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Forum: Touring
09-15-16, 07:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 6,690
Posted By Lewis Downey

My wife loves her Disc Trucker; I tolerate mine. ...

My wife loves her Disc Trucker; I tolerate mine.

It's heavy. A mechanic at a pop-up bike shop on 2013 RAGBRAI refered to it as the 3/4 ton pick-up of bicycles. That's about right. It is heavier...
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 12:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,979
Posted By Lewis Downey

Topeak makes a handlebar bag that is similar to...

Topeak makes a handlebar bag that is similar to a dry bag. It zips closed then the top is folded over a couple of times and buckled onto the side of the bag. I have had one for a few years. I do...
Forum: Touring
06-16-14, 02:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,166
Posted By Lewis Downey

like a bell, but different.

I might have a hard time resisting a stem-cap-mounted Easy Button that weighed about an ounce. Every once in a while I would use it to entertain myself at the top of a hill. (please excuse the poor...
Forum: Touring
06-16-14, 02:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,166
Posted By Lewis Downey

387515 ...

387515
(http://www.sram.com/sram/mountain/products/bell)
A bell seems like a natural fit. This is the closest I have found to a stem cap mounted bell. Any others out there?
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 06:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,166
Posted By Lewis Downey

Love it! Thanks. The Plug III...

Love it! Thanks.

The Plug III (http://www.en.tout-terrain.de/accessories/electric-power-supply/) by Tout-Terrain


387068 (http://www.en.tout-terrain.de/accessories/electric-power-supply/)
...
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 11:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,166
Posted By Lewis Downey

We're cooking with gas.

We're cooking with gas.
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,166
Posted By Lewis Downey

Great! Thanks! I love the ideas so far:...

Great! Thanks!

I love the ideas so far: compass, the clock, thermometer, bottle opener, GoPro holder, light mount, and bottle cage. I read some post mentioning USB. Is there anything else...
Forum: Touring
06-13-14, 09:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,166
Posted By Lewis Downey

fork stem caps/covers, ideas and pictures please

On last year's RAGBRAI is saw a fork stem cap inset with an analog clock. I like it, but it makes me curious what other people have done with their fork stem cap (cover?). Ideas? Ideas with pictures...
Forum: Touring
06-11-14, 08:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,446
Posted By Lewis Downey

To me 66 pounds sounds like the combined weight...

To me 66 pounds sounds like the combined weight for a bike plus gear. Even if that is the case, it can (should) still be reduced for most adventures. Sez me; YMMV.
Forum: Touring
06-08-14, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4,406
Views: 2,087,453
Posted By Lewis Downey

http://docs.teamcicada.com/rig4ocracoke_sm.JPG...

http://docs.teamcicada.com/rig4ocracoke_sm.JPG (http://docs.teamcicada.com/rig4ocracoke.JPG)

The front panniers are 30-yr-old Cannondale bags that I retrofitted with Lone Peak mounting hooks and...
Forum: Touring
10-14-13, 10:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Bummer about the fender rigidity. Maybe you...

Bummer about the fender rigidity.

Maybe you could machine something with more rigidity -- like a little triangulating re-enforcement across the elbow of your stay. As long as you are at it, why...
Forum: Touring
10-10-13, 07:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

I have that exact fender issue with our racks and...

I have that exact fender issue with our racks and think your solution is great. Our racks want to be installed when we are touring but not installed between trips. As it is now I have different sets...
Forum: Touring
10-07-13, 07:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Fantastic. My Fuji America is/was the exact same...

Fantastic. My Fuji America is/was the exact same way. It rode fine without anything on it but rode better when fully loaded. I am chomping at the bit to get the Surly out on the road for a few days.
Forum: Touring
10-07-13, 09:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Radials983, Excellent photos. I like the...

Radials983,

Excellent photos. I like the look of it and really like the interior-mid-mounted fender stays. Regarding your adapter brackets, did you do the machining yourself or did you specify...
Forum: Touring
10-07-13, 09:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

RickD, Thank you very much! That's a nice...

RickD,

Thank you very much! That's a nice clean set-up. The front rack looks like it is pretty far forward. Have you noticed any handling issues?
Forum: Touring
10-02-13, 11:54 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Surly Disk Trucker w/700c wheels + Tubus Duo + SKS fenders

Re-fitting the front fender on my Disk Trucker after installing a Tubus Duo front rack was more challenging than refitting the fenders on my wife's bike. To start with my fender stays have a thick...
Forum: Touring
10-02-13, 09:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

26" Surly Disk Trucker + Tubus Duo + SKS Fenders

The Tubus Duo itself went on easily enough using the documented tweaks to spacing around our disk brakes, but our fenders posed unanticipated challenges. My wife and I both wear fenders; she rides a...
Forum: Touring
09-30-13, 07:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Jet (with the radical downtube shifters!), ...

Jet (with the radical downtube shifters!),

That is exemplary information. Thanks.
Is there any concern that extending the rack 1/2" puts unusual stress on the mounting bolts?
Forum: Touring
09-27-13, 01:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Thank you KiltedCelt. Is it possible that...

Thank you KiltedCelt.

Is it possible that the front rack you had laying around was a Racktime Topit rather than Addit? I looked on the racktime web site and could not find an Addit front rack....
Forum: Touring
09-20-13, 02:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 871
Posted By Lewis Downey

Since you mention the look... You might be...

Since you mention the look...

You might be thinking about riding with just one set of front bags on the rear and no bags in front; some people prefer to avoid bags on the front. I prefer to ...
Forum: Touring
09-20-13, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 871
Posted By Lewis Downey

There may be circumstances or tours where front...

There may be circumstances or tours where front panniers on the rear will be a limitation, but they are fine for many tours.

Mechanically they should fit. As Booger1 suggested, check for heel...
Forum: Touring
09-20-13, 06:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By Lewis Downey

djb, et al, Thank you for the great...

djb, et al,

Thank you for the great information. I'm sure our Ortlieb bags are high quality and will serve us for a long time. At this point I am not concerned about using the release handle for...
Forum: Touring
09-17-13, 04:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,196
Posted By Lewis Downey

I found this looking thread for suggestions of...

I found this looking thread for suggestions of food (especially vegetarian fare) to take on an overnight trip next weekend -- my wife's first overnighter.

A classic staple is a loaf's worth of...
Forum: Touring
09-16-13, 06:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By Lewis Downey

Thanks! Based on responses so far, the...

Thanks!

Based on responses so far, the Release Handle is strong enough to support the contents of the bag. The downside of using it to carry a bag short distances only becomes a factor when the...
Forum: Touring
09-16-13, 03:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By Lewis Downey

Tandem Tom, I can see using shoulder straps...

Tandem Tom,

I can see using shoulder straps to move around an environment where you don't have the bike available. Other than the handlebar bag, your response reads as though you stow the shoulder...
Forum: Touring
09-16-13, 03:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By Lewis Downey

Indyfabz, I snapped the inserts in and they...

Indyfabz,

I snapped the inserts in and they went click. That seems to be the essence of the directions that came with the bags. Is there more to it?
Forum: Touring
09-16-13, 03:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By Lewis Downey

For a little bit of background, I rode a few...

For a little bit of background, I rode a few thousand miles of self-supported tours around the U.S. in the early 80s. My wife is about to go on her first S24O in the next couple of weeks. We're...
Forum: Touring
09-16-13, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,380
Posted By Lewis Downey

Ortlieb Release Handle vs. Shoulder Strap

Hi,

In real world use, do you carry your Ortlieb panniers with the release handles? Do you bother to take the shoulder straps along? If you take the shoulder straps do you leave them attached or...
Forum: Touring
09-11-13, 07:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Thanks for everyone's input. I'd like to...

Thanks for everyone's input. I'd like to encourage more photos of the mechanically awkward places where front racks attach or navigate around forks with disk brakes, but for us a decision has been...
Forum: Touring
09-08-13, 04:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

The recent pictures Rifraf and TheReal Houdini...

The recent pictures Rifraf and TheReal Houdini are perfect! The show exactly the mechanical details I am trying to wrap my head around. Thank you for the great detail shots.

re. Tubus front...
Forum: Touring
09-07-13, 08:02 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Aoeuaoeu, thanks for the great photos. ...

Aoeuaoeu, thanks for the great photos.



TRH, It's the kludge that I am most interested in seeing -- in order to get a visual sense of the pain involved in working with the rack. But thanks for...
Forum: Touring
09-07-13, 09:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Alan S., fantastic pictures! Rifraf, great...

Alan S., fantastic pictures!
Rifraf, great info.

Thanks.
Forum: Touring
09-07-13, 09:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Rifraf, thank you very much! Could you snap a...

Rifraf, thank you very much! Could you snap a close-up of the area right around the brake including the bottom of the rack? Does the little widget on the bottom of the rack help hold specific...
Forum: Touring
09-06-13, 09:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Agree! Channing from...

Agree! Channing from http://www.oldmanmountain.com/ also pointed out that exact thing this afternoon. He also pointed out that top mount racks will always have the center of gravity in front of the...
Forum: Touring
09-06-13, 05:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

mobie_simon: that is excellent feedback. Thank...

mobie_simon: that is excellent feedback. Thank you.
liong71er: Thanks for the follow-up.
Forum: Touring
09-06-13, 05:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Thank you biker 222. The wrapping on end...

Thank you biker 222.

The wrapping on end helps you secure the QL1 system on the front roller? What happens if you use the Tara without that modification?
Forum: Touring
09-06-13, 03:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Thank you! Do you like the OMM rack? It...

Thank you!

Do you like the OMM rack? It looks like the center of gravity for the pannier is in front of the axle; does that affect handling? Another question, do you find the axle-mounted system...
Forum: Touring
09-06-13, 01:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,600
Posted By Lewis Downey

Close-up pictures of front racks and disk brakes

Hello,

Can you post pictures of your front rack mounted to bikes with disk brakes? I would love to see detailed pictures of the mounted racks, especially the area around the disk brake. Pictures...
Forum: Touring
08-02-13, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,031
Posted By Lewis Downey

One of our bikes is a 26" and the other is 700c....

One of our bikes is a 26" and the other is 700c. As Nephtys stated the 26" wheels do fit much better. With the 700c bike the first wheel to go in has the tire completely deflated and pulled off of...
Forum: Touring
08-02-13, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,031
Posted By Lewis Downey

My wife and I have Disk Truckers with S and S...

My wife and I have Disk Truckers with S and S couplers. They are pretty cool. Not to discourage you, we love ours, but here are some things to consider.

The bikes have to come apart almost...
06-02-13, 04:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 941
Posted By Lewis Downey

Ha! My confusion is current! I was reading posts...

Ha! My confusion is current! I was reading posts about Runkeeper because on a 30-mile ride with three people today, all of us showed different distances -- something like 31.2miles, 31.79miles and...
06-02-13, 01:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 941
Posted By Lewis Downey

I have used RunKeeper since 2009 and like it...

I have used RunKeeper since 2009 and like it quite a bit. In particular I like the associated web site. It is optional and free, but if you choose to use it you get a lot of extra features. It use to...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 08:21 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

You're clearly hipper than me, I had to lookup...

You're clearly hipper than me, I had to lookup Fred in the Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fred) (and then on this forum). Earlier today I couldn't even spell Fred....
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 11:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

Agree that either are viable and that muscle...

Agree that either are viable and that muscle memory applies to both. That said even with more than a decade of riding on clipless pedals I find the act of clipping in a bit more awkward than sliding...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 10:44 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

311127 There is probably a specific name for it...

311127
There is probably a specific name for it but not knowing what that is I'll borrow the term Stack Height for the combined height of pedal plus shoe. This came up very briefly during a...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 10:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

Maybe I'll give mini clips a try on a 10-20 mile...

Maybe I'll give mini clips a try on a 10-20 mile ride.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 09:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

Yes! This is the question! Genec you might be...

Yes! This is the question! Genec you might be exactly correct. It is a psychological state I want to enhance. I do not have anything against clipless pedals, I like them. While I still love to ride I...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-13, 09:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

That's the thing! Getting in and out of...

That's the thing! Getting in and out of toeclips+straps is no trouble at all. I'd say ease of entry is roughly equal between clips and clipless; although personally I give the edge to toe clips. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 07:52 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

Yeah that sort of thing is what I am talking...

Yeah that sort of thing is what I am talking about. For a brief while I had an old Gitane frame that I down-graded into a 5-speed with a plastic Simplex derailleur. I equipped its pedals with half...
Forum: Commuting
04-15-13, 07:09 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,459
Posted By Lewis Downey

In the category of personal preference I am...

In the category of personal preference I am strongly considering moving *back* to toe clips and straps. If I understand it correctly pulling up on the back-stroke is somewhat over-rated and...
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