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02-28-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 178
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Posted By irwin7638

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From top left:Soma Buena Vista, Rivendell Sam Hillborne, "87 Trek 560,...
02-27-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,476
Posted By irwin7638

Any day that reminds me of the simple childish...

Any day that reminds me of the simple childish joy of riding my bike.
Marc
Forum: Commuting
02-27-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,738
Posted By irwin7638

They get upset with me when I refer to them as...

They get upset with me when I refer to them as spandex hamsters.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,621
Posted By irwin7638

You should be just fine, but the CO trail can be...

You should be just fine, but the CO trail can be really muddy in the early spring. I rode it the first week of April a few years ago and it was really wet.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
Posted By irwin7638

That makes sense to me. As others have said, the...

That makes sense to me. As others have said, the trail will require more effort than pavement, but it can be ridden on 28's. One thing about that section of the GAP compared to other trails is the...
02-10-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,836
Posted By irwin7638

I'm 67 and 215 lbs. My goal is the same as it...

I'm 67 and 215 lbs. My goal is the same as it has been for years: drive my car less than 3000 miles, when winter breaks ride a metric century once a week and take 3 week long self supported tours...
02-01-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,750
Posted By irwin7638

Gold chains are fine, but should be used with...

Gold chains are fine, but should be used with Gold plated cranks, brakes and seatposts, always! That's Jason Perkins' custom build on a Smolinski frame, did I say plated? Yes 24K gold plated...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-20, 05:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,513
Posted By irwin7638

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01-08-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,936
Posted By irwin7638

I gauge the time and distance on my bike by the...

I gauge the time and distance on my bike by the amount of driving I do. Last year I drove 3K miles which is high for me. 2018 I only drove 1523 miles which was the lowest ever. Everything else is...
01-08-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,575
Posted By irwin7638

Can't be said any better than that. I don't...

Can't be said any better than that. I don't compete or even ride competitively and prefer steel, but have an aluminum 29er for the Michigan winters.

Marc
Forum: Touring
01-01-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By irwin7638

Yes, I left the stays off the front for safety. ...

Yes, I left the stays off the front for safety. The fender wiggles a little but that's about the only issue. I used the stays on the back so it wouldn't rattle against the rack, but a zip tie would...
Forum: Touring
01-01-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 479
Posted By irwin7638

Have you looked at SKS "Velo" line of fenders? ...

Have you looked at SKS "Velo" line of fenders? They come in several sizes, slip on or off easily, and stays are optional. They're pretty inexpensive and can be painted to match the bike....
Forum: Commuting
12-22-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,358
Posted By irwin7638

We do get cold here in Michigan but my clothing...

We do get cold here in Michigan but my clothing is pretty simple. I wear Terramar wool long underwear under lightweight nylon pants, sweater under a Lands End ski parka with a pair of hunter's...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,113
Posted By irwin7638

I always stuff the tent and rainfly into one...

I always stuff the tent and rainfly into one front pannier. The pole fits under the top flap of my saddlebag.

Marc...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,490
Posted By irwin7638

I've heard people complaining about cyclists...

I've heard people complaining about cyclists running stop signs for years. After seeing it on a TV news spot, I went to a local coffee shop where one busy street terminates at another. There is a...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 04:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,240
Posted By irwin7638

I used Stan's sealant in tubes for a season and...

I used Stan's sealant in tubes for a season and was pleased, but found that Flat Attack pre-filled tubes were a better alternative. Their sealant is gauranteed for 5 years so it doesn't need to be...
04-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,405
Posted By irwin7638

I have never had any chronic medical conditions. ...

I have never had any chronic medical conditions. I have chosen to have an annual checkup (covered by Medicare) every fall so if a condition is discovered it will be during the open enrollment period...
Forum: Touring
03-25-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,523
Posted By irwin7638

The book might be helpful, but the trip is...

The book might be helpful, but the trip is simpler than you think. Google Maps will lead you to bike trails and routes from the Loop to Indiana Dunes. It's a nice ride, I have done it a couple of...
03-23-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,676
Posted By irwin7638

+1 I went 650B on my Soma Buena Vista just fit...

+1
I went 650B on my Soma Buena Vista just fit 38mm tires for city riding. There's no problem with bb clearance....
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1,320
Views: 202,204
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
02-17-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,523
Posted By irwin7638

Thanks Jim. Hopefully we can get together again. ...

Thanks Jim. Hopefully we can get together again.

Marc
Forum: Touring
02-16-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,523
Posted By irwin7638

I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is...

I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is probably the best place to start. I've toured from Union Station in Chicago and all along the western shore to Petosky. It depends upon how long you want...
Forum: Commuting
02-04-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,749
Posted By irwin7638

I've been using them for years for every type of...

I've been using them for years for every type of riding. All my saddles have been soaking wet at one time or another and have survived just fine. I use KIWI Mink Oil Paste on them once or twice a...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,815
Posted By irwin7638

Ok, thanks. What's the prize? Do I just have to...

Ok, thanks. What's the prize? Do I just have to live with eternal envy and adulation?

Marc
Forum: Commuting
01-22-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,815
Posted By irwin7638

Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622. They are the same tire...

Schwalbe Big Ben 50-622. They are the same tire as the Big Apple but with more tread.

Marc
Forum: Commuting
01-21-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,815
Posted By irwin7638

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Forum: Touring
01-20-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 955
Posted By irwin7638

My trip was the first of April, as you will see,...

My trip was the first of April, as you will see, the snow was just melting off the highlands and the CO trail was swampy.

Marc
Forum: Touring
01-19-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 955
Posted By irwin7638

I rode the GAP/CO from Pittsburgh to DC in 2015 ...

I rode the GAP/CO from Pittsburgh to DC in 2015 Here are a couple links to the blog posts:
Simply Cycle: Early Spring on the GAP/CO trails: Part 1 The GAP...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-18, 09:12 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 16,912
Posted By irwin7638

The two I use are the ones I own with dyno...

The two I use are the ones I own with dyno lighting.
A SOMA Buena Vista mixte with Nuvinci rear hub...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 910
Posted By irwin7638

Here's my experience with a Shimano Nexus hub. ...

Here's my experience with a Shimano Nexus hub. Long Story short: a 75 cent spring broke inside, Shimano quit making the part and recommended I buy a new hub. I did, a NuVinci CWP and have been...
Forum: Touring
09-04-18, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,962
Posted By irwin7638

I know that. That's how I returned to Pittsburgh...

I know that. That's how I returned to Pittsburgh from Washington. The post is about the ride from the train station to the McKeesport trail head where I left my car.

Marc
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,799
Posted By irwin7638

Here's a link to a couple of blogposts about the...

Here's a link to a couple of blogposts about the gear I have learned to carry over the past 40 years. It's what I carry for a week end or week long trip.
Simply Cycle: Bike packing 101...
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,962
Posted By irwin7638

Here is an account of the trip I took back to my...

Here is an account of the trip I took back to my car at one of the trail heads outside of town. The trail begins downtown, but I settled on parking in McKeesport since the lot is shared by the local...
09-03-18, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,683
Posted By irwin7638

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Marc
09-01-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,026
Posted By irwin7638

This thread motivated me to paint my garage...

This thread motivated me to paint my garage floor. I'd been thinking of it to make it easier to clean and find little parts I drop while wrenching on my bikes. I went to Lowe's, bought white...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 03:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 924
Posted By irwin7638

I use regular athletic shorts (I'm too young for...

I use regular athletic shorts (I'm too young for diapers) boxer briefs, a golf shirt and woolen socks. I carry three changes of clothing and have lunch near a laundromat when I run out of clothes. ...
Forum: Touring
08-24-18, 06:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,659
Posted By irwin7638

I use a Coleman Houligan 2 tent which I chose...

I use a Coleman Houligan 2 tent which I chose because it's 4' tall, tall enough that I can just walk right into it and sit down. I have a Thermarest x large mattress and pillow. Typically I use a...
08-20-18, 11:29 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,488
Posted By irwin7638

If you like your Bridgestone, you might want to...

If you like your Bridgestone, you might want to upgrade to a Rivendell Sam Hillborne (https://www.rivbike.com/collections/framesets/products/sam-hillborne-cantilever) it's designed by the same guy. ...
Forum: Touring
08-19-18, 11:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,293
Posted By irwin7638

I've been doing it for over 40 years on different...

I've been doing it for over 40 years on different trips. It's not something you plan to do, but happens. Water is something you always have to worry about and even at rustic campgrounds you have to...
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 10:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By irwin7638

You overlooked it, I was only riding 30-40 miles...

You overlooked it, I was only riding 30-40 miles a day, point to point. Maybe 50 total. Those sandy backroads are tough to manage.

Marc
Forum: Touring
08-07-18, 04:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By irwin7638

A roll through the woods

Nothing monumental here, but just a way to take a few days off.
https://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-roll-through-woods.html

Marc
07-12-18, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,729
Posted By irwin7638

Unfortunately i won't make it this year Ken. I've...

Unfortunately i won't make it this year Ken. I've got some business which must be addressed this weekend. Have a good time!

Marc
07-09-18, 04:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By irwin7638

I didn't see the need for motels but most of the...

I didn't see the need for motels but most of the people I met were staying indoors somewhere.

Marc
Forum: Touring
06-28-18, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By irwin7638

Erie canal trip

Here's a link to my blogpost about my experience on the Erie Canal earlier this month:Simply Cycle: A glorious week on the Erie Canal Trail...
06-28-18, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By irwin7638

Erie canal trip

I rode the Erie Canal for a few days and thought it was the best, most trouble free tour I've ever taken. I met a lot of other Ahhh, mature (that's the word) riders along the way.
Here's a link to...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-18, 09:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,871
Posted By irwin7638

I would suggest Soma, with the Tange Prestige and...

I would suggest Soma, with the Tange Prestige and Infinity tubing, they are about the lightest production steel around. I have a Buena Vista and even with two racks, fenders and a Nuvinci (5lb) hub,...
03-24-18, 10:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,242
Posted By irwin7638

It sounds like the handlebars are the main issue....

It sounds like the handlebars are the main issue. I have Nitto Bosco Bars on two of my bikes and they provide a huge range of body positions. I can go from bolt upright cruiser position down to...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-18, 10:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,305
Posted By irwin7638

I'm not in a particularly high crime area but...

I'm not in a particularly high crime area but commute on my Rivendell Hunqapillar on a regular basis. I use an Abus ring lock on the rear wheel supplemented with a cable, or U-lock (if I'm in a...
03-08-18, 06:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,287
Posted By irwin7638

I'll be there on one of my faux vintage bikes. ...

I'll be there on one of my faux vintage bikes.

Marc
03-08-18, 06:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,287
Posted By irwin7638

No Problem, you'll be in shape at the finish. ...

No Problem, you'll be in shape at the finish.

Marc
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