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No. 0     Original Topic: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 12:11 PM   Viewed 4336 times     
Bicycles I'm finding are so much fun, I recently have had to ride my bike because I don't have a car and I just didn't realize if your bike is top tuned with the maximum amount of air pressure in the tires, WOW, you can really go, it's super efficient, even on my beautiful pristine 1962 Schwinn Varsity which I bought off of EBAY years ago, I'm so glad I purchased it now, it was 100 dollars, then I had it all gone through extensively, it's a 38 pound bike but let me tell ya' it sails!



I will try to find a pic of one like it or I will take a pic of it on my cell phone.

I still remember after I bought it, I went back a few months later to the same dude who was leasing a big warehouse in South Dallas where I bought it from and the dude was no longer there, he was a nice elderly gentleman who was also into buying and restoring old Railroad Watches but he also liked buying and selling bikes purchased from estate sales as well. My medium blue 62 Schwinn Varsity also had a TWIN so to speak, a woman's Varsity of the same color so some lucky woman got to purchase that.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 5:16 PM     
It would be cool to have such an old bicycle, but I sold my old such similar bicycle a long time ago, replacing it with a mountain bike.
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 5:31 PM     
The bicycle mentioned is actually a Varsity Sport (as the add mentions). I had one also. It is a road bike and I liked mine quite a bit but eventually sold it to a guy I lived with. Some time later I attempted to buy it back but he liked it too much (also) and refused to sell it back.

The Schwinn bike I have now is a mountain bike (can't think of the model at the moment and the bike is in winter storage). I am quite satisfied with it.

But if we're talking "fun, fun, fun," then my choice is to get an electric-assist bike. When I had mine (and it was working right), it was a blast, and although other fancy road or mountain bike riders might turn up their noses at the idea of an 'electric' bike, I'm here to tell you that it was so much fun that I was constantly on it, and losing a ton of weight because it was so much fun.

When I make the Big Move down to the DR, I am contemplating finding a better electric bike then I had last time and using it there as much as possible.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 53   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM     
Ah yes the famous Schwinn Varsity!

I received a brand new one for my 8th grade graduation party.

It served well for many years and I did a lot of exploring with it.

I sold it to my stepather's, "little brother" who he had temporarily adopted in a sense through the Big Brothers program.

He always seemed to have an eye for it when visiting so I sold it to him cheap.

He was so happy to get it I remember.

It was a dark metallic green.
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:


It was a dark metallic green.


Yup, so was mine.
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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 9:22 PM     
http://antranik.org/worlds-lightest-road-bike-at-2-7kg/
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Feb 12, 2016 at 9:29 PM     
insular926 wrote:

http://antranik.org/worlds-lightest-road-bike-at-2-7kg/


The problem with such light weight bikes is they are too light to be totally safe to ride. Supposedly more and more accidents are occurring due to riders of the light bikes hitting a bump and simply bouncing so high they lose control turning over and/or are directed into some other danger. Especially if riding at fast speeds and/or have motorized the bike.
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By:  tominsd70845   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Feb 13, 2016 at 4:51 PM     
I have been bike riding for almost my entire life. I never grew out of it. It's a lot of fun. Be sure you know how to fix a flat tire. It can be tricky just replacing an inner tube enough as it is. It can be a hassle to have to take the back wheel out with the chains, brakes, and gears when you get a flat at the rear. The front is very easy.

There had been times when I wanted to give up bike riding because of flat tires. I just hated having to fix the back ones a lot, and for some strange reason, the back goes flat a lot more than the front does.

I tried air-less inner tubes and tires. Not worth it! Yes it would be great to not have to worry about getting a flat. The airless ones just didn't ride well.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:17 PM     
Went to Wally world today and picked up a cheap 18 speed 26" Mountain Bike, "Granite Peak by Roadmaster for only $79.95. It is all black with silver trim, and a few small red stripes.



26" bikes are only recommended for people up to 5'10" tall. 27" - 29" bikes are recommended for people my height. I am 6' but there are a few ways to make it fit comfortably.

I will have to raise the seat considerably so my legs/knees/feet rest on the pedals at the properheight for pedaling.

The handlebars cannot be raised so I will hunt online for some taller ones.

I bought this for mounting the electric motor kit and batteries I bought some time ago for making an electric powered Bicycle. I have been currently been using the 3 SLA batteries in my solar system battery bank to keep them fresh and topped off.

The electric bike motor company recommends mounting it on a cheap but sturdy all steel mountain bike frame NOT aluminum. Aluminum frames the motor after time will tend to tear apart the welds due to flexing and torque action of the motor.

So next week on a day off I will spend the day mounting the motor kit to it.



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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:26 PM     
Roadmaster is a pretty good bike for the money.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:27 PM     
The brakes look kinda cheap and are mounted differently than most brakes. However the standard mounting holes are threaded and there for standard brakes.

The electric motor kit came with some heavy duty brakes and hardware so I need to remove the factory ones on the bike and install the heavy duty ones.

I put the bike on the front bike rack of the bus and got off at a gas station to air the tires up, which were low as is expected sitting on the shelf unused.

I bicycled home about 3 miles and even though it has been almost a year since i've been on a bike it felt like I was just on it yesterday.

The difference between this new one and my old mountain bike is this one has a 3rd front sprocket, and 6 rears ones, making it an 18 speed.

It also has shock absorbers on the front fork which my old one didn't have any.

Also the rims on this one are aluminum and my old one had steel rims.

It seems like a slightly lighter bike than my old one.

The 18 speeds sure seemed to make a difference going up and down some small hilly areas when headed to the Train/Bus station after I woke up from a nap this afternoon.

This will eliminate 2 Buses I would have to take in the morning and evening saving .50, lol.

But the real savings will be in "time". No more walking to and from the Train/Bus station.

This will save about 30 minutes per trip so 60 minutes per day it will free up.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:36 PM     
Walmart currently has all their Bicycles offered for Christmas Layaway.

You only need to place $10 or 10% down on any bike in order to lock it up for layaway.

You can do this anytime from Sept 2nd to December 24th.

You do not have to make any regular payments or anything either!

He said, "as long as you pay it off completely before Dec 14th is all that matters. You can make as many or as few payments of any size you desire".

I will be going back there next week to put a big, fat tire balloon bike on Layaway for use during the Winter to go through Snow. I'm just gonna put the minimum amount down for now to tie it up.

I have often seen almost all bicycles sell out before Christmas with few choices left.

Right now they have a full selection with better brands such as Schwinn, Mongoose, and others I noticed too.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:44 PM     
Overall Walmart customers gave this model bike I bought a 3.8 star rating out of a possible 5. For the money spent it seems worth it.

The front fork suspension I could tell a considerable difference in ride comfort as I intentionally ran into some "bumps" such as curbs, etc. The front fork does absorb the shock. You do feel the bump on the rear tire of course.

The front sprocket I notice takes a little practice getting used to since I noticed as you are changing gears sometimes the chain seems to "stutter" a bit between sprockets as it struggles for a second to move from one Sprocket to another. Others pointed this out in the reviews as well.

However as you get used to the feel of how to shift gears it doesn't seem to be a problem.

Some people after reading the reviews are expecting WAY too much for a $79.95 bike! What in the world do they think they are gonna get for that price, "perfection"! :unsure:

Good, basic transportation, that's it. No luxury anything there for that price!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:48 PM     
Although I have lost weight in the, "waist" where my belt goes since I have not been bicycling for almost a year I noticed I have gained weight in the, "stomach" area ahem.

Getting back bicycling should trim that down again! And increase the cardio benefits also. :ban_dance:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 15, 2016 at 8:51 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

insular926 wrote:

http://antranik.org/worlds-lightest-road-bike-at-2-7kg/


The problem with such light weight bikes is they are too light to be totally safe to ride. Supposedly more and more accidents are occurring due to riders of the light bikes hitting a bump and simply bouncing so high they lose control turning over and/or are directed into some other danger. Especially if riding at fast speeds and/or have motorized the bike.


And as I found out almost a year ago, that can really hurt when you land on your head/eye on pavement! :sick: Got a great big shiner out of that one as well as infected left knee until I got ahold of some fish antibiotics.
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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Sep 16, 2016 at 1:33 PM     
I take it that the Roadmaster is A Steel Framed Bike?
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By:  texascowgirl283   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  Sep 16, 2016 at 1:37 PM     
Good exercise for the legs I suppose. I enjoyed them as a kid but today I don't care for them.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 16, 2016 at 7:56 PM     
texascowgirl283 wrote:

Good exercise for the legs I suppose. I enjoyed them as a kid but today I don't care for them.


There is far more to it than just, "leg exercise".

Bicycling helps your entire cardiovascular system, flushes out fat throughout your entire system, keeps your heart strong and healthy, prevents heart attacks, keeps more blood flowing through your brain, etc.

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By:  texascowgirl283   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  Sep 16, 2016 at 8:08 PM     
Yes , my high school PE teacher was old and her and her husband rode bikes for exercise.
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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Sep 16, 2016 at 9:45 PM     
My next bike will probably be a mountain bike, maybe even a beach cruiser, if I go with a BC then it willl be Fuji.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 22, 2016 at 12:13 PM     
Well someone stole the new Bike. :rolleyes:

I'm not really upset about it, it was only $79.95 plus tax.

Maybe I should have smeared mud all over it to make it look old and junkie.

They appeared to cut through the cable using a hacksaw rather than bolt cutters.

As I looked around I noticed a number of old bikes still locked to the racks, wheels or seats missing, rusting away. Cut cables laying here and there.

Over a year ago I was leaving my old Mountain Bike locked up there every night almost and never had a problem.

It looks like someone has been actively hitting these bike racks outside the train/bus station.

Well I was going to put a down payment on a more expensive bike anyway on Layaway at Walmart.

Guess i'll have to invest in some thick Kryptonite U-Bar locks, one for the front wheel, and locking through the frame and then to the bike rack, and another to secure the rear wheel. They are effective, but expensive.

Those seem to be the only locks they are unable to defeat.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 23, 2016 at 2:04 AM     
Today just before getting on the Bus I asked the security-mantenance guy, "If they had any cameras facing the bike racks".

He said "they JUST got some installed!"

Gee I wonder why...

They have been having BIG Bicycle theft issues there thus they need for the Bike racks being covered by video.

He asked for my name and # and suggested we call the Police to fill a report out.

I told him I was planning on it but didn't have time as I had to hop on the bus.

Again I am not really feeling too upset about it just glad I got my cellphone back that I had left on a bus a week ago and that someone had turned in. Was actually more concerned about that than the bike!

The phone itself isn't worth much, it's the hassle I would have to go through to replace it, (already bought an auxiliary Tracfone as a backup), reprogram the new phone, transferring my existing service over to a new cellphone, etc. Been through all that before, not a simple task, lol.

I needed a backup phone # for work anyway. Our company kinda requires us to have 2 phone numbers or ways to get ahold of us.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 18, 2017 at 8:56 PM     
Well for the past couple of months I have been riding this Beach type Cruiser to the Bus Station, Train, Work, and back etc. This is the first "Cruiser" type bike I have ever had.

Walmart had it marked down to only $89.95 regularly $189.95. Walmart currently sells it online for $179.00! So I think I got a real bargain

It is a large Aluminum bike, fat saddle, wide handlebars, 29" wheels, kinda wide tires.

Very comfortable since you sit in an upright position.

It has fenders too.

Only 7 speeds (only 1 front sprocket) and I have to get off of it and walk it up a few steep hills.

I bought it for going through Snow earlier this year.

Good for short jaunts but not for long distances! I only pedaled 2-3 miles at a whack and that's ok for this bike.

I got all kinds of people who were admiring it and interested in it.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/29-Men-s-Genesis-Astra-Gx7-Bike-Blue/42732938

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 18, 2017 at 9:11 PM     
The above bike I posted has served it's purpose but the Snow is gone so it was time for a lighter, faster Summer Road Bike.

Today I picked up a Kent Roadtech 700c.

It is a traditional, "10 Speed" type of bike but has 21 speeds.

It was $129.00 in the store at Walmart as well as online.

It is a steel framed bike, 700c tires, which are slightly larger than 27".

Aluminum rims though.

It is half black and half bright lime green, which is good safety wise as far as the bright green goes.

MUCH easier pedaling than the Beach Cruiser!

I should be able to take much longer road trips with this bike.

However I noticed the back brake is rubbing, a bit on the rim so I have to do some adjustment to that.

One gear shifter needs a slight adjustment too, no biggy.

I HATE those skinny uncomfortable racing style seats though and will put one of the fat saddle seats from my other bikes on it instead.

One other modification I will do is rotate the handlebars UP 180 degrees. This allows you to sit in a more comfortable upright position and is the way I used to use my handlebars on my old Schwinn Varsity years ago as a kid.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=kent%20roadtech%20700c

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 18, 2017 at 9:29 PM     
I have 2 collapsible grocery style racks which I ordered from Walmart online about a month ago I will mount to the above road bike.

I have to remove one of the luggage racks from one of my old bikes and mount it first. Then the grocery racks mount on that.

This road bike will handle the added weight since it's rated for 300lbs.

That way I can plop my backpack in it rather than on my back. Can carry groceries too. A typical large paper grocery bag fits in it perfectly. (Even though you don't see those anymore, lol)

They fold up tight next to the frame of your bike when not used.

I may use it for bike camping too.

One trick I do with these is get a bunch of small hose clamps and use those to mount it to the luggage rack at multiple points.

It will hold MUCH more weight that way. Plus lowers the likelihood of someone trying to steal them since they would have to spend a lot of time unscrewing all those hose clamps, lol.

These grocery baskets are worth their weight in gold and come in really handy when running to the store!

$11.99 at Walmart online.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bell-Folding-Bike-Basket/17254777

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 18, 2017 at 9:39 PM     
I can honestly say Bicycling 8-10 miles per day over the last 2-3 months has helped unclog my arteries and heart! :icon_eek:

I can tell a MAJOR difference! :dance:

Up until then I was having some "issues/episodes" now and then I won't get into here publicly.

My advice to you if you want to stay away from the Doctors and Hospitals is to get on your Bicycles and start riding! :goodbye:

(Or running if you can still do that).

AND I am still eating junk food! (in addition to healthy food).
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By:  texascowgirl283   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  May 18, 2017 at 11:13 PM     
Me and my boyfriend rode bicycles today. Before today I hadn't rode a bicycle since I was in middle school i believe. It was fun but i had problem controlling the steering. It just isn't quite the same as it was in my young school yrs. My bike as a kid all you had to do was pedal backwards and that was the break but his bike he gave me is on the handle bars, one handle bar is the back break and the other handle bar is front break so i was a bit concerned when i tried to stop and the breaks didnt work the old fashioned way. what a surprise
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 19, 2017 at 3:24 AM     
texascowgirl283 wrote:

Me and my boyfriend rode bicycles today. Before today I hadn't rode a bicycle since I was in middle school i believe. It was fun but i had problem controlling the steering. It just isn't quite the same as it was in my young school yrs. My bike as a kid all you had to do was pedal backwards and that was the break but his bike he gave me is on the handle bars, one handle bar is the back break and the other handle bar is front break so i was a bit concerned when i tried to stop and the breaks didnt work the old fashioned way. what a surprise


Bikes that you push down to back pedal in order to stop it have what is called a, "Coaster Brake".
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 19, 2017 at 3:45 AM     
texascowgirl283 wrote:

Yes , my high school PE teacher was old and her and her husband rode bikes for exercise.


I see lots of Senior Citizens riding bikes on the Bike Path along the river near work and at home and everywhere in between.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 19, 2017 at 8:51 AM     
I have a Montague Paratrooper Pro Mountain Bike. I love this bike, other than she is a slight bit too tall for me. They did not have a perfect size for me. The available sizes were either too low or too high. Some day I am taking her down to the local bike shop. They say they can swap all the hardware to smaller diameter wheels and tires, thus lowering the frame height to the ground. The pains of being male.

This is supposedly the same bicycle issued to military special forces. The bike actually folds and fits into a backpack style carrying bag.



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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 19, 2017 at 8:13 PM     
texascowgirl283 wrote:

Me and my boyfriend rode bicycles today.


Boyfriend? Now we know what happened to her.
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By:  texascowgirl283   Gender: F   Age: 50   on  May 19, 2017 at 9:31 PM     
oops lol. was someone wondering where i was? lol
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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM     
The other day ... talk about bicycles ! We have " seven " of them !

Two for my wife and I ... two 20 " bikes for our older two grandchildren ... two 16 " bikes that our older grandchildren grew out of ( but one of our younger grandchildren can still ride ) ... and a 12 " bike our youngest grandchild can ride.

I spent the whole afternoon pumping up tires, checking brakes, etc. ... getting them ready for the summer ... and yesterday ( when all four grandchildren were here ) ... we had bicycles running around all over the place.

I just sat back and enjoyed watching all of them ride their bike.

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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  May 27, 2017 at 7:38 PM     
Where I live, (in my small town) mostly what you see, and hear about is those three wheel bikes with a shopping basket. Everywhere you look someone is on one! Young kids today hardly ride bikes around here anymore. They are on shooters of all different kinds, skate-boards etc...I have a Beach Cruiser myself. However, so little folks are out on bikes that much anymore. Its the Three Wheeler now, which is very popular where I am.:smile: Just sharing...Enjoy your bikes everyone!:duck:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 28, 2017 at 4:20 AM     
Friday morning when I got off work at 4:30am a Mouse challenged me to a race.

I was pedaling my Bike on a sidewalk when suddenly he darted across the sidewalk in front of me.

He then immediately made a 90 degree turn and began running alongside me parallel to me as I was pedaling.

He kept up at a pretty good pace for about 15' before darting off somewhere else.
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  May 28, 2017 at 5:48 AM     
Ohhh How funny BF:smile: I guess the poor little guy figured he could not win that marathon, so he dashed to make it to someone's house for water, and maybe refreshments!:laugh::icon_eek::unsure:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 29, 2017 at 5:47 AM     
I found a new route to take from the Bus station 3 miles from work to work.

The Dunkin Donuts I was at last night has the Fox River Bike Trail right across the street. It hugs the Fox River.

So I looked on Google Maps and sure enough it takes me pretty close to work, about 4 blocks west of the Mc'Donald's I often stop at before work.

I do have to backtrack North a block and then south so 2 blocks farther.

But no hills! And no traffic to share the road with for much of the way!

Just woods and the river! Much safer and far more pleasant this way!

Still have to go on a road and sidewalk the last .75 mile or so but 2 miles is smooth sailing, the Bike Trail is all paved on the 2 miles I go on.

I can even take it from the Library too.
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By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 29, 2017 at 3:17 PM     
I haven't ridden a bike in years... we have talked about getting them though. Great exercise.

(typo)
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  May 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM     
ChildOfGod559 wrote:

Where I live, (in my small town) mostly what you see, and hear about is those three wheel bikes with a shopping basket. Everywhere you look someone is on one! Young kids today hardly ride bikes around here anymore. They are on shooters of all different kinds, skate-boards etc...I have a Beach Cruiser myself. However, so little folks are out on bikes that much anymore. Its the Three Wheeler now, which is very popular where I am.:smile: Just sharing...Enjoy your bikes everyone!:duck:


Trikes are not too predominant here, but I do sometimes see them.

What is REALLY popular around the Fox River Bike Trail are Parents pulling their kiddies along behind them in those kiddie trailers which attach to the rear axle of your Bike. The kids seem to love Mom or Dad lugging them around this way!

I also see some people using those pull behind Bicycle cargo trailers which also attach to the rear axle.
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  May 30, 2017 at 3:29 AM     
Awe, Yes, I also see the Mama's, and sometimes Daddy's pulling their babies along in the little trailer tent attached to the bike, and the other kind you mentioned as well. (just not as much) Around here, people drive like they are drunk or something,:unsure: so if I am out riding my bike, and see cars are coming a bit in the bike lane. Then, I just hold my breath when a car passes by! Unless, of course I felt a Bang!:icon_eek: Then... it probably would be all over!:smile:

Typo...










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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 5, 2017 at 10:34 PM     
I had just left work at 4:30am this morning...

There I was pedaling on the overgrown sidewalk across the street.

I had my headlight on the "low" setting but it is still quite bright...

I look up ahead of me and see what I thought might have been a hubcap about 2' to the right of my path.

I prepared to dodge it and as I got closer and passed by it with just 2' to spare I see it wasn't a hubcap at all but a big fat 12" wide SNAPPING TURTLE!!! :icon_eek:



He had his head up in the air just like this too'''



He was in the grass just getting ready to cross the busy road which has lots of hi speed traffic from cars about that time. Good luck!

There is a storm retention pond to the left of me and down a hill where he likely came from and a creek just north of there too.

I have seen big Koi fish in the pond.

I thought about stopping and taking his photo but it was dark out so a pic wouldn't turn out unless I shone my headlight down on it.

I think i'll have to start using the medium brightness setting along that stretch in order to see such creatures in my path....
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 6, 2017 at 4:09 AM     
Alright BF, Now you put the fear in me:smile:...But, if I was riding along I may rather see that then a big ole snake!:blink: Its happened before, and I am blessed to be here to tell ya! Its a good day...I woke up!:smile: God bless.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 6, 2017 at 8:12 AM     
I am encountering more and more folks riding those FatBoy bicycles. All I have talked with claim they love them, and that they are the best all around bike they have ever owned.

I am also seeing a lot of other manufacturers now offering their version of a FatBoy.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 6, 2017 at 10:52 AM     
ChildOfGod559 wrote:

Alright BF, Now you put the fear in me:smile:...But, if I was riding along I may rather see that then a big ole snake!:blink: Its happened before, and I am blessed to be here to tell ya! Its a good day...I woke up!:smile: God bless.


A few mornings ago I dodged a Skunk at 4:40am while Bicycling along the secluded Bike path.

I saw him in someone's back lawn about 15' to the right of the bike path.

I veered to the far left side of the paved bike path to give me a little more distance between me and him/her and just kept pedaling faster!
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 6, 2017 at 10:11 PM     
:smile: I know I would be bookin' it too! So fast, that I would be burning up that bike path with my tires! Thank God BF he/she did not get-cha!:icon_eek: Can you just imagine...Holy cow!:dramaqueen:
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 6, 2017 at 10:16 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I am encountering more and more folks riding those FatBoy bicycles. All I have talked with claim they love them, and that they are the best all around bike they have ever owned.

I am also seeing a lot of other manufacturers now offering their version of a FatBoy.
Have not ever heard of the FatBoy bike. I wonder if they have a FatGirl Bike? I will have to check this Bike out. Not that I am fat, or want one. Just a very curious lady I am...
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 9, 2017 at 8:16 PM     
The last 2 mornings I have seen 2 different Raccoons just after leaving work at 4:30am.

Thursday morning one was a block from the Train station ambling up like a skilled Gymnast then over a wrought iron railing along the river.

This morning one was, "Racing me" around the detention pond to my left as I pedaled. Same area I almost ran over the Snapping Turtle the other morning.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 9, 2017 at 11:20 PM     
Looks like next week my route crossing the RR tracks a few blocks north of work will be cut off and blocked for 4 days while the RR rebuilds the road crossing.

They will not be there at night when I come and go so I should be ok sneaking over the border ahem.

But Saturday am when I leave from work during the day they might be there, so I lookedup on Google Maps on the best way to find a detour around it.

I will have to go south out of my way for about 2/3rds of a mile, then head west for about a 1/4 mile, then hp on the IL Prairie Path which takes me to the Fox River Bike Trail I have been using lately early am.

So will have to go out of my way for about 1.5 miles but that isn't too bad and it should only be one time.

I noticed there is a 286 acre Nature Preserve I will pass by just south of work. It is only open to Hunters for 14 days out of the year. There are some short hunting trails and a parking area but there rest looks like all protected woods, no development.

That must be where the Deer we sometimes see here at work munching on the lawn have their home base.

The area all around here is mostly large Industrial and some subdivisions nearby. Very little Farmland left around here.

Might run out there someday and have a picnic being it's so close.

There is a State Park a little further south too I have passed by. It is a day use park only and no camping. Might go picnic, Bicycle, Hike out there some Sunday too.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 12, 2017 at 9:50 PM     
Had just made a right turn onto the Bike Path when leaving working this morning.

Was pedaling along when suddenly a DEER darted out across the path about 15' in front of me!

I slammed the brakes on for a second in order to slow down enough to give him time to get across before I hit him/her. It was a medium sized Deer.

Also hit about 500,000 Bugs on the way to the Train Station where I wait 45 minutes for the Bus. They were thick, had to be sure and keep my baseball cap down, mouth closed, and breath carefully though my nose.

I did ok until the last 20' where a bug got in my eye.

I chit chat with the Indian employee who works at his Father's small Coffee shop there. And usually do some computer work on my laptop.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 13, 2017 at 7:47 PM     
I see that the local bike shop near me is advertising they now have the Trek eBike in stock. Even though I have little interest in such a bike, I plan to stop and see if my interest can be changed.
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 14, 2017 at 4:24 AM     
Oh my word BF, A Deer! For one, you and that deer were mighty close. I bet that kinda scared you jumping out as it did. It would have me for sure.:unsure: I think they are beautiful animals myself. At the Hospital where I worked we had this one deer that would come right up to the door in the Kitchen Department begging for food. Folks there in the kitchen began to feed it. It had got to a point just about anyone could feed it, who was not scared!(Like me) It would eat from the palm of your hand. Of course, I was fascinated all together!:smile: They are very strong animals...I have seen many get killed along the road side, and it would break my heart!:frown: BF, you mean you travel by Bike all that way, without a helmet on?:dramaqueen: Sorry to hear a insect got into your eye. Maybe get yourself a pair of glasses to put on of some kind?:shades: Back to riding bikes...fun, fun, fun...:Hole: Typo...
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 15, 2017 at 9:43 PM     
Well as Murphy's law would have it the Transmission on the Bus near home locked up and stayed in 1st gear about a mile after leaving the Bus Station.

I kinda knew then i'd have to be Bicycling from Geneva to work tonight.

Reason being after the 1st Bus drops me off in Geneva, I have to catch the last one from there to near work by 7pm or i'm stuck there.

So the driver said they are sending out another bus, which they did. 45 minute delay so I missed that last Bus.

Luckily the weather was nice, (unlike this morning when I left work and the minute I set foot out the door a 3rd T-Storm came rolling in and I got soaked, lol.)

Anywho I had water, with a tad of Gatorade in it, some sunflower seeds, so I was ok as far as staying hydrated.

I found a new leg of the Fox River Trail I had not been on on the East side of the river.

There was this long straight downhill run, a former rail line where I really ZOOMED down at a high rate of speed! Cooled off pretty good on that one.

Anyway I made it here to the local Mc'Ds in time for the best tasting large unsweetened iced tea (I add 2% Fruitopia to it for a fruit tea), a Parfait, and a McChicken.

This was about a 16 mile ride, took me about 1.5-2 hours. Have to get a Bicycle computer yet.

I must have burned up 1,000 calories.

Saw 2 Frogs hopping across the bike path, heard about a dozen Coyotes yipping and howling in a rural area, rabbits, and got pelted with about 10,000,000 bugs once the sun started going down. They came out in clouds and the last few miles after it got dark they were really thick.

Only had 1 get in my eye.

A Mosquito Head Net may be on my wish list for moments like these.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 15, 2017 at 10:44 PM     
After leaving McD's I ran into a Skunk crossing the RR Tracks next to work.

I saw him hobbbling along and told him to, "Git outta here!".

He waddled off in other direction after heeding my advice.

Looking at one of our Security Cameras I see a bunch of lightning off in the distance so here comes another round of T-Storms soon.

Altogether Bicycling today I rode about 23 miles plus the 3 miles i'll walk tonight at work doing patrols.
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jun 15, 2017 at 10:57 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

After leaving McD's I ran into a Skunk crossing the RR Tracks next to work.

I saw him hobbbling along and told him to, "Git outta here!".

He waddled off in other direction after heeding my advice.

Looking at one of our Security Cameras I see a bunch of lightning off in the distance so here comes another round of T-Storms soon.

Altogether Bicycling today I rode about 23 miles plus the 3 miles i'll walk tonight at work doing patrols.


that aint nothin to brag about...do yer rounds in a Humvee/MRAP/somethin
motorized...than my ears might perk
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 15, 2017 at 11:10 PM     
BF, with all your travels on the bus, and Bike, work, plus adventures you are one busy man I'd say...good for you BF! Just stay safe, and healthy as you are.

Crayons---what would you suggest, a helicopter? I do not think he is bragging just sharing is all! -------


Typo...
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jun 15, 2017 at 11:54 PM     
Huey's n' more...Sundays "AM" are always blowin and goin...
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 15, 2017 at 11:55 PM     
ChildOfGod559 wrote:

BF, with all your travels on the bus, and Bike, work, plus adventures you are one busy man I'd say...good for you BF! Just stay safe, and healthy as you are.

Crayons---what would you suggest, a helicopter? I do not think he is bagging just sharing is all!


The biggest threat here at work is getting run over by the busy Forklift Drivers.

The plant is busy with production going on even up until when I leave later tonight. Sometimes it dwindling down to 3 or so workers but more start coming in by 4:30am when I go.

One nice perk here is during hot weather there is free Gatorade, 4 different flavors. It is in 1 gallon jugs as a syrup, you have to mix it with water to dilute it down. They have a water and crushed ice machine next to it too for such purposes.

They supply it not because they are generous or kind so much but for safety reasons.

It is so you stay hydrated, keep your blood sugar and salts up, and not pass out due to heat exhaustion or so workers don't have accidents with the machinery cutting their fingers off or something.

The production areas of the plant have no air conditioning. Just large industrial fans. They open up all the overhead doors for ventilation, I have to start closing them once I get here depending on the temperature in the plant. If hot, I just leave them open.

One I shut every time because it is in a dark and secluded area and if a Skunk were to make it's way inside and let loose that would be a very big problem!

The Admin areas of course are air conditioned.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 12:09 AM     
crayons wrote:

that aint nothin to brag about...do yer rounds in a Humvee/MRAP/somethin
motorized...than my ears might perk


On weekends doing 12 hour shifts I likely walk twice that distance at work.

One RR site during a disaster drill an APC owned by the County Sheriff SWAT unit did in fact come rolling up, lol. They were responding to a simulated hostage crisis on a commuter train.

The RR freight yards we had pickup trucks owned by our company to do patrols in, no need for Humvees, MRAPS, APC's,

Another company we had squad cars.

The rr auto Facility I managed for about 14 years we first had an electric golf cart, until we wore it out then the RR police gave me my choice of what I wanted next, this little egg shaped electric vehicle that looked like a suicide mobile if you got hit, or a Kawasaki Mule complete with heavy duty roll cage.

They special ordered it with some accessories I wanted for safety. I'm the one who changed the oil on it and the RR paid me extra to do that as well. It was still running when we left.

Served us well, even in winter. I simply loaded the rear bed up with snow for weight/traction.

There is a similar utility vehicle here at work that the client uses for various purposes.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 12:17 AM     
crayons wrote:

Huey's n' more...Sundays "AM" are always blowin and goin...


No planes or choppers here, just the commuter and freight trains numerous times per hour going by next to our property along the north fence line. Same train I take on weekends in fact.

I do see the local boys from a nearby National Guard base pop into McD's and Dunkin Donuts on weekends. they are always in digital ACU uniforms.

I sometimes scare some of them with my appearance lol, tactical swat type pants, black polo uniform shirt, tactical backpack, duty belt, MOLLE pouches, bald head, etc. I tend to scare some of the RR police who work on the trains as well, lol.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 12:29 AM     
crayons wrote:

that aint nothin to brag about...do yer rounds in a Humvee/MRAP/somethin
motorized...than my ears might perk


Speaking of Humvee's, I sell Humvee collectibles! Humvee Watches, Backpacks, vests, optics, and more.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 1:28 AM     
I will be sore tomorrow, or the next day, etc.

Had to climb some steep hills which I had not been on before and required some exertion.

Am still getting acquainted with the layout of this Fox River Trail. it sometimes jogs around back and forth across Bicycle/Foot Bridges across the River here and there.

Some turns especially in the urban city areas are not clearly marked and I sometimes end up at a dead end having to turn around and hunt for the Trail.

Will have to pick up a Bicycle Map and study it some more, as well as on Google maps, Mapquest, etc.

Maybe make personal notes too as to where to turn.

I need to do this run earlier in the day sometime to be able to see my surroundings better.

A Compass is essential, especially at night after the sun goes down. As long as the sun's out you don't need one.

GPS on your phone is ok, but is power hungry and uses your battery juice up pronto!

I do have a personal GPS I got used many years ago. It's very old, but works.

i could program, "waypoints" into it to tell me where I have to turn and it will memorize the route. It is in B&W, no color,Garmin brand.
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By:  ChildOfGod559   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 4:09 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

ChildOfGod559 wrote:

BF, with all your travels on the bus, and Bike, work, plus adventures you are one busy man I'd say...good for you BF! Just stay safe, and healthy as you are.

Crayons---what would you suggest, a helicopter? I do not think he is bagging just sharing is all!


The biggest threat here at work is getting run over by the busy Forklift Drivers.

The plant is busy with production going on even up until when I leave later tonight. Sometimes it dwindling down to 3 or so workers but more start coming in by 4:30am when I go.

One nice perk here is during hot weather there is free Gatorade, 4 different flavors. It is in 1 gallon jugs as a syrup, you have to mix it with water to dilute it down. They have a water and crushed ice machine next to it too for such purposes.

They supply it not because they are generous or kind so much but for safety reasons.

It is so you stay hydrated, keep your blood sugar and salts up, and not pass out due to heat exhaustion or so workers don't have accidents with the machinery cutting their fingers off or something.

The production areas of the plant have no air conditioning. Just large industrial fans. They open up all the overhead doors for ventilation, I have to start closing them once I get here depending on the temperature in the plant. If hot, I just leave them open.

One I shut every time because it is in a dark and secluded area and if a Skunk were to make it's way inside and let loose that would be a very big problem!

The Admin areas of course are air conditioned.
---BF, just thought I may ask...can you maybe buy a vest, (for hot weather) or jacket,

(for cold weather) the kind they use when working on construction sites, etc...so when moving around, the forklift drivers see you good? Furthermore, Lord knows you are a

wise Man to close any window, or door, to keep a critter as a skunk out, in case it sprays, cuz the smell may kill you, if the forklift misses...Stay safe, and

stay hydrated on the job. Or, even during all your traveling. I enjoy
reading what you write, as its not a bunch of drama. Thanks for sharing. I

will just keep on reading...I seem to get in trouble though when ever I write, "if" I can spell correct, and not write in riddles.:smile: God Bless you BF.
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 7:57 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

I will be sore tomorrow, or the next day, etc.

Had to climb some steep hills which I had not been on before and required some exertion.

i would at least be lookin for a cheap barn find Jeep that you could retrofit or fake an Israeli armor package to...IE: double 1/2' lexan front windows and extra steel plate on the doors, check out the Jeeps on this sitehttp://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Jeeps/
for cheap ideas....my windows now are 2 pieces of 1/2"lexan that is hand cut placed over one another than caulked together around the edges with black professional window caulk. it deflects ball ammo no problem. of course thats the cheap fix...old duece1/4 or 5ton flip up window frames are easiest to find and could easily retrofit many models.
more hi tech info here https://highlinepc.blogspot.com/search/label/Bullet%20Resistant

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jun 16, 2017 at 8:44 PM     
ChildOfGod559 wrote:

---BF, just thought I may ask...can you maybe buy a vest, (for hot weather) or jacket,

(for cold weather) the kind they use when working on construction sites, etc...so when moving around, the forklift drivers see you good? Furthermore, Lord knows you are a

wise Man to close any window, or door, to keep a critter as a skunk out, in case it sprays, cuz the smell may kill you, if the forklift misses...Stay safe, and

stay hydrated on the job. Or, even during all your traveling. I enjoy
reading what you write, as its not a bunch of drama. Thanks for sharing. I

will just keep on reading...I seem to get in trouble though when ever I write, "if" I can spell correct, and not write in riddles.:smile: God Bless you BF.


Lots of Bicyclists and Joggers wear the blaze safety lime green or orange safety vests.

I have had to wear them on various sites and or when directing traffic.

All the RR yards for example required them on you at all times, had to wear Hardhats at all times too. As well as safety glasses.

I have to wear safety glasses and ear plugs or earmuffs at all times when in the production areas. Screws and bolts flying could poke your eye out, seriously. The screws sometimes fly out of the machinery that makes them, or when a Forklift Driver hits one.

There are screws of all types everywhere on the floor of the plant. Large wood splinters too from pallets. They do have special sweeping machines which periodically clean them up.

I bought some puncture resistant insoles awhile back so a screw or pungee stick doesn't go through the bottom of my foot like has happened to me at a few of the RR Yards and in the construction business when building houses.

In those instance even though I was wearing, "Safety Workboots" often steel toed, they were not rated to protect against sharp objects coming in through the sole and into your foot.

The times I have had one go into my foot I was able to stop myself in time before placing all my weight onto it and sustaining a severe and deep puncture wound like my dad did once while on Vacation in AR on a lake.

He was wearing flip flops, he stepped on a rusty nail, it when in deeply. his foot became infected, swelled up to the size of a football, laid him in bed in the camper often. he just tried suffering through it but eventually made it to a Doctor to get some antibiotics and to get it cleaned out.

Bicyclists often wear the lime green sweatshirts or T-Shirts also which are available at Dollar general and Family Dollar cheap.

I have thought about wearing one of the lime green T-Shirts while Bicycling.

Mostly going to the Bus Station from home 2.2 miles is where i'd need it. For that stretch I do have to share the road with cars. They are sidestreets I take but people are sometimes drunk....large Hispanic population around here, they like their Cervesa.

From McD's to work for the .7 mile run I use the sidewalk, too dangerous to ride on that street, high speed traffic, and lots of it, not much room on the road edge for Bikes. I often just walk on the sidewalk, lots of glass, metal, Snapping Turtles, things like that...

The Forklift Drivers are pretty good, alert, and considerate of me but I tend to give them a wide berth when they are near me. Sometimes they may not always see what is around them. I'm not going to trust my life or limb to their awareness level but to mine.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 19, 2017 at 9:24 PM     
Finally got a flat on my front tire of this 21 speed bike today when I was halfway from home to the Bus station.

I walked it the rest of the way and made it in time.

Surprised I haven't had a flat long ago

So will have to fix it tonight at work.

Will have to order some of those Kevlar protection strips tomorrow!
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jul 19, 2017 at 10:02 PM     
Ya know What?..."if" i ever had to ride
a bicycle anywhere; i'd would be "Ashamed" to admit it...
Ya Know it? "Grow Up ya old Hippy's"

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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 19, 2017 at 10:56 PM     
If I ever purchase another bike, I would desire it to be a Trek Mountain Bike. But we sometimes "settle" for less than we desire.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 19, 2017 at 11:02 PM     
crayons wrote:

Ya know What?..."if" i ever had to ride
a bicycle anywhere; i'd would be "Ashamed" to admit it...
Ya Know it? "Grow Up ya old Hippy's"



Why would you be ashamed? Why would you be concerned about what others would think about you riding a bike?

There are many Municipal Police Departments around here and in Downtown Chicago which have Cops doing Bicycle Patrol.

Bicycle riding is a free medical plan, (assuming you don't crash or get run over). I do carry a basic EMT First Aid Kit now after crashing a year and a half ago, lol.

It keeps your arteries unclogged and your heart as well.

I can testify to that!

There are all kinds of Senior Citizens riding Bicycles around here.

There is a reason for that.

They have stumbled onto something.

The FFL Dealer, a retired cop told me he used to ride his bicycle for exercise.

Look at that cop who I posted about who died at only age 70. He looked like he was 90 before he passed away. He looks like he had premature aging. Sitting in a squad car all those years will send you to an early grave!

I sat in a car, suv, truck, and squad car off and on for years and I can tell you at least in my case it was sending me to an early grave!

My heart and arteries were clogged, and I could feel it!

Now I am undoing all the damage that sedentary lifestyle did. I can REALLY tell the difference!

I have a book in the drawer right next to me..."Cycling Past 50". Want to borrow it?

And I don't ride a kiddie bike anymore bubba...
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 12:35 AM     
What is embarrassing is when you are pedaling along and a Senior citizen who is older than you passes you up on their Bicycle! :icon_redface:

I always attribute it to them having a lighter thus faster bike than mine. :yeahthat:
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 12:50 AM     
Just ordered a pair of Earthguards, $7.26 each.

https://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/tires-tubes/tire-liners



These help prevent flats from small glass chips, nails, etc.

There are other brands out there too.

They come in different sizes for your exact tire size.

Ordered an extra Innertube to carry in the frame bag as well. They had Sunlite brand for only $2.99.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 5:23 AM     
Well took the tire off at work with the rim still on.

Aired the innertube up with my portable hand pump I keep in my backpack for such a time as this.

Found the leak, but it wasn't on the tire side.

It was a tiny split along a seam on the rim side.

Checked the rim strip and everything was clean and ok there.

Conclusion?

Manufacturing defect, cheap innertube made in China.

So I attached a 1" round patch with rubber cement, installed tube and tired back on, aired it up, and it still had a leak somewhere.

Took everything back off and found the air was simply flowing out along the seam of the innertube underneath the patch.

The seam has a ridge sticking up so kinda difficult to patch in that spot.

SO I took about a 3" round patch, and glued it right on top of the 1" patch.

That seems to have done the trick!

I aired it up enough to ride on here to the Train station to wait for the Bus. Once I get home i'll air it up to the proper pressure and see if it holds all day.
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 12:51 PM     
quite frankly i cant stand bike riders
with their rainbow hippy butts up in the air
blockin traffic...i hate the libtard laws
in the purple revolution cities, like austin;
dallas;houston;little rock. anywhere where there's
college students for that matter;even the cops
look stupid riding bicycles.

i git hank hill crazy when i see this bicycle nonsense.
but it heps keep my blood pressure rockin at night.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 5:07 PM     
Takes a real man to ride a bicycle.
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By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 6:05 PM     
ye~ah right, in the big city it's a paintball in the butt
time if they're out in the street slowin down traffic
in they're tight leotards.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 8:19 PM     
crayons wrote:

ye~ah right, in the big city it's a paintball in the butt
time if they're out in the street slowin down traffic
in they're tight leotards.


I never really understood the tight pants and shirts thing. The hardcore "serious" bicyclists wear them around here.

Not for me, and neither are helmets.

I do sometimes wear these tactical leather gloves though. In case I wipe out they will cut down on the amount of injuries to the hands, maybe.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 5:06 PM     
I encountered a group of 5 Raccoons this morning on the bike path. They panicked as they saw my headlight coming towards them.

3 ran off into the brush but 2 began running down the path with me closing in. I almost ran them over and was ready to apply the brakes.

I did not want to get too close to them because I know when cornered they can be ferocious and come out biting and scratching!
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 8:20 PM     
As I went to get ready to head to work today I noticed the front tire on the bike was flat! :icon_eek:

I aired it up but it wouldn't hold air.

I did not have time to try and find the leak and patch it, might be from the same place I patched the other day, or perhaps the entire innertube is now coming apart at the seams.

I did have a spare new 27" innertube on hand and that size is interchangeable with my 700c sized tire so I quickly removed the tire and wheel, installed the new innertube, aired it up and made it to the Bus in time with 12 minutes to spare.

Only took me about 10 minutes or less.

Maybe tomorrow i'll try and find where the leak was at but will likely just toss it innertube in the trash can being it had a seam leak.

I will be keeping a spare innertube with me at all times from now on.
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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 8:32 PM     
I don't believe I have changed a tube in a bicycle tire since I was a teenager ... like around 45 years ago. I can remember patching the tubes and pinching a hole in them again with a screwdriver ... trying to put the tire back under the rim. Ah ... some good memories of riding my bicycle back then.

I do have a 26" bike now, but I don't get it out very often. Maybe I need to get that bike out and do some riding ... good exercise ... and it helps my back too. ( pondering now on when and where to ride it ).

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 8:58 PM     
RadioPreacherMan wrote:

I don't believe I have changed a tube in a bicycle tire since I was a teenager ... like around 45 years ago. I can remember patching the tubes and pinching a hole in them again with a screwdriver ... trying to put the tire back under the rim. Ah ... some good memories of riding my bicycle back then.

I do have a 26" bike now, but I don't get it out very often. Maybe I need to get that bike out and do some riding ... good exercise ... and it helps my back too. ( pondering now on when and where to ride it ).



Just start out slow and easy, nothing major.

The key and trick is to do it "regularly". If you do, you will see health results!

The Cardiovascular benefits are phenomenal. You can even lose excess weight.

Any "Bike Paths" around you? They are generally safer than riding on the street sharing the road with cars.

But busy bike paths like the one around here can be congested with both bicyclists and walkers. Have to be on your toes and stay to the right.

The walkers seem to be the most troublesome, they walk 3 and 4 wide taking up the whole bike path not realizing this is a BIKE PATH!!!

I have to shout out when approaching them from behind, ring a bell, etc.

And even when you say, "ON YOUR LEFT!" they will often move to the left instead of to the right duh... :rolleyes:
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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 9:28 PM     
Good " info " Bullfighter ... :2thumbs:

There are some " Rail Trails " ... with a few walkers. Never thought of a little bell ringer ... good idea !

Thank you !
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 26, 2017 at 2:03 AM     
The Earth guard tire liners and extra innertube arrived today. Might put it all on before I leave for work.

Also bought an extra tube from Walmart today so I have 2 spares.

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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 28, 2017 at 9:02 PM     
Thursday morning after eaving work it was still dark out.

There I was riding along the Bike Trail and I see a Raccoon ahead of me walking directly towards me.

I kept pedaling and he kept coming, just staring at me.

It was obvious he was mesmerized by my headlight and had no intention of moving so I quickly shook my handlebars from side to side so the headlight would make a wild pattern flashing in his eyes back and forth.

That got his attention and as I approached closer he dove right into the River next to us making a big splash lol.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Jul 28, 2017 at 9:09 PM     
Then this morning after leaving work again still dark out, I was pedaling on the sidewalk on a street before getting on the bike trail.

Suddenly I caught a flash of movement out of the corner of my left eye and to my left just 10' away was a Skunk doing something in the grass! :icon_eek:

I quickly turned my wheel to the right and hopped onto the street as fast as a I could before he sprayed me!

I did not look or turn around to see what he did or if he raised his tail at all.

I just wanted to get away from him as fast as possible, which fortunately I did.:bowdown:

I'll have to leave my headlight on the medium brightness setting I think rather than low from now on, makes it easier to see things off to the side that way.
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 2:29 PM     
Yesterday I was biking the local river parks towpath trail, an 8 mile trail that at one time was the towpath trail for the Ohio Erie Canal trail. I ride it quite often for it is an enjoyable ride.

I have an 18-speed bike and usually use gears 15-18 on the trail. During the week, esp. before 5pm, I encounter few people on the trail once I get about 3 miles out. Joggers tend to end their jogs at the River Bend park as there is a shelter-house there and scenic view plus benches to sit on.

Yesterday I was well beyond that and encountered what appeared to be a girl's high school track team jogging the full trail. Of course having a bevy of young beauties jogging past you in the opposite direction is enjoyable to the male eye, but I was more surprised to see them so far down the trail.

At any rate, I was on my return trip and had just finished a short stop at the River Bend scenic spot, was just getting my speed up, and a young gal, maybe 16-17, passed me up on the left side, and jogging at that...no, not jogging...RUNNING.

Surprised,I almost fell off my bike.

I told myself, ok, I had just left the scenic stop and was getting my speed up, but as I did so, going about Gear 15 on my 18-speed, I noticed that I WAS NOT gaining on her, let along passing her.

She was a skinny thing, going at a good jogging speed - obviously an accomplished runner.

Finally I did pass her, after coming to some downhill dips, increasing my speed.

But even then, I'd occasionally glance back, seeing if I had lost her. I hadn't - she was still keeping pace with me.

I had never seen anything like this before - a runner keeping up with a biker. Ok, if I was terribly out of shape, I could see it, but though I am not the best biker in the world, I can keep a decent pace on my bike.

I came up to a large uphill section where I needed to down-gear and get a good head of steam up. I did so, coming to the top of the grade at a snail's pace after going up the hill, and then gradually increased speed again.

And she passed me AGAIN!

I was so admiringly of her, I told her when she passed me, "You are a fantastic runner!"

She said, "Thank you," as she left me in her dust again.

I just shook my head.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Aug 29, 2017 at 10:09 PM     
I can't say I have encountered anything like that lol.

There are quite a few joggers around here on the bike paths too. Have to be careful I don't run them over.

The worst are the Hispanics along the riverwalk portion of the Bike trail.

They often walk 4-6 wide taking up and blocking the entire bike path. You have to always yell at them, "On your left!"

They don't seem to comprehend or know that it is a BIKE Trail they are walking on! They think it's a foot path, but it isn't.

It is clearly marked with signs and on maps that it is the Fox River BIKE Trail!

And yes, there are quite a few beautiful Ladies both jogging and bicycling the path.

Believe it or not since I am somewhat in shape I sometimes have Women half my age that have crushes on me, lol. Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, and other places I visit, some of the girls who work there have the hots for me, lol. Although they are all too young for me it is somewhat flattering I guess.

I carry a good sized backpack everyday too one reason is so that on my next backpack trip I am used to it and won't kill myself.

I may do some Snowshoeing coming and going to work this Winter on the bike paths for a few miles. Very few people will be on some portions of it so I should have fresh snow to walk on.

There are quite a few people around here who Bicycle even during the Winter depending on how deep the snow is.

That bigger bike I got with the wider tires should do ok up to about 3-4" of snow or so.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 2, 2017 at 8:16 PM     
Chain broke on the way to the Train station. I made it in time with some help from a little jogging.

Will be about 30 minutes late for work tonight due to the 3 mile walk, no bigger.

Will grab my other bike tomorrow.

As Murphy's law would have it I Was just talking to someone yesterday about how I should carry a chain link repair kit in case the chain breaks. :icon_eek:
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Sep 2, 2017 at 10:09 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Chain broke on the way to the Train station. I made it in time with some help from a little jogging.

Will be about 30 minutes late for work tonight due to the 3 mile walk, no bigger.

Will grab my other bike tomorrow.

As Murphy's law would have it I Was just talking to someone yesterday about how I should carry a chain link repair kit in case the chain breaks. :icon_eek:


I have a rear-mounted bike bag on my bike's rear rack. I carry tools and odds & ends in it. Haven't used it much in recent years but changed my mind after suffering a loose crank while out on the trail.

The river park trail I mainly use has a cool mounted bike repair post, with all sorts of tools permanently mounted (to guard against theft), installed by a local bicycle club, but it is located near the beginning of the trail, and near where I park my car with its own tool bag - not much help when you are miles down the trail and things happen, so I've begin keeping the rear tool bag with the bike and it has really worked out for me. I keep a rachet wrench with a 14mm socket for the crank nut, as well as several other tools and accessories.

Still, it's nice to have the repair station. Here's what it looks like -












Didn't get out today as planned. A mysterious pain in my right calf materialized, leaving me with a limp. Getting old suks.

Never replaced a chain link. Is that difficult?
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 12:24 AM     
The reason the chain broke was because I had attempted to start from a stop at an intersection in a high gear.

I had forgot to place it in a lower gear as I approached the stop sign so it would be easy starting.

I guess my legs are stronger than the chain as I strained to get the bike moving in high gear.

Won't be doing that again.

I carry and have some of those same tools in your above photos, a few universal bike wrenches, 2 folding Allen/Hex head tools, extra innertube, Tire levers, Air pump.

But no chain breaker or extra link repair kit!

Well I will from now on!

Tomorrow will simply drop this bike off at home and grab the big aluminum beach cruiser for the next few days.

Then next week on a day off hit a bike shop for a link breaker tool and repair kit.

I doubt Walmart has them, although they might.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 12:29 AM     
That emergency tool post is a great idea but i'm surprised no one has stolen the tools yet by cutting those cables.

The Casino Riverboat near work has a free air compressor permanently mounted for Bicyclists to use. The commercial kind gas stations have, but no charge.,

And they also have a sign posted, "FIRST AID" should anybody need any.

They have a number of Restaurants in there so figure it may draw you in or to the gambling stuff.
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 10:38 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:


Then next week on a day off hit a bike shop for a link breaker tool and repair kit.

I doubt Walmart has them, although they might.


I saw the repair kit at a Meijer store. If Meijer has it, my own guess is that Walmart would as the stores are very similar in types of goods sold.
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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 57   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 3:59 PM     
All I know is that Walmart sells bikes which are different than the one's sold in private bike shops, if it's the same brand of bike, the one's at Walmart will not be quite as sturdy in construction, however, for most people, Walmart Bikes fit the bill and will last just fine.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 6:16 PM     
Mine is a Kent brand. The model is a RoadTech 700C. Shimano derailer.

Just noticed a kid outside grab my bike, the Mother caught him in time before he tipped it over, lol.

The other day a kid and his dad were riding on the bike path and as the kid passed me he shouts, "COOL BIKE!" (Referring to mine). Maybe it was because I had my handlebats turned up, lol. Or the bright green and black color.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 6:26 PM     
I was browsing the agenda for this month's survival expo that I attend most every year, and this year it appears they are going to feature a session on setting up a "bugout bicycle".

What surprised me, the bicycle they recommend as an easy upgrade for such a bike simply comes from Walmart. I would have to peruse the article again to confirm, but if I recall correctly, it was a mountain bike that Walmart sells called a Mongoose Beast.

I already have a military issue mountain bike that would fit the bill. And mine is very light, and folds up fitting into a backpack type carry bag. Although it is very light for a mountain bike and somewhat compact when folded and in the bag, I would not look forward to have to pack it very far along with other required gear.

But I have backpacked much larger and heavier loads deep into the woods for hunting excursions.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 6:56 PM     
Still have yet to pick up a Mountain Bike for mounting the electric motor kit on.

I am waiting until Walmart offers their Layaway plan on bikes a few months before Christmas and will choose one then.

Will likely get a name brand, Schwinn or something like that.

My old Mountain Bike is shot, well used and beat to a pulp. It will just be a parts bike soon.
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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 57   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 8:56 PM     
I want a mountain bike.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 9:27 PM     
insular926 wrote:

I want a mountain bike.


Get one at Walmart on Layaway. They allow Layaways on Bicycles starting a few months before Christmas, can't remember when exactly. No set amounts or when you have to make payments, just as long as you have it paid off before Christmas.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 3, 2017 at 9:31 PM     
Ok folks here are the top 10 reasons to Bicycle.

Top 10 Reasons To Bike Instead Of Driving

"Ride your bike: get fit, have fun and save money!

With gas prices at an all-time high, and likely to rise even more, you're probably already driving less and bicycling more. But, just in case you're having a hard time breaking the 4-wheel habit, we put our heads together and came up with our top 10 "other" reasons to ride rather than drive.

10: You get ultra-cool tan lines!

We'll start with a fun one, and you can laugh if you want. We wear our cycling tans like a badge of honor, a sign of our healthy lifestyle choices, a tangible token of membership to an exclusive group. It says, "hey, I ride a bike," or "I grow turnips." Either way, or both, people are bound to be impressed at the beach.Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells! Just be sure to use sunblock so you don't overdo it!

9. You see your city like drivers can't!

On two wheels and moving at a comfortable pace you can enjoy your environment and see, smell and hear things you never notice in a car. Which of your neighbors has the best-landscaped yard? What bakeries smell so good you just have to stop? How many different architectural styles can you spot? On a bicycle you can take the scenic route and explore and become a tourist in your own city. Every ride is an adventure.

8. All those we-miss-you cards from your doctor!

Pedaling only 10mph, a 140-pound cyclist burns about 400 calories an hour. And studies prove that biking a few times a week reduces blood pressure and stress while increasing your energy and elevating your overall mood. Your doctor may have to wait a little longer to buy that yacht!

7. You never get stuck in traffic and always have a great parking spot!

If you ride in a city and bike during commuting hours you'll love being able to cruise past long lines of vehicles held up at red lights (be sure to watch carefully for right-turning traffic who might not see you). While drivers breathe exhaust (studies have shown that cyclists breathe less exhaust), and honk at each other, you feel the breeze and enjoy the sights off the roadside. Not to mention that you always get a great parking spot and often even beat your coworkers who drive to work.

6. You have one less car payment and don't pay registration or insurance fees, either!

According to our very unscientific study (read: quick Google search), the average car payment is $500 a month. On top of that, add the cost of insurance, registration, gas, maintenance, etc. By eliminating that vehicle and using your bicycle instead, just think of all the bike gear you can buy!

5. You find cool free stuff on the side of the road!

By observing the flotsam and jetsam along America's streets and highways, you never know what you may find. Loose change, designer sunglasses, cool tools, $20 bills — heck, maybe an entire bag of money? Of course, you'll have to come back to grab that awesome Naugahyde sofa with the "free" sign you spotted on someone's lawn.Cycling is great for you, not so much for your doctor.

4. You can cancel your gym membership!

Riding outside sure beats the treadmill, elliptical machines and the three pieces of cardio equipment you still haven't figured out. No waiting in line for those machines, either. Best, you'll no longer have to spot for Rocko while he's bench-pressing weights equivalent to a small car.

3. You'll never be late for work again!

Because you can avoid traffic and cruise faster than jammed vehicles, it's likely you'll commute faster on 2 wheels and never be late again. Plus, if you are late sometime, it'll probably be because you decided to take the scenic route in. We've done it, too. But tell your boss instead that you got a flat tire. We know you can fix a flat tire in a matter of minutes, but he doesn't. And, he should be impressed that you're making the effort to bike in, keeping yourself healthy in the process and saving a parking space for someone else.

2. Cyclists make better lovers!

According to a study led by Dr. Romualdo Belardinelli, director of the Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona, Italy, the results of aerobic exercise are comparable to those of Viagra, because both widen blood vessels. Hmmm... that's a little scary. Our point is that regular exercise like cycling, will make you feel better, increase your energy and even help you look better, too. All of which make you more interesting to and interested in the opposite sex.

1. Bicycling is a Fountain of Youth!

It's an amazing thing. You feel younger and actually get more years out of your muscles, joints and organs simply by using your highly capable self to pedal around instead of sitting statue-like behind that steering wheel. In fact, cycling might just be the closest thing you can find to a genuine Fountain of Youth. Like few other sports it keeps you fit and young with very little risk of injury. For example, we know plenty of 55-year-old regular riders who look and move like they’re closer to age 35, and also 80-year olds who still love to ride — and can because they're been riding for years."
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 4, 2017 at 9:54 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I was browsing the agenda for this month's survival expo that I attend most every year, and this year it appears they are going to feature a session on setting up a "bugout bicycle".

What surprised me, the bicycle they recommend as an easy upgrade for such a bike simply comes from Walmart. I would have to peruse the article again to confirm, but if I recall correctly, it was a mountain bike that Walmart sells called a Mongoose Beast.

I already have a military issue mountain bike that would fit the bill. And mine is very light, and folds up fitting into a backpack type carry bag. Although it is very light for a mountain bike and somewhat compact when folded and in the bag, I would not look forward to have to pack it very far along with other required gear.

But I have backpacked much larger and heavier loads deep into the woods for hunting excursions.


Well, it is not a mountain bike featured in the article. It is an all-terrain bike. But is sold at Walmart as the Mongoose Beast and runs $199.

Article is at http://greatlakespreppers.com/bug-out-with-a-bike/

I did not catch this until going back to the article to confirm the brand of bicycle, but the author of the article is a personal acquaintance of mine. We met each other a couple years back at a survival camp/expo event.

He is a former military equipment Test Engineer and now CEO of a corporation whom launched https://bulletsafe.com. BulletSafe offers a great bulletproof vest at an unbelievable price.

My interaction with individuals in this arena has become so extensive, I have entertained becoming a distributor for BulletSafe. But I have learned doing some research, the parent corporation markets other products I personally question having any involvement with, even though those products are not offered by BulletSafe and I would not be offering those other products.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 4, 2017 at 10:12 AM     
Stormchaser wrote:The river park trail I mainly use has a cool mounted bike repair post,


I have a very similar rack for doing bicycle repairs at home.

And no, it is not difficult to replace a chain link, if you have the right tools. Although I have also easily done it without the so called specialized tools. And have done it for chains powering other than bicycles. In fact, have changed links in some very large industrial transfer chains over the years.

In a pinch I have put bicycle chains back together without the proper parts and got myself going. But these were single speed bikes not having a chain that needed to traverse a derailleur. Such a repair would have likely not held up to changing gears but more than a change two. But would likely suffice if left in one gear.
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By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Sep 4, 2017 at 11:51 AM     
I was in Meijer again yesterday, and took another look at the bike section. Looks like you can just buy a new chain and carry it with you in your bike bag. Maybe just switching the chains out on the trail would be easier until you return home to repair the broken chain?
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 4, 2017 at 1:59 PM     
Stormchaser wrote:

I was in Meijer again yesterday, and took another look at the bike section. Looks like you can just buy a new chain and carry it with you in your bike bag. Maybe just switching the chains out on the trail would be easier until you return home to repair the broken chain?


The chain tool and a master link is likely lighter in weight than carrying a full chain. It's a quick and easy job replacing a link.

Chains however are cheap enough and should be replaced eventually anyway.
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By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 57   on  Sep 4, 2017 at 4:28 PM     
I have a Trek Navagator 200 Euro Model, the only thing I don't like about it is that the front fender is missing, it actually broke in two, the plastic supports which support it, I want to get another fender but one that is made from metal and not plastic.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 4, 2017 at 5:37 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Stormchaser wrote:

I was in Meijer again yesterday, and took another look at the bike section. Looks like you can just buy a new chain and carry it with you in your bike bag. Maybe just switching the chains out on the trail would be easier until you return home to repair the broken chain?


The chain tool and a master link is likely lighter in weight than carrying a full chain. It's a quick and easy job replacing a link.



I agree.

In my experience, either way should be just as easy to do, unless the old chain has some damage other than one link or two.

I think this would simply come down to the individual's preference and knowledge of how old the used chain is.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 5, 2017 at 8:53 PM     
Walmart had the Bell brand chain link repair kits for $5.

Comes with 2 different sized links, 1/8" & 3/32".

Plus a mini chain breaker pin vise tool.

5 alcohol prep pads I assume are for cleaning the chain and your hands off afterwards lol.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 6, 2017 at 10:54 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Walmart had the Bell brand chain link repair kits for $5.

Comes with 2 different sized links, 1/8" & 3/32".

Plus a mini chain breaker pin vise tool.

5 alcohol prep pads I assume are for cleaning the chain and your hands off afterwards lol.


My bad, it was $5.84 for the kit.

Since my chain is the 3/32" size, the link repair that came with the kit has to be pushed on with the little pin vise. It has no, "Master Link" that you can just slide a clip on and voilla!

I had to first push 2 pins out on the old link using the vise, remove them, and the links, then use the vise to push the new link and pins into the chain.

The new link's pins stick out a little more than the original links on the chain so you can tell which is the new one.

Sprayed the chain down with WD40, and then my hands with it to cleanup, don't know where my orange hand cleaner is at the moment.

Ran the chain around a few times to distribute the lube and I was back on the road.
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 6, 2017 at 11:00 PM     
Will order a few more repair links to keep on hand in the event it ever happens again. Keep 2 with me and the chain breaker and the rest at home.

Niagra Cycle has the repair links for about #1.50 each and I have ordered from them in the past. Very fast same day shipping often. And their prices seem pretty low across the board.

Might order a brand new chain down the road. Walmart had them in my size For $10 but I did not like the looks of the quality of the Bell Brand. Will spend a few $ more for a higher grade chain.

https://www.niagaracycle.com/
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By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 6, 2017 at 11:02 PM     
The type and size of chain your Bicycle uses is "stamped" or, "Embossed" on the side of every other link.

For example mine is "KMC 6C". It is 3/32" chain.

It is a size commonly used on 5-8 speed rear sprockets.
No. 108     Reply: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 7, 2017 at 12:25 AM     
They even make "Snow Tires" complete with metal studs for my 700C Bike, lol.

https://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/tires-tubes/tires/snow-tires

Don't think I would want to use a road bike in Winter though.

The 2-1/4" wide beach Cruiser would be a better coice, WITH knobby or snow tires though.
No. 109     Reply: Re: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 7, 2017 at 6:55 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:


5 alcohol prep pads I assume are for cleaning the chain and your hands off afterwards lol.


One typically scrapes a knuckle before they are done.

No. 110     Reply: Re: Re: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 7, 2017 at 7:26 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:


5 alcohol prep pads I assume are for cleaning the chain and your hands off afterwards lol.


One typically scrapes a knuckle before they are done.



I didn't do that but had a check of a time trying to hold the end of each chain in place long enough to bring them together until I figured out I had to prop a stick in the spokes to hold the derailer in a more closed position until I could slip the repair link in.

The alcohol prep pads are going into some first aid kits.
No. 111     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 7, 2017 at 7:35 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:


5 alcohol prep pads I assume are for cleaning the chain and your hands off afterwards lol.


One typically scrapes a knuckle before they are done.



I didn't do that but had a check of a time trying to hold the end of each chain in place long enough to bring them together until I figured out I had to prop a stick in the spokes to hold the derailer in a more closed position until I could slip the repair link in.

The alcohol prep pads are going into some first aid kits.


I was just joking.

My guess is same as yours. They are for cleaning parts and maybe your hands afterwards.
No. 112     Reply: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 13, 2017 at 9:27 PM     
Ran into a black guy on the Bus tonight who had just placed his Bicycle on the front rack.

He said he got pulled over for blowing off a stop sign on his Bicycle a few minutes ago.

When the Cop asked for his Driver's license the guy said, "I'm not giving you my #8#$FD*@ Driver's license! I don't want to give it to you!"

The Cop then said, "Then you'll be arrested".

The guy used profanity, was uncooperative, but finally did fork it over.

The Cop issued him a $125 Ticket.

I would just about bet a paycheck had the guy been a little more cooperative, apologetic, etc. the Cop may have just issued him a Warning Ticket.

Some people are their own worst enemy...
No. 113     Reply: Re: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 14, 2017 at 7:15 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Ran into a black guy on the Bus tonight who had just placed his Bicycle on the front rack.

He said he got pulled over for blowing off a stop sign on his Bicycle a few minutes ago.

When the Cop asked for his Driver's license the guy said, "I'm not giving you my #8#$FD*@ Driver's license! I don't want to give it to you!"

The Cop then said, "Then you'll be arrested".

The guy used profanity, was uncooperative, but finally did fork it over.

The Cop issued him a $125 Ticket.

I would just about bet a paycheck had the guy been a little more cooperative, apologetic, etc. the Cop may have just issued him a Warning Ticket.

Some people are their own worst enemy...


Around here a bicyclist can be issued a citation for a traffic violation same as someone driving a motorized vehicle. A bicyclist is to obey the same traffic laws motorized vehicles are to obey. I have personal friends whom have been pulled over and cited on bicycles for various traffic violations.
No. 114     Reply: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 14, 2017 at 7:35 AM     
Yes here in IL Bicyclists are expected to follow the traffic laws same as cars.

The city I live in has an Ordinance prohibiting Bicycles from riding on the sidewalks.

I break that Ordinance all the time though on one busy street and ride on the sidewalk instead.

It simply isn't safe at all on that street to share the road with vehicle traffic.

There is no shoulder of any kind for Bicycling on, you'd get run over or sideswiped by a vehicle pronto!

Police have seen me all the time riding on the sidewalk along that particular street and have never bothered me. I think they too know it is simply too dangerous to Bicycle on.

The reason the Ordinance was created was to prevent kids and people from Bicycling on the side street sidewalks in neighborhoods where a lot of people walk.
No. 115     Reply: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 17, 2017 at 6:46 PM     
Amazon has Diamondback bicycles 25% off today and shipped free. I have never owned a Diamondback, but they look like nice, and often when I see one I think it is a Schwinn.
No. 116     Reply: Re: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 17, 2017 at 6:53 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Amazon has Diamondback bicycles 25% off today and shipped free. I have never owned a Diamondback, but they look like nice, and often when I see one I think it is a Schwinn.


Did some quick research, and now I understand why I think they look like a Schwinn. Diamondback is a merger with Raleigh. Raleigh was always a great high quality bike, and I also often confused them with a Schwinn.
No. 117     Reply: Re: BICYCLES..fun fun fun..   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Sep 19, 2017 at 4:47 PM     
Early Monday morning just after leaving work and right after getting on the bike path a Deer ran in front of me across the path again.

This was in the same area one ran in front of me last time.

It was about 15' ahead of me so I just slammed on the brakes for a second or so as she passed.