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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-30-16, 11:27 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 21,887
Posted By Derailed

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I'm...

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I'm wondering how many folks are still using their Sturmey Archer S2C based wheels. I was glad to try to try it out, but ultimately decided that the shifting...
Forum: Touring
08-24-15, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By Derailed

I love Osmand, but I'm sympathetic in that...

I love Osmand, but I'm sympathetic in that sometimes it can be very confusing to do even simple tasks. That said, the improvements over the past few years have been impressive. Anyway, glad you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-15, 04:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,298
Posted By Derailed

Bike Friday Silk to Be Discontinued

Anyone else sad to see that Bike Friday is going to discontinue the Silk?

It seems that now that they have the "hinge-forward" option for their New World Tourist (NWT) frame they've determined...
Forum: Touring
03-22-15, 06:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,517
Posted By Derailed

This has not been my experience with the...

This has not been my experience with the linear-brake specific Tektro RL 520 levers. I think they are incredibly comfortable, the set up with my Avid Single Digit 5 linear-pull brakes was super easy,...
Forum: Touring
03-20-15, 07:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,517
Posted By Derailed

I'd stick with cantilever brakes before I'd use...

I'd stick with cantilever brakes before I'd use travel agents if I were you. Also, acquiring a pair of travel agents will be more expensive than just getting V-brake specific levers. IMHO, travel...
Forum: Touring
03-19-15, 01:18 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,517
Posted By Derailed

Personally I prefer v-brakes as I have greater...

Personally I prefer v-brakes as I have greater confidence in my ability to get them nicely adjusted, so I'd be inclined to go to the trouble to swap out the levers. I've never used mini-v's, however,...
Forum: Touring
03-09-15, 07:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,103
Posted By Derailed

Of course I can't speak for the OP, but I don't...

Of course I can't speak for the OP, but I don't think the point of this thread is to advocate for the use of IGH over derailleurs, nor do I think it is to weigh the pros and cons between the two.
...
Forum: Touring
03-09-15, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,103
Posted By Derailed

Having not toured on either a Rohloff or an...

Having not toured on either a Rohloff or an Alfine 11 I can't add much to this thread, but I hope it does draw out a good discussion, as I'm also very curious to hear from some experienced riders.
...
Forum: Touring
02-23-15, 05:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,403
Posted By Derailed

Like most, my speed fluctuates pretty wildly for...

Like most, my speed fluctuates pretty wildly for all of the expected reasons.

But, in 2010 I kept careful daily notes for the Northern Tier and ended up with the following overall numbers: 4,631...
Forum: Touring
02-09-15, 07:27 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,562
Posted By Derailed

I do lots of dumb things,but I've been remarkably...

I do lots of dumb things,but I've been remarkably lucky. One of the dumbest, however, was dropping a map I needed on the outskirts of Muscatine, IA and not noticing that it was missing for several...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-08-15, 04:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
Posted By Derailed

They also have an animated gif showing the motion...

They also have an animated gif showing the motion of the new hinge design:

https://www.bikefriday.com/images/hinge-forward.gif
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-08-15, 06:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
Posted By Derailed

Here's a link to the complete announcement from...

Here's a link to the complete announcement from Bike Friday, if anyone is interested:

https://www.bikefriday.com/images/email/images/2294/
Forum: Touring
01-05-15, 09:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,649
Posted By Derailed

I feel somewhat safer with some sort of retention...

I feel somewhat safer with some sort of retention than none at all, and as staehpj1 said, I much prefer clipless to toe clips and straps.
01-04-15, 03:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,592
Posted By Derailed

I use an Android phone coupled with a Pebble...

I use an Android phone coupled with a Pebble smart watch, and this works very well for me. I keep the phone in a handlebar bag, with the display off, but I get speed, distance and time information on...
Forum: Touring
01-03-15, 03:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,052
Posted By Derailed

I follow a similar approach and take two pairs of...

I follow a similar approach and take two pairs of shoes: one SPD and one that are lightweight, made to get wet, and comfortable around camp, in town, or even for hiking on trails. If it's not too...
Forum: Touring
01-03-15, 03:28 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,873
Posted By Derailed

I can't speak for the OP, but this seems to be a...

I can't speak for the OP, but this seems to be a tempting approach from my perspective, at least for some tours. Looks like it weighs just under a pound, and considering that even with a dynamo hub,...
Forum: Touring
12-29-14, 06:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,873
Posted By Derailed

I fall into the pro hub-generator camp, but...

I fall into the pro hub-generator camp, but mainly because I get a kick out of using the bike to power my electronic devices. I've toured coast to coast, taking lots of photos and blogging daily on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-24-14, 12:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
Posted By Derailed

invisiblehand: would you mind specifying the...

invisiblehand: would you mind specifying the source of the text you quoted in your original message? Perhaps it was silly of me, but I assumed that it was sent to you by Bike Friday, and thus the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-24-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
Posted By Derailed

Unless you're doubting the text attributed to...

Unless you're doubting the text attributed to Bike Friday in the OP, or you're referring to something else all together, it's not clear to me why you say that belt drive for the new NWT frame is a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-14, 05:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,418
Posted By Derailed

If the new NWT frame design becomes able to...

If the new NWT frame design becomes able to accommodate belt drive, will the Silk frame remain necessary in the line up?

(In the next year or so I'd like to get a Bike Friday for touring, and I'm...
Forum: Commuting
12-13-14, 05:13 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 26,284
Posted By Derailed

Mine started as a Surly Cross Check, but it's now...

Mine started as a Surly Cross Check, but it's now permanently set up as a fixed-gear commuter:

422859
Forum: Touring
09-17-14, 08:05 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,163
Posted By Derailed

I think BigBlueToe has the right attitude -- just...

I think BigBlueToe has the right attitude -- just about every common shifting option is totally fine, and it's pretty easy to adapt from one to the other.

I happen to prefer bar-end shifters, but...
Forum: Touring
09-13-14, 05:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By Derailed

Good question. Your suspicion is right in that I...

Good question. Your suspicion is right in that I usually use bicycle mode. I'll try car mode and "avoid highways" for comparison. Thanks for the tip!

On different topic:

I used to use...
Forum: Touring
09-12-14, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By Derailed

I've run into this many times as well. When the...

I've run into this many times as well. When the roads are dirt but smooth, it's kinda nice, as it helps keep me where the traffic is low, but sometimes the roads are coarse gravel, and then it is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-23-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,984
Posted By Derailed

I'm sorry to hear this... I was really hoping...

I'm sorry to hear this... I was really hoping that the Silk would offer a more convenient fold, ideally closer to the Tikit.
Forum: Touring
08-22-14, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,866
Posted By Derailed

I've been using the VO offering for several years...

I've been using the VO offering for several years on my commuter bike:

VO Anti-theft Skewers (http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/vo-anti-theft-skewers.html)

As saddlesores mentioned, they...
Forum: Touring
08-08-14, 06:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,948
Posted By Derailed

I really like the Supremes, but my perception has...

I really like the Supremes, but my perception has been that they don't last particularly long. On a cross-country tour, I felt compelled to replace them before the end. Perhaps they would have made...
Forum: Touring
07-21-14, 03:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,904
Posted By Derailed

I've been using OSMAnd for a few years and like...

I've been using OSMAnd for a few years and like it very much.

I use Google Maps on my computer (i.e., not my phone) to plan my routes, and I then use gpsvisualizer.com to convert the Google Maps...
Forum: Touring
06-10-14, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,249
Posted By Derailed

My take is that it doesn't matter a whole lot,...

My take is that it doesn't matter a whole lot, although that depends somewhat on how much stuff you'll be carrying.

For my cross-country tour I built up an LHT and carried a lot of stuff....
Forum: Touring
06-10-14, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,676
Posted By Derailed

I know you specified that you wanted to use...

I know you specified that you wanted to use synthetic tape, but the cloth tape plus shellac really does come out quite nicely. I don't mean to try to dissuade you from choosing synthetic, but if...
Forum: Touring
06-02-14, 07:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,868
Posted By Derailed

I was about to post that I was surprised this...

I was about to post that I was surprised this issue hasn't come up in the Google Group for Surly Cross Checks and LHTs (at least not that I've noticed), but then I learned that Surly now specs those...
Forum: Touring
06-01-14, 02:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,868
Posted By Derailed

I realize you're already convinced that the...

I realize you're already convinced that the Shimano bar-end shifters are no long reliable for your purposes, and I respect that.

However, I'm not comfortable accepting such statements without...
Forum: Touring
05-30-14, 07:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,586
Posted By Derailed

I also used a folder, back in 2012, but mine was...

I also used a folder, back in 2012, but mine was a Dahon Mu Uno, modified to use a two-speed kick-shift hub. It happened to be a very muddy time, but I made it without any major problems. That said,...
Forum: Touring
02-15-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,806
Posted By Derailed

This is exactly what I did with my Surly Cross...

This is exactly what I did with my Surly Cross Check. In addition to drilling a hole into the underside of the down tube, I also had the vent holes on the fork expanded a bit. The fishing was tricky,...
Forum: Touring
01-23-14, 11:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,138
Posted By Derailed

Nothing original here: I also like padded lycra...

Nothing original here: I also like padded lycra shorts (two pair) and long-sleeved non-cycling-specific tech shirts (two); for socks I take two pair that are very short made by SmartWool..

I keep...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-09-14, 07:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,874
Posted By Derailed

I used a SA S2C for my Mu Uno two-speed...

I used a SA S2C for my Mu Uno two-speed conversion and was ultimately unhappy with it: the shifting is not consistent enough for my taste. To SA's credit, they sent new internals free of charge, but...
Forum: Touring
01-05-14, 10:30 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 24,225
Posted By Derailed

Geez... rereading my message I fear I came off...

Geez... rereading my message I fear I came off like a pedantic jerk for making such a big deal out of this -- sorry! (And, I'm not completely sure myself, either... yet this is something I worried...
Forum: Touring
01-05-14, 08:47 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 24,225
Posted By Derailed

Are you sure this is true? I was under the...

Are you sure this is true? I was under the impression that all USB devices are 5 V, but some require more power (via higher current) than others. Many USB voltage sources are limited to a current of...
Forum: Touring
01-05-14, 06:28 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 24,225
Posted By Derailed

I think the Shimano hubs are an excellent value....

I think the Shimano hubs are an excellent value. Of course this is just an anecdote, but I have two: the first one I bought is ten years old and has seen constant year-round, all-weather, commuting...
Forum: Touring
01-03-14, 06:12 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 24,225
Posted By Derailed

It's a personal call, and I think all of the...

It's a personal call, and I think all of the advice given so far, both pro and con, has been valid.

For me, the cost is worth it, especially as I was already building up new wheels for my touring...
Forum: Touring
12-19-13, 11:59 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,970
Posted By Derailed

Despite the fact that I think my wheels (as...

Despite the fact that I think my wheels (as described in an earlier post) are sufficient for my needs, I wish I had read cyccommute's post before selecting the parts and building them!
Forum: Touring
12-17-13, 12:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,970
Posted By Derailed

It seems to me that for those choosing 700c...

It seems to me that for those choosing 700c wheels, the Dyad would be in the sweet spot in terms of width.
Forum: Touring
12-17-13, 10:04 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,970
Posted By Derailed

That's what I built up for my touring bike,...

That's what I built up for my touring bike, although I used a DH-3N72 dynamo hub for the front. For the spokes I used DT Swiss double-butted, 14/15.

I've only built a few wheelsets, so I'm...
Forum: Touring
12-15-13, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,219
Posted By Derailed

15 W is a LOT of power (for a bicycle) -- I think...

15 W is a LOT of power (for a bicycle) -- I think you will find that quite challenging, but I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

I've found it it pretty easy to store enough energy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-14-13, 11:56 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,429
Posted By Derailed

Gotcha -- thanks! As you may have already seen,...

Gotcha -- thanks! As you may have already seen, there's a video of a Silk being folded on YouTube. It makes it look like the Silk folds quite quickly, but the video isn't of very good quality, and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-14-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,429
Posted By Derailed

Why would you choose a Tikit over a Silk, given...

Why would you choose a Tikit over a Silk, given that you want 20" wheels?
Forum: Touring
12-13-13, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 737
Posted By Derailed

Yeah -- if you have a Harbor Freight near you,...

Yeah -- if you have a Harbor Freight near you, you may be surprised to see just how cheaply calipers can be purchased. I have a set of their plastic utility calipers; they're plenty good enough for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-30-13, 10:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,064
Posted By Derailed

I believe the entire route from DC to Pittsburgh...

I believe the entire route from DC to Pittsburgh is about 350 miles. It's an amazing trip. If interested, here's a link to a BF post I made about the trip soon afterward: Bike Forums link...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-13, 02:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,064
Posted By Derailed

I've done a couple centuries on my Dahon Mu Uno:...

I've done a couple centuries on my Dahon Mu Uno: one of them was part of a tour on the C&O Canal / GAP bike path from DC to Pittsburgh, and the other was from South Bend, IN to Chicago. Both of them...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-27-13, 03:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,429
Posted By Derailed

I've become quite interested in a Bike Friday...

I've become quite interested in a Bike Friday Silk with an 11-speed hub, fenders and racks. I think I'd be comfortable both commuting and touring on one of those. But, I haven't seen one in person...
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