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Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,266
Posted By DropBarFan

In the 70's bike boom I got into racing bikes but...

In the 70's bike boom I got into racing bikes but books & magazine articles & BikeCentennial showed touring was feasible enough. Also my dad had done some bike-packing in his youth so I figured I'd...
Forum: Touring
10-18-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,106
Posted By DropBarFan

Some impressive speeds listed but OP asks about...

Some impressive speeds listed but OP asks about when "loaded down" which I would interpret as w/4 panniers or similar, not lightweight bike-packing or w/o luggage. Panniers have big aero drag & 40...
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,106
Posted By DropBarFan

With four panniers+ I think I hit about 38 mph/61...

With four panniers+ I think I hit about 38 mph/61 kph on long but not esp steep descents, with crosswinds buffeting the bike it was more comfortable to keep speed down to about 30 mph.
Forum: Touring
10-17-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,761
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice that your counter agent waived a fee but...

Nice that your counter agent waived a fee but OTOH weird that the airlines can be so inconsistent on fees & rules. The Jet Blue phone rep info that the $100 fee was only for over-sized bike boxes...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 605
Posted By DropBarFan

Weird. I'm surprised to learn Gannett owns...

Weird. I'm surprised to learn Gannett owns RAGBRAI. Long ago Gannett owner Si Newhouse got busted for illegally keeping beach-facing lights on at his Florida mansion which can disrupt the nesting...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,417
Posted By DropBarFan

The Choco bars look interesting: plenty of room...

The Choco bars look interesting: plenty of room to mount accessories near the stem for one thing. Flat bars can make maintaining cables easier. I recently had to replace a brake cable on a...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,044
Posted By DropBarFan

Pinion too, very cool. What's the finned part on...

Pinion too, very cool. What's the finned part on the "chain" stay? I think belt drive would cut bike cleaning time in half, & on long tours most folks do chain lube & wipe which I guess is OK but...
Forum: Touring
10-07-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 426
Posted By DropBarFan

Also there's the Cronometro Nob which can attach...

Also there's the Cronometro Nob which can attach to the fork blade. However, some folks claim that a fork crown mount is the best for light beam hitting the road etc properly. I'm not sure but I...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 426
Posted By DropBarFan

I have the similar issue with Ortlieb handlebar...

I have the similar issue with Ortlieb handlebar bag, apparently the Ortlieb bag is designed for fork crown-mounted lights. As Tourist in MN notes your Ortlieb bag might be mounted too low for a...
Forum: Touring
10-03-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,406
Posted By DropBarFan

In re the stem on the 58cm Trucker...have you...

In re the stem on the 58cm Trucker...have you considered a steering tube extender? I haven't tried one myself but have read some reviews & they seem to work pretty well. Even more deluxe would be a...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,778
Posted By DropBarFan

Bike clothing makers say not to use bleach but...

Bike clothing makers say not to use bleach but maybe on an UL tour it might help. Some backpackers add a few drops to drinking water, after all. Anyway, the trip sounds fun...challenging yes but...
Forum: Touring
08-30-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,082
Posted By DropBarFan

I tend to agree, couplers are fairly expensive to...

I tend to agree, couplers are fairly expensive to start with & perhaps sometimes the coupled bike might not be the best for the trip. Box makes it easier to tote accessories like fenders & aero bar....
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,778
Posted By DropBarFan

"Next services 83 miles", wow. Pretty cool to...

"Next services 83 miles", wow. Pretty cool to ride cross-USA in 5 weeks esp east to west.
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,347
Posted By DropBarFan

I guess to try a shorter tour with the two...

I guess to try a shorter tour with the two younger kids & see how it goes? They might love it, maybe not. Maybe combine RV & bike touring, go to central/South America for a while?
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,696
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, it's surprising but nowadays slim pickings...

Yes, it's surprising but nowadays slim pickings for budget front panniers. If you find a good value, I wouldn't worry much about water resistance. You have the waterproof rear Ortliebs, so for...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,167
Posted By DropBarFan

There's a series on NHK TV (I think) about a guy...

There's a series on NHK TV (I think) about a guy credit-card touring thru Japan. It's all about the sights & people & culture, bike/equipment hardly mentioned. But yeah, for general interest, folks...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,137
Posted By DropBarFan

If it was a skunk, kudos to you for staying...

If it was a skunk, kudos to you for staying calm--most folks would have flipped out I reckon. Once saw a skunk nestling in underbrush next to a suburban road, it was surprisingly big esp with the...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,417
Posted By DropBarFan

I haven't done this but to get the more upright...

I haven't done this but to get the more upright position one could use a stem extender, perhaps in combination with an adjustable stem. Also, perhaps, a drop-bar with shallower drop? Deluxe option...
08-28-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,313
Posted By DropBarFan

Electric cars are quiet but many gas-powered cars...

Electric cars are quiet but many gas-powered cars are quiet also, esp since drivers often coast as they approach cyclists. BTW I see ads for the new Harley-Davidson Livewire electric...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,263
Posted By DropBarFan

Sounds like fun, I rode around Ithaca area a bit,...

Sounds like fun, I rode around Ithaca area a bit, nice scenery & roads seemed pretty decent.
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,404
Posted By DropBarFan

Once thought about riding into the Everglades but...

Once thought about riding into the Everglades but was worried about mosquitoes & thought the terrain might be a bit boring so I rode up the A1A along the Atlantic coast instead. Good to hear I made...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,263
Posted By DropBarFan

Before setting out on a tour I usually stay awake...

Before setting out on a tour I usually stay awake too late from nervous anticipation. A couple of times I've headed out with ~3 hours sleep but it works out OK.
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By DropBarFan

I have Sidi MTB shoes....they're walkable for...

I have Sidi MTB shoes....they're walkable for shorter distances. Still, it makes sense to have separate shoes for biking & walking. Road shoes can save weight so more efficient while majority of...
08-19-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,313
Posted By DropBarFan

This varies a lot. DC allows bikes on sidewalks...

This varies a lot. DC allows bikes on sidewalks outside of Central Business District, Virginia allows except when prohibited by local ordinance; Maryland prohibits unless allowed by local ordinance....
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,447
Posted By DropBarFan

I haven't had bar-ends shift inadvertently while...

I haven't had bar-ends shift inadvertently while riding but while cornering at low speeds I do have to take care of not bumping into them. A couple days ago I reached down to where down-tube...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,404
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice journal, things look pretty decent though...

Nice journal, things look pretty decent though the Springlands Immigration building could use a coat of paint. Austin TX has 99 F this week, DC was 98 today, matching the record. Kinda weird but...
08-19-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,944
Posted By DropBarFan

From physics class I had thought gyroscopic...

From physics class I had thought gyroscopic effect of spinning bike wheels helped a lot with bike balance but apparently it's minor, the steering geometry is more important.
...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By DropBarFan

I've toured in Tevas, don't recall the model,...

I've toured in Tevas, don't recall the model, worked OK, maybe the shape of the Hurricane's sole doesn't agree with some folks.
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,447
Posted By DropBarFan

Makes one wonder why more pros didn't use bar-end...

Makes one wonder why more pros didn't use bar-end shifters back then. I guess the racers & mechanics didn't want to bother with installing/maintaining a part that didn't come with the stock groupset.
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,744
Posted By DropBarFan

I doubted that but did a quick search & indeed,...

I doubted that but did a quick search & indeed, the consensus seems to be that organic pads give less rotor wear. While some folks have horror stories about organic pads wearing out very quickly, my...
Forum: Touring
08-13-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,487
Posted By DropBarFan

That's interesting, I guess I haven't kept up...

That's interesting, I guess I haven't kept up with the laptop scene enough...turns out there are some fairly light ones at a good price. Laptops are easier to use, so if weight/battery etc is not a...
08-13-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,313
Posted By DropBarFan

That's a bit surprising. Sometimes roads are...

That's a bit surprising. Sometimes roads are dangerous & sidewalks are the better option as long as the cyclist is polite & uses reasonable caution.
08-13-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,313
Posted By DropBarFan

I don't really mind the voice-announcers when...

I don't really mind the voice-announcers when they do so with a nice tone & not at the last second. & some of the voice-announcers are very polite, saying thank you after the pass. IME commuters,...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 870
Posted By DropBarFan

Painting & cycling just naturally go together ;) ...

Painting & cycling just naturally go together ;)


(start at 12:24)
Monty Python Picasso Cycling Race
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,744
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting, I hadn't read about sanding rotors. ...

Interesting, I hadn't read about sanding rotors. My BB7's with stock pads always squealed in the rain; SwissStop organic pads were quiet but wore out relatively soon. Recently bought Jagwire...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 958
Posted By DropBarFan

Looks pretty nice, I've always remembered...

Looks pretty nice, I've always remembered Independent Fabrication since the first touring bike w/disc brakes I saw was a titanium IF. There's lots of folder fans but I'd think one gives up some...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,819
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, how much does the web server cost anyway? ...

Yes, how much does the web server cost anyway? Isn't he at least doing better than breaking even? Not to criticize though. I like the old-school layout & the large # of posts. Not sure if I would...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 12:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 870
Posted By DropBarFan

Cool to see a fat bike with panniers, also the...

Cool to see a fat bike with panniers, also the number of bikes on the ferry. A bit mystifying why biking, esp touring, is so much more popular in the west than the east coast.
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 12:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,206
Posted By DropBarFan

That Cannondale looks pretty nice; alu frame...

That Cannondale looks pretty nice; alu frame saves a good deal of weight...tire width probably somewhat limited but many folks don't tour with wider tires anyway. That front rack is heavy but the...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 12:02 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,487
Posted By DropBarFan

I would think about keeping the Iphone (for basic...

I would think about keeping the Iphone (for basic calls/texts etc) & getting a fairly nice 10" tablet for other uses. I'm not an expert, but don't the better tablets often have an advantage of...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,979
Posted By DropBarFan

Vancouver to San Francisco is pretty epic for a...

Vancouver to San Francisco is pretty epic for a first tour! Bike touring is rather addicting (in a good way)...maybe it's those exercise endorphins. I don't have special advice for post-tour, for...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 10:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,885
Posted By DropBarFan

Not many spots in USA that don't get cold...

Not many spots in USA that don't get cold sometimes. I've been in central/coastal Florida when it was 38 F & raining. I think the main thing is to avoid snow. In dry weather, 40's can be quite...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,404
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting report. I guess the high humidity,...

Interesting report. I guess the high humidity, while not super-comfy, is not a huge drawback. Like, in eastern US summer, there's enough humidity so that one gets pretty sweaty anyway. Personally,...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 676
Posted By DropBarFan

LizardSkin 3.2 slipped out of place a bit leaving...

LizardSkin 3.2 slipped out of place a bit leaving a gap. But the instructions say not to stretch it while wrapping so hard to tell how tight to go. Also the white color got dirty quickly. I got...
07-13-19, 11:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By DropBarFan

Stingrays were built for wheelies, now if ya'...

Stingrays were built for wheelies, now if ya' wanna be cool, do a wheelie on a road bike!

Peter Sagan Wheelie Lesson
07-13-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,843
Posted By DropBarFan

I've thought about RAGBRAI: classic event aimed...

I've thought about RAGBRAI: classic event aimed at bike-camping, cost is pretty low, challenging course etc. But one has to register months ahead & hope to win a lottery? My favorite mass ride was...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,448
Posted By DropBarFan

Unfortunately Ergon looks to have discontinued...

Unfortunately Ergon looks to have discontinued pedals.
07-13-19, 10:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 958
Posted By DropBarFan

"Clincher" rims/tires (whether tubeless or not)...

"Clincher" rims/tires (whether tubeless or not) means for standard tires ie with a bead as opposed to "tubular" tires/rims which are mainly used for elite road & cyclo-cross racing.

I'd think...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,082
Posted By DropBarFan

Heh, a lot of logistics there! Toting an...

Heh, a lot of logistics there! Toting an assembled bike (esp in box) could be difficult on vans/buses & I suppose some wouldn't accept it. Sometimes S&S means avoiding taxi fees which AFAIK can be...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,698
Posted By DropBarFan

I'm looking at the DT Swiss bearing replacement...

I'm looking at the DT Swiss bearing replacement video: it doesn't look much easier than the more common cartridge-bearing hubs. Video uses a vice, nylon mallet, lockring tool & punch tools. Not...
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