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Forum: Touring
05-28-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

The lower down aspect is something that I notice,...

The lower down aspect is something that I notice, and partly why I got this rack. As you've seen, there are also aluminum models with similar lower pannier rails.
Oh, are you Dutch?
Forum: Touring
05-27-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By djb

Ever find out from Kona?

Ever find out from Kona?
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 653
Posted By djb

Good on you to bring this stuff up. People put...

Good on you to bring this stuff up.
People put their inflatable mats in sun, or in tent in sun, and they over inflate and ballooning causing issues.
They take em out and sit lie on thorns or rocks...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 653
Posted By djb

Well dah, wouldn't you rather sit in your bathtub...

Well dah, wouldn't you rather sit in your bathtub on top of your camping mat in warm or cold water?
Doesn't apply to Scandinavians obviously, right Sven?
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 06:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

Not bad.

Not bad.
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

hey buddy, can you lend me a dime, err I mean...

hey buddy, can you lend me a dime, err I mean 1,050 Canadian Buckaroos.
Exchange rate plus 15% sales tax
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 06:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

That's ok, because rust never sleeps, according...

That's ok, because rust never sleeps, according to that guy from Manitoba or Alberta or Peterborough Ontario or whenever he's from.

The op got good arguments for both steel and aluminum, and for...
Forum: Touring
05-24-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

Damn toddlers, first it was tantrums and potty...

Damn toddlers, first it was tantrums and potty accidents, now they make us put less stuff on our racks.
it's not fair!
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

That's kind of why I recommended not buying no...

That's kind of why I recommended not buying no name brand aluminum racks, but my good quality ones have been fine--but I did drink the kool-aid and got tubus ones for my longer, tougher trips.

Re...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

and just think, for only 50 cents a mile, it's a...

and just think, for only 50 cents a mile, it's a bargain!

I Know, I know, slight exaggeration....
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

I have a aluminum rack that is worn quite a bit,...

I have a aluminum rack that is worn quite a bit, but it is about 25 years old and has been used a lot.
I have another alu rack, probably cost $30 , has been used for ten years, hardly any wear...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 653
Posted By djb

mak, get thee to a nunnery, and then to a good...

mak, get thee to a nunnery, and then to a good outdoor store where you can actually open and lie down on closed cell mats.
this is the only way for you to get an idea of which one feels better for...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 839
Posted By djb

Tubus racks are great racks, I got a front and...

Tubus racks are great racks, I got a front and rear for a bike to be used for long trips, and am glad I did---but now we come to the "but"

but, I have also used good quality aluminum racks for...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 4,642
Views: 2,432,298
Posted By djb

Well Mr muse, very pretty area. Must have been...

Well Mr muse, very pretty area. Must have been fun.
Your seat is quite radically slanted forward. I suspect you don't believe this, but the reason 99% of cyclists use a more level seat is to have...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By djb

Wise words stae

Wise words stae
05-22-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By djb

[/u] Re. The seat, you'll know soon enough...

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Re. The seat, you'll know soon enough how seat angle changes work. You can also move the seat back as far as rails will allow, might help a bit for reach. And of course stem change also...
Forum: Touring
05-22-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By djb

Kona must have an official recommendation, but in...

Kona must have an official recommendation, but in the meantime, use a ruler and take a gander and a measure at both ends.
check out minimum suggested clearances, for at best situations of mud...
05-21-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By djb

That was my experience also using grips, brings...

That was my experience also using grips, brings hands in a bit too much. I had grips but out of pure laziness left them as is, but set up my wife's trekking bars with just bar tape, so gained a bit...
05-21-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By djb

Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly on how trigger...

Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly on how trigger shifters gives you a whole new gamma of trying out different bars.
For me, bars with a 30 to 45 degree backsweep are great for the wrists, and you've...
05-21-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By djb

Re wrong way, I lived with trekking bars for a...

Re wrong way, I lived with trekking bars for a few years and always found that the "normal" way allowed my hands to go to the sides, kinda like hands on the hoods, which was the most important hand...
05-21-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By djb

Boy, how long has it been since we've had to yell...

Boy, how long has it been since we've had to yell that out in a movie theatre?!
Or the scant few times when Mr projectionist fell asleep and didn't get the next reel ready and missed his dot marks...
Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By djb

Thanks Andy, always appreciated your experienced...

Thanks Andy, always appreciated your experienced insight into the bike shop world and the changes over these last x years.
All makes sense
Forum: Touring
05-20-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By djb

Ya, that does stand out as weird. As someone who...

Ya, that does stand out as weird. As someone who used and still owns an old Blackburn original, one really wonder why on earth they would remove this bracing section-- as you say, it must be to avoid...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By djb

Good, just wanted to be sure. And about your...

Good, just wanted to be sure.
And about your original question--ya, I don't know. When I'm home I'll look at the distance between the mounting points on my 30 yr old tourer vs newer bikes I have...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 05:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By djb

Steve, I once had a rack with similar long...

Steve, I once had a rack with similar long horizontal slots like this. I'd highly recommend using a washer between bolt and the slot, to spread the tightening force across a bigger area, allowing you...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By djb

I used to think that racks would always just go...

I used to think that racks would always just go on bikes, but with my limited experience, it seems to me that it's not uncommon to have to improvise things.
I've had some good mechanics show me...
Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Ax, ya the cacti area was near Tehaucan, and I...

Ax, ya the cacti area was near Tehaucan, and I saw from my journal that we passed from Oaxaca state into Puebla state that day.
like I said before, I'd love to return to Mexico and explore some...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Cactus area. You can't really tell in this shot,...

Cactus area. You can't really tell in this shot, but most of what you can see, even far off, are cacti cacti and more cacti.
Doesn't really give the feeling, but it was pretty damn cool in real life...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Hay carumba Indy, that made me chuckle. ...

Hay carumba Indy, that made me chuckle.
Obrigado
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Probably, will have to check when I'm back home...

Probably, will have to check when I'm back home if they wear in Puebla.
And I might have ridden through the cactus area, although I suspect there are numerous similar places.
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Ya, you know , that hip Brazilian 60s tune, "The...

Ya, you know , that hip Brazilian 60s tune, "The girl from Empanada"
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

I was in Pachuca I think in 2018, and I think I...

I was in Pachuca I think in 2018, and I think I read about the museo de la fotografia somewhere and went walking and found it (was closed the day I went actually, but went back the next day)
I don't...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,869
Posted By djb

Just as funny as the first time I read this Doug,...

Just as funny as the first time I read this Doug, thanks again.

Oh, my commuter bike last year....
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Here in Montreal, I've seen either Chilean or...

Here in Montreal, I've seen either Chilean or argentinian places sell the same thing , but I forget what they call them.
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 989
Posted By djb

Interesting, once again we've had very similar...

Interesting, once again we've had very similar experiences. I spent a few days in Pachuca, neat city to visit and yummy pastys indeed.
Did you happen to stumble upon the photography museum there?...
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 04:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,869
Posted By djb

TCS, that's the neat thing with bikes, different...

TCS, that's the neat thing with bikes, different setups can work just as well as others, but one can have preferences and or try out different stuff.
I never thought I'd like an upright bar like I...
Forum: Touring
05-16-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,869
Posted By djb

an observation over the years: riders who...

an observation over the years:

riders who tend to "soft pedal" and or coast a lot and or generally put out much less pedalling power consistently, tend to experience the concerns expressed by this...
Forum: Touring
05-14-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,927
Posted By djb

, Give it time for the sit bones divets to form,...

, Give it time for the sit bones divets to form, seems to me that's when it is better.
But for me, this feeling wasn't really an issue, from my recollection anyway
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,927
Posted By djb

Wow, congrats on the 200kms

Wow, congrats on the 200kms
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,927
Posted By djb

Tourist, who knows. I can only go from my own...

Tourist, who knows. I can only go from my own keester experience, but my feeling is that you'd have to be hammering more to take weight off your tukus.
I took the c17 off my bike last year to have...
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 08:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,927
Posted By djb

And throughout all this, there is the VERY...

And throughout all this, there is the VERY significant factor of different padded bike shorts on riding comfort.
Until I got some fancy assed bike shorts, I didn't think the difference would be that...
Forum: Touring
05-10-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,927
Posted By djb

I've only used the regular, bought it exactly for...

I've only used the regular, bought it exactly for the rain considerations. It's ok for me, but not as comfy as B17, and I'd like to try a cutout one to have more "flex".

Mine is not on a bike...
Forum: Touring
05-08-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 609
Posted By djb

No, no experience with that bag, but I do have...

No, no experience with that bag, but I do have two topeak bags and they are well made. The gastank one i have also has a rain cover, but haven't ridden in rain yet, but I'm sure it works.
Show...
Forum: Touring
05-08-22, 05:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 609
Posted By djb

JB, what options have you found? I'd be curious...

JB, what options have you found? I'd be curious to see what you did, what price, volume, waterproof or not etc as well as attachment systems.
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 553
Posted By djb

I get buying good quality gear, but seems to me...

I get buying good quality gear, but seems to me the ones we have were in the 15-20 range Canadian, and have held up well for a good bunch of years.
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 553
Posted By djb

ouch 50 Canuck bucks+shipping, so probably 60...

ouch 50 Canuck bucks+shipping, so probably 60 clams. Thats a lotta dough for a rain cover.
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 553
Posted By djb

the main advantage of the bespoke ones is that...

the main advantage of the bespoke ones is that they stay on properly, both due to the shape and fit, tight around the sides etc and also the velcro bit that you put through the rear part of the rail....
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,037
Posted By djb

Aesthetics aside (totally personal) don't get too...

Aesthetics aside (totally personal) don't get too obsessed about pannier shape, unless commuting with little stuff, I've always found that our stuff invariably fills the space evenly ish, or at least...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 553
Posted By djb

I have an old Brooks rain cover, but got my wife...

I have an old Brooks rain cover, but got my wife a newer one (might be planet bike) but hers is nicer because it has more material and a draw string that nearly closes it up underneath the seat....
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,037
Posted By djb

Wow great basin, that's a lot of typing. You've...

Wow great basin, that's a lot of typing.
You've certainly got a plethora of options, may you choose the right ones for you and enjoy how your bike both rides and looks.
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