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07-04-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,366
Posted By tommymc

I had a Pasela 32c on a Dyad rim that fit my...

I had a Pasela 32c on a Dyad rim that fit my Wabi. It was close but worked. Maybe your narrow rim pushes the tire diameter up a little.
06-28-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By tommymc

It is primarily the ERD that I'm after. By chance...

It is primarily the ERD that I'm after. By chance I pulled out of the barn a Bontrager Fairlane wheel and it is identical in shape and width to the mystery rim. It also has a note on the label "ERD...
06-27-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By tommymc

Rim ID

Does anyone recognize the sticker on this tandem rim? Though the print is gone the color and outline shape is rather distinctive. It's a 700c 36h with offset drilling. A classic box cross-section...
06-25-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,366
Posted By tommymc

Last week I rescued my '70s English Dawes Galaxy...

Last week I rescued my '70s English Dawes Galaxy touring bike from the barn and did a SS fixed conversion on it. All I had to do was pull the triple crank, shifters and derailleurs. The 126mm dropout...
06-22-21, 02:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 409
Posted By tommymc

The slightly smaller diameter dime might work...

The slightly smaller diameter dime might work better to not catch the the arm splines. I tried last week with a standard Park tool for square BB's and one dime but deformed it like the penny. Maybe...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 901
Posted By tommymc

Check out the Ortlieb Ultimate bags. The mount...

Check out the Ortlieb Ultimate bags. The mount stands off of the stem and bars enough for cables, I've used mine with a cantilever brake hanger. The lockable bag comes off in an instant. The biggest...
04-22-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 727
Posted By tommymc

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Styles peak, decline and eventually return as retro (like Bermuda shorts)....
Forum: Touring
04-02-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,664
Posted By tommymc

For the C&O and GAP options AMTRAK trains should...

For the C&O and GAP options AMTRAK trains should be doable to and from Charleston, eliminating the car hassle. The Silver/Palmetto lines offer baggage car carrying of bikes (according to their...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,256
Posted By tommymc

I'm with you on that and have been planning to do...

I'm with you on that and have been planning to do a Lake Huron circle tour for a couple years now. My a bike and gear sits in a New York cousin's garage and my double vaccination card is taped in the...
03-05-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By tommymc

Sounds like a missing or greased up friction...

Sounds like a missing or greased up friction washer. But sometimes the needed friction setting makes shifting harder. If your frame's rear is spaced at or can be cold set to 126mm then think about a...
02-28-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,565
Posted By tommymc

Really kinda simple. If you ride further than you...

Really kinda simple. If you ride further than you want to walk carry the stuff to get going again. Have cell phones changed this old idea?
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,890
Posted By tommymc

With an S&S case and weight under 20 kg, (50 lbs,...

With an S&S case and weight under 20 kg, (50 lbs, on regular US airlines, 40 lbs. on budget lines like Spirit) there should be no question about charges. The standard checked bag fee is published up...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 04:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,890
Posted By tommymc

An S&S coupled frame and case makes it much...

An S&S coupled frame and case makes it much better but not always easy. The airline part is simple as a piece of normal luggage. Lugging a 50 lb. case without wheels around a big airport or on the...
Forum: Touring
02-08-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,769
Posted By tommymc

Welcome to the touring world. There are quite a...

Welcome to the touring world. There are quite a few dedicated paths in Florida from 10 to 40 miles in length, like the Withlacoochee you did.. Most of these are in urban areas which don't lend to...
02-06-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,296
Posted By tommymc

The 9mm axles typically on front hubs may be a...

The 9mm axles typically on front hubs may be a little more of a problem than ball size. But a longer solid 10mm axle should be possible to use for this fixed setup. I've done that on two front disk...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,595
Posted By tommymc

Very good review of the Neutrino. I've stumbled...

Very good review of the Neutrino. I've stumbled on this in a quest to find something easier than lugging a 50 lb. S&S bag around airports and reaching an assembly point. I also agree that disc...
08-19-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,481
Posted By tommymc

Frame is cracked

A couple years ago my Motobecane Vitus frame cracked and separated completely around the seat tube on top of the bottom bracket lug. It was not from any accident or abuse but only apparent when the...
04-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By tommymc

Oops, I have an old Cannondale with 7-speed...

Oops, I have an old Cannondale with 7-speed Shimano DT shifters and should have recognized the picture. But It's been at 20 years since I set it up. I believe the Shimano's DT shifters from back...
04-19-20, 02:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By tommymc

It looks like your left side already has the...

It looks like your left side already has the plastic boss cover from a previous shifter. That can be easily pried off and moved to the right side if needed. But with the new set of the Sunrace...
03-29-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 23,282
Posted By tommymc

Hello Loris, I have Urban Platforms on a...

Hello Loris,

I have Urban Platforms on a touring bike which I like a lot. The measurement that you seek is 33.3 mm. I like the large toe tab on these pedals for quick orientation from a stop to...
03-29-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By tommymc

All good points above. If you have clincher rims...

All good points above. If you have clincher rims from the original '70s period they probably have straight inner sidewalls, not hook bead. So tire selection becomes a little problematic for bead...
Forum: Touring
03-07-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By tommymc

Hey, Thanks for the good ideas, especially...

Hey,
Thanks for the good ideas, especially wrapping with cheap rubber shelf liner material. I have a little trick for the open coupling ends. From Home Depot I bought four large (> 1" dia.) rubber...
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By tommymc

Frame protection in S & S bag

Hello fellow travelers,
What do you use for frame covering when packing an S & S bike into a soft bag. I've tried the split pipe insulation but the added bulk is a problem. Something thinner would...
02-24-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 21,483
Posted By tommymc

When I take a bike to ride in Central America...

When I take a bike to ride in Central America it''s with 8 speed max.. Ariund there 9 speed drivetrains are nonexistent except in the largest cities with affluent weekend warriors. And not just...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,718
Posted By tommymc

I used 26 x 1.5" wire-bead Marathons on the C & O...

I used 26 x 1.5" wire-bead Marathons on the C & O path through a lot of water and mud. They were no problem. Further on through PA and Ohio they did nice on pavement too. The same tires carried me...
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
Posted By tommymc

They may be a little heavy but are nearly...

They may be a little heavy but are nearly indestructable. Once, after loading my 29er on a rear car deck, in a senior moment I left the front wheel on the ground. Then I backed the rear of an Xterra...
Forum: Touring
12-25-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 848
Posted By tommymc

Field expedient chain breaker

The file clip looks perfect. Thanks to all.
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 848
Posted By tommymc

Field Expedient chain breaker

I travel with an S & S coupled bike in a soft case. It's neater to pack with the chain (10 speed) broken by the speed link and rolled up in a separate container. At home I have a purposeful set of...
12-24-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,616
Posted By tommymc

Sturmey Archer SRF5(W)

Hi Dan, thanks for the response and informative video. Mine is definitlely the wide-range version. It shifts and runs beautifully with less than 1,000 miles. Your video looks so simple to pull the...
12-22-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,616
Posted By tommymc

Sturmey Archer SRF5(W)

Hi, I have a lightly used SRF5 that shifts and feels good. Wondering if anyone has long-term use of one of these? I'm planning to set one up for moderate touring, possibly with a half step double...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,297
Posted By tommymc

Airports are not a problem. Everything is open...

Airports are not a problem. Everything is open and the most you will get are friendly passersbys. I usually disassemble and pack the day before at a hotel/hostel where I can do it in a more relaxed...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,297
Posted By tommymc

I fly with a checked soft S & S case along with a...

I fly with a checked soft S & S case along with a hard Pelican case in the overhead. The empty S & S case can be folded and stuffed into the Pelican at the arrival airport. Then I ship that forward...
11-27-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,611
Posted By tommymc

I've been using straps on platform pedals for...

I've been using straps on platform pedals for quite a while, both touring and urban riding. The forward flopping is annoying to be sure. But I've found that it can be minimized on low profile pedals...
11-09-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By tommymc

It was a Cane Creek cartridge that must have...

It was a Cane Creek cartridge that must have dropped out of the head tube. Fortunately, the top and bottom sets were identical and I completed the two week ride on the bottom only. A new headset...
11-08-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By tommymc

Threading a threadless steerer

Hi folks,

I have a 26" wheel travel bike (retro fitted with S & S couplers) that was built with 1" threadless fork. I fly it to many 3rd world places and plan a SE Asia tour early next year. My...
05-10-18, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,782
Posted By tommymc

Wow, the width difference is less than 8...

Wow, the width difference is less than 8 thousands. The latest engineering is impressive but I think I'll stick to 6-8 speed friction shifted drivetrains for third-world adventures (and most...
05-08-18, 05:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,782
Posted By tommymc

10-speed chain on older drivetrains

As 10-speed gear has now taken a backseat and is priced accordingly are there any downsides to using 10-speed chains on 5, 6. 7, 8, or 9-speed clusters? Or even on a 3/32" SS setup? It would really...
Replies: 2
Views: 647
Posted By tommymc

Handlebar bag hanger

Remember the steel wire brackets that looped over the dropped stem and handlebar to hang a bag on? The extensions slipped into sleeves on each side of the bag. I've got two old bags that need them....
03-06-14, 12:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,406
Posted By tommymc

The stems work really well. The top knuckles are...

The stems work really well. The top knuckles are left a little loose so the third wheel rides up and down, allowing more normal handling and will pivot all the way up to fit through narrow ways. ...
03-05-14, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,406
Posted By tommymc

High Sierra Pics

Thanks Scooper,

Now that I see the drawing of the clip I remember them. As if lawyer lips on the ends weren't enough!

I found the frame on the local CL. It had some rust in the corners but...
03-03-14, 03:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,406
Posted By tommymc

Schwinn High Sierra Fork

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Hi,

I've just picked up a High Sierra frameset for duty with an Xtracycle. It has roller brake mounts so I'd make it about an '87 model. There's something curious on the fork. On the...
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