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Gear Talk / Re: handlebar bags for DSLR's?
« on: April 05, 2010, 12:28:13 am »
so, i was going to go look at the Ortlieb bag on friday, but i ended up getting sick. then today, i went over to REI to pick up an order and i ended up finding that the Topeak compact handlebar bag fits my camera (very snug though), and i like the fact that it doubles as a fanny pack so i can use it without the bike if im just going hiking for the day. so i ended up getting that. i also like that it was only $40 with their sale, and since im a student, i try to be economical.

thanks for the input though.

Gear Talk / Re: handlebar bags for DSLR's?
« on: April 01, 2010, 04:58:01 pm »
Ortlieb bags have optional camera inserts. Call Wayne at The Touring Store and discuss your needs. He'll fix you up quickly.

I emailed him, and funny thing is that his place is only a few miles from where i live in fort collins, CO. That's perfect cause then i can go try it out and see how it fits on my bike. Thanks for the recommendation.


Gear Talk / handlebar bags for DSLR's?
« on: March 31, 2010, 06:15:50 pm »
i was wondering if anyone had any opinions on a good handlebar bag that's just big enough to carry a DSLR camera with a normal sized lens on it (Pentax K100D w/ PENTAX-DA 18-55mm lens)? the only camera bag I've found is the Sunlite camera sport bag, and i can't find a photo of the inner compartment anywhere on the internet.

Im wanting one kinda quickly so i can use it on a ride in two weeks...

General Discussion / Re: advice for setting my bike up for touring
« on: February 22, 2010, 02:36:46 pm »
so, i ended up getting a blackburn expedition rack and a p-clamp. the rack is rock solid on the bike and i can't ever imagine breaking it.

So, after reading through your information about the spoke tension, i checked my spokes. even though the wheels were very true, some of the spokes didn't have any tension on them at all. most of them felt good though.

Is there a good write up on how to tension and then true the wheels properly. I'm guessing the best way is to have some sort of torque wrench that works with spokes and tension all the spokes to approximately the same tension, then adjust them to keep the rim straight.

just wondering, but how does someone become a bike tech at a bike shop. are there actually courses you can take to get "bike mechanic certified"? if so, i think that kind of a course would help me out a lot.

General Discussion / Re: advice for setting my bike up for touring
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:21:09 pm »
This is all very helpful, and i really appreciate all of the responses.

I really like the idea of p-clamps. i think they will make mounting a rack very simple now.

The third gear for the front will fit, apparently its part of the original front gearing, the guy i bought it from removed it for some reason. i think i just need to reinstall it and then adjust the shifter cable. right now it has way too much cable to move the chain to the outside of the front gears. (sorry, i don't know the technical terms for these components)

Just wondering, but do you guys think that getting some modern "long" road calipers would help?

General Discussion / advice for setting my bike up for touring
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:02:22 am »
my bike is an old centurion Lemans 12, 62cm, which is a little on the large side for me, but i like it that way. I bought it with most of the stuff already on it. it has a salsa bell-lap bar, suntour bar-end shifters, a titanium brooks B17, and some 35cc panaracer urban max tires on 36-spoke shimano rims. The gearing is currently a 12-speed, but i can make it a 18 speed if i add a 28 tooth front sprocket for climbing. I added some fenders, lights, and a GPS mount for my garmin geko. what i don't like is the very aged derailleurs and cables, and the weak side-pull brakes. i really want this to be a rock-solid touring bike where i don't have to worry about having to fix anything but a flat mid-tour.

i was wondering if i could get some advice on thing that i should add or upgrade so that its capable of running smoothly for 300-400 mile trips (~40 miles a day) and touring comfortably in some very hilly terrain (with dirt roads too). I live in Fort Collins, CO and im going to be riding through rocky mountain NP and poudre canyon this summer, and maybe doing the utah cliffs loop too.

Also, any recommendations on a rear rack that will fit my bike well. The bike doesn't really have any way to connect the rack at the top near the seat. i can drill and tap holes, but i would rather avoid that if possible.

some pictures for reference, large to show detail:

Rocky Mountain / utah cliffs loop
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:39:51 pm »
hi, i was wondering if anyone had a better map showing the general outline of the utah cliffs loop. the one online is kinda small and doesn't show anything except the major roads.


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