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Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by AKJeff on Today at 02:24:33 am »
Pat,
You are correct the AWOL has only been in production since 2014.  So in 2 years (I have a 2015) of sales the number of owners is likely to be very small.  I have received evidence that a Tubus Tara will fit on my AWOL and this rack has the same weight carrying capability of the Duo.  The Tara is also lighter and has an 18 year track record of production.  I think I am going to end my pain and suffering and order a Tubus Tara for my AWOL.  BTW I will definitely make a final post to all the good folks who have replied and let them know how my build turned out.  The real proof will come from the road on test tours before I set off riding Transamerica. 
Thanks,
AKJeff Riding his AWOL
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Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by Pat Lamb on December 18, 2014, 08:15:03 pm »
I had been hoping that someone who had actually mounted a Duo to an AWOL fork would respond to my queries.  I posted this question to several different forums and everyone who has kindly responded, responded with conjecture and well meaning opinion.  Somewhere out there someone has hands on experience. And if I really want the Duo I may just have to buy one and see if it will fit.

Maybe, maybe not.  I believe this was the first year of AWOL production.  You have a small population of bike owners to deal with; how many of those installed a front rack?  and of those, how many wanted a Duo?  and of those, how many frequent these online forums?

I'd guess that Wayne at the Touring Store is as likely as anyone to know if a particular Tubus rack works with a particular frame, and even he won't hear from all his customers.  (For instance, a Tara works well with my Randonee, but I expected it to, and didn't call him to tell him it was working well after I installed it.)  Hope you'll post with your experience after you've tried it.
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California / Re: Local insights on loop trip from San Francisco summer 2015
« Last post by cgarch on December 18, 2014, 07:56:50 pm »
OK, I'll byte. Let's have a little more info first. Are you thinking that you will simply head up CA 1 for a few days then turn around and come back? That's one option and since you say 'coast' I presume that's exactly what you mean. If that's what you're thinking then the ACA route and stops should satisfy your needs. How far north do you want to go? Bodega Bay? Ft. Ross? What you could do is take in some side trips while headed north - Pt. Reyes comes to mind - it's a great out and back.

Or are you thinking you would like to head north, say inland first (like maybe the Napa Valley), head out to the coast, and then back to SF?

How familiar are you with the area?

I'll offer what I can based on your reply.

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA
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California / Local insights on loop trip from San Francisco summer 2015
« Last post by spyle on December 18, 2014, 04:37:12 pm »

My wife and I are celebrating our 25 anniversary this summer.  I am looking for local insights on planning a 5-7 day self supported trip from San Francisco up the coast and back.  We traveled cross-country on bicycles many years ago and are looking at this trip to get us back into touring.  Your insight as to start location, common camping areas, summer traffic conditions, must see sights, etc. would be helpful.

Thanks,

Stephen
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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Hubs
« Last post by Old Guy New Hobby on December 18, 2014, 04:22:14 pm »
So, if we are to know the negative points of a Rohloff, those issues that Rohloff lovers never mention, we are to purchase a year's worth of back issues of Bike Quarterly? The three negatives I see in this discussion are cost, weight, and peculiarities of the frame. The initial cost is certainly known up front, and I specifically mentioned two points where ongoing cost are an issue in my experience. Weight is a big issue for racing, but I don't race. I have a Trek 520 with a Tubus rack, a heavy-duty stand, SKS fenders, etc. Mine is certainly not a light weight bike. Many touring bikes value rugged construction over light weight. The hub works well on my bike without any frame modifications, so I can't imagine what the peculiarities of the frame are.

So if you have negative experiences with the Rohloff hub, what are they? Certainly there are pros and cons to anything. There is nothing that is best for everybody. But if you don't like the hub, you should state your reasons so readers can evaluate the facts or experiences you want to bring up, not the quality of a magazine or the personality of an author.
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Pacific Northwest / Re: Anyone ridden the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in WA?
« Last post by Pilotpeat on December 18, 2014, 03:25:55 pm »
That sounds like a fun trip!

I live in Yakima and have ridden most of the roads on your proposed route from Cle Elum to Wapato as well as most of the John Wayne Trail from the west end to Cle Elum.

If you need any place to camp or stay in Yakima let me know.  I live off a bike path about 6 miles west of your route as it passes through.
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Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by AKJeff on December 18, 2014, 01:35:23 pm »
The use of a Duo is not set in concrete.  I did make a mistake in a post on the subject of the diameter of the tubing the lower clip was to attach to.  The Duo tubing is 14mm.  The QL2.1 mounting system lower hook will accommodate up to 13mm.  That should work. 
I had been hoping that someone who had actually mounted a Duo to an AWOL fork would respond to my queries.  I posted this question to several different forums and everyone who has kindly responded, responded with conjecture and well meaning opinion.  Somewhere out there someone has hands on experience. And if I really want the Duo I may just have to buy one and see if it will fit. The nagging problem remains; the tie-wrap mounting tab on the left fork blade that appears to be in the way. 
I have been talking to Wayne of thetouringstore.com and am almost convinced that a Tubus Tara (which has the same weight bearing capacity, 33lbs) will be the front rack to use on my AWOL.   I plan on making a final decision in February so I will have time to get 'it' right before touring season begins here in the great Northwest.  Thank you for keeping up with this. 
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Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff Hubs
« Last post by DaveB on December 18, 2014, 08:43:51 am »
Jan Heine is such a French bike chauvinist that I discount his opinion of the Rohloff.
Yes, I put him in the same category as I do Grant Peterson.  They are so narrow in their attitudes that they get tiresome quite quickly.
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Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Duo Front Rack on Spec. AWOL
« Last post by RonK on December 18, 2014, 07:45:46 am »
Well, if you have your heart set on Duo, you may position the lower hook like this, so it sits on top of the rail instead of straddling it. I tried it and it didn't feel very secure so I replaced the Duo with an Ergo
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General Discussion / Re: what bike/
« Last post by RandomGuyOnABike on December 18, 2014, 06:08:43 am »
Welcome to the forum Tom!

I would probably suggest taking a look at the Surly line. It really comes down to personal preference, and what fits "you". As far as components, well, not for the GD route, but on my disc trucker, I got rid of the drop bars and went with Jones Loop H-bar (aluminium), I found that the "drop position" really had serious issues with back pain with the standard drop bars. I prefer a more up-right position.

I also upgraded my tires to some schwalbe marathons and seat, but other than that, really, not much else in the component area that would need to be upgraded.
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