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Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 427
Posted By djb

no problem, thanks. I've ridden on all kinds of...

no problem, thanks.
I've ridden on all kinds of gravel roads, double track and some single track on 45mm slicks and it's doable with proper pressures for the situation, with four panniers, sometimes...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 427
Posted By djb

Let's face it, no one else but you know what bike...

Let's face it, no one else but you know what bike handling skills you have and how comfortable and competent you are as a rider on varying surfaces.
I'm not a mtbiker either, but there is single...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4,564
Views: 2,316,487
Posted By djb

ya, I tend to agree on that. Now that I've spent...

ya, I tend to agree on that. Now that I've spent time on both the larger Supremes, 50 and 42mm (but remember only 45 and 37 for me) the main advantage of the wider ones is that when carrying more...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4,564
Views: 2,316,487
Posted By djb

Nun, check this article out. Yes this fellow has...

Nun, check this article out. Yes this fellow has an agenda (selling his rather dear tires) but his findings pretty much match my real world observations with wider Supremes, even with the jumbo 2...
Forum: Touring
07-19-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4,564
Views: 2,316,487
Posted By djb

shhh, and don't tell anybody, but on rough roads,...

shhh, and don't tell anybody, but on rough roads, 45mm are even more comfortable and faster than 40mm
(but completely depends on the specific tire)

Just the other day I fixed a friends bike and...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 4,564
Views: 2,316,487
Posted By djb

That's right, I forgot about the suspension fork...

That's right, I forgot about the suspension fork thing with that bike.
I tried the 32mm Supremes really more for a change to the gatorskins, I may be over exaggerating the difference, but they do...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 06:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,183
Posted By djb

Allen, I can't recall your details, but this is...

Allen, I can't recall your details, but this is very last minute,I hope it works getting a bike.
As others have very rightly stated, riding a loaded bike is a whole different kettle of fish, so...
Forum: Touring
07-17-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4,564
Views: 2,316,487
Posted By djb

Hi there monsieur nun. re the 32 gatorskins, ...

Hi there monsieur nun.
re the 32 gatorskins, if ever you'd like to try a different tire, I've ridden 28 gatorskins for years, but decided to put on some 32 supremes. Just like my love for them in...
Forum: Touring
07-12-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1,506
Views: 263,913
Posted By djb

I'm sure it's like the lake Champlain one (swing...

I'm sure it's like the lake Champlain one (swing bridge removal I mean)
I don't recall the 2018 closure, but remember the hurricane whatchamacallit that hammered Vermont, 2010, 2011, 12? And it...
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 1,506
Views: 263,913
Posted By djb

thanks, it really looks like a fun trail to do.

thanks, it really looks like a fun trail to do.
Forum: Touring
07-09-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1,506
Views: 263,913
Posted By djb

Doug, that's a really neat causeway thing. Was it...

Doug, that's a really neat causeway thing. Was it originally for trains? Looks a bit steep for trains, but it's quite the extensive wooden supporting structure under it isn't it?
neat photoAnd must...
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 620
Posted By djb

As mentioned, fenders will keep drivetrain and...

As mentioned, fenders will keep drivetrain and you less dirty, but you will see that you most likely will touch the front fender with your toes at times. Careful not to fall or damage the fender.
...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By djb

yup, but it depends. as said, tents that have...

yup, but it depends.
as said, tents that have part non mesh on the lower part are nice, but if an all mesh tent, you can leave both doors open if applicable, or I've detached one end of fly for more...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By djb

that's pretty neat. did that happen at one of...

that's pretty neat.
did that happen at one of his two recent stage wins?
I've never heard commentators mention this before with sprint finishes, but that certainly doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By djb

your measuring tape work is sufficient, and want...

your measuring tape work is sufficient, and want to emphasize and encourage you to look into bars with more shallow reach and drop.
More compact drop , combined with steerer height and actual stem...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 06:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 597
Posted By djb

Indigo, a general rule is that a rack tubing made...

Indigo, a general rule is that a rack tubing made for putting a pannier on is going to be round, not the flat section you asked about.
Also the distance from the mounting tubing down to the "hook"...
Forum: Touring
07-05-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By djb

As stae said, there's the heat of the action...

As stae said, there's the heat of the action going on, one less thing to deal (front shift) so time saved, no chance of dropping a chain with a front shift
And add in all the tech advances of chain...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 597
Posted By djb

I too have an original Blackburn lowrider, and...

I too have an original Blackburn lowrider, and also have a cheap chinese (I assume) front rack made for going on reg forks or mtb suspension forks, and it has this middle flat part for attaching to...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 597
Posted By djb

Not on this rack senor, look carefully at the...

Not on this rack senor, look carefully at the photos.
that lower flat aluminum horizontal section is only for mounting the rack to the fork, not for putting panniers on.

this is completely...
Forum: Touring
07-02-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,552
Posted By djb

A few more thoughts. - having built up your...

A few more thoughts.
- having built up your bike is a big advatage, you have mechanical skills, but more importantly, you have the ability to know if all is well with your bike, and to recognize...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,552
Posted By djb

as you plan to do some pre tours, this will be...

as you plan to do some pre tours, this will be the best way for you to get a handle on what amount of food you need for a given time riding, out on the bike. Same goes for drinking, real world stuff...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

As you found out first hand, rain and gravel...

As you found out first hand, rain and gravel trails do make fenders seem pretty attractive.
they really do help a lot with a lot less grit on you and your drivetrain.

you guys covered some...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,605
Posted By djb

Bicycle tubes do lose pressure over time, how...

Bicycle tubes do lose pressure over time, how much pressure in how much time varies.

If you really want to check things, remove tube, hold carefully underwater with some air in it, will show up...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,605
Posted By djb

cant recall if this was said, but to help id...

cant recall if this was said, but to help id where a hole is in tube, or even in tire if an unseen thingee isstill in it, position the tire so that the brand name is lined up with the valve hole,...
Forum: Touring
06-29-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,605
Posted By djb

in all seriousness, what did you learn from these...

in all seriousness, what did you learn from these two flats?

did you see clear and evident proof of what caused the flat, ie piece of glass, wire still sticking in tire?
was it a pinch flat due...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By djb

Imi, I see what you mean by wondering if wider...

Imi, I see what you mean by wondering if wider feels lower. I guess maybe a tiny amount if bars are really wide.

what I wanted to emphasize is how that with dropbars that are close enough to you...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By djb

imi, the width of bars really doesn't affect...

imi, the width of bars really doesn't affect this, but your uncomfortableness on drop bars could either be unfamiliarity with drop bars, or the frame length combined with stem length put the bars...
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,816
Posted By djb

hey rumrunner--important stuff first--so did you...

hey rumrunner--important stuff first--so did you get your sorry keester thrown in the slammer for riding through the "restricted zone" ?
Enquiring minds want to know.
Forum: Touring
06-24-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,816
Posted By djb

Oh yeah, I'm certain I've been victim of this...

Oh yeah, I'm certain I've been victim of this from asshats who get a chuckle screwing up someone's day. Hard to tell if they are just compete fricking idiots or like screwing around.
Kinda like the...
Forum: Touring
06-24-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,816
Posted By djb

Just wanted to say how much of a chuckle that...

Just wanted to say how much of a chuckle that gave me. Holy geez it's true.
From early on decades ago, I learned early on from getting burnt asking locals for directions, to ask one person, judge...
Forum: Touring
06-24-21, 05:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,689
Posted By djb

one really key factor is having a bike setup whee...

one really key factor is having a bike setup whee the dropbars are both a nice distance from the seat, and high enough up AND dropbars that are both shallow in reach as well as drop.
My dropbar...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,816
Posted By djb

Dirtydozen, re your market in Europe, I'm sure...

Dirtydozen, re your market in Europe, I'm sure what is available is different than in my country, so I guess you're going to have to just visit many stores and compare prices and options--and then...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,816
Posted By djb

from even my very recent experience just a week...

from even my very recent experience just a week ago biking with some colleagues of my partner, some people just have no sense of direction or judgement of distance or anything.
So lets face it kids,...
Forum: Touring
06-22-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By djb

Neat, how about a quick photo of the bike setup...

Neat, how about a quick photo of the bike setup at some point.
that's really nice and light. I'm impressed.
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By djb

a while after I put the Jones bars on one of my...

a while after I put the Jones bars on one of my bikes a few weeks ago, I had to do a quarter turn for the rd and that was it.
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By djb

that sounds like a good technique. ...

that sounds like a good technique.
Woodchippers, like my Cowbells, sort of have the same "dropbar-ness" to them as other drops, with the added flareout etc of course, but for someone like me who has...
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By djb

thats a neat tool, I've seen it but never used...

thats a neat tool, I've seen it but never used it.
One tricky thing with alt bars is that where they put your grip area varies greatly, and or there are various hand positions (like with the Jones...
Forum: Touring
06-21-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By djb

Smokey fellow, if you do end up trying out some...

Smokey fellow, if you do end up trying out some different alt bars, do be aware that there's a very good chance that you'll have to replace housings and cables with longer stuff.
when I recently...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By djb

Cool. How long until you leave? hopefully you...

Cool. How long until you leave?
hopefully you can do a bunch of rides and make sure all is well.
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By djb

again, thanks to both of you for the tips, the...

again, thanks to both of you for the tips, the visuals, and the desticky trick.
a neighbors bike is being finicky in a few gears and I did the basics, cleaning up crud and triflowing the fd pivot...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,689
Posted By djb

don't know where you a are or if you've been in...

don't know where you a are or if you've been in bike stores, but here anyway where bicycling culture has always been popular, covid really caused a boom of buying and the stuff stores can get with...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By djb

Hey tihab, I can't recall, have you ever done...

Hey tihab, I can't recall, have you ever done long trips?
If so, what did you do last time for maps or whatever, daily mapping , directions etc GPS only, phone, power?
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By djb

the horror, the horror. but yup, that's a...

the horror, the horror.

but yup, that's a lot of maps. I kept my country specific maps of the countries passing through on one of my trips, and had at least one given to me from my riding partner,...
Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By djb

holy doodles, you know it's been a while since...

holy doodles, you know it's been a while since I've thought of this, but you know what, I think I've mostly forgotten about this aspect, and just chucked a spare in my stuff as is.

thanks for the...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By djb

I have a set of xt 9 spd trigger shifters that...

I have a set of xt 9 spd trigger shifters that used to be on my troll, but they've been off so many years I can't remember if it's easy to do a visual check of the end bit of the cable.
I'm really...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,605
Posted By djb

this pretty much sums it up. The extra few mins...

this pretty much sums it up. The extra few mins or so putting on a permanent patch by following the simple instructions is worth it.
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By djb

The one advantage with trying trekking bars is...

The one advantage with trying trekking bars is that all the controls pretty much will slide on as is, plus they are cheap.
Lots of good 1.5in slick type tires too.

Just try out weekend trips to...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By djb

Gauvins, have you ever changed cables and...

Gauvins, have you ever changed cables and housings? Do you have a cable and housing cutter? This tool is actually one tool that I really really appreciate buying a good one, just because it makes...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By djb

such good points on dropbars, and how when you...

such good points on dropbars, and how when you get the reach sorted out,and overall height, I too find they are simply the most comfortable for day after day, week after week riding.

oddly...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By djb

the salsa cowbell has less flare, 12 degrees, ...

the salsa cowbell has less flare, 12 degrees, and shallow drop and short reach. I really like mine, nice if you don't want so much flare.
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