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Forum: Touring
07-04-15, 10:07 AM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

V-brakes are no problem at all. Here's my Surly...

V-brakes are no problem at all. Here's my Surly with Deore V-brakes, 700x42c tires schwalbe tires and very wide fenders. The clearance with V-brakes is huge.

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Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-14, 05:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,353
Posted By wrobertdavis

I am not sure what you mean by "weak sleeve...

I am not sure what you mean by "weak sleeve zipper".
Forum: Touring
01-01-13, 08:59 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,638
Posted By wrobertdavis

I wear a short sleeved cycling jersey with Desoto...

I wear a short sleeved cycling jersey with Desoto arm coolers. http://www.swimoutlet.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=22723&Click=310393&gclid=CIPZlMrWyLQCFetDMgodckgAUQ. I wear them 8-9 months...
Forum: Touring
12-27-12, 04:34 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,638
Posted By wrobertdavis

Has anyone tried out the dabrim visor? ...

Has anyone tried out the dabrim visor? http://www.dabrim.com
Forum: Touring
11-02-11, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,961
Posted By wrobertdavis

I used SKS 50s on my 700x42 as well. They are...

I used SKS 50s on my 700x42 as well. They are not nearly as long as the longboard fenders, which are too narrow for these tires. I had to add homemade fender flaps to get the coverage I wanted but...
Forum: Touring
11-02-11, 05:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,961
Posted By wrobertdavis

You did not list your weight. I weigh 235 and...

You did not list your weight. I weigh 235 and run an LHT with Schwalbe 700 x 42 tires. For heavy loaded touring, the big size is definitely the way to go. I've run 700 x 35 also. I have to run...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,819
Posted By wrobertdavis

I took the bike apart this week to give it a...

I took the bike apart this week to give it a thorough detailing and also take pictures that will give a prospective buyer a very fair view of the frame condition. Please comment on frame and quality...
Forum: Touring
08-07-11, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

26 in wheels might make a difference, depending...

26 in wheels might make a difference, depending on the size of the respective tires.
Forum: Touring
08-05-11, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

I've got a 56cm LHT. I had to find a water bottle...

I've got a 56cm LHT. I had to find a water bottle cage that carried the bottle several cm lower than typical to be able to fit a 500 ml bottle behind the front wheel and just barely. Of course, I am...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,819
Posted By wrobertdavis

No fender eyelets. Until I get my own pictures...

No fender eyelets. Until I get my own pictures done, here is an exact picture from 1992 Miyata catalog of my bike. I have a different saddle and bar tape that is "carbon look" black. Otherwise, it...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,819
Posted By wrobertdavis

I bet Socal buyers are a more appreciative group...

I bet Socal buyers are a more appreciative group of buyers than Houston. Houston Craigslist buyers are a cheap bunch. :-)

Yes, my paint job looks like the one in your picture. I hope I it looks...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,819
Posted By wrobertdavis

Oh, I intend to do quality pictures this week and...

Oh, I intend to do quality pictures this week and post them - lots of them. Thanks for the response.

I've never posted in this particular forum before and wasn't sure how to go about asking.

Bob
Replies: 10
Views: 2,819
Posted By wrobertdavis

Miyata made both a 916 and 914 in 1992, both with...

Miyata made both a 916 and 914 in 1992, both with snakeskin paint. My 914 has the snakeskin paint.

My original message was pretty terse. Let me embellish a bit. I bought the 914 as a rider. It...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,819
Posted By wrobertdavis

1992 Miyata 914

Excellent mechanical condition. Very good cosmetic condition.

Bob
Forum: Touring
07-15-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

spike57: Your photo for on tour in Oregon is...

spike57:

Your photo for on tour in Oregon is not showing up.
Forum: Touring
05-11-11, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

Nice. How did you mount the fourth water bottle?

Nice. How did you mount the fourth water bottle?
04-23-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,901
Posted By wrobertdavis

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write...

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write informative replies. It seems there is a range of acceptable approaches. Having it all done by professionals with proper tools ensures maximum...
04-23-11, 05:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,901
Posted By wrobertdavis

Is head tube and bottom bracket shell facing needed on new Surly LHT frame?

I just bought a new Surly LHT frame. Is it necessary to face the headtube and bottom bracket shell before installing headset and bottom bracket?

Bob
Forum: Touring
04-21-11, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By wrobertdavis

Hey you did well. They are up to full price...

Hey you did well. They are up to full price ($470) now. They still are a great value.

Bob
Forum: Touring
04-21-11, 02:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By wrobertdavis

Flash sale gone at modernbike.com on LHT - I got one

Last Saturday night, I was scanning the internet for current prices on Surly LHT framesets. I ran across a sale that I surely thought was a mistake - new Surly LHT frameset in 56cm size only -...
Forum: Touring
09-08-10, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

So that is what a Surly "blacktacular" bike looks...

So that is what a Surly "blacktacular" bike looks like. Its the first photo I have seen and it is very, very sharp. Are you running 26" or 700c wheels? I cannot tell from the photo.

Thanks,
Bob
Forum: Commuting
09-06-10, 10:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,432
Posted By wrobertdavis

I'm sitting here with my shoulder in a sling,...

I'm sitting here with my shoulder in a sling, waiting on surgery, because I tried to ride too aggressively in a pedaling system that was inappropriate. Let me explain. My most aggressive equipment is...
Forum: Touring
09-01-10, 05:28 AM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

I could not see the picture on my end.

I could not see the picture on my end.
Forum: Touring
08-14-10, 04:18 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

Earlier bikes had level top tubes, which makes...

Earlier bikes had level top tubes, which makes for a less flexible geometry when it comes to fit. The best fit I get with my Miyatas is with at 56 cm frame, but it is a little snug in the crotch when...
Forum: Touring
08-14-10, 03:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,298
Posted By wrobertdavis

Good job and a good example for others looking to...

Good job and a good example for others looking to get a toe hold in touring on a budget. Now get out there and ride!

Bob
Forum: Touring
08-12-10, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

Using drop bars does not mean they have to be...

Using drop bars does not mean they have to be narrow. I'm sure you could get drop bars that have the same width as your moustache bars, though some may view it as kind of weird. I use 48 cm wide...
Forum: Touring
08-06-10, 06:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,298
Posted By wrobertdavis

I like free, I think you will find your...

I like free,

I think you will find your stock handlebar setup gets old and weary in a hurry for touring. Conversion to drop bars is expensive (new brake levers/shifters/stem/handlebars/tape). ...
Forum: Touring
08-05-10, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

... and one that is nicely fitted out. Many happy...

... and one that is nicely fitted out. Many happy kms and miles.

Bob
Forum: Touring
08-05-10, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4,354
Views: 2,026,983
Posted By wrobertdavis

Zeppinger, Thanks for posting your pics....

Zeppinger,

Thanks for posting your pics. After looking at yours, I realized I had my front Carradice panniers mounted way too far forward. I did that originally, so they would work front or rear...
Forum: Touring
08-05-10, 06:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,160
Posted By wrobertdavis

I thought about that but ended up getting the...

I thought about that but ended up getting the Surly front rack. The separate platform racks that fit with separate lowriders are for very light duty and have a small surface. I wanted a carry the...
Forum: Touring
08-05-10, 06:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,160
Posted By wrobertdavis

Yes, absolutely not necessary, but it sure is...

Yes, absolutely not necessary, but it sure is handy when there's a big sale on paper towels. :lol:

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07-29-10, 10:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By wrobertdavis

The final "break" occurred when my wife was hit...

The final "break" occurred when my wife was hit broadside and the car was totalled. We collected the insurance money and signed the car over to the insurance company.

I had been trying to do...
07-29-10, 10:36 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,378
Posted By wrobertdavis

I have two rear panniers made from 28 qt...

I have two rear panniers made from 28 qt wastebaskets (53 liters total) and a front set of panniers. I use my touring bike, which has front and rear racks. The front rack has a platform. The bike...
Forum: Touring
07-29-10, 05:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,160
Posted By wrobertdavis

You're right! I guess I inferred that he wanted...

You're right! I guess I inferred that he wanted low riders because he intended to use tubus front rack (low riders) but reconsidered searching for a rack with added platform function.

Bob
Forum: Touring
07-28-10, 10:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,160
Posted By wrobertdavis

It doesn't accomplish what the op seemed to be...

It doesn't accomplish what the op seemed to be looking for -- a low rider rack with a platform in stainless. None of the V-O stuff supports low-rider panniers. They are hung up on immitating the...
Forum: Touring
07-28-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,160
Posted By wrobertdavis

A platform seems unnecessary, until you have one....

A platform seems unnecessary, until you have one. Then you wonder how you got along without it. It sure comes in handy for grocery shopping and heavily loaded touring.
Forum: Touring
07-27-10, 10:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 36,031
Posted By wrobertdavis

I had read that Schwalbe tires run smaller than...

I had read that Schwalbe tires run smaller than the nameplate size. Idid not find this to be the case when I mounted my 700x40 tires on a wide rim (25mm). Actually, I don't believe its appropriate...
Forum: Touring
07-27-10, 05:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 36,031
Posted By wrobertdavis

How much you weigh and how much you intend to...

How much you weigh and how much you intend to carry will greatly affect what works well. I weigh 238 and tested some panaracer pasela tg 700x35 tires in commuter service hauling home 50-60 lbs of...
Forum: Touring
07-27-10, 03:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,160
Posted By wrobertdavis

or this one for maximum capacity...

or this one for maximum capacity http://www.rivbike.com/products/show/big-front-rack-nitto/20-075
Forum: Commuting
07-24-10, 07:38 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 27,677
Posted By wrobertdavis

A 40 lb Schwinn Varsity is not a road bike. It's...

A 40 lb Schwinn Varsity is not a road bike. It's a tank.
Forum: Commuting
07-22-10, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 944
Posted By wrobertdavis

I just finished "de-tuning" one of my road bikes...

I just finished "de-tuning" one of my road bikes for commuting. I added Ortlieb handlebar bag and small Carradice bag, both with quick release mounts to strip the bike back for fast group rides. I...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-10, 10:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,467
Posted By wrobertdavis

That's one of the primary reasons I've been...

That's one of the primary reasons I've been willing to spend the money on Dinotte lights. They pay attention to a lot of critical parts of design that have nothing to do with brightness. This...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-10, 10:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,461
Posted By wrobertdavis

If its a light drizzle, I just ride through it....

If its a light drizzle, I just ride through it. However, if its looking like a heavy, steady frog-strangler and I have more than 15 minutes left in my commute, I pull over and put on rain gear. I...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-10, 10:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,467
Posted By wrobertdavis

I have a reflective triangle on the front and...

I have a reflective triangle on the front and back of my bike, as well as reflectors in the spokes and pedals. It doesn't help with being able to see, but it sure does improve the "being seen"...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 08:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 812
Posted By wrobertdavis

Comparing Nashbar and Ortlieb is like comparing a...

Comparing Nashbar and Ortlieb is like comparing a Yugo to a BMW. I definitely wasn't playing "go as low as you can go". I was saying that $200 for a set of panniers is high. The Woodward may have...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 07:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 812
Posted By wrobertdavis

Ack! That's a $100 for one pannier? You can get...

Ack! That's a $100 for one pannier? You can get a pair of Ortlieb panniers for $121 including shipping from Wiggle.
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 06:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,055
Posted By wrobertdavis

I wouldn't consider putting anything heavier than...

I wouldn't consider putting anything heavier than a blinky light on carbon seat stays. I think the safest rack for your bike would be one that mounts to the Quick release of the rear wheel. Old Man...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-10, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By wrobertdavis

The Bagman attaches to standard seat rails. The...

The Bagman attaches to standard seat rails. The SQR attaches to seatpost. Peter White website has some good notes and pictures about using carradice saddlebags, including a method of attaching them...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-10, 02:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,941
Posted By wrobertdavis

It looks very similar to an Axiom Odyssee....

It looks very similar to an Axiom Odyssee. (http://www.amazon.com/Axiom-Odyssee-Tubular-Alloy-Adjustable/dp/B001GSQUUO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1277670866&sr=8-1)
Forum: Commuting
06-24-10, 08:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,941
Posted By wrobertdavis

Lots of people automatically go to bungee-like...

Lots of people automatically go to bungee-like tiedowns and cargo nets because that is what is commonly available in bike shops. I have found that nylon straps with buckles are much more secure and...
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