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10-18-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 384
Posted By veloz

Re: REI Half Dome Plus, I've spent a lot of...

Re: REI Half Dome Plus, I've spent a lot of nights with my gal pal in this. Nights with guy buddies too. It's fine for 2 people and the vestibules are great - you each have your own door and...
10-15-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 384
Posted By veloz

REI half dome plus. The vestibules are ideal for...

REI half dome plus. The vestibules are ideal for shoes & panniers. Weíve toured with one for 2+ seasons and itís been great. Backpacked 80 miles on the AT with it too. A pinch heavy at ~5lbs w/ground...
09-30-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By veloz

I often commute in the dark. We have several...

I often commute in the dark. We have several Niterider Lumina Micros and I run one on the bars and one on my helmet. They’ll get me through nearly a week on low/medium and are all same mount...
09-25-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,397
Posted By veloz

Saw what looked like a smartphone on the pavement...

Saw what looked like a smartphone on the pavement at a roundabout. I rode around the circle again and as I neared it, a large trucks wheels ran directly over it. I picked it up and it was a new, plus...
Forum: Touring
09-07-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,006
Posted By veloz

Trash compactor bags are great to keep things...

Trash compactor bags are great to keep things dry. They’re several times thicker than kitchen trash bags and maybe 2’x3’ when flat just out of the package. We use them for backpacking but they work...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,343
Posted By veloz

I’ve got moustache bars on my single speed. While...

I’ve got moustache bars on my single speed. While I love the classic look, they don’t let me ride in many varying positions. I have trekker butterfly bars too - they give more positions but mine...
Forum: Touring
08-27-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,690
Posted By veloz

Ortlieb Sport Rollers (25L/pair) are smaller than...

Ortlieb Sport Rollers (25L/pair) are smaller than Back Rollers (40L/pair). Cheaper too - under $120. The “City” connotation only refers to the closure system (no shoulder strap) and the mount system...
08-13-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 603
Posted By veloz

During the spring of 1975 I saved enough money to...

During the spring of 1975 I saved enough money to buy a Motobecane Grand Touring. It was the most beautiful deep candy red I’d ever seen. I was friends with the shop owner who gave me parts to remove...
08-13-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,001
Posted By veloz

Takes < 20 minutes to change tires. The only...

Takes < 20 minutes to change tires. The only reason I’d change wheels is road salt. If you ride in it regularly, you’ll want brass nipples. Alloy nips are terrible with salt corrosion. You'll...
Forum: Touring
08-12-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,446
Posted By veloz

I’ve always wondered about their history. The...

I’ve always wondered about their history. The Suntours were popular enough by the mid 1970’s that I bought a pair. Installed them on my Motobecane Grand Touring around 1976. I surely learned about...
Forum: Touring
08-11-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 762
Posted By veloz

Katy Trail Conditions?

Iíve looked at the official website(s) but the comments vary from ďrode 150 miles, good conditions" to impassable. Probably due to the dates on the reviews and particular sections. Thought Iíd ask...
08-11-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,083
Posted By veloz

I know the OP solved the problem but I’ve used...

I know the OP solved the problem but I’ve used vinyl/leather repair kits on classic cars with good results. They come with an assortment of colors, some textured papers and a small heating element....
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,763
Posted By veloz

Amtrak ride isn't bad but we arrived in...

Amtrak ride isn't bad but we arrived in Pittsburgh near midnight. Our solution: Reservations at the Drury Hotel 2 blocks from the station. I think we paid less than $100 and it included an incredible...
08-07-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,077
Posted By veloz

Bend the cage to fit tighter. Polar bottles have...

Bend the cage to fit tighter. Polar bottles have offset shoulders - rotate so they fit under the cage bail. Blackburns hold my bottles secure on downhill washboard gravel. Tight fit on the bottle...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,216
Posted By veloz

I’ve tried both setups. The entire bikepacking...

I’ve tried both setups. The entire bikepacking rig held maybe (maybe...) just what my rear Ortliebs hold. No matter what I did, I felt the seat pack sway - even with a light load. Full frame bag...
Forum: Touring
08-04-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Posted By veloz

Looking at doing this in early September. Did you...

Looking at doing this in early September. Did you use gravel or mtn bike? We can run our racks & panniers on either but wondering what bike - tire width is best?
07-29-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By veloz

We’ve toured with 5-6 different racks. Axiom...

We’ve toured with 5-6 different racks. Axiom Streamliner DLX would be my choice. Used them on our gravel bikes and 29ers. Swept back mounts give extra clearance for big feet. We use Ortlieb bags and...
07-22-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 844
Posted By veloz

If covering a frame in plasti-dip, you don’t need...

If covering a frame in plasti-dip, you don’t need to sand. A good cleaning using a degreaser is fine. We’ve coated several frames in plastic-dip with good results. It can be peeled off but takes...
07-19-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,713
Posted By veloz

Integrated unless it's an all nighter. We’ve got...

Integrated unless it's an all nighter. We’ve got a bunch of Niterider Luminas and Micros. The Luminas are a little heavy and the mounts sometimes rotate on gravel. The Micros are great lights, last...
06-14-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By veloz

I use the SKS Problade XL's and love them. The...

I use the SKS Problade XL's and love them. The first fitting takes some time but after that it takes literally one minute to install them. They're extremely adjustable and should fit any 700x bike....
06-03-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,226
Posted By veloz

I have Zefal & Blackburn frame pumps on a couple...

I have Zefal & Blackburn frame pumps on a couple vintage bikes and love them. Great pumps if you donít mind the size and they look great on classic vintage frames. I keep them on those bikes. Easy to...
04-26-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,173
Posted By veloz

A single edge razor blade with a hook burnished...

A single edge razor blade with a hook burnished edge works good to remove flashing. How to make one: Rasor Blade Scraping...
04-26-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,176
Posted By veloz

Had the same problem on my XTC. After years of...

Had the same problem on my XTC. After years of brake issues I switched to Shimano hydros. No more problems. You might also check wheel bearings for play.
01-09-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,242
Posted By veloz

I've ridden a set of Mount & Grounds for at least...

I've ridden a set of Mount & Grounds for at least 8 winters and they show minimal wear on the studs. Nothing I'd be concerned about.
12-28-18, 08:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,840
Posted By veloz

If it’s the same result, same side regardless of...

If it’s the same result, same side regardless of wheel orientation, the fork is bent. If it’s a steel fork, search Dave Moulton’s blogs for how to straighten and true fork blades. Don’t bend it if...
12-11-18, 07:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By veloz

You should see a slight bulge where the tire...

You should see a slight bulge where the tire meets the road and notice it expand as you shift weight on it. You never want to go so low that the rim strikes on potholes, bumps, etc.. A great starting...
11-30-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By veloz

Go with the more aggressive tire up front for...

Go with the more aggressive tire up front for braking & steering. I like an MXP rear & PDX front as conditions approach mud.
11-29-18, 07:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,161
Posted By veloz

Iíve owned Suomi Mount & Grounds, Schwalbe MWís...

Iíve owned Suomi Mount & Grounds, Schwalbe MWís and Suomi W240ís. Bought the SMW's for my 29er but the tread blocks seemed a bit more shallow and never felt as secure on snow as the M&Gís. I replaced...
11-26-18, 08:47 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,161
Posted By veloz

I have 2 winter bikes, ready to go with and w/o...

I have 2 winter bikes, ready to go with and w/o studs. Old mountain bikes are cheap and make great winter beaters. FWIW: I’ve ridden a set of Suomi Mount & Grounds for at least 8 years and they show...
11-24-18, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,242
Posted By veloz

I've used 8896 which is the blue version and...

I've used 8896 which is the blue version and comes in skinnier widths. 2 wraps for road wheels, only one needed for low psi mtb tires. Stretch it as hard as you can when applying, make sure there are...
11-23-18, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 687
Posted By veloz

Clement/Donnelly MXP’s are great for most...

Clement/Donnelly MXP’s are great for most situations. For sticky deep mud it’s nice to have a set of their PDX’s. I sometimes run just one on the front which makes a great combo with an MXP rear. I...
11-22-18, 06:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,944
Posted By veloz

I've had REI Novara wind pants for 8+ years -...

I've had REI Novara wind pants for 8+ years - they're great but nearly worn mine out. Have two pair of Craft XC ski pants that are similar with wind resistant front and they're great too.
10-28-18, 05:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By veloz

Schwalbe CX Pro 30mm is about as skinny as they...

Schwalbe CX Pro 30mm is about as skinny as they go. Too skinny for CX but once saw a set on an older Giant Defy.
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 07:44 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,040
Posted By veloz

REI makes some outstanding tents for the money....

REI makes some outstanding tents for the money. We use a half dome plus 2 and like it because it has vestibules for our panniers. They make a solo version as well. REI has a solid reputation for...
Forum: Touring
10-20-18, 05:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,197
Posted By veloz

Ortlieb City Back Rollers. Same bag/materials as...

Ortlieb City Back Rollers. Same bag/materials as Classic Back Roller, same lift-off removal system. Different strap closure and hanger position requires an allen wrench for initial adjustment. Just...
10-12-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,689
Posted By veloz

Meiser makes great dial gauges, guaranteed to be...

Meiser makes great dial gauges, guaranteed to be +/- 2%. Inexpensive, no batteries and a bleeder valve. Just a couple psi makes a difference in CX and I’ve used their 60# model for years. For road or...
09-28-18, 06:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,973
Posted By veloz

Wellgo makes a big downhill platform pedal with...

Wellgo makes a big downhill platform pedal with pins on one side and SPD on the other, WAM D-10. Inexpensive, lightweight and near bulletproof.
Forum: Touring
09-27-18, 06:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 651
Posted By veloz

28’s will be fine, better yet if you run them low...

28’s will be fine, better yet if you run them low pressure. Even in the rain, most of the trail is hard packed and drains well. Like others mentioned, the section between Frostburg & Cumberland is a...
09-24-18, 12:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,292
Posted By veloz

Scars are like tattoos but with better stories....

Scars are like tattoos but with better stories. Respect. Tegaderm helps if you don't like that particular story.
Forum: Touring
09-17-18, 06:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By veloz

Axiom makes an optional bracket to fit standard...

Axiom makes an optional bracket to fit standard nutted axles. All their brackets allow an extreme rearward mount if needed. Re: Bike packing seat bags, I've tried a couple. You feel the sway with any...
Forum: Touring
09-14-18, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By veloz

Axiom streamliner series. Holds up to gravel...

Axiom streamliner series. Holds up to gravel touring - we have 2 of them. Goes on and off the bike quickly once set up too.
Forum: Touring
09-07-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,623
Posted By veloz

Panaracer Pasela PT’s. I’ve run several sets in...

Panaracer Pasela PT’s. I’ve run several sets in 28, 32 & 35 widths. Raced them on gravel, done extended tours and ridden them on rock (not gravel) roads with 25lbs of touring gear. They're lighter...
Forum: Touring
09-03-18, 09:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,192
Posted By veloz

Amtrack arrives around midnight. The Drury hotel...

Amtrack arrives around midnight. The Drury hotel is 2 blocks east and caters to cyclists - stay there. When you leave the Drury, just north is 10th Street (at Liberty). Follow 10th 2 blocks north and...
08-29-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By veloz

In addition to the above, double check for play...

In addition to the above, double check for play in the front wheel bearings. Also check the wheel for flat spots and make sure it's true in the round.
08-23-18, 08:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,777
Posted By veloz

Salt residue builds up in your helmet pads if you...

Salt residue builds up in your helmet pads if you don't wash them enough. Rain rinses it out and that's probably what irritated your eyes. Anytime it rains I wear a classic cycling cap under my...
Forum: Touring
08-21-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,082
Posted By veloz

REI Half Dome plus 2 tent. 30d down bags....

REI Half Dome plus 2 tent. 30d down bags. Thermarest pads. Wife and I use our stuff sacks filled with clothes for pillows each night. Tent, fly, stove, fuel, french press, food, mugs go into 2...
08-21-18, 07:23 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,395
Posted By veloz

I tried the Graveling 32 SK's (Small Knobs). True...

I tried the Graveling 32 SK's (Small Knobs). True to size, they were stone slingers and sometimes collected sticky mud. I liked them but wanted something fatter. The 35's run too wide (~38) for my...
Forum: Touring
08-15-18, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By veloz

Panaracerís Gravelking 38mm slick is tubeless...

Panaracerís Gravelking 38mm slick is tubeless friendly. If I could fit them, Iíd run them. Iíve also seen Pasela 37ís run tubeless on a local bike. Tempted to try that with my 35ís.
Forum: Touring
08-13-18, 09:23 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,875
Posted By veloz

Ortlieb City rollers instead of classics. Axiom...

Ortlieb City rollers instead of classics. Axiom makes nice affordable racks. REI branded backpack tents are outstanding values. I’ve gone with a fleece blanket but it takes nearly the space of my...
Forum: Touring
07-31-18, 06:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 652
Posted By veloz

Take the GAP, then the C&O to DC. Spend a couple...

Take the GAP, then the C&O to DC. Spend a couple days at museums or take your time getting there. Take the train back to Pittsburgh on the Capitol Limited using their roll on service for bikes.
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