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10-27-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

New sealed bearings: Add lube? Dont add...

New sealed bearings:

Add lube?
Dont add lube?
10-26-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

I decided to order the set of bearings from...

I decided to order the set of bearings from Amazon - link below here:...
Forum: Touring
10-17-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,917
Posted By KC8QVO

Interesting tent. For a mostly straight down rain...

Interesting tent. For a mostly straight down rain it looks like it would work well. After several seasons' use inspect the seams. If they are starting to separate re-do the seam sealing. And do coat...
Forum: Touring
10-13-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,387
Posted By KC8QVO

I use a Y stick to prop the bike on and a string...

I use a Y stick to prop the bike on and a string tied around the rear brake if I need to stabilize the set up - such as on an incline or if it is windy. Otherwise, it sits OK the way it is with just...
10-08-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

I made a slight change, not really with the...

I made a slight change, not really with the "trailer", but the pool noodle traffic deflector.

I added a piece of PVC pipe. I believe it is 1/2" ID. It fits pretty snug inside the noodle. The...
10-05-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Today's work: I took the wheels off to...

Today's work:

I took the wheels off to inspect the bearings closer (I have another thread in the mechanics forum on bearings, I'll leave the details there -...
10-05-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

Looks like the bearings are 1.122" +/- .001"....

Looks like the bearings are 1.122" +/- .001". Again, they do fit pretty loose (slight press fit, not overly tight). So I'm guessing a few thousandths over would still work - obviously the large the...
10-05-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks. That gets me where I need to be for...

Thanks.

That gets me where I need to be for a bit.

What I am trying to figure out is what the wheels and tires are. In the picture I posted that appears to be a Maxxis Hookworm tire = rated to...
10-05-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By KC8QVO

Can you identify this gear logo? Bike trailer or gear bag?

Does anyone know what the company logo is in this picture?

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/588x754/logo_arrow_ef37d017461ab3318855553f2129e67bbb38dd80.jpg
10-05-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,232
Posted By KC8QVO

That is the same tool I have. It is the exact...

That is the same tool I have. It is the exact same, but I am not sure if it is stamped with the same name - could be a different brand of the exact same design.

In any event, your description is...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 659
Posted By KC8QVO

Awesome! Ya know... You're setting the...

Awesome!

Ya know...
You're setting the proverbial "bar" quite high. :D

I, for one, am anxious for your continued trek documentaries. Keep up the excellent work. And do take good care of...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4,601
Views: 2,353,730
Posted By KC8QVO

Weight/mass is what affects center of gravity....

Weight/mass is what affects center of gravity. Not bulk/volume.

You can have a bulky bag on top with lighter stuff - like clothes, sleeping bag. If your weight is concentrated low this will still...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 659
Posted By KC8QVO

smudgy Did you ride the C&O/GAP yet? I wasn't...

smudgy Did you ride the C&O/GAP yet? I wasn't sure from your closing if that was going to be a continuation of that tour directly or if you were going to take some time off. Thats a long trek if so....
10-03-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By KC8QVO

She sits on her bike now with being able to...

She sits on her bike now with being able to shuffle both feet on the ground to push around without pedaling. I don't think she can completely lay her feet flat on the ground, just the balls.
10-03-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By KC8QVO

Initially I skipped right past this response....

Initially I skipped right past this response. Then I read it a few times and I can not understand the depth of what you are getting at. So I have to ask - can you explain the theory of what you are...
10-03-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By KC8QVO

Bikes for shorter people - ideas?

I am researching bike geometry here. My girlfriend is pretty short (5'2", 26-1/4" inseam). I'd like to come up with some better bike options for her.

She has an old bike now that we've made work....
10-03-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 833
Posted By KC8QVO

Re: trying padded shorts - I say go for it. Get a...

Re: trying padded shorts - I say go for it. Get a good quality pair. I have 3x pairs of Canari padded shorts and they work well for me. I had 1 pair for a few years and washed them between rides....
10-02-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 865
Posted By KC8QVO

Some have already alluded to measuring low...

Some have already alluded to measuring low pressures with water. That is my suggestion.

You can make a pretty simple low pressure tester with a few pipes or hose. The measuring side, at least,...
10-02-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,272
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the pictures. Would you mind...

Thanks for the pictures.

Would you mind sharing what your wife's inseam measurement is and what the "stand-over height" is on the bike? I see the top tube is angled quite a bit. Maybe get a range...
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 659
Posted By KC8QVO

smudgy Glad to see you got some touring in this...

smudgy Glad to see you got some touring in this season. As always, fantastic footage and production. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Touring
10-02-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,852
Posted By KC8QVO

I would think you are correct. What I am looking...

I would think you are correct. What I am looking at are the "globs" and how those have wetted in, or not, to the base metal. Neither looks like the behavior of a weld pool.

You can torch weld...
10-01-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,661
Posted By KC8QVO

1. I'd have a spare skewer or two on-hand. They...

1. I'd have a spare skewer or two on-hand. They are not as strong as the axle. I can see where mounting an accessory to the outside of the dropout would mean the skewer would have to take the load of...
Forum: Touring
10-01-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,027
Posted By KC8QVO

If you can see the wall thickness you can measure...

If you can see the wall thickness you can measure it. As to how precisely - if you were trying to make an emergency repair I don't think a precise measurement is required. If you can see the wall...
10-01-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

Another thought is if the bearings are as easy to...

Another thought is if the bearings are as easy to get to as the ones I have now - they can be replaced on a trek pretty easy - about as easy as a tube replacement to fix a flat.

I'm not set on the...
09-30-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

I got a chance here to multitask a bit and...

I got a chance here to multitask a bit and searched around for bearings.

MSC and Fastenal are local to me. However, sealed bearings were up over $20/ea. They had open bearings (no shields or...
09-30-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 28,587
Posted By KC8QVO

I have a can of this carb cleaner from NAPA. It...

I have a can of this carb cleaner from NAPA. It comes with a dipping basket for submerging parts. You don't drain the liquid from the can, you dip the parts in to the jug.

I just degreased my...
09-30-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

More pictures. I think I am limited to 5 per...

More pictures. I think I am limited to 5 per post.

These pictures describe the location of the tubs along the trailer. This goes back to my "math" a few posts up with where I moved the axle to. I...
09-30-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Here are some pictures from my overnight trek. ...

Here are some pictures from my overnight trek.

The balance on the trailer works pretty good. I intentionally loaded the rear tub heavy. I had the trailer hooked up when I loaded it so I didn't get...
09-30-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

When I get some time I will research them, won't...

When I get some time I will research them, won't be the next couple days. There are surely higher quality bearings that will work. I just have to find them. Most of it is the numbers - getting the...
09-30-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

Andrew R Stewart With respect to "tracking" -...

Andrew R Stewart
With respect to "tracking" - I might be an exception on the forums as I have a Class A CDL with doubles and triples endorsement. I am very familiar with maneuverability while...
09-30-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,272
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent post. I've been trying to figure this...

Excellent post. I've been trying to figure this out with my girlfriend for a while now - you articulated what I have determined, but never put in to words. I'm entertaining the idea of a tandem for a...
Forum: Touring
09-29-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,027
Posted By KC8QVO

In some cases, not all, there are holes that...

In some cases, not all, there are holes that allow you to see wall thicknesses. These holes are used to for pressure equalization when welding. If you cap off both ends of a tube or pipe, when you go...
09-29-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Today's work: I got some proper bolts for...

Today's work:

I got some proper bolts for the hitch pivot along with a good greasing. Grease is a thick heavy duty automotive grease. As for bolts - I was going to use grade 5's but they were more...
09-29-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

I intend to take the trailer on a multi-day trip...

I intend to take the trailer on a multi-day trip and I don't entirely trust the bearings. If you look at the internal pic of the hub you can see a weld seam in the hub. That scares me also. I can't...
09-29-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By KC8QVO

Old Instep Trailer Wheels - Replacing Bearings?

Has anyone ever tried to replace the bearings in an Instep trailer wheel?

I do not have an age on these/the trailer, however it was before they used the axles with the point and external lock...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,027
Posted By KC8QVO

On the subject of TIG welding - Everything except...

On the subject of TIG welding - Everything except variants of steel (carbons and stainless) pretty much requires AC. That means all your aluminum and titanium alloys, in bike speak.

Not all TIG...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 398
Posted By KC8QVO

hybridbkrdr I say take what bike you can ride on...

hybridbkrdr I say take what bike you can ride on a couple shorter 2-3 day tours and see how it works.

If you are wanting to tour on varied surfaces then what I wrote above fits pretty well with...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the humor. Next time I am pitching a...

Thanks for the humor. Next time I am pitching a fit walking up a steep grade on tour I'll try to recall these extreme passes :D
09-27-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Tonight's work - I did relocate the axle....

Tonight's work -

I did relocate the axle. The math behind it is as follows:
Each tub is 32" long (the top lid length, not the bottom - the tubs taper to the bottom, but the ruling dimension for...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,047
Posted By KC8QVO

Something I do is break up mileage with different...

Something I do is break up mileage with different segments. My original theory for that was "daily mileage". However, I have yet to adhere to that for any length of time. The only places that works...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,047
Posted By KC8QVO

It looks like if they put a MUP bridge in next to...

It looks like if they put a MUP bridge in next to the one on Beechmont that would do it. I looked at google maps street view and the Beechmont bridge doesn't look very cycling friendly. That whole...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,027
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent point. When I got my Dahon Mariner...

Excellent point.

When I got my Dahon Mariner (20" folder, ordered it online) it came in a box pretty much assembled. There is an option from a lot of vendors of bikes like this that will include...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

I really appreciate the example. That is cool to...

I really appreciate the example. That is cool to see.

For ease of reference here, and without a screen shot (check the link for the rest of the details) - the "numbers" are ~589 miles and...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 398
Posted By KC8QVO

In an attempt to be respectful and shedding some...

In an attempt to be respectful and shedding some knowledge, please don't take offense to this.

From your other poll thread and this one I think you need to analyze what kind of touring you are...
Forum: Touring
09-26-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,397
Posted By KC8QVO

Excellent post. Above is the best thing...

Excellent post.

Above is the best thing about gravity systems. Let it run while you're doing other things - if you are going to filter a lot of water at once.

I used to use pump filters back in...
Forum: Touring
09-26-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,027
Posted By KC8QVO

People tour on flat bar bikes all the time. There...

People tour on flat bar bikes all the time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the idea - if you like it have at it.

My folding bike has "flat bars" on it (it has wide grips that give my palms...
09-25-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By KC8QVO

Thanks for the comments. Theres no "compass" for...

Thanks for the comments. Theres no "compass" for the thread and ideas - its exactly what the title is - experimenting. As I run in to things to tweak I tweak and that's all that I'm setting out to...
Forum: Touring
09-24-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,218
Posted By KC8QVO

That was part of it, but the idea of the routing,...

That was part of it, but the idea of the routing, numbers, etc encompasses a lot. I have been looking over routes, also, for ideas this season and beyond so I put a lot of it together here to detail...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,917
Posted By KC8QVO

I've looked at some tents like that. I'd be...

I've looked at some tents like that. I'd be curious what your impressions are after longer use.

Do you have any more comments of the air flow and if you got any mist blowing thru from the rain? I...
Forum: Touring
09-22-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,987
Posted By KC8QVO

As others have mentioned/alluded to - there is a...

As others have mentioned/alluded to - there is a major difference between "stuff sac" and "dry sac". Some are combinations. Then some are "compression sacs". A "stuff sac" isn't necessarily a...
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