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07-29-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 308
Posted By headwind15

I lived in Florida a long time ago. At the time...

I lived in Florida a long time ago. At the time my problem was sweat rolling off my back and into my shorts.. I always wondered if clamping a sponge in my shorts waistline in the back might have...
Forum: Touring
07-27-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 457
Posted By headwind15

As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years I have...

As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years I have seen my share of boxed bikes. I would recommend stoping by a L.B.S. and ask if you could see how bikes are packed. I would highly recommend that...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By headwind15

Trek 5000

There is a high chance that the reason that your rear wheel is out of true because the cracks are just starting to change the way the rim is held by the spokes. I was riding with someone with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By headwind15

I used owned/ ran bicycle stores for 12 yrs and a...

I used owned/ ran bicycle stores for 12 yrs and a Trek dealer for 7. I know that bike. I used to have some of those Rolf/ Bontrager "paired spoke" designed wheels that come on that bike. At some...
07-25-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By headwind15

As a cyclist who has been at it for about 45...

As a cyclist who has been at it for about 45 years, at least for me it has always been about having a goal(s) Weather it is to competing on the road or velodrome, or touring the California coast or...
07-25-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 657
Posted By headwind15

OK, besides getting older, I have had some...

OK, besides getting older, I have had some medical situations (breaking a leg, breaking both of my heels in a ladder slide out accident and subsequent foot surgeries) that have had me spend some...
07-25-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 657
Posted By headwind15

in the 70's, I rode with a lot of other cyclists...

in the 70's, I rode with a lot of other cyclists in clubs in the 70's and into he 80's. After touring solo from SFO to Atlanta in '85, I found that I didn't have to ride with others so much. I even...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By headwind15

I just looked it up and it seems that since 2017,...

I just looked it up and it seems that since 2017, they are allowing aero brake levers, but without integrated shifters. Rims are restricted to no more than 20 mm in height. You might get away with...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By headwind15

I believe three rules for Eroica might be broken...

I believe three rules for Eroica might be broken on your bike: A) Index shifting. B) Aero brake levers. C) Aero rims.
07-19-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 333
Posted By headwind15

You might be better off taking it to a bike shop...

You might be better off taking it to a bike shop where they can look at it. I am basically throwing darts at a dart board here. The axle might be broken. When you hold one side of the axle and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,906
Posted By headwind15

If your bike is decent condition, there is no...

If your bike is decent condition, there is no reason to carry any tools whatsoever, (aside from tire irons).
07-14-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By headwind15

Sorry, but no criticism here. I don't know of...

Sorry, but no criticism here. I don't know of any downside. I like having aero bars on my bikes. Sometimes I am shocked to see how much faster I go when I use them.
Forum: Touring
07-09-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 865
Posted By headwind15

Single tree held hammock

This has got to be the best idea I have seen for a long time, the biggest problem that I have seen for using a hammock is finding two trees (in some places) the right distance apart to use a hammock....
Forum: Touring
07-09-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By headwind15

The issue that I have had with mounting racks on...

The issue that I have had with mounting racks on disk brake bikes has been more about using a longer bolt on the left side with presta valve nuts as spacers to get the rack to clear the brake.
Forum: Framebuilders
07-08-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 493
Posted By headwind15

Cutting the top tube out is really easy if you...

Cutting the top tube out is really easy if you use a 4.5" angle grinder with a 1/16" disc cutting wheel, making small cuts just behind the tig weld all the way around.
07-07-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By headwind15

I am a short cyclist expert. A store owner for...

I am a short cyclist expert. A store owner for over 12 experience helping with sizing/ riding styles. With a 51.5 cm top tube the frame should be plenty short. This is likely about your riding...
07-07-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By headwind15

DorkDisk is right about Suntour/ Shimano sprocket...

DorkDisk is right about Suntour/ Shimano sprocket spacing. . Something else not mentioned is that your new Shimano EZ fire shifters are V brake compatible. / will work really poorly if paired with...
07-07-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 517
Posted By headwind15

I don't know if age has anything to do with...

I don't know if age has anything to do with this./ I don't know how old you are? I used to tour on a fully loaded touring bike, about 800 miles a week without fatigue/ problems/ night sweats/ sore...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,068
Posted By headwind15

When you mention having this an eventually tour...

When you mention having this an eventually tour on it, what kind of touring? If you want to do overnight lightweight credit card touring without any camping gear, you will not need a super strong...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 749
Posted By headwind15

I hate to be a buzz kill, but... Tourists on this...

I hate to be a buzz kill, but... Tourists on this site are going to have their opinion, but what really counts is that you do not like about your bike. I have a number of touring bikes. When I get...
Forum: Touring
07-04-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 865
Posted By headwind15

I liked your post for two reasons. 1) I am...

I liked your post for two reasons. 1) I am afraid that if I take a hammock, I might get skunked as far as finding two trees (or poles) the right distance apart or strong enough. You saying that...
Forum: Touring
07-04-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,765
Posted By headwind15

The best piece of advise I can offer is: KEEP...

The best piece of advise I can offer is: KEEP YOUR FIRST TOUR POSITIVE. I will never forget my first tour (in A good way) Hitchiking down to San Diego at the end of June. Spending the first 4-5...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 865
Posted By headwind15

F.Y.I. I am looking at a tent hammock with rods...

F.Y.I. I am looking at a tent hammock with rods that create the hoops so that it can be used as a bivy tent as well. I like the idea of it coming with a built in rain fly that would be hassle free...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 865
Posted By headwind15

Tent hammock considering.

The ETROL tent hammock. I am still looking at others.
Do you know anything about them? Any downsides?
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 865
Posted By headwind15

Hammock % of times used?

I have a question for hammock users. If you are touring with a hammock and a tent, I know there are times/ places where one of them is feasible and you use it, and the other one will spending the...
Forum: Touring
07-03-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By headwind15

this is completely standard for these types of...

this is completely standard for these types of racks and has been for many many decades.[/QUOTE]
I used an actual original Blackburn Lowrider rack back in 1984. (I have experience with them) I...
Forum: Touring
07-02-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 687
Posted By headwind15

It is supposed to be positioned low. The reason...

It is supposed to be positioned low. The reason it is called a low rider rack, is because having the weight close to the height of the front axle gives the greatest location for stability. I would...
Forum: Touring
07-01-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,383
Posted By headwind15

Hi, I am a frame builder and have been through...

Hi, I am a frame builder and have been through the whole travel bike thing. (I have my own patented system). Because I am short and ride small bikes (usually about 36 to 42cm seat tubed length). at...
06-27-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 392
Posted By headwind15

I had a Trek dealership and have some of those...

I had a Trek dealership and have some of those older Bontrager rims in my basement. I don't know if you need the ERD? (effective rim diameter). I can't believe what jccaclimber wrote about...
06-27-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By headwind15

Wow, I finally topped someone... Last week, I...

Wow, I finally topped someone... Last week, I broke two spokes (in my rear wheel) in an hour.
06-26-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By headwind15

I am just sayin' because I only weigh 135 lbs,...

I am just sayin' because I only weigh 135 lbs, and I broke (by myself) two spokes last week on my loaded touring bike with 36 spoke wheels. (OK, maybe they were cheap spokes).
Forum: Touring
06-26-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 746
Posted By headwind15

There are fenders called "clip on fenders" that...

There are fenders called "clip on fenders" that slide on and off brackets that mounts to seat stay bridges and through fork crowns.
06-25-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By headwind15

I realize that you have already bought your hubs,...

I realize that you have already bought your hubs, but I disagree with your choice. 32 hole hubs/ rims are for rated for a single person's weight. A tandem, has twice the load. Ah, but men are...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,141
Posted By headwind15

Welcome to the Club.

Welcome to the Club.
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,118
Posted By headwind15

I had another Idea: You could fly into SFO and...

I had another Idea: You could fly into SFO and have your son pick you up. Spend a few days with him and then tour down to L.A. Sort of funny, as I know that area well, as I grew up, biked and...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,118
Posted By headwind15

I do not know how much ground you like to cover...

I do not know how much ground you like to cover in a day. You could look at the crazy guy on a bike archive journals to see where some of the more popular night stopovers are. I would recommend...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

Waterproof sleeping bag

Thank you for your perspective. You definitely have some valid points. I posted this thread for advise. I do live in Arizona, so your comments about heat at night are spot on. I do use a knee...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,756
Posted By headwind15

Change gearing.

I use a 48 x 11 gear on my touring bike all the time on downhills when going 35 mph. I have been using a 120" gear on my touring bikes since 1985, and have yet/ ever have any knee issues at all. ...
Forum: Touring
06-05-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By headwind15

Valencia to Barcelona tour

Do you mind asking if you recall what time of year you were over there?
Forum: Touring
06-04-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,028
Posted By headwind15

There are different styles/ types of bikes. You...

There are different styles/ types of bikes. You wrote about flat bar bikes. Do you know that, that is the type of bike you would like the most? A lot of bike tourists prefer (drop) road type...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By headwind15

Either I missed your link or your link didn't...

Either I missed your link or your link didn't take.
06-03-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,303
Posted By headwind15

This thread is frustrating. No one here divulges...

This thread is frustrating. No one here divulges their height. I see a lot 150 lbs, but there is quite the difference between someone who is 5' - 6" and 150 pounds and someone who is 6'-2" and...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By headwind15

I had a few other thoughts... I don't know where...

I had a few other thoughts... I don't know where you will be traveling from, but for me I was planning to stay for three months. For one thing the cost per day when you figure in the travel expense...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By headwind15

I know what kind of shape I am in and could say...

I know what kind of shape I am in and could say what I could do, but I'm not you, so I have no way of gauging your ability. Your distances seem short (for me), but again, I'm not you. I had a...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

Tent

You are right. The downside to the Nature hike tent is the single (side) entry and honestly the inability to zip open both sides of the rain fly, If you want more airflow. I would consider buying...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

I have done a lot of studying/looking at tents...

I have done a lot of studying/looking at tents and have found a few things that in my opinion are a make or brake in regards to tents. A. Side entry: Once you try a side entry tent, you quickly...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

I see that you are in Virginia. I have toured...

I see that you are in Virginia. I have toured thru there. You definitely have mozzies there. What bivy are you using?

F.Y.I., I looked up the "Ecoopro" sleeping bag on Amazon, and the $27....
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

I am really getting caught up in "How can I make...

I am really getting caught up in "How can I make touring easier." I used to ride up to 12K miles a year and weighed 124 to 130 lbs and tour with about 20lbs of gear and I it seemed like there...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

You definitely hit a button with (so to speak),...

You definitely hit a button with (so to speak), in regards to claims in the camping gear industry. I bought this little tent 1 meter x 2 miters (Long), 40" x 80". They claim it to be a 3 person...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,008
Posted By headwind15

I just had this idea because, honestly, I only...

I just had this idea because, honestly, I only get rained on while touring about every two weeks. I am considering a tarp as some have suggested. I currently have a 3.5lb 1 person tent and a...
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