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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers and Racks
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:54:53 am »
I have Tubus Tara and Cargo racks and Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus bags. I prefer the lack of shine on those bags. Durability is excellent. I find the inner pockets useful, but could get by without them. I do not recommend small front bags combined with large rear bags. Weight front and back should be equal, or more on front. I use four rear bags, two on front. I find the Bike Packer Plus bags just the right size. Wayne, The Touring Store, recommends against Bike Packer Plus rear bags on front. I disagreed with that recommendation, and have had no trouble over thousands of miles with my setup. I used to use an Ortlieb handlebar bag, but sold it after using it on part of one tour. I found I could do fine with just the four bags mentioned.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 or Opus Legato?
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:48:25 pm »
It is already been said both bikes are similar and each will probably do you. Also, repeated many times on this list, you can't go too low in gearing. All in all, I would choose the Trek between the two. Opportunity for lower gearing is one reason. Some will tell you difference between 24T and 22T chainwheel is small. I can tell you from experience, it can be a significant going up a steep mountain fully loaded touring (carrying all you need to camp/cook). I have removed brifters from several touring bikes and installed bar ends. Too many stories of brifters being inoperable on road and being unable to repair. Lastly, it appears from photo Opus lacks front rack braze-ons; that alone would deter me from choosing the Opus for fully loaded touring, if that is the touring you plan to do.

Gear Talk / Re: KHS TR-101. any review?
« on: July 28, 2012, 08:36:33 pm »
Which is your concern about the wheels, hubs, rims, or spokes? Hubs are house brand, adequate I'm sure, and in keeping with overall quality of bike. Rims are standard. Spokes I suspect are standard 14g stainless steel.

Quality of build is more important than adequacy of these components. If you are not competent to verify quality of build, have someone qualified check this, or at least ride the bike enough before a long trip to affirm rims are not habitually going out of true.

If you are not satisfied with the wheels for whatever reason, they are easily sold and new compatible wheelsets are  readily available.

Be sure to check adjustment of hubs after buying bike. Frequently new hubs are not optimally adjusted, and may be short on lubrication too.

Gear Talk / Re: Bar End shifters vs
« on: July 15, 2012, 10:33:11 am »
I have bar end shifters on several bikes. I do not find them "twitchy". Very occasionally I alter the shifter position with my knee. I have removed brifters from my touring bike and the new touring bike I am modifying to replace it because of disadvantages discussed.

Gear Talk / Re: Which Touring Tires Fit Tightest?
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:48:23 pm »
"Looking to buy the "tightest fit" tires is only going to make flat repairs more difficult, not provide any more security. "

No one said looking for tightest tires to buy. I would like to know which tires fit tightest. There is a difference.

As yet, arguing the question, but no answers.

As replied to another, I have experienced as others have posted online tires that not fit. 700c tires on 700c rims. Touring tire on touring rim. Modern hook rim.

I am not interested in arguing your experience. Your experience, vast as it might be, is minute, I'm sure, compared to all other bicyclists.

If you or others on list can provide answers to question, thanks; if not, then, for me, it was tried here, go on to other venues.

Gear Talk / Re: Which Touring Tires Fit Tightest?
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:31:18 pm »
"A 700c tire on a  700c rim will fit and if properly inflated, should be acceptable".

Not true. I am not going to search for more examples for you to argue, but I have experienced as others have posted online tires that not fit.

If you can answer my question better than "Schwalbe and forget it", thanks; if not, I'm not going round and round with you. 

Gear Talk / Re: Which Touring Tires Fit Tightest?
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:24:55 am »
"So, all tires fit all rims of the proper size." Not true, "fit" meaning hook in and stay. Examples:

Still interested in which touring tires fit tightest.

Gear Talk / Re: Tire Failure - Not Sure How It Happened
« on: July 07, 2012, 07:52:52 pm »
"The right bump" should not loosen the spokes, unless bump was so hard rim was flattened. Report of similar damage to similar Michelin tire:

My Seedhouse SL1 weighs less, and I can sit up in it.

Gear Talk / Re: Which Touring Tires Fit Tightest?
« on: July 07, 2012, 10:55:42 am »

Match tires with rims.

Gear Talk / Which Touring Tires Fit Tightest?
« on: July 06, 2012, 07:17:39 pm »

Gear Talk / Re: Tour Bike Gearing
« on: July 06, 2012, 11:01:16 am »
"Sorry, I've got to agree with Russ on this one.  Using and assuming a "standard" 11-34 cassette, and calculating the speed at 60 rpm (slower than I'd like to climb, but sometimes necessary), I fly up the hill at 3.4 mph using the 24 tooth chainring.  Compare that to crawling up the same hill with a 22.  (/sarcasm off)  Yes, you're talking about one extra gear.  But I'd give up that lower gear before I'd compromise shifting.  I don't know of a way to reliably shift to a 22 chainring using STI shifters, and it's critically important to be certain you can use that lowest gear when you hit the nasty hills.  Besides, we're approaching the speed at which I can walk a loaded touring bike uphill (2.7 mph, verified more times than I want to admit!)."

Compromising shifting is not true, with well planned gear ratios. As mentioned, I do not use or recommend STI shifters for touring (reason given). Walking a hill for me would be very rare (maybe you need lower gears). As I stated, I think 24T is fine for a target, but as I also stated, lower is better, particularly for someone with limited experience as the person who started this thread.  Percentage makes a difference, and it is not to palmed off with comment couple of teeth difference doesn't make a difference for lowest gear. I have experienced the difference using 24T low and 22T low over many thousands of miles.
That experience caused me to remove crank with 24T low on new bike I am building to substitute a crank with 22T low at significant expense.


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