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Classifieds / cross country riding buddy needed
« on: April 28, 2008, 10:25:38 am »
Do you really consider 3300 miles in a month a "leisurely pace"?  Are you being sagged?  If not that is far from a leisurely pace by most tourists standards.

60 miles per day is a fairly average pace for loaded touring and that works out to close to two months unless starting in SC cuts miles off of the route as compared to starting in Yorktown.

Edit: I forgot to mention... if all else fails you will meet other riders along the way on the TA.  It is quite possible to meet folks along the way to ride or camp with at least part of the time.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 4-28-08 @ 7:00 AM

Gear Talk / southern tier check list?
« on: January 05, 2009, 02:53:35 pm »
There are a lot of packing lists on  Use the search feature, but you can start with mine at:
Just scroll down to "Pete's Packing List" and click it.  You might also try the "What Worked and What Didn't" section.  It isn't perfect and could probably be trimmed a bit, but is a starting point.  Remember that less is more :)

Also it help to remember that you can use the Postal Service both directions.  If you find you aren't using stuff send it home and if you miss something have it sent to you via general delivery.  I recommend going over everything once every week or two and sending stuff that you don't need home.

This message was edited by staehpj1 on 1-5-09 @ 11:55 AM

Gear Talk / Front Racks
« on: January 02, 2009, 03:56:07 pm »
I will offer a dissenting opinion.  I don't think aluminum racks are any more likely to break and certainly find then good enough.  Personally I like the Nashbar and Performance clones of the classic Blackburn Lowrider.

Nashbar often on sale for $20:

Two of us used the Nashbar rack for the TransAmerica and one used the Performance version.  They are very sturdy and held up well.

The steel racks can be more easily repaired in a third world country by anyone with a brazing torch, but for me that just isn't a big deal.  In the very unlikely event something does break on my aluminum rack I will cobble it together with sticks and tywraps if necessary.

Gear Talk / BOB Ibex trailer
« on: December 15, 2008, 07:40:10 am »
I haven't used the Ibex, but I have used a similar one wheeled trailer.  It always seemed to just kind of disappear while riding other than the weight was noticeable going up hills.  It sounds like something is wrong if the handling is that altered.  Could it be how you loaded the trailer?

I did decide that I liked panniers better, but handling problems with the trailer were a non issue for me.

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...
  • 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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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