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Forum: Touring
04-12-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,701
Posted By bwgride

Review of an option Cane Creek ViscoSet Review...

Review of an option
Cane Creek ViscoSet Review - BIKEPACKING.com (http://www.bikepacking.com/gear/cane-creek-viscoset-review/)
Forum: Touring
03-28-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By bwgride

Lots of quilt options. For the price, hammock...

Lots of quilt options. For the price, hammock gear offers a good economy version.

https://www.hammockgear.com/economy-burrow/

I recommend 30F, wide (55"). For regular length, it weighs about...
Forum: Touring
03-12-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,497
Posted By bwgride

Most any Shimano hub will work well. I recently...

Most any Shimano hub will work well. I recently bought 700c wheels ($109, ~$130 shipped, velomine.com) with WTB STPi i19 rims and Shimano M435 hubs, a non-series hub. I compared the exploded diagram...
Forum: Touring
12-03-18, 11:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,478
Posted By bwgride

I use Locus pro and find it excellent. I don't...

I use Locus pro and find it excellent. I don't use it to navigate, but that function is there and works well. Importing routes is easy. I use Gaiagps.com to create routes and then upload GPX files to...
Forum: Touring
12-03-18, 01:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By bwgride

Agreed, these make excellent bike bags. For those...

Agreed, these make excellent bike bags. For those interested, similar pouches can be found on ebay for less than $9. Each holds about 1.5 liters

Add three Velcro straps to attach to handlebar and...
Forum: Touring
07-11-18, 04:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,013
Posted By bwgride

I weigh 225lbs and have sometimes carried as much...

I weigh 225lbs and have sometimes carried as much as 35lbs of gear+food+water. Bike weighs 40lbs (Surly LHT with fenders and racks), so total about 300lbs. Wheels are 26" made from Shimano Deore...
Forum: Touring
06-11-18, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,004
Posted By bwgride

I currently use the Alfine dynamo on my...

I currently use the Alfine dynamo on my touring/gravel road/commuting bike. Works very well.

It does have the center-lock disc brake. However, once my current disc brake is replaced, I will...
Forum: Touring
06-06-18, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 973
Posted By bwgride

I will second this - if you plan to use dropbars,...

I will second this - if you plan to use dropbars, this frame will produce much more stretch than comparable frames designed for dropbars.
Forum: Touring
05-27-18, 01:28 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,277
Posted By bwgride

Photo taken in Alaska.

Photo taken in Alaska.
Forum: Touring
05-25-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,277
Posted By bwgride

Not a road sign, but interesting nonetheless. ...

Not a road sign, but interesting nonetheless.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/609x456/toilet_1b4d495a7e7cb69d73fbc2544f32d1a4cf32330f.jpg
Forum: Touring
02-27-18, 01:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,422
Posted By bwgride

Both rack ideas look good, OP and TiMSN . Thanks...

Both rack ideas look good, OP and TiMSN . Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Touring
12-27-17, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,862
Posted By bwgride

As I was reading this thread I was thinking the...

As I was reading this thread I was thinking the same thing. The Disc Trucker is extremely versatile; it is certainly an all-rounder bike. Here's my set for bikepacking with Schwalbe 26" Big Ben 2.1...
Forum: Touring
12-25-17, 06:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By bwgride

My experience is that often campers will share a...

My experience is that often campers will share a campsite with bicycle tourists. Offer to split the cost of the site and explain that you will camp away from them (if pitching a tent or hanging a...
Forum: Touring
12-18-17, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,626
Posted By bwgride

I have Schwalbe Big Bens (26x2.15) are 55mm wide...

I have Schwalbe Big Bens (26x2.15) are 55mm wide on my 21mm rims. I estimate marathons would be of similar width.

My Marathong Green Guards are 26x1.75 and are 40mm wide on 19mm rims.

P.S. In...
Forum: Touring
12-12-17, 11:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,787
Posted By bwgride

I have an older version, and it is sealed tight -...

I have an older version, and it is sealed tight - maybe not waterproof, but certainly appears rain and splash proof. I don't have any problem with it in rain.

I cannot address your question for...
Forum: Touring
12-11-17, 11:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,787
Posted By bwgride

I have the Biologic Reecharge and it works very...

I have the Biologic Reecharge and it works very well. Cost $30.

ReeCharge Dynamo Kit with Micro-USB Cable | BioLogic Bicycle Accessories and Bike Gear...
Forum: Touring
11-16-17, 01:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,240
Posted By bwgride

Yes, my bike touring buddy uses a similar bike...

Yes, my bike touring buddy uses a similar bike for touring. Attached is a photo showing how he carries gear. Note the dry bag under the seat and bag on the handlebars. Both are held steady by thin...
Forum: Touring
11-05-17, 09:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,643
Posted By bwgride

Helmet vs no helmet

Helmet vs no helmet
Forum: Touring
10-25-17, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,356
Posted By bwgride

I would not use the duo without proper...

I would not use the duo without proper installation - too risky.
Forum: Touring
10-25-17, 09:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,207
Posted By bwgride

I use Shimano Deore hubs for my bikes and find,...

I use Shimano Deore hubs for my bikes and find, with 559 (26") rims, the lengths on both sides are nearly the same for both front and rear hubs. Lengths vary from about 263mm to 266mm, so I just use,...
Forum: Touring
10-12-17, 07:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,496
Posted By bwgride

That may be true for some, but is not the...

That may be true for some, but is not the situation I have experienced. I'm able to see from all positions on my drop bars, and I have used 4 or 5 different mirror models all mounted at the end of my...
Forum: Touring
10-12-17, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,496
Posted By bwgride

That's a nice adaptation. Thanks for posting.

That's a nice adaptation. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Touring
07-18-17, 11:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,087
Posted By bwgride

You may be able take the cross bar that attaches...

You may be able take the cross bar that attaches to the mid-fork and turn it over so the bolt holes are up instead of down, that would likely level the cross bar.
Forum: Touring
06-29-17, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,140
Posted By bwgride

Copilot GPS is excellent navigation and routing,...

Copilot GPS is excellent navigation and routing, and one can download entire country maps. North America, for example, is about 8 GB. In addition to roads, this app includes points of interest (gas...
Forum: Touring
06-18-17, 12:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,002
Posted By bwgride

Here's a few examples of Rohloffs creating...

Here's a few examples of Rohloffs creating problems that ended tours or created long waits.

http://www.bikeforums.net/8409218-post17.html
Forum: Touring
06-01-17, 11:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,475
Posted By bwgride

This make of stem extenders works well.

This make of stem extenders works well.
Forum: Touring
05-31-17, 09:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,475
Posted By bwgride

No, it is a bad idea. She should ride it for a...

No, it is a bad idea. She should ride it for a few long rides first to get a sense of comfort level and handlebar height before cutting. You are emphasizing appearance over fit; that is not unusual...
Forum: Touring
05-28-17, 09:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,283
Posted By bwgride

The recommendation depends upon your bikepacking...

The recommendation depends upon your bikepacking locations. If in Scotland or similar environments, you will need a shelter than can handle extreme winds with rain. The pyramid type designs mentioned...
Forum: Touring
05-22-17, 07:15 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,929
Posted By bwgride

Research shows little to no difference in...

Research shows little to no difference in performance, yet psychologically those involved in tests believe having one's foot anchored to pedals is better. Here are two examples where participants...
Forum: Touring
05-16-17, 03:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,932
Posted By bwgride

If you have time for shipping, prices for...

If you have time for shipping, prices for Schwalbe from this German company are excellent. May be worth adding a few other items to reduce cost of shipping:

www.bike-discount.de

For example,...
Forum: Touring
05-13-17, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By bwgride

Yes, v-brakes (linear) will be fine if replacing...

Yes, v-brakes (linear) will be fine if replacing cantilever brakes. Brake levers won't pull enough, but the travel agents will address that.

Yes, better balance with panniers front and back is...
Forum: Touring
05-13-17, 05:39 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,083
Posted By bwgride

If you are equating bikes to humans, then do you...

If you are equating bikes to humans, then do you have a preference of which you prefer to ride?
Forum: Touring
05-13-17, 10:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,932
Posted By bwgride

Schwalbe big ben should also be considered. These...

Schwalbe big ben should also be considered. These roll very well on paved roads, and work well off-road and on gravel roads.

https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/road_tires/big_ben
Forum: Touring
05-12-17, 08:32 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,830
Posted By bwgride

No. I bought the H2 sandals for a backpacking...

No. I bought the H2 sandals for a backpacking trip on Jack's River trail in Georgia. About 21 river crossings in 7 miles one-way, so 42 crossings in total on the out and back. I found some material...
Forum: Touring
05-12-17, 02:40 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 12,017
Posted By bwgride

The New 2017 Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon...

The New 2017 Diamondback Haanjo EXP Carbon Touring Bike - CyclingAbout (http://www.cyclingabout.com/2017-diamondback-haanjo-exp-carbon-touring-bike/)

https://www.diamondback.com/haanjo-exp-carbon...
Forum: Touring
05-10-17, 02:06 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,540
Posted By bwgride

Hammock Option 1. Top quilt - see...

Hammock Option
1. Top quilt - see Hammockgear.com - they have a line of economy quilts that use 1.1 nylon material with 800 down (treated to be water resistant). These are good quality quilts for...
Forum: Touring
05-10-17, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,618
Posted By bwgride

Basket is very useful. Rear bag is Carradice...

Basket is very useful. Rear bag is Carradice Camper Longflap. Framebag is custom fit by Rogue Panda.

https://www.roguepanda.com/

Ordering from Rogue Panda is easy - send image of bike with a...
Forum: Touring
05-10-17, 09:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,830
Posted By bwgride

I use bmx/platform style pedals and regular...

I use bmx/platform style pedals and regular (non-bike) Keen sandals for all my riding (i.e., touring, commuting, exercise, etc.). Keens have closed front which offers protection of toes.

Keen...
Forum: Touring
05-09-17, 11:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,641
Posted By bwgride

Either 52 or 54cm should work. Some user...

Either 52 or 54cm should work.

Some user inputs on size with scatterplot showing relation between height and frame size...
Forum: Touring
05-09-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By bwgride

If you plan to use dropbars, then a shorter top...

If you plan to use dropbars, then a shorter top tube is better than one that is too long. Dropbars extend your required reach compared with flat bars. Most MTB have longer top tubes than comparably...
Forum: Touring
05-04-17, 08:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,662
Posted By bwgride

Number of examples can be found on crazy guy site.

Number of examples can be found on crazy guy site.
Forum: Touring
05-02-17, 10:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,920
Posted By bwgride

Only tent I could find that is Prop 65 compliant:...

Only tent I could find that is Prop 65 compliant:

https://www.charlotteswebbstore.com/product/big-childrens-play-tent-with-tunnel-indooroutdoor-with-stakes/
Forum: Touring
05-02-17, 12:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,832
Posted By bwgride

If you decide to get an underquilt, Hammock Gear...

If you decide to get an underquilt, Hammock Gear now has economy quilts. They use 800 fill DWR down. I received a 30F full-length underquilt (short version 73") for $135.95 shipped. Good quality....
Forum: Touring
04-27-17, 10:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,864
Posted By bwgride

Many folks posting here are alarmist. Florida has...

Many folks posting here are alarmist. Florida has a population of about 20 million people. Many million more visit Florida each year. Look at the graph in the link posted by alan s in post 33 -...
Forum: Touring
04-20-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,712
Posted By bwgride

Schwalbe Big Bens 55-559 (26x2.15). Rolls very...

Schwalbe Big Bens 55-559 (26x2.15). Rolls very well on or off-road.
Forum: Touring
04-05-17, 11:00 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,349
Posted By bwgride

I have two LHTs, one rim and the other disc...

I have two LHTs, one rim and the other disc brake. Buying new I would go with disc for these reasons:

1. no rim damage from brake pads so wheels may last longer
2. easier to remove wheels if...
Forum: Touring
04-05-17, 09:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,548
Posted By bwgride

I use those for backpacking and biking. I...

I use those for backpacking and biking. I recommend testing the jacket because the seams are not sealed. I used clear tape (tarp tape) to seal mine. The feature I like most is the light-weight...
Forum: Touring
04-05-17, 08:45 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,925
Posted By bwgride

Somewhat timely - I was just reading this. If you...

Somewhat timely - I was just reading this. If you are looking to buy hydraulic brakes, here's a guy selling his Shimano Deore hydraulic disk brakes that he swapped for Avid BB7s because both the...
Forum: Touring
04-05-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 813
Posted By bwgride

Here's a well-done documentary on this story ...

Here's a well-done documentary on this story

"The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army On Wheels" (2000)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNnTSD219GA

Tough adventure.
Forum: Touring
03-30-17, 12:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,166
Posted By bwgride

I use a Surly LHT for similar offroad rides....

I use a Surly LHT for similar offroad rides. Fortunately, I use 26" so 2.1 tires fit without having to shave anything. It is a versatile bike.
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