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Jan
28
comment Does a hybrid pannier / backpack exist?
I suspect the only way to achieve something remotely practical (without regard to cost) would be to have two panniers that would somehow be joined into a single backpack.
Jan
28
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
I have used the oxidative heating packets (the small ones for your toes) before and they work pretty well. The main problem is that they (and the other schemes) take up space, and you really don't want your shoes any tighter.
Jan
28
comment Does a hybrid pannier / backpack exist?
But the setup is highly likely to have serious ground clearance and heel clearance problems, not to mention being badly unbalanced.
Jan
28
comment Does a hybrid pannier / backpack exist?
I suspect you're trying to optimize the wrong component. You can buy an inexpensive frameless rucksack that will be better than any pannier-converted-to-backpack, and Campmor lists an external frame unit for $39.95. The frameless unit could be folded up and stuffed in a pannier (or strapped on top) if need be.
Jan
28
comment Does a hybrid pannier / backpack exist?
And note that your typical full-sized pannier has about half the volume of full-sized standard backpack.
Jan
28
comment Does a hybrid pannier / backpack exist?
There are (or at least used to be) panniers that were designed to convert to a backpack while off the bike. But generally they were intended for commuter/day use, not touring.
Jan
27
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
This is info I read via the icebike.org site. But that was probably 10 years ago.
Jan
27
comment Do I need to plug internal cable routing ports?
@Vorac - Don't seal the frame up tight. There need to be vent holes, at least, and in some cases the cable holes are serving this purpose. Try to "seal" to prevent water entry but not totally block airflow, especially with the lower port.
Jan
27
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
The two biggest hazards (other than falls and collisions with motor vehicles) are frostbite and airway injury. I've experienced airway injury cycling in temps around zero F (foolishly cycling hard when I could have taken it easy), and it's bound to be a much more difficult problem at -50 where even a single deep unprotected breath can be problematic.
Jan
27
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
In extremely cold temps the tires get "interesting". The rubber is so stiff that tubes are hardly needed, and sometimes so stiff that the tire separates from the rim and the rim spins inside the tire.
Jan
27
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
I think the issue is not snow but cold.
Jan
27
comment Do I need to plug internal cable routing ports?
Water will make it's way in regardless, if the bike is used much in the rain (or left out in the rain). The water needs a way to get out.
Jan
26
comment How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?
You might check out icebike.org . The site hasn't been updated in about 8 years, but it still has some good info.
Jan
26
comment What kind of crank extractor do I need
Yep, the important thing is that the large thread of the extractor body match the large thread the cap screwed into. I think the CWP7 is the one that has two different sizes to handle most square cranks, and it's been a good tool for me, through two bikes.
Jan
25
comment Why do bikes have their drivetrains on the right?
Of course, in the Wright Brothers' day frames were commonly made of wood.
Jan
24
comment Information about an old frame
The rear dropout is a very nice one, probably forged, so again a good quality bike. Only one lug, though it looks to be positioned more for rack than fenders, which is unusual. Can't make out the front dropout.
Jan
24
comment Information about an old frame
Some shots of the dropouts would be helpful.
Jan
24
comment Information about an old frame
The cutaways on the lugs are pretty extreme, suggesting this was originally sold as a lightweight bike -- not inexpensive.
Jan
24
comment Information about an old frame
The rear would not have been indexed with downtube shifters.
Jan
24
comment Are 130 BCD chainsets stiffer than 110 BCD?
I doubt that there's a substantial difference, one way or the other. Depends more on the quality of the components than the BCD.