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Gear Talk / Re: Gear in two panniers?
« on: Today at 11:15:53 am »
I went from four panniers to two. No handlebar bag either setup. Nothing on rear rack. Small seat pack for tools with two panniers. Tools in a pouch inside pannier with four panniers. Both setups cook and camp.

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Gear Talk / Re: Motobecane Fantom CX
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:51:38 am »
Motobecane was a respectable French company; the name was sold years ago. The current manufacturer has nothing to do with the original Motobecane. CX means cyclo-cross, which probably means a shorter wheelbase and less clearances to mount wide tires than a gravel bike. Current price new old stock is $469.95 at Bikes Direct. Bikes Direct has mixed reviews. 2 cm is approx 3/4 in., not much difference, easily compensated by other parts (stem, etc) and adjustments, unless you are very finicky. 

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Gear Talk / Re: I Blame Adventure Cycling :)
« on: October 11, 2019, 11:17:29 am »
Address one issue, 3 chainrings are not just "complication" and closer gear ratios. Weight and range, particularly the low are factors. Weight: cogs, gears on the back, are steel; heavy. 2x and 1x  cogs are bigger and bigger.  Range: very difficult to get adequate low for loaded touring with 1x systems, easiest with 3x systems. Your projected 40x42 low is very high for fully loaded touring

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Gear Talk / Re: How many patches?
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:03:19 am »
Six. Very arbitrary number. Less important for me now for my touring bike, as that current bike runs tubeless.

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Gear Talk / Re: Solo bikepacking, securing your bike
« on: September 24, 2019, 12:27:05 pm »
When traveling, I carry a lightweight lock, actually a gun cabinet lock. Haven't had any incidents.

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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: September 07, 2019, 05:20:24 pm »
Wax I take on trips is in a can with lid. I put the can in a pot that has a bit of water. I carry a stove, so this is no trouble. I do not play chemist and add ingredients to "improve" the wax, although I start with a new chain and throw it with the lube it comes with into the pot. I cannot see all the bother waxing a chain is supposed to be. I do not clean the chain when rewaxing, beyond giving it a wipe. For mitigating chaindrive wear, numerous studies over the years have wax coming out on top. I tried liquid bicycle wax and found it very unsatisfactory; messy and not long lasting. I get about 500 miles between waxing. This means for a 1000 mile trip, I wax once on road.
For a 1000 mile trip wouldn't it be easier to just carry a second prewaxed chain and swap at 500 miles?  When I waxed chains I usually rotated between two chains any way.

Easier, maybe, but better, no. With the wax can I am prepared to rewax more often if needed.

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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: September 07, 2019, 10:33:02 am »
Hey, dkoloko,
What are the nut and bolts of rewaxing a chain on the road?  I'm a paraffin fan and at home I just keep my paraffin/moly/teflon concoction in a junk-store mini crockpot.  But I haven't figured out exactly what I would do on a long tour.     

Regarding variations in chain life,  I think one factor could be the type of aggregate used regionally in the pavement, as worn-away aggregate is likely a good part of our chain gunk.  I expect the granite aggregate here is more abrasive than, say, the limestone aggregate used in Florida.

Wax I take on trips is in a can with lid. I put the can in a pot that has a bit of water. I carry a stove, so this is no trouble. I do not play chemist and add ingredients to "improve" the wax, although I start with a new chain and throw it with the lube it comes with into the pot. I cannot see all the bother waxing a chain is supposed to be. I do not clean the chain when rewaxing, beyond giving it a wipe. For mitigating chaindrive wear, numerous studies over the years have wax coming out on top. I tried liquid bicycle wax and found it very unsatisfactory; messy and not long lasting. I get about 500 miles between waxing. This means for a 1000 mile trip, I wax once on road.

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Routes / Re: Your thoughts on a New York Bike Route 9 tour?
« on: June 17, 2019, 11:31:40 am »
This has been covered many times; see archives. Unless the state bike route has changed from what I know of it, it follows too many busy roads to be bicycle friendly. In general, roads on west side of Hudson River are less busy than on east. Cross over railroad bridge in Highland or at Newburgh. Avoid Rt 32 north of Saugerties and all Rt 9 on either side of the Hudson .

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I recommend getting tubeless rims; then if you decide to go tubeless, you are set for rims, even if you have no plans to go tubeless now.

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Routes / Re: Rails To Trails missing segments.
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:46:34 am »
I am not enamored with rail trails when touring. Perhaps not as steep as mountains I have ascended, but twisty and bumpy and may be overloaded with bicyclists and walkers.

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Routes / Re: bicycling NYC to Montreal
« on: April 17, 2019, 10:08:18 am »
Over and over I see cyclists planning on using Rt 9 or 9W traveling north from New York City. Both are very busy and not recommended. West side of Hudson River less trafficked than east. Cross Hudson over Newburgh bridge or railroad bridge in Highland. Rt 32 not bad from Newburgh to New Paltz. From New Paltz there are better alternatives.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tire Width?
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:32:55 am »
The book you referenced is old, published in 1994. Trend is to wider tires. I would say 32mm width is standard for touring (was standard on my 2017 Trek 520), and is at the low end for width now recommended for touring. I've gone from 32mm to 35mm for mostly payment touring. The tires you say were recommended are wider than most touring tires currently in use, and have a reputation for being durable, but very slow. I would go for a more modern touring tire (tire you mentioned is a very old model), whatever width you choose.

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers. Waterproof or non waterproof?
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:46:08 pm »
I only buy waterproof bags. Tried water resistant bags and covers; nuisance, and never completely protected contents. Condensation only happens if you put wet things inside bag; waterproof fabric keeps outside moisture out, inside moisture in. Have little trouble finding things inside bags; everything is organized; toiletries in one small bag; kitchen utensils in another, etc.

Not nitpicking, but this is what I don't get.  If people are going to use bags to separately organize things--and most do--why not just make those bags dry bags and not worry about whether the panniers themselves are waterproof?  Please understand, this is not a "You're doing it wrong, you should do it my way" post.  I'm just trying to understand the thinking behind waterproof panniers.

In the first place, everything I have in bags is not in waterproof bags. Secondly, everything is not in bags (sorry for that confusion); small things I might have trouble finding are in bags; rest not. Even when I was using bags that were just water resistant, I found using number of waterproof bags inside was a poor way to go; easier I found was to use one stout waterproof liner to protect all; better yet was to just use waterproof panniers, which is what I am doing.

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers. Waterproof or non waterproof?
« on: March 27, 2019, 10:44:05 am »
I only buy waterproof bags. Tried water resistant bags and covers; nuisance, and never completely protected contents. Condensation only happens if you put wet things inside bag; waterproof fabric keeps outside moisture out, inside moisture in. Have little trouble finding things inside bags; everything is organized; toiletries in one small bag; kitchen utensils in another, etc.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike tour headlight recommendation needed
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:21:46 pm »
I carry a powerful, compact headlamp. Use night, if caught short of camp. Use dimmed in camp (have free hands). Use day in tunnels.

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