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Forum: Touring
09-03-10, 06:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,002
Posted By LHT in Madison

You want lightweight line, not something too...

You want lightweight line, not something too stretchy like bunge.

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The tarp in the photo is a 10 ft by 10 ft tarp, it has five attachment points on one side, one in the center and the...
Forum: Touring
08-25-10, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,527
Posted By LHT in Madison

I have to remove the light if I use my handlebar...

I have to remove the light if I use my handlebar bag. But if I put on my handlebar bag the light would shine on the bag instead of the road, so not a problem.

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The handlebar bag that I...
Forum: Touring
08-25-10, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 880
Posted By LHT in Madison

For unladen biking (not touring) around town and...

For unladen biking (not touring) around town and for trips of two or three hours:

- Horizontal - I average about 13 mph on flat horizontal unpaved trails, about 14 mph on pavement.

- ...
Forum: Touring
08-24-10, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 872
Posted By LHT in Madison

I use a chain whip at home, but they are heavy...

I use a chain whip at home, but they are heavy and rarely used. A chain whip is one tool that you can substitute a nylon strap but you will likely destroy the strap in the process. I usually carry...
Forum: Touring
08-24-10, 07:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,746
Posted By LHT in Madison

Be careful on assuming that a tire of a certain...

Be careful on assuming that a tire of a certain specification will fit in your fenders. I have some 54mm wide Town and Country tires that fit inside my fenders just fine, but from a different...
Forum: Touring
08-24-10, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 590
Posted By LHT in Madison

I am not sure what the question is. If you...

I am not sure what the question is. If you rarely use your largest chainring and are wondering if you should swap it for something else, what would you like to gain in exchange for that?
Forum: Touring
08-23-10, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,912
Posted By LHT in Madison

For longer trips I use a synthetic sleeping bag...

For longer trips I use a synthetic sleeping bag and only use my down bags on shorter trips or trips where I expect to be able to dry out the bag regularly. Most of my camping is canoe or kayak trips...
Forum: Touring
08-22-10, 07:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By LHT in Madison

Since you consider a bike with 26 inch wheels to...

Since you consider a bike with 26 inch wheels to be a "frankenbike", I have no suggestions.
Forum: Touring
08-21-10, 05:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By LHT in Madison

Heavy stuff down low for handling. Stuff I won't...

Heavy stuff down low for handling. Stuff I won't need during the day down deep in the pannier. Rain gear and other items that I might want on short notice, on top.

Front panniers should weigh...
Forum: Touring
08-21-10, 05:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,746
Posted By LHT in Madison

I did a bit over 200 miles loaded touring with...

I did a bit over 200 miles loaded touring with camping gear last summer on a rails to trails route with 700X37mm tires and decided that they were a bit narrow for that.

After that I built up a...
Forum: Touring
08-15-10, 05:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,901
Posted By LHT in Madison

Balindamood (above) had good comments, make sure...

Balindamood (above) had good comments, make sure you have enough chain so that if you cross chain, nothing binds or breaks. If your derailleur won't take up all of the slack when you are on the...
Forum: Touring
08-14-10, 07:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,881
Posted By LHT in Madison

Outstanding.

Outstanding.
Forum: Touring
08-14-10, 06:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,527
Posted By LHT in Madison

I bought some Cinelli pads several years ago that...

I bought some Cinelli pads several years ago that go under the bar tape. Works quite well. I put two pair on a bar, one pair on the tops and one pair on the drops....
Forum: Touring
08-14-10, 05:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,101
Posted By LHT in Madison

A friend of mine recently tried a Brooks B17 and...

A friend of mine recently tried a Brooks B17 and did not like it, he then tried a borrowed Brooks Pro and did not like that either. He is now test riding a Bontrager. He was telling me that the...
Forum: Touring
08-12-10, 06:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By LHT in Madison

Lezyne also makes a pump similar to the Topeak...

Lezyne also makes a pump similar to the Topeak Road Morph with a foot brace and hose.
http://www.lezyne.com/products/hand-pumps/micro-floor-drive-hpg.html

But, you should decide how much pressure...
Forum: Touring
08-10-10, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 614
Posted By LHT in Madison

I have a small cylindrical shapped bag that fits...

I have a small cylindrical shapped bag that fits in the cage on my LHT that carries a spare tube, small multi tool, a plastic bag (for the Brooks for rain), some tire levers, some disposable gloves...
Forum: Touring
08-06-10, 09:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,406
Posted By LHT in Madison

Be careful if you trim it, if you trim too much...

Be careful if you trim it, if you trim too much you might not have enough cable. Measure twice and cut once.

But, it is not a big deal if you do not trim it, that small amount of extra housing...
Forum: Touring
08-03-10, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,403
Posted By LHT in Madison

A mini V brake just barely fit on the back of my...

A mini V brake just barely fit on the back of my foldup bike which has 24X1.5 tires. I doubt it will fit on a LHT unless you use tiny tires and even then it might not fit. I am using a normal brake...
Forum: Touring
08-02-10, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 492
Posted By LHT in Madison

I use the M324 on my foldup bike, no problem but...

I use the M324 on my foldup bike, no problem but I have less than 1,000 miles on that bike.

I recently had a clicking sound in my Ritchey V4 left pedal on my LHT, I slid the seal back on one side...
Forum: Touring
08-02-10, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By LHT in Madison

It is important to hold your thumb over the hole...

It is important to hold your thumb over the hole on the end of the push rod, otherwise you will get no pressure. This is an easy mistake to make if you are not used to older coleman equipment. I...
Forum: Touring
08-02-10, 07:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,764
Posted By LHT in Madison

As noted by FunkyStickMan above, that is a...

As noted by FunkyStickMan above, that is a mountain tamer. Avid Microadapter is a similar product, but out of production. These allow you to put a chainring that is smaller than 24t on a 74mm BCD...
Forum: Touring
08-02-10, 07:35 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,764
Posted By LHT in Madison

The comment above was in response to my post...

The comment above was in response to my post number 9 where I said "I don't use the smallest two rear sprockets with the smallest chainring, don't use the largest two rear sprockets with the largest...
Forum: Touring
07-31-10, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By LHT in Madison

The question was specific to spare parts, so I...

The question was specific to spare parts, so I did not list tools. I also did not list spares that I bring on non-bike camping trips, like spare tent peg or stove spare parts.
- a few extra nuts...
Forum: Touring
07-31-10, 07:43 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,981
Posted By LHT in Madison

I have a friend that has three old Cannondales...

I have a friend that has three old Cannondales and is considering buying a fourth, but his are all older from 7 speed days. Owning three and looking for a fourth is a pretty good endorsement.

I...
Forum: Touring
07-30-10, 06:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,764
Posted By LHT in Madison

Disregard my comment in post number 9 on this...

Disregard my comment in post number 9 on this topic, I just thought of your solution. Get a NuVinci CPV hub. No bothersome gaps between gears.
Forum: Touring
07-29-10, 06:09 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,764
Posted By LHT in Madison

It is not a question of having lots and lots of...

It is not a question of having lots and lots of gears, it is a question of having the right gears and being able to find them when you want them.

I use a triple (52/42/24) and eight speed SRAM...
Forum: Touring
07-23-10, 07:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,641
Posted By LHT in Madison

When you say multifuel, I assume you mean both...

When you say multifuel, I assume you mean both coleman fuel and kerosene.

The Nova mentioned above is highly rated but I have had a few quick release valves fail and leak (see photo). If you...
Forum: Touring
07-23-10, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By LHT in Madison

Unfortunately there is not a master map that...

Unfortunately there is not a master map that shows where these trails are. If you change your mind and decide to camp, you will be close to Devils Lake State Park which is one of the most popular...
Forum: Touring
07-22-10, 01:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,978
Posted By LHT in Madison

It is a question of being ready to handle some...

It is a question of being ready to handle some failures and not having what I need to fix other failures and judging where to draw the line. I don't carry a spare bike tire in town, but I really...
Forum: Touring
07-22-10, 07:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,978
Posted By LHT in Madison

Some people call me a cynic, but I consider...

Some people call me a cynic, but I consider myself to be an experienced optimist. I carry a spare tire, spare tube or two, spare brake cable and spare gear cable.

Last week while I was...
Forum: Touring
07-20-10, 09:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,469
Posted By LHT in Madison

Last summer while on tour I saw a couple old guys...

Last summer while on tour I saw a couple old guys touring on bikes that probably cost less than the cost of my LHT frame, and a LHT frame does not cost very much. One of their bikes had a large...
Forum: Touring
07-20-10, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,317
Posted By LHT in Madison

I prefer presta but when I built up a touring...

I prefer presta but when I built up a touring bike a few months ago with 26 inch wheels I wanted to avoid getting stranded in schrader land so I drilled the rims to fit schrader and I installed the...
Forum: Touring
07-15-10, 06:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,183
Posted By LHT in Madison

You need to decide what you are going to do for...

You need to decide what you are going to do for handlebars, drop or trekking or straight MTB bars. Lots of other parts like brake levers and shifters depend on this decision, so this decision needs...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-14-10, 07:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By LHT in Madison

I am not sure what kind of training you are...

I am not sure what kind of training you are looking for. I have no idea if the Park school is for potential employment or if it is for advanced home mechanics. It is the only local training that I...
Forum: Touring
07-14-10, 07:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,227
Posted By LHT in Madison

I have not tried the Topeak pumps so I have no...

I have not tried the Topeak pumps so I have no comment on them.

I recently bought a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HPG and I think it is a really good pump. Very easy to get 100 psig and I suspect it...
Forum: Touring
07-11-10, 12:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,398
Posted By LHT in Madison

As noted above, in the panniers is the best bet. ...

As noted above, in the panniers is the best bet. The bottles in panniers do not have to be sized to fit in the cages, you can use standard bottled water bottles or soda pop bottles. If you find you...
Forum: Touring
07-11-10, 06:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,072
Posted By LHT in Madison

A friend was looking for a new bike. For the...

A friend was looking for a new bike. For the riding that he does, I suggested the Safari. But the local REI store does not stock it and he did not want to buy a bike without testing it first. ...
Forum: Touring
07-08-10, 05:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,285
Posted By LHT in Madison

A wider tire is also a bigger tire, which will...

A wider tire is also a bigger tire, which will make your standover height even worse. Maybe this is not the bike for gravel roads, as you may have reached the upper limit for tire width already.
...
Forum: Touring
07-07-10, 07:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,579
Posted By LHT in Madison

If you are not going to use the midfork fork...

If you are not going to use the midfork fork brazeons for a rack, you can install a light on that with a bracket to hold the light. Wallbike.com sells them, Lite Beam Light Mounts. Similar products...
Forum: Touring
07-06-10, 06:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By LHT in Madison

If a wider tire will fit in your frame (and...

If a wider tire will fit in your frame (and fenders?), a wider tire would probably do better. I think that the A719 sticker that lists max pressure for tire width is not a hard and fast rule for...
Forum: Touring
07-06-10, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By LHT in Madison

I refuse to believe that anyone uses the Sheldon...

I refuse to believe that anyone uses the Sheldon Brown chain cleaning method that is described here.
http://sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html
Forum: Touring
07-04-10, 06:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 930
Posted By LHT in Madison

To k9power that wanted a list for 500 miles -...

To k9power that wanted a list for 500 miles - that was what I listed above in post number 6.

I worked in a bike shop and built up my touring bikes from frame and fork. Maybe that is why my list...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 03:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 930
Posted By LHT in Madison

Next time you go to the doctor or dentist, ask...

Next time you go to the doctor or dentist, ask for a bunch of disposable gloves. If you need to fix anything on the trail, you will probably be a mess when you are done. I also carry some paper...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 08:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,895
Posted By LHT in Madison

I used to think that any bike that had a top tube...

I used to think that any bike that had a top tube that was not horizontal looked funny. I worked in a bike shop in the 1970s and all bikes had a horizontal top tube unless they were ladies models. ...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 07:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 297
Posted By LHT in Madison

I use the black V4 mountain pedal. I bent a...

I use the black V4 mountain pedal. I bent a couple V3 pedals, but the V4 appears to be strong enough for me. The rubber seal on one has a tendencey to slide inwards towards the crank so I use...
Forum: Touring
06-30-10, 07:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,707
Posted By LHT in Madison

Why not bring both saddles in the event that one...

Why not bring both saddles in the event that one does not work out too well? If I had a spare non-leather saddle I might bring it for rainy days while I protect my leather saddle in a pannier. I...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 07:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,961
Posted By LHT in Madison

I think you need to contact Vik, he has both...

I think you need to contact Vik, he has both (plus a lot more). I am surprised he did not comment (yet), maybe he is on tour?
Forum: Touring
06-28-10, 07:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 931
Posted By LHT in Madison

Which model hub? Newer M770 or older model?

Which model hub? Newer M770 or older model?
Forum: Touring
06-27-10, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,068
Posted By LHT in Madison

The larger Surly LHT frames are for 26 inch or...

The larger Surly LHT frames are for 26 inch or 700c wheels, the frames are not designed to allow both sizes of wheels. Their website lists geometry, you can check the numbers there.

After a...
Forum: Touring
06-26-10, 06:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 777
Posted By LHT in Madison

Having an extra wheel or pair of wheels is not a...

Having an extra wheel or pair of wheels is not a bad idea either. After I built up my LHT I learned of a really cheap set of wheels on sale and bought them. I did not need them but they were too...
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