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Gear Talk / Re: Help me accesorize my Surly LHT
« on: December 20, 2012, 03:18:27 am »
Fenders installed - easy once you've screwed it up once :)  Here is what my bike looks now, fully loaded.  Thanks everyone for their advice.  Now I will start bike touring Florida for the next 15 months and then do my Souther Tier route end of March, 2014.

love that color

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Gear Talk / Re: shifters
« on: December 02, 2012, 03:27:38 am »
Hehehe...this sounds like the marketing KoolAid pushed by the bike component companies to replace perfectly functioning components to the non-racing majority of cyclists.

I'm not drinking...

Jay
You are absolutely right.  All modern bike components are nothing but an evil conspiracy by rapacious manufacturers to fool gullible riders into spending large amounts of money on things of no value.  You obviously see through their nefarious intent.

My response was to the "relative inaccessibility" remark. Do most people using down tube shifters put a box around them to reduce their access? It seems that many generations got along just fine with their relatively inaccessible down tube shifters.

I never said that other shifters have no value. Please try not to change my words to make a ridiculous point.


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Gear Talk / Re: shifters
« on: December 01, 2012, 04:16:29 am »
I will say that I rather enjoyed using down tube shifters on my Southern Tier ride.  The simpler approach just seemed to fit with the minimalist approach I took for the trip in general.
OK, but isn't the Southern Tier about the flattest cross country route available?  The relative inaccessibility of downtube shifters isn't a handicap under those riding conditions.

Hehehe...this sounds like the marketing KoolAid pushed by the bike component companies to replace perfectly functioning components to the non-racing majority of cyclists.

I'm not drinking...

Jay

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Routes / Re: Cycling in the U.K.
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:58:19 pm »
We spent a few weeks in Wales and England and used the Sustrans routes as  a guide. They strive for low to traffic-free routes but this means that you are often on tiny B roads that are more sheep habitat than roads. These are often easily bypassed by a slightly bigger road with light traffic.

If paper Sustrans maps aren't your thing and you will be using a Garmin GPS, Open Cycle Map sells the same routes preloaded on a microSD chip. If your GPS is compatible, you just need to plug the chip in and everything is available to you. Their prices and delivery are top notch. When I ordered mine, I was already in southern England at a B&B. Andy was delayed in mailing  it out so he took it to the post office and mailed it overnight, no extra charge. If you know anything about Royal Mail, you know that they aren't the most customer service oriented organization. I was able to pick up the package at the post office on the way to the train station the next morning as we headed out on day 1.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Saddle help
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:48:06 pm »
I agree that good quality shorts make a huge difference. That said, however, I spent a month touring Wales this past summer wearing a pair of merino wool boxer briefs and nylon shorts. My Brooks saddle was ridiculously comfortable with this setup.

As it was previously said, you have to find what works for you. On tours I prefer non-bike specific clothing since there is so much more to do than just ride. On daily rides,  I'll usually wear good cycling shorts as I tend to push harder on those rides and a little bit of padding is never a bad thing.

Of course, YMMV...

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Help me accesorize my Surly LHT
« on: August 18, 2012, 02:13:17 am »
Mirror - it'll save your life.
Very low gearing ratios
Good luck I love my Surly LHT - just about to take into the hills of Wales  ;D

My wife and I just returned from a month touring those hills and more on our new LHTs!!!

To the OP...
If you get the medium sized Ortleib handlebar bag, just get the map case that goes with it. If you are carrying camping gear and riding solo, plan for front and rear bags. It's always nice to have room for groceries when camping is miles beyond the last store.

We chose the SKS thermoplastic? fenders and Tubus Cargo and Duo racks. The Duo is nice if you are packing and shipping your bike since they are small and independent.

Good call on checking with LBS on sizing. I've ridden 56 cm c-c road and touring bikes for over 30 years and ended up buying a 54 cm LHT with 26" wheels. The 56 was too stretched out to be comfortable very long.

Personally, I think the 700 vs 26 arguments are mostly blowing smoke, equivalent to mental masturbation. For most of us, touring will happen within easy reach of UPS/DHL/FedEx, not east of Ulan Bator, so replacement parts will be reasonably available in a short time. I'm using 2.0 Marathon Supremes and my wife still has the stock 1.6 Conti's on them.

Of course, YMMV.

Jay

Peterberger Bike Adventures

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Gear Talk / Re: Tour Bike Gearing
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:28:19 pm »
My personal preferences and experiences lead me to recommend:

1. Your gearing cannot be too low. Even if you rarely use the lowest gears, your knees will thank you.  The high end tends to be ridiculously high in a touring set up. If I'm going that fast, it's time to coast!!!

2. 28 mm tires would be my absolute minimum size for touring and that would be only on a credit card tour. If you are self-supported, think 38+. Think tortoise, not hare when loaded down.

I ride slick 28s on my regular road bike on all sorts of roads, paved and unpaved, graded and double track trails. They handle all conditions well. For me to enjoy myself on a long tour however, comfort is paramount above all else. This has led me to put 50 mm tires on my current touring bike. They are plenty fast enough for a loaded bike that will likely see less than ideal conditions on tour.

Of course, YMMV.

Good luck and maybe we'll see you down the road,
Jay

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Routes / Re: Help - Is there a safe route from Portland to the sea?
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:23:09 pm »
Pat, a thing to consider when deciding what route to "The Coast" to take is where on the coast do you want to start (or does it matter)? Each route out to the coast ends in a different place. If you really want to do the whole Oregon coast (a worthy endeavor), then you should choose one of the two routes that go to Astoria, either US 30 or 202/47/Banks-Vernonia (which I heartily recommend.) Astoria is a cool little town worth a visit.

If you are more pressed for time and/or don't mind skipping sections of the northern Oregon coast, then you should use 6/8 or another southerly route like Nestucca River Road.

If you go via the Nestucca, give me a shout. You'll go right by as you head through wine country.

Jay

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Routes / Re: Help - Is there a safe route from Portland to the sea?
« on: June 26, 2012, 01:20:56 pm »
If you are still in the Portland area this Saturday, I'd be happy to drive you out to the coast.

Jay

I am sorry if this is an old topic - I am on tour, and only have a Kindle, and topic searches are torture.

Is there a reasonably safe bike route from Portland to the sea?  We were on the PCH tour.  The hub on my wife's bike required a real bikeshop, so we took AMTRAK from Centralia to Vancouver.  We are in the "now what mode ".  We really don't want to go back ul to Centralia (getting really bad vibes from there and just want to movenon.

Thoughts????

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General Discussion / Re: New Reality Show About Racing
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:29:02 pm »
First posts are always interesting... :-X

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Routes / Re: Mexican Border to San Diego AMTRAK
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:01:10 pm »
+1 for the trolley.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: April 01, 2012, 04:29:56 pm »
There are number of bicycles originating in Europe that match the type of touring models mentioned by DaveB, Thorn, etc.

In response to inquiry to Koala Bike Store, UK, http://www.koalastoreonline.com/, which advertises Cannondale, Jamis, Novara, etc at discount prices, I received the following reply,

"We do not accept paypal due to the inability of PayPal to confirm that an address is verified in their payment system.

Western Union is what other customers in your country have been paying and their items has been delivered without any problem."

Another reported receiving the following reply to his inquiry,

"we are unable to process all credit cards due to the problem we are currently facing with our credit card processor, our credit card processor developed issues because of large volume of order we are having at the moment due to the ongoing promo we are currently running to all our new and existing customers."

Again, it was requested funds be sent by Western Union.

I do not know if firm is legitimate or not, but the requests payment be sent by Western Union suggests caution.

Danger Will Robinson...

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General Discussion / Re: Pacing on a long distance ride
« on: March 27, 2012, 12:42:34 pm »
For us, touring is typically about the journey more than the destination. Over many years, my average daily mileage has decreased from the 70's to a average target of about 60 miles per day. This allows for plenty of riding, stopping and lazy mornings. We make a point to stop every 1-2 hours for a 5-10 minute recharge break as well.

If there is a need to ride 80 - 100 miles in a day, we get up early, have a quick breakfast and get moving. But to do this regularly defeats our view of touring.

Of course, YMMV.

Jay

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It's an easy and scenic bike ride south along the coast from B'ham too Highway 20 and then Anacortes is just a few miles west of there.
The coastal part is known as Chuckanut Drive.  Locals can direct you there easily.

Famous last words???

Seriously, this is a lovely and easy ride.

Jay

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Gear Talk / Re: For CC Touring:Trek 1.2 or Surly LHT?
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:53:06 am »
Yes Joe B, the LBS that I use now could order the bike, but I wanted to ride one first and they did not stock any.   The shop where I purchased the bike had several and since my height was a "tweener", I rode a 56" and 54" to see which was the better fit.  The guy that sold me the bike had ridden to work on a LHT and had been on several long trips with it.   I couldn't get that and the advice at my LBS.  I still want to patronize the local, and will every chance I get, but I think I made the right call in this case.
Took the maiden voyage on the LHT today and I really, really like how it rides.  Very smooth.  Only did 27 miles, and of course unloaded except for a small rack bag, but she's a lot gentler on my body than the Trek 1.2.  The Surly is heavier, but for some reason I rode about .5 to 1 mph above my normal pace.   Love the bike!

I was in the same position recently. The Trek 560 I've been riding for 26 years is a 56 c-c and the 56 LHT was easily too big. The 54 fits like a glove. I only found this out by driving to a shop that actually stocks Surlys. It is a comfortable and predictable ride. I've been putting some miles on it through my daily commute and some longer weekend rides and I'm very happy with the purchase. Racks and fenders have been installed and my new Ortleibs arrive later this week. Time to hit the road!!!

Enjoy the ride,
Jay

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