I wonder if the people having trouble with roof mounted fork mounts are the same ones having trouble mounting their wheels in the dropouts properly...leading to the over-abundance of lawyer lips.
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The more people I talk to and "chat" with online the more confused I am on which direction to go. Seems there are good and bad to both.
From a logistics point of view it would be easier to start from the West coast because I am in Idaho and it would be easy to begin from Oregon or Washington.
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They are nicknamed "lawyer tabs" for a reason. If you inow how to mount a tire, you don't need em.
I read an article somewhere about how to artificially break in a Brooks saddle in a couple of weeks. The process required oil, a heat lamp, rubbing, and a baseball bat. I think weight is applied also. It simulates body warmth and useage. I guess it works. It does not require actual use of the saddle on the bike.
> I really don't see how adapting a racing equipment mentality fixes problems of touring cyclists. <
I started using clipless on my mountain bike and found a huge contribution to my climbing power and control over the bike. On my recumbent, the pull lets me climb with less fatigue and to put on short bursts on speed. Clipless pedals have much more going for them besides adding an upstroke but that's fodder for another thread. Physiologically, I don't see that a pull stroke changes circulation issues either. I hope the OP comes back and tells how a visit to the bike shop changed his situation. Additional anecdotal reflectgion on numb or tingley toes will contribute to the discussion.
david boise ID
I have not toured but want to get input from you who have about the feasibility of starting a fully loaded tour of the southern tier, from west to east, on Dec 1.
I think you might be better served by going to clipless pedals. On your down stroke, you will force your feet into the toe box. Do this long enough, and you will interfere with blood flow and get numbness. With clipless pedals, you can pull up, and restore circulation to your feet. I have no idea how to accomplish that with platform pedals and toe clips.