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Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,207
Posted By jefnvk

Agreed. I've said it before, but my personal...

Agreed. I've said it before, but my personal bike touring the bike is not the main focus, merely one of the central ones. I am doing things I would do without a bike, just including it in the trip....
06-24-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 792
Posted By jefnvk

Bingo, same here. Can't say I approve of group...

Bingo, same here. Can't say I approve of group rides who blow through at 20MPH, but the folks that tap their brakes, pick their heads up, look to see it is clear, and go make all the sense in the...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,288
Posted By jefnvk

I bought a GoPro a few years back. I have...

I bought a GoPro a few years back. I have hundreds of hours of cycling, hockey, motorcycle videos sitting on my computer. I doubt I've watched more than a few minutes worth of them, and it...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,207
Posted By jefnvk

How much does 6-12 beers weigh? I'm generally not...

How much does 6-12 beers weigh? I'm generally not going on a tour on a bike anywhere remote without that packed somewhere.

I go on bike tours to have fun, not to set records or speed from one...
06-24-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 998
Posted By jefnvk

A) I think the biggest issue is the fact that...

A) I think the biggest issue is the fact that seemingly such a small case could rack up 100k GBP in legal fees.

B) The cyclist either had incredibly poor legal representations, or decided not to...
06-24-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 751
Posted By jefnvk

I've got double sided pedals (Deore XT T8000,...

I've got double sided pedals (Deore XT T8000, https://www.rei.com/product/116154/shimano-xt-pd-t8000-spd-pedals). They work awesome, let me do whatever I want. Both clipped in, both not clipped in,...
06-24-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 966
Posted By jefnvk

I had the 27x1-1/8" on my old Peugeot. Great...

I had the 27x1-1/8" on my old Peugeot. Great tire for the money, I'd definitely buy again.
06-22-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

Actually the opposite, leaving Whitmore Lake and...

Actually the opposite, leaving Whitmore Lake and moving to Highland :thumb:
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,051
Posted By jefnvk

FWIW, the 439mm worked perfectly for my midget...

FWIW, the 439mm worked perfectly for my midget feet!

https://live.staticflickr.com/4206/35000875724_37717c11f7_b.jpg
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,504
Posted By jefnvk

Hopefully you get it. It has been a crappy year...

Hopefully you get it. It has been a crappy year for outdoor activities, I've hardly even been on a bike. Really wish I would have skipped work golf league this year too.
06-20-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By jefnvk

If you have the skills to drill out a crankset...

If you have the skills to drill out a crankset and replace a non-replaceable chainring, you have the skills to simply replace the crankset with something more appropriate.

And what jgwilliams said...
06-20-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,859
Posted By jefnvk

Much better than having them riding towards you...

Much better than having them riding towards you taking up the whole path, like a local MTB group that is generally 30 riders strong likes to do while staring at their front tires.
Forum: Touring
05-22-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,332
Posted By jefnvk

Just like ebikes, why when veganism comes up...

Just like ebikes, why when veganism comes up can't the question at hand either be ignored or answered in a productive manner?

The guy asked for tips on what vegans eat on tour, not a discussion on...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 987
Posted By jefnvk

Agree with Tourist in MSN. Generally prefer one...

Agree with Tourist in MSN. Generally prefer one person more capacity than is sleeping in the tent.

That said, 6 people and 10# is massive! Might as well keep your bike indoors with that!
05-21-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,334
Posted By jefnvk

It is a kids bike. It ranges from literally...

It is a kids bike. It ranges from literally nothing to adjust on a toddlers balance bike, to incredibly simple to deal with on the single speed pseudo-BMX that most kids ride until their early teens....
05-21-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,719
Posted By jefnvk

The ridiculous lowballers are annoying, but I...

The ridiculous lowballers are annoying, but I simply don't respond. That said, I had a roommate who used to do that, just tossing out lowball offers on everything. The amount of stuff that he ended...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

Another point on the time issue: I used to work...

Another point on the time issue: I used to work with a lot of foreign workers. Many of them would go back to India or China for extended periods of time, how they would make it work is to basically...
05-21-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,346
Posted By jefnvk

Assuming the C'dale is 8 speed, I'd probably just...

Assuming the C'dale is 8 speed, I'd probably just save my money and go with it. If you actually get into the sport, you're probably going to want to change anything you buy out after a few events...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,332
Posted By jefnvk

Full disclosure: not vegan, but have lived with...

Full disclosure: not vegan, but have lived with some vegans in Europe. Depending on where you are touring there, it can be very difficult. Food labeling laws aren't always adequate, even if you...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By jefnvk

I've got the older version, the Mazama, back when...

I've got the older version, the Mazama, back when they were still Novara and 700x42 and triple cranks. I love it, to be quite honest I could sell off everything else I own besides the fat bike and be...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,792
Posted By jefnvk

I agree that you need pool noodles, but moreso...

I agree that you need pool noodles, but moreso because the hollow ones are easily cut up and placed around the frame tubing for effective protection in shipment.
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,523
Posted By jefnvk

I generally use the Adidas compression boxer...

I generally use the Adidas compression boxer briefs, or a brand called Undertech that they sell at Meijer (for anyone in the midwest). Both have seams in useable places. Pumas were the only real...
Forum: Touring
05-20-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

Meh, even going back in the times of the...

Meh, even going back in the times of the Icelandic sagas, adults have been lamenting the laziness and sloth of the youth, how they'd rather sit around gorging themselves on mead and living off their...
05-18-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 380
Views: 21,626
Posted By jefnvk

I get your bigger point, but I think people...

I get your bigger point, but I think people vastly overestimate the number of shops who stock such things. There are only two shops in the Detroit area I would even think to try for such a thing,...
05-17-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 380
Views: 21,626
Posted By jefnvk

And I'd spend all day driving around to a dozen...

And I'd spend all day driving around to a dozen different bike shops, and not a single one would have that in stock. Even if one did for $3, I'd rather pay the $10 to know it is coming in a couple...
Forum: Touring
05-16-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

To be brutally fair? The kids I see today are...

To be brutally fair? The kids I see today are getting far more exercise than I ever did. Its not a run around and play how you see fit style like me, but rather structured sports and rigirous...
05-16-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 646
Posted By jefnvk

I can't say I envy a century as a commute, nor...

I can't say I envy a century as a commute, nor would work be happy if I left my test vehicle sitting in my driveway. Not to mention, risking a ticket on the Interstate is saner than taking the one...
05-16-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

Yeah, I'm gonna get yelled at when the wife...

Yeah, I'm gonna get yelled at when the wife notices. We're in the process of buying a home and moving, I really don't need another bike to deal with right now, but I couldn't pass up that color!
...
05-16-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

Yeah, I've done enough cleanups to have a pretty...

Yeah, I've done enough cleanups to have a pretty good eye for what is and isn't salvageable. I kinda expected the hub to look like that, the gunk on there reminds me of the cosmoline that the...
05-15-19, 11:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33983193968_55...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33983193968_55e849abb3_b.jpg
And the winner is: 1968! Looks nice and shiny under the gunk.

Yeah BigChief, the position is all screwed up, just hadn't...
05-15-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

Hehe, can't wait to get home and clean off the...

Hehe, can't wait to get home and clean off the hub and see!
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

Eh, understandable if they're uninterested in it...

Eh, understandable if they're uninterested in it and have no problem with you doing it. That was the case with my wife when I went to Iceland. I just read it (maybe incorrectly) the first time as...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,723
Posted By jefnvk

All true statement. Mostly pointing out that...

All true statement. Mostly pointing out that even though I am fairly cold tolerant, nylon pants never really worked well by themselves around freezing for me. I'm sure there are better choices than...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

Likewise, wouldn't leaving your family at home to...

Likewise, wouldn't leaving your family at home to do things on your own run contrary to the whole point of having a family? I'm perfectly fine solo touring, but I enjoy it far more when my wife is...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,723
Posted By jefnvk

I'm going to disagree, at least for me...

I'm going to disagree, at least for me personally, I don't find nylon trekking pants to be all that warm on their own. They're not the most packable thing, but I still have a pair of jeans with me....
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

+1. I saw LOTS of families touring when I was in...

+1. I saw LOTS of families touring when I was in France and the Netherlands. No, you're probably not going to be pounding out centuries every day, and there may be more sightseeing stops and MUPs...
05-15-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

The bike cost me less than two pints and a burger...

The bike cost me less than two pints and a burger I had immediately afterwards, so I can't consider it a bad deal regardless :thumb:

Heck, the tires even still hold air, took it for a ride...
05-14-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By jefnvk

What'd I just buy? $19 Phillips 3 speed

Well, my Salvation Army habit turned up something I've always wanted: a British 3 speed utility bike. Anything I should know about this, beyond it was apparently just a rebadged Raleigh, not...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,001
Posted By jefnvk

I've got the Microshift 10s barends on my Mazama,...

I've got the Microshift 10s barends on my Mazama, and the Dura-Ace 9s barends on a Trek 520. I'd be hard pressed to tell a difference in quality or functionality. Dura-Ace looks a bit nicer...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 761
Posted By jefnvk

Cool pics! In addition to what seeker333...

Cool pics!

In addition to what seeker333 says, get an early start. Crowds don't show up til 11 or 12 most days. We got to Avalanche Lake fly fishing at 730am, there wasn't another person there...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,692
Posted By jefnvk

I have 17 days vacation/PTO a year. Last year, I...

I have 17 days vacation/PTO a year. Last year, I chose to use 11 of those to get me a 17 day trip to France (11 work days plus 6 weekend days), not all of it cycle touring but the majority was. ...
05-14-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By jefnvk

Doubt there would be issues. If the battery...

Doubt there would be issues. If the battery doesn't work, warranty it out.
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By jefnvk

Yeah, probably not that common of an occurrence,...

Yeah, probably not that common of an occurrence, but the one time I tried to use it it had broken down in Wisconsin. I was scheduled to sail (and only told when I showed up to get on) on the...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,570
Posted By jefnvk

I'm personally a big fan of the Clement (think...

I'm personally a big fan of the Clement (think they might be Donolley now?) USH. They're 35, but give a nice "slick" center tread pattern for the hard stuff and diamond tread on the sidewalls. Can...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,051
Posted By jefnvk

Just know if it stops running for whatever...

Just know if it stops running for whatever reasons, you might be stuck there for a few days until it is back and operational, so it isn't the best choice for schedule intensive trips. That foiled my...
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 819
Posted By jefnvk

Sounds like a trip along the coast of Lake...

Sounds like a trip along the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan would suit your needs. Water keeps the surrounding areas relatively cool, most of the shore roads are paved, and of course, you have...
05-13-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 989
Posted By jefnvk

I'll echo what others have said, that is REALLY...

I'll echo what others have said, that is REALLY low. I stop most my bikes at 19, because even the one at 16.7 or so gets used so infrequently I can't justify it. At 14, you'd need a 90RPM cadence...
05-07-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,744
Posted By jefnvk

Depends on how much is in my bank account. Thus...

Depends on how much is in my bank account. Thus far, it has been $1200.
Forum: Touring
05-06-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,898
Posted By jefnvk

Yep. Tires are relatively cheap, if I feel...

Yep. Tires are relatively cheap, if I feel something will benefit me better, why not?
05-03-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 765
Posted By jefnvk

Define "sand". There are many "sand" surfaces...

Define "sand". There are many "sand" surfaces I'd have no problem riding my road bike down. There are "sand" surfaces I wouldn't attempt on my fat bike. What are the specifics of the sand?
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