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06-27-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,343
Posted By swampboy62

I can get on my local rail trail, the Western...

I can get on my local rail trail, the Western Reserve Greenway in NE Ohio, and ride a 40 mile out-n-back that Mapmyride tells me has 543 feet of climbing. Flattest trail around here, that's for...
11-06-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,382
Posted By swampboy62

My pavement bike was in the shop, so when I...

My pavement bike was in the shop, so when I wanted to go for a ride on the rail trail I used my mtb.

Saw an older rider, maybe 70, stopped along the trail adjusting his seat. As I went by he said...
Forum: Foo
09-11-18, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By swampboy62

Count me in. Been a fan of the heaviness since...

Count me in. Been a fan of the heaviness since Black Sabbath in the '70's.

Huge Motorhead fan - rarely a day goes by I don't listen to some.

I still miss Lemmy.
08-16-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 865
Posted By swampboy62

I'm guessing it was probably a horse fly. ...

I'm guessing it was probably a horse fly.

Those things get pretty big, and can fly at up to 90 mph! I've had some collisions with them that shocked me so much I almost lost control of the bike....
Forum: Foo
02-21-18, 01:39 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,872
Posted By swampboy62

I got almost 2" shorter when I crashed and landed...

I got almost 2" shorter when I crashed and landed on my head, fracturing my skull twice and breaking my neck.

Steve Z
02-21-18, 12:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,487
Posted By swampboy62

My brother went down to check them out the next...

My brother went down to check them out the next day. There was one old Motobecane, and the Panasonic. The others were either girls frames, or they were for taller than average riders.

Steve Z
02-21-18, 12:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,487
Posted By swampboy62

That was a project that my son and I made for Cub...

That was a project that my son and I made for Cub Scouts. It's not great, but it does give me a usable bike stand.

I drafted up a quick view and put a copy:

https://flic.kr/p/24utKvQ

Got...
02-12-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,487
Posted By swampboy62

Unboxed from storage - new 1975 Raleigh Grand Prix

Took my #3 mountain bike into my LBS on Saturday to get some repairs.

While I was there I couldn't help but notice the pristine older bikes in the repair area. Turns out that they were in the...
12-15-17, 01:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,131
Posted By swampboy62

Now there's a question that has never occurred to...

Now there's a question that has never occurred to me.

My helmets always end up getting replaced because I've crashed and walloped my helmeted head against the ground. Never had one long enough...
11-27-17, 02:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,826
Posted By swampboy62

I'm near your age, and have had similar...

I'm near your age, and have had similar experiences. Except mine included two broken leg bones, a destroyed meniscus, two skull fractures, and a broken neck.

Got a LOT of crap saying I need to...
Forum: Foo
11-13-17, 12:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 961
Posted By swampboy62

About 40,000 miles a year. Gotta drive for work...

About 40,000 miles a year. Gotta drive for work and getting the kid to school every day (those amount to 12,000 a year). Add in kayaking, camping, and mountain biking trips and it adds up way...
11-13-17, 12:23 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,870
Posted By swampboy62

Checking the Clydesdale forum is good advice. If...

Checking the Clydesdale forum is good advice. If you're searching for more opinions try the Clydesdale forum over on mtbr.com.

What you're trying is do-able. I know two BIG guys who basically...
10-03-17, 01:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 647
Posted By swampboy62

I try to avoid wearing hunting socks, but...

I try to avoid wearing hunting socks, but anything else is fair game.

It baffles me as to what advantage special socks are going to give a rider.

Steve Z
09-25-17, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By swampboy62

Yeah, that's lots better. Using the two cameras,...

Yeah, that's lots better. Using the two cameras, so you actually get to see a person on a bike, really helps. That looks a lot like what I do when I only have time to ride around town. Doesn't...
09-18-17, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 752
Posted By swampboy62

Not bad. It certainly can be fun to capture a...

Not bad. It certainly can be fun to capture a great ride on GoPro and make a video of it.

One thing - you're camera is aimed really low. Seems like you're getting a LOT of the bike in the frame...
09-07-17, 01:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By swampboy62

Yeah, I know what a Camelbak is. I have one. ...

Yeah, I know what a Camelbak is. I have one.

I also have a respiratory issue that makes it difficult for me to drink while riding. So the bladder & tube is not particularly useful to me. I...
09-07-17, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By swampboy62

Lots of people like Camelbacks or the equivalent....

Lots of people like Camelbacks or the equivalent. I don't particularly like them, although I do have one. Instead I prefer a small backpack.

I carry a lot of stuff, since I've been in situations...
08-30-17, 09:16 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,523
Posted By swampboy62

My LBS has done me good. No complaints. ...

My LBS has done me good. No complaints.

They've been in business since 1909, still owned by the same family. Bike mechs come and go, but the owner knows his stuff - never had problems with a...
Forum: Foo
08-29-17, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7,766
Views: 1,305,193
Posted By swampboy62

Even better - it was known as the Golden...

Even better - it was known as the Golden Submarine.

Steve Z
08-08-17, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,997
Posted By swampboy62

Great idea for a thread. Located in NE Ohio....

Great idea for a thread.

Located in NE Ohio.

I don't commute, and my normal pavement rides are on rail trails. But when I do ride on the roads I head out of town on the rail trail and catch...
07-28-17, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By swampboy62

I used to have a couple of 'jingle bells' on my...

I used to have a couple of 'jingle bells' on my mtb, the idea being that other riders, hikers, hunters, etc would hear them as I approached.

I ditched them after twice encountering hunters on the...
07-24-17, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By swampboy62

That is definitely a workable plan. Keep your...

That is definitely a workable plan. Keep your eyes out for an entry level brand name bike a couple of years old, take it out, and ride the heck out of it while you're learning the basic skills. If...
07-21-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By swampboy62

It's a great sport. Started in my late early...

It's a great sport. Started in my late early 40's, and still going strong more than 10 years later.

Looking at youtube videos can be helpful, as it at least gives you a basic idea of what to work...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-21-17, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,159
Posted By swampboy62

Here's my take, keeping in mind that I don't like...

Here's my take, keeping in mind that I don't like riding in traffic, and would gladly trade a longer route for a more heavily trafficked one.

Using the Heart of Ohio trail seems like a good idea. ...
06-22-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,078
Posted By swampboy62

Not interested in a 'complete training regime'...

Not interested in a 'complete training regime' but I paddle kayak/canoe, and do a good amount of trail work on the little mtb trail network a couple of miles away.

Both work more on upper body...
06-13-17, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By swampboy62

Your choice. There's a huge amount of...

Your choice.

There's a huge amount of touring information on there. Plus some of the travel journals are great to read (check out Jeff Arnim's last trip).

Steve Z
06-08-17, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By swampboy62

You might try looking for a ride partner over on...

You might try looking for a ride partner over on bikepacking.net. Or check out crazyguyonabike.com.

Good luck. That would be the trip of a lifetime.

Steve Z
06-08-17, 01:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,753
Posted By swampboy62

I love to get in one or two full moon mtb rides...

I love to get in one or two full moon mtb rides each year. The conditions have to be just right - it has to be after the leaves are off the trees so the light gets through, and the moon has to be in...
05-25-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,867
Posted By swampboy62

Good luck with your weight loss. There have been...

Good luck with your weight loss. There have been a couple of fairly high profile instances where BIG guys took charge of their life and lost a huge amount of weight bicycling. Gaz comes to mind, as...
05-18-17, 02:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 869
Posted By swampboy62

Not wearing a helmet. I'm chiefly a mountain...

Not wearing a helmet.

I'm chiefly a mountain biker, but I spend a good deal of time on rail trails (very seldom on roads) to help build the legs.

It amazes me how many young mtbrs I see without...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-10-17, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,466
Posted By swampboy62

If you go to Google maps and click on the 3...

If you go to Google maps and click on the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left corner - and then click on 'bicycling' the map will highlight bicycle trails in green. Zoom in close enough and it will...
02-13-17, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 833
Posted By swampboy62

Nice work. Always good to bring more life to a...

Nice work. Always good to bring more life to a bike.

Fixed up a Giant Sedona that my wife found on the curb. After some new parts, and some old parts that I re-hab'd, it's a pretty nice bike for...
02-09-17, 03:53 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,621
Posted By swampboy62

In my area (northeast Ohio) the MUP's don't get...

In my area (northeast Ohio) the MUP's don't get lots of traffic. You may see a couple dozen people in a ride, but you can also easily ride a couple of miles without seeing anyone. Over near...
02-08-17, 11:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,901
Posted By swampboy62

For years I've been using a bike as my shuttle...

For years I've been using a bike as my shuttle vehicle for kayak trips. Some routes along rail trails, some along roads, and some along singletrack.

As a matter of fact the main reason I got...
Forum: Foo
01-09-17, 12:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,288
Posted By swampboy62

How about something a little bit heavier? ...

How about something a little bit heavier?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_LIQ7HFKlc

Steve Z
12-22-16, 03:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 907
Posted By swampboy62

There are some folks who are going to say you...

There are some folks who are going to say you can't get a decent mtb for less than $1000, but I'm not one of them.

That should be a decent bike to learn your mtb skills with. Nice that it has...
Forum: Foo
12-13-16, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 754
Posted By swampboy62

If you like older style music, check out Puddles...

If you like older style music, check out Puddles Pity Party. A different approach to popular music, but that clown can sing.

Steve Z
Forum: Foo
12-08-16, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Posted By swampboy62

I was kayaking a mighty class I rapid a couple of...

I was kayaking a mighty class I rapid a couple of years ago, and noticed that there was a beaver swimming underwater through the rapid right next to me, maybe 4' off my left side. When we got to the...
11-14-16, 03:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,471
Posted By swampboy62

I ride in the snow as long as I can force the...

I ride in the snow as long as I can force the bike through it. I'm in northeast Ohio, just on the edge of the lake effect snow belt.

I ride mountain bikes, even on pavement. My main winter bike...
11-14-16, 03:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,502
Posted By swampboy62

Too much punishment for the parts. Though with...

Too much punishment for the parts. Though with spokes snapping it makes me wonder if it was the hub's fault.

Keep on riding, and push the limits as much as you want. No use listening to the...
11-01-16, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By swampboy62

When I broke both bones in my lower left leg...

When I broke both bones in my lower left leg about a mile into the trail. I was awful happy to get back to the car that day. Luckily I ran into someone I knew on the trail, and they helped me to my...
Forum: Great Lakes
10-25-16, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,817
Posted By swampboy62

Stardognine - I'm just north of Niles, in Warren,...

Stardognine - I'm just north of Niles, in Warren, and ride the local trails pretty often. My default is the Western Reserve Greenway north of Warren, but all the trail in the area are fair game. I...
10-07-16, 09:47 AM
Replies: 345
Views: 19,077
Posted By swampboy62

At 53 years old, with a height of 5'-5" I...

At 53 years old, with a height of 5'-5" I currently weigh in at about 170.

Have been losing weight slowly for two years, but I'm of Greek descent and have the wide shoulders and hips of a...
09-30-16, 01:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,356
Posted By swampboy62

I'm a 'hot metabolism' person - I wear shorts and...

I'm a 'hot metabolism' person - I wear shorts and t-shirt to mtb as long as it's above freezing. Once it gets below 30 I add a nylon shell and possibly polypro longjohns (if it's below 20 degrees). ...
Forum: Foo
09-08-16, 09:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,345
Posted By swampboy62

I love to camp, but don't get out as much as I'd...

I love to camp, but don't get out as much as I'd like.

We used to go to campgrounds, but too many neighbors with 1:00 am beer and music parties has killed that for me. Now we almost always back...
Forum: Foo
08-16-16, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By swampboy62

Around here (NE OH) the Amish use kick scooters...

Around here (NE OH) the Amish use kick scooters on the MUP.

Down in central OH the Amish use bikes.

http://www.amishscooters.com/

Steve Z
Forum: Great Lakes
08-16-16, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,609
Posted By swampboy62

That's right in my regular riding area. If...

That's right in my regular riding area.

If you start in Lisbon there is 10 miles of paved Little Beaver Creek Greenway heading north to Leetonia. There you follow roads for a mile or so before...
08-08-16, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By swampboy62

Hey Uncle Bud, Not going to go into my...

Hey Uncle Bud,

Not going to go into my personal history, but I'm a dedicated 53 year old ride with a fairly serious respiratory condition.

Been seriously riding for about 10 years now, and I'm...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-12-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,966
Posted By swampboy62

This might help (they mapped the route on Google...

This might help (they mapped the route on Google as they travelled):

Mississippi River Trail 2013 (http://rwnetworks.blogspot.ca/)

Steve Z
Forum: Great Lakes
06-21-16, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,570
Posted By swampboy62

Check out Bike Route Z on this map: ArcGIS...

Check out Bike Route Z on this map:

ArcGIS Web Application (http://pennshare.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d8e1c77ad2444268bb56bd2d2a85ec46)

Steve Z
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