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General Discussion / Re: Tec talk: loose casette
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:06:52 am »
While in the middle of an 800 km ride last week I noticed a repetative slight knocking coming from the rear cogs - specifically two of the mid-range gears which get quite a bit of use when I'm loaded up.  Wouldn't go away and no visible evidence of anything wrong until I tried wiggling the cogs with my fingers while stationary and with the chain tensed.  What I found was that with the chain in the lower gears - the smallest cogs - I could move the entire upper cassete back and forth by about 3 cms each way.  If I put the chain up into the largest cogs I could do the same with the lower part of the cassette.  Note: this only was possible with the part of the cassette without the chain holding the tension.  When I returned from the trip - nothing bad happened except the continuing knocking - I compared with my mountain bike and I can't get that kind of movement on that cassette.  So what's going on in there?  I have no tools for dismantling the rear cassette and/or tightening it and wouldn't know how to go about it anyway.  It looks serious and fortunately I wasn't all that far from home, but if I'd been in the middle of Tibet!!!!  I can take it to my local bike mechanic but would like to hear what others might have to say. In all other respects it changes gear smoothly.  It's Shimano Deora XT and only a year and a bit old so you'd think it wouldn't just fall apart.
It sounds like the lock ring that holds the cluster on the freehub is loose to me.

The screw that holds the cluster together when you take it off usually does not attach the smallest two cogs, so it would make sense that they would move separately.   So that screw is probably OK, but if it isn't sometimes it can protrude from the cassette and damage spokes.

If it was me, I'd take the cluster off be sure the screw that holds the cluster together is tight and reassemble and tighten the lock ring.

Another possibility is that the cluster was assembled without one of the spacers.  If that were the case it would have been that way from the get go.  I think that is unlikely as it would probably have never shifted right from the start.

Edit: I carry a Unior Cassette Cracker to remove or tighten the cassette on the road.  I think it weighs less than an ounce and would allow fixing this pretty quickly.

General Discussion / Re: Yellowstone for up to 4 days
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:49:51 am »
One other thing I forgot to mention...
There are a lot of nice places to stop and get off the bike and hike for a mile or two.  There are a variety of waterfalls and geothermal things to see.  Getting even 100 yards off the road is usually enough to get away from the crowds.

I also remember a bike trail that took us off the road and allowed a short hike to Fairy Falls and a hike up a short hill to a great view looking down on Grand Prismatic.  The view was spectacular and we used it as a lunch shot.  We really didn't like the bike trail much (sandy hard to ride surface) and would rather have been on the road except that the hike and overlook made it worth it.  There is a visitor center before entering the park and it is worth stopping to ask questions there and any other places you can corner a ranger.  They will sometimes point you to things that most folks would be unaware of like the the overlook of Grand Prismatic.

General Discussion / Re: "Off-season" training
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:37:14 am »
"Off season" training? Not a problem. Move to Florida as I did 35 years ago.
Wouldn't work for me since I like the cold much better than heat and humidity.

General Discussion / Re: "Off-season" training
« on: November 29, 2010, 08:34:37 am »
One answer is some kind of cross training.

What I worry about is weather as bad as we had it last year with two feet of snow that stayed around for weeks. I live "in the DC area" but more specifically, I live in the outer fringes of the suburbs where the roads aren't as well taken care of as they are closer in to the city - and those city roads weren't taken care of very well anyway! And our roads out here have no shoulders and we have no bike paths so I have to share the roads with the traffic. Normally not bad unless I'm on a back road where it has been plowed to only about a lane-and-a-half wide ...

Yeah, but that certainly isn't typical of the area.  Odds of having another year like last year any time soon are pretty slim.

That said I usually just trail run rather than ride most of the time when not on tour.  Possible options for when there is 2+ feet of snow on the ground are XC skiing, running in the tire tracks on back roads, and snow shoeing.  Last year we got 50" in the same week and I didn't miss a run, but did have to run on roads rather than trails some of the time.  This year I plan to snow shoe if we get large amounts of snow.

Besides ... haven't you ever looked out the window when it's 35 degrees and drizzly and just said "nah ... no riding today"?

Yes, but that is great trail running weather, so I just go for a run.

When I have (very rarely these days) used some kind of indoor trainer (usually rollers or a rowing machine) I just put on a movie or caught up on some taped or DVR'ed TV.

General Discussion / Re: Yellowstone for up to 4 days
« on: November 28, 2010, 04:30:19 pm »
We found that in Yellowstone crowds started to clear out early sunday afternoon and remained lighter in the early part of the week.  It might help if you can hit it then and avoid Fri-Sun morning.  That or maybe plan a hike those days.  Also any day of the week the RVs seemed to not hit the road too early so the morning seemed better to me traffic wise.

Connecting ACA Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast to Transamerican Trail
« on: November 24, 2010, 01:11:59 pm »
You could probably work out something that would take you past Baltimore and DC and hit Skyline Drive to join the TA at the Blue Ridge Parkway.  That said I'd probably convince family or friends to drop me off in Yorktown.  Barring that I'd consider, bus, train, or one way car rental.

We did it the other way (West to East) and it was nice to be greeted by family and friends at the end.  They threw us a picnic before we headed home (north of Baltimore).

Whatever you decide, have a great tour.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier...Food storage at night
« on: November 23, 2010, 06:44:52 am »
Southern Tier trip in 3 weeks. What is the best way to go about storing food at night so the creatures won't get into it...and what kind of creatures should I be concerned about?
I've not ridden the ST but have been on a smallish part of it and toured not all that far from other sections and had no food storage problems there.  What I usually do is:
  • Don't carry a big supply of food, buy it daily when you can and as often as possible when you can't.
  • Use bear boxes when they are available.
  • Never take food into the tent.
  • Segregate food into a single bag along with scented products like toiletries, remove it from panniers at night, and hang it when in doubt.
  • Keep cooking, sleeping, and food storage areas away from each other a ways.
  • I have not used them, but am considering using scent proof bags.

General Discussion / Re: looking for touring shoes with a wide fit
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:43:18 am »
+1 on the Sidi Megas.  I like the lower end model Sidi MTB shoes like my old Mega Bullet 2's or the Mega Giau that apparently replaced them.  Others like the Sidi Mega Dominators, which are more expensive and have a bit more of a space alien look.  Any way I think all the Sidi line has a corresponding Mega model.

Even the lower end models aren't very cheap, but they are really nice shoes.

Routes / Re: Northern Tier - travel direction
« on: November 19, 2010, 07:00:26 pm »
My take is based solely on looking at a wind map and reading what others say online, since I have done the TA but not the NT.  So take this for what it is worth.

It looks to me as if there may be a slight edge in favor of W-E for the NT.  That said it seems to not be that pronounced or reliable to use it as a primary criteria when picking direction of travel.

BTW, I am of the opinion that there is a definite advantage of E-W on the TA wind wise, but again other factors are likely to be more important.

It isn't like the difference direction of travel makes on either is as big as it is on the pacific coast highway.

Personally, I like to ride toward home.  I like to have air travel out of the way in the beginning.  I like to have friends or family to meet at the end.  I like that starting far away makes it harder to wimp out.  I think things like that are bigger factors for both the TA and the NT.

General Discussion / Re: Camping in the east
« on: November 19, 2010, 02:23:06 pm »
I suggest planning to stop at state parks.  For a nominal fee (most average $5-$10) you get a good spot, easy access, a shower (check into that, it may vary), and other amenities.  Depending upon your time of year you might be able to get by with flexible reservations depending how popular the park is, etc...  I've done this as far west as Iowa without a problem.  State parks tend to be much closer together the farther east you travel - it might work for you, at least I hope so.  Travel safe and enjoy.
That has not been my experience in the East.  Many even have day use prices that high or higher.  In Virginia State Parks for example the prices for standard sites with no electricity or water are $16-24 depending on which park.  Maryland and Pennsylvania are similar.  Some states in the east are higher and some lower though.  While I have not camped in state parks in all of the states in the east I have camped in several.  I do not recall any of the state parks in the east that I have stayed at ever being in the $5-10 range at least not in recent years, plenty in the west were though.

I think the following is somewhat typical of what you will find at state parks in the east:

Is your experience in the west, perhaps, or are you possibly referring to State Forests?

Gear Talk / Re: Your views on Easton EA90SLX wheels
« on: November 17, 2010, 10:19:38 am »
I am considering buying a new wheel set for my XC bike and need your advice to get the best one. Well, currently I am looking at Easton EA90SLX wheels. I have never used this brand ever before, but read many good reviews on it. Has anyone used these wheels? If so, then what's your experience so far? I am not committed to purchase Easton EA90SLX wheels, so recommendations for other wheels are also welcome.

Any recommendations?

They look like low spoke count (18 front, 24 rear) race wheels.  I doubt they are especially suited to touring unless you are talking about sagged tours where someone is carrying your stuff.

General Discussion / Re: Camping in the east
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:47:07 am »

I'm just starting to plan for a cross country tour and I'm wondering about camping on the eastern half of the country.  In order to keep costs down, I'd really like to camp out as much as possible (for free if possible)-which seem like its pretty doable out west, but seems a little more tricky in the more crowded east coast.

So, my question is, is it possible to camp for free on the east coast on a regular basis? Or is it going to be more trouble than its worth to find a spot?
What route are you taking?  I know that on the TA you really don't spend much time in "crowded" areas.  When leaving the coast it pretty quickly becomes small towns and rural areas.  It may be a bit harder to find free places to camp/stay than in the middle of the country, but it isn't as bad as you might guess.  I can't say what other routes are like.

General Discussion / Re: Camping in the east
« on: November 16, 2010, 07:40:55 am »
A great way to save money and meet wonderful people is to use We stayed at a bunch of them on our cross country trip earlier this year and it was great. Of course, it's only fair that you sign up to host yourself at some point.
I agree that it is a great way to meet people and to get a shower and sleep indoors once in a while.  Hosting is a similarly rewarding experience and I recommend both.

That said I have not found it to be something I would want to count on a major portion of the time on routes that I have ridden.  It may be different depending on where you are going and whether you are willing to tailor the route and daily mileage to hit towns with hosts and hit them at a time when you want to stop.  I look at it as a nice thing to do once in a while.  It may be different depending on where you tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Tent Talk
« on: November 13, 2010, 11:14:11 am »
BTW Im still going with the Northface tent but this thread gave me some helpful info. Thanks riders.
Looks kind of heavy and kind of pricey.  You could do better IMO.

Get him a mirror and make him practice to get used to it.  It's the most important safety item in the kit.
Were talking about an adult here right?  He probably already either is already a mirror user or has decided he doesn't need one.  Personally I don't feel the need for one, but figure it is a personal choice.

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