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Forum: Touring
03-17-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,015
Posted By Chris Pringle

I always remove my disc rotors for air travel. It...

I always remove my disc rotors for air travel. It only takes about 5 minutes to them back on.
Replies: 12
Views: 2,128
Posted By Chris Pringle

The requirements for this event apparently went...

The requirements for this event apparently went from being pretty lax to becoming much stricter than an ACP-sanctioned brevet.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,984
Posted By Chris Pringle

+ 1 - This is exactly when stretching serves a...

+ 1 - This is exactly when stretching serves a great purpose for me -- when I start experiencing lower back pain. I have about three leg stretch exercises that I do in less than 3 minutes during a...
Replies: 44
Views: 5,492
Posted By Chris Pringle

Which bike do you take on 1,200 Km randonnée that...

Which bike do you take on 1,200 Km randonnée that will combine all those variable conditions?
Replies: 31
Views: 7,532
Posted By Chris Pringle

A 25-28 lb. custom randonneur bike is definitely...

A 25-28 lb. custom randonneur bike is definitely doable. Close attention will need to be paid to the components that matter the most such as the wheelset and drivetrain, although I personally would...
Replies: 31
Views: 7,532
Posted By Chris Pringle

Any of those two bikes should work well for a...

Any of those two bikes should work well for a long distance brevet. It will come down to your choice of geometry, looks, etc.
Replies: 7
Views: 1,782
Posted By Chris Pringle

The Miyata 610 is another classic bike you can...

The Miyata 610 is another classic bike you can look for.

Just a note on the subject of weights on a touring bike. I completed the entire Super Randonneur series plus the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris on...
Replies: 13
Views: 1,747
Posted By Chris Pringle

My personal preference: Strictly...

My personal preference:

Strictly randonneuring = road drivetrain

Rando + touring = MTB drivetrain
Replies: 31
Views: 7,532
Posted By Chris Pringle

Have you checked out the Rawland Ravn frameset ...

Have you checked out the Rawland Ravn frameset (https://rawlandcycles.com/collections/bikes/products/ravn-frameset?variant=25560083843)for $950 USD? It's a low trail bike with a capacity for 650b x...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,400
Posted By Chris Pringle

I personally changed from 175mm to 170mm cranks...

I personally changed from 175mm to 170mm cranks after my first 400 Km brevet and experiencing a bothersome knee pain (no issues on shorter brevets with 175mm cranks). I noticed it made a huge...
Replies: 11
Views: 3,091
Posted By Chris Pringle

The area seems to correspond with your "sit...

The area seems to correspond with your "sit bones". It is common to have soreness and scaliness in that area a few days after a long brevet. During the healing process of the skin you might even...
Replies: 64
Views: 7,284
Posted By Chris Pringle

Where in the world is this brevet that you keep...

Where in the world is this brevet that you keep talking about?

A 1,200 Km brevet/randonnée is totally doable in 8 months but it will involve training at least 4 times per week combining distance...
Replies: 18
Views: 1,601
Posted By Chris Pringle

Another common muscle condition while riding...

Another common muscle condition while riding ultra distances is extreme neck muscle fatigue. This leads to a condition called Shermer's Neck in which you can no longer lift up your head. A neck brace...
Replies: 7
Views: 2,110
Posted By Chris Pringle

Yes, definitely a great value as a first rando...

Yes, definitely a great value as a first rando bike. Solid build, components and geometry!
Replies: 33
Views: 3,380
Posted By Chris Pringle

My feelings exactly, although I waited until 40. ...

My feelings exactly, although I waited until 40.

It is now 2017 and by the time spring gets here, it will be less than 2.5 years before the next PBP.

In my own personal case, the custom bike...
10-28-16, 06:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,106
Posted By Chris Pringle

Definitely meant a Specialized Epic full...

Definitely meant a Specialized Epic full suspension bike found on the used market (e.g., craigslist, MTBR classifieds or Pinkbike). You should definitely be able to find one in very good condition...
10-27-16, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,106
Posted By Chris Pringle

What size frame are you looking for? Depending on...

What size frame are you looking for? Depending on your budget, you might be better off on a full suspension bike that handles like a hardtail on small bumps and like a full suspension on a the bigger...
Forum: Touring
10-27-16, 12:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,979
Posted By Chris Pringle

I have also read about stone-throwing happening...

I have also read about stone-throwing happening in certain parts of Ethiopia.
10-27-16, 11:52 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,182
Posted By Chris Pringle

Mixtes really have an interesting frame design...

Mixtes really have an interesting frame design that make them timeless.

I actually have this tall (56 cm) and handsome mixte for sale in the C&V classified section...
Forum: Touring
09-30-16, 07:21 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 25,707
Posted By Chris Pringle

I looked at their route. For the most part, the...

I looked at their route. For the most part, the organizers have chosen some of the most remote areas of Baja going through very small towns. Even at the southern tip of Baja, they are avoiding major...
Forum: Touring
09-25-16, 05:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,922
Posted By Chris Pringle

I just happened to click on the Touring...

I just happened to click on the Touring marketplace and found this CoMotion 26" wheel bike that happens to be in your size and not too far from your neck of the woods. It is a great deal with S&S...
Forum: Touring
09-25-16, 04:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,922
Posted By Chris Pringle

Unless you go custom with a Rodriguez UTB or...

Unless you go custom with a Rodriguez UTB or Co-Motion Pangea (both built with 26" wheels) where you can specify most or all of your requirements, the Surly LHT/Disc Trucker is a great option for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-16, 10:41 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,994
Posted By Chris Pringle

Really nice!! Do you have a pic of it converted...

Really nice!! Do you have a pic of it converted into a road bike?
09-18-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,296
Posted By Chris Pringle

^^^^^^ Agree 100%!!!

^^^^^^
Agree 100%!!!
Forum: Touring
09-17-16, 05:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,325
Posted By Chris Pringle

Speak with your friend at Wickwerks about his...

Speak with your friend at Wickwerks about his opinion on using his chainrings on 8 vs 9 speed drivetrains. This might sway your decision on what to choose for your build.
09-17-16, 05:13 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,296
Posted By Chris Pringle

I really hope he comes through for you....

I really hope he comes through for you. Otherwise, you might want to contact some of the builders who participated at the Concours de Machines...
Forum: Touring
09-17-16, 10:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,325
Posted By Chris Pringle

For touring purposes, the gearing is perfect....

For touring purposes, the gearing is perfect. Aesthetically speaking which seems to be a major concern on your part, I don't think it is an improvement from the Shimano M590 that was suggested...
09-17-16, 04:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,296
Posted By Chris Pringle

It sounds like right from the start you will be...

It sounds like right from the start you will be really dissapointed if you can't get 700c x 35-38mm tires. Again, it can be done but how much are you willing to compromise in the design/function of...
09-16-16, 09:13 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,296
Posted By Chris Pringle

I had the same dilemma regarding tire width and...

I had the same dilemma regarding tire width and wheel size. I researched this extensively a few years ago for a couple of custom builds of my own (one for my partner and one for me.) This is what I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-16, 11:44 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 9,591
Posted By Chris Pringle

I don't own a Garmin GPS since I like the...

I don't own a Garmin GPS since I like the simplicity of a CatEye Strada wireless computer with all the necessary functions and once-a-year battery replacement means not forgetting to charge weekly...
Forum: Touring
09-06-16, 05:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Posted By Chris Pringle

You can try going with 35mm tires, but I believe...

You can try going with 35mm tires, but I believe you will suffer a lot. "Ripio" means loose gravel which can be deep there at times with lots of washboards. It is considered one of the most beautiful...
09-05-16, 11:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By Chris Pringle

For free, I do not know. You could get a paid...

For free, I do not know. You could get a paid club account with RideWithGPS ($250/year) which will let everyone in your club follow the route for any given ride, so it will minimize tremendously the...
Replies: 20
Views: 8,824
Posted By Chris Pringle

I don't use a front rack with decaleur, so I will...

I don't use a front rack with decaleur, so I will direct you to this article (https://janheine.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/bump-proof-decaleurs/) (also by Jan Heine) who explains in good detail how...
Replies: 22
Views: 2,362
Posted By Chris Pringle

This is correct. If you have more than one rear...

This is correct. If you have more than one rear lights, one must be in steady between dusk and dawn, according to the A.C.P. regulations.

When I did PBP last year, I recall that very few people...
Replies: 20
Views: 8,824
Posted By Chris Pringle

My front bag, as you can see, is not a boxy...

My front bag, as you can see, is not a boxy traditional rando bag. I designed it and had it custom-made here in Mexico. I wanted it an oblong shape (more aerodynamic) and shorter since I rarely keep...
Replies: 20
Views: 8,824
Posted By Chris Pringle

Agree with Unterhausen. There are very waterproof...

Agree with Unterhausen. There are very waterproof handlebar bags like the Ortlieb but things inside will eventually get wet from the constant opening/closing in a rainy randonnée like PBP or LEL....
Replies: 24
Views: 2,763
Posted By Chris Pringle

Whenever members of this forum are asked what...

Whenever members of this forum are asked what saddle they use for long distance, there seems to be a preference for leather saddles instead of synthetic. It doesn't mean that a synthetic saddle will...
Replies: 40
Views: 8,532
Posted By Chris Pringle

The concept behind an endurance bike is that it...

The concept behind an endurance bike is that it will have a more relaxed geometry than a race bike and with a few other comfort features, as you mentioned. There are variations of endurance bikes...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-16, 08:57 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,572
Posted By Chris Pringle

Both companies in your hypothetical scenario use...

Both companies in your hypothetical scenario use decent tube sets. The big difference is that a custom builder will use a combination of tube sets based on your weight, goals or style of riding. This...
Replies: 24
Views: 2,763
Posted By Chris Pringle

You can try raising the handlebars by 3.5 cm, but...

You can try raising the handlebars by 3.5 cm, but you might need them higher. A good rule of thumb is that while riding on you preferred position (usually the hoods), you should be able to take your...
Replies: 24
Views: 2,763
Posted By Chris Pringle

My take on your situation is that as you progress...

My take on your situation is that as you progress into a very long brevet (or do several brevets back-to-back) your core muscles are progressively getting weaker -- which is normal. In other words,...
Replies: 22
Views: 3,366
Posted By Chris Pringle

Thank you! The specs on my bike are as follows: ...

Thank you! The specs on my bike are as follows:

* Frame made of Reynolds 725 with stays made of OX Platinum
* Custom "mid-trail" geometry steel fork with special fender plate, internal wiring...
Replies: 22
Views: 3,366
Posted By Chris Pringle

The Rodriguez Rainier is an excellent bike for...

The Rodriguez Rainier is an excellent bike for your purposes. I purchased the Rod UTB model four years ago and love it even more now than when I first got it. The guys at R+E Cycles do a great job...
Forum: Touring
08-21-16, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By Chris Pringle

Even though I like 9-speed drivetrains for...

Even though I like 9-speed drivetrains for touring, I am inclined to suggest leaving everything as close to stock as possible. Why you would like the buy the new Shimano crankset and derailleurs? You...
Replies: 120
Views: 6,570
Posted By Chris Pringle

I don't agree with the Dutch bike idea either....

I don't agree with the Dutch bike idea either. They are way too heavy for riding in the countryside where you will find some steep hills and the gearing is not suitable for that kind if terrain....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-16, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,451
Posted By Chris Pringle

When I started randonneuring a couple of years...

When I started randonneuring a couple of years ago I developed a Morton's neuroma on my left foot. I had just finished a century ride and I was hurting badly. I was really worried because I still had...
Replies: 120
Views: 6,570
Posted By Chris Pringle

Bonjour Renaud! You are so lucky to live in a...

Bonjour Renaud! You are so lucky to live in a country that boasts a beautiful countryside, where people admire and respect cyclists, where the entire country is criss-crossed with secondary paved and...
Replies: 24
Views: 4,546
Posted By Chris Pringle

I am another one who has done brevets on a...

I am another one who has done brevets on a 26"-wheeled touring bike. Right from the get-go a couple of years ago, when I knew I wanted to the entire Super Randonneur series, I took a hard look at my...
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