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Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1,516
Views: 265,277
Posted By djb

I have to thank Doug64 for this. Yes, I'd used a...

I have to thank Doug64 for this. Yes, I'd used a mountain bike touring before, but Doug really made me realize how suitable it is for touring, plus I ain't getting any younger.
Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,048
Posted By djb

it's unfortunate that your system is so...

it's unfortunate that your system is so sensitive, that must be very limiting, but re camping purifier stuff, I think I've only had tablet purifier water once on a canoe trip in my youth, but i...
Forum: Touring
07-22-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 698
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
07-05-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 555
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
07-02-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,742
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
06-25-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
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, 06:39 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,106
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
06-20-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,655
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
06-18-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By djb

Your modifications idea is a perfectly good one,...

Your modifications idea is a perfectly good one, the big plus to mtb for touring is the fairly good low gearing as is.
I would try out some little short tours to see how he likes it, and to...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,116
Posted By djb

update June 2021, 1000 kms beside close to 10,000...

update June 2021, 1000 kms beside close to 10,000 kms:

I finally took off my 2in supremes to put on the 1.6in versions, and afterwards when carrying the nearly new spare 2in (maybe 1000kms) that I...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,103
Posted By djb

howdy sir Walrus, I also started in Astoria, flew...

howdy sir Walrus, I also started in Astoria, flew to Portland and took a bus to Astoria. Although this was eons ago (94!), I'd have to say that Astoria down to San Fran is a really nice ride, very...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,997
Posted By djb

Well on a side note, I've seen the NatureHike...

Well on a side note, I've seen the NatureHike knockoff stuff online, and let's face it, buying this sort of stuff, and tons of other made in China copyright theft or whatever you want to call it,...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,542
Posted By djb

I have to say that I still really like the...

I have to say that I still really like the aesthetics of the Tara rack, an added bonus of why I got one (the shape I mean). Plus of course it works really well and I knew I'd be using only Ortlieb...
Forum: Touring
06-01-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,453
Posted By djb

Nice that you checked back in, but most...

Nice that you checked back in, but most importantly that you enjoyed it and want to do some more.
Doesn't matter about how far or how long, main thing is that you did it and figured out stuff from...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,542
Posted By djb

oh I agree on how some bikepacking stuff is...

oh I agree on how some bikepacking stuff is rather expensive also, and thanks for the recommendations of German retailers. Yes, the price differences can be rather astounding sometimes, especially...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,542
Posted By djb

I've used a Tara for a number of years, and it's...

I've used a Tara for a number of years, and it's already rather light, so for me, that money could go towards lighter tires, spokes, panniers, tent , campmat etc.

interesting that a titan one is...
Forum: Touring
05-28-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,453
Posted By djb

You gotta love the anonymous internet, either she...

You gotta love the anonymous internet, either she didn't take bear spray and got eaten by a bear, or maybe simply didn't go in the end.

not a peep unfortunately, which is a shame. It is nice...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,271
Posted By djb

Hi Mr and Mrs PW, thanks for the report and...

Hi Mr and Mrs PW, thanks for the report and photos. Once border and covid stuff is sorted, I'd like to do Montreal to New York, and the top of this trail at rouses point, ny, is about 100k from...
Forum: Touring
05-22-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,093
Posted By djb

When you do touring, you may find that your...

When you do touring, you may find that your arches get "tired" with regular shoes that aren't stiff enough. I certainly found that stiffer soled shoes help a bunch of foot muscles being less sore or...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,453
Posted By djb

I seriously considered getting a Terry bike for...

I seriously considered getting a Terry bike for my wife a bunch of years ago, with the smaller front wheel. Even had a nice conversation on the phone with Ms Terry herself trying to figure out if any...
Forum: Touring
05-17-21, 01:36 PM
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,453
Posted By djb

this may go without saying, but given that you...

this may go without saying, but given that you are leaving in a few days, on a new to you bike, that a bike store has quote "checked over", it would be wise to pack your panniers, stick them on and...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,453
Posted By djb

My first trip was on a 12 speed (6 gears at back)...

My first trip was on a 12 speed (6 gears at back) with a double crank, your '88 bike is probably a 5 speed, but probably has a triple, so maybe less walking up hills, so hey it will work, even if...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,300
Posted By djb

Just don't forget to protect tubes with a plastic...

Just don't forget to protect tubes with a plastic bag or something against abrasion over time, rubbing against either bag or tools.
Just a good thing to keep in mind generally anyway, especially if...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,164
Posted By djb

Happy on his first trip in the area...

Happy on his first trip in the area...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,186
Posted By djb

hey, thats life, learning new stuff one bit at a...

hey, thats life, learning new stuff one bit at a time, and as with more riding experience, sometimes it helps to actively think about a "this" feel or "that" feel about different aspects of riding--...
Forum: Touring
04-28-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1,516
Views: 265,277
Posted By djb

yup, grew up hearing the word "din" all the time,...

yup, grew up hearing the word "din" all the time, British grandparents and watching British tv shows.

oh, and in French, "fart" means wax, as in ski wax, so its always a giggle to see the sign for...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 12,701
Posted By djb

funny and unique quote, not many of us can claim...

funny and unique quote, not many of us can claim to have wild boar in our backyards, and even less with hyperactive caffeinated ones.
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,848
Posted By djb

I've ridden on tons of roads like this, if like...

I've ridden on tons of roads like this, if like in the photo there was oncoming truck or trucks, and behind me , especially another truck, I'm enough of a motor vehicle driver to know that it will be...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 564
Posted By djb

Without knowing how you are as a rider, I would...

Without knowing how you are as a rider, I would lean strongly towards the mtb, and even if you are a competent rider with good bike handling skills, my experience clearly sides with the wider tires...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1,516
Views: 265,277
Posted By djb

OMG Doug, it looks like his roof sprung a leek. ...

OMG Doug, it looks like his roof sprung a leek.

(hope I got this in fast before someone else did!)

edit--phew, I did.
What do I win? How about a nice bowl of soup?
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,561
Posted By djb

I like riding fast, but generally unloaded, but...

I like riding fast, but generally unloaded, but if you really like the fast thing, reducing frontal area is always better, small profile panniers or a large seat bag, frame bag etc, will help.
at...
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,614
Posted By djb

yes certainly shows them. Not sure what I looked...

yes certainly shows them. Not sure what I looked at this morning, could have sworn the page I saw didn't show them.
Good though, as it's another option for a nice riding tire that also happens to...
Forum: Touring
04-03-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,662
Posted By djb

Indeed, as everyone knows that Onacock is the...

Indeed, as everyone knows that Onacock is the twin city to *****, Newfoundland.

(very funny, censor blocked out the actual, real name of the town in Newfoundland, starts with d, ends with an o,...
Forum: Touring
04-02-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By djb

with a bike that expensive, you really should ask...

with a bike that expensive, you really should ask Spez themselves, given that the bike really wasnt designed to take a big traditional front rack like that.
but I could be wrong.
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 12,701
Posted By djb

good grief Charlie Brown indeed. Well, I hope...

good grief Charlie Brown indeed.
Well, I hope that with dodging that bullet you are hopefully more thorough with checking stuff regularly--listen, we've probably all done some dumbass stuff that...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,547
Posted By djb

All good advice senor crux, re groundsheets, I...

All good advice senor crux,
re groundsheets, I tend to use plastic cut to the tent floor shape, and as said, if it extends far past your tent floor, it will collect rain, but also can easily be...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,398
Posted By djb

Mr jp, there is an important trick to know, ...

Mr jp,
there is an important trick to know, this British guys video is the best to explain it. Even if you don't have straps , and who does on the road, just consistently pushing the tire into the...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,547
Posted By djb

Tihab, I'm another person with the view that...

Tihab, I'm another person with the view that given the length of the trip, it's worth spending the extra money on a very good quality new tent that has a known track record.
the other major factor...
Forum: Touring
03-22-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 12,701
Posted By djb

no worries dude, you can justifiably fall back on...

no worries dude, you can justifiably fall back on the "The devil made me do it" excuse.
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,674
Posted By djb

I suspect many of you have read similar findings...

I suspect many of you have read similar findings before about how wider tires can FEEL slower, but in reality this is not the case.
Yes, more flexible tires make all the difference here, and why I...
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,674
Posted By djb

I've toured a lot on wider Supremes and love the...

I've toured a lot on wider Supremes and love the feel and how they roll.
seriously impressed by their wear pattern and my excellent flat experience with them, given where I've used them.
totally...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,674
Posted By djb

I used the 50mm on some trips where I knew the...

I used the 50mm on some trips where I knew the riding surfaces would be all over the map, and I wanted the extra cushion etc of a wider tire.

re 32 vs 35 vs whatever. I just got home from...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 4,568
Views: 2,318,714
Posted By djb

Off topic here, but riding yesterday with my wife...

Off topic here, but riding yesterday with my wife (her first ride of the season) and I just couldn't resist trying out my studded tires on this completely frozen river. The photo is bad so it looks...
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 12,701
Posted By djb

"Get your hands off me you dirty ape"--oops,...

"Get your hands off me you dirty ape"--oops, wrong film

"Damn you, damn you all to hell!"--oops, wrong film again, I'll get one of these days.......
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,000
Posted By djb

I would recommend getting the larger ones, both...

I would recommend getting the larger ones, both brands are well made. Also simply from the point of view that if you are someone who rides at all, or will ride regularly, the larger size are simply...
Forum: Touring
03-13-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,114
Posted By djb

Lets face it, wear that causes a rim to be...

Lets face it, wear that causes a rim to be replaced happens over a long time, or on a really long expedition type trip that probably 90% of us aren't doing, and even then it's only going to be an...
Forum: Touring
03-12-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,114
Posted By djb

I still have memories of braking in the rain with...

I still have memories of braking in the rain with rims like that and the bike just kinda shrugging its shoulders and saying, "huhhh? You wanna slow down??"

and who has to change their rims every...
Forum: Touring
03-11-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,114
Posted By djb

I imagine it's my technique, but I have...

I imagine it's my technique, but I have consistently found that by setting the wheel and tightening qr when the bike is on its two wheels to be the best method. If done on the stand, I find I often...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,904
Posted By djb

well, it will be handy for any impromptu beehive...

well, it will be handy for any impromptu beehive visits, so there's that.
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