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10-17-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 558
Posted By andrewclaus

Over the years I've seen my average speed drop...

Over the years I've seen my average speed drop from over 15 mph to under 15 mph. That's not much considering I'm talking about 50 years of cycling. I was never fast to start with, that was never my...
10-16-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 344
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree, that's the cable socket on the left...

I agree, that's the cable socket on the left shifter, in its highest shift position. First step is to try cleaning it with extended soaking in a cleaner and lubrication, see if you can get it to...
10-09-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 712
Posted By andrewclaus

You may have noticed a few weeks prior to the...

You may have noticed a few weeks prior to the break that you needed to turn the barrel adjuster to keep accurate shifting. Next time that will be your clue.

The easiest way to check it is to shift...
10-02-21, 05:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 413
Posted By andrewclaus

Remove the cable from the RD. Holding light...

Remove the cable from the RD. Holding light tension on the cable with one hand, operate the shifter up and down several times, and count the clicks in each direction. If you get eight distinct click...
09-27-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 761
Posted By andrewclaus

And I keep a small supply of angles, extrusions,...

And I keep a small supply of angles, extrusions, sheet metal, shim stock, etc. salvaged from other projects (windows and doors usually) just for projects like this. Just yesterday I modified a head...
Forum: Touring
09-25-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,972
Posted By andrewclaus

Because it's durable, easy to patch with tape if...

Because it's durable, easy to patch with tape if it does get a hole, and mainly because it's white and easy to see stuff inside! One bag will last me years and hundreds of nights of travel, and is...
09-19-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By andrewclaus

It appears the 6003RS bearings are radial contact...

It appears the 6003RS bearings are radial contact type and should not be preloaded like angular contact bearings would be.

They should spin smoothly when new, unless poorly made. And they may be...
Forum: Touring
09-15-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 841
Posted By andrewclaus

I've done similar trips in the Rockies, starting...

I've done similar trips in the Rockies, starting out with an 8,000' day (80 miles), then continuing with shorter 5,000 to 6,000' days after that. With that kind of climbing, reducing pack weight is...
09-13-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 473
Posted By andrewclaus

I suggest reading the Sheldon Brown article on...

I suggest reading the Sheldon Brown article on canti adjustment: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-geometry.html
09-04-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By andrewclaus

Try "new" pedals first. You'll probably need 1/2"...

Try "new" pedals first. You'll probably need 1/2" spindles.

A pedal spindle will bend well before those steel cranks will, and will give the wobbly sensation in the feet.
09-01-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 742
Posted By andrewclaus

I can't imagine going through the lye process and...

I can't imagine going through the lye process and not cleaning out the BB afterwards, so I'd remove it.
Forum: Touring
08-29-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,972
Posted By andrewclaus

Just one stuff sack for me, for clothing/pillow. ...

Just one stuff sack for me, for clothing/pillow.

I tour with two panniers, one stays dry and one can get wet. All insulation, clothing and maps go in a trash compactor bag in the dry side, while...
08-29-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By andrewclaus

I admire your persistence. It seems every one of...

I admire your persistence. It seems every one of those has a different, sometimes hidden trick. Just the other day I found a hidden flat screwdriver notch to pry the triangular cover off a similar...
08-28-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 784
Posted By andrewclaus

Do you by any chance store any bases or acids in...

Do you by any chance store any bases or acids in there? Chorine bleach, muriatic acid, industrial pure vinegar, car batteries?
Forum: Touring
08-28-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,897
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm coming late to this thread and I haven't read...

I'm coming late to this thread and I haven't read every post, but this is a topic I enjoy. One rule of thumb I've used to reduce packing volume and weight is to be able to wear all the clothing I...
08-20-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 401
Posted By andrewclaus

I found an old Trek 620 frame with a 5 speed...

I found an old Trek 620 frame with a 5 speed Helicomatic hub, and 126 mm spacing. I also found an old 7-speed freewheel hub with 126 mm spacing. Good, easy match.
Forum: Touring
08-20-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,657
Posted By andrewclaus

My single-wall silnylon Tarptent is so light and...

My single-wall silnylon Tarptent is so light and simple, I gain nothing by not bringing it along. I rest so much better in it than in a bivvy, it's worth the minimal extra weight and bulk.
08-12-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,179
Posted By andrewclaus

Heck, I ran out of deodorant right before COVID...

Heck, I ran out of deodorant right before COVID and haven't bought any more. That's one monetary advantage of social distancing.
08-12-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 608
Posted By andrewclaus

That's a good catch. In addition, it looks like...

That's a good catch. In addition, it looks like there's no way to thread a longer bolt through the upper holes in the adapters, they're so misaligned.

Yeah, that's a bad installation. I've seen...
08-11-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,522
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm still waiting for that change that will let...

I'm still waiting for that change that will let me put on weight. I've eaten like a teenager my whole life, and weigh less now than I did in high school in 1975. All my older friends my whole life...
Forum: Touring
08-04-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,808
Posted By andrewclaus

I've been traveling without a stove for almost...

I've been traveling without a stove for almost twenty years now. It helps me to forget about the concept of "meals," and eat something good every time I stop for a break. Rolled oats, nuts and nut...
08-04-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,522
Posted By andrewclaus

As soon as I get the vistas above tree line,...

As soon as I get the vistas above tree line, elation takes over. And when the going starts getting tough above 13,000', you can see the summit observatory, right there.
...
08-04-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,522
Posted By andrewclaus

I reflect on this on my many long hill climbs in...

I reflect on this on my many long hill climbs in the Rockies. I'm 64, and I don't see many graybeards up there, mostly fit youngsters. I'm not passing many other cyclists. And I'm fine with that--I'm...
07-28-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By andrewclaus

Funny you say this. I was taught that road bikes...

Funny you say this. I was taught that road bikes are more susceptible to brinelling than MTBs, since road bikes will ride for many miles without course correction. Randonneuring of course will be...
07-26-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 606
Posted By andrewclaus

Of course, if the noise goes away when you stand...

Of course, if the noise goes away when you stand up out of the saddle and pedal, it's the saddle or clamp. It's amazing how that noise telegraphs to the BB.
07-23-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 948
Posted By andrewclaus

You'll need a 13 mm cone wrench for the front, 15...

You'll need a 13 mm cone wrench for the front, 15 mm for the rear for most hubs, and a 17 mm combination wrench for the locknuts. Find the part number and read the manual to be sure. I like to have...
Forum: Touring
07-18-21, 06:28 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,392
Posted By andrewclaus

Back when we cycled the TA, we'd never seen...

Back when we cycled the TA, we'd never seen Crater Lake, so we got off Amtrak to Klamath Falls and cycled first to Crater Lake NP. Then we followed the Umpqua River through Roseburg to the coast at...
07-13-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 821
Posted By andrewclaus

Tubus makes an adaptor for QR hubs. You could...

Tubus makes an adaptor for QR hubs. You could take that idea and fabricate something. Alternatively, change the upper mount and use P-clamps on the seat stays.
07-09-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,208
Posted By andrewclaus

If the seatpost is aluminum and the frame is...

If the seatpost is aluminum and the frame is steel, it might be one with the frame by now. Steel on steel you might have a chance with a robust pulling device. DOT 3 brake fluid is an excellent iron...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,507
Posted By andrewclaus

Since I last checked in 2008, when I hiked the...

Since I last checked in 2008, when I hiked the AT, there has been a spate of fatal grizz attacks in WY and MT. If you look at this map (https://blog.batchgeo.com/bear-attack-statistics/), you'll see...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,507
Posted By andrewclaus

Best known practice is pepper spray. There are...

Best known practice is pepper spray. There are legal problems crossing national borders and boarding airplanes with pepper spray.

If you buy pepper spray for the first time, buy two cans and...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,641
Posted By andrewclaus

Emphatically yes. We retired early, in our 40s,...

Emphatically yes. We retired early, in our 40s, primarily because we cycled to work. We live a thrifty life that only allows budget and space for one bike each. Inexpensive vacations by bike fit that...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,128
Posted By andrewclaus

Do shifting and braking work well enough? Are...

Do shifting and braking work well enough? Are hubs and bottom bracket smooth? You can get better performance for more money, and only you'll know if that's worth it. Personally, I wouldn't.
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,148
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm going to use this. Good saying. I don't know...

I'm going to use this. Good saying. I don't know how many times, on my long trips, I've run into people who say they'd take a long trip if they only had the time. My reply is you'll never have months...
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 910
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm at the stage in my life where if someone...

I'm at the stage in my life where if someone peeks in on me, the punishment is already done. Nobody is going to take a second look.
07-02-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,248
Posted By andrewclaus

A friend recently had his front thru axle come...

A friend recently had his front thru axle come loose on a descent, and he narrowly avoided a crash. I didn't see the problem first hand, and am not familiar with his bike, but he blames user error.
...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,148
Posted By andrewclaus

I'll jump in here since I enjoy easy, no-cook...

I'll jump in here since I enjoy easy, no-cook fare on biking and hiking trips. It helps to forget about the concept of "meals," and basically get in the habit of eating something every time you stop,...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,148
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm glad you took it in the spirit it was...

I'm glad you took it in the spirit it was intended.

Actually, I believe planning can be a fun part of the adventure. It helps sometimes in the dead of winter to have something like that to work on...
Forum: Touring
06-30-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,148
Posted By andrewclaus

John Muir put it this way: "Who has not felt the...

John Muir put it this way: "Who has not felt the urge to throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence?" Sometimes that's what it takes--stop thinking about it...
Forum: Touring
06-18-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,145
Posted By andrewclaus

Pre-trip inspection should include complete cable...

Pre-trip inspection should include complete cable inspection. Push the cable ends out of the shifters and brake levers. And as mentioned, pull the ferrules and inspect the cut housing ends. Run each...
06-10-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 296
Posted By andrewclaus

Trailer wheel axles, I believe.

Trailer wheel axles, I believe.
06-01-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,905
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto this. Let's not get into the aluminum...

Ditto this.

Let's not get into the aluminum seat post stuck in the steel frame. It's hard to remember to check that before you overhaul a 1980s or 90s bike.
Forum: Touring
05-30-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,308
Posted By andrewclaus

Test rides will tell you everything you need to...

Test rides will tell you everything you need to know. With my bike, when I moved the entire lightened load to the rear, it was extremely stable and I was able to ride that loaded bike no-handed for...
Forum: Touring
05-29-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,308
Posted By andrewclaus

I strongly suggest a light load on the rear only,...

I strongly suggest a light load on the rear only, if at all possible. It took me about a decade of lightweight backpacking to be able to pack my bike without front packs. And what a difference it...
05-29-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By andrewclaus

I've used Cambria Bikes a couple of times lately...

I've used Cambria Bikes a couple of times lately and have been happy with them. They sell cable housing by the foot, for example.
05-24-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,662
Posted By andrewclaus

I'll repeat: It's a stronger hub, with fewer axle...

I'll repeat: It's a stronger hub, with fewer axle failures.
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,394
Posted By andrewclaus

This is exactly my view. There may be a cost...

This is exactly my view. There may be a cost consideration for some, as well as the attraction of having one less pair of shoes.

I own one bike and use it for nearly everything, nearly every day,...
Forum: Touring
05-20-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,254
Posted By andrewclaus

I've traveled so many miles and years with my...

I've traveled so many miles and years with my Tarptent Contrail (700 g, $200) I can't imagine changing again. I tried the bivy/tarp route, every combination. I sleep better in a tent, which is key...
05-18-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By andrewclaus

I made a thread chaser out of a broken crank...

I made a thread chaser out of a broken crank extractor--cut some tap-like slots into the nut--and that works sometimes. Sometimes I can carefully repair the leading threads with a utility knife. If...
05-17-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By andrewclaus

3/8" is 9.5 mm, so all you'll need to do is...

3/8" is 9.5 mm, so all you'll need to do is remove the threads from the nut. It should be very easy.

Don't you have a 3/8" bit?

We don't know your machining skills. Beware of common hazards....
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