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Messages - dkoloko

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike tour headlight recommendation needed
« on: March 21, 2019, 12:21:46 pm »
I carry a powerful, compact headlamp. Use night, if caught short of camp. Use dimmed in camp (have free hands). Use day in tunnels.

Gear Talk / Re: Fork material on Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:43:03 am »
Magnet will tell you if fork is steel.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Ortlieb Panniers Price Reductions
« on: October 09, 2018, 03:42:27 pm »
Back Roller Classic. Pair. Rear. 40L capacity. Blue with design (maybe the only pair like this you'll ever see). Bought last year; used one weekend trip and shopping. These sell for $180 plain; $220 with a design. $109.99.

Sport Packer Plus. Pair. Designed for use front or rear. 30L capacity. Black and graphite. Used for one 30 mile trip. Look brand new. These sell for $210. $139.99.

What you see is what you get. Both pairs use Ql2 mounting system; this is the late version with half instead of full mounting circles on the back. Both sets are waterproof. Both have double pockets inside; full and small zip. All the bags have 3M reflectors front and rear.

Not be a bad idea; to use both; have advantages of each. Buy both and I'll throw in a free messenger bag. All prices plus shipping. Will include on request for each set a pair of robust plastic bags I've found useful when touring; isolate wet bathing suit, dirty clothes for example.

Routes / Re: Poughkeepsie to NYC
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:29:19 pm »
I don't recommend routes 9 on either side of the Hudson R. Traffic is lighter on the west side of Hudson. For a route 9 on the east side, I recommend 9G. This was discussed in an earlier thread.

Gear Talk / Re: Gear weight
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:40:52 am »
I'm heading out on the TransAm May 26th. I just returned from my shakedown ride. Gear (incl water) weighed 63.6 lbs.  Bike + gear (incl water) weighed 97.6lbs
It always puzzles me when folks include water in the gear weight.

It bothers me that water is not included, also food, fuel, etc. For me, weight carried is everything included ready to roll. I start with the same number of bottles, filled, for trips lasting weeks, months.

Classifieds / FOR SALE: Maps, Atantic Coast Route, Section 1, 2, 3
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:16:54 pm »
Very good condition. One map has some sticky notes. Remove or benefit from the wisdom. $30 postpaid. Only sold as a set of three.

Routes / Re: ACR section 2 Hyde Park NY
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:54:18 am »
Rt 9G better for cyclists. Rt 9 is used to access Roosevelt Museum. If don't need to be on east side of Hudson R., less traffic on the west side (avoid Rt 9W).

Gear Talk / Re: Marathon Supremes...
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:46:49 pm »
I do not know if the current production of Marathon Supremes is all tubeless compatible; I do know there are new Supremes being sold that are tubeless and new Supremes being sold that are not.

Gear Talk / Re: Marathon Supremes...
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:51:38 am »
I have been running Marathon Supremes for three years or so; no problems. I don't know if they are speedy, but they are faster than what I had been using. Flats have been virtually nil.

Gear Talk / Re: Recommendations for gearing
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:45:48 am »
The suggestion you swap 26T chainring for 24 is reasonable. Switching cassette for one with a low of 36T may be something you may or may not be willing to pay for. (I'd look for 12-36, rather than 11-36.) With either or both changes you may not get the benefit you think. Lower gears than these changes would require considerable expense.

Gear Talk / Re: bottled gas stoves & replacement cartridges/bottles
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:59:03 am »
If you mean isobutane canisters by "bottled gas", I have found these chancey to find on tour. I carry an extra canister.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:43:41 am »
As far as half a gallon is a lot to carry, if don't want to carry two quarts, carry one, and sell or give away the rest of a gallon.

As to using regular unleaded gas, if works for you tell us. No smoke? No clogging? A number of alternatives to Coleman fuel can be used with multi-fuel stoves, but are not recommended for extensive use.

As to simmering with Whisperlite, I've used the upgrade model, simmers fine.

As to getting by TSA; done it. Stove and bottle should be clean and odor free.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:47:30 pm »
Liquid gas is not as readily obtainable in campgrounds as it used to be. I have bought a gallon at a hardware store, and either sold back half the can to the store, or gave the other half to a bike shop, saying give to next touring cyclist.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight stoves
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:57:32 am »
My question is what makes you think you can buy a replacement cylinder easily when one runs out? I've found canisters difficult to find.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tired Stock Touring Bikes?
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:57:59 pm »
Gearing high for loaded touring. Question is if 28 spokes are enough. Be interesting to read reviews. There'll be more tubeless tired touring bikes to come, I'm sure. Question is if these will be gravel bikes which may be used for touring, but are designed for rougher travel than touring on paved roads.

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