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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.rei.com/product/122462/co-op-cycles-adv-11-bike

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.

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

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Classifieds / Sold: Trek 2017 520 Touring Bicycle $800
« on: August 17, 2021, 03:55:52 pm »
51cm
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.

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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.

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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".

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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.
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That's what I mean.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 03:52:55 pm »
Some tire rim combinations are harder than others.  Also there is some technique and some luck in getting them seated.  I have actually managed to seat a Stans No Tube setup on my MTB with a floor pump.  I have a compressor and typically would use it but tried doing it with the floor pump just to see if it was possible.  I seated one side the best I could by hand and worked the other bead against the rim as best I could.  I pumped a few explosive strokes and was surprised to see the tire seat just fine.  It went easy enough that I think I just might have been able to do it with a frame pump if I had to.  I'd think using a belt around the tire would help, but I didn't need to.  It probably helps that it was a previously seated tire and not a new one that was coming out of a box from a folded condition, so the bead was nice and smooth and round.  It probably would have been much harder with a brand unused new tire.  A repair where one side remained seated would make it easier.

I don't remember for sure, but I think I had a crappy little 3.5 gallon harbor freight compressor when I first went tubeless and it worked fine with no fuss at all.  I may not be remembering that right though and just might have had a much nicer California Air Tools 10 gallon compressor by then.

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. In my case the same combination works on front but not the back. I don't think a different tire will make a difference. I have had others say how easy it is mounting tubeless tires. With my problem wheel, it is easy for the bike shop with their compressor. Even if I had a compressor such as the bike shop's I wouldn't be happy. Shouldn't have to remount a tubeless tire as often as I have had to do it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:18:17 am »
"Yep" on the compressor

There are compressors and there are compressors. A borrowed compressor couldn't do it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:16:24 am »
"how frequently did you get flats before you went tubeless?"

Not often--except on tour!


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