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07-07-18, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,820
Posted By velonomad

50 mile days shouldn't be a problem unless you...

50 mile days shouldn't be a problem unless you have been just sitting on the couch and eating Cheetos for the past 5 years. I use a very similar bike( including bar ends) and have ridden several...
06-03-18, 08:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,927
Posted By velonomad

As most we did go the opposite way..Wanting to...

As most we did go the opposite way..Wanting to ride more upright has been my wife’s evolution as a stoker . We started out with a rigid post for a few years. Then as we have aged she has wanted to be...
05-20-18, 04:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,927
Posted By velonomad

Went through a bunch of suspension seat posts...

Went through a bunch of suspension seat posts over a 20 year period. Best and last one was a Thudbuster that worked ok for about 3 years and ~10K miles before the pivots wore out. The last 5 years...
Forum: Touring
05-16-18, 10:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,114
Posted By velonomad

Just came back from tour and encountered a...

Just came back from tour and encountered a similar situation. My experience has been National Parks tend to be fairly rigid with the campground rules especially the popular ones. State NFS, ACOE and...
Forum: Touring
07-20-17, 02:57 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,221
Posted By velonomad

I call bling bikes like that "coffee crawlers"....

I call bling bikes like that "coffee crawlers". You are far more likely to see one at Starbucks than going over a mountain pass.
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 04:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,487
Posted By velonomad

You just will want to avoid the northern rockies....

You just will want to avoid the northern rockies. Worst case, Ride the bike to Denver, catch a train to the coast and ride north. The Fuji will be fine. I don't know enough about the Masi to offer an...
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 03:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,311
Posted By velonomad

If it was carbon fiber he wouldn't have needed...

If it was carbon fiber he wouldn't have needed that rock to prop it up, It would have just hovered there.
07-17-17, 02:20 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,491
Posted By velonomad

A wee bit of lube on the inside of the pump...

A wee bit of lube on the inside of the pump adapter works wonders for getting the pump off and on easily.
07-17-17, 02:10 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 9,600
Posted By velonomad

70-80 miles a week 14-15 average. Exceptions is...

70-80 miles a week 14-15 average. Exceptions is loaded tours when I usually ride multiple 75-80 mile days at a 11-12 average.
Forum: Framebuilders
07-17-17, 01:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,125
Posted By velonomad

I was looking through the ceeway catalog a couple...

I was looking through the ceeway catalog a couple of days ago and they have a few 11 mm socket stainless rear dropouts. IIRC that is the standard tip size for 14mm stays. The shipping will probably...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-17-17, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,610
Posted By velonomad

Jay making a lug is just mitering and joining...

Jay making a lug is just mitering and joining tubing 1 size up( ie use 1.25 tubing to make a lug for 1.125) with a .065 wall and then you file, drill, beat and grind until you get the shape and wall...
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 10:36 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,391
Posted By velonomad

Since a tree is about 48% carbon. Here is your...

Since a tree is about 48% carbon. Here is your first carbon fiber expedition bicycle (cir 1816). Of course it later was supplanted by the much superior "expedition grade" 4130 steel.
...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-17-17, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,610
Posted By velonomad

It was passed around a few years ago, but IMO...

It was passed around a few years ago, but IMO there wasn't any information in it you couldn't easily figure out on your own or in a forum. I would suggest looking up the frame building forums over at...
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,391
Posted By velonomad

Yeah Steel is real but Oak is dope! Note the...

Yeah Steel is real but Oak is dope! Note the early Deore under chainstay U-brake!

http://www.sonnyradio.com/flinstones.jpg
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 09:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By velonomad

I'm usually carrying 2 singles or a tandem and a...

I'm usually carrying 2 singles or a tandem and a single. I use a 10mm diameter steel cable 10' long which I loop through the wheels and frames. I use a master discus padlock to secure. Thieves can...
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,560
Posted By velonomad

I'm agnostic, I just use what I ever can drip out...

I'm agnostic, I just use what I ever can drip out of the discarded motor oil containers from the trash cans at the nearest gas station. :twitchy:
Forum: Touring
07-08-17, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,195
Posted By velonomad

If you camp at St Johnsville Muni Marina, don't...

If you camp at St Johnsville Muni Marina, don't play nickle poker with the locals. They will take your lunch money ! :o
Forum: Touring
07-07-17, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,908
Posted By velonomad

Beg Borrow or steal another $200 and get this...

Beg Borrow or steal another $200 and get this one. A woman at work just completed a 600+mile tour on this bike and it performed very well for her. She also commutes everyday on it. It won't impress...
07-01-17, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,394
Posted By velonomad

Tandems East, Scroll down about 3/4 of the page...

Tandems East, Scroll down about 3/4 of the page on the left

Tandems East Stems (http://www.tandemseast.com/parts/stems.html#Santana%20Ahead%20Stems)
07-01-17, 02:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
Posted By velonomad

I'm working 5am-1pm. I'll ride a couple of laps...

I'm working 5am-1pm. I'll ride a couple of laps around the park in the afternoon. I have a dock rented downtown to watch the fireworks with wife and neighbors from my boat. If I have anything left...
Forum: Touring
06-30-17, 12:35 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 8,888
Posted By velonomad

Wildwood State Park out toward Montauk isn't bad....

Wildwood State Park out toward Montauk isn't bad. First time camping just go in the car if you hate it just pack up and go home. If you want to make the trip to Campmor in Paramus NJ They have...
Forum: Touring
06-30-17, 09:35 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,779
Posted By velonomad

While the wheels are pretty lightly built, The OP...

While the wheels are pretty lightly built, The OP is 135# even with a #25 bike and #40 of gear he is still only 200#. I have seen more than a few >200# riders on 28 spoke wheels. I used to be wary of...
Forum: Touring
06-30-17, 07:24 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,109
Posted By velonomad

I'm taking my Learjet to Nova Scotia :)

I'm taking my Learjet to Nova Scotia :)
Forum: Touring
06-30-17, 01:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,121
Posted By velonomad

Good video! My list for one week, for...

Good video!

My list for one week, for multiple weeks I typically just add an extra change of clothes and depending on where I'm going, an extra day or two of food and a folding spare tire.
...
Forum: Touring
06-29-17, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,243
Posted By velonomad

I appreciate all the replies so far. I am going...

I appreciate all the replies so far. I am going to download the above mentioned apps and try them out. Something I wasn't aware of was that maps would store on an iphone. I have stored google maps...
Forum: Touring
06-28-17, 10:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,243
Posted By velonomad

Navigating by smartphone?

I'm an admitted technophobe. But when I was in Atlanta a couple months riding the paths, My little iphone was doing an excellent job of getting me around both on the paths and the streets. I'm...
Forum: Touring
06-27-17, 09:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,336
Posted By velonomad

Ride it for awhile before you change the shifter....

Ride it for awhile before you change the shifter. You won't be changing the front that often and once you get use to it, it becomes second nature. Besides it gives you that minimalist-retro-cool look...
Forum: Touring
06-26-17, 03:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,450
Posted By velonomad

Great read Smilyan ! Thanks for sharing it!

Great read Smilyan ! Thanks for sharing it!
Forum: Touring
06-26-17, 02:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,336
Posted By velonomad

This is true along with other factors. Many folks...

This is true along with other factors. Many folks are using cross bikes for touring which have shorter(<45cm) chainstays , Many newer racks are offset to the rear of the axle to compensate for...
Forum: Touring
06-26-17, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By velonomad

Closest that I have knowledge of and have camped...

Closest that I have knowledge of and have camped at as been the primitive campsites on the seasonal road over Tabor Mt.(south of Killington) There are a few trails that you can legally ride (I was...
Forum: Touring
06-26-17, 12:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,026
Posted By velonomad

I remember this thread from 2004, In August of...

I remember this thread from 2004, In August of 2004 I was touring eastern Canada and was on the Quebec-Levis ferry where I had met a Montreal couple who were admiring my old Vaude panniers (same...
Forum: Touring
06-21-17, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,908
Posted By velonomad

Trying to choose from several different bikes is...

Trying to choose from several different bikes is always difficult when you do not have physical access to the bikes to make comparisons. Relying on subjective opinions from others has it's hazards. ...
Forum: Touring
06-20-17, 10:45 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,303
Posted By velonomad

Brooks isn't the same company it once was. Yes...

Brooks isn't the same company it once was. Yes they still make their iconic leather saddles but they are more into "Bike Bling" these days. The C-17 IMO is more about bling than comfort. Many people...
Forum: Touring
06-20-17, 07:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,908
Posted By velonomad

You are asking strangers to decide what is best...

You are asking strangers to decide what is best for you.

IMO First you have to decide what is more important, How far and quickly you went or what you saw along the way? I ride 80-100 miles...
Forum: Touring
06-20-17, 06:48 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,514
Posted By velonomad

Politics, religion and snarky replies aside.... I...

Politics, religion and snarky replies aside.... I have been exposed to to deer ticks(Lyme disease host) for the last 25 years. It is all about reasonable precautions. I don't wear shorts in fields or...
06-15-17, 02:40 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,333
Posted By velonomad

I was scheduled to lead a club ride and...

I was scheduled to lead a club ride and discovered at the last minute I had a flat on the front wheel. I quickly popped the tire off, put in a new tube and inflated it with my shop air compressor. I...
Forum: Touring
06-15-17, 02:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,383
Posted By velonomad

There used to some patterns around but most of...

There used to some patterns around but most of the websites or listservs they were on no longer exist.The late Ken Kifer has a good tutorial on his archived site about the panniers he made for his...
Forum: Touring
06-14-17, 08:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,403
Posted By velonomad

A really good touring bike is one that gets you...

A really good touring bike is one that gets you where want to go comfortably and efficiently with no mechanical problems. Spending more money doesn't always achieve that goal.
Forum: Framebuilders
06-07-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,153
Posted By velonomad

this will do..... Might find the same kit at...

this will do..... Might find the same kit at local welding supply
...
Forum: Touring
06-05-17, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,729
Posted By velonomad

Same concept as a old tractor seat suspension....

Same concept as a old tractor seat suspension. There are grades of spring steel rod that will handle the concentrated stress in the bend but they aren't cheap and unlikely to be used as shown for...
Forum: Touring
06-01-17, 02:10 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 17,219
Posted By velonomad

Rode an overnighter from Sparta NC to Galax Va in...

Rode an overnighter from Sparta NC to Galax Va in April and then followed the New River Trail to Pulaski Va 78 miles one way. First tour in 3 years. I had been busy moving from NY to NC and building...
Forum: Touring
06-01-17, 12:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,667
Posted By velonomad

For an overnighter on my 26" touring bike with...

For an overnighter on my 26" touring bike with it's 50cm chainstays and low rider rear rack( Ibera)I usually just go with the rear panniers. Walking or lifting the bike can sometimes be awkward but...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-29-17, 07:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,101
Posted By velonomad

The swaging and wrinkles on the top tube came...

The swaging and wrinkles on the top tube came from using a bar clamp to hold the tube in place while applying heat. I've seen this happen in other joining applications. He doesn't know how to use a...
Forum: Touring
05-23-17, 10:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,482
Posted By velonomad

I'm riding uphill (dc-pgh) 3rd week of September...

I'm riding uphill (dc-pgh) 3rd week of September looks like I will be riding the detour. Sounds like a better alternative than the last time I rode through there 4 years ago when you had to drag your...
Forum: Touring
05-21-17, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,013
Posted By velonomad

Lightly loaded bike I ride 80 miles in about 5...

Lightly loaded bike I ride 80 miles in about 5 hours. Heavy loaded bike I ride 80 miles in 6 hours. It is still the same mileage on the same day so it matters little to me.
Forum: Touring
05-20-17, 09:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,509
Posted By velonomad

They have been posting updates on their blog. ...

They have been posting updates on their blog.
Our 2017 Tandem Cycling Expedition Up the Rockies (http://lifelongvagabonds.com/travel-blog-2017-rockies-may.shtml)
Forum: Framebuilders
05-20-17, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,222
Posted By velonomad

IIRC, Diamant is owned by Trek, try contacting...

IIRC, Diamant is owned by Trek, try contacting them.
Forum: Touring
03-27-17, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,345
Posted By velonomad

They held up well, I took good care of them plus...

They held up well, I took good care of them plus there was a 10 year stretch when they were lost in storage box. Their demise was mostly due to the stitching deteriorating and the right heel section...
Forum: Touring
03-27-17, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,345
Posted By velonomad

touring shoes for toe clips?

My trusty old 1983 Bata Bikers have finally made their last ride( to the landfill). I should preface this by saying I have 3 pairs of spd shoes and four bikes with SPD pedals so save the SPD vs...
03-23-17, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By velonomad

Posting a week late. I got in a 18 mile fatbike...

Posting a week late. I got in a 18 mile fatbike ride on the beach and then shared the pie with coworkers.
...
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