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Posted By kimpw

Nice, A friend and I did the C&O last...

Nice,

A friend and I did the C&O last November. Honestly, it was very boring. I was riding 26x1.75's and my friend was riding 700x25's I think. Both of us were sore in the ankles. That dirt/rocky...
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Posted By kimpw

Converting my triple to double. 43/26 up front...

Converting my triple to double. 43/26 up front with 11-32 cassette out back. Bar end right shifter, downtube left shifter. Nitto Noodle, Chris King wheelset with Mavic Open pros. Campy CX canti...
Forum: Touring
03-05-15, 11:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,910
Posted By kimpw

I think one of the main difference between higher...

I think one of the main difference between higher end component vs lower is usually weight, which makes sense for a road bike. but a touring bike is going to be loaded up and weight anywhere from...
03-05-15, 11:53 AM
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Views: 4,311
Posted By kimpw

Currently have 38/26 on my offroad/bike camping...

Currently have 38/26 on my offroad/bike camping bike that I use for commuting with 11-34, no problem on any steep hills.

My road bike has 43/28 with 11-32, no problems either. Never have to shift...
Forum: Touring
03-05-15, 11:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,384
Posted By kimpw

Hi, Tubus is great. I personally have a Velo...

Hi, Tubus is great. I personally have a Velo Orange Campeur front rack. IT comes with decaleur if you ever end up putting a rando bag. I like to zip tie a wald basket and roll panniers for bike...
03-04-15, 02:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,431
Posted By kimpw

Sorry, my tire size was 584. 26x2.00 tires. 38/34...

Sorry, my tire size was 584. 26x2.00 tires. 38/34 gives me about 28 gear inches, but for touring I like to be able to have around 19-20 gear inches, which is is why I have a 26t granny.

TBH 56t...
03-04-15, 11:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,431
Posted By kimpw

I ride a 38/26 with 11-34 cassette on my...

I ride a 38/26 with 11-34 cassette on my tourer/bike camping bike. I ride about 3 miles of constant uphill, some steep stretches about %15. I've never switched to the small ring. I've also used 1x9...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-15, 09:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,873
Posted By kimpw

What is this sorcery? My experience has always...

What is this sorcery? My experience has always been: wet saddle, wet back, dirty drivetrain.
Forum: Touring
03-04-15, 09:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,323
Posted By kimpw

There a few choices: Laplander bags ? Waxed...

There a few choices: Laplander bags ? Waxed Porteur Rack Pack (http://laplanderbags.bigcartel.com/product/waxed-porteur-rack-pack) < This is a porteur bag that turns into a backpack.

Another is...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-15, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By kimpw

Might be a typo? They might have meant to put...

Might be a typo? They might have meant to put London, Ontario.

USPS has been pretty shiitte lately. I've sent a couple of packages that never made it to the sender and were at the sorting...
03-04-15, 09:10 AM
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Views: 214,371
Posted By kimpw

Last movie watched in theaters was Kingsman. I...

Last movie watched in theaters was Kingsman. I didn't really know what it was about before buying a ticket.

British spy movie. Over the top gore violence which seems to be the recent trend in...
Forum: Touring
02-27-15, 11:46 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 18,248
Posted By kimpw

436438 Current Camargue set up for town and...

436438
Current Camargue set up for town and commuting use. Switched to a lighter wheelset, XT cassette, mini nitto front rack. Also put 26x2 Big Bens, much better cushion and roll better than the...
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Posted By kimpw

Thanks for the replies. I was able to trade my...

Thanks for the replies. I was able to trade my 650b wheelset for 700 wheelset of equal value. So it looks like I'll be getting the Pass Hunter. After taking some time, my Camargue would probably fit...
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Posted By kimpw

VO Passhunter or Soma Grand Randonneur?

These freezing temps and snow have me dreaming of my spring build. Looking for a go-quickly-but-be-comfortable bike.

I'm currently debating between the Velo Orange Passhunter or the Soma Grand...
02-09-15, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,346
Posted By kimpw

For the sake of not going broke, I decided to...

For the sake of not going broke, I decided to keep the Soma portolas but switched to a smaller stem. The Portolas have short reach and I was using a longer stem, but a shorter stem allowed me to be...
Forum: Commuting
02-09-15, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,050
Posted By kimpw

Yep quick update: Went with the Big Bens...

Yep quick update:

Went with the Big Bens 26x2.0. Fits my fenders but had to bend the fenders wide a bit (52mm 650b vo zeppelin fenders). works work, fast and smooth.
01-26-15, 08:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,346
Posted By kimpw

All-Road handlebar?

I currently have a 26" drop bar off-road tourer. I've really liked the Noodle on my road bike, but wish the drops were more shallow and flared. I currently have a soma portola. It has a great flare,...
Forum: Commuting
01-22-15, 02:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,050
Posted By kimpw

I buckled and got the big ben 26x2.0. So far...

I buckled and got the big ben 26x2.0.

So far so good. Been snowing lately, so it gives good grip. I thought the tread would be gripper, but they aint that bad at rolling.
01-16-15, 10:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 16,841
Posted By kimpw

I've only used Shimano V Brakes and they work...

I've only used Shimano V Brakes and they work very well. Has anyone used Paul Motolites? Hard to find reviews online.

I've had Paul Touring cantis, and I feel like Paul's are a bit overrated (not...
Forum: Touring
01-14-15, 02:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By kimpw

+1 on the cannondale. most of the old ones are...

+1 on the cannondale. most of the old ones are made in the US. One guy at work used to ride a MTB converted with road drops 32 miles round trip commute and liked it enough.
01-14-15, 02:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,598
Posted By kimpw

I would mostly likely change saddle first. But if...

I would mostly likely change saddle first. But if you like your saddle, I would change handlebars. I'm a fan of nitto albatross bars with bar ends. Very comfy.
01-14-15, 02:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 16,841
Posted By kimpw

Agreed. I like CR720's because I change rack...

Agreed. I like CR720's because I change rack setups a lot since I use one bike to do everything. Adjustment is very easy and quick on the CR720. Not to mention many 26" bikes can be converted to 650b...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-15, 09:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,607
Posted By kimpw

Having owned the Vaya, I would opt for the...

Having owned the Vaya, I would opt for the Mazama. It is a better value. The TRP spyres are the best mechanical disc brakes I've used. The Vaya has an awesome paint job, but the frame isn't anything...
Forum: Commuting
01-14-15, 08:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 895
Posted By kimpw

+1 on the WTB Nanos. I have 26x2.00 Schwalbe Big...

+1 on the WTB Nanos. I have 26x2.00 Schwalbe Big Bens now and they are faster on pavement, but a little less grip on dirt. Favorite tires so far.
01-14-15, 08:50 AM
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Views: 2,376
Posted By kimpw

Have you ever thought about used bicycles or...

Have you ever thought about used bicycles or going to a Co-Op around you?

You can easily get a Trek 400 Elance for around $250, and use the $250 leftover to upgrade some contact points--
...
01-14-15, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 901
Posted By kimpw

I understand you. If you like the bike, it...

I understand you. If you like the bike, it doesn't really matter what other people think.

I think people are pointing out that there is nothing wrong with having rack mounts on there. It would...
Forum: Southeast
01-14-15, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,033
Posted By kimpw

Agree, I've been biking to work the past couple...

Agree, I've been biking to work the past couple of month, but recent snow has me driving in the last week or so. I don't mind biking in it, I just don't trust the drivers on the road.
Forum: Commuting
01-07-15, 01:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,050
Posted By kimpw

When out on the C&O my friend rides his 700x25...

When out on the C&O my friend rides his 700x25 and has never had problems. My Country Rocks had trouble keeping up. I think they would be good tires for short trips around town, but get pretty old...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-15, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,050
Posted By kimpw

uhhh, wow :thumb:

uhhh, wow :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-15, 01:02 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,313
Posted By kimpw

You're right, sorry. If you ordered the Frogs...

You're right, sorry. If you ordered the Frogs from the bike shop you ordered the crank brothers from, then I don't think they would mind if you returned the candy pedals. If this is the case they...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-15, 12:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,313
Posted By kimpw

Sorry, I must have read that wrong? Most bike...

Sorry, I must have read that wrong? Most bike shops that carry expensive road bikes usually can order pedals from any company. I've ordered anything from seat post clamps to tool box kits to wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-15, 12:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,313
Posted By kimpw

So you haven't actually ridden with the pedals?...

So you haven't actually ridden with the pedals? Without trying them, how would you know what degree of float and angles you are looking for? Also, are you planning on ordering the Speedplays from the...
01-07-15, 11:28 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 10,233
Posted By kimpw

I use both, no problems with either. I use...

I use both, no problems with either. I use platforms if I don't feel like having to clip and unclip every time I stop at a stop light, and I use clipless if I don't feel like mashing up hills that...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-15, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,050
Posted By kimpw

Bigger is Better? Tires for commute

I've been commuting to work almost everyday. It's just under 19 miles round trip in DC. Mostly paved, except when I cut through the National Mall, which has dirt and gravel.

I've been riding...
12-24-14, 06:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,438
Posted By kimpw

Thanks for the input, I'll go BGs. They are a bit...

Thanks for the input, I'll go BGs. They are a bit cheaper and it seems a bit more time tested, plus I like to have good handling in dirt.

another tire question for 26" bike...has anyone tried the...
12-22-14, 08:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,438
Posted By kimpw

I like riding wider tires these days. Even the...

I like riding wider tires these days. Even the Hetres I have on my 650b feels a bit skinny.

The only reason I ask between the difference is because I remember seeing something on internet bob...
12-19-14, 04:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,438
Posted By kimpw

Tire Question: Soma Cazadero or Bruce Gordon Rock N Road

Trying to decide between these two tires. I commute mostly pavement during the week, and like to go on single track trails on the weekend.

Switching out tires is getting tedious, and I don't...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-17-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,164
Posted By kimpw

Hi, I guess to clarify... I'm looking to use...

Hi, I guess to clarify...

I'm looking to use Paul Racers (Racer from Paul Component Engineering (http://www.paulcomp.com/racer.html)). These are centerpull brakes and also use centerpull brazeon...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-17-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,164
Posted By kimpw

Yeah, I sent them an email. But haven't heard...

Yeah, I sent them an email. But haven't heard back yet. I might just have to get dia compe 750's, but I just like to get as much made in USA products as possible within my budget. Plus I've liked all...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-16-14, 03:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,164
Posted By kimpw

Retro fitting Canti posts on Centerpull posts for Paul Racers?

Hi,

I'm looking to get the Cycles Toussaint Velo Routier bike. A big selling point being that it has center pull brakes brazeons.

However, I want to use Paul Racers which use cantilever posts...
Forum: Touring
12-12-14, 11:02 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 18,248
Posted By kimpw

Hi, I have the 53cm velo orange and looking...

Hi,

I have the 53cm velo orange and looking to possibly sell the frame bag. It's a great frame bag with well thought out design, and that has been used on several camping trips, but probably won't...
12-11-14, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By kimpw

Edit: NVM read the question wrong.

Edit: NVM read the question wrong.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-14, 08:34 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,148
Posted By kimpw

I personally don't ride Campy because it's too...

I personally don't ride Campy because it's too expensive, and even more expensive/hard to find replacement parts. But for Record groupset complete bike, it is a pretty good deal. But if you are...
12-08-14, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 699
Posted By kimpw

If it is front shifting, it could be the trim. ...

If it is front shifting, it could be the trim.

If it is the rear derailleur, you need to check your cable tension. If it is not shifting to higher gear (down), then untighten the derailleur cable...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-14, 02:03 PM
Replies: 377
Views: 18,353
Posted By kimpw

I find 9 speed shifters, cassettes and...

I find 9 speed shifters, cassettes and derailleurs brand new on amazon and through vendors from my LBS.

Shimano still manufactures 7 speed cassettes, haven't been able to find new 7 speed...
12-03-14, 02:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,568
Posted By kimpw

Have you ever checked out CXhairs.com? They do...

Have you ever checked out CXhairs.com? They do videos of pro cx races. They do a good job with their videos analyzing different techniques and strategies.
12-03-14, 01:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,767
Posted By kimpw

I would go for the Panasonic or Miyata. The...

I would go for the Panasonic or Miyata. The Miyata 1000 was one of the best touring bikes for its time, but the 610 is also very solid, I would get it over the Panasonic.
Forum: Commuting
11-26-14, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,800
Posted By kimpw

26x1.75 Michelin country rock for me. a bit...

26x1.75 Michelin country rock for me. a bit heavy. will switch to 26x1.75 paselas once they wear out It should save me 100g per wheel.
11-26-14, 12:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,195
Posted By kimpw

At this time last year, I only knew how to work...

At this time last year, I only knew how to work on fixed gear bikes. Now I work on all aspects of my bike and have built a few from scratch. It is initially expensive getting all the tools, but worth...
11-26-14, 12:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,954
Posted By kimpw

+1. I used VO corks on my all around bike. Very...

+1. I used VO corks on my all around bike. Very comfortable and wears in nicely. I just kept mine raw without shellac.
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