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07-01-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,269
Posted By DropBarFan

Neat geese video. A few years ago a local old...

Neat geese video. A few years ago a local old guy shotgunned a hawk to protect the squirrels in his yard. Esp crazy considering it was a dense suburban area & he lived a couple of blocks from the...
07-01-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,058
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, I don't really get the concept of picking...

Yes, I don't really get the concept of picking steel for repairability on tour. If it was an expensive custom frame & repaired by a lesser-skilled tech, wouldn't one want to have the damaged part...
06-26-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,058
Posted By DropBarFan

In the old days, 4130 cro-mo was entry-level...

In the old days, 4130 cro-mo was entry-level among nicer bikes & it wasn't too expensive to move up to nicer steel like Reynolds 531 or Columbus. Production 4130 touring bikes like the Surly Trucker...
06-26-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,269
Posted By DropBarFan

I was chased by an Alpha Goose when I stopped on...

I was chased by an Alpha Goose when I stopped on the MUP to watch the flock so I rode away. At a Skyline Drive parking lot there were a bunch of turkey vultures hanging around waiting for food...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,438
Posted By DropBarFan

They sure pick some sickly-looking colors for...

They sure pick some sickly-looking colors for LHT/DT's. Sora/Alivio seems good enough, quality-wise. I had old Tiagra 3x9 brifters, worked OK except gear cables stuck out sideways, interfering with...
06-22-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 5,882
Posted By DropBarFan

"What is the benefit of a multi-thousand dollar...

"What is the benefit of a multi-thousand dollar bike over, say, a $500 bike? If its sole benefit is to go faster for a given amount of pedaling effort, that seems counterproductive. If the purpose of...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,470
Posted By DropBarFan

For about the last 2 years the region has been...

For about the last 2 years the region has been stuck in a weather pattern of southerly winds bringing up a lot of Gulf of Mexico moisture. This spring has been quite rainy so fenders & wider tires...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,252
Posted By DropBarFan

For extra credit, how about building wheels with...

For extra credit, how about building wheels with tubeless (no outer spoke holes) rims? One has to drop the nipples into the valve hole & maneuver them thru the spoke holes. Apparently it's not too...
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,381
Posted By DropBarFan

Custom frame would be nice...at least to avoid...

Custom frame would be nice...at least to avoid having a stiff disc brake fork. Perhaps one could specify 584mm wheels to allow wider tires w/o the small look of 559mm wheels. Less available in...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,381
Posted By DropBarFan

Seems like sensible components...I would go for...

Seems like sensible components...I would go for disc brakes since they work better in the wet. & yes, room for wider tires.
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,337
Posted By DropBarFan

WD-40 might work nicely to clean chains on a tour...

WD-40 might work nicely to clean chains on a tour when it's too cold to wash with water. 1 gallon is surprisingly cheap so (unlike with expensive chain lubes) one could use a generous amount to...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,921
Posted By DropBarFan

One poster used compressed air to blow (or suck?)...

One poster used compressed air to blow (or suck?) the wire thru (cable IIRC) housing. & then there's internal routing for the truly obsessive--some folks drill holes in existing frame/fork & some...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,337
Posted By DropBarFan

Last winter we didn't get any snow in DC...

Last winter we didn't get any snow in DC area....one day they did spray the roads to prevent icing...went for a short ride, bike didn't seem that dirty so I didn't wash the drivetrain...wow, it...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,941
Posted By DropBarFan

I checked back on the Craft site--the "Active...

I checked back on the Craft site--the "Active Comfort" only available in the padded bike version, same with Andiamo, apparently they don't make the unpadded bike liner anymore. Oh well, with...
06-15-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 620
Posted By DropBarFan

I think most bike enthusiasts have to experiment...

I think most bike enthusiasts have to experiment with saddles and/or pedals & shoes. When disc-brake touring bikes came out I bought one to replace a rim-brake bike.
06-15-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By DropBarFan

In the USA most MTB's have knobby tires too even...

In the USA most MTB's have knobby tires too even though most riders stay on paved surfaces. I think many folks are just used to seeing knobby tires on MTB's & assume they're the proper tire. Also,...
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,921
Posted By DropBarFan

I read that some folks route dyno wire thru cable...

I read that some folks route dyno wire thru cable (or hydro) housing, maybe it gives a more uniform look.
06-14-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,582
Posted By DropBarFan

My steel Surly Disc Trucker front end can bounce...

My steel Surly Disc Trucker front end can bounce on bumpy descents reducing control when it's needed most. & while the ride is fairly comfy, a suspension fork would be 3X comfier & give safer...
06-14-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,211
Posted By DropBarFan

N+1 bike is not necessarily a spare for a...

N+1 bike is not necessarily a spare for a specific ride. IE DreamRider85 notes a "trip" which suggests at least a longer ride where a MTB & road bike might not substitute well for each other. A...
Forum: Touring
06-14-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,941
Posted By DropBarFan

Thanks, looking to try those--I see both the...

Thanks, looking to try those--I see both the fuseknit & Active Comfort on the Craft site. I've tried several brands of undies that look OK for cycling but they either bunch up or have uncomfortable...
06-12-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,211
Posted By DropBarFan

There are so many types of bikes now that I think...

There are so many types of bikes now that I think most enthusiasts buying an additional bike are getting something different vs a direct spare. A good well-maintained bike should be unlikely to have...
06-12-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,582
Posted By DropBarFan

I think an aluminum frame plus a (nice)...

I think an aluminum frame plus a (nice) suspension fork & suspension seat-post would make a much better touring bike than currently popular steel:
--Same weight or even lighter
--more...
Forum: Touring
06-12-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,337
Posted By DropBarFan

I haven't tried winter touring--main reason would...

I haven't tried winter touring--main reason would be short days, but also chance of ice/snow & the need to upgrade from 3-season tent & sleeping bag. Winter might be fun for a short local/regional...
06-09-20, 11:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By DropBarFan

For maximum versatility & durability the frame is...

For maximum versatility & durability the frame is much more important than drive-train weight/quality. Nowadays the cheaper drive-train parts are often quite good & not all that much heavier than...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By DropBarFan

Biking is a good way to discover things like...

Biking is a good way to discover things like that. I live in a dense suburban area but which is near some horse farms--on a local ride I discovered a place that has zebras & antelopes...oddly it...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By DropBarFan

Yup...I checked just now & realize that I had...

Yup...I checked just now & realize that I had posted about the Edge Explore but it was new & basically no one on the forum had tried it. Oh well.
06-06-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 865
Posted By DropBarFan

Not sure if a Ti-lug carbon frame would work...

Not sure if a Ti-lug carbon frame would work better than all-carbon. In my crashes with steel bikes it's been the fork or frame tubes that bent.
06-06-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By DropBarFan

I would think about an aluminum-frame since there...

I would think about an aluminum-frame since there are many nice alu hybrids & the light weight is a nice advantage. Anyway at €1.500 price the quality & durability will generally be very good, bike...
06-06-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 559
Posted By DropBarFan

What is the actual advantage of using the...

What is the actual advantage of using the pressure washer? Regular hose can wash off loose dirt & the greasy parts need extra care anyway. Chain cleaning is the only part where I use reg hose & jet...
06-06-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 725
Posted By DropBarFan

Just today a friend reported that a Walmart's...

Just today a friend reported that a Walmart's bike section was empty. 2 weeks ago I went to the LBS for a small part, didn't think to check on bike availability but if the racks had been empty I...
Forum: Touring
06-06-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By DropBarFan

Another great video, thanks! Japan is known for...

Another great video, thanks! Japan is known for the wide popularity of cycling for transport but I didn't know there were so many bicycle trails.
Forum: Touring
06-06-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,921
Posted By DropBarFan

The powder coat looks nice! I haven't tried dyno...

The powder coat looks nice! I haven't tried dyno hubs but reviews are so good it seems totally logical to include with a new build. For the fenders, why not try the full-coverage ones & see how it...
Forum: Touring
06-06-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,252
Posted By DropBarFan

I see many complaints about this but don't quite...

I see many complaints about this but don't quite understand the cause. There are some tariffs but also in the US. 38 million population would seem big enough that distributors could stock the...
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By DropBarFan

I used to ride 1,000's of miles on very bumpy...

I used to ride 1,000's of miles on very bumpy streets & only rarely needed to tighten cones other than when cleaning/re-lubing. IME hubs are one of the least critical components...M756 look like...
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,252
Posted By DropBarFan

Great find, I paid ~$150 some years ago for...

Great find, I paid ~$150 some years ago for XT/Rhyno-Lite wheels that have worked fine. Primo hubs cost so much more that I don't see the point unless for long tours in remote areas.
06-05-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 743
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm reading reviews of photochromic bike glasses...

I'm reading reviews of photochromic bike glasses & a bit surprised that they're quite positive. Now with frequent sun-to-shade transitions I suppose they're not perfect (though it's not as if one...
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By DropBarFan

That's good to hear. Now I kinda regret getting...

That's good to hear. Now I kinda regret getting the eTrex 30 1 or 2 years ago, apparently around the same time the Explore was introduced. I've barely used the eTrex but in most ways the Explore...
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 869
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice how the site allows a search for a range of...

Nice how the site allows a search for a range of widths, unlike Schwalbe for instance. ~6 different categories of tubeless, heh.
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,252
Posted By DropBarFan

What sort of touring wheels only cost $20? No...

What sort of touring wheels only cost $20? No need to re-tension/re-true? Of course with a pair of wheels that cost over $500 just for the parts, who is worrying about saving ~$120 for pro building...
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By DropBarFan

Perhaps turn-by-turn navigation on pre-programmed...

Perhaps turn-by-turn navigation on pre-programmed routes has been improved over previous models but I wouldn't count on it since previously Garmin had many years to work on that issue & did nothing....
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By DropBarFan

Sure, there are MTB/trekking cranksets like that...

Sure, there are MTB/trekking cranksets like that which give a pretty wide range but generally to get the nice low gear one ends up with a top gear where one will quickly spin out on big descents, esp...
06-03-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 743
Posted By DropBarFan

No perfect solution though there a lots of...

No perfect solution though there a lots of glasses (like Oakley Flight Jacket rose lense) that allow most visible light yet block UV.
06-03-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,093
Posted By DropBarFan

Well at least there will be a TdF this year but...

Well at least there will be a TdF this year but September just won't be the same...chilly rain (& more crashes) vs July sunshine, just a fraction of the spectators.
06-03-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By DropBarFan

Keirin is really interesting, I remember reading...

Keirin is really interesting, I remember reading about American Gibby Hatton doing well on the circuit. I gather that it's a big investment in time/money/adjustment to ride keirin & only a very few...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 687
Posted By DropBarFan

Have you tried turn-by-turn navigation with...

Have you tried turn-by-turn navigation with pre-programmed routes? My old Garmin e-Trex was problematic with that. I have a newer e-Trex but haven't tried pre-programmed routes.



OK, but for...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,264
Posted By DropBarFan

Tacx der wheels sound interesting; oddly their...

Tacx der wheels sound interesting; oddly their website only mentions their trainers. They make several models of der wheels & it's not quite clear which model works for which derailleur.
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,252
Posted By DropBarFan

Decades ago I splurged on a pro Park truing...

Decades ago I splurged on a pro Park truing stand, was kind of fun to build wheels & I suppose I saved a bit of money. Lately I've bought machine-built wheels with good results so I haven't built...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 06:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,543
Posted By DropBarFan

Too bad about Ohiopyle shutting down...last fall...

Too bad about Ohiopyle shutting down...last fall I was thinking about riding the GAP & staying there 'cause it had gotten a bit cold for camping. I decided to wait for this year, forgot to check the...
Forum: Touring
06-01-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 818
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice report on the Tubus Grand Expedition...I...

Nice report on the Tubus Grand Expedition...I hadn't heard of it before. So it works nicely for 52telecaster's purpose & for long-distance 4-pannier loaded touring I think the platform would be nice...
Forum: Touring
06-01-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,725
Posted By DropBarFan

I have a couple of Crane Suzu bells that work...

I have a couple of Crane Suzu bells that work nicely, I hadn't heard of Lion bells but I see they are well-regarded. Past few days I've been riding an older bike with no bell & on crowded MUPs it...
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