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01-10-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 692
Views: 143,944
Posted By DanBell

Shenanigans?

Shenanigans?
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,022
Posted By DanBell

Cheap aluminum can get heavy. Heavy and stiff,...

Cheap aluminum can get heavy. Heavy and stiff, the worst of both worlds.
Forum: Touring
01-10-20, 06:19 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,774
Posted By DanBell

Like others I have one of these in my...

Like others I have one of these in my far-from-civilization touring tool kit. I haven't had to use it, but it's a cool little failsafe.

I always thought this thread was a bit suspect. Not one, not...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 01:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 978
Posted By DanBell

I have Lambdas on my touring bike now and while I...

I have Lambdas on my touring bike now and while I have done a large number of kilometers on them I can't say I would recommend them. The large platform is nice for sure but they are very slippery...
Forum: Touring
12-29-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 949
Posted By DanBell

PlanetBike makes monster fenders for this size....

PlanetBike makes monster fenders for this size. The Cascadia line (https://www.planetbike.com/store/cascadia-bike-fenders-29.html) comes in aluminum or plastic. I have the plastic ones and they're...
Forum: Touring
12-29-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,777
Posted By DanBell

There is also a really wide range from...

There is also a really wide range from heavy/never get a flat/boat anchors to fast and supple just within the Marathon lineup.
Forum: Touring
12-29-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,777
Posted By DanBell

Vittoria Evolutions came stock on my touring bike...

Vittoria Evolutions came stock on my touring bike and I loved them. I got a lot of miles out of them. I can't say they are the most puncture resistant, but they are smooth rolling and durable. I have...
Forum: Touring
12-23-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,264
Posted By DanBell

Oh yeah, forgot about those. Those are well...

Oh yeah, forgot about those. Those are well specced and good value.
Forum: Touring
12-23-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,264
Posted By DanBell

Fuji Touring...

Fuji Touring (http://www.fujibikes.com/usa/bikes/road/adventure-and-touring/touring/touring) (nicely within your budget) and the Kona Sutra (https://konaworld.com/sutra.cfm) (at the top end of your...
Forum: Touring
12-14-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,480
Posted By DanBell

I did a bit of riding in Yosemite a couple of...

I did a bit of riding in Yosemite a couple of years ago. There is definitely a lot of traffic but to be honest I didn't find it that bad. I found most drivers to be patient and respectful, even...
12-07-19, 03:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 965
Posted By DanBell

Agree with everything that has been said by the...

Agree with everything that has been said by the other Japan residents already. Especially at your budget. Does that $300-600 include shipping as well? Because a full bike is expensive to ship.
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12-06-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,509
Posted By DanBell

This is really the ultimate answer when it comes...

This is really the ultimate answer when it comes to seats. In the end, discussing it online is only good for giving you some ideas about other saddles to try; the key part of the process is still you...
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By DanBell

Pretty interesting stuff. Thanks for the links to...

Pretty interesting stuff. Thanks for the links to the videos explaining. I did not know this kind of system existed, but it makes sense to me. I think this kind of setup would only be useful to me if...
Forum: Touring
11-08-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,109
Posted By DanBell

Are you getting some kind of deal on this one?...

Are you getting some kind of deal on this one? Because the Ridley website (https://www.ridley-bikes.com/product/kanzo-alloy/#/customise/71489922?basketIndex=2) lists the Kanzo A with 105 as starting...
11-04-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,008
Posted By DanBell

Page 75 in here....

Page 75 in here. (https://fairlightcycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fairlight-Secan-Lookbook-Mobile.pdf?v=7516fd43adaa) A friend of mine has the Strael, their more road-oriented offering. It's a...
11-04-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,008
Posted By DanBell

Oh yeah, you're right. I missed that bit.

Oh yeah, you're right. I missed that bit.
Forum: Touring
11-04-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,273
Posted By DanBell

It's a neat bit of engineering, but I wouldn't...

It's a neat bit of engineering, but I wouldn't want to tour on it. Too heavy, and the battery requirements are too onerous for the way I want to tour.
11-04-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,008
Posted By DanBell

Don't sleep on the Ribble CGR series...

Don't sleep on the Ribble CGR series (https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-cgr/). There's a steel version (https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-cgr-725/) that gets good reviews...
Forum: Touring
10-30-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,740
Posted By DanBell

I don't think any regular poster on here has....

I don't think any regular poster on here has. There is a famous journal on CGOAB of a guy who was touring on one in Mexico. He got robbed in the middle of nowhere and thought he was going to get...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,440
Posted By DanBell

Totally agree with this. I have assembled several...

Totally agree with this. I have assembled several bikes on my own and it's always a good feeling knowing that I selected all the parts and got the thing up and running with my own hands. Building a...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,320
Posted By DanBell

I didn't see this much in other countries, but in...

I didn't see this much in other countries, but in most places in Mexico you can find a place selling clean water in large quantities called a purificadora. They will fill up whatever bottles you have...
Forum: Touring
10-29-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,087
Posted By DanBell

As someone who uses a super bright rear light, I...

As someone who uses a super bright rear light, I agree with all of this. You definitely need to use the different settings on the lights you have for different conditions you find yourself in. The...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,087
Posted By DanBell

Hi viz stuff definitely makes a difference. I...

Hi viz stuff definitely makes a difference. I cycled with a friend who had an obnoxiously bright orange helmet and even when he was far behind me on rainy days I could still pick out his helmet in my...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,320
Posted By DanBell

I have a platypus filter and it also cautions...

I have a platypus filter and it also cautions against freezing. I wonder though if the concern is the filter freezing with some small amount of water still in it, given that the water would expand...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By DanBell

You got this right. I was pleasantly surprised...

You got this right. I was pleasantly surprised with the drivers in Mexico with a couple of exceptions. They do love to cross over the center line on curves on winding roads though. Baja is mostly...
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By DanBell

As I recall the west coast heading north from...

As I recall the west coast heading north from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos is your best bet. The road from San Jose del Cabo up to Los Barriles is not great for riding. I was there a few years ago...
10-21-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 700
Posted By DanBell

I agree with Metieval above. In addition, there...

I agree with Metieval above. In addition, there are options for adding fork storage in the future if you want. There are aftermarket forks...
Forum: Touring
10-15-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,742
Posted By DanBell

Carradice also sells a bag support for these big...

Carradice also sells a bag support for these big saddle bags. You can see some of the offerings on the Carradice site here (https://www.carradice.co.uk/products/saddle-fixing-systems).
Forum: Touring
10-14-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,742
Posted By DanBell

There are worse things to blindly spend money on...

There are worse things to blindly spend money on than Ortliebs, especially if you already have experience with a cheaper knockoff. Even if you never do much touring with them, they are useful for...
10-13-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,349
Posted By DanBell

I have no input about the rims (wheels are the...

I have no input about the rims (wheels are the final frontier of bike maintenance for me) but just wanted to say that that really sucks. Glad you didn't get hurt and were able to limp home on it....
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 02:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,574
Posted By DanBell

CS is also a for profit enterprise. As such the...

CS is also a for profit enterprise. As such the last I saw of them they were pushing some 'premium' account nonsense saying that premium account holders had an easier time finding places to stay or...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,476
Posted By DanBell

I had gradually worked my way up to cycle...

I had gradually worked my way up to cycle commuting after not really cycling much from my teenage years into my late twenties. A guy at work knew that I was biking a bit and asked me if I wanted to...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 789
Posted By DanBell

This kind of thing is tough to coordinate unless...

This kind of thing is tough to coordinate unless you have a partner you match up perfectly with in terms of your traveling styles, or you have some incentive to stay together like they are your wife...
Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,574
Posted By DanBell

I was cycling with a couple of girls in South...

I was cycling with a couple of girls in South America and as we were separating they were looking for hosts in a city I was not going to. One of the people they found had the longest list of rules...
Forum: Touring
09-28-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,374
Posted By DanBell

Do you mean wrap the tube around the rack to...

Do you mean wrap the tube around the rack to block rain from spraying up off the tire? I'm having a hard time visualizing what you mean here. In any event, while the majority of rain will be flung...
09-15-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,083
Posted By DanBell

This is a real weird point to get to in a thread...

This is a real weird point to get to in a thread you started asking for advice.
09-09-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,364
Posted By DanBell

Not to go all off topic, but I use wine corks as...

Not to go all off topic, but I use wine corks as well. They work much better than the plastic endcaps that come with bartape, and they're free, which as anyone will tell you is a lot cheaper than...
Forum: Touring
09-06-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,736
Posted By DanBell

Jandd makes good quality gear, I'm sure they'll...

Jandd makes good quality gear, I'm sure they'll serve you well. And if you end up with Ortlieb fronts you'll be able to compare the two systems to see which makes more sense for the kind of touring...
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,736
Posted By DanBell

I have regular Ortliebs and I can find/get...

I have regular Ortliebs and I can find/get anything in under ten seconds. Organization isn't that difficult.


I've only used Ortlieb and Vaude fully waterproof panniers (for years and thousands...
08-20-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,682
Posted By DanBell

Great frame! Thanks for doing a build thread,...

Great frame! Thanks for doing a build thread, there's not a ton of info on the Secan because they were so heavily back ordered. A friend has a Strael and he absolutely loves it so I've been...
08-17-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By DanBell

The bummer of the whole business is that I used...

The bummer of the whole business is that I used to have a great shop much like that... then they went out of business. To be fair they were in a high rent area and I could not understand how they...
Forum: Touring
08-17-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,726
Posted By DanBell

I'd also recommend going to the local bike shops...

I'd also recommend going to the local bike shops and asking there. They will probably be willing to help out a fellow cyclist, and you'll tap into a larger community in Kansas City that you might be...
08-15-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,187
Posted By DanBell

I skimmed the thread so I'm not sure if anyone...

I skimmed the thread so I'm not sure if anyone has already mentioned this, and the money outlay would be substantial, but if you love that frame and bike you could always get a disc fork and front...
08-10-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,032
Posted By DanBell

Unless you're planning on repairing it yourself,...

Unless you're planning on repairing it yourself, you're probably best off sending pictures of the damage to a reputable carbon frame repair shop (https://calfeedesign.com/carbon-repair/) and have...
Forum: Touring
08-03-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,399
Posted By DanBell

I'd lean towards the Cannondale because of the...

I'd lean towards the Cannondale because of the extras, but we really need more information. What are the prices for the two bikes? Can you share links with pictures? I'm assuming that with over 6,000...
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 803
Posted By DanBell

You might've done it though and just blinked at...

You might've done it though and just blinked at the wrong time. Then you'd never know.
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 03:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,978
Posted By DanBell

FWIW, the rolling resistance guy got good results...

FWIW, the rolling resistance guy got good results from the Almotion (https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews/schwalbe-marathon-almotion-2016).
08-02-19, 03:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,910
Posted By DanBell

My favorite part at 1:55: <proceeds to...

My favorite part at 1:55:



<proceeds to pull out the wheel still attached to half of the bike.>
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 02:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,978
Posted By DanBell

I have 2.0" Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on my...

I have 2.0" Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on my tourer now and they are incredible. Smooth and fast. Definitely more road oriented, but I kind of figure that with a loaded touring bike, even when I'm on...
Forum: Touring
08-01-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,583
Posted By DanBell

Yeah, that's a wild break. Makes me think it was...

Yeah, that's a wild break. Makes me think it was on backwards and just fatigued over time. To be fair, I don't actually know if they can be put on backwards though.
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