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Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By Brian25

I always look at the tour duration to how long is...

I always look at the tour duration to how long is it going to get there ratio. Since you are only talking about two weeks, I would not recommend traveling really far. Cancun / Yucatan area would...
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By Brian25

I do not see any route 445, not sure if it's a...

I do not see any route 445, not sure if it's a typo?
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,207
Posted By Brian25

Tioga Pass coming down from Yosemite. 55mph

Tioga Pass coming down from Yosemite. 55mph
10-16-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 271
Posted By Brian25

Dropping your heels makes a huge difference.

Dropping your heels makes a huge difference.
10-14-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 478
Posted By Brian25

You have to be really careful about shopping for...

You have to be really careful about shopping for a tent. There are no regulations on what manufacturers claim on sizing. I have this one tent that measures (from the staking points) 1 meter by 2...
10-06-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Brian25

Beyond being described as "short" ---- More...

Beyond being described as "short" ---- More specifically, she's how tall**********
09-24-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,531
Posted By Brian25

Wow, I thought I was the last one on the planet...

Wow, I thought I was the last one on the planet who thinks this way. I was a bike store owner for over 12 years. I have been mountain biking since the mid 80's. before 1990 there were no shocks,...
Forum: Touring
09-22-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,122
Posted By Brian25

I don't see me going to bars. Barflies aren't...

I don't see me going to bars. Barflies aren't really a type that I would enjoy being social with. (I generally avoid drinkers and smokers). I guess that makes me sound prejudiced against motor...
Forum: Touring
09-21-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,122
Posted By Brian25

Let's keep it civil, I did not intend to start a...

Let's keep it civil, I did not intend to start a war here. Forgot to mention that I have done warm shower hosting myself. I have met some really nice tourists at home.
Anyways, yea, I would like...
Forum: Touring
09-21-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,122
Posted By Brian25

Thank you for all of your perspectives. To...

Thank you for all of your perspectives. To clarify: For those who guessed that I do not drink, You would be right. I just don't any urge to drink while out on tour. Actually, the last beer...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,122
Posted By Brian25

Degrees of sociality while out on tour.

Hi fellow tourists. I have been touring since the mid '80s. My tours tend to be run like a military operation. I tour from town to town, cruise about the town, shop for food, figure what to do...
09-18-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By Brian25

I have no idea if this helps: A downward tilted...

I have no idea if this helps: A downward tilted seat of 6mm/ 1/4", or more is a real hand killer.
09-17-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,736
Posted By Brian25

Oh, I read your post again. The reason that the...

Oh, I read your post again. The reason that the artistic cyclists use a non offset stem, is that when they spin the handlebars, they are the same regardless to which way they are when they stop...
09-17-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,736
Posted By Brian25

I have been intrigued with artistic cycling for...

I have been intrigued with artistic cycling for quite a while. The key to become any good at it is to first become really, really really proficient on a unicycle first. Since I am a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 689
Posted By Brian25

As a former bike store owner, I know about bike...

As a former bike store owner, I know about bike stores that bilk their customers. True story; the guy that I sold one of my stores to in Solana Beach was ripping people off left and right/...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,034
Posted By Brian25

Water proof is a feature with panniers. My...

Water proof is a feature with panniers. My opinion is that having a bunch of pockets is another feature that the waterproof ones tend to lack. It really comes down to how much you value being...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By Brian25

I forgot to mention that since your new "project"...

I forgot to mention that since your new "project" bike will likely get new paint, I noticed that the Nishiki has horizontal drop outs. The disadvantage being that there is the likely hood of pulling...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By Brian25

I am a frame builder/ bike tourist; The low...

I am a frame builder/ bike tourist; The low rider rack attaches to the rear (behind the fork) mount, the fender mounts to the front, or not at all if you use a (slide -on) clip on fender.

The...
09-02-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,003
Posted By Brian25

When you wrote that you degreased them, did you...

When you wrote that you degreased them, did you submerge them in a solvent. I used to own bike stores and have see/ fixed hundreds of (mostly mtn bike) shifters, where the grease that shimano uses...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,222
Posted By Brian25

Busses in the U.S. ... not so good. Much more...

Busses in the U.S. ... not so good. Much more viable in Mexico. I do not know where you want to travel to from Florida, but one thing that you could consider is craigslist/ rideshare???
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,530
Posted By Brian25

I am all in for brifters for touring because, to...

I am all in for brifters for touring because, to me bar cans are really not any better than down tube shifters ( neither one can be shifted when you are riding out of the saddle). I love the...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,754
Posted By Brian25

You are being too protective, don't worry about...

You are being too protective, don't worry about her, she'll be fine.
Forum: Touring
08-16-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By Brian25

Touring Arizona's cow butt hole

I do not know if you are aware of it but Arizona has some of the nations largest cow feed lots. Because of the size of those lots, there is the smell that goes with it. I know largely from...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By Brian25

If you decide on the Sierra Cascade route, I do...

If you decide on the Sierra Cascade route, I do not recommend riding the central valley up the 49, even though it's not the desert, it's plenty hot, also I believe most people tour up the 120 through...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 924
Posted By Brian25

I was going to write to ask which part of Arizona...

I was going to write to ask which part of Arizona you are located, but then it does not matter because no matter where you are the desert that you need to get across this time of year is...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,698
Posted By Brian25

Almost. I have a 1973 Atala. When I went to...

Almost. I have a 1973 Atala. When I went to put on an 8 cog cassette, the Suntour VGT derailleur would not cover the range, so I "modernized" the bike a bit.
08-13-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,184
Posted By Brian25

My opinion is that it is a lousy spectator event....

My opinion is that it is a lousy spectator event. You stand by the road, the go by, you can't really tell what is happening and then they are gone. A really good bicycle spectator event is...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,513
Posted By Brian25

other options are to google craigslist kansas...

other options are to google craigslist kansas city and search under ride share for someone heading west that has room for you and your bike, or there is also using some white cardboard and writing...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Posted By Brian25

Touring in South Africa

If you are going to travel so far to get there, I would recommend saying longer.
07-25-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,867
Posted By Brian25

Impact on comfort; The reach will be so short...

Impact on comfort; The reach will be so short that I think that your knees will hurt from hitting the handlebars.
07-25-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,867
Posted By Brian25

A 57. 3 cm top tube for someone 6'- 3" is really...

A 57. 3 cm top tube for someone 6'- 3" is really really, really, really short. I am 9" shorter and typically have ridden road bikewith a 52- 53 top tube. I would not recommend anything shorter...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,239
Posted By Brian25

I disagree that everyone using 70 q panniers will...

I disagree that everyone using 70 q panniers will fill them with junk, thus they will be heavy. I have 70 q panniers and just got back from 2 weeks in Colorado. For the bulk of the time they had a...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,961
Posted By Brian25

Take the bike with the strongest legs

Take the bike with the strongest legs
06-23-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,762
Posted By Brian25

Non sufficient information. Without any...

Non sufficient information. Without any information as to your size, there is no way to get started.
06-14-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,959
Posted By Brian25

Hi, bikes have changed. I am 5'-6" and forty...

Hi, bikes have changed. I am 5'-6" and forty years ago, I used to ride a 52cm bike. Bike companies have come up with frames with shorter seat tubes, with more seat post extended. I now ride...
Replies: 14
Views: 5,040
Posted By Brian25

You need to keep yourself on a "hydration...

You need to keep yourself on a "hydration schedule" while riding Use the elapsed time on a cycle computer and drink at least a bottle an hour with electrolytes. I have been an avid long distance...
Forum: Touring
04-29-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,207
Posted By Brian25

Forget the Comotion, the company is run by a...

Forget the Comotion, the company is run by a bunch of criminals.
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,142
Posted By Brian25

I f you are not familur with it, I righly...

I f you are not familur with it, I righly recommend keeping yourself on a "hydration schedule". Using a cyclecomputers elapsed time, try to drink at least a bottle an hour. You also need to keep...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 951
Posted By Brian25

Forget new wheels or a new bike; I doubt that A...

Forget new wheels or a new bike; I doubt that A new bike would make much difference, A better training program would be much more helpful.
03-18-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,964
Posted By Brian25

Considering that it has a Sun tour 5 speed rear...

Considering that it has a Sun tour 5 speed rear freewheel; It has to be from the 70's. It should still be fun to ride.
Forum: Touring
02-12-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,487
Posted By Brian25

I 100% agree with the safety in numbers comment. ...

I 100% agree with the safety in numbers comment. The underpaid cops down there hassle people/ make stuff up to subsidize their pay. Less likely to hassle a group.
GABA cycling club has tourists,...
Forum: Touring
02-12-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,487
Posted By Brian25

I wish that it was easier to find touring companions.

Because it is currently cold in the U.S.A. this time of year, I thought that Baja would be nice to tour. So I found a guy on the crazy guy on a bike website that seemed nice enough on the phone. ...
Forum: Touring
02-12-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 782
Posted By Brian25

Call around for an estimate. Some stores will...

Call around for an estimate. Some stores will charge anywhere from $20. I have seen where someone was charged as much as $150. to reinstall the seat/post, handlebars, front wheel and pedals. ...
02-10-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,565
Posted By Brian25

Only time will tell.

Only time will tell.
Forum: Framebuilders
01-27-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,534
Posted By Brian25

I vote, not to do it.

I vote, not to do it.
Forum: Framebuilders
01-27-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,534
Posted By Brian25

I have done it, but it was not something that I...

I have done it, but it was not something that I could imagine anyone would classify as fun. If you are looking for the advantage of not being able to pull the wheel forward, a much easier route...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-24-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,693
Posted By Brian25

When you write that the threads are...

When you write that the threads are uncooperative, it's a little vague. If they just have a little surface rust or paint you can try to wire wheel the rust or paint off. I have small one that I...
01-14-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By Brian25

I have had a lot of experience with this issue as...

I have had a lot of experience with this issue as a bike store owner/ mechanic for over 12 years. Typically the grease that Shimano uses in the shifters after a number of years tends to harden/...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-14-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,068
Posted By Brian25

On the older (bonded) aluminum Trek road bikes,...

On the older (bonded) aluminum Trek road bikes, they would have a huge hole on the seat tube where the top tube joined, and you would insert a long foam tube into the top tube (after the brake cable...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,273
Posted By Brian25

Go out and try out and try a newer bike and see...

Go out and try out and try a newer bike and see what you think.
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