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Gear Talk / nashbar panniers
« on: December 25, 2008, 09:50:39 am »
Good luck with them.  We liked ours and they held up well.  A few tips...
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  • The metal hooks on the bungees are easy to lose when the carried off the bike.  Be careful about that.
  • Some people complained about the rivets tearing out.  We never had a problem with ours, but if you do just use bolts and fender washers.
  • Thinking back the one issue we did have on one set was the little velcro straps coming loose.  They are easy to stitch back on and it isn't a problem to go without one until you do.
  • Things that you want to get to quick can be tucked under a flap.  Just be sure they are secure enough that they don't slide out.  Depending on the day we might have a warm shirt or a rain jacket there.  It saved digging.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 12-25-08 @ 6:53 AM

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Gear Talk / nashbar panniers
« on: December 24, 2008, 11:51:06 am »
Three of us used them for a coast to coast tour in 2007 (4244 miles 73 days).  One set of them has been used for daily commuting half of the time since then.  They have also been used to tote groceries a bit.  All are still like new and there have been zero problems with them.  I would definitely buy again if I didn't already have them.  As it is I expect them to last for many thousands of additional miles.

Clearance should not be a problem.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 12-24-08 @ 8:52 AM

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Gear Talk / Moutain bike Lights
« on: December 29, 2008, 09:53:12 am »
"however watts are watts"

Maybe with regard to battery life, but not with regard to light output.

FWIW: I mostly only use lights to be seen, especially when touring.  I used to use lights more to see when I did night time single tracking.  Even then I never used really bright lights. (at least partly because we probably weren't supposed to be there at night, but mostly because I am cheap).  It is fun to single track with minimal light or no lights if the moon is up.


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Gear Talk / Rear bike rack
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:51:12 pm »
I like the Blackburn EX-1.  Reasonable price and pretty sturdy.


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Gear Talk / Kamp Rite pop upcamper
« on: December 06, 2008, 06:11:14 pm »
I personally would pass, but I guess it depends on how and where you plan to tour.  If it is flat and you plan to poke along doing low mileage you might be able to make it work.

Remember that this rig is as heavy as a bike, racks, panniers, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove, and all of the other gear you need for a cross country tour if you pack carefully.


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Gear Talk / STI vs. Bar ends
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:00:19 am »
Yes true, but Tiagras are cheaper and work fine.  There are touring bikes on the market that are about the same price as an LHT or cheaper and come with STI.


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Gear Talk / STI vs. Bar ends
« on: November 23, 2008, 10:18:34 am »
The wheelbase should have nothing to do with whether your knees clear barend shifters.  I may be your bars are too narrow or you stem too short.

I wouldn't choose stem length or bar width just to accommodate bar end shifters.  The suggestion of cutting off a bit of the bar is a good idea though if you really want to use bar ends.

Personally bar ends would be way down on my list of choices anyway.  Different strokes.


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Gear Talk / STI vs. Bar ends
« on: November 18, 2008, 07:23:39 pm »
I agree that for me downtube shifters are nicer than barends.  I tried bar ends years ago and again more recently.  I just don't like them.  If I didn't like STI so well I would still be using downtube shifters.


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Gear Talk / STI vs. Bar ends
« on: November 17, 2008, 12:17:57 pm »
Just another data point.  I have not found STI to be particularly finicky the only adjustment that seemed to ever change at all once set up was the cable length.  The upper and lower limits are set the same whether STI or bar end and neither require any attention once dialed in.

For the infrequent times I needed to adjust the cable length due to seating in of the cable in the housing, I could make the adjustment while riding if desired.  This really only seems to need occasional tweaking for the first few hundred miles and then settles in.  I found this true for any indexed shifting.

For me the convenience far outweighed the bother of any extra tweaking.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 11-17-08 @ 9:18 AM

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Gear Talk / Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« on: November 10, 2008, 12:12:40 pm »
I hope all goes well for you.


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Gear Talk / Spongy Wonder cycle seat
« on: November 10, 2008, 07:48:12 am »
Personally I like a regular racing type saddle, but in any case starting an XC tour on an untried saddle is probably a really bad idea.  I would have someone ready to mail a different one (the one you have been using?) to you via general delivery just in case.

BTW: Is this for real?  It is hard to imagine anyone setting off on an XC and making a radical change like that without trying it for a few hundred miles first.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 11-10-08 @ 4:49 AM

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Gear Talk / Raleigh Sojourn
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:34:44 am »
"The front fork does have mounts for a braze on low rider front rack."

OH I see them now, sorry.

Still, it definitely isn't my cup of tea.  Much of that is personal preference though, since I don't like Brooks saddles, disk brakes, or bar end shifters.  Still this bike really does not look like it was designed for loaded touring unless you carry a light load and or are light yourself.

My question would be if you are buying a new bike, why not buy a bike that is actually designed for touring?

There are lots to choose from including the Surley LHT, the Fuji Touring, the Windsor Touring, the Trek 520, and the Cannondale Touring 2 (I'd pass on the Touring 1).

Some of those may require the same gearing change though, but will at least have 36 spoke wheels.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 10-30-08 @ 7:36 AM

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Gear Talk / Raleigh Sojourn
« on: October 30, 2008, 07:53:17 am »
I would question their description.  It does not look like it is well designed for loaded touring.  There appears to be no provision for a front rack.  It has 32 spoke wheels.  With a road crank, it has gearing a bit too high for loaded touring anywhere hilly.

Some may consider them a plus, but I wouldn't pick that saddle, bar tape, or the disk brakes.

It is very pretty and I think it might be OK if you travel light.  If you are a lightweight and credit card tour it might be great.  If you weight 200 and will camp and cook I would definitely look elsewhere.


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Gear Talk / B.O.B. trailers
« on: October 22, 2008, 06:20:40 pm »
First let me say either can work.

Next let me add that this has been discussed to death on many forums.  A search on Bike Forums or the Crazy Guy on a Bike forums will turn up a ton of conflicting opinions.

My personal opinion is that weight makes panniers the preferred choice, but if you pick really heavy racks and panniers you can negate the advantage.  On the other hand if you want to use a road bike, the trailer allows that and also helps make the weight more equal between the two choices.

On the Trans America we saw more panniers than trailers, but there were plenty of both.


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Gear Talk / A unique situation (SouthernTier).
« on: October 24, 2008, 02:24:15 pm »
Yeah I agree to some extent.  Warm showers and stealth camping are good tools to have in the bag, but neither is very good as the primary strategy, IMO.  I found that we could find free places to camp most of the time without the need to stealth camp.  I also observed that warmshowers hosts are few and far between in the less populated parts of the country and the ST sounds like it is pretty sparsely populated most of the way.

Some acquaintances of mine used warmshowers on the TA, but it was pretty infrequent that they found a host that way.  I think they stayed with a warmshowers host 2 or 3 times the whole trip.  They got invites from chance encounters at least 3 times as often and stayed in city parks with showers at the community pool quite a bit too (as did we).


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