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Forum: Touring
04-16-24, 07:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,283
Posted By djb

don't worry, when and if you try bike touring,...

don't worry, when and if you try bike touring, you'll see what feels good for you.
And yes, a lot of us regular folks do like taking rest days once in a while. I've been touring for about 30 odd...
Forum: Touring
04-02-24, 05:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

thanks for that p

thanks for that p
Forum: Touring
04-01-24, 05:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,338
Posted By djb

we cant decide for you, but from touring for...

we cant decide for you, but from touring for about 35 years here is my personal opinion
-dont ride with soft soled shoes, I find that makes my feet sore, stiffer hiking shoes or whatever are really...
Forum: Touring
04-01-24, 04:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

I regret not going to that iss exhibit when it...

I regret not going to that iss exhibit when it was here.
Forum: Touring
03-31-24, 09:49 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

As an older dude who works with old folks and...

As an older dude who works with old folks and doing the family member thing of those getting to the
​​​End of their lives, I'm sure that when we are old geezers with physical limitations and all...
Forum: Touring
03-30-24, 02:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

Thank you imi I read all this stuff and shake...

Thank you imi
I read all this stuff and shake my head.
But hey, look at the bright side--we won't have to argue about what chain lube is the best anymore!
Forum: Touring
03-29-24, 10:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By djb

thanks for the photo. Certainly is an...

thanks for the photo.
Certainly is an interesting thinking outside of the box idea, that you say has worked well for you, so it works.
It does look like it should be teeming to overflowing with cod...
Forum: Touring
03-28-24, 04:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

I agree very much with your take on it. I'm not a...

I agree very much with your take on it. I'm not a writer myself but I put a lot of value into writing style of what I read, and have a writer in the family, so it does bug me.
Heck, blogs and stuff...
Forum: Touring
03-27-24, 08:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

Ya, I know, I know. Stuff is always changing and...

Ya, I know, I know. Stuff is always changing and I don't have a problem with that. It's the creative writing aspect of this that has always bugged me.
Will be interesting to see where all this goes...
Forum: Touring
03-27-24, 05:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,341
Posted By djb

don't know what to say except, f me a certain...

don't know what to say except, f me a certain percentage of future folks are going to lack a lot of skill sets in life
Forum: Touring
03-20-24, 11:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 836
Posted By djb

Good to know that you are comfortable and...

Good to know that you are comfortable and experienced working on bikes.
As for your concerns, one big big factor I find that helps a bike a lot is using wider tires and tires that are also not...
Forum: Touring
03-18-24, 06:55 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,767
Posted By djb

Ive ridden gatorskins for ages, and at the right...

Ive ridden gatorskins for ages, and at the right pressures for my body weight and how much weight I'm carrying on the bike, they are fine, especially on good pavement.
Imi, I suspect that you are...
Forum: Touring
03-15-24, 05:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 837
Posted By djb

seems to me Rivendell makes a stepthru model ...

seems to me Rivendell makes a stepthru model

they do, more than one apparently
Forum: Touring
03-14-24, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 837
Posted By djb

I'll follow this because a good friend will be...

I'll follow this because a good friend will be getting a hip replacement this year sometime and this sort of bike will be a big help to her also.
Forum: Touring
03-09-24, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 652
Posted By djb

with only 5-7 days of riding available, do not...

with only 5-7 days of riding available, do not discount the minimum jetlag effect of 6 hrs, maybe 9 if you are on the west coast .
The rough rule of thumb is it takes 1 day per hour of time...
Forum: Touring
03-07-24, 09:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 949
Posted By djb

Ok, I prefer to tuck them under and don't need...

Ok, I prefer to tuck them under and don't need to think past that when setting up the tent.
Thanks for clarifying, good for someone looking at the photo who hasn't used footprints before.
Forum: Touring
03-07-24, 08:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 949
Posted By djb

despite what you wrote, your photo shows your...

despite what you wrote, your photo shows your blue tarp extending further out than your rain fly.
the rain will drip onto your blue tarp and then under your tent floor, caught between the tarp

I...
Forum: Touring
02-28-24, 08:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

Ya, the poor fellow, with all those burdens he...

Ya, the poor fellow, with all those burdens he had hanging on his shoulders, that we the viewers never really had any inkling of.
Mental illness stuff sucks and is really crappy.
Forum: Touring
02-27-24, 08:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 688
Posted By djb

Thanks. My suggestion wouldn't work then. It was...

Thanks. My suggestion wouldn't work then. It was similar to someone else, to get a ferry over to the islands and make your way to rouses point that way.

I've ridden the islands a few times,...
Forum: Touring
02-20-24, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By djb

get thee to a nunnery and ask if they kept one of...

get thee to a nunnery and ask if they kept one of the mattress bags that the nun bed mattresses came in.
or go to a mattress store
Ive generally been lucky in that my bike boxes have fit in cars,...
Forum: Touring
02-04-24, 08:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,386
Posted By djb

Thanks, but although I did two little trips while...

Thanks, but although I did two little trips while there last August, I really mostly did family visiting and my bike rides were pretty sedate. I never really was gone long enough to get really...
Forum: Touring
02-04-24, 07:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,386
Posted By djb

Even though I grew up in Canada doing outdoor...

Even though I grew up in Canada doing outdoor activities and so have lots of experience with bad bug situations, being eaten alive on canoe trips and hiking, I was surprised by midges. They are a...
Forum: Touring
02-02-24, 06:07 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,386
Posted By djb

it is something very special, I agree. I...

it is something very special, I agree.
I experienced this last summer in Scotland.
absolutely loved it.

oh, and yes, walking up super steep bits seems to expend less energy than riding I find....
Forum: Touring
02-02-24, 08:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,386
Posted By djb

must be a beautiful ride. I would have to train a...

must be a beautiful ride. I would have to train a heck of a lot to even hope to be able to do it though.
And of course, not bring the whole household, just a few rooms.
Many many years ago, like...
Forum: Touring
02-01-24, 05:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,386
Posted By djb

only 27.4 % max grade and only 3000 meters...

only 27.4 % max grade and only 3000 meters climbing over 100k? ---pffffft , bof , too easy!
Forum: Touring
01-31-24, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 932
Posted By djb

hi there M. Gauvins, Over the years, I've...

hi there M. Gauvins,
Over the years, I've noticed a difference using these double layer socks, I 'll have to go fish them out of my drawer to find the brand, but on long days, even hot days, I find...
Forum: Touring
01-22-24, 07:17 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,134
Posted By djb

"whole household" touring-- I like that. Funny. ...

"whole household" touring-- I like that. Funny.
When I went to Scotland last year to visit family, it was handy to have the four panniers because I took a bit more civilian clothes, regular shoes...
Forum: Touring
01-22-24, 06:47 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,866
Posted By djb

says the man always with a very dirty bike in...

says the man always with a very dirty bike in photos!
( I like poking you about this every time)
Forum: Touring
01-20-24, 07:58 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,730
Posted By djb

also think of it this way -- a 1x is going to...

also think of it this way -- a 1x is going to also put a lot more chain time on just a few cogs, on top of the chain angle being more. I have a friend who bought a 1x bike a few years ago, and would...
Forum: Touring
01-19-24, 09:49 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,730
Posted By djb

Preaching to the converted. I've always been...

Preaching to the converted. I've always been rather aware of chain angles, probably mostly because I'm more of a mechanically sympathetic driver, motorcycle rider, cyclist, and I've been riding...
Forum: Touring
01-18-24, 05:32 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,134
Posted By djb

big time, and ya, I get it. Even with the budget...

big time, and ya, I get it. Even with the budget way I have reduced my load, its really nice schlepping a much lighter bike, with a lot less "sail-effect" from headwinds.
Forum: Touring
01-15-24, 05:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,792
Posted By djb

my wife and I biked into Basel , where...

my wife and I biked into Basel , where France,Germany and Swizterland all share a border ish, so we could have biked into Germany for the beer, France for the baguette and then Switzerland for the...
Forum: Touring
01-11-24, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

hi there PW, it's funny as this is pretty much...

hi there PW, it's funny as this is pretty much how I feel about the extreme things folks do--like I said, I'm pretty much the opposite in my approach to life and especially with enjoying bike touring...
Forum: Touring
01-07-24, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

Ya, using an electric derailleur seems goofy, but...

Ya, using an electric derailleur seems goofy, but there you go, probably possibly contractual, or just used to them. One could damage a hanger or derailleur anyhow, and internal gear systems would...
Forum: Touring
01-07-24, 07:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

I've generally had access to showers at...

I've generally had access to showers at campgrounds or whatever on my bike trips and when I haven't, I've had some baby wipes to clean up, plus I use two pairs of padded shorts and alternate when one...
Forum: Touring
01-07-24, 04:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By djb

I've never had to remove the rear rack. On my...

I've never had to remove the rear rack. On my last trip I had space to attach my tent to the top of the rack and the box was still able to close.

From my experience, unless your box is super tight...
Forum: Touring
01-06-24, 11:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

I liked that aspect of it that put the emphasis...

I liked that aspect of it that put the emphasis on him dealing with logistics and looking fricken wasted, so the human side, less travelogue stuff. I'm sure there were logistical reasons too, film...
Forum: Touring
01-06-24, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

you said it. I wonder if a regular ol...

you said it.
I wonder if a regular ol derailleur would have done much better with all that sticky mud. The absolutely worst stuff for any drivetrain, luckily have only experienced a teensy weensy...
Forum: Touring
01-05-24, 10:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,833
Posted By djb

Thanks for that John, interesting read.

Thanks for that John, interesting read.
Forum: Touring
01-04-24, 10:22 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,833
Posted By djb

john, the other big factor is the accumulation of...

john, the other big factor is the accumulation of dirt, body oils, sunscreen etc that clogs up stuff in breathable rain gear. The abrasion aspect is a factor, my rain pants were still beading in some...
Forum: Touring
01-04-24, 09:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,833
Posted By djb

an informative article about it ...

an informative article about it
https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pfc-bans-are-going-to-change-the-face-of-all-waterproof-garments/

this sentence brings up some important factors, main one about...
Forum: Touring
01-03-24, 07:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,268
Posted By djb

The Divide, film of ride by pro Lachlan Morton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYRKjKsDgyQ

worth watching.
Well filmed and understated.
I'm about as far from all these hard core folks as anyone, but I really enjoyed this and found this...
01-03-24, 06:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,196
Posted By djb

saul, you have to turn the bars when you get to...

saul, you have to turn the bars when you get to the start of the curved parts. go slowly and trial and error it. Yes, prying the bit open a bit with a screwdriver helps, but its the turny turny in...
Forum: Touring
01-03-24, 11:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,878
Posted By djb

Much like the generality of cooking at home or...

Much like the generality of cooking at home or going out for dinner, the variability is so significant that others' opinions are worthless. Individual competencies around cycling and travel and...
Forum: Touring
01-03-24, 09:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,833
Posted By djb

Rob, very cool. you will however have a very...

Rob, very cool.
you will however have a very very long drive to do a car transfer with Mr Aus!
01-02-24, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,196
Posted By djb

for getting drop bars through this type of stem...

for getting drop bars through this type of stem usually requires some turning of the bars as you work your way through the curved parts of the bars.
Forum: Touring
12-31-23, 01:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,116
Posted By djb

I personally would not risk having my tools in...

I personally would not risk having my tools in the bike box, in case a hole appears and they manage to detach from bike and possibly fall out.
I have always put mine in with my checked baggage.
Forum: Touring
12-24-23, 10:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,513
Posted By djb

I've had a few occasions where due to strong...

I've had a few occasions where due to strong winds, even on a flat road I've been in the small ring, up and down the cassette, with a MTB triple 44/32/22.

Pretty damn demoralising when you're in...
Forum: Touring
12-24-23, 09:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,972
Posted By djb

well, this forum can easily have folks bickering...

well, this forum can easily have folks bickering over minutia and all that, so it probably isn't all that different than other internet stuff....but I'm glad some of the comments here have been...
Forum: Touring
12-20-23, 05:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,738
Posted By djb

thanks, from those life experiences, you aren't...

thanks, from those life experiences, you aren't new to the importance of having a good "common sense radar" and having good instincts for reading the crowd so to speak.
When I biked through a good...
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