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Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
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: 3,798
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: 1,644
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: 4,884
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: 1,491
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: 33
Views: 2,524
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: 1,027
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: 17
Views: 1,103
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: 9,956
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: 3,119
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: 4,228
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: 3,119
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: 1,238
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: 137
Views: 9,956
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: 52
Views: 3,252
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: 4,228
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: 6,646
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.
...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,238
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: 52
Views: 3,252
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: 2,574
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: 85
Views: 4,593
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: 137
Views: 9,956
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: 137
Views: 9,956
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: 852
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: 2,574
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: 936
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: 1,778
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: 852
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: 1,147
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: 85
Views: 4,593
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: 1,865
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: 3,498
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: 4,228
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: 645
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: 492
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: 4,657
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: 1,391
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: 914
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: 39
Views: 3,798
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: 3,578
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: 4,657
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: 3,578
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: 905
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: 785
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: 39
Views: 3,798
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: 3,115
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: 914
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: 2,066
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: 1,448
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: 1,049
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...
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