A New Engineer on the TAT and TCAT Back to Back Solo with his 690

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rofon, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. rofon

    rofon Adventurer

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    Oh no... Are you repaired now?! TCAT is rough on bike hahaha

    I normally uses steel sprocket, but the one I've bought in Labrador city was aluminum... Not the best but I was hoping to get 600km out of it... It is not to much to ask... Haha well seems it was to much
  2. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile

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    You got only got 275 km before your sprocket became a round disc?
    Even for aluminium that seems crazy.

    How is the chain? A stretched chain on a new sprocket will wear much faster.

    As a chain wears, it becomes longer. When the pitch of the chain is longer than the pitch of the sprocket, all the drive load is transferred through a single tooth on the sprocket at any time, scraping across the tooth surface slightly as load is transferred to the next tooth as it rotates.

    A new chain on a new sprocket distributes the load evenly across all the teeth of the sprocket, and the tooth geometry allows each chain link to lift away from the tooth as that part of the chain leaves the sprocket as it rotates, without any loaded movement across the tooth surface.
  3. Strawdog

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    TCAT is rough on the bike I got my parts sitting in shop but they are closed today glad to hear your back and running.
  4. juno

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    Wow! Sorry I mentioned things were going so well for you!
    But you are almost there!!!
  5. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    No doubt, that is the worst worn sprocket I have ever seen!
  6. OldManJoris

    OldManJoris Rider

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    Rofon, your Delorme tells me you made it.... Big congrats sir, i take my hat off for you. Excellent adventure and great report. This goes with my favorites.
  7. rarepartbuilder

    rarepartbuilder redemption gypsy

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    Congrats from this end of the globe as well. The Delorme track really captures the massiveness of the adventure... enlarge the track and frame that baby!!!

    :thumb
  8. rofon

    rofon Adventurer

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    Yes not very much than 275km on the new sprocket.
    They did have a chain in stock witch was 150$, and since I used a old front sprocket I did not want to change the chain since I only needed 650km! then I would needed a second new chain. So I know that a old chain will wear the sprocket faster, but I did not mind, only 650 km I was repeating in my head.
  9. fasttortoise

    fasttortoise Been here awhile

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    What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations Robin!
  10. rofon

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    Day 32
    From Port-Hope to Grand Falls
    Hey guys so this morning we got up pretty early because we wanted to take the 13h ferry, and we had some millage to do. WE?? yes my bike is still in John's truck in direction of Deer Lake to get some parts. This morning it is sunny so I can see how small is Port-Hope, their is no way I could have found anything in there. It is even worse that searching for a tire in EarFall, On. So we road on the gravel for 100km maybe, then stopped for breakfast, and hit pavement shortly after. I can tell you, the best part of Labrador is on the East coast! This is majestic, I was honestly a little disappointed about the ridding so far, but when you get to the coast it is a huge blast! I took a couples of pictures from the truck since my diver did not want to stop to much cause he wanted to take the ferry and we did not had any reservation.

    So we arrived at the ferry just an hour before departure, got on the ferry without any issues, did the 1h30 crossing and then got in NewfoundLand.
    This is how the bike got on the ferry:
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    Getting closser and closer to the final destination! But my lift endup in Deer Lake so had to figure a way to get parts around there. Phone services are better in NL so I was able to look online and found a dealer. But we are Sunday, so their is noway I can have a reach on someone, and it is normal! So I passed through ADVrider on tent spot list, contact two local rider and ask them what were my options. Both answer St-John's, or Cornerbrook maybe. So wen we got to DeerLake, I asked around if their was any bikeshop of some kind, none. Then spoke to John'h (my private driver...) and ask him if he would mind to bring me to St-John's. So he did accept, and we got back on the road, I paid the hotel that night.
    The ride from the ferry to DeerLake was a very good one, scenic and lots of locals fisherman villages. then you got on the 1, and you go inland, and it get pretty boring. Still now I'm about 4h drive from my final destination.
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  11. rofon

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    Day 33
    From Grand Falls to St-John's
    OH YEAH today I'm making it all the way!
    But first lets start with the RR, even if it is still a truck RR the bike is still on the side in the truck.
    So we got up early again, after a short nigh of sleep because I felt like I was sleeping with Darth Vader, John's breathing machine. But anyway got in the truck after breakfast at the hotel, and on the way we go. Time was going slow, I was waiting to call at 9 to see if any bike shop in St-John's had my parts stock. So I called, and obviously no one had them stock, but 50$ for overnight shipping. So I'm a little pissed but I kind a knew that would be my answer.

    But at least I had a place to stay at @damurph place! So my lift dropped my bike at Dave place and we went in town to order the parts that I needed. they are supposed to get here on tomorrow around noon. After ordering the parts we've made groceries and bough beers, got back home and relax.

    So that being solved, now I'm at the end of the TCAT, so that means I completed to Giant Loop! did not finish it on my bike the way I've planned it, but who cares, I DID IT!!!!!
    Now I got to go on my bike to take a couples official pictures, but that will wait for when I got my parts in!

    Ok what now? well I'm about 2?h drive from home, I get go on slab and get there in a two or three days, or... I can ride NL a little and NS and PEI. I'm not decided wet on witch route or how I'll get back home, but I know fore sure I won't be back in the East coast of Canada in two weeks so better ride it now...
    So tomorrow will be another day 1 on this trip. Day 1 of going back home, should not be a long trip, but I'll see how thinks come along!

    When I'll get home I'll do a recap of my trip and recommendation for fellow that wants to ride the TAT, TCAT and both at once. I also want to make a small compilation of the cost of a such trip, since it was some information that I did not have before leaving.

    Thanks again to all of you to have been part of that adventure, this forum and its people are AWESOME the project would have been so different without it! ... But this is not the END ... not back home wet, so
    Stay tuned for the rest of the adventure, and don't forget to look at the previous post since I'm adding pictures!
  12. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Sad that you had to take the pickup to get around, but, fantastic that someone was willing to take you! Congrats sir, you will remember this one for the rest of your life.
  13. juno

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    Congrats on finishing the Loop Robin! This is something you will remember forever!
    I am looking forward to rest of your trip home and your summation of the Loop!
  14. Strawdog

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    Congrats really enjoyed your posts


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    c-zulu Former Dirt&Bark Burner

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  16. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    First - Absolutely epic and thank you for taking the time to share your ride with us.

    Second - Very interested in the QC part of this as we're headed there this weekend from ON and NB, meeting in Quebec city and looping north until we come back south through Parent and down to Ottawa.
  17. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    :( Wonder what it will be like getting GSA through that section next week....!?
  18. rofon

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    Well if it no to rainy you should be good! If it is take the time it takes, but sure get ready to get slap by branches! But still it'll be fun ;)
  19. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    :lol3 it'll be good fun for sure. Hoping to not have a lot of rain but it'll be what it'll be with one certainty in that it will be fun.
    Yes sticks in the face...funny enough when I post videos they are under the joking name of "Stick in the face productions"

    Hey, your trip was amazing what a great graduation present to give yourself, thanks again for posting up your RR.
  20. stefg

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