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Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 804
Posted By seeker333

Zombie threads are more common since a fairly...

Zombie threads are more common since a fairly recent website software update. For many years the OP date was listed immediately below OP's username on the subforum page. A year or two ago an update...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 604
Posted By seeker333

^ Good tip! From above linked page: ...

^ Good tip! From above linked page:
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 604
Posted By seeker333

Why not ask CoMotion...

Why not ask CoMotion (https://co-motion.com/pages/contact-us) - they probably sell as many belted touring bikes as anyone. Darren Alff has been touring a lot on a belted Co-Motion for two years now,...
Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 804
Posted By seeker333

It's a year-old-thread, OP's trip probably...

It's a year-old-thread, OP's trip probably already passed.
Forum: Touring
06-10-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,053
Posted By seeker333

There are likely dozens of NA tent makers...

There are likely dozens of NA tent makers utilizing silnylon. Here's one that started the transition to silnylon construction:

https://www.tarptent.com/
Forum: Touring
06-09-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By seeker333

I've used SRAM Rocket Shorty twist shifters with...

I've used SRAM Rocket Shorty twist shifters with Shimano 9s drivetrain for 19 years on four bikes. SRAM quit making them at least 10 years ago, so I bought extras when sellers cut price to dump...
06-07-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 910
Posted By seeker333

Yes, evidently only LEO cyclists are entitled to...

Yes, evidently only LEO cyclists are entitled to this sort of law enforcement. I would have liked to have been a bike cop a week ago when someone in a Dodge Ram "rolled coal" on me when I was out on...
Forum: Touring
06-07-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By seeker333

Grand Expedition (GE) has not debuted in the...

Grand Expedition (GE) has not debuted in the marketplace yet, and probably won't until July/August, and then you'll have to order it from one of the small number of Euro shops that will initially...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 755
Posted By seeker333

I'd go with the second pictured bike with the MTB...

I'd go with the second pictured bike with the MTB crankset. You can not underestimate the utility of low gearing for loaded touring.
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,296
Posted By seeker333

I ended up buying a Top Shelf short...

I ended up buying a Top Shelf short (https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/top-shelf-bike-short.html), along with a sample pack of Chamois Buttr, $40 total shipped to me after the 20% discount. I've ridden...
06-04-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 984
Posted By seeker333

You should grab your tensiometer and test that...

You should grab your tensiometer and test that theory.

I have 8 cracked holes, all drive side, rear wheel. My Park tensiometer shows they all still have pretty good tension, and relative to the...
Forum: Touring
06-01-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,273
Posted By seeker333

A dent may be nothing more than a detraction from...

A dent may be nothing more than a detraction from appearance, a blemish.

A deep gouge near a joint may serve as a stress riser (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stress_concentration) which over time...
Forum: Touring
05-31-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,521
Posted By seeker333

Centurion Pro Tour does not have long chainstays...

Centurion Pro Tour does not have long chainstays (1979 had 430mm CS (http://velobase.com/CatalogScans/Centurion-catalog-full79.pdf)), large squarish rear bags may not work without heel-strike,...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 727
Posted By seeker333

Selfie tourism evidently is the new thing to do....

Selfie tourism evidently is the new thing to do. Listening to NPR program this morning, I heard some National Park visitation has increased dramatically due to folks making their way there for the...
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,273
Posted By seeker333

1mm is a pretty deep gouge considering the tubing...

1mm is a pretty deep gouge considering the tubing wall thickness is only a bit over 1mm thick at the butts (the thick wall section at tubing ends where tubes are joined by welding or brazing). Wall...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 829
Posted By seeker333

Folk Art Center to MM is 31.5 mi, 5800' climbing,...

Folk Art Center to MM is 31.5 mi, 5800' climbing, one way. Craggy Gardens to MM is 13.9 mi, 2200' climbing, one way. Plus several overlooks along the way you could park.

Best time to do lots of...
Forum: Touring
05-25-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,571
Posted By seeker333

Specialized bike boxes must substitute cellulose...

Specialized bike boxes must substitute cellulose fiber content with carbon fiber, because the one I got free from my LBS recently had been to China, UT, FL, NC and MI, based on the affixed old...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
Posted By seeker333

ED coating does not assure protection against...

ED coating does not assure protection against corrosion - it does not produce a complete, uniform coating on 100% of the the tube interior surfaces. Surly started using ED coating for all their...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,152
Posted By seeker333

You may want to consider rustproofing your XC...

You may want to consider rustproofing your XC frameset before you build it. There are aerosol products like Boeshield and Weigle Framesaver you just spray in thru whatever hole you can find. These...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,128
Posted By seeker333

The PowerGrips I linked in #111...

The PowerGrips I linked in #111 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=111) will work with most street shoes. Their retention mechanism is simple - your shoe goes in at an...
Forum: Touring
05-24-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,296
Posted By seeker333

Annual 20% off sale at Aerotechdesigns

I am not associated with ATD and receive no compensation for this endorsement (I wish I did). I simply have used their shorts & bibs for ~15 years now and can attest that they make an excellent...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,104
Posted By seeker333

I would buy Cambium before another classic...

I would buy Cambium before another classic leather Brooks, so yes, it it not bad advice at all.



There are a few times I wish I had Mod permissions, this being one of them.
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,128
Posted By seeker333

Yep, Frogs are MTB pedals but they're also great...

Yep, Frogs are MTB pedals but they're also great for all-around road use. The cleat has a low height so you can walk in your bike shoes more naturally than some road shoe/cleat combinations. Frogs...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,104
Posted By seeker333

^^^ I think he likely made a decision about nine...

^^^ I think he likely made a decision about nine years ago...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 32,104
Posted By seeker333

It must be newb / resurrect old thread day. ...

It must be newb / resurrect old thread day.

NEVER use anything except Brooks Proofide, and use that very sparingly.

Anything else is very likely to ruin the saddle. Softening the leather of a...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,088
Posted By seeker333

NINE YEAR OLD THREAD WARNING Cheap tents are...

NINE YEAR OLD THREAD WARNING

Cheap tents are often false economy - it's money wasted that could have been put towards the inevitable better replacement tent.
...
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,128
Posted By seeker333

Velcro straps are one of the more dangerous...

Velcro straps are one of the more dangerous options, even more so than decent toe clips.

Nowadays many use clipless pedals. There is a short learning period where you may fall over a couple times...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By seeker333

If I were buying a bike, I'd get the Bridge Club...

If I were buying a bike, I'd get the Bridge Club over the Troll and save $500. Note the BC has a double crank and narrower gear range, 16-90 gear-inches.

If I wanted to save more money, I'd buy a...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,285
Posted By seeker333

It's called heel-strike: heel of your shoe bangs...

It's called heel-strike: heel of your shoe bangs into bags when pedaling.

Solution is two-fold: make bags without lower leading corners, i.e Ortlieb and many others, and mount bags further...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By seeker333

Erect your tent and check for age-related issues....

Erect your tent and check for age-related issues. The waterproof coating tends to degrade over time, and 15 years is definitely old by outdoor gear standards. Carefully inspect tent floor and...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By seeker333

R: Tubus Cargo or Logo F: Tubus Tara or Duo ...

R: Tubus Cargo or Logo F: Tubus Tara or Duo

Rears come in Classic and Evo version, also in two (26/700) heights.

https://www.tubus.com/en/products/

Surly, not Surley!
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By seeker333

Your best bet is to find buyer who cherishes...

Your best bet is to find buyer who cherishes older tech. Here's an old discussion of this topic:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/311233-fuji-touring-series-iv.html
...
Forum: Touring
05-18-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By seeker333

Exactly - the day (and night reflective) high...

Exactly - the day (and night reflective) high visibility fabric is the reason for the extra 100 bucks per pair for Back Roller (BR) High Visibility (HV) compared to BR Classic, which was the point I...
Forum: Touring
05-17-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,310
Posted By seeker333

+1 Osmand, Maps with Me and other apps don't...

+1

Osmand, Maps with Me and other apps don't require anything other than a pertinent map file and GPS signal for voice-prompted navigation. No cellular signal/data usage required.

Additionally,...
Forum: Touring
05-17-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 419
Posted By seeker333

Top hooks are subject to failure, particularly in...

Top hooks are subject to failure, particularly in cold weather use. They are sold with connecting release/lift strap as a single replacement part. Be sure to get correct part (QL1 or QL2, diameter):...
Forum: Touring
05-17-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By seeker333

142 = pair (2 bags) of Classic Back Roller ...

142 = pair (2 bags) of Classic Back Roller

119 = single High Visibility Back Roller

Do you want to pay 100 bucks more for a pair of Back Rollers?
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,018
Posted By seeker333

The "hitting the down tube problem" is not much...

The "hitting the down tube problem" is not much of a problem. When the rack is installed properly, it will limit the steering wheel turn radius to ~ +/-75 degrees, like in this picture:
...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 727
Posted By seeker333

On the great majority of trails you will see very...

On the great majority of trails you will see very few or no people. Short hikes are popular, obviously, so expect to see folks at Hidden Lake, Avalanche Lake, Iceberg Lake, Grinnell glacier. Any...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 10:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Posted By seeker333

The 10 speed thumbshifter I linked in #4...

The 10 speed thumbshifter I linked in #4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) is F on L and F or I on R. They have a 10s bar end shifter that works the same, used on...
05-13-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 742
Posted By seeker333

Bike/fork is most likely fine. If you're worried...

Bike/fork is most likely fine. If you're worried about steerer, it's not too hard to drop the fork out to inspect for damage (crack).

Maybe you should wear a helmet if you continue to ride...
Forum: Touring
05-12-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,079
Posted By seeker333

Doesn't a XT 8000 SGS RD handle 46t on the...

Doesn't a XT 8000 SGS RD handle 46t on the cassette without an adapter? Seems to indicate 46 is within spec here (even the mid cage GS should go 46t):
...
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 778
Posted By seeker333

jacco ty

jacco ty
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 778
Posted By seeker333

This is close to what you want: ...

This is close to what you want:

http://www.bobgear.com/bike-trailers/bob-quick-release
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 973
Posted By seeker333

Surly has used Microshift bar end shifters on...

Surly has used Microshift bar end shifters on their Long Haul Trucker Complete bicycle for the last 7+ years. They started out with DA but switched to Microshift to mitigate cost/price increase....
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,362
Posted By seeker333

Bike-mounted mirrors often get in the way of grip...

Bike-mounted mirrors often get in the way of grip location or controls, and are susceptible to damage from leaning the bike against a wall. More importantly, the mirror is often useless aside from...
05-10-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,324
Posted By seeker333

Cyclists break far fewer road rules than motorists

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/05/10/cyclists-break-far-fewer-road-rules-than-motorists-finds-new-video-study/
...
Forum: Touring
05-07-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 778
Posted By seeker333

Presumably it attaches in a manner similar to BoB...

Presumably it attaches in a manner similar to BoB Yak. Perhaps you can use a modified Yak skewer? Or make completely from scratch using a Shimano tandem replacement axle and material from the LHS...
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,018
Posted By seeker333

The stainless steel (SS)-aluminum laminated...

The stainless steel (SS)-aluminum laminated Trangia Duossal cooksets linked in post #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) look nice but they are fairly pricey,...
05-04-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
Posted By seeker333

I have a ~10-year-old 16 oz can of Park Polylube...

I have a ~10-year-old 16 oz can of Park Polylube 1000 grease, stored in my garage. I've used about 1/2 the can. When I bought it I figured it would be a lifetime supply. For the last couple years...
Forum: Touring
05-02-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,968
Posted By seeker333

Big Dummy has been motorized into the $5,000 Big...

Big Dummy has been motorized into the $5,000 Big Easy (https://surlybikes.com/bikes/big_easy), with Bosch Performance CX drive and PowerPack 500. This motorbike apparently has a range of ~100 miles...
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