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General Discussion / Re: Tourist stickers
« Last post by John Nettles on January 15, 2018, 08:10:48 pm »
I would try eBay or maybe contact the area's Visitor's Bureau.  The problem is finding one that is small enough to fit on a bike.  I would guess a regular "luggage size" sticker would be too big.

I do something similar to you in that I buy a mini-flag (kind you wave at a parade) of the state, province, country, etc. I ride through. That way when I am sitting at home during the cold winter, I can remember past rides as I look at the flags in my office.  Typically only cost a couple of dollars each.

Best, John
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WOW you have been bicycle touring without broken spoke that is a miracle from God!
I have the earlier JA Stein tool but I have never used it because I've never had a broken spoke.

And that is not a miracle, it's a matter of choosing quality hand-built wheels, appropriate loading, routine inspection and maintenance.

A Fiberfix spoke is probably a better "just-in-case" option.

Fiberfix Emergency Spoke Reveiw
well I have hand made Wheelsets made at a Bicycle Shop in San Diego, CA around 10-2013 with 14-15-14ga DT Spokes and my Rear Wheel Sun Ringle Rhyno lite XL 26 rim 36holes Shimano XT Disc Hubs 3x and my Front Wheel Velocity Cliffhanger 26 Rim 36holes Shimano XT Disc Hubs.
And I told to Bicycle Shop to use 14ga Spokes or 14-13,ga spokes and he used 14-15-14ga DT Spokes and I am on a fixed income and I would not be able to go to a bike shop to replace my Spokes on my Wheelsets when I an on my Bicycle Touring Trips and I am Heavy Bicycle Touring  about 110lbs and I am 228lbs and my Surly LHT 26 52cm 2008 most be 35lbs

Touring on a Bicycle

PS I have Bicycle Touring Groups on Facebook and I always hear about people getting broken Spokes
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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by RonK on January 15, 2018, 07:52:00 pm »
WOW you have been bicycle touring without broken spoke that is a miracle from God!
I have the earlier JA Stein tool but I have never used it because I've never had a broken spoke.

And that is not a miracle, it's a matter of choosing quality hand-built wheels, appropriate loading, routine inspection and maintenance.

A Fiberfix spoke is probably a better "just-in-case" option.

Fiberfix Emergency Spoke Reveiw
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General Discussion / Tourist stickers
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 15, 2018, 07:08:47 pm »
I know this sounds a little odd.  I've toured a bit and purchase a sticker for my bike when I hit some place interesting like Niagara Falls.  Last trip I had a freak accident and tore up both fenders and they need to be replaced.  This eliminates a dozen or so stickers.  Do you know of anyplace that sells these tourist stickers on line?  If you buy them at the locations they are $5 a piece.
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General Discussion / Re: more photos
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 15, 2018, 07:02:17 pm »
I've been using this resizer for years.  It works great and it's easy once you get the hang of it.
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Honestly, in 40 years of touring, I have never needed a chain whip while touring.  However, I always start a tour longer than a month with a fresh chain or belt.  For tours less than a month, I review the chain or belt and make an educated guess if it will last for the tour.  If I replace it, I keep the used one (assuming it has life in it), for use in the future.  Assuming you maintain your bike well, you should not have an issue.  At the first sign of something not right (weird feel, sound, look, etc.), deal with it.  Do not ignore it.  You do this, and you will almost be able to at minimum get to a bike shop before it totally craps out.

Best, John
Oh the chain Whip to remove a cassette on a rear wheel to repair a broken spokes? WOW you have been bicycle touring without broken spoke that is a miracle from God!

I have always read about broken spokes on bicycle touring trips
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Honestly, in 40 years of touring, I have never needed a chain whip while touring.  However, I always start a tour longer than a month with a fresh chain or belt.  For tours less than a month, I review the chain or belt and make an educated guess if it will last for the tour.  If I replace it, I keep the used one (assuming it has life in it), for use in the future.  Assuming you maintain your bike well, you should not have an issue.  At the first sign of something not right (weird feel, sound, look, etc.), deal with it.  Do not ignore it.  You do this, and you will almost be able to at minimum get to a bike shop before it totally craps out.

Best, John
You never had Broken Spokes on your rear wheel on your Bicycle Touring Trips???

Note: "I did not like the old Stein "Hypercracker" Mini Lock Ring Tool
Since the original Pamir "Hypercracker" went out of production a couple of years ago, there has been no small, portable tool available that would allow on-the-road cassette removal." and I had to buy to got the Spin Doctor Chain Whip Tool from Performance Bicycle Shop in Oceanside, CA for my Bicycle Touring Trips. and I do understand that the Spin Doctor Chain Whip Tool is Heavy and bulky for Bicycle Touring. and I also got the Spin Doctor Cassette Lockring Tool. and I am trying to lighting my load on my Surly LHT 26in 52cm 2008. and
my Wheelset on my Surly LHT has 14-15-14ga DT spokes. and I would like to be able to replace my rear spokes on my Custom Wheelset from a San Diego Bike Shop and I ask for 14ga or 14-13ga spokes

I had someone post on my Touring on a Bicycle group on facebook today using a Bike Shop Chain whip
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BicycleTouringTravelers/

that is his pics below
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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by John Nettles on January 15, 2018, 05:25:00 pm »
Honestly, in 40 years of touring, I have never needed a chain whip while touring.  However, I always start a tour longer than a month with a fresh chain or belt.  For tours less than a month, I review the chain or belt and make an educated guess if it will last for the tour.  If I replace it, I keep the used one (assuming it has life in it), for use in the future.  Assuming you maintain your bike well, you should not have an issue.  At the first sign of something not right (weird feel, sound, look, etc.), deal with it.  Do not ignore it.  You do this, and you will almost be able to at minimum get to a bike shop before it totally craps out.

Best, John
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Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?

Feedback is appreciate? Anyone using the J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool "Hypercracker Redux"
for Bicycle Touring?

I think about two years ago I got the Spin Doctor Chain Whip Tool from Performance Bicycle Shop in Oceanside, CA for my Bicycle Touring Trips. and I do understand that the Spin Doctor Chain Whip Tool
is Heavy and bulky for Bicycle Touring. and I also got the Spin Doctor Cassette Lockring Tool. and I am trying to lighting my load on my Surly LHT 26in 52cm 2008

I have found the J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool reborn from the old one J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool Hypercracker Redux! When original Pamir "Hypercracker" went out of production, there was been no small, portable tool available that would allow on-the-road cassette removal.
Such a tool is of vital importance to the touring cyclist, because it's the only way to be able to replace a broken spoke on the right side of the rear wheel, the most common spot for spokes to break.
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tools/cassette.html

YouTube Stein Lock Ring Tool
https://youtu.be/dRiVuCI6c1Y

Removing the Cassette from the Surly with the Portable Cassette Cracker
https://youtu.be/knbQxWo4nn8

I did not like the old Stein "Hypercracker" Mini Lock Ring Tool
Since the original Pamir "Hypercracker" went out of production a couple of years ago, there has been no small, portable tool available that would allow on-the-road cassette removal.
Such a tool is of vital importance to the touring cyclist, because it's the only way to be able to replace a broken spoke on the right side of the rear wheel, the most common spot for spokes to break.
Jim Stein has come to the touring cyclist's rescue with the new Stein Mini Cassette Lock tool.
Although this tool is a bit more expensive than the original Hypercracker, it is lighter, smaller and made with more precision.
http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/stein-mini-lock/index.html

I have seen damage to bicycle framesets from the old Stein "Hypercracker" Mini Lock Ring Tool
online. and I do not want to Damage my Surly LHT Frameset by any means

I am looking to buy the J.A. Stein Mini Cassette Lockring Tool "Hypercracker Redux" on 2-3-2018 for my
Bicycle Touring Trips



Today I found this Post!
Lightweight Chainwhip?
https://forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=4826.0


Thanks You
Touring on a Bicycle
Tim
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Routes / Re: Cross Country, combining routes
« Last post by EmilyG on January 14, 2018, 03:11:40 pm »
Thanks, indyfabz, for the info
Given your input, we've re-routed, and plan to do the glacier park ride as a short summer ride in  2019.
Now we are taking TransAm 2,3, then Lewis & Clark 6, 4, Then Northern Tier 4-6, North Lakes, Lake Erie connector, and Northern Tier 9-11.
We're routing off of ACA routes, south-east around Sharon, Vt, in order to take major rail-trails down to Portsmouth, and then we'll take train into Boston.
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