The "conventional wisdom" is that the prevailing wind is from the West so many riders go West to East to take advantage of expected tailwinds. Apparently that is a myth and the headwinds going West to East can be just as pervasive as the other way.
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Being able to brake from the drops is a good skill to have for any brakes.It's good as a skill. It's not so good as an absolute necessity.
Oh the embarrassment. Somehow I'd managed to turn off the Automatic Mode for the thing. i.e. the timer keeps running until you press the start/stop button. There should be a little AT on the display. When all else fails RTFMWell, I'm glad it was that simple and maintains my faith in Cat-Eye cyclocomputers. As I said above I've been using them for many years and never had a reliability problem. Sometimes versatility (auto start vs manual start, odometer reset ability, etc.) leads to inadvertent changes and unwanted changes. Thanks for the update.
As for rim, use what came on the bike. Heavy, wide rims with lots of spokes are great. 36 spokes is best. I suppose 32 will work if you have to use it. But 36 is best. Heavy rims are best for touring. For touring you do not want light. Heavy!Well, I'd qualify that statement. You want STRONG rims and if they have to be heavy, so be it. There are plenty of heavy but not very strong rims and they aren't what you want. Modern modestly deep section rims can be very strong and support 32 spoke lacing without being excessively heavy.
Dave -Excellent posting and I'm fully aware of what you say. Even in European countries where population densities are much higher, distances much shorter and automobile ownership not as universal, passenger rail services are all government subsidized.
Passenger rail financial losses are a long and detailed subject - one that I have been involved with for some time - but also, one far too complex to discuss on cycle touring blogs.....
Almost all passenger rail all over the world has some degree of subsidy......
Remember, also, that the Capitol Limited route - Washington-Cumberland-Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Chicago - is a big money loser for Amtrak and that Amtrak is under considerable political pressure on Capitol Hill to reduce these losses. Annual losses usually exceed $25 million - with annual ridership under 225,000. That means that this train LOSES more than $100 for each passenger carried. It would be nice if Amtrak provided baggage service at Cumberland, but it is very unlikely to happen any time soon given the additional costs such would entail.Wow, if Amtrak can't make money on a highly populated route that includes cities like DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago, where can they make money?
I was thinking about FedX or UPS to ship the bike box and a box of gear. I don't see anyone mentioning this as an option. We can ship it to our first nights destination and put everything together from there.Uhh, I mentioned EXACTLY that option in the third posting of this thread. I said the OP could ship his bike via Fed Ex or UPS to either a bike shop or the hotel/motel where they will stay when they arrive.
. Will the 29er go the way of the 26? I hope to heck not, because I looked at a lot of different 29ers , including the Salsa Fargo and Co-Motion Divide before I bought my Volcanic Vx7. I like it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.No, 29 won't go away as there is still a lot of new stuff being introduced for it. The real marketing ideal is you will buy all three MTB's sizes; 26, 27.5 and a 29.
OP, there is very little functional difference between 26" (AKA 650b) and 700c (AKA 29"), despite confusing and contradictory bicycle industry propaganda. Of more import is the width of the rims and the availability of parts (tubes, rims, tires).This is incorrect. 650B wheels are not 26" wheels in today's lexicon. 26" wheels are ISO 559 and take 26" MTB tires. 650B is 27.5" in today's terminology and they are by no means the same.