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General Discussion / Re: My Custom Built Surly Disc Trucker
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:44:27 pm »
Nice! What kind of pump is that?
Zefel HPX

General Discussion / Re: Trek X Caliber 9
« on: March 19, 2016, 08:52:39 am »
The bike your looking at has a suspension fork if I'm correct. I'm curious to see if anyone has thoughts on that for a touring bike.
The OP is planning on riding the "GDMB" (Great Divide Mountain Bike) route which is an off-road route and a suspended mountain bike, or at least  a suspension fork is highly recommended.  This is not a road tour and a standard road touring bike is not recommended.

To the OP: The bike seems suitable.  The frame appears to have mounting points for a rear rack but be sure the one you buy will work with disc brakes.  There seems to be no provisions for a front rack so, if you are really going to be self-contained at times, plan to travel light.

Gear Talk / Re: Compatible front rack for a Trek 520 disc
« on: March 17, 2016, 07:56:42 pm »
Old Man Mountain ( ) lists front racks for bikes with disc brakes.  They should have what you need.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 09, 2016, 08:25:32 am »
Let me say something about how 'improvements' come to market........NB No discussion of whether it's a better product for the average Joe It all boils down to making the most money

I've no idea whether Shimano operates like this but over a lifetime in manufacturing I have sat in similar meetings.
I think you are too cynical about how component changes occur.  A lot of the changes are driven by performance rider's constant demands for the holy grails of "stiffer and lighter" and the new designs provide both of those.  Touring riders are not that concerned but they are a tiny portion of the market anyway. 

As to just making changes because the machinery is worn out, note that Shimano still makes both square taper and Octalink bottom bracketrs despite the fact that the vast majority of the OEM market has made them obsolete.   

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:01:43 pm »
Early failures on Hollowtech II bottom brackets can be caused by poorly faced, out-of-alignment bottom bracket shells.  If those reporting the early failures have badly aligned frames, it would explain a lot as no bearing will tolerate much of that. 

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:57:18 am »
I've got Hollowtech II bottom brackets on two bikes with over 10,000 miles on each and they are still in excellent condition.  I don't know who told you about 2,000 mile failures  but that seems absurd unless they criminally abused their bikes. 

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 05, 2016, 07:08:41 pm »
However, the little screws do seem to come loose and I have to tighten them with those little screwdriver kits for glasses.
Clear nail polish on the threads will make that problem go away.  Use Locktite if you never want to remove the screws for any reason.  Even the "Blue" grade is stronger than those tiny screws.

Gear Talk / Re: Mirrors
« on: March 04, 2016, 07:45:51 pm »
I've tried them all and settled on the Third Eye Barend Mirror.  I could never get a helmet mounted mirror aligned properly and, since I wear prescription glasses the view was always either blurry or unpredictable.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:10:04 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.
I've seen one, not two, shoes several times along the road.   I always wonder how that happens.

General Discussion / Re: Trans Am advice for newbie?
« on: March 01, 2016, 06:07:58 pm »
I was thinking about 70-90 miles per day, though that will obviously vary with terrain, etc.
How experienced are you as a multi-day loaded bike tourist?  That sounds like a very aggressive mileage schedule unless you have experience that tells you it's possible for you.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 09:49:25 am »
I've found a bunch of tools including four various size Vise-Grips, three screwdrivers, two claw hammers, 4" and 6" Crescent wrenches, several combination wrenches and, like you, a rusty but functional Leatherman tool.  I can only assume these have fallen off of commercial trucks as they are by far my most common find.

I once found a wallet just outside a gas station.  The owner had put it on the roof when he went inside to pay with a credit card and had driven off with it still there.  Yes, I did return it to the rather grateful owner.  I also found $2.67 in loose change all in one place but was not able to return it.  ;D   I did find a cell phone but it had been driven over several times and was completely trashed.

Every ride is a treasure hunt!

Gear Talk / Re: LHT with 26 Inch Wheels?
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:27:48 pm »
You seem set on a bike with 700c wheels even if 26" wheels were chosen for several good reasons in this case.   

Gear Talk / Re: LHT with 26 Inch Wheels?
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:47:22 am »
26" wheels are used on smaller frames to reduce the stand-over height and toe overlap  without having to make the geometry odd. 

Tire choice will have a greater effect on your riding than just wheel size.  Smooth road tires and heavy tread or knobby off-road/ gravel tires are both available in 26" so pick the ones that suit where you will ride.

Stems are easy and relatively inexpensive to change and your dealer could provide one that fits you despite what comes standard on the bike.

Any other type of shifter will work on the LHT from downtube to brifters.  The dealer could change the barends for any type you wish.  BTW, consider the Gevenelle/Retroshift type.  They could use the levers from the stock barends and put them in easy reach of you hands on the brake levers. 

There are numerous good touring bikes from other makers too.  The Trek 520 is very popular but Salsa, REI and many others are available.

Gear Talk / Re: Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 08:03:00 pm »
Since I masquerade as an engineer 40 hours a week, I have to concur.

OTOH, it was easier to put my fenders inside, and didn't have any problem carrying too much weight across the country, so I doubt it matters.  Just use some Locktite and snug the bolt down good.
So did I before I retired and my recommendation was based on good engineering practice, not an assurance the bolt will fail if done the other way.  :P   

Gear Talk / Re: Installing rack and fenders tomorrow, quick question
« on: February 25, 2016, 09:27:08 am »
If there are only one pair of eyelets at the rear dropouts and you need to "double-up" both the rack and fender stays on them, be sure to fit the rack's stays to the inside.  That minimizes the cantilevered load on the single M5 bolt. 

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