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Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,633
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: 1,633
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: 6,911
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: 6,911
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: 6,483
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: 614
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: 2,229
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: 2,229
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: 3,993
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.
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,993
Posted By niknak

That's my point. You had to experiment with shoes...

That's my point. You had to experiment with shoes and insoles to find something that works for you. That costs more than a pair of flat pedals. I've done the same experiments but haven't found...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,993
Posted By niknak

Over the years I've yet to find a pair of cycling...

Over the years I've yet to find a pair of cycling specific shoes that have been as comfortable as sneakers. I've tried 5.10s, Specialized, Shimano, Lake, Sidi, and Giro shoes. I've used Shimano,...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,993
Posted By niknak

The OP was asking about how to increase comfort,...

The OP was asking about how to increase comfort, not performance. I've found if I'm comfortable, I can ride longer with less strain on the body. That's why I suggested he try flat pedals with...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,993
Posted By niknak

For long days in the saddle, I've found that...

For long days in the saddle, I've found that regular sneakers or MTB shoes for flat pedals combined with a large MTB platform pedal is the most comfortable. To me, comfort is more important than any...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,852
Posted By niknak

Where are you starting and where are you ending?...

Where are you starting and where are you ending? Have you looked into AirBnB and Warm Showers? Have you thought about stealth/wild/free camping?
Forum: Touring
09-27-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,653
Posted By niknak

For those running wide tires at low pressures,...

For those running wide tires at low pressures, I'm a huge fan of the OneUp Components EDC Pump and multi-tool (https://www.oneupcomponents.com/collections/edc). It's mainly designed for mountain...
Forum: Touring
09-19-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By niknak

If you're worried about traffic, I'd recommend...

If you're worried about traffic, I'd recommend flying to Tromsų and riding to Bergen. In 2016 my wife and I rode from Tromsų to Trondheim. It was exceptional! There was very little traffic, the...
Forum: Touring
09-04-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,914
Posted By niknak

Have a look at the bikepacking setups from the...

Have a look at the bikepacking setups from the 2019 Tour Divide: https://bikepacking.com/bikes/tour-divide-rigs-2019/

Those racers using flat bars typically have short bar ends for placing their...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-12-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,219
Posted By niknak

I like around 300 to 305mm sagged with 170mm...

I like around 300 to 305mm sagged with 170mm cranks and 130/140mm travel forks. Remember that hardtails change their geometry quite a bit as they go through their travel, unlike full suspension...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-05-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,189
Posted By niknak

A 31.7 TT seems oversized for such a small frame....

A 31.7 TT seems oversized for such a small frame. Are you around 5'8"? Unless you're a really powerful rider or pretty heavy or both, I'd suggest moving to a 28.6 TT and 31.7 DT. Then you don't have...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-22-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 779
Posted By niknak

You could also make your own lugs. Then you can...

You could also make your own lugs. Then you can have whatever angle and size you like.
Forum: Touring
07-16-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,159
Posted By niknak

In 2016 I spent five weeks in France and I think...

In 2016 I spent five weeks in France and I think 3 weeks in Spain. Although Spain had its highlights, France was consistently fantastic. Here are the reasons to go to France:

Huge network of...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-08-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,648
Posted By niknak

If she's less than 110lbs then I doubt she can...

If she's less than 110lbs then I doubt she can produce enough watts to require a big down tube. I'm perfectly happy using the same down tube on my bike and I'm 165lbs and ride a much bigger frame...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-05-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,648
Posted By niknak

If she's less than 110lbs, then chances are she's...

If she's less than 110lbs, then chances are she's shorter than 5'6". That means her road frames are pretty small. Also, it sounds like she's an experienced rider who is used to riding performance...
07-02-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By niknak

Perhaps the vibrations are amplified in the fork....

Perhaps the vibrations are amplified in the fork. There were some old Specialized mountain bikes that resonated oddly in the swing arm. If I remember correctly, people would tape things like magnets...
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,524
Posted By niknak

Since you haven't ridden a drop bar bike in a...

Since you haven't ridden a drop bar bike in a long time, the best solution is to first ride a drop bar bike before committing to selecting your touring bike. I'd find a used bike that's in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,829
Posted By niknak

I had a fistula above my a**hole. Like an idiot,...

I had a fistula above my a**hole. Like an idiot, I waited until it was really painful to see the doctor. The doctor decided to do the surgery on the spot because I was apparently in bad shape down...
Forum: Touring
06-06-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,454
Posted By niknak

Yeah, a simple yes/no button for tubeless...

Yeah, a simple yes/no button for tubeless compatible tires would be fine. Not sure why they have to call out the each brand's marketing name for the same feature.
Forum: Touring
06-05-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,454
Posted By niknak

That's too bad. It works fine for me. Did you...

That's too bad. It works fine for me. Did you find the filter buttons at the bottom of the screen? At first I didn't see them.

The website does look like it was unearthed from the GeoCities...
Forum: Touring
06-04-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,454
Posted By niknak

Check out Rubber Lover (https://rubberlover.cc/)....

Check out Rubber Lover (https://rubberlover.cc/). It has a huge database of tires that you can narrow down using filters. I did a search for 700c, 40-45mm width, tubeless tires and got 54 hits. It's...
Forum: Touring
05-20-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 756
Posted By niknak

It might help to contact the companies and ask...

It might help to contact the companies and ask them. They get random questions about what fits in their bags all the time.
Forum: Framebuilders
05-05-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,178
Posted By niknak

You could always run a smaller tire in back but...

You could always run a smaller tire in back but use the 700x55 up front. Even Lael says she'll do it for races with lots of mud for better rear clearance.

Design it as a mullet and you don't need...
Forum: Touring
05-02-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,582
Posted By niknak

If you are going to use calipers to measure the...

If you are going to use calipers to measure the rotor thickness, make sure you're not measuring the thickness of the rotor edges, which typically don't get touched by the pads. You'll get a false...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-27-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By niknak

Like Dsaul, I just use some 1/4x.028" tubing,...

Like Dsaul, I just use some 1/4x.028" tubing, file an oblong hole to get the entry angle the way I want and braze it in. My preference is to put the entry in the DT near the HT on the drive side. I...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Posted By niknak

Insoles for walking are different than insoles...

Insoles for walking are different than insoles for cycling. I'd recommend she look at the Specialized Body Geometry insoles (https://www.specialized.com/us/en/body-geometry-sl-footbeds/p/130590).
Forum: Touring
04-09-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By niknak

My wife and I rode the ring road counterclockwise...

My wife and I rode the ring road counterclockwise in 2008. We spent 5 weeks and camped every night. The campgrounds are cheap and food at grocery stores isn't too bad. Like others have said, eating...
Forum: Touring
04-08-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,258
Posted By niknak

I used to use a foam roller in an attempt to help...

I used to use a foam roller in an attempt to help my IT band. My PT recommended I use a roller from Trigger Point. It was hollow. A hollow roller could come in handy for packing because you can stuff...
Forum: Touring
01-07-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,712
Posted By niknak

The Oregon Outback...

The Oregon Outback (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27216757) is an Amtrak train ride away from Nor Cal. At the end you may need to ride roads to get into Portland. There might be a bus to get you to...
Forum: Touring
12-19-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,100
Posted By niknak

A smart phone and the Gaia app are good for...

A smart phone and the Gaia app are good for off-road adventures. Gaia is an annual membership but their maps are great. There are other free options. The Maps.me app can be useful for finding things...
Forum: Touring
12-18-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Posted By niknak

Of the bikes I listed, I think the Journeyman...

Of the bikes I listed, I think the Journeyman looks like a great bike at a good price. I'd want to lower the gearing for touring. Luckily, since it's a flat bar bike, mountain bike gearing options...
Forum: Touring
12-17-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Posted By niknak

Off the top of my head: Jones Thorn ...

Off the top of my head:

Jones
Thorn
Rivendell Clem Smith Jr.
Surly Bridge Club
Forum: Framebuilders
12-10-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,680
Posted By niknak

I don't think about BB drop at all. BB drop is a...

I don't think about BB drop at all. BB drop is a driven dimension. It's the measurement you refer to when setting up your frame jig.

IMO a frame should be designed using BB height. That means you...
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,436
Posted By niknak

Fork length and fork offset (rake) are considered...

Fork length and fork offset (rake) are considered driving dimensions. The designer determines both dimensions and the builder builds to those dimensions. It doesn't matter if the fork blades are...
Forum: Touring
12-05-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 18,679
Posted By niknak

What's your lowest and highest gear on your...

What's your lowest and highest gear on your current touring bike? I like a gearing range from about 18 to 95 gear inches for touring on and off road. My current touring bike runs 38/28t rings and a...
Forum: Touring
12-04-19, 11:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,436
Posted By niknak

The seat tube angle will also get steeper with a...

The seat tube angle will also get steeper with a shorter fork, which may mean you'll need a seatpost with more setback to compensate.

One option is to draw your bike in a program like Rattle CAD,...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 809
Posted By niknak

Every tour I seem to bring a different set of...

Every tour I seem to bring a different set of tools. I don't have a photo, but this is what I brought on our summer trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway:

Fix It Sticks tool with only the bits to...
Forum: Touring
12-02-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,247
Posted By niknak

Why do you consider bikepacking a type of credit...

Why do you consider bikepacking a type of credit card touring?

In my experience riding part of the Great Divide and the Idaho Hot Springs Loop I camped and cooked a higher percentage of the trip...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-27-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,924
Posted By niknak

Nice work on your fixture! I imagine it slides...

Nice work on your fixture! I imagine it slides onto an Anvil dummy axle. How do you phase the flat mount bosses so their slots are parallel to each other and the rear axle? I think Anvil's fixture...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,831
Posted By niknak

The SP Elite jacket failed at the taped seams...

The SP Elite jacket failed at the taped seams along the shoulders where the arms connected. At that point it became just a wind jacket. In my experience that's how all of my fancy two or three ply...
Forum: Touring
10-27-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,831
Posted By niknak

The Shower's Pass Elite 2.1 jacket has the best...

The Shower's Pass Elite 2.1 jacket has the best design for cycling I've ever used. It has wide cuffs, front-biased zippered vents, and a rear vent to maximize airflow to prevent overheating, which is...
Forum: Touring
10-25-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,956
Posted By niknak

Price and worldwide parts availability are fair...

Price and worldwide parts availability are fair reasons to stick with 9-speed. I've only worn out tires and chains on tours, so I personally feel comfortable touring anywhere with 11-speed on tours...
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