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Old 12-15-16, 12:51 PM   #301
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Kickstands while touring?

Just a simple question pertaining to kick stands. Yay or nay? Pros and cons?
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Old 12-19-16, 04:40 PM   #302
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Touring build

I'm just wrapping up my second touring build after wearing out the crank bearing stays in my last one. This latest build is a steel frame Giant. I put aluminum wheels, aluminum seat post with a modern light weight saddle. The bike came with flat bars and those never fit my frame well so I replaced them with some super light weight aluminum bars from Sunlite. I put on some cheap Bell comfort tires and will upgrade those soon as it's tough to make good speed on soft 26" tires. The bike weighs I guess around 30lbs. but you'd never know riding it as it feels very light and stiff. It climbs hills effortlessly but again, not blindingly fast. On my racer I usually keep a 15-17mph average while on my commuter 12-15 average. In the future, I would like to find a 1"stem, carbon fiber fork for cantilever brakes and 26"wheel.
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Old 12-20-16, 10:56 AM   #303
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Just a simple question pertaining to kick stands. Yay or nay? Pros and cons?
In case you haven't figured it out yet, there is nothing simple about it. Most threads wind up something like this one: bike stands bad news

Everyone has their preferences, and everyone has their notions that their way is the only proper way. Pick one that works for YOU and go with it.
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Old 12-22-16, 01:33 PM   #304
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When my wife suggested we give each other touring bikes for Christmas, I have learned not to argue about such things. We immediately drove to the local bike shop and bought each other a Salsa Marrakesh. My new bike and I got acquainted today on a 30 mile ride around town. It felt great. I'll need to get used to riding at a little slower pace. It's definitely not as light as the carbon road bike. But the low gears make it a breeze for grinding up steep hills. The Brooks 17 was no less comfortable than my most comfortable saddle. I am looking forward to us hitting the road for several trips next summer.
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Old 12-25-16, 07:56 PM   #305
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Hey, I have a dumb-ish question about sizing.
Okay, on REI, it says that an X-Small bike is fit for people 5'0"-5'3", and a Small is 5'3"-5'6".
I'm exactly 5'3". Which size?!
As a rule of thumb, always ride the biggest frame that you can comfortably ride.
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Old 12-25-16, 08:02 PM   #306
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What kind of power output do you get out of your dynamo hub? I look at some and I recall the rating being something like 3 watts, which isn't all that much. I'm considering solar panels to put atop the rear rack. I'm considering a trailer over panniers, any thoughts on that? Looking at the Burley 2 wheeled bike trailer as an option.

I think in the case of my Nashiki Manitoba the biggest concern are the Weinmann ZAC19 wheels. They're cheap and probably fine for light riding but bound to have trouble at some point with breaking spokes and having to be trued. Lot of not so great reviews on the wheels, but the reviewers were doing drops and all kinds of stunts and ruining the wheels which cost $30 each. Better off getting a better set of wheels, otherwise I don't know what else would be a major negative on the bike. All the major components are Shimano, so I'm guessing it is adequate? I think in the short term everything is fine.
Weinmann wheels are cheap but they're excellent. Light weight and strong. True them once a year barring incident.
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Old 12-26-16, 10:40 AM   #307
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I'm going to put one on my Long Haul Trucker by spring at the latest. I think it will come in handy when no tree or building is around. There are some metal leaning post type stands, maybe 36" or so tall and has a U shape on the end so you can put it in the ground and lean your bike up against it. Most bicycle stores can order for you. Or look for bike stands on ebay or amazon.
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I have two on my 'version' of a LHT, a two leg that rocks to lift either wheel off the ground for tuning,& a rear mount tilt leg.
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, there is nothing simple about it. Most threads wind up something like this one: bike stands bad news

Everyone has their preferences, and everyone has their notions that their way is the only proper way. Pick one that works for YOU and go with it.
I have tried touring without, with single leg and with double leg kickstands. In my experience, I prefer the double leg kickstand (with adjustable legs) especially while loading or unloading the bike.
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I'm going to put one on my Long Haul Trucker by spring at the latest. I think it will come in handy when no tree or building is around. There are some metal leaning post type stands, maybe 36" or so tall and has a U shape on the end so you can put it in the ground and lean your bike up against it. Most bicycle stores can order for you. Or look for bike stands on ebay or amazon.
Before you do that be sure to go to the Surly website and see their advice about attaching a kickstand to the frame of a LHT. They do not recommend it.
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