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Forum: Touring
09-25-22, 02:30 AM
Replies: 1,799
Views: 347,387
Posted By djb

I've yet to tour on them, but have had them set...

I've yet to tour on them, but have had them set up on two bikes. On a fatbike in winter and some summer trail riding, fun but a lot of body position changing all the time, so a different experience....
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 1,799
Views: 347,387
Posted By djb

Holy HDR Batman, very purdy photos and...

Holy HDR Batman, very purdy photos and landscapes.
Love Jones bars myself.
09-24-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 424
Posted By djb

With rc copters no less! I have no campy...

With rc copters no less!

I have no campy experience, but would you consider looking into campy triple stuff? Im more of a touring pannier sort of guy, but still find my 50/39/30 changed to a...
09-24-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 424
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??
Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
Posted By djb

​​​​​​ ya, I think I saw about 60 cents a litre...

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ya, I think I saw about 60 cents a litre in early 2020, so $2.30 cad per US gallon. And our gas prices have often been twice yours.
Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
Posted By djb

And on a side note, I have a clear memory as a...

And on a side note, I have a clear memory as a kid seeing an abandoned gas station in the country, with the price sign still reading 25 cents a gallon.

And this was for an imperial gallon that we...
Forum: Touring
09-21-22, 05:42 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
Posted By djb

As another long time whisperlight user, I agree...

As another long time whisperlight user, I agree on getting used to how much fuel to pool in the bowl , but it's not that tricky.
The main thing I've always thought is that with a whisperlight,...
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 03:51 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
Posted By djb

Interesting, thanks. I use a different screw on...

Interesting, thanks.
I use a different screw on top I bought that has a small spout feature, for no spill pouring. You twist open the spout part for fuel to come out, twist other way to close....
09-17-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 390
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: 299
Posted By djb

That garnered a smile.

That garnered a smile.
09-16-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 597
Posted By djb

we all have our opinions on chain maintenance, so...

we all have our opinions on chain maintenance, so no lack of opinions on that!
I personally don't do the degreasing thing, as I reckon it takes the (hopefully) clean lube out from the innards where...
09-16-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 597
Posted By djb

I certainly don't have 12 spd lifespan...

I certainly don't have 12 spd lifespan experience, but the main thing to consider taking from this experience is keeping your drivetrain clean and lubricated.
Over the decades, I've generally...
09-16-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 299
Posted By djb

Teach me

Teach me
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
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, 09:27 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
Posted By djb

Ya, I've jammed an oversize flexible-ish France...

Ya, I've jammed an oversize flexible-ish France grocery store bought large bottle into a bottle cage after filling my official red MSR bottle, just to take it along, figuring if it leaked it would be...
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,823
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: 9
Views: 467
Posted By djb

sure thing. Good to point out a map source.

sure thing. Good to point out a map source.
Forum: Touring
09-15-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 467
Posted By djb

So the third world developing country you live in...

So the third world developing country you live in is the UK.
09-14-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,359
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
09-14-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 847
Posted By djb

check out the Quebec "Velo Quebec" week long...

check out the Quebec "Velo Quebec" week long supported trip in august called "Le Grand Tour", like ragbrai, they carry your stuff, food, with a few hotel rooms available, mostly tent sleeping

and...
09-14-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,359
Posted By djb

I'm defrosting some spaghetti sauce so we can eat...

I'm defrosting some spaghetti sauce so we can eat pasta tonight, that's my take from all this.

And crash dude, just get a good wheel guy or gal to go over your wheels, and make sure the qr are...
09-14-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 781
Posted By djb

Hate to tell you, but all this talk about speed...

Hate to tell you, but all this talk about speed and efficiency is totally out of the window if you use a heavy, stiff walled tire like the marathon plus.
You're a big fellow, so wider is always...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By djb

that number of failures really does seem very...

that number of failures really does seem very high. The pragmatist in me wonders if there is some sort of user failure going on, either how you use/treat them, or some sort of other factor that comes...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,300
Posted By djb

I would suspect from my long experience from...

I would suspect from my long experience from using Gatorskins, is that you'll find them rather reliable. Damaging tires really comes down to being able to notice stuff and not rub up against things,...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By djb

For the record, my very early model neoair is...

For the record, my very early model neoair is comfortable, and has been fine for about ten years, so I have no complaints.
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By djb

I'm certainly in that crowd now of not really...

I'm certainly in that crowd now of not really having much of an urge to go back to a foam pad, really appreciate an air pad for sleeping partially on my side. Lots of quite good, light options. Just...
Forum: Touring
09-11-22, 04:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By djb

That's a great thermorest article, I'm going to...

That's a great thermorest article, I'm going to keep that for future reference, thanks.
As you say, and they do, there are multiple reasons.
My comment comes from seeing camp mats becoming like...
Forum: Touring
09-10-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By djb

I can't help with this question, but I strongly...

I can't help with this question, but I strongly suspect that the main cause for delamination issues are from over inflation and leaving the mat in a very hot tent, or in the sun, causing the mat to...
Forum: Touring
09-09-22, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4,671
Views: 2,465,519
Posted By djb

And being a heavy person is always going to be a...

And being a heavy person is always going to be a factor, this puts so much more flexing forces into a frame compared to a light rider like myself.
Forum: Touring
09-08-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,300
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, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By djb

Yup it's goofy, but I guess I'm in the camp of...

Yup it's goofy, but I guess I'm in the camp of it's a fun story, and it made me smile, and I believe it's better in life to be positive about things rather than being a grumpypuss.
Forum: Touring
09-07-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 283
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
09-07-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1,799
Views: 347,387
Posted By djb

lost my response to this the other day went...

lost my response to this the other day
went something like---and this is why on my heavier touring bike, I have a nice stupid low gear of 16.7
Used to think this was crazy, but having done trips in...
Forum: Touring
09-07-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,300
Posted By djb

[QUOTE=cccorlew;22637362] Good comment on...

[QUOTE=cccorlew;22637362]
Good comment on chairs. There were picnic tables a plenty. We only used out 1.2 pound chairs once. My wife insists our time on them sitting by the river one evening...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 1,799
Views: 347,387
Posted By djb

Those one in four signs are something you just...

Those one in four signs are something you just don't see in Canada, North America, I guess we established norms for road grades, where the terrain in some places in the UK , plus an old history of...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,300
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
09-05-22, 04:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,372
Posted By djb

Glad you did it, and hopefully in the future you...

Glad you did it, and hopefully in the future you can do the Oregon and California bits, the changing landscapes they have are really fun to bike through.
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By djb

Good luck, if it's only shifting every other...

Good luck, if it's only shifting every other click, something is amiss.
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,027
Posted By djb

Hope you can try out touring this year.

Hope you can try out touring this year.
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By djb

What is your largest chain Ring and rear cog ?...

What is your largest chain Ring and rear cog ? How long are chain stays?

Watch the video thoroughly and try the easy no Rd method with your existing old chain to see how it works out, just in case...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
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
09-04-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,027
Posted By djb

​​​​​​Don't overthink all this too much, the two...

​​​​​​Don't overthink all this too much, the two racks you mention are perfectly good racks.

They will work fine.

Start buying stuff so you can get an idea of what volume and weight you'll be...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,372
Posted By djb

That's amazingly light, not living near the sea,...

That's amazingly light, not living near the sea, I guess I can see the ferry/salt water thing if that's a regular occurrence.
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 584
Posted By djb

well, my wife will be whistling it soon and I'll...

well, my wife will be whistling it soon and I'll be doing the same just a few years down the road too.....
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 07:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 584
Posted By djb

all interesting points with a lot of truth to...

all interesting points with a lot of truth to them
and to give everyone a song to whistle to today.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCTunqv1Xt4
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 584
Posted By djb

K8, I forgot to mention that its a real shame...

K8, I forgot to mention that its a real shame about the Novara, up here in Canada we dont see them, being an REI thing, but I know they are a great value touring bike with very good "touring"...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 584
Posted By djb

It does have 24 spoke wheels. Yes, a light...

It does have 24 spoke wheels.
Yes, a light rider, a fairly light load and some fatter tires to help with the wheelset, and it could work, but the tall gearing won't be a Christmas present some days....
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 584
Posted By djb

one idea is given that you have some time in...

one idea is given that you have some time in front of you, keep an eye out for used bikes. It is possible to find used ones, although realistically its harder than before since covid.

but no...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 992
Posted By djb

its really more the altitude aspect that I find...

its really more the altitude aspect that I find hard, and then if you are really on your own, schlepping a very heavy bike up and over 5800m, so much more physical effort than the guys in the videos...
Forum: Touring
08-31-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 584
Posted By djb

forgot to add this gearing chart for the Sirrus ...

forgot to add this gearing chart for the Sirrus
and the chart for my super low geared touring bike, which when I don't need the lowest gears, I don't use them, Easy peasy.
There is a long time...
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