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Forum: Touring
05-19-22, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By fourfa

Everywhere I've wanted to go in Italy (which is a...

Everywhere I've wanted to go in Italy (which is a lot) there was a Regionale train that got there. Just buy the extra EUR3.50 bike ticket. Never had a problem finding bike space, or (personally)...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By fourfa

It's easy to just buy a SIM with reasonable...

It's easy to just buy a SIM with reasonable amounts of data on it, and recharge as you go. All options are very reasonably priced compared to US. Might be true that you can get cheaper yet with a...
Forum: Touring
03-29-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,852
Posted By fourfa

Looks like it would work with that, or any Garmin...

Looks like it would work with that, or any Garmin style quarter-turn mount. I just use the rubber-band mounted one that came with the Garmin computer.
Forum: Touring
02-18-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,852
Posted By fourfa

I've been using this with good success:...

I've been using this with good success: https://komcycling.com/collections/garmin-bike-mounts-1/products/garminphoneadapter
Forum: Touring
02-18-22, 02:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,150
Posted By fourfa

No tube = less friction, new supple tire carcass...

No tube = less friction, new supple tire carcass materials, newer lower rolling resistance compounds, wider/lower pressure setups... lot has changed since Marathons came out. I find a wide supple...
Forum: Touring
02-17-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,150
Posted By fourfa

Same here, on my current main ride I have both...

Same here, on my current main ride I have both 700C (with 28mm road race rubber) and 650B (have tried a few 47-50mm options from mild tread to full knobby) in the same rolling diameter. 650 (aka...
Forum: Touring
02-17-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,852
Posted By fourfa

I had a quadlock system on the stem on my last...

I had a quadlock system on the stem on my last long tour (4500 km), in addition to my Garmin bike computer on an out front mount. It was absolutely brilliant for directions in and out of towns in...
Forum: Touring
02-16-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,642
Posted By fourfa

tubeless + sealant... Mountain bikers in the SW...

tubeless + sealant... Mountain bikers in the SW made this change a *long* time ago
Forum: Touring
02-12-22, 12:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,147
Posted By fourfa

Agreed, I rode 3-4 Vias Verdes in southern Spain...

Agreed, I rode 3-4 Vias Verdes in southern Spain and they are engineering marvels. Trains can't climb steep hills so the grades are practically flat with extensive cuts and bridges and tunnels (with...
Forum: Touring
02-03-22, 10:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,147
Posted By fourfa

+1 about late dinner times in Spain. I was...

+1 about late dinner times in Spain. I was touring in the winter, short daylight, so I aimed to be settled in to wherever I was going by 6. Regardless, it was just about impossible to get an...
Forum: Touring
01-25-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 874
Posted By fourfa

It's a small island; even if you ride every...

It's a small island; even if you ride every single track available you'll run out in a couple days. So I don't think there's much point worrying about optimizing your bike for the roads; you'll have...
Forum: Touring
12-13-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By fourfa

Subbed for interest... I'm headed there this...

Subbed for interest... I'm headed there this winter but not for cycling. One snippet I've read (on a non-cycling specific guide) is that around the southwestern corner of PR, the roads are steep...
Forum: Touring
12-06-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,133
Posted By fourfa

I toured with a 15" macbook pro in a standard...

I toured with a 15" macbook pro in a standard Ortlieb pannier (Back Roller City?), with an additional padded waterproof sleeve for the laptop inside the pannier. Basically the laptop and very light...
12-02-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 485
Posted By fourfa

I rode a lot of miles on the Ventures that came...

I rode a lot of miles on the Ventures that came with my 650 wheelset. I agree with that review, rolling resistance is poor. WTB innovated on the 650x47 size quite some years ago, but they've barely...
11-19-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,257
Posted By fourfa

Cool, I'm happy for you that you live in a place...

Cool, I'm happy for you that you live in a place where you don't find the front flash necessary. I have the exact opposite experience commuting in San Francisco, where every other vehicle is an uber...
Forum: Touring
11-19-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,205
Posted By fourfa

This product isn’t intended for anyone on this...

This product isn’t intended for anyone on this board. There is a problem with long-travel full suspension downhill MTBs called “chain growth” - DH bikes these days are considered to work much better...
11-19-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,366
Posted By fourfa

This won’t help the OP since they’re already...

This won’t help the OP since they’re already invested in the Quad-Lock system, but there’s this from Peak Design:
...
11-19-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,257
Posted By fourfa

Thanks - the Niterider rechargeable front lights...

Thanks - the Niterider rechargeable front lights I’ve used force the lamp off while charging, every tailllight I’ve tried does the same. Probably a thermal concern to try doing both at once. Plus,...
11-18-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,257
Posted By fourfa

E-bike front lights

Hello, I donít have an e-bike but I do have a dynohub and Forumslader electrical converter for my regular bike. This takes the A/C input from the hub, charges a large 3x18650 battery pack, and...
Forum: Touring
11-08-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,213
Posted By fourfa

I've run a full frame bag on my touring bike with...

I've run a full frame bag on my touring bike with exposed cable for ~10k miles. This has rear brake cable exposed between cable stops on the underside of the top tube, and exposed front and rear...
Forum: Touring
10-26-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,137
Posted By fourfa

Zombie thread... Backpacking for months around...

Zombie thread... Backpacking for months around Indonesia and Cambodia and such, I carried an old dirty wallet with an expired driver's license, an old library card, a cancelled credit card, a grocery...
10-21-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,382
Posted By fourfa

I didn’t catch if the OP is switching to Di2 or...

I didn’t catch if the OP is switching to Di2 or mechanical. In Di2 you can lock out the big-big and small-small combinations, effectively reducing the range the rear derailleur needs to cover. I...
Forum: Touring
10-20-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,446
Posted By fourfa

The Pathfinder Pro is an excellent choice for...

The Pathfinder Pro is an excellent choice for actual mixed-gravel riding: solid center rib gives it one of the lower rolling resistance figures on pavement in the gravel segment, the side microknobs...
08-10-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,507
Posted By fourfa

God I hope not

God I hope not
08-08-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,507
Posted By fourfa

I was drawn to my gravel bike by the dream of...

I was drawn to my gravel bike by the dream of having a do-it-all bike with 650B semi-knobs and 700x28 race-rubber wheelsets at the same rolling diameter. It's been pretty great overall (and has...
Forum: Touring
08-06-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,330
Posted By fourfa

Late replying... I've had the Airy Ti for a few...

Late replying... I've had the Airy Ti for a few years, ordered from bike24, good experience and reasonable price. Seconded about the stays, they're the same solid aluminum rod as other Tubus...
08-06-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,366
Posted By fourfa

Seems like the OP was asking about wireless...

Seems like the OP was asking about wireless charging at home, not on the bike. I'm assuming they want to use the quadlock case all the time, not change back and forth between carry and riding case...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,813
Posted By fourfa

LOL who pops into an ultralight thread to try to...

LOL who pops into an ultralight thread to try to jedi mind trick "you don't need to have ultralight gear"

Someone who has never hiked or biked ultralight, that's who
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,292
Posted By fourfa

I'm liking the pair of Cinturato Gravel H I...

I'm liking the pair of Cinturato Gravel H I bought; they are very low rolling resistance. Too soon to say about longevity and toughness (though since going tubeless flats have been so rare across...
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,828
Posted By fourfa

My recollection of CA state hiker-biker sites is...

My recollection of CA state hiker-biker sites is that they don't have a max allowed number, ie they don't fill up. This is logical since you can't reserve a spot, there's no way for the park system...
Forum: Touring
05-26-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,566
Posted By fourfa

Gualala Point campground is indeed beautiful,...

Gualala Point campground is indeed beautiful, though infamous for its gangs of aggressive racoons that might harrass you and keep you awake all night long. There are wooden food crates for your...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,813
Posted By fourfa

Thanks for the references in the first post, I...

Thanks for the references in the first post, I hadn't looked at those before. If I was thru-hiking (with poles) I would be very interested in this setup. Partially that's because thru-hikes tend to...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,813
Posted By fourfa

What do you plan to use for the tarp support pole?

What do you plan to use for the tarp support pole?
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,846
Posted By fourfa

Huh, fitted cycling clothing is far more...

Huh, fitted cycling clothing is far more comfortable than baggy street clothes for long days in the saddle. Almost makes you wonder if, you know, it’s designed for that purpose

But whatever, if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,846
Posted By fourfa

Wow, not many responders fully read the post. 2...

Wow, not many responders fully read the post. 2 nights, and they're leaving this weekend. SMH

Anyway, mine is: if you need it and don't have it, you didn't really need it. Don't overpack. Test...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,734
Posted By fourfa

It's true that Shimano prints in their...

It's true that Shimano prints in their instructions that their links are one-time use only. There are others (Wipperman is the one I know) that are designated reusable. I can tell you from experience...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,734
Posted By fourfa

I'm waxing all the bikes in my stable right now,...

I'm waxing all the bikes in my stable right now, it's much preferable for me in my mostly dry dusty northern California riding. I have not yet done an extended tour since I started. Not sure what I...
05-06-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By fourfa

^ agreed, WTB was ahead of their time once but...

^ agreed, WTB was ahead of their time once but they’re about the slowest tires on the market currently
05-03-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 31,767
Posted By fourfa

I tend to think threads like this are a lot about...

I tend to think threads like this are a lot about the rims, and how deep their center channel is. There must be variability in the tires too. Some combinations are just hard. I have had no such...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,269
Posted By fourfa

I want to boost this... I've also done...

I want to boost this... I've also done lightweight backpacking & thru-hiking in additional to extended bike tours. Of course you can get lighter by spending money on lighter stuff. But when it comes...
04-24-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,544
Posted By fourfa

Well if the cassette cost is the original...

Well if the cassette cost is the original sticking point, there's Eagle clones on alibaba... I have an SROAD 10-36 11-sp for my 2x and I'm very happy with it. There are a million varieties but so...
04-24-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,544
Posted By fourfa

Ah, that's a shame. I went and found the press...

Ah, that's a shame. I went and found the press release (https://cyclingtips.com/2021/04/dt-swiss-announces-star-ratchet-ln-upgrade-kit-for-lower-end-hubs-and-wheels/), looks like the conversion...
04-23-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,140
Posted By fourfa

Well-reasoned and the lived experience is...

Well-reasoned and the lived experience is obvious... I do just want to add that both the mud and manure incidents were on paved roads - mud on a secondary road in France after a river or something...
04-23-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,544
Posted By fourfa

Ah but you're in luck - the build sheet I'm...

Ah but you're in luck - the build sheet I'm looking at says it has DT Swiss 350 or 370 hubs. These feature a tool-free freehub removal - keep your one cassette, and just pop it from one wheelset to...
04-22-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,544
Posted By fourfa

FWIW my gravel 650x47s and road 700x28s are...

FWIW my gravel 650x47s and road 700x28s are extremely close to the same rolling diameter, close enough never to think about geometry changes or toe overlap etc

If I was checking a box for factory...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,382
Posted By fourfa

Assuming this goes in a fully-waterproof...

Assuming this goes in a fully-waterproof pannier... Personally I'd go with a full-zip neoprene sleeve (with a semi-rigid cardboard/plastic panel over the screen), and maybe a waterproof zip bag over...
04-22-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,140
Posted By fourfa

I agree with that, on my last tour I was brought...

I agree with that, on my last tour I was brought to a halt twice by unavoidable gooey debris in the road (once regular old mud, once thick fresh cowpies) which packed up the inside of the fender and...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,749
Posted By fourfa

Check the bottom of this thread re: Hwy 1. ...

Check the bottom of this thread re: Hwy 1. Re-opening is way ahead of schedule: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1222727-landslide-pch-2.html

Wish I could tell you about campgrounds. Carmel to...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 11:44 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,269
Posted By fourfa

Thanks to this thread I've been doing a bunch of...

Thanks to this thread I've been doing a bunch of reading about Zpacks, TarpTent (and this (https://bikepacking.com/gear/tarptent-double-rainbow-li-review/) timely review on bikepacking.com), ultra...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,269
Posted By fourfa

I guess we're talking about the Helium bivy...

I guess we're talking about the Helium bivy because I mentioned it a while back... I've slept hundreds of nights in a hooped bivy (Helium and mainly other OR bivvies before that) but never with a...
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