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Forum: Touring
10-04-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By robow

Yea, we couldn't find the hidden passage last...

Yea, we couldn't find the hidden passage last week at MM144 so we went on down to get on the new extension at Bill's Place. Btw, Bill's Place is now closed and the "Place" is for sale. I do hope...
Forum: Touring
09-18-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By robow

Tell your friend he has fine taste in touring...

Tell your friend he has fine taste in touring bikes as that is what I own as well : )
Forum: Touring
09-18-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 873
Posted By robow

That frame would fit me well but I have to agree,...

That frame would fit me well but I have to agree, not sure I would want to have to deal with that rear drop out. One question I would have for Tourist in MSN, do you feel there is much flex in the...
Forum: Touring
09-16-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By robow

I don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a...

I don't mean to hijack the thread but I have a friend who is riding with us from Denver and needs to ship his bike back home upon completion of the C&O. Does anyone know of a reliable bike shop near...
Forum: Touring
09-15-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,651
Posted By robow

I agree, but on this occasion we hit the jackpot...

I agree, but on this occasion we hit the jackpot when cherries were just being picked as we toured through northwestern Michigan, lower pen. They were yummy.
...
Forum: Touring
09-15-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By robow

Thanks

Thanks
Forum: Touring
09-15-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
Posted By robow

Alan, first let me thank you for posting the...

Alan,
first let me thank you for posting the updates. A couple quick questions for you, next week we'll be coming down from Pittsburgh and spending an evening in Hancock. I then would like to...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,451
Posted By robow

I've used brifters since 1990 when Shimano first...

I've used brifters since 1990 when Shimano first made them available and yes I've had a couple eventually fail over the years, luckily never on a tour. That said, I'll never be without them on a...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,749
Posted By robow

You have to box it as luggage if all the roll on...

You have to box it as luggage if all the roll on spots are already taken. Not ideal but you have no other choice. Most of the group took care of this well in advance but there is always one or two...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,749
Posted By robow

We did the Amtrak once and it worked out fine for...

We did the Amtrak once and it worked out fine for me, but then I'm a night owl. A couple in the group aren't crazy about getting back to our vehicles at midnight. Nothing is going to be as cost...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,749
Posted By robow

Need a Shuttle Service, DC to Pittsburgh

Does anyone have a favorite shuttle service that they have used in the past and could recommend for a trip from DC back up to Pittsburgh. We may only have 5 riders that would be in need and though...
Forum: Touring
07-06-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,678
Posted By robow

+1 And if you were ever to have problems on the...

+1 And if you were ever to have problems on the road, which is really rare if they're well maintained, you'll find parts for Shimano a lot easier than you will for more exotic brands.
Forum: Touring
05-28-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,656
Posted By robow

This is my area of expertise, and so my...

This is my area of expertise, and so my suggestion:
Always if possible and before anything else,
Run the eyeglasses under tap water, and if really grimy, warm soapy water. This important first step...
Forum: Touring
05-27-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,232
Posted By robow

On an unloaded mountain bike, the trail would be...

On an unloaded mountain bike, the trail would be work but fun to climb. But on my loaded touring bike with treadless tires, it was too rutted and slippery and I eventually had to walk my bike. Now...
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,602
Posted By robow

Nice photos and glad you made it over to the...

Nice photos and glad you made it over to the Cache Wetlands Center.
So what do you do for an encore in 2019 ?
Forum: Touring
05-05-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,602
Posted By robow

Spin, I thought the same thing. Add the Mickelson...

Spin, I thought the same thing. Add the Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills of South Dakota as well. I checked that one off last September and it was excellent ! So many trails, so little time.
Forum: Touring
05-02-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,521
Posted By robow

djb, I built up the 26" LHT below several years...

djb, I built up the 26" LHT below several years ago and though I have ridden an LHT in 700c, I never had them at the same time to really do a fair comparison. I think the fellows at Surly claimed...
Forum: Touring
05-01-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,521
Posted By robow

Now I realize that touring is not mountain...

Now I realize that touring is not mountain biking, but the trend has been towards larger wheels and away from the 26's the last several years. You get a theoretically smoother ride but less agility....
Forum: Touring
04-27-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,521
Posted By robow

Though likely in my head, I always felt the...

Though likely in my head, I always felt the larger 700's seemed to roll better for me than the 26's.
Forum: Touring
04-26-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,489
Posted By robow

Obviously poor planning on your part. Ha ...

Obviously poor planning on your part. Ha

But seriously, these are the tours that you'll most remember and will make for good stories in the future.
Forum: Touring
04-25-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,332
Posted By robow

I once hit 50 mph on my touring bike and...

I once hit 50 mph on my touring bike and proceeded to poopy my pants before grabbing some brake. Won't happen again.
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,332
Posted By robow

There's a significant difference in effective top...

There's a significant difference in effective top tube length between the two models and similar "sized" bikes, with the Surly being longer as usual, so take that into consideration with your own...
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,332
Posted By robow

Yea, they're nocturnal, I'm asleep, all is good. ...

Yea, they're nocturnal, I'm asleep, all is good. Far worse things to really worry about, like coyotes and jackalopes, oh..... and will I be able to stop my bike in time since I haven't got disc...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,623
Posted By robow

I lost a self inflated mattress in my van one...

I lost a self inflated mattress in my van one time because of the heat, unfortunately it was due to the afternoon sun and not for more youthful pursuits.
Forum: Touring
04-22-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,521
Posted By robow

If you really really have to rid yourself of one,...

If you really really have to rid yourself of one, and you can't make up your mind, then IMO, you should keep the newer Marin since it will be less frustrating to find parts in the future. (And I'm a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-19, 12:47 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,828
Posted By robow

Has anyone mentioned the Tiger Eye Bike mirrors...

Has anyone mentioned the Tiger Eye Bike mirrors that can be clipped to your helmet, no adhesive needed, though I do use a small hidden zip tie to remove any chance of falling off. I've been using one...
Forum: Touring
04-21-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 970
Posted By robow

Definitely so here in the midwest. In fact, as...

Definitely so here in the midwest. In fact, as so many smaller towns dry up and lose their retail, a Dollar General is a blessing for them (and me as I ride through)
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,623
Posted By robow

Did it work ?

Did it work ?
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,309
Posted By robow

Can you show a link to this accessory as I can't...

Can you show a link to this accessory as I can't google it up as a "power lever". Thanks
Forum: Touring
04-18-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,309
Posted By robow

Veganbike, those long pull levers only work if...

Veganbike, those long pull levers only work if you are not using brifters. With brifters you need the travel agents for longer v's, but not mini v's.
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,309
Posted By robow

fietsbob, thanks for the heads up. As everything...

fietsbob, thanks for the heads up. As everything is moving towards disc brakes, parts for V's and canti's are going to be harder to find. If I used travel agents, I would be tempted to pick up a...
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,623
Posted By robow

Gorilla tape and zip ties have saved many an...

Gorilla tape and zip ties have saved many an outing for me or someone whom I was riding with.
Forum: Touring
04-17-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,623
Posted By robow

I always carry some Gorilla tape with me, wrapped...

I always carry some Gorilla tape with me, wrapped around a tire lever or pencil and have used it before with good results to patch a mattress. Also works well as rim tape or a tire boot if ever...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,309
Posted By robow

I have three cyclecross bikes, two carbon fiber,...

I have three cyclecross bikes, two carbon fiber, one titanium, and all have carbon fiber forks on them. All have had a cable hanger in place when using canti brakes and none of given me any...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,309
Posted By robow

I've always found a brake cable hanger such as...

I've always found a brake cable hanger such as this one can make a huge difference in nullifying those symptoms....
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,623
Posted By robow

And if you do decide on an inflatable mattress, I...

And if you do decide on an inflatable mattress, I can't recommend this little gizmo highly enough. I used to dread night after night having to blow up my mattress and this little beauty does it for...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,277
Posted By robow

OK true, seeing dinosaur tracks would justify the...

OK true, seeing dinosaur tracks would justify the risk of goat heads but I do hate the damn things and glad we don't have to deal with them here.
Btw, goat heads are present on the ever popular Katy...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,309
Posted By robow

And if or when you have decided that canti brakes...

And if or when you have decided that canti brakes just aren't for you, you could also consider Promax mini V brakes. I like my older Shimano canti's for touring but I do have another bike that I...
Forum: Touring
04-16-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,623
Posted By robow

With today's large size Thermarest coming in at...

With today's large size Thermarest coming in at only 1 lb and with so much less bulk than rolled up foam, other than initial cost, I can see no advantage. (Well I guess you don't ever have to worry...
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,277
Posted By robow

Gee, what a nice guy.....with friends like that :...

Gee, what a nice guy.....with friends like that : )
Forum: Touring
04-12-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,602
Posted By robow

You've got the Vienna Diner, used to be Dolly's...

You've got the Vienna Diner, used to be Dolly's just east of where the trail crosses highway 45. Decent local home cooked food with home made pies. The more commercial places, McDonalds, Subway are...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 11:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,602
Posted By robow

Good, you're going to concentrate on the southern...

Good, you're going to concentrate on the southern end then. Vienna is about the only place you can be guaranteed to stock up on any supplies needed unless you can make it up to Harrisburg. Karnak...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,602
Posted By robow

Will you start your Tunnel Hill saga at...

Will you start your Tunnel Hill saga at Harrisburg and end at Karnak, then turn around and head back? That will be a heckuva day if that is what you are planning. Don't waste your time between...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,634
Posted By robow

I'm more than willing to confront those sneaky...

I'm more than willing to confront those sneaky little bastards face to face but I hate it when they're up to their Harry Houdini tricks while I sleep.
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,634
Posted By robow

Normally I always bring all food into my tent...

Normally I always bring all food into my tent vestibule but had overlooked that one meal. I can't imagine how I could have forgotten about such a delicacy as freeze dried spaghetti awaiting me the...
Forum: Touring
04-11-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By robow

For what it's worth, They claim the Minoura rack...

For what it's worth, They claim the Minoura rack is made from steel tubing, not aluminum
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,634
Posted By robow

My tip of the day, assume that the local raccoons...

My tip of the day, assume that the local raccoons have mastered how to open an Ortlieb bag without needing to unclip the straps. Last week the damn things were able to unroll my pannier and get into...
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By robow

Just saw the specs and weight of this rack, 2.65...

Just saw the specs and weight of this rack, 2.65 lbs, that is one heavy beast, considering my Tubus Tara comes in at just under 1 pound.

Seeker, I looked at that Axiom rack and the only thing I...
Forum: Touring
04-09-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,356
Posted By robow

Anyone have any experience with this Minoura front rack ?

Just curious if anyone has any experience with this particular Minoura front rack? I'm looking for a rack that will mount on a fork without braze ons and the Old Man Mountain Racks don't seem to be...
Forum: Touring
04-06-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,307
Posted By robow

Bike packing aerodynamics

Just a little of enlightenment from this past week of touring down in hilly Arkansas. One of the riders in the group was a trim woman who was bike packing with a gravel bike with wider knobby tires....
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