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Forum: Touring
11-01-09, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 819
Posted By northboundtrain

+1 on lacing the saddle.

+1 on lacing the saddle.
Forum: Touring
11-01-09, 09:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 837
Posted By northboundtrain

No. Not sure what exactly you are trying to...

No.

Not sure what exactly you are trying to do, but you seem to be entirely in the realm of the hypothetical. How far you can ride on any given day is going to depend largely on your level of...
Forum: Touring
10-13-09, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 650
Posted By northboundtrain

Yes, don't take anything for granted.

Yes, don't take anything for granted.
Forum: Touring
10-11-09, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 650
Posted By northboundtrain

Trouble with Specialized Armadillos

I now have a touring bike with 700c wheels, but my first tour a couple of years ago was on an old mountain bike, which is now a town trailer-towing rig. I put 26" Specialized Armadillos on the bike...
Forum: Touring
10-03-09, 08:18 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 313
Posted By northboundtrain

Around the World, Zero Emissions

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/cyclist-attempt-3-year-38000-mile-zero-carbon-trip-around-world.php?dcitc=th_rss_cars
Forum: Touring
09-13-09, 06:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By northboundtrain

Just be prepared for winter weather. I've been...

Just be prepared for winter weather. I've been in some nasty snowstorms (not on a bike) on the Colorado eastern plains in October. On the leg from Denver to Boise, which you'll be riding in...
Forum: Touring
07-31-09, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Posted By northboundtrain

Just stick to back roads as much as you can. If...

Just stick to back roads as much as you can. If you're on a road you don't like, find another one -- in New England, there are usually many options to get from A to B. You could also get Section 1...
Forum: Touring
07-21-09, 08:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By northboundtrain

For someone almost 6' tall, you have very short...

For someone almost 6' tall, you have very short legs, which means you must have a very long torso. I think the 56cm might be a better on-the-bike fit, but the standover will be snug. I'm 5'-10"...
Forum: Touring
07-04-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By northboundtrain

Not entirely. But if your question is: ...

Not entirely.

But if your question is: Can you use a triple indexing left brake-shifter with a double chainring and double front derailleur, then the answer is yes.

Set up the shifter so...
Forum: Touring
07-02-09, 03:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By northboundtrain

If you're worried about the free-hub body...

If you're worried about the free-hub body failing, how 'bout just installing a new one for $30 before your next tour and then forget about it.
Forum: Touring
07-01-09, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By northboundtrain

Get an adjustable seat post as others have said. ...

Get an adjustable seat post as others have said. Any seat post that does not offer tilt adjustment is utterly worthless. Make sure you get the correct diameter -- they are not all the same.
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06-26-09, 02:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 830
Posted By northboundtrain

+1 on the Slumgullion-Spring Creek-Cochetopa...

+1 on the Slumgullion-Spring Creek-Cochetopa loop. I'd do it counter clockwise, but either way, it's as good as it gets in Colorado.

Unfortunately, I think 4th of July weekend, paved roads,...
Forum: Touring
06-25-09, 02:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By northboundtrain

This is definitely the easiest and most practical...

This is definitely the easiest and most practical solution unless you already have some nice vintage hubs/wheels that you really want to use. You hardly even need to actually bend the chainstays;...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 09:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 998
Posted By northboundtrain

As others have said, the stock bike is a very...

As others have said, the stock bike is a very good value with good components where necessary and adequate otherwise.

However, there could be several compelling reasons to build it up from...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 01:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,472
Posted By northboundtrain

I've done one lightweight tour, and have plans...

I've done one lightweight tour, and have plans for many more in the future. Last year I toured about 2,400 miles averaging 120+ miles a day. I used a road bike with a QR skewer mounted rear rack...
Forum: Touring
06-24-09, 07:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,004
Posted By northboundtrain

That bike looks great for lightweight touring. ...

That bike looks great for lightweight touring. +1 to valygrl's comments.

Yes get new wheels. I was out for a century ride Sunday and passed a fellow walking his bike on the side of the road...
Forum: Touring
06-23-09, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By northboundtrain

As others have suggested, it's a bit of a crap...

As others have suggested, it's a bit of a crap shoot in terms of whether you'll encounter unridable conditions. But if your schedule can accomodate a few days of potential down time, then I wouldn't...
Forum: Touring
06-21-09, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By northboundtrain

Yeah, I hear what you're saying. I'm just...

Yeah, I hear what you're saying. I'm just thinking it would be nice to have certain information concentrated somewhere, both for the questions that get asked all the time, and as an easily accessed...
Replies: 56
Views: 7,099
Posted By northboundtrain

I think that's right. If you look at some of the...

I think that's right. If you look at some of the "sport touring" models like the Gunnar Sport, Soma Smoothie ES, or Salsa Casseroll, the CS length is 425-430mm. The intent of slightly longer...
Forum: Touring
06-20-09, 04:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By northboundtrain

A Few More Stickies Perhaps?

Just wondering what people think.

It seems like we get a few questions over and over that would be well served with a couple more sticky threads. Many folks would understandably prefer to just...
Replies: 56
Views: 7,099
Posted By northboundtrain

There are really only a couple of factors in the...

There are really only a couple of factors in the geometry of a bike that determine comfort. Most important are fore-aft saddle position and handle bar height.

On longer rides, your aren't...
Replies: 27
Views: 4,861
Posted By northboundtrain

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I...

Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I was riding today thinking that if my 143mm Alias was just a little wider, it might be pretty comfortable. So perhaps I'll try one of the Specialized...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-17-09, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 789
Posted By northboundtrain

You probably need to do a little more research...

You probably need to do a little more research and familiarize yourself with the types of welding and brazing processes used in bicycle frame building.
Replies: 27
Views: 4,861
Posted By northboundtrain

Got a Lightweight Saddle You Love ???

I run Brooks B-17s on most of my bikes except for the racing rig. On that I have a Specialized Alias, 143mm wide. The Alias is fine for shorter rides, but I've been training a fair amount this...
Forum: Touring
06-16-09, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,303
Posted By northboundtrain

I toured 2,500 miles on a road bike last year,...

I toured 2,500 miles on a road bike last year, however the frame was titanium rather than carbon. For a rear rack I used a Headlands (similar to Old Man Mountain, I believe) rack meant for a front...
Forum: Touring
06-15-09, 06:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 906
Posted By northboundtrain

I hope the trip works out for him too, and I hope...

I hope the trip works out for him too, and I hope he finds a dumpster for those fairings before he encounters any real crosswinds.
Forum: Touring
06-15-09, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By northboundtrain

Adjust and tighten the headset(s) properly before...

Adjust and tighten the headset(s) properly before your trip. Use grease and get the nuts well tightened against each other. You shouldn't have a problem. In the unlikely event it loosens up on...
Forum: Touring
06-13-09, 05:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 296
Posted By northboundtrain

Thanks for sharing this. It's a cool idea, but I...

Thanks for sharing this. It's a cool idea, but I don't see it appealing to any serious bike commuter. It might work for someone who just wants to tool around town on a Saturday afternoon. It would...
Replies: 11
Views: 12,387
Posted By northboundtrain

I sometimes get moderate foot pain on longer...

I sometimes get moderate foot pain on longer rides (3+ hours) with my road shoes and road pedals, but my entry-level shimano touring shoes with SPD pedals have never bothered me, even on 10+ hour...
Replies: 53
Views: 5,297
Posted By northboundtrain

When riding with a group, the difference between...

When riding with a group, the difference between getting dropped on a climb and just barely being able to dangle on the back might be 5-10 watts or a couple of pounds. If you're dropped you slow...
Forum: Touring
05-21-09, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,789
Posted By northboundtrain

I've dealt with achilles pain before. It was...

I've dealt with achilles pain before. It was annoying but never debilitating, so you may be able to continue the ride if it doesn't get any worse. My recommendation is to lower the saddle as has...
Forum: Touring
05-20-09, 08:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,645
Posted By northboundtrain

You'll probably end up averaging as many miles...

You'll probably end up averaging as many miles per day as you need to make the trip in the allotted time, as long as it's within reason. After one or two days, you'll figure it out. So if you need...
Forum: Touring
05-11-09, 04:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By northboundtrain

benajah, What a great idea. I really like the...

benajah,
What a great idea. I really like the stage race/self supported format. While a "single stage" race -- be it self supported like the Great Divide Race, or fully supported like RAAM --...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-09-09, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,032
Posted By northboundtrain

I've been making my own drop-outs from 3/16"...

I've been making my own drop-outs from 3/16" 4130. I just use the drill press, bandsaw, and grinder. If I want eyelets, then I integrate them into the drop-outs and go with 6mm x 1.00mm holes...
Forum: Touring
05-01-09, 07:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,613
Posted By northboundtrain

I've only bike toured solo, except for one day...

I've only bike toured solo, except for one day that my brother joined me. However, I do have extensive experience climbing with other people and doing long multi-day routes. Bottom line always: we...
Forum: Touring
04-24-09, 08:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,077
Posted By northboundtrain

Sure you can do it. There's nothing to stop you...

Sure you can do it. There's nothing to stop you except some physical ailment that becomes intolerable, like knee pain or saddle sores. Even then, with enough ibuprofin and willingness to suffer you...
Forum: Touring
04-23-09, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 850
Posted By northboundtrain

I've toured with and without the ACA maps. I...

I've toured with and without the ACA maps. I find them really good for getting through large urban areas, so if you plan to ride through any cities, I'd at least get those maps. The other thing...
Forum: Touring
04-21-09, 10:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 803
Posted By northboundtrain

Seems like your tool kit is missing a few items. ...

Seems like your tool kit is missing a few items.

Here's my basic repair/parts touring kit:

pump
small sharp knife
couple of rags
couple pair of latex/nitrile gloves
chain lube
2 tubes
Forum: Framebuilders
04-21-09, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,114
Posted By northboundtrain

I've recently been making my own drop-outs out of...

I've recently been making my own drop-outs out of 3/16" 4130 cromoly using the drill press, bandsaw, grinder, and files. You need the right taps if you want fender/rack mounts or a derailleur...
Forum: Touring
04-21-09, 07:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By northboundtrain

A 36 spoke wheel with one broken spoke will still...

A 36 spoke wheel with one broken spoke will still be rideable until you get to a bike shop that can remove the freewheel/cassette. But if you were touring in a remote area or mtb touring, then...
Forum: Touring
04-20-09, 10:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By northboundtrain

I wouldn't bother packing cleaner/degreaser, but...

I wouldn't bother packing cleaner/degreaser, but it is a good idea to clean your chain when it gets dirty. Having a master link on your chain -- and a spare one in your tool kit -- will greatly...
Forum: Touring
04-20-09, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,821
Posted By northboundtrain

Here's another ultra-light tip. Last year I...

Here's another ultra-light tip. Last year I bought a camping french-press-mug. It had a stainless steel inner shell surrounded by a plastic insulating outer shell. I broke apart the plastic and...
Forum: Touring
04-20-09, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By northboundtrain

My inclination is always to make do with what...

My inclination is always to make do with what you've got until you have a pretty good idea of what would be your ideal set-up. Your center-pull brakes will be fine. All you need is enough clearance...
Forum: Touring
04-19-09, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,118
Posted By northboundtrain

Could you elaborate on how exactly the DT-HT and...

Could you elaborate on how exactly the DT-HT and TT-HT joints are reinforced? I looked at the bike on the IF website and didn't see anything other than a tig welded joint. Does IF just use thicker...
Forum: Touring
04-08-09, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 680
Posted By northboundtrain

I would agree, but only if you will be heavily...

I would agree, but only if you will be heavily loaded -- 40+ lbs. If you keep your load under about 40 lbs, then the cross check will be fine. Not sure how Surly measures the chainstay length on...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-04-09, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,465
Posted By northboundtrain

It's very hard to MIG weld bicycle frame tubing...

It's very hard to MIG weld bicycle frame tubing -- it's just too thin, and you don't have enough heat control. Even if you could make a successful weld, MIG is messy with lots of splatter that you'd...
Forum: Touring
04-02-09, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 444
Posted By northboundtrain

pfandel, Just curious, what is your...

pfandel,

Just curious, what is your discipline? E.S.? Sociology?

Pretty much any route you take will have you traveling through "Middle America" nearly the entire time. But you could skew...
Forum: Touring
03-31-09, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By northboundtrain

Just ask the powder coater. It it's a...

Just ask the powder coater.

It it's a problem, you could flush the inside of the frame with a solvent or hot soapy water.
Forum: Touring
03-31-09, 08:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,251
Posted By northboundtrain

I agree with the comments that the LHT -- and...

I agree with the comments that the LHT -- and similar heavy duty touring bikes -- is a tank. It's certainly true that if you put 28c tires on it and pack ultralight, it won't be too much slower than...
Forum: Touring
03-27-09, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,180
Posted By northboundtrain

I won't say anything that hasn't already been...

I won't say anything that hasn't already been said, just a little differently.
If you really hammer on a road bike, you will notice that you naturally move forward on the saddle, and have less or...
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