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Forum: Touring 07-08-16, 12:35 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Sharpshin
Lesson learned; next time run on the unblown tire...

Lesson learned; next time run on the unblown tire with the kink in it, if that euro patch had failed even 5 min earlier I'd have had quite a chore on my hands.
Forum: Touring 07-07-16, 04:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Sharpshin
Thanks for the info all. And a shout to Top...

Thanks for the info all.

And a shout to Top Bike of Ennis who purchased two 32mm Gatorskins on just my word over the phone.

The tire angels were watching over me: Rolling into Ennis I was...
Forum: Touring 07-07-16, 01:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Sharpshin
These 32mm tires had at least 400 commuting miles...

These 32mm tires had at least 400 commuting miles on them before the trip, up until the failure I thought they were perfectly ok.

I did find with just the gator in back that the reduction in...
Forum: Touring 07-07-16, 01:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Sharpshin
The TT rocked, more than just a race it's a whole...

The TT rocked, more than just a race it's a whole social event.

Five riders died tho.
Forum: Touring 07-06-16, 07:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Sharpshin
My continental top contact II's are awful.

Currently I am in Ireland about 600 miles into a tour. For the trip I bought these tires. The front tire developed a strange sideways kink about 400 miles in, it rubbed against the fender but I rode...
Forum: Touring 06-13-16, 09:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 710
Posted By Sharpshin
Bike locks in the UK/Ireland?

One of those "opinion" questions with no definite answer but here goes....

I have arrived in the UK w/bike, solo touring will start next week after son returns home to the US, I expect to spend...
Forum: Europe 06-02-16, 10:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By Sharpshin
Probably by that time my fitness levels will be...

Probably by that time my fitness levels will be better than they were when I left Blackpool 800 miles earlier :thumb:

Here's what works for me; a 20 tooth granny gear in front and a 36 tooth big...
Forum: Europe 06-02-16, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By Sharpshin
Ireland Route Advice Needed

If all goes to plan I shall be taking the ferry from Cambeltown, Scotland to Ballycastle, Ulster first week in July as part of a seven week tour.

Legs of Irish journey.

1) Ballycastle to the...
Forum: United Kingdom 06-02-16, 10:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 118
Posted By Sharpshin
Route suggestions: Blackpool - Aviemore

I will be spending about seven weeks beginning next month on a bicycle in the UK and Ireland.

Exact routes/daily mileage undetermined. This will be my second tour; Texas to New York, av. 65...
Forum: Touring 05-30-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
And from the "never say never" department, if...

And from the "never say never" department, if there ever should come a second time wherein I have occasion to haul a bicycle overseas, I expect that second time around will be a whole lot simpler...
Forum: Touring 05-30-16, 10:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
Sounds like you think 1990 was a long time...

Sounds like you think 1990 was a long time ago.....
Forum: Touring 05-30-16, 10:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
Thanks for the info all. A carboard bike box...

Thanks for the info all.

A carboard bike box goes for $20 from American, I paid $85 for the soft case. Hey it even says "Armstrong" on the side.

I don't mind overkill on this once in a...
Forum: Touring 05-29-16, 08:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
My departure and return point for the bike trip...

My departure and return point for the bike trip in England is with family in Blackpool. If it woulda been anything close to reasonable, I would have shipped the bike separate. With the case it just...
Forum: Touring 05-27-16, 10:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
djb... Ya remembered about the whole Isle of...

djb...

Ya remembered about the whole Isle of Man TT thing :thumb:

My next obstacle is bringing the bike.

Shipping it would be ruinous, $500 to there, $700 back. I can check it as luggage...
Forum: Touring 05-24-16, 08:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
Thanks all, I am assured by both banks and credit...

Thanks all, I am assured by both banks and credit cards companies that I am good to go in Europe.

A bit of a worry that I cannot actually test this before I am there so maybe I'll bring over 200...
Forum: Touring 05-23-16, 02:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Sharpshin
First time to the UK in more'n 30 years......

I leave first weekend in June, after two weeks with my son its gonna be up to 49 days just me and the bicycle.

OK, I have two credit cards, two ATM cards, more'n twice as much in cash and credit...
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 05:09 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
I was thinking some rubber tubing, slit down one...

I was thinking some rubber tubing, slit down one side and taped on. Same principle.
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 04:59 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
Like I said, maybe I need to up my game...... ...

Like I said, maybe I need to up my game......

Already beat you to it in the grandpa dept.... [/COLOR]:)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/Zoe/zoebrack4_zps0f8e5047.jpg
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 04:53 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
Yes indeed, motorcycles were nearly my only...

Yes indeed, motorcycles were nearly my only transportation until I was 38, the TT being the draw that lets me include my grown son on the trip. I'm doing it to bring him on a trip he'll always...
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 04:33 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
Indeed, that's from quite a few thousand miles...

Indeed, that's from quite a few thousand miles with loaded Ortliebs, which don't appear to be wearing near as much as the aluminum.

I have been watching it though, the wear does appear to have...
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 04:00 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
Ya, its right at the limit. I might drop $60 on...

Ya, its right at the limit. I might drop $60 on a newer deraillieur but as you say, on my whole 2,000 mile New York trip I would been way down in that range for like one or two miles, tops. I just...
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
33 lb bike (inc. racks), four panniers ~ 10 lb,...

33 lb bike (inc. racks), four panniers ~ 10 lb, plus 30-40 pounds of gear and water ballast as needed among four loaded panniers.

I train like I tour, but a bit heavier. But 8-10 hours a week is...
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 03:39 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
I think you brung up Cornwall earlier. Even...

I think you brung up Cornwall earlier.

Even odds I'll be there in July, on that bike, 'less I decide to do the Cherbourg/Calais thing instead.
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 03:36 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
Good fer you there Stud :thumb: I'm putting...

Good fer you there Stud :thumb:

I'm putting in a hundred commuting miles a week on a 70 lb bike, perhaps I need to up my game.
Forum: Touring 03-02-16, 02:13 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,353
Posted By Sharpshin
Wooo Hooooo! THIS is what 15 gear inches...

Wooo Hooooo!

THIS is what 15 gear inches looks like..... :thumb:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v148/Sharpshin/Bike/15gearinches_zpscmi6tvpd.jpg

Minor grinding down of the outside of...
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