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Add another yes vote to the S&S couplers. My wife and I have them on our Co-Motion NW Tours and have had no issues so far; of course, we've only had the bikes for about 1 1/2 years, but....... they've been to Europe twice now.  ;D

GPS Discussion / Re: Garmin and The Mac
« on: March 25, 2010, 09:12:03 pm »
You could always install VMWare Fusion and run (dare I say) Windows on your Mac. This is what I do and it works great. Sadly Garmin and Polar are lacking when it comes to Mac software. 

Where are you going?

My wife and I are headed over in May-June to Germany, but we'll be riding from Czech to Krakow, Poland then heading south through Slovakia and into Budapest. 

General Discussion / Re: Florida
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:22:34 pm »
Watch out for those Florida drivers.  In my experience they are some of the worst in the US.

Please let's not confuse the "Florida drivers" as being someone from Florida. Most of these "Florida drivers" were originally from somewhere else in the US. (i.e. New York, Boston, Philly, Detroit, Jersey, Canada, etc...) and I'd have to agree with you they are the horrible drivers!  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: January 13, 2010, 08:21:45 pm »
Hello Joan,

Well I'm no expert (but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express ;-) ), but I would say you are always at some risk of frame/fork failure regardless of bike age. Personally, I would stick with your current ride as long as it holds up, unless you're looking for an excuse to buy a new frame/fork. Inspect your frame and fork on a regular basis and look for small cracks starting around the welds. When we purchased our Co-Motions, my mind set was like, "We plan on keeping these bikes for 25+ years!", so I hope they hold up.

Hey Bob,

I plan on attending the Adventure Cycling meeting this Saturday at CBE in Tampa, so you can check out the E-Werk then. I've been running my Garmin eTrex & iTouch off it and I'm digging it. Also the lights (Lumotec IQ Cyo R Senso Plus & Toplight Line Plus) we got from Peter White are very nice. They're much brighter than I thought they'd be.


GPS Discussion / Re: Best GPS
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:17:25 am »
Well .... here is my $.02! I've been using a Garmin eTrex Vista Cx for a couple years without any issues and this past summer, I bought a second one (eTrex Hcx). Used it for my Germany/Czech tour without any issues.

My Cx has seen action deep in the Pisgah National Forest and other parts of NC & TN forest during MTB races and it works awesome. When I'm not using it on the bikes, I have it mounted either to my kayak or rucksack.

Gear Talk / Re: Avid cyclists market study participants needed asap
« on: December 07, 2009, 07:32:20 pm »
The old famous, "The check is in the mail!" trick!

What's up with the age deal? I'm 41 and consider myself an avid cyclist, but I partake in the study! Booooooo! ;-)

Hey Tourista we got our wheels built up last week with the SON28 hubs (very nice hubs), but we're still waiting for the lights to come in. I'll have my Co-Motion on display again at UBC through the holidays, so if you want to check out the hub, swing by the shop.


Very nice. Thank you for the pics and advice. I spoke with Peter about 2 weeks ago and he seemed fine to me, actually he was very nice and willing to answer all my hair brained questions.

We (wife and I) are getting our front wheels rebuilt with Schmidt SON28 hubs and they're supposed to be ready on Monday; however, we'll be waiting about 3 more weeks for the lights to come in from Germany. No more carrying extra lights and batteries.

Gear Talk / Re: Camera Thoughts
« on: November 10, 2009, 07:14:59 pm »
My wife and I rode through Germany, Czech, & Austria this past August/September and we used a Panasonic Lumix ZS3. This camera rocks and if you're looking to take self portraits and/or night shots then get a Gorillapod too.

for a sample of our pics check out this site. Czech Pics

Gear Talk / Re: Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: November 07, 2009, 07:47:17 pm »
Hello Tourista829! Thanks for the update. Speaking of updates, my wife and I spent a few days touring around in Germany, (mostly) Czech, & Austria this past Aug/Sept on our Nor'Westers.

Here's a little something that I'm working on that I'd like to share and hopefully help promote touring in Czech.  It's still in the works but you'll get the idea.

Czech Touring

I'm hoping to have it linked on this site soon.

Gear Talk / Re: Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: June 02, 2009, 01:17:49 pm »
Talking about these two bike can invite criticism.
  {scratching my head} Why?

I can't speak anyone else, but I bought my Norwester to tour and tour only (the US and Europe). I have my Merlin for everything else. ;-)

When I hear the words "Credit Card" touring, I picture a cute little day bag with a change of cloths and nothing else. All I'm saying is, I've loaded the bike down and it seems to ride great, so I don't know why the reviews say it is only good for Credit Card touring. Seems to be a little misleading.

I suppose if I was a bit heavier, I too would have gone with the Americano, but why had the extra pounds when it's not needed?

Gear Talk / Re: Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: June 01, 2009, 09:49:56 pm »
Thanks for the response damselfli. Yeah I don't get it. The bike rides great under load, so that is all that matters in my book! :-)

Are you in Florida? If so, where?

We're up near Tampa.

Gear Talk / Re: Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: May 31, 2009, 10:18:13 pm »
Too funny I thought I was going to have to search for this thread, so I could post an update about our Co-Motions.

My wife and I are preparing for a trip this summer to Czech, so we've been kind of "training" for it. We will be self supported and camping for most of it, so we will be carrying a lot of gear. This weekend we decided to load up with everything we think we'll need for our Czech tour and head out. Friday night after work we rode 23 miles and camped. Saturday we rode for 32 miles and camped for the night and today (Sunday, right now) we rode back home (55 miles). The idea was to ride, setup camp, sleep, get up, pack, ride, setup, etc... (you get the picture). We rode on nice bike paths, paved roads, side walks, dirt roads and everything in between. I know it was only for the weekend, but it gave us a chance to pack and ride as though we were in Czech. 

With that being said, I have a question and hopefully someone can answer it. Will someone please explain to me why most (virtually all) reviews about the Norwester Tour say it is only good for "Credit Card" or light touring and the only real bike for touring is the Americano? I don't get it! My wife and I have taken ours out twice now, fully loaded (camping gear, cloths, food, water, Macbook, camera, wine, bike lock, etc...) and can't figure out what the problem is? These bikes ride great with a load! I can tell you, I had just over 50lbs on my bike this weekend and my wife had just over 32lbs and to be honest I can't imagine what else we could need and/or could be missing. Is 50lbs considered "Light"?

Anyway thanks for reading.


Routes / Re: Prague to...
« on: April 10, 2009, 08:46:45 pm »
I just got my Czech maps and camping guide in the mail today for our (wife and I) trip this summer. We are riding from Prague to Vienna and hopefully to Budapest if we have enough time. We ordered the maps from and we got them in 8 days. How cool is that? 

Anyway just thought I would pass on the word about the maps.

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