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General Discussion / Re: what cycling computer to get?
« on: October 10, 2010, 01:25:52 pm »
Go buy a small GPS unit and mount it on your handlebar and enjoy the ride. On my Merlin I have a Polar 720i with all the bells and whistles and it's awesome, but on my NorWester Tour, I have a Garmin HCx Vista and I'm cool with that. Enjoy the tour!  ;D
Different strokes, but I'd rather not use something that battery hungry.  It would take about 60 AA batteries (give or take) to do the Trans America.  My Cateye still has the original batteries in it after 3 years including the TA and two other fairly major tours.

Hahaa! Not if you have one of these bad buys eWerk by Busch & Mueller mounted on your bike. 

... but you're right, they [GPS] will go through some batteries!

General Discussion / Re: what cycling computer to get?
« on: October 09, 2010, 10:44:06 pm »
To heck with all the HR & Cadence monitor crap if you're touring!! It's fine if your training for races, but touring? Go buy a small GPS unit and mount it on your handlebar and enjoy the ride. On my Merlin I have a Polar 720i with all the bells and whistles and it's awesome, but on my NorWester Tour, I have a Garmin HCx Vista and I'm cool with that. Enjoy the tour!  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: Music From Your Jersey
« on: September 30, 2010, 12:31:17 pm »
Well I guess I am going against the grain! I listen to music on every ride, unless I am touring with my wife and/or in a very heavily congested area (pedestrian or auto). The way I look at it is like this; if someone traveling at speed hits me from the rear, it will not matter one bit if have music playing or not.  I also find the laws that forbid people from wearing headphones (listening to music) stupid! What if I was deaf? What about the music that is blasting from most autos? They sure as heck don't hear what is going aorund them! What about all the jackasses texting and/or talking on their cell phones? I find these people to be the worst!!!

Nah... me listening to some music on my commute home is not the problem. I've been riding in the Tampa Bay area for over 32+ years listening to my music, but that is me. :-)

Gear Talk / Re: 2009 Bike Friday New World Tourist vs Dahon Speed TR
« on: September 22, 2010, 10:02:02 pm »
Airline companies (most) suck!  >:(

Bear in mind that if the airline check-in person discovers that you're packing a bike he/she may charge you anyway. 

Airline Person: "Sir/Maam, what do you have in the box?"
Traveling Person: "Oh... just some bike parts!" or "Oh... just my camping gear!" ;-)

My wife and I have S&S couplers installed on our NorWester Tours. We've done two trips to Europe over the last 18 months and have no complaints with them, just make sure you have the spanner wrench with you. We are also able to fit just about everything for the bikes into our bike suitcases, minus our Tubus rear racks and handlebar bags.

Everything means: front racks, F&R panniers, 3 bottles each, extra tubes & tires, tools, bottle cages, frame pumps, light systems, and misc. bike parts. We do take another bag for our cloths, handlebar bags, and rear racks.   

You can read about our trips from the link below in my signature block.

Gear Talk / Re: Newbie looking for Good Gear advice
« on: September 12, 2010, 09:25:36 pm »
... Where are the best online stores for gear that works and low prices?

Not sure, I generally try and support my LBS, but that is me.

Gear Talk / Re: Safari Kick Stand
« on: September 08, 2010, 07:59:37 pm »
... Works, great, but seems to work itself loose from time to time. If I can work that out, I will be very pleased with the unit.

Ride safe,

Exactly! We couldn't keep ours tight either, so we moved on to the Greenfield Rear Stand and Tubus Low Rider Stand combination.

Here are a couple pics.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers- EZ on/off
« on: August 24, 2010, 09:53:35 pm »
I don't know... just about everyone I've seen out there has been riding with Ortlieb bags; of course, I have yet to ride around the world, so my experience is limited!  ;)

Ortlieb bags are definitely water tight! On our last tour it rained on us every dang day (3 weeks), but our stuff stayed dry!

Gear Talk / Re: Rain Pants
« on: August 24, 2010, 09:29:12 am »
This past May/June we were traveling through Czech and the weather was horrible. We planned on rain and temps in the 60s, not nearly freezing (upper 30s) rain! Anyways... it was much worse than we had planned for, so all we had were our rain jackets. Luckily on our 3rd day and just before we pulled the plug we found an outdoor store and a bike store.  At the outdoor store we found some light weight snow boarding pants and they worked great and at the bike store we found some waterproof shoe covers and I highly recommend them too. After picking up these two items the next 3 weeks of touring was great! 

Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: August 22, 2010, 04:50:04 pm »
1.3 lbs! Wow it really did not feel that heavy. The hub is always putting out energy, so it would depend on your lights. The lights we have (Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Cyo R Senso Plus) have a built in sensor that detects low level light and will come on/off automatically if you have the switch in that position. The lights will come on if you travel through a tunnel and turn themselves off after you exit it.  If there is a heavy overcast the lights will come on and naturally as the sun sets they come on too.  You can also run the lights all the time or turn the switch to OFF and they'll never come on. The "Plus" means the light has a built in capacitor and will remain on for 5-8 minutes after stopping. The e-Werk wires directly into the hub so it is always ready to output electricity to your devices such as GPS, cell phone, etc... I use my Garmin GPS and the setup is great. I still require batteries because when I stop moving forward my GPS automatically switches over to them and then switches back to external power after moving. Unfortunately, I still require regular batteries because my GPS is unable to recharge them, but they last a lot, lot longer with the e-Werk.   

Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: August 22, 2010, 03:35:32 pm »
Nice hub, but it is quite heavy (over 1lb if I remember well and that's just for the hub) and it adds some resistance to the wheel.

Nah... a pound? I don't think so, but maybe! I was surprised how light the hub was and as for resistance, I think that is negligible too. I notice more drag just by adding the handlebar bag! Seriously, the weight and drag (which I feel are a non-isuse) are well worth the payoff of having not only lights whenever they're needed, but also the added advantage of adding the Busch & Müller e-Werk gadget to my bike.

Busch & Müller e-Werk

Gear Talk / Re: all weight in the rear ?
« on: August 22, 2010, 11:45:30 am »
Personally, I say split the load (10 front and 30 rear) and your bike will handle better; however, while touring in Europe, I've seen some ridiculously loaded bikes with everything in the rear. We've been approached by several tourers and they would ask us how we liked the weight up front and/or was it hard to steer and of course our response was we liked the weight up front and no it did not make the bike handle strange. Anyway that is my $.02.

Gear Talk / Re: Bicycle Head Light ?
« on: August 22, 2010, 11:23:51 am »
If you can swing it, go ahead and invest in the SON Dynamo hub with a Busch&Müller Lumotec IQ Cyo R Senso Plus for the front and Busch&Müller Toplight Line Plus rear light. This is a great setup and should last you for many years (at least I hope so)! You'll have light anytime you need it or just leave them turned on always for 24/7 coverage. These lights have a built in capacitor, so even after you stop the lights stay on (~5-8 minutes) so you're seen!

Gear Talk / Re: Kickstands?
« on: August 22, 2010, 11:07:33 am »
Here are some pics of the stands.

@cyclocamping - Yes we had the Pletscher Dual leg and it is a great stand, but we couldn't keep it tight. If this setup doesn't work out I'll look into the Deluxe F8 Plate.

@Bob (aka Toursita829) - Yes UBC was able to order these for us from OrtliebUSA. Before leaving Germany I checked OrtliebUSA and saw they were available here in the US. You know I have no idea how this setup will work with a trailer, I guess I pull the trailer out, hook it up, and see what happens. I'll let you know. We are working on a new blogging site that will be complete with pictures, videos, stories, etc... from our tours. We think our next small tour will be along the East Coast starting in Maine and riding down to DC. Then for another tour we'll go up to DC and ride back down here to Florida.

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