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General Discussion / Slime tubes for off-road touring?
« on: July 25, 2018, 05:28:40 pm »
I tour with no tubes. Stans Notubes.
But is that off-pavement touring like the great divide?  Just asking.
Yes, for exactly that kind of touring. Most offroaders ride tubeless these days.

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General Discussion / Re: Slime tubes for off-road touring?
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:59:22 pm »
I tour with no tubes. Stans Notubes.

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Gear Talk / Re: How many touring bicycles?
« on: July 06, 2018, 09:01:24 am »
It's your money, buy as many touring bikes as you wish.

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General Discussion / Re: Pedals Recommendation
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:39:43 pm »
I use and recommend Shimano M8020 XT Trail pedals.  There are cheaper and more expensive versions, depending on your budget.

Many MTB shoes are designed for walking. Some have the Vibram soles typically found on hiking shoes. Avoid the stiff race shoes, they are hard to walk in.

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:44:21 pm »
I think you're thinking more of "conventional touring" in terms of tire choice for Marathon Plus.  I would never go down that road since my combine weight of my rig and myself (total ~ 170 lbs) is less than your typical male rider.    It would be overkill IMHO.
No I'm not. I am pointing out the low weight of Marathon Supremes relative to convention touring tires (Marathon Plus).

But you seem to have all the answers so I'm not sure why you asked for advice. Good luck with your tour and happy pumping.  ;)

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:59:11 pm »
I definitely don't mind sacrificing some puncture protection for lighter weight and a smoother ride.  Knock on wood.  This statement is from someone who has not had a lot of flats in the past 10 years of road cycling.
Ha ha - so the person who gets "sour" arms when he has to use a pump is willing to sacrifice puncture resistance for a few grams lighter weight, which will probably be negated by all the co2 cartridges he'll need to carry anyway.

Marathon Supremes offer a good compromise between weight, puncture resistance, durability and grip, and are about the lightest and fastest rolling touring tyre available. They are featherweight compared to the Marathon Plus which weigh nearly 1kg each.

Better get down to the gym and pump weights - bicep curls will probably be good exercises for pumping.  ;D

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thanks @Ronk, fortunately I'll be packing a 20,000 MAh battery pack, so batteries running down wont be a problem - besides, I don't need another device to get stolen or have to charge.
Touring through Russia? That may be a little optimistic.  ;)

Have you considered a dynamo hub?

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:42:15 am »
Hey RonK: 

I want a high pressure pump because I also road ride with my carbon fiber road bike so I was just hoping to buy 1 pump for touring as well as regular rides at home.

"So what if it takes a few moments more to inflate your tires. What’s the rush."  -  Not so much about a timing issue but more about ... sour arms!   :D
Sour arms? Well you'll just have to suck it up I think. High pressure pumps have small pistons/barrels and of necessity require more pump strokes. High volume pumps have larger pistons and barrels so fewer strokes but a lot more effort and will really sour your arms.  ;)

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Use your phone for route planning but not for navigation and tracking.

Get a GPS or cycling computer for navigation and tracking.

Your phone is your communication device - you want it to have plenty of battery power available in case you need to make an emergency call.

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Gear Talk / Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 10, 2018, 09:06:23 am »
I like the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP as well. 

Aesthetically, I like the Lezyne better but I read mix reviews.
Is it hard to get to the higher tire pressure?
Presumably you have a touring bike. How high a pressure are you putting in the tires? Around 50-60 psi is all that is necessary in my 32mm tires - almost any pump can easily achieve that.
There are two versions of the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive - HP (high pressure) and HV (high volume). You have to get the right one.
I have the pump with the built in pressure gauge. I don’t find it very accurate and use a separate digital gauge - but I think Lezyne now have a Micro Floor Drive with a digital gauge.
Finally, touring is not racing. So what if it takes a few moments more to inflate your tires. What’s the rush.

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Gear Talk / Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 09, 2018, 03:59:25 pm »
There is no way I would rely on CO2.
I use a Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HP on tour.

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My journals are on cycleblaze

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:40:33 pm »
I'm wondering if it is worth investing in a SPD pedal with Platform like Shimano PD-A530 (383 grams) or M324 (533 grams)?
I would suggest M530 or M8020 Trail pedals.

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Gear Talk / Re: Newbie Road Touring Need Help with Gear Questions
« on: May 31, 2018, 04:36:00 pm »
It is an urban myth that you can't walk in SPD shoes. There are plenty of very walkable shoes available, some even have Vibram soles which are very much designed for walkability. I only ever take one pair of shoes touring and use SPD pedals. Pedal choice really comes down to personal preference.

As an example, these are my current touring shoe. Northwave Escape Evo

These have a sole made by Michelin. Northwave Spider 2

However, you can also carry something like a pair of these Xero Z-Trek Sandals as camp shoes for a very small weight/bulk penalty.

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