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Forum: Touring
07-12-24, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 154
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have been using Sram 850 8 speed...

I have been using Sram 850 8 speed 11/12/14/16/18/21/26/32 for years.

Looks like the price has gone up a couple bucks since I bought my last one. I think I paid $25....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-07-24, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 307
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Rims can be damaged by too high a pressure, do...

Rims can be damaged by too high a pressure, do you know if those rims will be safe for the long term at that pressure? I do not.
Forum: Touring
07-03-24, 08:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 415
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This says nothing on water. ...

This says nothing on water.
https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

But that page says very little, so that does not really provide any assurance that water is available. You should...
Forum: Touring
07-03-24, 05:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My average day on a bike tour (four panniers, not...

My average day on a bike tour (four panniers, not bikepacking gear) ranges from 37 miles for my 2019 tour to 57 miles for my 2024 tour. My last tour, one day was 85.8 miles and one day was 83.2...
Forum: Touring
07-02-24, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 496
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I think of bikepacking as something you do where...

I think of bikepacking as something you do where you can resupply food every two to four days at most, due to the lack of volume for your packed gear.

Loaded touring with two to four panniers...
07-02-24, 05:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,293
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A lot of the key to accomplishing that goal is...

A lot of the key to accomplishing that goal is keeping your electric consumption at a minimal level. And making sure you are not wasting power with any high resistant cables or devices. I was not...
Forum: Touring
07-02-24, 04:29 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,228
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Every night when my bike is stored outside, such...

Every night when my bike is stored outside, such as on a camping tour, there is a rain cover on the leather saddle to prevent water absorption if there is a heavy dew.

And of course put the cover...
07-01-24, 07:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,293
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This will be amazingly impressive if the new...

This will be amazingly impressive if the new Ladelux can really draw up to 12 watts from the hub and put it to good use. I assume the link below is what you saw....
Forum: Touring
07-01-24, 06:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,228
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I suspect for most people that adding a rear...

I suspect for most people that adding a rear fender (mudguard) will give a lot more life to a leather saddle. If you are riding in wet conditions with no fender, the bottom of the saddle will get a...
Forum: Touring
06-25-24, 02:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,546
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You have also convinced several of us that trying...

You have also convinced several of us that trying to help you is a waste of our time.

In my previous post, I asked you if you had figured out your route yet? And also asked how you are navigating?...
Forum: Touring
06-25-24, 02:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,500
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I was curious, but could not find a label that...

I was curious, but could not find a label that was not covered with stickers. I met her in 2014 in year 7 of her long tour, so the bike would be from 2007 or earlier, probably bought in South Africa.
Forum: Touring
06-25-24, 02:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,937
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My experience matches yours. The C&O puddles...

My experience matches yours.

The C&O puddles had a solid firm surface under the water, I rolled through quickly and did not get bogged down in mud. I only rode both trails once, that was 11 years...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-24, 05:36 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,974
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I put the Sram Dual Drive on my folding bike,...

I put the Sram Dual Drive on my folding bike, very happy with it. I only rarely use that bike, but when I do I like the wider range. I am running an 8 speed Sram 11-32 cassette. I have four bikes...
Forum: Touring
06-21-24, 12:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,546
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Interesting. Years ago I lost my wallet in...

Interesting.

Years ago I lost my wallet in an airport. Fortunately, after going thru TSA screening, my drivers license was in my shirt pocket, had not yet put it back into the wallet. Thus, I had...
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By Tourist in MSN

And more here: ...

And more here:
https://bikepacking.com/bikes/rigs-of-the-2023-tour-divide-part-2/

And some analysis:
https://bikepacking.com/bikes/2023-rigs-of-the-tour-divide-breakdown/
Forum: Touring
06-02-24, 04:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,937
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Fenders do help some, but photo is from my 2013...

Fenders do help some, but photo is from my 2013 trip on GAP and C&O.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x600/20imgp4250_9789fb01d695deb69c6422a4ccf86727eaf9cea4.jpg
Forum: Touring
05-31-24, 06:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 903
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Gauvins did a UK tour last year, here is a thread...

Gauvins did a UK tour last year, here is a thread he started on his planning.
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1267547-early-stages-planning-trip-uk.html
Forum: Touring
05-29-24, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I blew up the photo of your bike, it looks...

When I blew up the photo of your bike, it looks like there might be a mount for the upper cage mounting point under the downtube. Lower would be behind the crankset where I could not see. Did you...
Forum: Touring
05-29-24, 02:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Tourist in MSN

For a bike tour that I assume lasts a few weeks...

For a bike tour that I assume lasts a few weeks to maybe a few months, it sounds like you want to carry a bike bag on the bike with you but you also plan to get on five or more airplane trips during...
Forum: Touring
05-29-24, 02:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,682
Posted By Tourist in MSN

For those of you debating battery life and power...

For those of you debating battery life and power consumption for the devices you use for reading books, news, etc., please remember that this is the touring forum. There is a huge range of power...
Forum: Touring
05-26-24, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,155
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you go to the Black Hills, there is the...

If you go to the Black Hills, there is the Oreville Campground a very short distance from the Mickelson Trail. I was there 14 years ago, not sure how much has changed. You could camp there a few...
Forum: Touring
05-24-24, 02:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By Tourist in MSN

After I spent some time answering your question,...

After I spent some time answering your question, I then see that you started another thread with new questions, and that you already got your spokes replaced. It is common curtesy to let people know...
Forum: Touring
05-21-24, 03:29 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,588
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have never understood why road bikes had to...

I have never understood why road bikes had to have frames that only allowed really skinny tires. Although that did improve slightly over the past decade or two, my road bike that I bought in 2018 has...
Forum: Touring
05-17-24, 06:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,164
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you are 48 and a mason/brick layer, you have...

If you are 48 and a mason/brick layer, you have plenty of strength, but you might lack flexibility which could be why you are having sore legs.

There is a big difference between doing heavy...
Forum: Touring
05-16-24, 05:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,767
Posted By Tourist in MSN

For camping I used to use Exofficio underwear....

For camping I used to use Exofficio underwear. (Bought at REI, of course.) Comfortable and fast drying if you do sink laundry. But the elastic waist bands only lasted a short time. Very expensive...
Forum: Touring
05-16-24, 05:04 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,913
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You are fortunate, there are great sources of...

You are fortunate, there are great sources of info on the internet.

I built my first wheel before the internet existed, and those that knew the secret dark arts of wheel building were slow to...
Forum: Touring
05-15-24, 05:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,767
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am not too surprised. My local store, I no...

I am not too surprised. My local store, I no longer bother asking them detailed technical questions about the gear, I often find their "experts" know less than I do when I ask. I used to value their...
Forum: Touring
05-14-24, 11:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,767
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Generically, I find the best deals to be closeout...

Generically, I find the best deals to be closeout items. Or sometimes an item is not closed out but one color is discontinued and that color is on a closeout price.

Several things I have bought...
Forum: Touring
05-13-24, 07:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,865
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am a native Minnesotan, so the bugs do not...

I am a native Minnesotan, so the bugs do not bother me as much. When the mosquitos bite small children, if they taste good they carry them off to eat later. But the children that taste bad to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-12-24, 06:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 826
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Many of the tandems that I have seen have S&S...

Many of the tandems that I have seen have S&S couplers.

Such couplers are usually used to disassemble a bike so that it will fit in smaller cases for airline travel, but such couplers could be...
Forum: Touring
05-11-24, 11:51 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,588
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Maybe I should call my heavy touring bike a...

Maybe I should call my heavy touring bike a gravel bike?

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/922x691/20imgp0550_92666d0f9968218c2ad32b8e4ffa109e2d618854.jpg

Don't bother...
05-11-24, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 848
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My first trip to Europe, I was trying to minimize...

My first trip to Europe, I was trying to minimize any redundancies in my packing. I decided to leave out a compass because I had an electronic compass in my watch.

Get on an airplane, sit down,...
05-10-24, 04:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 848
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If an Etrex GPS has too small a screen, you might...

If an Etrex GPS has too small a screen, you might need to look at other phone apps. I think most off the shelf GPS units are not going to meet your needs for bigger screen.

I would like a bigger...
Forum: Touring
05-07-24, 10:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,913
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Build the wheels myself. I buy the hubs and rims...

Build the wheels myself. I buy the hubs and rims that I want from the cheapest on-line seller. Spokes and nipples, I used to buy locally but that shop moved and is not local any more, do not have a...
Forum: Touring
05-07-24, 04:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By Tourist in MSN

This is my go to web site for researching average...

This is my go to web site for researching average weather conditions for an area I may visit.
https://weatherspark.com/y/51381/Average-Weather-in-Amsterdam-Netherlands-Year-Round

You can pick...
Forum: Touring
05-06-24, 05:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,865
Posted By Tourist in MSN

When I do bike touring, I am looking at a...

When I do bike touring, I am looking at a duration quantified in weeks, but when I think of bikepacking, I think of a duration quantified in days. So, big difference here. And bikepacking where you...
Forum: Touring
05-06-24, 05:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,241
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Fully agree. I carry two spare tubes, not...

Fully agree.

I carry two spare tubes, not one. There have been a few times in the past decade when I had a tube failure at the stem or other unpatchable tube failure. My last tour a year ago, my...
Forum: Touring
04-29-24, 04:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,279
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Very good point on the small platform. With...

Very good point on the small platform.

With my Tubus Logo EVO or Racktime Addit the platforms are quite narrow, but those racks have the tops of my panniers up higher, thus anything that is wide...
Forum: Touring
04-27-24, 07:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,279
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have no complaints about my Racktime Addit rack...

I have no complaints about my Racktime Addit rack welding. That rack is quite different in design than the one that Yan cited. My Addit is at this link:...
Forum: Touring
04-25-24, 09:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,328
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am only posting this for future reference, the...

I am only posting this for future reference, the OP has ordered a solution.

The Nitto brand one shown by Saddlesores in his post above mine, use something like that as an example to make one. Or,...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,198
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Gravel particles range from 2mm to 63 or 64mm in...

Gravel particles range from 2mm to 63 or 64mm in size.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_size

But I am a geological engineer (retired), thus I am obligated to use the correct technical terms.
...
Forum: Touring
04-21-24, 10:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,715
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you mean a strap that goes up near the top of...

If you mean a strap that goes up near the top of the bottle, I just use two sided velcro or sometimes instead use a hair elastic held to the frame tubing with velcro.

If you are looking for a way...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,198
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Until I saw that last sentance, I was going to...

Until I saw that last sentance, I was going to suggest you post this on the touring forum. Now I see why it is here.



I did it in 2013 with two friends, we were camping. Some meals were...
Forum: Touring
04-20-24, 12:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,715
Posted By Tourist in MSN

A few months ago on a different forum, someone...

A few months ago on a different forum, someone had an extra big cage like the ones you have. And they had a big metal bottle in one. And crashed. After the crash, their bottle was no longer centered...
Forum: Touring
04-20-24, 12:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,802
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I got my eyes lasered nine years ago to correct...

I got my eyes lasered nine years ago to correct far sightedness to 20/20 at distance. I need close up lenses for reading my GPS or looking at maps, etc. My eyes have drifted away from 20/20, but when...
Forum: Touring
04-20-24, 06:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,790
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Most racks are attached with M5 bolts. Usually...

Most racks are attached with M5 bolts. Usually the upper limit for those bolts on a rear rack is 40 kg. My heavy touring bike (Thorn Nomad Mk II) uses M6 bolts for all racks.

Thorn rates their...
Forum: Touring
04-19-24, 12:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 885
Posted By Tourist in MSN

You want to make sure you buy the rods of the...

You want to make sure you buy the rods of the correct diameter for the bolt. Nitto and Tubus/Racktime rods are different diameters. I do not know what Velo Orange uses, could be yet a different...
Forum: Touring
04-17-24, 07:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,271
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I am retired so I have the flexibility to do long...

I am retired so I have the flexibility to do long trips. But my longest vacations for outdoor activities before retirement were a week long. If I needed a day per week for rest and recovery, that...
Forum: Touring
04-17-24, 06:36 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,356
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have heard that the further south you go on the...

I have heard that the further south you go on the Pacific Coast, the worse it gets for hiker biker sites.

I rode from Astoria to San Francisco in 2014. Twice reported some unsavory types to park...
Forum: Touring
04-15-24, 08:48 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,356
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Good idea to put an identifier inside a rim. I...

Good idea to put an identifier inside a rim. I put stickers here and there in some bikes, but they often fell off or got wet and became a wet layer of slush. I think I will try some inside rims, I...
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