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Forum: Touring
05-26-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By fourfa

Gualala Point campground is indeed beautiful,...

Gualala Point campground is indeed beautiful, though infamous for its gangs of aggressive racoons that might harrass you and keep you awake all night long. There are wooden food crates for your...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,016
Posted By fourfa

Thanks for the references in the first post, I...

Thanks for the references in the first post, I hadn't looked at those before. If I was thru-hiking (with poles) I would be very interested in this setup. Partially that's because thru-hikes tend to...
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,016
Posted By fourfa

What do you plan to use for the tarp support pole?

What do you plan to use for the tarp support pole?
Forum: Touring
05-19-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,067
Posted By fourfa

Huh, fitted cycling clothing is far more...

Huh, fitted cycling clothing is far more comfortable than baggy street clothes for long days in the saddle. Almost makes you wonder if, you know, it’s designed for that purpose

But whatever, if...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,067
Posted By fourfa

Wow, not many responders fully read the post. 2...

Wow, not many responders fully read the post. 2 nights, and they're leaving this weekend. SMH

Anyway, mine is: if you need it and don't have it, you didn't really need it. Don't overpack. Test...
Forum: Touring
05-11-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 793
Posted By fourfa

It's true that Shimano prints in their...

It's true that Shimano prints in their instructions that their links are one-time use only. There are others (Wipperman is the one I know) that are designated reusable. I can tell you from experience...
Forum: Touring
05-10-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 793
Posted By fourfa

I'm waxing all the bikes in my stable right now,...

I'm waxing all the bikes in my stable right now, it's much preferable for me in my mostly dry dusty northern California riding. I have not yet done an extended tour since I started. Not sure what I...
05-06-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By fourfa

^ agreed, WTB was ahead of their time once but...

^ agreed, WTB was ahead of their time once but they’re about the slowest tires on the market currently
05-03-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 24,404
Posted By fourfa

I tend to think threads like this are a lot about...

I tend to think threads like this are a lot about the rims, and how deep their center channel is. There must be variability in the tires too. Some combinations are just hard. I have had no such...
Forum: Touring
04-29-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,826
Posted By fourfa

I want to boost this... I've also done...

I want to boost this... I've also done lightweight backpacking & thru-hiking in additional to extended bike tours. Of course you can get lighter by spending money on lighter stuff. But when it comes...
04-24-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,501
Posted By fourfa

Well if the cassette cost is the original...

Well if the cassette cost is the original sticking point, there's Eagle clones on alibaba... I have an SROAD 10-36 11-sp for my 2x and I'm very happy with it. There are a million varieties but so...
04-24-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,501
Posted By fourfa

Ah, that's a shame. I went and found the press...

Ah, that's a shame. I went and found the press release (https://cyclingtips.com/2021/04/dt-swiss-announces-star-ratchet-ln-upgrade-kit-for-lower-end-hubs-and-wheels/), looks like the conversion...
04-23-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 761
Posted By fourfa

Well-reasoned and the lived experience is...

Well-reasoned and the lived experience is obvious... I do just want to add that both the mud and manure incidents were on paved roads - mud on a secondary road in France after a river or something...
04-23-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,501
Posted By fourfa

Ah but you're in luck - the build sheet I'm...

Ah but you're in luck - the build sheet I'm looking at says it has DT Swiss 350 or 370 hubs. These feature a tool-free freehub removal - keep your one cassette, and just pop it from one wheelset to...
04-22-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,501
Posted By fourfa

FWIW my gravel 650x47s and road 700x28s are...

FWIW my gravel 650x47s and road 700x28s are extremely close to the same rolling diameter, close enough never to think about geometry changes or toe overlap etc

If I was checking a box for factory...
Forum: Touring
04-22-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By fourfa

Assuming this goes in a fully-waterproof...

Assuming this goes in a fully-waterproof pannier... Personally I'd go with a full-zip neoprene sleeve (with a semi-rigid cardboard/plastic panel over the screen), and maybe a waterproof zip bag over...
04-22-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 761
Posted By fourfa

I agree with that, on my last tour I was brought...

I agree with that, on my last tour I was brought to a halt twice by unavoidable gooey debris in the road (once regular old mud, once thick fresh cowpies) which packed up the inside of the fender and...
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,366
Posted By fourfa

Check the bottom of this thread re: Hwy 1. ...

Check the bottom of this thread re: Hwy 1. Re-opening is way ahead of schedule: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1222727-landslide-pch-2.html

Wish I could tell you about campgrounds. Carmel to...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 11:44 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,826
Posted By fourfa

Thanks to this thread I've been doing a bunch of...

Thanks to this thread I've been doing a bunch of reading about Zpacks, TarpTent (and this (https://bikepacking.com/gear/tarptent-double-rainbow-li-review/) timely review on bikepacking.com), ultra...
Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,826
Posted By fourfa

I guess we're talking about the Helium bivy...

I guess we're talking about the Helium bivy because I mentioned it a while back... I've slept hundreds of nights in a hooped bivy (Helium and mainly other OR bivvies before that) but never with a...
04-12-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,756
Posted By fourfa

I wonder if there's a difference between 1x11 and...

I wonder if there's a difference between 1x11 and 1x12 chain drop rates; do narrower chains bend sideways slightly better?
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,826
Posted By fourfa

I saw aliexpress up there... I got similar stuff...

I saw aliexpress up there... I got similar stuff (Toaks brand) though on amazon. 650mL pot is just enough for my favorite jumbo curry ramen soup...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,175
Posted By fourfa

https://twitter.com/CaltransD5/status/138024802265...

https://twitter.com/CaltransD5/status/1380248022659960837?s=20

"Great news: #Hwy1 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hwy1?src=hashtag_click) at Rat Creek south of #BigSur...
Forum: Touring
04-09-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,826
Posted By fourfa

https://enlightenedequipment.com/enigma-stock/ (I...

https://enlightenedequipment.com/enigma-stock/ (I probably went overboard with customizations, but it was nice to get a long length / regular width in fabric weight / colors / waterproofing of my...
Forum: Touring
04-08-21, 11:09 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,826
Posted By fourfa

Weight and volume are tightly bound factors, both...

Weight and volume are tightly bound factors, both important if you're trying to get everything to fit in soft bikepacking luggage... I have a quilt and bivy setup (Enlightened Equip. + OR Helium)...
04-08-21, 01:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,756
Posted By fourfa

Someone translate Des Moines vs Dubuque?

Someone translate Des Moines vs Dubuque?
Forum: Touring
04-07-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,405
Posted By fourfa

Schwalbe's website (I linked it in post #4) seems...

Schwalbe's website (I linked it in post #4) seems to have them in stock. I didn't actually complete the purchase just to find out, but seems available to me?
04-06-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,396
Posted By fourfa

'Laden' is literally 'to load' but also 'to...

'Laden' is literally 'to load' but also 'to charge a battery.' So 'lader' is a 'charger.' The project started on a German bike forum like this one (rad-forum.de? Can't find a link on the site any...
Forum: Touring
04-03-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,405
Posted By fourfa

Tubeless or tubed? Looks like Schwalbe has...

Tubeless or tubed? Looks like Schwalbe has tubeless-approved versions of many of their tires now, but not all.

The Marathon Supremes test slightly less draggy (16.9W at BRR) than the fastest...
04-02-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,396
Posted By fourfa

Actually now I'm not so sure what I wrote is...

Actually now I'm not so sure what I wrote is correct. Most of the hard rules I find easily searching on StVZO are about front white light beam shape (which is a good thing to regulate TBH). Some...
04-01-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,396
Posted By fourfa

Only if you choose to limit yourself to...

Only if you choose to limit yourself to StVZO-legal taillights... Pretty sure there are powerful ebike rear lights these days that might not be strictly Germany-legal but can be found in other...
Forum: Touring
03-26-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 19,897
Posted By fourfa

So slap a 40V Zener diode across the inputs ...

So slap a 40V Zener diode across the inputs

EDIT: or does it need a pair, one in each direction? As the current is AC. Disclaimer: I am not an electrical engineer
03-26-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,228
Posted By fourfa

Okay, I know the OP is about the old school...

Okay, I know the OP is about the old school bottle dynamos, and it immediately turned into a "vs dynohub" thread as expected. But there's also this:

VELOGICAL RIM-DYNAMO - Standard Bicycle Dynamo...
Forum: Touring
02-11-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,415
Posted By fourfa

FWIW on my 3 month tours I've taken 3 bibs, wore...

FWIW on my 3 month tours I've taken 3 bibs, wore them every day. Me personally I found I could wear each for two days, and a third was acceptable if I had to. A simple rub with soap in a sink will...
Forum: Touring
02-04-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,083
Posted By fourfa

Agreed that "near future" might not be in the...

Agreed that "near future" might not be in the cards; nevertheless it's fun to daydream too. I rode the coast from the Spanish border to Lagos on an unsupported, unplanned solo tour in 2017...
01-31-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,608
Posted By fourfa

I'd guess it'll be like 2017 - cars can get...

I'd guess it'll be like 2017 - cars can get around the washout via Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd, but not being able to drive all the way through will *greatly* reduce traffic. But "zero cars" is probably...
01-19-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,650
Posted By fourfa

I have a 530 and had a 1000, and both are just...

I have a 530 and had a 1000, and both are just awful for navigation compared to any smartphone IMHO. Not like anyone is ever going to go without a smartphone (to a close approximation anyway). I...
01-16-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By fourfa

Refund, item not as described.

Refund, item not as described.
Forum: Touring
12-30-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,655
Posted By fourfa

You'll find some knock off products on Alibaba...

You'll find some knock off products on Alibaba Express for low prices. This is a pretty conservative forum here, I don't think you'll find many people who've been willing to try such products sight...
12-30-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,629
Posted By fourfa

Couple of references to 180mm fronts here - if...

Couple of references to 180mm fronts here - if anyone has successfully set up 180s on flat-mount forks, I'd love to know how you did it. I'm on the verge of swapping to a post-mount 4-pot XT caliper...
Forum: Touring
12-28-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,378
Posted By fourfa

Not sure if there’s a question here or if it’s...

Not sure if there’s a question here or if it’s more of a brag thread? Anyway Orto San Guilio is one of the most beautiful small towns I’ve seen in Italy, though hardly undiscovered. I happened to...
12-19-20, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,639
Posted By fourfa

Unfortunately I’ve seen mullet used to describe...

Unfortunately I’ve seen mullet used to describe three totally separate things in cycling: mixed wheel sizes in MTBs, then drop bar bikes using drop bar sram shifters with MTB sram derailleurs, and...
Forum: Touring
12-18-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,866
Posted By fourfa

simple, less volume = less weight. I had more...

simple, less volume = less weight. I had more space and being in Italy I couldn't help but carry a new bottle of wine to try in each region. You can pour it into a platypus pouch and leave the...
Forum: Touring
12-18-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,866
Posted By fourfa

In recent years you can find bikepacking bags...

In recent years you can find bikepacking bags that are a lot more convenient to get on and off. Harness system in front with a separate dry bag (the integrated ones are indeed a holy mess to get on...
Forum: Touring
12-06-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,806
Posted By fourfa

If budget permits, and you’re a serious...

If budget permits, and you’re a serious year-round cyclist (not just planning for this One Big Trip) I can highly recommend something new, the Gore Shake-Dry fabric. In the past I’ve mountaineered,...
Forum: Touring
12-05-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 942
Posted By fourfa

I’ve got a custom frame bag from Rogue Panda with...

I’ve got a custom frame bag from Rogue Panda with the bolt-on option. It still has straps at the tops of the down and seat tubes. Standard pair of bottle bolts otherwise. Perhaps a pair of bolts...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By fourfa

Can you experienced Japan visitors tell us - I’ve...

Can you experienced Japan visitors tell us - I’ve been told by a few people that travel in more remote, small towns, countryside Japan isn’t really more expensive than equivalently dense parts of...
11-30-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,221
Posted By fourfa

Kind of like this? ...

Kind of like this?
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1515x2000/img_3070_de9dc0291cc2ddbc328a3bd866cac2d92f27e778_93042bf38c4553992968c3f83b4099ba6950c18b.jpg
Waterproof start...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,033
Posted By fourfa

OK, I understand now. In cycling circles, a...

OK, I understand now. In cycling circles, a "compact crank" is a road double with 50-34 chainrings (16 tooth jump). "Subcompacts" are becoming more common with 48-32 and 46-30 rings (again, 16 tooth...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,033
Posted By fourfa

Curious, what is compact about this? Itís...

Curious, what is compact about this? Itís literally the least compact combo available. Not throwing shade, in fact my most-ridden touring bike came with these ratios - though I swapped the 30 for a...
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