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Forum: Touring
06-10-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,986
Posted By robow

25 lbs as it sits here. But to be fair, this is...

25 lbs as it sits here. But to be fair, this is not a true touring bike but rather a cycle cross bike that I adapted for touring. It performs quite well for how I use it, but I would not try crossing...
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,986
Posted By robow

I'm really surprised by this as my 88 Schwinn...

I'm really surprised by this as my 88 Schwinn Letour weighed in about 26 lbs without any fenders or other accessories and I'm sure my saddle was much lighter than a Brooks. In fact the bike that won...
Forum: Touring
06-01-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,181
Posted By robow

As said, if it works, great, but truly I don't...

As said, if it works, great, but truly I don't like the design of that rack. The top of the rack should extend more forward than the lower strut mounting point, like most racks, which then won't...
Forum: Touring
05-31-22, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1,720
Views: 339,505
Posted By robow

Is your photo from just after or south of the...

Is your photo from just after or south of the Eastern Continental Divide ? The start of the "Glide" down to Cumberland.
Forum: Touring
05-30-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 859
Posted By robow

Your tire or your hot water heater ? Beware,...

Your tire or your hot water heater ? Beware, things always break in 3's.
Forum: Touring
05-28-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,327
Posted By robow

Is a true 2 person tent, say 31 square ft. of...

Is a true 2 person tent, say 31 square ft. of usable space with full rain fly and netting, and is free standing, at 4lbs really that heavy in this day and age? Can they be had for less than $250 ?
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,332
Posted By robow

I think the only difference between the IRD QB-55...

I think the only difference between the IRD QB-55 and the QB-75 is the more expensive 75 has aluminum cups vs steel cups. Could save yourself 20 bucks if you don't mind a few extra grams.
Forum: Touring
05-26-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,327
Posted By robow

Couldn't agree more, that's what has worked for...

Couldn't agree more, that's what has worked for me and I will gladly tote that extra 1 lb. for comfort.
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,243
Posted By robow

So you come out of some cafe only to find your...

So you come out of some cafe only to find your frame still locked up and panniers sitting neatly on the ground but your rear rack is missing, the hallmark of a thief well educated in metallurgy.
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 05:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,034
Posted By robow

I know you don't generally care to tour like I...

I know you don't generally care to tour like I do, that is, I'm the King of the 1-2 week tours, a half dozen or so a year. But what I have found so frustrating is that when I hit my mid 60's is that...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,243
Posted By robow

And we know that particular rack of Doug's has...

And we know that particular rack of Doug's has seen more than its share of rain and wet weather
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 01:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,243
Posted By robow

Cha ching.......$tainless for the win

Cha ching.......$tainless for the win
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,243
Posted By robow

My Tubus Tara front rack did not come with any...

My Tubus Tara front rack did not come with any tape that I remember. I've seen a lot of Tubus racks on the road but not sure I've seen any that had rusted much at all. If it happened, a little...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 04:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 967
Posted By robow

I value comfort 1st, packability 2nd, durability...

I value comfort 1st, packability 2nd, durability and weight 3rd. That being said, I have two Thermarest Neo Air mattresses in size Large that I have been very pleased with for many years now. ...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 347
Posted By robow

For the last couple years, I've been impressed...

For the last couple years, I've been impressed with the wider Schwalbe Marathon Supremes at a less than max. pressure.
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,650
Posted By robow

Stuart, the next time I'm out that way, I'll...

Stuart, the next time I'm out that way, I'll demand my touring buddy from Arvada take me down there for a western pasty. Thanks
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 09:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,650
Posted By robow

Yea, but do they contain chopped rutabagas ?

Yea, but do they contain chopped rutabagas ?
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,650
Posted By robow

axolotl, what was it about miners and pasties ? ...

axolotl, what was it about miners and pasties ? The story I heard was that all the older Northern European immigrant wives would stick a pasty in their man's lunch box every morning before he headed...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,650
Posted By robow

I'm guessing most won't know what a pasty is. ...

I'm guessing most won't know what a pasty is. Best I ever had was in Ontonagon.
Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1,720
Views: 339,505
Posted By robow

File this under "Silly things you see while...

File this under "Silly things you see while touring"

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Forum: Touring
05-08-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By robow

I like it ! I could see cleaning it up and...

I like it ! I could see cleaning it up and touring on it. Have any idea what year it was made ?
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 692
Posted By robow

Another advantage to a simple plastic shower cap...

Another advantage to a simple plastic shower cap as a saddle cover is that in a pinch, it can be used as a helmet cover when it is raining or it can also be used to keep your head surprisingly warmer...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 11:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,432
Posted By robow

Unless you're in the desert, surely you can find...

Unless you're in the desert, surely you can find one tree or sign/fence post as my friend has done here. The bugs weren't bad on that tour and he had a beautiful view of the Missouri River that...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,432
Posted By robow

Won't a simple tarp, ground cloth, and a bit of...

Won't a simple tarp, ground cloth, and a bit of rope be your cheapest shelter system. Wont protect you from bugs or maybe keep you as dry as a proper tent or bivy but it could work much of the time.
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By robow

Maybe it didn't follow him home after all. ...

Maybe it didn't follow him home after all.
Always enjoy seeing those vintage touring bikes in use.
Forum: Touring
04-29-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,816
Posted By robow

I somewhat understand what the OP is going thru....

I somewhat understand what the OP is going thru. The first Brooks B17 that I got over 25 years ago, on the late great Sheldon Brown's advice, I knocked on that hard leather and thought, there is no...
Forum: Touring
04-29-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,816
Posted By robow

djb, that made me chuckle

djb, that made me chuckle
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,816
Posted By robow

No Brainer

No Brainer
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,530
Posted By robow

We had a similar situation occur last year when...

We had a similar situation occur last year when my wife and I were bike touring down along the Mississippi River. We camped out one night and my wife who normally loves night sounds like that was...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 572
Posted By robow

For those touring off road on skinny single track...

For those touring off road on skinny single track or those that are "Race touring" and looking for even the most minute improvements in aerodynamics, bike packing makes more sense, but for the other...
Forum: Touring
04-21-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,100
Posted By robow

Other than self satisfaction, but you're right,...

Other than self satisfaction, but you're right, you can often find inexpensive quality on eBay.
Of course back in the day, remember those Nashbar seasonal clearance deals, they would practically...
Forum: Touring
04-20-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,100
Posted By robow

Where are the "kitty litter bucket" pannier...

Where are the "kitty litter bucket" pannier enthusiasts when you need them ?
Forum: Touring
04-19-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By robow

L134, I understand your delight with friction...

L134, I understand your delight with friction shifting on the front derailleur. I run Shimano STI 10 speed shifters and the left hand triple is not very forgiving and can be prone to fail if...
Forum: Touring
04-16-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,325
Posted By robow

I apologize if this has been mentioned before, as...

I apologize if this has been mentioned before, as I haven't read through this entire thread, but looking at your bike's wheels above, think about sticking an extra spoke in your panniers or tape one...
Forum: Touring
04-14-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,274
Posted By robow

Several years ago when I purchased a pair of...

Several years ago when I purchased a pair of 46-30 cranks for my cycle cross bikes, I had to take out a small business loan in order to purchase them, but now they are available through many more...
Forum: Touring
04-13-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,345
Posted By robow

Something that needs mentioning if you are going...

Something that needs mentioning if you are going to tour with a trike. I have two friends that have gone to this mode because of health issues and they have to be very knowledgeable where they will...
Forum: Touring
04-13-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,288
Posted By robow

Don't tell my wife this. She at one time was a...

Don't tell my wife this. She at one time was a heck of a tri-athlete and I want her riding these tires so as to hopefully slow her down a little. We won't tell her I leave her brakes rubbing just a...
Forum: Touring
04-12-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,288
Posted By robow

I always view the idea of touring tires through...

I always view the idea of touring tires through the lens of "How much flat resistance/toughness do I seek and how much compromise to ride quality am I willing to accept" To my wife, she worships at...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 958
Posted By robow

+1

+1
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,345
Posted By robow

Each individual has determine their own...

Each individual has determine their own preference as to the amount of weight on their hands vs. their butts. The more upright, of course the more weight on the derrière. I took this photo a week ago...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,345
Posted By robow

Ideal riding positions can vary tremendously. ...

Ideal riding positions can vary tremendously. That being said, most cycling tourists are more upright than roadies. I personally don't see the individual above that hunched over but as a pretty...
Forum: Touring
04-09-22, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By robow

I wonder if I could sneak a 44 chain ring on that...

I wonder if I could sneak a 44 chain ring on that crank? Still would be only a difference of 16t but wonder about the bolt distance.
Anyone know what make of crank on the bike ?
Forum: Touring
04-07-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,751
Posted By robow

Like Tourist in MSN, I am a fan of Kool Stop...

Like Tourist in MSN, I am a fan of Kool Stop Salmon brake pads or the hybrid pad, black and salmon from the same maker. They will be excellent with your, assuming, linear or V brakes.
Forum: Touring
04-06-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1,720
Views: 339,505
Posted By robow

A few photos from last week touring through...

A few photos from last week touring through eastern Arkansas and western Tennessee.

Can you guess what town we were near when we stayed at this KOA campground for the night ?...
Forum: Touring
03-24-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,908
Posted By robow

The Teva's that I owned were glorified house...

The Teva's that I owned were glorified house slippers. Though they had a couple laces on top, they didn't actually function as such. The soles were very soft, almost foam like in design and they...
Forum: Touring
03-23-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,908
Posted By robow

I used Teva's for a while, extremely lightweight...

I used Teva's for a while, extremely lightweight but the soles didn't hold up very well for me. Now using a pair of Skechers that weigh in at 13 ounces for the pair and they are quite comfortable...
Forum: Touring
03-18-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By robow

We're there in mid May, any chance you have this...

We're there in mid May, any chance you have this route mapped out on Ridewithgps or something similar ?
Forum: Touring
03-18-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 538
Posted By robow

I rode with a "unique" fellow a couple years ago...

I rode with a "unique" fellow a couple years ago that toured on one. Between the weight of the rider and the enormous weight of the gear he was carrying, I swear you could hear the bike groaning at...
Forum: Touring
03-16-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,288
Posted By robow

As much as I detest cooking while on the road,...

As much as I detest cooking while on the road, and prefer to eat out and am willing to eat cold "stuff", I can't imagine a tour that long without having a stove with me.
Forum: Touring
03-13-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,964
Posted By robow

Most organized rides today that accommodate a...

Most organized rides today that accommodate a couple hundred riders or more, if they're worth their salt, will have several large charging stations, often custom made boards with countless outlets. ...
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