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Forum: Touring
04-02-20, 12:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,094
Posted By robow

May I make a few comments in regards to several...

May I make a few comments in regards to several of the above posts. But before I do that, again, I don't think Brooks saddles are for everyone ! but if you can't find a saddle that you really like,...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,549
Posted By robow

The first two 7 day long tours of this season had...

The first two 7 day long tours of this season had to be nixed and the third in May is now looking questionable. Meanwhile with a banged up knee, crummy weather, and me putting on weight, I may need...
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 622
Posted By robow

Really good idea and so I'm off to clean and...

Really good idea and so I'm off to clean and repack the bearings of my hubs and might as well true the wheels while I'm at it.
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 887
Posted By robow

I see about 6000 feet of climbing over a 6 day...

I see about 6000 feet of climbing over a 6 day ride for us. That ain't nuttin' : )
I do hope we're back to near normal by the end of May so we can make that ride.
Forum: Touring
03-28-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,094
Posted By robow

I've owned several B-17's over many many years...

I've owned several B-17's over many many years and presently have a Brooks Imperial on my touring bike. For me personally, I find them both equally comfortable with little difference noted. YMMV
...
Forum: Touring
03-21-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 629
Posted By robow

I run a couple of 46x30 cranks with 11-34...

I run a couple of 46x30 cranks with 11-34 cassettes but I personally don't care for those large last few steps at the low end of that 11-42. An 11-40 gets you down to 20" with smaller steps. Let...
Forum: Touring
03-17-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 155,361
Posted By robow

Noticed Trek has their 520 disc touring frame and...

Noticed Trek has their 520 disc touring frame and fork on sale for $650. Presently most all sizes seems available. Not a bad deal if you want to build one up to your liking and possibly save some...
03-16-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,308
Posted By robow

Well this stinks, the first tour of the season...

Well this stinks, the first tour of the season which was to start next weekend has been cancelled by my buddies. Apparently a lot of the state parks and potential Corps of Engineer campgrounds are...
Forum: Touring
03-15-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,032
Posted By robow

Tubus Tara here as well. Can be easily modified...

Tubus Tara here as well. Can be easily modified for non Ortlieb front panniers as well.
Forum: Touring
03-12-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 887
Posted By robow

Yea, AK's suck ! I had to have a couple removed...

Yea, AK's suck ! I had to have a couple removed from the temporal area of my face last year. With little or no hair on my scalp anymore and wearing a bicycle helmet for 4000 miles a year, a...
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 10:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By robow

Would you be willing to change out your crankset...

Would you be willing to change out your crankset to a 46 x 30 ? Then you wouldn't have to go to such a large cassette in the back which can create large gaps or spaces in your gearing.
I'm assuming...
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,107
Posted By robow

Come on, nobody's commented on the Crotch Pot ?...

Come on, nobody's commented on the Crotch Pot ? Or is that too easy pickins for some of the more comedic in this forum?
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By robow

pricey little buggers aren't they

pricey little buggers aren't they
03-09-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,308
Posted By robow

Not changing any plans yet, still have...

Not changing any plans yet, still have approximately 7 or 8 modest tours planned for 2020, starting in less than two weeks, mostly Midwestern and more southern destinations.
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By robow

May I ask, who carries a triple crankset with...

May I ask, who carries a triple crankset with 180mm cranks? Seems to me that you wouldn't have nearly as many options as a 175.
Forum: Touring
03-07-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,107
Posted By robow

I might be in that small minority but I'm...

I might be in that small minority but I'm guessing half the time on my regular 7-10 day tours that I travel without a stove. It's so easy in this day and age in many areas, and if it's important to...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,653
Posted By robow

A 2 piece drop bar ? Since I can't seem to shake...

A 2 piece drop bar ? Since I can't seem to shake Murphy's Law, I'll have to pass on that one.
Forum: Touring
02-18-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 785
Posted By robow

Huge sections of the trail eventually ended up...

Huge sections of the trail eventually ended up under water and were washed out due to unusually high amounts of rain during the spring and early summer.
Forum: Touring
02-16-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 764
Posted By robow

Are you asking for tent recommendations that come...

Are you asking for tent recommendations that come with a bathtub styled floor ? If so, most any higher quality tent comes with that feature anymore. But then maybe you're seeking something else ?
Forum: Touring
02-15-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,378
Posted By robow

Not sure of the present but Bill's Place was...

Not sure of the present but Bill's Place was closed up and was for sale when we came through there this past mid September.
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,180
Posted By robow

26" and folding ...

26" and folding

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/city-touring-tires?st=1&cat=to&fltr=3750+222&brnd=&fcat=cto&dcnt=61
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Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,061
Posted By robow

First, let me say that I think your present tires...

First, let me say that I think your present tires are very adequate for that part of the trail for a day ride. If you do purchase new tires, such as 32's, I would consider lighter minimal tread,...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,497
Posted By robow

We had a younger individual show up to ride with...

We had a younger individual show up to ride with us last year, a friend of a friend, and that individual had the latest greatest bike packing set up so as to be quite the minimalist. I got a giggle...
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By robow

Well done, keep them coming. One thing about...

Well done, keep them coming.
One thing about the Natch that I didn't care for is the fact that there were so few services any where near the trail. Often it was quite a distance from the trail to...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 12:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,378
Posted By robow

That wide tire will be very comfortable, but on...

That wide tire will be very comfortable, but on the GAP it's probably overkill in my opinion. You'll definitely lose efficiency with a tire that wide and heavy. Is it worth the loss of efficiency for...
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,634
Posted By robow

I know it has bar end shifters and not brifters,...

I know it has bar end shifters and not brifters, but the Fuji touring bike has to be the best deal out there for a competent touring bike that should work for years without changing out stuff unless...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,839
Posted By robow

Starting early June through mid July, I would...

Starting early June through mid July, I would definitely look at the most northern 1/3 of the US. What Alan spoke about, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or maybe the Northeast as in Maine and...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,326
Posted By robow

I rode the entire trail a couple of years ago...

I rode the entire trail a couple of years ago with my standard 32 mm, They worked fine and felt nothing wider was needed.
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By robow

How much risk are you willing to endure? Only...

How much risk are you willing to endure? Only you can answer that one but Part B and a supplemental wouldn't be a poor choice if you were going to be here long.
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By robow

I have an Imperial on my touring bike currently...

I have an Imperial on my touring bike currently but also have and have had several other Brooks on many other bikes. Not sure if it's the thickness of the hide, maybe the density of the leather or...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 12:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 823
Posted By robow

Is the frame really sized as a 19" ? Just...

Is the frame really sized as a 19" ? Just curious, would have thought likely metric, say a 48 cm. If it is that small, you'll have more difficulty selling vs. a more common size.
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,335
Posted By robow

Tougher to stealth camp when you have a small...

Tougher to stealth camp when you have a small group vs. just yourself.
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,335
Posted By robow

Yep, no hotels anywhere near Fredericksburg and...

Yep, no hotels anywhere near Fredericksburg and then staying at Massillon creates one only 38 mile day and at least 70 on the final day into Cleveland. Would like to keep that final day a little...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,335
Posted By robow

Rob, you bring up a very good point but I am...

Rob, you bring up a very good point but I am striking out when trying to find lodging anywhere near the trail leading up to Akron without having to ride away from the trail for several miles, which...
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 10:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,335
Posted By robow

While I've got all this experience here: If we...

While I've got all this experience here: If we hotel the trip, does this seem doable as to finding lodging? and what changes would you make ?
Day 1 Cincy to Xenia, 67 miles
Day 2 Xenia to...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By robow

If you want to use those original wheels but want...

If you want to use those original wheels but want to squeeze as much weight tolerance out of them as you can, replace the spokes with Alpine triple butted spokes (that is if the hubs can handle the...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,335
Posted By robow

Thanks Rob for putting my mind at ease. We are...

Thanks Rob for putting my mind at ease. We are probably going to do the route over 6 days and therefore average closer to 55 - 60 miles per day so that we can do some exploring just off the trail....
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,034
Posted By robow

For what it's worth, the newest pair of Schwalbe...

For what it's worth, the newest pair of Schwalbe Marathon Pluses that I put on my wife's touring bike measured about one size smaller than stated, measured on two different rims. In other words the...
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By robow

Agree. For myself as related to solo...

Agree.

For myself as related to solo touring,
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By robow

I'm not so sure about being approached less by...

I'm not so sure about being approached less by locals if I am riding with a group. Often I ride with other elderly individuals, a few of which are women and people feel much more comfortable...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,448
Posted By robow

I always carry two of these fiber fix spokes...

I always carry two of these fiber fix spokes anymore just in case someone else I'm touring with needs one. It's relatively cheap, lightweight, easily packable insurance. And even though I built my...
Forum: Touring
01-04-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,680
Posted By robow

Yea, I did have to tear it apart and give it a...

Yea, I did have to tear it apart and give it a good cleaning and if I remember correctly, I had to replace a small piece or two in order to make it functional again

I'm sure most know but the...
Forum: Touring
01-03-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By robow

A few years ago I spent a week touring down south...

A few years ago I spent a week touring down south with a couple fellows that had been ride leaders for one of the ACA tours across the US. Wow, did they have some interesting stories about...
Forum: Touring
01-03-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,680
Posted By robow

I've always felt the Topeak Road Morph is an...

I've always felt the Topeak Road Morph is an excellent pump unless you're like this moron who forgot to throw it into one of his panniers during less than ideal trail conditions. Unfortunately I...
Forum: Touring
01-03-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 944
Posted By robow

Maybe I'm wrong and being naive here, but I...

Maybe I'm wrong and being naive here, but I always thought of that recommended weight distribution as considering just the weight of the panniers and the stuff you carried, not the weight of the bike...
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 944
Posted By robow

Though theoretically ideal, over the decades I...

Though theoretically ideal, over the decades I have seen very few bike tourists, even those that are well seasoned, who adhere to this ratio. Why ? Because most rear panniers are significantly larger...
Forum: Touring
12-28-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,986
Posted By robow

Awfully tough to beat for the price if you want a...

Awfully tough to beat for the price if you want a new bike. Of course one needs to desire (or at least be willing to accept) bar end shifters.
Forum: Touring
12-20-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By robow

I wouldn't hesitate at all to use a 27" Gatorskin...

I wouldn't hesitate at all to use a 27" Gatorskin if staying on asphalt or flat compacted trails.
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,359
Posted By robow

Shimmy can definitely occur when you get a bike...

Shimmy can definitely occur when you get a bike where the rear triangle is not rigid enough for the amount of torque being placed upon it. There were several "touring" bikes that were under built in...
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By robow

I generally use a set of Cat Ears on my helmet...

I generally use a set of Cat Ears on my helmet and it greatly reduces wind noise making for more pleasant riding. There are other manufacturers these days such Wind Blox and SlipStreamz and they all...
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