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Old 08-09-22, 10:45 AM
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Great pics for what looks to have been a great ride.
As usual…jealous!
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
No, not gugie's work. In fact, if I remember correctly, the work was done prior to nlerner's ownership of the International, so it's a mystery as to who did the modifications, including the addition of cantilever brake mounts.
No mystery. The friend I bought it from had Spectrum do the mods.
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Originally Posted by johnnyace View Post
No, not gugie's work. In fact, if I remember correctly, the work was done prior to nlerner's ownership of the International, so it's a mystery as to who did the modifications, including the addition of cantilever brake mounts.
Not I, but I did appreciate the workmanship.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I think @johnnyace already had individual bike pics, but I'll post mine anyway. You can see the diversity of baggage options @gugie mentioned.

@gugie's Ritchey Breakaway


Bob's 1955 Condor


My 1974 Masi Gran Criterium (perhaps not what comes to mind when you think of a touring bike, but it worked)


@SquireBlack's Rivendell Atlantis


Ben's Norther-Lyon


Bill's Lyon


@johnnyace's 1975 Raleigh International (with a few post-market improvements)


@aggiegrads' Page Street
Looks like a blast! Do you have any issues with that masi wagging when loaded on the rear? It's a gorgeous bike btw!
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Ben's not a BFer, but he did post a Flickr album. I'll steal some pix and post here.


Hillsboro end of the line, getting ready to start. We picked up Bob and Bill 25 miles later in Dundee. John added to our group in Salem.


Andy fixing the one flat we had on the tour, everyone else is of course telling him he's doing it wrong. I'm preparing to make a slingshot out of the bad tube.

The Crazy Eight found nice shady spot in a park near Coburn, 8 miles outside of Eugene
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Lovely bunch of fellas!
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Thanks for the photos.
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Do you have any issues with that masi wagging when loaded on the rear?
I would say no, but I could be wrong. The front wheel wanted to flop a lot when the bike was stopped. I attributed that to the weight on the front. I had about 6 pounds in the front bag and a bit under 9 in the rear. I did have one incident where my foot came unclipped while I was trying to stash a water bottle while accelerating and that very nearly turned ugly, but I managed to keep it upright with just a very embarrassing series of wobbles. I don't think that had much to do with the bag weight -- just my general lack of coordination.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I would say no, but I could be wrong. The front wheel wanted to flop a lot when the bike was stopped. I attributed that to the weight on the front. I had about 6 pounds in the front bag and a bit under 9 in the rear. I did have one incident where my foot came unclipped while I was trying to stash a water bottle while accelerating and that very nearly turned ugly, but I managed to keep it upright with just a very embarrassing series of wobbles. I don't think that had much to do with the bag weight -- just my general lack of coordination.
That last part is routine for my every ride.
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Don't worry, you can just get bigger panniers up front, and carry them lower with lowriders. ✌️ The only problem then is, you have this little voice in your head, saying "I still have plenty of room, so one more water bottle won't hurt".🙄😁
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The only problem then is, you have this little voice in your head, saying "I still have plenty of room, so one more water bottle won't hurt".🙄😁
The funny thing is, I brought a third water bottle on this ride, but I didn't fill it for any of the riding. I needed more water the first day, even though that was the coolest day, because I neglected to refill my bottles at the lunch stop. The other two days, we got started early enough that I didn't need much water in the morning and a bottle and a half was plenty for the rest of the day.
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Than you all for sharing your stories! Looks like a wonderful outing. A three day CC tour does sound like the sweet spot for travelling light.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
No mystery. The friend I bought it from had Spectrum do the mods.
Oh, that's right! You had mentioned that at one point, but I had forgotten.
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Than you all for sharing your stories! Looks like a wonderful outing. A three day CC tour does sound like the sweet spot for travelling light.
Once you get to 3 days, the kit you bring is the same kit that will work for a week or two. This trip was warm, no rain in the forecast, so I carried 12 lbs including the handlebar and saddle bags. The max weight I've carried on other trips is about 15 lbs. The added weight is typically a rain jacket and pants, a pair of lightweight long pants that can double as tights for cold mornings, a light wool sweater and some wool t-shirts. I use a "3 days before needing laundry" rule, and look for a laundromat on the road. If you don't mind washing and drying your clothing every night, you can get by with less. My calculus is that an extra few pounds of clothing let's me spend more of my time doing fun things (drink beer and tell stories) rather than washing clothes.

Some tips:

Soaking wet socks from a rain storm we had to ride through on one trip were dried out in a hotel microwave. Try a short cycle, check, and increase until your clothes start to just about get steamy. Repeat till dry.

Bikes make great clothes hangers

I select clothing that dries quickly.

If you're going with a group, you can collaborate on tools. I always tell people to be self-supporting for flat repairs, but no need to bring several tubes in a group as they can be community property on a tour. One chain tool, however, will support the entire group, for example.

Half of our group had a GPS unit, more than enough to make sure nobody got lost or made a wrong turn. The route was done in Ridewithgps, so some went old school printed cue sheets.
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I had sent you a message but maybe you hadn't received. I wanted to be your sag wagon, all gear could have been stored with me, and my minivan could also carry tools, a stand and be there should someone break down. My fee? One cold beer each night.

Check your messages, next time.
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I had sent you a message but maybe you hadn't received. I wanted to be your sag wagon, all gear could have been stored with me, and my minivan could also carry tools, a stand and be there should someone break down. My fee? One cold beer each night.

Check your messages, next time.
Who did you send it to? Just checked my PM's, nothing from you, and I'm sure we would have gladly given one beer from each of us for your services!

Better yet, join us next time and ride!
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Originally Posted by Robvolz View Post
I had sent you a message but maybe you hadn't received. I wanted to be your sag wagon, all gear could have been stored with me, and my minivan could also carry tools, a stand and be there should someone break down. My fee? One cold beer each night.

Check your messages, next time.
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Who did you send it to? Just checked my PM's, nothing from you, and I'm sure we would have gladly given one beer from each of us for your services!

Better yet, join us next time and ride!
I think it got sent to me, was going to respond with a but spaced it out as it didn't make sense.
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I think it got sent to me, was going to respond with a but spaced it out as it didn't make sense.
Clearly your fault, Van, for not joining up with us on this tour.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Clearly your fault, Van, for not joining up with us on this tour.
Well Duh, but you guys didn't need my boat anchor butt slowing you down that much.

If I was an hour behind on the 40 mile ride, it would have taken me another day to finish this.
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Great lookin tour gents! The variety of rides confirms Gugie's assertion you don't need a full on touring bike to do a CC Tour! Wow, is this the first event without a major mechanical? Maybe Spaghetti Legs will help out on the next one.

I also hope to join the next one, was too busy experiencing cancelled flights to join this one!
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Great lookin tour gents! The variety of rides confirms Gugie's assertion you don't need a full on touring bike to do a CC Tour! Wow, is this the first event without a major mechanical? Maybe Spaghetti Legs will help out on the next one.

I also hope to join the next one, was too busy experiencing cancelled flights to join this one!
We do have a history of pedal issues.
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We do have a history of pedal issues.
@Andy_K appeased the bicycle gods by bringing an extra set of pedals.
Take note for future tours, or just stop using crappy pedals (cough, @Spaghetti Legs, cough, cough, @nlerner).
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We do have a history of pedal issues.
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@Andy_K appeased the bicycle gods by bringing an extra set of pedals.
Take note for future tours, or just stop using crappy pedals (cough, @Spaghetti Legs, cough, cough, @nlerner).
Life's too short to ride crappy pedals, bikes or anything else at this point.

Especially with the amount of time, energy, effort and $$$$$ we expend otherwise on this foolishness.
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Wow, is this the first event without a major mechanical?
Truth be told, starting on day 2 I couldn't shift and stay in my big chainring (freakin' brifters!) Luckily the triple I'm sporting on this bike was 40t, combined with an 11t cog I spun out around 23-24mph. With very few hills I just stopped pedalling and yelled out "whoppee!"

I'm reviewing Youtube videos on where to squirt the WD-40, which seems to be the common fix to loosen up old hardened grease on Shimano brifters.
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Truth be told, starting on day 2 I couldn't shift and stay in my big chainring (freakin' brifters!) Luckily the triple I'm sporting on this bike was 40t, combined with an 11t cog I spun out around 23-24mph. With very few hills I just stopped pedalling and yelled out "whoppee!"

I'm reviewing Youtube videos on where to squirt the WD-40, which seems to be the common fix to loosen up old hardened grease on Shimano brifters.
I thought tri-flow was the drug of choice for this, maybe its for Campy?

I had spare pedals, RD and a freewheel with me at Eroica, didn't need any of it.
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