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Gear Talk / Re: Tubesl tires -enligthen me.
« on: February 08, 2021, 04:35:47 pm »
It's certainly worth trying, particularly if you are likely to be riding through an area where thorns are prevalent.
It may take a little practice to master the art of mounting the tyres without getting into a mess of sealant, otherwise it not much different to mounting and running tubed tyres. If you do make a mess, the sealant washes away with water. You do need to top up the sealant every six months but that is easy to do.
I don't expect to dismount my tyres until they are worn out.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubesl tires -enligthen me.
« on: February 07, 2021, 04:17:04 pm »
I have toured into quite remote places on tubeless tyres and have no concerns at all.
Some tyre/rim combinations may require a compressor for the initial mount, but the set I'm using can be mounted using an ordinary floor pump.
But that is irrelevant anyway. In the unlikely event that I get a puncture, the sealant in the tyre will stop any air escaping in moments. A larger penetration may require the use of a plug. None of this involves dismounting/remounting the tyre.
If there is a very large penetration that cannot be sealed or plugged then I would simply install the lightweight tube I carry for just such an eventuality.
However I've now been riding tubeless for five years and I'm yet to have a puncture of any kind.

Gear Talk / Rohloff SpeedHub
« on: January 14, 2021, 04:48:05 pm »
John, that would take a very long post, something that I don't care enough to do anymore. The post above covers some of the issues.
Suffice to say the only one of Rohloff's marketing claims is 100% true is that you can change gears while stationary.
But the two issues which I consider unacceptable is the unremitting noise and the poor shift quality, particularly the 8-7 shift.
That's long enough already.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff SpeedHub
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:35:29 pm »
I did tour with a Rohloff, I don't have one any more. They are overpriced and overrated, a triumph of marketing. Keep your money in your pocket.

General Discussion / Can you tour on a carbon road bike?
« on: November 17, 2020, 04:02:35 pm »
As a experienced bikepacker I can tell you it’s volume, not weight that you need to be concerned about.
Using only the bags you mentioned it’s going to be very difficult to fit in what you’ll need for a camping tour.
You’ll need to carry ultra compact everything, and will still have to make sacrifices.
But compact gear will invariably also be light. I don’t think your bike will be tested by the amount you’ll be able to carry.

Gear Talk / Salsa Cutthroat vs. Co-Motion Cascadia
« on: November 12, 2020, 05:11:17 pm »
The Cutthroat is a race mountain bike built for the GDMBR and is not intended to be weighed down with panniers. It's actually a race version of the Salsa Fargo - the logical choice for bikepacking (or touring with panniers if you must).

This is my Fargo loaded with three seasons camping gear and clothing for a month long back roads tour in New Zealand during autumn. It is my do everything bike. I have a second set of wheels so I can join my local bunch rides when not bikepacking.

If you want lighter and have deep pockets there is a titanium frame available. Built to your specification it's probably price-comparable with a Cutty or Co-Motion and looks fantastic.

There is a very good Salsa Fargo page on FB.

I've done plenty of full dress touring in the past, but would never go back from my current setup.

Gear Talk / Compression sacks - do you use them?
« on: August 10, 2020, 01:26:53 am »
My sleeping bag goes in a compression sack. I hardly think I’m packing too much, and likely much less than most here anyway.
Compression sacks can up being hard little balls which don’t pack very well, but for some uses they are invaluable.

Gear Talk / Tents Designed for Bike touring
« on: July 18, 2020, 09:11:00 pm » recently reported on the new Nemo Dragonfly bikepacking tents.

General Discussion / eBikes for touring
« on: July 18, 2020, 06:09:30 pm »
Depending on the class, e-bike (pedelec) assistance is restricted to 20 or 28 mph in the US. With the assistance those speeds are easily attained. For how long/far depends on the size of the batteries, but obviously the fast you go the sooner the batteries are depleted.

General Discussion / Re: eBikes for touring
« on: July 16, 2020, 04:40:50 pm »
This couple have toured over 27,000 km on e-bikes.

Gear Talk / Touring capable road bike
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:58:41 pm »
My wife is now 70 and has had road bikes rather than touring bikes.  Her last one has to be, I'm guessing, over 25 years old.  It is a Cannondale SR400.  She's no longer doing triathlons and would like a sporty bike that's capable of being used for touring.  I did the Northern Tier last year, but I suspect future tours for the two of us will be shorter - 7 to 10 days timeframe.  She's done weekends in New England with me, but is willing to try something longer.
Firstly JW, my compliments to yourself and your wife to be still cycling and willing to consider touring at age 70.

I'm approaching 70 myself and can perfectly understand her wish for ride that is nimble and easy to handle. And the responses here are entirely predictable.

I'm a lifelong roadie, I appreciate bikes that ride and handle nicely. My first touring bike was a Surly LHT. It's probably the most over-rated bike I've ever owned, it was a slug to ride and I couldn't get rid of it quickly enough after only one tour.

Despite the entrenched ideas and disapprobation of the retro-grouches who typically frequent touring forums, I went my own way and built a titanium tourer with a carbon fork and integrated brakes/shifters. That carried me over many 1000's of kms, and despite dire predictions the sky didn't fall down - not even once (I still have this bike, but it now languishes unused).

Later I built a titanium bike with a Rohloff hub - but the Rohloff is probably even more over-rated than the LHT, and like the LHT it didn't last long before I got rid of it.

Currently to lighten the ride even further I've built up a Salsa Fargo (steel with carbon fork) and adopted a bikepacking setup. Now I'm looking around for a more versatile bike, one I can take on local bunch rides as well as bikepacking trips - just as your wife desires. BTW, if the the idea of bikepacking interests or appeals, take a look at this page. Bikepacking 101

The good news is - such bikes do exist, and in fact they are becoming more and more common at the same time as traditional touring bikes are disappearing.

They are called gravel bikes. They are built robustly enough to tackle unsealed roads without sacrificing ride and handling qualities, have suitably low gearing options and appropriate tyres for light touring.

A comprehensive list of such bikes can be found here: Riding Gravel: BikeFinder

As you can see there are many choices. I've spent a fair bit of time looking into these bikes, and have picked the Norco Search XR as a likely candidate for my next bike. You can get a Search XR in steel, alloy or carbon, but my choice is for carbon with a 2X crankset. Norco Search XR C3

Carbon is a mainstream material for bicycle construction, has been for decades now and the engineering requirements are well understood by the manufacturers.

I'm betting you are NOT going to set out on a self-supported world tour. You don't need a bullet-proof bike that will last another 20 years. Don't be afraid to make unconventional choices - disregard the naysayers here and get your wife the bike SHE wants.

A happy wife is a happy life.

General Discussion / Lube when long distance touring
« on: June 13, 2020, 06:16:11 pm »
After an initial wipe to remove any accumulated crud I use Rock n Roll Holy Cow, applied liberally as per directions, then a final wipe after a few minutes when the solvent base has cleaned the chain which then dries to leave a lubricating film.

Gear Talk / light tour bike
« on: February 25, 2020, 03:20:37 pm »
I had a Surly LHT, but quickly became disenchanted with its weight and sluggishness. I replaced it with a titanium frame a carbon fork and a custom light but strong wheel build , saving around 2kg over the Surly, achieving a more lively and more comfortable ride.

Gear Talk / Dynamo - What are you using for a light?
« on: October 23, 2019, 06:57:08 pm »
My Sinewave Beacon was exposed to several days of torrential rain on the west coast of New Zealand, a region known for its very high rainfall. And that was with the auxiliary battery connected to the USB port.
Any light has to be aimed correctly. Even shaped beams can dazzle if they are too high. However it's pointless aiming dynamo lights too high, they are just not bright enough.
You may be different, but when touring I rarely ride at night. But I do run my lights during the day. The Beacon has a nice feature that prioritises charging over lighting  but still provides a very visible daytime running light.
And if my SP hub fails (a not so uncommon situation) I can power the Beacon from the auxiliary battery.

Gear Talk / Dynamo - What are you using for a light?
« on: October 22, 2019, 06:56:12 pm »
For an elegant solution that won't fall apart or leak, sell the Sinewave Revolution and get a Beacon instead.

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