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Gear Talk / Re: Rear derailleur dilemma
« on: November 04, 2023, 10:32:19 pm »
No personal experience with Superb Tech friction or indexing.

Gear Talk / Re: Rear derailleur dilemma
« on: November 04, 2023, 10:22:11 am »
I had extensive experience with the Huret Duopar rear derailleur. It was a fine derailleur for friction shifting. It did not index well and faded from use.

Not 700c x 35, but 700c x 37mm Schwalbe Marathon Evolution Supreme Tires. Difference in rims can account for 2mm width difference when mounted.

I thought all current Schwalbe offerings were tubeless. I certainly bought 700x35c tubeless tires.

Routes / Re: 3-4 month USA 2024
« on: September 15, 2023, 10:24:29 am »
Having done a cross-country tour across the United States, my first consideration planning a route would be crossing the Rockies when the passes are open and cleared of snow.

Gear Talk / Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 06, 2023, 09:24:00 pm »
Not sure about the "as well". For long distance primarily road touring, no pack on my back or messenger bag on my side. Pannier bags hanging on rack; nothing on top of rack. No handlebar bag.

Gear Talk / Re: does a messenger bag is practical ?
« on: June 06, 2023, 11:20:11 am »
I would not recommend a messenger bag for long distance or local cycling trips, unless you need to carry large oblong objects locally for short distances. Long distance I don't like any bag on my back.

Gear Talk / Re: rear lighting
« on: May 06, 2023, 11:04:43 am »
Get tent and sleep bag into panniers. That's what I do. Find items that will fit. I did this with 4 bags, and have gotten it down to 2 bags. Nothing on rack. Everything in panniers, except for medium seat pack. Mount rear light under rack. Mount on seatpost. Mount on seat stays, both sides. Mount on fenders. (You do use fenders touring, don't you?) I've never used a helmet rear light; prefer if you wish.

Gear Talk / Re: New touring bike recommendations
« on: April 02, 2023, 12:32:03 pm »
It is possible you won't often use the "tiny" gears on the back, especially with a touring load. For what you say about yourself, for touring you should have the largest gear on the rear that your bicycle will accommodate, and maybe a smaller chainwheel on front. Ask your bike shop what is the lowest gearing your bicycle will accommodate.

Gear Talk / Re: New touring bike recommendations
« on: March 17, 2023, 01:13:54 pm »
Yes, should be a new thread.

Lightening might be better achieved in reducing what you bring. Fifty pounds of gear plus the bike is a lot. Reduce your load to 30 pounds. Some will still say that's a lot. I say that is good target based on my experience and what I have seen other touring cyclists carry.

I'd want to know if 50 pounds is too much for the Specialized; not that it couldn't carry that much, but what the handling will be with that load. For that much weight I'd want to balance the load front and rear.

For easy of shifting on your present bike I wonder if you'd be better off with bar end shifters. For reducing weight on your present bike the first place to look is changing the tires.

For traveling with an exotic bike, locating mechanics that are experienced with the mechanisms, availability of parts, and great loss if your bike is stolen are to be considered.

Routes / New York. Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Open 24/7
« on: November 18, 2022, 02:10:13 pm »
The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Pedestrian Walkway is to be open 24/7. Previously the bridge walkway was open only in certain hours in the day. Those traveling to or from north to New York City may want to cross the Hudson River. West of the Hudson is the majesty of the Catskills and less traffic. Another option is crossing over the Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Trek Checkpoint on Transamerica route
« on: November 18, 2022, 09:35:47 am »
I've made the point before backpacking bags eliminate the need for a rack, saving in my experience about a pound. Most of the weight savings of backpacking bags beyond that is by carrying less stuff. In a list published by this organization in their magazine weight allowed for toiletries was one ounce. What is that? a sample size tube of toothpaste and your finger for a toothbrush? No soap, shampoo, etc.? I tried backpacking bags for road touring and found them wanting. Cramped space. Hard to get items in and out of, with what was wanted being inevitably in bottom of bag. Marginally secure bag attachments. Too much weight high on the bike, affecting handling. Works for some, particularly for those who tour off-road. Didn't work for me, primarily road touring. Of the number of touring cyclists I've hosted, I can remember only one who arrived with backpacking bags, and he was primarily an off road rider with little long distance road touring experience.

Gear Talk / Re: Gearing for Trek Checkpoint on Transamerica route
« on: November 12, 2022, 09:05:46 am »
The low gear I have in mind when I set up a touring bike, which is widely used as a benchmark, with the components readily available is 24x32 teeth, which is 20 gear inches. I often hear bicyclists tackling steep hills talk about getting lower gears. I never hear complaints their gearing is too low.

Routes / Re: Suggestions for NY
« on: November 02, 2022, 10:00:26 am »
Map shows significant sections of the northern half of the trail from Albany to New York City is off road, which you may or may not like. I'm not that enamored with trails, because of congestion, rough surfaces, being far from services, etc. I suggest you do the trail one way for the experience and return the other way on back roads through the Catskills. That would mean travelling on the west of the Hudson River, with suggested crossing at Newburgh or over the pedestrian bridge in Highland.

Gear Talk / Re: cooking System
« on: October 27, 2022, 10:38:17 am »
Good report. I carried a similar immersion heater., but just to heat a cup of tea. If I had to replace it on route I found a replacement was not easy to find. Maybe yesterday's technology, but I found it useful. As far as the magic eraser, I wonder if it leaves scratches. Scratches hold bacteria.

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