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02-19-18, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,411
Posted By Lake_Tom

My Bianchi Eros might get the same makeover. I...

My Bianchi Eros might get the same makeover. I have 6000 miles on it. I could not fit 32mm tires on it. I want to ride anywhere when we are out on our camping trips. I am considering a new touring...
Forum: Touring
09-20-13, 03:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,408
Posted By Lake_Tom

My Trek 930FS had flat handlebars with bar ends....

My Trek 930FS had flat handlebars with bar ends. The bar end position was way too wide. Upon reflection, I could have cut the ends of the handlebars off. However, I converted the bicycle to drop...
Forum: Touring
09-20-13, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,430
Posted By Lake_Tom

That scheme sounds great. I am going to have to...

That scheme sounds great. I am going to have to book-mark this.
If I wanted to extend the concept to ultralightweight, I would make the wet pannier out of lightweight cloth or mesh. Too bad I don't...
06-15-13, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 609
Posted By Lake_Tom

Spin, don't mash

Much good advice in these answers, thank you all. The bike was Ergo 9-speed originally. I swapped the cassette to get a lower gear. I deleted a pair of chain links because I was lowering the gears....
06-14-13, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 609
Posted By Lake_Tom

Compact front derailleur to fix chain-jumping problem?

My Eros had 52-42-30 chainrings. The gearing was too high for touring and commuting up the steep valleys, so I replaced it with TA chainrings 49-39-26. For the longest time, the chain would drop...
06-14-13, 05:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,918
Posted By Lake_Tom

"If your wrists hurt, you need to train your core...

"If your wrists hurt, you need to train your core more!" The late, great Sheldon Brown noted that early in a ride, one is up on the pedals, but as we fatigue, we set down upon the saddle and put more...
Forum: Touring
03-19-12, 04:11 AM
Replies: 570
Views: 402,518
Posted By Lake_Tom

Thanks, dwmckee. I borrowed the aluminum...

Thanks, dwmckee. I borrowed the aluminum windscreen from my MSR Whisperlite stove for use with my Esbit stove. It was fine for boiling water.

As for menu items, I expect I could buy pound of...
Forum: Touring
03-08-12, 02:09 PM
Replies: 570
Views: 402,518
Posted By Lake_Tom

Please elaborate. I would like to take my Esbit...

Please elaborate. I would like to take my Esbit stove on my next trip and would like to cook something other than the freeze dried meals that we took backpacking. I would like to cook something I...
Forum: Touring
03-07-12, 02:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,718
Posted By Lake_Tom

Touring orthodoxy is to cover the saddle and...

Touring orthodoxy is to cover the saddle and handlebars at night if it is going to rain.
Forum: Touring
03-07-12, 02:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lake_Tom

Stark County has one campground on the towpath...

Stark County has one campground on the towpath trail http://www.starkparks.com/camping.asp

It is at "Bridgeport Quarry" south of "Forty Corners Road"...
Forum: Touring
03-07-12, 01:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lake_Tom

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Ohio+%26+Erie+Ca...

http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Ohio+%26+Erie+Canal+Towpath+Trail&daddr=Otani+Japanese+Restaurant,+Merriman+Road,+Akron,+OH+to:Main+St%2FW+Streetsboro+Rd+to:Stanford+Rd&hl=en&ll=41.129797,-81.553059...
Forum: Touring
03-05-12, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,746
Posted By Lake_Tom

I converted my mountain bike to Ritchey Ergo drop...

I converted my mountain bike to Ritchey Ergo drop bars with bar end shifters. I am quite happy. There is no place to put a mirror, so I now use a helmet mirror. Try the one from Hubbub Bicycles in...
Forum: Touring
03-05-12, 07:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lake_Tom

Chrissy Hynde's "Vegiterranean Restaurant" in...

Chrissy Hynde's "Vegiterranean Restaurant" in downtown Akron closed a few months ago. I loved that restaurant.

Oser's Dairy and Deli on Cherry Street in downtown Canal Fulton has great soups...
Forum: Touring
03-05-12, 07:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lake_Tom

There are a few problems with this post. I have...

There are a few problems with this post. I have ridden most of the Stark County trail. It is not as bad as you say. There is a section south of Bolivar that has not been restored. It is the...
Forum: Touring
03-05-12, 12:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lake_Tom

Big Bend Trailhead and Campground is north of...

Big Bend Trailhead and Campground is north of Akron and there is nothing frightful about the area. For that matter, there is nothing wrong with the New Franklin area, either. I suppose that CCrew...
03-02-12, 12:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,592
Posted By Lake_Tom

You poked a hole in the tissue-thin skin around...

You poked a hole in the tissue-thin skin around the policeman's massive ego. I had heard on other cyclists discussions that cyclists should not try to tell cops they know more about the law than...
Forum: Touring
03-02-12, 09:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,746
Posted By Lake_Tom

I replaced the straight bars on my wife's bike...

I replaced the straight bars on my wife's bike with the trekking bars from www.nashbar.com . She loves them. Her bike has Rapidfire (R) shifters. She loves them. Bar ends are not a substitute for...
Forum: Touring
03-01-12, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 680
Posted By Lake_Tom

I put my camera and my money in my pockets and...

I put my camera and my money in my pockets and leave the stove and pans inside the tent.
Call the park and ask the rangers if there have been any burglaries. Bon voyage
Forum: Touring
03-01-12, 03:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,840
Posted By Lake_Tom

That's disturbing. Where were you when that...

That's disturbing. Where were you when that happened?
Forum: Touring
03-01-12, 03:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By Lake_Tom

I started planning a tour from Lake Erie to the...

I started planning a tour from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Here are the northern segments. The second column is total mileage with mile 0 being my house. You won't be going there, so the data...
Forum: Touring
02-28-12, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,872
Posted By Lake_Tom

"They hoisted me on their shoulders and carried...

"They hoisted me on their shoulders and carried me out of the room!
Even though I wasn't ready to leave yet" -- Steven Colbert
Forum: Touring
02-27-12, 05:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,550
Posted By Lake_Tom

U.S. updates travel warning for Mexico Feb 11...

U.S. updates travel warning for Mexico
Feb 11 2012

The State Department advised Americans this week to defer “non-essential travel” to vast stretches of Mexico, warning that 14 of the country’s...
Forum: Touring
02-22-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,550
Posted By Lake_Tom

I would only go there if I was ordered to. My...

I would only go there if I was ordered to. My company issues travel advisories for employees traveling to the plant in Monterrey. My employer says to call ahead to arrange for a designated taxi to...
02-20-12, 01:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,226
Posted By Lake_Tom

Are you done yet? :notamused: You're just...

Are you done yet? :notamused:

You're just making stuff up and putting it on the internet.

Just for fun
02-16-12, 07:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,226
Posted By Lake_Tom

Call me a skeptic

I doubt that.

Like when they tailgate me for two miles?
Forum: Touring
02-16-12, 06:04 AM
Forum: Touring
02-10-12, 02:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 832
Posted By Lake_Tom

My bicycles have drop handlebars plus Campagnolo...

My bicycles have drop handlebars plus Campagnolo Ergo brake hoods and Cane Creek brake hoods. Before I taped the handlebars, I tilted the brake hoods in about 10 degrees. Now my wrists are in a...
Forum: Touring
02-10-12, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,872
Posted By Lake_Tom

State departments of transportation usually have...

State departments of transportation usually have traffic volume maps online somewhere.
You can open http://maps.google.com, and see the highways that you are ride on by dragging the "little yellow...
Forum: Touring
02-10-12, 09:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,789
Posted By Lake_Tom

Is the protein bad or is it the cholesterol,...

Is the protein bad or is it the cholesterol, antibiotics, and growth hormones that you fear?
Forum: Touring
09-15-11, 11:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,318
Posted By Lake_Tom

My wife loves her Design Salt Coolmax polyester...

My wife loves her Design Salt Coolmax polyester mummy liner:

http://www.designsalt.com/detail.asp?pageId=products&pageName=mummyliner&PRODUCT_ID=CMM

Personally, I do not believe these are...
Forum: Touring
09-14-11, 02:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,318
Posted By Lake_Tom

It depends on whether you "sleep cold" or "sleep...

It depends on whether you "sleep cold" or "sleep warm". I sleep cold, so I have to use a warmer sleeping bag.

Having said that, you can wear extra clothes to bed. If it's cold, wear some socks;...
Forum: Touring
09-14-11, 01:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,070
Posted By Lake_Tom

The towpath surface is limestone siftings. The...

The towpath surface is limestone siftings. The trail is in a valley with a canal and a river, so the surface is quite slow to dry out. The rolling wheels do not pack the surface down: the effect is...
Forum: Touring
12-30-09, 05:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,845
Posted By Lake_Tom

With ya'! There is a groomed cross country ski...

With ya'! There is a groomed cross country ski center ten minutes from my house. There is plenty of time for skiing because I am not painting, mowing grass, or tending my beloved potato patch.
Forum: Touring
12-29-09, 07:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,235
Posted By Lake_Tom

If you want to believe that a 5mm screw and bolt...

If you want to believe that a 5mm screw and bolt is as strong of an attachment as the tube welded to the rear dropout of the Silkroad, then go ahead.

BTW, I am an engineer.
Forum: Touring
12-29-09, 11:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,026
Posted By Lake_Tom

Maps for sale on the AC forum ...

Maps for sale on the AC forum
http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php?board=5.0
Forum: Touring
12-29-09, 10:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,235
Posted By Lake_Tom

Nice idea on the cage. Since you are a fan of...

Nice idea on the cage. Since you are a fan of the Silkroad, do you think I could put a long-reach caliper brake on the rear brake bridge? I am not sold on the disk brakes. By my reckoning, disk...
Forum: Touring
12-29-09, 09:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,235
Posted By Lake_Tom

Peter, the third sentence of the Silkroad link...

Peter, the third sentence of the Silkroad link you provided says: "The rack itself is stronger, stiffer and lighter". Further down it says: " The maximum carrying capacity of the Silkroad is 350...
Forum: Touring
12-24-09, 08:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,235
Posted By Lake_Tom

A welded joint can transmit torque through the...

A welded joint can transmit torque through the joint; a screw connection cannot transmit any torque. Hence, an integrated rack can handle lateral loads such as the bags wagging left to right. The...
Forum: Touring
12-14-09, 05:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 853
Posted By Lake_Tom

Paste did not work, so here is a link

I am not sure about the aforementioned route numbers...
Forum: Touring
12-13-09, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 853
Posted By Lake_Tom

Missouri Dept of Transportation

PDF maps have traffic volume notation and black bars on the roads to show that there are shoulders.

http://www.modot.mo.gov/othertransportation/bike_ped/bike-pedprogram--roadandrouteinfo.htm
...
Forum: Touring
12-13-09, 08:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,235
Posted By Lake_Tom

I found that bicycle last week. I love the idea...

I found that bicycle last week. I love the idea of an integral rear rack.
It weighs a bit over 32 pounds as pictured. It has fenders, a generator & light, and a Rohloff hub and disc brakes, ...
07-21-09, 03:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,727
Posted By Lake_Tom

The family blocked the entire path when the kid...

The family blocked the entire path when the kid went in front of him. I suppose he could have gone left hit momma instead. Would you be happier if he sacrificed himself and ran into a tree?

"The...
07-21-09, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,120
Posted By Lake_Tom

I have seen push lawnmower handles hanging out...

I have seen push lawnmower handles hanging out from the right side of someone's trunk. Where's a cop when you need one?
Forum: Touring
07-20-09, 04:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,624
Posted By Lake_Tom

^Thanks, Jobtraklite :hi:

^Thanks, Jobtraklite :hi:
Forum: Touring
07-19-09, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,624
Posted By Lake_Tom

I have never traveled on Amtrak. Do they tag the...

I have never traveled on Amtrak. Do they tag the luggage with the destination (Grand Junction) at the counter and then take the luggage out of the cargo compartment at the destination? I have only...
Forum: Touring
07-17-09, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 621
Posted By Lake_Tom

This fall, crews are scheduled to begin repaving...

This fall, crews are scheduled to begin repaving the most problematic stretches of the trail with a gravel mix, paid for with $660,000 from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Fund

Yay for our...
07-09-09, 05:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,360
Posted By Lake_Tom

I cannot help but think that battery-electric...

I cannot help but think that battery-electric assist is the equalizer for commuting with hills. I seriously considered converting my "old bike" to a Bionx hub motor so that I can do the 1500 feet of...
Forum: Touring
07-06-09, 08:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,933
Posted By Lake_Tom

Bring on the patella pain!

Bring on the patella pain!
Forum: Touring
07-05-09, 01:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,151
Posted By Lake_Tom

Become a defense contractor. They are the best at...

Become a defense contractor. They are the best at sponging off the public.
Forum: Great Lakes
07-02-09, 07:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,478
Posted By Lake_Tom

Plenty of good ideas on this thread!

I leave a heat-treated chain and Masterlock (R) on the rack where I park my bicycle at work; I don't have to carry that weight.

When I was teenager, some ****head threw my bicycle and several...
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