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05-12-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By headwind15

I was a bicycle store owner for over 12 years and...

I was a bicycle store owner for over 12 years and used to sell tandems, some of the less expensive ones had idler wheels (Crestline tandems come to mind), The truth is one thing is for sure: Idler...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By headwind15

If you find a used Windsor Tourist, It was...

If you find a used Windsor Tourist, It was similar, 'cept it had STI shifters instead of bar ends. Seems like it's becoming to find bikes that come with 36 hole touring wheels. At bikes direct,...
Forum: Touring
04-30-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 977
Posted By headwind15

I do not recommend that you let someone on this...

I do not recommend that you let someone on this forum decide what bike you should buy. Different bikes have different fit/ RE; reach and seat to handlebar offset, height differentiation/ different...
Forum: Touring
04-29-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,519
Posted By headwind15

Since I was a bike store owner for over 12 years,...

Since I was a bike store owner for over 12 years, I tried out a lot of seats. Isn't there some logic that if you don't like a seat n the first mile, that it's somewhat geometric, in that you are...
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,005
Posted By headwind15

I strongly believe in putting the camping gear...

I strongly believe in putting the camping gear (weight does not vary) in the front and having the weight evenly distributed to have consistent/ good steering. I avoid putting food and clothing in...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 478
Posted By headwind15

I was recently considering a large bike packing...

I was recently considering a large bike packing style seat bag. I looked up the weight, and found out: not so light. I've come up with putting all camping gear on the front (cause it doesn't...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 848
Posted By headwind15

Life is too short to run around like a worry wart...

Life is too short to run around like a worry wart about spending so much effort into a thread like this. You are likely to simply completely scare yourself right out of bike touring. Before you...
Forum: Touring
04-21-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Posted By headwind15

Google is your friend. Type in where you are,...

Google is your friend. Type in where you are, and where you want to go, followed by "travel options". Usually about four option come up. You just have to figure out which one makes sense for you...
Forum: Touring
04-21-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,022
Posted By headwind15

A long time ago, I wasted about 4-5 days, trying...

A long time ago, I wasted about 4-5 days, trying to make my own panniers. I gave up and went to the local LBS and found some in their close out bin for $20. Best thing I ever did. Looking on E...
04-18-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 979
Posted By headwind15

As a bike store owner for over 12 years, I can...

As a bike store owner for over 12 years, I can tell you that a 58 cm road bike for someone 6'-2" is small. (more of a size for someone 5-11" or 6') The head tube is short, your handlebars are...
04-17-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By headwind15

I used to own a Trek dealership and sold 2200's. ...

I used to own a Trek dealership and sold 2200's. FYI the paired spoke designed wheels were a total disaster/ warranty nightmare. A really bad design. They were suppose to be stronger by putting...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 858
Posted By headwind15

I am sure that others will chime in with...

I am sure that others will chime in with different stories but here's mine: I am a frame builder and all of my tools/ welder etc are in our guest house. We let this tourist stay in there. We can...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,740
Posted By headwind15

This is an interesting topic! The lower...

This is an interesting topic! The lower "racing" position isn't just for aerodynamic reasons. The fact of the matter is that with a lower position you are able to engage your glutious maximus...
04-10-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 672
Posted By headwind15

I am a frame builder. I have (stupidly) drilled...

I am a frame builder. I have (stupidly) drilled holes in thin gauge top tubes and even brazed a reinforcement washer around it. After a while, it cracked. I am glad to hear that you are doing...
Forum: Introductions
04-09-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 223
Posted By headwind15

Let's see... Freewheels do not thread on...

Let's see... Freewheels do not thread on anymore, the cogs are now held on by a lockring. Stems bolt on directly to the fork steer. SRAM has come out with a wider range of rear sprockets, to...
03-12-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 568
Posted By headwind15

You are unhappy with their results. Take it back...

You are unhappy with their results. Take it back to the shop!
Forum: Touring
03-04-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 837
Posted By headwind15

It is so uplifting to see the both of you out...

It is so uplifting to see the both of you out touring (again)!
02-16-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 629
Posted By headwind15

Sounds like a frame alignment issue. Both of the...

Sounds like a frame alignment issue. Both of the rear drop outs could be over to the left 5mm (or so). Outside of having someone check/ fix the alignment. you could put on a chain fall tool, to...
Forum: Touring
01-31-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,300
Posted By headwind15

Sardinia

Were you just interested in the Sardinia part of my tour? If you have interest in the whole enchilada, you can contact me directly at brian@ravellobikes.com
Forum: Road Cycling
01-30-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,255
Posted By headwind15

I lived in Albuquerque, and I believe that is the...

I lived in Albuquerque, and I believe that is the goat head epicenter. There is a bike path that parallels hwy 40 that has a gauntlet of four foot high goat head bushes. (usually goat heads come...
Forum: Touring
01-30-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,300
Posted By headwind15

Hi Johan, When you wrote "talk more about it",...

Hi Johan,
When you wrote "talk more about it", could you be more specific about what aspect you want to hear about? I jumped into an introduction, because I thought you can have the greatest tour...
01-30-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,474
Posted By headwind15

The best advice I can give as an ex racer that...

The best advice I can give as an ex racer that was also a bike store owner for over 12 years is: Try one out. If you are looking for something lighter, always put yourself into the equation. ...
Forum: Touring
01-29-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,300
Posted By headwind15

I am a 61 yr old polite seasoned bike tourist...

I am a 61 yr old polite seasoned bike tourist from Arizona the USA. I plan to camp tour, using a pocket shower to maintain my hygiene. (I prefer to not cross the line between man and bum.) ...
Forum: Touring
01-26-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,300
Posted By headwind15

Hi Johan, If you have any interest in touring...

Hi Johan,
If you have any interest in touring where it is actually nice and warm, I am Starting a tour in Naples (Italy) in late March. I plan to ferry over to Palermo (Sicily), Tour eastward to...
Forum: Touring
01-25-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 979
Posted By headwind15

Figuring out what works for you is what bicycle...

Figuring out what works for you is what bicycle touring is all about.
Forum: Touring
12-21-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,299
Posted By headwind15

As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years, I can...

As a bicycle store owner for over 12 years, I can tell you that cardboard boxes from bike shops are much smaller than the ones being discussed. The one in MSN's picture would likely be close to 54...
Forum: Touring
12-19-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,408
Posted By headwind15

Well, doing the leg press must have done...

Well, doing the leg press must have done something for me as I was able to tour across the USA at 17 mph (average) doing 42 - 100 mile days (average) on a bike with 34 x 25 tooth sprockets/ (37" low...
Forum: Touring
12-19-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,408
Posted By headwind15

Note: All of this lower gears/ lighter bike...

Note: All of this lower gears/ lighter bike discussion classifies as "defensive thinking". If you go to a gym and do the leg press 3 x a week, you will end up in a much better place for bike...
Forum: Touring
12-15-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,408
Posted By headwind15

JUST MY OPINION: I think that you should borrow...

JUST MY OPINION: I think that you should borrow some panniers/ racks and stuff and try out a short tour to find out if you even like bike touring. It isn't for everyone. A lot of people go out,...
12-14-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 705
Posted By headwind15

I googled Santosa bike. It came up with a...

I googled Santosa bike. It came up with a smaller bike manufacturer from Taiwan by that name.
12-12-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,554
Posted By headwind15

I do not see anything alarming here. It could a...

I do not see anything alarming here. It could a muscle imbalance of some sort. I have had hip/ back muscle imbalances myself, that came out as a discomfort (on the bike).
Forum: Touring
12-07-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By headwind15

Contact some bike shops down there and find out.

Contact some bike shops down there and find out.
Forum: Touring
11-30-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,939
Posted By headwind15

Yep, I had a bag of five or six pairs of LX...

Yep, I had a bag of five or six pairs of LX shifters (like yours/ pictured above) and a pair of XT's. Sadly, they went missing about six months ago. Note: Some of the Rapid Fire shifters are...
Forum: Touring
11-30-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,939
Posted By headwind15

I did write "may" not fit butterfly handle bars. ...

I did write "may" not fit butterfly handle bars. I did not say they would not fit. I admit that I had seen pictures of grip shift on butterfly handle bars, but was to lazy to re-check to see if...
Forum: Touring
11-30-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,939
Posted By headwind15

Because of the hard plastic sleeve inside a grip...

Because of the hard plastic sleeve inside a grip shifter, the may not even go around the bends of a butterfly handlebar in the attempted installation. Since I was a bicycle store owner for over...
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,289
Posted By headwind15

What is important to you in planning a bike tour?

Everyone's different. I'm curious as to my fellow tourists' preferences for bike touring.

What I consider important (not in order) is scenery, weather, terrain, and how difficult it is to get to...
Forum: Touring
11-25-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,660
Posted By headwind15

Try Google maps with the bicycle icon symbol.

Try Google maps with the bicycle icon symbol.
Forum: Touring
11-23-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,863
Posted By headwind15

Here's the thing: Everybody is different. I...

Here's the thing: Everybody is different. I mean, I am short (5' - 6") and looking at the geometry the xs would never work for me as the 57. 5 cm top tube is just too long. (55cm) is the absolute...
11-21-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,107
Posted By headwind15

Damage on the chain stay is from chain suck, not...

Damage on the chain stay is from chain suck, not chain drop, as in the chain dropping off the small chain ring.
Forum: Touring
11-21-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,053
Posted By headwind15

Since the subject here is essentially about being...

Since the subject here is essentially about being less stinky, I have found that shaving armpits and using an industrial strength anti antiperspirant called "CERTAIN DRY", holds up for weeks.
Forum: Touring
11-18-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
Posted By headwind15

If you could find parts from a bike on...

If you could find parts from a bike on craigslist, and move the pats over to the Trek, that would an affordable way to go. Going out and buying all the parts new, not so good/ will add up too...
Forum: Touring
11-16-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,591
Posted By headwind15

Working on an effective training plan to become a...

Working on an effective training plan to become a stronger cyclist would easily outstrip having lighter wheels. Having lighter tires will actually make a bigger difference that the wheels...
11-07-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,159
Posted By headwind15

The difference between straight pull and j bend...

The difference between straight pull and j bend spokes is significant because 90% or more spokes fail (break) under load, because of the stress from bending the spoke during the j bend spoke...
11-06-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,159
Posted By headwind15

The frame looks small, you have a sickening...

The frame looks small, you have a sickening amount of seat post sticking out of the frame, looks like you are close to six feet tall riding a 16 inch frame. Must be a 400 mm seat post.
10-30-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 810
Posted By headwind15

I had decent luck with buying entry level Shimano...

I had decent luck with buying entry level Shimano hydraulic brakes on E bay. The one's that I bought came with the lines reversed. (right lever, front brake). I had to reverse them. What I did...
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By headwind15

If that is your seat height I would definitely...

If that is your seat height I would definitely say that it is sickeningly too big. Looks like it is so big that you could just toss the seat post and just strap the seat to the top tube.
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,389
Posted By headwind15

I totally agree. I tour with a small/ light load...

I totally agree. I tour with a small/ light load and am working towards a set up with front panniers (clothes on one side/ sleeping bag on the other) and a bag on the rear rack with a sleeping pad...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-25-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By headwind15

Assuming that the fork has fender eyelets, the...

Assuming that the fork has fender eyelets, the answer is yes. (on using a Tubus front rack) You just have to use use plastic/ rubber coated u-bolts where the rack will attach in the higher...
Replies: 28
Views: 3,502
Posted By headwind15

physical therapy on thumb

If what you really have is arthritis, you have to understand that the discomfort that you are experiencing is where the protective cover in the thumb joint is warn out, and the pain that you are...
10-15-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,111
Posted By headwind15

I was a bike store owner for over 12 years....

I was a bike store owner for over 12 years. (Seven of those as a Trek dealership.) I am short, and know a few things about sizing. The sizing on a Verve is A different animal than a road bike. You...
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