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10-23-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,961
Posted By Rob_E

When I moved my headlight to a new bike, the new...

When I moved my headlight to a new bike, the new bike didn't have fenders. First ride in the rain, and my light started acting crazy: blinking on and off long after I stopped moving. I think it was...
10-23-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,961
Posted By Rob_E

Mine had the USB and button hard wired into the...

Mine had the USB and button hard wired into the light. About a year after getting my replacement light, the replacement failed. Only the USB/handlebar switch failed. I eventually just cut the switch...
03-16-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,833
Posted By Rob_E

Thank goodness for the Surly TV Tray Rack. ...

Thank goodness for the Surly TV Tray Rack.

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Forum: Touring
03-16-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 835
Posted By Rob_E

Maybe the Problem Solvers Fender Flute...

Maybe the Problem Solvers Fender Flute (https://problemsolversbike.com/products/accessory-mounts/fender_flute_-_32803) will do what you need. It should at least let you move the fender down a bit,...
03-13-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,732
Posted By Rob_E

I think it depends on why you are using it. I...

I think it depends on why you are using it. I agree that a wrist mounted display of your heart rate would be tricky to use while at the height of your workout. I don't really track my heart rate at...
03-13-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,607
Posted By Rob_E

Same. Actually I am hoping to build up a new...

Same. Actually I am hoping to build up a new bike. I have a list of parts I'd like to put on the new frame, which I don't yet own, and one item was a hub that appears to be discontinued, or at least...
Forum: Touring
03-12-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,455
Posted By Rob_E

This thing is weird in that is has a really good,...

This thing is weird in that is has a really good, solid mechanism to clamp on to the handlebars (and I bet you could clamp it other places as well), but I find that upper, adjustable section to be...
03-12-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,833
Posted By Rob_E

A lot of the events I was planning on attending...

A lot of the events I was planning on attending in the next couple of weeks have been cancelled. All the focus/concern in the US seems to be on limiting large gatherings of people where the virus can...
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 508
Posted By Rob_E

https://www.bilenky.com/product-page/frame-tube-co...

https://www.bilenky.com/product-page/frame-tube-covers
Pretty sure that's what I have, although I don't remember paying that much, so maybe I have something else.
Forum: Touring
02-28-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,546
Posted By Rob_E

This was last summer? I must have gotten lucky...

This was last summer? I must have gotten lucky and passed through before it happened. I went through during the 2nd half of June and didn't have any issues in that stretch. There was a washed out...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By Rob_E

I've used AirBnB on two separate occasions to...

I've used AirBnB on two separate occasions to overnight in Cumberland. One time I was alone and just in someone's spare bedroom. Another time it was my wife and I in what seemed very hotel-like. Both...
Forum: Touring
02-24-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By Rob_E

The only credit card touring I've done to date...

The only credit card touring I've done to date has involved booking in advance. If I'm on my own, I like to be flexible, but I also like to camp. If I'm traveling with other, especially non-camping...
02-17-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,126
Posted By Rob_E

I will be checking the Sinewave before hand. i...

I will be checking the Sinewave before hand. i have already set it up to be wired into my hub and have verified that a charge is detected while riding, but I haven't actually charged anything. The...
02-17-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,126
Posted By Rob_E

I am one of the people who's Luxos U has failed....

I am one of the people who's Luxos U has failed. When I got it, it seemed like a good deal because it was slightly less than the cost of a good dynamo light + a separate USB charger. But then the USB...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,617
Posted By Rob_E

If you desire a supple tire, I would say start...

If you desire a supple tire, I would say start with planning on going tubeless. Tires roll better and flats don't become a real issue until it's time to replace the tire. Schwalbe do last, though. It...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,617
Posted By Rob_E

I was going to mention Rene Herse before I saw...

I was going to mention Rene Herse before I saw you mentioned them being too expensive. They are more than I was accustomed to paying for a tire. I took a chance anyway, and my Rat Trap Pass tires...
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,210
Posted By Rob_E

I have also carried gear both ways. If I'm going...

I have also carried gear both ways. If I'm going to carry 40 liters of gear up front, it'll be in panniers. But the way I've dealt with this is to not have 40 liters of gear up front. I generally...
Forum: Touring
02-10-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,210
Posted By Rob_E

A major factor that hasn't been mentioned is how...

A major factor that hasn't been mentioned is how much gear you are going to carry. Front rack options exist, but my set-up lately has been what Alan suggests: rack and panniers in the back,...
Forum: Touring
02-06-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,734
Posted By Rob_E

I like the isolated feel of the C&O, and I felt...

I like the isolated feel of the C&O, and I felt the GAP had some of the best scenery, but it's all grouped at the the ends of the trail. There's a hundred miles in the middle where you've got a river...
Forum: Touring
02-04-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 894
Posted By Rob_E

Fatbikes excel at some specific types of riding....

Fatbikes excel at some specific types of riding. Riding on snow and sand are good candidates for a fat bike. Being 225 pounds is not a reason to get a fat bike. I spent years being heavier than that...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,734
Posted By Rob_E

Yeah, we didn't drive, and were meeting another...

Yeah, we didn't drive, and were meeting another couple in Lockport (they were able to leave their car parked where we met our shuttle, behind the visitor's center, I think.), so we were able to ride...
Forum: Touring
02-03-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,642
Posted By Rob_E

I did the whole thing on knobby 26 x 2.4s. I...

I did the whole thing on knobby 26 x 2.4s. I agree that knobs are not necessary, but the only time I was sorry I had them was when I had to ride on pavement and listen to them buzz. I did find I was...
Forum: Touring
01-31-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,957
Posted By Rob_E

This is not true for all routes. Check the...

This is not true for all routes. Check the individual routes to find out if it applies to a route you're considering. There has been some discussion of the GAP/C&O trails which largely parallel the...
Forum: Touring
01-30-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,957
Posted By Rob_E

In terms of the GAP & C&O canal trail, I don't...

In terms of the GAP & C&O canal trail, I don't think you'd ever need to stealth camp or push for longer days. The C&O has free, primitive camping all along it. The longest stretch without a campsite...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,957
Posted By Rob_E

Definitely C&O/GAP fits their requirements. I did...

Definitely C&O/GAP fits their requirements. I did it in mid June and the weather was fine. I met a guy in the late summer on the Erie Canal trail who was riding west to Buffalo and then doing a long,...
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,734
Posted By Rob_E

On my trip, I did not cover the easterly, muddy...

On my trip, I did not cover the easterly, muddy stuff that smudge saw, but did have some hardpack and asphalt, and rode along the Niagara River while going from Buffalo to Lockport on some...
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,734
Posted By Rob_E

Nice. Saw some familiar sights, like the trail...

Nice. Saw some familiar sights, like the trail section in Medina where my little, action camera bounced out of my bag and into the ravine.
We did a much smaller section this summer: Buffalo to...
01-28-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,148
Posted By Rob_E

Good thoughts. Although for me, I'm interested...

Good thoughts. Although for me, I'm interested mainly for the portability, so that Xiaomi one still looks like a reasonable compromise. If I'm running around all day, I often have a battery handy to...
01-27-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,008
Posted By Rob_E

I like my Lezyne light. I got one of the higher...

I like my Lezyne light. I got one of the higher numbered ones, and it's pretty good at lighting up a dark path away from the streetlights, but there is a whole range of lights, some of which might...
01-27-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,148
Posted By Rob_E

I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. I was looking...

I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. I was looking at a cheaper, portable air compressor that only goes up to about 20psi. I wasn't planning on using it for my bike, but rather I've been biking to a...
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By Rob_E

If you're camping, there's a free site just a...

If you're camping, there's a free site just a half a mile south of the Franklin trailhead south of Akron. Nice spot, but I do believe there were train sounds and sounds from the road. No facilities....
Forum: Touring
01-21-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By Rob_E

Looks like the OP stayed in Massillon. Although...

Looks like the OP stayed in Massillon. Although some of that decision might depend on the forecast. While I've never encountered the flooding that smudge hit, if it happens, that section is the part...
Forum: Touring
01-19-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By Rob_E

Iíve done Millersburgh to Akron in a day with...

Iíve done Millersburgh to Akron in a day with full camping gear, so Iím sure it can be done as a hotel trip, but that is one of the worst stretches for hills. Itís the day with the most miles on...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By Rob_E

Looks like smudgy made it work. Did he camp in...

Looks like smudgy made it work. Did he camp in Xenia? There are some tricky spots if you want to stick to designated camping areas. I started from Cincinnati later in the day, and stayed with a Warm...
Forum: Touring
01-16-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By Rob_E

I've been down that Canal Fulton stretch a couple...

I've been down that Canal Fulton stretch a couple of times, both times it either was raining or had been raining recently. Both times in late May. Never saw flooding like that. So hopefully that...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,310
Posted By Rob_E

I've been riding these for several months now....

I've been riding these for several months now. Smoothest-rolling, most comfortable tire I've ever ridden, and I feel like I ride faster then when I'm on my "plus" sized wheelset, but that may just be...
Forum: Touring
01-09-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,337
Posted By Rob_E

According to this site:...

According to this site: https://bikecounterculture.com/2017/08/17/bike-wheel-diameter-calculator/ you are looking at 4 mm of difference, which, in terms of fender clearance, would only be 2mm...
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,329
Posted By Rob_E

I have a set of quick-release MKS pedals on my...

I have a set of quick-release MKS pedals on my folder. They've been trouble-free since I've had them, but I've only done minimal, credit-card touring and very infrequent commuting on that bike. It's...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,241
Posted By Rob_E

That's my choice as well. Actually I use the High...

That's my choice as well. Actually I use the High Volume version, since I'm riding on tires that are over 2 inches wide. I replaced my Topeak Mountain Morph with it when the Topeak quit working. But...
Forum: Touring
12-31-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,117
Posted By Rob_E

+1 I see you've ordered the Topeak stuff. I...

+1

I see you've ordered the Topeak stuff. I have a Topeak rack and bag, and I love it it. I don't think you'll regret the purchase. I also have the rack-compatible basket as well as the...
Forum: Touring
12-20-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 969
Posted By Rob_E

These are my gloves of choice:...

These are my gloves of choice: https://www.rei.com/product/155529/outdoor-research-versaliner-sensor-gloves-mens
They are not bike-specific and, as such, not padded in the places bike gloves usually...
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 969
Posted By Rob_E

Standard winter commuting gear is my Smart Wool...

Standard winter commuting gear is my Smart Wool beanie. In warmer weather I use a moisture-wicking skull cap to cover my bald head. But when it's cold enough, the beanie does great. It's not great...
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,529
Posted By Rob_E

I'll second the Troll. Can carry a lot when you...

I'll second the Troll. Can carry a lot when you need, but still fun and comfortable to ride all day unloaded. Tires up to 3".

But really you might want to narrow down what you're looking for in a...
Forum: Touring
12-12-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,782
Posted By Rob_E

That sounds like a perfect solution when coming...

That sounds like a perfect solution when coming and going from the same place. Is that an option in the U.S.? I feel like with airport security being the way it is these days, just leaving anything...
Forum: Touring
12-12-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,782
Posted By Rob_E

I've done all of those things. Sort of. I did fly...

I've done all of those things. Sort of. I did fly into an airport with my S&S bike, and I decided not to assemble it at the airport, but instead to bus myself to the other side of town, get a bite to...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Rob_E

Well, I'm not thinking about a touring appliance,...

Well, I'm not thinking about a touring appliance, but some excursions down the river near home, so I don't mind if it takes up a little more space. With that in mind, I have a pretty heavy duty...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,586
Posted By Rob_E

Is this an actual product? Looks like a...

Is this an actual product? Looks like a prototype, not yet on the market.
Personally, for touring it's nice to have items that perform multiple functions, but sometimes that can go too far, to the...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,496
Posted By Rob_E

Thanks for the clarification. We definitely have...

Thanks for the clarification. We definitely have some differences of opinion on what would fall into the standard definition of bike packing.



One of the appealing parts of bike packing, in my...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,496
Posted By Rob_E

Well, I didn't count my cooler, nor did I include...

Well, I didn't count my cooler, nor did I include my folded up duffel bag. I figure the cooler is pretty non-standard touring gear, and the only purpose of the duffel was to hold my gear together so...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,496
Posted By Rob_E

So you're still equating bikepacking and credit...

So you're still equating bikepacking and credit card touring, which still leaves me thinking we have completely different ideas about what bikepacking actually is. To me, the defining aspect of...
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