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Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 10:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,290
Posted By dh024

If mounting to a rear rack, I bet one of those...

If mounting to a rear rack, I bet one of those elastic cargo nets would work well. I use an Ursack, not a canister, so I can't recommend from experience, but I love my cargo net for securing my tent...
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 8,459
Posted By dh024

Canadians were pretty freaked out in 2020 by how...

Canadians were pretty freaked out in 2020 by how many COVID deaths occurred in the USA, and I think that has strongly biased their views on whether or not to open the border to Americans. A small...
08-14-20, 11:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By dh024

I have also used Merlin Cycles, Chain Reaction,...

I have also used Merlin Cycles, Chain Reaction, and Wiggle over the years, but the inventory they will ship to Canada has declined greatly in the last couple of years. For example, Wiggle and Chain...
Forum: Touring
12-30-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,086
Posted By dh024

I own and have used a Garmin Oregon 600, eTrex...

I own and have used a Garmin Oregon 600, eTrex 20/30, and a GPSMAP 62s/64. I like the eTrex 20/30 the best - very small and low profile on the handlebar compared to the others and better battery...
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 11:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,026
Posted By dh024

The Salsa Journeyman...

The Salsa Journeyman (https://salsacycles.com/bikes/journeyman_650b/2019_journeyman_apex_1_650_yellow) is an incredible value. This is a bike you definitely want to add to your list for a test ride.
10-26-19, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By dh024

Interesting statement - is it because there is...

Interesting statement - is it because there is less traffic?
10-26-19, 10:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,360
Posted By dh024

Sorry - you didn't mention knee problems. That...

Sorry - you didn't mention knee problems. That sucks - I have a friend who swears he has knee problems if he isn't clipped in, and he suffers through the winter as well because he can't find warm...
10-26-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,337
Posted By dh024

Platform pedals and warm, comfy non-cycling boots...

Platform pedals and warm, comfy non-cycling boots did the trick for me. I'll never put SPD pedals on a winter bike again. The benefits are just too insignificant, IMO. Warmth and comfort win out for...
10-26-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,360
Posted By dh024

Platform pedals and plain old warm, comfy boots -...

Platform pedals and plain old warm, comfy boots - in the end, I think this just works a lot better. YMMV
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,001
Posted By dh024

I have a helmet rain cover and a jacket with a...

I have a helmet rain cover and a jacket with a hood. I prefer using the hood most of the time. The helmet cover is OK when it isn't too cold or the rain isn't coming down hard.

I guess I am lucky...
10-21-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By dh024

Where are you commuting if you are retired?

Where are you commuting if you are retired?
Forum: Touring
07-16-19, 11:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,835
Posted By dh024

Agreed - why they never caught on is a shame....

Agreed - why they never caught on is a shame. Best touring pedal ever.

I bought up as many of them as I could find online when Ergon discontinued production.
04-21-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 23,437
Posted By dh024

If the bike is parked, the pedals aren't going to...

If the bike is parked, the pedals aren't going to rotate forward, unless you lift the rear wheel as in the first video.

Or are you saying they won't move forward even if you are riding the bike?
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Forum: Touring
11-26-18, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,251
Posted By dh024

Compared to what? I think you underestimate how...

Compared to what? I think you underestimate how much it costs to have staff, a physical office, and run a cartographic shop. I think they are a bargain given how specialized and well-maintained their...
11-21-18, 10:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,031
Posted By dh024

To do the usual BF thing of completely going off...

To do the usual BF thing of completely going off on a tangent, what's the deal with the "never looked back" phrase? People seem to be trying to say "much better than before" but people don't look...
11-15-18, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By dh024

I use my rain chaps in the winter. They work well...

I use my rain chaps in the winter. They work well as a wind barrier layer, which can make all the difference, but I don't overheat in them like rain pants or shell pants.

I think I actually get...
11-03-18, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By dh024

There is a thread in progress about this. I vote...

There is a thread in progress about this. I vote to not use a balaclava:


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11-02-18, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By dh024

Not nearly the issue it is when you share the...

Not nearly the issue it is when you share the lane with cars. Buses can't zip out into traffic as fast as cars can. I would much rather have one lane dedicated to only bikes and buses, rather than a...
11-01-18, 02:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By dh024

We have them here in parts of Calgary where I...

We have them here in parts of Calgary where I live, and they work fine for me. I have not had any negative interactions in the HOV bus-bike lanes, even though I have had issues on the general roads...
11-01-18, 01:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,031
Posted By dh024

The tread on those tires look very similar to my...

The tread on those tires look very similar to my older Top Contact Winter tires. I love them for the shoulder season where you can mostly avoid the ice on the roads. On ice, they are somewhere...
10-31-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,262
Posted By dh024

Put it under your removable insoles.

Put it under your removable insoles.
10-30-18, 11:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,262
Posted By dh024

This is exactly what I do, and it works well for...

This is exactly what I do, and it works well for me also.
10-29-18, 08:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,121
Posted By dh024

An alternative to a balaclava that I greatly...

An alternative to a balaclava that I greatly prefer is a merino beanie and neck tube. You can pull the neck tube up the back of your head and across your face so that it covers either just the chin...
10-29-18, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 694
Posted By dh024

Continental Top Contact II Premium. Continental...

Continental Top Contact II Premium. Continental are making them in a 27.5 x 2" version now. There is a current thread discussing this tire here...
Forum: Touring
10-18-18, 05:45 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,308
Posted By dh024

Brifter is shorthand for integrated brake and...

Brifter is shorthand for integrated brake and shifter lever. I thought everyone understood what it meant??

Plus, it's in Sheldon's bicycle glossary - so it's gotta be a real thing! ;-)...
10-15-18, 11:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,086
Posted By dh024

OP: When you say the chain is slipping, do you...

OP: When you say the chain is slipping, do you mean between gears on the rear cassette? If so, sounds like a rear derailleur alignment problem to me.

If it is slipping off your front chain ring...
10-13-18, 08:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By dh024

Same concept with a diy solution by a winter...

Same concept with a diy solution by a winter cyclist:
https://tuckamoredew.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/fog-free-at-last-diy-cold-weather-cycling-mask/

I have tried something that is similar - yes,...
10-04-18, 11:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,078
Posted By dh024

Yep, exactly. But I think a lot of people don't...

Yep, exactly. But I think a lot of people don't like the idea of cyclists "slowing down" traffic, and they can never think beyond that part of it.
Forum: Touring
09-25-18, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,944
Posted By dh024

14 lbs of cooking gear for a one-week trip? That...

14 lbs of cooking gear for a one-week trip? That is more than all my camping and cooking gear weigh combined for a one week trip. What's the intense desire to bring two pots and have an induction...
09-22-18, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,431
Posted By dh024

Never challenge North American car culture. It is...

Never challenge North American car culture. It is sacred to the masses. It is the cornerstone of urban heritage for the majority of our population. Sigh.
09-20-18, 10:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,552
Posted By dh024

Not a frivolous tool at all! A friend has one of...

Not a frivolous tool at all! A friend has one of these, and I have always been envious. Try finding a small puncture on a windy day on the shoulder of a highway with lots of motor vehicle noise - you...
09-20-18, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,322
Posted By dh024

I suggest you put blinky lights on your gloves -...

I suggest you put blinky lights on your gloves - they will do more to attract driver attention than bike-mounted signals. Besides, many (most?) jurisdictions require cyclists to use hand signals,...
09-16-18, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,653
Posted By dh024

I have 10 winters behind me and totally agree. It...

I have 10 winters behind me and totally agree. It may not be relevant to the OP's question, but in ice and snow and frigid cold, platforms are the way to go, IMO. All the seasoned winter commuters I...
09-16-18, 06:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,234
Posted By dh024

I just turn them upside down over a register so...

I just turn them upside down over a register so that the furnace dries them overnight. But that might only work if you live in a cold climate like me.

Another trick is to roll up some old...
Forum: Touring
09-16-18, 06:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,690
Posted By dh024

Exactly. I got a huge pack of them at Home Depot...

Exactly. I got a huge pack of them at Home Depot on Sale for $6. They are almost disposable at that price, and I wouldn't hesitate to cut one down to a perfect size.
Forum: Touring
09-09-18, 10:44 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,309
Posted By dh024

Agreed. And if you don't mind losing a bit of top...

Agreed. And if you don't mind losing a bit of top end on your touring bike, there are lots of options out there to run a double with plenty of low end.

My Surly ECR even came from the factory with...
Forum: Touring
09-09-18, 02:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,227
Posted By dh024

Well, the "toughness" that one user experienced...

Well, the "toughness" that one user experienced was much less than expected, one says it was fairly normal, and many have reported no problems at all. Mine have been wearing better than expected....
Forum: Touring
09-09-18, 02:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,309
Posted By dh024

I swapped out my triple for a Sugino low-wide...

I swapped out my triple for a Sugino low-wide double crankset for touring about 5 years ago. I upgraded my rear DR to a long-cage version, and everything worked beautifully without modifying any...
Forum: Touring
09-07-18, 12:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,227
Posted By dh024

If it is a quality-control issue, I suspect Surly...

If it is a quality-control issue, I suspect Surly will step up and take care of you. Have you contacted them yet? There are a lot of people praising these tires on this and other forums, so maybe you...
Forum: Touring
09-02-18, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,551
Posted By dh024

Andrew Sufficool documented his 2012 GDMBR tour...

Andrew Sufficool documented his 2012 GDMBR tour on an LHT here on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOOQ7GJdmVo

and CGOAB here:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=10717

Not...
08-24-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,030
Posted By dh024

Post #2...

Post #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) and #3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) nailed it. Tire bead jacks rock. And Mavic...
08-07-18, 11:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By dh024

Another idea to check/eliminate - could be a bent...

Another idea to check/eliminate - could be a bent rear derailleur hanger. The more chain tension, the worse the problem becomes.

In the large chainring, if you pedal backwards does the chain skip...
Forum: Touring
07-31-18, 10:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,771
Posted By dh024

Attack has been claimed by ISIS:...

Attack has been claimed by ISIS: https://abcnews.go.com/International/american-cyclists-dead-terror-attack-tajikistan/story?id=56911753
07-28-18, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,881
Posted By dh024

x2 I even have a bag of rotor shims in a box...

x2

I even have a bag of rotor shims in a box somewhere, and just never felt the need to install them.
07-28-18, 12:51 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,375
Posted By dh024

If I am riding the bus or train, or a passenger...

If I am riding the bus or train, or a passenger in a car, I would appreciate having a working cell phone.
Forum: Touring
07-28-18, 12:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,693
Posted By dh024

I went back to platform pedals a couple years ago...

I went back to platform pedals a couple years ago and then realized that I found no benefit to clipless pedals for touring or commuting. But the benefits of being able to wear comfy street shoes or...
Forum: Touring
07-27-18, 08:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,163
Posted By dh024

Jones Loop H-bars are pretty fantastic....

Jones Loop H-bars are pretty fantastic. Extra-wide swept bars with lots of hand positions and places to mount gear. I have mine setup on my Surly ECR so that I can get in a moderately aero position...
Forum: Touring
07-12-18, 04:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,072
Posted By dh024

Have it shipped to you as a"gift," with a...

Have it shipped to you as a"gift," with a declared replacement value of $50. Canada Customs likely won't be bothered to try to collect any import fees on it. And if they do, seriously - it will be...
Forum: Touring
07-06-18, 10:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,057
Posted By dh024

I use mine primarily in the winter, too. But I...

I use mine primarily in the winter, too. But I always bring a headlamp for in camp when touring or bikepacking anyways, so the ability to mount it on a helmet means I don't have to also bring a...
Forum: Touring
07-06-18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,057
Posted By dh024

Or yet another way to do it is to get some...

Or yet another way to do it is to get some self-adhesive velcro tape and use that to attach the headlamp to the helmet (e.g., on a visor). Then, if you want to use the headlamp with the headband, you...
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