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Forum: Touring
10-19-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

I use these shorts for cycling and they look...

I use these shorts for cycling and they look normal off the bike too

https://www.groundeffect.co.nz/collections/mens-baggy-shorts/products/slim-jims-stretch-baggy-cycle-shorts

I have a pair of...
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

I don't like to ride with fanny packs or...

I don't like to ride with fanny packs or backpacks, but I do carry a 2 oz emergency nylon backpack just in case I have to carry bulky items for a short distance and my longflap is already being used....
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

The Klick Fix bag attachment on the Ortlieb bar...

The Klick Fix bag attachment on the Ortlieb bar bag is good as it's solid yet very quick and easy to detach. However the mount that comes with the Ortlieb uses 2 cables to mount to the handlebars and...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

The Bagman and the Quick Release should...

The Bagman and the Quick Release should completely eliminate sway as the bag is fully retained. and supported from the bottom. I find that the old school way with no support works well for me, but...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

With a set up like mine you have to be mindful of...

With a set up like mine you have to be mindful of food and water as they can be bulky.

I have 2 x 2L water bottles in cages that I top up at every opportunity. If I am going to be away from...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

This is a very personal thing. I find it easy to...

This is a very personal thing. I find it easy to get out of the saddle with my saddlebag. I think the reasons for this are that the bag is securely mounted so there is very little sway; it is close...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

I've done that and it works nicely so that I can...

I've done that and it works nicely so that I can easily carry all my luggage ie the Ortlieb bar bag and the Carradice, on my shoulder.

...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

Ha😀 the table was at the camp site when I...

Ha😀 the table was at the camp site when I arrived.
It takes some careful gear choices and discipline to get everything required to tour and camp into a saddlebag, but itís not really difficult. I...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

Items can easily be strapped to the outside of a...

Items can easily be strapped to the outside of a saddlebag, but it's not really necessary if you use modern light weight equipment and some compression sacks. Poor bag stability is often caused by...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

When mounted and packed correctly Carradice...

When mounted and packed correctly Carradice saddlebags don't need support. You can certainly use a support, but it's just another thing to carry and worry about and if you can ditch the support you...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,501
Posted By nun

The Nelson is considerably smaller than the...

The Nelson is considerably smaller than the Camper, but whatever one you decide on go with get the longflap version as it allows you to carry bulky items. It's useful when you buy large 2L sodas or a...
Forum: Touring
10-14-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,288
Posted By nun

I was alluding to the chain and extended rear...

I was alluding to the chain and extended rear derailleur in the photo, but the gearing is 46/34 on the front and 12/36 on the back. The bike came with a 50t big ring that was easy enough to swap out,...
Forum: Touring
10-14-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,288
Posted By nun

Of course it's possible to tour on a road bike,...

Of course it's possible to tour on a road bike, as long as you are ok with the gearing...look at the nice low gear I have on my bike, I needed it going up Loup Loup.

...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 622
Posted By nun

That list looks pretty good...I'd leave the pipe...

That list looks pretty good...I'd leave the pipe and tobacco at home though. This seems like a good opportunity to post this classic video about historic touring.
...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

I think there's still some tobacco being grown,...

I think there's still some tobacco being grown, but it's less and less. There are old tobacco barns around Northampton MA too, but I don't know if they are still in use. I think the CT valley tobacco...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 622
Posted By nun

Not if you have a buff.

Not if you have a buff.
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

The low gearing on those bikes is around 27" and...

The low gearing on those bikes is around 27" and I like to change out the cassette to get a couple of inches lower.
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

Thanks, I think I was in Canada for about 15 mins...

Thanks, I think I was in Canada for about 15 mins on my trip up to the 4th Connecticut Lake and never showed my passport once, although
I think there are cameras on the trail.

Yes still riding...
Forum: Touring
09-30-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

That sounds like fun. I also took Rt 3 from...

That sounds like fun. I also took Rt 3 from Boston through Concord, Plymouth, Lancaster, Canaan and finally to the border. The trail to 4th CT Lake was steeper than I had expected and I think a pair...
Forum: Touring
09-29-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/480x640/img_5164_5c885fba8296e04aea6994f42edf87b702a91712.jpg
The traffic and amenities certainly thin out after Pittsburg NH. There's the Deer...
Forum: Touring
09-27-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

Deerfield was the one bit of the valley I missed....

Deerfield was the one bit of the valley I missed. I took a side trip from Greenfield over to Williamstown to see a play at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Renoir exhibit at Clarke Art...
Forum: Touring
09-26-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By nun

Riding the length of the CT river valley

FYI, this summer I rode up to the source of the Connecticut River at the 4th Connecticut Lake on the USA/Canadian border and then down the length of the river to Old Lyme, CT where it enters Long...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 10:44 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,057
Posted By nun

I'll put in a word for Traptents. I use the...

I'll put in a word for Traptents. I use the original version of the Contrail and it's worked out well for me......light, and easily packed using a stuffsack. I did replace the poles with slightly...
Forum: Touring
05-29-18, 11:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,429
Posted By nun

I use 46/34 x 12/36 on my Cervelo RS. I swapped...

I use 46/34 x 12/36 on my Cervelo RS. I swapped out the 50t chain ring it came with for a 46t one. This gives me nice ratios on the "big" ring for all day riding in flat and rolling terrain, and 103"...
05-25-18, 06:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,745
Posted By nun

I looked back at the race and one encouraging...

I looked back at the race and one encouraging thing from the cleanliness standpoint was that over a minute of Froome's gain came on a single descent. Froome has become effective downhill when...
05-25-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,745
Posted By nun

Froome today looks a lot like Floyd Landis

Amazing things being done by Froome in Stage 19 of the Giro......but I can't help being reminded of Floyd Landis' breakaway ride in the 2006 Tour.
Forum: Touring
05-21-18, 12:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,458
Posted By nun

My approach is to have one set of clothes to ride...

My approach is to have one set of clothes to ride in and another set (that I can also ride in) for off bike wear in the evening when the clothes I wore to ride that day are drying. You need a rain...
Forum: Touring
05-21-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,458
Posted By nun

When touring utility always trumps being pretty.

When touring utility always trumps being pretty.
Forum: Touring
05-21-18, 07:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,458
Posted By nun

I don't use shorts with a pad in them. I find it...

I don't use shorts with a pad in them. I find it more flexible to use underwear with a pad. I carry two pairs and no other underwear. I wash one pair every night along with my jersey and socks. I...
Forum: Touring
05-20-18, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By nun

Awesome photos and I can see if you are riding...

Awesome photos and I can see if you are riding the Nullarbor you'll need more than 2x waterbottles.



I can see the utility of something like a Camelbak for caring lots of water, but I just...
Forum: Touring
05-20-18, 12:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,458
Posted By nun

I do laundry every night. I shower in the...

I do laundry every night. I shower in the campsite/warmshowers/motel and take my sweaty riding clothes in with me and then change into clean clothes. I wring my clothes out and hang them up to dry....
Forum: Touring
05-19-18, 06:47 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,122
Posted By nun

Get the top tube measurement right and you'll be...

Get the top tube measurement right and you'll be ok too. I have a long body for my height and go with a 56cm top tube and adjust the saddle. I've never had a problem.
Forum: Touring
05-19-18, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By nun

They did mention using a water bladder carried in...

They did mention using a water bladder carried in the frame bag and also mounting water bottles on the front forks. I find that 2 x one liter bottles in the cages is enough for most rides as resupply...
Forum: Touring
05-18-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By nun

GCN Guide to packing your bikepacking gear

GCN have a few bikepacking videos now. They are well done and informative. However, this one on packing your gear shows some of my pet peeves; the number of bags that's required and the frame bag...
Forum: Touring
05-18-18, 05:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,302
Posted By nun

I also wouldn't exclude a single walled tent....

I also wouldn't exclude a single walled tent. Hammocks look attractive, but when you include under quilts, straps etc they get heavy and bulky. Bivys can be uncomfortable and many end up as heavy as...
Forum: Touring
05-17-18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,244
Posted By nun

If you keep your saddlebag weight to 10 or 15lbs...

If you keep your saddlebag weight to 10 or 15lbs and make sure it doesn't sway too much then you'll be fine on just about any bike. You do notice it at first, but you quickly get use to it and can...
Forum: Touring
05-15-18, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By nun

The packing was a bit haphazard and strapping a...

The packing was a bit haphazard and strapping a tin mug to the outside of the bag was a bit stupid. I can see an aerodynamical reason for the backpacking saddlebag, but far prefer a transverse...
Forum: Touring
05-14-18, 10:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By nun

You wouldn't be riding the transcontinental bikes...

You wouldn't be riding the transcontinental bikes in a crit...rather than race I'd class them as endurance or adventure type bikes; disc brakes, maybe slacker geometry, big tires...28mm, aero bars.
Forum: Touring
05-14-18, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By nun

I'm not sure, but on a wider point for...

I'm not sure, but on a wider point for lightweight touring mortals who might want to take their valuables with them when they are off the bike or want easy access to stuff I think a conventional...
Forum: Touring
05-13-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By nun

GCN does bikepacking

FYI guys a nice video on bikepacking in the Atlas Mountains. The 3T Exploro used is very nice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfbFkfRRb7A
Forum: Touring
05-07-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 600
Posted By nun

That's a perfect job for something like a...

That's a perfect job for something like a Carradice Barley saddlebag
Forum: Touring
11-02-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,336
Posted By nun

it's been on the back burner, but I hope to buy...

it's been on the back burner, but I hope to buy something soon in carbon with disc brakes so I can fit some wider tires and still keep things light. I like the Salsa Warbird either the Apex1 or Rival...
Forum: Touring
11-02-17, 07:11 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,336
Posted By nun

I agree......I actually shifted my BB a bit when...

I agree......I actually shifted my BB a bit when I used a triple as a double to get the chain "optimized". The new bigger cassettes make it possible to get good touring gears with a regular compact...
Forum: Touring
11-01-17, 08:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,336
Posted By nun

i've been using a 42/26 for a long time, but I...

i've been using a 42/26 for a long time, but I find something like 48/34 with a 12/36 cassette is great for touring. FYI the 42/26 is created from a triple by just using the inner and middle ring...
Forum: Touring
10-29-17, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,112
Posted By nun

The tent is a Contrail, single walled silnylon...

The tent is a Contrail, single walled silnylon tent. It was a summer tour so no cold nights. But I'm good down to freezing in the tent, with my bag and sleep pad.
Forum: Touring
10-29-17, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,112
Posted By nun

The Synapse is an endurance bike similar in style...

The Synapse is an endurance bike similar in style to the Cervelo RS that I used for the Northern Tier. With some careful gear choices it's not hard to carry full camping gear without racks using...
Forum: Touring
10-28-17, 02:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,112
Posted By nun

The tire clearance will depend of the...

The tire clearance will depend of the year.....new disc Synapses can fit 32 any will certainly fit 25 or maybe 28s. If you put on some appropriate wheels you will be good to go with 25s or 28s. I...
Forum: Touring
09-13-17, 08:34 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,288
Posted By nun

PMs are probably best for such topics.

PMs are probably best for such topics.
Forum: Touring
09-13-17, 07:18 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,288
Posted By nun

I'd just like to point out that the bike in post...

I'd just like to point out that the bike in post #238 (and #200) was built by Drew Gill of Spin Industries in the UK. The photo was by taken by Drew Gill when he was out on a training ride...his shop...
Forum: Touring
09-12-17, 07:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,288
Posted By nun

I'm afraid you are correct. When truth and...

I'm afraid you are correct. When truth and reality part company it really does become a big bore. I could point out all the logical inconsistencies concerning this SPIN bike yet again, but it's...
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