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03-02-21, 11:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 566
Posted By Chris Pringle

Your CK hubs were most likely never serviced by...

Your CK hubs were most likely never serviced by either the previous owner and now you. This is why they failed. Hubs are the most important part of your wheelset. For mountain biking, a higher end...
02-23-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 638
Posted By Chris Pringle

Your legs/feet are part of your balancing...

Your legs/feet are part of your balancing regardless of type of pedal. So, unclipping (or taking foot off flat pedal) to further increase your balance is important. It won’t make you less of a rider...
02-22-21, 11:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By Chris Pringle

I asked my bike mechanic that same question about...

I asked my bike mechanic that same question about a month ago. He thinks that the fork, shock and dropper seat post can go easily two years without any service, especially if you are a recreational...
Forum: Southwest
02-22-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 153
Posted By Chris Pringle

Road or MTB in Las Cruces, NM?

Planning to spend about a month in Las Cruces, NM and we have the option to bring either our road bikes or our mountain bikes. My partner is a beginner mountain biker and would very much prefer road...
02-21-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 25,250
Posted By Chris Pringle

Surprised to get an email notification that this...

Surprised to get an email notification that this thread is alive again.

Has any of these pieces of metal survived after almost 11 years?
Forum: Touring
02-17-21, 01:48 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,464
Posted By Chris Pringle

Not sure if it will be so easy to travel to...

Not sure if it will be so easy to travel to Europe this summer unless restrictions change later this year. MAYBE very late summer (September) which is one of the best times of the year to visit Italy...
02-14-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 952
Posted By Chris Pringle

Yes, the compliant (muted) feel of the ride,...

Yes, the compliant (muted) feel of the ride, lighter frame, corrosion resistance, and, usually, the raw look make titanium a great material for a hardtail or rigid MTB.

What ti bike did you have...
Forum: Touring
02-14-21, 12:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,335
Posted By Chris Pringle

I also agree that you already have the right...

I also agree that you already have the right tires for randonneuring. If you want to tweak things a little, you could consider running the extra light version up front and the endurance version in...
02-13-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,932
Posted By Chris Pringle

Video review: ...

Video review:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9PfnLwovYCo
02-12-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,932
Posted By Chris Pringle

I know what you mean about Microshift as I felt...

I know what you mean about Microshift as I felt the same way, but they definitely seem to be creating a new image. I recently read a comment from Steve at YouTube’s Hardtail Party channel indicating...
02-12-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,932
Posted By Chris Pringle

You might want to look into Microshift’s AdventX...

You might want to look into Microshift’s AdventX 1x drivetrain. For 10 speeds, it offers a very wide and smart range: 11-48t. You can use a normal HG hub, regular 10-speed chains. Lots of 1X...
02-11-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By Chris Pringle

Haha! These are the times when someone could make...

Haha! These are the times when someone could make an absurd documentary about the quest for that elusive unicorn mountain bike called the Giant Talon. You have been looking for one for months but...
02-11-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 823
Posted By Chris Pringle

Congrats on getting a new bike! It is not an easy...

Congrats on getting a new bike! It is not an easy task these days.

Regarding the Maxxis Assegai tires, you personally may not like them, but not everyone races on their bikes. These tires may be...
02-10-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By Chris Pringle

This! Some bike shops will accept pre...

This!

Some bike shops will accept pre orders with a deposit or down payment. But take the delivery time they give you and add an extra couple of months of cushion. Your best bet if you want to...
02-10-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,034
Posted By Chris Pringle

The bike on that website (or similar) would be...

The bike on that website (or similar) would be perfect for the type of riding you described. You get 63mm of travel on that suspension fork which will give you great comfort on gravel roads and dirt...
02-10-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Chris Pringle

To me, the contact points increase is an area to...

To me, the contact points increase is an area to focus for extra comfort and fun:

Saddle: if you’re already putting high mileage on your bike on a weekly basis, I assume you must have this nailed...
02-08-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,614
Posted By Chris Pringle

My understanding is that production was swiftly...

My understanding is that production was swiftly shifted to Waterloo, WI when Trek acquired the brand in April 1994. So if yours is still one of those frames made in California, you already own a true...
02-08-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,034
Posted By Chris Pringle

Yours is a hybrid cruising bike. Looks very...

Yours is a hybrid cruising bike. Looks very comfy! The unisex top tube is designed that way for easy access whether you’re a male or female. Nothing too unusual about the rear suspension. There were...
02-08-21, 10:27 AM
02-07-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,773
Posted By Chris Pringle

LOL. You can tell the OP is just trolling. No...

LOL. You can tell the OP is just trolling. No wonder the first response he got was “Oh boy!” He must be suffering from Covid boredom.
Forum: Touring
02-05-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

Sorry if I got that particular detail wrong. It’s...

Sorry if I got that particular detail wrong. It’s been so long. Those rims were splitting along the brake surface so often. But I believe that was on the tandem. So, the heat being produced on
steep...
Forum: Touring
02-04-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

I read their blog 10-11 years ago. They...

I read their blog 10-11 years ago. They experienced 2-3 major mechanical breakdowns all due to 700c rims they could not source anywhere. Rims were splitting apart along the brake surface. They were...
Forum: Touring
02-04-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

Yes. I think this has been the point of this...

Yes. I think this has been the point of this thread since it was started a decade ago — helping hardcore tourers decide which size wheel to have on their bikes should they go on a worldwide...
02-04-21, 01:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,614
Posted By Chris Pringle

You’ve got a very nice, classic rigid bike there....

You’ve got a very nice, classic rigid bike there. Honestly, it should be kept original. If you enjoy the old-school feel of 26ers, you’ll be better off getting a proper hardtail in the second-hand...
Forum: Touring
02-03-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

That’s NOT true at all, señor! Your friend...

That’s NOT true at all, señor! Your friend doesn’t know what he’s talking about. 700c for road and 29er tires can be sourced in Mexico very easily. Virtually all bike shops carry them. Worst case,...
02-03-21, 02:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,677
Posted By Chris Pringle

This! At your budget, I would suggest to look for...

This! At your budget, I would suggest to look for something in the second hand market that was originally in the $2,500-3,500 range. Very nice, previously-owned 27.5er hardtails are not too difficult...
Forum: Touring
02-02-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

Some countries/regions still have their...

Some countries/regions still have their idiosyncratic wheel preferences. For the most part, 26” (559mm) is still the wheel size of choice for touring in remote places around the world. 27” (630mm)...
02-01-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,873
Posted By Chris Pringle

Almost 20 years ago most MTB’ers had this notion...

Almost 20 years ago most MTB’ers had this notion that you had to make the transition from flats to clipless ASAP. I was told that it allowed for smooth, efficient circles as you pedal. On steeper...
Forum: Touring
01-31-21, 10:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

26” (ISO 559mm) wheels have been around for...

26” (ISO 559mm) wheels have been around for decades and parts availability worldwide is not going anywhere. It is becoming exceedingly rare, however, for new bikes to be sold with 26” wheels in...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,031
Posted By Chris Pringle

Hotel timing — arriving at a convenient time...

Hotel timing — arriving at a convenient time window before hotels fill up without a reservation — can be very tricky. I tried planning on hotels during PBP and barely made it to my first hotel...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,663
Posted By Chris Pringle

I agree. This doesn’t look at all like the type...

I agree. This doesn’t look at all like the type of touring bike someone serious about bike touring would like to invest in - short chainstays, the rear rack looks weak, the mudguards don’t offer much...
Forum: Touring
11-30-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,034
Posted By Chris Pringle

A lot of people would love to bike tour around...

A lot of people would love to bike tour around Japan. The great urban roads, forest roads, rich culture, delicious food and people’s views toward cyclists make Japan a great destination. My partner...
Replies: 7
Views: 2,378
Posted By Chris Pringle

I like the suggestion above of training with a...

I like the suggestion above of training with a heavier helmet. I think weighted shrug exercises along with pilates/yoga help in strengthening the core and neck muscles. The exact muscles to be...
Replies: 41
Views: 6,361
Posted By Chris Pringle

It's quite possible that the flashing light...

It's quite possible that the flashing light regulations are not enforced all over Europe, but I really don't think Iceland is the right place to inquire about cycling laws of mainland Europe.
Replies: 41
Views: 6,361
Posted By Chris Pringle

A dyno taillight that generate a solid...

A dyno taillight that generate a solid (non-flashing) light and a battery flashing taillight are the best and safest combination one can use for riding night or day.

Just be aware that in Europe,...
Replies: 41
Views: 6,361
Posted By Chris Pringle

Very true about how difficult it is (should I say...

Very true about how difficult it is (should I say basically impossible) to find a production long distance/randonneur bike that integrates dynamo light wiring, room for wide tires (> 42c) plus...
Replies: 56
Views: 9,023
Posted By Chris Pringle

You are better off not carrying anything heavy on...

You are better off not carrying anything heavy on your body, including a hydration pack. In the long run, it may cause you to hunch your back and this could then lead to Shermer's neck - a condition...
Replies: 7
Views: 3,906
Posted By Chris Pringle

In 2015 I completed the entire Super Randonneur...

In 2015 I completed the entire Super Randonneur series in a touring bike similar to the 26" Disc Trucker. I took the same bike to the 2015 PBP and finished. Although mine is a touring frameset, my...
06-29-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,364
Posted By Chris Pringle

Rode the Flume many years ago. From my...

Rode the Flume many years ago. From my recollection, it will push the outer limits of a gravel bike. Great fun on a MTB though, especially on a full-suspension or plus/fat hardtail rig. Jaw-dropping...
Forum: Touring
03-17-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,388
Posted By Chris Pringle

I always remove my disc rotors for air travel. It...

I always remove my disc rotors for air travel. It only takes about 5 minutes to them back on.
Replies: 12
Views: 2,526
Posted By Chris Pringle

The requirements for this event apparently went...

The requirements for this event apparently went from being pretty lax to becoming much stricter than an ACP-sanctioned brevet.
Replies: 17
Views: 2,856
Posted By Chris Pringle

+ 1 - This is exactly when stretching serves a...

+ 1 - This is exactly when stretching serves a great purpose for me -- when I start experiencing lower back pain. I have about three leg stretch exercises that I do in less than 3 minutes during a...
Replies: 44
Views: 9,078
Posted By Chris Pringle

Which bike do you take on 1,200 Km randonnée that...

Which bike do you take on 1,200 Km randonnée that will combine all those variable conditions?
Replies: 31
Views: 11,966
Posted By Chris Pringle

A 25-28 lb. custom randonneur bike is definitely...

A 25-28 lb. custom randonneur bike is definitely doable. Close attention will need to be paid to the components that matter the most such as the wheelset and drivetrain, although I personally would...
Replies: 31
Views: 11,966
Posted By Chris Pringle

Any of those two bikes should work well for a...

Any of those two bikes should work well for a long distance brevet. It will come down to your choice of geometry, looks, etc.
Replies: 7
Views: 2,304
Posted By Chris Pringle

The Miyata 610 is another classic bike you can...

The Miyata 610 is another classic bike you can look for.

Just a note on the subject of weights on a touring bike. I completed the entire Super Randonneur series plus the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris on...
Replies: 13
Views: 2,015
Posted By Chris Pringle

My personal preference: Strictly...

My personal preference:

Strictly randonneuring = road drivetrain

Rando + touring = MTB drivetrain
Replies: 31
Views: 11,966
Posted By Chris Pringle

Have you checked out the Rawland Ravn frameset ...

Have you checked out the Rawland Ravn frameset (https://rawlandcycles.com/collections/bikes/products/ravn-frameset?variant=25560083843)for $950 USD? It's a low trail bike with a capacity for 650b x...
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