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Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 301
Posted By robow

I'm hoping things get better by this fall as I...

I'm hoping things get better by this fall as I have a tour planned downed south in October and I'm going to ride come hell or high water. (everything else has been cancelled or postponed this year)
Forum: Touring
07-01-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By robow

Touring bikes tend to have a more upright...

Touring bikes tend to have a more upright position which theoretically allows for greater comfort and the better ability to see the sights. This is generally achieved by a shorter "reach" and/or a...
Forum: Touring
06-29-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By robow

There was a local fellow on a training ride doing...

There was a local fellow on a training ride doing hill repeats on the steepest grade hill we have (he was a very good category 3 racer) when he struck a deer on the downhill at high speed. Broke...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 508
Posted By robow

Though you might be correct, I wouldn't avoid a...

Though you might be correct, I wouldn't avoid a crank set that I really liked because of the octo link bottom bracket. They're cheap so pick up a couple of spares, toss them in a drawer and you're...
Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 572
Posted By robow

No, your 105 rear derailleur won't handle that...

No, your 105 rear derailleur won't handle that large a cog on the cassette. You would likely need a true mountain bike length long-cage to achieve that and..... someone correct me if I'm wrong here,...
Forum: Touring
06-25-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 572
Posted By robow

If he goes with a triple crank, he now needs a...

If he goes with a triple crank, he now needs a new crank, a new set of shifters (not cheap), a new front derailleur, new chain, a new long cage rear derailleur, heck I would just get a new bike.
Forum: Touring
06-25-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 572
Posted By robow

Happy Feet, I've swapped several 11-32 to an...

Happy Feet, I've swapped several 11-32 to an 11-34 with no problem but the couple I went up to an 11-36, I had to reverse the B screw to get it to shift well. Just a consideration if you can't obtain...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 572
Posted By robow

If your 105 groupset has a compact crank 50/34...

If your 105 groupset has a compact crank 50/34 then you can't really do much about a smaller chainring without replacing the whole crank, which could be done by using a subcompact, 46/30 but it won't...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,664
Posted By robow

I was just commenting on the fact that the new...

I was just commenting on the fact that the new Disc Trucker is $325 more than the standard LHT. Not worth it imo but choices are good !
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,664
Posted By robow

Love it or hate it, I am glad that Surly still...

Love it or hate it, I am glad that Surly still continues to offer the original non-disc bike and frame at a greatly reduced cost.
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,664
Posted By robow

The LHT used to be such a good bang for the buck,...

The LHT used to be such a good bang for the buck, but I'm not sure that's the case anymore.
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,526
Posted By robow

I'm sure Crazy Guy on a Bike must have countless...

I'm sure Crazy Guy on a Bike must have countless threads on such a popular route. (a mere 23,000 + mentions)

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/search/?query=C+%26+O&main_type=all
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,281
Posted By robow

Twin sons of different mothers : ) BobG, I...

Twin sons of different mothers : )

BobG, I see that now in your photo and you obviously have a well thought out technique that works well for you. Well done!

A couple years ago I came upon a...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,281
Posted By robow

BobG, definitely a neat way to check on how...

BobG, definitely a neat way to check on how laterally true the rim is but like so many, you're only checking lateral trueness and have no way to check how "out of round" the rim is. And as for use...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 19,000
Posted By robow

Last year I had to purchase an extra tent for...

Last year I had to purchase an extra tent for occasional use when a friend or family member would join us on tour. I picked up a Kelty Salida 2 for $100. Weighs in right at 4 lbs for a touch over 30...
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,400
Posted By robow

Preventing theft by bears is easy, it's the...

Preventing theft by bears is easy, it's the clever raccoons that are difficult to dissuade . They probably designed that pulley system as intelligent as they are.
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,281
Posted By robow

That is robbery, I've seen people go to jail for...

That is robbery, I've seen people go to jail for less. The mere components for 1 wheel cost me more than that.
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,281
Posted By robow

Yea, I used to use hacks such as a stack of books...

Yea, I used to use hacks such as a stack of books for a dishing tool and a bolt taped to brake pads or frame to help true but once you use a real truing stand, dishing tool and a spoke tension meter,...
Forum: Touring
05-26-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,453
Posted By robow

Excellent ! The Rock's a nice little trail,...

Excellent ! The Rock's a nice little trail, often thought of using that to initiate a longer ride.
Forum: Touring
05-21-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,400
Posted By robow

Nice photos above. Not sure about the Canadian...

Nice photos above.
Not sure about the Canadian parks but here in the states, be aware that some state and private campgrounds are no longer allowing things to be attached or hung from their trees,...
Forum: Touring
05-21-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,400
Posted By robow

If you sniff around, for $100 US, you can...

If you sniff around, for $100 US, you can purchase a very nice 2 person tent that will serve you well. A decent camping hammock will set you back more. Though you might not need an expensive under...
Forum: Touring
05-20-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 652
Posted By robow

Love the color, really took that frame up a...

Love the color, really took that frame up a notch. Well done !
Forum: Touring
05-20-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,233
Posted By robow

My advise is "start slow". If she's not yet into...

My advise is "start slow". If she's not yet into riding a lot, start with short scenic rural distances away from traffic. If she's like my wife of 35 years, her idea of camping was a Motel 6 and so...
Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 652
Posted By robow

Almost never a problem, chain rings don't know...

Almost never a problem, chain rings don't know what "speed" they are (within limitations of course). For what little it's worth, my own personal touring bike is set up with a 10 speed chain indexed...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 770
Posted By robow

At first glance I think of this as silly...

At first glance I think of this as silly but...... with a double of 46-30 up front and an 11x42 in the rear, I'm looking at a low of 19 gear inches which is the same as my triple of 24 front and 34...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,497
Posted By robow

Can't say the best until you've seen the worst. ...

Can't say the best until you've seen the worst. This is one long haul.

https://youtu.be/CvhpyuSDHSo#t=20s
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,813
Posted By robow

Those in Illinois that I'm familiar with: The...

Those in Illinois that I'm familiar with:
The old Chain of Rocks Bridge can be a fine way of crossing into Illinois from St. Louis if open.
Otherwise slightly to the north, Highway 67 into Alton,...
Forum: Touring
05-09-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,352
Posted By robow

One thing for certain as time goes by, we go from...

One thing for certain as time goes by, we go from greater standardization and compatibility to less. Entropy at play.
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,352
Posted By robow

In the bike industry, of which bicycle touring is...

In the bike industry, of which bicycle touring is an extremely small subset (though we wish it wasn't so), occasionally you do get an innovation that truly makes our lives better. But unfortunately...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By robow

What Doug said, but if the Tiagra won't work for...

What Doug said, but if the Tiagra won't work for you, I have found this IRD Alpina front derailler to work for my smaller chain ring triples and STI, available for braze on or buy the available clamp...
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,168
Posted By robow

I'm sorry I don't understand. I run mini v's on...

I'm sorry I don't understand. I run mini v's on one of my cycle cross bikes and use Kool stop salmon replaceable V type brake pads with the compatible alloy holder. In fact I use the same pads and...
Forum: Touring
05-04-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 914
Posted By robow

Very wise choice in my opinion. Also, lesser...

Very wise choice in my opinion. Also, lesser experienced touring cyclists tend to carry more "stuff" in my experience and/or tend to carry items that are less expensive but heavier. Either way,...
Forum: Touring
05-02-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 617
Posted By robow

kind of like: ...

kind of like:

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/432x514/bb_1f42f713e68d43c351e507384d2e6988e0fd299a.jpg
Forum: Touring
04-27-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By robow

Doug64, I really wish you wouldn't post that...

Doug64, I really wish you wouldn't post that photo of that particular most lovely Cannondale, as I had a chance to pick one up and didn't...... and of course have regretted it ever since. Ha
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By robow

I know "small" is a relative term but these don't...

I know "small" is a relative term but these don't seem large to me, and btw, these are on a smaller frame and a 26" wheel....
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,559
Posted By robow

First in: Ortlieb front rollers

First in:

Ortlieb front rollers
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By robow

My older Ultegra 6600 hubs will accept a 9 or 10...

My older Ultegra 6600 hubs will accept a 9 or 10 but won't accept an 11 speed cassette is why I was asking. Hope you can make it all work.
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By robow

Will your rear hub accept an 11 speed cassette ?

Will your rear hub accept an 11 speed cassette ?
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,616
Posted By robow

What about the Lake to Lake trail, isn't it open...

What about the Lake to Lake trail, isn't it open pretty much the whole way now ? Lake Michigan, South Haven to Lake Huron, Port Huron, thinking it was just under 300 miles.
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,756
Posted By robow

And since we're tossing around numbers that are...

And since we're tossing around numbers that are totally meaningless, the stem lengths that we are considering are totally dependent upon the bar set up. A case in point is the Surly LHT that I built...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,756
Posted By robow

Numerical frame sizing is almost totally...

Numerical frame sizing is almost totally irrelevant in this day and age. One frame sized 58 might fit you fine, but with another bike it might be too small or too large. Nothing is standardized...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,756
Posted By robow

Sorry, a 60 cm frame would have been way too...

Sorry, a 60 cm frame would have been way too large for a 5'11" male as most will fit nicely on a 56 LHT because of the longer than average top tube. A 58 cm frame would be adequate only for those...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,272
Posted By robow

And when it comes to camping specific items such...

And when it comes to camping specific items such as camp stoves, don't ever hesitate to go to any number of hiking websites and peruse their forums. Often you can learn even more since they will...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,048
Posted By robow

This is an interesting single wheel bike trailer....

This is an interesting single wheel bike trailer. Has anyone had any experience with these Maya Cycle trailers? Comes with a kickstand, turns itself into a "wheelbarrow" and is only $219 with dry...
Forum: Touring
04-19-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,811
Posted By robow

I don't know alllan, we were touring on mountain...

I don't know alllan, we were touring on mountain bikes well before the term "bikepacking" took off and those same mountain bikes were tough over built critters that could handle single track just...
Forum: Touring
04-18-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,602
Posted By robow

Likely not even necessary, just give the saddle a...

Likely not even necessary, just give the saddle a good rub down before you head off and you're likely good for the tour, if not the rest of the season.
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,602
Posted By robow

Yea, as a kid we used to break in our ball gloves...

Yea, as a kid we used to break in our ball gloves and soften the leather with neatsfoot or mink oil. I agree with Doug and djb, you can't go wrong with Proofide.
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 790
Posted By robow

cyclezealot, are you talking about the...

cyclezealot, are you talking about the Michigander Bike tour ? I hope not because it has been canceled for 2020 and postponed until 2021. The good news is we've done that ride 3 times and it's...
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,602
Posted By robow

They were very kind and quick in replacing that...

They were very kind and quick in replacing that first saddle in the photo since it was less than a week old and had only been used on my bike trainer indoors. I thought it might have been just a...
Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,602
Posted By robow

This is a friend of mine's SA saddle after not...

This is a friend of mine's SA saddle after not many days on tour (it was new when we took off), but in all fairness, he likes it and still uses it to this day though it continued to sag....
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