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Forum: Touring
08-14-20, 12:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,605
Posted By elcruxio

Where have you found a 20 tooth chainring on your...

Where have you found a 20 tooth chainring on your tourer and which crankset is it mounted to?
Forum: Touring
08-13-20, 12:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,605
Posted By elcruxio

On the topic in general, I haven't been able to...

On the topic in general, I haven't been able to make the 1X system work for touring. For me it's fantastic for my general use city bike as well as my mountain bike but it does not work for me with...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,605
Posted By elcruxio

He'd need a new double able (hehe) wide range...

He'd need a new double able (hehe) wide range rear mech too, which does not yet exist in the SRAM lineup.

An Apex 1 rear mech is a clutch mech and won't work with a double up front. On the other...
07-23-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,640
Posted By elcruxio

Best in an universal sense is interesting also in...

Best in an universal sense is interesting also in the context of cornering. Wider tires on smaller rims don't necessarily corner as well in the loose as their thinner larger rimmed counterparts. It's...
07-23-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,640
Posted By elcruxio

Fatbikes may be niche, but they are also by far...

Fatbikes may be niche, but they are also by far the most versatile mountain bike type out there. Perhaps not the fastest, but a front suspended fatbike'll easily ride anything a skinny full squish...
07-23-20, 02:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,334
Posted By elcruxio

A 58 might be pushing it. I'm 6'5 and I'd...

A 58 might be pushing it. I'm 6'5 and I'd consider even the 61 venge to be on the small side on account of its stack being so low. With a stack of 602mm I'd be running around 15cm of saddle to bar...
07-22-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 12,956
Posted By elcruxio

If I try to use any flexible shoe for more than...

If I try to use any flexible shoe for more than 10 miles (New Balance sneakers for example) my feet sore and lactic. This happens with small platforms and large mtb platforms. I might have weak feet,...
07-22-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 12,956
Posted By elcruxio

At the risk of you just trying to make a point...

At the risk of you just trying to make a point I'll say this.

It's about the shoes. A soft flexible shoe will cause issues with flat pedals whereas a stiff shoe probably won't. Though I guess the...
07-16-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,983
Posted By elcruxio

That's actually incorrect. Dot fluid is...

That's actually incorrect. Dot fluid is hydrophilic so water does migrate in to the system over time. Water in the system will worsen the properties of dot fluid so a bleed every two years or so is...
07-15-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,011
Posted By elcruxio

Probably some amount of survivor bias and...

Probably some amount of survivor bias and acceptance of injury involved. There are still riders (who in the fitting profession are called macro absorbers) who can ride double centuries on a wildly...
07-14-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,983
Posted By elcruxio

Yeah I too find it an advantage that I can...

Yeah I too find it an advantage that I can without much effort modulate my brakes with one finger to mimic abs braking in the loose stuff. Powerful brakes have saved me from more than one wipeout in...
07-12-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,983
Posted By elcruxio

I suppose that's the difference when you haven't...

I suppose that's the difference when you haven't yet gotten used to hydro's. They require significantly less pressure to achieve the same thing so going at them with the learned feel of rim brakes is...
07-10-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

Steel is fixable. Doesn't mean it's easy. I've...

Steel is fixable. Doesn't mean it's easy. I've been saying you need a skilled craftsman for it while you've been going on about the village smithy. Aluminum can be fixed too but if you weld it the...
07-10-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,983
Posted By elcruxio

As it happens I have a bike which has a disc...

As it happens I have a bike which has a disc brake up front (avid BB7) and a cantilever brake at the rear (Avid Shorty Ultimate with Kool Stop dual compounds). Housings are compressionless and the...
07-10-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

It's weird that you make the effort defend your...

It's weird that you make the effort defend your offensive comments with the "It's just a joke bro" -tactic but in the very next sentence you immediately start your derisive rhetoric and as a bonus, a...
07-07-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

With all that you still have the audacity to...

With all that you still have the audacity to write that you do not put down people who ride or are fans of steel bikes. Their arguments do not matter because they're religious zealots? Cool beans.
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Forum: Touring
07-06-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,751
Posted By elcruxio

I think I read somewhere that Trek was 'testing'...

I think I read somewhere that Trek was 'testing' larger wheel sizes and 36" was one size in the mix. Not sure if it'll go anywhere but it'll be interesting to see.
Forum: Touring
07-06-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,751
Posted By elcruxio

That's a cool concept especially for someone as...

That's a cool concept especially for someone as tall as me. I wonder if riding that thing would be like riding a normal gravel bike for someone 160cm or so tall.

For touring the one thing that...
07-06-20, 02:25 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,060
Posted By elcruxio

Capitalism...

Capitalism...
07-05-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 12,956
Posted By elcruxio

For most cyclists cycling is a mode of transport...

For most cyclists cycling is a mode of transport and not a hobby at least here in Europe and I'll assume the rest of the world excluding the US and perhaps some other anglic regions. Here people are...
07-04-20, 03:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 982
Posted By elcruxio

Infrared doesn't penetrate the skin. Microwaves...

Infrared doesn't penetrate the skin. Microwaves do penetrate the skin and heat up a body of water internally. If one were to go into a microwave sauna one would promptly die.

As to recovery...
07-04-20, 02:51 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

Price and availability but mainly availability....

Price and availability but mainly availability. Wanted to buy the Salsa Beargrease Carbon but because Salsa has some weird policies they didn't send any XL sizes to my LBS. Had to buy a Surly Ice...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-03-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,519
Posted By elcruxio

The other problem with running pressures low...

The other problem with running pressures low enough to emulate proper suspension is self steer which can be pretty terrible with certain tires. I can't run below 8psi in the front because the...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-03-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,103
Posted By elcruxio

I'll go ahead on recommend inner bar ends. You...

I'll go ahead on recommend inner bar ends. You can use just regular bar ends but SQlab sells a set which is supposedly more ergonomic and absurdly expensive. You mount them inside the grips so the...
07-01-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

that's a lot of false statements in a short piece...

that's a lot of false statements in a short piece of writing. Never trust aluminum? Pretty hyperbolic don't you think?

I've lived on a farm so I know which welders can handle which repairs....
07-01-20, 05:18 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

You really went all out trying to find all those...

You really went all out trying to find all those references didn't you? A few blog posts and suddenly you have a cross cut of the whole touring community. That's really something.




That's a...
07-01-20, 02:32 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 12,956
Posted By elcruxio

I have the Shimano SD-5 sandals and they are by...

I have the Shimano SD-5 sandals and they are by far the best touring shoe I can imagine. Breathable, cool and quick drying when its hot but can be used in almost freezing conditions and rain when...
06-29-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

The mythical bicycle tourists. I've yet to meet...

The mythical bicycle tourists. I've yet to meet him/her but I'll give them my regards when I meet them.



Availability. Also weight is relative as you well know. Steel is three times heavier but...
06-27-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

Yeah forgot to comment on this one. You were...

Yeah forgot to comment on this one.

You were an engineer right? How is that you don't account for geometry when discussing stiffness/rigidity? Steel is three times stronger and three times stiffer...
06-27-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

You keep saying that but it seems that sentiment...

You keep saying that but it seems that sentiment is more of your own imagining than the average mindset of your typical bicycle tourist.



That's great I guess...



In the days of on demand...
Forum: Touring
06-27-20, 06:34 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,537
Posted By elcruxio

One thing I was not too thrilled about is the...

One thing I was not too thrilled about is the flat mount brake interface. It only allows a 160mm rotor front and back and cannot be adapted for a larger rotor.

I used to use a 203mm rotor on my...
06-26-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,249
Posted By elcruxio

the disc trucker is a long frame and the reach...

the disc trucker is a long frame and the reach increases with frame sizes both absolutely and relatively. I ride a size 62cm while I would need a 64 stack wise hence the 65mm spacer stack I need....
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,537
Posted By elcruxio

I don't know what the current 520 is like but the...

I don't know what the current 520 is like but the one my wife bought in 2014 or 2015 was and still is a bad bike.

Really weird and aggressive geometry to the extent that we had to install a...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,537
Posted By elcruxio

I'm starting to consider something I haven't...

I'm starting to consider something I haven't considered for a long time, namely buying a hobby bike as factory built and not as a frameset. I haven't bought factory specced hobby bike in... 2013 I...
Forum: Touring
06-24-20, 03:29 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,537
Posted By elcruxio

Hot diggity dog I think Surly just came up with...

Hot diggity dog I think Surly just came up with my dream bike. Or frame actually but it'll build into a dream bike.

The frame has all the bells and whistles I've been been looking for in a frame...
06-22-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 65,363
Posted By elcruxio

Oh boy! As a lawyer it always tickles me when...

Oh boy! As a lawyer it always tickles me when someone bases their "legal" arguments on dictionary definitions. And the wrong dictionary at that.

Also considering this is an international forum be...
06-22-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 801
Views: 65,363
Posted By elcruxio

Ryda you're forgetting bikes have more than one...

Ryda you're forgetting bikes have more than one adjustment. The bars can move up too, not only down. And amazingly they move forwards and backwards too. I think they've done that for at least 50...
06-19-20, 01:45 AM
Replies: 3,138
Views: 305,315
Posted By elcruxio

Just tried my full face helmet on and wondered...

Just tried my full face helmet on and wondered why I don't wear that all the time. It's definitely much safer than my regular helmets. And the reason is that it is hot and uncomfortable. It's the...
06-17-20, 11:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 593
Posted By elcruxio

I think my 47mm rear tire has 58-60 psi and front...

I think my 47mm rear tire has 58-60 psi and front tire of course less. But I weigh more than your spouse and bike combined.
06-13-20, 12:36 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 14,131
Posted By elcruxio

I'm primarily a steel guy. I've even started...

I'm primarily a steel guy. I've even started considering that chromoly might be ok for all year use on salted roads as I had the pleasure of servicing a bb in a chromo frame that had been ridden all...
Forum: Touring
06-12-20, 03:04 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,916
Posted By elcruxio

I don't actually use a dishing tool. I just flip...

I don't actually use a dishing tool. I just flip the wheel in the truing stand and always try to get the dish 1mm to the NDS side so not completely central. It's far enough to give a noticeable...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 03:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,243
Posted By elcruxio

Here's some ferry timetables in general to help...

Here's some ferry timetables in general to help you route possible coastal routes Ferry.fi - Ferry schedules (http://lautta.net/?lang=en)

From Porvoo to Helsinki I'd suggest you take the the old...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 19,625
Posted By elcruxio

One thing that's often overlooked and not all...

One thing that's often overlooked and not all that relevant to some is size and space. There's not that many spacious tent offerings in the budget side of things, or if there are they are heavy as...
06-03-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 896
Posted By elcruxio

I ordered oakley glasses with lens corrections...

I ordered oakley glasses with lens corrections and transition lenses meaning that they'll darken as the ambient light intensity goes up.

I have a feeling that they could be at the front or at...
Forum: Touring
06-03-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,227
Posted By elcruxio

It's actually pretty amazing how well it works....

It's actually pretty amazing how well it works. On our Swedish tour I felt the Edge Explore found the best possible routes imaginable. Really nice rides on quiet roads. It does require some common...
06-03-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,205
Posted By elcruxio

I did some quick googling and apparently water...

I did some quick googling and apparently water gives faster braking response and a more accurate feel. However I haven't tried a water brake so I don't really know. It'll change the characteristics...
06-03-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,205
Posted By elcruxio

Yeah true. The Brake Force One H2O uses 80% water...

Yeah true. The Brake Force One H2O uses 80% water 20% glycol and glycol functions as antifreeze. But to my understanding it doesn't significantly raise the boiling temperature.
06-03-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,205
Posted By elcruxio

I'll actually revisit this immediately. A...

I'll actually revisit this immediately.

A cute finnish couple did a youtube video about bicycle disc brake vs lathe. The fluid only boiled well after the rotor had been red hot (so around 1000...
06-03-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,205
Posted By elcruxio

I don't get the whole death and destruction...

I don't get the whole death and destruction attitude here. Using water and glycol in shimano brakes used to be a thing on another cycling forum. They did in with DH bikes if I recall correctly....
Forum: Touring
05-30-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,097
Posted By elcruxio

Just tried the Surly Extraterrestrial 700x41c...

Just tried the Surly Extraterrestrial 700x41c tire and I'll say they are the bees knees. Fast, supple, comfortable and good grip on all surfaces. Did some technical singletrack with them (by...
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