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Forum: Touring
07-22-15, 10:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,735
Posted By dellwilson

Thank you very much for the adjustment strategy....

Thank you very much for the adjustment strategy. I'll definitely try that. Excellent.

There are quite a few recommendations for the Tekro 720 brakes here and, since they are so affordable, I would...
Forum: Touring
07-21-15, 08:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,735
Posted By dellwilson

I've toed in the pads and it doesn't seem to last...

I've toed in the pads and it doesn't seem to last long. Either the force returns them to square or the pad wear returns them to square. I've tried various brands of pads including Kool Stops, but...
Forum: Touring
07-21-15, 08:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,735
Posted By dellwilson

Typical cable hangers: headset in front and seat...

Typical cable hangers: headset in front and seat clamp in back.
Forum: Touring
07-21-15, 03:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,735
Posted By dellwilson

Is there a secret to making canti brakes perform?

I have a Surly Cross Check with Avid Shorty cantilever brakes that I built a few years ago. I've never been able to get these brakes to perform even close to the level of the cheap Tektro caliper...
Forum: Touring
03-27-15, 06:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 786
Posted By dellwilson

Seeking Route Advice: NOLA to Baton Rouge to Natchez

I'm planning to ride New Orleans to Nashville via the Natchez Trace. The Trace route is well defined, but the NOLA->Natchez route is not. I've searched the Touring Forum and found some information...
Forum: Touring
03-26-15, 02:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,969
Posted By dellwilson

Front panniers: ~5 lb ea. Rear panniers: ~6.5 lb...

Front panniers: ~5 lb ea. Rear panniers: ~6.5 lb ea. Handlebar bag: ~1 lb. Tool/seat bag: ~2 lb. Total (not including bike or rider): ~26 lb.
Forum: Touring
03-26-15, 02:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 903
Posted By dellwilson

I've used the Shimano M324 for quite a few years...

I've used the Shimano M324 for quite a few years and I think they are a good solution. However, I've recently switched to Crank Brothers Candy pedals across the board. Blog post on my current...
Forum: Touring
03-07-15, 10:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,953
Posted By dellwilson

...including the socks. Well done, sir!

...including the socks. Well done, sir!
Forum: Touring
03-06-15, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,745
Posted By dellwilson

I have all of the above. If I'm in warm enough...

I have all of the above. If I'm in warm enough weather to sweat, I always wear cycling shorts and jersey for commuting, touring, or club rides. I have a padded liner that I'll combine with commuter...
Forum: Touring
03-05-15, 04:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,953
Posted By dellwilson

I use a Tubus Vega and Tara combination on a...

I use a Tubus Vega and Tara combination on a Surly Cross Check frame with Ortlieb panniers, although my front panniers are City Roller Classics. The Tubus racks and Ortlieb bags are a great...
Forum: Touring
03-02-15, 07:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,305
Posted By dellwilson

Surly Straggler...

Surly Straggler (http://surlybikes.com/bikes/straggler)
Forum: Touring
03-01-15, 07:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,356
Posted By dellwilson

I've bike toured with and without a tablet (but...

I've bike toured with and without a tablet (but always with an iPhone) and I think the extra weight is worth it. You can find my thoughts on the subject in this blog post here...
Forum: Touring
02-26-15, 06:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,139
Posted By dellwilson

Raccoons are your main problem throughout most of...

Raccoons are your main problem throughout most of the south. Determined and smart. Never leave your food or toiletries out and accessible, even in bags as they'll drag the bags off. (If they can't...
Forum: Touring
02-19-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,686
Posted By dellwilson

I've cycle toured and backpacked with both iPhone...

I've cycle toured and backpacked with both iPhone and sport (waterproof, shockproof, etc.) cameras and the limitations have frustrated me by not being able to get a good shot of very important...
Forum: Touring
02-17-15, 05:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,730
Posted By dellwilson

I built my touring bike up from a Surly Cross...

I built my touring bike up from a Surly Cross Check frame with SRAM Rival drivetrain. You can see some photos in this blog post. (https://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/ecbt-leg-3/) I'm very...
Forum: Touring
01-07-15, 02:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,353
Posted By dellwilson

I find the route feature on the Garmin Edge 500...

I find the route feature on the Garmin Edge 500 nearly unusable. Were I planning to rely upon GPS routing, I'd want to upgrade to a higher-end model. I prepare my route in MapMyRide and print out the...
Forum: Touring
01-02-15, 09:48 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,569
Posted By dellwilson

thank you very much for the advice. I'll...

thank you very much for the advice. I'll certainly follow it.
Forum: Touring
01-02-15, 06:58 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,569
Posted By dellwilson

Highway 15 on the west side of the river? ...

Highway 15 on the west side of the river?



I guess this is referring to Highway 61 heading south from Natchez?
Forum: Touring
01-01-15, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By dellwilson

On our emerald coast bike tour...

On our emerald coast bike tour (https://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/category/ecbt/) in 2013, we were told that there was strictly no attaching anything to the trees in Florida State Parks. At Saint...
Forum: Touring
01-01-15, 09:30 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,569
Posted By dellwilson

My 2013 Tour ended in NOLA, so I'm thinking to do...

My 2013 Tour ended in NOLA, so I'm thinking to do the Natchez Trace, but starting out in NOLA.
Forum: Southeast
10-19-14, 03:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 822
Posted By dellwilson

I've ridden the trails north of the river...

I've ridden the trails north of the river starting from the south end of County Line Road on my commuter bike, which has 32mm tires. The trails are all double-track ranging from hard-packed dirt to...
Forum: Touring
10-01-14, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,085
Posted By dellwilson

I understand. The recommendation to go through...

I understand. The recommendation to go through Slidell came from Cyclebum on this bikeforums thread. (http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/878216-advice-welcome-panama-city-new-orleans.html) I spent a...
Forum: Touring
09-30-14, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,085
Posted By dellwilson

I would not recommend US-90/Chef Menteur. Please...

I would not recommend US-90/Chef Menteur. Please see my blog post link posted above and my route retrospective here (http://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/ecbt-route-retrospective/). Another...
Forum: Touring
09-29-14, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,085
Posted By dellwilson

Blog account here...

Blog account here (http://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/ecbt-leg-6/) of riding into NOLA from the east (via US90). East NO was horrible, but once we crossed the bridge into downtown and even...
Forum: Touring
08-03-14, 08:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,380
Posted By dellwilson

I agree 100%. I have Crocs sandals and carry them...

I agree 100%. I have Crocs sandals and carry them in my "wet" pannier (where the tent goes) for bike touring. For that backpacking trip, I was whittling down the packing list and the didn't make the...
Forum: Touring
08-03-14, 08:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,380
Posted By dellwilson

On a recent backpacking trip, I took a Klymit...

On a recent backpacking trip, I took a Klymit Inertia X-Wave. It is about 12oz and about the size of a Coke can. For reference, I used my Marmot Nanowave 45deg bag and supplemented it with a...
Forum: Touring
08-02-14, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,030
Posted By dellwilson

I've settled upon Shimano RT 82 shoes plus Crank...

I've settled upon Shimano RT 82 shoes plus Crank Bros. Candy or Mallet pedals. The RT82s are similar to road shoes, but are very walkable. Blog post about my pedals: A Change in Pedal Strategy | Bike...
Forum: Touring
08-02-14, 08:23 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,901
Posted By dellwilson

Sometimes, I'll think about a kickass song that...

Sometimes, I'll think about a kickass song that always gets me going; King's X "Groove Machine" is an example. Sometimes, I'll think about Anne Brancroft's character's saying in Point of No Return,...
Forum: Touring
07-15-14, 09:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,457
Posted By dellwilson

As a full time commuter, I carried my laptop back...

As a full time commuter, I carried my laptop back and forth daily in my rear panniers for three years and had a lot of problems with the HDD becoming unset due to the vibration and shocks. Due to...
Forum: Touring
06-29-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,596
Posted By dellwilson

Interesting. What did you hang your derailleur...

Interesting. What did you hang your derailleur from?
Forum: Touring
06-29-14, 10:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,596
Posted By dellwilson

One more thing... Unless you're going to use a...

One more thing... Unless you're going to use a chain tensioner, you're into horizontal dropouts or an eccentric bottom-bracket (my Giant Seek has this). This locks you into a certain type of...
Forum: Touring
06-28-14, 06:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,596
Posted By dellwilson

My commuter bike (Giant Seek 0) has an Alfine 8...

My commuter bike (Giant Seek 0) has an Alfine 8 drivetrain on it and I don't think I would ever own another one. I bought it when I first started full-time commuting because I thought it would be so...
Forum: Touring
06-27-14, 07:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,630
Posted By dellwilson

Cross Check + Tubus Vega + Ortlieb Back Roller...

Cross Check + Tubus Vega + Ortlieb Back Roller Classics = Good Times

Surly Cross Check Frame for Touring | Bike Lane Ends...
Forum: Touring
06-23-14, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,648
Posted By dellwilson

Yes. I've got the Klymit Inertia X-Wave. It packs...

Yes. I've got the Klymit Inertia X-Wave. It packs to a very small size and is very lightweight. I used it on a training hike to Walls of Jericho in Northeast Alabama...
Forum: Touring
06-21-14, 12:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,995
Posted By dellwilson

If you have streams or creeks nearby, you can...

If you have streams or creeks nearby, you can carry a backpacking filter, which will give you unlimited range. My Sawyer Squeeze weighs only 108g, easily fits in a jersey pocket, and works great. It...
Forum: Touring
06-10-14, 07:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,191
Posted By dellwilson

A Surly Cross Check is my touring bike. Blog post...

A Surly Cross Check is my touring bike. Blog post here (http://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/surly-cross-check-frame-for-touring/).
Forum: Touring
02-12-14, 09:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,283
Posted By dellwilson

I know they are a little pricey, but I highly...

I know they are a little pricey, but I highly recommend the Tubus racks. I went with the Vega and Tara for my Surly Cross Check. I've got experience with various racks on my commuter bikes and get a...
Forum: Touring
01-08-14, 09:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
Posted By dellwilson

I also use the Ortlieb Back Rollers and I have...

I also use the Ortlieb Back Rollers and I have the Trangia 25 set. I've found many reasons to really like that cookset, but the fact that it took up an entire front pannier caused me to investigate a...
Forum: Touring
12-21-13, 10:11 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,873
Posted By dellwilson

I got the feeling reading your article that...

I got the feeling reading your article that you're looking for a simple cost/benefit ratio. Therefore, I think the foray into Newtonian physics (mass, acceleration, gravity) and fluid dynamics (air...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-13, 08:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By dellwilson

Just over 15,000. About 1/3 is commute and most...

Just over 15,000. About 1/3 is commute and most of the remainder is fitness/fun rides on the road bike(s) with the occasional tour thrown in.
Forum: Commuting
08-09-13, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By dellwilson

Fourth Anniversary

I just realized that I recently passed my fourth anniversary of full-time bike commuting. This was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My only regret is that I waited so long to make this life...
Forum: Touring
08-07-13, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By dellwilson

Both tires were white originally. I wasn't...

Both tires were white originally. I wasn't monitoring them well enough and had to replace the rear urgently with whatever was in stock at my LBS. I've now got white spares that I'll install soon.
Forum: Touring
08-06-13, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By dellwilson

Cool. Great frame. Here's mine in touring mode. ...

Cool. Great frame. Here's mine in touring mode.

http://bikelaneends.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/20130412-175445.jpg
Forum: Touring
07-08-13, 05:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 975
Posted By dellwilson

A Surly Cross Check is my touring bike. I've done...

A Surly Cross Check is my touring bike. I've done nothing special and it works perfectly. Couple pictures here...

http://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/surly-cross-check-frame-for-touring/
Forum: Touring
06-18-13, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By dellwilson

I can get my Tubus racks (front and back) on in...

I can get my Tubus racks (front and back) on in 10 mins; off in less.
Forum: Touring
06-18-13, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 693
Posted By dellwilson

My Cross Check does commuting and bike club...

My Cross Check does commuting and bike club rides. And the I bolt on the Tubus racks and snap on the Ortliebs and it is a great touring bike.
...
Forum: Touring
05-30-13, 02:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 772
Posted By dellwilson

My packing list for a recent week-long tour here...

My packing list for a recent week-long tour here (http://bikelaneends.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/emerald-coast-bikepacking-tour-packing-list-final/) and a retrospective on that here...
Forum: Touring
05-26-13, 06:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,232
Posted By dellwilson

Shimano RT-82 with Crank Brothers Candy pedals....

Shimano RT-82 with Crank Brothers Candy pedals. I'm a full time commuter and occasional tourer and this combination does it all.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 02:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 924
Posted By dellwilson

Sorry. I'm not following. Hard because of the...

Sorry. I'm not following. Hard because of the traffic? I'm fairly comfortable in traffic being a full time commuter, but Huntsville, AL is not exactly a metropolis. Or are there some climbs on this...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-13, 02:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 924
Posted By dellwilson

That looks like an MTB trail or at least gravel....

That looks like an MTB trail or at least gravel. Is it?
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