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Forum: Touring
01-09-13, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,905
Posted By positron

totally different tires. hookworms are...

totally different tires.

hookworms are heavy as hell, while the 650B tires are very lightweight. This is a big difference.

I ride the 650B tires mentioned, and used to have hookworms on a...
Forum: Touring
11-18-12, 09:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,886
Posted By positron

Have multiple schmidt hubs and various lights...

Have multiple schmidt hubs and various lights (supernova e3, edelux x 2)

if i had to pick one setup: the sondelux hub and supernova symmetrical (round) beam for truly dark riding outside of...
Forum: Touring
10-26-12, 02:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,091
Posted By positron

Aren't you married to someone you met on tour?

Aren't you married to someone you met on tour?
Forum: Touring
08-21-12, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,429
Posted By positron

you get what you pay for. Third year on a...

you get what you pay for.

Third year on a supreme (40mm) zero flats, commuting and touring. About to put the front tire on the rear and get a new front... Far better ride and spun weight than a...
Forum: Touring
08-07-12, 07:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,400
Posted By positron

Disks win because you don't wear out your rims....

Disks win because you don't wear out your rims. Dishing and spoke breakage will not be an issue if your wheels are built properly.

Hydraulic disks are the best, performance-wise.
They are...
Forum: Touring
08-07-12, 08:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 651
Posted By positron

the combo you suggest will be tough enough. ...

the combo you suggest will be tough enough.

you could go to 40 or 48 spoke wheels, but it will make everything more difficult to find and buy and more expensive. the 36/36 combo, handbuilt to...
Forum: Touring
07-30-12, 05:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,843
Posted By positron

this is silly. it rains in England. All the...

this is silly.

it rains in England. All the time, in fact.

use a plastic bag, or your arse. Its worked since before there was plastic.
Forum: Touring
07-26-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,256
Posted By positron

I rode to longs peak and climbed it last...

I rode to longs peak and climbed it last Saturday, in fact. :) good fun.

Riding home was less fun though. :(
Forum: Touring
07-25-12, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,151
Posted By positron

marathon plusses are the worst. Uselessly...

marathon plusses are the worst.

Uselessly heavy.

Schwalbe marathon supremes or panaracer paselas would be my vote. Both can handle what oyu describe.
Forum: Touring
07-19-12, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,763
Posted By positron

Overblown concern. IMO The tires I ride on...

Overblown concern. IMO

The tires I ride on any (tire) size bike are always mailorder anyway. I have 26, 650B, 700c currently. There isnt a single shop in Denver with schwalbe marathon supremes in...
Forum: Touring
07-18-12, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,477
Posted By positron

besides the simplicity of disk brakes and not...

besides the simplicity of disk brakes and not wearing out your rims every time you slow down.... I build my own wheels at home and I still dont want to deal with that wear if I don't have to.


...
Forum: Touring
07-17-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,477
Posted By positron

either one is perfectly capable offroad. I felt...

either one is perfectly capable offroad. I felt the sherpa was a bit "dead" feeling compared to a tout terrain silkroad, so I bought a silkroad...


Not sure about the spoke count issue...?...
Forum: Touring
07-16-12, 05:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,825
Posted By positron

It wont fit a 105 lb girlfriend like my porteur...

It wont fit a 105 lb girlfriend like my porteur rack does though...

nothing manlier than riding your lady around. :)
Forum: Touring
07-12-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By positron

Ive ridden the first two sections (from Denver)...

Ive ridden the first two sections (from Denver) on a rigid bike, fully loaded. (4 pans, lowriders in front, etc.) using schwalbe marathon supreme 1.6 inch tires....

The front lowriders were a...
Forum: Touring
07-06-12, 12:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,033
Posted By positron

the Super C panniers are also very lightweight...

the Super C panniers are also very lightweight for the volume. I use a set front and rear, and have a couple saddlebags also...
Forum: Touring
06-19-12, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,131
Posted By positron

Nitto, or Bruce gordon, or a combo of Tubus and a...

Nitto, or Bruce gordon, or a combo of Tubus and a platform (nitto etc)

Tubus duo plus a nitto M12 is still lighter than the surly boat anchor....

it is likely that once you get your front...
Forum: Touring
06-18-12, 08:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,751
Posted By positron

much easier to have panniers plus stuff lashed to...

much easier to have panniers plus stuff lashed to top of rack with two sets of rails. see andrews pic above ^^.

A second set of rails would allow his rolled/lashed package to stay on the rack...
Forum: Commuting
06-12-12, 06:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,747
Posted By positron

fix it yourself for a dollar or so. make a...

fix it yourself for a dollar or so.

make a "z-bend" spoke, or use a fiberfix spoke.

not fixing it is probably fine, until your whole wheel goes to $h1t, and instead of the price of a spoke,...
Forum: Touring
06-08-12, 07:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 11,557
Posted By positron

I cant speak to the panamericana, but I have a TT...

I cant speak to the panamericana, but I have a TT silkroad and the bike is amazingly well-constructed and thought out. I would recommend it to anyone. I have used drop bars and flat bars on it and...
Forum: Touring
05-29-12, 06:10 PM
Forum: Touring
05-24-12, 09:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,022
Posted By positron

I have 3 years on 1.6 Supremes on two different...

I have 3 years on 1.6 Supremes on two different bikes for mixed road and gravel touring and commuting use. They replaced big apples (2") and are much faster than those. I have yet to flat a single...
Forum: Touring
04-05-12, 06:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By positron

nope, Jien Amerikan. Malta pajjiz sabih hafna!

nope, Jien Amerikan. Malta pajjiz sabih hafna!
Forum: Touring
04-04-12, 11:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,434
Posted By positron

Awesome news, Why is is a few hundred...

Awesome news,

Why is is a few hundred dollars too expensive before tax?

Online they (black, 26 or 700c, complete) are about 1275 bucks... the difference is the price of your Brooks and a...
Forum: Touring
04-04-12, 11:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By positron

Yeah, sorry I wasn't trying to be snarky. It just...

Yeah, sorry I wasn't trying to be snarky. It just annoys me when bike mechanics don't do things properly for their customers.
I do all my own wrenching for three reasons: First, I know things are...
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By positron

Colorado Med student here, howdy! Ask your...

Colorado Med student here, howdy!
Ask your doctor about Acetazolamide, a drug frequently used to prevent altitude sickness in anyone rapidly going from sea level to ~9000 feet or above.

The...
Forum: Touring
04-04-12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By positron

Ask GMOLTON if they will powdercoat it. ...

Ask GMOLTON if they will powdercoat it.

they are over in Qormi

info@gmolton.com
Telephone:
+356 21485206
+356 21485207
Forum: Touring
04-03-12, 08:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By positron

you paid (?) them to do it wrong... just FYI

you paid (?) them to do it wrong...

just FYI
04-02-12, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 592
Posted By positron

bedazzle it

bedazzle it
Forum: Touring
04-01-12, 05:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,277
Posted By positron

Bike setup. Do not use foot restraints...

Bike setup.

Do not use foot restraints (clips, clipless...)

gear low. learn to spin.

Arch of your foot on the middle of the pedal, not the ball of the foot.
Forum: Touring
03-31-12, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,652
Posted By positron

I was a bit wary of the hebie at first, because...

I was a bit wary of the hebie at first, because it basically rides on the chain, its not attached to the frame. I thought that there would be drag, or friction or something to that effect. In...
Forum: Touring
03-28-12, 07:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,900
Posted By positron

this: ...

this:
http://ecom1.planetbike.com/planetbike/media/3034.jpg

plus this:
http://ecom1.planetbike.com/planetbike/media/3108alt.jpg

is a great start.
I have a dynohub wheel, since my tourer...
Forum: Touring
03-28-12, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,652
Posted By positron

You are correct* *After you: Source the...

You are correct*

*After you:
Source the frame with the uncommon separation strategy to install Belt, ($$$)
Source the cog/beltring combo, (which are obviously attainable, but less common than a...
Forum: Touring
03-28-12, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,652
Posted By positron

just get the rohloff, a stainless chainring and...

just get the rohloff, a stainless chainring and use a singlespeed chain.
encase it in a hebie chainglider,
no maintenance for years, other than maybe adjusting for stretch every 6 months...

so...
Forum: Touring
03-26-12, 03:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,432
Posted By positron

note: only possible on some cranksets (like your...

note: only possible on some cranksets (like your 110-74 triple).

many older bikes have 130+ BCD cranks which limit the gearing to the higher end. Maybe a 30 on the smaller ring...

that said, a...
Forum: Touring
03-26-12, 07:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,567
Posted By positron

Actually, I work with patients all the time with...

Actually, I work with patients all the time with terminal brain tumors. Their treatment doesnt change much of anything about their prognoses. One young lady diagnosed a few days ago aged 24 years old...
Forum: Touring
03-25-12, 09:33 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 9,200
Posted By positron

I like it. Whats the total weight as...

I like it.

Whats the total weight as pictured?

whats the total weight of the same setup on the rambo?
Forum: Touring
03-25-12, 09:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,432
Posted By positron

Everything breaks down eventually. If you...

Everything breaks down eventually.

If you want 20 year old technology, look for a 20 year old touring bike, spend the $ updating parts of it.... thats the cheapest route I can think of.
Forum: Touring
03-25-12, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,408
Posted By positron

The triple triangle design makes for a very stiff...

The triple triangle design makes for a very stiff frame... been on a bunch of Gary Turner (GT) MTN bikes, back when they were US made...

good idea for a touring bike frame.

I like the look of...
Forum: Touring
03-24-12, 12:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,831
Posted By positron

Tough call. I would go in to whatever shop...

Tough call.

I would go in to whatever shop isnt full of bike shop D*ckheads and tell them what you want (assuming you know).

Say: "look, I can buy this surly LHT (or whatever) online for Xx...
Forum: Touring
03-23-12, 01:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,997
Posted By positron

GSI cookware is light and inexpensive. their...

GSI cookware is light and inexpensive. their soloist setup is good and packs into itself for a small package.

http://www.gsioutdoors.com/products/pdp/pinnacle_soloist/camp_cookware_pots_and_pans/
Forum: Touring
03-22-12, 03:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,567
Posted By positron

I would do this: ...

I would do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k

or die trying (probably the latter, actually)
Forum: Touring
03-21-12, 02:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 738
Posted By positron

The Croatian coastline. Check the temps, but its...

The Croatian coastline. Check the temps, but its absolutely stunning.
Forum: Touring
03-21-12, 12:52 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,168
Posted By positron

def. worth knowing how to do the s-bend trick. ...

def. worth knowing how to do the s-bend trick.

also, there are a number of hubs that allow the entire freehub assembly with cassette to be removed from the wheel without tools. I used to have a...
Forum: Touring
03-21-12, 12:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By positron

no cred required, great brakes. You will be happy

no cred required, great brakes. You will be happy
Forum: Touring
03-20-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By positron

Actually, now that I think of it, I had this...

Actually, now that I think of it, I had this post-WWII japanese bike from the late 40s with a rod-actuated brake that used a leather strap pulled against the rear hub to stop... that was annoying to...
Forum: Touring
03-20-12, 08:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By positron

the avids apparently suck, but you dont need to...

the avids apparently suck, but you dont need to upgrade to the best either... there are many great options in between.

"Would it be worth it to get a Mercedes S-class? how would it compare to a...
Forum: Touring
03-18-12, 02:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By positron

The gears are closer (both in ratio and spacing)...

The gears are closer (both in ratio and spacing) of course, but friction shifting with 8-9 speed cassettes is dead easy...
High quality ratcheting frictionshifters such as simplex, diacompe silver...
Forum: Touring
03-18-12, 12:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By positron

not much. They usually have a single...

not much.

They usually have a single aluminum carrier for the largest ~6-8 sprockets, which will dig into and damage aluminum freehub bodies much less than individual steel sprockets plus spacers...
Forum: Touring
03-18-12, 12:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,263
Posted By positron

use the bike as is with the nitto rear rack and...

use the bike as is with the nitto rear rack and the bottom supports removed.

I know for a fact (cause Ive done it) that if you set the ortlieb mounts close together in the center-ish of the...
Forum: Touring
03-16-12, 12:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,263
Posted By positron

wrong. lower weight = better*. weight...

wrong.

lower weight = better*.
weight between axles = better (this weight placement is the main benefit to long chainstays, not pannier-heel clearance, as so many often repeat) I have clown...
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