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Forum: Touring
10-06-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By gauvins

Interesting comments. Unfortunately it brings me...

Interesting comments. Unfortunately it brings me closer to pulling the trigger and invest irrationally :)

WRT shifting. Frankly I rarely consciously pull back on the pedals prior to shifting....
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By gauvins

As I was afraid. Oh well... :)

As I was afraid. Oh well... :)
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By gauvins

Well, matter of opinion I suppose. My setup...

Well, matter of opinion I suppose. My setup provides for 5% increments. XT rapid-fire shifters can move three cogs at once, very easily, very fast. So the small increments are not a problem. The...
Forum: Touring
10-05-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By gauvins

Interesting comment. Why so? Would it be because...

Interesting comment. Why so? Would it be because you can shift without moving your hands? (vs bar-ends shifters)
Forum: Touring
10-02-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 747
Posted By gauvins

1. great story. wishing you the very best. 2....

1. great story. wishing you the very best.
2. we have 2 Trolls and 1 LHT. Arguably (and lots of people like to argue), the LHT/DT is the reference touring bike. The Troll is more versatile however....
09-30-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 966
Posted By gauvins

Garmin watches are (IMHO) excellent alternatives....

Garmin watches are (IMHO) excellent alternatives. They'll capture all the metrics of computer heads and provide an easy 20h+ with GPS, and twice that in ultratrac mode. I've recently purchased a...
09-30-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,170
Posted By gauvins

[In our case] flying involves removing the front...

[In our case] flying involves removing the front wheel and the handlebars. Actually, the stem, which minimizes the need for adjustment. My bike is equipped with the (excellent) forumSlader top-tube...
09-27-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. Would you have a link to one such...

Interesting. Would you have a link to one such housing?

Alternatively, derailleur cables come with "standard" housing. Would that do just as well (possibly gorilla-glued to the guide)
09-27-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By gauvins

Routing/protecting derailleur cables

It is this time of the year when I spend more than 30 seconds to clean my bike. I've noticed that the front derailleur cable is slightly damaged, where it passes under the bottom bracket (one strand...
09-25-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,574
Posted By gauvins

Things are possibly a little more complicated...

Things are possibly a little more complicated than it appeared. Comparing a few prices between German online and Amazon.com, I found them to be very close, and sometimes lower at Amazon. Because I am...
Forum: Touring
09-25-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Thanks. One more thing -- what happens if...

Thanks.

One more thing -- what happens if you adjust seat + handlebars such that they are much lower. Would it fit a child or would it totally screw the geometry? I've never considered a folding...
Forum: Touring
09-24-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

looks great. what tires were on?

looks great. what tires were on?
09-24-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,574
Posted By gauvins

Which is precisely what I am in the market for...

Which is precisely what I am in the market for (FC-T8000). Fortunately I can use a European shipping address so this is a non issue. eBay is another possibility.

Strange situation. Usually the...
Forum: Touring
09-24-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Was considering them. Will read your eventual...

Was considering them. Will read your eventual review with considerable interest
09-24-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,574
Posted By gauvins

What's happening with Shimano North America?

Noticed a few weeks ago that online German retailers have either dropped Shimano from their catalog (Rosebikes) or no longer deliver to North America (bike24, bike-components, bike-discount). Was...
Forum: Touring
09-24-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Thank you everyone for your inputs. Very much...

Thank you everyone for your inputs. Very much appreciated.

Got a reply from Islabike (UK) customer support. They suggest 37-507 tires...
Forum: Touring
09-23-19, 11:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Hmmm... I regret that I have to puncture the...

Hmmm... I regret that I have to puncture the super kid impression, but it has been 100k over the week end, with a sleepover mid way. Still, quite a bit, but not like 100k in one fell swoop. Just so...
Forum: Touring
09-23-19, 11:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Oh! Thanks. I was looking at the UK site (the...

Oh! Thanks. I was looking at the UK site (the American division what shut down).

So... 32mm max. (1.25 inch). Not much leeway.
Forum: Touring
09-23-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. Couldn't find the detailed specs....

Interesting. Couldn't find the detailed specs. Would you happen to have a link? (don't overdo it -- I sent a mail to Islabike asking for their suggestion. And as someone amicably suggested below, I...
Forum: Touring
09-23-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By gauvins

Tire selection for young child

First "serious ride" (100kms) this weekend with our 9 year-old. Went well, and we've learned that her (new) bike may benefit from a couple of tweaks, although not entirely clear what exactly should...
09-19-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By gauvins

Difficult to tell from the picture. I had...

Difficult to tell from the picture.

I had an asymmetric B17. Endured it for the better part of 2 years, putting thousands of KMs on it. It never got comfortable. Eventually injured me. Anecdotal...
09-19-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By gauvins

Requires a cannondale sensor (or so it looks) ...

Requires a cannondale sensor (or so it looks)

WRT DCRainmaker -- I've read his review (even commented on it, asking about sensor's memory). IIRC he doesn't describe the "gear trick" but rather...
09-18-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By gauvins

Clever. Thanks. Will add a couple of "personas"...

Clever. Thanks. Will add a couple of "personas" to tracks periodic mileage such as (1) rotate chains (500 kms) ; (2) repack hubs (5000 kms); (3) total
09-18-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By gauvins

Sensor 2 keeps 300 hours of activity in memory.

Sensor 2 keeps 300 hours of activity in memory.
09-18-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By gauvins

Garmin Speed sensor 2 - cumulative distance?

Is there an app, a data field or a clever hack that will compute a running total of distance, ideally a counter that can be reset manually. I'd like to use this sensor as an odometer, the idea being...
Forum: Touring
09-16-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By gauvins

Our (not so anymore) little one rides an IslaBike...

Our (not so anymore) little one rides an IslaBike Luath 24 (https://www.islabikes.co.uk/product/bikes/luath/?attribute_pa_size=24). The saddle is a no-name padded synthetic. Probably not what an...
09-14-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,170
Posted By gauvins

I'd venture to say that : (1) for commuters,...

I'd venture to say that : (1) for commuters, rechargeable LEDs have become so cheap, convenient and efficient that there is no point riding with a dynohub. (2) For touring, there could be an argument...
Forum: Touring
09-10-19, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By gauvins

Interesting question. Best for me are racks...

Interesting question.

Best for me are racks where your bike can lean on, i.e. avoid those where you slide your front wheel between posts. Impossible with front (pannier) racks.

Several...
Forum: Touring
09-08-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,604
Posted By gauvins

Ortlieb's front roller (12.5L). (I try to ride...

Ortlieb's front roller (12.5L). (I try to ride with different colors. Makes it easier to pack and remember which pannier goes where)
Forum: Touring
09-08-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,604
Posted By gauvins

Old pictures, but WTH. 1. typical setup...

Old pictures, but WTH.

1. typical setup traveling alone or with my wife
2. typical setup traveling with the kids

Riding on Marathon Supreme 2". Have now switched to Almotions 2.1" (slicks...
09-05-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,261
Posted By gauvins

Agree. I've purchased a refurbished F5 (can't...

Agree. I've purchased a refurbished F5 (can't justify spending close to $1000 for their top of the line F6) and am very happy with it.
Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 874
Posted By gauvins

well.... -10 is cold enough to warrant serious...

well.... -10 is cold enough to warrant serious planning.


Any way you look at this, at some point you'll have to carry all this cold weather gear. Shopping as you go, thru the stans, is unlikely...
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 874
Posted By gauvins

Can you put numbers on coolish/cold? You mean...

Can you put numbers on coolish/cold? You mean -20c daytime or close to freezing at night?
Forum: Touring
08-23-19, 04:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By gauvins

Rohloff half-step

It is a bit like malaria. Every once in a while, because of a post, a picture, a comment somewhere, I am struck by rohloff fever. Ruled out when I have my mind to myself because of its obscene price,...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 11:49 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,326
Posted By gauvins

In our experience, bike touring is very frugal....

In our experience, bike touring is very frugal. Camping in foul weather is no fun; you have a fairly limited range of food options (no refrigeration). I would not consider it as a lifestyle option...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,326
Posted By gauvins

The more usual scenario would be to get a boat...

The more usual scenario would be to get a boat and sail somewhere/around the world. You'll find several accounts in that vein.

I've seen a few stories of families on an extended bike tour. But not...
08-19-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By gauvins

Well, the more I read the more I tend to think...

Well, the more I read the more I tend to think that recent power banks offer the best solution. I've seen a couple of models that accept an input of 30W. I'll probably be looking at the smallest high...
08-13-19, 04:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By gauvins

Interesting, but awful reviews.... [edit] ...

Interesting, but awful reviews....

[edit]

After (too) much searching, I tentatively came to the conclusion that a charger equipped with a USB output is the way to go. Such as this...
08-12-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By gauvins

Well... Look at this bank...

Well... Look at this bank...
08-12-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By gauvins

My current bank is a 16A (62Wh) RavPower. Rated...

My current bank is a 16A (62Wh) RavPower. Rated 5V/2A input (as is usual).

Is it possible to accelerate the process? How?
08-11-19, 12:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By gauvins

Fast REchargeable battery pack

My battery bank (16Ah) takes several hours to recharge.

Something can be done? (Would probably require a smart regulator)

[edit]

The critical factor is how many Wh/h a bank can absorb. It...
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,304
Posted By gauvins

I do. No problem. Where do you get your blisters?...

I do. No problem. Where do you get your blisters?

(Teva Toachi. Might get irritated walking on a beach when sand gets between the foot and a strap. Very unusual, and unrelated to cycling)
Forum: Touring
08-09-19, 03:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,623
Posted By gauvins

+1

+1
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,473
Posted By gauvins

1. The major difference between a tablet and a...

1. The major difference between a tablet and a laptop is the operating system. Most tablets run on iOS or Android. There is also the Surface Go, which (can) run Windows 10.

2. Battery life is...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,210
Posted By gauvins

Well.. The measured speed difference was a little...

Well.. The measured speed difference was a little more than 6% at 200 Watts (30+ kms/hr). I personally push closer to 125W, which would probably translate into less than 3% speed penalty, if at all. ...
Forum: Touring
07-31-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By gauvins

We use an extra wheel when family touring. My...

We use an extra wheel when family touring. My wife pulls our younger daughter, I pull an extra wheel loaded with extra luggage.

1. Extra wheel is less expensive.
2. It will allow you to carry...
Forum: Touring
07-29-19, 03:12 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,473
Posted By gauvins

Several considerations. 1. A minimal setup...

Several considerations.

1. A minimal setup will reduce cost and (perhaps) energy requirements. Before dismissing phones, look at large devices (phablets). Such as the Galaxy Note. They are still...
Forum: Touring
07-21-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,770
Posted By gauvins

1. Loire à vélo is a great route. Paris Nantes is...

1. Loire à vélo is a great route. Paris Nantes is a tad more than 400kms. Take your time and this is a nice week. Should be relatively easy to design a loop. Get a green Michelin guide and have fun....
Forum: Touring
07-13-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,539
Posted By gauvins

You may want to investigate the possibility of...

You may want to investigate the possibility of uploading a course via Garmin Connect. AFAIK, Connect, on a phone, can import a locally generated GPX file and add it to your courses collection. It can...
Forum: Touring
07-11-19, 03:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,539
Posted By gauvins

Interesting. What is your setup? On which...

Interesting. What is your setup? On which platform do you plan your route? To which device do you want to push it?

I've faced this problem years ago. Ended up using a phone instead of a bike...
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