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Forum: Touring
12-02-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 841
Posted By robow

They were marketed to the public as having fewer...

They were marketed to the public as having fewer moving parts than thumb shifters and therefore less likely to break. But of course I had a right twist grip shifter break for no obvious reason such...
12-01-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 927
Posted By robow

Stuart, I have switched out already the inner 26...

Stuart, I have switched out already the inner 26 ring that it came with for a 24, sorry for the confusion.

oldschool, there will never be an issue with me for a small ring to small ring...
12-01-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 927
Posted By robow

Do you mean remove the middle chain ring, and...

Do you mean remove the middle chain ring, and then move the largest ring to what was the middle spot. Remember, I've currently got a Sugino 46-36-26 crankset, so I'm guessing it was more road then...
Forum: Touring
11-29-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 841
Posted By robow

Thumbies are generally considered to be quite...

Thumbies are generally considered to be quite reliable and are definitely more available vs. grip shift. Owned both, one vote for thumbies here.
Forum: Touring
11-28-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 879
Posted By robow

I was right there with you until that last...

I was right there with you until that last sentence. Ha (a veggie or turkey on whole wheat please)
I occasionally tour alone but generally enjoy the company of a few good friends. Therefore for...
11-24-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 927
Posted By robow

Yea, I could slap a Dura ace bar end shifter on...

Yea, I could slap a Dura ace bar end shifter on the left side, friction mode, and leave my triple and brifters in place. Btw, I'm not looking to increase the gear inch range by going to a double. ...
11-23-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 927
Posted By robow

Steps are larger than what I like. I'll...

Steps are larger than what I like.
I'll tolerate a 11-36 (I think)
Btw, running an older XT rear derailleur in 10 speed presently
11-23-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 927
Posted By robow

I'm thinking I could get by with that 46-26...

I'm thinking I could get by with that 46-26 double and go 11-36 in the rear. I'm considering using this for touring. In the past and currently I tour on a 46-36-24 with an 11-34 cassette and find I...
11-23-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 927
Posted By robow

Want a 46 -24 double crankset

Can it be done ? A 46 with a 24 or 26 small ring? I know Chris White Industries had one that you could order but it was very pricey and their website has been down for sometime. Can I create one...
Forum: Touring
11-21-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By robow

What a wonderful video. I for one really enjoyed...

What a wonderful video. I for one really enjoyed it. Well done !
Forum: Touring
11-18-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By robow

Yea, I missed that small silver ring. Duh ! You...

Yea, I missed that small silver ring. Duh ! You should have said, yea, I rocked a double across the country, no problem. Ha
Forum: Touring
11-18-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,490
Posted By robow

Doug, may I ask what the chainring set is on that...

Doug, may I ask what the chainring set is on that bike ? Your smaller ring doesn't seem to be that small. You must be or have been a very strong rider to make it across the country with that low...
Forum: Touring
11-18-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By robow

Often times, last year's Deore is this year's...

Often times, last year's Deore is this year's Alivio, as Shimano trickles down their newest componentry to lesser group sets. And as much as I feel Deore is the lowest level that I personally would...
Forum: Touring
11-17-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,372
Posted By robow

Is anyone using brifters and wearing mittens, and...

Is anyone using brifters and wearing mittens, and finds it easy to shift ? I haven't been able to pull that off easily, hence why I wear gloves, hence why my fingers freeze.
Forum: Touring
11-15-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,372
Posted By robow

Lows each night about 27 or 28 F., daytime riding...

Lows each night about 27 or 28 F., daytime riding mostly in the mid thirties. More than cold enough for me. Though admittingly I'm a wimp, please let it be 50 deg. when riding at least 4 hours day,...
Forum: Touring
11-13-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,372
Posted By robow

This from last week, a friend was using those...

This from last week, a friend was using those "Bar Mitts". He said they were warm but was having trouble with the zipper, not sure if this is common or not. He also complained about the perspiration...
Forum: Touring
11-12-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,372
Posted By robow

Last week as we toured across Missouri, we spent...

Last week as we toured across Missouri, we spent a lot of time riding in the 30's and low 40's. I wore a pair of hunting gloves with Thinsulate insulation and a waterproof supposedly breathable...
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 659
Posted By robow

Also consider posting your thread over in the...

Also consider posting your thread over in the "Classic and Vintage" sub forums here at bikeforums as many of those fine fellows are very knowledgeable on these things.
Forum: Touring
11-07-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 1,646
Views: 298,221
Posted By robow

A couple photos of a few friends and I hitting...

A couple photos of a few friends and I hitting the trail last week. Colder than average temps created both significant frost and fog in the mornings, while a colorful change in the foliage could be...
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,979
Posted By robow

The orange bag on top of my rack contains only a...

The orange bag on top of my rack contains only a 4 lb tent, an extra empty bottle and sometimes a spare tire so there is not a lot of weight on my rack. Those items are too bulky to get into a...
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,979
Posted By robow

[/list] That's pretty much how I roll the...

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That's pretty much how I roll the majority of the time. The photo below from last week when touring down south. There is a lot to be said though for maintaining a better balance with front...
Forum: Touring
10-25-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 440
Posted By robow

145 miles in 2 days on the GAP is hauling. Glad...

145 miles in 2 days on the GAP is hauling. Glad you had a good time.
Forum: Touring
10-24-21, 10:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,627
Posted By robow

The wife and I just got back from a week down...

The wife and I just got back from a week down south and while the weather was superb, the sunset at 6:30 pm does present a few issues. We're heading out for one last adventure of the year in the next...
Forum: Touring
10-17-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By robow

Nice looking rig ! Interesting tire, thanks for...

Nice looking rig ! Interesting tire, thanks for sharing.
Forum: Touring
10-15-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,144
Posted By robow

Does that seat post clamp above only offer one...

Does that seat post clamp above only offer one attachment point for the rack ? Would love to see the other side. If so, I definitely would want the Axiom Trekk Seat Collar w/Rack Eyelets which has...
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,250
Posted By robow

The bike must be a Rough Rider, tour softly and...

The bike must be a Rough Rider, tour softly and carry a big stick
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1,646
Views: 298,221
Posted By robow

If only those walls could speak, what stories...

If only those walls could speak, what stories they might tell.
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,250
Posted By robow

I personally do not but my wife loves her...

I personally do not but my wife loves her Bontrager rear mount adjustable kickstand.
Forum: Touring
10-11-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,212
Posted By robow

Not true, you won't let a Continental tire...

Not true, you won't let a Continental tire anywhere near one of your touring bikes or has that changed ?

Had to chuckle about the nearby Denver reservoir dropping precipitously after testing your...
Forum: Touring
10-10-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 42,614
Posted By robow

I've seen them in action and they do work if you...

I've seen them in action and they do work if you use something to constrict the front brake as well. Not for me as it's more complex and time consuming to use than a standard kick stand. Besides,...
Forum: Touring
10-08-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,558
Posted By robow

Since this is over a year-and-a-half old, I...

Since this is over a year-and-a-half old, I wonder how the young man did.
Forum: Touring
10-07-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 324
Posted By robow

Very nice ! I've known a couple fellows that...

Very nice ! I've known a couple fellows that used to tour fully loaded on a cross check and they seemed very happy with their choice.
Forum: Touring
10-07-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,007
Posted By robow

:lol:

:lol:
Forum: Touring
10-06-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,566
Posted By robow

If you can spare $550, the yellow frame available...

If you can spare $550, the yellow frame available in a size 50cm. It's not perfect in that yes, I would want a lower low but you might be able to change out the rear cassette to aid in that.
...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,029
Posted By robow

I understand what you're saying but a flat tire...

I understand what you're saying but a flat tire or a broken cable, I can probably fix on the side of a road in 15 minutes or less, but a broken frame (depending on the break) could be a game changer....
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,029
Posted By robow

Btw, now that saddle is really a saddle. Betting...

Btw, now that saddle is really a saddle. Betting Selle Anatomica
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,566
Posted By robow

If you can't find a hybrid, which would work...

If you can't find a hybrid, which would work nicely, don't be afraid to go the route of an old school steel or aluminum mountain bike from the 90's or early 2000's. Often times the frames have all...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,029
Posted By robow

About 7 years ago, a friend whom I was touring...

About 7 years ago, a friend whom I was touring with had his steel Bike Friday develop a large crack at the chain stay just posterior to the bottom bracket. I noticed when I was riding behind him a...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,567
Posted By robow

I often make use of a 2L Camelbak when the bulk...

I often make use of a 2L Camelbak when the bulk of my tour is going to be in very hot and humid environments and or the distance between available water refills can be so great, as was the case this...
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By robow

Yea, it's a shame Spinnaker is no longer with us...

Yea, it's a shame Spinnaker is no longer with us as he knew each and every crack in those potential routes.
Forum: Touring
09-12-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,524
Posted By robow

Yea, with so little gear, I would and often do,...

Yea, with so little gear, I would and often do, just use two rear panniers and throw the tarp up on top of the rack. Though nothing wrong going about it the way that works for you.
As to the...
Forum: Touring
09-04-21, 10:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,612
Posted By robow

For a short time I toured on trekking bars but...

For a short time I toured on trekking bars but felt more comfortable going back to drop bars as all my other road and cyclecross bikes have drop bars. I spec every bike that I build with 44 cm width...
Forum: Touring
08-27-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,622
Posted By robow

While touring, it is not uncommon that I am...

While touring, it is not uncommon that I am forced to ride thru large chunky gravel at times. Are you willing to possibly scar up your pretty carbon rims vs. a pair of lesser expensive but heavy...
Forum: Touring
08-24-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 968
Posted By robow

I own both. In the beginning, the Imperial is...

I own both. In the beginning, the Imperial is more "flexible" because of the cut out but honestly, I can't tell that much difference between the two. Maybe, just maybe I give the edge in comfort to...
Forum: Touring
08-19-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,744
Posted By robow

jamawani, I personally am glad you brought this...

jamawani, I personally am glad you brought this up. I was recently creating a couple maps for a Labor Day club ride and noticed errors in the pavement type and had no idea where that misinformation...
Forum: Touring
08-10-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,214
Posted By robow

Whoa Nellie, who said this ? If this is true...

Whoa Nellie, who said this ? If this is true then I've been doing it all wrong over these many years. And yes, I consume cookies, and worse yet, Pop Tarts, but only when on tour (the nearest thing...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,173
Posted By robow

DT Swiss TK 540 36 holes and Butted...

DT Swiss TK 540 36 holes and Butted spokes......Then worry about something else.
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,556
Posted By robow

"Better to be judged by 12 than carried by...

"Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6"
Forum: Touring
06-15-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,376
Posted By robow

There's such a nice offering these days of 1 man...

There's such a nice offering these days of 1 man light weight well built tents that I'm not sure bivys hold that many advantages that they once possibly did.
Forum: Touring
06-07-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,062
Posted By robow

I can see a high of a 44 x 11 but I personally...

I can see a high of a 44 x 11 but I personally wouldn't want my highest gear any lower than that, but that's just me. Can you slap a 44 on your crankset? Would be cheap to do if the if the BCD is...
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