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Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,924
Posted By DropBarFan

I agree, I think a good bike should be pretty. ...

I agree, I think a good bike should be pretty. My Trucker frame was originally a mousy green but when converting to S&S couplers I got a new powder-coat in turquoise, IIRC ~$300 extra but it looks...
07-29-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,692
Posted By DropBarFan

UST is too logical for the bike market, ;) but I...

UST is too logical for the bike market, ;) but I don't see any 584mm/650b UST stuff incl from Mavic. I also like the idea of tubeless rims without outer spoke holes that eliminate need for rim tape...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,168
Posted By DropBarFan

This past week I dealt with a couple tight parts...

This past week I dealt with a couple tight parts & read about anti-seize compound which is supposed to work a bit better than grease esp with dissimilar metals. I've also picked up a pair of thick...
Forum: Touring
07-29-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,711
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting, somehow I got the idea that Cinelli...

Interesting, somehow I got the idea that Cinelli cork tape was nice but not too durable. Beauty Gios bike there; at the (ancient) Tour of America I got Roger de Vlaeminck's autograph, he was in a...
07-22-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,692
Posted By DropBarFan

Well, I thought I had my new tubeless conversion...

Well, I thought I had my new tubeless conversion sorted out but the rear tire, which seemed to have sealed halfway OK, now leaks a lot, had to return early from a recent short ride. Tubeless...
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,711
Posted By DropBarFan

I like LizardSkins 2.5, wraps fairly easily, a...

I like LizardSkins 2.5, wraps fairly easily, a bit of cushion, but OTOH not very cheap. Black cotton tape is low-priced, easiest to wrap & pretty durable.
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,299
Posted By DropBarFan

Nice that the seat post wasn't stuck, AFAIK some...

Nice that the seat post wasn't stuck, AFAIK some badly stuck seat posts can require a vise to remove which might mar (if not wreck) the seat post. The relevant 520 has nice crankset gearing but...
Forum: Touring
07-20-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,168
Posted By DropBarFan

I always admired folks who could do harlequin...

I always admired folks who could do harlequin wrap, esp in pre-internet days before detailed instructions were available. I now use LizardSkins 2.5 black tape...the 3.2 white tape was cushy but so...
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,295
Posted By DropBarFan

It's interesting to experiment with tires. I...

It's interesting to experiment with tires. I recently put Schwalbe G-One Speed 40-584 tires on a gravel/touring bike that came with Schwalbe Smart Sam 54-584 knobbies. I don't actually ride much...
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By DropBarFan

I have a 56cm 559mm (26")-wheel Disc Trucker--I...

I have a 56cm 559mm (26")-wheel Disc Trucker--I really like the option of being able to use 50mm-wide tires along with fenders. I bought the wider tires for a comfier ride but also found they helped...
Forum: Touring
07-15-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,784
Posted By DropBarFan

Sounds fun, enjoy! Once tried to follow one of...

Sounds fun, enjoy! Once tried to follow one of those trails which was bikeable at first then got narrower & narrower & weedy (incl poison ivy)...a creek had a narrow plank to cross--I was carrying...
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,677
Posted By DropBarFan

I like these for longer rides with touring/cargo...

I like these for longer rides with touring/cargo shorts. Andiamo's don't bunch up/ride up like regular underwear. OTOH a swim suit is very light to take along,
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,754
Posted By DropBarFan

Last week I saw a bike that might have been 36"...

Last week I saw a bike that might have been 36" wheel, not sure. Titanosaur is very heavy, for bikepacking on bumpy roads/trails a dual-suspension MTB would be cheaper & lighter.
07-13-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,272
Posted By DropBarFan

Currently I prefer my CF Diamondback Haanjo EXP...

Currently I prefer my CF Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon gravel/touring bike over the cro-mo Surly Disc Trucker. The Haanjo is far lighter but only 25% more cost & has roughly the same ride comfort...
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,986
Posted By DropBarFan

Just amazing. BTW I remember the 70's or 80's...

Just amazing. BTW I remember the 70's or 80's when USA media did many stories about the "need" to eliminate smaller hospitals: they said if we reduced the "over-supply" of hospital beds that...
07-13-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,692
Posted By DropBarFan

I agree somewhat. Tubeless might be great for...

I agree somewhat. Tubeless might be great for goat-head thorn territory (not my situation) but for me it was a big hassle including with my new tubeless tires being the most difficult...
07-13-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,692
Posted By DropBarFan

Perhaps try wider rim tape? When I bought Stans...

Perhaps try wider rim tape? When I bought Stans tape for the initial install I looked online for info & consulted with the LBS mechanic but ended up with tape that was too narrow. I had worried about...
07-13-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,692
Posted By DropBarFan

I didn't try the water spray since after adding...

I didn't try the water spray since after adding sealant, the leaks decreased esp after riding about 60 miles the past weekend. But they still lose about 25% pressure overnight, the water spray...
Forum: Touring
07-08-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,862
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, helmet surface area is small...hi-viz...

Yes, helmet surface area is small...hi-viz shirt/jersey/vest makes more of a difference but a hi-viz helmet would seem to help a bit, esp for casual riders who don't wear other hi-viz gear. I hadn't...
Forum: Touring
07-08-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,986
Posted By DropBarFan

That's surprisingly cheap--how do they offer...

That's surprisingly cheap--how do they offer travel insurance cheaper than domestic insurance?
07-06-20, 11:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,692
Posted By DropBarFan

Hey masi61, don't give up! I recently installed...

Hey masi61, don't give up! I recently installed 40mm tires on tubeless-ready rims with all sorts of problems. I learned rim taping is usually the source of leaks even when one hears air escaping...
07-06-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,272
Posted By DropBarFan

I got a bit turned off against aluminum racks...

I got a bit turned off against aluminum racks after I found a pannier attachment strap had actually gouged a notch in the rack. OTOH I haven't experienced things wearing into alu frame tubes;...
Forum: Touring
07-06-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,862
Posted By DropBarFan

Well the scientists say we donít know how much...

Well the scientists say we donít know how much virus is needed to cause infection so I suppose the idea is to Ďcover all the basesí with hand-washing etc even if the chance of catching from surfaces...
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 12:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,986
Posted By DropBarFan

USA system is terrible but the Canadian system...

USA system is terrible but the Canadian system doesn't seem ideal either. Default gov't plan is deliberately left incomplete so insurance companies can make $$ thru employee plans etc. I think the...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,759
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, & sometimes getting the right stem length &...

Yes, & sometimes getting the right stem length & angle can be problematic. Worst case, one could buy a custom-made stem but that's a bit expensive.
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,862
Posted By DropBarFan

Well I guess upper-Midwest folks are known for...

Well I guess upper-Midwest folks are known for liking the outdoors & getting the most out of summer-time. In DC area traffic has ticked up a bit in the last 2 weeks but nowhere near the normal...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,862
Posted By DropBarFan

I agree that the CDC/MSM reports about surfaces...

I agree that the CDC/MSM reports about surfaces have been quite inconsistent...but much of the media was rather opposed to 'early' re-opening so I don't think they were trying to gloss over the...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,168
Posted By DropBarFan

Interesting find but what would be the intended...

Interesting find but what would be the intended use? From what I read, rinko bikes are designed for the rather unique needs of Japanese tourists who use trains & even so require more...
07-03-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,197
Posted By DropBarFan

No, only for 2-hour max rides. I don't know why...

No, only for 2-hour max rides. I don't know why twist-shifters even exist apart from special situations like a Rohloff IGH.
07-03-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,824
Posted By DropBarFan

I agree...I inherited an old $600 Trek...

I agree...I inherited an old $600 Trek hybrid--with the name brand & not-so-cheap price the lack of quality is surprising: front rim has a bump at the joint, squishy saddle, annoying twist-shifters....
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,862
Posted By DropBarFan

Scanned for info on chance of catching COVID from...

Scanned for info on chance of catching COVID from surfaces: supposedly “may be possible” but not the “main” way of transmission. I don’t see any info about confirmed cases caught from surfaces. ...
07-02-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,197
Posted By DropBarFan

I inherited a bike with twist-grip shifters...not...

I inherited a bike with twist-grip shifters...not a big problem but fairly easy to shift accidentally esp in hot weather with sweaty hands.
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,759
Posted By DropBarFan

I think drop-bar is a bit more efficient for hard...

I think drop-bar is a bit more efficient for hard pedaling. One can adapt to flat bars but I think with steeper climbs there's more chance of needing to ride off-saddle.
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,862
Posted By DropBarFan

I had planned to ride the GAP this spring but...

I had planned to ride the GAP this spring but then COVID closures happened & the re-opening schemes turned out to be much slower & piece-meal than expected. Not happy but at least I'm catching up...
07-02-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,824
Posted By DropBarFan

2 friends had to get new engine compartment...

2 friends had to get new engine compartment undertray covers, just a big piece of plastic. The Audi part costs ~$900 & the Honda part was ~$300. In America one can't even drive fast so why pay $$...
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,546
Posted By DropBarFan

Looks like a nice deal, esp with the cable-hydro...

Looks like a nice deal, esp with the cable-hydro brakes & racks. Sometimes it can be a hassle to get an after-market front rack fitted correctly.
07-01-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,107
Posted By DropBarFan

Neat geese video. A few years ago a local old...

Neat geese video. A few years ago a local old guy shotgunned a hawk to protect the squirrels in his yard. Esp crazy considering it was a dense suburban area & he lived a couple of blocks from the...
07-01-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,272
Posted By DropBarFan

Yes, I don't really get the concept of picking...

Yes, I don't really get the concept of picking steel for repairability on tour. If it was an expensive custom frame & repaired by a lesser-skilled tech, wouldn't one want to have the damaged part...
06-26-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,272
Posted By DropBarFan

In the old days, 4130 cro-mo was entry-level...

In the old days, 4130 cro-mo was entry-level among nicer bikes & it wasn't too expensive to move up to nicer steel like Reynolds 531 or Columbus. Production 4130 touring bikes like the Surly Trucker...
06-26-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,107
Posted By DropBarFan

I was chased by an Alpha Goose when I stopped on...

I was chased by an Alpha Goose when I stopped on the MUP to watch the flock so I rode away. At a Skyline Drive parking lot there were a bunch of turkey vultures hanging around waiting for food...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,546
Posted By DropBarFan

They sure pick some sickly-looking colors for...

They sure pick some sickly-looking colors for LHT/DT's. Sora/Alivio seems good enough, quality-wise. I had old Tiagra 3x9 brifters, worked OK except gear cables stuck out sideways, interfering with...
06-22-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,824
Posted By DropBarFan

"What is the benefit of a multi-thousand dollar...

"What is the benefit of a multi-thousand dollar bike over, say, a $500 bike? If its sole benefit is to go faster for a given amount of pedaling effort, that seems counterproductive. If the purpose of...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,784
Posted By DropBarFan

For about the last 2 years the region has been...

For about the last 2 years the region has been stuck in a weather pattern of southerly winds bringing up a lot of Gulf of Mexico moisture. This spring has been quite rainy so fenders & wider tires...
Forum: Touring
06-22-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,945
Posted By DropBarFan

For extra credit, how about building wheels with...

For extra credit, how about building wheels with tubeless (no outer spoke holes) rims? One has to drop the nipples into the valve hole & maneuver them thru the spoke holes. Apparently it's not too...
Forum: Touring
06-18-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,140
Posted By DropBarFan

Custom frame would be nice...at least to avoid...

Custom frame would be nice...at least to avoid having a stiff disc brake fork. Perhaps one could specify 584mm wheels to allow wider tires w/o the small look of 559mm wheels. Less available in...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,140
Posted By DropBarFan

Seems like sensible components...I would go for...

Seems like sensible components...I would go for disc brakes since they work better in the wet. & yes, room for wider tires.
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,987
Posted By DropBarFan

WD-40 might work nicely to clean chains on a tour...

WD-40 might work nicely to clean chains on a tour when it's too cold to wash with water. 1 gallon is surprisingly cheap so (unlike with expensive chain lubes) one could use a generous amount to...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,204
Posted By DropBarFan

One poster used compressed air to blow (or suck?)...

One poster used compressed air to blow (or suck?) the wire thru (cable IIRC) housing. & then there's internal routing for the truly obsessive--some folks drill holes in existing frame/fork & some...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,987
Posted By DropBarFan

Last winter we didn't get any snow in DC...

Last winter we didn't get any snow in DC area....one day they did spray the roads to prevent icing...went for a short ride, bike didn't seem that dirty so I didn't wash the drivetrain...wow, it...
Forum: Touring
06-16-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,500
Posted By DropBarFan

I checked back on the Craft site--the "Active...

I checked back on the Craft site--the "Active Comfort" only available in the padded bike version, same with Andiamo, apparently they don't make the unpadded bike liner anymore. Oh well, with...
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