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01-20-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,588
Posted By Happy Feet

Boomers and life span: How long is too long?

Boomers and life span: How long is too long?
01-20-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By Happy Feet

It's a bit like always stating the obvious....

It's a bit like always stating the obvious. Probably a vast number of people would benefit from buying a better bike, myself included. In the real world though, people often experience variables that...
01-19-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By Happy Feet

That's the main consideration, I think, as a...

That's the main consideration, I think, as a decent dropper is a $300 upgrade.
Everyone has their own set point for what they choose to spend their money on.
Fortunately, I am not the arbitrator of...
01-19-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By Happy Feet

It's funny how you can't understand anyone else's...

It's funny how you can't understand anyone else's perspective but your own.
Dude isn't "really getting into" mountain biking and doesn't want to spend for a new bike. He's a grand dad (who broke his...
01-18-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By Happy Feet

Just ignore the "real mountain bike" stuff. Not...

Just ignore the "real mountain bike" stuff. Not only would you need to buy a real one but it would also have to be expensive as well.

I can see how a low travel dropper could be used in this case...
Forum: Touring
01-18-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

:D I thought Lincoln was a car Although I am...

:D I thought Lincoln was a car

Although I am a Canuck, as a history buff I know far more about American history than our own, as it has shaped so much of world affairs. I know all the...
Forum: Touring
01-18-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

That's pretty well where I'm at. I've never...

That's pretty well where I'm at. I've never really felt the need to build wheelsets because I've usually been able to easily find what I want. I know how to true of course.
But the fat bike sizing...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

Well.. to be fair. You guys out east have access...

Well.. to be fair. You guys out east have access to some better developed rail trails and historic towns to tour around. I'm sometimes envious of tours that can see a lot of history or sites with a...
01-17-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,679
Posted By Happy Feet

Why do we always have to "guess" at what drivers...

Why do we always have to "guess" at what drivers can or cannot see? I am a driver as well as a rider so I default to what I would find most visible. It's not rocket surgery.

Flashing rear,...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

The view from above. ...

The view from above.

http://i.imgur.com/mOFKs7Hh.jpg (https://imgur.com/mOFKs7H)

There's a little squiggle of a line down there.

http://i.imgur.com/yjeiYmRh.jpg (https://imgur.com/yjeiYmR)
...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

Funny, the White Rim Trail is the next trip I...

Funny, the White Rim Trail is the next trip I plan to do in Utah. I could see parts of it from Dead Horse Point. I flew in last time to SLC and rented a minivan and bike (slept in the van) but next...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By Happy Feet

Your road touring bikes will be fine for most...

Your road touring bikes will be fine for most general gravel roads in BC, as long as the gearing is adequate and you have a durable tire. The only exception being when you get into mud or sand where...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

:) At this stage of life, I'm not that guy. I...

:) At this stage of life, I'm not that guy. I still have a mortgage and stuff so I don't tend to blow large loads of cash unless I really really know I'll use it. The Lauf will have to wait...
...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

The fat bike is more problematic because one has...

The fat bike is more problematic because one has to get a custom wheelset made with fat hubs to convert to 29r. No off the shelf sets available.

There is a guy in Colorado who does it a lot, and...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-16-21, 11:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,795
Posted By Happy Feet

Ice spray can be a problem ...

Ice spray can be a problem

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49376770362_7ba7480d86_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iefRyW)
Forum: Touring
01-16-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Happy Feet

Adding a second wheelset...

For about a year now I have been contemplating adding a second wheel set to my 700c Norco Valence Endurance bike, the bike I use for lighter road touring/long distance rides....
Forum: Touring
01-16-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By Happy Feet

I see. Mid may is a bit early if you want to do...

I see. Mid may is a bit early if you want to do the KVR but some people start out then for a cross can tour. Others set off beginning of June. Really depends on the weather patterns. It's a crap...
Forum: Touring
01-16-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By Happy Feet

Which way are you heading across Canada.. West to...

Which way are you heading across Canada.. West to east? This will help clarify the routing.

May is kinda early in the sense that you can have very variable weather, from nice to heavy rain...
Forum: Touring
01-16-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By Happy Feet

Hi Jno, 1. Hopefully you intend to ride east...

Hi Jno,

1. Hopefully you intend to ride east to west on that road, as the climb out of the Hedley side is very steep and sustained. You wouldn't do it on an ordinarily geared road touring bike....
01-15-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 336
Posted By Happy Feet

The picture quality of the new generation go pros...

The picture quality of the new generation go pros is amazing. Even the still shots are better than many point and shoots.

I first had the original hero that needed an aftermarket lens retrofit for...
01-15-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 336
Posted By Happy Feet

Curious. At the bottom left of the youtube...

Curious.

At the bottom left of the youtube screen is the settings cog icon. There you can change the playback quality. Sometimes it defaults to a lower setting. I think you can go into the...
01-14-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 336
Posted By Happy Feet

I'm not an expert in that but I use my GP in a...

I'm not an expert in that but I use my GP in a certain way. Usually I video an outing and then download the files into my editing software, edit, and save the final result to my computer with a...
01-14-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 336
Posted By Happy Feet

I use a Go Pro 3 and a helmet mount. After some...

I use a Go Pro 3 and a helmet mount. After some time trying that I would recommend a chest mount.

The angle from the helmet fore shortens the view and makes the perspective look odd. You don't get...
01-13-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,954
Posted By Happy Feet

1948 Raleigh Sport ...

1948 Raleigh Sport

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48772598793_6b0b85a033_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2hiSjpK)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48888666107_aa7236ebae_b.jpg...
01-11-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 532
Posted By Happy Feet

post pics.

post pics.
01-10-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 532
Posted By Happy Feet

Uh... on your recumbent bike. Way to not...

Uh... on your recumbent bike.
Way to not confuse the issue.

OP, as noted some manufacturers have used a smaller wheel to improve aerodynamics (now an obsolete idea) or prevent toe strikes. I...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 11:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,664
Posted By Happy Feet

Thanks. It provided a lot of entertainment as a...

Thanks. It provided a lot of entertainment as a project.

We all have opinions on what we think is best etc... but sometimes it's ok to just try something to see what happens. I like bicycles as a...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,521
Posted By Happy Feet

I think this is a good example of where context...

I think this is a good example of where context really matters. I don't know what Papa rides but I can see, if one primarily did rail trails or tow paths etc... that one might never get out of the...
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 03:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,664
Posted By Happy Feet

Well... as long as we're not exaggerating...

Well... as long as we're not exaggerating things...
Forum: Fatbikes
01-08-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,182
Posted By Happy Feet

The question comes down to two considerations, or...

The question comes down to two considerations, or ways of getting into a new bike.

1. Can I afford to, at this moment, spend 2K on a fat bike?
2. Can I buy a decent fat bike platform for less,...
01-07-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Posted By Happy Feet

It seems the mullet idea (according to the last...

It seems the mullet idea (according to the last link) doesn't make such a big jump (26-29). More like 26-27.5 or 27.5-29. I get that a bit as you can use the same fork (probably) and a reasonable...
Forum: Touring
01-07-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,879
Posted By Happy Feet

On my converted mtb tour bike I used Schwalbe...

On my converted mtb tour bike I used Schwalbe Marathons, which I had no complaints about for puncture protection and wear (still have them).
I read about Panaracer Paselas and decided to try the...
01-06-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By Happy Feet

Ha ha. The effect on the thief would be funny to...

Ha ha. The effect on the thief would be funny to watch.

I made this ghetto bike alarm a few years ago for my touring bike. When the wheel turns it pulls the pin and emits a 130db alarm. IRL I...
01-05-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By Happy Feet

Depends where you live as to theft risk. If I...

Depends where you live as to theft risk. If I need something I take a smaller cable lock and practice situational awareness, keeping my bike in sight via windows etc... Just something to slow a thief...
01-05-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By Happy Feet

Castles! Besides food and a small tool/flat...

Castles!

Besides food and a small tool/flat kit, I would consider the expected weather conditions and have appropriate layers of clothing.

I did a similar ride in November (in Canada) and wore...
01-04-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 918
Posted By Happy Feet

Perineum issues can also be effected by saddle...

Perineum issues can also be effected by saddle tilt. Not all riders fit the same angles. Except in extreme cases you can't really tell by looking. If you have a two bolt seat post try micro adjusting...
01-04-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,410
Posted By Happy Feet

I think people are confusing what the term is...

I think people are confusing what the term is used for. It's not a criticism about how or what someone chooses to ride in general. It has more to do with specific activities that (usually) require a...
Forum: Touring
01-04-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,664
Posted By Happy Feet

https://live.staticflickr.com/942/43285331244_1a51...

https://live.staticflickr.com/942/43285331244_1a5193aa5b_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/28WYCWy)

https://live.staticflickr.com/4892/45864990552_51178f7417_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2cSW4Mb)
Forum: Touring
01-04-21, 01:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,879
Posted By Happy Feet

The AWOL is a nice bike. It would make a capable...

The AWOL is a nice bike. It would make a capable tourer as is. Touring bikes are not noted to be speedy by nature.
That said, the biggest single change you could make would be different tires. Those...
01-04-21, 01:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By Happy Feet

Just to confirm. This is the bike you are talking...

Just to confirm. This is the bike you are talking about?



Or this bike?
01-03-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By Happy Feet

No, the obvious solution is not to do it unless...

No, the obvious solution is not to do it unless there is a compelling reason.
I think we have all seen your franken bike and most would not want to go down that route.
01-02-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By Happy Feet

Right off the hop, a 29 suspension fork on a...

Right off the hop, a 29 suspension fork on a rigid 26" frame is going to throw the geometry off by quite a bit and really effect handling. One of the big effects will be a loss of control when...
01-02-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 797
Posted By Happy Feet

I also though having two bikes that do the same...

I also though having two bikes that do the same thing was odd but from my experience in the CandV subforum it seems some people do collect multiples of the same bike. I find it odd because I try to...
01-02-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 797
Posted By Happy Feet

Not really. As noted, the idea of having to...

Not really. As noted, the idea of having to remove a wheelset in the era of non bolted axles isn't as onerous as some would suggest.

If you look at the two bikes he's talking about they are higher...
01-02-21, 12:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 797
Posted By Happy Feet

The OP asked the following question looking for...

The OP asked the following question looking for drawbacks or things to take into consideration other than the bolded text:



So far, in fine BF tradition, almost everyone has basically commented...
Forum: Touring
01-01-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,747
Posted By Happy Feet

I think both Ortliebs and Carradice make good...

I think both Ortliebs and Carradice make good bags, I would recommend either.
For clarity, here is a look at my front bags, that I use as smaller rear panniers.

This pic shows the pannier rail...
Forum: Touring
01-01-21, 03:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,747
Posted By Happy Feet

I have several Carradry bags from Carradice. They...

I have several Carradry bags from Carradice. They are a well made product at a decent price.
Forum: Touring
12-31-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 1,406
Views: 225,520
Posted By Happy Feet

Ouch!

Ouch!
Forum: Touring
12-30-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,259
Posted By Happy Feet

That clarification is good :) I am a...

That clarification is good :)

I am a physical rehab assistant by trade, with therapeutic walking (due to age or hip/pelvic fractures) being a daily task so those issues are understandable to me.
...
12-28-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 740
Posted By Happy Feet

Some free promo for Charlie! ...

Some free promo for Charlie!

http://i.imgur.com/WtWrqFQh.jpg?1 (https://imgur.com/WtWrqFQ)
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