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Forum: Touring 01-08-16, 01:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,144
Posted By vik
Bummer about the dyno hub. Hopefully Peter W will...

Bummer about the dyno hub. Hopefully Peter W will sort you out. I have dealt with him several times and not had any issues/complaints.

The range will vary of course, but with some use you'll have...
Forum: Touring 01-08-16, 12:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,144
Posted By vik
What's your range with that motor and battery? ...

What's your range with that motor and battery?

With all that gear you are only going to pedalling unassisted on dead flats and downhill.

Does the motor have a clutch so that you can avoid its...
Forum: Touring 12-14-15, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1,016
Views: 36,342
Posted By vik
7 days out typically means: - 6 x breakfast ...

7 days out typically means:

- 6 x breakfast
- 7 x lunch
- 6 x dinner

As I'll eat breakfast at my vehicle on the first day and I'll end up back at my vehicle the last night.

Breakfast:...
Forum: Touring 12-14-15, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1,016
Views: 36,342
Posted By vik
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/553/20383849881_b2f...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/553/20383849881_b2f549f1af_h.jpg

My current ^^ touring setup. Good for 5-7 days between resupply.

I guess it depends where you hang out online and where you ride....
Forum: Touring 12-14-15, 05:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,196
Posted By vik
Thanks :) That's a random Blackspire...

Thanks :)

That's a random Blackspire chainring that I happened to have in my parts bin that fit the Race Face crank.
Forum: Touring 10-14-15, 10:39 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,797
Posted By vik
I've been touring on IGH bikes since 2008. I've...

I've been touring on IGH bikes since 2008. I've used a couple Rohloffs, a couple Alfine 8s and an Alfine 11.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

^^^ this is my...
Forum: Touring 09-13-15, 07:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,195
Posted By vik
Wide tires can be just as fast if not faster than...

Wide tires can be just as fast if not faster than a narrower tire. I also find the lower pressures used results in less punctures despite running very supple rubber with no special anti-flat material...
Forum: Touring 09-08-15, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 532
Posted By vik
A Google search comes up with .8/.5/.8 for the...

A Google search comes up with .8/.5/.8 for the LHT. Post is from 2011 so worth checking with Surly if the DT is different. I suspect the main triangle on the LHT and DT are the same.
Forum: Touring 08-31-15, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 971
Posted By vik
The problem with tires people typically use for...

The problem with tires people typically use for touring is not their weight so much as the fact they have energy sucking stiff sidewalls. Stiff sidewall tires tend to be heavier, but I wouldn't focus...
Forum: Touring 08-29-15, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,051
Posted By vik
For a paved road tour I wouldn't bother carrying...

For a paved road tour I wouldn't bother carrying a filter.
Forum: Touring 08-28-15, 06:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,207
Posted By vik
Agreed. Not only that, but all the whiz bang...

Agreed. Not only that, but all the whiz bang flavour of the day stuff doesn't make your tour better.
Forum: Touring 08-27-15, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 735
Posted By vik
A friend let me try his expensive shaft driven...

A friend let me try his expensive shaft driven bike. It was awfully draggy. I took it around the block and gave it back. I'd never ride a bike that inefficient even for a coffee.

It was also...
Forum: Touring 08-24-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,836
Posted By vik
I could pack an XC 29er race tire as a spare....

I could pack an XC 29er race tire as a spare. It's just so unlikely that I will ever need it that it's a pointless piece of gear IMO.

I working on lightening my gear further. I would notice an...
Forum: Touring 08-24-15, 07:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,836
Posted By vik
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4...

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2818/9245093664_af4511cda3_b.jpg

^^^ this is my idea of a loaded touring bike with a week's worth of gear/food and a spare tire is a significant addition and one I...
Forum: Touring 08-24-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,836
Posted By vik
If I worried about every possible "what if" I'd...

If I worried about every possible "what if" I'd have so many spares on my bike I'd never get anywhere.

Your problem wasn't not having a spare tire. It was not having a patch kit and the skills to...
Forum: Touring 08-24-15, 06:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,836
Posted By vik
No. 1 or 2 spare tubes, patch kit and the...

No.

1 or 2 spare tubes, patch kit and the ability to boot a larger hole.

I have never had any tire damage that resulted in the inability to fix the tire well enough to get back to some place I...
Forum: Touring 08-23-15, 06:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,423
Posted By vik
I don't tour in cities or towns so I rarely run...

I don't tour in cities or towns so I rarely run into any homeless folks.

I did once run into a guy panning for gold along a river and stealth camping in the forest near it. He was hiking back to...
Forum: Touring 08-22-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,722
Posted By vik
Yes those are 26 x 2.15" tires. Marathon...

Yes those are 26 x 2.15" tires.

Marathon Plus are very stiff tires. I'd never use them as they have more rolling resistance than I could put up with. If I was worried about flats I'd run a supple...
Forum: Touring 08-22-15, 09:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,722
Posted By vik
If the tires are constructed the same the rolling...

If the tires are constructed the same the rolling resistance difference between the 40mm and 47mm versions will be negligible. I don't find tire weight [within a reasonable range] a big deal touring...
Forum: Touring 08-22-15, 09:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,572
Posted By vik
I road toured with a double and almost never used...

I road toured with a double and almost never used the small ring so my next bike was setup as a single with a wide range MTB cassette.

I'm working on a new dirt touring bike and it will also be a...
Forum: Touring 08-22-15, 09:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,722
Posted By vik
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/10046140313_1e...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5337/10046140313_1e5bf8a7c0_b.jpg

My 26" LHT with Velo Orange metal fenders. I have used plastic and metal fenders extensively and prefer metal for a number of...
Forum: Touring 08-22-15, 12:55 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,681
Posted By vik
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/375/18626414758_138...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/375/18626414758_138c67c75a_b.jpg

I've done a bunch of moto touring and ride my moto several times a week.

I prefer to tour by bicycle and tend to spend my...
Forum: Touring 08-16-15, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,928
Posted By vik
Can you post the link to the bike info you are...

Can you post the link to the bike info you are talking about. I can't find it.

https://www.greyhound.com/en/ticketsandtravel/baggageinformation.aspx

Last time I check about taking a bike with...
Forum: Touring 08-14-15, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,184
Posted By vik
I should add that a 3" tire has far more in...

I should add that a 3" tire has far more in common with a normal width MTB tire than it does a fatbike tire. So you get a much more nimble fast rolling wheel, but you lose most of the float that...
Forum: Touring 08-14-15, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,184
Posted By vik
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9242299617_7d5...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5448/9242299617_7d5be4d8e0_b.jpg

I've been touring on a 29+ bike with 3" tires for 3 years now and love it. It rolls fine for 100kms+ pavement days, loves dirt roads...
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