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Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By djb

Im not familiar with Paselas, but I can say that...

Im not familiar with Paselas, but I can say that just yesterday in a bike store here in Mtl, I saw good quality 27in tires. I wasnt looking for 27s, but noticed Gatorskin 27x1 1/4 and some regular...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,038
Posted By djb

My bike is basically this, except it's a 26in...

My bike is basically this, except it's a 26in wheel frame (lower gearing and perhaps stronger wheels) and I put dropbars on it.
I wouldn't hesitate to take my bike anywhere in the world, maybe...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By djb

getting weight lower makes a huge difference to...

getting weight lower makes a huge difference to how a bike handles. Even having heavier items at the bottom of panniers, and also having more or less balanced panniers for weight, makes a diff in how...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 770
Views: 101,879
Posted By djb

yup, always thought that was a weird name to call...

yup, always thought that was a weird name to call a crop. Dont know the history of the word really, but one would think it has had the assault meaning for a long long time.

that aside, pretty...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,038
Posted By djb

yup, low gearing does really come down to the...

yup, low gearing does really come down to the combination of total bike weight, rider strength/fitness and terrain you'll encounter.
I still find that the age old recommendation of 20-100 gear...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,207
Posted By djb

thanks for taking the time to put down the...

thanks for taking the time to put down the information, as you say, it may help someone.
Forum: Touring
07-21-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 770
Views: 101,879
Posted By djb

Thanks. I'm about as Anglo as you can get,...

Thanks. I'm about as Anglo as you can get, genetically a total Brit, and a Montreal anglophone.
Was glad to find the door one. I remember my shoulder hurt for a while afterwards cuz the edge was...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 770
Views: 101,879
Posted By djb

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/715x414/france93_0006_eeec2093b638c4ee8db1c639ea9c2cb5e44850ed.jpg...
07-20-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By djb

Instinctively, I'd say yes. I've ridden friction...

Instinctively, I'd say yes. I've ridden friction fd for ages, and the fast, but smooth finessing must have less jarring effect on the fd.
The kachunk on my sti downshifts were jarring at first, but...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By djb

cant give specific recommendations for route, but...

cant give specific recommendations for route, but can say that I do have a fondness for Normandy and Bretagne, but really, if you choose smaller roads and maybe hit the eurovelo route also, you'll...
Forum: Touring
07-20-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By djb

aharvey, I wouldnt stress too much about axle...

aharvey, I wouldnt stress too much about axle strength and all that, I weigh about the same and have done touring for about 30 years, on bikes with loads just on the back, loads front and back also,...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By djb

dont worry about the axle, it will be fine. ...

dont worry about the axle, it will be fine.

you may find that you are hitting the back of your feet on the panniers, and the bike will handle differently from what you are used to, and you may...
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By djb

hey Mr Jambon, do you already own the bike...

hey Mr Jambon, do you already own the bike packing bags and all the kit?
Have you fit them on the bike yet to get an idea of how heavy your load would be?
Forum: Touring
07-19-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 929
Posted By djb

To keep things fun, and to gradually improve both...

To keep things fun, and to gradually improve both your riding and fitness levels, I would just suggest doing regular rides that are not too long, and gradually increasing distances. Over the years, I...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By djb

Thanks, pretty much what I expected. Tricky for...

Thanks, pretty much what I expected. Tricky for sizing, as I'd prefer to see how they fit over my cleated shoes that I pretty much always wear. Cross border returns can be a pain.
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By djb

off topic, but I was tempted to buy some showers...

off topic, but I was tempted to buy some showers pass ones, as they look to go higher up than my old MEC rain booties (my rain pants are slightly short, so higher booties would be nice)

how do you...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By djb

I simply don't have the wheelbuilding experience...

I simply don't have the wheelbuilding experience to comment about this stuff, but would like to relate this personal experience to the fellow asking the question, and you guys too, Ive mentioned this...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By djb

and lets say the fellow puts 25lbs of stuff on...

and lets say the fellow puts 25lbs of stuff on the bike, depending on his weight, that won't be a huge amount more of weight on the wheels, so taking it easy and being aware not to thrash the wheels,...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By djb

chuckle, I will look it up and watch it.

chuckle, I will look it up and watch it.
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,279
Posted By djb

you weigh 290 lbs right? or was it 125? so...

you weigh 290 lbs right?
or was it 125?

so yes, as you didnt mention your weight, who knows, but it is going to be a big factor here.

Ive toured fully loaded up on 32 spoke mtb stuff with 2in...
Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By djb

Funny guy. But man those 80s cars were crappy...

Funny guy.
But man those 80s cars were crappy cars. I had the Ford escort version, late 80s , and it was a particularly crappy car. Horrible standard transmission with seemingly yards of shifter...
Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By djb

or you can do what I do, go with white bottles,...

or you can do what I do, go with white bottles, and silver fenders, makes a really nice contrast.
07-16-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 992
Posted By djb

If the cups and cones are great, and sufficient...

If the cups and cones are great, and sufficient grease, I tend to reuse the ball bearings. I will give them a good look over closely to see if there is any discolouration or obvious pitting, but if...
07-16-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 992
Posted By djb

going from how gritty that looks, buy some ball...

going from how gritty that looks, buy some ball bearings from a good shop and replace them.

as for the bb, in my opinion, its not worth the time to regrease the existing bearings, remove them all...
Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By djb

yes, I remember you describing this tunnel in the...

yes, I remember you describing this tunnel in the past.

this topic makes me think of an interesting radio piece I heard once about blind people using echolocation, clicking from their mouth and...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By djb

heck, all of us have done dumbass stuff. I...

heck, all of us have done dumbass stuff. I personally have all kinds of dumb "busting stuff while doing mechanical stuff" on top of the dumbass riding stuff too.
hey , thats life.

2.5km long...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By djb

get thee to a nunnery, specifically one that also...

get thee to a nunnery, specifically one that also sells fenders!
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,529
Posted By djb

in my experience over the decades, hub problems...

in my experience over the decades, hub problems are not common. Not with me, nor my friends. Like you, I have really never had a hub problem, but then I have always done my own regreasing servicing,...
07-15-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By djb

indeedee this is one of the reasons I like...

indeedee

this is one of the reasons I like my leather saddles.
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Posted By djb

very pretty areas you went through but...

very pretty areas you went through
but honestly, riding up a climb in the middle chainring, come on, really, really???!! (of course you may have cottoned on to my admonishing you about actually...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By djb

cool, another trip I did in the early 90s was...

cool, another trip I did in the early 90s was around Normandy and a bit of Bretagne, lovely trip also, especially as it was my first time in Europe and first time in France.
again, good shoe...
Forum: Touring
07-15-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 770
Views: 101,879
Posted By djb

next up, Luxemburg! safe trip, and btw, I...

next up, Luxemburg!

safe trip, and btw, I still chuckle sometimes at your "..who think they are cool" line.
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By djb

yes, they are generally. I had no problems...

yes, they are generally.
I had no problems doing the same as you back in the 90s when tires werent as good, so my suggestion is to get good quality tires, middle of the road price, and you will be...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By djb

I'll take a guess from the "Pau and Decathlon"...

I'll take a guess from the "Pau and Decathlon" that you are from France. Here in Canada, there are lots of good options of shoes that are reasonable to walk in, but have a stiff enough sole to be...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By djb

hate to break it to you, but once past the...

hate to break it to you, but once past the initial factors that you prefer, walking feel, laces etc, physically trying on shoes is really the best way to make a decision.
Asking internet folks for...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By djb

Aznman, dont get the theft thing also ...

Aznman,
dont get the theft thing also
aero--not a difference at all, our riding speeds touring as way too slow

but the main issue is very simple--the weight will be too high, and the...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 968
Posted By djb

the fender thing is a good point. Havent had that...

the fender thing is a good point. Havent had that happen to my fenders, but good to keep in mind thats for sure.
thanks

goes without saying, keep an eye out for any frame movement in rack, as...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,142
Posted By djb

May I fondle your buttocks? or in this case,...

May I fondle your buttocks?

or in this case, may you fondle my balls?
(and the lady shaking her head and complaining about the terrible effect Peter Sagan has had on male behaviour)

*Peter...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By djb

hi, two things--first, get one of those...

hi,
two things--first, get one of those dogtooth or whatever thingees
https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ca/en/deda-elementi-dog-fang-chain-catcher-/rp-prod84217

as they really really work...
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,529
Posted By djb

thanks, I guess my quick search was too quick. ...

thanks, I guess my quick search was too quick.
I really like to do all my own mechanical stuff, so if I ever went this route, I'd just need to learn how to deal with cartridge style bearings. but...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,529
Posted By djb

while I tend to disagree on the cups and cones...

while I tend to disagree on the cups and cones wearing out thing, given my experience that with regular regreasing, they will last ages in excellent condition---I must admit that Im intrigued by the...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
Posted By djb

nice video New York dude. yup, lots of work...

nice video New York dude.
yup, lots of work doing the "back and forth" camera setup routine.
3 inchers? Not sure how much the video reflects this, but it didnt look like there was too much...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,085
Posted By djb

My experience riding in hot weather has shown me...

My experience riding in hot weather has shown me that darker colours are not a good idea, so only use lighter colours. How much a difference I don't know, but using the polar type ones and lighter...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 968
Posted By djb

Mev-- get a haircut!!! I know, I know, old...

Mev-- get a haircut!!!
I know, I know, old photo....

Driving cross country once with bikes, I wrapped saran wrap around the chains half assedly to reduce cleaning afterwards, as I worried about...
Forum: Touring
07-12-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Posted By djb

Good write up and descriptions of changes ...

Good write up and descriptions of changes

But, no photos and you might be a big fibber!
;-)

And yes, I love bike touring in France for all the same reasons.
I'm more inclined to wider tires...
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,021
Posted By djb

Ya, they've done maybe 4 of these and each one...

Ya, they've done maybe 4 of these and each one has been very very well done, looks real at first, then reading the description and user reviews, it dawns on you.....
Forum: Touring
07-10-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,507
Posted By djb

Well Jerry Lee, hope all this helps.

Well Jerry Lee, hope all this helps.
07-10-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,455
Posted By djb

Asks, High speed on a bicycle on a descent on my...

Asks, High speed on a bicycle on a descent on my experience is never related to gearing-- certainly not with panniers. Every time I've hit 80,90k I'm way past spinning out anyway.

As with going...
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 08:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,538
Posted By djb

Wow, haven't seen one of those in use since I...

Wow, haven't seen one of those in use since I don't know when

And never had one myself, so don't know how they are on sidewalls-- probably depends on setup
Forum: Touring
07-09-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,724
Posted By djb

And all three livers crying uncle!

And all three livers crying uncle!
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