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Basically the Pugsley is incorrect for almost all riding. Unless you plan to ride the beaches from Seattle to San Diego. Or maybe ride the Rocky Mountain trail in the middle of winter and need some flotation for the snow.That seems a bit harsh Russ. Never tried one myself but I've read where some people prefer them to regular bikes for single track and e.g. gravel logging roads. But I agree they don't appear to be very good for the ACA sort of touring on roads.
There are not enough good things to be said about the AC maps. Post offices,, food, camping spots you would never find yourself, bike shops, regional lore to catch up on at night, and on and on.Very true.
I often gave them to another tourist going the other direction.Good thinking!
True but if you're like me the place where you bought your shoes put your cleats on and they aren't likely to grease the screws. And you can undertighten them, in spite of what the guy in the video says, in which case they can come loose and make it hard to unclip. Poking around the web it seems that 5-6 nm is the right torque. I couldn't find an official Shimano recommendation.I remember this from Youtude keep your SPD bolts greased with waterproof greasePut grease on all threaded fasteners.
Count on falling over twice, once within the first hour, and then once again once you get use to them but forget. It won't be long before clipping out will be second-nature; you won't even think about it.+1 To minimize the chances of this find a gym or Y that has a stationary bikes you can use. (They often have pedals with SPD on one side and platform on the other or put your own SPDs on.) Then you can practice getting in and out without the risk of falling. I always tell people to make their first attempt at using SPDs on grass. I didn't and wished I had.