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09-20-23, 04:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

A couple more updates. I was commuting...

A couple more updates.

I was commuting Monday with the trailer. There is a portion of my trek where I rode through a field that has overgrown weeds. One of the QR levers on an axle was pulled...
09-13-23, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By KC8QVO

I agree with zandoval. I can't see your trail...

I agree with zandoval. I can't see your trail organizers being able to do anything to stop the problem (problem being the motorized ATV's and dirtbikes that are not allowed there).

The only 2...
08-31-23, 04:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 647
Posted By KC8QVO

Design your own. Take some pointers from...

Design your own.

Take some pointers from others you see and make some drawings to guide you.

Be realistic with dimensions and draw to scale for the best guide. If you are artistic and just...
08-15-23, 05:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

Here is the end result of the trimming of the...

Here is the end result of the trimming of the saddle:


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1008x756/20230815_180118_061664bffec5f6d4c1162f8b49d957aae96f4fe3.jpg

It is a bit...
Forum: Touring
08-07-23, 04:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,280
Posted By KC8QVO

Though I am a fan of the Truckers (rim or disc...

Though I am a fan of the Truckers (rim or disc depending on user/rider preference), I am not sure that fits the OP's goals.

As for stock wheels - I have toured very heavy before on mine and I was...
Forum: Touring
08-01-23, 05:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 747
Posted By KC8QVO

LHT's are excellent touring bikes. A riding buddy...

LHT's are excellent touring bikes. A riding buddy of mine got me on to them. His longest tour was from central Ohio to NW Georgia, I forget how many miles, maybe around 5-600. That gave me some...
Forum: Touring
07-25-23, 06:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,980
Posted By KC8QVO

On the subject of "route planning" - Use...

On the subject of "route planning" -

Use multiple sources.

I do use RWGPS, a LOT, for routing. However, it is not the only resource I use. In fact, I don't really use the paved/non-paved...
Forum: Touring
07-20-23, 05:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By KC8QVO

I don't have a whole lot to add on your plans...

I don't have a whole lot to add on your plans specifically.

However, I drove a semi for a while. I ran flatbed and specialized, some curtain side runs but mostly flat bed and some step deck. I got...
Forum: Commuting
09-21-22, 05:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,972
Posted By KC8QVO

Tire management - Winter, Studs vs No Studs?

All,

I am looking at studded tire options as we'll be in to the cold months before too long. I'd like to try to keep my cycle commuting up through the winter, so long as it isn't too cold/nasty.
...
Forum: Touring
05-03-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,571
Posted By KC8QVO

Old-ish thread but I am reviewing it and some of...

Old-ish thread but I am reviewing it and some of the data for a talk coming up in a few weeks. I just went back to Strava and, oddly enough, got a message over top the heat map that spells out how...
04-24-22, 12:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,434
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for all the replies. I am looking at...

Thanks for all the replies.

I am looking at the Cateye Padrone Smart Plus unit now. It appears that uses Bluetooth sensors and not ANT+.

The recommended sensor is the ISC-12 dual speed +...
Forum: Touring
03-29-22, 03:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 664
Posted By KC8QVO

I am not familiar with the specific route,...

I am not familiar with the specific route, however I grew up right next to rt 48 along another part of it and am familiar with that route in general. I have family in that area of the state still (N...
Forum: Touring
03-19-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,530
Posted By KC8QVO

I'm late to the discussion here, but in reply to...

I'm late to the discussion here, but in reply to the OP's conundrum of taking a cooking set or not - I, for one, can not imagine going "out" without a cook set.

Of course, I do not pack light -...
Forum: Touring
03-10-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,360
Posted By KC8QVO

Lots of members here will probably laugh at my...

Lots of members here will probably laugh at my set up - but I have a 12v power system on my bike. It is most definitely "unconventional" in the realm of normal cycling, but maybe this will all give...
03-01-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 115,730
Posted By KC8QVO

Interesting info. That makes sense now. Just...

Interesting info. That makes sense now.

Just to contrast - a lot of my riding is in the country here in the US so "space" isn't really an issue. We do have multi-use paths (MUP's) - the paved...
Forum: Touring
02-27-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 981
Posted By KC8QVO

Right here if you like. Lots of us have done...

Right here if you like. Lots of us have done that.

There are other places, like Crazy Guy On A Bike:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

There is no "sub forum" here for active trips, however....
Forum: Touring
02-25-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,215
Posted By KC8QVO

I can get better pictures/details later, but...

I can get better pictures/details later, but these are what I came across real quick.

I have Tubus racks. On the rear I used a piece of 1" or so PVC tube and zip tied it to the light mount plate....
Forum: Touring
02-23-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,155
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the replies and ideas thus far in the...

Thanks for the replies and ideas thus far in the thread.

To be clear - this thread is not, and never was intended, to be a "religious discussion". Its simply on the form factor of a book and...
Forum: Touring
02-21-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,034
Posted By KC8QVO

Lots of technical replies already so this is...

Lots of technical replies already so this is probably of little significance in the grand scheme of things:

I have been riding 700c since 2014 and wish I could get wider tires on my bike than I...
10-08-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

I made a slight change, not really with the...

I made a slight change, not really with the "trailer", but the pool noodle traffic deflector.

I added a piece of PVC pipe. I believe it is 1/2" ID. It fits pretty snug inside the noodle. The...
10-05-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

Today's work: I took the wheels off to...

Today's work:

I took the wheels off to inspect the bearings closer (I have another thread in the mechanics forum on bearings, I'll leave the details there -...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,847
Posted By KC8QVO

Awesome! Ya know... You're setting the...

Awesome!

Ya know...
You're setting the proverbial "bar" quite high. :D

I, for one, am anxious for your continued trek documentaries. Keep up the excellent work. And do take good care of...
09-30-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

More pictures. I think I am limited to 5 per...

More pictures. I think I am limited to 5 per post.

These pictures describe the location of the tubs along the trailer. This goes back to my "math" a few posts up with where I moved the axle to. I...
09-27-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

Tonight's work - I did relocate the axle....

Tonight's work -

I did relocate the axle. The math behind it is as follows:
Each tub is 32" long (the top lid length, not the bottom - the tubs taper to the bottom, but the ruling dimension for...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,655
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent point. When I got my Dahon Mariner...

Excellent point.

When I got my Dahon Mariner (20" folder, ordered it online) it came in a box pretty much assembled. There is an option from a lot of vendors of bikes like this that will include...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By KC8QVO

In an attempt to be respectful and shedding some...

In an attempt to be respectful and shedding some knowledge, please don't take offense to this.

From your other poll thread and this one I think you need to analyze what kind of touring you are...
Forum: Touring
09-24-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,571
Posted By KC8QVO

That was part of it, but the idea of the routing,...

That was part of it, but the idea of the routing, numbers, etc encompasses a lot. I have been looking over routes, also, for ideas this season and beyond so I put a lot of it together here to detail...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 816
Posted By KC8QVO

Touring humor? "Ohio Triangle"

I got a good laugh when I saw this.

Has anyone ever rode this - what appears to be the "Ohio Triangle"? Perhaps they started and never returned? :D

For those that haven't caught the joke, the...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,571
Posted By KC8QVO

John N Thanks for the comments! Excellent info. ...

John N Thanks for the comments! Excellent info.

I don't recall ever hearing about the "climbing index". I may have heard references to it in the past, I've been around this forum for 6-7 years so...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,469
Posted By KC8QVO

The only way I would lean on vehicular...

The only way I would lean on vehicular transportation is if my ride was unridable.

The exception to that would be trips that combine other forms of transportation - flying to another continent,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,571
Posted By KC8QVO

One more example ride: Ride number 4 - ...

One more example ride:

Ride number 4 -

This was part of a multi-level 2-day "test ride" with a trailer I am working on. I wanted to do a "hell ride" with the trailer to analyze several things:...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,571
Posted By KC8QVO

Trip planning and elevation analysis - example for newer bike tourists

Edit - there are too many pictures so I need to break this up in a couple posts.

All,

I have mapped out a trip I want to do some time before the snow flies and am looking over the route so...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,469
Posted By KC8QVO

Well that explains a lot. I didn't get in to...

Well that explains a lot. I didn't get in to Dalton until midnight. Here is a picture looking across Rt 30.

Note the "OUT" sign. It encapsulates my sentiments exactly - note the mist. It was like...
Forum: Touring
09-16-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,469
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent post! I did the OTET between...

Excellent post!

I did the OTET between October/November of '20. I enjoyed your pictures.

I will partially agree with you on the Battelle Darby Creek park "gravel trail". However, I will caution...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,403
Posted By KC8QVO

And accessories. A riding buddy that has an...

And accessories.

A riding buddy that has an older model LHT than mine did this with his - and when he got his bike the shop cut the fork tube where they sized up the bike for him. So he did not...
09-09-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

I got to thinking about the apparently weak...

I got to thinking about the apparently weak springy hitch from the stock trailer. In my other thread the below hitch idea was posted in there. So I decided to make something similar.

At first I...
09-06-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

I checked out a couple things on the trailer this...

I checked out a couple things on the trailer this evening post-trip. I got rained on the last 1.5-2hrs of the 1st leg of my trip. I was hoping to not get the trailer wet as I did not get a chance to...
09-06-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,432
Posted By KC8QVO

NP good luck with it. If your trailer uses...

NP good luck with it.

If your trailer uses stub axles like what I am working with - post up what you find on wheels. I haven't had much luck yet finding stub axles. There are two common bicycle...
09-06-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

Here are a couple pictures from the weekend trip....

Here are a couple pictures from the weekend trip. I like riding out in the country, always have. This route, however, is new to me but I suspect it will be a frequent run from now on. There are only...
09-03-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

More work today. I did some fine-tuning of...

More work today.

I did some fine-tuning of the stub axle fitment. The alignment wasn't all that great and they were a bit loose. So I added more metal welding around the holes, then filed to fit....
09-02-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,527
Posted By KC8QVO

I did some multi-tasking today so I didn't get...

I did some multi-tasking today so I didn't get quite as far as I wanted, but I did get the hitch on the bike and got the trailer hooked to test fit it. I havent done any loading/rolling tests yet.
...
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,965
Posted By KC8QVO

A 60-70L dry sack is a BIG bag. For...

A 60-70L dry sack is a BIG bag.

For reference - the 2x large yellow dry sacks on the back of my bike, pictured below, are 20L each, or 40L. 60-70 is more than 3x of these.

I will say - having...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,707
Posted By KC8QVO

I can relate. The first leg of my trip last...

I can relate. The first leg of my trip last November was 12 days and I had 4 days that had decent weather. The rest was all wet - misty and rainy most days. I had the gear for it, though so...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,965
Posted By KC8QVO

1 towel for grease? A couple ideas. I...

1 towel for grease?

A couple ideas.

I use paper towels or napkins to hold on to the chain when I am doing maintenance/repairs.

Another idea is to have some nitrile/latex gloves.

Napkins...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,965
Posted By KC8QVO

Re: Duct tape: Buy you a roll of Gorilla...

Re: Duct tape:

Buy you a roll of Gorilla Tape brand Duct tape. It is usually more expensive but it is for a reason - it is far superior to conventional duct tape.

As to how to pack it - someone...
Forum: Touring
08-25-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,707
Posted By KC8QVO

Depending on how you define what you're asking -...

Depending on how you define what you're asking - absolutely.

Take the approach that "The journey is the destination".

Don't plan for everything to go "perfectly". Plan for contingencies. Have...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,251
Posted By KC8QVO

Your post doesn't make 100% sense yet as to what...

Your post doesn't make 100% sense yet as to what you're after.



Bold added.

In radio terminology there are two methods of communicating:
1. Simplex - This is direct radio-to-radio on the...
Forum: Touring
11-25-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,627
Posted By KC8QVO

Like this? 550 cord with a truckers hitch to...

Like this?

550 cord with a truckers hitch to tension it between the bike and tent. Any movement of the bike would be transferred in to the tent pole frame = shake the tent and make noise.

...
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,537
Posted By KC8QVO

My 2 cents worth - I have had a hammock...

My 2 cents worth -

I have had a hammock since around 2012 I think. When I started using it I knew about the importance of an underquilt/bottom insulation. I tried using pads with my hammock at...
Forum: Touring
11-12-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,064
Posted By KC8QVO

No problem on the length. If you check the...

No problem on the length. If you check the description there are timestamps to the different gear segments - organized by category.

As to carrying a lot of stuff - that was the point of the video...
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