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Forum: Touring
09-16-13, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By xyzzy834

If you are very old to cycling, you already know...

If you are very old to cycling, you already know the types of roads and traffic conditions you're comfortable riding. Subtract some amount for new riders and plan your route accordingly.

You're...
Forum: Touring
09-12-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,309
Posted By xyzzy834

The Deore crank comes in two flavors, 44-32-22...

The Deore crank comes in two flavors, 44-32-22 and 48-36-26. I bought the 48-36-26 model and the 22-tooth individual chainring from the other model. After I swapped the small rings, I had 48-36-22...
Forum: Touring
09-09-13, 10:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 833
Posted By xyzzy834

There's no doubt I could upgrade the quality of...

There's no doubt I could upgrade the quality of food going in on tour, but I've never bonked, even on the rare days pushing 75+ miles in the heat. I guess you have to pick your poison, so to speak....
Forum: Touring
09-09-13, 07:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 833
Posted By xyzzy834

Your body is really good at telling you what it...

Your body is really good at telling you what it wants. Unless you're purposely limiting calorie intake (any why would you on a tour?), just eat when you're hungry and the problem will take care of...
Forum: Touring
08-11-13, 05:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,336
Posted By xyzzy834

It's probably a case of what you get accustomed...

It's probably a case of what you get accustomed to. I've never had interrupter levers and never felt the need for them.

I ride standard drop bars with STI brake/shift levers. I operate them from...
Forum: Touring
08-08-13, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,712
Posted By xyzzy834

I'm surprised the same people who insist on 26"...

I'm surprised the same people who insist on 26" wheels for touring in remote areas wouldn't also insist on a Shimano MTB crankset for the same reasons. They're dead simple to remove and install with...
Forum: Touring
08-08-13, 07:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,523
Posted By xyzzy834

I built a super durable heavy hauler for my clyde...

I built a super durable heavy hauler for my clyde self (and my gear) a couple of years ago. I started with a Soma Saga frame.

http://www.pbase.com/mwb/image/134452440.jpg

There are some...
Forum: Touring
03-17-13, 03:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,758
Posted By xyzzy834

Yes. No. Why are you using friction...

Yes.

No.

Why are you using friction shifters?
Forum: Touring
03-11-13, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,209
Posted By xyzzy834

I used Shimano ST74 cable stops. They're cheap. ...

I used Shimano ST74 cable stops. They're cheap.
http://www.universalcycles.com/images//products/medium/16733.jpg


Any 1 1/8" threadless headset will work. I used the silver FSA "The Pig"...
Forum: Touring
03-11-13, 09:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By xyzzy834

Just buy a 128GB flash memory card for your...

Just buy a 128GB flash memory card for your camera. It will hold thousands of full res pictures.
Forum: Touring
03-06-13, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,183
Posted By xyzzy834

There are LOTS of CGOAB journals about circling...

There are LOTS of CGOAB journals about circling Lake Erie (including one of mine).

It's a good ride. I took the ferry from Sandusky to Leamington and avoided Toledo and Detroit. I mostly...
Forum: Touring
02-14-13, 05:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,051
Posted By xyzzy834

I don't like mosquito repellant and I really,...

I don't like mosquito repellant and I really, really don't like mosquitoes. I generally head inside the comfort of my tent with a good mosquito netting around sunset. Once inside for the night, I...
Forum: Touring
02-12-13, 01:45 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,342
Posted By xyzzy834

As several people have correctly pointed out, I...

As several people have correctly pointed out, I misspoke about the compatibility of a MTB crank with road STI shifters. Of course it works. I run exactly that combination myself.

What I SHOULD...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 10:18 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,342
Posted By xyzzy834

That Alpina-D FD is exactly what I use on my...

That Alpina-D FD is exactly what I use on my touring bike with a MTB crank and STI road shifters. It takes some shuffling of crank spacers to bring the chainline in from the natural 50mm of a MTB...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,342
Posted By xyzzy834

One more thing. You mentioned an XT group,...

One more thing.

You mentioned an XT group, which is a MTB group. If that includes a MTB crank, it commits you to MTB shifters unless you friction shift the front or do something creative. This...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 03:42 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,342
Posted By xyzzy834

Use Sheldon Brown's gear calculator to see for...

Use Sheldon Brown's gear calculator to see for yourself. Plug in the appropriate chainwheel and freewheel values and you'll have your answer.

I prefer to use it in gear inches mode, since that's...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 07:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,534
Posted By xyzzy834

If you want people to read it because you've sent...

If you want people to read it because you've sent them a link, a wordpress self hosted site would give you the most creative control.

If you want people to find it themselves and read it, the...
Forum: Touring
02-06-13, 10:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 701
Posted By xyzzy834

I don't understand the resistance to the hoop...

I don't understand the resistance to the hoop over the front wheel.

I have the Tubus Tara and it's rock solid with every load I've ever carried up front. It's lightweight and strong. I run a...
Forum: Touring
02-05-13, 06:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,745
Posted By xyzzy834

A difference in saddle height is more a function...

A difference in saddle height is more a function of difference in BB height. All other things equal, longer cranks require a LOWER saddle height to maintain proper leg extension at the bottom of the...
Forum: Touring
02-02-13, 02:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,689
Posted By xyzzy834

http://myzerowaste.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/...

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Forum: Touring
02-02-13, 02:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By xyzzy834

Thanks for the summary article. That's a nice...

Thanks for the summary article. That's a nice bike. I've always admired the Waterford Adventure Cycle.

Your article didn't show or mention racks and panniers. Do you box those separately or...
Forum: Touring
01-29-13, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 965
Posted By xyzzy834

Do any shops have a 36H for the front and a...

Do any shops have a 36H for the front and a 36H-OC for the rear? The four extra spokes won't slow you down.
Forum: Touring
01-28-13, 09:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,377
Posted By xyzzy834

I always have fenders on my touring bike. Of...

I always have fenders on my touring bike. Of course you'll still get wet in the rain, but you won't get nearly as dirty from road grime. As soon as it stops raining, I stop getting wet no matter...
Forum: Touring
01-28-13, 09:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,480
Posted By xyzzy834

I have a both a Zefal and Road Morph (among other...

I have a both a Zefal and Road Morph (among other pumps). The Zefal isn't too bad for completely filling a empty tube after a flat fix or a tube change, but its a pain in the ass compared to the...
Forum: Touring
01-27-13, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,136
Posted By xyzzy834

Any chain that doesn't require a new pin every...

Any chain that doesn't require a new pin every time you open it to remove it will be fine as long as it's the correct width. That rules out Shimano chains for me (for touring, anyway).
Forum: Touring
01-25-13, 07:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,478
Posted By xyzzy834

I toured with a Fuji Touring frame. My Fuji came...

I toured with a Fuji Touring frame. My Fuji came to me as a frame, so virtually none of the other parts were original to the frame. It rode fine and behaved well under load.

Converting the...
Forum: Touring
01-23-13, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,626
Posted By xyzzy834

I use A530's on my touring bike with size 12...

I use A530's on my touring bike with size 12 shoes. I'm clipped in for all day riding. The platform side is convenient when I'm in my off-bike shoes around the campsite and I want to ride to a...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 09:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,344
Posted By xyzzy834

A jar of peanut butter. A jar of jelly. A loaf...

A jar of peanut butter. A jar of jelly. A loaf of bread. I decided I wanted some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the next couple of days. I didn't mind the weight, but keeping the bread...
Forum: Touring
01-22-13, 06:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By xyzzy834

There is no "all day" saddle. Physics and human...

There is no "all day" saddle. Physics and human physiology prevent that. When you're touring, it's OK to take breaks. Stand and coast for a short distance or stop and take a drink of water. Give...
Forum: Touring
01-18-13, 11:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,100
Posted By xyzzy834

I built a Soma Saga almost two years ago. I'm...

I built a Soma Saga almost two years ago. I'm extremely pleased with it.

http://www.pbase.com/mwb/image/134452440.jpg

I was replacing my previous touring bike, so I had lots of parts to reuse....
Forum: Touring
01-17-13, 08:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,556
Posted By xyzzy834

Thumbs down for the B17 for me. I gave it over...

Thumbs down for the B17 for me. I gave it over 2000 miles of a try, but I could never get as comfortable as I can on my Selle San Marco Rolls.

I strongly prefer a level saddle setup, fore and...
Forum: Touring
01-04-13, 10:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,098
Posted By xyzzy834

The number of spokes depends on a number of...

The number of spokes depends on a number of things. How much do you weigh? How much equipment will you carry? What type of rims? What type of roads? How much safety factor do you require?

XT...
Forum: Touring
12-24-12, 12:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,829
Posted By xyzzy834

Twenty-four inches is no problem mounted across a...

Twenty-four inches is no problem mounted across a rear rack. Most panniers are almost that wide across the full width.

http://www.pbase.com/mwb/image/114400279/medium.jpg

The tent is on the...
Forum: Touring
12-21-12, 09:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 509
Posted By xyzzy834

July and August in the US for me. All of the...

July and August in the US for me. All of the campgrounds and other facilities are open. The days are long and the nights are warm. The heat guarantees the lightest clothes will be sufficient. No...
Forum: Touring
12-20-12, 11:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,034
Posted By xyzzy834

Use Google Maps street view to take a glimpse at...

Use Google Maps street view to take a glimpse at several spots along I-15 to get an idea of the road condition and the amount of shoulder.
Forum: Touring
12-20-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,623
Posted By xyzzy834

Yes. I choose my tours and routes with camping...

Yes. I choose my tours and routes with camping availability as one of the important criteria. That's part of my tour/vacation. In practice, it hasn't been a problem.
Forum: Touring
12-18-12, 10:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,953
Posted By xyzzy834

The only thing it's missing is a panhead.

The only thing it's missing is a panhead.
Forum: Touring
12-18-12, 02:00 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,146
Posted By xyzzy834

It sounds like you're in it for the miles more...

It sounds like you're in it for the miles more than "smelling the roses." To each their own, but I don't understand why it's important for you to limit your miles/day. Especially if you're aiming...
Forum: Touring
12-17-12, 05:36 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,623
Posted By xyzzy834

I don't stealth camp except in an emergency. One...

I don't stealth camp except in an emergency. One of the many reasons is the lack of running water and showers. The only reason I weigh in with this is because it's easy to read this forum and...
Forum: Touring
08-03-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,964
Posted By xyzzy834

There are lots of great touring routes and...

There are lots of great touring routes and destinations that don't require lengthy 10% grade climbs.
Forum: Touring
05-13-11, 11:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,469
Posted By xyzzy834

I cut mine to a length that left the rear wheel...

I cut mine to a length that left the rear wheel "light" on a flat, level garage floor. I don't remember how that lined up with any measurement markings on the legs.

In the real world, the smidge...
Forum: Touring
05-10-11, 07:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,131
Posted By xyzzy834

I'm going with, "troll." I could have been...

I'm going with, "troll."

I could have been convinced you were serious. People take all sorts of things on bike tours. A 2.2 lb blender weighs much less than just about any laptop computer I've...
Forum: Touring
05-06-11, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,706
Posted By xyzzy834

I'm 6'0" with a 32" pants inseam. I don't...

I'm 6'0" with a 32" pants inseam. I don't remember my measured PBH, but i'm not particular at all about standover. I like a shortish top tube of my touring bikes. Not ridiculously short or...
Forum: Touring
05-06-11, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,706
Posted By xyzzy834

That's a good point. My write-up wasn't clear...

That's a good point. My write-up wasn't clear about that. The spacer juggling around the crank to create the 47.5mm chainline was the critical part for making the setup work with road STI...
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 11:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,290
Posted By xyzzy834

I have great respect for Waterford and admit to...

I have great respect for Waterford and admit to being something of a fork snob, but they'd have to work pretty hard to make an uglier fork that that one.
Forum: Touring
05-04-11, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,706
Posted By xyzzy834

Soma Saga build

http://www.pbase.com/mwb/image/134452440.jpg

Iíve been touring on a 2003 Fuji Touring frame with a wide variety of components since 2004. Itís been dedicated to touring for most of its life since...
04-19-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,112
Posted By xyzzy834

The Longboard fenders are normally attached to...

The Longboard fenders are normally attached to the rear of the fork crown. I mounted mine to the front of the fork in order to rotate them a few degrees for a bit more road clearance.

The bottom...
Forum: Touring
04-15-11, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By xyzzy834

When you set up the MTB crank, move at least one...

When you set up the MTB crank, move at least one of the spacers they give you from the drive side to the non-drive side. Hopefully, the XT spacers are 2.5mm each like the Deore spacers. If they...
Forum: Touring
04-15-11, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By xyzzy834

The Shimano Deore FC-M590 triple is available in...

The Shimano Deore FC-M590 triple is available in 26-36-48 rings. If you can switch to a cassette with an 11-tooth gear, 48/11 will get you very close to 52/12. The longest Deore crank arms are...
04-11-11, 10:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 9,046
Posted By xyzzy834

My guess is you're misrouting the front...

My guess is you're misrouting the front derailleur inner wire.

http://www.hostelshoppe.com/images/tech/fderai13.jpg

The wire goes over the little tab before it gets pinched by the bolt. If you...
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