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01-29-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By pataspen

Kapusta, that changes everything! I briefly...

Kapusta, that changes everything! I briefly considered that option, but I thought 11 speed cassettes didn't fit on 8/9/10 speed freehubs. Now that I know I can do that it makes sense to go ahead and...
01-28-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By pataspen

Shimano 1X10 conversion

Hi all,

I am trying to upgrade my 2010 mountain bike from 2X10 to 1X10 and Iím getting stuck on some compatibility issues. Iíve been searching the internet for answers and havenít yet nailed it...
01-28-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,523
Posted By pataspen

Thief deterrent

in an effort to thwart bike thieves I put a Walmart sticker on my titanium touring bike. Itís worked like a charm, the bike has been halfway around the world and...
10-01-18, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By pataspen

Aero levers

That's a beauty,, It doesn't look like it's lived a hard life. But the aero brake levers can't be original. I don't think those became available until around 1980. My Dad's 1978 Paramount still has...
Forum: Touring
09-11-18, 01:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,015
Posted By pataspen

On my tour from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego I used...

On my tour from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego I used the the big ring (48T) only a handful of times. I learned that my middle ring (36T) was enough to get me up to about 26 MPH.... obviously only on...
09-07-18, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By pataspen

Thanks everybody! It sounds like a mid-drive is...

Thanks everybody! It sounds like a mid-drive is the way to go. I'll look into the TSDZ and Bafang options.

Also, thanks for not mocking me for the misspelling in the title... Is there such...
09-05-18, 01:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 923
Posted By pataspen

Is there such thing as Class 1 kit?

Hi all,


I recently moved to a new place that is a much longer ride to work, so I'm struggling to get myself on the commuter bike vs driving the car. It's a 22 mile ride each direction, but it's...
Forum: Touring
12-12-17, 08:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,456
Posted By pataspen

I found Trujillo to be a lovely city, especially...

I found Trujillo to be a lovely city, especially being able to stay at the Casa de Ciclistas. I didn't feel at all unsafe in the city. Paijan, (north of Trujillo), is reputed to be the trouble area,...
Forum: Touring
11-18-17, 09:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,075
Posted By pataspen

I fully agree. Last summer I rode to Argentina....

I fully agree. Last summer I rode to Argentina. 8000+ miles. I added lube every few days and wiped off the excess. I replaced the chain in Panama, replaced chain, cassette and chainrings in Peru. I...
09-20-17, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By pataspen

I ran 700x40 tires for the dirt roads. The fork...

I ran 700x40 tires for the dirt roads. The fork probably could have handled a slightly wider tire (42c, maybe even a 45c), but not much wider. And no fenders.

On an unrelated note, the attached...
09-18-17, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By pataspen

My touring bike has had a Nashbar carbon fork for...

My touring bike has had a Nashbar carbon fork for five years and has done a lot of 500 -2000 mile tours during that time. Last year I rode it 8000 miles to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina... including...
Forum: Touring
11-25-16, 10:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,680
Posted By pataspen

It took five months and five days. I've done a...

It took five months and five days. I've done a lot of tours, but this one truly was the trip of a lifetime. And yes, I rode right through Jujuy and Salta. I crossed the Andes from San Pedro de...
Forum: Touring
11-23-16, 06:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,680
Posted By pataspen

I rode my bike to Argentina this summer and had...

I rode my bike to Argentina this summer and had no problems carrying everything in two panniers. Winter camping in the Andes saw temps below zero Fahrenheit, but I still had enough room in the...
Forum: Touring
04-27-16, 07:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,731
Posted By pataspen

I plan to start my ride to Argentina this...

I plan to start my ride to Argentina this weekend. While getting some immunizations the other day, the Doctor asked what my trip would cost. I told him I had no idea. I considered keeping track,...
04-22-16, 10:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 19,098
Posted By pataspen

OK, that took forever. I got busy with other...

OK, that took forever. I got busy with other projects, but finally got around to putting some stickers on my bike.

I liked the Huffy idea, but I'm not sure Huffy is well known outside the USA. ...
03-23-16, 09:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 19,098
Posted By pataspen

I'm loving these ideas. Especially la Policia,...

I'm loving these ideas. Especially la Policia, no va and Bikey McBikeface. It seems like Huffy is the runaway leader, but I'm not so sure how well known Huffy is in the Southern Hemisphere. ...
03-21-16, 09:36 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 19,098
Posted By pataspen

Worst brand name to put on my bike?

Hi all,

A few years ago I did a fun little project; I learned what I could about frame geometries and then designed my own bike frame. I had a Chinese framebuilder make it, which worked out very...
12-29-15, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,228
Posted By pataspen

Mountain biking in Moab in 2012. I didn't even...

Mountain biking in Moab in 2012. I didn't even hit the ground... the nose of the saddle hit my tailbone and broke it. It took well over a year until it began to feel somewhat right. Everyone else...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-19-15, 12:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,645
Posted By pataspen

I probably got less than 1000 miles this summer. ...

I probably got less than 1000 miles this summer. But I skied 183 days last year, so that cut into the biking season. Next year the plan is to ski a little less and bike A LOT more.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-15, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,366
Posted By pataspen

The Ritchey, 3T and Ibis also all look nice, but...

The Ritchey, 3T and Ibis also all look nice, but they come no larger than 44cm. I'd love to find a true 46 cm bar. The 44's will only gain me 1 cm total over my FSA bars.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-15, 09:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,366
Posted By pataspen

Do you know if the Bontrager Aero is measured...

Do you know if the Bontrager Aero is measured center-to-center or outside-to-outside? Also, is that the measurement at the levers or the end of the drops?

It looks like a decent bar.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-17-15, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,366
Posted By pataspen

I hadn't hought of that. I just checked and the...

I hadn't hought of that. I just checked and the bars at the lever measure 43 cm center-to-center. So the 44 cm Deda would at least buy me an extra cm.

As for the Ergonova bars Elvo recommends,...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-16-15, 10:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,366
Posted By pataspen

46cm handlebar with flat top?

Does anybody know where I can find a 46cm drop bar with flat tops?

This past summer, I installed some 44cm FSA road handlebars with flat tops. I really liked the flat tops, as they were far more...
12-14-15, 11:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,461
Posted By pataspen

Thanks all. I pretty much figured there wasn't a...

Thanks all. I pretty much figured there wasn't a need to do anything yet, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. The first 1000 miles were about half on dirt roads, but there wasn't a lot of grit...
12-14-15, 01:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,461
Posted By pataspen

Adding lube to sealed headset bearings

Does it make any sense to add grease to the sealed bearings of a headset?

Normally I just replace headsets when they get "grindy", but next year I'm planning a long tour and want the headset to...
Forum: Touring
12-10-15, 09:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,417
Posted By pataspen

I do the same thing more often than I care to...

I do the same thing more often than I care to admit. I'm pleasantly surprised at how willingly shop owners and clerks allow it. I figure I may look strange pushing my bike into a store, but I would...
11-23-15, 11:14 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,435
Posted By pataspen

If I'm not mistaken, someone had one...

If I'm not mistaken, someone had one "inadvertantly" open and the lever opened more than 180 degrees and somehow got caught in the disc. They were seriously maimed or killed or some other bad thing....
Forum: Touring
11-18-15, 10:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By pataspen

I was wondering the same thing about getting from...

I was wondering the same thing about getting from Panama to Colombia. There is the sailboat option, but expensive ($500) and time consuming (5 days). It's probably a nice trip, but I've already...
11-11-15, 06:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,320
Posted By pataspen

It's called the DT-4, Disc Mount Post Facing Tool...

It's called the DT-4, Disc Mount Post Facing Tool

Post Mount Disc Brake Facing with DT-4 - Park Tool...
11-11-15, 06:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,320
Posted By pataspen

Another thing to consider... is the brake mount...

Another thing to consider... is the brake mount on your frame properly aligned? Many are not. Even a 1 degreee misalignment will make it difficult to adjust the brake properly. You can tell by...
11-09-15, 10:08 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,841
Posted By pataspen

And another one... not sure if it's really a...

And another one... not sure if it's really a compliment, but I found it humorous.

Gatlinburg, TN in 2005, I was talking to some twenty-something guy who was impressed with my trip. The...
11-09-15, 10:00 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 11,841
Posted By pataspen

In the Badlands of South Dakota in 2002 I met...

In the Badlands of South Dakota in 2002 I met some guy who was impressed with my tour. He said "I'm too old to do something
like that". I asked his age... 36. I was 37. Made me feel young. In...
11-07-15, 11:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,448
Posted By pataspen

That looks like the perfect idea. I'm going to...

That looks like the perfect idea. I'm going to look into it more closely. I guess my big question would be if it works where there is no cell signal. My next trip will take me through the Andes...
11-07-15, 10:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,448
Posted By pataspen

Spot makes the GPS Trace, which apparently you...

Spot makes the GPS Trace, which apparently you turn on when you park the bike. It sends a signal to your cell phone if the bike is moved. You can also track it on computer.

SPOT Trace Product...
Forum: Touring
10-30-15, 08:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,977
Posted By pataspen

Don't overthink it. A lot of issues can be...

Don't overthink it. A lot of issues can be avoided if the bike is nicely tuned and has new parts before you leave. A lot of parts can be purchased along the way, even in remote places. Keep an eye...
10-28-15, 08:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,111
Posted By pataspen

BTW I coach teenagers and one boy would...

BTW

I coach teenagers and one boy would often say BTW. Said it was short for "by the way". I had to inform him that saying bee-tee-dub-bul-you is five syllables. "By the way" is three...
10-28-15, 08:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,686
Posted By pataspen

I use the Third Eye that mounts on sunglasses. ...

I use the Third Eye that mounts on sunglasses. Adjusts easily and I find it simple to use. The only drawback is that the attachment tends to break. So I tape it to the temple of my sunglasses. ...
10-15-15, 03:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By pataspen

Wow, that was easy. The EyeFi (or the others)...

Wow, that was easy. The EyeFi (or the others) sounds like exactly what I was looking for. I'm hoping to do a little weekend bikepacking trip and if I have time I'll pick one of them up before I...
10-14-15, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By pataspen

Uploading photos from digital camera to smartphone then onto the cloud?

Hi all,

This might be a question better suited for a smartphone forum, but I like the bike forums better, so here goes.

On my ride home from Alaska a few years ago one of the SD cards from my...
Forum: Touring
10-08-15, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,464
Posted By pataspen

I rode from Delaware to St. John's, NF in 2009. ...

I rode from Delaware to St. John's, NF in 2009. I had no problems finding stealth camping spots in PEI, NS and NF. Lots of distance between towns and lots of vegetation, so it's rather easy to stay...
10-01-15, 02:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,785
Posted By pataspen

Technically, you would move the cleats outward,...

Technically, you would move the cleats outward, which would result in moving the feet inward.
09-03-15, 11:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By pataspen

Should new parts be tuned up before installation?

Should new parts be tuned up before installation?

Iím not asking about obvious things like adjusting the brakes and derailleurs. Iím thinking more along the lines of pulling apart hubs and pedals...
09-03-15, 10:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,646
Posted By pataspen

I'd go ahead and replace it. When bottom...

I'd go ahead and replace it. When bottom brackets go bad they are a complete pain in the butt. Of course, only when pedaling.

It's a fairly inexpensive replacement and should last a long time. ...
Forum: Touring
09-03-15, 09:58 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 8,756
Posted By pataspen

I toured for many years on my 1992 carbon Trek...

I toured for many years on my 1992 carbon Trek 5200. Although designed for racing, it was an awesome touring bike. The lighter weight was a nice benefit, but the big difference was in the smoothness...
Forum: Touring
05-26-15, 02:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,485
Posted By pataspen

On my iphone 5 I have both CoPilot and Offline...

On my iphone 5 I have both CoPilot and Offline Navigator. Both work without cell service or wifi. I'm guessing both were free, as I'm too cheap to pay for apps.

I'm not sure if they're available...
Forum: Touring
03-10-15, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,254
Posted By pataspen

Thanks everybody for the suggestions. That gives...

Thanks everybody for the suggestions. That gives me some guidance for various options. I think I may get a set of Mondials and see how they work around here. If all goes well I'll get some more...
03-08-15, 10:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,194
Posted By pataspen

Big Island bike rentals?

After touring through the other 49 states, I think it's finally time to finish the list and ride Hawaii. Having never been there I'm not really sure where to go. But I think a ride around the Big...
Forum: Touring
03-06-15, 10:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,254
Posted By pataspen

700c/29er tire for loaded dirt touring

Hi all,

I realize this question may prompt as many opinions as there are people, but hopefully you can give me a little guidance.

I'm hoping to do some touring in South America in 2016 and I'm...
Forum: Touring
02-26-15, 10:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,653
Posted By pataspen

Same darn thing happened to my race skis once...

Same darn thing happened to my race skis once while flying to the National Championships. Logan Airport in Boston. Broke the tip of my Slalom skis.
Forum: Touring
02-26-15, 10:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,653
Posted By pataspen

+1 on the Nashbar cyclocross fork. I have about...

+1 on the Nashbar cyclocross fork. I have about 3000 touring miles on mine and it still looks brand new. It may psycholgical, but I think it provides a smoother ride than steel.

As for...
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