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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.

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?

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