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Gear Talk / Re: Chain Maintenance on Tour
« on: October 16, 2012, 12:02:55 am »
i know this is heresy and the CT (Chain Taliban) will be after me for saying this but I don't clean chains and look on them as a consumables. I put a new one  on after no more than 1000 miles: every few hundred I oil with Dumond lubricant and it's a five minute or less job changing a chain with a Quicklink. This way you don't get the chain stretch that buggers in your cluster (been there, done that). For those of you with tandems or 'bents I suppose this approach would get expensive

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Gear Talk / Re: Which Schwalbe
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:38:11 pm »
If you want to experience the effect of additional rotational inertia without buying a spendy set of tires, put Mr Tuffys, which only weigh a few ounces, in your existing tires. I tried 'em and it was like riding through sand compared to riding without them. Got rid right quick. Mind you some people swear by the things.

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Gear Talk / Re: How much does a sleeping bag liner increase warmth?
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:18:17 pm »
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one of those "emergency blankets" that fold up to wallet size

GOOD IDEA. Last May in Norway I camped overlooking the North Sea. I haven't been as cold in decades, my teeth were chattering. I carry one of those blankets with me for emergencies and never thought to use it (until now Aaargh) My frozen brain must have thought "Well, this isn't an emergency..." I envisioned using the blanket more as a first aid thing to help crash victims in shock. You live and learn.

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General Discussion / Re: Posting Images to Forum
« on: October 13, 2012, 12:12:45 pm »
I've created an image in Photobucket but I'm not having any luck.

Trying to create a Classified the following shows no picture when I click Preview

$10 + postage

With mounting kit

http://s1337.beta.photobucket.com/user/psjack/media/Ortlieb%20stuff/ortliebbag_zpsf5b66b9f.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

(with the http stuff between [img] etc. )

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Gear Talk / Re: Chain repair
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:16:17 am »
Here's a trick for removing Quicklinks that appeared in the CTC magazine some time ago that works a treat and requires no tools. Put the chain on your big ring with the Quicklink at the 2 o' clock position. Move the chain below the link up one tooth so the Quicklink and the next link make a Vee. Tap the side of the poking up Quicklink nearest you with something hard (e.g. a wrench, a stone) The link will instantly separate no matter how grungy it is. I've done this a bunch of times and it always works.

I'd send a picture but my camera was stolen on my last tour.

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Gear Talk / Re: Panniers and Racks
« on: September 22, 2012, 07:53:11 am »
This summer I put my old, faded Sportpackers on the front and my Front Rollers on the back so I could use an Ortlieb Rackbag. (The clips on the Rackbag are designed to work with Roller type bags) This all worked fine with one major gotcha: I took way too much damned stuff. After bashing into headwinds through Norway, Denmark, Germany and Holland and a big chunk of England where the headwinds became tailwinds I mailed a pile of stuff I could live without, including the Rackbag, weighing 29 lbs(!) to a friend. Boy did that make a difference.

Point I'm trying to make - Smaller paniers mean you tote less weight. Sort of obvious but human nature being what it is, if you have space there's a tendency to fill it.

I second the positive stuff about Wayne, a really helpful guy.

I think I might try a Tubus rack to get the paniers a bit lower. Currently I'm using the one that came with my 520. Any thoughts?

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Gear Talk / Re: chain compatibility
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:20:07 am »
My mechanic put a new cassette (Shimano 11 -32) and chain on my 520 because I had a problem with jumping gears. It seemed OK until yesterday when I was climbing using granny (24T) it started jumping again to smaller cogs from cogs 7 & 8. The guy put a $13 chain on claiming there was no point in using expensive chains, use cheap ones and change them every 500 miles was his recommendation ( a major pain for touring). Should I get a better chain? It only does it on the smallest front ring, could chain tension be an issue?

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Gear Talk / Re: Need a large lightweight bag
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:10:08 am »
Thanks to all repliers. The North Face bag looks just the ticket but the price brings tears to my eyes.. I now have to chose: disposable (Walmart) vs reusable (NF). I'm off to the NF store now to have a look (and taking the bus to save money) Now if i can get Mrs PJ to bless it....

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Routes / Re: Mexican Border to San Diego AMTRAK
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:21:01 pm »
There's a hostel (former YMCA) about a block from the Amtrak station. Quite cheap for downtown, about the same as a motel. I've stayed there a couple of times

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General Discussion / Re: Sierra Cascades: Which clothes?
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:03:12 pm »
You can get enormous temperature ranges in 24 hours. Climbing up to Yosemite and when I went to bed it was in the 80s; at 3am I was scrambling to put on everything I could find; it was in the low 30s. Crater Lake was similar. As a general rule if it's not cloudy expect hot days and cold nights.

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Gear Talk / Re: Need a large lightweight bag
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:49:46 pm »
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$7 or so thrift store suitcase
I like the sound of that. Do you think they have thrift stores in Amsterdam?

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Routes / Re: Mexican Border to San Diego AMTRAK
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:53:30 pm »
it's not much of a ride from the border to the Amtrak station. Unless you absolutely have to stay off Friars Rd in San Diego (shouldn't be a problem as this is well north of the station and goes E to W). When I did the Sierra Cascades last summer finishing in San Diego this was the only scary bit.

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Gear Talk / Need a large lightweight bag
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:46:37 pm »
I'm flying to Europe next month to do the North Sea Cycle Route from Bergen. I plan on keeping my airline bag count down to 2 by: using my boxed bike as one 'bag' and having a large duffel bag containing my paniers, sleeping bag, tent etc as a second bag. Now here's the challenge: the only duffel bag large enough that I have found so far is a canvas army type bag that weighs a ton (probably 2 tons when wet) and doesn't fold up small. Does anyone know of a large bag made of strong light tear-proof nylon stuff  that I can take on tour that will roll up small? The other one is so clumsy I'm thinking of tossing it when I get there and finding something else for the trip back.

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I think there is now a light rail line from the airport into the city.
There is. Get off at Chinatown for King St station (Amtrak) it's a very short walk.

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