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by tbessie
18 Mar 2018, 12:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32x650b touring tires, anyone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: 32x650b touring tires, anyone?

not sure about tough but GRAND BOIS CYPRES 32MM 650B https://www.pelagobicycles.com/grand-bois-cypres-650.html Also https://www.rivbike.com/collections/tires/products/tire-650b-x-2-continental-basketball?variant=3669081161741 I noticed those, but wasn't sure about how good they were. I'll check 'em...
by tbessie
17 Mar 2018, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32x650b touring tires, anyone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: 32x650b touring tires, anyone?

No, I'm afraid not, but what an interesting builder. I thought I knew all of the Repack guys, but clearly not. :D Yeah - I got a bike from Bruce Gordon (who was tangential to those guys), which I'm going to steal some parts from for this bike. It's a great touring bike, but not so much for travelin...
by tbessie
17 Mar 2018, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32x650b touring tires, anyone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

32x650b touring tires, anyone?

Hey all... So I'm having my dream touring bike built; I decided to go for 650b wheels, as 1) this is for an S&S coupled bike, so it'll be slightly easier to fit in the case without as much playing with the parts, and 2) it seems like 26" will be slowly dying while 650b will be slowly taking...
by tbessie
16 Feb 2018, 8:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

My wife and I have owned a couple of Thorn Mk1 Rohloff S&S Nomads since 2007. The bikes (and the couplings) have behaved faultlessly and taken us on a number of overseas tours but we probably used the couplings for just 50% of those flights. I find the operation of the couplings to be an easy o...
by tbessie
16 Feb 2018, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

I did once consider these couplings years ago but then got diverted by other cycling interests. Honest questions though. With such a frame isn't someone still going to use a hard case of some sort? With all the storage issues of that? Is the broken down frame less handy for transporting in a soft o...
by tbessie
14 Feb 2018, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in California
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Touring in California

In 2015 I rode from Astoria, Oregon to San Francisco, CA (where I live). I took the train from San Francisco to Portland, then a coach from Portland to Astoria. Spent the night in Astoria, started the next day. Astoria is at the very top of Oregon, on the coast, so it was a good place to start. It's...
by tbessie
14 Feb 2018, 8:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

so how much would a frame wuth S&S couplings cost? To have a frame converted seems a lot of money then there is a respray My current touring bike is a Surly Long Haul Trucker; I brought it to a well-known local frame builder, who put the couplers on it for something like $600 USD, I think (it's...
by tbessie
11 Feb 2018, 5:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

As things stand today, if you are planning on travelling in remote areas I would choose 26” for drop in availability. There are still more 26” wheels in existence than 650B in the developing world. Quite true. In the near future, I'm just planning on doing tours in North America and Europe. Later o...
by tbessie
5 Feb 2018, 7:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route from southwest France to Munich via the Alps... suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: Route from southwest France to Munich via the Alps... suggestions?

whoof wrote:Reasonably early in your route you are going close to both
Rocamadour
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and the Gouffre de Padirac
gouffre.jpg


Beautiful places! I may add those to the route, thanks!

- Tim
by tbessie
5 Feb 2018, 7:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

I've been reading about 650b wheels (lots of debate about them out there, mostly in the mountain bike world), and also I see that they're not THAT much bigger than 700c. .. I guess they split the difference between 700c and 26". Just for clarity - that is a typo? Ha! Yes, thanks for catching i...
by tbessie
5 Feb 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

Where are you planning on going? 650Bs and 29 ers (700) are rumoured to be spreading to far flung places, but I'm yet to see them outside more developed cities and towns. What keeps the 26 alive is the ubiquitous cheapo Chinese MTB style bikes. Available in every developing country I go to. Once th...
by tbessie
5 Feb 2018, 7:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Re: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

andrew_s wrote:Disc brakes or rim brakes?


I've chosen mechanical disc brakes for this build.

- Tim
by tbessie
5 Feb 2018, 8:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Route from southwest France to Munich via the Alps... suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Route from southwest France to Munich via the Alps... suggestions?

Hi all... I'm going to be riding from my dad's place in southwest France to Munich, and created a route over the prettier parts of the Massif Central, somewhat through the alps, stopping in some cities I'm interested in. I've created the below route, and am curious if anyone has suggestions for rout...
by tbessie
5 Feb 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?
Replies: 30
Views: 1684

Having S&S coupled touring bike built - 26" or 650b?

Hey all... So I'm having a custom touring bike built, and it'll have S&S couplers on it. I've explained why this is useful for me for traveling with the bike, so I won't mention my reasons here (search my posting history if curious). I have a 700c bike with S&S couplers I currently use, and ...