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07-20-17, 09:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 632
Posted By gomadtroll

Might depend on the version of Suntour. My custom...

Might depend on the version of Suntour. My custom touring bike from the same era, 1991, has Suntour, came with Winner 7 spd freewheel, XC Pro deraileurs, Barcon shifters...indexed..all worth...
06-19-17, 05:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By gomadtroll

Quill type stem, you are in luck. Here you...

Quill type stem, you are in luck.

Here you go, 225mm stem for Nitto handlebar. Used to be a drop bar setup.

Also; check out rivbike.com for more examples and psrts.
Forum: Touring
06-05-17, 05:04 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,288
Posted By gomadtroll

I would suspect the chainline, starting at the...

I would suspect the chainline, starting at the spindle width. I have moved right side cranks out word, mine are all square taper, Phil wood. Surly suggests they make there own cranksets with...
Forum: Touring
08-25-16, 06:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,913
Posted By gomadtroll

Get the best frame (steel) you can afford, parts...

Get the best frame (steel) you can afford, parts wear out.
07-24-16, 06:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 648
Posted By gomadtroll

for nine speeds there is a 12-36 cassette, most...

for nine speeds there is a 12-36 cassette, most are 11-34. so a double =34x36..this is not low enough for me for the touring part.

I prefer triple, a 24 smaller ring and a 34 rear sprocket,...
06-27-16, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,618
Posted By gomadtroll

Love the formula, thanks. I just changed to...

Love the formula, thanks.

I just changed to 622 from 630. I had 32-630 Marathons that filled the gaps , height wise. Continental contacts, 37-622, have room to spare height wise...and width. Looks...
Forum: Touring
06-26-16, 04:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,131
Posted By gomadtroll

I had the same desire, raise my handle bars....

I had the same desire, raise my handle bars. Rivendell has a quill stem that is 220mm long. Even that was not enough so I went with the albatross bar.
Forum: Touring
09-16-11, 02:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,884
Posted By gomadtroll

Nice line up to choose from, I chose the LHT when...

Nice line up to choose from, I chose the LHT when I bought, might do different today. I chose the LHT to get the most upright riding position, highest handlebar height. That was my main criteria.

...
Forum: Touring
09-13-11, 07:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,471
Posted By gomadtroll

I just replaced the Conti's my LHT came with,...

I just replaced the Conti's my LHT came with, bought in 2008. The rear was almost bald, getting flats, No complaints about the tire.

I went with a larger tire for a softer ride, the Schwalbe...
Forum: Touring
08-18-11, 09:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By gomadtroll

My LHT came with canti's, didn't work worth...

My LHT came with canti's, didn't work worth beans. Installed the XT V-brake & Tekro long pull lever, works great. Not sure what the difference the LX would make.
Forum: Touring
07-03-11, 01:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,583
Posted By gomadtroll

My LHT low gear is 26front 34 rear, lower than...

My LHT low gear is 26front 34 rear, lower than the 30/34 you mentioned. Not a big deal for some. I wonder if the 12-36 cassette would work, more in line with the new 2 chain ring mnt/trekkiing...
Forum: Touring
06-14-11, 12:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,581
Posted By gomadtroll

Another choice for lowriders, Salsa...

Another choice for lowriders, Salsa http://salsacycles.com/components/down_under_rack/

I like low riders, the Salsa is cheaper than the Tubus. The Salsa mounts like the Thorn lowrider rack, both...
Forum: Touring
04-28-11, 12:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,752
Posted By gomadtroll

On my 62cm LHT the original Tektro Oryx chattered...

On my 62cm LHT the original Tektro Oryx chattered and were basically ineffective. I put on a set of 'high-profile' canti's. While they were a better performing brake for me, they interfered with my...
11-06-10, 09:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By gomadtroll

Studs are noisier & slower on pavement, but they...

Studs are noisier & slower on pavement, but they work as advertised, necessary for icy conditions. Get carbide tips they will last longest.

If you only get one, put it on the front. It is easier...
11-06-10, 08:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,306
Posted By gomadtroll

Not much love for the fat tire bikes :-) +1...

Not much love for the fat tire bikes :-)

+1 for the Freddies. I run Freedies on Surly LM rims, 65mm wide, for icy conditions and switch to Surly endos or a larry for dry snow.
Forum: Touring
02-18-10, 02:04 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,362
Posted By gomadtroll

I'd stick with the LHT, with panniers or Bob....

I'd stick with the LHT, with panniers or Bob. Bike comfort is important also.
12-03-09, 07:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,690
Posted By gomadtroll

RE: 'Anyone have experience - light studded tire...

RE: 'Anyone have experience - light studded tire on back more aggressive on front?'

The front tire is the more important one when it comes to controlling the bike.


Last winter I ran two...
10-07-09, 12:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,198
Posted By gomadtroll

+1 good info, thanks. My $.02, Lumens are...

+1 good info, thanks.

My $.02, Lumens are for marketing and sales, Lux is for the ride :-)
Forum: Commuting
09-25-09, 01:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,103
Posted By gomadtroll

Well, the part you don't like is hauling stuff...

Well, the part you don't like is hauling stuff around after you bought it. I know when I shop for big stuff I go home afterwards. I have panniers for small buying trips, I can wander arounf town with...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-09, 01:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 639
Posted By gomadtroll

Pay attention to the ext or reach and the angle...

Pay attention to the ext or reach and the angle or the stem. I have a stem like yours, adjusted the angle up, like your first photo, the steering became overly responsive. The longer the reach the...
Forum: Touring
09-20-09, 12:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,175
Posted By gomadtroll

+1, I switched the Tekro brakes with...

+1, I switched the Tekro brakes with V-brakes,which meant new levers also, so much better though. I have a Son hub anda light mounted on the fork crown.
I had an old/new XT 180mm crankset with a 24t...
Forum: Touring
09-19-09, 03:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,547
Posted By gomadtroll

Harris cyclery has mounts, like the ones mention...

Harris cyclery has mounts, like the ones mention above:

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/lighting/mounts.html

Thats the first I have seen of the eyelet mounting type... pretty cool, if you have...
09-19-09, 01:55 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 10,292
Posted By gomadtroll

+1 for all the pogie suggestion. My favorite...

+1 for all the pogie suggestion.
My favorite cold weather gear shop : http://www.akgear.com/hats-mitts.html
09-19-09, 01:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Posted By gomadtroll

That is a pretty narrow rim for all round riding,...

That is a pretty narrow rim for all round riding, from what I read, links included, a 32mm tire is a stretch.

A couple of good locations for tire sizing:
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09-19-09, 12:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,463
Posted By gomadtroll

Not sure about the need for sealed, but the...

Not sure about the need for sealed, but the Jagwire brand is cheaper than Sram, with some/all? of the same spec's. My Surly bike came with Jagwire, works well here.
09-17-09, 10:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,241
Posted By gomadtroll

I geared up last winter, $$ I am hoping to be all...

I geared up last winter, $$ I am hoping to be all set. I did buy a pair of Nokian Extremes, 54-622, at REI last spring for a good discount. I will be using these this winter. The 54-559 ones worked...
Forum: Touring
09-17-09, 08:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 620
Posted By gomadtroll

+1 on the minimal training. Just think of it as...

+1 on the minimal training. Just think of it as 3-4 shorter rides ... in one day. No training needed.
Forum: Commuting
09-13-09, 06:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,876
Posted By gomadtroll

Wow, new meaning to feature creep :-) I do use...

Wow, new meaning to feature creep :-) I do use the most basic , 7 tools ?, Topeak, but I prefer real tools to get stuff done. I carry a small tool pouch with everything needed to rebuild my bike, .....
Forum: Commuting
09-13-09, 05:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,116
Posted By gomadtroll

Okay I love wool. the merino wool stuff from...

Okay I love wool. the merino wool stuff from Smartwool or IBex. It is expensive though, not $20 for long sleaves :-) I find wool has a wider comfort range also, and the big plus, it doesn't smell ......
Forum: Commuting
09-13-09, 05:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,391
Posted By gomadtroll

+! on all the suggestions, all are workable. One...

+! on all the suggestions, all are workable. One consideration, riding around town hauling stuff is harder on wheeels. Its always a pleasure to get out on the open road :-)

I use Phil Wood, Xt,...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-09, 05:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,751
Posted By gomadtroll

I have a 62 cm LHT. I use the Son hub for half...

I have a 62 cm LHT. I use the Son hub for half the year, summer in Alaska doesn't require lights :-) If you are looking at the bright part of the light while riding stuff does 'disappear in dark' ...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-09, 11:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,751
Posted By gomadtroll

I have the IQ Fly which is close to the IQ Cyo in...

I have the IQ Fly which is close to the IQ Cyo in field of view, not LUX. while I sometimes would like closer illumination I find watching the road/trail so close is uncomfortable . If the road...
Forum: Touring
09-12-09, 10:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,551
Posted By gomadtroll

+1 on all the comments, looks like you figured it...

+1 on all the comments, looks like you figured it out. I have the IQ Fly, the entry level for me today would be the Cyo, the Supernova E3 fits my needs better. Mounting is my biggest problem. Last...
Forum: Touring
09-11-09, 04:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,443
Posted By gomadtroll

Next, widen the clearances from 45-622 to 54-622...

Next, widen the clearances from 45-622 to 54-622 so I can run Nokian Extremes in the winter.

greg
09-10-09, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,056
Posted By gomadtroll

Here is a site that has good info on winter...

Here is a site that has good info on winter riding . I haven't encountered any problems with off the shelf builds here in Anchorage, it rarely spends much time below zero.. Farther north I might do a...
09-10-09, 09:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 905
Posted By gomadtroll

Sears 3-speed ? to each his own :-) Winter riding...

Sears 3-speed ? to each his own :-) Winter riding isn't the same everywhere, nor do riders have the same skill levels. Personally, here in Anchorage, winter riding is more challenging , I ride as...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-09, 01:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,981
Posted By gomadtroll

+1, I was able to add mudflaps to my SKS's, they...

+1, I was able to add mudflaps to my SKS's, they are short, but I also have Planet bikes on a bike that come with mudflaps and cover more of the wheel. I like to keep my bike clean as well as myself.
09-03-09, 10:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,415
Posted By gomadtroll

It sounds like you have some lights and...

It sounds like you have some lights and batteries, so just give try it and see. My experience is Li-ion is a better battery, all around. My personal preference is for generator hub and really bright...
09-03-09, 02:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,219
Posted By gomadtroll

Thanks, good post. My first winter last year...

Thanks, good post. My first winter last year also. My view;

Big fat tires, studded. My bike only allows 2.1, Nokian Extremes are excellent. would love to have frame for really fat tires. There...
Forum: Touring
09-03-09, 01:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 934
Posted By gomadtroll

Check this out :-) ...

Check this out :-)

http://www.alaskaultrasport.com/alaska_ultra_home_page.html
Forum: Touring
09-03-09, 01:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By gomadtroll

My 26" wheelset is for winter riding. Phil Wood...

My 26" wheelset is for winter riding. Phil Wood hubs, sun rhyno rims...as wide as I felt i could go, Nokian extreme studdded tires. Urban assault vehicle, I could swap tires and have what has been...
Forum: Touring
08-27-09, 02:16 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 10,034
Posted By gomadtroll

1. Son dyno hub/ LED lights 2. Wool,...

1. Son dyno hub/ LED lights
2. Wool, wool...love it.
3. modern tires, no flats lots of choices.
4. full fenders with mud flaps
5. Surly LHT, off the shelf comfort and quality
Forum: Touring
07-23-09, 12:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,186
Posted By gomadtroll

I travel with the sourdough made up into a small...

I travel with the sourdough made up into a small ball, just add flour untill it is not sticky. Sourdough is not fragile, it can be re-constituted from almost any state. Over night, 8-10hrs ?, is...
Forum: Touring
07-13-09, 11:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,786
Posted By gomadtroll

+1, Phil wood is pretty too :-) I have a touring...

+1, Phil wood is pretty too :-) I have a touring wheelset, Phil Wood + 7 speed freewheel, the hub is smooth as butter but I have replaced rims on it, from 1991.
Forum: Touring
07-09-09, 01:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,786
Posted By gomadtroll

I weigh the same , I built up a set of wheels:...

I weigh the same , I built up a set of wheels: 36h XT hubs, velocity dyad rims. 36 hole hubs are plenty strong, most hubs are strong enough.. some are easier to maintain. The velocity dyad is a...
06-30-09, 01:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,784
Posted By gomadtroll

my $.02, frames that accept wide tire, like the...

my $.02, frames that accept wide tire, like the surly FFF (fatties fit fine) frames. Since conditions vary from locale to locale. Here 54-622 are a minimum for all winter conditions. I like steel...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-09, 02:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,319
Posted By gomadtroll

RE: Pake, if you commute in winter the limit is...

RE: Pake, if you commute in winter the limit is 35 width tires, might be too small for snow.The LHT can run 700x42 studded snows with fenders and I can put a 54-622 on the front w/o fenders. Room for...
Forum: Touring
06-17-09, 07:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,963
Posted By gomadtroll

Pretty bike :-) I am not into pretty so much, it...

Pretty bike :-) I am not into pretty so much, it disappears with use here. I have the LHT, the wheels are much better imho, XT hubs & alex rims. I prefer a Boooks with springs so having a Brooks...
06-16-09, 07:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,789
Posted By gomadtroll

Broken tension bolt on my Brooks saddle

I haven't heard of this happening before. On my Brooks flyer Special the tension adjusting bolt broke, right at the nut that is used to adjust the tension. Saddle is 6 months old, never been...
Forum: Touring
06-16-09, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By gomadtroll

If I am not posting to late, I suggest...

If I am not posting to late, I suggest considering the Brooks flyer, B-17 top with springs, if my memory is working today. I love my springs :-) esp if you ride with handle bars higher than your...
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