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Forum: Touring
09-05-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,963
Posted By niknak

IMO waterproof panniers are the best option. I...

IMO waterproof panniers are the best option. I have some old non-waterproof REI panniers with a rain cover. In a downpour they still get wet inside. And then you have to remove the cover to access...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,082
Posted By niknak

48/38/24 would be fine. I like a gear inch range...

48/38/24 would be fine. I like a gear inch range from the mid 90s to the high teens. Combined with the 14-34t cassette your bike would go from the high 80s to high teens...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-30-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 868
Posted By niknak

You're supposed to use the shim with that seat...

You're supposed to use the shim with that seat tube. Use the shim and get that seat post you want in 27.2. And then be more careful on frame #2...
08-21-19, 10:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,587
Posted By niknak

Look for a bike with the following: 1. dropper...

Look for a bike with the following:
1. dropper post
2. tubeless compatible rims (get nice tubeless tires)
3. hydro brakes (if you go used avoid Avids)
4. rear derailleur with a clutch (1x or 2x...
08-13-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,715
Posted By niknak

I rode the Ring Road in 2008. There were a few...

I rode the Ring Road in 2008. There were a few parts, mainly in the east, that weren't paved. The dirt roads were in good shape. Since the riding is mainly on the coast, there are very few extended...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-25-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,252
Posted By niknak

The OS tube will be ever so slightly stiffer in...

The OS tube will be ever so slightly stiffer in deflection and torsion and weigh a little less too.
06-29-19, 10:49 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,049
Posted By niknak

Very true. They're almost identical and nowhere...

Very true. They're almost identical and nowhere near what they could be. I think the problem is that gravel bikes have evolved from road bikes. If instead the gravel bike started from the mountain...
06-29-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,049
Posted By niknak

I agree with everything but the shorter...

I agree with everything but the shorter wheelbase. If you push out the front wheel with a slacker head angle and longer front center and tuck in the rear wheel, it's going to be hard to weight the...
Forum: Touring
05-12-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,898
Posted By niknak

You're right that you can get away with a larger...

You're right that you can get away with a larger cassette to get the gearing low enough. I'd still never need a 46T while touring.

It appears that GRX is following the rest of Shimano's 11s line...
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,898
Posted By niknak

I'm glad you and DJB like your cross top brakes....

I'm glad you and DJB like your cross top brakes. To me they seem frivolous. I don't tour with drop bars or on a gravel bike anyway, so what do I know :lol:
Forum: Touring
05-11-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,898
Posted By niknak

GRX is a nice option for maybe an ultralight...

GRX is a nice option for maybe an ultralight setup, but I'd still want lower gearing. My new bike will be using Shimano XT 2x11 with 38/28T chainrings and an 11-42T cassette combined with XT hydro...
Forum: Touring
03-14-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,798
Posted By niknak

I would run fenders if my tours were mainly on...

I would run fenders if my tours were mainly on paved roads and I expected to get rain at least a couple of times on the tour. Riding in the rain or on wet roads without fenders is miserable.

If I...
Forum: Touring
12-07-18, 08:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,451
Posted By niknak

I've been an ACA member for a long time now. I...

I've been an ACA member for a long time now. I just joined "the bikepacking collective" because I wanted to see what their magazine was all about and to support their excellent website. I think...
Forum: Touring
10-07-18, 06:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,085
Posted By niknak

+1 That sounds like a great combo. I'm a fan of...

+1 That sounds like a great combo. I'm a fan of the Velo Orange touring hub because it's easy to service on the go. For the front hub I'd consider a dynamo hub or something like the Velo Orange high...
Forum: Touring
08-31-18, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By niknak

I used the Holy Rollers on my old touring bike....

I used the Holy Rollers on my old touring bike. They lasted on the Idaho Hot Springs route and plenty of local trail riding. The tires weren't even close to worn out after maybe 4000 miles.
Forum: Touring
08-14-18, 02:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,078
Posted By niknak

Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba Ground pad: original...

Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba
Ground pad: original NeoAir
Quilt: Jacks R Better 25º 900-fill down
Pillow: lightweight inflatable pillow

On the rare occasions I'm not touring with my wife, I'll...
Forum: Touring
08-05-18, 01:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By niknak

While it could be weight distribution or handling...

While it could be weight distribution or handling skills, I believe the floppy handling is due to something known as flop factor (http://www.yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/trailcalc.php). The linked...
Forum: Touring
08-04-18, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By niknak

As most production bikes get smaller, the head...

As most production bikes get smaller, the head tube angle gets slacker to reduce toe overlap. A slack head tube combined with narrow drop bars makes for one twitchy bike at climbing speeds. My wife...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-22-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,187
Posted By niknak

Since you're a student, maybe you could convince...

Since you're a student, maybe you could convince your engineering department to allow you to get credit to take a proper framebuilding class from the likes of UBI, Doug Fattic, Dave Bohm, or...
Forum: Touring
07-03-18, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 944
Posted By niknak

I have the original Neo Air that I think I just...

I have the original Neo Air that I think I just wore out, so I've been looking at what's available these days. The Neo Air X-Lite seems to offer the best combo of r-value and weight for a 3-season...
Forum: Touring
06-27-18, 08:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By niknak

One trick is to put the ends of the fenders...

One trick is to put the ends of the fenders closer to the tires than at the crown/chainstays. That way if something manages to squeeze through the end it'll have more room to exit.
Forum: Touring
05-29-18, 10:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,414
Posted By niknak

38/24 up front and 11-34 in back.

38/24 up front and 11-34 in back.
Forum: Touring
05-21-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,442
Posted By niknak

So you'll be sleeping indoors and riding in hot...

So you'll be sleeping indoors and riding in hot and humid weather. For that I'd recommend one set of riding clothes and one set of street clothes. You can quickly wash your riding clothes in the...
Forum: Touring
04-07-18, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,601
Posted By niknak

That's the trouble with Shimano freehubs: they're...

That's the trouble with Shimano freehubs: they're great until they're not. You can't service them, just replace them. And because there are many different freehub bodies out there, the chances of...
Forum: Touring
04-06-18, 09:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,601
Posted By niknak

I agree with the posters who've had good things...

I agree with the posters who've had good things to say about the VO touring hub. It's dead simple to take off the freehub if you pop a spoke. No need for a hypercracker. Also easy to lube and clean...
Forum: Touring
10-01-17, 08:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,132
Posted By niknak

What about the people who use technology and...

What about the people who use technology and paper maps? We use both on big trips and still manage to get lost, have adventures, get caught in unexpected situations, and generally have a good time....
Forum: Touring
09-01-17, 10:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,147
Posted By niknak

700c is not faster than 26". I wish this myth...

700c is not faster than 26". I wish this myth would die off. If you want to ride faster make your position on the bike and your luggage more aerodynamic. Bikepacking bags are more streamlined....
Forum: Touring
08-28-17, 09:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Posted By niknak

You may get more responses in the...

You may get more responses in the gravel/cyclocross subforum. Do you plan to tour with your Diverge replacement? What didn't you like about the Diverge?
Forum: Touring
08-24-17, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By niknak

Because he's riding a mountain bike on dirt,...

Because he's riding a mountain bike on dirt, where tubeless excels. You can run lower pressures without worrying about getting a pinch flat. Lower pressures mean more traction and a smoother and...
Replies: 1
Views: 1,070
Posted By niknak

Any reason you can take the train to SLO and ride...

Any reason you can take the train to SLO and ride south? The coast route would then be more pleasant and provide favorable winds.
Replies: 39
Views: 3,104
Posted By niknak

Congrats! My longstanding battle with knee pain...

Congrats! My longstanding battle with knee pain has prevented me from attempting more than 160k. It's good to hear you were able to overcome your own knee issues to get to 200k.
Forum: Touring
08-19-17, 09:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,002
Posted By niknak

Of course your road bike is faster than your...

Of course your road bike is faster than your touring bike. As you mentioned weight is just one factor. You may also be running more high performance tires and riding in a more aerodynamic position on...
Forum: Touring
08-17-17, 05:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,308
Posted By niknak

I've used one to repair a tire for a customer. It...

I've used one to repair a tire for a customer. It wasn't the Dynaplug. It was another brand that we carried at the time that was far cheaper. The repair was easy and the tire left the shop holding...
Forum: Touring
08-17-17, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By niknak

The hardest part about setting up a tubeless...

The hardest part about setting up a tubeless wheel is when you're using a new tire. It may struggle to create an airtight seal, even if you have an air compressor. A tip that helps is to mount the...
Forum: Touring
08-12-17, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,744
Posted By niknak

We rode lots of the Wild Atlantic Way in 2016....

We rode lots of the Wild Atlantic Way in 2016. From Cork we went south to the coast and then more or less followed it clockwise to Malin Head. Kinsale is a start/end point of the WAW. If you head...
Forum: Touring
08-11-17, 10:10 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,308
Posted By niknak

Ask the tourists who ride the Great Divide...

Ask the tourists who ride the Great Divide through New Mexico or Baja Divide or any place with lots of thorns and they'll tell you running tubeless is the best option for puncture resistance. Putting...
Forum: Touring
07-17-17, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By niknak

Why not take a piece of rope or string and...

Why not take a piece of rope or string and simulate how'd you lock all four bikes? Then measure it and decide for yourself.
Forum: Touring
07-13-17, 03:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By niknak

If you can't find a buddy you'll probably end up...

If you can't find a buddy you'll probably end up meeting other cyclists on the route. It's very popular.
Forum: Touring
07-13-17, 10:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,169
Posted By niknak

I rode a section of the Pacific Coast in 2014...

I rode a section of the Pacific Coast in 2014 with a road bike and bikepacking gear and it worked well. It's easier to do bigger miles because you retain your aerodynamics and keep weight down. I...
Forum: Touring
07-10-17, 12:01 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,614
Posted By niknak

Thanks for the trip report. It's a nice break...

Thanks for the trip report. It's a nice break from all of the stupid arguing on this forum. You're right that Iceland is exceptionally beautiful and worth visiting despite the difficult weather.
...
Forum: Touring
07-10-17, 11:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,898
Posted By niknak

Nice trip report! That part of the country is...

Nice trip report! That part of the country is beautiful. Makes we want to ride there too.

I love getting surprised with a nice hiker/biker campsite. This summer we stayed at Deception Pass State...
Forum: Touring
07-08-17, 06:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,568
Posted By niknak

The number, like saddle preference, is unique to...

The number, like saddle preference, is unique to each rider. I run enough pressure to prevent pinch flats and wallowing in corners. More than that provides no perceivable benefit.
Forum: Touring
07-07-17, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By niknak

You may know this already but putting your phone...

You may know this already but putting your phone on airplane mode doesn't typically disable the GPS function. You can turn off airplane mode for Instagram uploads. I've found that airplane mode saves...
Forum: Touring
06-23-17, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By niknak

Butano State Park is a good one. They have cheap...

Butano State Park is a good one. They have cheap hiker/biker spots. You can ride up Kings Mt. Road and descend Tunitas Creek then take Stage Road to Pescadero. Butano is maybe twenty minutes ride...
Forum: Touring
06-11-17, 12:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 620
Posted By niknak

You can start the ACA Idaho hot springs loop from...

You can start the ACA Idaho hot springs loop from Boise. It's fantastic. Roughly 500 miles of forest roads with singletrack options. Enough resupply points to keep logistics easy.
Forum: Touring
06-08-17, 01:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,349
Posted By niknak

Uh, I'd feel guilty. Plus, all the state parks...

Uh, I'd feel guilty. Plus, all the state parks I've camped at have hiker biker spots for $5 or $6. The rangers also have always let me roll into a state park for free if I was just visiting for the...
Forum: Touring
06-03-17, 07:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,293
Posted By niknak

Why do you have to stealth camp? There's plenty...

Why do you have to stealth camp? There's plenty of ways to sleep for free with permission granted first: warm showers, couch surfing, asking strangers, asking police, firefighters, people at...
Forum: Touring
06-03-17, 06:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,125
Posted By niknak

+1 for visiting REI. You can also compare...

+1 for visiting REI.

You can also compare tents, sleeping bags, pads on their website to narrow down the selection to your preferences.

A 3-man tent for one seems excessive but you're the one...
Forum: Touring
05-21-17, 07:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 802
Posted By niknak

We rode from Tromsø to Trondheim via Rte 1 along...

We rode from Tromsø to Trondheim via Rte 1 along the coast last summer. The landscape is gorgeous. Even the flight into Tromsø was great.

The riding itself was surprisingly easy. You typically...
Forum: Touring
05-17-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,423
Posted By niknak

The bigger bikepacking top tube bags (bento...

The bigger bikepacking top tube bags (bento boxes) get in the way when I stand while climbing. They don't hold much either. I'd just go with a bikepacking saddle bag, like the Revelate Pika...
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