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02-29-12, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,234
Posted By big_rider

Change Travel on Rock Shox Recon

I am specifically trying to figure out if I can change the travel on a 2011 Rock Shox Recon Silver R. It is currently at 100mm, and I wonder if I can use All Travel Spacers to reduce the travel to...
Forum: Touring
02-26-12, 06:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,130
Posted By big_rider

Check out the link in my signature, I use the BOB...

Check out the link in my signature, I use the BOB and a front rack/pannier setup for our tours and it works great. It depends if you are going to be doing a lot of trail or mountain biking, or if you...
Forum: Touring
02-16-12, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By big_rider

You really don't need to run hugely wide rims for...

You really don't need to run hugely wide rims for what it sounds like you are going to be doing. This is a quote from SheldonBrown.com

"A general guideline is that the tire width should be...
Forum: Touring
02-10-12, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By big_rider

Can you run 35s in the front? If you can, go with...

Can you run 35s in the front? If you can, go with the Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. They are fantastic. They ride great loaded or unloaded. They seem to grip well, but the best thing about them is they...
02-07-12, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By big_rider

I suppose now I will try a different chain. I...

I suppose now I will try a different chain. I bought a bunch of SRAM chains a while back, but now I think I have broken them all.
02-07-12, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By big_rider

This explanation totally makes sense, but what...

This explanation totally makes sense, but what bothers me is that this doesn't happen to me on any other bikes, and it hasn't happened on any one that I have owned before. There must be something...
02-07-12, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By big_rider

Chains Breaking, Karate Monkeys, and Chain Line

Howdy all,

I have an update of sorts to the question I posted awhile back (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/785864-Sram-Chains-recent-issues?highlight=) about chain issues with SRAM...
02-03-12, 04:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By big_rider

Brand New Nokian Studded Tire Cracking

Hi all,

After receiving some good advice on here, I bought some Nokian Gazza Extreme Studded tires. I have put a maximum of 50 miles on them, and I have not filled them up beyond the max...
Forum: Touring
01-11-12, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,965
Posted By big_rider

The ferry captain saw our bikes and confronted me...

The ferry captain saw our bikes and confronted me in the waiting area at the ferry station. He told me it is a small ferry and he didn't like having bikes onboard let alone ours with all of the...
Forum: Touring
01-08-12, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,965
Posted By big_rider

Not a bad idea at all Tandem Tom. I don't want to...

Not a bad idea at all Tandem Tom. I don't want to discourage anyone from riding this route, or any route for that matter, if that is what they want to do. This route, however, was very challenging...
01-06-12, 01:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By big_rider

Making studded tires with studs

I know this is discussed elsewhere, even in the stickies, but I still cannot find an answer to my question so here it goes.

The snow sucks here this winter, and we are in some kind of limbo land...
Forum: Touring
01-05-12, 09:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,965
Posted By big_rider

We did this ride last year, except that we...

We did this ride last year, except that we started on the East coast of Florida, rode to Key West, and then we were going to take the ferry to Fort Myers and ride back. EXCEPT, the ferry captain,...
Forum: Touring
01-05-12, 03:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By big_rider

A lot of bike fit is individual preference, but...

A lot of bike fit is individual preference, but the fact that you said the seat was raised quite a bit on the 520 stood out to me. I would highly recommend making sure the handle bars of your bike...
01-05-12, 02:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,865
Posted By big_rider

Great discussion here. Wahoonc: sounds like...

Great discussion here.
Wahoonc: sounds like those hubs are from the bygone era of build it so it never breaks. That reminds me of Charlie Cunningham and the WTB Grease Guard feature built into...
01-04-12, 05:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,865
Posted By big_rider

Rear Hubs- durabillity, price, and ease of service.

Over the past week or so, I have been going through and doing some annual service on our bikes. Part of that service included going through the hubs, cleaning them, and re-lubing which, as you...
Forum: Touring
01-04-12, 03:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By big_rider

ANy of the touring bikes mentioned are good, but...

ANy of the touring bikes mentioned are good, but for the price you really can't go wrong with a properly fitted Surly LHT. They are a great deal, and a great touring bike. Many of the folks on this...
Forum: Touring
01-04-12, 03:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,077
Posted By big_rider

Is it possible? Yes of course it is, but would I...

Is it possible? Yes of course it is, but would I do it? No. More power to you if you really want to, but like a few others have said, a single speed would be a more casual way to go for the down...
Forum: Touring
12-13-11, 03:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By big_rider

Hey thanks for the tip. Any idea if these Pacific...

Hey thanks for the tip. Any idea if these Pacific Outdoor bags are of a higher quality, or more durable than the actual BOB Dry Sack? Just wondering, because the BOB dry sack normally retails for...
Forum: Touring
12-13-11, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,700
Posted By big_rider

+1 On the Diesel. If you can find a can or a...

+1 On the Diesel. If you can find a can or a glass jar (maybe something salvaged from your last meal) you can put some diesel in it use it as a cleaner. I am not a huge fan of getting diesel on my...
Forum: Touring
12-08-11, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,279
Posted By big_rider

I have a Lone Peak Handle bar bag that has served...

I have a Lone Peak Handle bar bag that has served me well. The prices are totally reasonable, and the products are very durable. If you plan on riding in the rain, you may want to get a rain cover...
12-08-11, 04:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,254
Posted By big_rider

I wouldn't say I am putting a ton of force on the...

I wouldn't say I am putting a ton of force on the chain while shifting. I certainly try not to as much as possible, but in both circumstances the chain did break under load while shifting.
12-08-11, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,254
Posted By big_rider

Sram Chains recent issues?

I did some searching on the forums, and I cannot find anything recent that specifically addresses this. Years ago, I only used Shimano chains, but I got tired of buying their overpriced chain pins,...
Forum: Touring
12-06-11, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,821
Posted By big_rider

I have used tires very similar to that width on...

I have used tires very similar to that width on my Volpe with no problem at all. It seems like the clearance will depend on what fender you use. I have used this Planet Bike fender...
Forum: Touring
09-12-11, 08:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

Sorry I haven't updated this in quite some time,...

Sorry I haven't updated this in quite some time, work is getting in the way! Anyway, for the price, I decided to give the Surly LHT 62cm a try, and so far it feels great. I haven't had time to ride...
Forum: Touring
04-19-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,202
Posted By big_rider

Thank you for the help everybody. I looked for...

Thank you for the help everybody. I looked for one of the older XX large Salsa Fargo frames, but have not been able to come across one. I decided I have enough info now to determine that there is at...
Forum: Touring
04-17-11, 08:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,202
Posted By big_rider

You got me there! I was typing pretty hastily as...

You got me there! I was typing pretty hastily as it was a long post already, and I accidentally wrote inches instead of centimeters, so it should say 93cm PBH and 83cm seat height.
Forum: Touring
04-17-11, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,202
Posted By big_rider

Can I make a 62cm LHT work for me?

I know I have posted way too many threads about frame sizing, so please forgive me in advance. If I had the money, believe me I would just have a custom frame made to fit me perfectly and never look...
04-12-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,126
Posted By big_rider

Rubber Dust Caps on Shimano Hubs

I have recently run into an issue I hadn't really considered before. My bike has Shimano hubs with the rubber dust caps that are pressed on over the cones. I am not talking about the metal dust caps...
Forum: Touring
03-19-11, 09:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

Ok, I am getting this boiled down a little. At...

Ok, I am getting this boiled down a little. At least I know what bikes will fit me, and which ones I am interested in. Here is the list:

Gunnar Grand Tour: $1,300 with frame and fork, however if I...
Forum: Touring
03-18-11, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,723
Posted By big_rider

If you are comfortable with your bike, and it is...

If you are comfortable with your bike, and it is what you want to tour on, then I would definitely go with new wheels. Even if you want to get a new bike, get a quality wheelset is a good decision. I...
Forum: Touring
03-18-11, 12:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,472
Posted By big_rider

The BoB dry sack is actually pretty darn...

The BoB dry sack is actually pretty darn waterproof as long as you roll it over and close it correctly like a dry bag. We rode through two straight weeks of rain in the Pacific North West without...
Forum: Touring
03-17-11, 06:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

Marc, I would love to see a picture of it all...

Marc,
I would love to see a picture of it all assembled. What size is it, and how big are you what is your PBH?
Forum: Touring
03-17-11, 06:07 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,026
Posted By big_rider

To the OP, way to bring up some new and...

To the OP, way to bring up some new and interesting ideas about what you think makes up touring bikes. I have to say that I personally think there are some great touring bikes on the market right...
Forum: Touring
03-16-11, 11:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

I really do like some of the Rivendell bikes. I...

I really do like some of the Rivendell bikes. I had always wanted an Atlantis, but Riv stopped making them in my size, which made me really unhappy. The Atlantis is out of my price range, but I...
Forum: Touring
03-15-11, 06:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,472
Posted By big_rider

If you will only be using the trailer for around...

If you will only be using the trailer for around town like groceries and errands, the Burley might be a better choice, bu the BoB still works very well. For touring on road, or mixed conditions, the...
Forum: Touring
03-15-11, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By big_rider

The MSR Whisperlite International is hard to...

The MSR Whisperlite International is hard to beat. It will burn Kerosene very well as well as diesel and jet fuel, if you switch out the jets (easy to do) you can burn unleaded and whitegas too. They...
Forum: Touring
03-15-11, 01:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,759
Posted By big_rider

Yes I recently got verified on CS. On...

Yes I recently got verified on CS. On Warmshowers, we have had all positive feedback too, so kinda weird that no one responds. Maybe it is because we are just looking for a place to stay the night....
Forum: Touring
03-15-11, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,333
Posted By big_rider

Check out the Schwalbe Big Apples. That is what I...

Check out the Schwalbe Big Apples. That is what I am running as a touring tire on my 29er. Plenty fat and cushy but they still roll very well. I've got them in 50mm width
Forum: Touring
03-15-11, 10:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 12,241
Posted By big_rider

I think two pairs of shorts work just fine. You...

I think two pairs of shorts work just fine. You might also trying riding without padded bike shorts while touring too, but it isn't for everyone. Some days I ride with, some days without. Depending...
Forum: Touring
03-14-11, 09:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

Nice bike! Looks great all loaded up. I will...

Nice bike! Looks great all loaded up. I will consider the Co-Motion, but they are a little out of my budget for now.

All of this makes me wish I was just a bit smaller so I could (comfortably)...
Forum: Touring
03-14-11, 05:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

Cyclesafe: I would like to see a picture of your...

Cyclesafe: I would like to see a picture of your bike if I could. How much longer is the head tube? Did you have them only do this one modification so you could fit on a frame that would otherwise be...
Forum: Touring
03-14-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

I am 6'3" tall. It is not so much that I need a...

I am 6'3" tall. It is not so much that I need a longer top tube, it is just that I have a hard time getting my handlebars even close to the same height as my saddle. On threadless headsets I have had...
Forum: Touring
03-14-11, 12:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,655
Posted By big_rider

Buying a touring bike larger than 62cm

I started a thread a few weeks ago on the Gunnar Grand Tour as it is a non-custom touring frame available in 64-66-68cm. Since then I have also checked out the Co-Motion Americano. It is only...
Forum: Touring
03-14-11, 10:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 483
Posted By big_rider

Good job on the S24O! They are so fun and...

Good job on the S24O! They are so fun and liberating. It looks like the little one had a good time too. Way to get em started early.
BTW I love the sleeping bag pouch on the back of the bike...
03-14-11, 08:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 12,669
Posted By big_rider

After a lot of internal debate on which shoe set...

After a lot of internal debate on which shoe set up is the best for rainy weather, especially while touring, I decided on this. Sealskinz socks are a must. If you ride clipless pedals and want to use...
Forum: Touring
03-12-11, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 669
Posted By big_rider

I have two BOB trailers, one with each fork. You...

I have two BOB trailers, one with each fork. You can buy either trailer, the Yak or Ibex, with either fork. Given that, I would get the 28 fork. It will work with all bikes, 26", 700c, 29er, the...
03-11-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By big_rider

Recommended bike shops in Arlington/DC area

Hey all,
I am trying to help someone buy a bike from across the country, and I am wondering if anyone can recommend a few good bike shops in the Arlington/DC area that would be competent for...
Forum: Touring
03-11-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,759
Posted By big_rider

Tansy: Glad you are enjoying the blog! It was a...

Tansy: Glad you are enjoying the blog! It was a great trip, just looking back at it makes me want to ditch everything and head out on the bike for another 4 months.

Tom cotter: Good points! We...
03-10-11, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,068
Posted By big_rider

Definitely give it a good soak in a penetrating...

Definitely give it a good soak in a penetrating oil. I had this happen once though, and I ended up having to very carefully drill out the cable from the barrel adjuster. I started with small bits and...
Forum: Touring
03-10-11, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By big_rider

yeah, no reason to buy a bike that is too big for...

yeah, no reason to buy a bike that is too big for you just because it is cheap. If you can't comfortably put your feet on the ground, especially with a touring bike, it is too big. Wait for something...
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