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Forum: Touring
06-13-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 627
Posted By DanBell

FWIW, I have 23,000km on my belt and it shows...

FWIW, I have 23,000km on my belt and it shows almost zero wear. I biked from the US, into Canada, back to the US, and then through Central and South America on it. No snow, but plenty of rain, sun,...
05-08-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,065
Posted By DanBell

Yeah, I'm in the process of scoping out a new...

Yeah, I'm in the process of scoping out a new bike, so this kind of news is interesting to me but I certainly wouldn't be needing to switch it up if I had a gravel bike that was set up the way I...
05-08-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,065
Posted By DanBell

I think the higher pivot point in the levers...

I think the higher pivot point in the levers seems like a great idea, but unfortunately it's only in the DI2 levers at the moment. Mechanical levers have the new ergonomics but not the higher pivot.
05-08-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By DanBell

No idea about the Secan, but a friend of mine...

No idea about the Secan, but a friend of mine just took delivery of a Strael. Other than the wait, he said they were great to deal with and the bike is fantastic. I think they must be shipping Secans...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 02:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By DanBell

If you want high end steel in Japan, you can't do...

If you want high end steel in Japan, you can't do better than Vlad at Equilibrium Cycle Works (http://equilibriumcycleworks.com/). He's a great dude and he produces some stunning frames. I don't know...
Forum: Touring
04-30-19, 01:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By DanBell

What's this about?

What's this about?
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,190
Posted By DanBell

My feeling as well. I like it, just not at that...

My feeling as well. I like it, just not at that price, and especially if you have to buy it sight unseen.
Forum: Touring
04-04-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,190
Posted By DanBell

Yeah, I didn't mean to imply that the bike...

Yeah, I didn't mean to imply that the bike wouldn't function, or that the buyer would somehow be limited by it's performance. It's just that I think it drives the value of this particular bike down,...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,261
Posted By DanBell

I used to buy a lot of merino stuff from Planet X...

I used to buy a lot of merino stuff from Planet X (https://www.planetx.co.uk/). I found their gear to be good quality and reasonably priced, and they regularly have good sales. I tried to buy some...
04-03-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,745
Posted By DanBell

Lots of bikes use a coupler like this for their...

Lots of bikes use a coupler like this for their belt break. I would imagine Rodeo Labs has done due diligence on their particular iteration of it.


No direct experience, but a friend has ordered...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By DanBell

I think this is the best option. Lugging the...

I think this is the best option. Lugging the extra one through the airports will be no fun, but I still think bringing your own bikes makes the most sense.


I did Noto years ago and it was...
Forum: Touring
04-03-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,190
Posted By DanBell

It's a really hard thing to price. It has the...

It's a really hard thing to price. It has the couplers, which are costly, but on a bike with older tech that isn't that valuable. It's a Co-Motion, so it's handmade in the USA which definitely has...
Forum: Touring
04-01-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,596
Posted By DanBell

When I was about 19 in Ohio my friends and I...

When I was about 19 in Ohio my friends and I would drive up into Canada regularly for the weekend to party. Crossing into Canada was usually the border agent asking for our driver's licenses,...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 09:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,596
Posted By DanBell

One of the comments under the video of him...

One of the comments under the video of him getting drunk and arrested noted that he does not have a passport and whatever ID he is carrying has expired. I foresee him having a difficult time getting...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 08:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By DanBell

It's possible, sure. There'd be some serious...

It's possible, sure. There'd be some serious train time. Using Hyperdia...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By DanBell

You can contact Tim at GS Astuto...

You can contact Tim at GS Astuto (https://www.gsastuto.com/rentals.html). He does rentals of good road bikes but it's expensive, I believe. Probably not a cost you'd want to pay for multiple days....
03-26-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 24,205
Posted By DanBell

I'm quite interested in this as well.

I'm quite interested in this as well.
Forum: Touring
03-26-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,294
Posted By DanBell

I agree with some of the posters above who...

I agree with some of the posters above who suggest going on a shorter trip to start with, possibly even a supported ride. Maybe you could find a short tour route near you that sticks mainly to cycle...
Forum: Touring
03-14-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,596
Posted By DanBell

I cycled with a couple of Mexican guys in Baja...

I cycled with a couple of Mexican guys in Baja who were traveling with no money. They would just tell people their story, that they were trying to get from one part of Mexico to another, and ask if...
Forum: Touring
03-10-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By DanBell

My cables are exposed running along the downtube....

My cables are exposed running along the downtube. Two for the Rohloff and one for the rear brake. The cable splitters are in the middle(ish) of the cable section along the downtube. Easy to access...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 10:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,384
Posted By DanBell

When in use, I don't even notice they are there....

When in use, I don't even notice they are there. I did find that mine had gotten a bit stuck when I finally tried to separate them. Luckily I was carrying the right size wrench as well as a small...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,601
Posted By DanBell

There's a poster on here who I cycled with on the...

There's a poster on here who I cycled with on the Pacific coast for a bit a couple of years ago who had one of his dogs with him. I'd @ him but I'm not sure exactly what his username is. As above,...
Forum: Touring
03-09-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By DanBell

Most people I know with dynamos also use a...

Most people I know with dynamos also use a battery pack. I use a 20,000mAh Xiaomi battery. It charges fine from the dynamo. The problem with charging your phone directly from the hub is that if the...
Forum: Touring
03-07-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,159
Posted By DanBell

I put one of these on a friend's bike and it is...

I put one of these on a friend's bike and it is definitely a high quality product.
Forum: Touring
02-28-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,129
Posted By DanBell

I never saw the appeal of drones until I cycled...

I never saw the appeal of drones until I cycled with a French guy in Bolivia who had one. After seeing his footage, I can understand why you might want one. That being said, there was a fair amount...
02-15-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,480
Posted By DanBell

I generally refrain from suggesting something...

I generally refrain from suggesting something different from what the OP has specifically asked for, but I had the exact same thought about steel at this price point. You could build up a really nice...
02-08-19, 12:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,863
Posted By DanBell

I've purchased several different things...

I've purchased several different things (including a pair of baggy casual riding shorts) from Ground Effect (https://www.groundeffect.co.nz/) in New Zealand and have never been disappointed.
02-02-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,414
Posted By DanBell

Oh right, forgot it was Sora. The caliper version...

Oh right, forgot it was Sora. The caliper version 105 R700 groupset is widely available and quite reasonably priced. I don't know if the levers pull the right amount of cable to work with the...
02-02-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By DanBell

Woof. Those are some expensive wheels. Have you...

Woof. Those are some expensive wheels. Have you looked at Hunt (https://www.huntbikewheels.com/)? Wheel company in England but with free international shipping. They get good reviews and their bog...
02-02-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,414
Posted By DanBell

It's certainly doable, but I think Shimano is...

It's certainly doable, but I think Shimano is actually in short supply of their road hydro disc groupsets right now as well. I had a look online the other day and I could not find complete 105 R7000...
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,140
Posted By DanBell

Yeah, this isn't even close to being true though.

Yeah, this isn't even close to being true though.
Forum: Touring
01-08-19, 12:16 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,140
Posted By DanBell

I think when you first change from clipless or...

I think when you first change from clipless or even cages and straps to platforms it feels very strange. You need to give it some time to get used to not being attached. I cycled almost exclusively...
01-02-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By DanBell

No first hand knowledge, but that aluminum one is...

No first hand knowledge, but that aluminum one is heinous, IMO. That huge toptube is a real eyesore. The 853 model looks really sharp though.
Forum: Touring
12-30-18, 06:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,244
Posted By DanBell

Colombia is a good choice. Cycling is very...

Colombia is a good choice. Cycling is very popular and I found the drivers to be courteous and respectful towards cyclists. The roads are good, accommodation and food are cheap, and the people are...
12-21-18, 11:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,029
Posted By DanBell

If you google "canyon grail fender mounts" you...

If you google "canyon grail fender mounts" you get a ton of hits talking about how the Grail series has fender mounts. I contacted Canyon to ask about those proprietary fenders in the picture of the...
Forum: Touring
12-18-18, 06:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 352
Posted By DanBell

Sweet Contest from Temple Cycles and Restrap

Very cool touring prize from these two companies for Christmas. All you have to do to enter is answer one simple question (and sign up for their mailing list, naturally).
...
Forum: Touring
12-11-18, 09:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,330
Posted By DanBell

I thought about bringing a rod with me through...

I thought about bringing a rod with me through Central and South America, but I don't know much about fishing and in the end I couldn't really figure out what kind of rod and equipment I would need....
Forum: Touring
12-09-18, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,339
Posted By DanBell

You may be waiting a while...

You may be waiting a while...
Forum: Touring
12-08-18, 09:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,836
Posted By DanBell

You do, it's just VERY small.

You do, it's just VERY small.
11-08-18, 05:16 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,000
Posted By DanBell

Cool thanks. I guess it's not necessary to clear...

Cool thanks. I guess it's not necessary to clear coat unpainted titanium. I hadn't really considered that.
11-07-18, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,871
Posted By DanBell

Thanks for the response. It's definitely more...

Thanks for the response. It's definitely more experience than I have on the subject. As I said it's not been a problem for me, but I really only have my own lack of trouble to base that on.
11-05-18, 04:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,871
Posted By DanBell

Not to derail this thread, but has this been your...

Not to derail this thread, but has this been your experience? Because I've been on several different disc/QR equipped bikes in the last ten years or so and have had this issue less than five times I...
Forum: Touring
11-05-18, 04:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,384
Posted By DanBell

:popcorn

:popcorn
Forum: Touring
10-22-18, 07:55 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,483
Posted By DanBell

I was mostly just joking about the idea of having...

I was mostly just joking about the idea of having nine gears front and back, but I get what you meant now and why you wrote it that way. Attempt at humor failed...
Forum: Touring
10-22-18, 05:57 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,483
Posted By DanBell

Tell me more about this nine-speed front...

Tell me more about this nine-speed front derailleur. :D
10-20-18, 03:30 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,000
Posted By DanBell

Does anyone know if the Motobecane decals are...

Does anyone know if the Motobecane decals are under or over the clear coat? I like the bike but I prefer an unbranded look if possible.
Forum: Touring
10-20-18, 11:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,264
Posted By DanBell

​​​​​That's cool. When I was shopping they didn't...

​​​​​That's cool. When I was shopping they didn't even have a pinion bike yet but they contacted me to let me know they would have them soon. Unfortunately it was out of my price range. But after...
Forum: Touring
10-05-18, 04:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 639
Posted By DanBell

Thanks for the info about macro absorbers and...

Thanks for the info about macro absorbers and micro adjusters. I hadn't heard that before. I'm definitely a macro absorber and often wondered why people had so much trouble with fit. It definitely...
10-03-18, 08:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,667
Posted By DanBell

What's the deal with the Conduct brakes? Would...

What's the deal with the Conduct brakes? Would they be easily swappable or is there something proprietary to them that would make that difficult? I like the look of the Revolt but would rather just...
Forum: Touring
10-03-18, 05:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,203
Posted By DanBell

I don't know if they still do, but Fizik used to...

I don't know if they still do, but Fizik used to have neon orange loaner saddles at some shops that you could borrow to try. In addition, since lots of people go through this process, many of us have...
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