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Forum: Touring
09-18-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 141
Posted By robow

My feeling is that once you have thrown in a...

My feeling is that once you have thrown in a ground cloth and a tarp and a rope as a main guide line, tie downs and stakes, you might not be saving yourself much weight and then you don't have a way...
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 614
Posted By robow

On this occasion, we traveled 75 miles south on...

On this occasion, we traveled 75 miles south on Trail 1 from Xenia down to Cincy, through downtown onto the Ohio River and then crossed over into Kentucky.
Forum: Touring
09-16-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 614
Posted By robow

Just got back from 8 days touring Ohio. Several...

Just got back from 8 days touring Ohio. Several hundred miles of trails surrounding Dayton and Xenia within the Miami River valley and of course the Ohio to Erie Trail as well. I feel the weather in...
Forum: Touring
09-05-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,433
Posted By robow

I agree, but ever the contrarian, I'll offer...

I agree, but ever the contrarian, I'll offer Axiom Panniers as a decent alternative.
Forum: Touring
09-03-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 805
Posted By robow

The lighter blue which most closely matches the...

The lighter blue which most closely matches the frame color would be so avant garde.
Forum: Touring
09-02-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,905
Posted By robow

So I rode with a woman a few years back who used...

So I rode with a woman a few years back who used a cycle cross, Adventure, or gravel bike and used only bags strapped to the bike for her gear. But we spent 100% of our time on tarmac. Was she...
Forum: Touring
08-31-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By robow

As you likely know, the eastern part of the state...

As you likely know, the eastern part of the state is Mississippi River plain, flat as a pancake and barely a tree. Not very scenic and catches a ton of wind. I love the southern and western part of...
Forum: Touring
08-29-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 848
Posted By robow

Would the Shimano Tiagra Flat Bar SL-4600 2x10...

Would the Shimano Tiagra Flat Bar SL-4600 2x10 shifters work for you ? You can pick up a new pair for about $100
Forum: Touring
08-28-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,905
Posted By robow

Now that's the very definition of bike packing !...

Now that's the very definition of bike packing ! You gotta love the hanging pots....
Forum: Touring
08-27-20, 10:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,905
Posted By robow

"Why isn't touring just called bikepacking? ...

"Why isn't touring just called bikepacking?

well then,

"Why isn't bikepacking just called touring?"
Forum: Touring
08-25-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By robow

No, they distanced themselves just as every other...

No, they distanced themselves just as every other sponsor he once had, after the stuff hit the fan.
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,393
Posted By robow

shoe goo...who knew?

shoe goo...who knew?
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,317
Posted By robow

I agree with bikemig, trekking bars are imo a...

I agree with bikemig, trekking bars are imo a better option allowing for more numerous hand positions, which is important in keeping one's hands from becoming numb. If you do use straight bars, at...
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,984
Posted By robow

Both these gentlemen told me that it was not...

Both these gentlemen told me that it was not uncommon to change ride leaders at the half way point on these longer tours but I don't know if that is still the case.
Forum: Touring
08-23-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,984
Posted By robow

I have never taken part of an ACA tour but I have...

I have never taken part of an ACA tour but I have done a self supported tour where two of the six riders were employed as guides by the ACA for cross country tours. One of the fellows was just...
Forum: Touring
08-20-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By robow

May I just toss out another option, it might be a...

May I just toss out another option, it might be a good time to go 10 speed if you are going to replace the shifters. You can still find a pair of new old stock Tiagra 4603 shifters that will work...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,301
Posted By robow

I don't care to drive in and around DC but prefer...

I don't care to drive in and around DC but prefer driving in downtown Pittsburgh in order to drop off my vehicle. Also, on two occasions, once we arrived in DC, we spent a couple days seeing a lot of...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,301
Posted By robow

There is a parking garage in downtown Pittsburgh...

There is a parking garage in downtown Pittsburgh right next to the Amtrak station. Drive there, park, get on your bike and ride to the start of the GAP if you wish, only a few blocks away. At the...
Forum: Touring
08-15-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,004
Posted By robow

Ha, I had a similar experience to this on a group...

Ha, I had a similar experience to this on a group bike tour several years ago. Ole "Iron Butt Steve" inwardly enjoyed riding everyone into the ground in order to feel good about himself. Wasn't...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By robow

Any chance you would be willing to throw a double...

Any chance you would be willing to throw a double crank on there or are you dead set on one ring up front ? It would solve all your problems and doesn't have to be that expensive if parts sourced...
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,004
Posted By robow

Well done and thanks for sharing, really enjoyed...

Well done and thanks for sharing, really enjoyed your report.
Forum: Touring
08-11-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 738
Posted By robow

+1 Would be a no-brainer for me

+1 Would be a no-brainer for me
Forum: Touring
08-09-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,851
Posted By robow

The grey cloth tube extending up from the rear...

The grey cloth tube extending up from the rear right pannier, 8.5ft 5wt. 5 piece travel fly rod I built many moon ago
...
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,654
Posted By robow

I sure wouldn't want to ride loaded with a low of...

I sure wouldn't want to ride loaded with a low of only 34x34 unless the terrain was as flat as a pancake and/or no head winds. YMMV
Forum: Touring
08-08-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,393
Posted By robow

Not always but I often carry a Conti foldable...

Not always but I often carry a Conti foldable Gatorskin 28mm just for emergency. Rolls up to the size of your fist and weighs in at about 280 g. Peace of mind.
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,577
Posted By robow

I'm no expert as having only stayed at a couple,...

I'm no expert as having only stayed at a couple, but probably my least favorite venue for spending a night.
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,393
Posted By robow

On small abrasions to the outside sidewall, I...

On small abrasions to the outside sidewall, I have used Super Glue Gel which seemed to hold fairly well and kept fibers from unraveling (think Continental) but probably offer only minor protection.
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,839
Posted By robow

Don't forget the aluminum 'dales, been around...

Don't forget the aluminum 'dales, been around forever. But point well taken.
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,654
Posted By robow

Btw, the choices and availability of 46/30 cranks...

Btw, the choices and availability of 46/30 cranks have expanded a lot recently and hence the costs have come way down, much more affordable now.
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,654
Posted By robow

Does anyone make a 44/28 crankset ? A while back...

Does anyone make a 44/28 crankset ? A while back I saw a manufacturer that claimed it was in their future but can't remember which company, Stronglight ? Sugino ?
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,654
Posted By robow

As stated before, you might consider a 46/30...

As stated before, you might consider a 46/30 crank and possibly change cassette to a 11-36 if needed but it really depends on your own youth, athleticism, and the terrain you need to tackle. If you...
Forum: Touring
08-01-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,172
Posted By robow

Maybe your friend will brief you on what he wears.

Maybe your friend will brief you on what he wears.
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,393
Posted By robow

I have had a tube develop a flat where I used a...

I have had a tube develop a flat where I used a few layers of Gorilla tape as a boot, but.......it was one of those "I'll replace and repair it when I get home" type of things but I forgot about it...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,393
Posted By robow

A couple layers of Gorilla tape, on outside...

A couple layers of Gorilla tape, on outside and/or inside ? Used it successfully for sidewall blowouts and cuts in the past. Be interesting how the Shoe Goo resists abrasion.
Forum: Touring
07-30-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
Posted By robow

Just order the frameset and have your lbs build...

Just order the frameset and have your lbs build it up the way you desire, but I'm pretty sure you can't obtain custom frameset dimensions from Surly. Would have to involve a custom frame builder and...
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,851
Posted By robow

Drop Ron Popeil's Pocket Fisherman in your...

Drop Ron Popeil's Pocket Fisherman in your pannier and you're all set. (Look it up kids)
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,536
Posted By robow

Well I kinda like it. There I said it. Ha ...

Well I kinda like it. There I said it. Ha Actually it is no uglier than many of Surly's previous color schemes they have come up with over the years. I've never understood why they can't give...
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By robow

I would consider the Axiom Journey Disc rear rack...

I would consider the Axiom Journey Disc rear rack but there are several good ones out there.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By robow

You might consider St. Louis and the near by...

You might consider St. Louis and the near by large Madison County trail system across the Mississippi in Illinois. Wouldn't be too long a drive for you.
MCT Trails Map...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,734
Posted By robow

Glad you had a great time. If you had gone...

Glad you had a great time. If you had gone farther north on the GAP, you would have found the trail conditions much much nicer and more conducive to your smaller tires.
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 649
Posted By robow

Well done ! I purchased a bike during that...

Well done !
I purchased a bike during that short era which came with those Bio-pace chain rings, elliptical not round. It was the only bike that I ever developed knee pain with and so ended up...
Forum: Touring
07-23-20, 12:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,202
Posted By robow

I agree, and yea, the Trek seems a bit large for...

I agree, and yea, the Trek seems a bit large for you in that you've had to move your saddle too far forward to deal with the longer effective top tube. If you do keep the Trek, I would suggest you...
Forum: Touring
07-21-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 900
Posted By robow

Are you planning on reusing the crown race ?...

Are you planning on reusing the crown race ? Wouldn't think so if you have a new headset coming in. If you can lift it even a little bit, often you can make a cut in it in order to simplify removal...
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,692
Posted By robow

I kinda like Bontrager's Gel Cork tape, durable...

I kinda like Bontrager's Gel Cork tape, durable enough and adds a nice bit of cushion if well overlapped. Now if they would just bring back the color that matches my well worn Brooks Honey saddles.
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,613
Posted By robow

And me as well, couldn't agree more.

And me as well, couldn't agree more.
Forum: Touring
07-19-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,247
Posted By robow

Bob probably means replace your present crankset...

Bob probably means replace your present crankset with a 46 - 30. They're not cheap but it would work. You also might be able to increase your cassette size just a touch without replacing your rear...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 900
Posted By robow

I wouldn't hesitate at all in putting a Ritchey...

I wouldn't hesitate at all in putting a Ritchey or a Cane Creek 40 1" headset to use. Unless installed incorrectly or abused, it should last for many many years.
Forum: Touring
07-14-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,568
Posted By robow

Thank you. I've always wondered why Axiom didn't...

Thank you. I've always wondered why Axiom didn't Supply a support of that nature. To me it always seemed like a no-brainer
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,568
Posted By robow

May I ask how did you bend that steel bar stock...

May I ask how did you bend that steel bar stock to form your hoop ?
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,008
Posted By robow

I realize the advantages of today's threadless...

I realize the advantages of today's threadless headsets and their corresponding stems/spacers but at times I do miss those earlier simple design quill stems which allowed for so much height...
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