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Gear Talk / Re: Rain Gear (yet again...)
« on: January 26, 2012, 08:56:45 pm »
I just got (yesterday) a Waterproof Breathable jacket from J&G. Initial impression out of the box is, "Wow! Very nice looking jacket!" and the label reads, "Made In Oregon" How cool is that? We'll see how well it works when I'm commuting or touring with it the next time it rains. Stay tuned!

Sounds good! Looking forward to hearing from you.  8)

Hello DBBCPA and welcome to the world of bike touring. There really isn't much you can do here (Florida) that will prepare you for the mountains; however, you can put 40-50lbs on your bike and go ride the San An loop and/or head over to Clermont and ride all the hills there. This is what we do starting a couple months before heading off on our next adventure. Sure the roadies getting ready to roll out from parking lot will look at you strange, but what do they know? ;-)

Not sure if you are interested, but we try and get out fairly often for an "overnighter" and others are always welcome to travel along. Shoot us an email if you'd like to go sometime.


We used the SPOT once and it's cool, but it will drain those batteries if you leave it on for continuous tracking and those batteries are not cheap. It would be cool it they added a mini USB port and a rechargeable battery pack option.

Gear Talk / Re: Cassette Life
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:59:39 am »
We have close to 10,000 each on our current cassettes.

Gear Talk / Re: Folding tires
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:45:35 pm »

... I would rather be safe than sorry.

Exactly! It's never to much weight when you need it. We tend to only use foldable tires because of the weight and space savings, but everyone has their favorites. We picked up, just before our last big tour (Aug/Sep 2011), the Randonneur Cross Pro 700X35C from Vittoria and have been very pleased with them. We put these tires to the test while crossing Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria riding over some very, very rough terrain and roads (mostly Romania) and never once got a flat. We still use them during our daily commutes and overnighters here in Florida and still have not got one flat. For the price you can't beat them in my opinion.

Gear Talk / Re: Hub Generator Lights
« on: January 03, 2012, 08:02:01 pm »
we have the Schmidt SON28 hubs, B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo R Senso Plus headlights, B&M Toplight Line Plus rear lights, B&M E-Werks, and B&M E-Werk cache batteries. With the exception of having some issues with the E-Werk cache batteries everything has been great and worth the price. We do a lot of nighttime riding and commuting so our lights are on 24/7 and (knock on wood) we've had zero issues with them. Our daughter and a family friend have the same setup and again no issues with their equipment. As for having drag... ummm.... ok! I've put over 5000 miles on my bike this year and ran the lights 24/7 and I couldn't tell the difference.  I wouldn't hesitate one second on buying the stuff again.

General Discussion / Re: texting
« on: December 20, 2011, 09:20:32 pm »
.... If you're three feet out in the road, they'll move partially into the other lane, if necessary, to give you three feet.  That's been my experience, as well, after I started taking adequate space on the road.

Same here. I'll take up a third or more of the lane if I have to and this seems to be the best approach.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Mirror
« on: December 18, 2011, 06:37:19 am »
4. I have bicycled in many heavily congested European areas and I never see bicyclists using a mirror.
5. The times I have seen cyclists using mirrors was almost always in USA on some ACA routes.

I guess its an American thing.


Sorry to disagree but it's definitely not an American thing. It's true that you may not see a bike commuter on his/her Fixie zipping around the city with a mirror, but you will most certainly see many other cyclists in Europe with mirrors on their bikes. 

General Discussion / Re: For those who like odd scenes from Google Earth
« on: December 16, 2011, 05:44:42 pm »
No worries!! I'm a techie nerd type, just without the pocket protector and broken glasses!!  ;D

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Mirror
« on: December 15, 2011, 07:48:26 pm »
Once you ride with a mirror you most likely will never ride without one.  Mirrycle makes a really nice mirror. Check them out.

General Discussion / Re: Message for Simon Kirk re Tamiami Trail
« on: December 14, 2011, 06:30:11 pm »
I've thought about cycling Tamiami Trail too, but man those mosquitos would drain you dry in a no time!

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Mud Flaps
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:24:09 pm »
My daughter, wife, a family friend, and myself all have SKS fenders and we all have mud flaps. For the front, we each installed a Cascadia Road Mudflap. For the rear we bought some stock rubber about 1/8" thick and made our own flaps. Each one hangs down 10.5" from the end of the fender and are 5" wide at the base. In the end we spent less than $5 per set for each bike and they work great!

Front mud flaps are nice and help with keeping your feet dry! Rear mud flaps are a must if plan on riding with others! Both are better the longer they are.

Gear Talk / Re: Rohloff- two questions
« on: November 21, 2011, 09:07:00 pm »
Thank you for the update dombrosk.

Are you using their chain tensioner too? How much did you chain life improve?


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