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Gear Talk / Re: Ortlieb Front Roller City Panniers
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:58:58 pm »
Just a follow-up...

These panniers have worked out fine although I really didn't do any long tours last year.

I really wish the top clasps would attach to each other so that the bags could be closed in more than one way.

Here they are on my kid's bike:

Gear Talk / Re: Surly Trailers
« on: January 09, 2011, 01:56:28 am »
I wish they had posted weights.  It looks very solidly built, but I fear that it might be over built, maybe even more so than their Nice Racks.

Clearly this is built to carry stuff so heavy that +/- 10 pounds of trailer weight won't matter.

The Bob trailers max out at 70 pounds and a typical child-style trailer has a 100 pound limit. The Surly can haul a refrigerator, microwave and a tool box at once.

Gear Talk / Re: Another Fargo Build - Trekking Bar style
« on: January 08, 2011, 11:10:35 pm »
Good luck with the new bike, Doug.


I enjoyed trekking bars on an REI bike I owned several years ago. I swapped out the road bars on a new LHT with trekking bars last spring for a while. The bars felt too wide and I replaced those with Nitto Noodle bars that I fell in love with. In comparison, the LHT feels svelte with nice road bars.

I found some narrower trekking bars last fall and put those on the LHT for a few short tours where I was towing my 5-year old on a trailer bike. With his weight + the trailer bike, plus enough gear for us and my two other sons, the LHT was H E A V Y and the trekking bars made the load a lot easier to handle IMO. I went through probably three stem sizes before I finally found the perfect size. Your local bike shop might loan you a few to try before you buy.

I still keep the dressed Nitto bars (with brakes) attached to a stem on the shelf. It's easy to swap bars since my shifters are on the downtube. It takes 5 or 10 minutes to make the switch.

Gear Talk / Ortlieb Front Roller City Panniers
« on: January 08, 2011, 10:27:59 pm »
After reading the BikePacking article in the last Adventure Cyclist magazine I started thinking about how fun it might be to tour lighter. I'm not a weight weenie by any means, but the concept of shedding maybe 50% of the usual touring package seemed like it was worth some thought, especially for warm weather trips.

I started my search for a smaller touring kit by looking for smaller bags. Nothing says "Leave that at home" like "There's no room for it!"

I like the Ortlieb Back Roller Classics I have now, but they're big and relatively heavy (1900g/pair). The lightest Ortliebs I've ever seen are the Front Roller Plus panniers at 1440g/pair.

Then I noticed their Front Roller City bags on some of the European online bike stores. Capacity is the same as the Front Roller Classic and Plus models at 25 liters/pair. At only 1210g/pair they're comparatively very light, and at £60/pair ($93) they're inexpensive too! I ordered a pair.

The first thing I noticed is that there's less hardware, although for me that's no problem at all. No fastening strap is included, nor is there a hook where the strap would attach.

Most obvious hardware difference is the anchoring hook and rail on the back. The hook can be flipped to point left or right, but it cannot be positioned any other way. It does not rotate like the hook on the Roller models. The single, straight rail that the hook is fastened to allows for horizontal adjustment but offers no vertical flexibility. For the record, the hook center is about 7.75" below where the top of a rack would be.

The closing clasps attached to the sides of the bag's opening are both male and therefore cannot be mated to each other. The only place they can attach to are the female sockets about halfway down the sides of the bag. I wonder why Ortlieb didn't just reverse the male/female configuration on one side so that there would be more closing options.

Otherwise construction is to the same high standards we expect in Ortlieb bags. No surprises. I'm ordering a second set now.

Routes / Re: Coast to Coast with child
« on: October 06, 2010, 06:46:23 pm »
Have you considered a tandem?

Gear Talk / Odd Ortlieb Handlebar Mounting
« on: August 22, 2010, 12:38:43 pm »
I just purchased an Ortlieb Compact Bar Bag display model from my LBS. The bag was on the display rack mounted on an Ortlieb mount I did not recognize.

At my request, the shop offered me the option of buying the odd mount or the standard Ortlieb mount. I chose the odd mount since since I don't like the Ortlieb key-lock functionality, AND the cable system on this mount looks like it could last many many handlebar changes.

This mount tightens using just the two screws on the front of the mount. There are no screws on the bottom of the mount.

Anybody seen one of these before? Is it an old-style or a beta style that never went public?

I'm curious if this mount is as strong as the standard mount too.

Youth Bicyle Travel / Re: Can I Tour with a Trail-a-bike?
« on: August 17, 2010, 01:42:42 pm »
Thanks for the good advice.

I just bought a used Burley Piccolo via CraigsList. What a difference! The Burley is noticeably lighter than the Adams, and my bike handles much better with the rack-mounted trailer. My son is excited about the 5-speed shifting too.

General Discussion / Re: Cutting Weight
« on: August 07, 2010, 09:38:16 pm »
...when you read over this, it seems to make sense:

I like this quote from that site regarding traveling without soap:

"I do like to shower or wash at the end of the ride,
but if there is no such possibility, it's no disaster:
I know the sweat will dry out in an hour,
leaving the dry, crisp layer of salt that I lick off

and replenish the electrolytes that were lost."


GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Re: Delorme PN-60
« on: August 07, 2010, 01:20:25 pm »
Well - I just bought one and am filling up an SD card with maps as I type.

I probably won't have a chance to ride with it before tomorrow, but I'll report back.

Gear Talk / Re: Gunnar frames - are they any good????
« on: August 07, 2010, 11:57:50 am »
A&E Cycles of Seattle Washington has a pretty good set up.

Do you mean R+E Cycles?

GPS & Digital Data Discussion / Delorme PN-60
« on: August 01, 2010, 11:11:10 pm »
I've never used a GPS on a bicycle, but lately I can see how it might be helpful both on long and short trips.

At $400 + mounting it seems both expensive and a good value for it's features.

Gear Talk / Re: Lopsided Brooks B17 ?
« on: July 30, 2010, 01:41:24 am »
I highly doubt your Brooks was manufactured bent.

It's not really bent as in "dented" bent. It's more like one of the rails is shaped a bit differently. To me it looks like the metal bending machine is setup to make bicycle saddles, not space shuttle parts.

I'll live with this one for now and maybe replace it later with a more symmetrical one down the road.

Gear Talk / Re: Good Cycling Shorts w/ Chamois
« on: July 30, 2010, 01:34:15 am »
All great feedback. Thanks!

I'll keep my eyes out for a solution locally. I don't have confidence that I'll find the perfect shorts online.

Gear Talk / Re: Simple question: Bottle racks?
« on: July 29, 2010, 04:17:17 pm »
I carry my bike laying on its side in the back of my Corolla.  If the bottles are full, the cages break while driving because they are weak in the sideways direction, so now I don't put the bottles in the cages until I get to the start of the ride.

I try to keep my bike in an upright position and my KK cages continue to support my bottles as expected. I don't think they're fragile.

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