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Gear Talk / Re: Best Brake pads
« on: May 02, 2011, 07:35:24 pm »
I second installing the drum break as well.  We find it useful when descending in the rain on our tandem with just the two of us and a very light load.

Routes / Re: Paris to Prague to
« on: May 02, 2011, 07:29:04 pm »
French people will be very helpful if you learn a few phrases in French and always begin with a greeting such as "Bon Jour."  Rick Steves' travel books are excellent resources for country/people information (not for bike travel.)  Cyclists are respected in Europe, even by the truckers!

General Discussion / Re: Shakedown Trip, still concerned
« on: May 02, 2011, 07:22:55 pm »
How can you argue with that?!

General Discussion / Re: Shakedown Trip, still concerned
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:38:53 pm »
A great hydration drink is Vitalyte.  It has much less sugar than most so you can drink more and not over do the simple carbs.  I have also diluted Gatorade/Powerade which makes them go down easier and keeps the stomach happier.

Gear Talk / Re: Tandem crank legth
« on: May 01, 2011, 12:33:13 pm »
I agree with getting out and riding the tandem.  I have a Santana from the mid 80s which is very different from my road bike; but I also ride it very differently.  You don't mention having ridden the bike yet.  Ride it for a while and make a change only if you really fee the need to do so, not just based on your research.  Enjoy!

In my observations both in the car and on the bike, yellow stands out more.  I look like a clown in yellow, so I wear my club jersey and vest which are red black and yellow with white letters.

San Diego has so-so public transportation.  There is a semi decent bus system and all buses have bike racks on the front.  The web site for the bus and the trolley system is

San Diego is both bike-friendly and bike-hostile depending on where you ride.  Here is a link to bike maps of the city

If you have some idea of what area of the city you plan to visit, I can give you some ideas.  I have lived in San Diego my entire 53 years and have been biking it since I was 15.

General Discussion / Re: Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 16, 2011, 11:57:20 pm »
It would be interesting to find out what tire pressure your friend runs on his bike.  My experience is that way too many people run the highest pressure the tires will hold on their road bikes.  It can cause poor handling and at high speed going downhill, one could lose contact with the pavement due to a very small bump and crash.  I'm not discounting the possibility of fainting, but it could also be something very simple.

General Discussion / Re: Possible cause of crashes?
« on: April 13, 2011, 07:26:52 pm »
As a 200+ pound rider, I have turned myself inside out on long hard climbs.  I have never felt anything but wonderful on the way down the other side!  I have low blood pressure and sometimes black out just from standing up quickly; never experienced any thing like than in many miles of suffering on the bike.  Just my experience...

General Discussion / Re: Touring
« on: April 10, 2011, 01:40:22 pm »
Maybe you leave a little earlier and let him break camp and clean up!  Just make sure you are both completely clear about the route.

I don't think your bike has eyelets for racks in the back.  You could use a seat post mounted pack, but they don't recommend using that with a carbon seat post.  Another choice is the Jandd Mountain Wedge III which is a very large seat bag with bungees that can mount to seat stays with an adapter.  I read in Road Bike Action Mag about two guys who did a credit card tour from Victoria BC to Tijuana using that setup.   Good luck with your trip!

General Discussion / Re: southern tier route
« on: April 09, 2011, 10:41:19 pm »
We just got some snow the past few days in the San Diego back country.  Not too much, but enough to require chains on some roads.

You may want to take a look at your tires.  23 or 25mm tires are normal on most road bikes.  You could probably switch to 28mm tires such as Conti Gatorskins which are very durable and should fit your frame.  Bigger tires are more comfortable for long hours in the saddle as you can run lower pressure without getting pinch flats.  A good pump such as the Topeak road Morph G will make it easier to top up your tires in the morning, the gauge is great and it works more like a floor pump than a typical hand pump.

You may be able to make your bike less aggressive by flipping the stem over and putting in a spacer. I did this to my Bianchi 928 which is race-oriented, and it keeps my back and neck much happier on long rides.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Welcome to Bicycle Route 66!
« on: April 05, 2011, 10:46:35 pm »
On a visit to Flagstaff AZ I needed some quick help with a bike problem.  Absolute Bikes on Rt 66 near the heart of town gave good service quickly and at a reasonable price. 

Is this the kind of information that is helpful for this effort?

General Discussion / Re: Mistakes and Attitude while on the road.
« on: April 05, 2011, 10:33:10 pm »
Some good thought-provoking comments.  I like the best of both worlds: to use forums, books, and other resources to learn from others and find out what you don't know; but then don't obsess if you don't have the best of everything and have not considered every possible twist and turn.  These days it's very easy to be paralyzed by having too much information.

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