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General Discussion / Re: "inexpensive" supported tour
« on: March 30, 2012, 01:10:43 am »
RAGBRAI is always fun.  Its supported.  Either the Des Moines Register will carry your gear, or you can easily find another group to go with that will carry your gear.  Its different than all other rides if you haven't done it before.

Gear Talk / Re: Cars and bike racks
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:04:55 pm »
I have a Toyota Corolla and use a Saris Bones 3 bike rack.  I think its a very good rack.  Can fit any car.  Get the Bones 3, not the Bones 2.  The Bones 2 only has one leg to rest on the car trunk top.  The Bones 3 has two legs on the car trunk top as well as two legs on the car bumper.

Problem with a hitch rack in this case is the question asker has a Tercel.  Hitches mounted to small cars like this are the ones with the tongue permanently attached.  Unlike hitches put on trucks and SUVs where the rack frame is attached to the frame of the truck.  And then you have a separate tongue hitch part that fits into the 2" square pipe.  The truck hitches easily accomodate bike hitch racks.  But they do not work with hitches on small cars where the hitch tongue is part of the rack.

Gear Talk / Re: Old Touring Bicycles
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:46:54 pm »
Depends on your purpose for the bike.  If you intend to just ride it around town, commute, shopping, short exercise rides, it will likely be fine.  Change nothing, do nothing to the bike.  If you plan to tour with the bike, go on week long rides, centuries, then I'd recommend looking for a much newer bike.  Based on your question, I'm guessing you are not a bike mechanic now.  So working on, upgrading, fixing, changing, an old bike is not something you know how to do.  And having a shop do this work is expensive.  Labor and parts.  Old bikes work fine and are fun to ride.  But if you want them to be just like a new bike, its a major project requiring money and skill.  If you want a newer bike, start with a newer bike.  Leave old bikes as they are unless you want a project.

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:42:59 pm »
Can't recall if I've already responded to this topic.  But here is another answer.  I've toured alone and with others.  Usually 1-2-3 other people.  The solo trips were always longer more extensive tours.  Europe for a summer, two weeks in Colorado, two weeks in Portugal-Spain.  Solo trips were generally 2-3 day trips to the start of a week long ride like RAGBRAI.  On the summer tour of Europe I occasionally met other cyclists I rode with for a few days until our paths split.  I enjoyed touring alone and riding with others.  For logistics, its easier to tour alone.  No coordination necessary.  Decisions are easy.  Long trips are easier to arrange when its just you.  The trips with others were always enjoyable because of the constant companionship.  The irritation was always minor.  On the summer trip it was very pleasant to ride with others for a few days when I met them while riding.  A pleasant difference.  Can't recall ever being bored riding alone.  The constant activity of touring, riding, camping, eating, sightseeing, etc. seems to keep me occupied from awaking to sleeping.  I might fall into both camps.  I'll happily tour alone and I'll happily tour with others.

Gear Talk / Re: Derailleur compatibility lower gears
« on: March 18, 2012, 03:00:31 pm »
A lockring tool with a center pin keeps it from popping out of the splines under torque.

Just put the quick release skewer through the axle and through the lockring remover tool and it will never come out of the splines.  I suppose you could still figure out a way to make the wrench flats come off the flats of the lockring tool.  You would have to work at it.

General Discussion / Re: Bibs VS casual commuting to work??
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:05:30 pm »
I hate bib shorts.  Hate them, hate them, hate them.  Nobel prize winners would have a hard time conceiving of a worse piece of clothing.

When I commuted, it was only 2 miles each way.  So did not get too sweaty.  I carried my work clothes in a backpack.  Left shoes and a hair brush at work.  Always wore cycling clothes for the ride to and from work.  I always wear cycling clothes whenever I ride the bike.  Not sure why anyone would not wear cycling clothes when cycling.  Cycling clothes are the best for cycling.  Why would you not wear the best for an activity?

Gear Talk / Re: Tire recommendations
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:33:36 am »
If I believe that my current tires have enough miles on them to last the trip, I carry no spare. If I don't think they'll make it, I carry one spare and have someone send me an additional tire as soon as I use the first spare.

Makes no sense.  A spare tire is carried for emergencies.  Not normal replacement of a worn out tire.  In the US, Europe, parts of Asia, parts of South America, you will frequently come across bike shops on a tour.  If a tire is wearing out, you buy a new tire before its 100% worn out when you come across a bike shop.  Spare tires that are carried are used when the sidewall gets damaged from a rock or piece of glass.  Or the tread gets a large cut in it.  Or the bead just refuses to stay on the rim anymore.  I had this happen on a tour once.  Tire blew off a couple times and the bead would no longer stay on the clincher rim.  Also not sure why you would monkey around with the hassle of having a spare tire shipped to you when you use the one you are carrying.  Wouldn't it be a whole lot easier to just buy a new spare the next time you run across a bike shop.  Next day probably?

Gear Talk / Re: Derailleur compatibility lower gears
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:15:52 am »
To change the rear cassette you will need a cassette lockring remover, a big Crescent wrench to turn it, and a chain whip.  You will also need a new longer chain if you go to a bigger cassette.  So a chain tool is needed to shorten a new chain to the right length.  You can use the chain tool to reconnect it with the special pins provided.  Or use a quick link/master link from SRAM or Wippermann that can be used to reconnect the chain without any tools.  If you get a new rear derailleur, mountain, you will need the chain tool to break the chain to thread it through the pulleys, remove current chain, and a 5mm Allen wrench to install the rear derailleur in the rear dropout.

Gear Talk / Re: Derailleur compatibility lower gears
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:00:22 pm »
The information given is great.  My only addition is to definitely try your current rear derailleur with a 11-32 or 12-32 cassette.  I'm guessing it will work just fine.  My brother ran a 11-32 cassette with a very old short cage Shimano 600 road rear derailleur.  Worked just fine.  So the maximum cog size limitations given are not to be believed.  And as mentioned, cheap 9 speed Shimano long cage rear derailleurs for mountain bikes can be found for $20 and will clear a 32 rear cog just fine.

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:55:35 pm »
The extra information changes it quite a bit.  I can't imagine why any emergency room personnel would search a conscious person for a Medic Alert or Road ID or anything else if they were conscious and you could just talk to them and ask them what was wrong and why they were there.  As you orignally described it the emergency room personnel did not seem to know why they were treating you.  That is a case of bad diagnosis or not looking at the medical records they had on you.  100% unrelated to you wearing an emergency ID.  Why look for an emergency ID on your body if they can just talk to you and ask you to pull out your drivers license and insurance card?  The medical ID is for identification and making people aware of a medical condition when the person is unable to provide that information.  The colorful pretty Road ID is not going to be used/found/looked for if the police/ambulance can talk to you.

Gear Talk / Re: used zipp wheels
« on: March 11, 2012, 03:58:13 pm »
Zipp 404 clincher wheels are not for touring.  This is a touring forum.  So any question about Zipp wheels is misplaced.  You would be better off asking somewhere else.  But I'll provide an answer anyway.  At half price you are not really stealing them.  Its not an awful deal.  But its not a great deal either.  Like lots of things, used bike wheels don't hold their value too well.  The rebuilt front wheel is good that it is rebuilt.  But front wheels are pretty simple so rebuilding is not difficult.  And the fact its rebuilt makes me wonder how much wear and tear this wheel had to require a rebuild.  And what else is wrong that did not get rebuilt.  The worn rear wheel as you describe it is not good.  It would seem to need rebuilding.  New bearings are not too difficult to install.  But is the freewheel also in need of replacement.  Lot more expense for that fix.  Based on your description of the wheels and the price, I would not be interested.

General Discussion / Re: Long distance trip alone?
« on: March 11, 2012, 03:45:44 pm »
I pulled out my medic alert tag on its stainless steel chain.  The charge nurse turned a ghostly shade of pale.  I had been wearing this tag around my neck day and night for over ten years just for this day and it failed.

When I was discharged and got home, I decided at this point in my life it was appropriate to wear my heart on my sleeve.  I ordered a bright red Road ID wristband and have worn it every day since both on and off the road.

Not saying it did not happen as you describe it.  But based on my numerous experiences, I have a hard time believing it did happen as you describe it.  I've had Medic Alert necklaces and bracelets on for about 30+ years now.  Dozens upon dozens of times they have been used.  I don't recall them ever not being found by the treating paramedic or policeman or even citizens/passersby.  When you are lieing unconscious, people automatically look for the Medic Alert necklace and bracelet.  The necklace is found more often than the bracelet and the necklace is the first thing they look for.  Medic Alert stainless steel necklaces and bracelets are known/recognized by everyone, everyone, everyone.  Whereas the Road ID thing is unknown by everyone.  Its just a piece of costume jewelry.  Looks like one of those decorative Armstrong wrist bands.

Gear Talk / Re: For CC Touring:Trek 1.2 or Surly LHT?
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:10:18 am »
I'm guessing CCT means Credit Card Tour.  If so, then a Long Haul Trucker or any touring bike would be near the bottom of the list for bikes I would want to ride on a credit card tour.  Credit Card Tour implies you are carrying so little that it will fit in a large saddlebag or rack top bag.  Or a couple other small bags.  NOT panniers.  If you are using panniers, you are not on a credit card tour.  You are on a full scale loaded expedition tour.  That is different than a credit card tour.  I'd suggest you learn how to pack for a credit card tour, then take your current bike or another racing type bike.

General Discussion / Re: overseas travel
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:20:22 pm »
I'll admit to going on old information and experiences.  Last time I used cardboard boxes from the airlines for a bike was November 2000.  Only plane trip since then was using my own hard plastic case for the bike.  You'll have to call and ask directly.

General Discussion / Re: overseas travel
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:51:38 am »
Figure out which airlines you will be using.  Then call them up and ask if they have bike boxes at the airports you will be going to.  It costs $10-15 for the boxes.  Buy some tape ahead of time.  If for some reason the airline you are using does not have bike boxes available, find another airline that does.  The airlines will sell a bike box to anyone who wants one.  Not just customers on their airline.

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