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Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 09:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,149
Posted By LeeG

30lbs isnít UL. If you are a light person going...

30lbs isnít UL. If you are a light person going UL with 15lbs and a road bike is a piece of cake. Sounds like you know enough what works.
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,930
Posted By LeeG

I managed to injure my patellar tendon at age 23...

I managed to injure my patellar tendon at age 23 skiing then did a fairly long and fast tour that summer. When I came back to Berkeley I got into racing shape albeit with a wonky left knee. If I...
Forum: Touring
07-27-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,824
Posted By LeeG

Latest bike is a Rivendell Clem H Smith with 52cm...

Latest bike is a Rivendell Clem H Smith with 52cm chainstays. I like it.
07-27-19, 03:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,768
Posted By LeeG

Cancel the timing. A void stage.

Cancel the timing. A void stage.
Forum: Touring
07-26-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,930
Posted By LeeG

I settled into San Francisco after touring up the...

I settled into San Francisco after touring up the coast on my bicycle in the ‘70’s. Your knee problem has nothing to do with riding a 25 lb bike. Or a 25 lb bike with a 30 lb load or a 20 lb bike...
07-26-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,768
Posted By LeeG

I donít get the rational for changing the course...

I donít get the rational for changing the course mid race. Canceling a race due to conditions, yes, changing the course midway, no.
07-26-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,768
Posted By LeeG

This stage should be voided and gc standing left...

This stage should be voided and gc standing left where it was after Stage 18. This is ridiculous.
07-23-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,642
Posted By LeeG

What hub width?

What hub width?
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,083
Posted By LeeG

Rear racks with horizontals a couple inches below...

Rear racks with horizontals a couple inches below the rack top is a good combo. You can remove panniers without interfering with whatever is strapped on top.
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,445
Posted By LeeG

I like these a lot, feel much better than...

I like these a lot, feel much better than traditional pedals.

https://www.rivbike.com/collections/pedals/products/thin-gripster-pedals-dark-grey-vp-001
Forum: Touring
07-05-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,445
Posted By LeeG

I like these a lot, feel much better than...

I like these a lot, feel much better than traditional pedals.

https://www.rivbike.com/collections/pedals/products/thin-gripster-pedals-dark-grey-vp-001
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,999
Posted By LeeG

Not a light load. If you want Pasela like...

Not a light load. If you want Pasela like handling with a bit more sidewall protection get a Panaracer T-Serv. I’m a few lbs lighter than you and found the paselas sidewalls a bit delicate. I’ve...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,384
Posted By LeeG

Back when I toured ultra light and I was ultra...

Back when I toured ultra light and I was ultra light kung fu slippers. Everyone’s different. Maybe you need casual dress shoes, walking shoes, light low top trail shoes.
07-03-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,591
Posted By LeeG

late response. I’d look at Bakfiets type cargo...

late response. I’d look at Bakfiets type cargo bikes. A lot of what you are perceiving as flex may be a heavy rear load wagging the front end. I had a Kona Ute and it handled horribly until I put...
05-18-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,163
Posted By LeeG

On your helmet a headlight and tail light. On...

On your helmet a headlight and tail light. On your bike a headlight and tail light. What kind, intensity or beam shape is entirely up to your budget and terrain.
05-18-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,986
Posted By LeeG

Try another screw type, they work fine.

Try another screw type, they work fine.
04-30-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,737
Posted By LeeG

what were rhe differences you liked?

what were rhe differences you liked?
Forum: Touring
04-08-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,391
Posted By LeeG

Do you mean one night out and back? Donít bother...

Do you mean one night out and back? Donít bother with rack and panniers. Sleeping bag and pad under handlebars, essential clothes in seat bag.
Forum: Touring
04-08-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,321
Posted By LeeG

Iím not sure what youíre missing either. Wind...

Iím not sure what youíre missing either. Wind resistance becomes significant at speeds above touring efforts on flat ground and downhill. Lots of weight becomes very significant climbing up hills. ...
Forum: Touring
03-24-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,987
Posted By LeeG

$.02 using Classic, Plus, Rollers, Packers. The...

$.02 using Classic, Plus, Rollers, Packers. The Packers have two snap/Fastek buckles for top closure and the rollers one. For some reason on my two pair of Plus Packers, front and back, I’ve managed...
Forum: Touring
03-14-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,469
Posted By LeeG

The bike doesnít define your use but some bikes...

The bike doesnít define your use but some bikes are better suited to some uses than others. Most of my touring in the 80ís was on a road racing bicycle. I adapted my touring to what best fit the...
Forum: Touring
03-01-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 6,434
Posted By LeeG

Iíd look at 60 psi and tough sidewalls for the...

Iíd look at 60 psi and tough sidewalls for the rear tire.
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,682
Posted By LeeG

Those look much better than the ones in...

Those look much better than the ones in Annapolis. Throw in a 750 watt electric motor and then we got a vehicle.
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,682
Posted By LeeG

On level ground it would be a fine way to travel...

On level ground it would be a fine way to travel with 100lbs + of gear and bulky items, kids. Not on level ground and you’re pushing a lot of weight uphill.

Basically it’s a moving truck and if...
Forum: Touring
02-19-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,351
Posted By LeeG

You should be focusing on tire type more than...

You should be focusing on tire type more than just size. Tire size relates to load and type of road. 1.5” is fine for a light load and there are many light tires with decent puncture protection. When...
Forum: Touring
02-14-19, 05:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,811
Posted By LeeG

Iím going to go out on a limb and wonder if your...

Iím going to go out on a limb and wonder if your experience with breaking spokes was a production wheel that never got trued up and checked from day one. 36 spokes in a 26Ē big basic rim with...
Forum: Touring
02-04-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,911
Posted By LeeG

basic small handlebar bag from 35 yrs ago worked...

basic small handlebar bag from 35 yrs ago worked great for drop bars as it was suspended between brake hoods and drops with velcro straps. Don’t know why they aren’t around. You could use the bar...
Forum: Touring
01-29-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,833
Posted By LeeG

they arenít the only tire company making durable,...

they arenít the only tire company making durable, nice riding tires.
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 11:41 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,106
Posted By LeeG

$.02 it comes down to power output. If you aren’t...

$.02 it comes down to power output. If you aren’t putting out much hp it’s kind of academic. If you are then it enables you to do so efficiently. My hp output at 64 is close to what it was when I...
Forum: Touring
01-06-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,316
Posted By LeeG

I ride a 56 cm frame, had a 700c LHT for a year...

I ride a 56 cm frame, had a 700c LHT for a year before building up a 26Ē 56 cm LHT. To my tastes the 700 wheel version has awful slow speed handling which matters to me for commutting and shopping...
11-04-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,291
Posted By LeeG

I wouldn’t want to tour with a trailer but have...

I wouldn’t want to tour with a trailer but have used an Extrawheel trailer for groceries and it works.
Forum: Touring
10-12-18, 07:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,193
Posted By LeeG

To reinforce what fietsbob said tell the builder...

To reinforce what fietsbob said tell the builder what your intended use is and what you like to do then leave the geometry to him. Speaking as soneone who knew frame builders, toured a lot and raced...
Forum: Touring
10-12-18, 07:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,193
Posted By LeeG

Actually a couple dozen ft of 1mm kevlar line and...

Actually a couple dozen ft of 1mm kevlar line and a couple tubes of epoxy could make a good mend where applicable. My experience is that purpose bult bikes very rarely fail. Canít beat some of the...
Forum: Touring
09-19-18, 02:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,085
Posted By LeeG

Whatís the narrowest tire you might use? If...

Whatís the narrowest tire you might use?

If Mavic 319 are around theyíre good. Velocity Atlas.

I had A23, for touring and rim brakes Iíd get something with more meat, heavier.
Forum: Touring
09-16-18, 01:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 703
Posted By LeeG

I’d want a trailer brake with those loads

I’d want a trailer brake with those loads
Forum: Touring
08-30-18, 07:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,404
Posted By LeeG

A lighter frame makes no sense for touring unless...

A lighter frame makes no sense for touring unless you are touring ultralight, which is fun if youíre ultra trim.

If you want to spend $2k for new bike or frame go for it. It wonít make a...
Forum: Touring
08-11-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,589
Posted By LeeG

Some bikes handle better with a front load than...

Some bikes handle better with a front load than only a rear load. Your average sport tour/cross bike wasn’t intended to carry only a rear load but a load that is primarily the rider and between the...
Forum: Touring
08-04-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,541
Posted By LeeG

I had a LHT set up with drop bars for commuting...

I had a LHT set up with drop bars for commuting but did not like the slow speed handling and brake control with a heavy front load and maneuvering up ramps or slow drops off curbs. I donít think...
Forum: Touring
08-03-18, 07:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,424
Posted By LeeG

Bon voyage Wayne on your next trip.

Bon voyage Wayne on your next trip.
Forum: Touring
07-28-18, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,676
Posted By LeeG

1. swept back bars have been around for a long...

1. swept back bars have been around for a long time. Just change the stem for your prefered back angle.
2. If your back angle is the same on the hoods as swept back bars wind resistance wonít be...
Forum: Touring
07-24-18, 09:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,193
Posted By LeeG

40 spokes wasnít the standard, it was an option...

40 spokes wasnít the standard, it was an option just like 48. 36 is fine. Iíd suggest 25-28 mm wide rims. No need to obsess.
Forum: Touring
07-09-18, 10:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,016
Posted By LeeG

who told you? The best bike isnít a touring bike....

who told you? The best bike isnít a touring bike. The best bike is the bike you like for the riding you do. So figure out your right seat to pedal distance, comfortable bar position and type. Then...
Forum: Touring
07-06-18, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,607
Posted By LeeG

Get a Cargo, have lower tubes brazed on. That’s...

Get a Cargo, have lower tubes brazed on. That’s what I did.
Forum: Touring
07-06-18, 10:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 706
Posted By LeeG

For years I’ve used various 3-4 aaa cell...

For years I’ve used various 3-4 aaa cell headlamps in conjunction with handlebar mounted headlamp, dyno or battery. They’re useful for looking to the side at things that might enter the roadway or...
Forum: Touring
06-23-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,934
Posted By LeeG

First bike Schwinn 5 spd with conventional swept...

First bike Schwinn 5 spd with conventional swept back bars and learned to ride on forward bend. After that for 30 yrs drop bars with straight bars for mtn bikes. Straight bars are awful without bar...
Forum: Touring
06-19-18, 08:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,116
Posted By LeeG

same here, they are pricey and not light but felt...

same here, they are pricey and not light but felt a lot softer/more comfy for unloaded riding than the Mondials with same psi.
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 10:04 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,116
Posted By LeeG

On my 26Ē wheel LHT 1.75Ē tires hit the best...

On my 26Ē wheel LHT 1.75Ē tires hit the best compromise for comfort, load carrying and unloaded speed. I tried some nice rding 2.0Ē tires, chunky 1.75Ē tires, fast 1.75Ē tires and fast 1.5Ē tires.
Forum: Touring
06-15-18, 09:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,116
Posted By LeeG

Ride quality isnít entirely a function of weight.

Ride quality isnít entirely a function of weight.
Forum: Touring
06-13-18, 05:00 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,116
Posted By LeeG

While differences in size of the same model of...

While differences in size of the same model of tire are noticeable you may find bigger differences between different models. I had 40mm Schwalbe Mondials on my CrossCheck and they feel like truck...
Forum: Touring
06-08-18, 03:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,101
Posted By LeeG

Thatís what I thought at one time until I got a...

Thatís what I thought at one time until I got a 56 cm 26Ē LHT to replace a 56 cm 700c LHT. According to their specs the 26Ē version has an even longer wheelbase but the handling is as different as...
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