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Forum: Touring
03-10-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Posted By robmcl

Check that . . . . Upon further review I ended up...

Check that . . . . Upon further review I ended up ordering a Shimano Deore 36 x 22 crankset Mt double and the corresponding BB. Using my stock 34t cassette gets me down to 18 gear inches and I will...
Forum: Touring
03-10-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Posted By robmcl

Thanks for the replies. I wish Surly would not...

Thanks for the replies. I wish Surly would not have used a 110 BCD crank. A 40 30 crank would probably be good enough for me.

I am not interested in putting a triple on now. It’s more than the...
Forum: Touring
03-08-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Posted By robmcl

Stock Cross Check 42 Tooth Cassette with Derailleur Extender

I have a stock Surly Cross Check that I am interested in setting up for more appropriate loaded touring gearing, which means lower gears. I am wondering if anyone has tried this:

Switch out the...
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,421
Posted By robmcl

It was on a gravity filter. Backflushing with the...

It was on a gravity filter. Backflushing with the gravity filter did not work. Not sure if a small syinge would have helped.
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,421
Posted By robmcl

Well that is start but silly is pretty strong. ...

Well that is start but silly is pretty strong. Water filters are delicate and can plug up pretty easy if one is not careful. If you are going into the backcountry the prudent thing is to also carry...
Forum: Touring
03-20-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 14,421
Posted By robmcl

I have had this happen to me with a brand new...

I have had this happen to me with a brand new Sawyer Mini backpacking on the JMT a few years ago. A few nights later we met someone with a pump style filter and back flushed the Mini with that. It...
Forum: Touring
10-02-15, 06:55 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,122
Posted By robmcl

As I do way more backpacking I am going to way in...

As I do way more backpacking I am going to way in from the backpacker's perspective. These days that vast majority of backpackers including AT and PCT thru hikers are using butane based Jetboils,...
Forum: Touring
08-01-15, 06:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,627
Posted By robmcl

I will weigh in on this as I run a Troll for...

I will weigh in on this as I run a Troll for commuting and touring. I originally bought the Troll because 95% of the miles on it were going to be commuting but I wanted something for the occasional...
Forum: Touring
07-22-15, 07:34 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,863
Posted By robmcl

Grizzly bears are notorious for being difficult...

Grizzly bears are notorious for being difficult to kill with a firearm. This has been documented all the way back to Lewis and Clark. Some science goes into the choice of firearm for killing a...
Forum: Touring
07-22-15, 07:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,104
Posted By robmcl

I am way more of a backpacker and organize trips...

I am way more of a backpacker and organize trips for a backpacking group. I lead several backpacking trips a year. Bad trips just happen every now and then. You can't control everything and sometimes...
Forum: Touring
07-20-15, 07:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By robmcl

Limitations for Changing Gearing on a Stock Cross Check

When I first saw this, I thought how well would that work. Now that I think about it, and I have seen this idea in other threads, worse case I could always run the triple as a double with the two...
Forum: Touring
07-20-15, 05:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By robmcl

So Surly is saying that you can convert a Cross...

So Surly is saying that you can convert a Cross Check to triple per the instructions below. It seems like it would just be a matter of adding a bottom bracket and granny gear. Has anyone had any luck...
Forum: Touring
07-20-15, 05:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By robmcl

[QUOTE=BigAura;17995834]Not stock but: I...

[QUOTE=BigAura;17995834]Not stock but:

I swapped in a mountain triple chainring set 44-32-22 on my Cross-Check. Of course I had to change to a triple front derailleur too. Worked well for me.
...
Forum: Touring
07-20-15, 04:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By robmcl

Urban commuting. Not enough space between stop...

Urban commuting. Not enough space between stop lights and such to let it rip like that.
Forum: Touring
07-19-15, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,673
Posted By robmcl

Limitations for Changing Gearing on a Stock Cross Check

I have been kicking around the idea of getting a Cross Check complete for commuting and touring. The stock Cross Check comes with a 48/36 double and a 11-32 10 speed cassette. Working with the stock...
02-11-14, 08:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 744
Posted By robmcl

Alternative O Ring Mounting Solution

Finally had time to mess around with this.

I mounted this light with these direction I wrote up for the mount below. For other lights with better threads this be easier.

Light:...
12-06-13, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,068
Posted By robmcl

Well you guys got my hopes up but I peeled pack...

Well you guys got my hopes up but I peeled pack the shrink wrap and I did not see any sign of a loose connection.
12-05-13, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,068
Posted By robmcl

Need a replacement 8.4 V 6400 mAh batery and charger recommendation

I was using this Cree light setup:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C2MHNJK/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and got 5 commutes out of it. I am not sure what happened but during...
Forum: Touring
12-02-13, 06:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,514
Posted By robmcl

I am in Chicago and had one speced for doing some...

I am in Chicago and had one speced for doing some year. Look at the Adventure Cycling maps. I would fly Southwest into Charleston, SC. There is a AC route to St Augastine, Fl, where I believe SW also...
10-26-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,137
Posted By robmcl

Your right for the most part the halogen light...

Your right for the most part the halogen light works fine. More just currious than anything, howver, I do have a pretty heavy battery pack that bangs around in my handle bar bag too.
10-26-13, 08:56 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,137
Posted By robmcl

This might be a stupid question, I have not had...

This might be a stupid question, I have not had to use a bright light for communting for several years and I am still in the Battery Space halogen light relm. How does the battery on the above light...
Forum: Touring
01-28-12, 10:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,926
Posted By robmcl

I have a 2007 Safari when they still were the...

I have a 2007 Safari when they still were the Euro expedition design with 26" wheels and disk brakes. The Surly Troll is real close to this. The only noticeable difference I can see is that Troll is...
Forum: Touring
10-14-11, 08:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,474
Posted By robmcl

How is Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP on a...

How is Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP on a bike? I was backpacking there in early September and took one of the park shuttles on that road. From my perspective on the shuttle as I remember it...
Forum: Touring
07-22-11, 09:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,825
Posted By robmcl

Cyccommute, I was ecstatic and actually did post...

Cyccommute, I was ecstatic and actually did post about that here and when they work they really work well but that is not the issue. First, its not like I bought this at a dollar store, for the $90...
Forum: Touring
07-08-11, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,825
Posted By robmcl

I had similar situation where I used one for 4...

I had similar situation where I used one for 4 years pretty regularly and at the end of last year it developed a leak at the base of the valve where it interfaces with the material. So they sent me...
Forum: Touring
04-23-11, 10:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,330
Posted By robmcl

The Glacial Drumline trail goes most of the way...

The Glacial Drumline trail goes most of the way between Waukesha and Madison, maybe a day's ride. West from Madison is the Military Ridge Trail that goes through Blue Mound and Governor Dodge State...
Forum: Touring
04-23-11, 09:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,330
Posted By robmcl

I am a former Wisconsinite based near Chicago...

I am a former Wisconsinite based near Chicago now. I have been planning some weekend touring trips for this summer based on point-to-point where I can get a one way car rental. Enterprise has rentals...
Forum: Touring
04-23-11, 09:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,330
Posted By robmcl

There is a set of bicycle maps for Wisconsin...

There is a set of bicycle maps for Wisconsin called "Wisconsin Bicycle Maps" . My set is several years old now but it looks like it is put out by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. I frequently ...
Forum: Touring
04-18-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,184
Posted By robmcl

+1 I rebuilt an MTB commuter five years ago and...

+1 I rebuilt an MTB commuter five years ago and was just thinking about this. The approach you outlined ( strip parts from a used bike) is what I would use if I did it again and it makes a lot of...
Forum: Touring
02-27-11, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,682
Posted By robmcl

Highly recommend it. Here is a 2007 Safari that I...

Highly recommend it. Here is a 2007 Safari that I have had this set up on for several years that I use for touring and commuting. This is the basic clamp on Profile Design aerobar. Straight forward...
Forum: Touring
02-19-11, 06:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By robmcl

If you wanted to be a little less direct but more...

If you wanted to be a little less direct but more scenic check out the Adventure Cycling Association's maps. Specifically, the Great Rivers Trail and the Under Ground Railroad have segments that...
Forum: Touring
02-19-11, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By robmcl

Big Agnes Replaced Air Pad

I have had my Big Agnes sleeping pad for fours years and bought it based on reviews from this forum. I really like that system and it has really worked well for me. However, last year it developed a...
Forum: Touring
02-19-11, 04:13 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 14,756
Posted By robmcl

+10 Star Bucks Via. I use it for backpacking. I...

+10 Star Bucks Via. I use it for backpacking. I use to carry ground coffee and a small cone filter but the Via is far less weight,space,hazel, and tastes great.
Forum: Touring
02-13-11, 09:35 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,109
Posted By robmcl

+1 I think backpacking experience is excellent....

+1 I think backpacking experience is excellent. It really helps you pack more efficiently. I think standard (not ultra light) back packing base weight (Base weight is everything minus food and water)...
Forum: Touring
08-19-10, 08:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By robmcl

There are some very good trails through...

There are some very good trails through Chicagoland. The Illinois Prairie Path starts in the near west suburbs and will take you all the way through Chicagoland without having to travel on streets....
Forum: Touring
08-19-10, 08:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,179
Posted By robmcl

DEET works at lower concentrations but you will...

DEET works at lower concentrations but you will have to reapply often. It is actually the DEET vapor as the DEET evaporates off of your skin that does the repelling. At the higher concentrations,...
Forum: Touring
07-30-10, 01:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,033
Posted By robmcl

My $.02. I have been using the Primus Multi fuel...

My $.02. I have been using the Primus Multi fuel stove the past few years based on advice from this forum. I have used this stove a lot and it works great but now I wish I would not have bought it....
Forum: Touring
07-23-10, 04:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,887
Posted By robmcl

First time I have seen the Revelate Designs...

First time I have seen the Revelate Designs stuff, which looks cool but dam this stuff makes Ortlieb look cheap. Probably pretty good stuff though.
Forum: Touring
07-21-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,195
Posted By robmcl

After I have gotten into backpacking and learned...

After I have gotten into backpacking and learned how to pack the way a standard backpacker does, I think you can tour on almost any bike. Even more so if you plan to stay in hotels. Actually now I...
Forum: Touring
06-03-10, 08:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,272
Posted By robmcl

Actually, I just got mine and have used a rope...

Actually, I just got mine and have used a rope mostly too. I don't think it's that hard to carry but some people don't carry stoves or sleeping pads either. I just think hanging food to bear...
Forum: Touring
06-02-10, 08:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,272
Posted By robmcl

If bears are a concern I am not sure if this site...

If bears are a concern I am not sure if this site is the best place to ask this question as compared to a back country back packing site. Bike touring tends to be done on roads and bears are not...
Forum: Touring
05-22-10, 09:42 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,418
Posted By robmcl

This is an idea I don't much like. It does not...

This is an idea I don't much like. It does not take that much to stay at a paid camp site. If you can not afford to travel you do not have a right to travel. There might be reasons to stealth camp -...
Forum: Touring
05-03-10, 03:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,642
Posted By robmcl

I remeber reading this the first time. Does not...

I remeber reading this the first time. Does not seem like three years already. Probably my favorite story on Bike Forums.
Forum: Touring
04-30-10, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 631
Posted By robmcl

I just went through this. I just bought my second...

I just went through this. I just bought my second Big Agnus bag (guess I am a big fan) with the REI coupon and dividend. I went with the Yuma (40 deg down) to go with my Crystal (30 deg). I do more...
Forum: Touring
04-14-10, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,166
Posted By robmcl

Just my experience, I would careful about going...

Just my experience, I would careful about going up a person in tent size for backpacking. A touring bike feels like an F-150 pickup truck in terms of space and weight compared to a backpack. I...
Forum: Touring
08-25-09, 08:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,037
Posted By robmcl

Not the same thing. Backpackers who do have a...

Not the same thing. Backpackers who do have a good specific reason for doing so like backcountry in hardcore grizzly country such as Alaska. And I do not think that is very common anymore. Most bike...
Forum: Touring
08-17-09, 03:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,401
Posted By robmcl

+1 I just got back from a week long backpacking...

+1
I just got back from a week long backpacking trip where I used this system. Makes great coffee and weighs like an ounce. I used to use a french press but was way too bulky and heavy for...
Forum: Touring
08-17-09, 03:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,393
Posted By robmcl

There are tons of backpacking sites available as...

There are tons of backpacking sites available as resources such as this one (http://www.trailcooking.com/), one of my favorites. Most of the ingrediants are available at grocery stores. You can...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-09, 08:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,004
Posted By robmcl

I think I am in the minority here but I don't...

I think I am in the minority here but I don't think you have a leg to stand on. I have been bike commuting for years and I never would park a bike in an office cubicle unless it was a folding bike...
Forum: Touring
08-01-09, 09:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,006
Posted By robmcl

No body has ever been able to convince me that...

No body has ever been able to convince me that there is a mechanical advantage to 700c tires over 26" tires. Wheel diameter is just one part of the gear development formula with the gear ratio being...
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