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Forum: Touring
01-25-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 262
Posted By djb

I've put bike boxes in cars and suvs a number of...

I've put bike boxes in cars and suvs a number of times, but if your boxes are larger, this may be tricky for Brit vans, as cars tend to be smaller.
but for such a short drive, there has to be a...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

Nyah, I just checked and the top gear is 118 gear...

Nyah, I just checked and the top gear is 118 gear inches, so you can pedal at 70kph. I often get to 70k on one of my bikes that has about 112 gear inches.
and you have a nice low gear too, and you...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

Nyah don't worry about a 48 11 not being fast...

Nyah
don't worry about a 48 11 not being fast enough. You'll be able to pedal downhill at nearly 70kph, I do on mine, so there is no concern.
We rarely are able to hold more than 30, 40kph and that...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

I once had a weird rear tire lock up from a twig....

I once had a weird rear tire lock up from a twig. Wasn't going fast, and ran over a twig that got shot up into the rear wheel sideways, jammed against the frame and my tires skidded to a halt. Stick...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

Well good luck with the improvising. did make...

Well good luck with the improvising.
did make me smile about talking to our kids about not leaning etc. It's quite unnerving the first time they would lean out and make your bike move over a lot!
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

The reason I keep bringing up chain stays is...

The reason I keep bringing up chain stays is because there are lots of existing chain stay attaching systems already. I pulled kids in kid trailers using these and they work very well, keep push...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

You mentioned cf seat posts, but what are the...

You mentioned cf seat posts, but what are the chain stays?
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

And any high up attachment will require a rather...

And any high up attachment will require a rather long pole, as shown in golf bag setup, and how the trail a bike things are.
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

wow as devils advocate, those are pretty darn...

wow
as devils advocate, those are pretty darn rusty seat rails!
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 01:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

Cliff, well I certainly admit, who knows. I...

Cliff, well I certainly admit, who knows. I figure the most important thing is that the attachment system is very solid without any play. That's what I recall about the kid rear wheel only thing we...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 10:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 408
Posted By djb

I dunno man but I'm skeptical. I pulled kids on...

I dunno man but I'm skeptical. I pulled kids on one of those giraffe one wheel bike attachment things that attached to an adapter on my seat post. I wouldn't want my seat rails to be pulled and...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

Not from lots of personal experience, but fenders...

Not from lots of personal experience, but fenders with knobby tires and certain types of mud are always going to be a bit of a gamble and certainly a compromise. That's another reason why I left so...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

Ive generally been ok also, good description of...

Ive generally been ok also, good description of the "ratcheting" technique, describes it well.

I really did appreciate not having any toe overlap on my Latin America trips, either due to steep...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 231
Posted By djb

youi guys know Im just goofing around, responding...

youi guys know Im just goofing around, responding to the original question by a newcomer about a "decent bike being one with full suspension" in the touring section, and then responding to Dr Who...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

Re toe overlap. For me personally, road riding...

Re toe overlap. For me personally, road riding and most general riding it's not an issue, but not all riders have the situational awareness of where their feet are etc.

That said however, if you...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

Wiggle, you must have toe strike no? Certainly...

Wiggle, you must have toe strike no? Certainly looks like you would, crank not positioned properly in photo to tell.
and some people have no problem with toe strike, others fall over all over the...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 231
Posted By djb

my chains were brought up properly and therefore...

my chains were brought up properly and therefore not rude.
and since I changed to an electronic distributor from mechanical points, my timing belt no longer gives me grief.
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 226
Posted By djb

For someone who is not mechanically inclined and...

For someone who is not mechanically inclined and doesn't own tools, it's pretty much a no brainer to find a reasonably priced used newer hybrid that someone hardly used.

putting money into an old...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 231
Posted By djb

yes. For touring and regular riding, non...

yes.

For touring and regular riding, non mountain biking, full suspension is not needed.
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 226
Posted By djb

I realize that you are keen and excited about...

I realize that you are keen and excited about trying out bike touring, and that's great, but do realize that these are used bikes and seeing a photo from I presume are Craig's list ads are only...
Forum: Touring
01-22-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

As someone who takes an effort to keep my...

As someone who takes an effort to keep my drivetrain clean generally, fenders on my touring bike mean less gritty stuff gets thrown up on my chain from front tire, and this means my chain lasts...
Forum: Touring
01-22-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

well no matter what, the Sutra is a really nice...

well no matter what, the Sutra is a really nice bike. The 48/36/26 crankset is great, and you can easily change the 26 to a 24 or even 22.
re toe overlap, you should be able to find out on the...
Forum: Touring
01-22-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 781
Posted By djb

What size frame do you use? I ask because 700...

What size frame do you use?
I ask because 700 wheels on a smaller frame will most likely involve toe overlap, almost certainly with fenders on.
Just be aware.
01-21-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,656
Posted By djb

This I've got the same tube of white grease...

This
I've got the same tube of white grease from decades ago that I use for seat posts and pedal threads.
Always grease threads, and even after years only a tap of a mallet or hammer will release a...
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By djb

dont know what you win, but good find. you...

dont know what you win, but good find.

you know the thing I thought of the most of this trip was riding a three person bike on dirt roads....ooooooof....tough.
I ride a lot on snow and have...
Forum: Touring
01-20-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

Re fender width and a dissenting view, I've twice...

Re fender width and a dissenting view, I've twice used fenders on bikes where the official fender width capability is right at the limit, ie my tires are at the high end of recommended tire widths....
Forum: Touring
01-20-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By djb

Hey there senor A, you know I was going to say...

Hey there senor A, you know I was going to say that doing a trip like that takes balls, but that would be terribly inappropriate and technically wrong, so I shant stoop that low ;-)

dumbassery...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By djb

and dont forget that diff width of rims can...

and dont forget that diff width of rims can change the real life width of tires. My usual example I bring up is my 2 inch tires 50-51mm tires actually measuring 45mm on my rims, although proper 40mm...
Forum: Touring
01-18-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 4,415
Views: 2,102,878
Posted By djb

Goog luck, an experienced mechanic should be...

Goog luck, an experienced mechanic should be able to help with ideas if it's not working out.
like I said, I've had some angle of racks on bikes, more with rear racks, but given that those...
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 11:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

Thanks kc the nice surprise is that I like how...

Thanks kc
the nice surprise is that I like how the bike handles with drops also. Very happy with the handling, even with the very shirt stem.
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4,415
Views: 2,102,878
Posted By djb

digger, there's something goofy going on with...

digger, there's something goofy going on with your front rack and the front panniers angle. Are you certain things are set up properly? Its not a big deal if things arent perfectly level, but those...
01-15-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,656
Posted By djb

Geez, that's pretty serious. Hate to mention it,...

Geez, that's pretty serious. Hate to mention it, but do be sure about reverse thread on the left hand crank. Sorry if you know already..
i guess penetrating oil for a day or so is next up.
Maybe...
01-15-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By djb

He or she did not say a bike shop told him. What...

He or she did not say a bike shop told him. What they read I believe was the comment.
01-15-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,656
Posted By djb

SHRINKAGE! Cool idea (sic)Will keep that idea...

SHRINKAGE!
Cool idea (sic)Will keep that idea in mind.

I still find the rubber mallet sharp tap to work pretty darn well.
01-15-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By djb

my 97 rockhopper doesnt agree with your fact,...

my 97 rockhopper doesnt agree with your fact, neither does my friends 1990 Miyata cross bike
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 1,003
Views: 144,267
Posted By djb

hi doug, meant to comment on the embalming fuilid...

hi doug, meant to comment on the embalming fuilid bottle building--wow that is weird, not the bottles, but the embalming fluid bottle thing....I guess thats what they had in hand, but it does make...
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 866
Posted By djb

thanks for those links. re drivers, someone...

thanks for those links.
re drivers, someone here once described it as, kiwis drive a lot, and expect to be able to hold 100kph or more at all times, so are impatient with bikes getting in the way of...
01-14-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 953
Posted By djb

to you guys with lots of experience, what do you...

to you guys with lots of experience, what do you think of the 80psi thing, could that be a factor?
As a 135lb er , I sometime run my 28s with tubes to maybe 80 rear or a bit less, and then less psi...
01-14-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 953
Posted By djb

and thorn goat head issue aside, I generally ride...

and thorn goat head issue aside, I generally ride about 5000kms per year and maybe get one flat a year average over many many years. And can have seasons with no flats. So for my riding area and...
Forum: Touring
01-14-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 866
Posted By djb

hey mr aco, I should have brought this up before,...

hey mr aco, I should have brought this up before, but while Kiwis (New Zealanders) are generally very friendly folks, they are impatient and FAST drivers, so don't mess around and please use a mirror...
Forum: Touring
01-14-20, 05:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 866
Posted By djb

oops, I obviously mixed up the details from our...

oops, I obviously mixed up the details from our pm discussion from a few years ago....sorry.
those pipes....ooooo....those pipes.....(stock ones remember, sexier than heck back in the day)
01-14-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 953
Posted By djb

tubeless clearly has advantages when riding in...

tubeless clearly has advantages when riding in areas with thorns that are all over the place and result in getting ten flats a day or more.
this fellow made it clear that there was no apparent and...
Forum: Touring
01-14-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 866
Posted By djb

whats on second, whos on third get with it...

whats on second, whos on third
get with it buddy
(howdy twin Honda feller)
01-14-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 953
Posted By djb

The couple of times I've had rapid deflations...

The couple of times I've had rapid deflations have also been from weird rare "shiskabobing" from a long nail that got flicked up and stabbed rear tire, another time same thing but a long flat piece...
Forum: Touring
01-14-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

Another aspect of aesthetics, specifically re ...

Another aspect of aesthetics, specifically re fenders,as someone who rides a couple of mtbs, one older one from 90s and a newer one set up with drops, I do get how aesthetically, not knobby tires...
Forum: Touring
01-14-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

Hey Mr K , how about a photo of your bike,...

Hey Mr K , how about a photo of your bike, curious to see it. Did you say already, do you use fenders?
01-14-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,656
Posted By djb

Two things first--grease threads, ...

Two things first--grease threads,
-- rubber mallet or the like

I have a short cheap wrench that I've used for 30 years maybe
I don't think it's worth spending more...
Forum: Touring
01-14-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,411
Posted By djb

well, in the end, you'll b be plopping down a...

well, in the end, you'll b be plopping down a fair amount of money for the more fancy tires, and the rat trap ones are both fairly pricey and will last only a moderate time (going from what I've...
Forum: Touring
01-13-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,778
Posted By djb

that's wonderful! And something I and most of us...

that's wonderful! And something I and most of us could relate to.
perhaps a contributing factor is that your 26in wheel was a god solid wheel to begin with, so the fiber fix is not having to put a...
Forum: Touring
01-12-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,778
Posted By djb

John, that is both totally awesome and goofy, all...

John, that is both totally awesome and goofy, all at the same time!
And rather amazing that the material has stood up so well to uv
exposure and temps and dirt.

can't believe you never got...
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