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Forum: Touring
11-16-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 359
Posted By alan s

Odd to design it that way, but Soma is a good...

Odd to design it that way, but Soma is a good brand, so I guess they know what they are doing. Glad to hear it’s not an issue. Looking forward to seeing the build.
Forum: Commuting
11-15-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 481
Posted By alan s

I’ve come across cars driving slowly on the bike...

I’ve come across cars driving slowly on the bike path. Extremely bright light makes it impossible for them to see, so they stop. I don’t ride where attackers are lurking about. But I think a...
Forum: Touring
11-13-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 359
Posted By alan s

I wouldn’t ride a bike with a fork like that. ...

I wouldn’t ride a bike with a fork like that. The disc brake mounting point is a high stress area.
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 551
Posted By alan s

You might want to put your bike on a scale and...

You might want to put your bike on a scale and severe diet.
Forum: Touring
11-07-19, 01:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,369
Posted By alan s

I bike commute almost every day 30 miles on the...

I bike commute almost every day 30 miles on the identical bike I use for touring. First couple days of fully loaded touring requires a bit of getting used to, but no big deal. On my last trip in...
Forum: Commuting
11-07-19, 01:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By alan s

No, don’t shop there any longer. I do miss the...

No, don’t shop there any longer. I do miss the two Performance stores that used to be near me.
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 591
Posted By alan s

A couple of years ago I rode south from SF to SLO...

A couple of years ago I rode south from SF to SLO in December. It was warm during the day and cold at night. Frost on the ground. Then the day I finished, it rained for three months, wiping out a...
Forum: Commuting
11-01-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,720
Posted By alan s

Maze of Unpredictable People

Maze of Unpredictable People
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 960
Posted By alan s

This thread is worthless without pitchers. GO...

This thread is worthless without pitchers. GO NATS!!!
...
Forum: Commuting
10-28-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By alan s

Mount the taillight on your helmet and it will...

Mount the taillight on your helmet and it will always be in reach.
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 474
Posted By alan s

I don’t keep track. It’s a vacation. I’ll...

I don’t keep track. It’s a vacation. I’ll generally try to keep it under $200 a day, which is easy if you are camping. Hotels eat up the budget.
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,028
Posted By alan s

God knows!

God knows!
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 679
Posted By alan s

God knows!

God knows!
Forum: Touring
10-22-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,028
Posted By alan s

For me, it was “goat.”

For me, it was “goat.”
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 09:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 915
Posted By alan s

You can request the mods suspend your account. ...

You can request the mods suspend your account. Or just log off and go on your merry way.
Forum: Commuting
10-21-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By alan s

Just ride up like this guy. ...

Just ride up like this guy.
https://youtu.be/cFLS344B3is
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By alan s

Maybe Cuba?

Maybe Cuba?
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By alan s

Standing for days on end sounds like a lot of fun.

Standing for days on end sounds like a lot of fun.
Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By alan s

If you can find a route that takes you by Crater...

If you can find a route that takes you by Crater Lake, it’s worth a visit. I was there in September, just before they close the roads for the winter. Already some snow on the ground.
...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,362
Posted By alan s

R.I.P. Tom Stormcrowe

R.I.P. Tom Stormcrowe
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 572
Posted By alan s

I’m not making this up.Which countries are safe...

I’m not making this up.Which countries are safe for bicycle touring? - Worldbiking.info (http://www.worldbiking.info/wordpress/2018/02/cycling-around-the-world-safety/)
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,548
Posted By alan s

I have a similar setup, except this is fully...

I have a similar setup, except this is fully loaded touring. Went with smaller water bottles, rather than moving the cages. The center of gravity is fairly high, but once you are rolling along it...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,924
Posted By alan s

Nice video. My entire commute tends to be a...

Nice video. My entire commute tends to be a ritual. From getting ready, choosing the exact route, following the route with all of its idiosyncrasies, and finishing up. Makes a fairly complicated...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,380
Posted By alan s

https://youtu.be/gdnuOa7tDco

https://youtu.be/gdnuOa7tDco
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,380
Posted By alan s

What is a “DVD”?

What is a “DVD”?
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,696
Posted By alan s

Wanted something faster than walking and slower...

Wanted something faster than walking and slower than driving. Cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors, get off the roads, camp and get away from things.
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,000
Posted By alan s

This keeps me in decent shape for touring. I...

This keeps me in decent shape for touring. I live about 30 miles from work, and drive halfway, ride halfway. For my last trip in September along the Oregon Coast, I did a weekend trip of 170 miles...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 572
Posted By alan s

South of the US border has higher risks. Riding...

South of the US border has higher risks. Riding with others is probably a good idea, but no guarantee you won’t still run into trouble. Personally, I would avoid much of Mexico, Central and South...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 764
Posted By alan s

Spare nuts, too. It’s overkill, IMHO.

Spare nuts, too. It’s overkill, IMHO.
Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 764
Posted By alan s

Is a pugaree really necessary?

Is a pugaree really necessary?
Forum: Commuting
10-08-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 750
Posted By alan s

Next up, wind, rain, cold, ice, snow, heat,...

Next up, wind, rain, cold, ice, snow, heat, humidity, darkness, dirt, peds, dogs, zombies, homeless people and lousy bike riders. In other words, real bike commuting. 32 reasons you will hate it and...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,982
Posted By alan s

The problem is that the felon may have made a...

The problem is that the felon may have made a singe mistake and paid for it, or could have lived a life of crime, but was convicted only once. No way to know for sure. I tend to err on the side of...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

Actually, the added clearance is at the...

Actually, the added clearance is at the chainstays and bridge, on the older style frame, with wide tires. I set the fender pretty close to the rear wheel, so loosening the fender is always necessary.
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

Monkey Nuts give more clearance for fenders. May...

Monkey Nuts give more clearance for fenders. May be other reasons for them.
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

The Tuggnut works well without the Monkey Nuts....

The Tuggnut works well without the Monkey Nuts. The Monkey Nuts may actually make it more difficult to get the chain off if the wheel can’t go forward enough. In addition to initial chain tension,...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,467
Posted By alan s

Desert Rose Cafe and Beans in the Belfry are...

Desert Rose Cafe and Beans in the Belfry are regular stops. Too bad about Bill’s Place. It was more of a biker bar, but they had good food. Maybe they decided to cash in on the money people put on...
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

Surly says the largest rear rotor is 160 on the...

Surly says the largest rear rotor is 160 on the older version of the dropouts. Not sure whether that changed. The disc brake mounting point is adjustable fore and aft to match the axle position.
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 11:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,945
Posted By alan s

My hack is to leave my lock at work.

My hack is to leave my lock at work.
Forum: Touring
09-30-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

I have the Rohloff on my commuter bike. Haven’t...

I have the Rohloff on my commuter bike. Haven’t toured with it, and probably won’t unless I go to a really remote area. I like the Rohloff for the simplicity in shifting, which I do a lot of on my...
Forum: Touring
09-30-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,168
Posted By alan s

I know this is completely off topic, but did you...

I know this is completely off topic, but did you have any interesting train-related experiences?
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

The chain is not a problem. Either drop it off...

The chain is not a problem. Either drop it off the smaller chainring to the bottom bracket or off the larger chainring to the crank arm and off the crank arm. Plenty of slack either way. Also, taking...
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

Here is a picture from a trip a couple weeks ago...

Here is a picture from a trip a couple weeks ago in Oregon. No heel strike with a large frame, Ortlieb panniers and a Topeak Explorer rack.
...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,752
Posted By alan s

Yeah, you pay a little more upfront, but nothing...

Yeah, you pay a little more upfront, but nothing in the long run.
Forum: Touring
09-28-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,758
Posted By alan s

Only difficulty is with the rear fender. Have to...

Only difficulty is with the rear fender. Have to loosen the rearmost fender stays to remove the wheel. Carry a multitool with a 10 mm for this purpose. I have Planet Bike Cascadias, so it’s a...
Forum: Commuting
09-27-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,670
Posted By alan s

No one is personally attacking anyone. I’m sure...

No one is personally attacking anyone. I’m sure Jim has a lot to share and I’d love to read it, but his responses are usually lost in the bloated quotes.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,670
Posted By alan s

Jim, can you imagine if everyone here posted this...

Jim, can you imagine if everyone here posted this way? If you are not a lawyer getting paid by the word, you went into the wrong profession.
Forum: Commuting
09-27-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,670
Posted By alan s

Jim, I have no idea what you are trying to say...

Jim, I have no idea what you are trying to say with embedded quote after embedded quote, but the one thing that jumped out at me as wrong is “While nice, it is not essential that oncoming traffic see...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,670
Posted By alan s

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1334x750/8896844d_48c6_4a5c_915c_4dbb6bedd7ed_896b4514ea829b994fc9fe89b3eca45c802964ab.png
Forum: Commuting
09-24-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 855
Posted By alan s

Yes, snow, ice, rain, high winds, extreme...

Yes, snow, ice, rain, high winds, extreme temperatures, high humidity. The days no sane person would suffer and ride a bike to work. This will show the real world to wannabe bike commuters.
Forum: Touring
09-17-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,554
Posted By alan s

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Here’s one with pedals for the purists.
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