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Gear Talk / Re: Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:17:17 pm »
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which means getting hands down into the hook of the bar
As I said
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having to reach round from the drops and to squeeze like hell to get any stopping power at all

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Gear Talk / Poor Trek520 brakes
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:12:09 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.

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Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:39:51 am »
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.

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General Discussion / Re: how to keep my feet warm!
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:58:27 am »
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

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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

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Gear Talk / Re: "SKS" Fenders??
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:05:46 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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Gear Talk / Re: Opinions on refurbishing/re-equipping a 20-year old bike
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:42:22 pm »
If you really want to go top drawer and have Vee brakes Retroshift shifters look to be the bee's knees. If you can get 'em. They appear be brifters for Vee brakes. Can't wait to try them.

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Gear Talk / Re: Replacement for Continental Top Touring Tires
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:30:19 pm »
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after two loss of traction crashes
Do tell.

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General Discussion / Re: How to safely ship my bike and who can recieve it?
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:58:40 pm »
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they don't have the "typical" cardboard box that we would need.

Never said anything like that to me

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General Discussion / Re: Need advice for my trip this summer
« on: December 17, 2013, 02:59:20 pm »
Tim DO IT. Daft adventures is what young men (and women) are supposed, nay must, do. Years ago some friends of mine went climbing in Scotland in winter in Wellington boots. Some older club members, myself included, were appalled and ready to chew out these young guys for being badly equipped until one of my peers calmly pointed out that that sort of thing is what broke young men do, that we ourselves had done when we were broke young men.  The bike touring I do nowadays  is chickenfeed compared to the stuff I got up to decades ago. I don't really have any advice re bikes: I once met a young man in Kentucky who had rode an 8 speed Schwinn he'd found in a ditch from LA to there. He couldn't afford ACA maps so he'd done it mainly on freeways. His weather gear was a black plastic garbage bag with holes for head and arms. He was living out of dumpsters.

As your cause is supremely worthwhile but not well known (at least to me) I suggest you travel with placards explaining your charity and make up some little fliers explaining your charity in detail and among other things how donations are handled and kept separate from your own finances (a local Staples might do that for free)

Don't be a Blanche Dubois, you can't rely on the kindness of strangers but you will be thrilled to find how much of it there is out there. Have fun.

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General Discussion / Re: How to safely ship my bike and who can recieve it?
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:24:28 pm »
If you live near an REI that has a bike shop they will pack and ship your bike to REI Sacramento. They are incredibly cheap. They shipped my bike from near Seattle to a motel in Bangor ME for $60, it would have been cheaper still if there had been a nearby REI.

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Gear Talk / Re: Can we survive the Transamerica with no cyclocomputer?
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:30:10 am »
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If you ever plan to go off-route (or are forced off route by a closed road), or if you're just curious about where the hell you are in the world, then a state map is good.

+1 and you can often get them for free at tourist info places. The GPS/MapMyRide stuff would drive me batty, upload/download bla bla, faffing with technology when you could be riding or reading a good book or just watching TV in a motel room. It's amazing how much time you spend messing with that stuff. It's not that it is beyond me; I worked in data processing for decades, including a stint programming GPS mapping software before Garmin got into the business (their early GPSs told you lat and long and not much else) and frankly using this equipment is too much like the work I've left behind. However a simple bike computer is very nice to have.

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General Discussion / Re: Start date spring 2014
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:53:39 pm »
If you want up to date info on the North Cascades Highway go to the Washingon DOT website and subscribe to the news letter. You can also get data on previous years opening times. I guess June is the earliest you can count on it being open.

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Routes / Re: How do I get a copy Cycling British Columbia? Please help.
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:53:17 am »
Thanks everyone. I finally got the book. Copies should be available now because they had a reprint in 2012. i may have had a part in that because last year I called the publisher to try and locate a copy and they told me there were no plans for a reprint. I suggested there may be quite a demand for this book and mentioned the $200 copy on EBay. Who knows...

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Routes / Re: Sierra Cascades in april
« on: November 19, 2013, 12:43:35 am »
With the Sierra-Cascades route the hardest part (for me) was the North Cascades at the very beginning when you are not in the shape you will be in 1000 miles later. Also, Elk Pass, south of Mt Rainier will almost certainly be impassable, I couldn't cross it in June! I would suggest you go round the Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver BC. It's hilly enough to be interesting but much less strenuous than the North Cascades, a great way to get your touring legs. It can be wet both on the peninsula and the NC at that time of year but the wet will be warmer on the Peninsula. I rode from Utrecht to the Hook of Holland a couple of years ago and I can assure you the Peninsula is nothing like it. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=9648&v=M1

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