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Forum: Touring
07-28-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 468
Posted By zweitesmal2

Lots of very good information and advice for me-...

Lots of very good information and advice for me- thank you all. Great photos, MSN, I appreciate your effort. My steel bike is XL so the wheels must come off (derailleur also), and I have piles of new...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 468
Posted By zweitesmal2

TSA handling of packed bikes

Hello all, I'm about to ship my touring bicycle to France and I'm wondering how many of you have had your boxed bicycle tampered with by TSA/Customs. I'm flying from US to Paris, Delta all the way...
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,020
Posted By zweitesmal2

I agree with MSN and Brett, make your rig as...

I agree with MSN and Brett, make your rig as simple as possible to live the simple life. Instead of all that gear have a nice nest egg of funds on standby, for incidents or issues. Loaded like that,...
05-27-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,700
Posted By zweitesmal2

It may not be the bike. After 50 years off the...

It may not be the bike. After 50 years off the bike you might just need to relearn shifting. If you're shifting under load you may not be all the way into the next gear and it's simply jumping back...
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,728
Posted By zweitesmal2

If you're on a budget, stealth camping is a...

If you're on a budget, stealth camping is a viable option. I've often camped behind churches over the years, and local police will always direct you to the fairgrounds if you're in a county seat...
03-19-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,415
Posted By zweitesmal2

In my state it's perfectly legal for anyone 13...

In my state it's perfectly legal for anyone 13 and under to ride on any sidewalk they please. As an adult I'm not permitted (class C misdemeaner). If she wants to use the sidewalk let her.
03-02-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,359
Posted By zweitesmal2

Pic of my shoe slice. This was my first attempt...

Pic of my shoe slice. This was my first attempt ever, which is why I even have a pic (from years ago). This was on the second day of a 4 month bike tour and it was an immediate relief. Rain isn't a...
02-22-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,359
Posted By zweitesmal2

I have a large bunion (bone spur) myself and my...

I have a large bunion (bone spur) myself and my podiatrist recommended living with it as the recovery time is miserably long. So I've lived with it for 7yrs now. I'm not being funny here but I simply...
02-22-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,031
Posted By zweitesmal2

Might be a long shot but I've used carburetor...

Might be a long shot but I've used carburetor cleaner (the real toxic version) in a spray can to remove stains in auto upholstery. No adverse issues other than the temporary fumes. You really have...
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,957
Posted By zweitesmal2

The 2019 Ragbrai route began in Council Bluffs....

The 2019 Ragbrai route began in Council Bluffs. Their website will have it most likely; simply follow it backwards.
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,742
Posted By zweitesmal2

I've toured on a Trek FX 7.1 and it was a good...

I've toured on a Trek FX 7.1 and it was a good time, but both wheel rims failed on me (front at 3500mi point and rear at 7500mi). I also upgraded my crank to a Shimano 105 52/36, which ended up being...
Forum: Touring
05-16-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,301
Posted By zweitesmal2

How about the Natchez Trace? It fits all your...

How about the Natchez Trace? It fits all your parameters with plenty to see and do along the way. There are countless journals over at CGOAB to peruse for details.
Forum: Touring
05-15-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,550
Posted By zweitesmal2

Are you wearing that enormous backpack while...

Are you wearing that enormous backpack while riding that loaded bike? That can't be comfortable.
05-14-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By zweitesmal2

I agree with previous posts- just keep riding....

I agree with previous posts- just keep riding. Maybe find a MTB and do a bit of cross training as well. Good luck!
Forum: Road Cycling
05-13-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By zweitesmal2

It's the whole sweaty back thing. Down here in...

It's the whole sweaty back thing. Down here in Texas a backpack is no fun in the summer, when you want all the wind you can get. I have packed a 'picnic' into a little Timbuk2 in winter occasionally...
Forum: Touring
04-30-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,118
Posted By zweitesmal2

Looks good! I've always toured with 4 small...

Looks good! I've always toured with 4 small panniers and wanted a lightweight setup also. Imagine the big mile days you can pull off in the US, flying across Kansas or Wyoming, moving fast. I'm...
04-18-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By zweitesmal2

Having parted out many motorcycles over the years...

Having parted out many motorcycles over the years I can tell you that after selling the pretty parts you'll be left with a carcass nobody will want. Wrench time is fun time so that really doesn't...
04-06-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,725
Posted By zweitesmal2

I bought new Tour Rides last summer for a tour...

I bought new Tour Rides last summer for a tour and had both split at the bead while underway. The front tire was so bad I was getting pinch flats every few hours. I limped across the border at Sault...
04-04-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,619
Posted By zweitesmal2

The discoloration isn't ON the rim, it's IN the...

The discoloration isn't ON the rim, it's IN the aluminum. Nothing will remove this. The aluminum has oxidized from age, neglect or exposure and this is how it looks now. Don't waste time or money...
03-15-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By zweitesmal2

Yes, just find a small decal, perhaps an American...

Yes, just find a small decal, perhaps an American or state flag sticker, or even better, a "Made In The USA" sticker.
Forum: Touring
03-09-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By zweitesmal2

Now move your bag so you can see at night.

Now move your bag so you can see at night.
03-09-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By zweitesmal2

0000 Super Fine steel wool will knock the rust...

0000 Super Fine steel wool will knock the rust off chrome without scratching it.
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 678
Posted By zweitesmal2

I'm 6'3" w/ 36" inseam and I also run 175s on my...

I'm 6'3" w/ 36" inseam and I also run 175s on my bikes. I'm curious if you like 180 as I've been contemplating whether or not you'd get more power out of that extra 5mm and long(er) legs. Part of...
03-05-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,516
Posted By zweitesmal2

My LBS has a large pile of takeoff saddles, taken...

My LBS has a large pile of takeoff saddles, taken from new bikes when the purchaser would want a larger 'comfort' seat. They let me have all i want, either cheap ($10) or free, depending on how many...
Forum: Touring
02-21-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,732
Posted By zweitesmal2

I'm struggling with Duo Lingo also (French). I'll...

I'm struggling with Duo Lingo also (French). I'll be in rural France this summer and it doesn't look like I'll be moving past the phrase "I don't understand". I will say, based on some time I spent...
02-21-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,962
Posted By zweitesmal2

A bit off topic but how does one identify a...

A bit off topic but how does one identify a Titanium frame? I would never had known looking at this bike, most likely buying it because of the groupset alone. Thanks.
01-24-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By zweitesmal2

What did they do to save you?

What did they do to save you?
01-14-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 913
Posted By zweitesmal2

I've ridden it twice, south to north in '16 in 7...

I've ridden it twice, south to north in '16 in 7 days and north to south last summer in 4. You can do it in 4 but you won't be spending more than a few minutes at any of the 100+ cool sites along the...
Forum: Touring
12-28-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By zweitesmal2

Whenever I visit my brother in SF I borrow his...

Whenever I visit my brother in SF I borrow his bike for several days of solo riding. This will be my exact route next time. Thank you!
12-28-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,315
Posted By zweitesmal2

Best thread ever- look at all this input! Thanks...

Best thread ever- look at all this input! Thanks everyone.
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,980
Posted By zweitesmal2

Model year leftovers are a good way to get a...

Model year leftovers are a good way to get a deal. I bought my Breezer Radar gravel bike for a bit over $700 US and swapped out the groupset for the new Shimano 105 R7000 stuff (minus the brakes),...
Forum: Touring
12-12-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,348
Posted By zweitesmal2

See that fancy dismount at 0:23?

See that fancy dismount at 0:23?
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,145
Posted By zweitesmal2

Is this a thing?? I'm looking it up but can't see...

Is this a thing?? I'm looking it up but can't see any information on performance gains. That would make it quite beneficial in the mountains for a flatlander I suppose (which she isn't). Now i'm...
Forum: Touring
11-26-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,558
Posted By zweitesmal2

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_1079_2d90410aa4b8637a0eaf32efe8e46c851e0451b8.jpg
A nice view with nothing to distract me. Phone in jersey pocket, maps in front...
Forum: Touring
10-28-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,331
Posted By zweitesmal2

I use AAA maps for US/Canada touring; they are...

I use AAA maps for US/Canada touring; they are small and lightweight and often contain 2 states on one map, one on each side. I carry a map of the entire US as well, for overall referencing, to...
10-20-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 989
Posted By zweitesmal2

Use carburetor cleaner, which works well for...

Use carburetor cleaner, which works well for fabric and upholstery stains also.
10-10-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,209
Posted By zweitesmal2

I just don't see the point in spending so much...

I just don't see the point in spending so much money for a saddle needing so much care and fiddling. My LBS has a pile of take-off saddles from various mountain and road bikes that I'm welcome to. I...
Forum: Touring
10-08-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,242
Posted By zweitesmal2

I've read journals where people plan their entire...

I've read journals where people plan their entire (or large portions) tour around Warmshowers stays, as if they were Pony Express stations. It just seems wrong to utilize this network in that way. I...
Forum: Touring
05-19-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,813
Posted By zweitesmal2

This is the stupidest idea yet- how to induce...

This is the stupidest idea yet- how to induce even more rage. Why don't you just wear a traffic cone on your head? They're free all over town. Dress as Ronald Mcdonald while you're at it. Drivers...
Forum: Touring
05-12-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,608
Posted By zweitesmal2

I also took the Badger on a big loop tour I did a...

I also took the Badger on a big loop tour I did a few years ago. It was a really fun break from pedaling, and there is a really good maritime museum in Manitowoc. They let me put my loaded bike in...
03-29-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 859
Posted By zweitesmal2

Don't forget to ask your shop about possibly...

Don't forget to ask your shop about possibly ordering last year's leftover models. They are often heavily discounted. My leftover '18 Breezer Radar was $700, down from $1100. Good luck!
03-29-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,880
Posted By zweitesmal2

I paid $400 for a 2006 CAAD7 because it was in my...

I paid $400 for a 2006 CAAD7 because it was in my size (60cm). Really fine bike. The thing about trades is not so much dollar value as mutual want. A bike that doesn't fit you does no good and...
Forum: Touring
02-03-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,039
Posted By zweitesmal2

I see you have lugs- just get a rear rack. You'll...

I see you have lugs- just get a rear rack. You'll be able to strap a lot of gear on it without resting on the rear wheel. Use blue Loctite on the fasteners and it will stay put. Augment that with a...
01-30-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 13,868
Posted By zweitesmal2

I admit to being a bit ignorant on the inclusions...

I admit to being a bit ignorant on the inclusions and exclusions of the Trump tariffs but maybe that has something to do with it? My LBS says Ebikes will be affected; I did just buy a 105 R7000...
Forum: Touring
01-26-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,043
Posted By zweitesmal2

I walked in to my bike shop recently and before I...

I walked in to my bike shop recently and before I got 10 feet the owner was scolding me for my right forearm and knee being all scabbed up, telling me to try falling on the cheap (left) side next...
Forum: Touring
01-26-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,163
Posted By zweitesmal2

I really like the Schwalbe touring line, for...

I really like the Schwalbe touring line, for longevity and flat resistance, but what is up with the reflex stripes? I cannot stand how they glow at night. I enjoy stealth camping on tour and these...
01-26-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,970
Posted By zweitesmal2

I click my brake levers repeatedly, pulling on...

I click my brake levers repeatedly, pulling on them slightly and releasing. The metallic clicking turns heads. Mostly i just roll by as far away from them as possible. So many headphones out there...
01-26-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,179
Posted By zweitesmal2

Well I've never carried any form of ID on the...

Well I've never carried any form of ID on the bicycle. I never saw the point as i'd be sent to the hospital regardless. I have a house key in my seat bag but don't want my address in there as well,...
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,992
Posted By zweitesmal2

I've spent inner city nights in the back of UHaul...

I've spent inner city nights in the back of UHaul trucks at the rental lots before. It is safer than any park you'd find when in an unfamiliar city after dark. Just roll up the (always) unlocked door...
Forum: Touring
12-28-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 570
Views: 405,467
Posted By zweitesmal2

Keep a big fat cotton ball in your tube patch kit...

Keep a big fat cotton ball in your tube patch kit for flats. Running it along the inside of your tire helps you find those tiny metal wires that might otherwise be missed. The cotton ball will snag...
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