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Forum: Touring
11-11-19, 11:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By DropBarFan

RV parks can sometimes offer the closest camping...

RV parks can sometimes offer the closest camping spots to big cities. Liberty Harbor RV park in New Jersey is all asphalt & not fancy but quite amazing to be able to camp a stone's throw away from...
Forum: Touring
11-11-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 153
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice report--Utah is pretty amazing for outdoors...

Nice report--Utah is pretty amazing for outdoors activities of all sorts & it's interesting that you say it would be fun for road touring as well as MTB riding. I did a ski trip to Utah last winter...
Forum: Touring
11-11-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 458
Posted By DropBarFan

Hmm I see that the Aspéro has a version that...

Hmm I see that the Aspéro has a version that 'only' costs $2,800 which I admit is halfway reasonable for a premium bike. OTOH I'd prefer the Diverge: models start a bit higher at $3,375 but are...
Forum: Touring
11-10-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 458
Posted By DropBarFan

OK but what's the definition of a gravel racer? ...

OK but what's the definition of a gravel racer? Gravel racing includes multi-day events with bike-packing gear which is basically a fast version of off-road touring. I suppose the Aspéro is aimed...
Forum: Touring
11-10-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 807
Posted By DropBarFan

Well I'd think that if you like the 32mm width...

Well I'd think that if you like the 32mm width but want a bit more speed, why not try the 28mm? I figure if you have a Bilenky the cost of the tire experiment is not too great. Ride comfort is...
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 458
Posted By DropBarFan

Good point, in the early days bikes were...

Good point, in the early days bikes were amazingly expensive; OTOH they made great status symbols since everyone knew they were expensive.
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 400
Posted By DropBarFan

Some folks pointing out the large amount of...

Some folks pointing out the large amount of luggage used....OK but OTOH riding into strong winds is still going to be tough esp with light training & tight schedule.
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 807
Posted By DropBarFan

Schwalbe makes a lot of tires besides the...

Schwalbe makes a lot of tires besides the heavy-duty models, what about the Marathon Supreme? OTOH while I haven't tried Gatorskins they seem to get good reviews. I've been thinking about Schwalbe...
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 458
Posted By DropBarFan

I don't know much about the gravel racing scene,...

I don't know much about the gravel racing scene, had thought it was mostly adventurous types on thin budgets but maybe that perception is outdated. OTOH I think most buyers will be the middle-aged...
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 458
Posted By DropBarFan

$4K & no rack/fender eyelets unlike many CX...

$4K & no rack/fender eyelets unlike many CX bikes. My Haanjo EXP Carbon has front/rear rack + fender eyelets for half the price & allows a wider tire.
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 882
Posted By DropBarFan

Bad luck with that wind, November's usually...

Bad luck with that wind, November's usually calmer. OTOH I guess the stealth camping would have been relatively easy with near-deserted trail. On November tours I've been surprised how deserted the...
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 265
Posted By DropBarFan

Truckers are fairly expensive for a production...

Truckers are fairly expensive for a production steel frame & since touring bikes are vulnerable to damage during transport, for instance, the replaceable hanger would be cheap insurance IMO. Bilenky...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 265
Posted By DropBarFan

I had a Disc Trucker repainted & neglected to tap...

I had a Disc Trucker repainted & neglected to tap out the derailleur hanger threads & damaged some of them installing the derailleur (looked square & didn't apply excessive force). Luckily after...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 902
Posted By DropBarFan

Sleek classic look & nice distinctive color.

Sleek classic look & nice distinctive color.
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 567
Posted By DropBarFan

Difficult to transport for a tour. I could see...

Difficult to transport for a tour. I could see it for old folks doing a local day trip.
Forum: Touring
11-02-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,536
Posted By DropBarFan

Europe & USA have similar costs of doing business...

Europe & USA have similar costs of doing business so Shimano stuff should have the same availability & price in the USA.
Forum: Touring
11-02-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,474
Posted By DropBarFan

I run out of gear around 33 mph; I was watching...

I run out of gear around 33 mph; I was watching some videos of pros descending & they don't seem to spin out until around 50 mph. I like aero bars but over 30 mph I keep both hands on the main bar....
Forum: Touring
11-01-19, 01:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,536
Posted By DropBarFan

Unhappy to read that Shimano is blocking parts...

Unhappy to read that Shimano is blocking parts from Europe, seems rather pointless. Plus, they don't sell any triple hydraulic brifters nor even any non-brifter hydraulic road levers so with drop...
Forum: Touring
11-01-19, 12:32 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,474
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm not suggesting it at all but with some folks...

I'm not suggesting it at all but with some folks on the thread reporting high speeds I wondered. Actually I'm not interested in setting descent records but was struck by how fast you passed riders...
Forum: Touring
10-31-19, 12:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 882
Posted By DropBarFan

I find that if I can do x distance on the first...

I find that if I can do x distance on the first day, the same distance is actually a bit easier on the second day. However with shorter autumn days it might be hard to do centuries without running...
Forum: Touring
10-31-19, 12:00 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,474
Posted By DropBarFan

Anyone try the Peter Sagan top-tube crouch? ...

Anyone try the Peter Sagan top-tube crouch? Fastest but risky, tourists can still increase speed significantly by lowering shoulders to saddle level. BTW supposedly Marcus Burghardt broke 80 mph in...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,474
Posted By DropBarFan

Great video, looks like TdF. Good grief, you...

Great video, looks like TdF. Good grief, you flew past those other guys. What road is it?
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 679
Posted By DropBarFan

For heavy and/or cold rain or even snow it's a...

For heavy and/or cold rain or even snow it's a nice option to have a hood. Helmet covers can still let water trickle down the neck.
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,080
Posted By DropBarFan

I've seen a couple local riders that had Hokey...

I've seen a couple local riders that had Hokey Spokes (AFAIK) spoke lights; very cool looking & really add to esp side visibility though a bit heavy.

NiteFlux 360° lights also look interesting.
...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 840
Posted By DropBarFan

My Brooks B.17 didn't work out for me (nose &...

My Brooks B.17 didn't work out for me (nose & skirt too wide) but I kinda liked the smooth surface, let's one adjust position easily & doesn't grab shorts. I reckon if one is sliding out of position...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 10:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 840
Posted By DropBarFan

Unpadded shorts/undies can bunch up uncomfortably...

Unpadded shorts/undies can bunch up uncomfortably with any saddle, padded shorts help prevent that. One can buy shorts w/thinner padding if the saddle is otherwise comfy.
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,001
Posted By DropBarFan

I don't keep track of calories 'cause my tours...

I don't keep track of calories 'cause my tours are short. On tour I try to eat healthier stuff that's more digestible & I lose a little bit of excess fat. I used to ride ~300 miles as a courier &...
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By DropBarFan

Backroad looks pretty tempting with the 2/3rds...

Backroad looks pretty tempting with the 2/3rds discount & about a kilo lighter than the Trucker. On loaded climbs when one is at max effort one can feel that extra kilo. Repair advantage of steel is...
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,532
Posted By DropBarFan

In the 70's bike boom I got into racing bikes but...

In the 70's bike boom I got into racing bikes but books & magazine articles & BikeCentennial showed touring was feasible enough. Also my dad had done some bike-packing in his youth so I figured I'd...
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,474
Posted By DropBarFan

Some impressive speeds listed but OP asks about...

Some impressive speeds listed but OP asks about when "loaded down" which I would interpret as w/4 panniers or similar, not lightweight bike-packing or w/o luggage. Panniers have big aero drag & 40...
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,474
Posted By DropBarFan

With four panniers+ I think I hit about 38 mph/61...

With four panniers+ I think I hit about 38 mph/61 kph on long but not esp steep descents, with crosswinds buffeting the bike it was more comfortable to keep speed down to about 30 mph.
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,988
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice that your counter agent waived a fee but...

Nice that your counter agent waived a fee but OTOH weird that the airlines can be so inconsistent on fees & rules. The Jet Blue phone rep info that the $100 fee was only for over-sized bike boxes...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 821
Posted By DropBarFan

Weird. I'm surprised to learn Gannett owns...

Weird. I'm surprised to learn Gannett owns RAGBRAI. Long ago Gannett owner Si Newhouse got busted for illegally keeping beach-facing lights on at his Florida mansion which can disrupt the nesting...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,588
Posted By DropBarFan

The Choco bars look interesting: plenty of room...

The Choco bars look interesting: plenty of room to mount accessories near the stem for one thing. Flat bars can make maintaining cables easier. I recently had to replace a brake cable on a...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,307
Posted By DropBarFan

Pinion too, very cool. What's the finned part on...

Pinion too, very cool. What's the finned part on the "chain" stay? I think belt drive would cut bike cleaning time in half, & on long tours most folks do chain lube & wipe which I guess is OK but...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By DropBarFan

Also there's the Cronometro Nob which can attach...

Also there's the Cronometro Nob which can attach to the fork blade. However, some folks claim that a fork crown mount is the best for light beam hitting the road etc properly. I'm not sure but I...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By DropBarFan

I have the similar issue with Ortlieb handlebar...

I have the similar issue with Ortlieb handlebar bag, apparently the Ortlieb bag is designed for fork crown-mounted lights. As Tourist in MN notes your Ortlieb bag might be mounted too low for a...
Forum: Touring
10-03-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,803
Posted By DropBarFan

In re the stem on the 58cm Trucker...have you...

In re the stem on the 58cm Trucker...have you considered a steering tube extender? I haven't tried one myself but have read some reviews & they seem to work pretty well. Even more deluxe would be a...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,814
Posted By DropBarFan

Bike clothing makers say not to use bleach but...

Bike clothing makers say not to use bleach but maybe on an UL tour it might help. Some backpackers add a few drops to drinking water, after all. Anyway, the trip sounds fun...challenging yes but...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,421
Posted By DropBarFan

I tend to agree, couplers are fairly expensive to...

I tend to agree, couplers are fairly expensive to start with & perhaps sometimes the coupled bike might not be the best for the trip. Box makes it easier to tote accessories like fenders & aero bar....
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,814
Posted By DropBarFan

"Next services 83 miles", wow. Pretty cool to...

"Next services 83 miles", wow. Pretty cool to ride cross-USA in 5 weeks esp east to west.
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,595
Posted By DropBarFan

I guess to try a shorter tour with the two...

I guess to try a shorter tour with the two younger kids & see how it goes? They might love it, maybe not. Maybe combine RV & bike touring, go to central/South America for a while?
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,740
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, it's surprising but nowadays slim pickings...

Yes, it's surprising but nowadays slim pickings for budget front panniers. If you find a good value, I wouldn't worry much about water resistance. You have the waterproof rear Ortliebs, so for...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,365
Posted By DropBarFan

There's a series on NHK TV (I think) about a guy...

There's a series on NHK TV (I think) about a guy credit-card touring thru Japan. It's all about the sights & people & culture, bike/equipment hardly mentioned. But yeah, for general interest, folks...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,161
Posted By DropBarFan

If it was a skunk, kudos to you for staying...

If it was a skunk, kudos to you for staying calm--most folks would have flipped out I reckon. Once saw a skunk nestling in underbrush next to a suburban road, it was surprisingly big esp with the...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,588
Posted By DropBarFan

I haven't done this but to get the more upright...

I haven't done this but to get the more upright position one could use a stem extender, perhaps in combination with an adjustable stem. Also, perhaps, a drop-bar with shallower drop? Deluxe option...
08-28-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,478
Posted By DropBarFan

Electric cars are quiet but many gas-powered cars...

Electric cars are quiet but many gas-powered cars are quiet also, esp since drivers often coast as they approach cyclists. BTW I see ads for the new Harley-Davidson Livewire electric...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,324
Posted By DropBarFan

Sounds like fun, I rode around Ithaca area a bit,...

Sounds like fun, I rode around Ithaca area a bit, nice scenery & roads seemed pretty decent.
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,491
Posted By DropBarFan

Once thought about riding into the Everglades but...

Once thought about riding into the Everglades but was worried about mosquitoes & thought the terrain might be a bit boring so I rode up the A1A along the Atlantic coast instead. Good to hear I made...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,324
Posted By DropBarFan

Before setting out on a tour I usually stay awake...

Before setting out on a tour I usually stay awake too late from nervous anticipation. A couple of times I've headed out with ~3 hours sleep but it works out OK.
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