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Gear Talk / Re: cooking System
« on: October 26, 2022, 05:13:03 pm »
Another vote for the trangia alcohol stove, or a homemade version.  Cheap, extremely compact, simple, light, and very easy to find fuel anywhere in the world!

International / Cycling South America
« on: October 25, 2022, 01:45:27 pm »
I am a retired American living in Medellin Colombia.
I have done some limited touring in the past, and in 2023 I am hoping to find some cyclists who are interested in joining me to do some touring:  Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile are possibles.
Please message here me if you are interested.
Thanks in advance

Gear Talk / Re: Bar talk
« on: October 25, 2022, 01:40:44 pm »
I recently purchased a laminated bamboo handlebar from Passchier in New Zealand
They are beautiful and extremely comfortable!  Mine are the Gump 650 model.  Perfect for running around Medellin Colombia where I live and they have an extraordinary amount of flex.  I would estimate that there is at least 1/2” of flex at each end.  That really takes the edge off of commuting on crappy streets. 
They aren't cheap, unless you compare them to carbon. But they are more comfortable than any handlebar I have ever used before.  Combine them with Ergon cork grips and its almost like having a short travel active front suspension!
I get lots of positive comments on how amazing the laminated bamboo looks.  People here in Colombia are aware of the phenomenal strength and flex of bamboo.

Classifieds / Lugged custom Davidson sport tourer, 59-60 cm
« on: June 24, 2022, 05:38:07 pm »
Custom built 60 cm Davidson sport touring bike. Reynolds tubing, lugged frame and fork. TWO leather saddles! A brooks B17 and a Selle Anatomica, both in excellent condition
Blackburn front and rear racks, Carradice nelson longflap saddlebag.
Rolhoff 14 speed internal gear hub, Schmidt dynohub generator front hub with LED lights front and rear. Ritchey logic 175 crank, MKS Sylvan pedals, Paul Racer long pul brakes, mavic 32 hole rims, Schwalbe touring tires 700x40.
The panniers and front bag are not included. Bill Davidson built this bike in 2011-2012 and it has been a joy to own, but touring is not in my future. I also have quite a few misc. items, stems, seatposts, handlebars, and some small parts that are included. You can pick thru my stash!
The Rolhof has approximately 6,500 miles on it and was serviced as per Rolhof procedures in June 2021
The original costof this bike from Bill Davidson at Elliot bay bikes was well over $7K.

Classifieds / Davidson 61cm custom steel touring bike
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:01:22 pm »
Built for me in 2012 by Bill Davidson in Seattle.  Lugged steel frame, Rolhoff speedhub/ Schmidt dynohub.  32 spoke ft & rr laced to DT rims.  Front and rear racks with 1 set of panniers. Brooks saddle, Paul racer centerpull brakes.  Also includes a bikebob trailer. 
Pics available on request.   

Gear Talk / Re: Best type of saddle (besides Brooks)
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:26:30 am »
I have a Brook that I purchased from the old Spoke and Sprocket in Tacoma Washington in 1993.  It’s almost done, the rivets are pulling out and lifting and its time to retire the old friend...and I am REALLY interested in the Gilles Berthoud saddles.  They are pricey as all git out, but they appear to me to be well designed, and well executed with quality parts and the potential to outlast me for sure

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