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Forum: Touring
05-16-16, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By Rich B.

The Harlem Valley Rail trail starts right at the...

The Harlem Valley Rail trail starts right at the Wassaic train station. Some sections on the way to Bashbish Falls are undeveloped as they figure out how to protect some rare amphibian species that...
Forum: Touring
08-12-12, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 843
Posted By Rich B.

I have ridden my SLT with Mavic A719's for 6,000...

I have ridden my SLT with Mavic A719's for 6,000 miles and through many places I probably shouldn't have and they are nearly as true as the day I put them on five years ago. Also, only one flat on...
Forum: Touring
05-10-12, 10:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,645
Posted By Rich B.

Straps and plastic snap buckles secure the load...

Straps and plastic snap buckles secure the load much better and won't take your eye out when they decide to break!
Forum: Touring
02-04-12, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By Rich B.

In Lebannon Connecticut, April 2010. On a short...

In Lebannon Connecticut, April 2010. On a short shake down tour in preparation for a tour to Cape Cod from Manchester CT.
Forum: Touring
01-07-12, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,489
Posted By Rich B.

I really like these panniers. They have the very...

I really like these panniers. They have the very secure Ortleib mounting system. Many packing options with outside pockets and mesh pockets. I don't worry about water proofing as I pack anything I...
Forum: Touring
09-20-11, 11:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,065
Posted By Rich B.

I have the same tent, and I have added a TYVEK...

I have the same tent, and I have added a TYVEK footprint with grommetted webbing that holds the footprint out tight by the tension provided by the pole ends. I've never felt that the fly is supported...
Forum: Touring
01-16-11, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,649
Posted By Rich B.

I rarely see Deuter panniers mentioned. My...

I rarely see Deuter panniers mentioned. My experience has been great with these although my touring has been limited. The mounting system is the same as Ortleib's, they have several pockets, come in...
Forum: Touring
11-07-10, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 973
Posted By Rich B.

I'm very happy with the Jandd extreme on my LHT....

I'm very happy with the Jandd extreme on my LHT. I made it fit with some small round aluminum spacers that I found at our local hardware store. The rack does hit the down tube of the frame when I...
Forum: Touring
09-16-10, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,706
Posted By Rich B.

I have the Exped downmat 9. I've used it for a...

I have the Exped downmat 9. I've used it for a couple of seasons both for winter camping and bike tours. For winter you can't beat the 8.5 R-value, and the 3.5 inch thickness is really nice. On bike...
Forum: Touring
07-19-10, 03:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,624
Posted By Rich B.

Cool drinking water without ice

Took a training ride yesterday. 96 degrees and humid in Connecticut. My water bottle was 96 degrees and the water in it also. I got to thinking about how my father used to strap a plastic water...
07-12-10, 07:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 325
Posted By Rich B.

Replacing Cassette and chain... need new part numbers

My Shimano LX HG70 11-32 cassette, and my HG-73 9 speed chain need replacing, but I understand Shimano has new part numbers to replace these. Does anybody know the new numbers I need?
Forum: Touring
07-05-10, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By Rich B.

Tire recommendations for occasional sand

My guide to New England rail trails rates trails as 1,2,o r3. 1-paved, 2-hard packed with occasional rough patches, 3-mountain bike only. I'm trying to get off the trails clogged with roller bladers...
Forum: Touring
07-05-10, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By Rich B.

Life Expectancy for touring bike parts

I have just passed the 4,000 mile mark on my LHT, and other than routine maintenance and cleaning, I have yet to replace any major components other than tires and brakes. Original chain, crank,...
Forum: Touring
05-01-10, 07:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,751
Posted By Rich B.

I like my Eureka spitfire. Easy set up, light,...

I like my Eureka spitfire. Easy set up, light, just enough room. I just wish they made the fly some sort of green for stealthing.
Forum: Touring
04-09-10, 03:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,946
Posted By Rich B.

I've had good luck with the Jandd extreme on my...

I've had good luck with the Jandd extreme on my LHT. The shelf is great for sleeping bags, and my Deuter panniers mount easily. I experience the same problem with the rack hitting the down tube...
Forum: Touring
02-10-10, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4,338
Views: 2,016,743
Posted By Rich B.

I have used the front panniers for a few years on...

I have used the front panniers for a few years on four short tours. The rears are new to me for Christmas They attach easily with the Ortleib system, and they are very secure when mounted.
I like...
Forum: Touring
02-10-10, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4,338
Views: 2,016,743
Posted By Rich B.

All ready to go with my new Deuter panniers when...

All ready to go with my new Deuter panniers when spring arrives.
Forum: Touring
02-06-10, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 944
Posted By Rich B.

I have a couple of years of experience with my...

I have a couple of years of experience with my Deuter Rack Pack LR front bags, and I have just received a set of Rack Pack rear panniers. Deuter makes a waterproof set with the same capacities, but I...
Forum: Touring
01-17-10, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,254
Posted By Rich B.

This guy has seen them all.http://LanceRushing.com

This guy has seen them all.http://LanceRushing.com
Forum: Touring
01-13-10, 09:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,579
Posted By Rich B.

Tubus cargo rear, Jandd extreme front. Deuter...

Tubus cargo rear, Jandd extreme front. Deuter panniers front and rear. http://www.deuterusa.com/products/bike.php
Forum: Touring
12-21-09, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 408
Posted By Rich B.

I have sewn the elk hide over gel pads both on...

I have sewn the elk hide over gel pads both on top of the bars and on the drops. The sewing itself is a little tedious until you get the hang of it, but the combination of the hide and the gel is...
Forum: Touring
12-14-09, 06:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 574
Posted By Rich B.

Pletscher Double kickstand delux top plate

On the THORUSA (maker of the double kickstand) site, I saw the answer to the cruched/scratched chainstay problem they call a "Delux Top Plate". Does anybody have experience with these? Anybody know...
12-09-09, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,185
Posted By Rich B.

The races on the hub itself are pitted. Can you...

The races on the hub itself are pitted. Can you knock the old ones out and press new ones in if they are available, or is it always a matter of replacing the hub and wheel? Also, the bike has been...
12-09-09, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,185
Posted By Rich B.

Motobecane Super Mirage

I bought one of these in 1976, but have moved on to another bike and this one has sat unridden for decades. In the process of building my new bike, I became interested in restoring this one. I got as...
Forum: Touring
08-14-09, 06:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By Rich B.

I've gone with Tubus cargo in the rear, and Jandd...

I've gone with Tubus cargo in the rear, and Jandd Extreme in the front with little known Deuter front panniers that have worked out nicely. I hope to add Deuter panniers in the rear as soon as my 25...
Forum: Touring
08-10-09, 06:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,180
Posted By Rich B.

I just finished a 140 mile three day mini tour in...

I just finished a 140 mile three day mini tour in Conn./Mass.with my fully loaded LHT. Weighed the bike when I got back and it came in at 70 lbs. My route was fairly hilly, weather was sunny in the...
Forum: Touring
07-30-09, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,349
Posted By Rich B.

I had the same problem when riding in the cold...

I had the same problem when riding in the cold with pearl izumi amfib mittens. The bag needed to be 1/2 inch further away from the interrupters than they were for summer riding. I cut a piece of...
Forum: Touring
07-20-09, 04:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,603
Posted By Rich B.

I cut a piece of 1/2" plastic cutting board to...

I cut a piece of 1/2" plastic cutting board to match the mount on my Topeak Tourguide bag, drilled it and installed it between the mount and the bag. This extended the bag out the 1/2" making room...
Forum: Touring
07-20-09, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,603
Posted By Rich B.

I have a Topeak tourguide bag, and I had the same...

I have a Topeak tourguide bag, and I had the same problem especially when I tried to ride with my amfib mittens in winter. Not enough space between the interrupter levers and the back of the bag. My...
Forum: Touring
04-13-09, 08:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,295
Posted By Rich B.

I commute on my LHT. The last mile of my trip is...

I commute on my LHT. The last mile of my trip is on a steep, rocky washed out dirt road, and it's nice to have a solid frame and strong tires and rims to handle the ride. I take weekend day trips,...
Forum: Touring
04-10-09, 05:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 990
Posted By Rich B.

I don't remember the brand of gel pads I used....

I don't remember the brand of gel pads I used. They were about 1/8th inch thick which is plenty when combined with the thickness of the elk hide. My gel pads cushion the tops of my Nitto noodles down...
Forum: Touring
04-08-09, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 990
Posted By Rich B.

I really like the Velo Orange elk hide bar...

I really like the Velo Orange elk hide bar covers. They are a little tedious to sew on, but with gel pads
adhered to the bars underneath the elk hide, they give a comfortable feel. A coating of...
Forum: Touring
03-22-09, 07:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 947
Posted By Rich B.

Compression seat post and sprung brooks redundant?

We just purchased a new bike for my wife that came with a compression seat post. The seat itself is one of the overpadded variety that I'm sure she will not be happy with. I'd like to have her try a...
Forum: Touring
03-02-09, 10:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,677
Posted By Rich B.

In Connecticut, we don't have the same concerns...

In Connecticut, we don't have the same concerns for arid conditions as you folks out west. Certainly we have periods of high forest fire danger when responsible campers would not use open fires or...
Forum: Touring
02-28-09, 09:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,677
Posted By Rich B.

Wood burning camp stoves and stealth camping

I have just purchased a Littlbug junior wood burning camping stove. So far I'm impressed with its weight, 5 oz., it packability ( it breaks down to a small flat pouch perfect for packing in...
Forum: Touring
12-06-08, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By Rich B.

The sewing is a little tricky as you have to make...

The sewing is a little tricky as you have to make sure the seam rotates around the bar so there is no position where it is directly under your hand while riding as that would be very uncomfortable. I...
Forum: Touring
12-02-08, 03:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,868
Posted By Rich B.

The Velo-Orange Elk hide is a really nice feel,...

The Velo-Orange Elk hide is a really nice feel, especially when sewn over gel pads that are pressed on to the bars. It's a bit of a learning process to get the stitching right. I neatsfoot the hide...
Forum: Touring
10-13-08, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By Rich B.

When you install your new stem, use a torque...

When you install your new stem, use a torque wrench on the bolts to get then right.
Forum: Touring
07-12-08, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By Rich B.

Seldon Island is just that, an island. I suppose...

Seldon Island is just that, an island. I suppose you could ask someone with a canoe if they could give you a ride there from Gillette's castle boat launch (stash your bike in the woods I guess)....
Forum: Touring
07-06-08, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4,338
Views: 2,016,743
Posted By Rich B.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2643374463_fbb...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2643374463_fbbbc54594_b.jpg

On the Route 1 Bridge in New Haven CT. I took a short three-day tour from Manchester, CT to Milford, CT
Forum: Touring
06-22-08, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,359
Posted By Rich B.

I recently purchased a little known brand of...

I recently purchased a little known brand of panniers called Deuter. Very solid mounting system similar to Ortleib but less expensive. Not waterproof, but I used a dry bag inside the pannier for...
Forum: Touring
04-26-08, 08:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 746
Posted By Rich B.

Trek Interchange Panniers

I saw these at a bike shop and they looked really nice for a front rack. Unfortunately the mounting system didn't fit real well on my Tubus cargo rack. Is anybody using these, and how do you find the...
Forum: Touring
03-31-08, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By Rich B.

I can't comment on the rear rack, but I bought an...

I can't comment on the rear rack, but I bought an Extreme front rack from Bike Island, and it came with mounting hardware and best of all, free shipping!
Forum: Touring
03-21-08, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,453
Posted By Rich B.

Jandd exterme front racks can be had for $56 with...

Jandd exterme front racks can be had for $56 with no shipping from Bike Island
Forum: Touring
01-30-08, 07:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,407
Posted By Rich B.

Maybe our big, wide B-17s keep us safe from these...

Maybe our big, wide B-17s keep us safe from these concerns. I've yet to experience any symptoms like those mentioned.
01-13-08, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By Rich B.

Adjusting Shimano Hubs

I think I'm very close to having my cones adjusted. As a final test, I'm holding the valve stem at 3:00 and letting it go, hoping that, because the valve stem is often the heaviest part of the rim,...
Forum: Touring
11-13-07, 08:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,327
Posted By Rich B.

I saw the Exped downmat 9 at Cabela's new store...

I saw the Exped downmat 9 at Cabela's new store in East Hartford Ct. the other night. Great idea that really performs as I've heard, but at $160 I can wear out alot of other pads first!
Forum: Touring
11-10-07, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 886
Posted By Rich B.

Are Harris Cyclery and Sheldon Brown O.K.?

I can't connect with Harris Cyclery and Sheldon Brown's website. Hopefully it's a problem with my machine or maybe they are working on the website. Anybody have any news?
Forum: Touring
09-26-07, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,920
Posted By Rich B.

I've heard of riders carrying a small screw-top...

I've heard of riders carrying a small screw-top bottle loaded with tools in that third cage.By the way, I like your panniers. Can you mention the make? They look like older models that may not be...
Forum: Touring
04-08-07, 07:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Rich B.

If your Sherpa is a steele frame, rustproof it...

If your Sherpa is a steele frame, rustproof it before you mount any hardware. I used J.P. Weigle spray. I left facing the bottom bracket, cutting the steerer tube and pressing in the headset bearings...
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