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Forum: Touring
01-22-21, 10:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,153
Posted By robow

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+1
Forum: Touring
01-21-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,153
Posted By robow

funny story, buddy and I ride through some God...

funny story, buddy and I ride through some God awful flooded muddy roads to get back to this very scenic but secluded campsite. He doesn't bother to stake his tent down figuring the weight of his...
Forum: Touring
01-21-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,153
Posted By robow

When we say semi-freestanding, don't we mean that...

When we say semi-freestanding, don't we mean that you have to stake out at least a portion of the tent to maximize the available floor space where as with freestanding tents it's not really...
Forum: Touring
01-20-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 484
Posted By robow

Though I agree fit or saddle placement is super...

Though I agree fit or saddle placement is super important, many shapes, sizes, cut outs, the thickness and firmness of the padding (if any) are extremely common deal breakers.
For what little it's...
Forum: Touring
01-18-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,291
Posted By robow

One of my road/cycle cross bikes is set up with a...

One of my road/cycle cross bikes is set up with a top or upward pull Shimano CX70 front derailleur while running 2x10 Ultegra brifters and a 46x30 crankset.
...
Forum: Touring
01-16-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

The low I could easily live with but the high, a...

The low I could easily live with but the high, a little too low for me but it might work just fine for you.
Forum: Touring
01-15-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

Yea, why is that? Is that part of their...

Yea, why is that? Is that part of their training..........
today on our road course we're going to work on seeing just how close you can drive to the mannequin on the bicycle without making contact,...
Forum: Touring
01-14-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,063
Posted By robow

Yea, I know when our nearest bike shop closed...

Yea, I know when our nearest bike shop closed last year, they had a boat load of 26" tires that they could not get rid of. They had very little interest even when posting online.
Forum: Touring
01-14-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,394
Posted By robow

Which do you think would be more scenic, north or...

Which do you think would be more scenic, north or south of Albany ? It seems most of the northern route is on roads and minimal trail. We've done the Buffalo to Albany and was looking to extend the...
Forum: Touring
01-12-21, 05:27 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

We say "Wash-i-taw" , just like it's spelled :...

We say "Wash-i-taw" , just like it's spelled : )
Forum: Touring
01-12-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,063
Posted By robow

My wife's Marathon Pluses also came in well below...

My wife's Marathon Pluses also came in well below their stated width. May well be Schwalbe's desire to display lighter advertised weights for a specific tire width.
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 11:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,291
Posted By robow

yep, you need a down pull FD. What shifters are...

yep, you need a down pull FD. What shifters are you using ?
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 10:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,063
Posted By robow

Nice write up and thanks for sharing. I...

Nice write up and thanks for sharing. I purchased a pair of the new Schwalbe Evolution Supremes in 700x32 this fall and had only a limited chance to ride with them, no touring. I do plan on touring...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,210
Posted By robow

"Katy Perry" Trail + ebikes + 11 year old thread...

"Katy Perry" Trail + ebikes + 11 year old thread + 1st post = troll
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

"The “mountains” of the east may not have...

"The “mountains” of the east may not have altitude but they certainly have attitude."

Well said, and may I toss the Ozarks into that category as well.
Forum: Touring
01-10-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

A 32x34 or 25.4 gear inches is often not a low...

A 32x34 or 25.4 gear inches is often not a low enough gear for most mere mortals when fully loaded and having to deal with sharp inclines. You've either not toured under those conditions or you are...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,681
Posted By robow

You really did a very nice job with that. Looks...

You really did a very nice job with that. Looks great.
Forum: Touring
01-08-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

cyccommute, what is it about the higher line of...

cyccommute, what is it about the higher line of shimano FD's that makes them useless or at least not as forgiving ? Is it simply the width of the cage ? I've never sat down with a mic and compared...
Forum: Touring
01-07-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,793
Posted By robow

I've used a lot Ritchey and Dimension stems over...

I've used a lot Ritchey and Dimension stems over the years, a good value for the dollar, but then, then I put on a Thomson stem, and my world changed. The bike handled so much nicer than before, it...
Forum: Touring
01-07-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,620
Posted By robow

Basically the new Sora is the old Tiagra.

Basically the new Sora is the old Tiagra.
Forum: Touring
01-05-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,915
Posted By robow

"Roll us both down a mountain and I'm sure the...

"Roll us both down a mountain and I'm sure the fat man would win"
Forum: Touring
01-04-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,915
Posted By robow

I'll bet you could cut almost 20% off the weight...

I'll bet you could cut almost 20% off the weight of your bike by removing the front rack, fenders, and going with lighter tires. Is it worth it ? that's for you to decide but dropping 7 lbs while...
Forum: Touring
01-02-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,796
Posted By robow

I agree. Places like Sierra Trading Post, Steep...

I agree. Places like Sierra Trading Post, Steep and Cheap, and other places will frequently have them on sale, especially if you're not concerned about color.
Forum: Touring
01-02-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,796
Posted By robow

OK, so my friends yellow panniers above are from...

OK, so my friends yellow panniers above are from Gonex,
https://www.gonexsport.com/products/gonex-27l-bicycle-panniers-waterproof-bike-bag

But he reminded me that he thought the quoted price was...
Forum: Touring
01-01-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,796
Posted By robow

Doesn't look to be quite the same but I can't...

Doesn't look to be quite the same but I can't quite make out the name on the bag.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1000x736/aa_af50f72880e1dfc47818565122a44d9376b21579.jpg
Forum: Touring
12-30-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,796
Posted By robow

A friend that I toured with in Ohio this past...

A friend that I toured with in Ohio this past fall had recently purchased a Chinese knock off pair of yellow Ortlieb-like panniers. They looked similar but the material was not as thick or heavy...
Forum: Touring
12-28-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 936
Posted By robow

Also I think Trek still throws in a lifetime...

Also I think Trek still throws in a lifetime warranty on the frame and Surly does not.
Forum: Touring
12-28-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By robow

If your Bauer's specs are correct, (best to...

If your Bauer's specs are correct, (best to double check them) then go with the 63. Realize that when companies make recommendations as to what size needed due to solely one's height, this can be...
Forum: Touring
12-27-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,075
Posted By robow

And to think that I once so respected your...

And to think that I once so respected your engineering/touring prowess (now shaking one's head with remorse)
Forum: Touring
12-26-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 869
Posted By robow

Yes, for the most part, you purchase through...

Yes, for the most part, you purchase through Interloc Racing directly. Most of their products I have found to be of high quality.
Forum: Touring
12-23-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,681
Posted By robow

If it works for you then that's all that matters....

If it works for you then that's all that matters. 78 gear inches at the top would be unacceptable for myself. If you like the simpler set up and appearance of 1 by, then great, but don't let the...
Forum: Touring
12-21-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,533
Posted By robow

Take that back, though they only show photos of...

Take that back, though they only show photos of the disc version available, had I read further they stated, "Available in flat-mount disc or linear-pull brake versions."
Forum: Touring
12-20-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,533
Posted By robow

Fuji's website this past year showed both a disc...

Fuji's website this past year showed both a disc and a non disc version of their touring bike available, but for 2021....... Only the disc version is available
...
Forum: Touring
12-19-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,130
Posted By robow

Have a good friend, she's a retired teacher and...

Have a good friend, she's a retired teacher and spent her summers crossing the US countless times from every direction imaginable. I know that on her last solo trip, she was in her early 70's and...
Forum: Touring
12-18-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,484
Posted By robow

I may have mentioned this before but I was...

I may have mentioned this before but I was touring down in the Ozarks a few years back with a woman who was bikepacking. I'm sure that she and her gear were a lot lighter than myself and my more...
Forum: Touring
12-17-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,456
Posted By robow

You could always sell the saddle as is and buy...

You could always sell the saddle as is and buy something that you're already familiar and comfortable with. After modifications, it might be more difficult to sell.
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,651
Posted By robow

I'm sure cost and availability are the main...

I'm sure cost and availability are the main reasons that triple butted spokes are not used more often, and the fact certain hubs don't match up well.
Forum: Touring
12-09-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,163
Posted By robow

He is obviously the owner of a very large Yoga...

He is obviously the owner of a very large Yoga Mat store and therefore must be considered a shill
Btw, don't feel badly as most sleeping pads are baffled as well. : )
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,651
Posted By robow

At 280 lbs of bike and rider, no way would I want...

At 280 lbs of bike and rider, no way would I want 32 spokes on the rear unless maybe we are talking 26" wheels here, and I would still likely go 36 if possible. 700c wheels, definitely 36 spokes, not...
Forum: Touring
12-07-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,523
Posted By robow

A small group of us will be riding for 7-10 days...

A small group of us will be riding for 7-10 days down south at the end of March, assuming we can find campgrounds open. Then there are a lot of rides I hope to do next year if things have somewhat...
Forum: Touring
12-04-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By robow

Thanks Stuart, and why didn't you care for the...

Thanks Stuart, and why didn't you care for the IRD Alpina ? I've used this on a 46/36/24 crank for years and it worked fine with 9 speed but maybe (could be in my head) not as well when I changed...
Forum: Touring
12-03-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By robow

Stuart, which particular Microshift FD model are...

Stuart, which particular Microshift FD model are you using successfully ? And are we talking brifters ? Also may I inquire as to what size chain rings you're running?
Thanks
12-02-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By robow

Thanks guys, I see it now in that schematic,...

Thanks guys, I see it now in that schematic, between the spacer and the locknut. Damn, I wish I could have seen this earlier and wouldn't have needed to trouble you fine fellows. Thanks again.
12-02-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By robow

Quick question on 105 hub

Gentlemen, I was cleaning and repacking bearings on a Shimao 105 5700 rear and front hub. When I was done, I noticed a small, maybe less than 1mm thick washer left over that I think might have gone...
Forum: Touring
12-01-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,483
Posted By robow

I know nothing about these but a friend of mine...

I know nothing about these but a friend of mine and his wife communicate with one another while on their bikes using a small headset system from a company called Vertix. He claims they have a fairly...
Forum: Touring
12-01-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By robow

Is there much difference between the older...

Is there much difference between the older excellent Shimano Tiagra 4503 FD and the newer Sora 3503 FD ? Just curious.
Forum: Touring
11-29-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,533
Posted By robow

You might be correct but I have my doubts. The...

You might be correct but I have my doubts. The quick release has been around for over 90 years and with vertical dropouts, it's not a problem that I see regularly. What I do see is a bike industry...
Forum: Touring
11-28-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,456
Posted By robow

If I could find a reasonably priced plastic...

If I could find a reasonably priced plastic saddle which requires little to no care and that I could ride comfortably for hours I would. Unfortunately the Brooks is about the only thing that works...
Forum: Touring
11-27-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,782
Posted By robow

I have no doubt that you could hop on the bike as...

I have no doubt that you could hop on the bike as is and ride it cross country (assuming wheels and drive train are true).. If it's the rim brake model, I would switch out the brake pads to Kool...
Forum: Touring
11-26-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,707
Posted By robow

Happy Feet, I might have to steal that Panic...

Happy Feet, I might have to steal that Panic Alarm idea from you, really like that. I notice they have some with a pull pin that would be easy to install.
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