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Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:29:58 am »
SKS Longboards on my Surly 700C LHT.  I like em.  They were ok when I got them but great after riding in the rain.

Link with pics and installation video: http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/fe2.htm

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Gear Talk / Re: 9spd-10spd chains
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:24:02 am »
The only time I have broken a chain was the result of seeing how high a gear I could climb a hill with while carrying a load.  In other words, testosterone overload more than likely.  Since that side of the road debacle I have learned to use lower gears and preserve my chains.  I have never broken a chain since.
Even at that did the sideplate crack or did you just pull out a pin?  Most chain failures are from improperly installed special joining pins or, more commonly, from reusing a standard pin on a narrow (8-speed and above) chain.  Sideplate failures are very rare and usually are the result of corrosion or chemical attack from poor cleaning methods.

I certainly agree with staehpj1 that more chains are ruined by aggressive cleaning methods than by neglect.  Particularly harmful is soaking the chain in water based degreaser.  Unless you thoroughly rinse out all of the detergent and completely dry ALL of the water out of the interior the new chainlube will never go where it's needed.

I don't recall what caused the break but do now love my chains enough to set them free and not coddle them.  The occasional wipe when they begin to look chunky from funk and a good soaking with lube.  They are ugly but happy.

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Gear Talk / Re: 9spd-10spd chains
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:17:01 pm »
The only time I have broken a chain was the result of seeing how high a gear I could climb a hill with while carrying a load.  In other words, testosterone overload more than likely.  Since that side of the road debacle I have learned to use lower gears and preserve my chains.  I have never broken a chain since. 

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Gear Talk / Re: best touring frames
« on: December 10, 2013, 03:58:06 pm »
The advent of specific touring bikes probably came from the specialization of bikes that began back in the 80's and 90's.  As "road" bikes became more and more specialized and less and less suitable for touring use, designs that were purpose built for touring were created. 

In the past even sports frames had sufficient frame and fork clearance for reasonably wide tires, long reach brakes, long enough chainstays to provide adequate heel clearance, dropout eyelets were standard and somewhat "relaxed" geometry the norm.   You could mount larger tires, a rear rack, panniers and go tour on it.  As sports framed evolved, clearances got tighter, short reach brakes became standard, eyelets disappeared and geometry got more aggressive.  Hence the touring frame as a separate type.

I have a 1983 Trek 400, sold as a sports bike, and a 1996 Litespeed, also in the same category.  The differences are just what I mentioned above.  The Trek has plenty of clearance for 32 mm tires, dropout eyelets, long reach calipers, a long wheel base and rather relaxed handling.  The Litespeed accepts 23 mm tires and not much more, no eyelets and more aggressive handling.

BTW, a currently available throwback to my Trek 400 is the Surly Pacer.  Again, clearance for large tires, long reach brakes, eyelets, etc.  It's not a pure touring bike but it certainly would work well for all but the heaviest touring.

My old 1991 Raleigh Technium with long cage derailleur was used for club rides and touring.  I loved that bike but it was set aside for others.   It still rests in my garage and is ridden once in a while, but I now prefer my LHT for long distance slower excursions and touring.  My son and I built a Pacer earlier this year and it is wonderful.  It has a triple chainrig and Nitto noodle bars.  I use it for my daily rides with my buds and century rides.  I love both of my Surlys.  They are perfect --- for me.   8)

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General Discussion / Re: I wonder why...........
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:03:35 pm »
Sometimes I'm slow, sometimes I'm fast.  It only matters that I am riding.  The sights and smells are the same, enjoyed differently depending on my mood.  I love to ride in a driving rainstorm. 

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South / Re: Cycling The Natchez Trace
« on: February 19, 2012, 02:28:26 pm »
Oldie but newbie tourer also wants to ride the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez in spring 2012.  Very inexperienced, I've only done a couple of overnighters.   Maybe Natchez to Nashville. 

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