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Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,509
Posted By robow

This is my area of expertise, and so my...

This is my area of expertise, and so my suggestion:
Always if possible and before anything else,
Run the eyeglasses under tap water, and if really grimy, warm soapy water. This important first step...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,764
Posted By robow

On an unloaded mountain bike, the trail would be...

On an unloaded mountain bike, the trail would be work but fun to climb. But on my loaded touring bike with treadless tires, it was too rutted and slippery and I eventually had to walk my bike. Now...
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,267
Posted By robow

Nice photos and glad you made it over to the...

Nice photos and glad you made it over to the Cache Wetlands Center.
So what do you do for an encore in 2019 ?
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,267
Posted By robow

Spin, I thought the same thing. Add the Mickelson...

Spin, I thought the same thing. Add the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota as well. I checked that one off last September and it was excellent ! So many trails, so little time.
Forum: Touring
05-02-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,418
Posted By robow

djb, I built up the 26" LHT below several years...

djb, I built up the 26" LHT below several years ago and though I have ridden an LHT in 700c, I never had them at the same time to really do a fair comparison. I think the fellows at Surly claimed...
Forum: Touring
05-01-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,418
Posted By robow

Now I realize that touring is not mountain...

Now I realize that touring is not mountain biking, but the trend has been towards larger wheels and away from the 26's the last several years. You get a theoretically smoother ride but less agility....
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,418
Posted By robow

Though likely in my head, I always felt the...

Though likely in my head, I always felt the larger 700's seemed to roll better for me than the 26's.
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,063
Posted By robow

Obviously poor planning on your part. Ha ...

Obviously poor planning on your part. Ha

But seriously, these are the tours that you'll most remember and will make for good stories in the future.
Forum: Touring
04-25-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,227
Posted By robow

I once hit 50 mph on my touring bike and...

I once hit 50 mph on my touring bike and proceeded to poopy my pants before grabbing some brake. Won't happen again.
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,227
Posted By robow

There's a significant difference in effective top...

There's a significant difference in effective top tube length between the two models and similar "sized" bikes, with the Surly being longer as usual, so take that into consideration with your own...
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By robow

Yea, they're nocturnal, I'm asleep, all is good. ...

Yea, they're nocturnal, I'm asleep, all is good. Far worse things to really worry about, like coyotes and jackalopes, oh..... and will I be able to stop my bike in time since I haven't got disc...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,650
Posted By robow

I lost a self inflated mattress in my van one...

I lost a self inflated mattress in my van one time because of the heat, unfortunately it was due to the afternoon sun and not for more youthful pursuits.
Forum: Touring
04-22-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,296
Posted By robow

If you really really have to rid yourself of one,...

If you really really have to rid yourself of one, and you can't make up your mind, then IMO, you should keep the newer Marin since it will be less frustrating to find parts in the future. (And I'm a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-19, 12:47 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,271
Posted By robow

Has anyone mentioned the Tiger Eye Bike mirrors...

Has anyone mentioned the Tiger Eye Bike mirrors that can be clipped to your helmet, no adhesive needed, though I do use a small hidden zip tie to remove any chance of falling off. I've been using one...
Forum: Touring
04-21-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By robow

Definitely so here in the midwest. In fact, as...

Definitely so here in the midwest. In fact, as so many smaller towns dry up and lose their retail, a Dollar General is a blessing for them (and me as I ride through)
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,650
Posted By robow

Did it work ?

Did it work ?
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,962
Posted By robow

Can you show a link to this accessory as I can't...

Can you show a link to this accessory as I can't google it up as a "power lever". Thanks
Forum: Touring
04-18-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,962
Posted By robow

Veganbike, those long pull levers only work if...

Veganbike, those long pull levers only work if you are not using brifters. With brifters you need the travel agents for longer v's, but not mini v's.
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,962
Posted By robow

fietsbob, thanks for the heads up. As everything...

fietsbob, thanks for the heads up. As everything is moving towards disc brakes, parts for V's and canti's are going to be harder to find. If I used travel agents, I would be tempted to pick up a...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,650
Posted By robow

Gorilla tape and zip ties have saved many an...

Gorilla tape and zip ties have saved many an outing for me or someone whom I was riding with.
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,650
Posted By robow

I always carry some Gorilla tape with me, wrapped...

I always carry some Gorilla tape with me, wrapped around a tire lever or pencil and have used it before with good results to patch a mattress. Also works well as rim tape or a tire boot if ever...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,962
Posted By robow

I have three cyclecross bikes, two carbon fiber,...

I have three cyclecross bikes, two carbon fiber, one titanium, and all have carbon fiber forks on them. All have had a cable hanger in place when using canti brakes and none of given me any...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,962
Posted By robow

I've always found a brake cable hanger such as...

I've always found a brake cable hanger such as this one can make a huge difference in nullifying those symptoms....
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,650
Posted By robow

And if you do decide on an inflatable mattress, I...

And if you do decide on an inflatable mattress, I can't recommend this little gizmo highly enough. I used to dread night after night having to blow up my mattress and this little beauty does it for...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,141
Posted By robow

OK true, seeing dinosaur tracks would justify the...

OK true, seeing dinosaur tracks would justify the risk of goat heads but I do hate the damn things and glad we don't have to deal with them here.
Btw, goat heads are present on the ever popular Katy...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,962
Posted By robow

And if or when you have decided that canti brakes...

And if or when you have decided that canti brakes just aren't for you, you could also consider Promax mini V brakes. I like my older Shimano canti's for touring but I do have another bike that I...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,650
Posted By robow

With today's large size Thermarest coming in at...

With today's large size Thermarest coming in at only 1 lb and with so much less bulk than rolled up foam, other than initial cost, I can see no advantage. (Well I guess you don't ever have to worry...
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,141
Posted By robow

Gee, what a nice guy.....with friends like that :...

Gee, what a nice guy.....with friends like that : )
Forum: Touring
04-12-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,267
Posted By robow

You've got the Vienna Diner, used to be Dolly's...

You've got the Vienna Diner, used to be Dolly's just east of where the trail crosses highway 45. Decent local home cooked food with home made pies. The more commercial places, McDonalds, Subway are...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 11:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,267
Posted By robow

Good, you're going to concentrate on the southern...

Good, you're going to concentrate on the southern end then. Vienna is about the only place you can be guaranteed to stock up on any supplies needed unless you can make it up to Harrisburg. Karnak...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,267
Posted By robow

Will you start your Tunnel Hill saga at...

Will you start your Tunnel Hill saga at Harrisburg and end at Karnak, then turn around and head back? That will be a heckuva day if that is what you are planning. Don't waste your time between...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,318
Posted By robow

I'm more than willing to confront those sneaky...

I'm more than willing to confront those sneaky little bastards face to face but I hate it when they're up to their Harry Houdini tricks while I sleep.
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,318
Posted By robow

Normally I always bring all food into my tent...

Normally I always bring all food into my tent vestibule but had overlooked that one meal. I can't imagine how I could have forgotten about such a delicacy as freeze dried spaghetti awaiting me the...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,055
Posted By robow

For what it's worth, They claim the Minoura rack...

For what it's worth, They claim the Minoura rack is made from steel tubing, not aluminum
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,318
Posted By robow

My tip of the day, assume that the local raccoons...

My tip of the day, assume that the local raccoons have mastered how to open an Ortlieb bag without needing to unclip the straps. Last week the damn things were able to unroll my pannier and get into...
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,055
Posted By robow

Just saw the specs and weight of this rack, 2.65...

Just saw the specs and weight of this rack, 2.65 lbs, that is one heavy beast, considering my Tubus Tara comes in at just under 1 pound.

Seeker, I looked at that Axiom rack and the only thing I...
Forum: Touring
04-09-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,055
Posted By robow

Anyone have any experience with this Minoura front rack ?

Just curious if anyone has any experience with this particular Minoura front rack? I'm looking for a rack that will mount on a fork without braze ons and the Old Man Mountain Racks don't seem to be...
Forum: Touring
04-06-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,205
Posted By robow

Bike packing aerodynamics

Just a little of enlightenment from this past week of touring down in hilly Arkansas. One of the riders in the group was a trim woman who was bike packing with a gravel bike with wider knobby tires....
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 49,145
Posted By robow

Interesting, though I like Boeshield T-9 in the...

Interesting, though I like Boeshield T-9 in the aerosol spray for its convenience and it seems to do a decent job of lubrication, it has never been great at rust prevention by itself for me. The...
Forum: Touring
03-17-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By robow

Couldn't agree more. We were set on doing 80...

Couldn't agree more. We were set on doing 80 miles a day over three days many many years ago but unfortunately the riding conditions were not the best and it was brutal. By adding that single extra...
Forum: Touring
03-15-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,597
Posted By robow

+1

+1
Forum: Touring
03-11-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,094
Posted By robow

The roads will be much more hilly than the trail,...

The roads will be much more hilly than the trail, lots of rollers but nothing too steep.
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,960
Posted By robow

Yea, great place to stay and Jim had a nice...

Yea, great place to stay and Jim had a nice little tavern nearby at that time but he retired and a couple re-built the place next door but it must not have remained open very long. That's one of the...
Forum: Touring
03-08-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,960
Posted By robow

If you're talking about this one in Tebbetts. it...

If you're talking about this one in Tebbetts. it was open a couple years ago when we last rode thru there. There was also a new small bar and grill right next door which was ideal but it may now be...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,960
Posted By robow

I agree, I would think gap/c &o more popular...

I agree, I would think gap/c &o more popular since a larger population base near by.
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,960
Posted By robow

The locals always told me that when the Katy...

The locals always told me that when the Katy first opened up, it received a ton of bike traffic and people were opening up small businesses along the Katy left and right. But over time, the numbers...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 12:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,960
Posted By robow

Agree with rm -rf, Stonefort south is the better...

Agree with rm -rf, Stonefort south is the better part of the trail. Vienna is a great place to stop and have lunch and if you plan on spending the night around Karnak,consider staying at the New...
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,855
Posted By robow

Love that Soma above, a modern classic if you...

Love that Soma above, a modern classic if you will, or is that an oxymoron ?

Btw, where is the ole Squeeze box? Did he ever get a chance to tour the Katy?
Forum: Touring
03-06-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,020
Posted By robow

I hope your friend carries an EpiPen with him in...

I hope your friend carries an EpiPen with him in the car, or if he bike tours, one in his bag. Was on a tour years ago when a fellow who was highly allergic to bee venom was stung but was able to...
Forum: Touring
03-05-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,493
Posted By robow

Makes perfect sense, but say I have $900 in frame...

Makes perfect sense, but say I have $900 in frame and parts, how will the insurance company devalue my 5 year old bike, will I make it above my deductible and does replacement coverage kick in on...
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