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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a combination road / light touring bike
« on: November 16, 2015, 12:11:03 pm »
Titanium is not the dream bike tubing it once was, but that is what you want, go for it. I still recommend a randonneuring bike for its versatility, but if your touring is going to be strictly limited to van supported tours, any road bike, particularly one suited for long events, will do. I recommend one that will take wide tires, up to 28-32mm, with fenders. Even if you don't want fenders now, you may later. Building a bike from a frame is a project; be forewarned. I carefully chose components for a custom frame, only to make many changes until I got the bike I was ultimately satisfied with.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a combination road / light touring bike
« on: November 12, 2015, 07:51:47 pm »
I recommend you buy a randonneuring bike. Typically they have brifters instead of bar ends and separate brake levers, braze-ons for rear rack but not front, enough clearance for 28-32 tires and fenders if desired, two water bottle mounts instead of three, a slightly livelier frame than a fully loaded touring frame, maybe two instead of three chainwheels, and maybe little higher low gearing. Rivendell Atlantis fills that niche; not so popular since price went up, but will illustrate concept, Number of lower cost similar alternatives.   

Routes / Re: cheap camping near charlottesville va.
« on: October 27, 2015, 11:46:20 am »
I bicycled from Florida to New York this summer following the Atlantic Coast Trail. I was quoted up to $70 for a campsite.

Going south to north, after Florida expect hills. Not at all times, but they will be there.

Classifieds / SOLD: Superlight Tent
« on: September 29, 2015, 03:21:40 pm »
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL-1, $177.49 plus shipping.

Features: Free standing. Neutral color. One of the most popular solo backpacking, bicycle touring tents sold. Good head room; can sit up, unless very tall. Double wall tent; mitigates condensation problems of single wall tents. Very lightweight; 3 lb. total (Big Agnes says 2 lb, 9 oz, if comparing to other tent specs), including tent bag, poles, pole bag, stakes, and stake bag. Can use inner and outer tents together or separately. Tent poles are short enough to fit inside my pannier.

Inner tent is brand new. Outer is in excellent condition. This tent sells for $280.00. (This is the late model with clips for fast erection.)

More information at Big Agnes website,

Gear Talk / Re: List of tools
« on: September 14, 2015, 12:30:13 pm »
I've never seen so many tools to carry. I can hold all the tools and spare parts I carry in palm of one hand, not counting spare tubes and pump, and I've toured up to 5000 miles. My bikes have derailleur drives, which may reduce carrying spare parts.

Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700cx35 Hybrid, Touring. or Commuting Tire, with Smartguard. Less than 500 miles. How many miles will you get? Schwalbe says, "The Marathon Plus is outstanding with its extremely high mileage of approx. 8000 to 15000 km". What about flat protection? Schwalbe says, "flatless"; I say, maybe get a flat, but this is Schwalbe's best yet tire for durability and flat protection. A reviewer says also faster than Marathon Supreme. Have two; sold separately. $32.99 plus shipping. $5 discount on total if buy both. This tire sells for $59.09.

Classifieds / SOLD: Bontrager Deluxe Rear Rack *
« on: August 31, 2015, 03:24:11 pm »
Take-off; mounted, but few or no miles; looks new. Unique design allows mounting panniers without interfering with loads mounted on top of rack; also allows clearance for large feet. Sells for $50.00. $30.00 plus shipping.

I see no size on rack; came off 51cm 700c bike; is adjustable.

Numbers 2-7; Addendums updated to 2014. Very good condition; some notes. $42.99. These sell for $94.50.

Number of respondents have asked to buy part of this trove; price is low to sell all. Shipped free in USA.

Phantom Rackless Handlebar Roll (Front Pannier Substitute). 11x7x3 inches. Only 8.4 ounces; holds 6 - 8 liters. Attractive, durable; made with rugged Hypalon and 1000d Cordura. Dry bag closure. Zip exterior pocket. Can be used with Phantom handlebar bag or alone. Multi-purpose attachment webbing on bottom,back and top for attaching other add on bags. Hand crafted by small Canadian company; rarely offered other than factory direct. Black/grey. Excellent condition. Sells for $100. $65 plus shipping.

Classifieds / SOLD: Phantom Handlebar Bag
« on: August 30, 2015, 09:46:44 pm »
Phantom Handlebar Bag. 11x7x3 inches. Less than 8 ounces; holds 2 1/2 liters. Attractive, durable; made with rugged Hypalon and 1000d Cordura. Two zippers plus two Velcro closures for access. Map case outside. Mesh pocket inside. Can be used with Phantom rackless handlebar roll or alone. Hand crafted by small Canadian company; rarely offered other than factory direct. Black/grey. Very good condition. Sells for $90. $50 plus shipping.

Classifieds / SOLD: Touring Bicycle
« on: August 26, 2015, 04:15:36 pm »
Fuji Custom 54cm Touring Bicycle, two years old, $475.

New saddle, brake lever hoods, brake blocks, and bar tape. Professionally tuned by bike shop for this sale to be ready to roll.

Shimano XT rear derailleur upgrade over stock Deore. Upgrade seatpost. Gearing lowered from stock to 16 gear inches; high, 103 gear inches. 46-34-22 chainwheel sizes are optimally chosen, and largest chainwheels are ramped and pinned. 12-36 9-speed cogset. Dura-Ace bar end friction shifters. Cantilever brakes, 700cx32 tires.

Braze-ons for racks front and rear. Drillings for fenders. Spoke holder. Cogset chain protector. Reflective patches on rims. No pedals. Minor touch-up/decals to look nice.

This bicycle sold for $1100 without upgrades. Others are asking same price for similar touring bikes 30 to 40 years old. Buyer pays $35 for professional packing and provides shipping label.

I don't know about a headlight, but it sounds like you need one of these $5 brackets for your tail light.

I don't recommend this bracket. Have one, minus the taillight; fell out several times. Last time couldn't find the light. While the light could be popped in and out of the bracket without tools, it required a screwdriver to change batteries. What thinking!

Routes / Re: Foreigner needs assistance with epic solo bike trip.
« on: May 27, 2015, 09:42:31 am »
I've ridden through the Alleghenies; hilly, if that's what you want. I don't know if you'll find 80 percent off road. For hills, Catskills are closer to New York City, your landing. You may be able to combine the Alleghenies and Catskills into a 300 mile loop.

Gear Talk / Re: Single pair of shoes, or bike AND walking shoes?
« on: May 22, 2015, 11:04:09 am »
Your choice; I did the Pacific Coast Route in the fall; no problem being warm enough with Keen sandals. Cleats in the Keen sandals do not touch floor. On every mountain bike shoe I own, the cleats protrude beyond the recess.

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