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11-26-18, 12:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 369
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Re: vertically or inverted - I vaguely remember...

Re: vertically or inverted - I vaguely remember hanging it briefly while I changed a tube. It wouldn't have been vertical, but it would have elevated the caliper relative the to the leaver - it...
11-26-18, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 369
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Deore Hydro discs, Intermittent performance

I installed Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc brakes a couple of years ago and have enjoyed excellent all-weather performance, commuting year round in the mid-Atlantic since then. Then, over the course of...
08-25-16, 01:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,330
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Velox tape does fail. It happened to me just the...

Velox tape does fail. It happened to me just the other day. The darn thing only lasted 25 years.
08-18-16, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By TheReal Houdini

but don't try the bike down a hill.

but don't try the bike down a hill.
Forum: Commuting
07-20-16, 10:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Try one of your roadie pumps and see how it goes....

Try one of your roadie pumps and see how it goes. I use a mini-morph on 28x2" tires. I usually pump 'til about 30psi, then top up the tire with a floor pump when convenient. I'd be happy riding...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-16, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,081
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I used the nashbar bag effectively for a few...

I used the nashbar bag effectively for a few months. My chief complaint was that it obscured my rack-mounted tail light, especially from the side. Now I just keep the clothes at work and walk them...
Forum: Touring
11-25-15, 11:41 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,159
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I used self-adhesive patches for years to include...

I used self-adhesive patches for years to include multiple patches on a single tube ridden for many months/years with no issues. All on 23-25 mm tires.
Then I started using fatter tires and...
11-25-15, 10:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,536
Posted By TheReal Houdini

WD-40 (water displacement formula 40) was...

WD-40 (water displacement formula 40) was developed to prevent rust on missiles. When it dries fully it leaves a sticky film behind. It’s not a good lubricant for anything you don’t want to re-lube...
Forum: Touring
11-20-15, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By TheReal Houdini

26" based on your size Butterfly bars! - I love...

26" based on your size
Butterfly bars! - I love them but don't know how well they will work with LHT geometry. My primary hand position is about even with the top cap of my stem. That does not...
Forum: Touring
11-19-15, 06:46 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,180
Posted By TheReal Houdini

It’s a little late for autumn colors here but...

It’s a little late for autumn colors here but there were other benefits. There’s a whole lot more to see on that route when the leaves are off the trees – even though I’ve ridden most of this route...
Forum: Touring
11-18-15, 08:41 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,180
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Friday afternoon: DC Area (from my front door) to...

Friday afternoon: DC Area (from my front door) to Harpers Ferry via W&OD trail, Whites Ferry, and the C&O. Camped at a Hiker-Biker site; 60 miles
Saturday: Paralleled the Shenandoah river to Front...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-15, 08:13 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,583
Posted By TheReal Houdini

1. The least expensive dyno system will solve...

1. The least expensive dyno system will solve your problem
2. Trick shaped-beam LED headlights with standlights and daylight sensors are awesome - worth my $$
3. Get a wired tail light too, install...
Forum: Touring
11-17-15, 01:12 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,044
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I like fat tires for off-road touring. 622-50;...

I like fat tires for off-road touring. 622-50; 28"/700c-2" They provide good control on loose gravel, high volume and lower pressure provides some protection for rims and spokes, and they're...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-15, 12:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,590
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I've had two in really remote places. Once I...

I've had two in really remote places. Once I rode 10 km on a rear flat, intentionally ruining a rim. The second time I broke a chain 20 km from civilization and had to persuade the one vehicle that...
10-05-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,587
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Haven't tried Chain-L yet (sorry FB; wish my...

Haven't tried Chain-L yet (sorry FB; wish my neighborhood LBSs carried it). Phil Wood Tenacious Oil works well for me, even better if you can take the chain off the bike to clean and re-lube. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-15, 05:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,277
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I commuted 1.5 miles on a Batavus Personal...

I commuted 1.5 miles on a Batavus Personal Delivery bike for better than four years. It's a 50 lb 3 speed. I also ran errands and even rode the length of the C&O canal on it. My observations:
...
Forum: Touring
09-24-15, 02:51 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,044
Posted By TheReal Houdini

yes

yes
Forum: Touring
09-18-15, 03:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,354
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I try to eat something every hour. I also prefer...

I try to eat something every hour. I also prefer water but can tolerate 50% diluted Gatorade when I need it. The handlebar bag helps. The food is right there in front of me. I also keep a cliff...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-15, 07:15 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 20,992
Posted By TheReal Houdini

In your original post you said: "my rear...

In your original post you said: "my rear derailluer was firmly jammed into the rear wheel and spokes"

I can't see it.
Forum: Touring
09-14-15, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,173
Posted By TheReal Houdini

The Novara Safari; if you would consider...

The Novara Safari; if you would consider trekking/butterfly bars.

+1 for discs.
Forum: Touring
09-12-15, 11:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,791
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Let's assume the op's income is over 400K (more...

Let's assume the op's income is over 400K (more power to you), then you're in the 40% tax bracket and you'd be better off taking a 9K deduction on your taxes than a less than $3600 sales price....
...
Forum: Touring
09-12-15, 09:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,791
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Ebay is a good option but it will be challenging...

Ebay is a good option but it will be challenging for a novice to provide enough detail to command the maximum price on bike in that value range. I would consider talking to local bike shops about a...
Forum: Touring
09-09-15, 10:17 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,825
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I think the whole wetness issue is overblown. ...

I think the whole wetness issue is overblown. Treat with sno-seal or proofide periodically and forgetaboutit.
Forum: Touring
09-08-15, 09:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,825
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Re: no padded shorts: I commute in comfort 25...

Re: no padded shorts: I commute in comfort 25 miles a day without them but find that I want/need them on tour at 90 to 140 miles per day. B17
09-08-15, 08:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,621
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Connex chain wear indicator - Connex by...

Connex chain wear indicator - Connex by Wippermann (http://www.connexchain.com/en/product/connex-kettenverschleisslehre.html) The Park tool doesn't work. This one is better. 12" rule is best.
09-03-15, 05:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,663
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I bet I could ride my bike to the local auto...

I bet I could ride my bike to the local auto parts store, buy a $10 cigarette lighter powered air compressor, ride home and inflate the car tire in less time and with less sweat. That is if I didn’t...
Forum: Touring
09-01-15, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 783
Posted By TheReal Houdini

My Novara Safari’s factory wheels were a mixed...

My Novara Safari’s factory wheels were a mixed bag. The front wheel had to be re-dished. The rear wheel was delivered in good condition – I checked it with a tensiometer – but three years later the...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-15, 11:55 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 20,992
Posted By TheReal Houdini

+1 If you don’t know enough about bikes to...

+1

If you don’t know enough about bikes to keep your derailleur out of your spokes you really need to leave the spoke protector in place. If the shop did remove the spoke protector I can only...
Forum: Touring
08-27-15, 12:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,171
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I use the mini-morph without frustration on up to...

I use the mini-morph without frustration on up to 29x50 tires. I like that it is small and light. I use it for roadside repair only. If I planned to use a portable pump for routine top ups, for...
08-27-15, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 366
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Creak from stem

Iím getting creak from my stem. I canít tell if itís the faceplate or fork bolts. Its obnoxious climbing out of the saddle and frightening while sprinting (note Ė I sprint from the drops so itís...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-15, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,252
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I commuted with a Respro mask for four years when...

I commuted with a Respro mask for four years when I lived in Jakarta, Indonesia (lots of vehicles, lots of air pollution). My notes
1. I felt much better wearing the mask than not. I felt...
Forum: Touring
08-18-15, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By TheReal Houdini

+1 Google maps has routed me on a hiking...

+1

Google maps has routed me on a hiking trail (cycling prohibited), lots of gravel, and one "fire road" that you would need a chainsaw and rock-crawler jeep to get through. I rode everything but...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-15, 12:04 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,978
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Thatís especially bad. He canít get to his...

Thatís especially bad. He canít get to his brakes fast enough.
Forum: Commuting
08-17-15, 08:33 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,978
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I sometimes draft strangers but only after...

I sometimes draft strangers but only after assessing their riding abilities and, approaching from the side, requesting permission. When people approach me this way I respond favorably. I don’t...
Forum: Touring
08-06-15, 10:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,059
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Oh, and you can get a Novara Safari new and...

Oh, and you can get a Novara Safari new and complete inside your budget.
Forum: Touring
08-06-15, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,059
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Don’t worry. If you ride the sh*t out of it,...

Don’t worry. If you ride the sh*t out of it, especially in winter, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to take it apart and put it back together again. In four years I’ve replaced:
Tubes and tires...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-15, 09:02 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,832
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I don’t even lock mine up. I park in a garage...

I don’t even lock mine up. I park in a garage full of armored limousines that requires a government security clearance for access…
Forum: Commuting
07-15-15, 08:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 815
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I don’t think there is any difference in shift...

I don’t think there is any difference in shift performance across the top half of the Shimano mechanical range. The only difference is weight, sometimes at the expense of durability. My Deore stuff...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-15, 08:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,422
Posted By TheReal Houdini

A motorist, with a bicycle mounted to his car,...

A motorist, with a bicycle mounted to his car, yelled at me through his window to get off the street and use a bike path. Admittedly I was on the road immediately next to a major bike path in an...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-15, 10:21 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,336
Posted By TheReal Houdini

evermore

evermore
Forum: Commuting
02-26-15, 06:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,846
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Sometimes I wonder how much faster I would be if...

Sometimes I wonder how much faster I would be if I ditched the fat tires, racks, fenders, suspended leather saddle, trekking bars, and generator lighting. Then I think, I hate backpacks. I'll keep...
02-14-15, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 797
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Rim and Spoke recommendations

If you would be so kind as to make recommendations for the following three wheels I would be most grateful. Thanks in advance! Iíve built a few wheels and am comfortable with the process but think...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-14, 01:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,587
Posted By TheReal Houdini

It takes two to tango. We've been a one car...

It takes two to tango.

We've been a one car family with three kids for most of the last decade. Getting my wife to give up the car long enough to change the fucing oil has been a nightmare, much...
Forum: Touring
06-06-14, 07:21 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,823
Posted By TheReal Houdini

there's a guy out there somewhere - look for the...

there's a guy out there somewhere - look for the outdoor refrigerators next to the house - he'll sell you a pretzel for $2 and give you a nice cold beer to wash it down.
Forum: Touring
06-02-14, 04:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,952
Posted By TheReal Houdini

And I like 622x47. I don't notice the difference...

And I like 622x47. I don't notice the difference in weight or speed but I do notice the difference in comfort all the time and and the difference in control on very rough surfaces (vs 42 and 38).
Forum: Touring
06-02-14, 04:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,952
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Surly's specs are going to be conservative; they...

Surly's specs are going to be conservative; they can't know the width of your rim or account for brand and manufacturing differences in marked/marketed and actual tire width.
Forum: Touring
06-01-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,869
Posted By TheReal Houdini

I've got 7k miles or so on the b17 standard on my...

I've got 7k miles or so on the b17 standard on my touring rig. My observations:

1. It is by far the most comfortable saddle I've used in 25 years of cycling, right out of the box.
2. It has a...
Forum: Touring
05-24-14, 07:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,777
Posted By TheReal Houdini

Harris Cyclery used to offer to "touch up"...

Harris Cyclery used to offer to "touch up" machine built wheels for a reasonable fee, $10 I think. Maybe they still do, I don't know. IMO this brings the build quality up to hand-built without all...
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