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General Discussion / Re: Lake Michigan Bicycle Tour Video
« on: March 25, 2019, 10:09:06 pm »
Thanks for viewing and commenting!

General Discussion / Re: Western Express Bicycle Touring Video
« on: March 25, 2019, 10:07:50 pm »
When we were kids, probably middle school, we would turn our handlebars up, I guess to be cool. A couple of years ago after many years of bending over drop bars I was looking for a more upright riding position, so I decided to turn the bars up. This took alot of weight off of my hands and wrists and made riding more comfortable. One day I was riding in Missouri and I stopped at a bike shop. The bike mechanic saw my bars and laughed. He called it "gangster" style or Chicago style. That made me laugh, because I grew up in the Chicago suburbs. Since 2015, I've been experimenting with flat bars, riser bars, comfort bars. Lately, I've been having trouble with my shoulder. My doctor says its from biking and I suspect it might be my bars. I just need to find the right set up.

General Discussion / Lake Michigan Bicycle Tour Video
« on: March 21, 2019, 09:19:24 pm »
Yes, 2 in one day! If you can stand it, let me know what you think. Just trying to offer some inspiration.

General Discussion / Western Express Bicycle Touring Video
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:52:49 pm »
If you have some time check out my new Bicycle Touring video. Let me know what you think.
Now it should work.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Touring Wheelset
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:31:48 pm »
In case you wanted to know how this little drama ended, I went down to my LBS and talked to Cho, local bike wizard. We agreed to go with the Velocity Dyad rims 36 holes with Shimano 105 hubs. Hand built by a pro, can't go wrong. I want to see for myself how they compare to the Mavics. Thanks again.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Touring Wheelset
« on: October 22, 2017, 08:53:11 pm »
Thanks for keepin it real cyclistdave. That's what happened to my Sun Rims. Several spokes pulled through the rim, split the rim. Wheel destroyed, trip nearly ruined. Had to hitch 10 miles to a bike shop for a new wheel. After your post, I checked into the Mavics doing that. They turned out a bad batch of rims about 10-15 years ago. A manufacturing defect. Supposedly they fixed the problem. I've got over 10,000 miles fully loaded on mine, still good as gold. I even took them down the C&O, fully loaded, pretty rough. No problems. I'll probably have a new set built the same. Thanks all for the replies.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Touring Wheelset
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:14:14 pm »
Yes, 130mm rear axle. It's not my only bike. For years I rode on stock wheels that came with the bike, Araya I think. Every once in a while I would break a spoke or two. I bought a cheap set of wheels, trashed them in under 1000 miles. I mean unrideable. So I had these Mavic wheels hand built. I've never had a problem with them. Now I collect and tinker with older touring bikes. I'm building up an old Miyata frame with new modern parts to create a kickass touring bike. I want to put some awesome wheels on it. Sun Rims. No. Alex Adventurers. Maybe? I could take my old Mavics and put them on this new build and get something even better for my #1 bike. I just don't know what's out there. Is there something better? I'm looking for something solid and dependable, not just fancier. I don't intend for them to be spares, I want to tour on them. What about the real high end stuff? Hubs? Rims? What are you guys touring on? Any recommendations?

Gear Talk / Best Touring Wheelset
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:53:13 pm »
I'm currently touring on a set a Mavic A719 rims with Shimano 105 hubs. I paid about $400 for them. I love 'em. But I'm looking to have a new wheel set built just to have an extra. Before I do, I would like to hear some opinions on what are the best touring wheels out there. Is there something better than what I have? What's the cost? I don't mind spending some $$, a good set of wheels is worth it. BTW, I weigh about 210 lbs. and carry about 40 lbs. of gear. Thanks.

Gear Talk / Re: Does a smaller outer chainring mean new front deralliuer?
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:17:52 pm »
I ride an older miyata 1000 which had a stronglight crank with the 86bcd. They are very hard to find. I upgraded to a sugino crank with 110bcd outer and middle, and 76bcd inner a couple of years ago. That one is easy to find replacement parts for. I recently acquired another old miyata 1000 with the old style crank. Just for grins I tried to find a new middle chainring rather than change the entire crank set. I found one on ebay from Poland. I love the old bikes, but the modern components are nice. On my original miyata I've upgraded where possible. On my new 'old' miyata I'm trying to keep it vintage. It's really a cool bike and a fun winter project.

Thanks for the help.

Gear Talk / Re: Does a smaller outer chainring mean new front deralliuer?
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:28:09 pm »
Thanks for the reply. The crank and rings are vintage 1981, old school. I don't think there are any ramps or pins. Both surfaces of both rings, the 47t and the 52t, look the same, smooth and unremarkable. I will try lowering the FD, if that doesn't clear it up I will go back to he big outer ring. A 28/40/52 triple still gives me better choices in the mid range. That 52t is still good for long flat stretches with a stiff tailwind. As a matter of fact, it came in handy this past summer when out running a bad storm in Nevada. Thanks again.

Gear Talk / Does a smaller outer chainring mean new front deralliuer?
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:01:29 pm »
I changed from a 28/47/52 to 28/40/47(stronglight 86 bcd). I simply put in a new middle ring and put the middle ring on the outside. The problem is that now it doesn't want to shift to that outer ring. Is it the FD? Is it the ring? Will lowering the FD on the down tube solve the problem?  Help please.

General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:47:32 pm »
Oh, I'm not waiting. The only way I will be able to pull that off is if I ride every year 'til then. 

General Discussion / Re: Motivation: why ride?
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:04:55 pm »
 ... because ... I have to!

It give me the greatest sensation of freedom. It makes me feel like a kid every time I get on that bike, just like when my Dad took the training wheels off for the first time.

I just turned 50, I told my wife that my goal in life is to ride coast to coast when I'm 70.

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