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03-12-16, 08:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,435
Posted By ClemY

On bikes with plenty of tire clearance, that may...

On bikes with plenty of tire clearance, that may not include your Paramount, I like Conti 700x37c Sport Contacts, and Vittoria Voyager Hyper. They are fast, light and puncture resistant.
Forum: Touring
03-08-16, 03:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,112
Posted By ClemY

Swapping the left cap will necessitate redishing...

Swapping the left cap will necessitate redishing the wheel at a minimun.
Forum: Touring
03-08-16, 02:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,112
Posted By ClemY

You might want to consider having your other...

You might want to consider having your other wheels spaced to 135 and go with that for both.
Forum: Touring
03-06-16, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,112
Posted By ClemY

Being an old guy, my older bikes were 120. I have...

Being an old guy, my older bikes were 120. I have spaced everything to 135. Makes a bit more stable wheel. Of course this only works with steel.
Forum: Touring
11-05-14, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,075
Posted By ClemY

Trail = (R*cosH F)/sinH Where: H is...

Trail = (R*cosH F)/sinH

Where:

H is the head angle
F is fork offset
R is wheel radius
T is trail
If we are talking about 700c touring tires, here are a couple of representative examples:
Forum: Touring
09-09-14, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,485
Posted By ClemY

Concur. I use the Schwalbe gage exclusively.

Concur. I use the Schwalbe gage exclusively.
Forum: Touring
08-27-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,965
Posted By ClemY

Nitto M15 front rack in combination with a Tubus...

Nitto M15 front rack in combination with a Tubus Tara. That allow the use of an Acorn Boxy Rando bag on the Nitto rack and your preferred panniers on the low rider rack. On the rear the Tubus Cargo...
Forum: Touring
08-18-14, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,150
Posted By ClemY

I have found Sidi shoes fit me very well. I like...

I have found Sidi shoes fit me very well. I like Sidi MTB racing shoes for touring. I use inexpensive SPD pedals. I can walk in them, but I bring a pair is sandals for the wear.
Forum: Touring
08-14-14, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,287
Posted By ClemY

These days with the long seat posts and short...

These days with the long seat posts and short seat tubes, then if the other diminutions are right, I look for a frame with the right top tube length. I then dial things with stem length and with the...
Forum: Touring
08-11-14, 03:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,851
Posted By ClemY

I use 94/58 cranks that permit me to use a 20 as...

I use 94/58 cranks that permit me to use a 20 as a low ring, with the set 20-32-42 using a 12-36 cluster. So far, I have made it up everything with this combo, although I did have to stop and rest a...
Forum: Touring
08-01-14, 10:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,838
Posted By ClemY

I had no concerns opening steel frames to 135,...

I had no concerns opening steel frames to 135, but I would be reluctant to bend an aluminum frame.
Forum: Touring
07-31-14, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,838
Posted By ClemY

For most people the decision on which bike to use...

For most people the decision on which bike to use will hinge on the amount and cost of any modifications deemed necessary. Price out any potential mods. It may make the decision as to which bike to...
Forum: Touring
07-30-14, 03:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,838
Posted By ClemY

I just finished the Erie Canal 8 day, 400 mi....

I just finished the Erie Canal 8 day, 400 mi. trip. Gear was SAGed, but at 275 lbs I am heavier than most people with their gear. I used my 35 yr old mtn bike, upgraded with 40 spoke wheels and...
Forum: Touring
07-28-14, 06:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,095
Posted By ClemY

I have upgraded most of my old bikes. Both road...

I have upgraded most of my old bikes. Both road and mtn got upgraded to 135mm rear. No problem having steel frames opened up. Most now have freehubs and cassette. I am happy with 9 SPD.
Forum: Touring
07-17-14, 06:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,115
Posted By ClemY

I would go with a good set of 26" wheels. There...

I would go with a good set of 26" wheels. There are good tires available for them. I am currently on the Erie Canal bike ride with my 26" wheeled bike with Continue Sport Contact 26x1.5" and they are...
Forum: Touring
05-26-14, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,655
Posted By ClemY

If you have canti front brakes, a Nitto M12 front...

If you have canti front brakes, a Nitto M12 front rack attaches to the cantis and fork. I use one with an Acorn front bag. I use strings to the bars for upper bag support. It is nice and light and...
Forum: Touring
05-26-14, 06:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,710
Posted By ClemY

I have a bike with 26" wheels that I originally...

I have a bike with 26" wheels that I originally built for commuting, but transitioned to an Expedition Touring bike. I am a Clyde so you may be much lighter than me, but the tires I like for mine are...
Forum: Touring
05-24-14, 12:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,497
Posted By ClemY

My main bike is 40 yes. old. How long should I...

My main bike is 40 yes. old. How long should I expect it to last? People have discussed preventative measures. Don't leave it out in the rain.
Forum: Touring
05-23-14, 08:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,752
Posted By ClemY

I am also a fan of the Vittoria Hyper and Pro...

I am also a fan of the Vittoria Hyper and Pro tires. Not much tread, but IMO, not much needed. The other tire I find is very good is the Conti Sport Contact. It has even less tread than the Vittoria...
Forum: Touring
05-20-14, 01:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,964
Posted By ClemY

My wife rode the GAP and C&O last summer on Rando...

My wife rode the GAP and C&O last summer on Rando Hyper 700x32c tires with fenders. They worked fine for her. I was riding Conti Sport Contact 700x37c, which have even less tread than the Hypers and...
Forum: Touring
05-05-14, 06:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Posted By ClemY

My Continue Sport Contact in 700x37 seem to be...

My Continue Sport Contact in 700x37 seem to be the same actual size as my Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700x32c. Both are very good.
Forum: Touring
04-28-14, 04:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,567
Posted By ClemY

I have Deep V's on my road bike but wanted...

I have Deep V's on my road bike but wanted something wider on a touring bike.
Forum: Touring
04-27-14, 12:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,567
Posted By ClemY

When I weighed 345 I had wheels built with 40...

When I weighed 345 I had wheels built with 40 hole White Industries hubs and Velocity Aeorheat rims. They worked fine for me. Now I am under 280 and they still work fine.
Forum: Touring
04-27-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,553
Posted By ClemY

I carry an LL Bean Camping Knife. It is a folder...

I carry an LL Bean Camping Knife. It is a folder with a thin, wide blade that is rounded at the tip. It is good for slicing bread, cutting steak or spreading peanut butter. Unfortunately it no longer...
Forum: Touring
04-24-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,660
Posted By ClemY

Man does not live by one bike alone. If it is...

Man does not live by one bike alone. If it is only 32 yrs. old, it is much younger than a few of my bikes. I have updated a few of my old bikes over the years. They are now 9 spd rear with 3 front....
Forum: Touring
04-22-14, 06:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,980
Posted By ClemY

If things are working now with a 26, I would...

If things are working now with a 26, I would expect them to work with a 24. Just don't expect to use the 24 with the smaller cogs.
Forum: Touring
04-22-14, 01:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,980
Posted By ClemY

Your gear selections sound about right,...

Your gear selections sound about right, particularly if you are an old Clyde like me.
Forum: Touring
04-19-14, 02:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,980
Posted By ClemY

I run a 94/58 crank with 20-32-42 rings and a...

I run a 94/58 crank with 20-32-42 rings and a 12-36 9 SPD cluster. I think that is low enough even for me.
Forum: Touring
04-12-14, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,121
Posted By ClemY

As someone who is old and heavy and who tours...

As someone who is old and heavy and who tours with about 40 lbs, I find that there is no such thing as a gear that is too low. I currently ride a 20-32-42 chainring setup and 12-36 9 spd cluster. I...
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 09:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,432
Posted By ClemY

So far I have had good luck with aluminum fenders...

So far I have had good luck with aluminum fenders I get from VeloOrange.
Forum: Touring
04-09-14, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,218
Posted By ClemY

I have had good luck with Continue Sport Contact...

I have had good luck with Continue Sport Contact 700x37c and Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700x38c and I am down to 280 from 345.
Forum: Touring
04-07-14, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By ClemY

Concur on the Vittoria Randonneur Hyper tires. I...

Concur on the Vittoria Randonneur Hyper tires. I would probably use the widest Hyper that would fit my frame. I use 700x38s on my Hyper but only 32s will fit on my Hollands, but they are comfortable...
Forum: Touring
04-01-14, 09:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,041
Posted By ClemY

Old Man Mountain makes front and rear racks which...

Old Man Mountain makes front and rear racks which utilize mounts on the wheel quick releases. Others probably do to. The B.O.B. trailer uses a quick release mount as well, so if your frame is...
Forum: Touring
03-31-14, 12:17 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,041
Posted By ClemY

I tend to carry way too much gear and I manage to...

I tend to carry way too much gear and I manage to get it all into panniers. That said I also have a Jack Taylor camping trailer. I haven't used it much for camping; I used it to carry my kids when...
Forum: Touring
03-30-14, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,530
Posted By ClemY

One option is a wide drop bar like the Nitto...

One option is a wide drop bar like the Nitto Noodle 177 bar, then add in-line brake levers. It will allow you to use the current brake levers and barcon shifters you are currently using, but allow...
Forum: Touring
03-30-14, 07:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,257
Posted By ClemY

I find a Blackburn Road mirror works pretty well...

I find a Blackburn Road mirror works pretty well for me. It is plastic so it is a bit fragile, but it straps to the left brake lever with a Velcro strap. I think I got mine from Nashbar.
Forum: Touring
03-28-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,555
Posted By ClemY

I confess I don't buy bikes; I buy frames and...

I confess I don't buy bikes; I buy frames and assemble things myself. My last bike was a Salsa Vaya. I put a 20-32-42 crank (94-58) and originally put it together as a 12-32 8 spd. That gave me a...
Forum: Touring
03-28-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,916
Posted By ClemY

You might want to look on ebay for a triple...

You might want to look on ebay for a triple crank. I found a nice pair of Coda crank arms for $25.
Forum: Touring
03-27-14, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,916
Posted By ClemY

Getting a 26" wheel with any hub is easy: call up...

Getting a 26" wheel with any hub is easy: call up your favorite wheel builder and tell him what you want.
Forum: Touring
03-25-14, 07:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,553
Posted By ClemY

I have experience with both 26" and 700c touring...

I have experience with both 26" and 700c touring bikes. On average I tend to believe it is easier to find very good 700c tires that will roll a little better than 26". IME there are a lot more of...
Forum: Touring
03-21-14, 08:15 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 286,343
Posted By ClemY

The bike is dimensionally pretty standard so it...

The bike is dimensionally pretty standard so it takes standard bottom brackets and hubs. I use 135 mm rear hubs on all my bikes, both road and mountain, and I have been using sealed bottom brackets...
Forum: Touring
03-21-14, 08:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,294
Posted By ClemY

You might want to consider starting the trip from...

You might want to consider starting the trip from the Pittsburg end rather than from DC. The climb to the Continental Divide from Pittsburg is much more gradual and may be much easier for kids. Then...
Forum: Touring
03-21-14, 07:49 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 286,343
Posted By ClemY

A number of those components are out of...

A number of those components are out of production items. I occasionally look on ebay and find stuff that I then save for a later build.
Forum: Touring
03-20-14, 05:06 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 286,343
Posted By ClemY

When I found the frame, the seat post was stuck...

When I found the frame, the seat post was stuck in the seat tube. In the process of removing the seat post I ruined what was left of the paint. I then took a torch to it and made a couple of minor...
Forum: Touring
03-19-14, 08:25 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 286,343
Posted By ClemY

Here is my '91 Schwinn High Plains, repainted and...

Here is my '91 Schwinn High Plains, repainted and rebuilt.
Forum: Touring
03-15-14, 04:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
Posted By ClemY

The best tires I have found so far are Conti...

The best tires I have found so far are Conti Sport Contact. I get them in 26x1.6" but they are available in 1.3" and 1.9" as well. I am old and heavy and the 1.6" are comfortable for me and fast as...
Forum: Touring
03-15-14, 04:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,492
Posted By ClemY

It sounds like you are using undersized screws...

It sounds like you are using undersized screws and mounting them from the inside out. The dropouts are typically threaded for 5mm metric screws. If you get a couple of 5mmx12 screws they are probably...
Forum: Touring
03-13-14, 06:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,492
Posted By ClemY

If the chain is hitting the bottom mounting...

If the chain is hitting the bottom mounting screws, look to see if the screws are a bit too long. If they are, it is an easy fix to file or grind them to size.
Forum: Touring
03-02-14, 10:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,492
Posted By ClemY

As long as the frame has eyelets at the dropouts...

As long as the frame has eyelets at the dropouts you can add a rear rack. The Tubus Cargo works well for me. It is steel tubing, quite light, has a very nice load capacity and is very adjustable to...
Forum: Touring
02-27-14, 10:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,294
Posted By ClemY

I have respaced the dropouts on my older frames...

I have respaced the dropouts on my older frames whether 700c or 26" rims to 135mm and standardized on that and 9 spd. My preferred shifters are Shimano indexed barcons. I used non-indexed barcons for...
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