As...

Shaving can be done anywhere there is water. As valygrl says, shower is easiest - which is what you asked - but if you're camping the whole way any pond, creek, stream, etc will do just fine. If...
Forum: Touring
01-30-13, 05:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,799
Posted By Alekhine

Sheldon Brown (RiP) made a gear calculator that's...

Sheldon Brown (RiP) made a gear calculator that's pretty nifty. Has both gear inches and gain ratios.

http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
Forum: Touring
01-26-13, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By Alekhine

550 miles through Thailand along the Andaman Sea,...

550 miles through Thailand along the Andaman Sea, 2006, on a Bike Friday New World Tourist. Good times in an amazing place. The bike handled it great, though I left the suitcase at my friend's...
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 05:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,806
Posted By Alekhine

My Mercian/Rohloff custom, but it's not like I've...

My Mercian/Rohloff custom, but it's not like I've had a billion bikes to compare it to. I've only owned 3 touring-specific bicycles (Bike Friday NWT, Bianchi San Remo, Mercian). I'm pretty happy...
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By Alekhine

I'm a creature of hobbies for any sort of...

I'm a creature of hobbies for any sort of depression or feeling of boredom, so I work on projects. For me: Chess and the study of chess, classical piano, modeling plank-on-frame wooden ships,...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 04:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,620
Posted By Alekhine

I'd consider going if we could stop by Magnus...

I'd consider going if we could stop by Magnus Carlsen's house so I could have the privilege of being destroyed by the best chess player that ever lived. :)

Your trip sounds fun and ambitious, but...
Forum: Touring
01-16-13, 06:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,120
Posted By Alekhine

This. If speed is an issue doing centuries and...

This. If speed is an issue doing centuries and keeping up with your mom (who presumably rides a sporty road bike), get a randonneuring bike, especially if you intend to tour light.

I toured on...
Forum: Touring
01-13-13, 02:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,576
Posted By Alekhine

If looks, lugs, price, and quill stems are...

If looks, lugs, price, and quill stems are important, used is a pretty good recommendation. Hilary Stone has a website with "new" old frames about every month and a half to 2 months or so, and while...
Forum: Touring
01-03-13, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 670
Posted By Alekhine

Great city, definitely, and I used to cycle there...

Great city, definitely, and I used to cycle there regularly from Santa Rosa when I lived in CA. Only problem with SF as far as I was concerned is that it is beyond overpopulated for its actual size,...
Forum: Touring
12-23-12, 06:35 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,981
Posted By Alekhine

Saved money for a year, quit my job at the time,...

Saved money for a year, quit my job at the time, and decided to spend a couple months in some far-off woods for the sheer pleasure of it and the momentary release from real world obligations. The...
Forum: Touring
12-23-12, 12:10 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,464
Posted By Alekhine

If I were interested in the latter, I'd be doing...

If I were interested in the latter, I'd be doing both! I'd be a naturist naturalist. ;)
Forum: Touring
12-22-12, 04:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,288
Posted By Alekhine

Love my NWT. Most comfortable bike I own,...

Love my NWT. Most comfortable bike I own, including my more expensive full custom, and while it certainly wasn't very smart, I abused the hell out of my BF when I lived in California and still...
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