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04-15-22, 11:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,303
Posted By Happy Feet

I like all sorts of biking and don't feel the...

I like all sorts of biking and don't feel the need to think one's better than the other.
My daily experience with North Shore riding is good. I live on a mountain and the trails are 5 minutes ride...
Forum: Touring
02-10-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By Happy Feet

Good video. Gives a nice overview of the route.

Good video. Gives a nice overview of the route.
02-09-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,550
Posted By Happy Feet

Well, I would never say that. A good modern FS is...

Well, I would never say that. A good modern FS is so advanced that the rides are not even in the same ball park. I might say for some mild trails, a plus bike or HT fits the bill but once one needs...
02-08-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,550
Posted By Happy Feet

Anecdotal experience will always vary. I...

Anecdotal experience will always vary.

I quite like my fat bike and see it as the logical extension of an old school rigid mtb that can also do sand and snow. A four season rigid mtb. The sweet...
02-08-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,550
Posted By Happy Feet

It could be an interesting discussion point to...

It could be an interesting discussion point to debate whether FS has led to the development of platforms that are so out priced and technologically advanced from their originally intended purpose...
01-22-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By Happy Feet

Just get out and ride more. It sounds like...

Just get out and ride more.

It sounds like you are trying to go from zero to hero by intellectualizing everything and skipping the initiation phase. Similar to your "where should the eyes go"...
Forum: Touring
01-21-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,529
Posted By Happy Feet

With my recent experience being able to swap two...

With my recent experience being able to swap two wheel sets on my endurance bike (700c and 650b) I am pretty well entrenched in the disc camp now. That allows me to use the bike for road or gravel....
01-19-22, 11:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,550
Posted By Happy Feet

The only controversy is that FS as it is nowadays...

The only controversy is that FS as it is nowadays costs up to 5x as much as rigid or HT and adds a level of complexity that needs to be maintained. If you are cool with accepting those parameters...
01-19-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,889
Posted By Happy Feet

What was the question? Bikepower, you are...

What was the question?

Bikepower, you are trying to argue road application in a mountain bike forum. Someone pointed out a dropper that has suspension but, other than that, suspension in mtb is...
Forum: Touring
01-18-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,333
Posted By Happy Feet

Here is my set up. The second stem drops the...

Here is my set up.

The second stem drops the bag low enough that the top flap clears the aeros.
Even when I didn't have aeros, I didn't like how high the bag rode with the quick click mounting...
Forum: Touring
01-18-22, 02:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,333
Posted By Happy Feet

It is a Brooks carradry HB bag, similar to the...

It is a Brooks carradry HB bag, similar to the Ortlieb I think though, with a flip forward top hatch.

I use a second stem with an accessory bar to lower the HB bag so it will clear the aeros. I...
Forum: Touring
01-17-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,072
Posted By Happy Feet

Covid has messed with my ability to plan so bad I...

Covid has messed with my ability to plan so bad I have no real idea what I will do this year. I can't be bothered to get excited.
For two years in a row I have had to bail on Moab in Nov. Went for a...
Forum: Touring
01-17-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,333
Posted By Happy Feet

I've used aerobars for a few years now. I like...

I've used aerobars for a few years now. I like them.

Turns out I have something called Thoracic outlet syndrome, a narrowing of the brachial plexus that pinches bloodflow and nerves to the hand....
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,472
Posted By Happy Feet

The GT, formerly known as the TCT is a pretty...

The GT, formerly known as the TCT is a pretty convoluted trail in sections and more a theoretical idea than a practical route. For the most part around here they just tried to connect random systems...
Forum: Touring
01-11-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,283
Posted By Happy Feet

Fat bikes are fun. I'm still pretty pleased with...

Fat bikes are fun. I'm still pretty pleased with mine. In retrospect, I think I would prefer the option for narrower tires as most of my riding doesn't take full advantage of the float 4.6 offers....
Forum: Touring
01-07-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,283
Posted By Happy Feet

Welcome to the forum Flatlander. As you can see,...

Welcome to the forum Flatlander. As you can see, while not many still tour on the old classics, they love to talk about them :)

I have a soft spot for my first bike but also have outgrown it.
...
12-31-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By Happy Feet

Sorry for the late reply. I forgot about this. ...

Sorry for the late reply. I forgot about this.

Calgary and area is pretty cool for an outdoor lifestyle. I could live there again easily. Just the other day I pulled out my XC skis because of all...
12-31-21, 01:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,224
Posted By Happy Feet

Many people use the terms interchangeably, as I...

Many people use the terms interchangeably, as I suspect the OP is here, seeing as he has a Spesh sirrus 2 road bike. Either way, most beginners questions have been discussed at length in the many...
12-29-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,224
Posted By Happy Feet

There is a sub forum all about this:...

There is a sub forum all about this: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/
12-22-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,335
Posted By Happy Feet

Diggin the telemark!

Diggin the telemark!
Forum: Touring
12-22-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,919
Posted By Happy Feet

I always assumed one would take off the front...

I always assumed one would take off the front wheel as well. Otherwise, such a large box would be unwieldy for handlers/driving to and from airport.
Also, I thought one needed to deflate tires when...
12-21-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By Happy Feet

Great rebuild and great back story. Also nice...

Great rebuild and great back story. Also nice paint job for a rattle can.
I also biked in Calgary (80's) including a stint as a courier downtown for a blue print company and now ride on the coast :)
12-04-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 7,659
Posted By Happy Feet

Uh... Someone who talks about being trained...

Uh... Someone who talks about being trained specifically for a situation expecting people who haven't to react as if they did.. What could go wrong?

Contextually, the only correct part in that is...
12-02-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,270
Posted By Happy Feet

My choice, Broccoli, was not one of the poll...

My choice, Broccoli, was not one of the poll options.
11-30-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 579
Posted By Happy Feet

Thanks for the link. I was just in Old Montreal...

Thanks for the link.
I was just in Old Montreal and the university district for a week in Nov and checked out a lot of bikes in the city.
A pretty good scene going on there :)
11-28-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 948
Posted By Happy Feet

Why not look at what other riders in your area...

Why not look at what other riders in your area are using. That would be far less expensive than trying a number of random pedals in hopes of finding something that works. If they can do it you can...
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,528
Posted By Happy Feet

First.. time. I'm still in the traditional work...

First.. time. I'm still in the traditional work paradigm wherein I get a set number of holidays each year. These I divide into 1-4 week clumps and from there look at what trips will fit into the time...
Forum: Touring
11-24-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,458
Posted By Happy Feet

I would like to see the design idea too. ...

I would like to see the design idea too.

Someone mentioned using the bike as a pole. I did this (sort of) one trip as an experiment.

I used a cheap Canadian Tire 2 man tent ($29) and an A frame...
11-23-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,846
Posted By Happy Feet

No... lots of plant based foods can be eaten raw....

No... lots of plant based foods can be eaten raw. Just think about salad.

Some foods though, are hard to digest raw, like grains, but many people (not me) sprout them instead of cooking.
Forum: Touring
11-23-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,246
Posted By Happy Feet

Thanks for that reply TiM, I have to think about...

Thanks for that reply TiM, I have to think about what you wrote for a bit.

Off the top though, if we use the 1.9 ratio as a limit, what would the best combination be to allow the climbing of steep...
Forum: Touring
11-23-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By Happy Feet

Clear Gorilla tape. ...

Clear Gorilla tape.

https://www.gorillatough.com/product/crystal-clear-gorilla-tape/
11-22-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,846
Posted By Happy Feet

I've been vegetarian (eat eggs and cheese) for 20...

I've been vegetarian (eat eggs and cheese) for 20 years now and participate in a number of outdoor endurance activities. There is no "need" for meat to create performance.

All of the major fast,...
Forum: Touring
11-22-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,246
Posted By Happy Feet

From the looks of it they were designing an air...

From the looks of it they were designing an air brake system for bikes. I wonder if they could have imagined current hydraulic brakes and electronic shifting.
Forum: Touring
11-22-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,246
Posted By Happy Feet

The goal would be a loaded touring bike based on...

The goal would be a loaded touring bike based on a converted rigid mtb I already have. Steel frame, easy to cold set. As it is I have what I want in terms of bikes for regular road touring and off...
Forum: Touring
11-21-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,246
Posted By Happy Feet

Not as complex but I have wanted to make a...

Not as complex but I have wanted to make a project bike with an IGH drive and a front derailer for a while now.

Rohloffs are nice but quite pricey. Instead, I could see a SA hub mated to a double...
11-21-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,105
Posted By Happy Feet

says probably every future Darwin award winner...

says probably every future Darwin award winner...
11-19-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,410
Posted By Happy Feet

I ride mtb with flats and road predominantly...

I ride mtb with flats and road predominantly clipless. No problems with either.

Of course you need to improve technique but equipment wise I would say make sure your flats have pins or some other...
11-19-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 6,133
Posted By Happy Feet

I don't know how many is "too many" but I have...

I don't know how many is "too many" but I have determined that two is the minimum required for mountain biking, if, as you say, I want to ride both up and down the hills.
...
11-17-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,105
Posted By Happy Feet

I do something similar when wanting maximum...

I do something similar when wanting maximum visibility on tour at night.

One steady white out front for seeing, another white strobe pointed down at the ground. This creates a pool of light on the...
11-17-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 5,468
Posted By Happy Feet

Marketing only works if you buy into it. I...

Marketing only works if you buy into it.

I don't acknowledge the bicycle industry as an authority on which bikes I ought to own. It just produces the products I have chosen to buy.
11-15-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 9,778
Posted By Happy Feet

Another less direct reason to choose FG might be...

Another less direct reason to choose FG might be if thinning a stable of bikes to just those that add variety and don't duplicate. I keep trying to do that (hah hah!) with little success but still......
Forum: Fatbikes
11-14-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,914
Posted By Happy Feet

Most has been covered already. Always note the...

Most has been covered already. Always note the tire to tube position when removing from rim so you can look at the specific tire area when you find the leak in the tube.

If you do that, sometimes...
Forum: Touring
11-13-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,427
Posted By Happy Feet

Well.. I can see why saddlesores needed to take a...

Well.. I can see why saddlesores needed to take a break from banging his head against the wall.

Part of the reason you may think people hold such polarized positions is that engaging in...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,427
Posted By Happy Feet

Nobody misses your point. You have argued...

Nobody misses your point. You have argued consistently throughout this thread that it is harder than most people think to weld steel bicycles and others have said it's more common than you would...
Forum: Touring
11-10-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,427
Posted By Happy Feet

The thing that makes me chuckle about the fear of...

The thing that makes me chuckle about the fear of welding steel frames is the plethora of aftermarket steel fabrication involving bike frames that have been welded in various forms and configurations...
Forum: Touring
11-01-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By Happy Feet

I can wear my waterproof overboots on flat pedals...

I can wear my waterproof overboots on flat pedals sometimes but not with pins. These are Shimano S1000R H20s overboots on Pearl Izumi touring shoes that have both clips and a tread for walking.
...
10-27-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 9,778
Posted By Happy Feet

I ride all three methods described: Geared, SS,...

I ride all three methods described: Geared, SS, FG. Each has it's place.

FG is not for everyone but then again, neither s cycling.

One error in thinking that FG is too hard or dangerous to...
Forum: Touring
10-25-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By Happy Feet

Good discussion. I have a Velo Orange...

Good discussion.

I have a Velo Orange touring saddle, very similar to the Brooks Flyer (a knock off I think) and it is comfortable for what we would used to call 10 speed type riding (aero). I...
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,973
Posted By Happy Feet

Yep. If someone wants to talk about what they...

Yep.
If someone wants to talk about what they prefer in bikes that's all well and good.
Start a positive thread about your bike choices and talk about all the reasons for them.
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,973
Posted By Happy Feet

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