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Gear Talk / Trek 520 poor brakes
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:24:46 pm »
The brakes on my Trek 520 that I love dearly are not very good. Originally the front brake was very noisy and didn't work at all well. Braking was something I had to plan especially loaded up. I got some relief from the noise by using Jagwire pads and cured the noise problem completely by replacing the Single Digit SD-5 front brake with a Single Digit Ultimate at great expense (5X the cost). The new front brake is does work a bit better but hard braking with my hands on the hoods is still difficult, I have to reach round to the drops to do that. Is there anything in the way of different levers, cables etc. Can anyone suggest a way of improving braking from the hoods? The cable outers and levers are the originals that came with the bike in 2005.

Routes / Re: help on banff-yellowstone roundtrip
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:28:32 pm »
You can see them here: on Crazyguy The last two pictures are what I posted

Routes / Re: help on banff-yellowstone roundtrip
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:38:31 pm »
probably not daunted by short hike-a-bikes on small snowfields,
Which is what I thought when I met this.

Then round the corner was this...

I ended up doing a 100 mile detour. The snow was soft and up to my hubs as far as the eye could see. It was in the 80s and no sign of snow at the bottom of the hill

Routes / Re: How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:37:12 am »
I'm still waiting for my copy from Indigo.
Prices a bit higher than at thriftshop, but not yet hundreds of dollars.
It is now they want $101.09!!!!

Routes / Re: TransAm Problems
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:08:35 am »
A couple of years ago someone gave me a can of Halt spray for dogs. I carried it but never used it until I did twice this year on the NT. The first time was going through a res in Montana when I was chased by a pack of dogs from a farm. They saw me coming from 1/2 a mile away and came running down the hillside to meet just like they did in Kentucky. Most of the pack got fed up after a few yards but a short spray of Halt and the last, persistent one lost interest. It's quite amazing how it works. I thought there'd be whining, sneezing and pawing at eyes but it's quite humane, the dog just seems to lose interest and wander off. I used it a second time in Alberta with the same results. Halt is available in bike shops.

BTW I've found that you get persistent dogs that aren't put off by yelling or even water spray. Some of them are sneaky and hide behind a tree or in a gateway. The one time I got bit that's what happened.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie, just signed up for the TransAm tour!
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:09:44 pm »
Actually you can use your carbon roadie with a BOB trailer.
Be careful withe that one. When I did the Transam we met up with a guy who had an Orbea with a BOB trailer and he kept breaking spokes in his rear wheel. I forget any details about his wheels but make sure yours are at least 32 spokes on the back and built for touring. Make the wheelbuilder promise to sacrifice his firstborn if you break a spoke.

General Discussion / Re: Suggestion for New Forum Topic
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:40:06 pm »
Excellent idea. I've spent hours looking for laundromats (it seems). I was going to suggest a foaming tub symbol for places with laundromats on the paper maps. It's probably not necessary to spell out the location if you know there is one in a town they should be easy to find

General Discussion / Re: A New Accessory (Looking for Feedback)
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:06:45 pm »
But the big problem as I experience it is the face.
Too true. I got caught in a thunderstorm in Pennsylvania this summer  while going downhill at about 20 mph. It was scary, I couldn't see a thing and was barely able to pull into a gas station at the bottom of the hill. Even peering over my specs didn't help much. Anybody made wipers for glasses yet?

General Discussion / Re: A New Accessory (Looking for Feedback)
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:19:29 am »
The few times I've been blessed with a tailwind I've thought that an umbrella would make a good sail to pull me along. BTW when I went to the Asturias mountains in Spain 50 (yikes!) years ago all the shepherds carried and used umbrellas they are an intensely practical item.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie, just signed up for the TransAm tour!
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:13:40 am »
Another plus of going E-W. On three days you get an extra hour as you cross time zones. How cool is that?

General Discussion / Re: Riding from Portsmouth NH to Bar Harbor Me.
« on: October 18, 2013, 05:04:55 pm »
I stayed in Exeter NH in May and it cost an arm and a leg. The cheapest place I found was $120 excluding breakfast. Mind you they did let me take my bike to my room which was a production: it was too big for the elevator, I had to stand it on the back wheel to get it in. Next morning I brought it down the stairs.

Routes / Re: How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: October 14, 2013, 11:29:05 pm »
Thanks everyone. I've ordered a copy from Thriftbooks.

Edit. Ooops it says Out of Stock. Let me check the other links. I'll try indigo I won't be needing it until next year.

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:28:24 am »
However you do it Laurie I'm 99% certain it will be significantly cheaper if you do all your shipping within the US. Not to mention no customs hassle. If you need a route to Bellingham Cascade Bicycle Club's RSVP route may be a help even though the narrative is for S to N. Have fun.  :)

General Discussion / Re: shipping bikes
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:43:23 pm »
Laurie, I bought my bikes elsewhere. I don't even use their bike shop much. FWIW I am a member. I think it's only $20 for lifetime membership and you get a dividend on all purchases which presumably will include your shipping. I hadn't thought of Bellingham that's pretty handy for you. You'd better call ahead before you go down to be on the safe side. Oh and be sure it's OK with the receiver for them to keep your bike for a few days so it's there when you arrive.

Gear Talk / Re: My "new-to-me" bike!
« on: September 28, 2013, 01:10:35 pm »
Are clipless pedals unnecessary?  Well, in the sense you can ride a bike without them, yes.  So is a saddle.  But I'd rather have both on my bike.
+1. People had similar complaints about multi speed gearing. If you've not used them before try clipped pedals on a stationary bike to get the hang of clipping in/out before you ride on road with them. The sensation of being stationary at, say, a traffic light and being unable to unclip is not to be missed

To the OP. You've got a good machine. After only 40,000 miles I've had to replace the headset on mine. This summer I rode 4700 miles with clipless pedals and a Brooks saddle for that matter with Panasonic RiBiMo 700 X 32 tires. It was a blast. Despite moans to the contrary you do get significantly more power from being clipped in; pulling up on the back leg is a learned skill like skiing that takes a bit of time to acquire. It don't come naturally but it is worth the effort. I use mountain bike shoes with recessed cleats they are plenty comfortable for walking.

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