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Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

Re the tires, in the photo of my bike in...

Re the tires, in the photo of my bike in Honduras, those are 2in tires, and while the et's run fairly well on pavement, I'd only use them for predominantly dirt riding, and loose and rocky stuff. ...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,861
Posted By djb

Oooo, that's one snazzy number there pw. I just...

Oooo, that's one snazzy number there pw. I just checked the weather forecast for the weekend around here and I hope it is clear. Makes me want to plan one myself if it stays nice.

Have fun with...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 740
Posted By djb

hey there NC, there is also a waterproof seatbag...

hey there NC, there is also a waterproof seatbag by arkel that looks like a carradice, look them up, might be a lighter, waterproof option.

for Ortliebs, the Plus models do weigh less than the...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 391
Posted By djb

cool, thats all great stuff to be doing. If next...

cool, thats all great stuff to be doing. If next year you really do end up heading off, ask questions, some of us will be happy to answering honestly and with a reasonable amount of personal...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 832
Posted By djb

didnt mean to be pedantic, its the dad in me and...

didnt mean to be pedantic, its the dad in me and Ive had the unfortunate luck of riding with folks a couple of times who have gone off in turns because they didnt judge corner speed properly, so I...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 06:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 832
Posted By djb

mr kc8, the main thing to take from this topic is...

mr kc8, the main thing to take from this topic is that there is no clear answer to this, or rather, the huge amount of variables that play a part in how safe is it going X speed on Y bike in Zed...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 04:59 AM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,819
Posted By djb

Cute expression! (I'm going to tell that one to...

Cute expression! (I'm going to tell that one to my wife)

Although it looks like Winston took it a bit too far and overdid it too often with all four paws....
Forum: Touring
10-14-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,149
Posted By djb

totally aside, but thats a funny name for a pass,...

totally aside, but thats a funny name for a pass, funny as in curious. Loup is "wolf' in French, so I guess there were lots of "loups" up there when they had to come up with a name.
You don't...
Forum: Touring
10-13-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

Since 2017 the Troll has a wider rear end, and...

Since 2017 the Troll has a wider rear end, and the stock 135mm hub rear wheel has these two doohickies and fit onto each side of the axle to take up the difference. They can fall off when you remove...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

Hey, this happens to all of us. Important thing...

Hey, this happens to all of us. Important thing is that we don't get our noses to much out of joint, and generally it sorts itself out with some more writing.

The dent thing reminds me of seeing...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 10:38 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

Timsn, that's a neat dropout design isn't it? ...

Timsn, that's a neat dropout design isn't it?
And an interesting little loosening bolt story.
I took a little bottle of blue loctite with me on the central America trip, unsure if loosening stuff...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 832
Posted By djb

Doug, that is a fantastic shot, I really like it....

Doug, that is a fantastic shot, I really like it.
I'm a kindred spirit to your wife, so relate to the photo, especially the grin!
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 391
Posted By djb

I'm with Axo here, and lets not forget another...

I'm with Axo here, and lets not forget another important thing for the fellow from Edmonton, of having a good sense of observation, situational awareness, and good old common sense for getting a feel...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

like you guys say and show, there are certainly...

like you guys say and show, there are certainly lightweight options out there. Its the old "touch wood" multiple times thing here, knock knock, I just find that stuff adds up and Im hesitant to add...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

Like others here, I figure it's not worth the...

Like others here, I figure it's not worth the weight vs coiling up a cable and taking it for later cutting.

And as a reference of perspective, early on I took just too many tools, including a...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 391
Posted By djb

this comment is very relevant. You have to be...

this comment is very relevant. You have to be very realistic about all of the ins and outs of sharing a trip with someone.

this aspect of a trip aside, I strongly suggest that you read and browse...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

I agree that it's worth saving up and getting a...

I agree that it's worth saving up and getting a really good housing and cable cutter, totally worth it in the long run--but taking it touring?
that just doesn't make sense.
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

I've heard the comment about them being more *on...

I've heard the comment about them being more *on off* from others, but you'll have to see how the front is for you.
In any case, with some panniers and perhaps not a low straight bar combined with...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

if you are deceased, it's highly unlikely you'll...

if you are deceased, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to use a keyboard, so its a moot point.
We may still have a Ouiji board somewhere, so I'll dust it off and await your posthumous report and...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By djb

I did a week long trip down in the Niagara Falls...

I did a week long trip down in the Niagara Falls area and we biked past tobacco farms down there in southern Ontario. Before that I had only seen them in Central America back in the 80s, and a few...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

MacBob--this was my same experience setting up my...

MacBob--this was my same experience setting up my disc braked bike with new housings because I changed the bars and needed longer ones.
I too had read to use compressionless housing for brakes, and...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

yes, this is what I had read about...

yes, this is what I had read about compressionless brake housing, like what Touristmsn mentions here, about it being better for disc brake setups.
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 747
Posted By djb

very sound advice and even decades ago, I...

very sound advice

and even decades ago, I realized it was great to plan short days for the first few days, makes it nice to ease into it.

and yes, regular riding as much as you can, not...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

for Mr Mac, heed this sound advice, don't ever...

for Mr Mac,
heed this sound advice, don't ever mix up the two. Do google searches for images of the visual differences so that you dont make the mistake, its fairly easy to differentiate the two by...
Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,819
Posted By djb

thats the one thing I like about the troll is how...

thats the one thing I like about the troll is how possible tire possibilities are pretty open. I tend not to do it, as I knew the fire roads we were on before this paved section and crushed stoned...
Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 900
Views: 119,819
Posted By djb

I regret to inform you PW, but it would appear...

I regret to inform you PW, but it would appear that you have put on some weight.
(What's that you're muttering, don't quit my day job??)

Lovely photos, we've been lucky with some nice rides and...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

thanks. seems to me it would be great to have...

thanks.
seems to me it would be great to have on a bike. Maybe it rubs and makes an annoying noise...?
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

hi stae, ya I think part of it for me was user...

hi stae, ya I think part of it for me was user error, combined with my bike having a caliper mount put on backwards and me not knowing this, so it made it hard as heck to adjust, so I mucked around...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

chuckle all of you.

chuckle
all of you.
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

no probs. hey, they are pretty neat bikes, take...

no probs.
hey, they are pretty neat bikes, take care of it and it will retain its value for a along time, if for some reason you decide you dont like it. There are very few used ones, and they are...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

hey, I meant to comment on this earlier, but...

hey, I meant to comment on this earlier, but forgot.
Given that you hate doing maintenance, give some thought to those tough plastic German made chain covers that cover the chainring, the rear cog...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 05:01 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,048
Posted By djb

MAC, re tired hands on descents, that's the big...

MAC, re tired hands on descents, that's the big plus with a disc setup, a lot more braking power for lot less hand pressure.
Very much appreciated in steep hilly terrain when fully loaded.
Downside...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

thought I answered but it went and disappeared. ...

thought I answered but it went and disappeared.

re interchangeability etc of the diff ones, I dont know, but Im sure some Surly searching can find out.

re chain length--nope, you set chain...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 412
Posted By djb

I commute often in the dark, and having a helmet...

I commute often in the dark, and having a helmet mounted light that you can aim at a side approaching car from a sidestreet or parking lot and who doesnt notice you is a very very important...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,928
Posted By djb

I agree. I too have at least lessened the impact...

I agree. I too have at least lessened the impact of a sudden hole that I cant avoid, by putting all into at least lightening the bike as much as I can.

and as you say, we have usually a half...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

I did have to add an aluminum spacer at the...

I did have to add an aluminum spacer at the bridge area, to get my fender closer to the front of the wheel near the fd

what I meant was that at the rear, at least you gain the 14mm of the monkey...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,064,190
Posted By djb

first thing that went through my head was...

first thing that went through my head was amazement that the windows are intact and havent had stones thrown through them....
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 04:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

that makes complete sense, setting the wheel...

that makes complete sense, setting the wheel closer to the end of the bike means it increases the chance of getting the wheel and tire past the fender without having to loosen it.
I'd never thought...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

Hey no problem, hope some of it helped. I did...

Hey no problem, hope some of it helped.
I did read that the monkey nuts help with some tires not interfering with the fd. My bike was set up as a mtb with chunky knobby tires, so maybe that's why...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

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Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

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Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,928
Posted By djb

I like bunny hopping stuff, but it's a drag that...

I like bunny hopping stuff, but it's a drag that you can't do it with much of any load one a bike...
Neat screen grab though!
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By djb

there certainly are some fun bikes out there,...

there certainly are some fun bikes out there, although I find the cranksets often to be overgeared, but you certainly know what works for you.
Ive never ridden over in the Canaan area, have mostly...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By djb

Hey there nun, glad to see that you are still...

Hey there nun, glad to see that you are still riding, haven't seen your name much.
Must have been a lovely ride.
Did you ever look more seriously at a different bike? There certainly are a lot...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Posted By djb

and now for something completely different ...

and now for something completely different

Jama-did you end up climbing over the fence and peeing into the canyon?
You really look like you desperately need to go.

ok ok, I'll get my hat and...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,928
Posted By djb

I laughed at this fear squared indeed.

I laughed at this
fear squared indeed.
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 159
Posted By djb

given that it will be used as a commuter often,...

given that it will be used as a commuter often, keeping the fenders is a really nice thing for not getting dirty from muddy spray, so if 32's are the max, thats the max

however, if you can put...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

here is my recap of all this for txthroop ...

here is my recap of all this for txthroop

the whole troll dropout design was made with the kinda neat possibilities of running a rear derailleur, IGH stuff and easily attaching a bob trailer or...
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

Oops, I forgot that it's only the front that is...

Oops, I forgot that it's only the front that is 180mm on the newer troll frames.
And thanks for the confirmation of the fore aft adjustment.
Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,173
Posted By djb

I'm fairly certain the caliper mount on my bike...

I'm fairly certain the caliper mount on my bike is a standard troll mount and must have leeway for slightly different wheel position.

I'd have to look at it closely.

I know that if I wanted to...
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