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Gear Talk / Drive train/gearing changes
« on: October 20, 2007, 05:13:24 am »
> Uh...that would be an "upgrade".

Which is probably why he said "to leave it more or less alone".  There certainly a big difference between changing hundreds of dollars worth of completely functional components for higher end ones and changing a $10 inner ring to get a more suitable granny gear.

Gear Talk / Drive train/gearing changes
« on: October 15, 2007, 05:34:59 pm »
Good move!

FWIW: We bought three stock bikes changed the cranks (the smallest ring the original one took was 39T) and rode the transamerica route (4200+ miles) with everything else box stock except the addition of fenders and racks.  It all worked out great.

Gear Talk / Drive train/gearing changes
« on: October 15, 2007, 12:54:31 pm »
> Why not just leave the bike more or less alone and ride it?

I agree with that.  I would just put on a 24 tooth inner ring and forget about it.  It's your bike though so do what makes you happy.

Gear Talk / Best Tires for Mixture of Road & Rail Trails
« on: October 08, 2007, 05:50:06 pm »
You can't go too far wrong with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires.  They ride nice and are as durable as you will find.  The price for that durability is weight, but most tourists find the trade off acceptable.

If you wanted something a little sportier I would have suggested the Continental Ultra Gatorskin, but I think the widest it comes is 28 X 700 and it sounds like that isn't what you are looking for.

Gear Talk / Best Tires for Mixture of Road & Rail Trails
« on: October 08, 2007, 03:47:26 pm »
Almost anything will get you by for a short tour on those surfaces.  About the only thing I would say is if the surface is a bit rough fatter tires than a pure road tire are probably in order.  Maybe 28 or 32 wide.

OTOH: It probably isn't worth buying a specific tire just for a 2-3 day ride.  What kind of riding do you do the rest of the time?  Do you expect to do more touring in the future?

Gear Talk / Tire Pumps for Long Tours
« on: September 17, 2007, 07:03:37 am »
The Mountain Morph was OK on our recent tour.  All of the frame pumps are a bit awkward to get high pressures, but it was adequate.  It was enough of a hassle that I was always happy when I was somewhere that I could use a floor pump though.

Gear Talk / The $64,000 question...Riding gloves!
« on: September 21, 2007, 05:15:40 am »
The dealer replaced my 2006 Gel Vent Pros with the supposedly more robust 2007 model.  Kudos to Pearl Izumi and the dealer.  If these do hold up a lot better they are my favotites, since I loved the comfort on the pair that fell apart.  If not I plan to buy one of the Specialized models next.

Gear Talk / The $64,000 question...Riding gloves!
« on: September 11, 2007, 03:24:59 pm »
Update on my earlier comments.  I said that the Gel-Vent Pro was comfortable but fell apart.

Since then I complained to Pearl Izumi and at their request provided the info off of the tag so they could tell when they were made.  I am waiting to hear more, but it sounded like they had a problem with the batch my gloves were in and they will replace them with a set from a batch that did not have a problem.

I am excited because they are very comfortable and my only complaint was the durability of the (fake?) leather.

Gear Talk / The $64,000 question...Riding gloves!
« on: September 06, 2007, 05:46:32 am »
I can tell you some that aren't the best choice :)

Comfortwise the Pearl Izumi Gel-vent Pro is great but is not suitable because the leather falls apart about the third time they get soaked or laundered.

The inexpensive lycra backed gel glove from performance is cheap, but less comfortable.  It held up fairly well on a recent TransAmerica.  The lycra was shot after 4300 mile though, while the palms were still fine.

My daughter has been using some gloves from specialized.  The design is good comfortwise and they seem to be holding up well, but it too early to tell with maybe 2000 miles on them.

A touring friend we met on the road was having excellent results from a pair of specialized gloves that were a touring specific model, but he said they were no longer in production.

If someone doesn't come up with a better solution I plan to try one of the models from Specialized next.

Gear Talk / Rain Gear
« on: September 05, 2007, 09:25:37 am »
I am in the plain old coated nylon camp.  I'm not crazy about any of the breathable garments that I have tried.  I find that I am almost as wet with Goretex and if it is cold I am colder with Goretex than with a non-breathable garment.

If it isn't too cold I prefer to just get rained on and wet.

Gear Talk / Panniers or Trail Bob for USA crossing?
« on: September 28, 2007, 05:17:48 pm »
It seems to me that one issue that doesn't usually get mentioned when this topic comes up is that you have to deal with shipping the bike AND with shipping the trailer if you are flying to or from your tour.

Question to those who have done this... how much of an expense or hassle was it?

Routes / Suggestions about getting in and out the BlueRidge
« on: December 30, 2008, 09:50:09 am »
Another option would be to stay on the AC and follow the TA from near Richmond to the BRP.  I remember the road being pretty good there.

You would miss Skyline Drive that way though.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 12-30-08 @ 8:51 AM

Routes / East Coast Trip Suggestion
« on: December 14, 2008, 03:53:20 pm »
It is good to know there is another bike tourist near by.  Feel free to contact me at pete dot staehling at gmail dot com if you feel like comparing notes or anything.

Routes / East Coast Trip Suggestion
« on: December 12, 2008, 07:16:13 am »
I haven't ridden the AC route per se, but looking at the map it looks like it goes through areas I remember as being nice riding.

Where are you in Baltimore?  I am between Parkville and Towson.

Routes / Northern Tier - Hingham, MT
« on: December 09, 2008, 07:18:12 am »
Be suspicious of any green grass in much of the west.  It is usually green because there are sprinklers.  We never got caught by sprinklers on the TA, but had a couple near misses where we were just out of range of the sprinklers.

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