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Miq

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 12, 2019
856
49
Arizona
@Krakatoa Che didn’t want to stay away too long. Glad to hear he’s back in your hands. :)

@tripple3, you and @cyclingday, @Cory, @mrg and @SKPC look like you’re getting some great CA coast rides in these days! Ride on 5 year thread!!

@fordmike65 The pics you guys have been posting from the FF event at the brewery are great. So many killer bikes in one spot and many being ridden. Very cool stuff.

Washed the 41 New World today. Spent some time cleaning/lubing the chain and making sure moving parts weren’t coming apart. You know, checking the nuts on the pedal blocks, tweaking the chain guard a little, pushing on the mudguards, oiling the rear hub, lubing squeaky seat spots, etc... I agree with @SKPC when he posts about how nice it is to ride a quiet bike. There were times tonight when the bike disappeared beneath me. It was quiet and smooth as it cut through the still desert air. The energy I put into the bike cranks turned directly into pushing the wheels against the canal path. None of it was wasted on acoustic energy radiating from the bike, except when I rang my bell. :tongueout: Fun riding on the empty path and loosing myself in thought, not remembering any of the automatic piloting of my silent bike that was going on in other parts of my brain.

Hung out with Kyrene at 10PM.
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,301
62
Utah - United States
"@SKPC posts about how nice it is to ride a quiet bike. There were times tonight when the bike disappeared beneath me. It was quiet and smooth as it cut through the still desert air. The energy I put into the bike cranks turned directly into pushing the wheels against the canal path. None of it was wasted on acoustic energy radiating from the bike, except when I rang my bell. :tongueout: Fun riding on the empty path and loosing myself in thought, not remembering any of the automatic piloting of my silent bike that was going on in other parts of my brain."

So very well said @Miq . These two-wheeled machines beneath us seem to disappear when running perfect. A silent bike is a beautiful thing as "it disappears beneath you" …. Wheels trued, all the bearing surfaces running cleanly. The Human and Machine connection becomes one. You do not even think about the bike...when you reach this state, you are in the zone. I find myself lost in thought when I ride as well, as it clears my mind. In the moment. Answers to tough questions seem to appear when riding. Answers I cannot find unless my pedals are turning over, falling one after the other. Answers to questions I have about life in general come from when there is the perfect melding of human power and your clean running machine beneath you. Nothing like it. What bike did you ride today? I am thinking of going full rigid today, perhaps climbing aboard the quick and deadly carbon bike killer, my yellow ShelbyFlyer..more on that later..
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Miq

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jan 12, 2019
856
49
Arizona
@Blackbomber
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I used to use the WD but it needed to be reapplied every couple of weeks. When I switched to the Tri with some oiliness to it, it has been silent for months. Every where the springs touch other parts or where metal has to move against metal. Like at the nose of my saddle.
 
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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
7,236
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Thanks for the tips on squeaky seats.
I too, relish a silent bike, but just about every saddle I have sounds like a worn out set of bed springs.
I learned to love hills, because getting out of the saddle to apply some torque, is the only time my bikes quit moaning. Lol!
 

piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
1,913
59
Sanger, TX
Not normally something in my rotation. I took it in trade on a bike, however it is going to it's new home as soon as I find a home for it. :)
I will say, if I was into the offroad riding, this is a really great bike for it, smooth shifting, great ride and fast.

2013 Giant Liv Rove 3

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Arfsaidthebee

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 14, 2013
321
Fremont, CA, United States
Took the day off today...Shooting across the open trails on my 1953 Schwinn Meteor...;)

The start...
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Alameda creek trail...
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Rode into the "city" again to pick up some goodies at T.J.s...
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Railroad debris pile...
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Great day for a ride!
 

Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,123
Shawnee, United States
No beaches, trails, or scenic rides but I finished putting some new threads on my '84 Cruiser 5 and took it for a breakdown ride. (It didn't break down )

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I forgot to give a shout out to my daughter for the "Schwinn" and "Cruiser 5" graphics as well as the stencils for the fenders that she did with her Cricut printer and computer.
 

tripple3

Riding Miles; Collecting Smiles
Sep 25, 2012
7,670
Beach Cities, CA 92708
I make enough noise with my bells and horn, don't notice my saddle squeeks.;)
I know; lacking de-squeeking my rides.
It may be the reason I ride by myself more often than not.:blush:
I brought my towel and trunks today, in my Light carrier bag/Wind catcher.
40+ miles Tail-wind north = Head-wind home.
SKiP @SKPC informed me that bag is slowing me down; like a big brother lookin' out for me.
Thanks Bro!
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SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,301
62
Utah - United States
Old Shelby road bike today for around 40. This thing is stiff everywhere, with steep angles on it. The pull back bars and pushed-forward seat make it a bit cramped and a bit uncomfortable for my taller frame, but I can still ride it. Sitting square on the seat in the cockpit on the middle of the bars sitting up is best. It would make a nice bike for a smaller rider. I can't move around much on this thing(clipped in) or try to steer the bars very much, so getting up and standing helps break up it's unforgiving feel. I also let a little pressure out of the front tire to help soften the feel of the bike up some. Holding on to and pushing down on the end of the bars while sitting on the back of the seat leaning it hard over will turn it real fast. Super quick bike...
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Sachs 515 3-coaster rear & 1952 Sturmey front drum. Sealed ceramic bearing White Industries BB
 
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Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
800
45
Unionville, CT
@SKPC , have you tried flipping the seat clamp to the other side of the post to give you a bit more room? Or is your kneecap already positioned over the pedal axle when the cranks are level?
That’s how I run all my bikes ‘cept the one with the lucky 7. And I’m rather short- I just like leaning forward a bit.

I’ll admit, they mostly look better with the seat forward, plus it’s more efficient pedaling.
 

SKPC

I live for the CABE
Feb 2, 2018
1,301
62
Utah - United States
Yea, Mr. M, you noticed that seat clamp in front of the post. For sure It helps move me back a bit when it is flipped. I try it in both positions, and today it was forward. After riding my "longer" bikes this bike felt cramped straight away. Also, the higher I put the seat up, the further back the seat goes, and this post is way up there in order to get a proper leg extension. This bike, with the original bar/stem combo, wants me to be sitting compacted and "in the pocket" and not necessarily with the hands more forward, but I kinda have to. A smaller rider would fit better. When windy, I usually reach far forward and put my hands up by the stem to get down lower. Miq is right too, that being right smack over the BB provides a super high efficiency stroke through the clipless pedals. You can really power up this bike.
 
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