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Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By Wiggle

fourfa, good information and questions. Just...

fourfa, good information and questions.

Just remember NiMH rechargeables work quite well too if you get a good brand (LSD types, Sanyo Eneloop for example though there are many others now).

If...
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By Wiggle

You might want to start by deciding your power...

You might want to start by deciding your power source first and then narrow down from there.

I see the two main categories as being:

Tail-lights with integrated batteries that charge via USB....
Forum: Touring
05-21-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 2,170,778
Posted By Wiggle

My target was a tour of a week or two. Though at...

My target was a tour of a week or two. Though at that point you wouldn't need to add much to go longer.

If I were dropping down to just a couple of nights it would be less clothes, maybe drop the...
Forum: Touring
05-21-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4,466
Views: 2,170,778
Posted By Wiggle

Getting my Trek 520 "test-loaded" for first time....

Getting my Trek 520 "test-loaded" for first time. Hopefully can get out for some local touring in the upcoming months as COVID restrictions lift. The Ortlieb front rollers are new as well, the MEC...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,628
Posted By Wiggle

You're pretty close to replicating the Trek 520s...

You're pretty close to replicating the Trek 520s drivetrain there. You shouldn't need the shiftmate.

​​​​​​I was looking at this a bit and it seems to get MTB crankset and gearing with brifters...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

Thanks for the great input djb. I am...

Thanks for the great input djb.

I am thinking that 50F 55R may end up being closer to ideal for me (until I load it for touring anyway). I'll start playing with the pressures a few psi at a time...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

What pressure are you running in those 38s? ...

What pressure are you running in those 38s? Right now I am going to about 65 psi ( bodyweight is 175 lbs). Was considering going a bit lower.
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

maximum01: Likewise, I got mine for a good...

maximum01: Likewise, I got mine for a good discount from full MSRP. Happy my bike shop was able to negotiate.

I can't speak to Bontrager vs alternates in all regards but I can give some feedback...
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

Thanks for the input. Is the technique to avoid...

Thanks for the input. Is the technique to avoid "dragging" the brakes for long periods and allowing heat build-up?
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

I am curious to see if the 160mm rotors prove to...

I am curious to see if the 160mm rotors prove to be a limitation with touring. Anyone have any experience with that?
Forum: Touring
05-11-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

The Masi looks very nice. Couple points though: ...

The Masi looks very nice. Couple points though:

520 is stock with 38s, not 32. It seems like a really decent tire too from my time with it. I've got some G-Ones on the way but thats just to...
Forum: Touring
05-06-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,638
Posted By Wiggle

Apologies I didn't read this entire thread. ...

Apologies I didn't read this entire thread.

I see there is a company offering a derailleur cage extender and an 11 speed 11-50 cassette. Might be interesting for people considering touring on 1x....
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

I know this post was old but wanted to reply to...

I know this post was old but wanted to reply to it anyway.

My thoughts after using the bike a while is that I am really pleased with how versatile the bike. I haven't been able to tour on it yet...
Forum: Touring
05-04-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

Just adding to maximum01's comments above re:...

Just adding to maximum01's comments above re: components.

The Alivio derailleur and Sora shifters work quite well in my experience so far. Shifting is smooth and accurate. I am also quite happy...
Forum: Touring
05-04-20, 05:02 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 21,724
Posted By Wiggle

It seems that weight limit is seen across other...

It seems that weight limit is seen across other lighter duty Trek bikes as well. I suspect it is general legalese and wasn't considered very closely when added to the product description.

The...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-03-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,425
Posted By Wiggle

I have always used the SPD system and find it...

I have always used the SPD system and find it works well. I know that the proper road clip-in pedals have slightly better power transfer and may reduce hot-spots on your feet.

That being said, I...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 06:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,605
Posted By Wiggle

That was my thought as well. I picked up a set of...

That was my thought as well. I picked up a set of rollers and was surprised that they were smaller than expected. Should be just fine but definitely a manageable size. Depends on what qualifies as...
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,742
Posted By Wiggle

in terms of tailights I think the approach of...

in terms of tailights I think the approach of using AA or AAA batteries is the way to go.

USB charging and li-ion batteries are great but they have a flaw. If you run out of power in the battery...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

Might have gotten confused with the Trek 920...

Might have gotten confused with the Trek 920 which, somewhat controversially, has only 28 spokes.

Ride safe :)
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

520 allows up to 2" tire clearance. LHT may also...

520 allows up to 2" tire clearance. LHT may also allow wide clearance.
Forum: Touring
04-14-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

Congrats on the new bike :) Couple comments...

Congrats on the new bike :) Couple comments though for anyone considering the 520 or Sutra (as a 520 owner):

1. Stock wheels are 36 spoke on both bikes.

2. The components on the Sutra are...
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,796
Posted By Wiggle

Re-evaluating as well. If things get relaxed a...

Re-evaluating as well. If things get relaxed a bit towards the end of summer we might still be able to pull something off, but not counting on it.

Back-country hiking trip sounds like a...
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By Wiggle

My wife is 5'3" as well and rides a Rocky...

My wife is 5'3" as well and rides a Rocky Mountain Sherpa - I believe the frame size is 48cm and it has 700C wheels. If anything I'd say she could almost go down a frame-size.
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,016
Posted By Wiggle

We have the Whisperlite International. It has...

We have the Whisperlite International. It has been good to us and reliable. It can simmer but it's a bit touchy at the bottom end.
02-11-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,870
Posted By Wiggle

Fenix BC21R V2 is a good option Takes...

Fenix BC21R V2 is a good option

Takes standard 18650 battery so won't be useless when the initial battery loses its performance. Also allows you to carry spares.
Capable of charging 18650...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

I actually got it from Pictou County Cycle. They...

I actually got it from Pictou County Cycle. They are near my parents house. Cyclesmith can do warranty work on Trek though which is great cause they are very close to our home.

It's a very nice...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 10,769
Posted By Wiggle

How'd you find the condition of the confederation...

How'd you find the condition of the confederation trail?
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

I was also looking at the Sutra, didn't go so far...

I was also looking at the Sutra, didn't go so far as to get a test-ride though cause the dealers around here would've have essentially wanted me to pre-purchase one.

Those brakes I believe are the...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,188
Posted By Wiggle

Echoing what people are saying about the sizing. ...

Echoing what people are saying about the sizing.

I put Marathon Plus on my wife's bike. Went with 700 x 32 but they didn't look any/much wider than the 700 x 28s I pulled off.
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,796
Posted By Wiggle

Nice. I've only done minimal bike touring so...

Nice.

I've only done minimal bike touring so I'm glad to be here in Nova Scotia where we have some good options.

Kind of bummed I waited until late fall to get a touring bike though, I had...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

The "fatigue accumulation" difference is...

The "fatigue accumulation" difference is interesting. It'd be good to get some data beyond his assessment of "sounds like a lot of miles, better be safe than sorry". I mean he might be right but...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

Yeah I hear you, can see it being a deal breaker...

Yeah I hear you, can see it being a deal breaker for some people.

Personally it never affects me until I have to make some kind of dramatic low-speed turn and I usually just employ the...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

Yes I do have toe-strike. I've never had a...

Yes I do have toe-strike. I've never had a problem with it but it's there. Don't think I've ever owned a bike that doesn't have it.

For reference that's a size 57 frame.
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

The 520 disc brakes work well. I've got...

The 520 disc brakes work well.

I've got Fenders on the 520 and it has no problems with the stock 700 x 38s. They didn't come stock but I had them put on at the shop before I picked it up. They are...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,224
Posted By Wiggle

I haven't ridden the Kona or the LHT but I can...

I haven't ridden the Kona or the LHT but I can tell you that the 520 doesn't seem harsh on the hands with the aluminum fork.
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,796
Posted By Wiggle

Where in Nova Scotia are you planning to go?

Where in Nova Scotia are you planning to go?
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,796
Posted By Wiggle

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1451x798/received_477195466541347_9e42638730584816baa0e9fd5bc2f5c852508f9a.png
Hoping to do a short tour here in Nova Scotia. A loop from our...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,796
Posted By Wiggle

Was not aware of this product until this thread...

Was not aware of this product until this thread came back to life. Seems very useful.
Forum: Touring
01-05-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By Wiggle

Bontrager Carry-forward rack. ...

Bontrager Carry-forward rack.
https://www.trekbikes.com/ca/en_CA/equipment/cycling-accessories/bike-racks-fenders-locks/bike-racks/bontrager-carry-forward-front-rack/p/14955/

It came stock on my...
Forum: Touring
01-03-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,982
Posted By Wiggle

My Road Morph G has treated me well. Only...

My Road Morph G has treated me well. Only criticism is that the gauge tends to jump in discrete steps rather than smoothly.
12-31-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Wiggle

Thank you for the link, I'll see if it's labelled...

Thank you for the link, I'll see if it's labelled and if not measure it.
12-31-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Wiggle

Currently it is 50/34 so in that case is it safe...

Currently it is 50/34 so in that case is it safe to assume 110 BCD?
Is it necessary to reduce chain considering it runs just fine on the smaller 34 already?

I did also recently replace the...
12-30-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Wiggle

Looking for a new chain ring for 2012 Jamis Ventura Sport

Can anyone please point me to an appropriate large chain ring for a Jamis Ventura 2012 road bike?

The bike uses 8-speed, 50t right now but I would not mind dropping that to 48 or 44t if that is...
Forum: Touring
12-27-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By Wiggle

Thanks for the input re: the pump. I've had the...

Thanks for the input re: the pump. I've had the pump for many years and luckily the pump fitting adaptor has never unscrewed in that time but I keep an eye on it. Also, the pump is safe because...
Forum: Touring
12-26-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,561
Posted By Wiggle

Got the Ortliebs as a Christmas gift :) They...

Got the Ortliebs as a Christmas gift :)
They seem really nice. I like that the mounting clips are adjustable. After tweaking the placement of the hooks and bottom piece and adding 10mm spacer I was...
Forum: Touring
12-15-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,234
Posted By Wiggle

You might want to consider a trekking bar as...

You might want to consider a trekking bar as well. You can use it essentially as a flat-bar but you might appreciate the additional hand placement options on a longer trip. You can even lean your...
12-10-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,179
Posted By Wiggle

I too think an AA or AAx2 taillight is a great...

I too think an AA or AAx2 taillight is a great idea:
1. Each AA cell holds about 2.5 times as much energy as a AAA and the cost difference is minimal.
2. It keeps the ability to hot swap batteries....
12-05-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,192
Posted By Wiggle

500g for 20W is pretty good. My 3 x 1.1A panel...

500g for 20W is pretty good. My 3 x 1.1A panel would be about 16.5W output at full capacity and it looks thicker and probably heavier than that one you linked. Similar footprint though.

I...
12-04-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,192
Posted By Wiggle

Very nice, sounds like a good tour, you...

Very nice, sounds like a good tour, you definitely hit alot of good spots. We are lucky to have these options available locally to us :)
12-04-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,192
Posted By Wiggle

Yeah I'd really prefer to go all AA instead (or...

Yeah I'd really prefer to go all AA instead (or AA + 18650). With the AAAs I also doubt I could still use my headlamps on high-mode, suspect they'd wither under high-current. Heck those lights...
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