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Forum: Touring
01-21-23, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 296
Posted By djb

chuckle, up here in the Great White North, we...

chuckle, up here in the Great White North, we would have to wait about 5 months until a test like that would be of any use.
Forum: Touring
01-21-23, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By djb

no matter what you go with, measure things...

no matter what you go with, measure things properly to see if the width of the panniers is long enough for an Ortlieb or Arkel rail to fit.

Also take into account your racks, front or rear or...
01-19-23, 08:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 751
Posted By djb

to the Beezer mom or dad, it's nice to see the...

to the Beezer mom or dad, it's nice to see the vast majority of friendly, helpful responses here.

re chain skipping--you would think this would happen due to an already "on the edge" worn chain...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-14-23, 08:45 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,701
Posted By djb

Gracias

Gracias
Forum: Fatbikes
01-13-23, 10:41 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,701
Posted By djb

Ya, but fun is the same in feet, metres,...

Ya, but fun is the same in feet, metres, furloughs or fathoms, that's all that matters.
Forum: Fatbikes
01-12-23, 04:12 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,701
Posted By djb

Would you please furnish a metric example, that...

Would you please furnish a metric example, that way I'll understand when it's fun to ride a fatbike ;-)

I had such a laugh on mine this summer, plus I just love the Jones bars, they make me smile,...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-12-23, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 606
Posted By djb

One important factor for going smaller ( my...

One important factor for going smaller ( my preference generally and I'm a 5'10" guy) is that a smaller frame is always appreciated when your boots sink into soft snow---your crotch won't like a...
Forum: Touring
01-12-23, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4,706
Views: 2,489,414
Posted By djb

Ah, I thought your "meh" was about the tandem...

Ah, I thought your "meh" was about the tandem experience, but I guess you always have the "meh"

I was out today remarking on how much a difference it made going from 5 to 4.5 psi on my four...
01-12-23, 07:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By djb

And old shirts, towels, etc that don't shred also...

And old shirts, towels, etc that don't shred also have the advantage of easy to do cassette flossing with wheel on bike.

I have bags of old clothing etc so there's never an end of rags, handy...
Forum: Touring
12-19-22, 12:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,288
Posted By djb

Re steel vs aluminium, I ride both and if a...

Re steel vs aluminium, I ride both and if a aluminium frame is the best that fits your requirements, you may want to reconsider aluminium.

Arvin, what bikes have YOU considered?
12-15-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 521
Posted By djb

FB and others, this talk reminded me of an...

FB and others, this talk reminded me of an incident well over 20 years ago when I was helping my sister organize a move with hired movers involved.

One of the burly guys grabbed her bike to turn...
12-15-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,296
Posted By djb

I would think that contacting companies likes...

I would think that contacting companies likes dahon or Brompton would be the best for pressure recommendations for smaller tires, for a given tire width and rider weight.

Or a Brompton dahon...
Forum: Touring
12-04-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,547
Posted By djb

Do you have a reasonable idea of what low gear...

Do you have a reasonable idea of what low gear you think would be appropriate for what you'd be carrying?
And how wide of tire would you want to able to run?
Forum: Touring
12-01-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

ya, I remember when they were selling Ghost bikes...

ya, I remember when they were selling Ghost bikes at MEC.
It has good gearing with the 48/36/26 and 11-34
Be sure to check the rack bolts every week or so, they tend to loosen with panniers on day...
Forum: Touring
11-30-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

while I have traveled by myself in some remote...

while I have traveled by myself in some remote areas in Mexico and other countries, I do admit that touring with a traveling partner does feel a bit safer.
Now, we do have to be realistic, if a car...
Forum: Touring
11-30-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4,706
Views: 2,489,414
Posted By djb

Thanks. I'm sure you appreciate these lower...

Thanks.
I'm sure you appreciate these lower gearing of the other bike.
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

Denis, have you done some research on the areas...

Denis, have you done some research on the areas you plan to go? You are leaving soon, so I hope you have looked at some blog or trip journals of others who have biked in that part of Mexico.
You...
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

His first language is French so some spelling...

His first language is French so some spelling errors are to be expected.
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

Before I forget, as of 4 years ago, when you...

Before I forget, as of 4 years ago, when you enter Mexico, you are given an entry paper with the stamped date on it. You MUST keep this paper to present for when you leave Mexico, or you have to pay...
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

Typical one lane each way toll road, no divider....

Typical one lane each way toll road, no divider. Truck on right straddling shoulder to make it easier for passing cars.
With a mirror, it's pretty easy to keep an eye on this and just move over more...
Forum: Touring
11-26-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

Denis, and Pratt, in rural Mexico on smaller...

Denis, and Pratt, in rural Mexico on smaller roads, the vast majority of truck drivers are very courteous and careful around bicycles, much more so than here in Quebec.
Especially in rural areas,...
Forum: Touring
11-25-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,940
Posted By djb

dac, chuis un bloque de Montreal, j'ai fait deux...

dac, chuis un bloque de Montreal, j'ai fait deux voyages du vélo en Mexique. Si tu as des questions spécifique, on peut jaser. J'adore le Mexique, les gens en compagne sont ben gentil, mais il y a...
Forum: Touring
11-19-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,121
Posted By djb

I'd have to say from decades of touring...

I'd have to say from decades of touring personally and from friends experiences, that it's extremely rare to hear of theft, and leaving panniers on your bike during the night is not necessary and...
11-18-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 625
Posted By djb

Ya, I always use an awl to go over the cut area,...

Ya, I always use an awl to go over the cut area, sometimes its not really needed, but I do it anyway.
I've also had to get a file and file off a bit of the coiled metal that just is in the way a...
11-15-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,890
Posted By djb

wore the baclava for the first time yesterday....

wore the baclava for the first time yesterday. And my warmer pants too.
11-13-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 342
Posted By djb

Good points vegan about bike care on trainer. ...

Good points vegan about bike care on trainer.
when I first got a trainer, I debated on getting a specific tire, but in the end just used an old worn 28mm slick I had and it lasted forever. It's...
Forum: Touring
11-02-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,884
Posted By djb

was getting a Troll simply an opportunity or a...

was getting a Troll simply an opportunity or a specific choice--other than the rim brake thing?
Tell us more of your needs and what you'll use the bike for.

this is my take on 26
Pros
- smaller...
Forum: Touring
10-25-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,494
Posted By djb

Really good advice, and especially about...

Really good advice, and especially about penetrating oil. Let it sit overnight even, could help if it was corroded in tight. Even if you end up taking the bike to a shop, if you have some penetrating...
Forum: Touring
10-23-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,846
Posted By djb

agree completely. I too come from an era that...

agree completely. I too come from an era that when I started learning to work on hubs, some of them were really bad for letting stuff in, so when I started getting and maintaining better hubs, it was...
09-24-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 836
Posted By djb

Goddamnit honey, get your bike off the living...

Goddamnit honey, get your bike off the living room rug!! What were you thinking??
09-17-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 467
Posted By djb

With mechanical avid bb7 discs, if you misadjust...

With mechanical avid bb7 discs, if you misadjust the pads, if the non moving pad is too far from the rotor, the moving pad can bend the rotor a bit
this could be your problem, or not at all I've...
09-16-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 331
Posted By djb

That garnered a smile.

That garnered a smile.
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,629
Posted By djb

Thats really curious about alcohol in msr...

Thats really curious about alcohol in msr bottles, they are aluminum, so that surprises me. I will look into it though.

and yes, there are real dangers using soft drink bottles or anything...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,629
Posted By djb

a couple of quick thoughts when traveling with...

a couple of quick thoughts
when traveling with an alcohol stove, trangia, sometimes you end up finding only large bottles of some sort of alcohol, 1.5 L or more, but if it whats available, you take...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By djb

sure thing. Good to point out a map source.

sure thing. Good to point out a map source.
09-14-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,311
Posted By djb

Damn it all to hell you guys, first I had pasta...

Damn it all to hell you guys, first I had pasta for supper, but now I need to sweep the bloody kitchen floor!!!
Forum: Touring
09-08-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,206
Posted By djb

as often what comes to my mind with these...

as often what comes to my mind with these discussions, and what I often mention, is that its common to already own a,b or c item that is heavier or bulkier than other options, but we just keep using...
Forum: Touring
09-07-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By djb

Big effing bicycle--world record

very cute
very impressive

https://cyclingtips.com/2022/08/the-worlds-largest-strava-art-is-finally-finished/?utm_source=bikebits&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20220907_BikeBits
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,206
Posted By djb

As mentioned, itemize your things, and just be...

As mentioned, itemize your things, and just be aware that one t shirt or button down shirt can be twice the weight of another.
I have very specific clothes for bike trips that are light and dry...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 757
Posted By djb

​​​​​​ did you use the time honoured and...

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did you use the time honoured and reliable method of not running chain through jockey wheels, putting it on big/big and adding two links?
If unfamiliar with this, look up the excellent parks...
Forum: Touring
08-26-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,549
Posted By djb

all interesting comments guys, thanks. Oh, hey...

all interesting comments guys, thanks.
Oh, hey Hypno-- I am really surprised that you didnt put foam bits here and there on your frame.
An admission here--I flew back from the Netherlands many...
Forum: Touring
08-19-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,058
Posted By djb

they really are buggers aren't racoons? One...

they really are buggers aren't racoons?
One day waaaaaay off in the future, someone will find that nice, still in great condition spork, and say, "cool, look what I found !"
Forum: Touring
08-19-22, 08:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,058
Posted By djb

when I think of what I take to the showers,...

when I think of what I take to the showers, really it come down to wallet, or reasonable facsimile (reduced in a pouch), cell phone, tablet if I have it--and thats about it.

panniers and stuff are...
Forum: Touring
08-16-22, 01:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,654
Posted By djb

That seems pretty much about the toe overlap that...

That seems pretty much about the toe overlap that we've all experienced.
Add in fenders and the added bits potentially of the struts sticking out more, especially with fatter tires, and it can be an...
Forum: Touring
08-15-22, 04:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,654
Posted By djb

rose, take a side photo to show it, this really...

rose, take a side photo to show it, this really doesnt show much to us

and 30cm of overlap would mean the pedal would be 30cm past the wheel, yes you have toe clips, but even from this photo...
Forum: Touring
08-14-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 10,078
Posted By djb

i always go 100% untrained, never had the time to...

i always go 100% untrained, never had the time to
usually i start with a half day, then 75, 90 and by the fourth I'm ready to get 110km.

IMHO training is mandatory only when you have long uphills...
Forum: Touring
08-12-22, 02:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,391
Posted By djb

Stick riding in an urban setting then, there's no...

Stick riding in an urban setting then, there's no chance at all of some inattentive nut hitting you ;-)
Forum: Touring
08-03-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By djb

Find a shoe repair place, they'll most likely...

Find a shoe repair place, they'll most likely have a good repair option.
They have the super strong sewing machines, materials, glue and the know-how attitude to improvise a good repair, much better...
Forum: Touring
08-01-22, 01:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,061
Posted By djb

I can get something having an issue, but I do...

I can get something having an issue, but I do question the likelihood of the high failure rate you describe.
Think of the chances of 4 of any product in our lives being defective like this.
I don't...
Forum: Touring
07-25-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 877
Posted By djb

Just to repeat, I've owned ortiebs for just about...

Just to repeat, I've owned ortiebs for just about 30 years, and haven't had any problems with mounting screws.
In the link to the Timothy towers problems, from the wear marks on his racks, it would...
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