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Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 11:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 582
Posted By CMAW

You can bring your bike on a decent number of...

You can bring your bike on a decent number of regional trains in Italy, but not on long distance or high speed trains (unless you're able to stuff it in a 110 x 80 cm box or bag).
specifics...
05-05-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 12,398
Posted By mstateglfr

- Pressure can be run at lower levels without...

- Pressure can be run at lower levels without worrying about pinchflats. That is a very real benefit.
- Most punctures will seal up on their own and many will seal without you realizing you got...
02-13-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,825
Posted By niknak

I've used BB7s, Spyres, and Klampers. Klampers...

I've used BB7s, Spyres, and Klampers. Klampers are hands down the best of the bunch. I was skeptical because of the price, but man they feel great. For drop bar disc I'd rate brakes in this order:...
02-13-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,825
Posted By Rolla

Evidently, Avid designed the BB7 to do two...

Evidently, Avid designed the BB7 to do two things: make noise and require daily adjustment. The only good thing I can say about them is that they're better than BB5s. I'd rather run cantis than...
Forum: Touring
02-05-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By Polaris OBark

I have two wheel sets on my main (non-touring)...

I have two wheel sets on my main (non-touring) ride, one 700c and one is 650b. The primary advantage of the smaller wheels is that I can fit a larger tire. Ideally, the outside diameter of the 650b...
Forum: Touring
02-02-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The rim size is not as important as the diameter...

The rim size is not as important as the diameter of the rim+wheel, and 650B wheels are often run with wider tires that approximate the diameter of a 700c wheel/tire, but with more air acting as a...
Forum: Touring
12-07-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 850
Posted By Adam Greenfield

Possible to rent touring bikes in Mexico City?

Hi all,

Does anyone know if it's possible to rent bikes in Mexico City suitable for long distance travel? We're hoping to do a 1-2 week 800km trip north from Mexico City, ending up in Guanajuato....
Forum: Touring
12-06-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,184
Posted By staehpj1

It depends on your criteria. Butyl tubes are...

It depends on your criteria. Butyl tubes are inexpensive, hold air moderately well (better than latex but reportedly not as well as TPU), and tend to be less efficient than other tube types by 5+...
11-22-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,338
Posted By chas58

Interesting question. As you probably know,...

Interesting question.

As you probably know, US tends to use lights with integrated batteries, while dyno systems tend to be European. I guess the ebike market is evolving.
German lighting laws...
Forum: Touring
11-17-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,978
Posted By Stadjer

That's not entirely fair. If you want a wild...

That's not entirely fair. If you want a wild Netherlands one third would be a swamp where you couln't lay your sleeping bag down and another third would be North Sea. It's not really a country, it's...
Forum: Touring
11-11-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,978
Posted By skookum

Derail here to talk about random camping in...

Derail here to talk about random camping in Canada.
There has been a lot of controversy the last couple of years about about random camping in the foothills of the Rockies, especially the Municipal...
Forum: Touring
11-09-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,521
Posted By Tourist in MSN

If I was going to put outer housing over the...

If I was going to put outer housing over the inner along the top tube, I would just cut a piece of outer housing that is a hair shorter than the distance between the cable stops. (Also factor in the...
Forum: Touring
11-06-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,978
Posted By Doug64

Twenty Euros a day will not cover food and...

Twenty Euros a day will not cover food and camping. I don't think it will even cover the camping. My wife and I have ridden through the Netherlands as part of 3 different tours. We like to end our...
10-29-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,611
Posted By rsrogers

I just put the 11-40t XT cassette on my Bianchi...

I just put the 11-40t XT cassette on my Bianchi Allroad with 46/30 front rings. With the stock bracket axle unit the B-screw was all the way in and was hitting the tab at an angle. Probably...
Forum: Touring
10-21-21, 12:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,979
Posted By djb

Holy geez fourfa, such good, practical and down...

Holy geez fourfa, such good, practical and down to earth suggestions and comments, all of which I agree on
I especially loved the comment about too high gearing being an affront to knees and...
10-18-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,611
Posted By Paul Barnard

I have learned that it's not so obvious to others...

I have learned that it's not so obvious to others when I type with my tongue in my cheek, so I'll tell you that is where my tongue is with this reply.

I bought a Lynskey titanium frame. You...
10-17-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,611
Posted By mstateglfr

Below 19gi just isn't something that is commonly...

Below 19gi just isn't something that is commonly needed. It shouldn't be surprising to see options to get there are alternatives vs mainstream.

Get a White Industries crank and fit whatever size...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,979
Posted By staehpj1

Yeah, a nice shower and bed is pretty luxurious....

Yeah, a nice shower and bed is pretty luxurious. OTOH, the camaradarie in the hiker biker sites was one of the best things about rdiing the coast for me. I fell in with a great group who camped...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,979
Posted By staehpj1

I have known or heard of way more people who got...

I have known or heard of way more people who got rid of stuff in one way or another than added it. On my first tour we mailed stuff home several times. I might have added a warmer clothing item...
08-27-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,718
Posted By deaninkl

Well, maybe some background…. I’m 62, 30-40lb...

Well, maybe some background…. I’m 62, 30-40lb overweight, cycling is one of the ways I hope to lose weight… currently I live in Taiwan, a country half the size of Ireland (so probably the size of a...
08-27-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,718
Posted By HTupolev

Not it's not, at least not for the vast majority...

Not it's not, at least not for the vast majority of people. You'd have to have a severe balance issue for 16-18 gear inches to directly pose an issue.


The OP said they're trying to ride a loaded...
08-11-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,733
Posted By Wspsux

I can see gravel bikes settling into two...

I can see gravel bikes settling into two categories, ironically, the two that gravel bikes came from. We'll have the drop bar mountain bikes and we'll have light touring bikes again, except they'll...
08-11-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,733
Posted By unterhausen

I think that people are using gravel bikes for...

I think that people are using gravel bikes for all kinds of things, including putting wider road tires on them and riding them on the road. It seems to me that many of them make better touring bikes...
08-10-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,733
Posted By KJ43

No because bikes that fall under the marketing...

No because bikes that fall under the marketing term "Gravel" span a really wide gamut of terrain and riding styles already. It is everything from what are almost XC mountain bikes to road bikes that...
08-09-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,236
Posted By noglider

It's been a while since I was a novice wheel...

It's been a while since I was a novice wheel builder, so maybe I don't know what they're capable of. But I don't think expensive tools gets you a better wheel. I just think it gets you a wheel...
08-06-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,733
Posted By Cal398

Don’t sleep on 650b

650b improved every aspect of my riding experience - speed going up technical climbs, speed going down technical descents, acceleration, physical comfort, mental comfort, bike geometry became more...
07-27-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,247
Posted By chaadster

I have a dynamo, too, but I’m really unimpressed...

I have a dynamo, too, but I’m really unimpressed with dynamo tail lights in terms of safety. I don’t think they’re very bright compared to rechargeables, and Inthink flashing lighting is more...
Forum: Touring
07-04-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By tcs

The first derailleurs had complicated mechanisms...

The first derailleurs had complicated mechanisms to keep the chainline straight - but the chains of the day wouldn't really flex out of line.
...
06-12-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,923
Posted By Kapusta

One issue that discussion almost every “which is...

One issue that discussion almost every “which is better for a gravel bike” discussion runs into (including 1x) is that “Gravel Bike” can mean everything from road bikes with wide tires to drop bar...
06-10-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,923
Posted By ksryder

^^^This is the correct answer. 1x is great for...

^^^This is the correct answer. 1x is great for some things. 2x is great for other things.

Also whoever just said "all gravel bikes are 1x" now is proof that you can say just anything you want on...
06-10-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,923
Posted By mstateglfr

How is the gravel bike used? 1x is great if...

How is the gravel bike used?

1x is great if a gravel bike is rolling thru mud frequently, ridden on singletrack a lot, and is subjected to overall worse riding conditions.
2x is great if a...
06-01-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,815
Posted By walnutz

Random assorted 650b gravel tire reviews

I spent the last year experimenting with different tires after discovering and converting religiously to 650b. I figured I would put this out there for anyone who is interested. Happy to answer...
Forum: Touring
05-31-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 26,039
Posted By Tourist in MSN

There are advantages and disadvantages. My last...

There are advantages and disadvantages. My last tour, taxi (Prius) from home to bus stop. Bus to another state to airport. Lug my stuff across airport to shuttle pickup. Take motel shuttle to motel....
Forum: Touring
05-22-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,944
Posted By TCollen

... and with fitted clothing, if you add a cape...

... and with fitted clothing, if you add a cape you'll look like a super hero. But joking aside, if your "baggy street clothes" are comfortable, then go ahead and wear them. That's what 200,000,000...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,913
Posted By Tourist in MSN

My tent is the one on the left. Not self...

My tent is the one on the left. Not self supporting, needs to be staked out. The wood deck prevented me from using tent stakes. The deck was wood planks, I jammed twigs in between the planks to use...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,913
Posted By gauvins

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd...

Either the bike or a folding pole -- assuming I'd go for the Hexamid -- a single pole shelter.
Forum: Touring
05-13-21, 01:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,294
Posted By saddlesores

okay, you're a big dude, and from other posts...

okay, you're a big dude, and from other posts just getting (back) into cycling.
i'll assume you've never bike toured before.
i'll also assume "difficulty of getting off the floor" indicates some...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,942
Posted By cyccommute

The wax doesn’t move like oil does. Oil really...

The wax doesn’t move like oil does. Oil really doesn’t offer that much more protection from rust, however. The oil and water are going to be churned while riding. Once the churning stops, the water...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 04:06 PM
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,942
Posted By staehpj1

I am sure it is fine if applied sparingly and...

I am sure it is fine if applied sparingly and wiped off thoroughly, but... White Lightening was the biggest fail for me of any lube I ever used. I followed the directions on the bottle on our Trans...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,380
Posted By djb

Just don't forget to protect tubes with a plastic...

Just don't forget to protect tubes with a plastic bag or something against abrasion over time, rubbing against either bag or tools.
Just a good thing to keep in mind generally anyway, especially if...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,380
Posted By staehpj1

Interesting, but I never thought that the reason...

Interesting, but I never thought that the reason I go lighter is to go faster.

For me the difference is more about the quality of the experience. To me it is so much more pleasant to ride an...
Forum: Touring
05-03-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,853
Posted By kevmcd

Beautiful time to be on PCH

Last week I rode from Carmel to San Luis Obispo on the PCH. Plenty of ongoing construction but Rat Creek was complete. The construction made bicycling more pleasant. There wasn't much traffic to...
05-02-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,314
Posted By scottfsmith

Unfortunately when you are comparing touring and...

Unfortunately when you are comparing touring and gravel tires you can get misled from how data are presented on that site.

The TLC's "20.8" number is at what they call low air pressure which for...
04-30-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,266
Posted By chaadster

Yeah, I just about lost my ****les setting up the...

Yeah, I just about lost my ****les setting up the Extralights tubeless, too, and also contacted RH to find out if the tires were supposed to have pinholes in the sidewalls. They avoided addressing...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,213
Posted By prj71

Why not skip the tube all together and just go...

Why not skip the tube all together and just go tubeless with those tires?
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,905
Posted By kevmcd

all biker campsites between Carmel and San Luis Obispo appear to be open

I arrived in San Luis Obispo today. This Week I stayed at Pfeiffer Big Sur, Plaskett, and San Simeon and at each location I was the only biker
Kirk's is open and at lunch in Lucia a local told me...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 9,380
Posted By staehpj1

It is quite possible to go pretty light without...

It is quite possible to go pretty light without going to nosebleed level prices. I'd wager that my total gear expenditure for my current setup is probably below average if compared with the run of...
Forum: Touring
04-26-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,905
Posted By kevmcd

Pfeiffer Big Sur is open

I'm the only one in the hiker biker site tonight

PCH was beautiful Solid NW wind at my back. Lots of road construction so the cars were batched Flowers are everywhere
04-26-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,108
Posted By jfranci3

Test after test shows WTB rolling like crap...

Test after test shows WTB rolling like crap against apple-apples tires. The other two tires are basically the same tires (std casing / JFF) made by the same panaracer. For some reason the Rene's test...
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