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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by John Nelson on January 16, 2018, 08:34:54 am »
When did the change take place?
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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by RonK on January 16, 2018, 01:38:17 am »
Is there really an “old” Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool and a “new” Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool? I thought there was only one.
Yes, according to Stein the tool is now machined from solid billet.

http://www.jastein.com/Html/Cassette_Lock3.htm
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General Discussion / Re: From NY to Florida. From Florida to California and beck no NY&
« Last post by Loader on January 16, 2018, 01:33:09 am »
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This is something you make on tour or at home before you leave?
Аt home. This composition can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for several months or even years. It does not spoil.
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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by John Nelson on January 16, 2018, 01:03:30 am »
Is there really an “old” Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool and a “new” Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool? I thought there was only one.

I have a Stein Mini Cassette Lock Ring tool and have used it a number of times out on the road. Works fine. I don’t think I’d want to use a FiberFix for thousands of miles, although I have used a FiberFix many times as a temporary fix.
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This is something you make on tour or at home before you leave?
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General Discussion / Re: From NY to Florida. From Florida to California and beck no NY&
« Last post by Loader on January 16, 2018, 12:41:44 am »
Nutrient mixture.

When I go to more or less distant bike tours, I take with myself a nutritious mixture, two or three teaspoons of which restore my strength at halt.

I have been doing this mixture for many years myself, so share a recipe.

I take the raw chocolate (without sugar), straighten it in a stainless steel saucepan (about half the volume), then add there the salted cow butter, honey, crushed walnuts and picas nuts, raisins and dried cherries.

Sweetness can be regulated by the amount of honey in the composition.

I let the molten mass cool down a little and I pour it into a plastic container that is not afraid of transportation.

Of course, for many modern young people, this magic balsam seems to be a very unhelpful meal, but believe me, it reinforces the strength considerably.

Ten years ago, when I and my son traveled around  Alaska, this sweet compound and drinking alcohol, which I give to infuse on kayenne pepper and honey with honeycomb, was always with us.

And the drink and the composition suited our friends in Alaska very well. ;D


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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by RonK on January 15, 2018, 11:08:51 pm »

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

Fiberfix Emergency Spoke Reveiw

Ron, I looked at the video for the Fiberfix...pretty cool. Thanks for sharing...first time I've seen this. To be honest, I've never replaced a spoke--have never broken one, so just haven't needed to. For my tour this summer I was planning to just tape a couple extra spokes somewhere on my bike frame to have "just in case". Is the Fiberfix a better option or would this be just as good in your view? Thanks.
The advantage of the Fiberfix spoke is that you don't need to remove the cassette if a drive side spoke breaks.

When a spoke breaks it's not uncommon for the stress to cause other spokes to break, or for the wheel to become so out of true it's not rideable. But with a Fiberfix spoke you can make a temporary repair on the spot in a matter of minutes

On a longer tour it may be a good idea to carry some spare spokes in case the correct length spokes for a permanent repair are difficult to source. You can store them inside a flat handlebar, or inside the seat post with some foam packing to wedge them in place.

And don't forget the Fiberfix can be used over and over.
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Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Chain Whip Vs Lightweight Chainwhip for Bicycle Touring?
« Last post by Figaro on January 15, 2018, 09:45:38 pm »

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

Fiberfix Emergency Spoke Reveiw

Ron, I looked at the video for the Fiberfix...pretty cool. Thanks for sharing...first time I've seen this. To be honest, I've never replaced a spoke--have never broken one, so just haven't needed to. For my tour this summer I was planning to just tape a couple extra spokes somewhere on my bike frame to have "just in case". Is the Fiberfix a better option or would this be just as good in your view? Thanks.
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Gear Talk / Re: Can I use a carbon road bike for ultralight touring
« Last post by Bclayden on January 15, 2018, 09:19:58 pm »
I've toured extensively with an off-the-shelf Trek Madone road bike.  Upgraded the wheelset from Bontrager to Mavic but otherwise stock.  I travel super light CC style with one medium saddle bag and a 2 Liter Camelback backpack....that's it.  It's a good setup for covering high mileage. Bike has over 30,000 miles with no problems.  Traveling with heavy panniers and other weight might be a bit much for my lightweight rig however.

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General Discussion / Re: Tourist stickers
« Last post by dayjack119 on January 15, 2018, 08:16:45 pm »
Stickers or decals are usually too big to put on my bike so I scissors the name or whatever I can use.  So I guess I could use any kind of decal with the name I want.
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