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Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

I guess it's a mixed answer, here there often...

I guess it's a mixed answer, here there often aren't the smaller roads like D roads in France vs the more busy N roads. I've only biked a bit in Spain, in the Basque area for a few days, and my...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 04:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

I think it's fair to say 10 wheels and str that...

I think it's fair to say 10 wheels and str that none of us would prefer roads like that, but on a long trip sometimes we end up hitting a section like this and you just have to get through it---....
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By djb

Thanks, interesting article and very neat to read...

Thanks, interesting article and very neat to read of the different people who did it.
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

By gum Alice, lookee thar, looks like one of em...

By gum Alice, lookee thar, looks like one of em escaped from the penitentiary back on 138 and stoled some sorta scooter.
Give him space Frank, give him space!!
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

this section was an unpleasant hour or whatever...

this section was an unpleasant hour or whatever it was, although to be fair, drivers were pretty darn respectful and careful, so no hair raising moments....
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

I would have to say T that to me, that shoulder...

I would have to say T that to me, that shoulder is not bad. I guess I have ridden on much worse and my standards have gone down.
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

I really like that you mention this Doug, as I...

I really like that you mention this Doug, as I regularly do the same thing.
It's a total win-win for everyone involved.

To me its simply being considerate, and although I'm not a truck driver, I...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By djb

I've had this happen a handful of times over the...

I've had this happen a handful of times over the decades, but while it was unnerving the first time, the other times I had time to realize that I had both time and space to move over a bit, and as I...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 243,397
Posted By djb

OMG Doug, it looks like his roof sprung a leek. ...

OMG Doug, it looks like his roof sprung a leek.

(hope I got this in fast before someone else did!)

edit--phew, I did.
What do I win? How about a nice bowl of soup?
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 660
Posted By djb

I strongly suspect you are right on the...

I strongly suspect you are right on the overrepresentation thing, and I agree with you on all kinds of seat options out there. I'm sure at some point I will find a non leather seat that works great...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 660
Posted By djb

well, given your riding experience and what seems...

well, given your riding experience and what seems as someone who is aware of how riding can feel on a seat that works for you (300k, wow) then it really does seem that this thing has much much...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 660
Posted By djb

Just so it's clear, Brooks specifically says NOT...

Just so it's clear, Brooks specifically says NOT to use oils, look up their care and maintenance page. You will prematurely soften and stretch the leather, resulting in sagging.

Bike seats are...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 660
Posted By djb

oh, by the way, I found that riding a new one in...

oh, by the way, I found that riding a new one in hot weather has helped things along faster. One of mine Brooks was used mostly in winter at first, and it never seemed to change, but finally after...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 660
Posted By djb

I sure wouldnt do the total immersion thing, but...

I sure wouldnt do the total immersion thing, but re the "selective" moistening thing, I too have read about that, putting some damp pieces of cloth ONLY on the sit bone area (why moisten the whole...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,102
Posted By djb

sounds all very reasonable. (my rain pants are...

sounds all very reasonable.
(my rain pants are quite light, its my rain jacket that is heavyish, but its what I got...)
re a boot for the rare occurance of slicing a tire, take some pieces of tyvek...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,363
Posted By djb

absolutely on bar height, also having two racks...

absolutely on bar height, also having two racks and fenders on are a factor (weight), but he doesnt have Marathons, he bought Almotions, and while the Herse tires would be a different experience, one...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,102
Posted By djb

Thump, in the end I agree with you. Like me...

Thump, in the end I agree with you.
Like me (always) bringing up using a mirror, its something that we can control, and we all know there are those moments where a few seconds of heads up of what's...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,102
Posted By djb

Thump, cool to think that when you were boogying...

Thump, cool to think that when you were boogying around France in '74 (very cool ) I was goofing around on my Mustang chopper with my friends!
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 06:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,102
Posted By djb

Oh, hey thump, hope you know I was just...

Oh, hey thump, hope you know I was just referring to if he doesn't take rain pants or whatever......(he'll figure out what clothes are needed or not)

And yup, those extremely rare, very sad...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,102
Posted By djb

Yup, we all die, so get out there and do stuff...

Yup, we all die, so get out there and do stuff you love, try new stuff.

And ya, life can be dangerous, we just need to manage and evaluate risks, act accordingly and use common sense.
control...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,102
Posted By djb

Re a spare tire--i've toured since 89 and only...

Re a spare tire--i've toured since 89 and only have taken a spare tire when touring in Latin america, rest of the time you simply make sure that your tires are in good shape and you use your eyes and...
Forum: Touring
04-13-21, 04:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,363
Posted By djb

What width did you go with?

What width did you go with?
Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

these were my impressions of using Supremes over...

these were my impressions of using Supremes over a number of trips, your mileage may vary.

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1132949-schwalbe-supremes-26x2in-wear-photos-impressions.html
...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 243,397
Posted By djb

Robow, that's a great shot, one we just never...

Robow, that's a great shot, one we just never tend to see.
I prefer using my older p+s camera, non waterproof, so would never take it out in rain like that.
Year's ago I got my wife a shockproof,...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

yes they are heavier, but they aren't horrible. ...

yes they are heavier, but they aren't horrible.
As for wear, I have a set of regular .1.5in marathons with close to 10,000 kms on them and they still look reasonable.
but I'm easy on tires,...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,841
Posted By djb

well, what I can say is that not having the buzz...

well, what I can say is that not having the buzz and harshness of either an overly inflated tire, or a thinner tire on rough pavement / chipseal/ lots of potholes etc , really does translate into...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Posted By djb

Mark, should have asked directly, what size is...

Mark, should have asked directly, what size is your daughters bike?

ps, I suggested this bontranger rack to a friend recently, and remembered she sent me a screenshot to be sure of it before...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 348
Posted By djb

the racktime folding will still be high on a...

the racktime folding will still be high on a smaller frame
look up my thread on suggestions for a lower frame on my wife's xs frame, we had a folding but it was high
the racktime two level one...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By djb

Re weight distribution, already you are going...

Re weight distribution, already you are going light weight, so I suspect you won't find much of a difference with more stuff on rear. With more load than you are using, I do prefer evening out fore...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By djb

One thing to take with a grain of salt from these...

One thing to take with a grain of salt from these type of tests is that for a lot of people, having more stuff than bare minimum is, I suspect, more common, and comes with some more creature...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 243,397
Posted By djb

I was there in 1994 and have no recollection of...

I was there in 1994 and have no recollection of Astoria, a very very vague memory of the bike store and motel, but really just remember meeting a son and dad from north Carolina at the motel starting...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 243,397
Posted By djb

Doug, I took a bus from the portland airport to...

Doug, I took a bus from the portland airport to astoria and got a cheap motel room, but remember looking at that bridge and thinking that on a windy day it might be a bit dodgey biking over it.....
...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By djb

I like riding fast, but generally unloaded, but...

I like riding fast, but generally unloaded, but if you really like the fast thing, reducing frontal area is always better, small profile panniers or a large seat bag, frame bag etc, will help.
at...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 574
Posted By djb

Re dang sails, when you have a front bag and two...

Re dang sails, when you have a front bag and two front panniers, it's like a four mast sailing ship!

I realize everyone has different views of essential, but I think it's fair to say that really...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

yes certainly shows them. Not sure what I looked...

yes certainly shows them. Not sure what I looked at this morning, could have sworn the page I saw didn't show them.
Good though, as it's another option for a nice riding tire that also happens to...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By djb

On the note of easier, harder r etc, I have an...

On the note of easier, harder r etc, I have an older simple trainer, nothing fancy, but I'm older too so I don't hammer on it very much, just the odd sprint, but I'm not that strong anyway, so so...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,841
Posted By djb

My 2in Supremes weigh 560g, not too shabby...

My 2in Supremes weigh 560g, not too shabby considering how they ride and especially the (well, my) long wear and puncture free riding (even through glass strewn Guatemala etc)
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By djb

holy kajoly that's a lot of trainer time. The...

holy kajoly that's a lot of trainer time. The winters that I was using mine regularly, I tended to find a tv show 1 hr was enough for my keester and for more added time I would break things up with...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

Doesn't look like Supremes are available in 650,...

Doesn't look like Supremes are available in 650, looked quickly but appears not.
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 475
Posted By djb

I agree with the idea of just trying out a...

I agree with the idea of just trying out a weekend trip to see if you like doing this. If the tires on your bike are in good shape you will be ok.
I find a 26x1.5inch tire to be a good all around...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 04:24 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,841
Posted By djb

I've been very wary of this aspect of the herse...

I've been very wary of this aspect of the herse tires, haven't ridden them, but i can really relate to how riding my 45mm wide Supremes (2in) continue to put a big smile on my face, after such...
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 06:37 AM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 243,397
Posted By djb

That made me remember something. Ya, never...

That made me remember something.
Ya, never underestimate the "bull in a china shop slash moron level slash Don't give a F" aspect of people--years ago, a family member was moving and I was helping...
Forum: Touring
04-04-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

Wow, that's a big jump in how wide you can go,...

Wow, that's a big jump in how wide you can go, and yes totally worth it.
I'm a huge fan of wider tires on rough and loose roads, I've toured a lot like this.
Forum: Touring
04-04-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By djb

You're a regular Galloping Gourmet! Remember that...

You're a regular Galloping Gourmet! Remember that guy?
And glad you avoided imminent death qr wise.
Forum: Touring
04-04-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,841
Posted By djb

glad to hear. Touch wood but I love riding on...

glad to hear. Touch wood but I love riding on them.
I still will stop sometimes and finger brush them to dislodge stuff.
Forum: Touring
04-04-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

I ride rim brake bikes as well as a disc bike, so...

I ride rim brake bikes as well as a disc bike, so no issues with rim. I was meaning more if it was a problem with the pads meeting the rim properly. Years ago a friend put 700 wheels on an old 27...
Forum: Touring
04-04-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By djb

I wrote recently about a new set of 1.6in...

I wrote recently about a new set of 1.6in supremes measuring 36 37 (are marked as 42mm on casing etc), but another option is regular greenguard marathons at 35mm. I have these in 700 on my commuter,...
Forum: Touring
04-04-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4,536
Views: 2,278,198
Posted By djb

good morning narb, was that curious comment aimed...

good morning narb, was that curious comment aimed at me? Not a particularly neighbourly thing to write.
Forum: Touring
04-03-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4,536
Views: 2,278,198
Posted By djb

hey, today I used a rear roller and biked 50kms...

hey, today I used a rear roller and biked 50kms to go buy a used Jones bar, so there's hope for me yet (from being uncool)
Forum: Touring
04-03-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

Indeed, as everyone knows that Onacock is the...

Indeed, as everyone knows that Onacock is the twin city to *****, Newfoundland.

(very funny, censor blocked out the actual, real name of the town in Newfoundland, starts with d, ends with an o,...
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