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Forum: Touring
12-05-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 1,853
Views: 353,954
Posted By djb

Around here you see people who put up fake owls...

Around here you see people who put up fake owls in spots where they want to discourage pigeons, have never noticed any serpents.
I have a friend who is a snake person, I'll show her the photo.
Forum: Touring
12-04-22, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1,853
Views: 353,954
Posted By djb

Watching people people watching but with a cool...

Watching people people watching
but with a cool looking snake, that's novel.
Forum: Touring
12-04-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 695
Posted By djb

Do you have a reasonable idea of what low gear...

Do you have a reasonable idea of what low gear you think would be appropriate for what you'd be carrying?
And how wide of tire would you want to able to run?
Forum: Touring
12-04-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 132
Posted By djb

The UK based CTC bike forum would probably be a...

The UK based CTC bike forum would probably be a better place to ask, although I suspect that like here, most of the users are older folks not with young children.

I suspect though that you might...
Forum: Touring
12-03-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Denis, it is fairly easy and inexpensive to...

Denis, it is fairly easy and inexpensive to purchase a Mexican cell phone plan and sim card. You'll get some data and unlimited phone calls to the u.s. and Canada. I found this very useful.
You may...
Forum: Touring
12-03-22, 05:58 PM
Replies: 1,853
Views: 353,954
Posted By djb

Ah, I really did think it was a donkey. Howdy...

Ah, I really did think it was a donkey.
Howdy btw
Forum: Touring
12-03-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By djb

While the concept is certainly a sound one,...

While the concept is certainly a sound one, especially with a minimalist setup. I just prefer to keep things simple and keep my repair kit anyways in the same plastic bag that I can easily keep track...
Forum: Touring
12-02-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 1,853
Views: 353,954
Posted By djb

I dunno Doug, he looks like a bit of an ass. ...

I dunno Doug, he looks like a bit of an ass.

(sorry, couldnt help myself)
Forum: Touring
12-02-22, 03:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

If all what you say is correct, that's great. If...

If all what you say is correct, that's great. If it were me going this way, I would still want to confirm that from reliable sources.
I certainly wasn't fear mongering, just bringing up the...
Forum: Touring
12-02-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Absolutely Ax, I got all of my recommendations...

Absolutely Ax, I got all of my recommendations from an established travel clinic in a major Montreal hospital, regarding recommended shots, their evaluation of malaria risk as per their guidelines...
Forum: Touring
12-02-22, 11:02 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

I had with me some antibiotics for if I had a...

I had with me some antibiotics for if I had a really really bad gastrointestinal situation. I can't recall name but got a prescription for it easily because of my travel plans. Never used it...
Forum: Touring
12-02-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Hey Denis, did you prepare and educate yourself...

Hey Denis, did you prepare and educate yourself properly for getting vaccines etc? What did you get?
Are you aware of health Canada or Quebec recommendations for various things like hepatitis, etc...
Forum: Touring
12-01-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

ya, I remember when they were selling Ghost bikes...

ya, I remember when they were selling Ghost bikes at MEC.
It has good gearing with the 48/36/26 and 11-34
Be sure to check the rack bolts every week or so, they tend to loosen with panniers on day...
Forum: Touring
12-01-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

I have visited places by bike also, in various...

I have visited places by bike also, in various countries, and yes, dumb luck is probably part of it.
Part of it too is calculating where to put the bike, and as you say Ax, judging who to talk to ,...
Forum: Touring
12-01-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Ive ridden on lots of dirt roads in Mexico, and...

Ive ridden on lots of dirt roads in Mexico, and some (most) have a good enough surface, some though I was really, really glad to have 2in wide tires that make it so much easier riding over soft,...
Forum: Touring
11-30-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

while I have traveled by myself in some remote...

while I have traveled by myself in some remote areas in Mexico and other countries, I do admit that touring with a traveling partner does feel a bit safer.
Now, we do have to be realistic, if a car...
Forum: Touring
11-30-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4,697
Views: 2,479,310
Posted By djb

Thanks. I'm sure you appreciate these lower...

Thanks.
I'm sure you appreciate these lower gearing of the other bike.
11-29-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 355
Posted By djb

Ive ridden with 2.5 inch mountain bike tires on...

Ive ridden with 2.5 inch mountain bike tires on 21mm internal width rims AND on 17mm internal rims.
Ive also ridden and toured with a fairly hefty load on some long trips using the same 17mm...
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Denis, my understanding is that getting into...

Denis, my understanding is that getting into Mexico from the US side is fairly easy and straightforward. Like John mentioned, just be aware that there probably will be the usual crowd of people past...
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By djb

darn. Thats a drag. I suspect because the bolt...

darn. Thats a drag.
I suspect because the bolt was just put in, at least it is not rusted in or whatever, so hopefully with a really really careful tiny drill bit made for metal, you could start a...
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By djb

Hey there Mr PW, so how did you do that? By...

Hey there Mr PW, so how did you do that?
By over tightening I presume, or had it gotten loose and so had mucho back and forth forces going on?

I personally have stripped a frame rack bolt thread...
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4,697
Views: 2,479,310
Posted By djb

is it custom made, as the angle of the rod with...

is it custom made, as the angle of the rod with the threaded part that goes into the fork crown would be different for different bikes no?

beautiful rack though, I'm sure it isnt cheap.
Forum: Touring
11-29-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Denis, have you done some research on the areas...

Denis, have you done some research on the areas you plan to go? You are leaving soon, so I hope you have looked at some blog or trip journals of others who have biked in that part of Mexico.
You...
Forum: Touring
11-28-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

The majority of small hotels have WiFi, so helps...

The majority of small hotels have WiFi, so helps with being able to plan ahead your route for a few days. Google maps Street view is generally available on most roads, and you will get more used to...
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

His first language is French so some spelling...

His first language is French so some spelling errors are to be expected.
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Before I forget, as of 4 years ago, when you...

Before I forget, as of 4 years ago, when you enter Mexico, you are given an entry paper with the stamped date on it. You MUST keep this paper to present for when you leave Mexico, or you have to pay...
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Good on the mirror. While the Canadian govt...

Good on the mirror. While the Canadian govt warnings just have some merit to them, I'm sure I've biked through places not recommended, but they were fine.
Yes, riding only in day and generally just...
Forum: Touring
11-27-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Typical one lane each way toll road, no divider....

Typical one lane each way toll road, no divider. Truck on right straddling shoulder to make it easier for passing cars.
With a mirror, it's pretty easy to keep an eye on this and just move over more...
Forum: Touring
11-26-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Denis, and Pratt, in rural Mexico on smaller...

Denis, and Pratt, in rural Mexico on smaller roads, the vast majority of truck drivers are very courteous and careful around bicycles, much more so than here in Quebec.
Especially in rural areas,...
Forum: Touring
11-25-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

dac, chuis un bloque de Montreal, j'ai fait deux...

dac, chuis un bloque de Montreal, j'ai fait deux voyages du vélo en Mexique. Si tu as des questions spécifique, on peut jaser. J'adore le Mexique, les gens en compagne sont ben gentil, mais il y a...
Forum: Touring
11-25-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,134
Posted By djb

Where are you starting from and when? What kind...

Where are you starting from and when? What kind of bike, and more specifically, what width of tires are you thinking of using?
I would recommend 2inch tires, helps for when on very rough or soft...
Forum: Touring
11-24-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 1,853
Views: 353,954
Posted By djb

great shot! and just the right caption too.

great shot!

and just the right caption too.
11-22-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,519
Posted By djb

if you have a magura bike you want to convert to...

if you have a magura bike you want to convert to drops, there is this sort of drop bar option:

https://bikepacking.com/gear/surly-corner-bar-review/
Forum: Touring
11-21-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 752
Posted By djb

I've been surprised many times by middle of the...

I've been surprised many times by middle of the night showers, so it's even pretty rare that I'll leave the rain fly off. In really hot and sticky weather, I'll some have the fly just off to one side...
Forum: Touring
11-20-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 752
Posted By djb

Ah, of course that's it, makes sense. While I'm...

Ah, of course that's it, makes sense.
While I'm over 5'10", I'm a beanpole, and my wife is vertically challenged, so it's a lot easier to put the stuff in the tent.
Thanks
Forum: Touring
11-19-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 752
Posted By djb

I guess I don't get it because when I set up my...

I guess I don't get it because when I set up my tent, I then set up camp mat and sleeping bag, which cone out of a pannier, so just easier to take it over tent. Reverse also for packing, just pack my...
Forum: Touring
11-19-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 752
Posted By djb

Im genuinely curious--why not?

Im genuinely curious--why not?
Forum: Touring
11-19-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 339
Posted By djb

thats too bad about life being too busy before,...

thats too bad about life being too busy before, but its common. I was supposed to do a fun trip this but family matters got in the way.
C'est la vie
Forum: Touring
11-19-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 339
Posted By djb

Where are you going to go for a week in November?...

Where are you going to go for a week in November? Wrong season no?
Forum: Touring
11-19-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 752
Posted By djb

I'd have to say from decades of touring...

I'd have to say from decades of touring personally and from friends experiences, that it's extremely rare to hear of theft, and leaving panniers on your bike during the night is not necessary and...
11-18-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 564
Posted By djb

I figure if this guy has never done it, it's good...

I figure if this guy has never done it, it's good to give a bit more of real life details, other than just "cut housing with cutter, end of story."
11-18-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 564
Posted By djb

Ya, I always use an awl to go over the cut area,...

Ya, I always use an awl to go over the cut area, sometimes its not really needed, but I do it anyway.
I've also had to get a file and file off a bit of the coiled metal that just is in the way a...
11-18-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 564
Posted By djb

I'm a cold weather rider (Canadian winter) but as...

I'm a cold weather rider (Canadian winter) but as you've discovered that its a real housing cable issue, all the temp stuff is a moot point.
What I did want to strongly suggest is concerning getting...
Forum: Touring
11-17-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,590
Posted By djb

as someone who generally doesnt like noises going...

as someone who generally doesnt like noises going on with my bikes, I do recall that the chain lubes that I used that were super clean would clearly get noisy before other lubes--but they are so fast...
Forum: Touring
11-16-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,620
Posted By djb

I've got a 26inch fatbike, but these bikes don't...

I've got a 26inch fatbike, but these bikes don't really have anything in common with regular old 26in bikes.
11-15-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,748
Posted By djb

wore the baclava for the first time yesterday....

wore the baclava for the first time yesterday. And my warmer pants too.
11-13-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 295
Posted By djb

Good points vegan about bike care on trainer. ...

Good points vegan about bike care on trainer.
when I first got a trainer, I debated on getting a specific tire, but in the end just used an old worn 28mm slick I had and it lasted forever. It's...
11-13-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 295
Posted By djb

Senathon, its hard to make recommendations as so...

Senathon, its hard to make recommendations as so much depends on numerous factors--how comfortable you are riding on looser surfaces, how much you ride on looser surfaces, the type of surfaces, and...
Forum: Touring
11-13-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 620
Posted By djb

Ya, I guess 5mm is enough. I'd have to look at...

Ya, I guess 5mm is enough. I'd have to look at some of my bikes to see, but while its rare for a broken spoke, its generally better to have at least reasonable clearance.
Your workaround did the...
Forum: Touring
11-13-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 620
Posted By djb

hey there, finally had time to look at this...

hey there, finally had time to look at this properly. Thanks for photos.
Ya, it seems that you found a good method with the rubber spacers and trimming the fender to at least get it forward more....
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