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Forum: Touring
09-22-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 801
Posted By niknak

For those temps I bring thermal tights, thick...

For those temps I bring thermal tights, thick sleep socks, a hooded puffy jacket, a beanie, a buff, and some thick gloves. For overnighters, I usually pack some luxuries too, like a book or printed...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-25-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By niknak

They come up for sale from time to time on the...

They come up for sale from time to time on the Framebuilding Tools and Supplies Facebook group.
Forum: Framebuilders
08-22-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By niknak

I think the Cobra frame jig looks great. I would...

I think the Cobra frame jig looks great. I would have bought one if it was available when I was frame jig shopping.
- optional plumbing for TIG weld backpurging
- ability to hold and locate seat...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-16-22, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By niknak

Those parts are likely silver brazed on. Hit them...

Those parts are likely silver brazed on. Hit them with a torch with the frame positioned so gravity does its job.
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,274
Posted By niknak

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I rarely get...

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I rarely get punctures on tour since I'm likely on small back roads away from cities. That's why I don't see the point in using heavy touring tires that ride harshly....
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 948
Posted By niknak

I made a spreadsheet for this a few years back...

I made a spreadsheet for this a few years back and I'm probably missing lots of options, but here are the some of the lightest I found:

Arkel Drylite - 28L 540g 19.3g/L - By far the lightest...
Forum: Touring
06-27-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By niknak

I toured in Spain as part of a longer European...

I toured in Spain as part of a longer European tour in 2016.

1. I wouldn't recommend following a Camino route and expect to get the same experience as the walkers. I'd personally create my own...
Forum: Touring
06-22-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,027
Posted By niknak

Adventure Cycling's Idaho Hot Springs Loop or the...

Adventure Cycling's Idaho Hot Springs Loop or the Great Divide are both excellent off-road options. You can get paper and digital maps of each to ease planning.

Otherwise, have a look at all the...
Forum: Touring
06-20-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 921
Posted By niknak

Sounded like a fine tour. I think Vermont is...

Sounded like a fine tour. I think Vermont is unique in the US in that there's a hug network of small dirt roads that still lead to towns with resupply points. The dirt roads that I toured on were...
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 955
Posted By niknak

I wouldn't wish bar end shifters on my worst...

I wouldn't wish bar end shifters on my worst enemy :lol:
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 955
Posted By niknak

AFAIK, the Diverge uses drop bars and the owner...

AFAIK, the Diverge uses drop bars and the owner wants to keep using them. Even though the Deore MTB group set is a good value, it wouldn't work in this case.

Probably the best value is to find an...
Forum: Touring
06-01-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 955
Posted By niknak

You could swap the crank for this Rivendell...

You could swap the crank for this Rivendell 38-24t crank (https://www.rivbike.com/products/silver-crank-wide-low-double-38x24-with-guard). That'll get you much lower gearing.
Forum: Touring
06-01-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By niknak

Napa valley isn't that big and the roads are VERY...

Napa valley isn't that big and the roads are VERY busy or narrow with no shoulders. Sonoma county has better roads for touring IMO and plenty of wineries too. There are some nice roads out of...
Forum: Touring
05-30-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 986
Posted By niknak

I can recommend Stan's Darts or just the standard...

I can recommend Stan's Darts or just the standard tubeless plugs to help plug holes that are slightly larger than sealant can seal by itself. Of course, big gashes or gaping holes mean it's new tire...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,151
Posted By niknak

Tubus racks are powder coated, not painted. If...

Tubus racks are powder coated, not painted. If you use panniers with plastic attachment points it'll likely take a long time before they wear through the powder coat. If you want to protect the rack...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,122
Posted By niknak

I have holes in both my Thermarest Neo Air pads....

I have holes in both my Thermarest Neo Air pads. It has been easy to find the holes and patch them. To me the comfort is worth it, just like I'd rather deal with the occasional tube/tubeless puncture...
Forum: Touring
05-16-22, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By niknak

Ya, the website didn't provide that info. I...

Ya, the website didn't provide that info. I called last year to see if there was a way to book 1 night spots and the person said only by phone.
Forum: Touring
05-16-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By niknak

If you're arriving by bike, foot, or kayak to the...

If you're arriving by bike, foot, or kayak to the Vermont State Parks, you can call them and book for one night any day of the week. We camped at 3 or 4 state parks last year on our tour...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,641
Posted By niknak

I'm sorry my comment was unhelpful. I think what...

I'm sorry my comment was unhelpful. I think what Tarptent offers is a good deal considering it's a ready-made product. It's $16 for a 38" aluminum pole...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,641
Posted By niknak

Tarptent sells poles...

Tarptent sells poles (https://www.tarptent.com/product-category/struts-poles-stakes/) of various lengths for their tents at reasonable prices.

It seems your biggest hurdle is not knowing how to...
Forum: Touring
04-26-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,641
Posted By niknak

Yes, paper maps are best in many places to help...

Yes, paper maps are best in many places to help plan. Electronic maps come in handy when you need to find specific things in a town or city, like a grocery store. We used the IGN maps in combination...
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,641
Posted By niknak

They probably spent lots of time looking at maps,...

They probably spent lots of time looking at maps, adjusting to bad decisions, and enjoying good decisions. Hey, that's what we do today!?!
Forum: Touring
03-30-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,823
Posted By niknak

I bring rain pants on longer trips in...

I bring rain pants on longer trips in cooler/rainy climates. I always ride with shorts or pants over padded undies. The shorts and pants can be used off the bike. I like having separate shorts and...
Forum: Touring
03-30-22, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 381
Posted By niknak

+1 for sandals. You'll be in California in the...

+1 for sandals. You'll be in California in the summer. When in Rome...
Forum: Touring
03-29-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,823
Posted By niknak

No, they're made of recycled polyester, not...

No, they're made of recycled polyester, not nylon, like the Houdini. They're way more breathable than the Houdini. I agree though the Houdini is an excellent wind shell.
Forum: Touring
03-29-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,823
Posted By niknak

I've been using the Patagonia Terrebonne...

I've been using the Patagonia Terrebonne (https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-terrebonne-joggers/24540.html?dwvar_24540_color=MOKH&cgid=mens-pants-jeans-running) running pants for a few years now....
02-13-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,123
Posted By niknak

I've used BB7s, Spyres, and Klampers. Klampers...

I've used BB7s, Spyres, and Klampers. Klampers are hands down the best of the bunch. I was skeptical because of the price, but man they feel great. For drop bar disc I'd rate brakes in this order:...
Forum: Touring
02-07-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,221
Posted By niknak

I bought and used a Spot Gen 4 last year for a...

I bought and used a Spot Gen 4 last year for a bikepacking race. My wife could track my location on Spot's website and I could send her a couple of different pre-programmed messages. The Spot Gen 4...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-21-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 680
Posted By niknak

Ever since Brodie made those videos there's been...

Ever since Brodie made those videos there's been lots of chatter about using nickel silver. You don't need to use it. Good old fashioned LFB is suitable to the task.
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 11:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,073
Posted By niknak

After hosting a young man from Argentina via Warm...

After hosting a young man from Argentina via Warm Showers over the holidays, we've decided to visit him in December. We found this great website dedicated to touring in Patagonia...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-12-22, 11:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,582
Posted By niknak

Joe Bringheli sells spiral reamers. They're so...

Joe Bringheli sells spiral reamers. They're so much better than adjustable reamers. I think the cost is justified.
Forum: Touring
12-16-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,617
Posted By niknak

I was in Scotland in 2016 as well. From Inverness...

I was in Scotland in 2016 as well. From Inverness we headed toward the west coast a bit north of Ullapool to join the North Coast 500. The riding on that route was sensational...
Forum: Touring
12-13-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,164
Posted By niknak

A dynamo setup is great for touring and...

A dynamo setup is great for touring and especially nice for commuting. Between my wife and me, we've used Shimano, SP, and Son hubs. None have let us down after many tours and lots of general...
Forum: Touring
12-06-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,260
Posted By niknak

In France and Spain it's pretty easy to plan...

In France and Spain it's pretty easy to plan rides because there are so many low traffic roads to choose from. Stay away from the highways and you'll often have the roads to yourself. Your routes...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,797
Posted By niknak

Seems easier (in the US at least) to organize a...

Seems easier (in the US at least) to organize a free event in which the participants are just going for a ride and happen to be riding with others. It's not technically an event. All riders have...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,797
Posted By niknak

Almost all bikepacking or self-supported races...

Almost all bikepacking or self-supported races are free to enter with no prizes or awards. What is the $295 fee for?
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 687
Posted By niknak

22.2mm is the standard size for flat bars....

22.2mm is the standard size for flat bars. Perhaps your accessories were designed to clamp onto drop bars, which are 23.8mm. Regardless, some people like to use an old inner tube as a shim. It's...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,039
Posted By niknak

You can still make surface type changes to your...

You can still make surface type changes to your routes if you want. It won't permanently affect the base maps because RWGPS doesn't own OpenStreetMap. You don't have to contribute to OpenStreetMap....
Forum: Touring
09-14-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,039
Posted By niknak

I received a marketing email today from RWGPS...

I received a marketing email today from RWGPS with a link to a description of the Surface Types feature (https://ridewithgps.com/news/4930-introducing-surface-types?otu=). It looks like you're able...
Forum: Touring
08-28-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,039
Posted By niknak

For those people who aren't able to ride on...

For those people who aren't able to ride on unpaved roads at all then any digital mapping service might not be for them. Unless you know of a service that uses up to date digitized DOT maps. Those...
Forum: Touring
08-26-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,039
Posted By niknak

I'm on a tour in Vermont right now and noticed...

I'm on a tour in Vermont right now and noticed the added feature to RWGPS last week. Seems like a nice feature to have even if it isn't 100% accurate. Google maps and paper maps aren't 100% accurate...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,818
Posted By niknak

That would be nice if you could get that info in...

That would be nice if you could get that info in one place, but it ain't gonna happen :)

Also, is Hwy 1 open south of Carmel right now? I thought a landslide took it out again. Maybe they've...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,818
Posted By niknak

You'll probably have to look at the web page for...

You'll probably have to look at the web page for each park you plan to visit to see if they're open. For instance, New Brighton State Beach just south of Santa Cruz is open....
Forum: Touring
01-25-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,099
Posted By niknak

Sure, you can buy the top end Sram cassette for...

Sure, you can buy the top end Sram cassette for $449. But you can also get the same gear range from a Sram GX cassette for half the cost. I realize that's still way more than a XT 11-34t 9s cassette,...
Forum: Touring
01-18-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,099
Posted By niknak

The 1x crowd doesn't address those questions...

The 1x crowd doesn't address those questions because for a vast majority of people drivetrain life isn't relevant. How many trips have you taken in which you had to replace a chain, cassette, or...
Forum: Touring
11-25-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,314
Posted By niknak

Surly discontinues LHT!?!

I read on another cycling site that Surly has decided to pull the plug on the Long Haul Trucker and a few of its other older models. Don't panic though because they're keeping the disc trucker.

I...
Forum: Touring
11-17-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 909
Posted By niknak

I've only used the O2 jackets. I like their...

I've only used the O2 jackets. I like their hooded jacket because it is oversized so I can layer underneath it. Their non-hooded cycling jacket has a racer fit.

Yes, the fabric is fragile. Don't...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,472
Posted By niknak

There's a difference between being damp from...

There's a difference between being damp from sweat and being drenched from rain. I accidentally tried the wind shirt experiment when we got stuck in an unexpected downpour on an overnighter. The only...
Forum: Touring
11-02-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,472
Posted By niknak

I've had success with O2 Rainwear's original...

I've had success with O2 Rainwear's original hooded jacket (https://o2rainwear.com/2011/03/original-hooded-jacket/).
Pros:

Inexpensive ($40)
light weight
roomy fit for layering on cold days...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 09:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,904
Posted By niknak

I actually prefer clipless for most riding. My...

I actually prefer clipless for most riding. My feet however prefer flats. That's why I recommended the OP try flats.
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