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The biggest annoyance I had on the back roads of Kentucky were drivers who refused to pass even when they could see well ahead and I waved them by. We ran across a few of them and I found them really annoying.I've had this happen in several places, not just KY. The real problem isn't with the driver who won't pass, it's with the cars trapped behind them. They tend to blame the bicyclist, not the incompetent driver in front of them.
[The problem of balance and control comes when you suddenly are going downhill and not uphill at that gearing.That's why bikes have shift levers. When the grade breaks, you shift to a higher gear. Roads don't suddenly change grades like falling off a cliff, you should be able to easily see it approaching.
So I am grinding up hill using 20 inch gearing and now have to dive towards the side of the road. No way I can spin fast enough to maintain control of the bike and stay out of the ditch!!Uh, why would you have to "dive toward the side of the road"? Do you ride right down the middle normally?
Well SlowAndSlower, you are not living up to your nom de plume.That's why I can't understand those who claim they don't want very low gears because they can; "walk the bike faster". No one can push a loaded bike up a steep hill as fast as they can ride it.
22x36@90rpm yields around 5mph on my 29er tires. Balance and control is not particularly difficult at that pace.
Shimano Deore mountain bike long rear derailleur, fairly new, 9 or 10 speed model.For use with 10-speed road shifters you must use a 9-speed era MTB rear derailleur. The current 10-speed MTB rear derailleurs have a different cable pull requirement and won't work with 10-speed road shifters.
Broken screws are "common" in auto repair so there are a few devices available that will allow you to retrieve it. Most auto parts store will most likely have one you can purchase. Sears may also have them in stock.They are called EZ-Outs but require drilling a pilot hole in the broken stub to let them work. That's not easy with a typical M5 bolt.
I have 52/11 and very often wish I had a higher gear, and I have never raced.Really? A 52/11 is 127 gear-inch and gives 38 mph at 100 rpm. Can you really ride that fast except on a big downhill where you would go as fast or faster by just tucking in and coasting? My problem with the excessive use of 11T cogs is that you give up a far more useful interior cog to get it.
One should also consider that you can walk up to a farm and ask if you can use their wrenches etc for a few minutes.I wonder how many farm have a set of metric Allen wrenches. Some tools you should carry with you.
Yes, a master link I had no idea what they were called! I never had a broken chain on tour, but did once when I borrowed a rusty old bike for a day. Resulted in a 9 mile walk back. Master links are very cheap and take no space at all. Well worth having just in case!Remember, master links aren't universal. They come in a variety of widths to match 7/8, 9, 10 and 11-speed chains and you need to have the one that matches your chain.
Here we are crossing Brenner Pass, Austrian and Italian Border. Made it with a 38x17 on my 26" Co-Motion Pangea Rohloff.....Seem you left that word out of your earlier posting.