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Forum: Touring
06-24-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,157
Posted By a_d_a_m

I'm preparing for my first tour (Ohio To Erie...

I'm preparing for my first tour (Ohio To Erie Trail this August) so I decided to load up the bike and see how it did. I'm happy to report that the bike rolls along with gear just as merrily as if it...
Forum: Touring
06-05-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,084
Posted By kevmcd

Everything old is new again

I don't know much about newer platform pedals but when I look at them it seems like they are trying to recreate what Shimano achieved with their first generation Deore dyna-drive pedals - very thin...
Forum: Touring
05-22-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,084
Posted By skidder

Ditto. Only exception is I've never tried...

Ditto. Only exception is I've never tried clipless, I just never saw it as an advantage for me, only something that complicates the bicycling experience. The ability to hop on and off a bicycle...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,084
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I have several pair of SPD shoes, all have...

I have several pair of SPD shoes, all have recessed cleats between the lugs or in a recessed area in the sole. But, there is enough flex in the soles and lugs that when I walk on concrete I can...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,084
Posted By imi

Yeah, on tour, old skool toeclips and running...

Yeah, on tour, old skool toeclips and running shoes.

I have no problem riding clipless with stiff soled cycling shoes, or barefoot on plastic pedals, but I like toeclips with the strap just tight...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,084
Posted By andrewclaus

This is exactly my view. There may be a cost...

This is exactly my view. There may be a cost consideration for some, as well as the attraction of having one less pair of shoes.

I own one bike and use it for nearly everything, nearly every day,...
Forum: Touring
04-30-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,157
Posted By Nyah

A recent example of why QR-disc is ready for the...

A recent example of why QR-disc is ready for the dustbin of history:
https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1229408-noisy-disc-brakes-did-i-screw-proverbial-pooch.html


As for the rim...
Forum: Touring
04-16-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,157
Posted By a_d_a_m

Here it is. https://i.imgur.com/jFcHzzR.jpg

Here it is.

https://i.imgur.com/jFcHzzR.jpg
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,157
Posted By a_d_a_m

Somewhat foolishly, I don't have a Plan B as far...

Somewhat foolishly, I don't have a Plan B as far as buying a touring bike - I'm 'all in' on the Sutra. So when I keep hearing about Sutras showing up for people, I'm real happy for y'all but also a...
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By cyccommute

There are no negatives to an overbuilt wheel. 4...

There are no negatives to an overbuilt wheel. 4 extra spokes add about 25 g to a wheel. That less than an ounce. Those 4 extra spokes add significantly to the strength and durability of the wheel....
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By phughes

Yep. I went with 36 hole 26 inch rims. Overkill?...

Yep. I went with 36 hole 26 inch rims. Overkill? I don't care. I haven't had to replace a spoke since buying it in 2011.
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By Jeff Neese

My touring bike weighed 80-100 lbs fully loaded...

My touring bike weighed 80-100 lbs fully loaded for a two-week trip. That's not unusual. But you really don't want to do that sort of thing on 32-spoke wheels.
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By cyccommute

Donít blame the shops. They have no say in what...

Donít blame the shops. They have no say in what a manufacturer specifies when designing a bike. They just have to deal with fixing the problems.
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By rifraf

Oh I think one can...... Or at least I can and...

Oh I think one can......
Or at least I can and do.
36 for me :)


Either that or bike shops try to sell products that will need more maintenance in order to have a source of income by way of...
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By Jeff Neese

Am I the only one that noticed bike plus gear are...

Am I the only one that noticed bike plus gear are over 100 lbs, plus 180 for the rider?

36 for sure.
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 04:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By saddlesores

could also be the bike shop is pushing the latest...

could also be the bike shop is pushing the latest fad,
pushed by the manufacturers. much easier to flog
whatever ya got in stock now, instead of ordering
something suitable for the task.

build...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By robow

At 280 lbs of bike and rider, no way would I want...

At 280 lbs of bike and rider, no way would I want 32 spokes on the rear unless maybe we are talking 26" wheels here, and I would still likely go 36 if possible. 700c wheels, definitely 36 spokes, not...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By phughes

I think the difference in ride will be almost...

I think the difference in ride will be almost impossible to detect. Tires will play a bigger part in ride quality.



I have a Long Haul Trucker with the stock machine made rims. When I got the...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By Tourist in MSN

I assumed you would be buying an off the shelf...

I assumed you would be buying an off the shelf touring bike, did not know you are building up wheels for a frame.

I have occasionally heard someone say that fewer spokes gives more cushion, but I...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,007
Posted By phughes

Why is your bike shop advocating 32 hole rims?...

Why is your bike shop advocating 32 hole rims? What is their reasoning? I am sure 32 hole would be fine, but I still prefer 36 hole rims, especially on the back, but that is just a preference.
Forum: Touring
11-29-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,470
Posted By elcruxio

Also thru axles take all guesswork away from disc...

Also thru axles take all guesswork away from disc brake alignment. QR and disc brakes isn't optimal whereas thru axles and disc brakes are. Also Surly thru axles are pretty great in that they rely on...
Forum: Touring
07-22-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,157
Posted By greatscott

Nice bike, the Kona Sutra was one of my two top...

Nice bike, the Kona Sutra was one of my two top choices for a touring bike I got about 2 months ago; after looking at around 12 to 15 touring bikes in that price range, I settled on the Masi...
Forum: Touring
07-18-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 19,157
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If you have not cycled much, it can take some...

If you have not cycled much, it can take some time to get all the adjustments (seat height, seat set back, etc.) to fit you well because you are not really sure what a good fit is. If you make...
Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,238
Posted By Happy Feet

Srsly? The Op mentioned they home school in...

Srsly? The Op mentioned they home school in post1.

FWIW, my father worked hard, saved his money, got sick and died before his retirement date. You roll the dice and takes your chances.
06-27-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 17,095
Posted By Trakhak

I'm an aluminum fan, but aluminum doesn't need...

I'm an aluminum fan, but aluminum doesn't need fans. The vast majority of bikes sold these days are aluminum. You wouldn't know it from reading BikeForums posts, but steel bikes---and titanium bikes...
06-20-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,190
Posted By Katysax

I have a Veego Semi-Fat which is similar to the...

I have a Veego Semi-Fat which is similar to the Rad mini step thru. I also have a Specialized Como. I have handled the mail order bike by doing most fixes and maintenance myself with some help from...
06-19-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,164
Posted By Pop N Wood

I just put a mid drive on a bike and I don't...

I just put a mid drive on a bike and I don't understand many of the comments on here. You don't need a shop to work on a mid drive. Lots of info on line. Electric connectors can be replaced with...
06-06-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,164
Posted By CanyonCooler

I think it depends on your needs. I think they...

I think it depends on your needs. I think they can be great if you have a temperature controlled indoor location to store one and you can be a fair weather rider, only riding during dry weather. I...
Forum: Touring
05-10-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 12,231
Posted By 3aughtmaxon

I've done some heavy tours on old bikes with...

I've done some heavy tours on old bikes with caliper brakes. People have been touring on cantis since the dawn of bike touring, I would say you're fine, but if you're going for a new build, disc...
Forum: Touring
05-07-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,993
Posted By robow

In the bike industry, of which bicycle touring is...

In the bike industry, of which bicycle touring is an extremely small subset (though we wish it wasn't so), occasionally you do get an innovation that truly makes our lives better. But unfortunately...
05-04-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,164
Posted By PoorInRichfield

My biggest concern with e-bikes are the...

My biggest concern with e-bikes are the batteries. I have an elderly friend who bought an e-bike a few years ago and now the battery is dead. In helping him find a new battery, I learned a few...
Forum: Touring
10-20-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,472
Posted By bikemig

Since you have a choice and you are buying a...

Since you have a choice and you are buying a wheel for loaded touring, why not get a 36 spoke wheel? This is a 700c wheel, right?
08-21-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 15,201
Posted By MNebiker

Riding an ebike is certainly not the same a...

Riding an ebike is certainly not the same a riding an analog for the same distance. But when age or health issues make an ebike the only alternative it is certainly more exercise that you will get...
06-04-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,463
Posted By maria.owenby

Battery weight is the issue here. And i see...

Battery weight is the issue here. And i see companies have vision of making range longer rather than making bikes lighter. So even battery technology progress for certain time we won't see such major...
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