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QuoteIt can't apply as much torque as a real pedal wrench, but there's no need to get pedals very tight since precession keeps them from loosening as you ride.Despite the thread arrangement I have had pedals loosen up. A nice thing about the 8mm hex hole is that you can use a torque wrench instead of an allen wrench (at home). Shimano specifies a torque of 35-55N-m (26-41ft-lbs), which I consider to be fairly tight.
How's the difference in scratch resistance? I was concerned that all the salt from my abundant sweat drying on the glasses would scratch the lenses when I clean them. I've always gotten real glass until the ones I got a couple of weeks ago, because I keep my glasses for ten years or more. I still have virtually the same prescription I got 23 years ago (only 1/4 diopter different, which is the minimum).
BTW, I find plastic (polycarbonate) is more difficult to get smear-free when cleaning than glass is.
unless you know why you might want the additional impact/shatter resistance.
By the way, in case I decide to cut the stays myself, any suggestions on exactly how to do this or what tools to use?
I know good roads to get up to the Asheville area at least, and from there US 70 meanders more or less the same corridor I-40, so it should be a good choice; most of the traffic taking the faster interstate, yet still "populated". However it does require me to climb across the Blue Ridge very early in my tour (I'm starting end of February start of March), weather and my own lack of conditioning so early in the year may make this a rather tough start. I would still prefer to travel around "under" (south) of the mountains, through Georgia and Alabama if I can.
Would like to consider an East to West crossing next summer, ending in Oregon. Nobody seems to do it east to west, and I am expecting headwinds is one problem, and the most mountainous rides are at the end instead of getting them out of the way in the beginning, but what are the other reasons not to do trans-Am east to west?
The "mounting" of the front fender shown in the picture I provided simply demonstrates how far away the fender is from the wheel even at its closest setting (without having cut the stays). Because of this distance, the fender won't fit under the head tube/fork at all, which is why I wasn't able to mount it correctly.
cool. What if I carried a very light load and had packets sent to one of the hotels/motels I will visit along the route with top-ups of toiletries, kit etc?
If someone is going lite, then what would you say was the bare minimum kit you would need to take. First aid kit I guess, map, basic bike repair kit. Thanks a lot guys, your help is much appriciated.