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Forum: Touring
09-17-15, 08:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By tcmers

That is a valid concern. I have been riding DT...

That is a valid concern. I have been riding DT shifters on my road bike for several years but just changed to brifters as I found them easier for fast group rides. I'll definitely consider trigger...
Forum: Touring
09-15-15, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By tcmers

The Troll looks like an interesting option. When...

The Troll looks like an interesting option. When I say off the beaten path, I don't mean trails or off road as much as more remote areas. Some of the areas I've backpacked in Costa Rica have decent...
Forum: Touring
09-15-15, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By tcmers

Thanks for the input. I'm not sold on hydraulic...

Thanks for the input. I'm not sold on hydraulic brakes for remote areas. A broken cable is a 5 minute fix, a broken/leaking hydro line, not so much. I agree that extra gears aren't needed for...
Forum: Touring
09-15-15, 12:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By tcmers

26" Build Suggestions?

My current touring ride is a Jamis Aurora. Drop bars, 3x9 set up with bar end shifters. I love the bike and have ridden it a little over 15,000 miles. It has done well on several fully loaded...
03-05-12, 06:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 519
Posted By tcmers

Sram X7 shifter compatibility

I'm building up a frame (Rocky Mountain Metro) with a mix of road/mountain components. Use will be a city cruiser with some rail trail type stuff mixed in as well as an occasional commute. I'd like...
03-04-12, 08:10 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,221
Posted By tcmers

I read through this thread trying to see both...

I read through this thread trying to see both sides of things. I wish the OP the best in getting through these tough times. It sounds like there are some deeply seeded relationship issues that go...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-12, 09:05 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,337
Posted By tcmers

I know this was meant as a somewhat joking...

I know this was meant as a somewhat joking comment, but any real analysys has to take this into account, along with the opposite.

A daily drive to work, stop at the local donut or fast food joint,...
02-27-12, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,868
Posted By tcmers

Nice! I sometimes wish I hade gone with a brown...

Nice! I sometimes wish I hade gone with a brown saddle and bar tape. Looks sharp!
12-11-11, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,868
Posted By tcmers

The build is complete. Everything went well with...

The build is complete. Everything went well with the exception of the front derailleur. The clamp on the FSA that I tried to use was too thick. With the 28c Pasellas, There was only a couple of...
11-28-11, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,868
Posted By tcmers

Fuji Connoisseur Build

Finally picked up the Fuji frame that I asked about on here a few months ago. I took advantage of the online black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, along with some ebay scrounging, and all of the...
Replies: 108
Views: 13,850
Posted By tcmers

That is a great looking bike that is spec'ed...

That is a great looking bike that is spec'ed well. I would have no concerns about using it as a long distance ride. I'm building up a similar ride on a Fuji Connoisseur frame. (Also Reynolds 725...
Forum: Touring
11-18-11, 02:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,856
Posted By tcmers

I second that! Universal built my "budget"...

I second that! Universal built my "budget" touring wheels for me. Right around $300 shipped. Tiagra hubs, alex adventurer rims, 36 butted spokes. These have remained true and trouble free for...
Replies: 8
Views: 3,778
Posted By tcmers

Well...after procrastinating for months, and...

Well...after procrastinating for months, and doing nothing, Nashbar sold out of my size in the Connoisseur. While kicking myself, I ended up buying a Nashbar touring frame when they dropped to $60 a...
Replies: 82
Views: 5,708
Posted By tcmers

Great point and I admire your lifestyle choices. ...

Great point and I admire your lifestyle choices. It sounds like you and your family lead well balanced lives. I think people drastically underestimate the time that television, the internet, dining...
Replies: 71
Views: 4,745
Posted By tcmers

I am planning on completing a series this year. ...

I am planning on completing a series this year. I don't have a 1200k picked out, but it is on the radar. The difficulty for me is a lack of local rides. The only series of Randonees I can find is...
11-07-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2,573
Views: 308,032
Posted By tcmers

Thought I'd jump in to help keep myself...

Thought I'd jump in to help keep myself accountable. I'm 50 (51 in a couple of months), 5'11", was at 209 lbs on November 1st, highest I've been in a while. Current weight is 206. I was down around...
Forum: Touring
11-02-11, 06:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,532
Posted By tcmers

I've been running Panaracer 700X32 T Serv on my...

I've been running Panaracer 700X32 T Serv on my Jamis Aurora. I know that most will tell you to use a wider tire, but I've had great luck with this tire fully loaded. I do tend to pack light. I...
Replies: 82
Views: 5,708
Posted By tcmers

I think that the other poster was just pointing...

I think that the other poster was just pointing out that other activities can have the same time challenges. Besides, 4 hours can be a long distance ride. Our weekly group rides often cover 80+...
10-31-11, 06:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

Thanks. Online reviews of the frame seem decent....

Thanks. Online reviews of the frame seem decent. Should make a good all weather ride. If I decide I don't like it, I'm not out much!
10-31-11, 03:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Even though I...

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Even though I didn't want another tourer, I couldn't help myself when I noticed that Nashbar dropped the price of their touring frame to $60. Frame, fork &...
Replies: 82
Views: 5,708
Posted By tcmers

I think this sums it up for a lot of people. A...

I think this sums it up for a lot of people. A quick google search shows that Americans average 4.5 hours per day watching television. (It was just a quick look, so I wouldn't say this is...
10-26-11, 08:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

Good suggestion. The relaxed geometry is probably...

Good suggestion. The relaxed geometry is probably more suitable fore my riding than the Smoothies.
10-26-11, 06:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

Not really on a budget, but probably won't spring...

Not really on a budget, but probably won't spring for full custom.



Not a big fan, besides I have a couple of sets of Dura Ace 9 speed shifters on hand.



I saw those. Geometry seemed a...
10-26-11, 02:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

Thanks! The Salsa Casseroll is a great looking...

Thanks! The Salsa Casseroll is a great looking frame. Could live without the horizontal dropouts....but very nice!
10-26-11, 01:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

I'm open to a vintage frame, but minty examples...

I'm open to a vintage frame, but minty examples are getting tougher to find. I have one early 90s Bianchi now. I also would prefer modern spacing, although a steel frame could be opened up to...
10-26-11, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By tcmers

Modern Frame with Downtube Bosses?

What new frames are available with downtube bosses? I had planned on building up a Fuji Connoiseur frame but waited too long and Nashbar is out of my size. Haven't been able to locate another. I'm...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,350
Posted By tcmers

I had a Terratrike Tour model for a while. While...

I had a Terratrike Tour model for a while. While it turned out to not be my cup of tea, it was definitely comfortable for distance. I did several centuries on mine, and only really felt any...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,350
Posted By tcmers

Saddles are very much individual fit and...

Saddles are very much individual fit and preference, so I won't offer any advice on those. I agree with the above posters that a professional fitting may help. I would also say that it may not. ...
07-21-11, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By tcmers

Thanks guys. There is another shop in town. I'm...

Thanks guys. There is another shop in town. I'm going to check with them this weekend.
Replies: 4
Views: 831
Posted By tcmers

I had a similar situation, that gradually got...

I had a similar situation, that gradually got worse. The fix was a liberal dose of proofhide on leather to metal contact points and a slight (if I remember correctly, about half a turn) tensioning...
Replies: 0
Views: 379
Posted By tcmers

Odram?

Anybody doing the one day ride across Michigan this year? I'm thinking of riding. Have done RAIN in Indiana, and am looking for a different route for a change of scenery. Those that have done it,...
07-19-11, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By tcmers

Truvativ Bottom Bracket Spacer

I need a spacer for a truvative LE square taper bottom bracket. (Used on a 68mm shell with out an e mount derailleur). Anybody know of a source? My LBS has not been any help. I've written to...
Replies: 21
Views: 2,062
Posted By tcmers

This type of trip is certainly possible, but six...

This type of trip is certainly possible, but six weeks is not nearly enough time to prepare unless you have a significant cycling base already. I've done a loaded tour (Aprox. 40 lbs of gear on a...
06-23-11, 07:37 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,782
Posted By tcmers

Craigslist Find-Bianchi Alfana

Picked up an early 90's Bianchi Alfana today. It definitely isn't all original, but overall in good shape, and the price was definitely riight! Shimano 600 crank and derailleurs, RX00 brakes and...
Replies: 8
Views: 3,778
Posted By tcmers

Good observations. I am not really concerned...

Good observations. I am not really concerned with fenders or wide tire clearance. I'm looking for that bike that falls in between my touring bike and aluminum road bike. It would be something to...
Replies: 8
Views: 3,778
Posted By tcmers

Great looking bike! I still haven't bought a...

Great looking bike! I still haven't bought a frame, but this one is on my short list. I'm an old timer that started racing on a Fuji with downtube shifter. This would be kind of like going full...
Replies: 8
Views: 3,778
Posted By tcmers

Thanks for the feedback. I've been thinking a...

Thanks for the feedback. I've been thinking a lot about components as I consider this frame. The Dura Ace downtube shifters look attractive. Those , along with along with ultegra derailleurs should...
Replies: 8
Views: 3,778
Posted By tcmers

Distance bike- Fuji Connoisseur?

Most of my riding these days is geared towards long distance, typically centuries, doubles, etc. I've been riding my Bianchi aluminum framed road bike, but as I age, I'm finding comfort more...
06-01-09, 06:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 636
Posted By tcmers

Thanks. That was my guess, but i thought I'd...

Thanks. That was my guess, but i thought I'd check for opinions. I'll call the LBS today and see if they have them. If not, I'll order online.
06-01-09, 05:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 636
Posted By tcmers

Loose SRAM Cassette Cogs

I've got a PG-990 Cassette installed on a Tiagra hub. It is torqued to spec, but the rear two cogs can be easily moved by hand. The play isn't much, but it is pretty obvious. I've got a fairly...
Forum: Touring
05-04-09, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By tcmers

Call Wayne at the touring store. I had the same...

Call Wayne at the touring store. I had the same issue. The longer rack stays he has for Tubus racks worked fine on the Axiom rack that I had. I think they were around $20 with shipping.
Forum: Touring
04-02-09, 07:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 371
Posted By tcmers

I've built up a couple of bikes with good...

I've built up a couple of bikes with good condition or NOS vintage components. Most have functioned as well as my high dollar new bikes. Use them and enjoy!
Forum: Touring
03-17-09, 09:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,472
Posted By tcmers

Thanks Neil. That is great information. I'm...

Thanks Neil. That is great information. I'm leaning towards the plus version. I just don't like the looks of the shiney PVC. Not a showstopper, but I might as well get what I think looks best as...
Forum: Touring
03-16-09, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,472
Posted By tcmers

Thanks! I guess I should have used the search...

Thanks! I guess I should have used the search function!
Forum: Touring
03-16-09, 05:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,472
Posted By tcmers

Ortlieb-Packers or Rollers, Classic or Plus?

I'm going to upgrade my front rack & panniers. I love the Deuter panniers that I'm using on the back, but haven't been to find the smaller version anywhere. So...I've decided to go with Ortlieb...
03-14-09, 07:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,261
Posted By tcmers

I agree that some rest & time off before a ride...

I agree that some rest & time off before a ride like this would be beneficial. I rode a solo tour last Sept. Mileage over 5 days was 104, 110, 106, 100 and 56. Road an unloaded organized century...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-09, 08:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,142
Posted By tcmers

Most days, I ride my Jamis Aurora. Occasionally,...

Most days, I ride my Jamis Aurora. Occasionally, I'll leave clothes at work and ride my Bianchi Veloce, which isn't equiped with a rack. That saves me some time, (I gain about 1.5-2mph on my...
Forum: Commuting
03-11-09, 06:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,142
Posted By tcmers

My round trip commute is 46 miles. (I'm 48 by...

My round trip commute is 46 miles. (I'm 48 by the way) I don't commute in the Indiana winters, but from March-Oct. I commute 3 days per week. My two days of driving aren't driven by too much...
Forum: Touring
03-11-09, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,627
Posted By tcmers

Well...no STI here. Bar ends, but it is an...

Well...no STI here. Bar ends, but it is an Aurora, built up from a new frameset. I don't have any good, clear pics of the bike loaded, but here are a couple from a solo trip from Indiana to Mackinaw...
Forum: Commuting
11-29-08, 07:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,596
Posted By tcmers

I'm in the group that uses panniers. They are...

I'm in the group that uses panniers. They are slightly bigger than required, but I use my rear touring panniers to commute. My commute is 24 miles one way, so I wear cycling clothes on the ride. ...
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