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General Discussion / Re: Skinny tires on gravel?
« on: April 24, 2022, 09:58:22 pm »
Thanks, appreciate you sharing your experience!

General Discussion / Re: Skinny tires on gravel?
« on: April 21, 2022, 10:33:12 am »
Thanks for all the replys….I do have the option of using a bike with 32s, which is what I think I will use for some day trips on the P2C trail. But sometimes I just get a crazy contrary notion, and have to be talked down from it.

General Discussion / Re: Skinny tires on gravel?
« on: April 20, 2022, 09:32:33 pm »
Thanks!  :)

General Discussion / Skinny tires on gravel?
« on: April 20, 2022, 07:55:11 pm »
What has been your experience, if any, riding skinny tires (say 25’s) with no heavy load on gravel? I want to try some gravel rides, but do not want to buy a gravel bike just yet.  Is it a waste time, like no fun at all, to try modest rides under (40 miles) with an unadulterated road bike on a gravel trail such as the Palouse to Cascade trail in WA? In other words, is it just stupid to try?

Gear Talk / Re: Kickstand love it or leave it?
« on: September 02, 2021, 01:29:02 am »
Just put kickstand on my Trek 520 today cause I use it for urban transport and in my experience there is NOT always or even usually something all that handy for leaning fully loaded bike much easier to attach panniers to a bike on a stand, in my experience.  Clamping front brake with bungie also helps keep bike from wriggling away while you load it. Kickstand might add a pound of weight, prolly not that much.

Gear Talk / Re: Burley travoy trailer
« on: September 02, 2021, 01:15:34 am »
One more bit: I used the rack mounted trailer hitch and while nothing happened to that while touring, the screws to it do come loose…I replaced them and added locking washers,hoping that helps.

Gear Talk / Re: Burley travoy trailer
« on: September 02, 2021, 12:26:47 am »
Just to report back: I used Travoy for 50 mile overnighter on paved roads…I think the trailer and load was about 45 1lbs. While I did not notice any particular problems related to trailer on this trip, I did have to replace the bearings on one axel recently… I estimate it might have had about 1,000 miles???? With fairly heavy loads (groceries)…the replacement was not that difficult and could be done on the road, so for long trips might be worth packing the set of 4 bearing rings (2 for each wheel) that burley sells for about $12. I think my next trip will be with panniers just to save weight (I estimate the trailer set-up added about 14 lbs over what a four pannier set-up would), but I still like the Travoy for big loads in city. Contrary to what a lot of folks write about trailer advantages, I don’t think its all that great to have everything loaded into one bag, even if its subdivided into smaller stuff sacks. This guy rode across country on a 3 speed citi bike and Travoy trailer, but I don’t think he was camping.

Thanks, GTK

All true. Related to crossing from Vancouver, I have read that the bike trails there are frequently blocked by encampments  of homeless this just exaggeration?

What about crossing at Cathlamet, as per Pacific Coast Adventure Cycling Map?

Gear Talk / Re: Burley travoy trailer
« on: March 22, 2021, 03:40:23 pm »
Have not yet, but plan to soon, so will post notes on how it goes. I have read some reports from one guy who has done Travoy touring long distance (North to South America) including on gravel with no problems while other have complained that the pin that the trailer attaches came loose after a short trip (sounds like a defective part?) ... I plan to use the Burley dry bag, will carry tube for trailer wheels. My question is how well the axles/ wheels of Travoy will hold up...will try a 50 mile overnighter first, then longer trips as In learn more. I just like the idea of a trailer...I have used panniers in the past without problems, but like the handling of a bike with a Travoy>

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