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But really, I enjoy my bar-end shifter bike as much as my Ergo shifter bike, and which shifters I use makes approximately zero difference in how well I climb.
My personal objection to barends (and yes, I have them on one of my bikes) is not functionality but accessibility.  The work well but I find them very difficult to get to if I discover I need a lower gear in the middle of a climb.  If you can anticipate your shifts and shift while seated, fine.  If you are surprised by the grade and need to shift while standing, they are awkward at best.

STI/Ergo and "Retroshift" brifters can be shifted any time with minimal hand movement so being in the wrong gear can be corrected immediately.

Gear Talk / Re: Crankset Options
« on: July 05, 2016, 08:04:51 am »
All downtube (and barend) shifters are friction for front shifting so your Dura Ace downtube levers can be used with nearly any crank. 

The 10-speed Dura ace crank is a poor choice for a touring bike.  The 52T big chainring is indeed too large when paired with the common 11xXX 10-speed wide range cassette and the granny chainring is bolted to the middle chainring, not a separate bolt circle, so the 30T granny ring is the smallest that will fit.  You need a smaller granny ring in the range of 22T or 24T and that requires a crank with a 74 mm or smaller granny chainring bolt circle.

Shimano makes both MTB and "Trekking" cranks that are far more suitable and your downtube shifters will work with any of them. 

General Discussion / Re: Mississippi River barge ride
« on: July 01, 2016, 05:48:41 pm »
After reading some of their log, it appears things have changed a lot.  Thanks for sending that.  What gutsy girls.  It was another age, simple and relaxed.
Uhh, I don't think 1943 was a "simple and relaxed" age. 

Gear Talk / Re: LHT 26" wheels
« on: June 21, 2016, 01:18:28 pm »
Had some Mavic Open Pro rims that cracked at the eyelets.  So I don't like Mavic rims.
The earliest rim failure I ever had was with a Mavic Open 4CD which cracked at 11,000 miles but I've also had marvelous service from two sets of Mavic CXP-33 rims which are still going strong at over 35,000 miles each so you really can't generalize.

General Discussion / Re: Is this considered bikepacking?
« on: June 16, 2016, 06:27:13 pm »
Actually I think that's a subset of Bike Touring.  I'd call it "Credit Card Touring" since you aren't carrying a tent, sleeping gear or cooking gear.

Hmmm.  About 25 years ago when I did that in Europe I don't think I even had a credit card.  Paid cash for everything.  Was I "Cash Touring"?  And the real tourists who camp and cook, are they not allowed to use cash or credit cards at stores when buying supplies?  Do they have to barter for goods?
Cute.  "Credit card touring" is, of course, a modern term for touring while staying in hotels/motels and eating in restaurants or buying prepared food no matter how it is (or was) really paid for.   Then again, 25 years ago was 1991 and credit cards most certainly were in use but maybe no one trusted you to have one.   :P

General Discussion / Re: Is this considered bikepacking?
« on: June 16, 2016, 12:17:47 pm »
Actually I think that's a subset of Bike Touring.  I'd call it "Credit Card Touring" since you aren't carrying a tent, sleeping gear or cooking gear. 

If she will ride with you on the tandem but isn't willing to camp, can you consider a "credit card tour"?   That is, you carry your clothing and accessories on the bike but stay in hotels/motels and eat mostly in restaurants.  So no tent, sleeping bags, etc. and minimal to no cooking gear.  It will obviously be more expensive but should get past her dislike of camping.

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 24, 2016, 06:38:39 pm »
To some extent it depends on who is asking.  A few years ago another couple and my wife and I took a winter vacation in FL.   We were there for 10 days and the other guy and I rode about 300 miles in that time, just day rides for two or three hours in between other activities with our wives.  When we got back and were asked about our riding we got two types of responses.

The non-riders said something like; "WOW, 300 miles!  Did you do anything but ride???"
The riders said; "Only 300 miles huh?  I guess you didn't ride much."

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:06:18 pm »
Joking aside, I think most tourists say what their typical riding day is and mention the occasional (or routine) day off as not in the calculation.

General Discussion / Re: How to figure average miles per day
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:05:38 am »
Do you want to have the information for yourself or to impress others?  For yourself divide the total distance by the number of total trip days.  For others divide the total distance by the number of riding days.  Also, emphasize the really long day(s) for best effect.

General Discussion / Re: Biking across America
« on: May 20, 2016, 08:46:16 am »
If you are planning for this summer (2016) you are really pushing it and I wouldn't advise it at all.  If you plan for next summer, (2017), yes it's quite doable.

First, do a lot of reading here for advise on bike and camping gear selection and recommendations. 

There are several great touring bikes available in your size.  Some popular choices are the Surly Long Haul Trucker,  Trek 520, and many others.  You will want to try a few out to see which one suits you best. Unfortunately very few bike dealers stock touring bikes so you will have to shop around and probably special order your chosen bike.

Suitable camping gear is available from REI, ACA's catalog and numerous other sources so, again, do your home work.

Finally, ride a lot to get in shape and take a basic maintenance course to learn at least how to fix a flat tire and basic bike adjustments. 

General Discussion / Re: Demands on energy
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:30:10 pm »
I'm not sure I understand the original post.  Eating "wholesome food" is no doubt a laudable goal, but to then supplement that with prepackaged junk seems to defeat the purpose.   
Using "prepackaged junk" as a suplement and quick energy source doesn't defeat the purpose of eating healthy foods most of the time.   We are not recommending junk as a routine diet, just a special event expedient.   

General Discussion / Re: Demands on energy
« on: May 16, 2016, 08:55:04 am »
I'm usually not prone to "bonk" on even long rides if I eat at decent intervals, say every 20 - 30 miles, but on one century ride I really felt hungry and weak at the 85 mile point since I hadn't eaten anything useful at the 75 mile food stop.  A friend noticed I was lagging behind and gave me a couple of "Shot Block" candies.  This was the caffeine and sugar version and it worked miracles.  Within a few minutes I was feeling normal and finished the ride in good shape.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie ISO perfect touring bike
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:16:33 am »
Hmm, a year is a long time to risk going with a non-touring bike. For now, Fuji Touring remains my top choice at the moment. I recently found out I may be able to get a decent discount off Tifosi bikes through my work. The Tifosi Classic looks like it could be decent, any thoughts? Might not have enough gears...
The Tifosi is also not suitable as a touring bike and has the same problems.  Gearing isn't low enough and the components are entry level at best. 

You can spend the money and buy a suitable and durable touring bike right off the bat or spend even more money and frustration trying to make an unsuitable bike work.  It's a "pay me now or pay me later" situation.

The Fuji Touring is the closest you've mentioned to a suitable bike and somewhat lower thasn stock gearing can be had with only a low cost granny chainring change.  Perhaps even a 22T granny chainring will fit if the granny bolt circle is 64 mm as on Shimano's other Trekking cranks.

General Discussion / Re: beckman packs
« on: May 11, 2016, 07:37:04 am »
I believe this should be posted in the "Classified" section of this forum.

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