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08-20-10, 09:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,103
Posted By WillJL

The Completed Build!...

The Completed Build! 165647http://www.bikeforums.net/images/misc/pencil.png
07-12-10, 02:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,103
Posted By WillJL

Update: The Stokemonkey kit and Ping Battery...

Update:

The Stokemonkey kit and Ping Battery are in the mail. I'll be posting comprehensive build shots either here or on my flickr account as I get started at the beginning of August.
07-12-10, 02:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,103
Posted By WillJL

Plus, I'm not really interested in giving Aaron's...

Plus, I'm not really interested in giving Aaron's my business. I've been less than impressed with his attitude the few times I've given them my money, and I'll likely never go back. Its a shame,...
Forum: Touring
07-12-10, 02:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,544
Posted By WillJL

I didn't suggest that using common sense wasn't...

I didn't suggest that using common sense wasn't necessary, I simply said that the numbers probably won't play a significant role. Avoiding "the bonk" and counting calories aren't the same. Eating...
Forum: Touring
07-11-10, 03:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,544
Posted By WillJL

Why concern yourself with numbers? Eat what you...

Why concern yourself with numbers? Eat what you need. Your body will tell you when and how much.
07-11-10, 03:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,103
Posted By WillJL

Sounds interesting. I'm not really sold on needed...

Sounds interesting. I'm not really sold on needed anything more than a well built, 36 spoke, 4 cross, 26" wheel with good hubs though. We'd be hearing about all the broken wheels on Big Dummys if...
Forum: Touring
07-02-10, 01:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,960
Posted By WillJL

Riding in the rain doesn't suck....but riding in...

Riding in the rain doesn't suck....but riding in the rain, day after day, living in a tent, and not having any respite from the weather can suck.

It doesn't sound like you'll be facing the latter,...
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,749
Posted By WillJL

I guess I just think its a shame that a bicycle...

I guess I just think its a shame that a bicycle marketed as a "long distance" tool is incapable of mounting slightly larger tires.
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 04:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,749
Posted By WillJL

Ok, I can see where ya'll are coming from. I've...

Ok, I can see where ya'll are coming from. I've always toured using 32-35mm tires, and I've never had any frame or fork related restrictions on my wheel size. I've never gotten flats, always been...
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 12:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By WillJL

Its my understanding that clamps are...

Its my understanding that clamps are inappropriate on carbon components and frames because the tubing is not engineered to withstand stresses applied in that way. Apparently carbon can crack and...
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 12:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 652
Posted By WillJL

I don't like to ride with a backpack on for...

I don't like to ride with a backpack on for anything more than a couple of miles because if makes me sweat like a pig.

Furthermore, the sackpack you've shown looks particularly inappropriate for...
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 12:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,749
Posted By WillJL

I'm really in awe of the people here claiming to...

I'm really in awe of the people here claiming to have toured on 25mm tires, and I'm even more surprised that nobody here is raising a red flag when someone is talking about TOURING for A WEEK, on...
Forum: Touring
07-01-10, 12:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By WillJL

I take it you're considering those mounting...

I take it you're considering those mounting options for your tandem because it lacks rack braze-ons on the seat stays...Is that the case?

If so, have you considered p-clamps like these...
06-30-10, 11:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 352
Posted By WillJL

When I asked what brand of brake, I should have...

When I asked what brand of brake, I should have also asked if they were cantilever brakes, linear pull brakes, or caliper brakes...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 11:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,448
Posted By WillJL

By the way, if you aren`t stoked about the Soma...

By the way, if you aren`t stoked about the Soma frame, check out Bruce Gordon's touring frames that he has commisioned in Taiwan. Its called the BLT for Basic Loaded Touring. I know, I know, its not...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 11:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,448
Posted By WillJL

Here are my thoughts on your build. I've simply...

Here are my thoughts on your build. I've simply copied your information and my ideas are in bold.

Frame- Soma Saga (Can’t get a deal on LHT right now or it would be in the mix)
Rims- Mavic A719...
06-30-10, 10:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,265
Posted By WillJL

Yeah, seriously. I was going to let this slide,...

Yeah, seriously. I was going to let this slide, but that aspect of Mr. Eckhardt's original assertion is a bit ridiculous. He's correct in some respects about how the physics of spoke tension affect a...
06-30-10, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,265
Posted By WillJL

To the original poster: As the others have...

To the original poster:

As the others have mentioned, your original wheels were built poorly by a machine. In addition to this, I'd like to add that they have too few spokes to handle your...
06-30-10, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,440
Posted By WillJL

I use the Minoura Pro stand. Its relatively...

I use the Minoura Pro stand.

Its relatively inexpensive, and comes with its own centering gauge for the truing calipers. You'll still likely need a dishing gauge to get perfectly centered/dished...
06-30-10, 08:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 352
Posted By WillJL

Sometimes this can depend on pad material,...

Sometimes this can depend on pad material, sometimes it can depend on brake adjustment, sometimes it can depend of the brand and build of the brakes.

You were right to try to toe in the pads....
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 08:30 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By WillJL

Moving on a more productive note (from my last...

Moving on a more productive note (from my last post about the diversity of taint nomenclature)...

Adjusting a Brooks to the correct angle and fore/aft position is CRITICAL in benefiting from its...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 07:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By WillJL

tickle bridge. gooch. barse. watford gap....

tickle bridge. gooch. barse. watford gap. crabwalk. miracle inch. biffen bridge. chinrest. driving range. tweenis. crossroad. bungus. bonch. ginch. skid row.
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 12:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By WillJL

I'm not sure about this, but I think that Brooks...

I'm not sure about this, but I think that Brooks riders who are suffering from any kind of pereneum pain are simply not getting their weight on their sit bones. Your body weight should never be on...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 10:22 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 271,288
Posted By WillJL

My ideal touring bicycle: -Steel frame that...

My ideal touring bicycle:

-Steel frame that fits right and can hold big tires w/fenders -bombproof 36 spoke wheels -hub dynamo + led lights -linear pull brakes -Schwalbe marathon tires -Brooks...
06-29-10, 07:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,847
Posted By WillJL

If you are going to just buy wheels that are...

If you are going to just buy wheels that are prebuilt, I think that ColonelJLloyd may have pointed out the best deal currently available. Velo Orange's (http://www.velo-orange.com/rihuandotwhc.html)...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 07:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
Posted By WillJL

Two completely different bikes. The Pacer is more...

Two completely different bikes. The Pacer is more of a sporty road bike, whereas the Aurora is a touring bike. If you're not going to be doing long, loaded touring, then the Pacer will be the best...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,976
Posted By WillJL

This thread would be much more appropriate in the...

This thread would be much more appropriate in the "Regional Discussions" section.
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 07:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By WillJL

Like chasm54, Chipcom, and KrisPistofferson, I've...

Like chasm54, Chipcom, and KrisPistofferson, I've never had break in problems with a Brooks. I have 4, and I find that they start comfortable, and just get better. You'll be fine if you ride a bunch...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 07:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,961
Posted By WillJL

Chipcom has an extremely valid point. The amount...

Chipcom has an extremely valid point. The amount of play you get on your tour may be exponentially higher with a Big Dummy/ Oil Panting/ Emo-bohemian setup.
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,799
Posted By WillJL

Thick padding, sweat, and friction are causes of...

Thick padding, sweat, and friction are causes of these sores. Even soft chamois can $#%# up your skin when its wet. This padding issue goes for saddles too. It may be counter intuitive, but a stiffer...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 06:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,961
Posted By WillJL

Touring internationally with oil paints and...

Touring internationally with oil paints and canvases, huh? Have you considered some pencils and a sketchbook instead? Or maybe a camera? I don't mean to be a naysayer, but it sounds like a bit of a...
06-29-10, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 395
Posted By WillJL

I read this and I too immediately thought "loose...

I read this and I too immediately thought "loose headset".
06-29-10, 05:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,847
Posted By WillJL

You'll want to follow the instructions on your...

You'll want to follow the instructions on your chosen tire for inflation pressure. If you choose to run wider rims and wider tires (which I think has been universally recommended to you on this...
06-29-10, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,277
Posted By WillJL

We'd be cycling door to door from our home in the...

We'd be cycling door to door from our home in the Snoqualmie Valley. I'd be using the snoq.val. rails-to-trails to access any routes to the south, and forestry roads to access Monroe and SR-2 to the...
06-29-10, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By WillJL

Depends on your cables. Shimano 105 is...

Depends on your cables. Shimano 105 is irrelevant. Most inner derailleur cables use 4mm housing.
06-29-10, 07:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,847
Posted By WillJL

You can build some really saucy wheels for $500...

You can build some really saucy wheels for $500 dollars, but does that budget include buying a wheel truing stand, spokeprep, and a spoke wrench? Just a consideration... :)

I'm a big fan of the...
06-29-10, 05:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,765
Posted By WillJL

Once again, paying more for a cassette is not...

Once again, paying more for a cassette is not going to make it last longer. Paying more will make it lighter, and fancier looking. Furthermore, the steel in low end cassettes and high end cassettes...
06-29-10, 02:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,277
Posted By WillJL

Crossing the Cascades from the Seattle Area--Best routes?

Hello fellow PNW cyclists!

I grew up in the Snoqualmie valley, but I've been away from the area for awhile. I'm moving back this summer, and I'm curious about what routes you'd recommend for...
06-28-10, 06:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,126
Posted By WillJL

You're right about that. My bad. I'm sorry! I...

You're right about that. My bad. I'm sorry! I reread my post and I realize I came across as being a bit didactic and pushy. I didn't mean to come across as a naysayer. I'm just particularly...
Forum: Touring
06-28-10, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,016
Posted By WillJL

That's because most bike shops are way off track.

That's because most bike shops are way off track.
06-28-10, 04:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,126
Posted By WillJL

Its because they don't know any better. As you...

Its because they don't know any better. As you said, it's what came with their bikes, and its what they've been told is the norm. That doesn't make it the best choice.



Not every bike that has...
Forum: Touring
06-28-10, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,016
Posted By WillJL

bmike: Nice ride!

bmike: Nice ride!
Forum: Touring
06-28-10, 03:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,738
Posted By WillJL

Perhaps cyclists new to the idea of touring think...

Perhaps cyclists new to the idea of touring think "Tour de France"?!?

As I said before, I think a consistent average of 100-150 a day wouldn't be too fun. However, I do like to find opportunities...
06-28-10, 12:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,126
Posted By WillJL

It's because wider tires provide better handling,...

It's because wider tires provide better handling, better puncture proofing, better traction, and a superior quality of ride. I don't understand why a 300lb person would ever, ever ride on a 23mm or...
Forum: Touring
06-28-10, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,638
Posted By WillJL

First of all, I think that 36 spokes should be a...

First of all, I think that 36 spokes should be a no-brainer in this situation, particularly if you are a large guy. Some people will tell you that 32 spokes is enough...particularly on a internally...
Forum: Touring
06-27-10, 11:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,738
Posted By WillJL

I'm fit, and I consider myself to be a fairly...

I'm fit, and I consider myself to be a fairly experienced cyclotourist. I tend to ride 60-90 miles a day on tour, depending on weather, prevailing winds, and the nature of the roads. If I'm riding...
06-27-10, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 11,765
Posted By WillJL

For a touring bicycle, you probably want to have...

For a touring bicycle, you probably want to have a nice big granny gear or two in back, so I'd suggest an 11-32 or 11-34 rear cassette. As MudPie said, weight and finish are what makes expensive...
06-27-10, 11:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,339
Posted By WillJL

Have you considered a Stokemonkey...

Have you considered a Stokemonkey (http://clevercycles.com/products/stokemonkey/)? I'm setting up a Surly Big Dummy with one now using a Ping 36v20ah Lithium Iron battery...
06-27-10, 10:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,126
Posted By WillJL

I've been riding Schwalbe Marathons for the last...

I've been riding Schwalbe Marathons for the last 4 years (and around 12,000 miles) on Schwalbe Marathons without a single flat. I ride hard in all conditions, on all surfaces, and without regard for...
06-27-10, 10:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 970
Posted By WillJL

Only the "Special" Brooks models are chamfered at...

Only the "Special" Brooks models are chamfered at the edges. This sounds like a job for a razor knife. Don't waste time with a file, 'cause you'll likely just scuff up your saddle.
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