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12-14-15, 05:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 932
Posted By dengidog

You just gave me my biggest laugh for the day!

You just gave me my biggest laugh for the day!
12-13-15, 09:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 932
Posted By dengidog

Lori: I love your last post! I'm a "mature"...

Lori: I love your last post! I'm a "mature" (cough, cough) woman, so the lady card works for me, too...sadly, it's usually due to my age and ignorance rather than any great charms. OMG...I was...
12-12-15, 06:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 932
Posted By dengidog

How funny that this topic was revived...but I'm...

How funny that this topic was revived...but I'm very grateful it was. LoriRose: you give me great hope! I don't mind getting my hands (and any other part!) dirty. My first project was to learn how...
Forum: Touring
07-16-15, 10:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,722
Posted By dengidog

I did a shortened solo tour last year and loved...

I did a shortened solo tour last year and loved it. Actually, the one thing that was never an issue was being female and older (57). People were amazingly courteous. In fact, at one rest stop, I was...
Forum: Touring
07-06-15, 02:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,752
Posted By dengidog

People. The kindness of strangers will amaze you....

People. The kindness of strangers will amaze you. Even with only a few short tours under my belt (and one longer one), it's addictive. I'm normally a bit introverted, but you can't be when on the...
Forum: Touring
02-06-15, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 370
Posted By dengidog

Good luck!

Good luck!
Forum: Touring
02-06-15, 08:58 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,187
Posted By dengidog

I know I'm going to be beaten up for saying this,...

I know I'm going to be beaten up for saying this, but if I had to dumpster dive, then I'd rethink my life's choices. I'm NOT knocking anyone else for doing it, but there is no way I could unless it...
Forum: Touring
01-29-15, 09:18 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,581
Posted By dengidog

You're absolutely right and I'm glad you caught...

You're absolutely right and I'm glad you caught that my comment was really tongue-in-cheek. If I had the opportunity, I'd probably ride through Detroit and not think twice about it (once, maybe, but...
01-03-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

OK, I did a few short miles to check it out. The...

OK, I did a few short miles to check it out. The new fork seems to be about the same as the old, so that's good news. I'm going to go for a longer jaunt tomorrow, so it'll truly be tested on some...
01-03-15, 02:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

Fingers crossed...time for my test run.

Fingers crossed...time for my test run.
01-03-15, 01:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

(On my last posting, I saw the pics were small so...

(On my last posting, I saw the pics were small so I tried to enlarge them. They're still small, but now you get double the squinting. Sigh...)

FB, I wish I could argue with you about the builder,...
01-03-15, 11:49 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

As promised, here are the photos. I realize that...

As promised, here are the photos. I realize that in the first one I'm not in proper gear, but you should still be able to get an idea of me on the bike. I would like to add a couple of things...the...
01-02-15, 08:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

I just got the bike back, so I'll post pics...

I just got the bike back, so I'll post pics tomorrow. To answer the questions:

I'm just a hair under 65." The cranks are 170mm. The fork is a brand new Surly Cross and actually seems to have made...
01-02-15, 01:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

I don't know the length (still waiting to get the...

I don't know the length (still waiting to get the bike back...should be late this p.m.), but I'll measure them. I did some quick reading about the arms and that might be a great possibility, rather...
01-01-15, 08:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

I get the bike back tomorrow, so I'll take the...

I get the bike back tomorrow, so I'll take the measurements and try for some photos, including ones showing how the fender/pedals touch. When I was in the shop yesterday, I saw that the new tube...
12-31-14, 06:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

Gosh, I'm learning a lot and I truly appreciate...

Gosh, I'm learning a lot and I truly appreciate your well-explained answers.

I re-read what I wrote and I should have been a little more clear (this is what happens when you write before a nap for...
12-31-14, 02:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

Here's another naive (ie, duh!) question for the...

Here's another naive (ie, duh!) question for the day: I understand that changing the offset will affect the handling, but other than being different, is it really a problem? I mean, does it make...
12-31-14, 02:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

Yes, steel forks with curved fork blades can have...

Yes, steel forks with curved fork blades can have the curve changed to increase rake (the forward extension of the fork). But not all steel forks can have this done. It depends on various factors,...
12-31-14, 01:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

First off, THANKS! to all of you for your...

First off, THANKS! to all of you for your replies. As mentioned, I know absolutely zilch about mechanics and am very embarrassed that I ride without knowing how to do anything more than change a...
12-31-14, 06:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,292
Posted By dengidog

Steering tube height questions

I have a touring bike that I love, but HATE the toe overlap. It's not only annoying, but it has nearly caused me to take a tumble quite a few times. I've tried to get over it, heck, I 've had the...
Forum: Touring
12-28-14, 12:27 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,581
Posted By dengidog

Hear! Hear! I've tried to keep my 2 pesos...

Hear! Hear!

I've tried to keep my 2 pesos out of this after my last posting, but some of the stuff posted has just left me frustrated/angry/disgusted/amused/whatever.

Look, every country has...
Forum: Touring
12-19-14, 08:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,538
Posted By dengidog

I have a solar charger that powers all of my...

I have a solar charger that powers all of my toys. It works like a charm and weighs about 1 pound. No more batteries. It even charges my tablet at about 1%/min. Since I multitask with the tablet...
Forum: Touring
12-19-14, 08:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,203
Posted By dengidog

amen!!!

amen!!!
Forum: Touring
12-19-14, 07:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,581
Posted By dengidog

Wow...there is sure a lot of misinformation being...

Wow...there is sure a lot of misinformation being given about Mexico, mostly by those who have never been here.

In a nutshell, I have toured down here. The people are usually friendly to bike...
Forum: Touring
12-19-14, 07:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,203
Posted By dengidog

Awwww...you beat me to it! It's pretty common...

Awwww...you beat me to it! It's pretty common here for the expats to take a trip over to Cuba. I haven't done it yet, but would like to. Like Staeph, I was a bit worried about the restrictions (ret...
12-18-14, 09:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 932
Posted By dengidog

Thanks, Hill. I'll check out that book. You...

Thanks, Hill. I'll check out that book. You caught my problem. I'm about 45 mins from Guadalajara (the "big city" lol) so there really isn't anything local other than small bike shops. It's different...
12-18-14, 09:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 932
Posted By dengidog

Thanks, but that's exactly what I don't want....

Thanks, but that's exactly what I don't want. Again, I need something that starts from the very beginning and doesn't assume you know the difference between wrenches, etc. While YouTube can be a...
12-18-14, 07:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 932
Posted By dengidog

Recommendation

I've done several bike tours and a lot of local riding, but I know absolutely squat about how to do almost anything other than change the tires...and even that's iffy if it's the back tires and my...
Forum: Touring
07-29-14, 08:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,179
Posted By dengidog

+1 These are terrific suggestions...been...

+1

These are terrific suggestions...been there, done that and I don´t want to go through it again!

I had to end my first tour because of the numb hand/weakness problem and it did go away, but...
Forum: Touring
07-24-14, 07:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,996
Posted By dengidog

I know this doesn´t answer your question exactly,...

I know this doesn´t answer your question exactly, but check out this website Allstays | Campgrounds | RV Parks (http://www.allstays.com) for campgrounds of all types. It might take a second or two,...
Forum: Touring
07-23-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,160
Posted By dengidog

OK, I know this has NOTHING to do with the topic,...

OK, I know this has NOTHING to do with the topic, but I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU!!!! to Neil for his site. Even a technodino like me is able to post and by using my tablet, I can easily...
Forum: Touring
07-10-14, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 669
Posted By dengidog

Sugar and a lot of heavy cream is out for me...

Sugar and a lot of heavy cream is out for me (medical), but I never even thought about V8...which I actually really like. I´m also a recent convert to pistachios. Any and all suggestions are greatly...
Forum: Touring
07-10-14, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 669
Posted By dengidog

Love the sticker, Doug! Machka, thanks for...

Love the sticker, Doug!

Machka, thanks for the info as it really helps. I´m not planning on counting every single thing that goes into my mouth, but just needed a general idea. The funny thing (or...
Forum: Touring
07-08-14, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 669
Posted By dengidog

Energy needed/calories burned--ladies

As I prepare for my next tour, I´m really curious...what is the average calorie burn for women on a fully loaded tour? I know that weight/speed/age/pounds (both bike and rider:D) factor in, plus the...
06-22-14, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,185
Posted By dengidog

I have a solar charger (5v 50,000 mAh) that will...

I have a solar charger (5v 50,000 mAh) that will charge my tablet. It´s slow, about 4%/hour, but it DOES charge and is perfect for those days that I can´t get to an outlet. I just plug it in (tablet...
Forum: Touring
06-21-14, 08:58 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,324
Posted By dengidog

Thanks for telling me that! While I´ll stay with...

Thanks for telling me that! While I´ll stay with my klutz-proof method (no clips) for now, it´s one less thing to worry about in case I should ever change my mind...when it comes to bicycle riding,...
Forum: Touring
06-20-14, 01:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,324
Posted By dengidog

Definitely not for me (but I´m an old dog who has...

Definitely not for me (but I´m an old dog who has trouble learning new tricks) for 2 reasons...

My bike has toe overlap which has taken me forever to learn. I love the bike, but it was definitely...
Forum: Touring
06-12-14, 11:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 758
Posted By dengidog

Boy, do I second his recommendations based on...

Boy, do I second his recommendations based on personal experience. No matter how much research you do, etc, you´re going to find that many "must have" items are actually not needed. My first trip was...
Forum: Touring
05-26-14, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,078
Posted By dengidog

Good point, fietsbob. I guess what I bought is a...

Good point, fietsbob. I guess what I bought is a knock-off rain cape with sleeves.

Since I don´t often ride in rain, and probably will stop if it gets ugly, I just didn´t want to spend $$$$ on...
Forum: Touring
05-25-14, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,078
Posted By dengidog

Rain poncho

Teacherlady´s posting got me thinking (dangerous, I know!)...has anyone else used a rain poncho and been happy with it? I do a lot of local riding, but bike tours are once a year, if I´m lucky. I...
Forum: Touring
05-25-14, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 783
Posted By dengidog

Good luck on your tour! This brings back so...

Good luck on your tour!

This brings back so many memories...Keflavik, Iceland was my first duty station when I joined the Navy and I had a blast. Very cold and VERY, VERY expensive, but it´s one...
Forum: Touring
04-30-14, 10:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,699
Posted By dengidog

Best thing I ever did! Raising my handlebars up...

Best thing I ever did! Raising my handlebars up just a couple of inches made all of the difference for me with comfort.
Forum: Touring
04-14-14, 09:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,165
Posted By dengidog

I only had 2 incidents where I felt a bit at...

I only had 2 incidents where I felt a bit at risk. Both were from guys in cars. I had stopped for a quick break and they pulled just a little bit too close and looked a bit too interested in me or,...
Forum: Touring
04-14-14, 09:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,084
Posted By dengidog

When I was deciding whether or not to get...

When I was deciding whether or not to get panniers, I bought a cheapie set for a trial run. Like the ones you´re looking at, mine didn´t come apart, but that wasn´t a deal breaker for me. The quality...
Forum: Touring
03-14-14, 08:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,438
Posted By dengidog

Thanks, all, for the great responses. I´ve got...

Thanks, all, for the great responses. I´ve got some UV protection sleeves on the way, courtesy of Ebay, and I´m going to look into some of the suggested sites for clothing. I´ve dunked ice water on...
Forum: Touring
03-08-14, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,438
Posted By dengidog

Heat protection/clothing question

Help! I´m looking for recommendations for women´s lightweight jackets/covers for those days when the sun is strong. I try to ride super-early in the a.m. (as soon as it´s light enough to be seen),...
Forum: Touring
03-08-14, 07:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 992
Posted By dengidog

I loved AndrewClaus´ response because he´s...

I loved AndrewClaus´ response because he´s absolutely right. It took me 3 tries to get a tour under my belt. While I DO wish things had gone differently the first 2 times, each one taught me a lot. ...
Forum: Touring
12-21-13, 07:39 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,871
Posted By dengidog

Sorry for being flip, but this sure seems like an...

Sorry for being flip, but this sure seems like an awfully long post that could be summed up in just a few words: different strokes for different folks.
Forum: Touring
12-15-13, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 958
Posted By dengidog

While all of you are right, please don't forget...

While all of you are right, please don't forget that there are many of us who usually just read the postings and actually learn something from them, even if the OP is just a dreamer. It was thanks to...
Forum: Touring
10-27-13, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 642
Posted By dengidog

Unless the other person is a significant other, I...

Unless the other person is a significant other, I would always be self-sufficient. It took 3 times before I was able to complete a tour. Had others not had their own stuff, they would have been...
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