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Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 272
Posted By KC8QVO

John N Ah. Cool. That is news to me that the...

John N Ah. Cool.

That is news to me that the data is "rolling" (IE - stuff 5-10 years ago isn't in the data set any more as its been phased out). I never heard the back story, either, that the...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 131
Posted By KC8QVO

a_d_a_m Thanks. At the very least, next time...

a_d_a_m Thanks.

At the very least, next time I'm through there I can keep my eyes open. It could be what I interpreted as tent pads might not be tent pads, either.

A few years ago when I went...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 272
Posted By KC8QVO

John N Do you know if they (Strava) ever came up...

John N Do you know if they (Strava) ever came up with a way to routinely update the aggregated data? Or are we still looking at a much earlier point in time of data? I can't imagine its 5-6 year old...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 131
Posted By KC8QVO

See original post. I've stayed there...

See original post.



I've stayed there several times, that's not the same area. It seems to me where I saw them was a park that was cycling-specific - like they had a repair station, shelter,...
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 91
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
09-19-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 131
Posted By KC8QVO

Xenia, OH - tent platforms? Where?

I am scanning sat maps trying to find where the tent platforms are around Xenia. It seems to me when I passed through there some park had a row of them - I don't remember if they were wood or...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 272
Posted By KC8QVO

A couple other tidbits to add to the list of...

A couple other tidbits to add to the list of tools/resources that I listed earlier in the thread - although these are not related to the idea of balancing miles/elevation and how hard rides are:

-...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By KC8QVO

Ortleib. I asked for suggestions on panniers...

Ortleib.

I asked for suggestions on panniers here and other places and Ortleib always came to the top of the list. I don't regret the purchase what so ever. The whole set has been fantastic,...
Forum: Touring
09-18-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 272
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: Foo
09-17-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By KC8QVO

Interesting idea. I agree with the guy in the...

Interesting idea. I agree with the guy in the video on there being no practical application of that gearing, especially a single-speed bike.

Several years ago I put a Mountain Tamer Triple on my...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 347
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, 03:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 292
Posted By KC8QVO

I have never seen a unicycle on tour (yet)....

I have never seen a unicycle on tour (yet). However, I have heard of people doing this. I have not, however, heard of an "off road" unicycle like this.

I would be interested to hear of the riders'...
Forum: Touring
09-17-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 272
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: 11
Views: 272
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: 21
Views: 347
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: 21
Views: 347
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...
09-15-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Well the new hitch works pretty good. There is a...

Well the new hitch works pretty good. There is a bit of play in it (loose tollerances), but it is a million times more sturdy than the rubber rod and spring thingy on the OEM set up.
...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By KC8QVO

Oh boy. Now you've opened a can of worms. :D ...

Oh boy. Now you've opened a can of worms. :D



Yes on the call sign.

SOTA = "can of worms".

I have not done much in the way of SOTA adventures, but I do take radio gear with me. I just...
Forum: Touring
09-14-21, 11:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By KC8QVO

Holy F. 26k accent over 243 mi? ...

Holy F.

26k accent over 243 mi?

Something I did not do on my first over-night trip that I should have was analyze the elevation of the trip more. There was a very steep switch back grade up...
09-14-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

More work today. I got the hitch ironed out...

More work today. I got the hitch ironed out better. Somewhat.

The limitation with the rotation to the right wasn't what I thought it was. I trimmed the bracket that mounts to the bike and there...
09-13-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

More work today on the hitch. I had some...

More work today on the hitch.

I had some other things going on today so I didn't get as much fabrication time as I could have. I will pick things back up tomorrow.

What I ended up doing is...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 673
Posted By KC8QVO

I knew a guy that had a carbon fiber bike. I...

I knew a guy that had a carbon fiber bike. I forget what the make was, but it was extremely light and about 6-7 years ago it was a $7,000 bike. Before he got that one the previous frame cracked. His...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 334
Posted By KC8QVO

alan s What size tires do you have? Those...

alan s What size tires do you have? Those pictures concern me. I've had problems on crushed gravel trails with my tires sinking in. I am currently running 700c x 38's. They were new last Fall when I...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 334
Posted By KC8QVO

Can you elaborate on the McKeesport to Clariton...

Can you elaborate on the McKeesport to Clariton segment? Looking at a sat view map it runs along the river through a rather populated/old industrial/railroad industry area (common along the rivers...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 334
Posted By KC8QVO

Accessing GAP on the north end - What route to?

Those that have experience on the GAP around Pittsburgh - if coming from the west via connecting cycling routes - what is a better route* to the GAP?

North in to Pittsburgh to the official...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
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, 08:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Heres the hitch pivot so far. The bike...

Heres the hitch pivot so far.

The bike bracket mounts to the bracket I made last week - same way the OEM bracket for the trailer mounts.

I do not think I like the side mount of the tongue bar...
09-09-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
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...
Forum: Touring
09-09-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,943
Posted By KC8QVO

I scanned through this thread as I use RWGPS some...

I scanned through this thread as I use RWGPS some also. I noticed the dashed lines show up and didn't think much of it. Thanks for the details in the thread - now it all makes sense.

For what it...
Forum: Touring
09-07-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,455
Posted By KC8QVO

Very interesting build. Thanks for posting and...

Very interesting build. Thanks for posting and keep the pictures/documentation coming. Good stuff.

In the Utility forum I have a couple threads going on trailers.

The back story to it is I did...
09-07-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Todays work - I made a bracket to mount...

Todays work -

I made a bracket to mount vertical masts - one on each side. One thing that bothered me on my trip over the weekend was accessing the rear tub was a challenge and time consuming in...
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,220
Posted By KC8QVO

I agree with most posts in here that tend to...

I agree with most posts in here that tend to suggest a bivvy being OK if the weather is good.

However, keep in mind that being a weather forecaster is the only job you can be wrong 50% of the time...
Forum: Touring
09-06-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By KC8QVO

Good luck on your trip. The GAP and C&O are...

Good luck on your trip.

The GAP and C&O are on my bucket list also. I was eye-balling a route that would take me through WV to Pittsburgh where the western start of the GAP is. It surely won't...
09-06-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
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: 315
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: 14
Views: 509
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...
09-05-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By KC8QVO

Yes on your description. To elaborate - you...

Yes on your description.

To elaborate - you want some weight on the tongue. You don't want it light or negative. This might get tricky with the length of the kayak. That gets back to my comment...
09-03-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
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....
09-03-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By KC8QVO

Wider tires/lower pressure will have more rolling...

Wider tires/lower pressure will have more rolling resistance on asphalt and concrete (and HARD packed crushed gravel/limestone trails). However, they will have much more flotation for softer ground...
09-02-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Here are a couple close-ups of the hitch bracket...

Here are a couple close-ups of the hitch bracket I made.

I did 2 heavy tack welds to make a "cradle" for the OEM hitch bracket. Once I got the on I ground the "cradle" to fit the OEM bracket...
09-02-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
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.
...
09-01-21, 10:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

I went to do more load testing but decided to...

I went to do more load testing but decided to switch bikes from my folding Dahon to my Surly Disk Trucker. I found the bike side of the trailer hitch mount does not fit the Disk Trucker's drop out...
08-31-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Yes, the pipes are zip tied for the time being. ...

Yes, the pipes are zip tied for the time being.

I do have an idea to utilize U bolts instead.

The stand-alone cross bars are held in with the tension of ratchet straps. I am contemplating the U...
08-31-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Under side of the front X. Again, this was...

Under side of the front X. Again, this was fabricated intentionally twisted. A triangle is the strongest geometric shape. When using it in fabrication with multiple triangles it can not only...
08-31-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By KC8QVO

Trailer experimentation - from kid trailer to sectional adjustable length frame

All,

In another thread (link below) I have been compiling some ideas on making my own trailer from the ground up. That project is on hold for a bit. I got a kid trailer given to me so I have been...
Forum: Touring
08-28-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 309
Posted By KC8QVO

Jewett, OH (Conotton Creek Trl) to Colliers, WV (Panhandle Trl)?

Does anyone have experience with the route on the W side of Pittsburgh, PA on the Panhandle Trail? I'm looking at trying to link to a route in Ohio that looks like I can get to Jewett, OH on the...
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,226
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...
08-26-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the replies. I spent a few days...

Thanks for the replies.

I spent a few days with a fellow bike tourer I met on tour last fall that used a trailer. Meeting him, talking to him about his set up, and seeing the set up in use is what...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,609
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...
08-26-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By KC8QVO

Strong front hubs with disk brake flanges?

Are there any hubs out there that are known to be very strong?

What I am looking for is a hub to build up a wheel set for a bike trailer. I want 2 side-by-side wheels (conventional design, not a...
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