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Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,365
Posted By DropBarFan

This past week I dealt with a couple tight parts...

This past week I dealt with a couple tight parts & read about anti-seize compound which is supposed to work a bit better than grease esp with dissimilar metals. I've also picked up a pair of thick...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,365
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting find but what would be the intended...

Interesting find but what would be the intended use? From what I read, rinko bikes are designed for the rather unique needs of Japanese tourists who use trains & even so require more...
07-02-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,277
Posted By DropBarFan

I inherited a bike with twist-grip shifters...not...

I inherited a bike with twist-grip shifters...not a big problem but fairly easy to shift accidentally esp in hot weather with sweaty hands.
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 817
Posted By DropBarFan

I used to ride 1,000's of miles on very bumpy...

I used to ride 1,000's of miles on very bumpy streets & only rarely needed to tighten cones other than when cleaning/re-lubing. IME hubs are one of the least critical components...M756 look like...
Forum: Touring
06-01-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice report on the Tubus Grand Expedition...I...

Nice report on the Tubus Grand Expedition...I hadn't heard of it before. So it works nicely for 52telecaster's purpose & for long-distance 4-pannier loaded touring I think the platform would be nice...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,284
Posted By DropBarFan

Wow, pretty amazing campground. Didn't know...

Wow, pretty amazing campground. Didn't know Minnie Pearl performed as a teenager. I hope they had doctors on hand for the 3 Stooges--imagine all the kids with nose bleeds & eye pokes after trying...
04-25-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 29,213
Posted By DropBarFan

North America internet is basically unregulated...

North America internet is basically unregulated in any transparent way. No meaningful anti-trust actions vs Google, Amazon & other monopolies. US played at anti-trust action vs MicroSoft which came...
04-19-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,367
Posted By DropBarFan

A couple of years ago I did a spring ride with...

A couple of years ago I did a spring ride with massive amounts of pollen getting past the regular bike glasses so I switched to Oakley Flight Jacket. Pretty wide coverage incl the raised rimless top...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By DropBarFan

I bought a 3-season tent a couple of years...

I bought a 3-season tent a couple of years ago...on a fall tour I discovered there was a mesh vent in the top with no flap to close it off. When temp dropped to freezing it got chilly, so esp for...
04-15-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 10,084
Posted By DropBarFan

Tinkerer types often have the spare time & parts...

Tinkerer types often have the spare time & parts to patch bikes up cheaply for non-mechanical buyers who don't have the time & skill to repair used bikes. A local guy had a house with all sorts of...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 349
Posted By DropBarFan

What a fun project! I visited Durango &...

What a fun project! I visited Durango & Walsenburg CO (not cycling) way back when to meet family/friends, didn't know it was such nice cycling territory.
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By DropBarFan

Racks might be an item that's economical to buy...

Racks might be an item that's economical to buy used. Tents & panniers can accumulate UV damage but if time allows, I'm sure one can find good used stuff.
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,641
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting. At first I wondered about the lack...

Interesting. At first I wondered about the lack of being able to reach forward & tilt the light down to prevent 'blinding' folks on the MUP but from what I read, the good dyno lights are designed...
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,005
Posted By DropBarFan

Thanks for sharing. I've seen various accounts...

Thanks for sharing. I've seen various accounts of trans-USA rides but hadn't noticed the total elevation was that much!
Forum: Touring
04-02-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,330
Posted By DropBarFan

Bike guru Sheldon Brown was a big fan of sprung...

Bike guru Sheldon Brown was a big fan of sprung leather saddles! Sprung saddles (or good suspension seat-posts like the Thudbuster) can absorb shock w/o excess saddle padding that can increase...
Forum: Touring
03-16-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,721
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, there's straight forks vs curved forks,...

Yes, there's straight forks vs curved forks, forks with different eyelet spacing & racks with different spacing. Can be surprisingly tough to find a good front rack for some bikes. I have a bike...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,957
Posted By DropBarFan

Colorado & Utah have dry heat that's a lot more...

Colorado & Utah have dry heat that's a lot more tolerable than the humid east/mid-west but I suppose still hotter than some would like. Great Lakes or Quebec sound really fun & I guess not too many...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,517
Posted By DropBarFan

Diverge is nice but less tire/fender clearance &...

Diverge is nice but less tire/fender clearance & $350 higher price than the Haanjo EXP Carbon. Getting that low 20/34 gear would seem to require switching to a 3x9 MTB drivetrain, perhaps $200-$400...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,896
Posted By DropBarFan

Cool bike & must have a super-comfy ride. In the...

Cool bike & must have a super-comfy ride. In the 70's some folks mounted drop-bars upside-down & mounted the road levers underneath the "drops".
Forum: Touring
11-10-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,236
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: 31
Views: 2,477
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, 10:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,236
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
11-07-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,477
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
10-28-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,203
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
08-28-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 11,682
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
08-19-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,033
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.
07-12-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,000
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
07-05-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,229
Posted By DropBarFan

I use Crank Brothers Double Shot pedals on both...

I use Crank Brothers Double Shot pedals on both touring bikes. The flat side has nubs vs pins so it is kind even to soft flip-flop soles; OTOH not super-grippy...I don't hop off curbs for instance.
07-05-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,862
Posted By DropBarFan

Very cool! Greg is looking good I must say. BTW...

Very cool! Greg is looking good I must say. BTW while I've never been to Knoxville, on the map it looks like it might be a good cycling city...plenty of nearby hills for climbing!
07-05-19, 12:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,862
Posted By DropBarFan

US Amateur Nationals

I attended the US National's criterium race in Hagerstown MD. I thought it might include pros but later learned the pro championships were the next week in Knoxville TN. Anyway it was an exciting...
Forum: Touring
07-04-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By DropBarFan

Well I'm impressed a newbie is willing to tackle...

Well I'm impressed a newbie is willing to tackle Dallas summer heat. June wasn't super hot but OTOH significant humidity. Next 10 days high temps near 100 F. Only time I was in Dallas was in...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By DropBarFan

Congrats, sounds like it was fun! Not hard to...

Congrats, sounds like it was fun! Not hard to get side-tracked: sometimes road has a different name than what map seems to show, sometimes in rural areas there's few road markings etc. Phone or GPS...
Forum: Touring
07-02-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,529
Posted By DropBarFan

Yellowjacket nests can be small & hard to spot....

Yellowjacket nests can be small & hard to spot. Sometimes they do a light sting & other times full suicidal force, quite unpredictable. South is seeing more Super Nests...
06-07-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 23,984
Posted By DropBarFan

Electric would seem to be eco but I think most...

Electric would seem to be eco but I think most Tesla owners (esp S & X) have 1 or 2 other vehicles so one has to consider the energy/pollution used to make an additional vehicle. In re the bike...
06-06-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 23,984
Posted By DropBarFan

Weird coincidence, tonite a neighbor mentioned he...

Weird coincidence, tonite a neighbor mentioned he was getting a Tesla 3 delivered soon, I told him about the Seasucker issue, just for fun 'cause he doesn't cycle anyway.
06-02-19, 10:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,849
Posted By DropBarFan

Heh, at least you could understand what they're...

Heh, at least you could understand what they're saying. When motorists holler at me I can rarely comprehend the words. Drivers' Ed should teach proper technique: use the diaphragm to project the...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 7,835
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm not vegan (used to be a long time ago) but on...

I'm not vegan (used to be a long time ago) but on tour I tend to eat vegan stuff esp when camping. I like rice/lentils, oatmeal, hummus, rice crackers, crisp bread etc. Easy, digestible & cheap. ...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,191
Posted By DropBarFan

Many folks have job/career/family etc obligations...

Many folks have job/career/family etc obligations that put long tours out of the picture esp with increasing cost of living. 3 weeks vacation is more than a lot of folks get...should allow for a...
Forum: Touring
09-05-15, 11:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,884
Posted By DropBarFan

Coda Sport has wider gear range than both Volpe...

Coda Sport has wider gear range than both Volpe or Aurora, no? All 3 are cro-mo frames so I don't think one will be esp lighter to justify buying new bike. AFAIK your Coda is w/flat handlebar: many...
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