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04-16-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 248
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, the spacing between the dropouts is too...

Yes, the spacing between the dropouts is too narrow. The left dropout may be bent, as well. Since the frame is steel, this can be repaired, but some tools and skills are needed. You may want to find...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By andrewclaus

A bike length or less works for us at normal...

A bike length or less works for us at normal cruising speed, more room on screaming descents. On some slower climbs we might get spread out, and in that case we make sure there's enough room to pass...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By andrewclaus

Heck yeah, cycling can be fun that way. Talk...

Heck yeah, cycling can be fun that way. Talk about adrenaline, that kind of cycling in traffic. I've always known that cycling is not for the risk-averse. But the benefits are worth it.
04-15-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 197
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, your English is better and more clear than...

Yes, your English is better and more clear than many of the native speakers we get on this forum.

I just replaced a FSA press-fit bottom bracket with some professional shop tools, but not quite...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 692
Posted By andrewclaus

I cycled a rural Arizona road last week, a busy...

I cycled a rural Arizona road last week, a busy two-line state highway near Prescott. There were a lot slow-moving vehicles on long hills, and there were a lot of legal passing zones. Anxious...
Forum: Touring
04-10-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,429
Posted By andrewclaus

Good questions. I definitely cook at home....

Good questions. I definitely cook at home. Stoveless travel is just a tool in the toolbox. For example, I've had to travel a bit by car during COVID, and being able to eat easily in motel rooms has...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,429
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's a recent thread on the topic. It comes up...

Here's a recent thread on the topic. It comes up fairly often.

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1225428-alex-i-ll-take-foods-don-t-have-cooked.html
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,429
Posted By andrewclaus

I went through this exercise in the course of...

I went through this exercise in the course of hiking the Triple Crown trails. Eventually I get everything to fit in the smallest, lightest backpacks. When I started bike touring again after that,...
Forum: Touring
04-06-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife and I met over 40 years ago largely...

My wife and I met over 40 years ago largely because of cycling and we remain active cyclists. We've toured up to five months at a time together and it would be hard to find a better team. Cycling has...
03-30-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 656
Posted By andrewclaus

I got to town under similar conditions once by...

I got to town under similar conditions once by rotating the plastic strip about 20 mm and hogging out a new valve stem hole with my multitool. Back to Velox for me, too. Well, that and disc brakes.
03-29-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 656
Posted By andrewclaus

With double wall rims and plastic rim strips, I'd...

With double wall rims and plastic rim strips, I'd be concerned about the plastic deforming into the holes too far, cutting the tire. Not a blowout though.

I witnessed two blowouts in one day due...
03-27-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 523
Posted By andrewclaus

A bent rear derailleur or derailleur hanger could...

A bent rear derailleur or derailleur hanger could be making it worse too.
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By andrewclaus

Nice graph. I don't like to eat by the numbers,...

Nice graph. I don't like to eat by the numbers, but there are times when packing that you need to. For instance, I always bring something fresh for at least the first three or four days, like a...
03-25-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,114
Posted By andrewclaus

I experienced a first the other day, a Gatorskin...

I experienced a first the other day, a Gatorskin tire with 5,000 miles on it. The wear indicators were gone, but it still had rubber on it. I had a replacement handy for the next time I had to fix a...
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,719
Posted By andrewclaus

Titanium nail stakes are pretty good for rocky...

Titanium nail stakes are pretty good for rocky areas. They'll split softer rock and hold in it. But they are pricey and they seem to be easy to lose.
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By andrewclaus

Speaking of Ramen, they're already cooked and can...

Speaking of Ramen, they're already cooked and can be eaten as a big, 380 Calorie cracker. Some will sprinkle the seasoning on it dry (yuck). My opinion, the oil they're fried in is pretty nasty and I...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,719
Posted By andrewclaus

My worst "stealth" site ever turned out to be a...

My worst "stealth" site ever turned out to be a town "hoot'n'shoot" site in rural Northern Idaho. After dark the pickups roared in and the party began. I was stealthy enough nobody ever saw me, and I...
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By andrewclaus

I've been eating rolled oats with nuts and fruit...

I've been eating rolled oats with nuts and fruit for breakfast for about forty years now. I can't stand cooked rolled oats, but love them in cold water--nutty and tasty, not gooey, no clean-up....
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,719
Posted By andrewclaus

Since I primarily tour in the American West, with...

Since I primarily tour in the American West, with abundant federal land, I seldom pay camping fees. I use free public restrooms and water supply, and camp free on public land. I pay taxes.

On my...
03-17-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 600
Posted By andrewclaus

If you have an automotive ball joint removal tool...

If you have an automotive ball joint removal tool (pickle fork), sometimes that works nicely.
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By andrewclaus

Not long ago there was a poll here, or on a...

Not long ago there was a poll here, or on a similar site, asking about the preference of processed powders vs real food. It was overwhelmingly in favor of real food. I remember feeling both pleased...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 845
Posted By andrewclaus

It's likely that whatever you buy, you're going...

It's likely that whatever you buy, you're going to change it after a year or two. I bet most of us have done that. I've gone through several iterations of packs and racks, and will probably change...
03-14-21, 10:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By andrewclaus

I recently had a hard NDS cup fit on a similar...

I recently had a hard NDS cup fit on a similar BB. With careful cleaning and greasing and running it in a couple of times without the cartridge, I got it to seat right. It was just corroded.
Forum: Touring
03-14-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By andrewclaus

The Northern Tier route from Adventure Cycling...

The Northern Tier route from Adventure Cycling terminates in Bar Harbor. I rode that route from Seattle to Bar Harbor a few years ago, then rode to Stonington on what I thought were pretty good...
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By andrewclaus

You've probably seen the meme from about a year...

You've probably seen the meme from about a year ago that read, "Hormel Foods made their first batch of SPAM in 1937. With everyone out shopping and hoarding food, they have announced they will be...
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,495
Posted By andrewclaus

I hit bug season in northern Minnesota on one...

I hit bug season in northern Minnesota on one trip, where the mosquito is the state bird. One farmer up there told me they killed a cow--then the big ones came and carried it away. (Sorry, old joke.)...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By andrewclaus

The best part of that route, in my opinion is the...

The best part of that route, in my opinion is the high country between Prescott and Flagstaff. Most of the desert below 4000' would be tough. I've ridden two routes to Flagstaff, 89 through Ashcroft...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,663
Posted By andrewclaus

What are (do I win anything for that?) muesli...

What are (do I win anything for that?) muesli (rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit), tortillas (they pack better than most other bread), nut butter, fresh fruit and veg, more nuts and dried fruit. These...
03-08-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By andrewclaus

Shift cable adjusters with the movable plastic...

Shift cable adjusters with the movable plastic sleeve are self-locking. There's also a spring under the sleeve to engage the lock.

Brake adjusters have a lock nut. The brakes are life safety...
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,493
Posted By andrewclaus

Building a house out of $2K worth of window...

Building a house out of $2K worth of window shades? :) Most guys would just salvage stuff.
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,493
Posted By andrewclaus

I spread my non-biking time out during the day....

I spread my non-biking time out during the day. Say I'm planning eight hours of cycling and there are fourteen or more hot summer hours of daylight ahead. I break camp at sunrise and get cycling and...
03-04-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,016
Posted By andrewclaus

I calculated years ago that gasoline's calories...

I calculated years ago that gasoline's calories are cheaper than food calories. About ten years ago, when gas prices rose to over $4/gal, a motorist pulled up beside me at a light and said, "You must...
03-04-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 632
Posted By andrewclaus

You mentioned it took a while just to unseat the...

You mentioned it took a while just to unseat the bead from the rim. I ran into one of those last year. After I finally got it off, I put some talc on it, but it wasn't my bike and I'll never know if...
Forum: Touring
03-04-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,178
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm not a bikepacker, but I am a UL hiker and...

I'm not a bikepacker, but I am a UL hiker and bike tourist. My UL hiking pack weight is under 8 pounds in three-season conditions, but a bike tour essentially doubles that. That's because of the...
03-03-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,016
Posted By andrewclaus

Your shop manager should know better. You may...

Your shop manager should know better. You may want to review other safety procedures at the shop--first aid kit clearly marked, fire extinguishers at each exit and clearly mounted and marked, safe...
03-03-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,950
Posted By andrewclaus

I do it all myself, so far. Plus I volunteer at...

I do it all myself, so far. Plus I volunteer at non-profit shops, and share expertise with other volunteers. I'll fix someone's wheel in exchange for help with my new disc brakes or press-fit BB.
...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,656
Posted By andrewclaus

I ride a lot of long days, 60 to 100 miles,...

I ride a lot of long days, 60 to 100 miles, sometimes pretty remote and in harsh weather (Rocky Mts). My saddle bag is just large enough for tube, patch kit, and multitool.

I've always needed a...
02-24-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By andrewclaus

If this is your hub...

If this is your hub (https://www.loosescrews.com/product/suntour-non-micro-drive-hub-7-sp-130old-32h/), then two chain whips will do it.
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,045
Posted By andrewclaus

I don't quite understand the criteria. Are maps...

I don't quite understand the criteria. Are maps allowed? What about the rest of your normal touring and camping gear? Or are strictly limited to "just a compass and a bike?"

If maps aren't...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,844
Posted By andrewclaus

We booked the lower level in a house, 1 bed 1...

We booked the lower level in a house, 1 bed 1 bath, in working class neighborhood, nice enough but definitely not a vacation resort. $1800/mo. Booked it in mid summer. Might stay at the same place...
02-20-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 413
Posted By andrewclaus

The differential is shown farther down the...

The differential is shown farther down the technical specs in the website: Differentialen er vigtigt for en stabil kørsel, standard hos os (http://bellabike.dk/teknik/styretoej-gear/differentiale/)
02-20-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 413
Posted By andrewclaus

The added weight and extra work on turns is...

The added weight and extra work on turns is probably negligible. I wonder what the added cost is, how reliable the differential is, and if there are any servicing issues.
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,844
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife and I are spending four months in Tucson...

My wife and I are spending four months in Tucson in an AirBnB this winter. The road cycling here is the main reason we're here. I've ridden to Summerhaven (Mt Lemmon) four times so far (75 RT miles...
02-19-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 558
Posted By andrewclaus

Without seeing the crank and bottom bracket, a...

Without seeing the crank and bottom bracket, a guess would be 1) a crank extractor like the Park CCP-22, and 2) a bottom bracket tool like the BBT-22. Be aware the right side of the bottom bracket...
02-19-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By andrewclaus

Check out Bike Saviours co-op in Tempe. If...

Check out Bike Saviours co-op in Tempe. If they're open, you can use their tools for a small shop fee. In addition to the bending tool, you'll need a dropout alignment tool. And you probably want to...
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,151
Posted By andrewclaus

I've used two of the ACA routes and thought they...

I've used two of the ACA routes and thought they were definitely worth the cost. I even recouped half my cost, the last time I bought their paper maps, by selling the annotated set. Often the route...
Forum: Touring
02-16-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,556
Posted By andrewclaus

In my drivers ed class we were taught to not...

In my drivers ed class we were taught to not "wave on" another driver. Then a couple of years later my brother was injured when someone kindly stopped for him, waved him on, then someone he couldn't...
02-16-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By andrewclaus

It depends on if the rear hub bearings are...

It depends on if the rear hub bearings are serviceable. They may be cartridge bearings. If a bike shop mechanic told you he couldn't adjust them, I'd suspect they're cartridges that need to be...
02-15-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 984
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm not an expert with these, but as I understand...

I'm not an expert with these, but as I understand it, an alternator is a synchronous AC machine with a rectifier and regulator (usually on board). The regulator keeps a narrow voltage profile by...
02-08-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By andrewclaus

I'd start here. The good news is it looks...

I'd start here.

The good news is it looks like the chain is a 7 speed and you should be able to easily press a link or two back in.
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