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Forum: Touring
04-20-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,192
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have ridden on a lot of roads like the above...

I have ridden on a lot of roads like the above and how safe I felt was strictly a function of how busy the roads were. If that was busier than it looked, I might have been nervous. The width of the...
Forum: Touring
04-20-21, 05:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,192
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Your photo was very good at capturing the rumble...

Your photo was very good at capturing the rumble strip. I took this photo because more than the left half of the shoulder was rumble strip, but the photo did not capture it well, that is a slightly...
04-19-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 616
Posted By Tourist in MSN

One of my bikes has S&S couplers, which are...

One of my bikes has S&S couplers, which are stainless. They recommend a special grease for those couplers that costs a fortune.
DuPont Teflon Bearing Grease...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 259
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In Wisconsin, I think all of those trails are...

In Wisconsin, I think all of those trails are managed by the Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources, along with the state parks. I suspect that is the case in many other states. But, in Wisconsin,...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 259
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have no idea what the future of Dream Bikes is,...

I have no idea what the future of Dream Bikes is, they closed half of their locations during Covid, now only in Wisconsin.
https://www.dream-bikes.org/

I hope they recover.

I have donated a...
04-19-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 616
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you start using it, just don't do what a...

If you start using it, just don't do what a friend of mine did, he said he wanted to test his brake light so he wanted those of us behind him to say if it worked. He then slammed on his brakes and...
04-19-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 616
Posted By Tourist in MSN

The Topline rack mounted light, I had one on a...

The Topline rack mounted light, I had one on a rack and when I went to remove it I found that the nuts were rusted on to the bolts and that the bolts twisted in their plastic mount inside the light....
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 840
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you can pick up a free paper map of the...

If you can pick up a free paper map of the downtown area, do so. I have had trouble with GPS working well between the tall buildings that blocked some satellite signals. And if you are under the El...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 03:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 283
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Some friends of mine did Southern Tier. They did...

Some friends of mine did Southern Tier. They did an indoor trip, no camping. Started in California, rode to Florida, rented a minivan and each day a different member of the group drove the van with...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 283
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Someone several years ago on this forum commented...

Someone several years ago on this forum commented that it could be very hard to find the itty bitty thing that caused the puncture inside of a tire. They would wipe the inside of the tire with a ball...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 283
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I bought one of those for mountain biking in...

I bought one of those for mountain biking in North Dakota, Maah Daah Hey trail. The tube got very thin right at the valve stem. I used that on the rear, on the front used a regular tube. In both...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,143
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Good point, the tires I tour on are rarely used...

Good point, the tires I tour on are rarely used for riding around near home.
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If your panniers are the standard Frontrollers,...

If your panniers are the standard Frontrollers, not the city version, the strap that goes over the top is useful too. I usually strap my raingear on top of my Frontrollers, that way it is very handy...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Iceland, almost everybody there in the...

Iceland, almost everybody there in the campgrounds or hostels were either local or had flown there. And a lot of stuff you find on the free shelves was stuff they they could not or did not want to...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I try to bring enough toothpaste, soap for sink...

I try to bring enough toothpaste, soap for sink laundry and camp cleanup, bar of soap for showers, and shampoo for the trip. If a month and a half, I bring more from home. But those are the only...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,308
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Do not rule out stopping at a fast food...

Do not rule out stopping at a fast food restaurant on the way to save time. Setting up camp when you are not used to it takes time, showers take time, etc.

I always ride pretty slow after a big...
04-17-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My HRM was reading erratically low yesterday,...

My HRM was reading erratically low yesterday, when I got home the battery voltage (CR 2032 battery) was down to 2.7v, put in a new battery.

In my case, if my chest strap was closer to the receiver...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,192
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I fully agree with the concept, but I think 10 to...

I fully agree with the concept, but I think 10 to 12 feet is much better. Too close and you can't see small debris in the road (broken glass, wire bits, other bits of metal that fell off cars, etc.)...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,192
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Traffic was so heavy on this stretch of road that...

Traffic was so heavy on this stretch of road that for a hefty distance I rode on the very loose gravel on the side, the pavement part of the shoulder was not as wide as I wanted to feel comfortable....
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 756
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I think leather is less common now than it used...

I think leather is less common now than it used to be. I do not see many in use.

I remembered seeing this several years ago, took a few minutes with help from Google to find a copy, note from a...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 03:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,192
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Same exact thing happened to me five years ago....

Same exact thing happened to me five years ago. About one or two seconds before we passed on the road is when the driver turned into my lane. What you described is a driver that is not looking where...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I mentioned in post 3 above that I usually use a...

I mentioned in post 3 above that I usually use a sleeping bag liner. I picked up that idea from a gal I used to work with, she commented that when camping far from showers a liner helps keep your...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 756
Posted By Tourist in MSN

The Brooks Conquest in the photo used to be...

The Brooks Conquest in the photo used to be Brooks Honey color, but after several years of touring and Brooks Proofide applications, it has gotten much darker with age. And it now is my most...
Replies: 35
Views: 2,841
Posted By Tourist in MSN

There is gravel and there is gravel. Last...

There is gravel and there is gravel.

Last summer I frequently rode on three Wisconsin rail trails, one of them had a good firm base, 32mm road tires were fine. I used 37mm tires on the other two...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,308
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Tire boot, I cut up some rectangles from US Post...

Tire boot, I cut up some rectangles from US Post Office Tyvek envelops. I pack one with each spare tube. Never used one yet, but if I need one I probably will need the tube at that time too.
...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 756
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That is a very good way to put it. I bought...

That is a very good way to put it.

I bought a B17 over a decade and a half ago, based on lots of recommendations I added the Proofide right away. And it never changed shape, but it did get a bit...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 756
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have speeded up the break in process on Brooks...

I have speeded up the break in process on Brooks saddles that did not yet have any leather treatment by submerging in room temperature water for up to about 15 SECONDS, not minutes, not hours. Just...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,308
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Cold, this time of year, in Florida? On our two...

Cold, this time of year, in Florida? On our two person tour, we were roasting on a two week Florida tour in Feb, you are riding in Apr, right?

This is intended to be a learning experience, quit...
04-12-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,669
Posted By Tourist in MSN

The 1961 Ford Galaxy that I had to replace the...

The 1961 Ford Galaxy that I had to replace the brushes on was a generator, but the 1965 Ford station wagon that needed a rebuilt alternator, that was not a generator. I learned as a kid the...
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Two theories, the gaps in the pad contact areas...

Two theories, the gaps in the pad contact areas help remove water, some replace when the entire pad contacts the rim because it has worn to the point that those gaps disappeared.

I keep using pads...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 11:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Yup, dehydrated to save weight.

Yup, dehydrated to save weight.
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 547
Posted By Tourist in MSN

There are two different Racktime folding racks....

There are two different Racktime folding racks. If this is the one you looked at (Adjustable), that can be raised and lowered slightly....
04-11-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 616
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This is one of two bikes that I considered my...

This is one of two bikes that I considered my wiring to be permanent. Note, no rear rack, sometimes I have a rack on that bike and sometimes not. I built up the bike in spring 2017 and finished the...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 547
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Racks for a 700c bike will fit on 26 inch bikes...

Racks for a 700c bike will fit on 26 inch bikes without a problem.

With parts shortages, you might have to buy what is available, not what is best. My comments are assuming that you can find...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,308
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Glad you had a chance to give it a try for a few...

Glad you had a chance to give it a try for a few hours. I am not going to suggest you cut out anything, after your first trip you will have a better idea what is important to you and what is not. And...
04-10-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 616
Posted By Tourist in MSN

So, you live in a place where thieves know what...

So, you live in a place where thieves know what the cost of a light is? Perhaps I am fortunate, thieves here are mostly opportunistic. But a small number are somewhat knowledgeable and look hard for...
04-10-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 616
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have done both downtube and toptube. How...

I have done both downtube and toptube.

How permanent/temporary is this? The more permanent it is, the more you want it to look nice and not snag on anything. The more temporary it is, the less...
04-10-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,669
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I think we are both right. ...

I think we are both right.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto

... It is categorized as a form of alternator, although it is usually considered distinct ...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,526
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I built up my Rohloff bike I had to decide...

When I built up my Rohloff bike I had to decide what chainring size to buy. I decided that I wanted a cadence of 72 at 3.5 mph for my lowest gear. Calculated what chainring I needed based on that. If...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,085
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Interesting colors. I think that is a Tubus...

Interesting colors. I think that is a Tubus rack, do not think I have ever seen a white one before.

Very nice job on the fender installation, everything looks evenly spaced.

Most of my racks...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,308
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My first tour was four days with a co-worker. We...

My first tour was four days with a co-worker. We drove almost a thousand miles to the starting point, it would have made so much more sense to do what you are doing, stay close to home for the first...
04-10-21, 04:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Mostly commercial. That is an Edelux extra tall...

Mostly commercial. That is an Edelux extra tall bracket (possibly the same as the B&M extra tall bracket?), but I bent it upwards a bit to get the light higher above the tire, thus in that regards it...
04-09-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Bummer that you do not have canti brake mounts on...

Bummer that you do not have canti brake mounts on that fork.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/922x691/20imgp5432_c3435db71e694c84d3e0839bed811f79e27160b8.jpg
04-09-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,669
Posted By Tourist in MSN

No problem running the wheel without being hooked...

No problem running the wheel without being hooked up to anything.

Backwards, I am not familiar with your brand, I assume no problem but can't say for sure.

It is an AC alternator, nothing more....
04-09-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I think you just figured out why a lot of people...

I think you just figured out why a lot of people post photos on this forum of their home made brackets that keep the light right side up, but allow the light to be mounted below a rack.

I see you...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Tires, my spare tire if I carry one is...

Tires, my spare tire if I carry one is lightweight and intended to be good enough to get me to a bike shop, not a heavy replacement.

A couple years ago I picked up another spare tire at a swap...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,776
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Backpacking and canoeing I have generally gone...

Backpacking and canoeing I have generally gone with self inflating sleeping pads like Thermarest, shorty versions. But they do not fit well in a pannier, bike touring or kayaking I use air mattress...
04-08-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,669
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am happy enough with it that I recently bought...

I am happy enough with it that I recently bought a second one. I like the metal housing. The mounting connection is plastic, but it looks like a really good plastic.
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 633
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Generically I think a bag in front of your body,...

Generically I think a bag in front of your body, like a handlebar bag or a bikepacking harness for a drybag below the bars should not be that bad aerodynamically, it acts like a windbreak for your...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,143
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A bike that came with 25mm tires is probably more...

A bike that came with 25mm tires is probably more likely to have a frame clearance problem than a rim width problem. Look closely at your bike to see what your clearance is, both front and rear.
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