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Forum: Touring
05-19-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,697
Posted By DropBarFan

UK had it's own rowdy biker culture as shown in...

UK had it's own rowdy biker culture as shown in Brit movies that played in US theaters. Stones were fascinated by American culture & had spent much time in the USA so it's hard to believe that they...
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 12:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,697
Posted By DropBarFan

The "naive" explanation doesn't make sense. ...

The "naive" explanation doesn't make sense. Previous Woodstock caused all sorts of logistical issues; Stones had experienced fan violence even in their early days & had been notified about problems...
Forum: Touring
05-17-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,697
Posted By DropBarFan

I've been wondering about the Altamont thing: to...

I've been wondering about the Altamont thing: to get a permit for a big event an organization has to have insurance which would require competent professional security. Hell's Angels antics were...
Forum: Touring
05-15-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

Post was supposed to go on another thread though...

Post was supposed to go on another thread though technically one could stay at a National Harbor hotel (Oxon Hill MD), cross the Wilson Bridge into Alexandria & then up to Key Bridge/C&O start, about...
Forum: Touring
05-15-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By DropBarFan

Velo Orange blog (from 2006) mentions the Impact...

Velo Orange blog (from 2006) mentions the Impact double as having cranks forged by Sugino but apparently Stronglight makes their own chainrings.
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Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By DropBarFan

I would go with the Stronglight. Sugino stuff...

I would go with the Stronglight. Sugino stuff was traditionally pretty good for an affordable price but their triples etc seem to have gone up a lot in price. New Albion cranksets might also be...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By DropBarFan

Crazy with all the road & MTB options but sparse...

Crazy with all the road & MTB options but sparse leftovers for trad drop-bar touring. No 3X hydraulic brifters; no 10/11/12-speed brifters that use MTB cable-pull, no IGH brifters, no Shimano...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,697
Posted By DropBarFan

In 1990 I was in a crowded restaurant in a...

In 1990 I was in a crowded restaurant in a high-rise building as the SR-71 was finishing up it's official LA-DC record run--sonic boom rattled the windows but the clueless bozos didn't even notice...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,826
Posted By DropBarFan

Pretty scary photo. Nowadays so many dog owners...

Pretty scary photo. Nowadays so many dog owners without any common sense or knowledge to even raise a little dog let alone bigger more aggressive breeds.
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

Not over the Mississippi but I'm giving a...

Not over the Mississippi but I'm giving a shout-out to the Woodrow Wilson interstate bridge that crosses the Potomac just south of DC. Previously no bike/ped access but they rebuilt the bridge a few...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

That does sound a bit elaborate, heh, but with...

That does sound a bit elaborate, heh, but with small bottles it should be fairly compact. Lately, at home, I've been using those heavy-duty blue paper towels (from auto-parts store or Costco) for...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By DropBarFan

Centennial Bridge looks great esp when there are...

Centennial Bridge looks great esp when there are so many bridges than forbid cyclists. DC-area riders can't reach the beach without waiting & paying for $$ taxi vans to cross the big Chesapeake...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,826
Posted By DropBarFan

LULZ, when I was a kid the Pagans (East Coast)...

LULZ, when I was a kid the Pagans (East Coast) had an unmarked clubhouse a block away from my house, they never bothered the locals aside from the (cool) Harley noise.
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

A damp rag can clean most of the dirt off frame &...

A damp rag can clean most of the dirt off frame & wheels. After the C&O and/or GAP segments, one could remove chain, scrub with degreaser & water & then relube & have a fairly clean & smooth chain...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 20,280
Posted By DropBarFan

I agree that geometry & tires make much more...

I agree that geometry & tires make much more difference than frame material. Of course if alu is good for the 520 fork why not the whole frame (other than machining costs for a low-selling bike)? ...
Forum: Touring
05-12-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,868
Posted By DropBarFan

Woodrup also in Leeds. AFAIK Leeds was...

Woodrup also in Leeds. AFAIK Leeds was traditionally a centre of the UK cycling industry. Too bad about Bob Jackson not taking bespoke orders right now. They have some nice options.
05-09-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By DropBarFan

Thanks--I have 622 & 559 wheels that should give...

Thanks--I have 622 & 559 wheels that should give a good range.
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 20,280
Posted By DropBarFan

When looking at German online bike stores I've...

When looking at German online bike stores I've been surprised by how often they refer to tires/wheels in archaic inches vs ETRTO. My Surly Trucker is so heavy, using "stones" would be rather...
05-07-20, 10:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By DropBarFan

I have an older Trek hybrid with a suspension...

I have an older Trek hybrid with a suspension fork similar to the Dual Sport...fork is fairly primitive but often I can cruise comfortably on bumpy sidewalks & paths without slowing down as with a...
05-07-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By DropBarFan

Thanks, worth a try then I think. Also I wondered...

Thanks, worth a try then I think. Also I wondered if it would be necessary to drill the TS-1 in the same exact spot as the current Park stands but since the DT-3 gauge rotates anyway I think there...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

Well I drove up there on a scouting run about 2...

Well I drove up there on a scouting run about 2 years ago, could have changed. IIRC it was across the street from the welcome center but fairly small & I didn't realize it was for GAP riders until I...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 20,280
Posted By DropBarFan

Well some folks say that with modern...

Well some folks say that with modern manufacturing techniques & design, the frame material doesn't necessarily matter too much. I'd like to see some all-alu touring bikes with elastomer seat-post &...
05-07-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 687
Posted By DropBarFan

Well I hadn't applied to join the P&R forum, I...

Well I hadn't applied to join the P&R forum, I didn't realize that was a requirement. Also, I hadn't realized the separate COVID forum was supposed to be non-political...& they closed that...
05-07-20, 12:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By DropBarFan

I've ridden a Dahon Mariner (similar geometry...

I've ridden a Dahon Mariner (similar geometry AFAIK) & I couldn't get a good handlebar position (height OK but reach too short). Dahons seem to be designed for short rides. Custom-made stem might...
05-06-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 818
Posted By DropBarFan

Colnago built a special bike for Eddy Merckx's...

Colnago built a special bike for Eddy Merckx's '72 hour record but somehow the bike rode with Windsor labels & Ernesto was infuriated. Around '74 my local pro LBS featured a Colnago Super which was...
Forum: Touring
05-06-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

It's been rainy, cloudy & chilly too. Today in...

It's been rainy, cloudy & chilly too. Today in Northern Virginia it was actually 1° F colder than Montreal. Well one can take AMTRAK from DC to Cumberland MD (skipping the bumpy muddy C&O). ...
05-06-20, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By DropBarFan

Park Rotor Gauge on the Old TS-1 Truing Stand?

Most folks true their brake rotors with wheels mounted, I've had some success that way but it's a bit hard to see things even with a headband light. I'd like to try the Park DT-3 rotor truing gauge...
05-05-20, 12:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 687
Posted By DropBarFan

Banned from P&R?

I had a post deleted from a COVID forum; received a PM about it. Now I'm not allowed to post on P&R & no PM about it. I haven't been abusive...while many partisan & derisive posts are allowed?
Forum: Touring
05-04-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 20,280
Posted By DropBarFan

For a new bike I'd prefer brifters, but my...

For a new bike I'd prefer brifters, but my current bar-end shifters don't bother me enough to spend $150 to swap in Sora levers. Best thing would be if Shimano made 3X9 hydraulic brifters,I would...
05-03-20, 12:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 647
Posted By DropBarFan

I've thought Cat Ears would be fun to try. ...

I've thought Cat Ears would be fun to try. Sometimes crossing bridges the wind noise can be quite bothersome. Other times I imagine they might help one hear overtaking vehicles better.
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,771
Posted By DropBarFan

My 2 cents: C&O would be the bumpiest part...

My 2 cents:

C&O would be the bumpiest part of the trip so I guess a practice run could help show if the bike is comfy there. I'd lean to an Annapolis practice trip. I've ridden a couple of times...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,826
Posted By DropBarFan

On a local MUP next to the river a "black snake"...

On a local MUP next to the river a "black snake" was sunning itself on the path, a teenage pedestrian girl was terrified, a nice biker guy finally convinced her to let him walk her past it. Never...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By DropBarFan

Better than getting chased by a dog. In my area...

Better than getting chased by a dog. In my area there's "pokeweed", birds love the berries in late summer & can cause stains, the berries are a traditional dye.
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 803
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, on visits to Montreal I learned the "creme...

Yes, on visits to Montreal I learned the "creme glacee" bit, also a pizza slice is a "pointe de pizza". I only speak a tiny bit of French but occasionally it helped. The Québécois seem pretty...
Forum: Touring
04-27-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By DropBarFan

Once was touring past a big horse farm, I stopped...

Once was touring past a big horse farm, I stopped to take a pic. A couple horses in the pasture, one wanted to walk over to the fence to visit but the other horse wouldn't let it, heh.
04-27-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

TV news coverage (ie supposedly “liberal” CNN &...

TV news coverage (ie supposedly “liberal” CNN & MSNBC) made a striking shift in tone today. They previously ignored the Swedish approach & heavily criticized the Georgia governor. Today they were...
04-25-20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,009
Posted By DropBarFan

MSM also kiting that vaccine might be impossible....

MSM also kiting that vaccine might be impossible. So if there's also no or little immunity after infection, what then? 2-meter rule forever?
04-25-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

By "regulate" I mean published rules, not tacit...

By "regulate" I mean published rules, not tacit cooperation. I did not say gov't is "not able" to regulate, I mean that gov't does not want to regulate. "Regulation" is quite different than...
Forum: Touring
04-25-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 722
Posted By DropBarFan

Bike touring is popular in Germany & they love...

Bike touring is popular in Germany & they love their flat bars. Some folks in the US etc use bar-end shifters on their swept-back type flat bars. There are some flat-bar brake levers designed for...
04-25-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

North America internet is basically unregulated...

North America internet is basically unregulated in any transparent way. No meaningful anti-trust actions vs Google, Amazon & other monopolies. US played at anti-trust action vs MicroSoft which came...
04-24-20, 01:30 AM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

Kenneth Copeland is TV's most repulsive &...

Kenneth Copeland is TV's most repulsive & arrogant "Christian" preacher but remember, these guys are paid (like Trump) to be buffoons, confuse people & discredit alt viewpoints. Just like Pat...
04-23-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,404
Posted By DropBarFan

2019 it rained constantly in the eastern US,...

2019 it rained constantly in the eastern US, didn't stop all touring but certainly, err, put a damper on it. Now 2020 is a total mess.
04-21-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

I never said gov't "can't" count correctly. I...

I never said gov't "can't" count correctly. I also never said the counting should be outsourced.. Actually the GAO has (or had) a fairly good reputation so if the aim was to be accurate it would...
04-21-20, 09:34 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,870
Posted By DropBarFan

Yeah, I always found doubles to be easy to adjust...

Yeah, I always found doubles to be easy to adjust but I had a touring bike where I swapped one triple crankset for another & it was tough (I'm not a great mechanic) to get the front derailleur...
04-21-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

First "Top Ten" article I've ever seen where the...

First "Top Ten" article I've ever seen where the reporter is too lazy to number the list. #10 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=10) is "COVID deaths are inflated" &...
04-20-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

Cute but Russia has also ordered lockdowns. ...

Cute but Russia has also ordered lockdowns.



To me what's crazy is to believe anything the media/gov't puts out. I'm probably one of the few people who remember the (70's/80's) Wall...
04-20-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

USA medical "science" is largely funded by...

USA medical "science" is largely funded by oligarchical corporate interests that ignore anything that interferes with profits. In the 1920's German researchers found that tobacco use caused cancer...
04-20-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

Yeah, I used to work in a music-venue night club...

Yeah, I used to work in a music-venue night club & the stars would rarely mingle with the fans. Anyway even for celebs that do much greeting & hugging, the infection rate seems quite...
04-20-20, 01:47 AM
Replies: 682
Views: 22,900
Posted By DropBarFan

We see many celebrities getting COVID-19; I did...

We see many celebrities getting COVID-19; I did rough calculations & found that celebrities seem to have a 500x greater chance of infection than regular folks. Tom Hanks, Placido Domingo, Boris...
04-19-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 806
Posted By DropBarFan

A couple of years ago I did a spring ride with...

A couple of years ago I did a spring ride with massive amounts of pollen getting past the regular bike glasses so I switched to Oakley Flight Jacket. Pretty wide coverage incl the raised rimless top...
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