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After two weeks on the transamerica I can report that a) we're glad we brought the straps because it's not necessary to clip and unclip each time we open the panniers.
If I fly to Bellingham, I would ride the 21 miles up to the border before turning around and heading south.
Anybody else faced similar concerns when doing the Pacific Coast, and which way did you decide? Is it worth the extra cost and border-crossing hassle to go to Vancouver?
Thanks for your thoughts.
dkoloko, where can I find that Berto reference? Google fails me.
I use paraffin riding locally and touring; have done so for decades. Weight of my can of paraffin is 10 oz; could reduce amount of paraffin. Application touring lasts me about 500 miles. This means for a 1000 mile tour I wax once on tour.
Don't forget "and another time every time it rains." Chacun a son gout.
No, no, no, no! About every 500 miles, including rain days. As far as all the trouble to wax every 500 miles, it's less trouble for me to wax than to clean and oil type lubricate chain, and, as explained, I enjoy extra long life from my drivetrain components. The topic originator asked that there be no lube wars. Keep that in mind when you think you have a clever comeback.
Actually I did not invent the idea. Frank Berto did an article for bicycling called building a bicycle for an adult female. He did radial right and 3 cross left. He pointed out nearly all of the torque would be transferred to the left side which is under less stress. You are certain to bust a flange with radial spoking.
Hi Ben -
The only part of the trail that I dislike is around Rochester. There are sections where the tree roots have pushed up the pavement and it a jarring/bumpy ride. There are also some section where you integrate with roads and there was broken glass to deal with. Only around Rochester though from my experience.
The single best bit of advice I've seen regarding SKS fender installation is to make sure you file the ends of the cut fender mounting rods round. Greatly reduces the chance to stab yourself (or your wife).
Deep section rims are more durable and strong and can tolerate fewer spokes that the usual 36 or even 40 often recommended for touring.