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12-31-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,199
Posted By CreakingCrank

I used to not care about what people think about...

I used to not care about what people think about me. Now I realize nobody was thinking about me in the first place.
12-31-18, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,157
Posted By CreakingCrank

If gear range is a factor at all, the e*thirteen...

If gear range is a factor at all, the e*thirteen 11 speed cassette (9-46) has a slightly wider range than the GX. It pairs nicely with Shimano.
Forum: Touring
12-26-18, 10:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,153
Posted By CreakingCrank

Whichever you decide, remember that swept back...

Whichever you decide, remember that swept back bars require longer cables and brake lines. If you decide to try flat bars first, cut the lines a bit long in case they don't work out for you.
12-05-18, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,392
Posted By CreakingCrank

FWIW, I had a similar budget and dilemma. I...

FWIW, I had a similar budget and dilemma. I found a fairly late model 29er that had a taco'd front wheel and an expensive drivetrain upgrade. I was able to buy the bike cheaply, without the...
12-04-18, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,392
Posted By CreakingCrank

If you are willing to travel out of state, check...

If you are willing to travel out of state, check out KSL Classifieds (https://classifieds.ksl.com/) in Salt Lake
Forum: Touring
12-03-18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 761
Posted By CreakingCrank

This has my interest ... as my stove, cup and...

This has my interest ... as my stove, cup and utensils currently get stored separately in my panniers. My MSR Windburner stove is 4.2 inches wide and won't fit in the pouch you linked. Luckily...
12-01-18, 07:22 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 7,756
Posted By CreakingCrank

Hmmm, let's see ... I burn about 50 calories per...

Hmmm, let's see ... I burn about 50 calories per mile, so about 1000 calories per 20 mile ride. A good greasy 1000-calorie cheeseburger costs about $5, so that's $5 per 20 miles. Damn that fuel...
12-01-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,164
Posted By CreakingCrank

Opinion mine, one doesn't need motivation to ride...

Opinion mine, one doesn't need motivation to ride a bike. No ten year old in the history of kids has ever needed motivation to ride their bike. Riding a bike was fun as a kid and still is ... until...
12-01-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By CreakingCrank

Have you tried shifting it manually at the hub? ...

Have you tried shifting it manually at the hub? If it shifts properly at the hub, then its likely the shifter or cabling. If the symptoms appear when shifting the hub manually, the LBS likely put...
12-01-18, 04:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,163
Posted By CreakingCrank

I'm somewhat convinced gloves are made slightly...

I'm somewhat convinced gloves are made slightly narrower than in the past. I have strange hands ... the palm area is normal for a man my height/size but I have relatively short fingers. For years I...
Forum: Touring
11-29-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,451
Posted By CreakingCrank

Saddle bags aren't designed to be trendy (though...

Saddle bags aren't designed to be trendy (though they have become so with some cycle tourists). Their design is for bikepacking, a very different activity than traditional cycle touring. When...
Forum: Touring
11-12-18, 05:04 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

Fair enough, and I agree with your points here. ...

Fair enough, and I agree with your points here. Wasn't looking for solutions or sympathy. Just wondering how frequently it happens.
Forum: Touring
11-12-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 875
Posted By CreakingCrank

What a great thread for any readers contemplating...

What a great thread for any readers contemplating their first tour. It shows one doesn't need to cross a continent to have an epic tour. In fact, shorter tours allow you to target feature-rich...
Forum: Touring
11-12-18, 11:12 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

Not to single you out JoeyBike, but to all who...

Not to single you out JoeyBike, but to all who have turned this thread into an anti-driver, anti-car rant ... and to those who have not-so elegantly bashed those rants.


The thread isn't about...
Forum: Touring
11-09-18, 08:37 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

I'll take your answer as a no.

I'll take your answer as a no.
Forum: Touring
11-09-18, 08:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 875
Posted By CreakingCrank

My first tour was similar to your plan ... 102...

My first tour was similar to your plan ... 102 miles and two nights. Be prepared to get hooked.

Edit: I rode to Zion National park, rode inside the park the second day and returned the third. ...
11-08-18, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3,342
Views: 429,069
Posted By CreakingCrank

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Forum: Commuting
11-08-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 963
Posted By CreakingCrank

Agree, just fix it. I'm no bike mechanic and...

Agree, just fix it. I'm no bike mechanic and installed new hydro brakes on my MTB and I bled my wife's brakes (Both Shimano). It isn't that hard and youtube is your friend.
Forum: Touring
11-08-18, 02:28 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,142
Posted By CreakingCrank

If maximum stopping power in all conditions is...

If maximum stopping power in all conditions is important to you, hydraulic disc brakes are your best friend. As mentioned already, a good quality from a reputable manufacturer.
Forum: Touring
11-07-18, 04:30 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,142
Posted By CreakingCrank

In before the fight starts. Either will...

In before the fight starts.

Either will serve you well in the areas of the world you plan to travel. Disc brakes have more stopping power but that power produces more friction so disc brakes can...
Forum: Touring
11-06-18, 10:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 986
Posted By CreakingCrank

That's a common strategy ... Riding fewer miles...

That's a common strategy ... Riding fewer miles with more rest to start allows for fresher legs later in the tour. Similarly, riding conservatively in the mornings allows for fresher legs near the...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-18, 10:31 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,730
Posted By CreakingCrank

Yeah, the NW coast has my area beat on both ends...

Yeah, the NW coast has my area beat on both ends of the climate range ... by more than a little.
Forum: Touring
11-05-18, 02:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 986
Posted By CreakingCrank

As already suggested, go for it ... but with a...

As already suggested, go for it ... but with a few caveats.

1. Prepare physically. Being able to do 80 miles in a day doesn't mean one can do 50-60 miles per day repeatedly. You don't need to be...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,730
Posted By CreakingCrank

Threads like this make me appreciate being able...

Threads like this make me appreciate being able to ride year-round. A dozen or so 110+ F summer days is a small price for an entire winter's riding season.
Forum: Touring
11-04-18, 11:34 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

Agree. It seems the cyclists who cry "Share the...

Agree. It seems the cyclists who cry "Share the Road" the loudest, fail to share the road themselves.
Forum: Touring
11-04-18, 11:27 AM
Replies: 914
Views: 121,018
Posted By CreakingCrank

Homeless Winnebago? ...

Homeless Winnebago?

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Forum: Touring
11-03-18, 08:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By CreakingCrank

Are you talking about now? You could probably...

Are you talking about now? You could probably still do the Katy Trail. Amtrak runs to both St Louis and Kansas City and another train runs between the two.

Amtrak also runs to Salt Lake City and a...
Forum: Touring
11-02-18, 09:11 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

Thanks Tom and mev for sharing your stories. I...

Thanks Tom and mev for sharing your stories. I had heard about purposeful and dangerous harassment toward bicycles but always thought they were quite rare. After my encounter and hearing yours,...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 05:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

Yeah, I've had plenty of people drive...

Yeah, I've had plenty of people drive uncomfortably close to me on tour for various reasons ... distracted, not careful, didn't care, etc. Never felt any purposeful intent. This guy (assuming...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 03:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

I watch in my mirror frequently and saw the truck...

I watch in my mirror frequently and saw the truck in its own lane travelling straight. It was not drifting. It was not weaving. It was not skirting the line. A few seconds later its 3-4 feet to the...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 10:32 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,624
Posted By CreakingCrank

Have you ever been buzzed by a car while on tour?

On my recent tour, a semi drove dangerously close to me at high speed. I was on a wide shoulder with several feet of space between myself and the white line. The truck swerved out of his lane and...
Forum: Touring
11-01-18, 09:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,055
Posted By CreakingCrank

Love mine too ... freestanding, durable, dual...

Love mine too ... freestanding, durable, dual doors, large vestibules, and it comes standard with a footprint. Its 5 pounds, but a true 5 pounds, including all stakes, guy lines, footprint, carry...
11-01-18, 08:46 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,314
Posted By CreakingCrank

Bikes are like personalities ... it would suck if...

Bikes are like personalities ... it would suck if all were the same. Vive la difference.
10-05-18, 11:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 879
Posted By CreakingCrank

Have fun. All you hope, want and expect from...

Have fun. All you hope, want and expect from cycling will come in time ... but won't come at all if you don't enjoy riding at an elementary level. Have fun!
10-04-18, 01:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,000
Posted By CreakingCrank

True ... except one typically feels particularly...

True ... except one typically feels particularly strong in this case and picks up the pace ... until there's the perception of a slight headwind. Until I get a wind to my back stronger than my...
10-03-18, 11:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,060
Posted By CreakingCrank

I doubt any lubricant product designed to reduce...

I doubt any lubricant product designed to reduce chaffing will help reduce the chances of getting "pimples". It certainly won't clear them up once they develop. Those pimples are actually the start...
Forum: Commuting
10-03-18, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By CreakingCrank

It looks like it has 120mm rear spacing. Rohloff...

It looks like it has 120mm rear spacing. Rohloff and the Alfine hubs are 135mm.

Edit: When spec'd as a single speed bike, it comes with a 120mm flip-flop hub, which made me assume its 120mm...
Forum: Touring
10-02-18, 10:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,000
Posted By CreakingCrank

Also, check overseas vendors as Klickfix is more...

Also, check overseas vendors as Klickfix is more popular in Europe. I've had great success with Bike24.com They list some handlebar bags that are more boxy than the ones you identified, like ...
...
Forum: Touring
10-02-18, 10:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,000
Posted By CreakingCrank

Given the dimensions you provided, the Rixen Kaul...

Given the dimensions you provided, the Rixen Kaul Ultima will work if you insert the tablet diagonally. (31 cm diagonally x 24 cm high)
Forum: Commuting
09-18-18, 04:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,527
Posted By CreakingCrank

I don't know. Belt drive bikes come at low price...

I don't know. Belt drive bikes come at low price points too.
...
07-16-18, 09:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,157
Posted By CreakingCrank

Every geared bike can be ridden like a single...

Every geared bike can be ridden like a single speed ... don't shift. I've done this a number of times to feel what my commute would be like on an SS.
07-16-18, 08:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,095
Posted By CreakingCrank

Agree, which reminds me of this ... A guy...

Agree, which reminds me of this ...

A guy goes to his 10 year high school reunion dressed to the nines wanting people to think he's successful.

He goes to his 20 year reunion still caring about...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-18, 08:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,396
Posted By CreakingCrank

There you have it. The difference between...

There you have it. The difference between blissful bike commuting and an ordeal, is how you view it.
07-16-18, 11:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,891
Posted By CreakingCrank

That's good to know as I prepare for a hilly tour...

That's good to know as I prepare for a hilly tour in September. I was wondering if stairs would help significantly. I have hills where I live but its so hot here its difficult to get to them, up...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-18, 11:45 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,161
Posted By CreakingCrank

Had a wonderful wildlife encounter this morning,...

Had a wonderful wildlife encounter this morning, right in the middle of 100 yard long wooden bridge. A porcupine came waddling toward me from the other side. We both stopped in Mexican standoff...
Forum: Touring
07-03-18, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By CreakingCrank

Yes, your backpacking experience will come in...

Yes, your backpacking experience will come in handy. While weight certainly matters, on-bike weight is more forgiving than weight directly strapped to your back. You can easily afford some weight...
Forum: Touring
06-29-18, 10:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By CreakingCrank

Oooo, that's on my short list too. There was a...

Oooo, that's on my short list too. There was a group seeking companions for a fall foliage tour that got me looking at that area. Looked amazing ... add in maple tree foliage ... wow!
Forum: Touring
06-28-18, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By CreakingCrank

I think I posted this before, but I built a...

I think I posted this before, but I built a Wolverine for a car replacement/touring bike. I blogged the build (with zero previous experience) here...
06-28-18, 10:46 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,626
Posted By CreakingCrank

Never be satisfied with average ... its the best...

Never be satisfied with average ... its the best of the worst and the worst of the best.
06-27-18, 01:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,312
Posted By CreakingCrank

Smaller frame or tighter shorts ... both add...

Smaller frame or tighter shorts ... both add clearance
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