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Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 685
Posted By Sharpshin

Third Summer Tour route revision.

Previously I had asked for advice re: the Rockies.

Work has intervened, seriously impacting my summer (I'm a teacher). Can't roll out until last week of June, two weeks travel time lost, gotta fly...
Forum: Touring
05-26-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,436
Posted By Sharpshin

No underwear at all, just a single layer of loose...

No underwear at all, just a single layer of loose nylon w/Brooks saddle. Magellan fishing shirt way oversized to preserve modesty.

https://live.staticflickr.com/1813/29893756158_5201504663_z.jpg...
Forum: Touring
03-05-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By Sharpshin

Thanks again gentlemen. I'll be running a 22...

Thanks again gentlemen. I'll be running a 22 tooth granny in front and a 36 tooth big sprocket in back, so I can get pretty low. And with potentially 70 days to cover ~2,000 miles I might have time...
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By Sharpshin

I really appreciate all of the detailed...

I really appreciate all of the detailed information here, tks. Looks like the Wind River Range in en route in Wyoming. Presuming I make it that far, in Colorado I shall incorporate a crossing over...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,175
Posted By Sharpshin

Here's my bike parked outside the gym before work...

Here's my bike parked outside the gym before work on a typical weekday morning, currently I'm carrying about 40 pounds of ballast (bottled water and other miscellaneous stuff) on my ten miles in,...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By Sharpshin

OK, I guess no one has traversed Colorado/Wyoming...

OK, I guess no one has traversed Colorado/Wyoming in a vertical direction. One thing that is apparent already, its real easy to find long stretches out West without water.
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,128
Posted By Sharpshin

To me the most remarkable thing about Grizzly Man...

To me the most remarkable thing about Grizzly Man is his girlfriend actually went after that bear with a frying pan during the attack. Because of a plane ticket dispute Treadwell goes back out into...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By Sharpshin

I toured Northern France, England and Ireland in...

I toured Northern France, England and Ireland in 2016, bringing along my trusty REI quarter dome. Without the fly it is almost all screen for ventilation in the heat.

By way of contrast most all...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,354
Posted By Sharpshin

Change in plans: Route suggestions Colorado/Wyoming/Yellowstone requested.

I'm the guy who was asking about crossing Death Valley in July. Well, going over the route from San Antonio TX it weren't so much the prospect of Death Valley that was the problem, rather it was the...
Forum: Touring
02-27-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 7,128
Posted By Sharpshin

Four coyotes might actually be one or two, when...

Four coyotes might actually be one or two, when they howl they try to sound like more than they actually are.

Over most of the privately owned West coyotes are hunted and shot as vermin, those...
Forum: Touring
02-26-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 3,810
Posted By Sharpshin

Downtube shifters rock :) I still use the...

Downtube shifters rock :) I still use the non-indexed originals every day on my '89 Schwinn Voyageur with a three speed crankset and a nine speed cassette. 2,000 miles to NY and 1,500 miles in...
Forum: Touring
01-29-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,138
Posted By Sharpshin

My decals are like yours but with no yellow...

My decals are like yours but with no yellow arrow, I'll check the rim next time I have a flat. 700x35mm Shwalbe Marathon Plus Tours, that might take a while....
Forum: Touring
01-29-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,138
Posted By Sharpshin

Turns out I was smart enough to buy Mavic A719...

Turns out I was smart enough to buy Mavic A719 rims back then. Just checked my rims, about 0.5 mm of daylight showing beneath the edge of ruler laid against the rim, front and back. Some deeper...
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,206
Posted By Sharpshin

Tks Paul for starting this great thread :)

Tks Paul for starting this great thread :)
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By Sharpshin

Replacement cantilever brakes for '89 Schwinn Voyageur?

A question to go along with the soft-compound brake question.

After 30 years my ancient OEM Dia Comp cantis could prob'ly be replaced.

Anyone got any suggestions?

This bike gets ridden a...
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,138
Posted By Sharpshin

Next question is where do you find them for sale?

Next question is where do you find them for sale?
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,138
Posted By Sharpshin

Tks

Tks
Forum: Touring
01-25-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,138
Posted By Sharpshin

Soft compound pads for cantilever brakes?

Couldn't even guess how many miles my rims got on 'em, over the last six years, 10,000+ certainly. Looks like I'll be hitting the road for 60 days this summer on those same wheels.

I've heard...
Forum: Touring
01-15-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By Sharpshin

Solar Panel to charge a smart phone?

Not interested in spending a great deal, mostly because it won't hurt as much that way if it gets taken. Doesn't have to plug direct into the phone, charging a battery which is then used to charge...
Forum: Touring
01-14-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,150
Posted By Sharpshin

The LifeProof case worked well for me on my SE in...

The LifeProof case worked well for me on my SE in Ireland (and the UK and France) but I wasn't trying to navigate while riding. Biggest problem I had was once the outside screen on the case became...
Forum: Touring
01-11-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,256
Posted By Sharpshin

Thank you for the input all. Looks like I'll...

Thank you for the input all.

Looks like I'll have to adjust my MO in Yellowstone and maybe other places. I sleep out, cold camp, bottle of Diet Coke for morning caffeine at hand. Head out, stopi...
Forum: Touring
01-11-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,055
Posted By Sharpshin

I drive a car like a ride a motorcycle, which...

I drive a car like a ride a motorcycle, which were my main means of transportation into my 40's.

I ride a bike like I'm some idiot on a bicycle sharing a roadway with actual vehicles travelling at...
Forum: Touring
01-11-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,218
Posted By Sharpshin

Broad platform pedals here. I rode 2,000...

Broad platform pedals here.

I rode 2,000 miles to NY in 30 days on platform pedals while wearing $12 Dollar Store slip-on sandals and cotton-blend dress socks.

I rode 1,500 miles in Europe in...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 575
Posted By Sharpshin

In 2016 I rode England from Blackpool through the...

In 2016 I rode England from Blackpool through the Lake District east into Northumbria - Hadrian's Wall, north to Glasgow-Loch Lomond then down the Kintyre Peninsula to Cambeltown. After Ireland and...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,256
Posted By Sharpshin

I cycle at such a sedate pace that cycling IS a...

I cycle at such a sedate pace that cycling IS a rest day. three rest days over 33 days 2,000 miles TX to NY, only really needed the first one on day five after I had put in ~300 miles in four days. ...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By Sharpshin

A priority for me (a 9yo British Schoolboy in...

A priority for me (a 9yo British Schoolboy in 1966) was the Bayeux Tapestry in the city of that name, telling the story of the 1066 Normany Invasion of England and commissioned by William the...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By Sharpshin

In Britanny the whole place was closed on Sundays...

In Britanny the whole place was closed on Sundays outside major towns. Plus breakfast anywhere is great in France as long as you like bread, and not much else. After England, Scotland and Ireland I...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By Sharpshin

In 2016 my intent was to travel to Cherbourg from...

In 2016 my intent was to travel to Cherbourg from Cork (Cobh) and then cycle 300 miles along the Northern Coast of France to Calais, and then ferry back to Dover, white cliffs and all that.

For...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By Sharpshin

I forget how I booked, I don't recall cyclists...

I forget how I booked, I don't recall cyclists were an issue at all in 2016, there were about four cyclists on board.
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By Sharpshin

Yes, you wait in the parking lot lined up with...

Yes, you wait in the parking lot lined up with traffic, they wave cyclists on, IIRC attach bicycles upright in one corner to rails that look like those in furniture moving vans, wave you off when...
Forum: Touring
01-10-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 804
Posted By Sharpshin

I took the ferry from Cork (actually Ringaskiddy...

I took the ferry from Cork (actually Ringaskiddy about 20 miles from Cork) to Roscoff in July of 2016, it only sailed on Saturdays.
Forum: Touring
12-21-18, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,256
Posted By Sharpshin

Yellowstone in summer?

Still speculating here. If everything falls into place this summer I'll have ten weeks free.

San Antonio, friends in New Mexico, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, big trees in California to...
Forum: Touring
12-21-18, 09:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 721
Posted By Sharpshin

Bought it, I had my little granddaughter with me...

Bought it, I had my little granddaughter with me and we had our bikes on my el-Cheapo two-bike Wally World trunk rack. No worries, I scored a perfectly good three-bike Somos rack (~$150 new) for $35....
Forum: Touring
12-21-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By Sharpshin

Before my first tour I killed two birds with one...

Before my first tour I killed two birds with one stone by taking an evening course at a LBS where I disassembled and rebuilt my whole bike, replacing all the cables and bearings while I was at it. ...
Forum: Touring
12-21-18, 11:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,958
Posted By Sharpshin

Only possible change I would suggest is t squeeze...

Only possible change I would suggest is t squeeze the widest fenders you can onto it. I have close-fitting fenders about like that on my Voyageur, real prone to trapping mud. On my RockHopper I...
Forum: Touring
12-21-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 721
Posted By Sharpshin

The guy assured me when I asked that the bike was...

The guy assured me when I asked that the bike was running a modern-style hub, I shoulda asked at the time about the 36 spoke wheels, did Diamondback put better-grade wheels on the budget-priced...
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 09:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 721
Posted By Sharpshin

Sometimes the fun is in the building, hey I've...

Sometimes the fun is in the building, hey I've got about $1,000 in parts invested in my '89 Voyageur, compared to that I did save money on the clean $100 '95 Rockhopper I found in a pawn shop two...
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 09:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

I'm gonna stress again this potential heroic...

I'm gonna stress again this potential heroic endeavor is still a "maybe" at this point in time, tho I have begun actively preparing for it. 40 arid miles between town seems pretty usual in the West,...
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 08:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

No worries, I'll bring along the old crankset...

No worries, I'll bring along the old crankset just in case, the crankarm puller thingimabob, a ratchet and some sockets, and a torque wrench :)
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 05:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

Crossing East Texas and Arkansas in the second...

Crossing East Texas and Arkansas in the second half of June in '16 I arrived at a ratio of ~10 miles per 24oz water bottle and I had four, so I was carrying 40 miles of water which weighed 6 pounds....
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 721
Posted By Sharpshin

'93 Diamondback Override?

My son has been wanting a steel-framed road/touring bike. At a recent Frankenbike event downtown I found this fully lubed, repacked and adjusted 21-speed (??) bike; drop-outs for front and rear...
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 02:35 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 72,133
Posted By Sharpshin

'95 Specialized RochHopper. Once upon a time...

'95 Specialized RochHopper. Once upon a time mountain bikes had really long wheelbases.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4808/44190515630_aba24603d1_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2ajXWHU)
Forum: Touring
12-20-18, 01:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

I run a 22 tooth granny with a 36-tooth big cog...

I run a 22 tooth granny with a 36-tooth big cog in back, but even so I know from experience that four or five miles of unremitting 7 - 9 % grades on a 75 lb bicycle will have me wishing for another...
Forum: Touring
12-19-18, 08:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

Thanks for the heads-up, I did notice it had...

Thanks for the heads-up, I did notice it had grown softer and more droopier that the much higher mileage Brook's B17 on my Voyageur but hadn't thought much of it.



I can pretty much guarantee...
Forum: Touring
12-19-18, 05:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

Good point, but longer cranks don't have to be...

Good point, but longer cranks don't have to be stood on to benefit from the greater leverage/torque they afford. For the last 18 months this has been my daily ride, a worked-over '95 Hard Rock, with...
Forum: Touring
12-19-18, 05:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

Until recently Nashbar USED to offer their own...

Until recently Nashbar USED to offer their own $60 ISIS mountain bike triple crankset (44-32-22), when they did it came in 170mm and 175mm options. Over the last five years I put two of the 175mm...
Forum: Touring
12-19-18, 01:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sharpshin

Longer cranks?

I've been riding my '89 Schwinn Voyageur around of late loaded with four Ortleib panniers (~15 lbs empty), four gallons of water (32lbs), usual high school teacher supplies (10 - 20 lbs) plus the...
Forum: Touring
12-07-18, 09:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,954
Posted By Sharpshin

Biggest problem I had in bringing my then 24 yo...

Biggest problem I had in bringing my then 24 yo 1989 Schwinn Voyageur back to life after 24 years hanging on my garage wall was riding it around quite a bit for about six months, including my first...
Forum: Touring
12-05-18, 11:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,229
Posted By Sharpshin

Here's the Voyageur w/Bontrager kickstand...

Here's the Voyageur w/Bontrager kickstand deployed.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4804/32320207908_b5e7fcbb52_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Rf2vMW)

Since starting my next bicycle expedition next...
Forum: Touring
11-27-18, 11:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,229
Posted By Sharpshin

Interesting. Knew about the bolt, know...

Interesting.



Knew about the bolt, know the place that stocks 'em. Grinding down the top plate ~4 - 5mm to clear the cable was more than I wanted to do, wouldn't occur to me actually.


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