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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:56:39 pm »
FWIW, the care my chains get is mostly sloshing on some lube and wiping it off with a napkin.  They very rarely get any cleaning beyond that.
Hmm. It could be I'm not oiling my chain often enough. I took the Dumond label at its word when it says not to relube until you can hear the chain. I'll try more frequent oiling and see if that makes a difference. I can live with oiling more but the cleaning razmtaz is insufferable.

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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:35:57 pm »
In Bellevue WA there is a bike mechanic who seems to know his stuff (claims to have been a wrench on the TdF and have worked for Shimano. Very nice guy) he reckons you should use the cheapest chains you can get and change them every 500 miles! I kid you not.

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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:14:56 pm »
That surprises me.  It sounds like you change chains every 1500 miles or so and that cassettes only last you maybe 4,000 or 5,000 miles.  Is that correct or am I reading that wrong?  Is that with a steel cog cassette?  Aluminum? Something else?

Chains typically last me 10,000 miles or so (with very minimal care) and truth be told I have only rarely ever worn out a cassette, but some of them have certainly lasted me 20,000 miles or more, some of them probably a lot more.
No you're not reading it wrong. Good for you with the chain life thing. Can't be bothered myself. I use vanilla SRAM or Shimano cassettes whatever the LBS has in stock. Different strokes, different folks

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Gear Talk / Re: What lube to use for touring.
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:57:47 am »

Is there a special lube that stays clean that I'm not aware of?  Wax lubes stay clean but a person would have to reply it every day, is that what touring people do?  My experience with drip on wax lubes is that my chains get about 2/3rds LESS mileage on them before they are worn out, so replacing a chain once or twice going across country would be ridiculas too.
when I did the NT I replaced my chain twice. I look on chains as disposable and not worth the effort and mess of trying to make them last by cleaning etc. It's a 5 minute job replacing a chain like a SRAM that has a Quicklink if you know the trick for opening gummed up Quicklinks. And they aren't that expensive. I carry a Park CC-1 chain checker and replace them sooner rather than later to preserve the teeth on the cassette (generally I get 3 chains to a cassette another consumable)

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I am going a different route...

Big Agnes has a line of sleeping bags where there is a pocket to put your mat in.  I did a fall hang where it got down to 32F both nights and I was quite comfortable in my Big Agnes bag.
Wherever my bag went, my mat was forced to follow.
This sounds like a good way to go. Now, does the BA pocket work with Thermarest pads or do you have to use the BA pad? I suppose I could ask them at REI but they have been wrong before today.

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General Discussion / Help with: From Jasper to ??
« on: January 05, 2015, 09:35:48 pm »
I'm intending to ride from Jasper to at least Whitefish this year and I am trying to get a friend in the UK interested in joining me. One way of arm twisting would be to have my mate's non cycling wife drive a SAG wagon (i.e. We get to ride. She gets to do the Great Parks in comfort) Is there any way of doing a one-way car rental to facilitate this? Any suggestions for alternatives that would be attractive to a non-outdoorsy person would be appreciated. My mate isn't a problem; winters in Scotland tell me that.

If my mate comes over I plan on: train to Jasper, ride to WF, train to Seattle. If he doesn't I'll be doing L&C to Portland rather than train to Seattle. Can't wait either way.

Thanks in anticipation.
Pete

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm 2015- Looking for others
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:12:16 am »
chiptoothed, I have to totally agree with what PeteJack responded with. Going alone is a great way to travel for sure on such a personal adventure taken, and for the obvious reason he mentioned. My own travels alone have been chock full of many great memories and experiences had, as well as other similar travels having been made with fellow cyclists. Remember, the TransAm route is an established bicycle route, and odds are pretty good that you will easily see, and come across many other cyclists who are both coming & going while your out there on the entire distance.

I myself will be starting the same route as you at the end of April - east to west direction. I am cycling solo too, well kind of I guess I would say since my wife and family pet will be traveling along just shortly ahead of me daily in a family vehicle.
+1  One thing I would urge you to do is to tell your new friends "You guys go ahead. Don't wait for me" if they are obviously more comfortable with a faster pace than yours. It's all too easy to let your ego spoil your fun. I did that twice on my last NT.Edit. Told people to go on that is.

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General Discussion / Re: TransAm 2015- Looking for others
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:17:58 pm »
Going solo is not the end of the earth. Nowadays it's how I prefer to do it, no disputes about pace, destinations where to eat, what to eat etc.. doing a big tour with someone has parallels to getting married. You find out all kinds of things about your partner you didn't know before you set off, sometimes you find things you would rather not have found out. Personally I love the flat bits in the middle where I can pedal for hours on end in my own little world. It's Zen like.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:09:20 pm »

If you haven't already, consider going to a certified bike fitter to fine tune how your bike fits you.

Have fun!
+1 It is amazing what a difference a properly fitting bike makes.

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There are definitely suitable trees in the state park in Humptulips. I've used them for a Hennesy Hammock. I've given up in the thing because it is so damned cold. Whatever i put under me ends up slipping out and i wake up freezing, have you cracked that problem? Any solution I've seen defeats the big advantage of a hammock i.e. its small size and weight.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:44:24 pm »
I met a guy in Kentucky who'd rode from LA on a Schwinn he'd found in a ditch. his front tire had a bulge the size of a tangerine. When I mentioned it to him he said it had been like that for a month!

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers vs. BOB?
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:03:06 pm »
It will be interesting to see how long this thread goes.  Panniers vs Trailer has the same potential for heated discussion and disagreement as Shimano vs Campy and "whats the best chain lube?" questions.
+1 Unless you've got plenty of space trailers present the problem of finding somewhere to put it when you ain't using it.

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:41:46 pm »
In west Texas through hill country. Nice following wind today, but yesterday had many steep hills and side / head winds. Schwalbe Marathon tire on back is delaminating. The nearest bike shop I know of is in El. Paso. Hope I make it. Doing roughly 65-67 miles daily.
I take it that's a Marathon and not a Marathon Plus. I had bad luck with a Marathon on the TransAm it wore down to the brown stuff and started getting flats after about 2K. My helpful companion told me I should have put new tires on before I started. (I had) Someone once told me that  NASA has done a study and found that things generally last a lot longer than you think they're gonna. That could be BS but I've found that in general stuff wears slower than you think. So fingers crossed. I don't know your schedule but you could get a tire sent to a post office a few days ahead. I had good luck with that when I found my debit card had expired in the middle of the NT.

Stay upright. Pete

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Routes / Re: NT or L&C Going West from Missoula?
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:10:28 pm »
I was in Minnesota and met two brothers who had rode the NT from Anacortes. They had set of with their dad and when they go to the summit of Washington Pass he refused to go any further. And the whole trip was his idea!

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General Discussion / Re: Southern Tier Tour(self sustained) this fall
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:38:46 am »
Boy, Westinghousse really knows how to sell this place. Among 300 odd million people you will get the occasional fruitcake, pay close attention to Fox News or National Enquirer they are on top of them. Or not. Your chances of meeting said fruits are about the same as your chances of winning a state lottery, pretty small. I've crossed this country solo a couple of times E-W and once N-S plus done some big chunks in amongst and the major objective hazard, as the climbers say, seems to be dogs particularly in reservations. A can of Halt readily accessible fixes 'em. At least the two times I used it it did. One thing to avoid is going into Mexico, Do not do it. The chances of coming across bad guys rocket in Mexican border towns. My main recollections are of kindness and polite curiosity in this awful and crime ridden country.

Do it. You'll be fine.

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