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Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 648
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: 48
Views: 1,594
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: 1,790
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: 2,751
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: 113
Views: 7,617
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: 113
Views: 7,617
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: 657
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: 1,790
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: 744
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: 1,521
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: 657
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: 884
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: 2,751
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: 1,116
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: 2,520
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: 41
Views: 3,200
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: 580
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: 430
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: 4,263
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: 1,269
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: 805
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: 2,245
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: 3,253
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: 4,263
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: 3,253
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: 801
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: 700
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: 2,245
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: 2,746
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: 805
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: 1,887
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: 1,266
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: 920
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: 4,039
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: 1,619
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: 4,039
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: 1,552
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: 2,871
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: 72
Views: 5,533
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: 4,039
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: 5,231
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: 800
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...
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,427
Posted By DropBarFan

Pretty funny, reminds me of the Monty Python...

Pretty funny, reminds me of the Monty Python phrasebook sketch. BTW I'm surprised to read this article claiming some pros either don't use chamois cream or else use it only during races. Pros have...
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,871
Posted By DropBarFan

Suspension shoes for when one is off the bike...

Suspension shoes for when one is off the bike with hydraulic brakes & suspension fork!
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 923
Posted By DropBarFan

Hmm, 39 C tomorrow in Catania! However most...

Hmm, 39 C tomorrow in Catania! However most days of the route should have more reasonable weather. Much hotter than Norway of course but I think fitness & positive attitude is more important. My...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,810
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm impressed! I always thought of GAP as being...

I'm impressed! I always thought of GAP as being more for regional folks but I guess it is a bit unique in the US.



Pretty, I missed prev mentions that Fallingwater was so close to GAP. Some...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,691
Posted By DropBarFan

That Mariposa looks pretty sweet. Surly Big...

That Mariposa looks pretty sweet. Surly Big Dummy has huge rear panniers w/almost half behind rear hub even though it looks like there would be ample room to mount them more fore-ward.
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,007
Posted By DropBarFan

For commuting/casual riding/light touring w/o...

For commuting/casual riding/light touring w/o spending major $$, I'd think about getting a used hybrid. Lots of them are lightly used, pretty light, some have suspension fork that smooths out city...
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,400
Posted By DropBarFan

Congrats, looks like a fun bike. Actually the...

Congrats, looks like a fun bike. Actually the Quick Speed 2 doesn't seem seem that clunky/heavy but the Exploit has drop bars & AFAIK hydraulic brakes which should be nice for those long descents.
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By DropBarFan

Cars have to pay 37€, bikes go free! I figure...

Cars have to pay 37€, bikes go free! I figure anyone planning an Alpine tour will already be quite fit...just train crazy hard with lots of climbing & weightlifting.
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