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04-27-21, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By TomPalmer

Virtual top tube length gets you in the ballpark....

Virtual top tube length gets you in the ballpark. I have a Buena Vista in 58 and am 5 9 with swept back Albatross bars and a long stem and it fits great for me. Are you using drop bars on you girl...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,223
Posted By TomPalmer

Hello Cyccommute, How is your suspension set up...

Hello Cyccommute,
How is your suspension set up for this- "I find the front and rear suspension to be a real plus when it comes to control on deep snow but especially on packed snow where a rigid...
Replies: 5
Views: 942
Posted By TomPalmer

1989 Bridgestone RB-1

Hi all,
I am looking at an 89 Bridgestone RB-1 today. Pictures look good, pretty original save seat and post.
Prices seem all over teh place.
Any help?
Tom
Forum: Touring
05-28-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,084
Posted By TomPalmer

What model is the cool orange Miyata? looks...

What model is the cool orange Miyata?
looks like a great rig. How did you like front loading?

Tom Palmer
Twin Lake, MI
05-28-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,131
Posted By TomPalmer

The Conquest Pro is a great bike. One that I wish...

The Conquest Pro is a great bike. One that I wish i had not sold. i would upgrade tires first. If you are riding gravel or rough road a fatter supple tire is a joy. I had Continetal Speed Ride...
02-26-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,461
Posted By TomPalmer

Not sure about the steamroller, but I have...

Not sure about the steamroller, but I have catalysts on a bike and love them. You are almost guaranteed toe overlap which can be a problem fixed. These are so long, you might have pedal overlap on...
02-21-18, 08:03 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,865
Posted By TomPalmer

Sweet Stumpjumper!

Sweet Stumpjumper!
Forum: Commuting
02-16-18, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,669
Posted By TomPalmer

Hello, A longer stem may help. I have 2 bikes...

Hello,
A longer stem may help. I have 2 bikes with soma Oxford bars that are very similar to your Albas and need to use a really long stem- one has 150mm and the other 140mm to get hands in right...
01-30-18, 06:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,554
Posted By TomPalmer

Forgo to add, I ride oval rings on 2 bikes. Tom

Forgo to add, I ride oval rings on 2 bikes.
Tom
01-30-18, 06:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,554
Posted By TomPalmer

Are you riding clipless pedals? My knee and foot...

Are you riding clipless pedals? My knee and foot pain went away when I started riding platform pedals, even on group rides. I am not any slower and I have compared. Recently I went to Pedaling...
01-30-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,822
Posted By TomPalmer

Hi Dave, I like the Michelin Country rocks....

Hi Dave,
I like the Michelin Country rocks. They are way better than the price and a good size for gravel and poor pavement.
I have had them on 2 bikes and they just work. I have never had a Kenda...
Forum: Touring
11-06-17, 05:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,583
Posted By TomPalmer

Dirt touring bike

Have you considered a used bike or building up a frame? I have wanted an ECR since they came out, but not in budget. I have a Soma Wolverine that I really like for dirt road touring and have ridden a...
Forum: Touring
06-29-17, 05:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,650
Posted By TomPalmer

Hello James, The Sutra is a nice touring bike....

Hello James,
The Sutra is a nice touring bike. Several friends have them and like them a lot. They use them a lot too. One is used as his commuter bike as well. I have a Rove AL and it was my light...
04-26-17, 01:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,446
Posted By TomPalmer

]Does anyone posting in this thread actually run...

]Does anyone posting in this thread actually run three wheelsets with three different types tires and tubes?

Just reading that is ridiculous.

Is the user also expected to change cassettes and...
04-26-17, 01:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,446
Posted By TomPalmer

I have a Soma Wolverine that clicks most of the...

I have a Soma Wolverine that clicks most of the boxes. I can ride with the B group on group rides. With my carbon race bike I was B group too. I have 3 wheels sets, 2 700c and 1 26". I really like...
04-21-17, 04:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,038
Posted By TomPalmer

Nice write up and great bike.

Well done. I have had many Miyatas and regret selling a couple. I have seen a flat fender on the down tube braze on. Cyclocross is often very muddy and with even small knobs it can be messy for the...
Forum: Touring
03-06-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,946
Posted By TomPalmer

Not a built bike, but I have a Soma Wolverine...

Not a built bike, but I have a Soma Wolverine that is a 700c bike and is sold as frame only. I have a set of 26" wheels that work great with up to 2.1" tires. It fits Compass Rat Trap Pass barely. I...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-17, 02:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,401
Posted By TomPalmer

Velominati Rule # 9

Nice work on the ride-

Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards....
11-03-16, 11:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 21,212
Posted By TomPalmer

Wolverine great all around bike

I have had a wolverine for a couple of months and it is becoming my favorite bike of the 10 I own. I really like the flexibility. Currently it has 26' wheels and Compass Rat Trap Pass tires and Soma...
Forum: Commuting
10-31-16, 01:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,371
Posted By TomPalmer

Step through practicality rules.

Hi all,
I have an old Schwinn Mirada mixte that I use for hunting non motorized area. I often have a load on the back so getting on is easier and the low bar height is great if I need to stop...
Forum: Commuting
06-16-16, 05:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,881
Posted By TomPalmer

I have used Trekking bars and they they were...

I have used Trekking bars and they they were comfortable for me with 2 layers of bar tape. In the end they were too wide for me. My back between my shoulder blades would fatigue after a while. I use...
Forum: Touring
06-06-16, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Posted By TomPalmer

They look very nice. The military surplus bags I...

They look very nice. The military surplus bags I have used look like old military bags. Can you clarify on the stiffer you used?
Thanks,

Tom Palmer
Twin Lake, MI
Replies: 4
Views: 1,023
Posted By TomPalmer

[QUOTE=oddjob2;18754981]If it is a 54cm measured...

[QUOTE=oddjob2;18754981]If it is a 54cm measured to center of seat tube, I may have an interest, but looks like a 58cm. Looking on behalf of a 5'7" woman.

It is a 57 said the guy I bought it...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,023
Posted By TomPalmer

1979 Miyata Gran Touring with eclectic build

Hi all,
Up for consideration is a very nice early Miyata touring bike. Has the original factory issue racks front and back that mount to the brake bosses. The build is like this- Miyata Gran Touring...
05-04-16, 07:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By TomPalmer

I wasn't suggesting he take off today without...

I wasn't suggesting he take off today without preparation, simply encouraging him that he can do it next year when he is planning. Others have suggested training ideas.
Many people do nothing out...
05-03-16, 05:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By TomPalmer

Go for it. Your bike will be Fine if you've been...

Go for it. Your bike will be Fine if you've been commuting on it. Get the wheels checked out, tried and tensioned before the 5 day. Do a couple of overnight bike camping trips. Google S24O and you...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-16, 02:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,496
Posted By TomPalmer

The bars come in 2 diameters- 22.2mm for mtb...

The bars come in 2 diameters- 22.2mm for mtb brakes and shifters and 23.8 mm for road brakes. Mine are 23.8 and I bought some special brake levers that are for upright riding, like a mountain bike,...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-16, 05:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,496
Posted By TomPalmer

Hello, I have some VO Porteur bars and they...

Hello,
I have some VO Porteur bars and they are the same diameter as road bars. I tried to use some MTB thumb shifters and they would not go onto the bars. Check your bars before you buy any new...
04-02-16, 09:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,405
Posted By TomPalmer

Sounds great! Count me in. I am in Muskegon area...

Sounds great! Count me in. I am in Muskegon area and can pass the word here.

Tom Palmer
Twin Lake, MI
Forum: Touring
03-21-16, 06:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,296
Posted By TomPalmer

Hennessy is great for bike camping

I have 2 Hennessy hammocks and they work great. The asymmetrical design works as you lie much flatter than other hammocks. I have only tried 2 others for a short while and like the Hennessy. The rain...
Forum: Touring
03-10-16, 03:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,547
Posted By TomPalmer

The concern with a touring mixte is frame...

The concern with a touring mixte is frame flexibility. If loaded heavy the handling could get squirely or maybe front end shimmy. Try it and see. Many bikes that some consider "too light" are great...
Forum: Touring
01-14-16, 08:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,499
Posted By TomPalmer

I like low BB for touring and commuting. I had a...

I like low BB for touring and commuting. I had a Schwinn Circuit converted to 26" wheels that had a 254mm BB and it was a little low, but I never hit a pedal with 170mm crank arms. 260-265 is the...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-16, 11:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,800
Posted By TomPalmer

I would use the bikes you have. I had an 89 520...

I would use the bikes you have. I had an 89 520 and hated it, felt like a slug. I have an 85 720 and love it. Converted to 700c wheels and albatross bars. Whichever bike you like the most upgrade to...
Replies: 2
Views: 1,921
Posted By TomPalmer

I have an Alyeska frame I have been trying to...

I have an Alyeska frame I have been trying to build for a few years. On my particular frame, the brake spring holes on the frame and the fork are on the wrong side for the brakes currently...
12-08-15, 03:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,142
Posted By TomPalmer

I had Speed Rides on a Redline Conquest Pro and...

I had Speed Rides on a Redline Conquest Pro and they are great on pavement and dirt. Rode them in group rides on road and no problem keeping up. Should have taken them off before I sold it.
Good...
Forum: Touring
11-25-15, 08:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,230
Posted By TomPalmer

I really like a front basket touring and...

I really like a front basket touring and commuting/utility riding. I won't tour without one. I also made some rear panniers from charcoal briquette containers, $11 each and about $5in hardware.
As...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-15, 08:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,080
Posted By TomPalmer

Depends on a couple of things. First, how often...

Depends on a couple of things. First, how often you have put a foot down on your commute? If you are footing a lot at stop lights, the lower BB helps, especially if you can do it without getting off...
Forum: Touring
09-21-15, 11:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,588
Posted By TomPalmer

I have a Hennessy and added a larger (8x10)...

I have a Hennessy and added a larger (8x10) silnylon tarp for more coverage. It works very well for bike camping, I have room to lay my bike down if it rains too much and all of my gear stays dry. ...
Replies: 29
Views: 6,085
Posted By TomPalmer

Good plan

Looks good! I think your plan is sound and these old Miyata are fabulous riding bikes. I have had several including a 1000, 610, 710, 912, 110, and 2 310's. I think your is an 86. my 84 310 was one...
08-29-15, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By TomPalmer

I have Voyager Hypers on 2 bikes and really like...

I have Voyager Hypers on 2 bikes and really like them. I have the 35's that are 37mm. I have toured and done mixed road and gravel rides. They come in 32s as well. I had Jack Brown greens and liked...
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By TomPalmer

How is the ride for the World Voyager? There is a...

How is the ride for the World Voyager? There is a nice looking orange one locally.

Tom
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By TomPalmer

Hi Marc, Nice post and ride. I rode M22 from...

Hi Marc,
Nice post and ride. I rode M22 from Manistee to Platt River campground at the south end of Sleeping Bear a couple of weeks ago and it was great fun. We did 110 miles over 2 days. I got...
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By TomPalmer

Thanks guys. I appreciate the help. I also...

Thanks guys. I appreciate the help. I also received a "no offense, but" email though CL. If I don't sell it, no big deal I will put the upright bars back on it and enjoy it.
Tom
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By TomPalmer

70's Mercier 300 frankenbike

Hi all,
I picked up this well used Mercier 300 as a frame and built it with parts I had in the archives. rides very nice, but just too big. I had upright bars on it for a while and it was fun, but...
Forum: Touring
08-12-15, 01:31 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 33,278
Posted By TomPalmer

Hi Rawk, Low riders are racks. Very nice as...

Hi Rawk,
Low riders are racks. Very nice as they put the weight low. The Passage has a pretty flexible frame so balancing the weight is important. We hit 42mph on one of the downhills and no shimmy....
Forum: Touring
08-12-15, 08:04 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 33,278
Posted By TomPalmer

Hi all, I just did a 2 day camping trip on an...

Hi all,
I just did a 2 day camping trip on an 86 Schwinn Passage with Soma Oxford bars (like Nitto albatross) and we covered 110 miles and 4200 feet of climbing and wind off Lake Michigan. I have a...
Forum: Touring
06-24-15, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,599
Posted By TomPalmer

+10 on Voyager Hypers again. They are great and...

+10 on Voyager Hypers again. They are great and cheap when bought from overseas. Planet X was under $40 shipped for a pair back the first of the year. 700x35 actually more like 38's on my average...
Forum: Touring
06-22-15, 11:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,456
Posted By TomPalmer

S24O = sub 24 hour overnight. Riding, camping and...

S24O = sub 24 hour overnight. Riding, camping and returning within 24 hours.
S36O = sub 36 hour overnight
We plan on going a little farther than an S24O would allow.
Also we are bike camping this...
Forum: Touring
06-22-15, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,456
Posted By TomPalmer

Light Touring definition

Hi all,
What a light touring bike as far as weight and loading? Is their a spoke count consideration- no lightweight specialty wheels, normal box section aluminum, 32-36 spokes for a 210 pounder?...
Forum: Touring
06-08-15, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By TomPalmer

US Bike Route 35, West side of Michigan experience

Hi all,
I am planning my trips for the summer, late as usual. I live in Michigan and can only do a few days. Has anyone done any of the USBR 35 along Lake Michigan up into the UP.
My main wonder is...
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