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05-20-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 692
Posted By bakerjw

I had some supplements from a weightlifting...

I had some supplements from a weightlifting website get scanned by FedEx in Memphis and lost there for about 3 weeks. I filed a claim and got my money back and a claim was made against FedEx by the...
05-20-20, 05:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 468
Posted By bakerjw

I switched to tubeless on my road bike a few...

I switched to tubeless on my road bike a few years ago and will never ever go back. After trying a couple of different brands, I now only ride Hutchinsons.
I've never used a plug but do carry a pair...
05-19-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 988
Posted By bakerjw

Good on you for talking to her and getting the...

Good on you for talking to her and getting the story straight.

I have made it a habit to point at my eyes if a driver does something boneheaded.
If they yell, I point at my ear and give them the...
05-14-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,796
Posted By bakerjw

We run Gatorskins in 700x28 on the road only. Our...

We run Gatorskins in 700x28 on the road only. Our mountain tandem though has much bigger Mezcal tires.
05-12-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,282
Posted By bakerjw

Ever ridden in Canada? I've been through AB and...

Ever ridden in Canada? I've been through AB and B.C. for the last 4 years and their roads are immaculate. People there don't throw stuff out the window like they do here in the states. It is...
Forum: Touring
05-08-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,348
Posted By bakerjw

I'm really into bikepacking and I do all of my...

I'm really into bikepacking and I do all of my builds on tried and true component sets. Primarily they are always Shimano XT/XTR 2x10 components. I have extra chain rings around so that I can tweak...
05-08-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 16,735
Posted By bakerjw

My wife and I got our road tandem up to 54 once...

My wife and I got our road tandem up to 54 once on a downhill. It developed a slight wobble so I sat up as a wind brake and slowed us down to the low 40's

Then there was last year headed to the US...
05-06-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,385
Posted By bakerjw

I usually get mine from Alex at MTB tandems. I...

I usually get mine from Alex at MTB tandems.
I stick exclusively to 10 speed driver trains. Road. MTB. Bikepacking. Road and mountain tandems. Makes life much easier.
05-06-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,385
Posted By bakerjw

I buy KMC 10 speed by the foot. When I restring...

I buy KMC 10 speed by the foot. When I restring any of our tandems, it takes much more than typical lengths.
05-06-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,428
Posted By bakerjw

We are getting a custom road tandem frame built....

We are getting a custom road tandem frame built. Typically they will powder coat the frame but we want a very specific color for it.
To finish it, I will...
Shoot it with a DTM epoxy primer...
04-30-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 674
Posted By bakerjw

Traffic numbers aren't low where I live.

Traffic numbers aren't low where I live.
04-29-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 847
Posted By bakerjw

A while back, I measured my me and my wife's...

A while back, I measured my me and my wife's inseams. I took the ratio and got crank arm lengths that matched. I was running 170 and she was 155. It worked okay but not great. With the latest crank...
04-28-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 504,227
Posted By bakerjw

Not your typical tandem. Or picture. This is 55...

Not your typical tandem. Or picture.
This is 55 miles into a 100 mile day on Elk Pass at the boundary between Alberta and British Columbia.
My trooper of a wife and I along with our Curtlo custom...
04-28-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 596
Posted By bakerjw

Resurrecting an old bike like that would be fun! ...

Resurrecting an old bike like that would be fun!
Probably a great ride too. Steel is so under rated.
04-27-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By bakerjw

Tape - Yes. Orange seal - Best IMHO. I run...

Tape - Yes.
Orange seal - Best IMHO.

I run Hutchinson tubeless tires on my road bike. I've done it for years and will never go back.
12-09-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,818
Posted By bakerjw

To me, it looks like brittle welds as a result of...

To me, it looks like brittle welds as a result of improper set up and temperature control.

My project car is a Jaguar E-Type which has a complex front frame that is brazed together. Anyone who...
10-10-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,260
Posted By bakerjw

I've only been taken down by a dog one time. The...

I've only been taken down by a dog one time. The owner rushed out and her first words were "Are you okay?" Rare owner IMHO.
If your loose dog bites me, I know know one of the worlds my shyster...
10-09-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,432
Posted By bakerjw

Sometimes they are tight for the first time. I...

Sometimes they are tight for the first time. I use these kinds of links all the time and haven't had too many problems with them.
10-08-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,313
Posted By bakerjw

As I tell people with bikepacking, there is no...

As I tell people with bikepacking, there is no right answer but there are a lot of wrong ones. Bikepackers love to talk about gear and strategies.

From my experience, riding with others tends to...
10-08-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 762
Posted By bakerjw

Sounds like a tough one there. Hang in there.

Sounds like a tough one there. Hang in there.
10-06-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,440
Posted By bakerjw

I ran a no name chicom carbon fork on a...

I ran a no name chicom carbon fork on a bikepacking rig. It took all kinds of abuse without any issues at all. If the bike is a name brand bike, you should be ok.

But... Hitting pothole will...
10-03-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,765
Posted By bakerjw

In Germany, you would not be allowed to ride your...

In Germany, you would not be allowed to ride your bike. A German colleague told me a story about friends who were caught by the police without working taillights. They were not ticketed, but the...
10-02-19, 04:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 845
Posted By bakerjw

I buy mine at Academy Sports. I usually pay...

I buy mine at Academy Sports. I usually pay $15.00 for their store brand in base layers. Fleece is a tad more but still much better than UA or Nike.
I also always go through the clearance rack where...
09-30-19, 05:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By bakerjw

As mentioned, take pictures of the location and...

As mentioned, take pictures of the location and the animal if possible.

You said that you called an ambulance. Did the police get notified as well. In most jurisdictions, if a dog bite is...
09-28-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,765
Posted By bakerjw

There was a feminine cleaning product on one of...

There was a feminine cleaning product on one of the firearm forums that I moderate who would go out in public and do things within the the content of laws just trying to get pulled over by cops. He...
09-27-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 809
Posted By bakerjw

I would manually check the spoke tension to make...

I would manually check the spoke tension to make sure that one hasn't loosened too much. Plucking them like a guitar string is sufficient for a quick field test. On a truing stand though, I use a...
09-27-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,314
Posted By bakerjw

Also, don't ride sidewalks. Many years ago, my...

Also, don't ride sidewalks. Many years ago, my 18+ year old son was riding on a sidewalk on a one way street. He was going opposite of traffic. A lady was making a left turn onto the one way street...
09-27-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 701
Posted By bakerjw

I have heart rhythm issues that are closely tied...

I have heart rhythm issues that are closely tied to the electrolyte levels in my body. If I get really dehydrated, I'll get PVCs. which are a form of spasm.
I do occasionally get muscle twitches as...
09-26-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,178
Posted By bakerjw

Looks like it got burnt at some point.

Looks like it got burnt at some point.
09-25-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,623
Posted By bakerjw

Running the math. With a 20" tire and 46/16...

Running the math.
With a 20" tire and 46/16 gearing, a BMX at 130 cadence would give about 22.25 mph.
With a 29" tire and 34/17 gearing, a road bike at 130 cadence would give about 22.4 mph. (the...
09-24-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,420
Posted By bakerjw

I would expect them to use really heavy walled...

I would expect them to use really heavy walled steel rather than something lighter.
09-24-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,613
Posted By bakerjw

Last year on the Dorian Smith trail south of...

Last year on the Dorian Smith trail south of Banff. I helped my son make an adjustment and also adjusted my seat tension with my Fix-It Stix. I put them back in my baggie shorts and we went on our...
09-20-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 13,202
Posted By bakerjw

I kind of have to agree with this one.

I kind of have to agree with this one.
09-19-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By bakerjw

Great looking ride. My wife and I have a...

Great looking ride.

My wife and I have a road and mountain tandem, the 2 wheel kind.

But, there was a local couple who picked up a TerraTrike tandem. She was heavy when they first started...
09-19-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By bakerjw

Not to derail the thread, but like you, I hate...

Not to derail the thread, but like you, I hate getting caught between gears as well which is one reason why I will likely never go to a 1x drivetrain.
I've ridden South out of Banff 4 consecutive...
09-19-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,035
Posted By bakerjw

Even though they are owned by the same company,...

Even though they are owned by the same company, I'd go with the Surly. I've never liked Salsa for some reason.
09-18-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,185
Posted By bakerjw

If you've not limped home, you've not been riding...

If you've not limped home, you've not been riding long or hard enough.
- Road tandem - Double pinch flats on pothole at speed.
- Road tandem - Quick link broke. I now carry replacements.
- Road...
09-17-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By bakerjw

Lots of potential there. That is for sure. ...

Lots of potential there. That is for sure.

Myself, I love the ride of a well designed steel frame.
09-17-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,928
Posted By bakerjw

Actually, the PA systems that are used double as...

Actually, the PA systems that are used double as the sirens. Acoustical clarity is not the prime factor in their designs.
09-16-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,082
Posted By bakerjw

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I rode out...

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I rode out mountain tandem in some remote areas with modest trails. i.e. no single track but lots of bumps and washboards.
On the first day, my right knee started...
09-14-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,391
Posted By bakerjw

We've got Brooks and Rivet leather saddles on all...

We've got Brooks and Rivet leather saddles on all of our bikes. No complaints.
09-13-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 23,905
Posted By bakerjw

From what I've seen, some of those assemblies...

From what I've seen, some of those assemblies cannot even be called bearings. Cups and cones are crap and usually not a lot or grease in them. The last bike of that caliber that I rode, I yanked out...
09-13-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By bakerjw

We have a Suntour NCX on our mountain tandem. It...

We have a Suntour NCX on our mountain tandem. It is pretty solid and my wife likes it when we get on rough terrain.
09-13-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,102
Posted By bakerjw

+1 on Alex at MTB tandems. They have some...

+1 on Alex at MTB tandems.
They have some tandems listed on their classified section now, I believe.

We had Doug Curtiss of Curtlo Cycles custom make us one. Alex supplied some of the tandem...
09-13-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,172
Posted By bakerjw

My 2 cents based on our 2 tandems. One is a...

My 2 cents based on our 2 tandems.
One is a ChiCom road tandem with standard caliper rim brakes that are marginal. It will stop but not as well as I would like.
The other though, is a mountain...
09-13-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,094
Posted By bakerjw

Yes. I hate when my commute involves interaction...

Yes. I hate when my commute involves interaction with kids or the buses.

One day I was standing on the pedals up a climb and a school bus passed me. The kids were chantingout the windows "Pe-Dal...
09-13-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,939
Posted By bakerjw

N+1

N+1
09-12-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,810
Posted By bakerjw

I would kind of split this post into road and MTB...

I would kind of split this post into road and MTB standards.

Axles - QR, 12x135 and 10x100 are standards that are not going anywhere for a long time. For my road bike I would prefer QR but my...
09-12-19, 05:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,331
Posted By bakerjw

Our favorite LBS closed doors a couple of years...

Our favorite LBS closed doors a couple of years back. We would stop in during or after rides and hang out with them quite often. I bought more than a few bikes from them over the years and really...
09-11-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,175
Posted By bakerjw

I don't think that the OP is too off base with...

I don't think that the OP is too off base with their question. Myself, I've always had trouble following the SRam hierarchy and thus keep with Shimano.

With Shimano though, 1### (low end) to 9###...
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