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Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,794
Posted By AlanK

Yup, that's what I tell people. I'll be livin'...

Yup, that's what I tell people. I'll be livin' in a van down by the river! :p
Forum: Touring
09-04-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,794
Posted By AlanK

That could be as well. The older I get the more I...

That could be as well. The older I get the more I consider the inherently finite nature of life. And as is oft the case as I get older I value time more than money since we only get a limited amount...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 10:52 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,794
Posted By AlanK

While I've considered just living on the road...

While I've considered just living on the road with my bike, unfortunately just having a bike seems too have too many limitations. While stealth camping is sometimes and option it isn't always, so you...
08-20-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,749
Posted By AlanK

Since this is a study of European e-bikers I know...

Since this is a study of European e-bikers I know it should be taken with some NaCl, but it gives credibility to some of the heated discussions I've had with ardent analog cyclists. I've argued...
Forum: Touring
07-31-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

Even though it's lightly used the asking price is...

Even though it's lightly used the asking price is only about $200 less than the new price, which seems a bit steep, though it includes what appears to be a nice rear-rack.

The 2020 specs should be...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,645
Posted By AlanK

I don't know if this is too late, but here goes....

I don't know if this is too late, but here goes. You've heard mixed reviews of the Sutra? I've heard mostly positive things. It's a bit lighter than most touring rigs and the geometry is a little...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Speaking of which... The 2020 specs are out. The...

Speaking of which... The 2020 specs are out. The cassette is now 10-spd (2019 model is 9-spd) and the fork now has additional cargo brazons. Otherwise it seems same as best I can tell. Same price as...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

Is that a mistype or are you including your own...

Is that a mistype or are you including your own weight? Maybe you meant 30 lbs? Maybe some cargo bikes can carry 300 lbs of gear in addition to the rider, but just barely. I don't know of any...
Forum: Touring
07-06-19, 02:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,125
Posted By AlanK

25 lbs isn't much for a touring bike. Most...

25 lbs isn't much for a touring bike. Most touring bikes are 30 lbs. The only bike I know of that might meet your criteria is the Masi Giramondo. It has low gears and relaxed geometry, though I...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,697
Posted By AlanK

I know we're getting way off the topic of...

I know we're getting way off the topic of cycling, but WTF... When I was 14 a yellow jacket flew down the back side of my shirt unnoticed. My dad noticed and in his infinite wisdom somehow thought...
07-03-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,992
Posted By AlanK

Exactly. Mid-drive motors typically don't weight...

Exactly. Mid-drive motors typically don't weight that much; it's the battery that ads most of the weight.

As for the Bosch system, to me it seems like they're sort of ripping off Brose. That's...
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 01:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

:lol: Yeah, within the next couple months or so...

:lol: Yeah, within the next couple months or so the 2020 specs will probably be published. The changes from 2018 to 2019 weren't that significant, but we'll see what happens with the 2020 model.
Forum: Touring
07-03-19, 01:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,697
Posted By AlanK

I guess I'm pretty lucky that bee stings affect...

I guess I'm pretty lucky that bee stings affect me minimally. The most recent sting was several years ago while backpacking, on my shin just below my knee. It hurt a bit for several minutes, but by...
Forum: Touring
02-24-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Yeah, I can see that especially since the stock...

Yeah, I can see that especially since the stock Tubus racks on the Giramono are among the very best. Unfortunately for a long unsupported tour some things would need to be changed on both bikes. For...
Forum: Touring
02-24-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

I think we might splitting hairs a bit. The Sutra...

I think we might splitting hairs a bit. The Sutra wheels seem better because they have 36 spokes and Formula hubs while the Giramondo seems to have generic no-name hubs. While the Formula probably...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Yeah, the brake upgrade on the latest Giramondo...

Yeah, the brake upgrade on the latest Giramondo is a much needed improvement that makes it more appealing. While I think it would also be a great option, I wish the wheels had 36 spokes (they only...
Forum: Touring
11-05-18, 11:23 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,873
Posted By AlanK

But crank-drive bikes are not inherently...

But crank-drive bikes are not inherently self-powered because they can be peddled without the assist, which for practical purposes makes them just a somewhat heavier, slower conventional bike. This...
Forum: Touring
11-04-18, 10:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,601
Posted By AlanK

Funny how that happens isn't it? :foo: The...

Funny how that happens isn't it? :foo:

The Marrakesh is great as a dedicated all-road touring bike. I don't know if one-dimensional is an apt description, but it's probably not a good option as an...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 11:01 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,873
Posted By AlanK

From what I can tell, you seem to have some sort...

From what I can tell, you seem to have some sort of weird bias (ideological?) against all e-bikes. As long as they're ridden courteously and responsibly they're not practically different than a...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 10:41 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,873
Posted By AlanK

I'm calling BS on you. I've ridden Brose and...

I'm calling BS on you. I've ridden Brose and Bosch powered bikes and 'under-powered' is one of the most counterfactual ways to describe them. On a steep incline you can maintain 15 mph with...
Forum: Touring
10-24-18, 01:41 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,873
Posted By AlanK

You don't seem to familiar with the newer...

You don't seem to familiar with the newer mid-drive crank motor e-bikes. I'll post a review of one that could be well suited for touring below.

A good-quality mid-drive bike with a typical range...
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 09:44 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,873
Posted By AlanK

Did you actually read the entire original post? ...

Did you actually read the entire original post? Crank drive bikes can be peddled without power and only weight about 15 pounds more than conventional bikes, so you can peddle them at least...
Forum: Touring
10-23-18, 08:57 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,873
Posted By AlanK

Mid-Drive Electric Bike (E-Bike) For Touring?

I hope I'm not staring a duplicate thread. I searched and couldn't find a thread in the touring section that addresses touring on e-bikes.

It seems like touring on a mid-drive bike would be...
10-16-18, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,494
Posted By AlanK

I'm also looking at the Raleigh IE Step Over. In...

I'm also looking at the Raleigh IE Step Over. In looking at both bikes, I prefer the Geometry of the Raleigh because it seems more nimble. While the Specialized Como seems fine, IMO the Raleigh seems...
10-16-18, 08:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,220
Posted By AlanK

I view cycling primarily as transportation first,...

I view cycling primarily as transportation first, exercise second, so want something reasonably efficient. I try to stay in shape, live in a hilly area and don't mind expending effort on those...
Forum: Touring
10-04-18, 09:36 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 13,433
Posted By AlanK

I generally disagree, though that might be true...

I generally disagree, though that might be true of the 520.

It's seems true that no one bike (or one anything) will do everything exceptionally well. It can't be both exceptionally light and fast,...
Forum: Touring
10-02-18, 04:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,498
Posted By AlanK

While I think the Sutra, Marrakesh, and DLHT are...

While I think the Sutra, Marrakesh, and DLHT are all great options, I went with Sutra. A great argument can be made for any of them depending on intended usage. I like the Sutra because it seems for...
Forum: Touring
09-23-18, 04:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,601
Posted By AlanK

That might be true in some cases, but considering...

That might be true in some cases, but considering WTB saddles are stock on many different bikes by different manufacturers it's highly improbable the saddle on the Marrakesh is made 'in-house'. It...
Forum: Touring
09-22-18, 03:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

Good point. I would hazard to guess most...

Good point. I would hazard to guess most production touring bikes are only see occasional loaded touring. Most potential customers use them for a combination of commuting, recreation and touring, so...
Forum: Touring
09-22-18, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

Exactly. NoControl seems like an ideologue who...

Exactly. NoControl seems like an ideologue who also seems like a bit of a troll. While I think they're both great bikes for the price, there are significant differences.

The Giramondo has a longer...
Forum: Touring
09-22-18, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

Generic Formula hubs? You don't know much about...

Generic Formula hubs? You don't know much about hubs do you? While not top of the line, the Formula hubs on the Sutra are among the best in their price-range. They're reliable and perform very well....
Forum: Touring
09-22-18, 01:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,601
Posted By AlanK

I'm actually surprised bike companies aren't...

I'm actually surprised bike companies aren't having to cut more corners with all the recent trade issues between the US and Asia. Many speculated it could lead to significant inflation for overseas...
Forum: Touring
09-21-18, 11:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

Exactly. While the Tubus racks are first rate, to...

Exactly. While the Tubus racks are first rate, to keep it at a certain price-point they had to compromise something and it's clearly the wheels. Last year both the wheels and brakes left something to...
Forum: Touring
09-21-18, 10:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

The rims appear to be the same Brev M they used...

The rims appear to be the same Brev M they used last year. 32-spoke wheels are less durable and not as well suited for touring as 36-spokes. I've also read the wheels on the 2018 model need to be...
Forum: Touring
09-21-18, 08:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,601
Posted By AlanK

2019 Salsa Marrakesh.

The 2019 models keep coming. The only significant change seems to be replacing the Brooks saddle with the WTB Volt 142. Considering how polarizing Brooks saddles are I don't know whether to consider...
Forum: Touring
09-21-18, 07:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,678
Posted By AlanK

2019 Masi Giramondo.

Info for most 2019 touring bikes seems to be out now. I really like the Giramondo. Upgrading the brakes to TRP Spyre is a major improvement, but I'm a little disappointed it still has mediocre...
Forum: Touring
08-27-18, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Good to know. Yeah, as you say the rack might...

Good to know. Yeah, as you say the rack might have been defective. Sometimes it happens unfortunately. TC.
Forum: Touring
08-27-18, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

At the risk of seeming like a mark for Kona, I'm...

At the risk of seeming like a mark for Kona, I'm pretty sure the cheap rack was a cost/marketing decision. With a touring-capable rack it would probably cost about $100 more and since the bike biz is...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 09:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Sorry, my bad. I missed were you mentioned the...

Sorry, my bad. I missed were you mentioned the rack.

I'm not too surprised if it's the same rack as the newest model. I don't know much about the rack, but they're probably lighter-duty commuting...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Wait, I think I'm confused. Are you referring to...

Wait, I think I'm confused. Are you referring to the bike frame or the rack? I'm guessing it's the rack because the Sutra frame is and always has been (as far as I know) made of CroMo, not aluminum....
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 06:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 868
Posted By AlanK

That's more typical of my approach. When I go...

That's more typical of my approach. When I go hiking or backpacking I don't listen to earbuds and seldom check the time, yet I see many others with earbuds and checking their cells (if there's...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 03:03 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 13,433
Posted By AlanK

Yeah, Trek now seems like the epitome of a...

Yeah, Trek now seems like the epitome of a soulless multinational corp. I know bike companies are for-profit businesses, but that doesn't mean they can't be quirky and personable. I think that's...
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 02:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 868
Posted By AlanK

Why do you even want a computer? Touring bikes...

Why do you even want a computer? Touring bikes should be as simple as possible without compromising function. A computer is just one more thing to worry about.
Forum: Touring
08-26-18, 02:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

Thanks to both of you for the input. I actually...

Thanks to both of you for the input. I actually live on an island outside Seattle now. My LBS and wrench is a very small operation that would have to order it for me. He's a first-rate mechanic, so...
Forum: Touring
08-25-18, 10:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

RoscoeP, Thanks for the input. I'm...

RoscoeP,


Thanks for the input. I'm curious about the sizing. How tall are you and what's your inseam? I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam. Size 55cm bikes usually fit me just about perfectly, but...
Forum: Touring
08-22-18, 10:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,256
Posted By AlanK

Pretty sure they discontinued the flat-bar...

Pretty sure they discontinued the flat-bar version, but there are still a few out there if you look for them.
Forum: Touring
08-22-18, 10:33 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 13,433
Posted By AlanK

I agree. It seems Trek now gets by on...

I agree. It seems Trek now gets by on brand-recognition alone. There are certainly significantly better touring bikes out there for about $1400-1500 (Salsa, Kona, Masi, and Surly to name just a few...
Forum: Touring
08-22-18, 12:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,956
Posted By AlanK

2019 Kona Sutra.

Rather than link to the Kona site I thought it would be better to get the perspective of an experienced touring cyclist. Seems like a nice bike. I really like the geometry: it's a bit more nimble...
Forum: Touring
08-22-18, 12:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,006
Posted By AlanK

This sum up my very cursory perspective on TAs....

This sum up my very cursory perspective on TAs. I'm looking at getting a new touring rig after not cycling for my years. I was initially tepid towards disc brakes, but have warmed up to them mainly...
Forum: Touring
07-15-18, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,778
Posted By AlanK

Yeah, arguably the best production touring racks...

Yeah, arguably the best production touring racks available. If it's essentially the same next year I'll probably get it and replace the brakes immediately. The shop would probably give me some credit...
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