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Forum: Touring
04-05-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,618
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Yup. Very happy with it. It is quite heavy, but...

Yup. Very happy with it. It is quite heavy, but it was built to carry a load so you need a robust bike for that. I built it up in 2013.

Thorn now has replaced the Mk II with a Mk III that is very...
Forum: Touring
04-02-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 509
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I don't get it, what happened to your last...

I don't get it, what happened to your last Lynskey?

And given your experience with that one, you should already know what you want if you felt the last setup lacked anything.

Or, do you just...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,003
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This is the touring forum so I assume the...

This is the touring forum so I assume the question is for touring, not commuting, etc.

Touring, I almost never use a headlight since I am riding in daylight 99 percent of the time. There are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-29-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Thread pitch did not appear to be right.

Thread pitch did not appear to be right.
Forum: Touring
03-24-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 766
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Some of the posts on this forum sound like some...

Some of the posts on this forum sound like some people have more time on their hands right now than they are used to having. And I think this thread is an example. I do not mean that in a negative...
03-24-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 529
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have two B&M headlamps, an Luxos U and an...

I have two B&M headlamps, an Luxos U and an IQ-XS. I agree that they were well designed, but with the automated manufacturing in use today, almost everything is built with high precision compared to...
03-20-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By Tourist in MSN

From your last photo it is hard to see if the...

From your last photo it is hard to see if the light might be in a spot to collect tire spray when wet or not. But some B&M lights have been known to become dysfunctional after too much exposure to...
03-16-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,365
Posted By Tourist in MSN

That looks like the Van Nicholas handlebar with...

That looks like the Van Nicholas handlebar with the Rohloff shifter. I considered that but decided to put my shifter on the bar end. I have bar end shifters on several other bikes, so I am used to...
Forum: Touring
03-14-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 688
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Nothing wrong with a cadence of 64 if you are out...

Nothing wrong with a cadence of 64 if you are out for a relaxed ride. When i am out on an exercise ride for between one and two hours, I am generally between 72 and 78. Bike touring when I am...
03-12-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,365
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I prefer bike forums to be free of politics. I...

I prefer bike forums to be free of politics. I have strong political views as I am sure that many of you do too, I work very hard at keeping politics out of my posts and I thank others that also do...
Replies: 22
Views: 746
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you are completely exhausted from a 5 or 6...

If you are completely exhausted from a 5 or 6 hour ride, perhaps ride a bit slower? Lots of saddle time will help getting ready for longer rides.

Could waking up early be unrelated, perhaps...
03-10-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 8,365
Posted By Tourist in MSN

The train schedule (in PDF format) lists which...

The train schedule (in PDF format) lists which stations are luggage stops and which are not. The train station near my home is in a very small town, but it is a luggage stop.
03-08-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Agree with Steve B, you want new so if the vendor...

Agree with Steve B, you want new so if the vendor will replace with new, go that route. I have always tried to get the seller to replace with new if something is defective out of the box.

I have...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I bought a cheap Ebay light that has no battery,...

I bought a cheap Ebay light that has no battery, instead it has a USB cord, you can plug into a power bank. I found that some of the smaller cheap power banks can't supply enough current to it, need...
Replies: 29
Views: 1,079
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Budget your time for when you have to get up so...

Budget your time for when you have to get up so you are not late on day two.

Years ago when I traveled a lot for work and stayed in the cheap motels that my employer paid for, I found three alarm...
Replies: 15
Views: 999
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I use the second stem on some bikes, but on my...

I use the second stem on some bikes, but on my expedition bike use the 55mm Thorn accessory bar. That might be too short for some stems, but works well for mine. I do not have a great photo of it,...
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 881
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Inspect the fuel tank first to make sure it is...

Inspect the fuel tank first to make sure it is not rusted out before you pressurize it by pumping it up. Those Coleman stoves worked quite well, but primed better in warm weather. There is a small...
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

In USA, the govt health care system is also...

In USA, the govt health care system is also called medicare, so there might be confusion at times if you or someone else is talking about medicare without identifying which medicare.

My health...
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,323
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have done several decades of annual trips to...

I have done several decades of annual trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (canoeing, not cycling) on the Minnesota and Ontario border, the US side has dedicated fire pits with steel cooking...
Replies: 15
Views: 999
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am not familiar with the Carradry handlebar...

I am not familiar with the Carradry handlebar bag. I got some clearance sale priced Louis Garaneau (spell?) bags several years ago and found them to not be stiff at all, they badly sagged with only...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I was a kid in boy scouts in the 60s and...

When I was a kid in boy scouts in the 60s and 70s, they were already teaching against ditching, pine boughs to make the ground softer under the tent, against jumping in the lake with a bar of soap in...
02-18-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,938
Posted By Tourist in MSN

The paperwork that came with my Luxos U said that...

The paperwork that came with my Luxos U said that the USB port would still provide power with the light on, but that it was limited to less than 100 milliamps. So, you were close to right, as 100...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-17-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,486
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Looks like it is photo time, so this is my...

Looks like it is photo time, so this is my Airnimal Joey. No 100 mile days yet, but it certainly is capable of long rides like that.
...
Forum: Touring
02-16-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By Tourist in MSN

We knew that the forecast was for heavy rain, so...

We knew that the forecast was for heavy rain, so we were careful to put the tent where there was good drainage towards a wetland. But we had much more than a heavy rain, the wetland flooded and...
02-13-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,938
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Unterhausen raises a good point, some lights...

Unterhausen raises a good point, some lights including the Luxos U have had a reputation for water ingress or other failures. I think that most of the water problems with the Luxos U were solved...
02-11-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,938
Posted By Tourist in MSN

One more comment, if you get a dynohub wheel, if...

One more comment, if you get a dynohub wheel, if your front wheel rims have brake wear, it would be better to go with new rim, meaning a whole new wheel with dynohub. But if old wheel is a disc...
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,290
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I usually listen to the birds chirping, but...

I usually listen to the birds chirping, but occasionally listen to a passing car.
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,279
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I think most bike tourists do not carry spare...

I think most bike tourists do not carry spare cables or a spare tire or spare brake pads. Sometimes I carry a spare tire, sometimes not, and I only carry spare brake pads on longer tours. But I...
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,027
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Four years ago when I was in Iceland, I rode for...

Four years ago when I was in Iceland, I rode for a day with an Italian that had a mountain bike with front suspension fork, his bike worked for him just great, I attached a photo of it. I do not...
Forum: Touring
02-09-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 709
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You want a good robust reliable bike that is...

You want a good robust reliable bike that is easily repaired that uses components that are easily obtained and replaced. When you consider bikes, think about what you would be doing if something on...
Forum: Touring
02-07-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,279
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Yeah, modern IGH systems have come a long way...

Yeah, modern IGH systems have come a long way since a Sturmey Archer three speed hub was the common IGH. I worked as a bike mechanic in the 70s, and yes I have taken those hubs apart to see what was...
Forum: Touring
02-04-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 621
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My derailleur touring bikes have a granny...

My derailleur touring bikes have a granny chainring of 24, cassette big sprocket of 32, so that is slightly higher gear than the lowest gear you plan to have. But when the hills get steeper than...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

One more photo and I am quitting. ...

One more photo and I am quitting.

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Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

There are some parts of Milwaukee and Chicago...

There are some parts of Milwaukee and Chicago that you likely want to avoid if you are riding a bike, unfortunately I can't advise on specific areas, all I can say is that there are some high crime...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

No, do not go up as towards north, prevailing...

No, do not go up as towards north, prevailing winds are to the south. When I did it, we had a lot of sympathy for those poor people we saw cycling towards the north. When I got home and suddenly...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-02-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 15,615
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Yup. For several years I used a friction bar end...

Yup. For several years I used a friction bar end shifter on my Dual Drive until I learned that a Sturmey Archer shifter worked, learned that at post number 16 at this thread back in 2016 when...
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,643
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Reading between the lines, you have decided you...

Reading between the lines, you have decided you want to build up a bike, just nervous about mixing and matching components.

My rando bike has:
- Campy 10 speed rear brifter.
- Huret front...
Forum: Touring
02-01-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Repellents with Deet are generally effective. I...

Repellents with Deet are generally effective. I have switched to repellent that uses Picaridin, that is not supposed to damage equipment if the repellent gets on the equipment like Deet can....
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I assume you have already figured out good...

I assume you have already figured out good sources on the internet for planning based on weather averages. My favorite is:
https://weatherspark.com/

It is oriented towards locations with...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,860
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A trip that is roughly a bit over a thousand...

A trip that is roughly a bit over a thousand miles on quiet roads for June and beginning of July somewhere in USA where the weather does not get too hot could be lots of places. But, most cycle...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,525
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My photo with the puddles on the Confederation...

My photo with the puddles on the Confederation Trail, I took that photo on Canada Day 2019, which if I recall correctly was the fifth day in a row with rain.




I took this photo on PEI, but...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,525
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Very wet. I thought it was a good trail. ...

Very wet.

I thought it was a good trail. They put a thin layer of coarse gravel on much of the trail to resist erosion better than the underlying soil. There were a couple spots where the gravel...
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,074
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Toe overlap, I have it on every one of my 700c...

Toe overlap, I have it on every one of my 700c bikes that has fenders. I live with it. I mostly am bothered by it when loaded touring, the steering is lower due to greater mass on the fork...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 9,525
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A friend of mine was looking for ideas to keep a...

A friend of mine was looking for ideas to keep a saddle bag off of his rear tire and cut sway. I saw a bike with this do-it-yourself bracket, snapped the photos. I would have done something...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,596
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am not sure what you mean by similar...

I am not sure what you mean by similar alternatives, or what you are looking for. Velo Orange also makes metal fenders if you were looking for more metal options.

I have plastic fenders on most...
01-22-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 993
Posted By Tourist in MSN

He is thinking he can come up with a system that...

He is thinking he can come up with a system that puts roughly 40 watts into his battery.

I was happy to suggest a light option, because that was pretty simple and I had one that I knew would...
01-20-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 993
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You might be right, maybe some do. But, I am...

You might be right, maybe some do.

But, I am pretty sure that I have read that using a Luxos U on a DC source will fry the electronics. I personally would not risk it on any expensive dyno version...
Forum: Touring
01-20-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,596
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You probably will be limited to 2.0 or 50mm wide...

You probably will be limited to 2.0 or 50mm wide tires if you use a 60mm fender. I generally find that you want a fender at least 10 mm wider than the tire. There are some exceptions, I have some...
Forum: Touring
01-08-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,213
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I did two group trips in Europe through REI...

I did two group trips in Europe through REI Travel. They provided most meals, indoor lodging every night, bikes, etc.

One of those two rides had a driver, van and trailer to haul our luggage and a...
Forum: Touring
01-05-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,596
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Schwalbe Marathon Extremes are no longer made,...

Schwalbe Marathon Extremes are no longer made, but they roll surprisingly well on pavement for a tire with big blocky looks to it. If they were still made, i would suggest them.

I have not ridden...
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