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06-16-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By timdow

Is it an STI setup, and are you using the stock...

Is it an STI setup, and are you using the stock derailleur and crankset/rings? I had this same issue when I changed to smaller rings. The issue is/was caused by the triple derailleur hump not...
Forum: Touring
06-16-21, 06:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 430
Posted By timdow

I tried a Jones bar. It put me in a weird riding...

I tried a Jones bar. It put me in a weird riding position with unnatural hand positions, so for me at least drop bars work better. I have butterfly bars on my MTB with trigger shifters, and they are...
Forum: Touring
06-15-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,075
Posted By timdow

What is your goal in changing the big ring? You...

What is your goal in changing the big ring? You want to get out of the middle ring and spend more time in the big ring?

I have 26/36/48 rings, and don't use the tallest 1/2 of the gears in the...
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 794
Posted By timdow

Depending upon how much it is going to cost to...

Depending upon how much it is going to cost to get the bike there, this may be a better option.
Forum: Touring
06-13-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 712
Posted By timdow

Flat pedals, pedals w/straps, clipless... It a...

Flat pedals, pedals w/straps, clipless... It a personal decision.

Being the minimalist that I am, I don't like to carry two pairs of shoes while on tour so I go with flat pedals. When I shop...
06-11-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 401
Posted By timdow

I have had good luck with the Brooks Cambium. ...

I have had good luck with the Brooks Cambium. Three widths... C15 narrow, C17 med, C19 wide. Good to buy one at the 20% sale at REI - then you can return if it for up to a year if does not work...
Forum: Touring
06-11-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 794
Posted By timdow

It is going to be difficult to sell in a foreign...

It is going to be difficult to sell in a foreign country in a hurry. The bike isn't worth much. Shipping will be more expense/hassle than it is worth, so if it were me I wouldn't worry about it. ...
Forum: Touring
06-04-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By timdow

Cool.... I have a bike camping trip planned this...

Cool.... I have a bike camping trip planned this weekend... didn't plan it this way because it is Bike Travel Weekend though.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,036
Posted By timdow

Upon not being able to source them, I contacted...

Upon not being able to source them, I contacted iSSi via email, and indeed they are discontinued. They discontinued them to work on "other projects" (which I figure to mean more profitable...
Forum: Touring
06-04-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By timdow

I see the option to purchase online, then have it...

I see the option to purchase online, then have it shipped for free to my local REI store. This is currently available for L, XL and XXL. A few weeks ago, they had all the sizes. Will this option...
Forum: Touring
06-03-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By timdow

Suggest you look at the rei adv 1.1 as it seems...

Suggest you look at the rei adv 1.1 as it seems to be mostly available. If not there in your size today, they seem to restock every few weeks. They have L, xl and xxl right now.

if its too much...
Forum: Touring
06-02-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,653
Posted By timdow

There are water resistant sleeping bags. You can...

There are water resistant sleeping bags. You can sleep out when it is dry, but when wet a sleep system is needed that includes a shelter. My suggestion is to consider a bivy sack w/ground pad (and...
Forum: Commuting
05-31-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,328
Posted By timdow

I am on the lookout for another wheelset, but not...

I am on the lookout for another wheelset, but not for commuting backup (although they could be used as a backup). I have a spare bike as a backup. Want a 27.5 set for wider tires so I can tour...
Forum: Touring
05-26-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 893
Posted By timdow

Due to the charging requirements of the bike to...

Due to the charging requirements of the bike to pull the heavy trailer, I think that your current plan has a very low likelihood of success.

Have you considered that your camping opportunities may...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By timdow

Here is another bag. This one is the Banjo Bros...

Here is another bag. This one is the Banjo Bros Minnehana. It is intended to be used as a seat bag, but works just as well as a handlebar bag. It is at a lower price-point than most seat bags, $60.
...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By timdow

Rivendell is a valley in Lord of the Rings,...

Rivendell is a valley in Lord of the Rings, "Sackville" is also place from Lord of the Rings... as in the "Sackville Bagginsies"
Forum: Commuting
05-15-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,036
Posted By timdow

I have the same issue - flat feet. To boot, I...

I have the same issue - flat feet. To boot, I need a wide shoe also. I am currently using a set of Nike Air Monarch's which are pretty stiff, at least now while they are new.
I have also used my...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By timdow

MIK seems to be the new standard. Several...

MIK seems to be the new standard. Several manufacturers sell a "MIK compatible" rack. Who knows how long it will stick.

The MIK is a bit cleaner that the Topeak MTX when the bag is off.
...
Forum: Touring
05-15-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By timdow

If you need a new wheel, either an 8,9 or 10...

If you need a new wheel, either an 8,9 or 10 speed cassette will fit.
If you got to the point where the chain is skipping no matter how you adjust it, you probably have a worn-out drivetrain...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By timdow

A lot of aluminum bikes are going to come with a...

A lot of aluminum bikes are going to come with a carbon fork. Based on your stated uses above, it sounds like a gravel bike would fit the bill well.
Gearing may or may not be important to you. ...
Forum: Touring
05-15-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By timdow

Mine is older still... I have snaps for the map...

Mine is older still... I have snaps for the map pocket and for the case top. I have been wanting to change it... I YouTube video on converting the snaps to magnets.
Forum: Commuting
05-13-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,041
Posted By timdow

I have a 35 mile round trip commute, and do it 3X...

I have a 35 mile round trip commute, and do it 3X times per week. It's really not a problem except that it is a time commitment.

I have the option fo riding the train if need be but rarely do.
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,109
Posted By timdow

If I only get one tip, I will re-state a...

If I only get one tip, I will re-state a recurring statement: Don't overpack. The most important items to take are ones that you can't get on the road.... glasses, prescriptions, CC's/ID, etc. I now...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,407
Posted By timdow

Yea, frustrating. Last I checked each park's...

Yea, frustrating. Last I checked each park's hiker/biker status isn't updated on the CA Parks website. There is only a statement on each parks webpage saying "Group camping is currently closed." ...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By timdow

I could have saved a lot of money by NOT...

I could have saved a lot of money by NOT purchasing a couple of sets of "inexpensive" panniers, and by simply purchasing the Ortliebs from the start. I like the "toss everything in one bag" approach...
Forum: Touring
04-20-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By timdow

You can get the Ortlieb Back Roller Classics for...

You can get the Ortlieb Back Roller Classics for $190. Due to the much better mounting system on the Ortlieb's I recommend you spring for the extra $40 for them. You won't be sorry.

Ortlieb and...
Forum: Touring
04-14-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,182
Posted By timdow

So far, the CA State Parks website still states...

So far, the CA State Parks website still states that "...group campsites remain closed." This seems to be a blanket message that applies to all CA state parks, but I know for fact that Leo Carillo...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 36,252
Posted By timdow

I guess it's moot because you already have the...

I guess it's moot because you already have the 28c Gatorskins in-hand, but I just bought a bike second-hand with 32c gatorskins on it. I just verified on the Internet that they are available.
Forum: Commuting
04-02-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,008
Posted By timdow

The best purpose built MTB for commuting with...

The best purpose built MTB for commuting with have the tires changed to thinner street tires, and either had a rigid front fork (80's and 90's MTB's), or a fork with a lockout. The MTB with the...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 776
Posted By timdow

Huh $220 AU = $168 USD. Looks like it can be had...

Huh $220 AU = $168 USD. Looks like it can be had here in the States for $105 USD. Guess shipping and import duty is high(?). Lots of other options (EX: Swift, Velo Orange), but not for less money...
03-30-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 832
Posted By timdow

This is the one I have. Allows me 6L in the...

This is the one I have. Allows me 6L in the large size, and also allows access to both WB's. I like it a lot because it fits my frame well. YMMV depending on your frame size.
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 919
Posted By timdow

I started touring on a Miyata Triplecross. I got...

I started touring on a Miyata Triplecross. I got the shimmy no matter how I loaded it. Too flexy, I suppose. I wish I still had it to commute on, but as it goes, I moved on. Absolutely no shimmy...
Forum: Touring
03-29-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,376
Posted By timdow

I figure this is a combination of the tire being...

I figure this is a combination of the tire being difficult to mount, and technique. It's a bit difficult to describle and a lot easier to do it in practice, but one trick that makes it far easier to...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By timdow

The 25c's are extremely difficult to mount. I...

The 25c's are extremely difficult to mount. I used a coupe of "C" clamps to hold the tire on the rim while I finished mounting it. I have been using larger sizes of Marathon Plus on other bikes,...
Forum: Commuting
03-29-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By timdow

I have been selling off the stuff I don't need. ...

I have been selling off the stuff I don't need. Good time for that - Everything is getting snapped up fast!
Forum: Commuting
03-28-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 990
Posted By timdow

Too small and expensive for my tastes. I would be...

Too small and expensive for my tastes. I would be much more likely to try something like this:
https://banjobrothers.com/products/minnehaha-canvas-saddle-bag-medium

EDIT: I like the looks of the...
Forum: Commuting
03-26-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,048
Posted By timdow

I would try it first with the smaller cassette. ...

I would try it first with the smaller cassette. If it doesn't work well for you, you can change the ring later. Since the chainring you would go to is smaller, the only thing you might have to do...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By timdow

I bought one too thanks!

I bought one too thanks!
Forum: Touring
03-19-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 447
Posted By timdow

Too bad - I really could have seen myself riding...

Too bad - I really could have seen myself riding a Saga. A very functional and good looking bike/frame. I suspect that with the popularity of bikepacking and multi-purpose bikes/frames the Saga is...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,321
Posted By timdow

I rode 32's on my LHT until last year when I put...

I rode 32's on my LHT until last year when I put 35's on it. For road riding, I don't notice much difference. I believe the switch would be worth it if you want to carry a heavy load, or go offroad...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,294
Posted By timdow

How about these?: ...

How about these?:
https://www.rei.com/product/146062/burley-pannier-set-pair

Only $90, and they can be had at 20% off right now.
Forum: Touring
03-15-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 975
Posted By timdow

Either way would work. With all the bikepacking...

Either way would work. With all the bikepacking solutions that have come out recently, there are so many different ways to carry your stuff.

I started with rear panniers with the intention of...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,014
Posted By timdow

Holy thread resurrection, Batman! The OP may...

Holy thread resurrection, Batman!
The OP may have moved jobs several times since then!
Forum: Commuting
03-11-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,669
Posted By timdow

Amen to that! Do you own thing and don't worry! ...

Amen to that! Do you own thing and don't worry! As far as etiquette on the bike path, just simply be courteous and the rest will take care of itself.
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 828
Posted By timdow

If it were me I would do it in early June, not in...

If it were me I would do it in early June, not in late June. It still may be hot, though. Late Winter or Spring (now) is the right time to do this trip.
Forum: Touring
03-09-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 12,260
Posted By timdow

I like to have a hot meal, but I carry tuna and...

I like to have a hot meal, but I carry tuna and tortillas for lunch, and have had it for dinner when cooking would is inconvenient (late camp, weather). I tried PBJ on tortillas, tuna is much...
Forum: Commuting
03-09-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,137
Posted By timdow

I am in a very similar situation as you. 55 year...

I am in a very similar situation as you. 55 year old, 35 mile round-trip commute - albeit I live in San Diego, so less weather issues.
I try to ride as much as possible, but it is a large time...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 706
Posted By timdow

Dead, buried, and resurrected, but only a ghost...

Dead, buried, and resurrected, but only a ghost of its former self. I miss being able to see items (especially clothing) before I buy.
Forum: Commuting
03-08-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,649
Posted By timdow

Putting a rear rack on an otherwise sleek, nice...

Putting a rear rack on an otherwise sleek, nice looking bike is dorky to begin with. I am much more concerned with function than style. I have a (dorky) rack and bag that is large, and can carry...
Forum: Touring
02-27-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
Posted By timdow

Yea before COVID, I stayed at a couple of pretty...

Yea before COVID, I stayed at a couple of pretty sketchy hike/bike sites around Ventura. At mcGrath SB, the camp host said he had a bike stolen! I locked my bike to the picnic table, then put half of...
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