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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

thanks
ron

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General Discussion / Re: Why is it so difficult to find front racks?
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:05:02 pm »
Define cheap.  ;)

Here is a great site with front racks.

http://www.ortliebusa.com

and here is a great front rack

http://www.ortliebusa.com/CartGenie/prod-73.htm

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General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm a newby after advice!
« on: November 15, 2011, 07:12:50 pm »
Melbourne. No one has guns here, but I was told most people carry them in the States, especially in the south.

Oh don't believe everything you hear and/or read. You should be fine, but watch out for those folks in the West and up North, they're usually not as nice as the folks from the South!  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Hi, I'm a newby after advice!
« on: November 15, 2011, 05:49:00 pm »
... people had told me it wouldn't really be safe to travel across America without a gun,

well.... it never hurts to be prepared!  ;)

Welcome aboard and where are you coming from?

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General Discussion / Re: Light Touring
« on: November 12, 2011, 12:43:09 pm »

Lite touring also implies your'e doing laundry every night.


Or you're wearing Merino wool stuff and you only need to wash once a week or so! For example, Ibex Duo shorts and some of their shirts.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Computers and the bike
« on: November 05, 2011, 07:17:25 pm »
I used to have a Lenovo for work and I would think twice before hauling that monster thing around. There are lighter and smaller options out there if you can swing it.

We maintain a blog and love taking pictures, so I've carried my MacBook Pro 13" during 3 separate multi-week European bike tours and countless weekenders & overnighters here in Florida. It's fairly light and small and fits nicely in my front pannier. However, I've considered getting something even lighter and smaller, but I'll have to wait until this one dies before I can justify spending the money. 

Remember it's your tour and you're the one carrying the weight, so don't pay any attention to the naysayers and just do your thing! Enjoy!


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General Discussion / Re: Hello. I am new to the forum
« on: November 05, 2011, 06:49:16 pm »
Welcome to the forum. Those are some nice tours for just starting out.  Like ChromolyWally said, sorry to hear about your ride being stolen.

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GPS Discussion / Re: GPS Recommendation
« on: November 05, 2011, 06:43:02 pm »
Hello Dkoloko,

I've been using for last several years the Garmin eTrex Vista Cx and HCx. We've used them for mountain biking, kayaking, backpacking, bike touring, and in the car. Both units have taken us been deep in the back country under heavy foliage and across countries like Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Czech, Germany, and the U.S.. I still own both; however, my Cx model decided to go a little crazy during our last Euro tour (Sept 2011), so I will be replacing it with either another HCx or Garmin's new eTrex 30. I would prefer another HCx just because their new eTrex models have a new mounting system and that would require having different setups and I like keeping everything the same on my wife's and my bike as possible.

Hope this helps and what you were looking for. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me or post your question here.

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Gear Talk / Re: folding bike for touring
« on: November 05, 2011, 06:22:50 pm »
Why does it have to "(a) folds quickly and easily"?   ???

My wife and I own bikes with S&S couplers and we can have them broke down and packed in about 40 minutes each. This includes removing fenders, pedals, racks, lighting systems, bottle cages, saddles, handlebars, rear derailleurs, and installing protective padding around the frame tubes.


Packing our bikes slideshow

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Gear Talk / Re: Fitting a Brooks Saddle
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:34:01 pm »
I've riding a Brooks saddle for some time and I have mine with the nose slightly pointed up.

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Gear Talk / Re: Novara Randonee Bike - 2011???
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:30:04 pm »
Also looking at a Surly LHT.

Surly Long Haul Truckers have circumnavigated the globe by plenty of folks, so I would count them out. My daughter and best friend each own one and are about to go with us for a month and tour Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, & Germany.   

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