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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Rims or Wheelset Query
« on: June 10, 2017, 03:22:45 pm »

I suggest that maybe you might consider a well built 32 spoke wheel unless you pack super heavy.  If 32 spokes can work for you one of the Stans cyclocross rims or wheel sets may work out okay for your preferred tire size.  I think they say 25-40 mm wide tires are good on their Grail rims.

I am just spit balling here though since I have not actually used any tubeless rims in that size range.

I thought of that, and agree the 32 spoke wheels probably will work, still looking for 36 hole rims/wheelsets now.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Rims or Wheelset Query
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:59:48 am »
How wide do you want your tires to be? 

There are tubeless tires available in all those sizes.  Also some folks successfully run tires that are not specifically labeled as tubeless and some run wheels that are not specifically designed as tubeless using one type of conversion or another.

I'm using 35mm tires for touring.

For availability, see my reply to another post.

For guerrilla setups, my experience and that of others, is that it is chancy at best for road tires. Worst is trying to make tubeless tires work with non-tubeless rims; hence my query.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Rims or Wheelset Query
« on: June 10, 2017, 10:50:50 am »
Perhaps you are looking in the wrong place. There are plenty of tubeless 29er rims available. Look at Stans, WTB to start. I'm using Stans Flow EX.

The 29er rims/wheelsets I've seen are wider than I need for road touring, are apt to have less than 36 holes, and may be carbon, which I don't want, so I have given only passing consideration to 29er rims/wheelsets. For 700c rims/wheelsets, cost is, as mentioned, also a consideration.

Gear Talk / Tubeless Rims or Wheelset Query
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:29:41 pm »
What are others buying for either tubeless touring rims or tubeless touring wheelset? I've seen few, and expensive, 36 holes, 700c, and accept touring (wide) tires.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 for off-road
« on: June 08, 2017, 09:36:55 am »
I have a 520. Tires that come with bike should be fine for rail trails. Some may recommend wider tires; not necessary, but provide more cushion. Surface not only factor; heavier load, wider tires

I  have used XTR, XT, (maybe LX) and Deore rear derailleurs. Did I notice "a big difference" between them? no.

Thanks. Information I was seeking. I have experience with the Bike Packer Plus, but not the Back-Roller Classic. Improvement I'd like for the Bike Packer Plus is having the straps at least 2 inches longer, as the lid/cover can expand the capacity as you said. Bicycle Touring Pro doesn't like the Bike Packer Plus outside pocket. I find it useful, but awkward to get into if the bag is full to capacity.

Anyone with experience with both who can comment on capacity of one compared to other? Specs show about equal, but different closures may make a difference.

Routes / Re: Recommendation needed for Long Island/ NY
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:57:59 pm »
I've found most of the NY bike routes to be good rides, but each tends to have a few spots I'd avoid. 

I asked why NY State bike routes follow main roads. I was told it was because they were easiest to map. There is no doubt, with more thought, they could be more bicycle friendly.

Routes / Re: Recommendation needed for Long Island/ NY
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:51:02 am »
The NYC Bicycle Map will get you out of JFK and to Nassau County.

The interactive online map from NYState DOT will get you to Port Jeff.  Go to click Use The Map.

There's a bike route north from Massapequa.  I think the red line running east is Bike 24.

I do not recommend NYState DOT routes. They too often follow main roads. There are more bicycle friendly alternatives. 9W is a particularly bad choice. If you have no other guidance, pick county roads over state roads.

Gear Talk / Re: front rack questions
« on: May 06, 2017, 09:56:41 am »
Weight should be same on front as rear, or more on front, for best handling. Handlebar bag should not get in way of front rack. Definitive study showed weight is best carried high in back, low in front. Tubus is standard  in racks.


Soma works, but there was significant road vibration and my close friend crashed badly on one and it was determined it was an equipment malfunction so I've kind of sworn off Somas.

As I read the website, Soma builds with one exception frames not bicycles. "Equipment malfunction" would be by whatever components that were fitted on the Soma, by whoever did the build.

From what you said, I'd go with the Marrakesh. Bar end shifters are more trustworthy, and what you are apt to find on traveling fully loaded touring bikes. Adjustments, seat height, etc, can make all the difference after you've settled on a specific bike. Tires and tire pressure can be the definitive determinate in road comfort.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Bicycle Chain Connectors
« on: March 07, 2017, 01:38:24 pm »
Each card contains two sets of connectors. Work for 5, 6, and 7 speed chains. Sigma brand. No tools required. Have several sets to sell; each set $6.00 shipped.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Bicycle Tube Repair Patch Kit
« on: March 07, 2017, 12:28:35 pm »
Patches and tube cement. Two kits for $5.99 plus $4.49 shipping. Worth the money for the cement alone. Have several sets to sell.

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