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08-03-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By Doug64

I use Paul cantilever brakes on 3 touring bikes....

I use Paul cantilever brakes on 3 touring bikes. I use the Paul Retro brake on the front wheel and the Paul Touring brake on the rear. The front Retro brake arm is almost horizontal to the ground;...
08-02-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,517
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I do a lot of self contained bike...

My wife and I do a lot of self contained bike touring. We have toured before cell phones, before smart phones, and in many situations where our smart phones where not usable. There have been...
Forum: Touring
07-31-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 857
Posted By Doug64

Good point. A kickstand without Surly's adapter...

Good point. A kickstand without Surly's adapter can damage the chainstays on a LHT. That is one of the reason Surly recommended not using a kickstand on the LHT.
...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Germany-- cleaning out the tent. ...

Germany-- cleaning out the tent.
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Forum: Touring
07-28-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 857
Posted By Doug64

[/b] I'm still curious to see how you set up...

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I'm still curious to see how you set up the 42 cm frame you are riding.

IMO headtube size has nothing to do with amount of seatpost showing when fitting a bike, especially on a touring...
Forum: Touring
07-27-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 820
Posted By Doug64

Ortlieb panniers are more than water resistant,...

Ortlieb panniers are more than water resistant, they are waterproof. We have about 25,000 miles of actual touring on some of our Ortlieb panniers....
Forum: Touring
07-26-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,071
Posted By Doug64

Your LX rear derailleur would have handled an...

Your LX rear derailleur would have handled an 11-34 cassette (if you can find one) without any problems. That would have brought your low gear down to a little less than 19 GI. Our daughter tours...
07-21-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,252
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I insulated one of my front panniers...

My wife and I insulated one of my front panniers because we were having trouble keeping food fresh 13 years ago when we were riding across the U.S. We stopped early in Cody, Wyoming and bought a $6...
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,071
Posted By Doug64

I disagree with not taking the time to grease the...

I disagree with not taking the time to grease the bearings. LX hubs are well sealed, but they are not impervious to water. I run LX and XT hubs on our touring bikes, and lube them before starting a...
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Netherlands-- The riders try to skewer a 2" ring...

Netherlands-- The riders try to skewer a 2" ring hanging from a rope.
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Forum: Touring
07-19-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,212
Posted By Doug64

My experience touring in 10 countries, 11 if I...

My experience touring in 10 countries, 11 if I count Iceland, is that knowing the language is not very important. Knowing a few words like good morning, hello, please, and thank you combined with a...
07-19-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,329
Posted By Doug64

If a tube is patched correctly, it stays on our...

If a tube is patched correctly, it stays on our bikes. We had a flat tire today, and the tube we took out already had a patch on it, and the spare we we replaced it with was also patched. My wife...
Forum: Touring
07-17-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

If you are going to have a flat tire, have it in...

If you are going to have a flat tire, have it in front of a French bakery.
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Forum: Touring
07-17-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By Doug64

The Tubus Cargo Classic rear rack and the Tara...

The Tubus Cargo Classic rear rack and the Tara front rack work well with the Volpe. They are high quality, durable, and worth the cost. This is a 2013 Volpe with a 2015 fork. It replaced my 2007...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By Doug64

Another thought-- If the bike has been sitting...

Another thought-- If the bike has been sitting for long time, it may also be good to go through your hub bearings.
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,212
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I have spent a total 7 months riding...

My wife and I have spent a total 7 months riding in Europe. We rode across Spain from Portugal and the Mediterranean Coast from Valencia to Barcelona. Spain was a good place to ride but we...
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 694
Posted By Doug64

Same here-- I've used the Cane Creek 40 for about...

Same here-- I've used the Cane Creek 40 for about 10,000 miles of loaded touring without any problems. The sealed bearings require minimal maintenance.
Forum: Touring
07-12-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Netherlands-- Guess who got a flat tire about a...

Netherlands-- Guess who got a flat tire about a half hour after this picture was taken. This was the crappiest part of the tour:)
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Forum: Touring
07-07-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Paris ...

Paris
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Leiden, Netherlands
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Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Jasper, Alberta ...

Jasper, Alberta
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Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Is that hail or just fat raindrops? It looks like...

Is that hail or just fat raindrops? It looks like some pretty tough conditions. We've had our QD in rain, but nothing like you experienced. How did your tent do ?
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

What a coincidence, I was coming up a short hill...

What a coincidence, I was coming up a short hill today from a boat ramp where I rode down to use the bathroom. Usually I'll shift to a lower gear when going down, but today I forgot. I just thought...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

My wife's bikes range from 15.5-16" from the seat...

My wife's bikes range from 15.5-16" from the seat nose to center of bars with the saddle level to the bars. She is 5' 3", and one of her bikes is built on a custom frame that fits her perfectly. Her...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

All that rain must have been a good test for your...

All that rain must have been a good test for your new tent.
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Lime Kiln Campground, California Coast ...

Lime Kiln Campground, California Coast
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07-02-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 441
Posted By Doug64

I used a 9 spd. rear derailleur on my 8 spd....

I used a 9 spd. rear derailleur on my 8 spd. commuter bike for 8 years. I ran a 11/34 8 spd. cassette (lots of hills), with a Shimano Deore rear derailleur. Never had any problems with it. I also has...
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

MLux, Good luck on your quest! Just a word of...

MLux,
Good luck on your quest! Just a word of caution: bike touring is very addictive.
Forum: Touring
07-01-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,170
Posted By Doug64

Your not living too close to the edge:) We've...

Your not living too close to the edge:) We've used a Quarter Dome 2 for a couple of years, and it is a good tent, and relatively easy to set up. You might count your tent stakes; it only comes with 9...
Forum: Touring
07-01-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

David, I am coming from the understanding that...

David, I am coming from the understanding that she wanted a more upright riding position, which would require a shorter reach. Lengthening the stem would give her more room in the cockpit, but even...
Forum: Touring
07-01-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

The reason I'm so interested in this thread is I...

The reason I'm so interested in this thread is I have the same issue and can empathize with the OP when it comes to bike fitting. My inseam/ trunk ratio is within 2% of her's, and "normal" sized...
Forum: Touring
06-30-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

Seat fore and aft position should not be used to...

Seat fore and aft position should not be used to adjust reach; it should be used to adjust knee position to the pedal.
Your knee position looks OK in the photos, but if you are unsure try the method...
Forum: Touring
06-29-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,868
Posted By Doug64

I have 2 daughters who ride Surly LHTs . One is...

I have 2 daughters who ride Surly LHTs . One is 5' tall, and rides a 42 cm; the other is 5' 5" and rides a 50 cm frame. My wife is 5'3" and rides a custom built 47 cm, and I know this one fits...
Forum: Touring
06-29-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 901
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I were riding back into town the...

My wife and I were riding back into town the other day when we encountered 3 deer, doe and 2 fawns, in the middle of town. I'm not sure what they were doing or how they were going to navigate their...
Forum: Touring
06-26-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,058
Posted By Doug64

If you are going to use a mnt crankset on a 520...

If you are going to use a mnt crankset on a 520 you will have to replace the bottom bracket with a shorter one to pull pull the chain line to 45-46 mm.

I replaced the cranks on my Bianchi Volpe...
06-26-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,929
Posted By Doug64

Cannondale used to make aluminum frame touring...

Cannondale used to make aluminum frame touring bikes with steel forks. I think that was done to reduce the harsh ride of the aluminum frame. We have a Cannondale T800 and a T2 in our bike inventory,...
06-26-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,929
Posted By Doug64

Three Surlys and a Co-Motion There is also a...

Three Surlys and a Co-Motion There is also a pretty good representation of Tubus racks, but only one set of bar end shifters and no Brooks saddles:)
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06-24-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,584
Posted By Doug64

Yeah, the darn things don't even hold up well...

Yeah, the darn things don't even hold up well after being run over by a car(s).

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Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Germany--- we were not sure where we were, but we...

Germany--- we were not sure where we were, but we were making good time.
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Same crew finishing a loop around the The Puget Sound ,...
06-23-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 905
Posted By Doug64

You are absolutely correct-- that is a steal. The...

You are absolutely correct-- that is a steal. The couplers alone are $900 today.

That price was $3500 less than the cost of my wife's custom built Co-Motion. The OP saved at least $2,500 over a...
06-20-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 581
Posted By Doug64

I agree-- you might be able to find an older...

I agree-- you might be able to find an older model with a triple crank and 11-34 cassette.
06-20-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 581
Posted By Doug64

Looking at the Kona's specs it seems like it...

Looking at the Kona's specs it seems like it would meet your needs. I ride a Bianchi Volpe, which is an excellent do-it-all bike. The Supra is similar, but it has disc brakes. Fit is important. The...
Forum: Touring
06-20-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Gulf Islands, BC, Canada ...

Gulf Islands, BC, Canada
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06-16-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 565
Posted By Doug64

You really can't cross chain from the center...

You really can't cross chain from the center chainring.
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 188,968
Posted By Doug64

Southern California, Pacific Coast Route-- People...

Southern California, Pacific Coast Route-- People watching.
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Forum: Touring
06-12-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,366
Posted By Doug64

The same thing can happen if you put your damp or...

The same thing can happen if you put your damp or wet stuff into a non-waterproof bag. Non-waterproof panniers do not breathe. They are usually made out of some kind of coated water-resistant fabric....
06-12-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,577
Posted By Doug64

My chief gripes are: cyclists riding against...

My chief gripes are: cyclists riding against traffic or on sidewalks, followed by black diesel pickups driven by jerks.
Forum: Touring
06-12-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,720
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I camp in cold weather a lot, but...

My wife and I camp in cold weather a lot, but most of the time we are on skis:) We've experienced freezing weather on bike trips, but so far no snow. We were prepared and it was not a problem....
06-11-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By Doug64

Just giving you a hard time, meant in a friendly...

Just giving you a hard time, meant in a friendly way. Your route was longer, plus the additional mileage. I think it being your first tour is what makes it even a greater accomplishment. Long tours...
06-11-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By Doug64

:thumb: Yeah, but I was 64 years old at the...

:thumb:
Yeah, but I was 64 years old at the time:)
06-10-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By Doug64

My wife and I rode across the U.S from Newport,...

My wife and I rode across the U.S from Newport, OR to Boston, MA in 74 consecutive days averaging a little over 50 miles a day

We were self-supported, and camped when possible....
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