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Forum: Touring
10-26-23, 10:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,479
Posted By timdow

Durability/puncture resistance and weight are...

Durability/puncture resistance and weight are opposing characteristics.

I personally would go with Marathon Plus'es, or Marathon Tour in 38c or 40c, but I vastly favor puncture resistance and...
Forum: Commuting
10-12-23, 06:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,712
Posted By timdow

Excuse me while I climb up on my soapbox...

Excuse me while I climb up on my soapbox here......

While trying to save money, I tried Blackburn, Axiom, and Performance Bike's house brand of panniers, all with about the same experience (not...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-23, 07:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,712
Posted By timdow

You say you didn't like panniers... What brand...

You say you didn't like panniers... What brand panniers did you not like? I have had some that really sucked, but the Ortliebs I have now are really good.
Forum: Touring
09-25-23, 06:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 702
Posted By timdow

On different trip I have used a blue Ikea bag, a...

On different trip I have used a blue Ikea bag, a toss-away Goodwill suitcase, and a cardboard box. The Ikea bag is ideal for the train, and at only $3 is good to give away or toss when not needed...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-23, 07:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,929
Posted By timdow

Since it goes through, I would go for a bolt with...

Since it goes through, I would go for a bolt with washers and a nylon lock nut.

[​​​​QUOTE=rumrunn6;22994990]oh ok I see. :thumb:

it might rotate down over bumps so I'd def. use something to...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-23, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,929
Posted By timdow

I believe you can install the mount sideways,...

I believe you can install the mount sideways, then you would have a small tube that would act the same as handlebar space.


...
Forum: Touring
08-21-23, 10:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,086
Posted By timdow

I started touring with SPD, but now use flats. ...

I started touring with SPD, but now use flats. Benefits of flats are that I can wear better fitting shoes for all day comfort, I can get off the bike and walk around right away, and I do not have to...
Forum: Touring
08-16-23, 08:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By timdow

Congrats on your pending retirement. I am also...

Congrats on your pending retirement. I am also retiring in Feb/Mar next year at 58. I leave to do the Southern Tier a week later.
Forum: Touring
08-15-23, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By timdow

Can't help with career advice, except to say that...

Can't help with career advice, except to say that you only have so many more years to do bike tours, of whatever other "go-go years" activities you yearn for. Why work anyway? Bike touring is...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-23, 08:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,628
Posted By timdow

I have horrible traffic on the last few miles of...

I have horrible traffic on the last few miles of my commute. Took 20 minutes through city traffic to go 3 miles. What I did for a while was to drive most of the way, then biked the last few.
Forum: Touring
08-15-23, 06:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By timdow

Bizz Johnson is an option, but I would recommend...

Bizz Johnson is an option, but I would recommend the El Dorado as it is in your backyard::
https://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2021/january/25/top-10-trails-in-california/
(Getting to the...
08-14-23, 05:59 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 11,073
Posted By timdow

In CA, assembly bill 530 requiring e-bike riders...

In CA, assembly bill 530 requiring e-bike riders that don't have a drivers license (minors) to be licensed is making it way through the system:...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-23, 07:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,434
Posted By timdow

You would get better advice in the...

You would get better advice in the category:Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) (https://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdales-athenas-200-lb-91-kg/)
Forum: Touring
08-08-23, 07:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,212
Posted By timdow

Woops yes I definitely agree purchase Shimano. ...

Woops yes I definitely agree purchase Shimano. They are very reasonably priced... don't buy knockoffs.
Forum: Touring
08-04-23, 10:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,212
Posted By timdow

Trigger shifters and short pull brake levers are...

Trigger shifters and short pull brake levers are the ticket.

Since you are changing the shifters, if you want you can go with a 9-speed setup using the same wheel by purchasing 9-speed shifters...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-23, 06:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,384
Posted By timdow

You can use a bolt with a flat head on it and...

You can use a bolt with a flat head on it and reverse it so the nut is sticking out the other side.
Forum: Touring
07-26-23, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,646
Posted By timdow

Why not 40/26 11-36?

Why not 40/26 11-36?
Forum: Touring
06-27-23, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By timdow

I have adapted many racks to fit many bikes, and...

I have adapted many racks to fit many bikes, and it's different every time. This is the point Veganbikes was making - There is no way to tell from a distance without specific information.
Forum: Commuting
06-23-23, 07:43 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,222
Posted By timdow

I value puncture resistance over all else, so I...

I value puncture resistance over all else, so I run the Marathon Plus tires. They also last a very long time, and have low rolling resistance. The negative of this tire are that they are heavy, and...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-23, 04:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,280
Posted By timdow

You had concerns about riding when dark, so you...

You had concerns about riding when dark, so you should probably add lights to your shopping list.
"Phone Mount (is this useful really?)" It is if you don't know where you are going, or if you want...
Forum: Touring
06-21-23, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By timdow

Does Google Maps with bicycle selected route you...

Does Google Maps with bicycle selected route you across? This is not definitive, but a pretty good indication that you may cross on the bike.
Forum: Touring
06-07-23, 09:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,599
Posted By timdow

I converted a 1998 Schwinn Moab to drop bars from...

I converted a 1998 Schwinn Moab to drop bars from flat. Even before the conversion I put a high-rise stem on it that brought it up a couple of inches. Most would not want it this high, but it works...
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Posted By timdow

Yikes it's almost 6 lbs! There are lots of...

Yikes it's almost 6 lbs! There are lots of really good tents that weight less and cost less.
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,581
Posted By timdow

Sure you could use it, but since you don't...

Sure you could use it, but since you don't already have the bike and are purchasing a bike for touring, my opinion is that this bike would be a poor choice. The specs say it has a 42T chain-ring and...
Forum: Touring
05-30-23, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,467
Posted By timdow

Regular bike shorts. I use lube otherwise I will...

Regular bike shorts. I use lube otherwise I will get saddle sores! When touring, I lube up 2X time a day, and no issues.

What type of short of bib used is very individualistic. I personally...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-23, 09:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,989
Posted By timdow

According to new data on rolling resistance, ...

According to new data on rolling resistance, Ideal pressure is a lot lower than what I thought, and what I was running in the past.

Check out: https://silca.cc/pages/sppc-form
I get 58/56.5 for...
Forum: Touring
04-21-23, 11:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,521
Posted By timdow

Thanks Andrew I have cut my clothing down a lot...

Thanks Andrew I have cut my clothing down a lot already, but still could probably ditch some more. Ditto for food, which I am guilty of overpacking. The Enlightened Equipment Enigma is my next...
Forum: Touring
04-21-23, 09:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,521
Posted By timdow

Going Lighter on Tour

As well as planning an upcoming bike tour, I am also planning a backpacking trip, and the idea to get lighter has bled-over into bike bike touring setup. While attempting to drop weight in my pack, I...
02-10-23, 07:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,538
Posted By timdow

Fix or sell as is? Depends on what they need. ...

Fix or sell as is? Depends on what they need. If you intend to have a shop do the work to fix them up, then it will probably cost more than just selling as is.
Forum: Touring
02-10-23, 06:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,723
Posted By timdow

You might consider a highly puncture resistant...

You might consider a highly puncture resistant tire rather than a light-duty tire and sealant. I like the Schwalbe marathon Plus, which has awesome puncture protection, but at the cost of weight and...
02-06-23, 07:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 903
Posted By timdow

Assuming your bike is 7/8 speed, and if it were...

Assuming your bike is 7/8 speed, and if it were me, I would go with something like this:
https://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-Altus-Fc-M311-Crankset-Black-170mm-22X32X42T
Forget trying to source new...
Forum: Touring
11-02-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,153
Posted By timdow

What is common in the automotive repair industry,...

What is common in the automotive repair industry, and is the law where I live is that repair shops must return your old parts. This could be requested when getting your bike worked on.

As far as...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,777
Posted By timdow

I have a bell and use it, but unfortunately, a...

I have a bell and use it, but unfortunately, a lot of people on the pathways here wear earbuds.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-22, 10:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,603
Posted By timdow

Many front STG shifters were sold as 2X or 3X...

Many front STG shifters were sold as 2X or 3X with the adjustment limiting the shifter to 2X. I personally would verify the model number of the shifter (printed on the shifter). Internet search...
08-24-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,955
Posted By timdow

Glad you found something that works for you. ...

Glad you found something that works for you. Different for me... I rode clipless for years... now I ride flats. I use my bike for commuting and touring, and find that I really like just one pair of...
08-19-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 837
Posted By timdow

That's a beauty!

That's a beauty!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,597
Posted By timdow

With more riding will come confidence in riding...

With more riding will come confidence in riding at speed. Until then, just go slower.

Old bike is OK, but bike that does not fit is not. I sounds like your bike is way too big! You will be a...
08-15-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,652
Posted By timdow

I would be using quad-lock if it would fit my...

I would be using quad-lock if it would fit my phone.

I have tried a bunch of mounts....

This is the best inexpensive one that I have found:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y1X3JD3
This...
Forum: Touring
07-13-22, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,560
Posted By timdow

How about spending less on the aluminum bike, and...

How about spending less on the aluminum bike, and use the rest for the trip?
07-11-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,812
Posted By timdow

Has it been mentioned that, as the shoulder is a...

Has it been mentioned that, as the shoulder is a poor place to cycle, a possibility is that they were riding in the road on the other side of the rumble strip? This could be the case if traffic were...
07-11-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,584
Posted By timdow

OP's original question: A: I visited...

OP's original question:


A: I visited "Sheldon brown's gear calculator" page, and based on the calculations there using "gain ratios," the difference between 170mm and 175mm arms equates to about...
07-08-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,213
Posted By timdow

They are riding their ride. I am riding mine. ...

They are riding their ride. I am riding mine. They are riding competitive pace, I am riding "Partypace." No way your are going to find me in a paceline.
Forum: Commuting
07-07-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,613
Posted By timdow

I go directly to work, but I crank up Supertramp...

I go directly to work, but I crank up Supertramp and.....
07-05-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By timdow

No problem, glad you were able to get these...

No problem, glad you were able to get these excellent tires at a good price!
06-30-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,520
Posted By timdow

Thumbs up Advertised weight limit of my Parktool PCS 10.2...

Advertised weight limit of my Parktool PCS 10.2 is 80 lbs. My E-bike is 55 libs sans battery. I might try it with the bike stand, otherwise the pulley system looks like a good idea to me especially...
06-29-22, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By timdow

chainreactioncycle.com not only has a good...

chainreactioncycle.com not only has a good selection, but is also one of the least expensive albeit you have to sped $99 to get free shipping.
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,284
Posted By timdow

i would l still go with the Marathon Plus. If...

i would l still go with the Marathon Plus. If you want a slightly more aggressive tire, take a look at the Marathon Plus Tour, which has the same the puncture protection but different tread.
Forum: Touring
06-01-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,289
Posted By timdow

Good quality, reasonably light tent at a great...

Good quality, reasonably light tent at a great price! Score!
05-12-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 28,388
Posted By timdow

If they do, it's by accident.

If they do, it's by accident.
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,540
Posted By timdow

My take is if you can do 10-12 hours days on...

My take is if you can do 10-12 hours days on another saddle, go with that saddle.

I went to a Brooks because I could not do multiple hours on a padded saddle due to chafing. I like the B17, but...
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