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Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,560
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: 3,605
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: 2,560
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.
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By DropBarFan

I have Sidi MTB shoes....they're walkable for...

I have Sidi MTB shoes....they're walkable for shorter distances. Still, it makes sense to have separate shoes for biking & walking. Road shoes can save weight so more efficient while majority of...
08-19-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,584
Posted By DropBarFan

This varies a lot. DC allows bikes on sidewalks...

This varies a lot. DC allows bikes on sidewalks outside of Central Business District, Virginia allows except when prohibited by local ordinance; Maryland prohibits unless allowed by local ordinance....
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,098
Posted By DropBarFan

I haven't had bar-ends shift inadvertently while...

I haven't had bar-ends shift inadvertently while riding but while cornering at low speeds I do have to take care of not bumping into them. A couple days ago I reached down to where down-tube...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,605
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice journal, things look pretty decent though...

Nice journal, things look pretty decent though the Springlands Immigration building could use a coat of paint. Austin TX has 99 F this week, DC was 98 today, matching the record. Kinda weird but...
08-19-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,156
Posted By DropBarFan

From physics class I had thought gyroscopic...

From physics class I had thought gyroscopic effect of spinning bike wheels helped a lot with bike balance but apparently it's minor, the steering geometry is more important.
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Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By DropBarFan

I've toured in Tevas, don't recall the model,...

I've toured in Tevas, don't recall the model, worked OK, maybe the shape of the Hurricane's sole doesn't agree with some folks.
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,098
Posted By DropBarFan

Makes one wonder why more pros didn't use bar-end...

Makes one wonder why more pros didn't use bar-end shifters back then. I guess the racers & mechanics didn't want to bother with installing/maintaining a part that didn't come with the stock groupset.
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,012
Posted By DropBarFan

I doubted that but did a quick search & indeed,...

I doubted that but did a quick search & indeed, the consensus seems to be that organic pads give less rotor wear. While some folks have horror stories about organic pads wearing out very quickly, my...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,062
Posted By DropBarFan

That's interesting, I guess I haven't kept up...

That's interesting, I guess I haven't kept up with the laptop scene enough...turns out there are some fairly light ones at a good price. Laptops are easier to use, so if weight/battery etc is not a...
08-13-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,584
Posted By DropBarFan

That's a bit surprising. Sometimes roads are...

That's a bit surprising. Sometimes roads are dangerous & sidewalks are the better option as long as the cyclist is polite & uses reasonable caution.
08-13-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,584
Posted By DropBarFan

I don't really mind the voice-announcers when...

I don't really mind the voice-announcers when they do so with a nice tone & not at the last second. & some of the voice-announcers are very polite, saying thank you after the pass. IME commuters,...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By DropBarFan

Painting & cycling just naturally go together ;) ...

Painting & cycling just naturally go together ;)


(start at 12:24)
Monty Python Picasso Cycling Race
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,012
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting, I hadn't read about sanding rotors. ...

Interesting, I hadn't read about sanding rotors. My BB7's with stock pads always squealed in the rain; SwissStop organic pads were quiet but wore out relatively soon. Recently bought Jagwire...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 844
Posted By DropBarFan

Looks pretty nice, I've always remembered...

Looks pretty nice, I've always remembered Independent Fabrication since the first touring bike w/disc brakes I saw was a titanium IF. There's lots of folder fans but I'd think one gives up some...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,641
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, how much does the web server cost anyway? ...

Yes, how much does the web server cost anyway? Isn't he at least doing better than breaking even? Not to criticize though. I like the old-school layout & the large # of posts. Not sure if I would...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 12:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 751
Posted By DropBarFan

Cool to see a fat bike with panniers, also the...

Cool to see a fat bike with panniers, also the number of bikes on the ferry. A bit mystifying why biking, esp touring, is so much more popular in the west than the east coast.
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 12:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By DropBarFan

That Cannondale looks pretty nice; alu frame...

That Cannondale looks pretty nice; alu frame saves a good deal of weight...tire width probably somewhat limited but many folks don't tour with wider tires anyway. That front rack is heavy but the...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 12:02 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,062
Posted By DropBarFan

I would think about keeping the Iphone (for basic...

I would think about keeping the Iphone (for basic calls/texts etc) & getting a fairly nice 10" tablet for other uses. I'm not an expert, but don't the better tablets often have an advantage of...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,403
Posted By DropBarFan

Vancouver to San Francisco is pretty epic for a...

Vancouver to San Francisco is pretty epic for a first tour! Bike touring is rather addicting (in a good way)...maybe it's those exercise endorphins. I don't have special advice for post-tour, for...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 10:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,830
Posted By DropBarFan

Not many spots in USA that don't get cold...

Not many spots in USA that don't get cold sometimes. I've been in central/coastal Florida when it was 38 F & raining. I think the main thing is to avoid snow. In dry weather, 40's can be quite...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,605
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting report. I guess the high humidity,...

Interesting report. I guess the high humidity, while not super-comfy, is not a huge drawback. Like, in eastern US summer, there's enough humidity so that one gets pretty sweaty anyway. Personally,...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By DropBarFan

LizardSkin 3.2 slipped out of place a bit leaving...

LizardSkin 3.2 slipped out of place a bit leaving a gap. But the instructions say not to stretch it while wrapping so hard to tell how tight to go. Also the white color got dirty quickly. I got...
07-13-19, 11:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By DropBarFan

Stingrays were built for wheelies, now if ya'...

Stingrays were built for wheelies, now if ya' wanna be cool, do a wheelie on a road bike!

Peter Sagan Wheelie Lesson
07-13-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,338
Posted By DropBarFan

I've thought about RAGBRAI: classic event aimed...

I've thought about RAGBRAI: classic event aimed at bike-camping, cost is pretty low, challenging course etc. But one has to register months ahead & hope to win a lottery? My favorite mass ride was...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,289
Posted By DropBarFan

Unfortunately Ergon looks to have discontinued...

Unfortunately Ergon looks to have discontinued pedals.
07-13-19, 10:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 820
Posted By DropBarFan

"Clincher" rims/tires (whether tubeless or not)...

"Clincher" rims/tires (whether tubeless or not) means for standard tires ie with a bead as opposed to "tubular" tires/rims which are mainly used for elite road & cyclo-cross racing.

I'd think...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,323
Posted By DropBarFan

Heh, a lot of logistics there! Toting an...

Heh, a lot of logistics there! Toting an assembled bike (esp in box) could be difficult on vans/buses & I suppose some wouldn't accept it. Sometimes S&S means avoiding taxi fees which AFAIK can be...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,327
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm looking at the DT Swiss bearing replacement...

I'm looking at the DT Swiss bearing replacement video: it doesn't look much easier than the more common cartridge-bearing hubs. Video uses a vice, nylon mallet, lockring tool & punch tools. Not...
07-12-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,338
Posted By DropBarFan

I don't do mass rides, cost & schedule would be a...

I don't do mass rides, cost & schedule would be a problem but I like riding alone anyway. I never really got the concept of charity rides/walks. If folks want to give, just give & save the expense...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,327
Posted By DropBarFan

I checked DT Swiss' site, 350 Classic avail in...

I checked DT Swiss' site, 350 Classic avail in disc/QR. I've never had many problems with cup/cone hubs either but maybe DT Swiss would be good for epic tours. My newer bike has proprietary HED...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 828
Posted By DropBarFan

SRAM says the GX-11 derailleurs are for 36/24. ...

SRAM says the GX-11 derailleurs are for 36/24. It's possible the derailleur cage curve would be tighter than optimal for a 42-tooth chainring meaning one would have to mount it a bit higher. ...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 721
Posted By DropBarFan

I'd go with the Koga for the comfier ride on the...

I'd go with the Koga for the comfier ride on the unpaved parts. In general I like drop bars but you're used to the Koga. Koga doesn't look too small from the photo, seat post is mounted fairly low. ...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,323
Posted By DropBarFan

I don't know quite how AA ranks in general fares...

I don't know quite how AA ranks in general fares but that surely sounds like good news. Folks used to do a mortgage-burning ceremony when it was paid off...something similar for couplers? ;)
07-11-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,846
Posted By DropBarFan

One bike has a kickstand but I always wear a...

One bike has a kickstand but I always wear a helmet even on the bike path since it has a mirror to let me see the rude bikers zooming by at minimum distance. Some tourists find kickstands very...
07-11-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 820
Posted By DropBarFan

I'd think about a cyclocross bike plus a 2nd pair...

I'd think about a cyclocross bike plus a 2nd pair of lighter narrow-tire wheels for the speedy road rides. Cyclocross bikes are pretty close to road bikes though with wider tires for dirt/mud roads....
07-11-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,923
Posted By DropBarFan

I started wearing long-sleeve shirts/jerseys 3...

I started wearing long-sleeve shirts/jerseys 3 years ago & have been surprised that they're pretty comfortable in the summer. I think long-sleeves can actually be more comfy on sunnier days. Many...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,310
Posted By DropBarFan

I took a bike on a rear car rack for 1,800 miles...

I took a bike on a rear car rack for 1,800 miles (no dirt roads) & no problem other than having to lash the wheels so they wouldn't spin. Now, I'd remove chain & perhaps cover chainrings/cluster. ...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 946
Posted By DropBarFan

Neat, thanks! See any other biker/hikers? It...

Neat, thanks! See any other biker/hikers? It looks really remote but I'm surprised to read the route hooks into Los Alamos local trails plus there's a train from Albuquerque. The roads look pretty...
07-11-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,109
Posted By DropBarFan

Walmart nearest me is across the street from the...

Walmart nearest me is across the street from the Bentley/Aston Martin/McLaren dealership & a bunch of $$ condos. WalMart.com sells all sorts of stuff incl quality brands, so who knows?
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 11:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,634
Posted By DropBarFan

Amazingly detailed reports tomtomtom123. Despite...

Amazingly detailed reports tomtomtom123. Despite all the different saddle designs, I wonder if touring saddles aren't something of an afterthought for manufacturers, much in the same way as touring...
07-10-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,109
Posted By DropBarFan

I agree, the Allied bikes in particular are quite...

I agree, the Allied bikes in particular are quite expensive...made in America, OK, but still. Sporty bikes is a crowded market. I'd like to see Waltons use their resources to improve...
07-10-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,589
Posted By DropBarFan

Very nice, I hadn't heard about his move to...

Very nice, I hadn't heard about his move to Tennessee. His new company sounds interesting. I've thought about a bike-camping tour in NC/TN but I'd need to do some serious training first.
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,951
Posted By DropBarFan

That's what happens when one knows just enough...

That's what happens when one knows just enough French to get in trouble. I figured since mountain running is a thing nowadays, why not? :D
07-09-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,156
Posted By DropBarFan

Learned how to ride at age 7 on a junky old bike...

Learned how to ride at age 7 on a junky old bike with pedals on a quiet cul-de-sac loop. Nobody was watching or coaching so no pressure, I pushed along & somehow things clicked after a while. ...
07-09-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,109
Posted By DropBarFan

By coincidence, I happened to discover that...

By coincidence, I happened to discover that Georgetown DC ($$ location) had a Rapha shop. Very chic looking with espresso/pastry bar but I had to wonder how the place made any money. Nobody bought...
07-09-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,330
Posted By DropBarFan

I have NBCSN, not exactly "free" ie part of cable...

I have NBCSN, not exactly "free" ie part of cable tier package. Have to set DVR which is not a huge task but I don't have multi-room. NBC Gold seems good for cable-cutters, AFAIK includes some...
07-09-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 833
Posted By DropBarFan

I hadn't noticed, would have assumed that with...

I hadn't noticed, would have assumed that with long hours in the sun, arm hair bleaches & not so noticeable. But since they're shaving legs, why not do the arms too? Gillette should sponsor a...
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