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Hey dbbcpa,

She left Monday morning from Holiday and should be near Perry by now and headed towards Tallahassee where she hopes to find another WarmShowers host. Since she has limited internet I figured I let you know. :-)

Gear Talk / Re: 700, aka 29er, aka *-622
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:49:25 pm »
I was holding out and hoping I could get some good insight here first. Sadly for me though, everyone must be out touring and they don't have time to respond.  ;)

Gear Talk / Re: 700, aka 29er, aka *-622
« on: March 22, 2012, 10:10:18 am »
nearly 48 hours and no reply?  :o

Gear Talk / 700, aka 29er, aka *-622
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:34:50 am »
Would like to hear from recent (past year or so) world travelers. Have you noticed an increase in availability of tires in the *-622 range during your travels? The reason I am asking to hear from recent travelers is because most comments found on blogs, forums, etc... that are anti-622 wheels are a couple years old or older. I have come across a couple of more recent comments that are pro-622 and say they're becoming more popular in the Asia region and can be found in South America. I know over the last couple years this size range has become very popular here in the US and are now being sold on bikes from the big box stores. Traveling and living in Europe I know it's easy to find this tire size too. Anyway... I'd really like to hear from actual travelers and/or from someone that can post up some recent stuff either pro or anti 622 that I may have missed.

thanks everyone

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

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