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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.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent choice for Northern tier
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:33:48 am »
I've ridden the entire Northern Tier. I rarely stealth camp. Tent I took on the Northern Tier was not free standing. I don't consider free standing that necessary. My current tent is advertised as free standing, but is only usable with number of stakes.

Gear Talk / Re: Keen sandals for 2 month crosscountry trip
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:25:32 am »
I continue to use SPD sandals for touring. I do not carry any other footwear. Currently using Keens; better than Shimano. Two problems that may be important to some. Keen SPD sandals run narrow; narrower than non-SPD Keen sandals. The lace system is clever and quick, but is difficult standing on one leg, keeping your foot up from a muddy campground. The main advantage to me for sandals is their imperiousness to rain. Another advantage is lack of need to wear socks. Socks are a chore to me to wash clean by hand, which hand washing clothes I've had to do many times touring. It was mid-tour on the Northern Tier when I switched to sandals.

Gear Talk / Re: How to know tire size
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:45:28 pm »
I was just commenting on canalligators comment vs yours dkoloko - probably didn't come out right.

Anyway, I think I agree with you both.  I'm not going to rotate the tires, planning on replacing them.  And yes, if I was going to rotate to extend their miles I think it makes much more sense if I would have done it along the way.  I have been known (by my wife) to wait to long to rotate my car tires

BTW: thanks all for the help in the original question about figuring out tire size options - much appreciated. I'll probably not try all the sizes to see how big I could get - although that makes sense if I had to know.  Perhaps a practical solution would be to just move up to the next size 35mm for my next set and use them for the next year.

As to agreeing "with you both", it is not going to save you from a crash from having a blowout on front tire that the rear tire is as worn as front.

As to trying tire sizes, that can be frustrating and expensive. Your rims are standard width touring rims. 35mm tires should be in the middle to usable sizes, ranging down to 28mm, and up from 35mm.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless
« on: February 16, 2017, 04:29:35 pm »
Thanks indyfabz. Do you put sealant in tubeless?

Gear Talk / Re: How to know tire size
« on: February 16, 2017, 04:24:21 pm »
I'm guessing that my experiences similar to most others. On my road bike and my hybrid my tires have always worn fairly close to evenly.  On my touring bike riding with loaded panniers I found my rear wheel is much more worn.

 Sorry my math is not that good I'm not sure how to convert 3X and 50%  to each other. :-)

Certainly not my experience. Quote from frequently quoted authority,

What is important is that best tire should be on front. I am flatted front and rear tires, mostly on rear, whether riding loaded or unloaded. On front, at speed, flatting can be, and has been for me, torn shorts and a bloody rear.

Gear Talk / Tubeless
« on: February 16, 2017, 12:17:56 pm »
Schwalbe says they are committed to tubeless. How many are now using tubeless tires touring?

Any problem running tubeless with tubes?

Gear Talk / Re: How to know tire size
« on: February 16, 2017, 12:15:47 pm »
My Vitorria Randonneur touring tires have 3000miles on them now. I think I would like to start my summer trip with new tires even though I'm sure I could do a rotation and get more out of the ones on thernow.

Rotation: Rear wears 3x front. If you put worn rear on front you risk crashing in blowout.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: February 06, 2017, 10:33:31 am »
When I went from a new Fuji touring bike to a Trek 520, my local bike shop, who did not sell me either, said the 520 was better "in every way". Why I would not go that far, I would say, based on my experience, spend the few extra hundred dollars,  buy the Trek.

I've wrenched on my share of bikes over the years and I've examined both bikes pretty closely both online and in person.

Don't get me wrong. I understand why you or the OP might prefer the Trek; it's a famous touring bike. I'm just saying that the Fuji is very comparably spec'd (other than primarily the disc brakes) and costs $600 less.

I thought so too, about equal, by looking. After use, not so much; but, if cost is absolutely critical, the Fuji is a good buy.     

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:23:13 pm »
When I went from a new Fuji touring bike to a Trek 520, my local bike shop, who did not sell me either, said the 520 was better "in every way". Why I would not go that far, I would say, based on my experience, spend the few extra hundred dollars,  buy the Trek.

Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520
« on: February 04, 2017, 11:57:35 am »
I have a 2015 Trek 520. Best touring bike I've owned. Not had a LHT; numerous comments of truck like performance (rides best loaded). LHT seems to have a cheaper frame to me. Bar end shifters have saved me; switched to friction mode when indexing failed on tour.

If you like the 520, why hesitate? buy it. As for suggestions to test ride both, lots of luck my area. Lucky for a shop to have one touring bike in stock, much less a selection of makes and sizes.

Gear Talk / Re: Lightweight touring bike?
« on: January 08, 2017, 11:11:05 am »
Thanks for the replies.  What do you think about this: Weight and price are perfect, but I'm not knowledgeable enough on components to know if it is suitable for touring.  Thanks.

This is an aluminum frame with a little carbon that is common for advertised entry level racing bikes. Gearing is lowered to appeal to recreational riders, and price is on low end for this frame and components. Personally, I'd go with a randonneuring bike, touring bike for lightweight touring, more room for wide tires, including room for fenders, etc. It is not too hard for a steel bike to come in at 21 lb.

Gear Talk / Re: Camp Stove
« on: January 07, 2017, 10:32:14 am »
You don't need to ride all around town looking for fuel. Coleman Fuel or its equivalent is widely available. What to do about having to buy a gallon? Two solutions worked for me: Carry two fuel bottles. Fill them. Offer to sell other half gallon with the can back to seller for half price. Fill the two bottles. Drop can off at bike shop, gift for next touring cyclist. Leaking has not been a problem for me. Weight of second bottle: same as a filled water bottle.

I have had trouble finding replacement gas canisters when traveling.

If you just boil up, an alcohol stove can do.

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: October 19, 2016, 12:52:15 pm »
Add, "The Western Region of Washington is one of the rainiest places in the world.", and "This results in a wet season beginning in October" .

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route
« on: October 15, 2016, 04:41:10 pm »
Be advised that a number of campgrounds may be closed in Sept and Oct.

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