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Forum: Touring
08-04-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 188
Posted By IPassGas

Bike touring usually allows connections every now...

Bike touring usually allows connections every now and then to the mother ship (supermarket). Much different than backpacking. So many possibilities in the mothership. As for not carrying a stove,...
Forum: Touring
08-03-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,619
Posted By IPassGas

US wheel builders do not know how to build wheels...

US wheel builders do not know how to build wheels for Rohloff and they are reluctant to contact European shops to learn. Especially for 26" rim and less so for 700, the large Rohloff flange is best...
07-27-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By IPassGas

Wonderful, seems like all the creaking has had...

Wonderful, seems like all the creaking has had some influence. I'm fine with square taper. Do hollow BBs require a larger threaded shell diameter to accommodate the bearings, and therefore a...
Forum: Touring
05-20-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By IPassGas

Thanks for the info boomhauer and mstateglf. We...

Thanks for the info boomhauer and mstateglf. We are nearing the start of our tour, can't wait! Iowa>Minnesota>Wisconsin>UP>Michigan
05-19-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,878
Posted By IPassGas

It is wonderful that NY invested in...

It is wonderful that NY invested in building/connecting the the Empire State Trail. How was the surface on the northern connector, Albany to Canada? And can you say if it connects easily with the...
05-19-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,878
Posted By IPassGas

PedalingWalrus: I have experience with eccentrics...

PedalingWalrus: I have experience with eccentrics having set screws (grub screws) and expanding clamshell (bushnell). The BB is a separate piece common to single bikes that inserts into the...
05-19-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,878
Posted By IPassGas

Interesting, BB loosening...do you mean the...

Interesting, BB loosening...do you mean the eccentric is loosening or creeping? Certainly after a few 1000 miles some chain stretch occurs which requires an eccentric adjustment, but we have not had...
05-19-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,878
Posted By IPassGas

Is this the drive train? Seems much more...

Is this the drive train? Seems much more complicated than a rohloff....
05-19-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,834
Posted By IPassGas

Great, sounds like the both of you are on the...

Great, sounds like the both of you are on the right track. Great to hear she is an avid biker. My wife and I have about the same height difference, that means she can see over my shoulder, which is...
05-19-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,834
Posted By IPassGas

I understand the reluctance. Some questions that...

I understand the reluctance. Some questions that in my opinion are important in this context.
-Does your wife ride a bike often?
-When you ride together, do you not tend to stick together due to...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By IPassGas

Yes, but there are many parks we will pass...

Yes, but there are many parks we will pass through. I have contacted parks people, but they are somewhat cryptic. Many states are trying to encourage bicycle touring for economic benefits. No doubt...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By IPassGas

True, but no listing for Iowa. I suspect many...

True, but no listing for Iowa. I suspect many state parks might find space for people in need, I have experienced this in other places even though a formal policy does not exist. Possibly, those with...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 706
Posted By IPassGas

Iowa overflow camping at state parks

Do Iowa state parks generally have overflow camping for bikers? Some other states have an no-turn-away policy for bikers. Weekends are always difficult. Yes we do stealth camp when necessary, but I...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,468
Posted By IPassGas

Nothing really, bring stuff to have fun. Good to...

Nothing really, bring stuff to have fun. Good to start as you are on a short trip to figure things out. My 1st tour was on a similar bike in late '70s. 2 years ago, we did a long tour in Pacific NW....
Forum: Touring
05-09-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,369
Posted By IPassGas

Mostly you will hear the rain on your tent, since...

Mostly you will hear the rain on your tent, since you are touring the highlands in May. You will have fenders? There is a surface difference GAP versus C&O. Most any tire is fine on GAP. You'll want...
Forum: Touring
05-07-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,369
Posted By IPassGas

On the GAP, the camp sites we stay at often that...

On the GAP, the camp sites we stay at often that are away from train are Outflow campground in Confluence, and Trail Inn & Camp in Frostburg (food/restaurants in walking distance for both). Ohiopyle...
05-05-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,397
Posted By IPassGas

I realize these are sealed bearing BBs, but does...

I realize these are sealed bearing BBs, but does anyone add perhaps a fat o-ring and/or plastic washer on the axle to further reduce grime entry into the bearings? The IRC BBs appears to be available...
Forum: Touring
05-05-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,654
Posted By IPassGas

Indeed true. We rode the section Sunday. I was a...

Indeed true. We rode the section Sunday. I was a bit concerned that after the pipe installation that the trail would be not returned to it previous state. In fact, the section is much improved,...
04-30-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 805
Posted By IPassGas

OMG!! I replaced my spyre pads recently and...

OMG!! I replaced my spyre pads recently and thought I cleaned it ok. But now that I've seen this, my cleaning was clearly superficial and I have a great urge to take the whole damn thing apart ;) No...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,922
Posted By IPassGas

What!? no comparison to French derailleur, est-ce...

What!? no comparison to French derailleur, est-ce possible? (my best translation :) ) We tour with a Rohloff tandem, a wonderful simplicity of shifting.
Forum: Touring
04-27-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By IPassGas

Apparently, google and rwgps use the same 90m...

Apparently, google and rwgps use the same 90m interpolation for route planning.
https://ridewithgps.com/help/grade-and-elevation
04-24-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 573
Posted By IPassGas

On tours, I now always carry the pump in a...

On tours, I now always carry the pump in a bag/pannier. I yearn to bike in the middle of nowhere, but that is just the place the bike gods will determine I should have a flat. In which case, in older...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By IPassGas

I realize there is a difference. For example,...

I realize there is a difference. For example, here is an engineering analysis which discusses the barometric precision of hand held devices....
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By IPassGas

I have observed this climbing discrepancy in...

I have observed this climbing discrepancy in routes from other places in North America. I would think since rwgps uses google map data, the values would not differ so much for the exact same route....
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By IPassGas

I am planning a 3 week loop through Iowa. I...

I am planning a 3 week loop through Iowa. I export various gpx tracks from rwgps to google, so they are the exact same route. For various single days taken from the entire tour, I often see that the...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By IPassGas

google versus rwgps elevation

The total amount of climbing over a route is often very different between google and RWGPS. Which is more accurate in your experience?
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,128
Posted By IPassGas

An article in Guardian today about a jogger...

An article in Guardian today about a jogger "facing off" with a black bear. Such articles suggest that people are more and more detached from nature, not the jogger, but the article itself. That such...
Forum: Touring
04-15-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,899
Posted By IPassGas

Like others have said... 1. Wear bright...

Like others have said...
1. Wear bright clothing. I see so many people with dark clothing on bikes, its a pet peeve. Well... that and a creaky drive train :)
2. Plan your tour ahead of time,...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By IPassGas

Iowa is a place I have not toured. Many paved...

Iowa is a place I have not toured. Many paved back roads with lower traffic and some longer trails that can be linked. A sufficient number of campgrounds. Small towns to pass through. I'm not a fan...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By IPassGas

Thanks, yes right... clockwise (CW). Funny, I...

Thanks, yes right... clockwise (CW). Funny, I default to CW when planning an unknown route. That could be another thread:) I wonder if Australians tend to favor CCW. Will probably start this mid-June...
Forum: Touring
04-08-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By IPassGas

Thanks for the information. The orange was an...

Thanks for the information. The orange was an overlay of 2 or 3 overlapping days, we are staying overnight at a campground near the high trestle (swede or donkey whistles) and then heading for Cherry...
Forum: Touring
04-08-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 616
Posted By IPassGas

collections in RWGPS

I am planning a loop in Iowa for summer. The new collection thing in RWGPS is good. You map out each day and then easily add stuff to a collection. Previously, this could be done with events, but it...
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,175
Posted By IPassGas

Before knowing each other or independently, did...

Before knowing each other or independently, did each like to bike, camp and generally like the outdoors? If yes, relationship would likely be strengthen.
03-31-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 965
Posted By IPassGas

But this is not a clear cut, pro disc point. Like...

But this is not a clear cut, pro disc point. Like choice of tire and rim for rim brakes, it will depend of choice of disc. Standard discs have much less heat capacity than a robust rim. The same...
03-31-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 965
Posted By IPassGas

Thank you for the comments. Assuming that most...

Thank you for the comments. Assuming that most "weakest link" items have been serviced well...good vulcanized patches, tires not very old, decent rim tape, proper bedding of bead (can I call this...
03-29-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 965
Posted By IPassGas

Cause of blowout when heating rims?

Anecdotal comments of tire blowouts with hot rims are often associated with a raise in tire pressure or tire rubber weakening in some way. Statements from Wilson's Bicycling Science book suggest...
Forum: Touring
03-26-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 20,466
Posted By IPassGas

According to their specs..."Tolerates input...

According to their specs..."Tolerates input transients to 40V". I am fairly certain that bike dynohubs such as SON exceed this voltage at higher speeds down hill.
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,530
Posted By IPassGas

We have been touring for years with sandals. They...

We have been touring for years with sandals. They are great for tours in summer. I love the ability to instantly plunk feet in water. Initially, started with Shimano, but my wife found that her foot...
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,128
Posted By IPassGas

I hear you on that. We were hiking and came...

I hear you on that. We were hiking and came within eyesight of grizzly cubs once, we turned about and took the other path less traveled. We move in and on their land, I have the greatest respect, so...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,128
Posted By IPassGas

We have bike toured in black bear country...

We have bike toured in black bear country (US/Canada) for 30 years and never have used a canister. If we didn't have a decent tree to hang food (usually we could), then we would keep it near us,...
03-13-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,933
Posted By IPassGas

ok, I have redone the calculation to include the...

ok, I have redone the calculation to include the additional energy from gravity on a 10% slope during the time it takes to stop the bike. I assume a constant braking force of 500 N (from values...
Forum: Touring
03-11-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,148
Posted By IPassGas

I did not mean to imply that you were not...

I did not mean to imply that you were not careful. I too find that when on the stand, even though I have snugged the wheel up by clamping tightly with my hand against frame, it still is not as good...
Forum: Touring
03-11-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,148
Posted By IPassGas

After I work on our bikes when off the ground....

After I work on our bikes when off the ground. The last thing I do as standard practice is to place the bike on the ground, put a bit of my weight on it, loosen the QR and then tighten the QR. Often,...
03-09-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,762
Posted By IPassGas

I fix near everything (plumbing, electrical,...

I fix near everything (plumbing, electrical, hardware) around the house. These things are somewhat gratifying provided I can minimize the time probing for the correct parts at Lowes. I like working...
03-08-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,933
Posted By IPassGas

The point is that the heat capacity of rims is...

The point is that the heat capacity of rims is greater than that of standard discs (by roughly a factor of 2). Rims brakes are better than standard disc brakes in this regard.
03-07-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,933
Posted By IPassGas

ok, 250 kg = 550 lbs! We are tall and carry much...

ok, 250 kg = 550 lbs! We are tall and carry much gear/camping, but more like 460 with bike.
250 kg @ 45 mph = 49,000 J dissipated to stop.
Heat increases:
rims 49000/920/1.25 = 40 C (75 F)
From...
03-06-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,028
Posted By IPassGas

I was touring through Gaspe (Quebec) and a cable...

I was touring through Gaspe (Quebec) and a cable frayed inside the rsx shifter. I had to take shifter apart in a bike shop basement. Good that I knew how to take apart. Bad that a massive storm...
03-06-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,933
Posted By IPassGas

Yes, hydraulics are different, but the thread was...

Yes, hydraulics are different, but the thread was discussing standard rotors. Steel is a poor heat conductor versus Al, so the mass relevant to the heat capacity is approximately just the outer disc...
03-06-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,933
Posted By IPassGas

Yes, the weeds, you can apply corrections, but...

Yes, the weeds, you can apply corrections, but the vast difference will remain. Braking over a longer time will reduce the heat build up, or like us when riding with disc brake, stop to give time to...
03-06-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,933
Posted By IPassGas

A bit of perspective rim vs. disc braking… Heat...

A bit of perspective rim vs. disc braking…
Heat capacity: Al:920 J/kg/C, Steel: 500 J/kg/C
Mass heated: Rim: 0.6 kg, Disc: 0.08 kg

Kinetic energy of loaded tandem (220 kg) moving at 16 mph: 5400...
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