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Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 986
Posted By saddlesores

don't worry so much about what everyone else is...

don't worry so much about what everyone else is doing.
do what works for you.

primarily a commuter? then get the commuter bike. it'll work for touring.
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 681
Posted By saddlesores

what do you think needs an upgrade? why are you...

what do you think needs an upgrade?
why are you not satisfied with the current setup?
what's the problem?
what is not comfortable?
what isn't working as well as expected?
what improvements do...
Forum: Touring
07-02-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 664
Posted By saddlesores

i'm fairly certain the lower flat "bar" is simply...

i'm fairly certain the lower flat "bar" is simply a support/mounting strut.

i'm also fairly certain you want to use the upper round bar for the panniers.

lookit the pitcher! the right pannier...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,024
Posted By saddlesores

depends on the situation. here on the...

depends on the situation.

here on the island, we have the main outer loop highway, with an assortment of provincial roads linking the towns.
aside from that we have a maze of farm and county...
Forum: Touring
06-23-21, 02:25 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,024
Posted By saddlesores

in that case, our friend will still require the...

in that case, our friend will still require the purchase of some new technology.
no worries, we're here to help you understand it all.
...
Forum: Touring
06-19-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,617
Posted By saddlesores

it's cheap, it's easy, it's fast, it's foolproof....

it's cheap, it's easy, it's fast, it's foolproof. if it makes you feel better to know you've got fresh cables on tour, go for it.

but remember, new cables will "stretch" and need adjusting once...
Forum: Touring
06-14-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,149
Posted By saddlesores

interesting thing about riding along a...

interesting thing about riding along a river..........the water level is generally
pretty flat, but the roads alongside?

from riding mosel and rhein long ago, many of the accommodations are...
Forum: Touring
06-14-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,201
Posted By saddlesores

you wouldn't be referencing the infamous felt...

you wouldn't be referencing the infamous felt across the usa tour?

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/sbbike/pages/497/attachments/original/1493746152/pee-wee-big-adventure.jpg?1493746152
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,088
Posted By saddlesores

so.......taobao shoes, severely limited by size...

so.......taobao shoes, severely limited by size availability...

got this nifty $18 pair first. look snazzy, with velcro straps, advertised as a cycling shoe,
but the soles were softer than dollar...
Forum: Touring
06-12-21, 10:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,201
Posted By saddlesores

if you're going to crowdsource all your...

if you're going to crowdsource all your decisions, at least give
the interwebs masses something to go on.

what shoes and pedals do you use.........now?
how much and what type of riding do you...
Forum: Touring
06-10-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,149
Posted By saddlesores

bike boxes are flat, folded, rectanguloid...

bike boxes are flat, folded, rectanguloid sections of compressed paper.
interestingly, refrigerator boxes have the same definition, if not the same dimensions.
same is true for postal boxes, fruit...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,088
Posted By saddlesores

thanks! i'll check 'em out. okay....taobao...

thanks! i'll check 'em out.

okay....taobao has sambas in my size for $25.
but max size is 46, and interwebs says they run a size small.

and they have velosamba..........for $125. ouch.

...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,735
Posted By saddlesores

why would the 22 & 32 be too small? doesn't hurt...

why would the 22 & 32 be too small? doesn't hurt to have a low gear for when it's needed someday.

instead of buying individual rings, check ebay to see what's on the slab.
should be able to find...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,088
Posted By saddlesores

sounds like a winner! my last two pairs of...

sounds like a winner!

my last two pairs of cycling shoes have rotted away in the tropical humidity. nothing available on the island, so i've been searching taobao for something my size, here in...
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By saddlesores

are you planning to continue...

are you planning to continue loaded/self-supported? if so, can you cut down on wifey's gear? maybe limit to two rear bags, and you transfer the rest to you, perhaps onto a trailer?




a lot...
Forum: Touring
06-06-21, 04:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,126
Posted By saddlesores

hah, you know the drill. pictures or it...

hah, you know the drill.

pictures or it never happened!
Forum: Touring
05-30-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 816
Posted By saddlesores

https://www.greyhound.com/en-us/bus-from-cincinnat...

https://www.greyhound.com/en-us/bus-from-cincinnati-to-cleveland-2

$35 one way on the greyhound. plus bike fee.

https://www.ridebooker.com/transfers/cincinnati-oh/cle/47-pax-bus

or just...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 04:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By saddlesores

after 'bout a quarter million touring miles, i...

after 'bout a quarter million touring miles, i can honestly declare i've never ever said
"golly, i wish my bags had fewer pockets."
Forum: Touring
05-26-21, 05:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,018
Posted By saddlesores

travel light, at most with a 12-pound trailer...

travel light, at most with a 12-pound trailer that will let you
carry up to 70 pounds of gear.

live out of your tent until you find your new place.

then worry about long-term accommodations.
Forum: Touring
05-25-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,939
Posted By saddlesores

it's not that they's unreliable or unproven, but...

it's not that they's unreliable or unproven, but rather not-as-servicable.

do the hydraulic lines in your car run outside the body exposed?
do you load your car atop tractors, underneath buses,...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 11:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,018
Posted By saddlesores

right on! trailer base weight is 70 pounds. ...

right on!

trailer base weight is 70 pounds. then trick it out with solar panels and super heavy batteries.
gonna need heap big lectrical storage to move that massive mass of weight.

and...
Forum: Touring
05-24-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,018
Posted By saddlesores

sure. buy yourself a 600-pound trailer, trick it...

sure. buy yourself a 600-pound trailer, trick it out, pull it behind your converted e-bike.

sounds like a great plan........
Forum: Touring
05-22-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,088
Posted By saddlesores

yes, that would be a factor in any activity, not...

yes, that would be a factor in any activity, not just cycling.

honestly can't remember the last time i rode for 20 minutes or less (excluding the hotel to hotel riding at the end of the day...
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,088
Posted By saddlesores

how do i vote? platform pedals +...

how do i vote?

platform pedals + clips/straps + mtb cycling shoes with spd thingie removed.
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 04:30 AM
Forum: Touring
05-15-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,860
Posted By saddlesores

in this situation, all depends on how much gear...

in this situation, all depends on how much gear is being carried. for credit card touring - no tent, no cooking gear, no food or fuel, no sleeping bag, minimal clothing - just the bare minimum going...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 763
Posted By saddlesores

doesn't seem to be a shortage of bike stuff on...

doesn't seem to be a shortage of bike stuff on ebay.
strange that a parts shortage prevents fixing a wheel,
yet still allows a drivetrain conversion.
...
Forum: Touring
05-14-21, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 869
Posted By saddlesores

why, umm.....downgrade? you like the bike, it...

why, umm.....downgrade? you like the bike, it fits.
just raise the darn stem! nobody cares what it looks like.
with packs 'n stuff on it, who's gonna notice anyways?
your current bike can mount...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,860
Posted By saddlesores

not enough information. makes a super big...

not enough information.

makes a super big difference if you simply plan on longish day rides, doing a 3-4 day loop and staying in motels, where all you really need is a change of clothes and some...
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 01:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 849
Posted By saddlesores

okay, you're a big dude, and from other posts...

okay, you're a big dude, and from other posts just getting (back) into cycling.
i'll assume you've never bike toured before.
i'll also assume "difficulty of getting off the floor" indicates some...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 04:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,443
Posted By saddlesores

take. less. stuff. you're only gonna be...

take.
less.
stuff.

you're only gonna be gone for two days, so you can probably get by with
about half of what you've got laid out on the couch.

the ride is longer than you thought, there's...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,418
Posted By saddlesores

prevailing winds at what elevation? at ground...

prevailing winds at what elevation? at ground level tend to be localized, with effects heavily dependent on terrain and vegetation.



how about an elevation profile? is this a constant grade,...
Forum: Touring
05-02-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By saddlesores

most important are the angles, which will be...

most important are the angles, which will be correct (ir)regardless of printout size.
given that you have the exact dimensions, once you print out and tape together,
should be no problem at all to...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By saddlesores

Sizing Chart ...

Sizing Chart

https://www.revelatedesigns.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Ripio-Sizing-2017.pdf

Printable Full Size PDF Pattern
...
Forum: Touring
04-28-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 992
Posted By saddlesores

per klm website: "Customers will no longer be...

per klm website: "Customers will no longer be able to check-in a bike as part of their ticketed baggage allowance."
Forum: Touring
04-28-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 992
Posted By saddlesores

according to the klm website, you can book the...

according to the klm website, you can book the bike/baggage online where rates are shown:

https://www.klm.com/travel/us_en/customer_support/customer_support/customer_commitment/klm_fees/index.htm...
Forum: Touring
04-28-21, 04:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 992
Posted By saddlesores

download the baggage rules for each airline...

download the baggage rules for each airline you're flying. make sure you understand the specifics of how fees are charged for "oversize baggage" and whether they have a separate category of...
Forum: Touring
04-26-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,328
Posted By saddlesores

yebbut....sure.....i know. just that over the...

yebbut....sure.....i know. just that over the years we've seen hundreds of threads where some new guy opens with some interesting problem, then waits a few days before coming back with the...
Forum: Touring
04-25-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,328
Posted By saddlesores

newguy with first post: hey, i wanna hire...

newguy with first post: hey, i wanna hire somebody.

newguy with five posts: hey, i know somebody. it's a secret but....


oldfart: what, me suspicious? i've heard google pays $9075 the...
Forum: Touring
04-23-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,328
Posted By saddlesores

easy-peasy! according to your signature, you're...

easy-peasy! according to your signature, you're in ann arbor.

why not contact the university of michigan cycling club, meet up with one of those young, tech-savvy whippersnappers, then do it the...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 06:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,423
Posted By saddlesores

shouldn't really be a dealbreaker. v-brakes set...

shouldn't really be a dealbreaker.
v-brakes set up properly with quality pads are just as effective as
disks at stopping a bike.
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,328
Posted By saddlesores

this is strange. since y'all are so busy...

this is strange.

since y'all are so busy with your work that you can't spend a few hours planning,
an activity you claim to love, what is the intended purpose?
you obviously don't have time...
Forum: Touring
04-05-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,977
Posted By saddlesores

jinkies! why even bother planning? nothing to...

jinkies! why even bother planning? nothing to worry about here. you have a significant other following you in a mobile hotel, carrying all your luggage, gear, spares, tools, food....nothing for...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,459
Posted By saddlesores

if you're not on a dedicated commuter line, the...

if you're not on a dedicated commuter line, the tracks belong to some freight railway corporation.
amtrak passenger service is a secondary consideration.
if something goes off somewhere, it won't...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,718
Posted By saddlesores

many front racks come with hardware to mount...

many front racks come with hardware to mount without braze-ons.

or you could search fleabay for a suitable replacement fork with mounts. should be able to find something for $25 or less.
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,718
Posted By saddlesores

sounds like the bike you got just doesn't fit...

sounds like the bike you got just doesn't fit right.
before you rush out to buy a new 'un, find out why.

measure the bike, what's the frame size. you raised
the stem? by how much. height vs....
Forum: Touring
03-22-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,186
Posted By saddlesores

could you maybe return to place of your new...

could you maybe return to place of your new purchase,
ask the mech there to take a peek....?
Forum: Touring
03-22-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,093
Posted By saddlesores

moved to southwest texas in 2000, then to...

moved to southwest texas in 2000, then to southwest china in 2005, then to thailand......for a reason.
......winter is when the temp drops below 70 degrees fahrenheit for a few days.
Forum: Touring
03-21-21, 11:18 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,093
Posted By saddlesores

this i have not noticed, but i have XXXXXXL...

this i have not noticed, but i have XXXXXXL hands.
i have 20yo deore v-brakes with tektro levers, same levers i use with BB7 disc brakes.
usually fine with one- or two-finger braking,...
Forum: Touring
03-20-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 9,093
Posted By saddlesores

methinks there are a few who argue that with...

methinks there are a few who argue that with properly set up and adjusted rim brakes with quality pads, there is no appreciable effective difference in stopping power.
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