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Gear Talk / Re: BOB cargo trailers discontinued
« on: October 12, 2021, 10:02:35 am »
Speaking of discontinued models, I had a Yakima Big Tow long ago and long discontinued.  It was a BoB clone.

What is the cause of this? You can say because they didn't sell, but why did they sell and then not? I use mine, not for touring, but for shopping, hauling firewood out of the woods, etc.

Gear Talk / Re: BOB cargo trailers discontinued
« on: October 11, 2021, 10:12:14 am »
Bicycle Revolution trailer is also discontinued. I have one.

Gear Talk / Re: 1X, 2X, or 3X
« on: September 25, 2021, 01:26:56 pm »
For me 2 oz.  total difference. Switched back and forth between 2x and 3x and did not change anything except add or remove a third chainwheel.

Gear Talk / Re: 1X, 2X, or 3X
« on: September 24, 2021, 08:08:40 pm »
In a review of a bicycle in Bicycling Magazine, the reviewer knocked the "added heft" of the triple crank .

Gear Talk / Re: 1X, 2X, or 3X
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:13:16 am »
I weighed the difference between a 2x and 3x setup, 2 oz., the weight of an empty water bottle.

Gear Talk / Re: A couple of clothing questions and comments
« on: September 02, 2021, 01:00:08 pm »
I have toured in the west traveling north and south and west and east, but have not encountered as dry conditions as you relate. I also have had to resort to a "sink bath", meaning by me a full body wash, not just hands and face.

Gear Talk / Re: A couple of clothing questions and comments
« on: September 02, 2021, 10:01:33 am »
"Also when folks realize you are on a coast to coast tour they will cut you more slack for being under dressed and maybe unshowered."

FWIW, rarely, traveling weeks or months I have gone a day without showering.

Gear Talk / Re: A couple of clothing questions and comments
« on: September 01, 2021, 11:26:38 am »
I carry a waterproof-breathable cycling jacket for rain and warmth before the sun has fully risen. I need padded shorts, plus lubricant for multi-day rides. I do not carry shorts other than cycling shorts on tour. I do not especially look for high visibility features when I buy cycling jerseys.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring bike for 80% pavement, 20% gravel/dirt
« on: August 24, 2021, 11:32:41 am »
Weighs in at 30 lbs. for size M less pedals but including racks and is available now, although M is low stock.

I ride my heavier (but also) larger LHT (discontinued for this year) on and off road, including somewhat rough off road sections of more than a few miles.

I wouldn't be put off by a 30 lb bike. I recently sold a 2017 Trek 520 touring bike which weighed 29 lb stock. Touring bikes and gravel bikes that have morphed from touring bikes have gotten heavier, not lighter. Disk brakes and wider tires have upped the weight of touring bikes. If you use backpacking bags and eliminate the need for a touring rack you save ~a pound, the weight of a half-filled water bottle. Most of the weight saved by using backpacking bags is by carrying less.

Classifieds / Re: FS: Trek 2017 520 Touring Bicycle $800
« on: August 18, 2021, 11:13:20 pm »
Saugerties, NY.

Classifieds / Sold: Trek 2017 520 Touring Bicycle $800
« on: August 17, 2021, 03:55:52 pm »
27 speeds
Disc brakes
Dura-Ace bar-end shifters
Sealed cartridge bottom bracket
Threadless stem
Chainwheel chainguard
Cassette spoke protector
Separate rack and fender mounts
3 water bottle mounts
Pump peg

Extras and upgrades:

700x37c Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tubeless tires with reflective sidewalls
Velo Orange Grand Cru long setback seatpost
Lowered low gearing, 24x36 (17 gear inches)
Full fenders with mud flaps front and rear
Amber rear reflector, 282% more visible than red
New air-cushioned bar tape professionally installed
Top tube protector

Less than half the cost of the bike and extras.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 07, 2021, 11:06:35 am »
Sorry I didn't read more carefully.

That is strange about it popping off.  I have never seen tires pop off the bead once fully seated without some cause.  I wonder if it was a poor match between the tire and rim designs or maybe a flaw in one or the other.  It sucks that you had to go to a tube.

I appreciate your reply. Exchanged several emails with Schwalbe. Guaranteed me success if I followed their instructions. Didn't work (actually same rim tape, procedure I had been using). Agree, probably a poor match between tire and rim. Not practicable to change rim. Schwalbe says different tire won't help. Same combination works on front wheel. Bike shop compressor has enough pressure to seal tire bead to rim long enough to be able to pump up tire. Too much trouble to keep going back to bike shop when tire is flat from losing seal with rim.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 05:51:40 pm »
My tires don't typically "seat" until there is 20 psi or more pounds of pressure in them.

I don't what you are going on about. I stated, "With the wheel I had trouble with, seating the tire wasn't the problem. After the tire was seated, before could pump air to fill, tire would pull away from rim." After tire was seated, locked to rim, heard tire pop, tire pulled away from rim, breaking seal. Again, "before could pump air to fill".

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:44:19 pm »

I don't think we mean the same thing when we say "seated".  To me it is "seated" is when the bead pops tightly onto the bead of the rim making a tight seal all the way around.

That's what I mean.

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