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Forum: Touring
04-07-24, 07:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 887
Posted By indyfabz

There’s a common practice? Early on during...

There’s a common practice?

Early on during my cross country tour, I put my rig on a truck stop weigh scale. 90 lbs. That was with water bottles but no food. It was a relatively light Cannondale...
Forum: Touring
03-27-24, 10:00 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,368
Posted By MarcusT

Creepy crawly things like to get in my gear

Creepy crawly things like to get in my gear
Forum: Touring
03-26-24, 10:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,368
Posted By pdlamb

It won't make much difference for warmth, but I...

It won't make much difference for warmth, but I think the right size for a tent is N+!, where N is the number of occupants.

That extra room is really useful if it rains overnight (do you want to...
Forum: Touring
03-26-24, 08:56 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,368
Posted By gauvins

Minimal if at all. Tent's purpose if to protect...

Minimal if at all. Tent's purpose if to protect from the elements (wind and rain). The difference in warmth between a bivy vs an arena is inconsequential.

If you are concerned WRT to the warmth of...
Forum: Touring
03-11-24, 08:48 AM
Forum: Touring
03-11-24, 05:16 AM
Forum: Touring
03-06-24, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 950
Posted By gauvins

Mine is a bit smaller than the tent, the argument...

Mine is a bit smaller than the tent, the argument being that larger footprints catch water falling down the tent walls, which could create a puddle under your floor. Makes sense
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Some people...
Forum: Touring
03-06-24, 08:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 950
Posted By gna

I thought footprints were supposed to be smaller...

I thought footprints were supposed to be smaller than the actual tent by a couple of inches.
Forum: Touring
03-04-24, 03:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 490
Posted By fishboat

It'll be HOT....too hot to ride in my experience....

It'll be HOT....too hot to ride in my experience. Was down there to ride it in early June a couple years ago. Temps in the mid-90s+..nope. Riding should be enjoyable. Nothing enjoyable about...
Forum: Touring
02-25-24, 07:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,223
Posted By jamawani

Really, Fish. Was that necessary? You may...

Really, Fish.
Was that necessary?
You may like it. I don't.
Skip the sweeping moral judgments.
Forum: Touring
12-20-23, 01:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,972
Posted By axolotl

If someone doesn't ride a recumbent at home, much...

If someone doesn't ride a recumbent at home, much less a recumbent trike, it seems to me to be an extremely bad idea to suddenly switch to a recumbent for a tour in a foreign country.
Forum: Touring
12-03-23, 02:40 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,136
Posted By saddlesores

that went with the gremlin when mr. moneybags...

that went with the gremlin when mr. moneybags upgraded to a pacer!
Forum: Touring
11-30-23, 09:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,769
Posted By mstateglfr

OP- your current rack is a Bontrager rack...the B...

OP- your current rack is a Bontrager rack...the B is right there on the top platform of the rack. Not sure if you thought it's an Axiom rack or not, based on your post.

Anyways, here is a rack...
Forum: Touring
11-02-23, 04:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,387
Posted By djb

as an aside, whatever rack. you end up using, be...

as an aside, whatever rack. you end up using, be sure to look into putting some blue loctite on the bolts when you mount it--and in the first bunch of days touring with a load, check the tightness of...
Forum: Touring
10-15-23, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,016
Posted By mev

My trip has now come to completion in Seattle. By...

My trip has now come to completion in Seattle. By the numbers:
- 6604 miles cycled between Washington DC and Seattle Washington.
- 26 state capitols visited
- 47 motels owned/managed by a family...
Forum: Touring
09-17-23, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4,824
Views: 2,618,890
Posted By cyccommute

Bikepacking through the ages. My set up is ever...

Bikepacking through the ages. My set up is ever changing and never the same twice.


1985: Panniers. Not my favorite....
Forum: Touring
09-13-23, 07:21 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,841
Posted By Yan

His derailleur doesn't work with a 10-40 cassette.

His derailleur doesn't work with a 10-40 cassette.
Forum: Touring
09-12-23, 09:38 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,841
Posted By HTupolev

If you're willing to take the gamble that...

If you're willing to take the gamble that fiddling will be involved, one option is to simply take the dive and coax it into working. Modern chains are pickier with compatibility than the old stuff,...
Forum: Touring
09-09-23, 11:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,082
Posted By cyccommute

The only real difference between road and...

The only real difference between road and mountain hubs is width. In the late 80s and early 90s, mountain bike hubs went to 130mm width while the road hub was still 126. Later the hubs widened to...
Forum: Touring
09-09-23, 11:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,864
Posted By indyfabz

What are “external batteries?”, Ken. :rolleyes: ...

What are “external batteries?”, Ken. :rolleyes:


Or you could make a salt water battery recharger.

...
Forum: Touring
09-06-23, 11:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,223
Posted By saddlesores

wuzzat? a vegan wearing a court-ordered...

wuzzat?

a vegan wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor?
Forum: Touring
09-06-23, 07:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,223
Posted By indyfabz

Some of us remember the OP from days gone by.

Some of us remember the OP from days gone by.
Forum: Touring
09-06-23, 04:54 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,223
Posted By indyfabz

By surviving on native plants and small rodents?

By surviving on native plants and small rodents?
Forum: Touring
09-01-23, 11:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,781
Posted By cyccommute

The answer to your thread title is “poorly”. ...

The answer to your thread title is “poorly”. Your experience is not out of the norm for rain riding. Gore-Tex and other breathable rain gear works wonderfully if you are sitting around in the rain....
Forum: Touring
08-16-23, 08:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,781
Posted By indyfabz

If you line your leg warmers to stay warm in the...

If you line your leg warmers to stay warm in the rain, do not use the Sunday circulars. :D

...
Forum: Touring
08-16-23, 07:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,785
Posted By indyfabz

Thanks. I really hate that. So many times,...

Thanks.

I really hate that. So many times, I have found myself thinking "Why the hell did you change that for the worse?" One recent experience was with Timbuk2. It changed the cam design on its...
Forum: Touring
08-15-23, 05:51 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,866
Posted By fishboat

And just where do you think experience comes from...

And just where do you think experience comes from there sonny..?:50:




Design/build manufacturing companies and their associated Marketing groups exist solely to make and sell product as...
Forum: Touring
08-11-23, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 916
Posted By sloar

“New” touring bike.

Picked this Fuji up a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. I’m retiring soon and was looking for a do all bike. Took me a few rides to set up the fit and collect a few parts. Very comfortable all...
Forum: Touring
08-01-23, 07:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,630
Posted By indyfabz

:lol: And totally square.

:lol: And totally square.
Forum: Touring
08-01-23, 02:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,630
Posted By cyccommute

Oh, to have a 38°F overnight temperature! With...

Oh, to have a 38°F overnight temperature! With the exception of the bike in front of the giant arrows (a Dean Colonel) and the road touring bike, all of the bike set ups are carrying a 20°F bag. In...
Forum: Touring
07-31-23, 10:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,630
Posted By MarcusT

The bike packing craze. Using racks and panniers...

The bike packing craze. Using racks and panniers makes you look old.
Forum: Touring
07-09-23, 10:20 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,707
Posted By cyccommute

I would say that it’s only evidence that the...

I would say that it’s only evidence that the wheels are up to the task so far. Fatigue is cumulative. Buttressing the spokes by increasing the diameter of the head…i.e. using triple butted...
Forum: Touring
07-08-23, 03:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,113
Posted By Doug64

I've found from experience that a small dent or...

I've found from experience that a small dent or distortion of the pump's cylinder body can make the pump useless. I'd think of some other way than using my pump to drive tent stakes.
Forum: Touring
06-29-23, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,355
Posted By indyfabz

And you don't need a weather man to know that, or...

And you don't need a weather man to know that, or so I have heard. :D
Forum: Touring
06-27-23, 01:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 697
Posted By saddlesores

more info be needed. it's unpossible to answer...

more info be needed. it's unpossible to answer the question without more specifics. posters that have macguyvered standard racks to disk frames are plentiful, with many many methods used.

give...
Forum: Touring
06-26-23, 01:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,617
Posted By Germany_chris

My new Disc Trucker

So I just finished building my new Disc Trucker. I’ll load it up with about 80kg next week to see how it handles some weight.

...
Forum: Touring
06-23-23, 12:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,369
Posted By indyfabz

Sounds reasonable. One option would be to get...

Sounds reasonable. One option would be to get one of those "crinkle" plastic tarps and cut it down to the size you want. I carry a 4'x8' one that serves os my footprint. A fraction of that wouldn't...
Forum: Touring
06-20-23, 07:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,714
Posted By phughes

Here is some info on parking garages. The page...

Here is some info on parking garages. The page includes a link to a form to fill out for extended parking when riding the GAP. There are garages within walking distances to the Amtrak station. Other...
Forum: Touring
06-17-23, 07:22 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,211
Posted By Doug64

A portion of Highway US 20 in Iowa-- No paved...

A portion of Highway US 20 in Iowa-- No paved shoulders, heavy truck traffic, and small rolling hills that hid oncoming traffic from view. This made it dangerous for trucks to pass us and slowing...
Forum: Touring
06-15-23, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 415,639
Posted By rivers

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20230506_154823_b8a43705b6eae64e0bf894576fb4859cad346b9b.jpg...
Forum: Touring
06-15-23, 05:55 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 9,573
Posted By cyccommute

That is something that has been said since...

That is something that has been said since forever. At least for close to 50 years. It’s usually said by people who have never tried an “actual” touring bike…one that is long wheel based, has long...
Forum: Touring
06-07-23, 01:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,031
Posted By Tourist in MSN

Photo of my home made lower Ortlieb hook below....

Photo of my home made lower Ortlieb hook below. Made it from 3/4 X 1/8 inch aluminum bar. Put two 90 degree bends into it. Slide some inner tube rubber over it so that the rubber contacts the rack,...
Forum: Touring
06-07-23, 09:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,086
Posted By timdow

I converted a 1998 Schwinn Moab to drop bars from...

I converted a 1998 Schwinn Moab to drop bars from flat. Even before the conversion I put a high-rise stem on it that brought it up a couple of inches. Most would not want it this high, but it works...
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,782
Posted By jamawani

I have ridden over in Louisville. The old Big...

I have ridden over in Louisville.
The old Big Four railroad bridge is now a maghificent bike/ped crossing.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Four_Bridge

In western Kentucky, the US 45 bridge at...
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 04:05 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,866
Posted By L134

I guess you like to adapt to the bike. I like to...

I guess you like to adapt to the bike. I like to adapt the bike to me.
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 08:03 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,866
Posted By saddlesores

"getting real" means buying/assembling a bike...

"getting real" means buying/assembling a bike that fits your needs, not settling for an inappropriate gear range because it helps the manufacturer's bottom line or is just like what your favorite...
Forum: Touring
06-01-23, 07:47 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,866
Posted By saddlesores

Disagree. it's a deal breaker. the most...

Disagree. it's a deal breaker.

the most miserable touring experience is riding long-distance with a load, on varied terrain or especially against the wind, being unable to find the correct gear. ...
Forum: Touring
05-24-23, 07:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By pdlamb

One more vote for "coil the cable, don't carry a...

One more vote for "coil the cable, don't carry a tool."

On a couple occasions I've pulled into an auto repair shop and asked to borrow a tool (a cable cutter, in one case!). Never had to pay,...
Forum: Touring
05-23-23, 06:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By TiHabanero

I don't cut cables unless absolutely needed....

I don't cut cables unless absolutely needed. Simply coil them after the pinch bolt. Cutting requires a cap of some sort or beeswax (which is what I use if I do cut a cable), but a cap ends up fraying...
Forum: Touring
05-22-23, 01:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,166
Posted By indyfabz

Yeah. At some point I replaced my 26t with a 24t...

Yeah. At some point I replaced my 26t with a 24t on my LHT. The part cost next to nothing.
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