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Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 403
Posted By MarcusT

Yup, that happened to me. Luckily it was a test...

Yup, that happened to me. Luckily it was a test ride before starting the big trip.
11-12-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 9,391
Posted By MarcusT

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2,164 meters
Took my e-bike here, never would have made it with a regular...
Forum: Touring
11-11-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 403
Posted By MarcusT

Not sure what you mean by the hubs came loose....

Not sure what you mean by the hubs came loose. Did the cone nuts get loose?

I usually carry a pretty good set up, but of the tools I have not brought are:
Cone wrenches
Bottom bracket tool...
11-11-19, 10:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 144
Posted By MarcusT

I use military C bags. They pack small when...

I use military C bags. They pack small when empty, are durable and hold a lot
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Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 11:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,340
Posted By MarcusT

It literally translates to "Bike Manufacturer"...

It literally translates to "Bike Manufacturer" ;)
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,340
Posted By MarcusT

Nice bikes, but that price: Ouch!

Nice bikes, but that price: Ouch!
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 11:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,190
Posted By MarcusT

Big questions What I've learned from preparing...

Big questions
What I've learned from preparing for a trip:
Being in good shape is helpful, but more importantly having a comfortable bike will far out last the time you spend on the bike.
Geometry...
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 11:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,340
Posted By MarcusT

I did a fair bit of research into European brands...

I did a fair bit of research into European brands and There are several, but few are dedicated full time tourers.
Cube, Diamont and Radon make numerous models, but I would not consider them "full...
Forum: Touring
10-30-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,701
Posted By MarcusT

I don't quite understand the purpose of the...

I don't quite understand the purpose of the discussion. If you use drop bars, are they not dual position? Meaning when riding the top bars you have a more upright position, then when you want to drop...
10-29-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 355
Posted By MarcusT

I would go for the Marathons for 2 reasons It...

I would go for the Marathons for 2 reasons
It may be the most flat resistant tire on the common market
Schwalbe specifys the weight limit of each model, so you know how robust you need. Usually the...
10-29-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 618
Posted By MarcusT

Absolutely!!! I did not believe it until I...

Absolutely!!!
I did not believe it until I tried it.
I dip it in a solution of baking soda and water. Why? I don't know, but it makes me feel like it works better.

No damage at all to the metal
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 857
Posted By MarcusT

No offense, but the popularity of a product does...

No offense, but the popularity of a product does not necessarily make it a good product.
A few examples from our past:
-The Pet Rock
-The Segway
-Google glasses
and of course the worst product...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 907
Posted By MarcusT

Then Katadyn can be sued for this QUICK FACTS...

Then Katadyn can be sued for this
QUICK FACTS Vario filter
Effective against microorganisms
Effective against bad taste
Effective against chemicals
Suitable for small groups up to 3 people
...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By MarcusT

For the price, the frame alone is worth more than...

For the price, the frame alone is worth more than that (if in good condition).
If the size is right, I say go for it.
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 907
Posted By MarcusT

I use a Katadyn filter and have had no problems. ...

I use a Katadyn filter and have had no problems.
I would not trust purification (boiling, chemicals, etc) because even though it will rid the virus and bacteria, it will not do anything for toxins....
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 04:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 857
Posted By MarcusT

I'm not a big fan of gel anything. I have tried...

I'm not a big fan of gel anything. I have tried it and I don't feel any difference over a little padding with frictionless fabric.
A good saddle will over come "over padding". Yes, I have a Brooks...
Forum: Touring
10-23-19, 10:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,547
Posted By MarcusT

Shortly after that trip, she got engaged and...

Shortly after that trip, she got engaged and went on to have a nice family. I instead quit that job and moved to an area where I could enjoy more outdoor activities.
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,547
Posted By MarcusT

There was this really cute girl at work who...

There was this really cute girl at work who showed an interest in bike touring. I immediately bought a rack and panniers and told her I was planning a 5 day trip. She said yes and off we went. 30 yrs...
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By MarcusT

I have an LHT that I built from frame. I'm truly...

I have an LHT that I built from frame. I'm truly satisfied with the bike and the way it handles, but in the end, it is a steel frame similar to frames made in the 70's and 80's. It has what you need...
Forum: Touring
10-21-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,183
Posted By MarcusT

I converted my MTB to touring and figured that a...

I converted my MTB to touring and figured that a solid MTB wheel with 32 spokes should be able to handle some extra weight. After about 500km the rear wheel stared to lose true like nobody's...
10-04-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 771
Posted By MarcusT

Morning; mtb. Afternoon; road

Morning; mtb.
Afternoon; road
10-04-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,747
Posted By MarcusT

Not so much. I have a fatty and a 2.8" FS. and...

Not so much.
I have a fatty and a 2.8" FS. and there are some gnarly hills with loose gravel and slippery roots that are handled better with the fatty. Not to mention the sand, the snow and wet...
10-03-19, 10:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,747
Posted By MarcusT

So, be sure to bring enough bikes with you.

So, be sure to bring enough bikes with you.
Forum: Touring
10-02-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 471
Posted By MarcusT

I had the same problem with the front racks. The...

I had the same problem with the front racks. The weld on the dropouts for the LHT is so inconvenient.
I forget which Tubus I have, but on the weld in the middle it has a tapped hole to mount fenders
Forum: Touring
10-02-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,472
Posted By MarcusT

Bar ends? On drop bars? Or are you talking...

Bar ends? On drop bars?
Or are you talking about the 90's MTB version?
Forum: Touring
10-01-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,472
Posted By MarcusT

As far as Trek goes, they are the most...

As far as Trek goes, they are the most distributed bikes in the world. There should not be a problem for parts or repairs, unless you're in the middle of no where or countries with no running water....
10-01-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,747
Posted By MarcusT

Might get better replies from the Fat Bike forum....

Might get better replies from the Fat Bike forum.
My patented adage:
Mtb is good for single track, fat bike is good for no track.
Though I use it for almost anything
09-30-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By MarcusT

Gloves do not help too much with the numbness....

Gloves do not help too much with the numbness. That is a nerve thing. Good hand position should avoid most numbness.
09-30-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,320
Posted By MarcusT

I went with a fat bike and am having much more...

I went with a fat bike and am having much more fun than I ever did with my MTB. No shredding involved
09-30-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 681
Posted By MarcusT

The issue I have with Giant, is they use odd...

The issue I have with Giant, is they use odd (proprietary?) sized components. On my MTB, they have a 30.8mm seat post, which can be difficult to find a replacement.
Forum: Fatbikes
09-30-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 980
Posted By MarcusT

It's rare when I go fast. I don't take trails, I...

It's rare when I go fast. I don't take trails, I blaze my way across beaches, river beds and forests.
For those with fatties, it's not a criticism it's a fact of life. Big, wide tires with low psi...
09-26-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By MarcusT

That may be it's only attribute. As a lubricant,...

That may be it's only attribute. As a lubricant, I don't care for it at all.
09-25-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 864
Posted By MarcusT

My bike came with 760mm bar, which were fine for...

My bike came with 760mm bar, which were fine for downhill, but long treks going up, my shoulders felt like they were going to pop out. I cut them to 700mm and that fixed the problem.

P.S. My...
Forum: Touring
09-25-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,561
Posted By MarcusT

:thumb:

:thumb:
09-22-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 690
Posted By MarcusT

https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Adjustable-Mountain-Ha...

https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Adjustable-Mountain-Handlebar-Lightweight/dp/B07BFPKMCY/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=adjustable+stem&qid=1569211211&sr=8-4

The flat bars themselves actually reduce the reach, so...
Forum: Touring
09-21-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,356
Posted By MarcusT

Avoid sex, politics and religion, and start a...

Avoid sex, politics and religion, and start a conversation. Weather, what lay ahead or what lay behind
09-19-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By MarcusT

Class 3 as in smooth and gravel surfaces?

Class 3 as in smooth and gravel surfaces?
Forum: Fatbikes
09-18-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By MarcusT

It's difficult to justify spending more on...

It's difficult to justify spending more on upgrades than what the bike cost new.
I would suggest sell (or return) the bike and take the money you would have spent on upgrades to buy a high end, used...
09-18-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 600
Posted By MarcusT

Check out these previous threads ...

Check out these previous threads


https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1171297-trek-520-kona-sutra-surly-disc-trucker-salsa-marrakesh.html
...
09-18-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 483
Posted By MarcusT

105 parts are much more expensive than Sora parts.

105 parts are much more expensive than Sora parts.
Forum: Fatbikes
09-17-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 892
Posted By MarcusT

I guess it depends on which fat bike you have....

I guess it depends on which fat bike you have. Maybe everything, maybe just the bar grips.
On my mid range; tires, saddle, grips, pedals
09-17-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,192
Posted By MarcusT

I tried bar, chest and head. Head mounted offers...

I tried bar, chest and head. Head mounted offers the best view, even if you look a little dorky.
09-12-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,633
Posted By MarcusT

Not sure if you need a new bike to ride on the...

Not sure if you need a new bike to ride on the road. You could just get some narrower, low profile tires for your Trek.
If you are convinced you need a new bike, then be sure to try them out first....
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,523
Posted By MarcusT

You can tour on anything you like, just be aware...

You can tour on anything you like, just be aware of the limitations of your bike of choice.
A road bike has lighter wheels and tires, so certain road surfaces can leave you on foot. Even though...
09-11-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,707
Posted By MarcusT

The body takes time to get into activity mode. I...

The body takes time to get into activity mode. I know in my first 10-20 mins, I am easily winded, but then the muscles and lungs start to "pump up" and the riding gets easier. 2 miles is not enough...
Forum: Touring
09-10-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,561
Posted By MarcusT

If it was a long trip (week or more) I would say;...

If it was a long trip (week or more) I would say; do the trip. But being an over-nighter, if you have a normal work week job you can do those anytime. Riding in the rain sucks, but staying in a tarp...
Forum: Fatbikes
09-10-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,251
Posted By MarcusT

What did you end up going with?

What did you end up going with?
Forum: Touring
09-09-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,294
Posted By MarcusT

What touring gear do they offer? I did not see...

What touring gear do they offer?
I did not see anything bike related
09-09-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 927
Posted By MarcusT

Get work at an LBS, even part time. There is no...

Get work at an LBS, even part time. There is no substitute for hands on experience and observation.
It's not just about fixing bikes, it's about a successful business.
09-02-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,346
Posted By MarcusT

My "click" was driving me crazy, after hours of...

My "click" was driving me crazy, after hours of removing, re-installing, I discovered it was my shoe lace tips hitting the crank. :bang:
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