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Forum: Touring
10-20-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,709
Posted By djb

Hats off to you guys who began touring when I was...

Hats off to you guys who began touring when I was barely in school. I get that the technology waa what it was, but even with a light load, a 45/26 is still hardman gearing , and for your average...
Forum: Touring
10-19-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By djb

ah yes, for some reason I thought he was talking...

ah yes, for some reason I thought he was talking about rear shifting also.
Ive always found that friction front shifting is so much nicer and smoother, as we can finesse it just right, and it can be...
Forum: Touring
10-19-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By djb

And there is no reason you should be shifting...

And there is no reason you should be shifting this bike with friction, unless the bar end shifter for the Rd is borked for indexing, which is unlikely.
Really though, poor shifting could be a whole...
Forum: Touring
10-19-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 241
Posted By djb

You may not have any need to replace your chain...

You may not have any need to replace your chain rings, and your shifting problems may be something simple, or not.
internet folks can't help you, you just need a trusted mechanic to assess the bike...
Forum: Touring
10-18-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 286,688
Posted By djb

str, these shots of lovely dirt roads over there...

str, these shots of lovely dirt roads over there in Espana always make me wish that I was there exploring, especially now that it is getting cold and wet here....
Forum: Touring
10-18-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By djb

Thanks robow, here's a screenshot of the...

Thanks robow,
here's a screenshot of the schwalbe page, showing the various sizes and schwalbe ratings for the different flavours.
in 27.5 and 622, they go from 1.6", 2, 2.2 and even 2.4.

2.4...
Forum: Touring
10-18-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 4,597
Views: 2,350,578
Posted By djb

We'll, at least for once you cleaned your damn...

We'll, at least for once you cleaned your damn bike before leaning it up against that beautiful wall!
tschus
Forum: Touring
10-17-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By djb

Schwalbe Hurricane gravel-ish tires

Bought these back in early summer but have been riding with slicks until finally getting out and doing a few gravel, double track, stoney, sandy and paved short trips this fall. Originally got these...
10-17-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 298
Posted By djb

Obrigado, thanks. ya, your low is lower than...

Obrigado, thanks.
ya, your low is lower than mine, but you certainly are a masher at 45 rpm compared to me. Your maintenance and not riding in mud all the time probably just means that you...
Forum: Touring
10-16-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,709
Posted By djb

gearing and attitude from a 1970s Paris-Roubaix,...

gearing and attitude from a 1970s Paris-Roubaix, right out of an Eddy Merckx quote

I loved how when with the ladies, you made the "drastic" change from a 45 to a 44t chain ring.
Times change,...
10-16-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 943
Posted By djb

Did it work out and were you able to get a larger...

Did it work out and were you able to get a larger ring rings?
10-16-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 597
Posted By djb

very wise words. we've all busted bolts and...

very wise words.
we've all busted bolts and made mistakes, that's how one learns, and as you say, YouTube vids can be a good resource, but the world isn't computer world of bits and bytes and one...
10-16-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 298
Posted By djb

dws, I've lived and traveled in Latin America,...

dws, I've lived and traveled in Latin America, so I get the steep thing, but about torque and all that, it really must be down to your weight and the power you put out when going up steep stuff.
I...
10-15-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 298
Posted By djb

I'd suggest asking over in the Clydesdale...

I'd suggest asking over in the Clydesdale section, they will have much more real life experiences with hubs, rims, spokes that can live well with a rider and load of your weight.

I'd also...
Forum: Touring
10-15-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 433
Posted By djb

The seatpost clamp with holes works well, also...

The seatpost clamp with holes works well, also take into account that near the dropouts and caliper, often using some spacers will take care of minor issues of rack getting in way of caliper. Don't...
Forum: Touring
10-10-21, 05:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 611
Posted By djb

Quick thoughts that can help ride regularly...

Quick thoughts that can help
ride regularly around traffic to develop your awareness /reaction time/common sense approach to various traffic situations. I commute regularly in a city and it...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 611
Posted By djb

blowboat/grandpa another obvious "don't do...

blowboat/grandpa
another obvious "don't do that", but I'll add another----Get a mirror and become comfortable using it competently.
Having a mirror and to be able to use while still riding straight...
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,707
Posted By djb

oh absolutely. I recall meeting a Scots couple...

oh absolutely.
I recall meeting a Scots couple somewhere in Mexico, they had been in the States and bought two old bikes (80s road bikes) and headed down through Mexico. Road gearing, pulloing a...
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,927
Posted By djb

interesting, so not just me who always found that...

interesting, so not just me who always found that fellow to be rather "infomercially" with the whole presentation.
Reminds of that tall, super white teeth dude from on tv back in the early 90s....
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 692
Posted By djb

good suggestion on the vita. We have a size...

good suggestion on the vita. We have a size small vita in our household, first used by my wife abd now my daughter.
Good bike, light, and even in stock trim it's a good traveling bike. 8 speed, ...
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,707
Posted By djb

Doable, but depending on the specifics, you've...

Doable, but depending on the specifics, you've got the very real chance of having to waste time dealing with broken stuff, the inconvenience, and then you get into the whole quantifying the...
Forum: Touring
10-05-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By djb

I too could be wrong on the uneveness, but...

I too could be wrong on the uneveness, but although I have more than one b17, I'd rather not remove one to do a comparison photo for you because once the seat position is ideal, I don't like having...
Forum: Touring
10-05-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By djb

Going back to your first photo, with bike on car...

Going back to your first photo, with bike on car rack, as well as shot of it on table, the seat bag straps are clearly uneven, so it's not an uneven leather wear thing.
Add some new photos and send...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By djb

I would send these photos and perhaps more...

I would send these photos and perhaps more detailed ones directly to Brooks, they will give you more definite answers and possible options of what to do.
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By djb

Re the gouge or two on mid seat, you didn't...

Re the gouge or two on mid seat, you didn't forget bike on car roof and drive into garage?
something looks tweaked to these eyes.

oh, and holy crap you guys south of us in NH really got snow...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

That's really good that already the bike feels...

That's really good that already the bike feels good with panniers on. The trailer thing is certainly a possibility, I've never toured using one, but I certainly pulled kids in trailers and then those...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

Stae and big ring, yup I agree on the agreeable...

Stae and big ring, yup I agree on the agreeable tactile stuff of an old bike we spent lots of time with, and the emotional thing too.
re physical and tactile, it's like getting a downshift on a...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

Re sleeping bags, I still use essentially a...

Re sleeping bags, I still use essentially a synthetic summer bag that I've used touring for close to 30 years. Still works alright but if cool at night, I bring a tightly rolled up fleece blanket for...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

naw, it's the bike that's the dinosaur ;-) ...

naw, it's the bike that's the dinosaur ;-)

I know I know.....But in my defense I still have a beloved dt bike and once in a blue moon riding other bikes, my mind wanders, thinking of an early...
10-02-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 333
Posted By djb

Pretty clear to me, this bike must have...

Pretty clear to me, this bike must have originated from Australia.

(ya ya, don't quit the day job, I know)
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By djb

The LTD model reminds me very much of my troll,...

The LTD model reminds me very much of my troll, sloping frame, drops, ability to take wide tires. I see the stock tires are 2.25 on 27mm internal width rims, and a dropper post too, and obligatory...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

ya, car camping does affect our perception of...

ya, car camping does affect our perception of size and weight! And self propelled, ie carrying or schlepping the junk with our own bodies, certainly makes us aware of the total weight.
Re tent...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,618
Posted By djb

and my wild ass guess is that there is a million...

and my wild ass guess is that there is a million more times of a chance of bending or busting a rd hanger, or the rd itself, or busting a rim by smacking into something--all plausible stuff that...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

sounds good. For most of us who have toured a...

sounds good. For most of us who have toured a lot, so many times we've seen folks having a miserable time carrying a ridiculous amount of stuff on bikes not suited to touring. Floor pumps on top of...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By djb

Pretty interesting lineup, they clearly are aware...

Pretty interesting lineup, they clearly are aware of the market, and still aware that a triple is still useful for long tours with more stuff.
neat of how the drivetrains cover just about every...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

Hey, I should add that I totally get having a...

Hey, I should add that I totally get having a fondness for a bike that we spent a lot of time on, with great memories. Just be aware of the real shortcomings of a road bike from this era for touring....
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,016
Posted By djb

Smallblock guy, sure you can try, but if you've...

Smallblock guy, sure you can try, but if you've never camped and never bike toured, you'll be amazed by how the crap required will add up in volume and weight, and then you'll be amazed how the...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,618
Posted By djb

Extra points for that one monsieur indy

Extra points for that one monsieur indy
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,976
Posted By djb

I have to say, the one thing that I've found very...

I have to say, the one thing that I've found very disappointing is the whole tent fly (waterproof outer section) getting all ultra "sticking to itself" and general sticky/grossness thing from just...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,976
Posted By djb

Tmsn, I hadn't watched the videos earlier, but it...

Tmsn, I hadn't watched the videos earlier, but it was interesting in the second one about the hot water soak and vinegar soak to loosen up stuff and with the vinegar, to dissolve scaly stuff. We've...
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,976
Posted By djb

Ive used a steripen on a few trips, but never had...

Ive used a steripen on a few trips, but never had to prefilter water luckily.
what do you want to know?
Forum: Touring
09-30-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,405
Posted By djb

I don't recall what fees I had while taking money...

I don't recall what fees I had while taking money out of foreign atm machines over the decades, but in the end, as long as I didnt overdo it, the fee was just part of taking money out and I would...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 286,688
Posted By djb

I've got to say, I certainly would have gone the...

I've got to say, I certainly would have gone the plan C myself also.
Sounds like a pretty grim wet week, would not have had the urge to be riding through it.
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,405
Posted By djb

There definitely are days where the combination...

There definitely are days where the combination of weather, fatigue etc makes it that the odd motel is a nice break/ change and you really appreciate it, so at least budget for a few of these.
On...
09-29-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 387
Posted By djb

you will see a noticeable increase in braking...

you will see a noticeable increase in braking power with the salmons, KS pads really do work well and is a change that also comes with the bonus of quieterbraking and being easier on the rims.
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 1,622
Views: 286,688
Posted By djb

Doug and indy, it was still a bit early last week...

Doug and indy, it was still a bit early last week when doing this, but up there it's a few weeks ahead of Montreal.
But yes indy, really rather warm wasn't it, humid up here too. I recall one day...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,927
Posted By djb

funny responding to a comment made years back. ...

funny responding to a comment made years back.
but yes, it was how he did it, and as you say, he could have not properly tightened any and all sort of bolts on his bike. He's more of a bits and...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,405
Posted By djb

chuckle. weird one that. certainly in my...

chuckle. weird one that.
certainly in my experience, small places prefer cash for not having a fee involved, although as said, because of covid, everyone and their uncle has been doing cashless...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By djb

Well, at least you know what you're comfortable...

Well, at least you know what you're comfortable with and not in real life riding. Don't overthink it, or do if you want, but 38s are very competent for potential varying surfaces and help a lot if...
09-28-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 943
Posted By djb

Higgins, down the road and if you do bike...

Higgins, down the road and if you do bike mechanic stuff, you can keep an eye out for a mtb double setup used, but in the end the bikes are what they are, and you have the responsibility of buying...
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