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Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I had a bike with a bad shimmy, I gave up trying...

I had a bike with a bad shimmy, I gave up trying to figure out how to fix it and got rid of the frame.

Generally, if you get a shimmy on a fast downhill, pushing a knee against the top tube is a...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Thanks, REI as a shipper is something I was aware...

Thanks, REI as a shipper is something I was aware of but forgot. Might work out for this trip if we fly instead of use Amtrak. If we do Amtrak, taking the bike on the train is still the simplest...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,029
Posted By Tourist in MSN

It is possible to go overboard in the goal of...

It is possible to go overboard in the goal of lower gearing and get a gear that is too low.

When I built up my Rohloff bike, I had to decide what chainring(s) to buy for gearing. I know of...
Forum: Touring
07-21-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My sister had a clerical support job several...

My sister had a clerical support job several years ago, she once said that she hated arranging flights for one of their staff because he needed two seats because of his bulk, but often the planes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-21-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By Tourist in MSN

15 years ago I built up a touring bike, at that...

15 years ago I built up a touring bike, at that time I had a choice of 8 or 9 speed. Some people on forums commented that the 8 speed stayed in adjustment better than 9 speed because the cable pull...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Nobody accuses me of minimalist touring, my last...

Nobody accuses me of minimalist touring, my last trip had two checked bags (one had the bike in it), on the way home each were 22.9 kg. Plus a carryon and "personal" item that consisted of one front...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have no clue, I was really shocked at this. ...

I have no clue, I was really shocked at this. The only thing I can think of is stiff competition on cross-atlantic flights. A friend of mine went to Europe twice last year, I think he used European...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 468
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you are referring to my comments, my main...

If you are referring to my comments, my main focus was on the nutted axles that Raleigh used, I thought that the steel in those axles was pretty weak since I bent several.

Quick release axles and...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have no knowledge of bike boxes at Spokane...

I have no knowledge of bike boxes at Spokane airport, but I am also looking at Spokane for a possible bike trip next year and have started thinking about logistics. And for this trip I have been...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 468
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I had a 1972 Raleigh Grand Prix which also had...

I had a 1972 Raleigh Grand Prix which also had nutted axles like your rear axle. And mine was a five speed hub, so dropout spacing was 120mm, yours is probably 126mm. And I bent several axles from...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I think my S&S Backpack case is around 8 pounds,...

I think my S&S Backpack case is around 8 pounds, not a hard case. The side panels are semi-rigid, I added some other stiffener panels (26" X 26") but used corroplast which weighs almost nothing.
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I did that about 15 months ago. I depends a lot...

I did that about 15 months ago. I depends a lot on the folding bike and size wheels, my folder takes 24 inch wheels so it still filled up the S&S case. And the frame is rather complicated, so still...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A luggage scale is a travelers best friend. My...

A luggage scale is a travelers best friend. My last tour, both of my checked bags were less than one kg below the limit because I could pack them that way by having my scale tell me when I was over...
Replies: 1
Views: 357
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You might consider instead asking at the touring...

You might consider instead asking at the touring forum.
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/

And if you do, light touring can mean a lot of things from credit card touring to bikepacking gear to a...
Replies: 90
Views: 8,291
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This thread just started on the touring forum: ...

This thread just started on the touring forum:
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1178754-i-never-thought-i-d-say-but-good-job-delta.html

And I did a google search to confirm it, found this:...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 05:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 959
Posted By Tourist in MSN

At least my last trip finally generated enough...

At least my last trip finally generated enough baggage fee savings that my S&S couplers and S&S Backpack case were finally paid for.

The new size limit becomes the 115 inch criteria under Sports...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 719
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have had them for at least a half decade,...

I have had them for at least a half decade, rarely use them. But they work ok. They fit over the shoe pretty loose. You had to cut your own hole in the sole for your cleats. And if you have...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,261
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Three years ago on a really bad road full of...

Three years ago on a really bad road full of rocks and cobbles in the interior of Iceland, something happened to cause a rock to briefly jam between a spoke and the frame on my rear wheel. I assumed...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 719
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I now realize that on the Keen website, every...

I now realize that on the Keen website, every size is listed as out of stock and they do not appear to be listed any more on their current models. I do not know if this means Keen is abandoning the...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Steve B mentioned gloves. Keep in mind if you...

Steve B mentioned gloves. Keep in mind if you want a touch screen and if you also tour in cold weather, you might need to make sure that your full finger gloves are touch screen compatible. Some are,...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I can't comment on the model Garmins you are...

I can't comment on the model Garmins you are talking about, I use a Garmin 64. I want a GPS that runs on AA batteries and is good for general recreation like canoeing and kayaking, in addition to...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,261
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have no specific opinion on your wheelset, but...

I have no specific opinion on your wheelset, but in generic terms although I have not broken a spoke for over a decade and a half I still carry a couple spokes per wheel when I tour and I carry the...
Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,394
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In general terms there is: - loaded touring...

In general terms there is:
- loaded touring where you are carrying camping gear on your bike in panniers, can be two or for panniers or less commonly in a trailer, or both,
- credit card touring...
Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 04:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,811
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My mistake, I did not realize that was a square...

My mistake, I did not realize that was a square taper crank. I also use square taper on all my touring bikes, the reliability of the internal bottom bracket bearings is what I want for touring. I...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,811
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Sorry for being off topic, did not mean to hijack...

Sorry for being off topic, did not mean to hijack the thread.



That explains it, you have a crank that you specifically wanted. And the crank choice was more important that chainring sizes.
...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,811
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That is a gorgeous bike. But I would have used...

That is a gorgeous bike. But I would have used fenders. I like the extra cage behind the seat tube on your bike.

On my Rohloff bike, I run a 44T chainring around home but for touring I use a 36T...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,811
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Since I posted the above, I have added another...

Since I posted the above, I have added another touring bike to the fleet, Lynskey Backroad, chainstay length is 445mm in all sizes.
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 859
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am using the 700c LHT rim brake fork on my...

I am using the 700c LHT rim brake fork on my Lynskey Backroad, thus mine is disc in back and rim brake in front. My fork is from 2004.

I paid over $900 for my Backroad frame from the company in an...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,499
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You did not say if you are getting the City...

You did not say if you are getting the City version or the regular (more expensive) version.

The regular ones have a strap over the top. I often store rain gear on top of the front panniers held...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,928
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Thanks to LeeG for comments on the bugs in...

Thanks to LeeG for comments on the bugs in Canadian Maritimes. I used my headnet that I was not planning to bring until I got a comment from LeeG.

Got home a couple days ago. Loop out of Halifax...
07-15-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,063
Posted By Tourist in MSN

As mentioned above, mounting a light at axle...

As mentioned above, mounting a light at axle height is not ideal but I did that on my errand bike. I was not planning to put a dynohub wheel on that bike since I rarely ride it after dark, but I got...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 719
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I like Keen Commuter 4 shoes. ...

I like Keen Commuter 4 shoes.
https://www.keenfootwear.com/p/M-COMMUTER-4.html

They have a thick insole and under the insole is the cleat hardware which is not a smooth base under the insole. ...
07-14-19, 04:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I do not know if you wear a wrist watch or not,...

I do not know if you wear a wrist watch or not, but if you do there are small little compasses that can be attached to some watch bands.

There are also compasses available with a wrist band if you...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Several years ago I was driving eastbound on the...

Several years ago I was driving eastbound on the interstate in a rural area, traffic was light. I noticed a car going westbound on the shoulder on the side of the road, behind that car I saw a couple...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Do not forget fork rake or offset, that is...

Do not forget fork rake or offset, that is associated with handling.

And it is probably simpler to order a new fork crown headset race when you order the fork, if you find one.
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 966
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Clean it and re-lube things when you arrive at...

Clean it and re-lube things when you arrive at the destination.

I think I had a few spots of rust show up on my bike from the de-icing chemicals mixed in with the snow in the first photo.
...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,139
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Or maybe something for diaper rash at another...

Or maybe something for diaper rash at another store?
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,227
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I also carried a 7 inch tablet before using a...

I also carried a 7 inch tablet before using a smart phone. But my phone with 5.5 inch screen is big enough that with some extra strong reading glasses I can see detail on it as well as I could on...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,018
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Agree on the sandals for warm weather doubling as...

Agree on the sandals for warm weather doubling as shower shoes. I have an unusually light weight pair of Teva sandals for that.

Cooler weather will often mean possibly wet weather too. For that...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,872
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I got home yesterday (at 2:30am) from my...

When I got home yesterday (at 2:30am) from my last tour, the savings in oversize fees on several flights finally paid for the cost of the S&S couplers and the purchase of the S&S Backpack case.
...
07-13-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,197
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I just finished a five week bike tour. At times...

I just finished a five week bike tour. At times I used the routing my GPS (Garmin 64, Cycle Tour option, minimize ascent option) provided, but for planning I also used the Android App Komoot.

The...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Tourist in MSN

For years I ran a 52/42/24 road triple on a...

For years I ran a 52/42/24 road triple on a couple touring bikes, the 24 was after market instead of the stock 30 tooth ring. But I have switched two bikes to 46/42/24 (half step plus granny)...
07-12-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I found that the stem bolts had enough steel that...

I found that the stem bolts had enough steel that my compass was off by quite a bit. Steerer tube and star nut are also steel.

I carry a hand held compass that I can pull out of my handlebar bag...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,872
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If BikeFlights can't get their act together,...

If BikeFlights can't get their act together, sounds like more S&S coupled bikes and Ritchey Break Away bikes will be sold in the future.

Or more business for travel on American Airlines thanks to...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,723
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I posted this photo above, repeating it here. ...

I posted this photo above, repeating it here.



I just finished a five week tour with those rear panniers on the bike shown in the photo, although I used a different rack than in this photo. I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,565
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Make sure you get the right 24 inch tires. I...

Make sure you get the right 24 inch tires. I bought my Joey as a frame and fork, built it up with 507mm tires, not 520. I think that Joeys could use either wheel.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,655
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I usually put a bit of electrical tape on the...

I usually put a bit of electrical tape on the frame where cables want to rub. Occasionally I notice the tape is worn through, then I replace it. If I have a wear spot down to bare metal, I use a...
Forum: Touring
06-01-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,588
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you take a couple links out of the chain...

If you take a couple links out of the chain because of the smaller chainrings, don't discard them until you are certain that everything is working well. On one of my bikes I use different chainring...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,928
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Thank you VERY much. I thought about a headnet...

Thank you VERY much. I thought about a headnet and decided against it. But, I just added it to my pack based on your comment.

I have repellent packed, did not check to see how full the bottle...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,467
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Yes your carbon bike would of course be faster,...

Yes your carbon bike would of course be faster, that is obvious. A Ferrari is probably faster than a Ford F350 heavy duty truck too.

My road bike has a compact double crank, my lowest gear is...
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