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Forum: Touring
10-21-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,044
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's a link...

Here's a link (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=10115&v=7v) to my journal from my last multi-month bike tour: The first few pages talk about gear and style. I've gotten lighter packs...
Forum: Touring
10-18-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,044
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, definitely in the UL range, molded by hiking...

Yes, definitely in the UL range, molded by hiking the Triple Crown trails. My shelter is a Tarptent Contrail (obsolete, replaced by the Protrail). Traveling UL and no-cook pretty much redefines...
Forum: Touring
10-17-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,044
Posted By andrewclaus

My self-contained summer touring pack, good to 30...

My self-contained summer touring pack, good to 30 degrees F, weighs less than 14 pounds. I'd need to add over a pound to take my 15F bag along. That includes packs, tools, spares, lock and lights,...
10-13-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 490
Posted By andrewclaus

I don't think any kind of spindle and bearings...

I don't think any kind of spindle and bearings will add strength to a shell.
Forum: Touring
10-11-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,481
Posted By andrewclaus

Tarptents are extremely sturdy. Don't let the...

Tarptents are extremely sturdy. Don't let the single wall of lightweight fabric fool you. My Contrail had 10,000 hiking miles and 6,000 biking miles on it before I replaced it a few years ago. And...
Forum: Touring
10-06-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,762
Posted By andrewclaus

You don't like my bumming option? In the long...

You don't like my bumming option? In the long distance hiking world, that's an acceptable tactic and it even has a name--Yogiing. You can Yogi a meal, a ride, a night in a bed. There's a well-known...
10-06-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By andrewclaus

Does your bike have a plastic spoke protector...

Does your bike have a plastic spoke protector between the gears and the spokes? Often that will warp and cause a problem, at least when coasting.

If that's not it, try removing the wheel from the...
Forum: Touring
10-05-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,762
Posted By andrewclaus

Back when I carried a gas stove, I'd beg for fuel...

Back when I carried a gas stove, I'd beg for fuel at campgrounds every couple of weeks. Of course I'd offer to pay, but nobody ever accepted money. Usually a few stories were welcome, and that often...
10-02-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 899
Posted By andrewclaus

Wrong tool, sorry to say. That's for splined BBs....

Wrong tool, sorry to say. That's for splined BBs. You need Park CP-22 or equal.
Forum: Touring
09-29-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,813
Posted By andrewclaus

My thought too. Reminds me of a COVID joke--"In...

My thought too. Reminds me of a COVID joke--"In 1938, the Hormel Company produced their first batch of Spam. The company just announced that due to consumer hoarding, they will make a second batch."
09-28-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 488
Posted By andrewclaus

Take care to exactly match the the axle thread to...

Take care to exactly match the the axle thread to your cones and nuts. Your bike might have a 3/8" (9.5 mm) x 26 TPI. Most hollow rears are 10 x 1 mm.
09-27-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By andrewclaus

One of the caliper springs isn't working. It...

One of the caliper springs isn't working. It could be damaged, corroded, badly misadjusted, or missing. No way to tell from the video. I would start by removing the cable and getting the calipers to...
09-27-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By andrewclaus

Great suggestions above. A couple of details: 1)...

Great suggestions above. A couple of details: 1) If you've ever had problems with squealing front brakes and want to keep the cantis, using a fork-mounted cable hanger will help quiet them. 2) If you...
09-25-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By andrewclaus

Have the shop check the derailleur hanger...

Have the shop check the derailleur hanger alignment.
09-20-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 851
Posted By andrewclaus

I feed used cables through old housings quite...

I feed used cables through old housings quite often, mostly on free salvaged bikes for kids. I say forget about the superglue. If you can't get a clean enough cut to feed by itself, superglue isn't...
Forum: Touring
09-09-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,205
Posted By andrewclaus

Another fashion vote for tape matches saddle.

Another fashion vote for tape matches saddle.
09-06-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By andrewclaus

The smaller one may be from a different...

The smaller one may be from a different application, possibly small engine throttle cable, like I found in this photo:...
08-23-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By andrewclaus

It's definitely a suspension seat post. Put it...

It's definitely a suspension seat post. Put it back together, loosen the seat post clamp on the seat tube, and pull the whole thing out of the seat tube. Then buy a rigid seat post of the exact same...
08-08-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By andrewclaus

The (sole?) advantage of those BBs is that you...

The (sole?) advantage of those BBs is that you don't need any special tools to work on them. Most of the time an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver, and occasionally a hammer, will do the trick.
08-04-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 675
Posted By andrewclaus

It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks...

It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like a common mistake has been made on at least one of them, using long-pull linear brake levers where a short pull lever is needed. The long pull...
08-02-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By andrewclaus

There are three possible problems: shifter,...

There are three possible problems: shifter, cable, or derailleur. I like to disconnect the cable from the derailleur and inspect each area separately.

You can check the derailleur by itself by...
08-02-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 675
Posted By andrewclaus

As noted above, be sure to get short pull brake...

As noted above, be sure to get short pull brake levers, NOT linear pull levers as incorrectly done in that CL photo.
07-27-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 808
Posted By andrewclaus

The top bolt must completely cover the steerer.

The top bolt must completely cover the steerer.
07-09-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,986
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm old enough to remember thinking the same...

I'm old enough to remember thinking the same thing when Phillips heads started showing up so much in the construction industry.
Forum: Touring
07-07-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,714
Posted By andrewclaus

I only use my chamois shorts on day trips if the...

I only use my chamois shorts on day trips if the ride is over a metric century, and sometime even then I forget and that's pretty much okay. I just use swim trunks I find at my local clothing store....
06-29-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,296
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with buying tools as you need them and as...

I agree with buying tools as you need them and as you acquire skills.

You'll want basic mechanics tools like a set of metric Allen keys, combination wrenches, adjustable wrench and screwdrivers....
06-23-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 990
Posted By andrewclaus

I got pushed into the "modern" world by...

I got pushed into the "modern" world by volunteering at a bike coop. I was self-taught and semi-competent from the 60s to the 90s, then sort of lost touch. The lead mechanic at the coop is also an...
06-16-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 664
Posted By andrewclaus

We English speakers love combining words, that's...

We English speakers love combining words, that's all. Smog, Brexit, brunch, motel, Medicare, paratrooper are examples. They're called portmanteaus.
06-15-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 115
Posted By andrewclaus

I think the washer is as important as the screw....

I think the washer is as important as the screw. If you have the washer, a metric allen cap screw can be bought at a good hardware store, probably 5 mm. If you don't have the washer, it may be better...
05-26-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,658
Posted By andrewclaus

Well, not exactly. Left is right on the left (non...

Well, not exactly. Left is right on the left (non drive side) pedal.
05-26-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,062
Posted By andrewclaus

When this happens to me, my first test is to...

When this happens to me, my first test is to pedal while standing. It's amazing how a saddle noise telegraphs into the BB.



Was that pun intended?
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,213
Posted By andrewclaus

Thanks for the link to the article. I'm a fan of...

Thanks for the link to the article. I'm a fan of Skurka, and have tried to follow in his footsteps, literally (hiked the PCT, CDT, AT, PNT, AZT, CT, among others). He has gained great wisdom for such...
05-23-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 800
Posted By andrewclaus

Try a practice piece first.

Try a practice piece first.
Forum: Touring
05-23-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,763
Posted By andrewclaus

From the photo, clearance looks nominal. It'll...

From the photo, clearance looks nominal. It'll depend on your shoe size and pack size/mounting. If I had that bike, I'd make it work.

Brakes look like single-pivot side pulls. If I were to upgrade...
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,213
Posted By andrewclaus

To save weight, bulk and money, consider a...

To save weight, bulk and money, consider a single-wall tarp/tent hybrid. My favorite is made by Tarptent. I like their simple Pro Trail model. The trade off is dealing with condensation--there's a...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,495
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's another vote for starting in Astoria for...

Here's another vote for starting in Astoria for the most quality riding time. We started from our home in Seattle and it was a slog until we got to Astoria.

But if I were to do it again with...
05-09-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 363
Posted By andrewclaus

Assuming it's a cartridge, it's marked L and R....

Assuming it's a cartridge, it's marked L and R. Be sure you have that correct. Again, if it's a cartridge, if you put the "fixed cup" in first, it may be hard to start the "adjustable" cup.
05-09-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 841
Posted By andrewclaus

I've solved the tool cost issue by volunteering...

I've solved the tool cost issue by volunteering at non-profits. After a certain number of shop hours and a show of dedication, the shop can be yours in the off hours, along with the combined...
Forum: Touring
05-01-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 900
Posted By andrewclaus

Way to go with the rackless touring. I...

Way to go with the rackless touring.

I interrupted my bike touring career with a decade of long-distance backpacking. I learned the value of a light load and applied that to the bike. I haven't...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,816
Posted By andrewclaus

Not too long ago I pushed though a Midwest heat...

Not too long ago I pushed though a Midwest heat wave, temps in the 100s every day, dewpoints in the 70s. I still made 80+ miles every day, even one century. I got up before dawn, rode till...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,391
Posted By andrewclaus

After 39 years of cycling together and 38 years...

After 39 years of cycling together and 38 years of marriage, I like to think my wife and I have it figured out. Cycling is core to our relationship, always has been. It's how we met. We've cycled...
03-31-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 517
Posted By andrewclaus

Tire talc ...

Tire talc (https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1026553-tire-talc-who-uses.html)works sometimes too. Rated pressure usually does it for me. Hearing protection is a great idea--some pump...
Forum: Touring
03-15-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 908
Posted By andrewclaus

Just a comment about your ride distance. I'm also...

Just a comment about your ride distance. I'm also 62 and I routinely ride 62 mile days, which happens to be a metric century (100 km). I plan to continue to ride my age in miles well into my 70s,...
03-04-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,225
Posted By andrewclaus

My perfect saddle may feel like the box it came...

My perfect saddle may feel like the box it came in for you. That was my experience with a B-17. I'm good with any plastic/foam/leather saddle that fits right. Minimal padding for me. I'm more...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,868
Posted By andrewclaus

I use a mirror, but still shudder to think of...

I use a mirror, but still shudder to think of plugging my ears. They're an important part of my input. I sometimes know the position of traffic behind me without looking, if there's gravel on a...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,036
Posted By andrewclaus

New Balance trail runners with Superfeet inserts.

New Balance trail runners with Superfeet inserts.
02-07-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,865
Posted By andrewclaus

I've never seen an crank tool strip before the...

I've never seen an crank tool strip before the crank does.

It's not unusual for the internal threads on the crank to pull out.
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,908
Posted By andrewclaus

Second vote for the Pacific Coast.

Second vote for the Pacific Coast.
12-29-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By andrewclaus

How did the rear hub fit? Did you have to spread...

How did the rear hub fit? Did you have to spread the dropouts? If so, did you realign the derailleur hanger?
12-16-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,767
Posted By andrewclaus

I've also volunteered at two coops in two states....

I've also volunteered at two coops in two states. I don't have what it takes to start one up, but I enjoy being a worker ant and being part of the system. My fellow volunteers and I just like being...
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