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Gear Talk / Re: Top Touring Bikes for Ultralight TransAm?
« on: September 15, 2012, 03:35:21 pm »
The cyclocross bike recommendation is seemly to allow wide tires. For such a low weight load I don't think tire width is that much of a consideration. There are two major types of touring bikes. randonneuring and fully loaded touring. The first, comparatively, typically has brifters (shifter/brake levers), rear rack braze-ons, no front rack braze-ons, two waterbottle braze-ons instead of three, lighter tubing, and narrower tires. For your purpose I would get a randonneuring bike, and use one pannier, or two small front panniers, front or rear. A randonneuring bike will allow more flexibility if later you wish to do more fully loaded touring (cook, camp). It will also be more considerate than a non-touring bike of heel clearance (not hit pannier), fender clearance (if wish to add), etc.

General Discussion / Re: Gross maximum trailer weight
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:12:16 pm »
I use a bicycle trailer to haul firewood out of the woods. I have weighed loads up to 125 lb. Since weighing a load I have switched to a larger trailer, so weight I have hauled is more. Weight of trailer is additional.

Gear Talk / Re: Saddle bags article from years ago
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:06:09 pm »
As Ken Kifer suggests all the articles referenced so far start with the Blackburn study. I do not concur that most commercial panniers are too small. He railed against "tiny front panniers mandated by the low-rider racks...(and) most of the rear panniers sold to go with them". I use rear panniers front and rear, and do not find my panniers too small.

Gear Talk / Re: map cases
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:35:12 am »
I do not use a handlebar bag. Had one, sold it. I use Bycue cue sheet holder. Insert your own plastic pouch. Available at very low prices if bought in quantity. Recommended to organization's store; no reply.

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.

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