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Forum: Touring
04-19-17, 09:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,092
Posted By ploeg

+1 on stainless steel cages. I like the Planet...

+1 on stainless steel cages. I like the Planet Bike version myself.
Forum: Touring
03-25-17, 07:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,406
Posted By ploeg

You're mistaken. The Topeak Super Tourist DX is...

You're mistaken. The Topeak Super Tourist DX is "QuickTrack™ compatible for use with any MTX TrunkBag, rear basket and pannier bag."
...
Forum: Touring
03-22-17, 08:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,526
Posted By ploeg

This comment would apply more to carbon than to...

This comment would apply more to carbon than to aluminum, since carbon is a layered material and you won't necessarily see damage to internal layers. Personally, I think that it's excessive to...
Forum: Touring
03-21-17, 02:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,526
Posted By ploeg

Ortlieb says, "The UItimate mounting set must not...

Ortlieb says, "The UItimate mounting set must not be used on carbon handle bars." https://www.ortlieb.com/en/technisches/lenkertaschen/

The main concern is that you might apply a clamping force to...
Forum: Touring
03-17-17, 12:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,617
Posted By ploeg

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a regular...

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a regular Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Classic Handlebar Bag from Sierra Trading Post for $56.25 after 25% off coupon. They seem to be out of them right now, but they might...
Forum: Touring
03-16-17, 03:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,883
Posted By ploeg

If you use keycode JWB4604M today, you get 25%...

If you use keycode JWB4604M today, you get 25% off and free shipping over $100.

Speaking for myself, I think that the Ortliebs are plenty big. You want to balance your load, and you want it to be...
Forum: Touring
03-16-17, 01:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,883
Posted By ploeg

Your answer might lie in the fact that you posed...

Your answer might lie in the fact that you posed the question in the first place.

Speaking for myself, a couple decades ago, I lost a pannier that was held to the top of the rack by hooks that...
Forum: Touring
03-05-17, 12:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,669
Posted By ploeg

You might also want to take a look at this....

You might also want to take a look at this. Mixing up your gear can get you some good results, though you will probably want to consult an expert before pulling the trigger.

Low Gear Range: Road...
Forum: Touring
03-05-17, 12:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,669
Posted By ploeg

It depends on the capacities of your derailleurs....

It depends on the capacities of your derailleurs. For a front derailleur, capacity is the maximum difference between your big and small big ring. For a rear derailleur, capacity is the maximum sum of...
Forum: Touring
03-02-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,477
Posted By ploeg

The easiest way is to sign up for their DealFlyer...

The easiest way is to sign up for their DealFlyer email offer thing. If you don't want it to clog up your email, you can use a filter to send it to your trash automatically and then look in your...
Forum: Touring
03-02-17, 11:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,477
Posted By ploeg

(Never mind, subject covered before)

(Never mind, subject covered before)
Forum: Touring
03-02-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,477
Posted By ploeg

Granting that Germany is a good place to get...

Granting that Germany is a good place to get touring gear day-to-day, you can occasionally score a good deal stateside. For example, Sierra Trading Post will get a hold of some Ortlieb bags for a...
Forum: Touring
03-02-17, 10:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,477
Posted By ploeg

This rack is shipped from Japan, which means that...

This rack is shipped from Japan, which means that it is an experienced rack, having traveled the world from Germany to Japan to the USA. Much more valuable than a mere noob rack.
Forum: Touring
08-18-11, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 503
Posted By ploeg

In the mountains, you'll get snow in late June. ...

In the mountains, you'll get snow in late June.

The main problem is the shorter days (not as much light to get from point A to point B). A secondary problem is the weather (not as many good days...
Forum: Touring
08-18-11, 06:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,232
Posted By ploeg

I can't speak for the regular Topeak Super...

I can't speak for the regular Topeak Super Tourist, but Ortlieb panniers fit fine on the Topeak Super Tourist DX (http://topeak.com/products/Racks/SuperTouristDXTubularRack).
Forum: Touring
08-11-11, 07:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,408
Posted By ploeg

Don't think that you'll need to wait that long....

Don't think that you'll need to wait that long. This is a brand new item, and they just put up the page to take orders before stock comes in.
Forum: Touring
08-11-11, 04:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By ploeg

Well, I just pitch my tent in the parking lot and...

Well, I just pitch my tent in the parking lot and throw my bike in it.

...Or I thread a couple of cable locks through the frame and wheels and around a reasonably immobile object, and call that...
Forum: Touring
08-11-11, 04:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,408
Posted By ploeg

Googled the available sizes. I think this is your...

Googled the available sizes. I think this is your bike, mostly:

http://2009.fujibikes.com/Specialty/Touring/Touring.aspx
Forum: Touring
08-11-11, 04:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,408
Posted By ploeg

Looks like a brand new bike that they have yet to...

Looks like a brand new bike that they have yet to get into stock. I don't remember seeing this bike on their website anyway.

It would be good to know what sort of wheels this bike has. That would...
Forum: Touring
08-08-11, 03:34 PM
Forum: Touring
08-08-11, 03:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,462
Posted By ploeg

The basic argument is that, if the bag can keep...

The basic argument is that, if the bag can keep wet out, it also tends to keep wet in. So if something gets wet when it's outside the bag, it's not going to dry out any when it's in the bag. (Or at...
Forum: Touring
08-08-11, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,861
Posted By ploeg

Alternatively, you can just get a larger tent....

Alternatively, you can just get a larger tent. Just roll the bike in and lay it down on its left side, with the wheels pointed to the wall. The bike helps to anchor down the tent in case it blows. If...
Forum: Touring
07-20-11, 01:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 596
Posted By ploeg

You're not going to get DT spokes in a Peter...

You're not going to get DT spokes in a Peter White wheel, but if Peter White builds it for you, he'll guarantee the wheel, and you likely won't care.

Do you have a parts budget for this thing?
Forum: Touring
07-20-11, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 547
Posted By ploeg

Minor quibble, the Bayonne Bridge has an open...

Minor quibble, the Bayonne Bridge has an open walkway. Could be interesting to get there, but you can cross into Staten Island, bike to St. George, and take the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan.
...
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,669
Posted By ploeg

Technically true, and it's technically true that...

Technically true, and it's technically true that ferrets have sweat glands. However, convection and ferret sweat are not nearly enough to keep ferrets from overheating. To maintain otherwise is...
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 03:24 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,669
Posted By ploeg

Ferrets don't sweat, so that "cooling breeze"...

Ferrets don't sweat, so that "cooling breeze" won't cool the ferret. You could bring along a water mister that would take the edge off of extremely hot days.

Traveling with a ferret might...
Forum: Touring
04-20-11, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By ploeg

If you are generally comfortable riding your...

If you are generally comfortable riding your skinny-tire road bike, that should be the basis. You might want to raise the handlebars relative to that position, but that's where you should start. If...
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 05:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,535
Posted By ploeg

I wouldn't trust a p-clip to bear a load (or at...

I wouldn't trust a p-clip to bear a load (or at least, I would prefer a seatpost-mount rack for loads that I would trust a p-clip to bear). P-clips will break, which is not so big of a deal when you...
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 05:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,449
Posted By ploeg

I'd qualify this. It depends on how good your...

I'd qualify this. It depends on how good your heater is, and what kind of "fleece" you're talking about. I own some fleece vests that are thin, pack well, and provide good warmth when you wear them...
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 04:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,535
Posted By ploeg

This bike doesn't give you a lot of options. Just...

This bike doesn't give you a lot of options. Just because other people have done something doesn't make it a good idea. I hope you at least have a front brake on this thing.

If you insist, the...
Forum: Touring
03-30-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By ploeg

I have a Topeak disc-mount Super Tourist DX. It...

I have a Topeak disc-mount Super Tourist DX. It works fine. It gives you plenty of clearance around the rear wheel.

Add: It comes with long bolts that go through the bottom of the rack and get...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 05:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,032
Posted By ploeg

+1 on this. Check back with us in a year....

+1 on this.

Check back with us in a year. I'm 99 44/100% certain that the itinerary will be significantly different by then, but who cares? The new itinerary will be based on one more year of...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By ploeg

If you have fenders/mudguards on your bike so...

If you have fenders/mudguards on your bike so that the underside doesn't get sprayed, that goes a long way. A cover or plastic bag is an OK idea too.

From the way that some people talk, you'd...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 12:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,153
Posted By ploeg

If you're not going to be out for more than a...

If you're not going to be out for more than a week, and you're not going through the middle of nowhere, you can pare down what you take sufficiently so that everything can go on the back. If you're...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 09:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,153
Posted By ploeg

Just reread the part where you talk about the...

Just reread the part where you talk about the three-month summer tour. If you do this, you probably will want to add more creature comforts to keep you going, which means more stuff, which means...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 09:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,153
Posted By ploeg

Inexpensive racks are fine, particularly if...

Inexpensive racks are fine, particularly if you're mainly going to do weeklong trips or less. The Topeak Supertourist DX should handle any load you might want to carry.

Front racks will help...
Forum: Touring
03-28-11, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,153
Posted By ploeg

If it's only a couple of parts, you might...

If it's only a couple of parts, you might negotiate a swap-out with the bike shop. Most bike shops can order and sell you a Surly bike. If they want your business, they can afford to swap parts at an...
Forum: Touring
03-23-11, 03:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,178
Posted By ploeg

Aluminum? I would, I could, in a boat. I would, I...

Aluminum? I would, I could, in a boat. I would, I could, with a goat.

I count 32 spokes on the R500 rim in the picture, same as the wheels on the Dawes. I don't know about the durability of the...
Forum: Touring
03-21-11, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,062
Posted By ploeg

One possible complication is that Nashbar touring...

One possible complication is that Nashbar touring frames work best with top swing front derailleurs (they don't interfere with the bottle bosses). So if the front derailleur on your bike is bottom...
Forum: Touring
03-21-11, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,062
Posted By ploeg

You can take a look at Bike Washington's C&O...

You can take a look at Bike Washington's C&O Canal Bicycling Guide and judge for yourself: http://bikewashington.org/canal/plan-tires.php

Speaking personally, I would take a bike other than a...
Forum: Touring
03-21-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,062
Posted By ploeg

You want some bigger tires if you plan to do the...

You want some bigger tires if you plan to do the C&O Canal (probably at least 700x32s), and most road bikes won't accommodate more than 700x28. Maybe you have a friend with a mountain bike you can...
Forum: Touring
03-21-11, 11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By ploeg

Wireless computers tend to have most every...

Wireless computers tend to have most every feature, so they're a little more complicated than par. They also generally don't turn on automatically when you spin your wheel (which is good; otherwise...
Forum: Touring
03-09-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,783
Posted By ploeg

Yep, those should be well within range. Conti has...

Yep, those should be well within range. Conti has seemed to be wacky with the tire sizing recently though. Maybe try them on a thinner rim and see if you get the same result.
Forum: Touring
03-09-11, 02:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,783
Posted By ploeg

How wide are the rims?

How wide are the rims?
Forum: Touring
03-09-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,000
Posted By ploeg

Find a repair that you need done on the car (new...

Find a repair that you need done on the car (new struts, for example), contact a chain repair shop in the area, say that you want this done and can you leave the car there for two days while they do...
Forum: Touring
03-08-11, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 761
Posted By ploeg

Check your chain before the ride and replace if...

Check your chain before the ride and replace if the chain's anywhere near its limit. Bring a rag and go over the chain if you get something nasty on it. You might even bring some lube if you expect...
Forum: Touring
02-25-11, 03:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By ploeg

Note that the Nashbar Touring Frame no longer...

Note that the Nashbar Touring Frame no longer comes with a fork. Nashbar sells the fork separately for $50. The touring fork is steel with a 300mm steel steer tube, so if you're not against using...
Forum: Touring
02-24-11, 10:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,011
Posted By ploeg

Why, have you been a bad boy? Seriously,...

Why, have you been a bad boy?

Seriously, these are all good suggestions (especially the one about leaving the bikes in the care of somebody that you trust, away from the beach). The main thing to...
Forum: Touring
02-24-11, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,011
Posted By ploeg

My favorite is the hitch rack (fits in a trailer...

My favorite is the hitch rack (fits in a trailer hitch that's bolted to the car). However, my understanding is that hitch racks are illegal in many European countries because the configuration tends...
Forum: Touring
01-18-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,442
Posted By ploeg

Speaking personally, the trail needs to get...

Speaking personally, the trail needs to get really bog-like before I start having trouble with that size of tire, but as always, your mileage may vary.
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