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03-15-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

+1 for the downtube bosses on the Polyvalent! I...

+1 for the downtube bosses on the Polyvalent! I also like the VO Piolet frameset too. It's made for bikepacking which is pretty much what I plan on doing. Out of stock at the moment, though. I do...
03-14-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

OP here again, thanks for all of the great advice...

OP here again, thanks for all of the great advice everyone. I'm kind of jazzed about the VO Polyvalent now that it's back in stock. The 51cm frame seems like it would work for me and I really like...
03-07-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

Here's an update on my quest for a frame that...

Here's an update on my quest for a frame that fits me: Yesterday, I rode a 52 cm Kona Rove ST and I appreciated the height on frame. It felt much better but I still feel like I'm not getting a...
03-04-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

I guess I'm just looking for something that feels...

I guess I'm just looking for something that feels comfortable to me and my old Sequoia comes to mind as the most comfortable bike I've ever had. I also was reasonably comfortable on my 1997 Terry...
03-04-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks! I'll check out the Midnight Special. ...

Thanks! I'll check out the Midnight Special. Fortunately, I live in Portland so there are tons of Surly dealers here and it will be easy to find a Midnight Special in the frame sizes that might work...
03-04-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks for the info. I love the looks of that...

Thanks for the info. I love the looks of that Crust. A local bike shop has a 54cm VeloOrange Polyvalent and I really like the looks of that bike too but no idea how the 51cm would fit me. I did...
03-04-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

I"m thinking 41-45 for tire size, somewhere in...

I"m thinking 41-45 for tire size, somewhere in that range
03-03-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,577
Posted By erbfarm

Frame geometry question

Hi everyone

I've been looking for a bike that would handle gravel/bike packing and have looked at the Surly Straggler and Kona Rove ST. My problem is finding a good fit. The bike that has fit me...
Forum: Touring
06-27-18, 03:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,008
Posted By erbfarm

When the salmonberry trail gets built, that will...

When the salmonberry trail gets built, that will surely be my cup of tea. It will go from Portland to the coast using rail trails and logging roads etc. I'm going to check out the Olympic Discovery...
Forum: Touring
06-26-18, 02:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,008
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks everyone for these great responses. I'm...

Thanks everyone for these great responses. I'm from New England and that's where I originally started bike touring so I compare everything to the quiet backroads and rolling terrain of Vermont....
Forum: Touring
06-24-18, 09:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,008
Posted By erbfarm

Best low-stress tour routes?

Hi Everyone,

I just got back from doing a week on the Pacific Coast HIghway down the coast of Oregon and while the scenery was breathtaking near the ocean, the volume of logging trucks, enormous...
02-24-18, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,561
Posted By erbfarm

Good bike storage options?

Hi Everyone

I'm selling my house and moving to a small apartment with no garage and I could use some good ideas on how to store my 3 bikes. Currently, I commute on an e-bike for the winter, but...
12-17-17, 12:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,315
Posted By erbfarm

How do I clean my chain?

I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I've been riding my Bafang mid-drive conversion for 3 weeks now and just went to clean the chain only to realize that I can't just clip my chain...
12-01-17, 02:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks for the info. I haven't used the throttle...

Thanks for the info. I haven't used the throttle at all. I meant to say that while I was pedalling in level 3, my pedalling was not having an impact. I, of course, needed to turn the pedals to make...
12-01-17, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,106
Posted By erbfarm

I just put a Bafang mid drive conversion kit on...

I just put a Bafang mid drive conversion kit on my 1993 Rockhopper and it's working great! Tons of power. I've got V-brakes on the bike and they stop fine. A rear rack makes it easy to carry two...
12-01-17, 12:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 454
Posted By erbfarm

need some advice about gearing

Hi Everyone,

I just put a Bafang mid drive kit on my 1993 Rockhopper and it's working great! One issue though: I've got a freewheel cassette in the back 13-34t and a 48t ring up front. This is a...
07-26-17, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,315
Posted By erbfarm

Does employment opportunities have any importance...

Does employment opportunities have any importance in choosing your residence location?

yep. I work in higher ed so need to be in a college town
07-24-17, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,315
Posted By erbfarm

Best places for Car Free living revisited

Hi Everyone,

I know there's another thread on this topic but I wanted to get some input from y'all about something. I've been living without a car for about 5 years now but I need to take things...
06-17-16, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks. the other difference is the STraggler is...

Thanks. the other difference is the STraggler is a 10 speed, the Rockhopper was an 8 speed originally. I've got friction shifting on the bike so that helps.
06-17-16, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By erbfarm

BB shell question

Hi Everyone!

I have a 1993 Rockhopper Expert that I've converted to a cargo bike. The BB shell is 73 and the crank is a triple 20-32-42. I'd like to put that crank on my Surly 2014 Straggler...
Forum: Touring
04-13-16, 08:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,056
Posted By erbfarm

ok just finished packing up box and got...

ok just finished packing up box and got EVERYTHING in there but my modest cookset and my clothing, map, phone, toiletries, and those types of smaller things. But all four panniers, tent, sleeping...
Forum: Touring
04-13-16, 05:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,056
Posted By erbfarm

hmmm, i've done several tours before with 4...

hmmm, i've done several tours before with 4 panniers to evenly distribute weight and have never felt like I've carried too much (I'm a minimalist to begin with) but this is the first tour where I've...
Forum: Touring
04-12-16, 09:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,056
Posted By erbfarm

How do you get your gear to the start of a tour?

I'm heading to San Francisco to start a tour of the pacific coast. This is the first time I've ever travelled to start a tour -- I've always just ridden out my front door! So now that I'm shipping...
Forum: Touring
04-12-16, 08:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 379
Posted By erbfarm

How do you get your gear to the start of a tour?

I'm heading to San Francisco to start a tour of the pacific coast. This is the first time I've ever travelled to start a tour -- I've always just ridden out my front door! So now that I'm shipping...
Forum: Touring
04-12-16, 06:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

i went to bikeflights.com and put the dimensions...

i went to bikeflights.com and put the dimensions of my bike box in, got a rate quote of $22 each way from CA to Portland, much more budget friendly! that's without the pickup fee of $5 or any extra...
Forum: Touring
04-11-16, 09:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

ok, our next hiccup in this trip is getting from...

ok, our next hiccup in this trip is getting from SF to Arcata. Turns out greyhound only has one bus going up there at 3:15, getting in at 10 pm. If we take that bus on Apr 22, it means we can't...
Forum: Touring
04-11-16, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

that rain looks fierce. We decided this morning...

that rain looks fierce. We decided this morning to go N to S!
Forum: Touring
04-11-16, 08:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

wow, that's a great price, can't figure out why...

wow, that's a great price, can't figure out why the charge is so high then from Portland to SF
Forum: Touring
04-10-16, 08:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

i just used the calculator on the bikeflights...

i just used the calculator on the bikeflights website and that's the quote I got for a 56" box with the $5 pickup fee. would be nice if it was cheaper since the bikeflights location is about 2 miles...
Forum: Touring
04-10-16, 12:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

I'm going to use BikeFlights to ship my bike from...

I'm going to use BikeFlights to ship my bike from Portland to the REI in SF for $52 (pick up at my house). REI will reassemble and have bike waiting for me for $65 or let me assemble myself at their...
Forum: Touring
04-08-16, 02:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

also, I just called REI in SF. They charge $65 to...

also, I just called REI in SF. They charge $65 to unpack and assemble your bike. I'm planning on packing up myself here and shipping via bikeflights. My bike isn't that big (48 cm surly straggler)...
Forum: Touring
04-08-16, 02:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks for the info! This trip is kind of ad hoc...

Thanks for the info! This trip is kind of ad hoc and only happening b/c my friend got a free ticket to SF paid for by her employer (she lives in DC) so we kind of have to start in SF and go north. ...
Forum: Touring
04-08-16, 11:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

I agree! Thanks for that tip on UPS My Choice! I...

I agree! Thanks for that tip on UPS My Choice! I use that service all the time! So that's a great idea for both ends of the tour especially on the return since I can pick the delivery date and have...
Forum: Touring
04-08-16, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,425
Posted By erbfarm

shipping a bike to the start of a tour -- need advice

I'm about to start a tour up the CA coast. I'm starting in San Francisco and need to ship my bike there. I talked to a bike shop there and they'll only accept the bike if I pay them $100 to...
Forum: Commuting
11-03-14, 11:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,298
Posted By erbfarm

wearing out crotch of my corduroys

Hi everyone

I commute to work every day (about 3 miles each way) in my work clothes. Now that it's fall, I''m wearing corduroys nearly every day. Already, in just a few weeks, I've worn two pairs...
10-04-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,589
Posted By erbfarm

I used to live in Boston and the light rail...

I used to live in Boston and the light rail system there was terrific. Everybody used it. Sure parking and driving in Boston is a nightmare and car ownership is expensive but the public transpo...
10-04-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,676
Posted By erbfarm

While it may be true that Millennials as a whole...

While it may be true that Millennials as a whole are buying cars less frequently than their parents did, and it also may be true that many Gen X-ers, Boomers, etc are ditching the burbs for a low-car...
02-03-14, 10:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,844
Posted By erbfarm

I think topography has a lot to do with who/how...

I think topography has a lot to do with who/how many will ride bikes. I live in Portland which is very flat. Add to that the long stretches of bike greenways and bike lanes where you can ride at a...
12-11-13, 05:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks! How can you tell if the fork is...

Thanks! How can you tell if the fork is original? What should Tony look for on the fork to tell if it is?
12-11-13, 01:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By erbfarm

Hi again everyone, Here's a link to Tony's...

Hi again everyone,

Here's a link to Tony's bike photos http://imgur.com/a/1idQG

He wants to know
1) he's got a bent link on the chain (bent while trying to get the chain off). Should he...
12-10-13, 04:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By erbfarm

He has the original Campy crankset on the bike...

He has the original Campy crankset on the bike but he's going to take some pics tonight so everyone an see the brand of the stem, the freewheel, the cranks, and the chain. Thanks everyone for all...
12-10-13, 02:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks for the info! My friend is trying to keep...

Thanks for the info! My friend is trying to keep everything intact as much as possible (he likes to restore things). I was just curious to know if the campy freewheel had special spacing and...
12-10-13, 02:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By erbfarm

campy questions

My friend has a Gios Torino Super Record from 1979 probably. He just picked it up recently, it had been refurbished in the early 90's. It has a campy sealed bottom bracket on it that was probably...
11-21-13, 11:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,217
Posted By erbfarm

no more room on handlebars for Cygolite, help!

I just put new drop bars on my bike. The bars are very narrow and with the addition of cross top levers, I don't have any room to mount my Cygolite Metro lite which I use for commuting. Are there...
03-30-13, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 735
Posted By erbfarm

Question for Portland Commuters

Just moved to Portland 3 days ago and start work at the University of Portland on Monday morning. I'm staying in Sellwood for the month of April. I'm just wondering if there's a decent alternative to...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-13, 08:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 685
Posted By erbfarm

Question for Portland Commuters

Hi Everyone

Just moved to Portland 3 days ago and start work at the University of Portland on Monday morning. I'm staying in Sellwood for the month of April. I'm just wondering if there's a...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-13, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks! How about getting from Sellwood to the...

Thanks! How about getting from Sellwood to the Springwater corridor? I heard the Sellwood bridge is in tough shape. Is it too risky to ride on? Should I use the Hawthorne bridge instead? I'm...
02-27-13, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,252
Posted By erbfarm

How do you like the integrated top platform on...

How do you like the integrated top platform on the Hoodie? I'm a little surprised...it doesn't feel as firm as I'd like it to. I wish it was a bit wider so that there was no way it could slip off...
02-26-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,252
Posted By erbfarm

Xtracycle Conversion complete!

Just wanted to say my 1993 Rockhopper Expert is now officially an Xtracycle! I finally finished the Free Radical build last week and now I'm ready to ride loaded. I'll post later with more details...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-13, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By erbfarm

Thanks so much for the info! I'll be staying in...

Thanks so much for the info! I'll be staying in Sellwood on SE Lambert for the month of April and commuting to Univ of Portland. From Google's bike routes, I can see riding on the Springwater...
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