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Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 256
Posted By seeker333

The utility of S/R is it tells you how close a...

The utility of S/R is it tells you how close a given bike/frame size is to a known preferred geometry. I know a 2012 vintage Surly Disc Trucker in 56cm is close to fitting me well, so if I see a bike...
Forum: Touring
06-28-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,653
Posted By seeker333

Thank you, I failed to notice this. It seems...

Thank you, I failed to notice this. It seems appropriate for 2020 DT as hardly anyone uses a frame pump nowadays, since there are easier, ground-anchored alternatives that will fit inside a bag...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,653
Posted By seeker333

The Surly quote is not quite accurate. An odd...

The Surly quote is not quite accurate. An odd third boss was cast in the NDS dropout in-line with the vertical axle slot, so that if you screwed a M6 bolt in from the inboard side, the head of the...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,653
Posted By seeker333

Thanks (noticed it but failed to include in...

Thanks (noticed it but failed to include in earlier comments). What I didn't notice is that the new dropouts extend well into the seatstays now, especially on the NDS for brake torque stiffening. I...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,653
Posted By seeker333

38% price increase on frameset, $525 increase to...

38% price increase on frameset, $525 increase to 725. Pretty expensive for a Surly frameset.

Now you can put that Shimano 1x12 MTB drivetrain on with thru axle capability.

Increased stack...
Forum: Touring
06-23-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By seeker333

Ask Salsa:...

Ask Salsa: https://salsacycles.com/support/contact

I suspect you will need tubeless tape along with other material and equipment to go tubeless. Tubeless has never really caught on in loaded...
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 705
Posted By seeker333

Scotchguard would not provide adequate protection...

Scotchguard would not provide adequate protection from rain. Likely a waste of money.

Low budget solution: Like indyfabz wrote above in #3...
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 705
Posted By seeker333

Rain covers are not needed if you use high...

Rain covers are not needed if you use high quality waterproof panniers, like Ortlieb for example.
Forum: Touring
06-15-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By seeker333

The Tubus parts linked in #2...

The Tubus parts linked in #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) are likely your best bet for jury rigging a rear rack to a road bike. The clamp set in particular is...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,273
Posted By seeker333

You can build and true wheels on your bike using...

You can build and true wheels on your bike using the seatstays / fork legs as a guide. You don't need a dish tool, simply reverse mount the wheel in your frame/fork/truing stand and observe/adjust...
Forum: Touring
06-11-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,245
Posted By seeker333

I do the same thing with string/paracord/bungee -...

I do the same thing with string/paracord/bungee - even when working on bike on workstand. It's a simple way to park a leaning, loaded bike to help prevent falling over. Even simpler, lay bike on...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By seeker333

The larger diameter Al axle change was intended...

The larger diameter Al axle change was intended to reduce the likelihood of bent axles on older frames which could not accommodate newer thru-axle hubs. This happened around the same time MTBs...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,272
Posted By seeker333

This brand is popular and may be found at the LHS...

This brand is popular and may be found at the LHS (local hardware store) on the paint aisle, pretty reasonable price at $8/qt, and can doesn't leak. I've used it and it is mostly ethanol, burns...
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By seeker333

XT level 756 or 756a hubs are an excellent value...

XT level 756 or 756a hubs are an excellent value choice for disc-braked touring bike wheel builds. I have use them in 3 bike builds with no problems whatsoever. There is also a Deore level 525 hub...
Forum: Touring
06-07-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,272
Posted By seeker333

There have been thousands of posts in hundreds of...

There have been thousands of posts in hundreds of threads regarding "stoves for touring" here over the years. You can read most of them by googling this site specific search: "stove...
Forum: Touring
06-01-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,740
Posted By seeker333

True. Here in the SE USA, bicycling on a MUP...

True. Here in the SE USA, bicycling on a MUP shared with walkers and dogs will generally prove to you that bike bells are highly ineffective in their intended purpose. A shouted warning works...
Forum: Touring
05-17-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By seeker333

Try the Tubus Cargo Classic (the original, not...

Try the Tubus Cargo Classic (the original, not the EVO model). Included Tubus stays are pretty long (190mm), should fit - if not longer are available, up to 350mm.

I had a 26" model Cargo Classic...
Forum: Touring
05-14-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 770
Posted By seeker333

Am I missing something here, or has this...

Am I missing something here, or has this discussion ignored the fact that the Shimano 1x12 MTB drivetrain is intended for use with "boost" thru-hubs only, which are incompatible with most dedicated...
Forum: Touring
05-01-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,297
Posted By seeker333

I'm sure I know the answer if you ask a person...

I'm sure I know the answer if you ask a person whose primary job is sales "Should I replace this part/component/widget/etc?"

You can buy a decent digital caliper for 10 bucks in the USA (a bit...
Forum: Touring
04-26-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,557
Posted By seeker333

These are the cheaper, lighter weight version of...

These are the cheaper, lighter weight version of Ortlieb front rollers:

https://www.ortlieb.com/sport-roller-city+F6002
Forum: Touring
04-24-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 798
Posted By seeker333

Sitting bolt upright when you don't have to means...

Sitting bolt upright when you don't have to means more frontal area, more aerodynamic drag, more pedaling effort required for longer periods for a given distance. Most healthy touring bicyclists can...
Forum: Touring
04-24-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,211
Posted By seeker333

Asymmetrically drilled rims with 135mm OLD (and...

Asymmetrically drilled rims with 135mm OLD (and preferably 559 BSD) are your best bet for wheel longevity. Butted spokes (Wheelsmith) help with fatigue failure and rotating weight. Building around an...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 798
Posted By seeker333

Changing from drop bar to another type can be a...

Changing from drop bar to another type can be a fairly expensive proposition: short vs long cable pull requirements and the associated levers and adapters, plus gear shifters may have to be changed...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,447
Posted By seeker333

Nine (9) year old thread warning !

Nine (9) year old thread warning !
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,447
Posted By seeker333

I have built a LHT and a Disc Trucker from...

I have built a LHT and a Disc Trucker from frameset. I was able to do this for significantly less than the price of the Complete (bicycle) version. For this to work, you need to have a pretty good...
Forum: Touring
04-20-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,811
Posted By seeker333

I can attest that it did (see join date).

I can attest that it did (see join date).
Forum: Touring
04-17-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,602
Posted By seeker333

Looks like SA's leather supplier really lacked...

Looks like SA's leather supplier really lacked the expertise to tan those hides for intended application. SA ought to replace those saddles free under warranty.
Forum: Touring
04-06-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By seeker333

That rack has 12mm diameter rails, so bags must...

That rack has 12mm diameter rails, so bags must fit them - small (front) Ortlieb bags will fit 8-16mm rails with included rail clamp inserts. Other brands have similar feature, so check...
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 336
Posted By seeker333

As no one has chimed in, I happen to have...

As no one has chimed in, I happen to have actually weighed a Surly LHT and Disc Trucker (DT) frames and forks, so I'll share this info as an estimation for a Trek 520. My 2012 56cm DT frame weighed...
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,915
Posted By seeker333

Brooks saddles obviously are heavy, large,...

Brooks saddles obviously are heavy, large, relatively expensive, and boldly feature 19th century technology. To the average shopper, the only logical explanation for their popularity is "they must...
03-31-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

From 3.10.20, post 29: Update: Presently...

From 3.10.20, post 29:


Update: Presently there are 181,009 cases of COVID19 in USA, and 1,975 cases in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam combined, according to JHU site....
Forum: Touring
03-31-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,915
Posted By seeker333

+1 I had a B17. It was slick, hard and...

+1

I had a B17. It was slick, hard and offered no comfort advantage when new. With use it began to sag in the center, like all tensioned leather saddles do, and then became less comfortable than...
Forum: Touring
03-27-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,830
Posted By seeker333

Plenty of 26" wheeled Surly LHTs have been built...

Plenty of 26" wheeled Surly LHTs have been built with MTB components and "straight" bars. They are sold as framesets for $515 MSRP (https://surlybikes.com/bikes/long_haul_trucker) - order from your...
Forum: Touring
03-25-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 400
Posted By seeker333

Lynskey Backroad sale

These pop up every 6-12 months, Lynskey discounting old stock via eBay sale. Backroad is Lynskey's loaded touring frame. Be sure to check on availability of the Fyxation fork in link below (tapered...
Forum: Touring
03-15-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,540
Posted By seeker333

+1

+1
03-15-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

It's because of people like this that you can't...

It's because of people like this that you can't find things you need to purchase in a responsible manner:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/technology/coronavirus-purell-wipes-amazon-sellers.html...
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By seeker333

DT -> KS = step down. Only reason to get the KS...

DT -> KS = step down. Only reason to get the KS is if the sloping top tube and slightly lower standover height is beneficial for your particular bike fit needs.

If I were looking for a second bike...
03-12-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

Thanks for the more detailed JHU COVID tracking...

Thanks for the more detailed JHU COVID tracking site. It did not appear when I googled days ago.

I believe you on Thai traffic deaths - according to WHO...
03-11-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

Thought so, TY. Checking links in my earlier...

Thought so, TY.

Checking links in my earlier post, I see there now appear to be >1200 cases in US and 97 in Thai-Cam-Vietnam.

BTW, the trick to viewing NYT content for free is to a. have a slow...
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 685
Posted By seeker333

Although I did this kludge a few years back, I...

Although I did this kludge a few years back, I suspect I used the exact Lowes part previously linked for the ~2" drop fender mount pictured below. Apologies for the huge images. That is 3M Scotchlite...
03-11-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

This FB group? I just joined it, my first FB...

This FB group? I just joined it, my first FB group. I don't really use FB other than to keep abreast of friend and family postings.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BicycleTouringBikepacking/
03-10-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

There are presently >800 COVID19 infected in USA,...

There are presently >800 COVID19 infected in USA, and 87 infected in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam combined, according to NYT and WHO:
...
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 685
Posted By seeker333

Go to Lowes/LHS and get a steel pipe hanger for...

Go to Lowes/LHS and get a steel pipe hanger for $1. Cut/bend/drill/file/paint to fabricate L bracket of suitable dimensions to achieve desired fender fit. Install and ride.
...
03-09-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 10,872
Posted By seeker333

That is good news. Things are looking up in China...

That is good news. Things are looking up in China just in time for me to flee the USA, where some of our leadership is pretending things are just hunky-dory (good album btw). I'm thinking Thailand...
Forum: Touring
03-02-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By seeker333

^ They're steel, so you ought to be able to...

^ They're steel, so you ought to be able to safely bend them back to a centered position.
Forum: Touring
02-29-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By seeker333

I believe it is standard practice to use rivnuts...

I believe it is standard practice to use rivnuts for bottle bosses for Al and Ti frames. My 1994 Cannondale, 2001 Litespeed and 2008 TST (also Ti) all had them. I had one of the four bottle boss...
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By seeker333

PS I just noticed Surly is now apparently ED...

PS I just noticed Surly is now apparently ED coating even the steerer tubes of their forks. The guys at Maxway have clearly run out of things to tweak on the 16-year-old Trucker products.
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,006
Posted By seeker333

I have a MSR Whisperlite Internationale...

I have a MSR Whisperlite Internationale (https://www.msrgear.com/stoves/liquid-fuel-stoves/whisperlite-international/06633.html) purchased ~1990. I used it with kerosene, white gas/Coleman fuel and...
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,202
Posted By seeker333

Gas stoves are the best in most situations. The...

Gas stoves are the best in most situations. The MSR Whisperlite Internationale (https://www.msrgear.com/stoves/liquid-fuel-stoves/whisperlite-international/06633.html) is still around if you need...
Forum: Touring
02-27-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 819
Posted By seeker333

It sounds like you bought a good bag and done...

It sounds like you bought a good bag and done what you could with it (liner/clothing). If you can afford it, try a heavier WM or Feathered Friends bag. Perhaps WM will let you trade your bag in for...
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