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Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 36
Posted By conspiratemus1

No specific ideas on safe routes -- will leave...

No specific ideas on safe routes -- will leave that to American contributors with practical local experience.

Just this....

A woman traveling alone without a motor vehicle to lock herself into...
08-20-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By conspiratemus1

You can check for a bent axle without taking the...

You can check for a bent axle without taking the hub apart. Remove the wheel from the fork, then remove the quick-release skewer so that you can concentrate on the axle and not get distracted by the...
08-19-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By conspiratemus1

Does the OP's stoker/significant easily reach her...

Does the OP's stoker/significant easily reach her target heart rate with her "native" sport, running? As in, does she wear a HR monitor while running to compare with what happens on the back seat of...
08-19-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 963
Posted By conspiratemus1

"Right" in Italian is destra, as you'd expect for...

"Right" in Italian is destra, as you'd expect for a Italian pedal.
08-18-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,445
Posted By conspiratemus1

Eiko, If you're not a machinist, ... ...

Eiko,

If you're not a machinist, ...

Channeling Bones McCoy: "I'm just a country doctor, not a machinist." (You can only guess how badly I've wanted to use that and how long I've had to wait!...
08-18-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 686
Posted By conspiratemus1

Cool! My parents had one just like it, which my...

Cool! My parents had one just like it, which my sister and I pressured them into buying from my father's store stock so we could listen to rock on it. Is that a Garrard changer inside the cabinet?
08-17-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,445
Posted By conspiratemus1

Hi Eiko, glad you enjoyed my efforts. ...

Hi Eiko, glad you enjoyed my efforts.

Quotes from you in blue:

...Use of the valve stem nut - but I measure one of those at 3.0 mm thick. Does that match your cog spacing? ...
Close enough....
08-17-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,914
Posted By conspiratemus1

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1538x1299/mariposa5_small_385a6eac05e8592e51f5c147efbee1ef0b635b30.jpg
Mariposa Randonneur 1994

My go-to bike for anything over 100 km or so....
08-17-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,027
Posted By conspiratemus1

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1643x1217/jeunetall_rounder_small__c0c7bf24afa6866f5359b9e8d4d7eb38f90194f5.jpg

Jeunet Cyclotouriste 1975

A bit of a mess from out foraging...
Forum: Touring
08-17-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 738
Posted By conspiratemus1

Not heresy by me. More like orthodoxy. :thumb:

Not heresy by me. More like orthodoxy. :thumb:
08-16-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,445
Posted By conspiratemus1

Hope this isn't a day late and a dollar short. My...

Hope this isn't a day late and a dollar short. My project was to mount an eighth sprocket onto the inside of the cassette of a Shimano FH-07 tandem hub from the 1990s. The hub is peculiar in that the...
08-16-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,759
Posted By conspiratemus1

lol -- now that's closer to what we carry on the...

lol -- now that's closer to what we carry on the tandem :thumb:, including the chain tool, plus quick links and a short length of spare chain and a green pin tool for adjusting eccentric tension, 5...
08-16-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,759
Posted By conspiratemus1

Well, OK, gravel riding would be a new set of...

Well, OK, gravel riding would be a new set of skills and "best practices" as regards tools so you're right, there. As for distances, I rode a solo unsupported century (actually 164 km) on 31 July...
08-15-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,445
Posted By conspiratemus1

Photos and tips coming.

Photos and tips coming.
08-15-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,759
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yes, now that's another story. Well worth doing....

Yes, now that's another story. Well worth doing. Bless your heart.
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,644
Posted By conspiratemus1

Check out the OPs other threads, all of which...

Check out the OPs other threads, all of which have gone the way of Capt. Queeg's testimony under Barney Greenwald in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. I suggest we not pile on. Temper the wind to the...
08-15-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,423
Posted By conspiratemus1

You'll love it then. That's certainly the right...

You'll love it then. That's certainly the right spirit. It is a wonderful place.
08-15-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,759
Posted By conspiratemus1

I can't see why anything would need adjusting on...

I can't see why anything would need adjusting on a day ride. Multi-tools are heavy because of the handles. There are more tools than you need and there is always one nut that the tool won't reach. ...
08-15-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,423
Posted By conspiratemus1

The Ring Road goes by tunnel under some fjords,...

The Ring Road goes by tunnel under some fjords, some (most?) prohibited to cyclists. Iceland bike maps indicate which. The old road which you will be required to use will go up to the head of the...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 732
Posted By conspiratemus1

Well, likely you had/have an honest face and...

Well, likely you had/have an honest face and demeanour and they correctly pegged you as a non-smuggler (other than the salami.)
08-14-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 363
Posted By conspiratemus1

Agree, I wouldn't want less than 2 mm of...

Agree, I wouldn't want less than 2 mm of protrusion with horizontal dropouts especially. For most rear sprockets of 13 or 14 teeth, you need 3-4 mm of clearance between the outer face of the smallest...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 732
Posted By conspiratemus1

I don't know for Italy, except that I presume...

I don't know for Italy, except that I presume that those itinerant markets that set up in small towns on market day and deal only in cash are not remitting VAT to the government. The stalls don't...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 732
Posted By conspiratemus1

Value-added-tax collected on items purchased by...

Value-added-tax collected on items purchased by typical tourists who are non-EU residents is refundable at the time of export, but it's a hassle. Perhaps worth it for a large purchase like a bicycle...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 12:32 PM
08-13-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,445
Posted By conspiratemus1

This can definitely work -- I've done it, albeit...

This can definitely work -- I've done it, albeit in a setting less challenging of metallurgy skills which I do not have. It's really sweet and required no re-centering of the wheel. I don't want to...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,880
Posted By conspiratemus1

It sounds like this Homeless Odyssey might be...

It sounds like this Homeless Odyssey might be morphing into something that involves crossing borders. I wish to strongly caution the OP that if he shows up at a Canadian border post, he will be...
Forum: Touring
08-11-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,237
Posted By conspiratemus1

With your sensible approach to spending money and...

With your sensible approach to spending money and accumulating "things", you might find yourself with a good shot at retiring early (or at least still being strong and healthy when you do retire....
Forum: Touring
08-11-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,237
Posted By conspiratemus1

That's the quote to stick up on the fridge. ...

That's the quote to stick up on the fridge.

And you'll sleep better, knowing that loss to theft is a major inconvenience but is not financially ruinous, nor is it the loss of a one-of-a-kind...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,237
Posted By conspiratemus1

^Feel bad about this. I didn’t think I accused...

^Feel bad about this. I didn’t think I accused TulsaJohn of being wrong, but his point is respectfully taken and I do request that he and the Forum accept my apology for my tone and for the...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,237
Posted By conspiratemus1

"A lot" of insurance companies consider that...

"A lot" of insurance companies consider that riding a bicycle along a public road non-competitively is "extreme"? Really?
I'm going to apply "Hitchens's razor: That which is stated without evidence...
08-10-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,263
Posted By conspiratemus1

The article's author manages to misuse two words,...

The article's author manages to misuse two words, howlers that would have been caught if publications still employed editors.
-de facto when he means de rigeur.
-nonplussed when he means...
08-10-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 878
Posted By conspiratemus1

or arc. Heh heh.

or arc. Heh heh.
08-09-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 878
Posted By conspiratemus1

I'd like to know if the arc [sic] of bikes is a...

I'd like to know if the arc [sic] of bikes is a self-supporting arch. Does the large pile of bikes at each base act to prevent the arch from spreading out and collapsing. It's actually pretty neat....
08-08-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 878
Posted By conspiratemus1

In that case I'm not surprised that I can come up...

In that case I'm not surprised that I can come up with only one bridge, Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park....
08-08-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 878
Posted By conspiratemus1

No, I do not know. But if I were allowed to...

No, I do not know. But if I were allowed to guess, I would guess that a natural arc looks like the OP's arc of bikes, while a natural bridge crosses a gap, and wouldn't necessarily have to be of an...
08-08-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 878
Posted By conspiratemus1

Referring to the opening photo, technically it's...

Referring to the opening photo, technically it's not a bridge because it does not carry anything; there is no deck for vehicles to use and there is no visible reason for non-intoxicated...
Forum: Touring
08-08-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 950
Posted By conspiratemus1

Very nice tour description. I admire your pluck...

Very nice tour description. I admire your pluck and your on-the-go problem-solving ability. Inspiring!
08-08-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 21,206
Posted By conspiratemus1

Fascinating -- I didn't know this had a name. ...

Fascinating -- I didn't know this had a name.
So here's the house as you first see it. You come up out of a stream valley and around a curve -- and there it is....
08-07-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 21,206
Posted By conspiratemus1

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/810x1080/surpisedhouse_28de0a865152d4f8c54637fdab7c3466e6dd56e8.jpg

Surprised by the bears and other critters on this thread?
This house...
08-06-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,210
Posted By conspiratemus1

OK, that's the clincher. Sorry if I missed that....

OK, that's the clincher. Sorry if I missed that. Thanks.
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,680
Posted By conspiratemus1

Better yet, just do it both directions, then...

Better yet, just do it both directions, then you'll know for yourself. :) Seriously, it's a different type of spectacular in each direction and is less logistically complex in that you could probably...
08-04-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,210
Posted By conspiratemus1

I'd second the motion for an all-aluminum front...

I'd second the motion for an all-aluminum front rim for the mountains.

But there's something else: I went back and re-read your careful description of your Walnut Gap wheel failure. I wonder if...
Forum: Touring
08-04-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,707
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yeah, if they'll inject dirty crap into their...

Yeah, if they'll inject dirty crap into their veins, they certainly won't care about handling soiled underwear in their quest to score dirty crap. Watch "Trainspotting".
Forum: Touring
08-04-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,882
Posted By conspiratemus1

In that case (and if your bike's not a tandem),...

In that case (and if your bike's not a tandem), the rear pads should last forever. :thumb:
08-04-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,850
Posted By conspiratemus1

Smirk all you like. I don't need your approval.

Smirk all you like. I don't need your approval.
Forum: Touring
08-03-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,882
Posted By conspiratemus1

Thank you very much for posting this helpful...

Thank you very much for posting this helpful how-to. I'm going to print it off and hang it over the workbench to remind me what to check next time I hear squeal.
08-03-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,906
Posted By conspiratemus1

This was a GREAT thread. Congratulations to...

This was a GREAT thread. Congratulations to Priyank and a big thanks to those who contributed advice and encouragement to him.
08-03-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,315
Posted By conspiratemus1

That's why they're called traffic-calming...

That's why they're called traffic-calming devices, instead of, say, traffic-enraging devices. ;) The soon-to-be mowed-down plastic pedestrian sign is further evidence of the calming effect they have...
08-02-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,968
Posted By conspiratemus1

The same wicked b-crats who used tax money (very...

The same wicked b-crats who used tax money (very likely mostly not yours unless you live in an expensive house) to build the path in the first place.
08-02-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,968
Posted By conspiratemus1

So there's your answer.

So there's your answer.
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