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Forum: Touring
04-21-24, 08:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 478
Posted By robow

Many years ago we did the Katy around the 4th of...

Many years ago we did the Katy around the 4th of July and it was brutal, so hot (and humid) that it made for uncomfortable camping and sleeping at night. If I were to ride it again at that time of...
Forum: Touring
04-13-24, 10:15 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,358
Posted By robow

Very sorry things didn't go quite as planned but...

Very sorry things didn't go quite as planned but don't give up on touring just yet. Give it another shot in terrain you're more familiar with, and yes, a free standing tent is worth its weight in...
Forum: Touring
04-01-24, 06:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,335
Posted By robow

Spd's as that is how all my bikes are set up and...

Spd's as that is how all my bikes are set up and what I'm comfortable with after decades of riding.
Forum: Touring
04-01-24, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 858
Posted By robow

For me Latex won't work while touring as they...

For me Latex won't work while touring as they lose air more quickly than other materials and I'm not one to want to top off daily.
Forum: Touring
03-27-24, 12:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 737
Posted By robow

I have two that I use. The first is a Sea to...

I have two that I use. The first is a Sea to Summit inflatable that is very small and lightweight and takes up very little space in a pannier .....but..... it is not nearly as comfortable for me as...
Forum: Touring
02-03-24, 06:50 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 9,594
Posted By robow

I understand now why that wouldn't work. The last...

I understand now why that wouldn't work. The last time I had to hang my bike was in an open baggage car in DC in route to Pittsburgh and we had much more room as the hooks were along a wall with no...
01-08-24, 10:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By robow

Well I finally got that son of a b#### out of...

Well I finally got that son of a b#### out of there. Had to do what some suggested and that was, take a Dremel and put a slice through that hole wide enough that I could hammer a flat bladed screw...
Forum: Touring
01-03-24, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,983
Posted By robow

I would disagree, the location of the bars...

I would disagree, the location of the bars whether they are too low and/or too far out has everything to do with comfort on a bike, and no one set up is ideal for everyone.
Forum: Touring
12-13-23, 02:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,910
Posted By robow

Hey, I resemble that remark. I may not have the...

Hey, I resemble that remark. I may not have the one I need but I'm sure I have the one for a bike that I no longer own : (
Forum: Touring
12-11-23, 10:32 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,125
Posted By robow

classic : )

classic : )
Forum: Touring
12-04-23, 10:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,059
Posted By robow

Could you use something like this ? I was...

Could you use something like this ? I was thinking about trying to mount a Garmin Varia Radar on my Brooks via this mount....
Forum: Touring
12-04-23, 10:58 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,769
Posted By robow

Stuart, please don't misunderstand me, I'm not...

Stuart, please don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying that the aluminum Axiom rack is as strong as the steel Tubus, I'm just saying that it's adequately strong for most people's needs, or at least...
Forum: Touring
12-02-23, 10:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,769
Posted By robow

I think this is also the reason the Axiom Journey...

I think this is also the reason the Axiom Journey rack is so solid and can hold a lot of weight is the second complete loop to the rear.
One other thing I consider when buying a rack is does it have...
Forum: Touring
11-26-23, 10:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,303
Posted By robow

What about this 46mm wide one below ? If you...

What about this 46mm wide one below ? If you don't mind some tread, there are plenty of 26" mountain bike tires that are tubeless but then you likely knew that already.
...
Forum: Touring
11-24-23, 01:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 766
Posted By robow

Yes, you have to decide how much you want to be...

Yes, you have to decide how much you want to be pampered on these types of rides that carry your gear each day. Some will provide meals, generally breakfast and dinner but lunch will be on your own...
Forum: Touring
11-08-23, 10:08 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,606
Posted By robow

Looking back, I'm sure I've toured with at least...

Looking back, I'm sure I've toured with at least a half dozen individuals with Bike Fridays, and though one did pull that "suitcase trailer", all the others used their standard Ortlieb panniers with...
Forum: Touring
10-06-23, 03:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By robow

I generally use single overnight out and back...

I generally use single overnight out and back trips in order to sort out new equipment or make sure everything is working properly before a longer tour, but then they can sure be fun in their own...
Forum: Touring
09-25-23, 08:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 909
Posted By robow

I couldn't agree more, a new heavy duty wheelset...

I couldn't agree more, a new heavy duty wheelset is worth its weight in gold when touring. You can duct tape and zip tie a lot of problems when touring to get you by, but wheel problems can stop you...
Forum: Touring
09-21-23, 04:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,040
Posted By robow

OK, sorry for the confusion but when I stated...

OK, sorry for the confusion but when I stated there was no gap between the two trail systems, I was responding to the gentleman's question regarding the Eastern end of the trail, not the western...
Forum: Touring
09-14-23, 09:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,836
Posted By robow

I have run the Sugino xd600 with both Ultegra and...

I have run the Sugino xd600 with both Ultegra and Tiagra 10 speed shifters with no problems. I'm currently running it with Tiagra 10 speed shifters only because they have built in barrel adjusters.
Forum: Touring
09-13-23, 06:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,836
Posted By robow

Did anyone mention a Sugino XD600 crankset, 46 36...

Did anyone mention a Sugino XD600 crankset, 46 36 26 ? I know it says 9 speed compatible but the chainrings don't know any better and I've been running it with 10 speed STI shifters and groupset...
Forum: Touring
09-09-23, 07:48 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,863
Posted By robow

Yep, I charge my phone and a brick anytime I'm...

Yep, I charge my phone and a brick anytime I'm eating at a café or diner. Another good reason to have dessert or that second glass of tea.
Forum: Touring
08-25-23, 04:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,456
Posted By robow

The long standing myth that you can add power to...

The long standing myth that you can add power to your cycling stroke by pulling upward has long been disproven. Below is a piece and there is more that can be read on the subject by this author if...
Forum: Touring
08-25-23, 02:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,456
Posted By robow

I agree, my spd pedal / cleats are always set to...

I agree, my spd pedal / cleats are always set to least amount of tightness possible and yet I still never have a problem with my shoe's cleats ejecting undesirably.
Forum: Touring
08-22-23, 05:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,070
Posted By robow

I lost my tea on that one.

I lost my tea on that one.
Forum: Touring
08-15-23, 05:03 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,781
Posted By robow

I carry a silly amount of these but they come in...

I carry a silly amount of these but they come in handy for oh so many things.

Also the NeoAir Micro pump, the size of a golf ball, for pumping up my air mattress at camp.
Forum: Touring
08-14-23, 09:29 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,856
Posted By robow

Is the 1x a solution looking for a problem ? ...

Is the 1x a solution looking for a problem ? What do you really gain by getting rid of the front mech ? You have to have a front braking lever anyway, why not incorporate a shifter in it ? A...
Forum: Touring
08-02-23, 08:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,614
Posted By robow

Had there been a matching handle bar bag with a...

Had there been a matching handle bar bag with a paper map visible on top, one has to think, "escape from nursing home?"
Forum: Touring
08-01-23, 09:33 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,614
Posted By robow

Let's see, 4 traditional panniers with matching...

Let's see,
4 traditional panniers with matching color and slightly faded no less...check
bar end shifters....check
cantilever brakes....check
triple up front with square taper BB....check
steel...
Forum: Touring
07-12-23, 09:32 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 415,578
Posted By robow

Just moments before, I swear I saw a coyote...

Just moments before, I swear I saw a coyote sneaking around those kilns

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...
Forum: Touring
07-11-23, 05:28 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,707
Posted By robow

To the OP, just my 3 cents (inflation) even if...

To the OP,
just my 3 cents (inflation) even if your present rear wheel is in actuality totally adequate, but yet you don't feel confident in it or can't keep from worrying about it, get a new one...
Forum: Touring
06-24-23, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,368
Posted By robow

I have buddies that wouldn't be without their...

I have buddies that wouldn't be without their mats. Another buddy uses one of those approximate 1" thick foam kneeling pads as it doubles as ground pad to sit on....
Forum: Touring
06-09-23, 09:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,086
Posted By robow

Might consider Trekking handlebars which are not...

Might consider Trekking handlebars which are not infrequently used for such conversions as they offer more hand placement options. As to the height, angle or distance away of any bar, way to...
Forum: Touring
05-31-23, 11:02 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 13,856
Posted By robow

The trouble with those really large range...

The trouble with those really large range cassettes is that you have huge steps between gears. It's not as comfortable to shift and often you find yourself pedaling in a gear that is less than...
Forum: Touring
05-20-23, 04:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,154
Posted By robow

I'll reiterate what some have touched on and that...

I'll reiterate what some have touched on and that is, along a very popular rail to trail like the GAP or Katy Trail. I'm sure far more people ride the GAP than any cross country route or some off...
Forum: Touring
04-26-23, 11:27 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 415,578
Posted By robow

kind of liked this one ...

kind of liked this one

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Forum: Touring
04-15-23, 01:53 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 10,022
Posted By robow

very true, a buddy of mine bought a pair of...

very true, a buddy of mine bought a pair of Chinese Ortlieb knockoffs on Amazon and though the quality was not quite as nice, the design was the same and yes they were waterproof
Forum: Touring
04-15-23, 03:15 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 10,022
Posted By robow

Though I do use some plastic freezer bags for...

Though I do use some plastic freezer bags for organization within my waterproof Ortliebs/Axioms, I would find it a royal pain to have to plastic bag everything such as my sleeping bag, another for my...
Forum: Touring
04-09-23, 11:38 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 415,578
Posted By robow

From last week while dodging tornadoes down...

From last week while dodging tornadoes down south,

The Good

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The Not so Good
...
Forum: Touring
03-09-23, 04:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 867
Posted By robow

Something like this with 36 spokes might work for...

Something like this with 36 spokes might work for you and save you a little cash.
...
Forum: Touring
03-09-23, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 867
Posted By robow

Sounds to me like an excellent plan. Low enough...

Sounds to me like an excellent plan. Low enough gearing and sturdy wheels are a great start.
Forum: Touring
03-07-23, 12:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,941
Posted By robow

A designated "2 person tent" is very subjective...

A designated "2 person tent" is very subjective by the manufacturer. I've owned tents that have been labeled "2 person" that had only 27 square feet of flooring (and not all of that was usable) vs....
Forum: Touring
02-20-23, 05:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,026
Posted By robow

Going through the Alps with 50 lbs of gear on a...

Going through the Alps with 50 lbs of gear on a fairly heavy bike to begin with, yea, I would need a really low gear to protect my knees.
It would have to be a triple for me to get that low of a...
Forum: Touring
02-15-23, 01:11 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 9,594
Posted By robow

And after all is said and done, isn't it a...

And after all is said and done, isn't it a wonderful feeling when you've got your bike and all your bags on board, and you're seated, and that train just starts to roll. I'm sure I'm not the only...
Forum: Touring
02-08-23, 08:05 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 9,594
Posted By robow

Amtrak lunacy.... Once, I was actually told to...

Amtrak lunacy....
Once, I was actually told to place my bike in the over head compartment, and when I said there was no way it would fit, the conductor said, well then just stand it up between seats...
Forum: Touring
02-04-23, 08:57 PM
Replies: 169
Views: 9,594
Posted By robow

I've probably taken Amtrak with my bicycle in tow...

I've probably taken Amtrak with my bicycle in tow a dozen times or more and I swear, each experience is never the same, even making use of the same rail line or route and only a few years apart. ...
Forum: Touring
02-02-23, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,882
Posted By robow

I love trail riding. Often you find yourself...

I love trail riding. Often you find yourself riding through scenic nature or topography that would not have been available otherwise. Rarely is the trail long enough to create a complete tour but I...
Forum: Touring
01-23-23, 01:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 965
Posted By robow

Always liked Masi steel frames. Back in the day,...

Always liked Masi steel frames. Back in the day, Masi road bikes were a big deal among local racers.
Forum: Touring
01-22-23, 03:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,772
Posted By robow

Stuart, interesting that you mention the Trace. ...

Stuart, interesting that you mention the Trace. I have only ridden a small portion of it, but I have 4 close friends that I frequently tour with that have ridden the entire route and they all said...
Forum: Touring
12-28-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,079
Posted By robow

Ahh yes, the first digital gauge ...

Ahh yes, the first digital gauge

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