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Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using...

Yeah, I have the hinged ones. I had been using the thumb hooks from Aliexpress, which are also sort of decent, but they don't have the degree or ergonomic shaping that the hinged ones do; they were...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Posted By PDKL45

I bought a cheaper version of the inner bar end...

I bought a cheaper version of the inner bar end from AliExpress, just to try them out. I don't have straight bars, though, I have really swept bars (60 degrees swept). I emailed SQ labs at one stage...
Forum: Touring
05-18-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 938
Posted By PDKL45

Pasties are really common in NZ and Australia as...

Pasties are really common in NZ and Australia as well. There's a bakery in almost every town that does meat pies, sausage rolls and pasties, in addition to bread and cake type things. You get...
Forum: Touring
05-09-22, 04:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,713
Posted By PDKL45

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a...

I like Francis Cade and his mate Bike Fit James a lot, very fun and informative videos. But! And there's a big but. They assume people have entirely healthy necks and backs, which is not always the...
Forum: Touring
05-04-22, 12:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 14,713
Posted By PDKL45

Very much aware that this is a resurection of an...

Very much aware that this is a resurection of an old thread, but I am interested in the same thing: possible alternatives to the Surly Ogre. The Giant Toughroad springs to mind (outside of the US),...
05-03-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By PDKL45

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around...

Hit and runs aren't all that uncommon around here, but this one seems fairly anodyne. It's the ones that lead to a massive argument that are really questionable.
04-27-22, 05:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By PDKL45

One thing I would say though, even while agreeing...

One thing I would say though, even while agreeing about the top tube or lack thereof, is that woman's specific bikes often feature wider saddles with cut-outs appropriate for female anatomy and...
04-27-22, 12:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, they're UK-based, though. Step-throughs...

Yeah, they're UK-based, though. Step-throughs were traditionally women's bikes there due to the length of skirts around the turn of the 19th century I believe. That's not the case universally,...
04-26-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By PDKL45

Check CRC, Wiggle, Bike24, Bikediscount.de etc....

Check CRC, Wiggle, Bike24, Bikediscount.de etc. for bikes like this:

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/kr/en/van-tuyl-porter-rn3-extra-ladies-urban-bike/rp-prod199751
04-20-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,146
Posted By PDKL45

I'd recommend a steel bike like a Surly Ogre, KM...

I'd recommend a steel bike like a Surly Ogre, KM or Krampus. A Kona Unit or Unit X, a Kona Sutra, a SOMA frame or something like that. Coupled with a tough wheelset designed for utility eBikes...
04-20-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 659
Posted By PDKL45

DT Swiss 545d 700c rims should fit the bill....

DT Swiss 545d 700c rims should fit the bill. They're available in 32 and 36 hole versions and were aimed at the ebike market when it was still fairly niche, before the DT Swiss hybrid products came...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By PDKL45

Not trying to derail the thread, but do you have...

Not trying to derail the thread, but do you have any info on Camp? I am really interested in a Camp Victor 9 right now, but it seems to be an Asian only thing? I find a bit of info from Malaysia and...
03-13-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com)...

Check Analog: Stems (analogcycles.com) (https://analogcycles.com/collections/stems) The guy is obsessed with long frames and high, short stems with drop bars; he is NOT a fan of low trail bikes. In...
03-09-22, 11:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 587
Posted By PDKL45

Not a problem at all! I have helped to make a few...

Not a problem at all! I have helped to make a few "adventure" model Meridas for friends and associates recently, based on their stock bikes, and I was thinking that it would be faster and easier if...
Forum: Touring
03-08-22, 12:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 838
Posted By PDKL45

Sorry to hear about Rowan's injury, and I'm glad...

Sorry to hear about Rowan's injury, and I'm glad to hear he's recovered sufficiently to live independently of permanent care. Still, that baby wombat may be the coolest thing I've seen in weeks.
03-07-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 587
Posted By PDKL45

Merida (M0620), across from Giant at the main...

Merida (M0620), across from Giant at the main crossroads in the middle of the main floor. Are Merida bringing back the Crossway Urban? Or anything similar? What colorways are the 2023 BigNines (that...
03-07-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By PDKL45

The answer's in the numbers in your post. Do you...

The answer's in the numbers in your post. Do you know what they mean? 700Cx28C/38C ETRTO 622 x 19 means that the rim's diameter is 622 mm (700c or 29er size) and the "19" in 622 x 19 is the internal...
03-07-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

Why get so hung up on the numbers? If you need 10...

Why get so hung up on the numbers? If you need 10 mm, change your handlebars. I run the Ergotec Moon Cruiser 31.8 bars myself, with 50 mm of rise, but there are a bunch of bars on that same website...
03-04-22, 11:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

That stem is basically identical to an Ergotec...

That stem is basically identical to an Ergotec High Charisma as, per my link above.
03-03-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be...

Soma Condor 2 fits the bill and would probably be better for a carbon steerer.

Condor 2 Handlebar | SOMA Fabrications (https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condor-2-handlebar)
03-03-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,035
Posted By PDKL45

You're going to struggle to find an 80 mm stem at...

You're going to struggle to find an 80 mm stem at 45 degrees.

Why not just go for one of the Ergotec 90 mm stems? A few of these would work just fine.

Products - Ergotec...
03-03-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By PDKL45

If anyone finds this thread through Google,...

If anyone finds this thread through Google, looking to insert a 1 1/8 straight steerer tube into a Merida or similar bike with a tapered headtube and tapered steerer tube, look closely at the...
01-06-22, 10:19 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,214
Posted By PDKL45

Where I am, there are a couple of Walmart type...

Where I am, there are a couple of Walmart type bike brands, one of which has a shop in even the smallest of towns. Cheap bikes, but the guys in those shops know their way around them just fine. The...
12-28-21, 09:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By PDKL45

Good point. Maybe the rivets could be ground off...

Good point. Maybe the rivets could be ground off with a grinding wheel? Dangerous for cosmetic blemishes, though.
12-28-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By PDKL45

That's my plan, yes. Just wondering if it's...

That's my plan, yes. Just wondering if it's possible to save the mounting tab, though.
12-28-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By PDKL45

SKS Bluemels Fender/Mudguard Radial Mounting

Like the title says, does anyone know if, on the front SKS Blumels fender, the mounting tab that sticks up at a 90 degree angle to be bolted to the fork crown can be removed?

The fork I have turns...
12-27-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By PDKL45

Thanks for the info. I am keen to run SKS...

Thanks for the info. I am keen to run SKS bluemels fenders and a Racktime Topit rack, as the carbon fork doesn't have an eyelet in the fork crown. I get that there are clip on fenders, but they don't...
12-27-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By PDKL45

Crown Race Reducer for Merida Speeder 100 Fork

I have a Merida Speeder 100 https://www.merida-bikes.com/en/bike/3127/speeder-100. It has a carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube. The headset is a "Merida M2341 Neck" and I cannot find detailed...
12-06-21, 01:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,835
Posted By PDKL45

That's just nonsense marketing by BD, they do it...

That's just nonsense marketing by BD, they do it for pretty much every one of their bikes. The real price is $500 or whatever, it was never $800.
12-05-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By PDKL45

Merida Crossway XT Edition (CROSSWAY XT-EDITION -...

Merida Crossway XT Edition (CROSSWAY XT-EDITION - MERIDA BIKES (merida-bikes.com) (https://www.merida-bikes.com/en/bike/3051/crossway-xt-edition)).

Probable/possible accessories:

SKS Bluemels...
12-05-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 813
Posted By PDKL45

Tea and coffee will result in urination, which...

Tea and coffee will result in urination, which isn't a huge issue for me, and I frequently take a thermos of black coffee. You can make cycling energy mix with broken up chocolate, crushed pretzels...
12-05-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By PDKL45

European Style Trekking Bikes

I mean the type of bike commonly sold in Europe (mainly the Netherlands and Germany I believe) as a commuter/on & off road touring bike with an alloy frame, 63 mm travel RockShox or Suntour forks,...
10-21-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By PDKL45

And it's still only October. Looks like it's...

And it's still only October. Looks like it's going to be a long winter.
09-28-21, 12:33 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 282,825
Posted By PDKL45

The 2022 models have just been released, in...

The 2022 models have just been released, in Australia and at least one Asian market.

ToughRoad SLR (2022) | Giant Bicycles Australia (giant-bicycles.com)...
09-10-21, 11:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By PDKL45

For road bikes, look at something like this: ...

For road bikes, look at something like this:

https://www.axiomgear.com/products/racks/streamliner-racks/streamliner-road-dlx/

It attaches via the rear QR skewer and the seatstay bridge eyelet.
08-16-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By PDKL45

I have a rigid fork with a straight steerer, so...

I have a rigid fork with a straight steerer, so that's no problem. I'm in South Korea, and postage is covid-affected right now, but thanks for the offer.
08-16-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By PDKL45

He's being a dick about it. But thank you! That's...

He's being a dick about it. But thank you! That's really helpful.
08-16-21, 02:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By PDKL45

What headset for cheap Chinese 29er frame?

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x512/kalosse_diy_colors_bicyle_bike_frame_29inch_mountain_bike_frame_29_17_inch_aluminum_alloy_29er_jpg_640x640_cb37796200eb5abfb05a9d6db69c03c...
08-12-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 282,825
Posted By PDKL45

Giant have taken away model years on some...

Giant have taken away model years on some websites and we haven't seen any new bikes here in Korea yet, but they did recently remove the discontinued Expressway models from their local website,...
08-11-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By PDKL45

The thing is, Clydesdales are completely awesome...

The thing is, Clydesdales are completely awesome and there's absolutely nothing in me that doesn't like being compared to them. If it was a label like MAMIL, that makes me want to punch whoever is...
08-11-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 282,825
Posted By PDKL45

Sure, some are, Europe's not and it's still not...

Sure, some are, Europe's not and it's still not discontinued in those markets.
08-10-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 282,825
Posted By PDKL45

Toughroad SLR is unavailable in the US, but it's...

Toughroad SLR is unavailable in the US, but it's still available in other markets AFAIK.
Forum: Touring
08-10-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,586
Posted By PDKL45

The way the title's written with the inverted...

The way the title's written with the inverted commas around "cookies," makes it seem like a euphamism for something.
08-09-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,555
Posted By PDKL45

SOMA Gator bar. 23.8 up top and 22.2 down in the...

SOMA Gator bar. 23.8 up top and 22.2 down in the drops, like the handlebar a Salsa Woodchipper wants to grow up to be. They were one of those really good Evan Baird ideas before his acrimonious...
08-04-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,894
Posted By PDKL45

With 9 speed chains you should get 3-4 chains per...

With 9 speed chains you should get 3-4 chains per cassette and 3-4 cassettes per set of chainrings. When the chain gets to 2,500 kms, put a chain checking tool on it, because chances are it's getting...
07-26-21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,555
Posted By PDKL45

Probably better as just "Ergotec High Charisma?"...

Probably better as just "Ergotec High Charisma?" That company was called Humpert for ages, though, and many people recognize the Humpert name, rather than Ergotec. Strange name, but they're basically...
07-25-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,555
Posted By PDKL45

Running the same stem as the bike started...

Running the same stem as the bike started with--when converting a hybrid or old MTB--will probably result in excessive reach and drop. I'd look into a new stem, like a Ergotec-Humpert High Charisma,...
07-08-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By PDKL45

Yeah, they're certainly not a magic bullet, but...

Yeah, they're certainly not a magic bullet, but they're infinitely better than the Detonators that were on there in the state that they were in. Very pleased to be able to ride confidently for now at...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,220
Posted By PDKL45

Maybe a dedicated folding bike with luggage...

Maybe a dedicated folding bike with luggage options to match? You often don't need to remove racks and fenders from 20" folders (edit: while the pictured bikes may have 16") while folded.
...
07-07-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 682
Posted By PDKL45

I swapped that badly worn Detonator over to the...

I swapped that badly worn Detonator over to the front last Thursday night so I could keep commuting to work by bike. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is leading to one of the worst pandemic...
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