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General Discussion / Re: Bike Question
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:39:04 pm »
Be careful. I'm not familiar with the OP's bike but I did part of the TransAm with a guy on an Orbea road bike towing a Bob. I suspect his gearing was inappropriate because he spent noticeably more time out of the saddle than the rest of us. He also kept breaking spokes in his rear wheel. Make sure your wheels are robust enough, something a good LBS will help with. Broken spoke(s) can be a major downer.

General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:29:41 pm »
  Of course, until one learns how to get out of the clips fast, falls are likely. 
Too true. The experience of being stationary and not being able to unclip is not to be missed. I always urge people to first try clipless pedals in a spinning class, i.e. on a stationary bike, to get the hang of unclipping something I didn't do and ended up teetering and falling off at a traffic light. Another suggestion: when you try them on a real bike for the first time do it on grass just in case. Having said all that I wouldn't ride without them now.

General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:23:27 am »
I had a periodic knocking last year. Turned out I had a crack in my cassette body cover.
Not trying to be smart but just what is a  cassette body cover? I've never heard the term before.

Routes / Re: New York - Virgina Beach
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:16:59 pm »
I urge you to use ACA maps as much as possible. They are like Sustrans maps only better because: they list eating places and accommodation, are more compact and worse because: they are completely misleading as to the severity of climbs, the contours on ACA maps are pretty vague. Usually the climbs are much less severe than ACA maps indicate. Sometimes the profile provided makes a route look like the side of a house in actual fact you are still waiting for the steep bit to start when you get to the top. Do make sure you check the addenda to the maps before you set off. On the Sierra Cascades route I ended up riding 30 miles for breakfast because a cafe shown on the map was closed, the addenda said so but I hadn't read them.

General Discussion / Re: Strange sounds from below
« on: September 22, 2014, 03:21:01 am »
"Strange sounds from Below" You might try Beano.

Gear Talk / Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:29:06 pm »
Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.
Thanks for your interest. I'll do whatever I see fit with my fenders

I finally got the rack installed and it seems to work OK with the fenders as they are. Every bus in the greater Seattle area has a rack for three bikes with a similar attachment system, I've never heard of fenders being a problem with their racks so I guess I'll take my chances. I suspect it's all CYA on Thule's part.

Edit. after 2 months of clamping with a front fender it appears to be safe as houses.

Gear Talk / Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:54:05 pm »
I've just bought a Thule T2 towbar mounted rack and it looks a fine piece of kit. According to the instructions I cannot clamp the front wheel with fenders on. Our front fenders poke out about 4 1/2 inches from the Vee brakes. Do I have to chop off my fenders? or can I get away with clamping right next to the existing fender tip? Is this all CYA from Thule?

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:11:47 am »
These same problems of narrow bridges with no shoulders,
Oddly enough on the Natchez Trace Parkway the only bits of it that have shoulders are the bridges.

How's about that for a non-sequitur?

Gear Talk / Re: Does it make sense to replace just one tire with treadwear?
« on: September 01, 2014, 03:10:24 pm »
I happily break that rule regularly.  I don't see it as all that likely to be a problem.  I never found handling in slippery conditions to be a problem with a more worn front tire and the rear tire is always more likely to fail even when the front is more worn due to the fact that it is carrying more weight.
Have you ever had a front tire blowout while going downhill at speed?

Gear Talk / Re: A folding bike for touring?
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:48:32 am »
On the Sierra Cascade route I met up with Jerry and Peggy on Bike Fridays. I was so impressed by their mounts that I was seriously thinking of getting one. The big attraction was easier plane travel. Then someone pointed out how much touring I could do on my 520 for what I would spend on a Friday.

We did over 500 serious miles together. The only downside to them seemed to be that the tires wore quicker than 700Cs

Gear Talk / Re: New Adventure Bike...from Trek!
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:32:15 am »
A couple of years ago I swear I saw a Trek 520 with disk brakes at Gregg's Cycles in Seattle. At the time I didn't pay much attention thinking it was an evolution of the 520 (my bike) but I've since been told by a Trek distributor I must have been dreaming. I wonder if it was an early version of this bike? As I recollect it was the same color as the one in the picture.

Gear Talk / Re: handlebar bag
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:25:13 am »
I have a Lone Peak barbag that I've used for thousands of miles. I don't like it. Mainly because you have to put a cover on when it's raining. I was once in a tremendous downpour in IL and the cover filled with water. The bag and its contents (including a cellphone) couldn't have got wetter if I'd plonked it in a bowl of water for a couple of hours. Also when you put the cover on you can't read the map in the handy map pocket. You have to loosen the cover and push it back to see the map, quite tricky on the move. The guy who sold me the bag said the thing to do was to cut a hole in the bottom of the cover to prevent water build up!

When I can afford it I'm going to spring for a waterproof Ortlieb bag like my wife has. Mind you they ain't perfect, for some reason Ortlieb provide this lock feature that's as much use as a chocolate teapot.

General Discussion / Re: Riding on the US Interstates
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:00:50 am »
Quote from: adventurepdx
And I know for sure there are "alternative routes" that parallel I-5 here (Old 99, for one), yet you can still legally ride the shoulder of I-5 if you want
Let no one run away with the idea that the alternative is easy. I did manage to get from Kelso to Camas without going on I5 by attempting to follow old 99. It involved a very hard climb and a lot of time. Some gent who lives in Kelso sent me a PM saying I couldn't have chosen a worse route, I should have gone down I5.

I will add that I find interstates miserable riding and you are more likely to get flats on them due the the tremendous amount of debris on the shoulders.

General Discussion / Re: Busiest ACA or other trail intersection?
« on: August 25, 2014, 04:08:20 pm »
I cast my vote for the vicinity of Jeffrey City
Jeffrey City was (is?) so memorably godawful and anything improving that would spoil it. I think a book could be written of Jeffrey City stories. I've no recollection of a church there but I did stay in the dismal motel before it closed, incredibly expensive, $70+, for a freezing room, broke TV and a leaking toilet.

Sorry for not contributing much but I do remember thinking a B & B in Twin Bridges would have been nice.

General Discussion / Re: Lost Bike Shorts: Great Divide Canada
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:51:37 pm »
If anybody finds the detachable jacket sleeves  that I left somewhere near Missoula MT please bin them as the rest of he jacket fell apart long ago.

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