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Forum: Touring
04-12-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,420
Posted By headwind15

My two cents... Forget the blanket and first...

My two cents... Forget the blanket and first aid kit, except for bandaids and tube of antibiotic salve. I've been touring since '82, and never been hurt where a few band aids would really help. I...
04-06-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By headwind15

Micro-adjust usually means that the seat rails...

Micro-adjust usually means that the seat rails are clamped by two bolts (front and back) Adjustment is done in small increment (if desired) by tightening one bolt and loosening the other, for...
03-25-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 486
Posted By headwind15

A basic KMC Z 50 or 51 will be fine.

A basic KMC Z 50 or 51 will be fine.
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,364
Posted By headwind15

As an ex bike store owner and mechanic...

As an ex bike store owner and mechanic (professionally started in '89), You can do what is referred to as a flat bar conversion. I have done my share of them. At this point the main trick is to...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,364
Posted By headwind15

Assuming that your bike has short reach side pull...

Assuming that your bike has short reach side pull brakes, You should be able to fit 700 x 28 tires . (I don't know if that would be acceptable.) A bit about me... I worked at a Trek dealership for...
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,364
Posted By headwind15

RE: hands going numb. Make sure that your seat...

RE: hands going numb. Make sure that your seat is flat, a downward tilted seat increased hand pressure/ is a hand killer. I have found that putting rubber from cut up flip flop sandals under the...
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,364
Posted By headwind15

There are quite a few variables in your post. ...

There are quite a few variables in your post. What do you feel would be an upgrade from your road bike to a hybrid? First, is your Panasonic a good size for you? IE... Do you have more seat...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,303
Posted By headwind15

Even worse, I had a guy who flew out to pick up a...

Even worse, I had a guy who flew out to pick up a take apart bike, that I had built a few weeks ago. He was insistent that he wanted to pack it without any help. After nearly three hours, he...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,303
Posted By headwind15

Packing an S&S bike up

I have packed up a 62cm bike before. Sure I did it, it took an hour, but I believe that if you took a pole, most cyclists would prefer an easier way. I was a bike store owner for over 12 tears,...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,303
Posted By headwind15

I did not know it but being short has it's...

I did not know it but being short has it's advantages. For years I was caught up in the whole "how to not get stuck with oversize baggage fees" issue. I built these S&S coupler (pain in the ass...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,310
Posted By headwind15

I have a number of touring bikes and 700 x 32 is...

I have a number of touring bikes and 700 x 32 is my go-to size for road and gravel. I would not consider any wider. I feel sorry for tourists who torture themselves with wider/heavier tires. Don't...
Forum: Touring
03-14-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By headwind15

Sort of off topic but I would strongly recommend...

Sort of off topic but I would strongly recommend bar ends, to give you more hand positions. Two is a hundred percent more than one.
Forum: Touring
03-10-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,402
Posted By headwind15

I do not know if you are set on a new bike. A...

I do not know if you are set on a new bike. A lot of people buy a touring bike, do a few tours and end up selling them on Craigslist for a low price. A Windsor tourist showed up locally in my size...
03-07-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 541
Posted By headwind15

Back/ hip muscle weakness. I have suffered with...

Back/ hip muscle weakness. I have suffered with back pain for a long time, seems to do better when I work on my back and hip muscles.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-07-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,934
Posted By headwind15

I made one once for a bicycle store rooftop....

I made one once for a bicycle store rooftop. (display purpose only).
Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By headwind15

This neglect to show tons of stuff I am sure, as...

This neglect to show tons of stuff I am sure, as it is just a basic route outline. I do not know that this was supposed to be an escape from the desert??? My intended was as a desert route. Or...
Forum: Touring
03-03-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By headwind15

Palm Springs bike touring

Hi,
Park at the airport in Thermal
Ride south on the east side of the Salton Sea. To Brawley.
From Brawley ride to Ocatillo.
From Ocatillo ride to Borrego Springs.
From Borrego Springs take...
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By headwind15

You did not say how you arrived at your diagnosis...

You did not say how you arrived at your diagnosis or your age. A while back, I thought that I had pirformis syndrome, but it was a self diagnosis so I kept on trying to work it by lying on a...
Forum: Touring
02-20-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,871
Posted By headwind15

Better yet, how about going to Palm Springs, park...

Better yet, how about going to Palm Springs, park and tour around a big (warm) loop where instead of a low of 34 it's 54 degrees and you can camp and carry on without using hotels. If anyone is...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,355
Posted By headwind15

TEST RIDE: I highly recommend that if you have...

TEST RIDE: I highly recommend that if you have never ridden/ not for a while, try riding 700 x 23 or 25 tires for just one mile. Go back to your 38's, I believe you will feel an immediate...
Forum: Touring
02-19-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,355
Posted By headwind15

The wider the tire, the more resistance. As a...

The wider the tire, the more resistance. As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years and a guy who raced all three years as a junior, and then for five as a Cat. 2 road racer, I would strongly...
Forum: Touring
02-11-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,154
Posted By headwind15

I saw poo mentioned here, but for me, I drink a...

I saw poo mentioned here, but for me, I drink a lot of liquids, so for me it is the ease of being able to pee. My first pair of lycra shorts was in 1980 and they were bibs. I would definitely not...
02-03-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,015
Posted By headwind15

wet shorts

I did not consider 50 -60 degrees hot. In the spirit of Bike Forums I thought cyclist who have problems wrote in and other cyclists who may know give (hopefully) good advise. I know this is no...
02-03-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,015
Posted By headwind15

wet/ soggy/ moist shorts

I do not know if you believe this, but I have never herd of hyperhidrosis before, so I checked into it and it is possible that too much coffee is the cause. So you may be right. Effective...
02-02-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,531
Posted By headwind15

You have to know bikes, know them pretty well. ...

You have to know bikes, know them pretty well. Since I was a bike shop owner for over 12 yrs, I know bikes. So when I spotted a Scott mtn bike in my size with a double butted aluminum frame like...
02-02-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,015
Posted By headwind15

I think my shorts chamois are medium, not thin...

I think my shorts chamois are medium, not thin and not thick. In 1981, I met Cathy Schunabelt, a cycling shorts seamstress. I actually don't know the spelling and I do not expect you to know the...
02-02-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,015
Posted By headwind15

sweaty shorts

Hi, I am 60, and have been a cyclist riding in padded cycling shorts since 1975. I live in Arizona where it's not really humid or anything. It has been between 50 and 60 degrees, so not really hot....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 521
Posted By headwind15

When buying a bike the biggest concerns are A)...

When buying a bike the biggest concerns are A) Sizing. Is you friends bike the right size? It's only a good deal if it fits. Both brands have different component levels. From what I could see...
01-06-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By headwind15

Disc brake pad longevity

Wow, I really like your input. The pads are warn down to about the thickness of paper, so I believe that it would be prudent to replace them. I definitely feel lucky that I checked them, as one...
01-05-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By headwind15

Disc brake pad longevity

I was recently checking out my disc pads, and was alarmed about how the were already almost down to metal on metal. I understand that it is difficult to come up with a measurement to be looking...
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,267
Posted By headwind15

I lived in San Diego for eighteen years, and I...

I lived in San Diego for eighteen years, and I can tell you it's too cold.
Real self sufficient/ touring with camping doesn't really "kick off" until march at the earliest. Your best bet is...
12-04-20, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,496
Posted By headwind15

Velodromes/ cycling tracks have a designated...

Velodromes/ cycling tracks have a designated sprint line, maybe it's time for something that for road finishes?
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,876
Posted By headwind15

I doubt that a different tent is going to make...

I doubt that a different tent is going to make you significantly warmer. A bivy might be warmer due to the low cubic size. I would recommend some really thick wool socks and a buff.
Forum: Framebuilders
11-01-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 874
Posted By headwind15

Hi, I used to install S&S couplers and I am...

Hi, I used to install S&S couplers and I am familiar with the Ritchey connectors. Unfortunately you hit the nail on the head (so to speak). That is the complaint that I have herd about the...
Forum: Touring
10-31-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

You could go down and talk to Andy Gilmour in...

You could go down and talk to Andy Gilmour in Tucson, he has been building frames for a long time.
10-31-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,943
Posted By headwind15

sizing

As a road cyclist for over 40 years, bicycle store owner for over 12 years and frame builder for the past twenty years, and a simple guideline according to Greg LeMond is to make sure that there is...
Forum: Touring
10-31-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

Hi, I just noticed that you are in Phoenix. ...

Hi,
I just noticed that you are in Phoenix. I did not realize that you were close. I am out in Globe. Would it help to come out and see what you need to build a frame? In the last 8 years,...
Forum: Touring
10-30-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

I strongly discourage you from the idea of...

I strongly discourage you from the idea of building a frame that would take really long side pull brakes for 42 tires, because of the long arms, they will not be rigid and braking will be really...
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

You might want to check out ebay they have...

You might want to check out ebay they have Colnago framesets starting at just $450. No worries about getting it right, it's all ready to go. for only $250 more than your tubeset cost a ready to go...
Forum: Touring
10-25-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

I actually dislike Pithy on you tube. He's the...

I actually dislike Pithy on you tube. He's the guy who uses leather to hold braze ons in place while tig tacking them. He also uses some huge mountain bike wheel with a tire attached to check...
Forum: Touring
10-25-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

I have been doing frame building for over 20...

I have been doing frame building for over 20 years. The biggest "take Away" that I can tell you you is that you will need to be a quality control person, and you really need to know exactly what to...
Forum: Touring
10-25-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,776
Posted By headwind15

My only objection to saying "go for it" is that...

My only objection to saying "go for it" is that your goal is to make a lighter frame. I doubt that a frame built from Herse tubing would turn out much less than the Trek frame.
10-21-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By headwind15

Once a racer in his position realizes that is is...

Once a racer in his position realizes that is is not going to be a GC contender, then why take risks?
Forum: Touring
10-19-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,171
Posted By headwind15

When weight concerns come up it is easy to focus...

When weight concerns come up it is easy to focus on the bike. Always consider the riders weight in the equation. I'll never forget the time this guy showed up on a ride with what has to have...
10-05-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By headwind15

Samsin/ or Sansin originally labeled as Suntour

Samsin/ or Sansin originally labeled as Suntour
Forum: Framebuilders
09-29-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,304
Posted By headwind15

A 4.5" plastic poly wheel grinder will take 80 -...

A 4.5" plastic poly wheel grinder will take 80 - 90% of the paint off of a frame in less than an hour.
09-25-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,011
Posted By headwind15

From looking at your picture, I would guess that...

From looking at your picture, I would guess that you put the caged bearings in backwards. The cup should thread much further into the shell, so when you are done, the cup should be even with the...
Forum: Touring
09-24-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,864
Posted By headwind15

Did you try to contact / email him?

Did you try to contact / email him?
Forum: Touring
09-24-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 791
Posted By headwind15

Touring covers so many areas, I mean do you want...

Touring covers so many areas, I mean do you want to do strictly pavement, off roading, or a combination? Do you get up early, sleep in? Any idea on how many hours a day in the saddle? What you...
Forum: Touring
09-24-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 791
Posted By headwind15

Hi, Finding compatible touring partners is...

Hi,
Finding compatible touring partners is really difficult. There are so many factors. I drove all the way to San Diego to meet with two guys to tour Baja. It turned out that one guy was...
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