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Forum: Touring
04-16-20, 01:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 687
Posted By 3speed

I definitely enjoy a mix of nature and occasional...

I definitely enjoy a mix of nature and occasional big town or city. I like to spend a few days in the cities I pass through, then spend a few days or a week riding through nature. As mentioned,...
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,638
Posted By 3speed

I've toured tubeless for a short time in Costa...

I've toured tubeless for a short time in Costa Rica on a mix or road and gravel(some of it quite big chunky gravel). I've commuted and done bike delivery tubeless for thousands of miles. This was all...
Forum: Touring
04-03-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,573
Posted By 3speed

When you all say you use a cache battery, is this...

When you all say you use a cache battery, is this referring to a specific type of battery, or just that you plug a power-bank type battery in-line with your charging system? Also, is there a...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,965
Posted By 3speed

I'm not saying I'd come out cheaper overall...

I'm not saying I'd come out cheaper overall compared to buying off the shelf. I spent a while slowly obtaining parts from online close-outs and very good condition used from craigslist and the local...
Forum: Touring
02-02-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,965
Posted By 3speed

In my experience, if you know what youíre doing...

In my experience, if you know what youíre doing and can put good components on the frame, and if youíre willing to shop for deals, youíll always get a better bike for the money when you do it...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By 3speed

Haha. Well it's always good to be optimistic. : P

Haha. Well it's always good to be optimistic. : P
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,096
Posted By 3speed

How do you recharge the AA batteries when you're...

How do you recharge the AA batteries when you're out backpacking, etc? If you simply carry enough to last the duration of the trip, wouldn't a power bank hold the amount of power of the AA, but in a...
Forum: Touring
01-25-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,096
Posted By 3speed

I have to say I don't quite understand a desire...

I have to say I don't quite understand a desire to use rechargeable AA/AAA batteries and charger. If you're going to do that, you'd be better off, power and space wise, using a GPS that charges via...
Forum: Touring
01-11-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,943
Posted By 3speed

Rock on. It's always awesome to find gear that...

Rock on. It's always awesome to find gear that works for you at 1/3 the cost of the nice expensive stuff. That's how I usually end up with nicer touring bikes for cheap(used, very good condition...
Forum: Touring
01-05-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,943
Posted By 3speed

I have experience using a Lezyne and my current...

I have experience using a Lezyne and my current Topeak frame pump many times. I havenít had a chance to use a topeak mini.The Lezyne is a quality pump, no question, and it gets the job done, but I...
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,602
Posted By 3speed

In my experience, it's also about balance. I...

In my experience, it's also about balance. I could take my old Trek and load the rear up and it would shimmy at higher speed(downhills, etc). I could put on some front panniers and it would have much...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 769
Posted By 3speed

What's the bike? Most touring bikes are more...

What's the bike? Most touring bikes are more sluggish than they need to be anyway. It might be an improvement.

"Most people would change to a longer fork" sounds like a pretty general statement to...
Forum: Touring
12-01-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,811
Posted By 3speed

Haha. Wow. That is determination. Personally, I'm...

Haha. Wow. That is determination. Personally, I'm planning to use a 26x2.1"(ish) wheeled MTB with a light suspension fork.
Forum: Touring
12-01-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,811
Posted By 3speed

2.25" an "acceptable" Minimum? Let's not go...

2.25" an "acceptable" Minimum? Let's not go scaring people. I don't see any reason you'd want more tire. The difficulty of the Divide is more to do with climbing, elevation, weather, and most of all,...
Forum: Touring
11-20-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,874
Posted By 3speed

TSA? lol How the hell have people forgotten the...

TSA? lol How the hell have people forgotten the Decades where you could take all of the tubes glue you wanted onto a plane and it never magically started the plane on fire? Itís sad how easily......
Forum: Touring
11-06-19, 02:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,372
Posted By 3speed

I'd never heard of Fahrradmanufaktur. I kind of...

I'd never heard of Fahrradmanufaktur. I kind of want one of these just so I can have Fahrradmanufaktur painted on the downtube. What a name...
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By 3speed

That's the thing, though. They're fairly...

That's the thing, though. They're fairly expensive for what they are. So they make a nice profit off of each one sold. That helps you take up the slack on the ones that get damaged during shipping,...
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,282
Posted By 3speed

Cool trike. I bet it's Great for getting...

Cool trike. I bet it's Great for getting groceries, and fun for trips around town. As long as you know you have power each day to keep your battery charged, I bet it would be just fine for local...
Forum: Touring
11-05-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By 3speed

My steel frame bike has a removable hanger. Steel...

My steel frame bike has a removable hanger. Steel frame or not, there's no reason not to have a removable hanger, as far as I know, other than cost. I don't think there are any drawbacks to a...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By 3speed

The current disk trucker on their website sure...

The current disk trucker on their website sure looks like it's part of the frame as far as I can tell. Crazy. Even cheap box store bikes often have replaceable hangars these days...
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,325
Posted By 3speed

My friend and I have both been using a Sawyer....

My friend and I have both been using a Sawyer. We've used them Many times, on different occasions. I would think if you also used a Steripen, there really wouldn't be any need to go throwing...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,093
Posted By 3speed

I thought the whole point of spending $100+ on a...

I thought the whole point of spending $100+ on a Brooks, which also requires more care than a regular seat, was that it's supposed to just be comfortable. If you're wearing padded shorts anyway, why...
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,136
Posted By 3speed

I'd guess the fact that you've seen it again and...

I'd guess the fact that you've seen it again and again is a sign. It sounds like you've been really lucky. Also, what brakes are you using? I'll take a serious look at them for my next build. I, and...
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,136
Posted By 3speed

The previous owner probably just changed them...

The previous owner probably just changed them because they stop better than cantilevers and they're easier to adjust. But as said, if you have levers you want to use and you prefer...
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,215
Posted By 3speed

How much do you weigh? Do you "ride light" and...

How much do you weigh? Do you "ride light" and stand up over bumps, avoid potholes, etc, or tend to ride through things and stay seated? If you're under ~185lbs or so and don't mind standing or going...
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 673
Posted By 3speed

Eh. It's only a few hours a day. Hopefully you...

Eh. It's only a few hours a day. Hopefully you stand a lot more than that in daily life.
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 673
Posted By 3speed

That could actually be fun and interesting. I...

That could actually be fun and interesting. I wouldn't replace bike touring with it, but it could be fun for overnighters, or a short week-ish long trip. At 20mph, you could do your whole day in...
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 01:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By 3speed

Once a tire is aired up and seated on a tubeless...

Once a tire is aired up and seated on a tubeless rim, letting most of the air pressure out shouldn't be a problem. I've run multiple non tubeless specific tires on a tubeless rim and had no problem...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,608
Posted By 3speed

I have No experience with couch surfing...

I have No experience with couch surfing personally, but from what I've read, the guests tend to be pretty all over the board. You might get someone great who's traveling from Europe and making their...
Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,608
Posted By 3speed

Warm showers is pretty great if you like to check...

Warm showers is pretty great if you like to check out cities. If you were doing a tour of a very populated area, I could see stringing together multiple hosts every night.

I used WS in Seattle and...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,608
Posted By 3speed

That really sucks that people are so ****ty. :(...

That really sucks that people are so ****ty. :( If someone is letting you stay in their home, the Least you should do is put in the effort to make sure you aren't being an inconvenience and rude....
Forum: Touring
10-01-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,389
Posted By 3speed

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about the...

Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about the wheels as long as you keep your tires inflated properly(to avoid pinch flat/rim bashing type situations, and just have a shop tune them up before you...
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,516
Posted By 3speed

Ah, see, thereís the trick! Thanks! That just...

Ah, see, thereís the trick! Thanks! That just never even registered in my brain since Iíve removed so many rear wheels I just always do it the way Iím used to(and has always worked before). But I...
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,516
Posted By 3speed

I donít have experience with a Troll in...

I donít have experience with a Troll in particular, but do with a Pugsley. The horizontal dropouts would actually be better with a Rolloff/SS setup. Theyíre kind of a pain in the ass with a derailer....
Forum: Touring
09-27-19, 03:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,389
Posted By 3speed

Personally, if you plan on touring outside of the...

Personally, if you plan on touring outside of the US, I wouldn't get that bike. It's nice to have common standard parts on a touring bike. 100/130or135mm QR axles, Shimano compatible or friction...
Forum: Touring
09-26-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By 3speed

That sounds like a Great trip(minus some rain, of...

That sounds like a Great trip(minus some rain, of course)! Iím jealous and glad you had a good time.


Donít worry. You wonít have to share. Theyíll let you eat it before they enjoy you for their...
Forum: Touring
09-22-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,520
Posted By 3speed

Well on the plus side, it seems like you're...

Well on the plus side, it seems like you're becoming less happy from not having social interaction. As you become less and less happy, you'll decide maybe you could use a beer. You wonder into a bar...
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,520
Posted By 3speed

It all just depends on how social you are and...

It all just depends on how social you are and what stops you make. If you don't ever stop in any restaurants or pubs, you'll be skipping two of the easiest places to meet and chat with people....
Forum: Touring
09-20-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,420
Posted By 3speed

A lot of "29er" and 650b wheel-sets have mtb, or...

A lot of "29er" and 650b wheel-sets have mtb, or Boost spacing, because they're "mtb" sizes. 700c is the exact same size as the "29er" BS, but without the stupid marketing term. But to answer your...
Forum: Touring
09-17-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,416
Posted By 3speed

Maybe "about the last choice" is a little strong,...

Maybe "about the last choice" is a little strong, as there are plenty of worse options, but there's no way I would buy a bike for touring that doesn't have standard 9mm drop-outs(I know, it has a...
Forum: Touring
09-16-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,416
Posted By 3speed

If they are discontinuing that model, I can see...

If they are discontinuing that model, I can see why. It looks like about the last choice I would make for a touring bike, and that's even taking into consideration that I'd like to try a titanium...
Forum: Touring
09-07-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,649
Posted By 3speed

Nice! I'm planning on moving to 26" on my next...

Nice! I'm planning on moving to 26" on my next touring bike. I have ridden a mtb with slicks a fair amount for commuting one summer. It definitely transforms the bike compared to big knobby mtb...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 03:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By 3speed

If preparing in advance and bringing things with,...

If preparing in advance and bringing things with, a high quality mask in the style that nurses wear or something might be good to use. Are respirators comfortable to wear for extended periods, or is...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 03:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By 3speed

Awesome tips in this thread. Thank you to all who...

Awesome tips in this thread. Thank you to all who have posted.

And good to know about Germany having privacy laws that even apply to google. Their country keeps sounding more appealing every time...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By 3speed

I think a bandana and fenders is about all you...

I think a bandana and fenders is about all you can do. Hopefully someone will post something else. When I've toured in very dusty environments, the locals were wearing bandanas. To me, that basically...
Forum: Touring
09-02-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 8,723
Posted By 3speed

That's cute. It's So original and unexpected....

That's cute. It's So original and unexpected. Good job. What about all of the people who do have kids who feel the same way? It seems like anytime I've ever seen someone post something like that,...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,636
Posted By 3speed

I'm pretty much in your same boat. I don't...

I'm pretty much in your same boat. I don't struggle to keep my bike box under 50lbs, and ride a smaller frame. With the great news that the US airline companies are Finally getting on board with bike...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,044
Posted By 3speed

That's a common problem with LHTs. The top tube...

That's a common problem with LHTs. The top tube on that bike is too long for a Lot of people. If you don't have short reach handlebars, I'd put some of those on it too. You can generally find them...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 04:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,754
Posted By 3speed

Haha. For most in the US, that sounds like a...

Haha. For most in the US, that sounds like a dream. Throw in universal healthcare and I can't figure out why my fellow citizens... Crap, wrong forum. Please keep up the videos so we can live...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 03:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,044
Posted By 3speed

You can search here on bike forums and find that...

You can search here on bike forums and find that Many people prefer putting the bulk of weight in the front, down low. It makes the bike handle better and reduces stress on the rear wheel. Typically...
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