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Forum: Touring
12-31-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,659
Posted By tommymc

I'd recommend a Keys ride from Largo south to...

I'd recommend a Keys ride from Largo south to anyone. The state has provided good shoulder and parallel paths most of the way. The water scenery is impressive. But accommodations are a problem if you...
Forum: Touring
12-31-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,659
Posted By tommymc

I split my year between Bradenton and Jupiter...

I split my year between Bradenton and Jupiter (east coast Palm Beach Co.) and have been in and around the state most of my life. There are no pleasant bike routes the whole distance between Bradenton...
Forum: Touring
12-12-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Posted By tommymc

The Miami Dade Metro bus and rail system is...

The Miami Dade Metro bus and rail system is extensive and bike friendly. The Tri Rail line runs up the coast to Palm Beach County and the elevated Metro rail will carry you to downtown Miami. Both...
12-03-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 419
Posted By tommymc

The Microshift 10s bar end shifter made for...

The Microshift 10s bar end shifter made for Shimano mtb duty works fine on my S&S coupled travel bike with a Deore RD. On the left side almost any friction shifter works for front duty. In fact, I...
Forum: Touring
10-12-21, 04:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 909
Posted By tommymc

I'm only familiar with the southern end of your...

I'm only familiar with the southern end of your plan, from Waterford to Fort Ann. A couple days ago when I tried to get on the start of the canal path at Hwy 32/US 4 Waterford the entrance was...
10-08-21, 02:40 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 132,365
Posted By tommymc

Western Bikeworks, www.westernbikeworks.com, has...

Western Bikeworks, www.westernbikeworks.com, has Schwalbe HS159 27 X 1-1/4 gumwalls at $19.99 ($16.99 each when I put 2 into the basket). With puncture protection and real tread they look like great...
09-23-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By tommymc

Yes, I think a little air in the tube during...

Yes, I think a little air in the tube during installation may help. Also, after setting the bead inside the rim air up to 15 or 20 psi then deflate completely before pumping full pressure to fully...
09-23-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By tommymc

Those are definitely a gorgeous piece of machine...

Those are definitely a gorgeous piece of machine work, but would look out of place on a classic bike. Their marketing demise is probably from the fading use of center-pull brakes, somewhat like that...
09-20-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,202
Posted By tommymc

Obviously Walmart doesn't want to carry steel...

Obviously Walmart doesn't want to carry steel beaded tires when they can get cheap folders in neat stackable boxes. Not long ago they were a convenient source for 27" tires. But the irony is that...
09-12-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 864
Posted By tommymc

I think the idea here is for a simpler and maybe...

I think the idea here is for a simpler and maybe trouble proof drivetrain. And as some people don't get much use of the 11 and 12t cogs there might not be a big utility loss from a 9 or 10 speed...
09-10-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 864
Posted By tommymc

42t 7 speed cassette

On Grant's Rivendell blog a couple weeks ago there was a teaser for a 13-42t 7 speed cassette, with normal 7 speed spacing. It could be an interesting setup on an old touring bike. But what kind of...
08-29-21, 04:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,391
Posted By tommymc

I had a Super Course of about the same vintage as...

I had a Super Course of about the same vintage as yours. I believe that the center pulls on it are Weinmann 610's with spec;d reach of 50 to 65mm. Those nice Dura Ace calipers only go to 49mm so...
08-27-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,391
Posted By tommymc

Too bad the FL750's only come with 22.2 clamps....

Too bad the FL750's only come with 22.2 clamps. They are cheap, elegantly simple and have nice long levers for a good pull on old brakes. They solved a problem I had with cantilevers and a Velo...
08-07-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,076
Posted By tommymc

I am running an M592 on a 11-36 10-speed...

I am running an M592 on a 11-36 10-speed cassette. My only problem was to find a flat bar (Velo Orange Crazy Bar) shifter for this combo. The only one I came up with was a Tiagra 4700. It worked but...
08-03-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,059
Posted By tommymc

I've got a pair of NOS Mavic GP4' rims in the...

I've got a pair of NOS Mavic GP4' rims in the attic. And with various hubs in the garage I could put together a wheelset for nothing more than cost of spokes. These would go onto my Wabi on which I...
07-04-21, 04:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By tommymc

I had a Pasela 32c on a Dyad rim that fit my...

I had a Pasela 32c on a Dyad rim that fit my Wabi. It was close but worked. Maybe your narrow rim pushes the tire diameter up a little.
06-28-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By tommymc

It is primarily the ERD that I'm after. By chance...

It is primarily the ERD that I'm after. By chance I pulled out of the barn a Bontrager Fairlane wheel and it is identical in shape and width to the mystery rim. It also has a note on the label "ERD...
06-27-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By tommymc

Rim ID

Does anyone recognize the sticker on this tandem rim? Though the print is gone the color and outline shape is rather distinctive. It's a 700c 36h with offset drilling. A classic box cross-section...
06-25-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By tommymc

Last week I rescued my '70s English Dawes Galaxy...

Last week I rescued my '70s English Dawes Galaxy touring bike from the barn and did a SS fixed conversion on it. All I had to do was pull the triple crank, shifters and derailleurs. The 126mm dropout...
06-22-21, 02:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 949
Posted By tommymc

The slightly smaller diameter dime might work...

The slightly smaller diameter dime might work better to not catch the the arm splines. I tried last week with a standard Park tool for square BB's and one dime but deformed it like the penny. Maybe...
Forum: Touring
05-18-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,924
Posted By tommymc

Check out the Ortlieb Ultimate bags. The mount...

Check out the Ortlieb Ultimate bags. The mount stands off of the stem and bars enough for cables, I've used mine with a cantilever brake hanger. The lockable bag comes off in an instant. The biggest...
04-22-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,845
Posted By tommymc

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Forum: Touring
04-02-21, 04:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,805
Posted By tommymc

For the C&O and GAP options AMTRAK trains should...

For the C&O and GAP options AMTRAK trains should be doable to and from Charleston, eliminating the car hassle. The Silver/Palmetto lines offer baggage car carrying of bikes (according to their...
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 9,429
Posted By tommymc

I'm with you on that and have been planning to do...

I'm with you on that and have been planning to do a Lake Huron circle tour for a couple years now. My a bike and gear sits in a New York cousin's garage and my double vaccination card is taped in the...
03-05-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By tommymc

Sounds like a missing or greased up friction...

Sounds like a missing or greased up friction washer. But sometimes the needed friction setting makes shifting harder. If your frame's rear is spaced at or can be cold set to 126mm then think about a...
02-28-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,083
Posted By tommymc

Really kinda simple. If you ride further than you...

Really kinda simple. If you ride further than you want to walk carry the stuff to get going again. Have cell phones changed this old idea?
Forum: Touring
02-21-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,485
Posted By tommymc

With an S&S case and weight under 20 kg, (50 lbs,...

With an S&S case and weight under 20 kg, (50 lbs, on regular US airlines, 40 lbs. on budget lines like Spirit) there should be no question about charges. The standard checked bag fee is published up...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 04:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,485
Posted By tommymc

An S&S coupled frame and case makes it much...

An S&S coupled frame and case makes it much better but not always easy. The airline part is simple as a piece of normal luggage. Lugging a 50 lb. case without wheels around a big airport or on the...
Forum: Touring
02-08-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,131
Posted By tommymc

Welcome to the touring world. There are quite a...

Welcome to the touring world. There are quite a few dedicated paths in Florida from 10 to 40 miles in length, like the Withlacoochee you did.. Most of these are in urban areas which don't lend to...
02-06-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,195
Posted By tommymc

The 9mm axles typically on front hubs may be a...

The 9mm axles typically on front hubs may be a little more of a problem than ball size. But a longer solid 10mm axle should be possible to use for this fixed setup. I've done that on two front disk...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,091
Posted By tommymc

Very good review of the Neutrino. I've stumbled...

Very good review of the Neutrino. I've stumbled on this in a quest to find something easier than lugging a 50 lb. S&S bag around airports and reaching an assembly point. I also agree that disc...
08-19-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,251
Posted By tommymc

Frame is cracked

A couple years ago my Motobecane Vitus frame cracked and separated completely around the seat tube on top of the bottom bracket lug. It was not from any accident or abuse but only apparent when the...
04-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,557
Posted By tommymc

Oops, I have an old Cannondale with 7-speed...

Oops, I have an old Cannondale with 7-speed Shimano DT shifters and should have recognized the picture. But It's been at 20 years since I set it up. I believe the Shimano's DT shifters from back...
04-19-20, 02:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,557
Posted By tommymc

It looks like your left side already has the...

It looks like your left side already has the plastic boss cover from a previous shifter. That can be easily pried off and moved to the right side if needed. But with the new set of the Sunrace...
03-29-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 25,873
Posted By tommymc

Hello Loris, I have Urban Platforms on a...

Hello Loris,

I have Urban Platforms on a touring bike which I like a lot. The measurement that you seek is 33.3 mm. I like the large toe tab on these pedals for quick orientation from a stop to...
03-29-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,428
Posted By tommymc

All good points above. If you have clincher rims...

All good points above. If you have clincher rims from the original '70s period they probably have straight inner sidewalls, not hook bead. So tire selection becomes a little problematic for bead...
Forum: Touring
03-07-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 749
Posted By tommymc

Hey, Thanks for the good ideas, especially...

Hey,
Thanks for the good ideas, especially wrapping with cheap rubber shelf liner material. I have a little trick for the open coupling ends. From Home Depot I bought four large (> 1" dia.) rubber...
Forum: Touring
03-04-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 749
Posted By tommymc

Frame protection in S & S bag

Hello fellow travelers,
What do you use for frame covering when packing an S & S bike into a soft bag. I've tried the split pipe insulation but the added bulk is a problem. Something thinner would...
02-24-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 22,991
Posted By tommymc

When I take a bike to ride in Central America...

When I take a bike to ride in Central America it''s with 8 speed max.. Ariund there 9 speed drivetrains are nonexistent except in the largest cities with affluent weekend warriors. And not just...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,470
Posted By tommymc

I used 26 x 1.5" wire-bead Marathons on the C & O...

I used 26 x 1.5" wire-bead Marathons on the C & O path through a lot of water and mud. They were no problem. Further on through PA and Ohio they did nice on pavement too. The same tires carried me...
Forum: Touring
01-02-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,979
Posted By tommymc

They may be a little heavy but are nearly...

They may be a little heavy but are nearly indestructable. Once, after loading my 29er on a rear car deck, in a senior moment I left the front wheel on the ground. Then I backed the rear of an Xterra...
Forum: Touring
12-25-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By tommymc

Field expedient chain breaker

The file clip looks perfect. Thanks to all.
Forum: Touring
12-24-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By tommymc

Field Expedient chain breaker

I travel with an S & S coupled bike in a soft case. It's neater to pack with the chain (10 speed) broken by the speed link and rolled up in a separate container. At home I have a purposeful set of...
12-24-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,649
Posted By tommymc

Sturmey Archer SRF5(W)

Hi Dan, thanks for the response and informative video. Mine is definitlely the wide-range version. It shifts and runs beautifully with less than 1,000 miles. Your video looks so simple to pull the...
12-22-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,649
Posted By tommymc

Sturmey Archer SRF5(W)

Hi, I have a lightly used SRF5 that shifts and feels good. Wondering if anyone has long-term use of one of these? I'm planning to set one up for moderate touring, possibly with a half step double...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,837
Posted By tommymc

Airports are not a problem. Everything is open...

Airports are not a problem. Everything is open and the most you will get are friendly passersbys. I usually disassemble and pack the day before at a hotel/hostel where I can do it in a more relaxed...
Forum: Touring
12-09-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,837
Posted By tommymc

I fly with a checked soft S & S case along with a...

I fly with a checked soft S & S case along with a hard Pelican case in the overhead. The empty S & S case can be folded and stuffed into the Pelican at the arrival airport. Then I ship that forward...
11-27-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,917
Posted By tommymc

I've been using straps on platform pedals for...

I've been using straps on platform pedals for quite a while, both touring and urban riding. The forward flopping is annoying to be sure. But I've found that it can be minimized on low profile pedals...
11-09-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By tommymc

It was a Cane Creek cartridge that must have...

It was a Cane Creek cartridge that must have dropped out of the head tube. Fortunately, the top and bottom sets were identical and I completed the two week ride on the bottom only. A new headset...
11-08-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By tommymc

Threading a threadless steerer

Hi folks,

I have a 26" wheel travel bike (retro fitted with S & S couplers) that was built with 1" threadless fork. I fly it to many 3rd world places and plan a SE Asia tour early next year. My...
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