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Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 587
Posted By djb

hola y bienvenidos, your bike is a fantastic...

hola y bienvenidos, your bike is a fantastic touring bike, it is setup very much like my bike that I've ridden in Mexico and central America, so I know that your gearing is excellent for touring in...
Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By djb

I reckon the most realistic recommendation is...

I reckon the most realistic recommendation is yard sales and Craig's list type stuff. Keep an eye out. Good luck
Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 587
Posted By djb

wheel size does play a part, and why I love the...

wheel size does play a part, and why I love the 44 on my mtb triple setup for my tourer with 26 inch wheels
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,451
Posted By djb

I think its fair to say that for lots of people,...

I think its fair to say that for lots of people, being recommended/told/sold of what works "best" is a common thing. Heck, I used to see this way back in the day in the photography world, I'd get...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By djb

actual handlebar bags have lots of...

actual handlebar bags have lots of advantages--you can easily grab stuff while riding, they can hold phones or maps, you can easily take them off in seconds to go with you in a store....
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 587
Posted By djb

I realize I could have been clearer re 16 to 20t...

I realize I could have been clearer re 16 to 20t jumps between chainrings--what I really was referring to was the slightly annoying factor of having to shift a lot more gears at the back when you do...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 276
Posted By djb

you may find that with a handlebar bag that its a...

you may find that with a handlebar bag that its a bit slower to get to the interrupter levers from the hoods lets say, compared to if a bag isnt there, a bit awkward.
I still have found it useful...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By djb

given that from the sounds of it you are really...

given that from the sounds of it you are really only needing stuff for a day out and don't want to use panniers on a rear rack, the easiest solution would be a seatpost bag. There are oodles and...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 587
Posted By djb

oooof, a 20t jump with chainring shifts would be...

oooof, a 20t jump with chainring shifts would be a real pain in the keester. I know road bikes have had compacts 50/34 for years, and I used a touring bike with a 16t jump for years between the 24...
Forum: Touring
03-02-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By djb

no problem. Sometime last year maybe there was a...

no problem. Sometime last year maybe there was a thread where people put photos of themselves riding when the topic of riding position came up, but I have no recollection of what thread it was, it...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By djb

your situation sounds very similar to my friends...

your situation sounds very similar to my friends situation. With her, its a shoulder issue that rears its ugly head, but in any case, if you have tried all these things and are still uncomfortable,...
Forum: Touring
03-01-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 276
Posted By djb

like post #3 from Doug, I too am able to use them...

like post #3 from Doug, I too am able to use them with an Ortlieb handlebar bag. Angling the levers downwards slightly is the natural position that I have all my brake levers positioned anyway on my...
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By djb

re a change in handling--Ive never ridden a...

re a change in handling--Ive never ridden a Marrakesh, but I can relate your question to having my Surly Troll setup in various bars at times. Mtb bars similarish to yours, trekking bars and drops. I...
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By djb

not to overly dissuade you, but what sort of stem...

not to overly dissuade you, but what sort of stem do you have on the bike now? As you are a newcomer, I know you can't show photos yet, but if you can at some point, there may be hope of simply...
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By djb

now I see the problem, someone has thrown a...

now I see the problem, someone has thrown a spanner in the works.
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,451
Posted By djb

on these specific notes, I really did notice...

on these specific notes, I really did notice that with a leather seat, when we sweat like crazy, what happens is that the leather of the seat actually does get damp, ie there is less moisture that...
Forum: Touring
02-28-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By djb

get yourself a bunch of spacers and experiment...

get yourself a bunch of spacers and experiment and use the front mounting part to mount rack to fork. Spacer use is generally ok strength wise, I've used them without issues on a few bikes.
You...
Forum: Touring
02-27-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,451
Posted By djb

Wouldn't it be fair to say that a 1200kms...

Wouldn't it be fair to say that a 1200kms endurance event like Paris-Brest-Paris is a whole different kettle of fish, and that I am sure that there are both male and female riders that have had...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,451
Posted By djb

Mmm, now I'm really curious. I haven't a clue to...

Mmm, now I'm really curious. I haven't a clue to my measurement, but will look at the videos and or figure out how to do the tinfoil method.

I would say that as a rule, i find touring for me to...
Forum: Touring
02-26-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,451
Posted By djb

last winter I had my C17 on my winter bike, but...

last winter I had my C17 on my winter bike, but this winter I went back to using one of my leather Brooks, the goofy sprung one that I bought used really on a whim mostly on an aesthetic pull, plus I...
Forum: Touring
02-25-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By djb

Ya, he will have to check the specifics of the...

Ya, he will have to check the specifics of the trek crankset, I know the deore 48/36/26 one that was stock on trolls can be changed to a 22, but again, he'll have to confirm what's on this bike.
...
Forum: Touring
02-25-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,451
Posted By djb

geez, seat things are so tricky, there really...

geez, seat things are so tricky, there really arent clear answers.
what I can say is that
1- I personally (and my wife) have always worn padded bike shorts, and while I commute on a leather brooks...
Forum: Touring
02-25-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By djb

jug, so it seems you are really in a quandary...

jug,
so it seems you are really in a quandary about if the LHT fits you properly and that whats this about.

just so its clear, you can drastically shorten the stem, the thing that holds the...
Forum: Touring
02-25-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 606
Posted By djb

Re the golden gate bridge, I have to say that...

Re the golden gate bridge, I have to say that even though I did the west coast trip well over 25 years ago, one of my coolest memories is when we rode across the bridge arriving to SF. Being Canadian...
02-24-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 932
Posted By djb

I think I'm going to go youtube some delicious...

I think I'm going to go youtube some delicious inline 6 sounds right now.....
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

thats a good idea. I was serious about enjoying...

thats a good idea.
I was serious about enjoying going over it , as I know its like teaching, that by going over something to show someone, it helps you get the concept clearer in your head too, or...
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

super nice of them to give you the pedal wrench....

super nice of them to give you the pedal wrench. I used to carry a small one on trips, but if you always put grease on the threads, and don't overtighten them, I can use a hex key, allen key, to...
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

lots of good stuff that has been brought up...

lots of good stuff that has been brought up here--I find it useful for me to go over it for you, as I find it helps me remember details too for next time.

re spd cleat bolts. Ive tended to check...
Forum: Touring
02-24-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By djb

dmeans, I've purposely always used the end plugs...

dmeans, I've purposely always used the end plugs that have the expander screw whatsit, and while it sometimes takes me a few times getting the amount of tape tucked in to be the right amount, I have...
02-24-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 932
Posted By djb

An added item here-- we replaced one of those...

An added item here-- we replaced one of those nice and squishy comfy mats we had in our kitchen years back because the cat scratched the hell out of it and it had rips. I put it beside my bike stand...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

re moving a cardboard bike box around. I'm a...

re moving a cardboard bike box around.
I'm a slight guy, 135 tops, so I'm not the Hulk, but here's what has worked for me.
I can carry my bike box a short distance, but usually we're talking just...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

Again, glad to be of some help. seems to me...

Again, glad to be of some help.
seems to me there always is a weight limit, I don’t recall what it tends to be, but usually I’ve checked the specific airlines "sports equipment or bike" info webpage...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

yes, the 66lb comment makes me remember us having...

yes, the 66lb comment makes me remember us having this conversation once.
Ya, mine is a regular 17 footer, identical to the type we did all our family trips on as a kid, and we used to do little...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

Santa Maria thats a gruelling work schedule. That...

Santa Maria thats a gruelling work schedule. That must get tiresome after a while, or at least pretty darn wearing.
As for travelling, well we certainly are the winners of the life lottery for being...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

Tourist, thats funny to see your photo. I also...

Tourist, thats funny to see your photo. I also have an old Grumman canoe. Heavy son of a gun but a good stable trip canoe. I think I remarked on this once before, but seeing it behind your bike made...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

Tourist will answer stuff but I'll add this...

Tourist will answer stuff but I'll add this quickly before I forget.

re front fork when you take front wheel off---the plastic "brace" that fits into the space the front wheel fits into, the front...
02-22-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 923
Posted By djb

you know, I suspect also that youtube sticks vids...

you know, I suspect also that youtube sticks vids up on as suggestions willy nilly, or maybe ones that have a lot of views in a short period or something, so it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy...
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,292
Posted By djb

yup, writing/expressing an ideal fail on my...

yup, writing/expressing an ideal fail on my part.....(edited it)
Forum: Touring
02-22-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,292
Posted By djb

Compass schmumpus, I challenge you to do it with...

Compass schmumpus, I challenge you to do it with just the compass AND only using one of those old grampy made water finding stick/ wand things (to find water to drink), then I'll be impressed.
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

Oops, I wasn't clear. These plastic doohickies...

Oops, I wasn't clear. These plastic doohickies and doodads and thingees come on new bikes inside the box. The store employee takes all the foam and these plastic things and chuck them in the garbage...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

disc protector thingee, tape it on (no tape...

disc protector thingee, tape it on (no tape directly on disc though)
rd protector thingee, it slides on
fork spacer, super important. look at this one, last trip it got a bang good enough that it...
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,405
Posted By djb

hey no problem. Hope it helps a bit. Thats too...

hey no problem. Hope it helps a bit. Thats too bad about the bike store, my fav store from here closed a few years ago and it was a drag.
I really do recommend maybe one day just getting a bike box...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,882
Posted By djb

There's talk of them being sold, but tbh I...

There's talk of them being sold, but tbh I haven't been reading the reports.
I do however drive past their sitting planes at the airport every couple of weeks and wonder how it will work out......
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,882
Posted By djb

yup, I'm pretty certain my memory is good for...

yup, I'm pretty certain my memory is good for these. Last one was in 2019 air transat to France, returning from Switzerland. But transat is known for being resonable.

but as you say, who knows...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,882
Posted By djb

in the end, one really has to be informed about...

in the end, one really has to be informed about charges with X or Y airline, and then make your decision. For years I've read of the outrageous prices that American companies charge, and if this were...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,882
Posted By djb

The last times that I've flown with a bike, the...

The last times that I've flown with a bike, the cost was $50 with Air Canada, about the same with Air Transat, and about the same with Aeromexico. Flights to and from Mexico, Costa Rica and...
02-20-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 923
Posted By djb

Pretty fricken weird uh? up up 1.8 million...

Pretty fricken weird uh?
up up 1.8 million views now??
I saw it and found it legitimately informative, good to see it done if I ever need to replace any lost studs in future.

it's gotta be the...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,882
Posted By djb

to me the overall issue with renting or trying to...

to me the overall issue with renting or trying to buy used is that you just dont know what you'll get. For buying used this is clearly the case, and all the drama and pain in the keesterness when...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,661
Posted By djb

I used non waterproof panniers for years, and...

I used non waterproof panniers for years, and frankly I found it to be a pain to find my stuff to be dampish feeling after riding in rain. Sure, you can plastic bag your stuff inside, but your...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,882
Posted By djb

Thats unfortunate that you've had such bad luck....

Thats unfortunate that you've had such bad luck. And I acknowledge that for a PBP or similar timely event, the impact of a messup is significant due to the commitment.
My experiences have generally...
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