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+1 Ace. Been there never done that. Last summer I was wakened at 10:30 p.m. in the middle of a thunderstorm by a state park ranger who wanted my camping fee. Mind you, as a lad I did all kinds of daft stuff. Ever tried sleeping under a car with the bit poking out in a plastic bag?

General Discussion / Re: touring in the rain?
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:04:33 pm »
Be aware that you can get very cold, hypothermic even, descending in the wet. Even if you are not feeling cold at the top of a long descent in the rain it's advisable to be wearing something wind/waterproof as you come down to prevent evaporative cooling. I found this out the hard way coming off Washington Pass with a leaky jacket

Routes / Re: Pacific Coast Route Northbound
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:21:42 pm »
Besides the likelyhood of headwinds while riding north there's another drawback a friend of mine mentioned to me: you are on the wrong side of the road for all the views.

Gear Talk / Re: Input on buying a bike
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:16:39 pm »
I can't overemphasize the importance of fit. I had a 520 that I rode for months before a fellow club rider noticed my saddle appeared low. I paid for a local outfit to give me a bike fit involving pedaling on rollers while they observed, measuring leg angles and stuff. The result was my saddle went up a couple of inches and my bars down a bit. It was like a whole new bike, a much more enjoyable ride. Since then I have done the Sierra Cascades and the Northern Tier plus other tours without changing a thing.

If there's an REI near you you may want to ask them to get Novarra Safaris in a couple of sizes for you to try. My wife has just got one and it seems a fine piece of kit. Much lighter than my 520.

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:01:46 pm »
Quote from: DaveB
Well, maybe they would have but no one was ever sorry they bought the best.  As the saying goes; "buy good, cry once".
Thanks Dave.

Gear Talk / Re: (Cyclo)cross-country
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:49:40 pm »
Quote from: zzzz
get rid of the knobbies unless you're planning on a significant amount of off road riding
+1 When you put slicks on it will feel like you've been riding with a binding brake. According to Sheldon tread is actually worse than useless on road tires. I've had very good luck with Panasonic RiBiMo tires. My back one did 4500 miles last year with two flats. There are more puncture resistant tires out there (Marathon Plus, Armadillo etc) but I find these heavy and with a harsh ride; the odd, very rare, puncture is a price worth paying for the comfort. It's all really a matter of taste.

And make sure your wheels are up to touring with at least 32 spokes.

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:26:37 pm »
Quote from:  DaveB
I did have Avid's higher line SD-7 V-brakes
I did consider SD-7s but then thought "what the hell" and sprung for the much more expensive Ultimate. Water under the bridge now, it's quite possible SD-7s would have done the trick.

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:29:15 pm »
As long as the calipers are decently rigid
There's the rub (so to speak). I don't think the SD-5 calipers are sufficiently rigid, hence the chatter (i.e. squeal). SD-5s have another drawback. It can be almost impossible to get both arms to spring back the same amount on both sides no matter how you fiddle with the adjusting screws, with Ultimates this is not a problem.

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 11, 2014, 12:24:59 am »
I think the original pads were Shimano which seem to tear up rims not only on 520s

Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:17:17 pm »
which means getting hands down into the hook of the bar
As I said
having to reach round from the drops and to squeeze like hell to get any stopping power at all

Gear Talk / Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:12:09 pm »
My 520 now has 41K on it and for about 40 of the 41K my front bake was dreadful: very noisy and not very effective. If there was a STOP sign at the bottom of a steep hill I found it almost impossible to stop with my hands on the hoods having to reach round from the drops and to squeeze like hell to get any stopping power at all. I managed to ameliorate the squealing a bit by using Jagwire pads but the stopping power was still very poor.

Here's how I fixed it. I replaced the Single Digit SD-5 front brake with a Single Digit Ultimate brake and replaced the OEM levers with Tektro RL-520s. The Ultimate cost 5 times as much, ($111 from the internet) as the SD-5 but it's like night and day. I now descend steep hills braking from the hoods in comfort thanks also to the Tektro levers which seem to have better ergonomics than the originals. The Ultimate is silent in operation with no toe in. I still have the original SD-5 on the back with KoolStop pads which works just fine.

Hope this helps somebody.

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:39:51 pm »
No matter what kind of fenders you get (I have SKS from REI) if you care about your buddy behind you add a proper mud flap to the rear fender. Planet Bike fenders have a little flap dealy that looks like it will prevent you washing your pal behind you with a rooster tail. It is worthless.

General Discussion / Re: how to keep my feet warm!
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:58:27 pm »
I have a pal with similar symptoms to yours. He has Reynauds disease You may want to see a doctor just in case. I must add that my mate is very fit and the only noticeable thing about him is that he tends to be wearing thick gloves when no one else is

Quote from: KeepPedalin
then cycled up mt washington from there
I take it you mean Washington Pass the highest point on the N Cascades Hwy. Don't be like the father of two brothers I met in Minnesota. He got as far as Washington Pass and refused to go any further leaving his sons to carry on without him! All part of the rich tapestry of cycle touring

Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:05:46 am »
(SKS= Scheffer-Klute Sundern) Scheffer-Klute is the company founder's name, Sundern is the home town of the business. (from the SKS website)

All this discussion has got me thinking I may get my LBS to mount them on my wife's new bike. I've done it myself before and it is a bit of a faff especially cutting the stays to length.

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