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Old 02-27-24, 05:33 PM
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In my community, almost nobody knows what a Rohloff bike is. But a few people asked me where the battery is for my motor, thinking that the rear hub was electric drive. They could not figure out why I was riding it without the battery. I have not been that careful with locking my Rohloff bike, often use a low budget cable. But it is scraped up somewhat now after 11 years of use. And it usually is pretty dirty.

My titanium bike is the bike that looks like my most expensive bike, but it wasn't as expensive as the Rohloff bike. But, being the one that looks like my most expensive bike, I use a good Abus bike lock on that bike. Bordo 6100, not rated quite as high as a better U lock, but it is close to the best lock once you step down from a U lock.

I live in a community with a large University, that is where most of the bike thefts are. If I am going to campus for anything, I typically ride my errand bike that I paid $5 USD for it at a garage sale.

Situation awareness is the key, be more careful about theft where theft is more likely to occur.
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Old 02-27-24, 08:42 PM
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Tourist in MSN: I have been asked how many watts my Rohloff has by my favorite nosey neighbor, who frequents the dog park. I showed him the shifter and gave him a little explanation on how to tell the differences. I went to the local WalMart one morning for oatmeal. As I left out the front door there were several police cars in front of the store. One of the officers asked to take a look at my handlebar pack. He saw the oatmeal and my receipt and asked about my bicycle because he hadn't seen anything like that before. When I go into WalMart I only have the handlebar bag on and once I pickup the one or two items I leave the top open.
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Old 03-02-24, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by garryg

Touring this summer on Rat Trap Pass fatties. Loved them.
Please tell me what Surly this is. I didn't know there was any Surly that could fit rat trap with fenders. This could be my bike! Make model and size of fenders?
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Originally Posted by JWK
Please tell me what Surly this is. I didn't know there was any Surly that could fit rat trap with fenders. This could be my bike! Make model and size of fenders?
It's a Disc Trucker model. Says right there on the top tube. Zoom in.
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Originally Posted by JWK
Please tell me what Surly this is. I didn't know there was any Surly that could fit rat trap with fenders. This could be my bike! Make model and size of fenders?
I do not know if that is a 26 inch wheel version or 700c. Do you take a large or small frame size?

Every 700c bike I own that I have used fenders has toe overlap with SPD pedals/shoes on the front fender. But none of my 26 inch bikes have toe overlap.
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN
I do not know if that is a 26 inch wheel version or 700c. Do you take a large or small frame size?

Every 700c bike I own that I have used fenders has toe overlap with SPD pedals/shoes on the front fender. But none of my 26 inch bikes have toe overlap.
No way is that a 700c bike. The front fender is right up to the crown and the tire is very tight to the fender.

With the newer geometry, I can easily take the 56.
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She is a long haul trucker 2014 i believe. I checked my fenders but can not tell you what brand or model.
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Originally Posted by JWK
No way is that a 700c bike. The front fender is right up to the crown and the tire is very tight to the fender.

With the newer geometry, I can easily take the 56.
If you were going to buy one, I just wanted to make sure you were aware that two tire sizes were used on that model based on size, if you were unaware you could have bought the wrong wheel size.

On my medium touring bike with 26 inch wheels, I have Planet Bike fenders, not sure which model. I just calipered the fenders to check, they are 60mm wide. I use 40 or 50mm wide tires on that bike, 40mm on trips that are mostly paved (like in the photo) or 50mm on trips with more gravel. I do not have any toe overlap on this bike.

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Originally Posted by garryg

Touring this summer on Rat Trap Pass fatties. Loved them.

Where is this? I want to go there.
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I think I found it. Kettle valley right?
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Kettle Valley Railtrail A great Canadian railtrail
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Hi,

I am going with Allee Dunham's recommendation for 20 gear inches or lower, if possible. TBH I'be been touring on good quality road bikes with triples on them- sorta blasphemy I guess considering that I was underbiked, but no one yelled at me including finicky french bike mechanics in the alps..
I think if I sat on the road, I am basically just shortening the life of those bikes using them for light touring, an dI realise it's stupid, but it was either that or stay home, so...

The other things I am adressing is this feeling every time I set out from my apartment to the train station with the bike fully loaded: it have sinking feeling that I'm asking it too much. I'd LOVE to get on a Fairlight or whatever which is purposefully designed and NOT feel that sinking feeling- feel trust, worry free, etc.. I also want to go down farm roads and moutain acfdess roads with said loads. Tires could be 45 -50 I guess, I have zero experience with these widths except on my beloved cheapo city bike.

On the road bikes I tour on, I put 28's on which are max.

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28mm tires are perfectly fine for road touring.
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