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Forum: Touring
07-18-08, 01:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,269
Posted By Halthane

They pretty much don't exist anymore, as they...

They pretty much don't exist anymore, as they have been largely replaced by the cane-creeks, since they are cheaper and of equivalent quality.
Forum: Touring
07-18-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 985
Posted By Halthane

Are your chain-rings actually bent? or is it...

Are your chain-rings actually bent? or is it simply the staggering in the tooth profile? Most modern rings have some variance in the size and position of the teeth in order to improve shifting...
Forum: Touring
07-18-08, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By Halthane

Unless you have them built with some...

Unless you have them built with some unrealistically low number of spokes you should have no problems with those rims.

Not sure what thomas has against mavic rims... they are generally quite...
Forum: Touring
07-17-08, 09:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By Halthane

That might be a decent bike, but it is probably...

That might be a decent bike, but it is probably too small for you, and doesn't look especially good as a touring bike.

My advice to you is that since you say you know nothing about bikes is to go...
Forum: Touring
07-14-08, 10:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By Halthane

Talk with your fitter. Unless that shop is...

Talk with your fitter. Unless that shop is exclusively race if he is a full time fitter he will have some idea of where to begin.

As far as standard answer there isn't much of one. Generally you...
Forum: Touring
07-12-08, 12:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,650
Posted By Halthane

I have a santini wind-stopper jacket that is...

I have a santini wind-stopper jacket that is really fantastic, but unfortunately was not waterproof. I think I'm going to try using some wash in waterproofer and see if it helps. I think...
Forum: Touring
07-10-08, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 900
Posted By Halthane

Try rubbing alcohol. Another trick is to...

Try rubbing alcohol.

Another trick is to hold the tire down by standing on it and pulling up with your hands. This doesn't work on wire bead tires, but on some of the fabric beads it does. The...
Forum: Touring
07-09-08, 09:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,449
Posted By Halthane

I have the new tektro CR720...

I have the new tektro CR720 http://www.tektro.com/02products/11qb.php and they are most exceptional once I switched to kool-stop pads. Really easy to set up, very stiff and stop on a dime. Also...
Forum: Touring
07-03-08, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,604
Posted By Halthane

As surly frames are powder coated, you might try...

As surly frames are powder coated, you might try a little bit of acetone, if the stickers are vinyl or acetate they will come off pretty quickly check on the inside of the chainstays to be sure it...
Forum: Touring
07-03-08, 10:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 663
Posted By Halthane

You will actually be much cooler with a jersey...

You will actually be much cooler with a jersey that wicks than a cotton shirt. If it is hot enough for you to be sweating that much both materials will saturate and then it becomes about how rapidly...
Forum: Touring
07-02-08, 11:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By Halthane

Not an expert, but I bet Bike shops have problems...

Not an expert, but I bet Bike shops have problems selling the kool-stops to much/most of the populace when they are next to the more inexpensive pads they are probably more or less required to sell...
Forum: Touring
07-02-08, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By Halthane

This thread covers this topic fairly well...

This thread covers this topic fairly well http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=432822
Forum: Touring
06-30-08, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,097
Posted By Halthane

Assuming you are thinking butterfly type trekking...

Assuming you are thinking butterfly type trekking bars like these (http://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends/kalloybars.html) (the one on the left) your existing grip-shifts and brake levers will work just...
Forum: Touring
06-30-08, 07:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By Halthane

Unless your racing.... My 50-12 is a bit low...

Unless your racing.... My 50-12 is a bit low from time to time ;) But you said commuting and light touring... so the standard, no gear to low definitely applies.
Forum: Touring
06-26-08, 08:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,167
Posted By Halthane

Very true, sometimes in is bar height relative to...

Very true, sometimes in is bar height relative to the saddle but I find very often that it is issues with fore/aft saddle position and saddle tilt. A saddle that is tilted to far forward will cause...
06-24-08, 09:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By Halthane

I'll let my mind rattle around a bit and throw...

I'll let my mind rattle around a bit and throw some more your way as they emerge. I managed the kitchen at a Coffeehouse/Cafe for a while and made something quite similar... though along a rather...
Forum: Touring
06-24-08, 09:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,651
Posted By Halthane

I use the same system and it works great. I...

I use the same system and it works great. I actually thought about going with SRAM for my LHT but then decided that if I should have problems with them it would be much more of one than with shimano...
06-24-08, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By Halthane

Try substituting dried cranberries for the dates,...

Try substituting dried cranberries for the dates, and add the zest and juice of one orange, plus a dash of cinnamon, and nutmeg. Also probably could use regular oatmeal. And you might try combining...
Forum: Touring
06-24-08, 02:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 659
Posted By Halthane

My polar cs200 with cadence has gone almost...

My polar cs200 with cadence has gone almost 800hrs without replacing the batter in the head unit. I had to replace the chest strap battery at about 500hrs.
Forum: Touring
06-23-08, 12:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,651
Posted By Halthane

I personally use ultegra 9spd on my LHT and it...

I personally use ultegra 9spd on my LHT and it works just fine.



Depends on how you do it, the degradation is generally quite minor if done correctly. My system uses a pair of metal noodles...
Forum: Touring
06-23-08, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By Halthane

I second the idea of doing a couple easier days...

I second the idea of doing a couple easier days rather than just taking days off. I haven't done any touring (yet) but with my racing training one of the things that is an indicator that I am...
Forum: Touring
06-22-08, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By Halthane

I can't speak directly to womens comfort, but I...

I can't speak directly to womens comfort, but I know several ladies who really like the pearl izumi Ultra-sensor line. I have the mens version and they are quite wonderful.
Forum: Touring
06-22-08, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By Halthane

From a physics/structural perspective they are...

From a physics/structural perspective they are quite good at surviving tourque/rotational loading, if you think about it, a seatpost is nothing more than a short lever arm, so they do fine with...
Forum: Touring
06-21-08, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By Halthane

How do you like the sojourn 2 tent? I just...

How do you like the sojourn 2 tent? I just picked on up and haven't really had a chance to try it. Just one night but was pretty miserable do to other weather conditions, tent seemed to do fine...
Forum: Touring
06-21-08, 02:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By Halthane

You might definitely look at the cross check...

You might definitely look at the cross check then, its about as versatile a bike as the come, and definitely capable of doing a three day cruise.
Forum: Touring
06-21-08, 10:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 659
Posted By Halthane

I might be doing the northern tier next summer as...

I might be doing the northern tier next summer as part of my senior thesis, and I may have to ride with a HRM for data purposes, but to be really honest, once I get the chest strap fitted I barely...
Forum: Touring
06-21-08, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By Halthane

some racks, Tubus comes to mind, will let you...

some racks, Tubus comes to mind, will let you mount fenders to the rack after mounting the rack.

Have you considered something like the surly long haul, or cross check, can't recall the Novara and...
Forum: Touring
06-18-08, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By Halthane

Actually I don't think you bought those tools to...

Actually I don't think you bought those tools to soon both of them are very useful to have around for maintenance at times other than touring. For example your cassette will wear and need to be...
Forum: Touring
06-18-08, 06:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By Halthane

I built the first "good" bike I owned. I made...

I built the first "good" bike I owned. I made several mistakes, got a bike that was much to small, and wasted lots of money.

But, I ended up with a fairly complete set of bike tools, lots of...
Forum: Touring
06-17-08, 10:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By Halthane

Or you get one of these. ...

Or you get one of these.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/stein-mini-lock/index.html
Forum: Touring
06-16-08, 11:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,216
Posted By Halthane

An advantage of cartridge over loose ball on that...

An advantage of cartridge over loose ball on that i could see being quite valuable on a long tour is that if for some reason you have a bearing go bad, you can ride on a bad cartridge bearing for...
06-13-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 542
Posted By Halthane

That's a pretty solid bike, but definitely a road...

That's a pretty solid bike, but definitely a road race machine. You won't have the clearance for bigger tires typical of a cross/hybrid bike.

Is this going to be your first bike?
Forum: Touring
06-12-08, 11:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By Halthane

oddly enough, the Bike accross kansas this week...

oddly enough, the Bike accross kansas this week has seen surprisingly few issues, despite the ridiculous number of thunderstorms/tornadoes here in kansas.
...
06-12-08, 06:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Halthane

Unfortunately for the OP... and all of us...

Unfortunately for the OP... and all of us mechanically minded souls, these real hardware stores are becoming fewer, and farther apart, they just can't stand up in the face of the big box stores. Or...
Forum: Touring
06-12-08, 02:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,199
Posted By Halthane

you might also look at an older ibm/lenovo thin...

you might also look at an older ibm/lenovo thin and light, something like the x40/x41. You can get them on ebay for 5-600 dollars. Very thin, very light, not that expensive.
Forum: Touring
06-08-08, 07:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,307
Posted By Halthane

Also, difference in the outer diameter of the two...

Also, difference in the outer diameter of the two wheels is actually quite small, especially with the larger width (i.e. 32mm) commonly used for touring.
Forum: Triathlon
06-06-08, 09:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 864
Posted By Halthane

There is no evidence that the color yellow...

There is no evidence that the color yellow attracts sharks, but statistically speaking people in yellow wetsuits are more likely to get attacked than any other.
Forum: Touring
06-05-08, 11:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,082
Posted By Halthane

Couple questions that will help your's be...

Couple questions that will help your's be answered are how heavy are you and how heavy is the bike/cargo?

Unless you are really large, 32 is probably fine up front, but might be a little light in...
Forum: Triathlon
06-05-08, 10:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 864
Posted By Halthane

I wouldn't expect it to be an issue with suit...

I wouldn't expect it to be an issue with suit damage, more likely that the silk screening would tear when the suit stretched. If it's a visibility to others issue you might look at a divers...
06-05-08, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By Halthane

Careful, it becomes addictive very, very rapidly....

Careful, it becomes addictive very, very rapidly.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com

Should get you started on the road to better bike and bike mechanic knowledge.
Forum: Touring
06-04-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 468
Posted By Halthane

Speedplays will not last long if walked on and...

Speedplays will not last long if walked on and don't do well with dirty muddy. The actual locking part of the cleats is mounted to the shoe and has a tendency to plug up with mud, dirt, snow, etc. ...
Forum: Touring
06-03-08, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,269
Posted By Halthane

Pretty sure your in travel agent land... at least...

Pretty sure your in travel agent land... at least on the bar-end levers.

Tektro does make an interrupter lever that is linear pull compatible the RL740 http://www.tektro.com/02products/10ql.php.
...
Forum: Touring
06-02-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Halthane

On paper the 520 is going to ride a little lower...

On paper the 520 is going to ride a little lower and stretched out, but not a whole lot, there are some variances in the head and seat angles that will account for some of the differences in tube...
Forum: Touring
06-02-08, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By Halthane

Couple thoughts, If you re-geared the allez...

Couple thoughts,

If you re-geared the allez with smaller chainrings and a mountain rear casset it would probably be doable from a gear ratio point of view.

You might want larger tires than 28s...
Forum: Touring
06-01-08, 08:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By Halthane

Something that you can do to help see cracks is...

Something that you can do to help see cracks is to clean the bike really well, and then get some very thin water based ink that is a strong contrasting color (red for black paint, black for light...
Forum: Touring
06-01-08, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,641
Posted By Halthane

Good call, just took the little rubber cap off...

Good call, just took the little rubber cap off the stays on my cargo and they are definitely solid, while the rest of the rack is tubular.
Forum: Touring
06-01-08, 04:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,332
Posted By Halthane

Depends on the racks. My Tubus Racks have a...

Depends on the racks. My Tubus Racks have a second hole to allow mounting to fenders to the rack.
Forum: Touring
06-01-08, 04:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,641
Posted By Halthane

Just a thought, I wouldn't try to bend the...

Just a thought, I wouldn't try to bend the stainless one's yourself, small stainless tubing takes a lot of force and has a tendency to buckle in awkward places rather than bending the way you want it...
Forum: Touring
05-30-08, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By Halthane

Schwalbe Marathon Supreme

Anybody used Schwalbe's New Marathon Supreme tire? Looks like its basically a marathon plus designed for a little less rolling resistance. Seems pretty cool from the website... but then again lots...
Forum: Touring
05-30-08, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By Halthane

Velocity Deep-V's get all the love here, but you...

Velocity Deep-V's get all the love here, but you might also look at the velocity dyad rims. A wider profile rim it will fit a bigger tire a little better also. I had a set built on ultegra hubs...
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