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Forum: Touring
04-18-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 312
Posted By andrewclaus

All I can add is that when I tour, I think I...

All I can add is that when I tour, I think I appear close to homeless, and who steals from the homeless?

I admit I'm sort of a dirtbagger. I consider my bike and everything I leave on it to be...
04-17-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,745
Posted By andrewclaus

Read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan. The...

Read "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan. The book can be summarized by the titles of its chapters: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

I agree strongly with the comment about limiting...
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 08:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 557
Posted By andrewclaus

I've had very good luck with Continental...

I've had very good luck with Continental Gatorskin tires. They run faster and lighter than Marathons and are much easier to install, in my opinion.

Back when I used cheap tires, I used Mr Tuffy...
Forum: Touring
04-15-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 577
Posted By andrewclaus

Look into ultralight backpacking. I cycle easily...

Look into ultralight backpacking. I cycle easily and often with an ultralight hiking kit. My loaded pack (without consumables) weighs less than ten pounds. It all fits into my two rear panniers,...
Forum: Touring
04-13-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 807
Posted By andrewclaus

Is the yoke angle set up correctly? See Sheldon...

Is the yoke angle set up correctly? See Sheldon Brown's article if you're not familiar with it. If that's what you meant by "slackening the wire," never mind.

Are the brakes brand new? If it's a...
04-12-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 948
Posted By andrewclaus

Maybe it was different in the 70s, but when I was...

Maybe it was different in the 70s, but when I was growing up in the 60s there weren't vending machines with soda and candy "all over the place." I distinctly remember the closet soda machine to my...
04-12-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By andrewclaus

I had a similar issue when I changed from seven...

I had a similar issue when I changed from seven to eight. My solution was a higher quality rear derailleur. I also straightened the slightly bent derailleur hanger--have you checked that?
04-10-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 782
Posted By andrewclaus

Depends on the length of the ride for me too. I...

Depends on the length of the ride for me too. I have an old pair of chamois shorts that only come out if I'll be spending more than six hours in the saddle, especially day after day (I tour a bit). I...
04-10-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By andrewclaus

I adjust a lot of cheap linear pull brakes at the...

I adjust a lot of cheap linear pull brakes at the non-profit shop where I volunteer. I seldom have a problem with the screw itself. To repeat it again, it's a matter of choosing the right tool.
04-10-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 836
Posted By andrewclaus

DItto the Superfeet idea. Works great in any...

DItto the Superfeet idea. Works great in any walking shoe. I use a light, mesh top trail runner from New Balance.
04-10-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 860
Posted By andrewclaus

I've been vegetarian most of my adult life, since...

I've been vegetarian most of my adult life, since I married a vegetarian 37 years ago. And we cycle a lot. No, no need for more food stops. If you include nuts and seeds in your diet, the fat will...
Forum: Touring
04-10-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 940
Posted By andrewclaus

It's easy and good to have plenty of food that...

It's easy and good to have plenty of food that doesn't have to be cooked. Breads, nut butters, dried fruit are readily accessible everywhere. Instant mashed potatoes and couscous can be rehydrated...
04-07-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 523
Posted By andrewclaus

Are you putting a 68 mm cartridge into a 73 mm...

Are you putting a 68 mm cartridge into a 73 mm shell? Read the label and measure the bike.
Forum: Touring
04-07-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,693
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto this. If I can't find time to dry a tent...

Ditto this. If I can't find time to dry a tent out for several days in row, that means all my other insulation is probably damp and needs a good drying out in a laundry or motel room somewhere. Or a...
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 645
Posted By andrewclaus

It probably takes about as much time to lose...

It probably takes about as much time to lose fitness as it does to gain fitness.

I've heard six weeks is the minimum time needed to really notice a difference, certainly in muscle mass.
Forum: Touring
04-05-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,693
Posted By andrewclaus

Simplify your packing. Cut it down to bare...

Simplify your packing. Cut it down to bare minimum. Pack for a biking trip, not a camping trip. If it doesn't support the biking, don't bring it. If you'd rather be on a camping trip, just accept...
Forum: Touring
03-31-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,034
Posted By andrewclaus

My current favorite rain gear is home-made of...

My current favorite rain gear is home-made of non-breathable silnylon. It's a simple anorak, weighs 3 oz and packs the size of a fist. I have matching pants, but seldom use them while cycling. Maybe...
Forum: Touring
03-28-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By andrewclaus

My feedback is only on the concept. I was 55 when...

My feedback is only on the concept. I was 55 when I bought my first quilt from enLightened Equipment. It's one of the best outdoor gear purchases I've ever made. I can pack the quilt into a pannier....
Forum: Touring
03-22-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 733
Posted By andrewclaus

Those were javelina. Not a pig at all, actually....

Those were javelina. Not a pig at all, actually. They're more closely related to deer. They're often a nuisance around town, especially to gardeners. And they can stink. Other than that, they're...
03-20-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 548
Posted By andrewclaus

If there's a co-op or other non-profit bike shop...

If there's a co-op or other non-profit bike shop in your area, volunteer there. I know several co-ops, a major thrift store, and a civic organization that run pretty good volunteer shops.
03-20-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,184
Posted By andrewclaus

Depending on where your bike is stored, you may...

Depending on where your bike is stored, you may need to refresh your patch kit glue a couple of times a year. I left a couple of patch kits in a garage in Arizona last summer and there wasn't a bit...
03-20-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 843
Posted By andrewclaus

Maybe the LBS guy was talking about the fit of...

Maybe the LBS guy was talking about the fit of the cup into the frame, not the bearing adjustment.

If your wear is just where a few bearings sit, that's too loose. If it were too tight, you might...
03-20-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By andrewclaus

Did you try removing the barrel adjuster...

Did you try removing the barrel adjuster completely? If it's not engaging the threads in the shifter, it should fall off without the cable in there. It's possible it's completely stripped, but I've...
03-18-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By andrewclaus

Usually heat and impact work. Impact could be a...

Usually heat and impact work. Impact could be a dead-blow mallet on the wrench handle. If you haven't broken spokes yet, you probably won't.
03-11-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 767
Posted By andrewclaus

I would replace the bearing if there's any...

I would replace the bearing if there's any noticeable play or roughness.

Some home mechanics with a good set of general use tools can replace cartridge bearings. I've done it, so can't tell you...
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