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Gear Talk / Re: Why internal hubs?
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:33:09 pm »
How does one justify the added expense, weight, and complexity (non standard parts) of the internal hub system?

Sturmey-Archer made internal gear hubs from 1902 to 2000.  Long before derailleur gears were invented.  I bet there are lots of hubs 30-40-50-60 years old still in service today.  Many more than derailleur gears of a similar age.  Internal gear hubs just work forever and ever without much if any maintenance or care.

Gear Talk / Re: 1988 Trek 520 recommended upgrades????
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:11:57 pm »
I had a 1991 Trek 520.  Little different than yours.  7 speed, bar end shifters, half-step plus granny gearing.  Check if your rear 6 speed is a cassette or freewheel.  I'm not sure cassettes were ever made in 6 speed so you might have a freewheel.  If so, then changing the number of cogs means getting a new rear wheel.  Although there are 7 and 8 speed freewheels made.  Not sure if there are 9 speed freewheels in existence.

If you do decide to go with 9 speed gearing in the back.  Consider Shimano bar end shifters.  $80 from England shops.  Work quite well.  Cantilever brakes are exceptionally good.  No need for nonsensical disc brakes.  You would need a new fork for disc brakes anyway.  Don't get Kool Stop pads unless you love to hear your brakes squeal like the proverbial stuck pig.

General Discussion / Re: Compact carbs? Do they exist?
« on: February 10, 2011, 07:44:28 pm »
Those gels like Powergel, GU, Clif would probably be your highest calories per ounce food.  I think they come in larger bottles than the individual packets.  There may also be some that have protein in them.  Or you could squeeze 100 or so into a plastic bottle and make your own large quantity.  I don't think I would want to live on this stuff for too long.  But it would work for a short period.

Also I think Army type food would work.  I think the military has condensed food and enriched food.  Small volume but high calories.

General Discussion / Re: Surly LHT: Need help setting my bike up
« on: January 19, 2011, 03:28:40 pm »
Tires-Wider is generally better.  Particular model doesn't matter.  Once you get into the wide category, they are all fairly tough and durable.
Stem-The right length and angle.  You determine this by riding and fitting the bike to you.
Saddle-I use Brooks.
Brakes-Doesn't your bike already have some?  I've never found much difference in brakes.  They all seem to work well enough to stop the bike.
No suspension seatpost.  Wastes too much energy.
Computer-Cateye wired.  Always works.
Lights-Carry a flashlight that can be strapped to the bars for the front.  Also useful in camp.  Get 2 or 3 rear red blinking lights.  Put a zip-tie through the back vents of your helmet and hang one there.  Put the others on the backs of bags or racks or seatstays.  More is better for rear blinkies.
Pump-Blackburn frame pump.
Bottle cages-Some aluminum ones.  Or stainless steel ones for looks and coolness.
Racks-I use a Blackburn Expedition on the rear.  Blackburn low riders on the front.

Gear Talk / Re: hub generators
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:57:57 pm »
Jan Heine is one of the most respected cyclists and authors on cycling in the country, including to Adventure Cycling Magazine. To suggest that "bicycle Quarterly was making this stuff up" is absurd at best and libelous at worst. Your experience may have been different than Jan's but that is not proof of his dishonesty.

Its a lot more libelous for Mr. Heine to write his stuff.  Shimano may have a claim against him.  He operates a bike shop.  He sells Schmidt hubs and lights.  Seems he has a vested interest to put down the competition.  He is most definitely not an independent reviewer.

Routes / Re: CO Routes 145, 50, & 160 - Safety?
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:48:30 pm »
I've ridden 160 and 50.  Parts of them anyway.

Hwy 160 about 12 years ago and this summer.  12 years ago from Durango to South Fork.  No traffic at all.  Wide open.  No services either.  This summer from Pagosa Springs to Alamosa.  Not bad getting up Wolf Creek to South Fork.  Lot more traffic going east to Alamosa.  But there was a fine shoulder.  From South Fork to Alamosa 160 is dull and uninteresting.  From Durango to Pagosa Springs it was good.  Rolling and wide open.  Up and down Wolf Creek was good.  I would definitely recommend going west to east across Wolf Creek.

Hwy 50 about 12 years ago.  From Canon City to almost Monarch.  I don't recall there being too much traffic.  Then this summer I was on 50 from about 10 miles before Gunnison to about 10 miles after Gunnison.  Lot more traffic.  There was a shoulder though.  50 is kind of flat and kind of boring.  Nice scenery on either end.  Black Canyon near Monarch and Royal Gorge near Canon City.  And Monarch pass near Salida.

Gear Talk / Re: hub generators
« on: January 08, 2011, 12:04:46 am »
In the BQ article, they stated that after two consecutive all-night rides that their hands were numb and tingly. I gathered that it was pretty significant. Total test mileage was 1560 miles.

To put it bluntly, Bicycle Quarterly was making this stuff up.  The Shimano generator hub does not vibrate.  I've used it on PBP as well as several thousand miles of brevets.  It functions quite well.  No resistance is noticed while using it.

Starbike has the Shimano DH-3N80 for about $95.  While the Schmidt is $230.

Routes / Re: newbie needing advice
« on: December 31, 2010, 01:52:22 pm »
I've ridden in Iowa and Indiana.  Lots in Iowa.  Probably every area of the state.  Indiana only the bottom half.

Iowa is flat across the northern third unless you are near the rivers on both sides of Iowa.  Missouri and Big Sioux on the west and Mississippi on the east.  When near the rivers about 10-20-30 miles inland its hilly.  Some hills steep and short, some long but not as steep.  The NE corner north of Dubuque is the hardest.  Middle third is rolling.  Nothing to worry about.  Bottom third is a bit more rolling than the middle.  But again nothing too bad.  I've ridden a single speed 53x19 across the bottom of the state without problems.  Unloaded.

Bottom part of Indiana is sort of hilly.  Some pretty steep.  On an unloaded bike you can manage fine without a triple.  Loaded I would want a triple.  None of the hills are terribly long.

Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 15, 2010, 03:36:26 pm »

The Adventure Cycling store sells two pair of non lycra form fitting shorts.  Baggy shorts.  Canari and J&G brands.

It's not Lycra I have an issue with. It's the "form-fitting" aspect.

Then you do have an issue with lycra.  Lycra is a stretchy material designed to form fit and stretch around whatever it contacts.  It has elastic in it.  You want the baggy cargo shorts everyone has recommended.  They are NOT made out of lycra.  They are made out of nylon and polyester.  Personally I can't imagine this short is as comfortable for riding as the lycra shorts.  The lycra short keeps the chamois in place by stretching it around the part of the body its supposed to be at.  Whereas the cago baggy shorts are loose around the chamois.  So the chamois can slide around and move while you are riding.  Not ideal.

Gear Talk / Re: Panniers
« on: December 15, 2010, 03:28:52 pm »
I have some Nashbar mountain panniers from 1991.  Big single pocket with a side pocket and a top pocket in the flap.  Cordura.  Once or twice the hooks came undone from the top of the rack.  Bag dragged on the ground for a bit but didn't cause any harm.  Fixed it by squishing the hooks in tighter.  I've used them for about 8000 miles of touring.  Plastic bags inside the panniers keep everything organized and dry.  I think mine were made by Cannondale for Nashbar because they have a Made in Philipsburg, PA tag on them.  Current ones are made in Malaysia.  Only $40 a pair right now.  And Nashbar has a 20% off sale going on.  $32 a pair, $16 each.  I'm quite content with the four I own.  I paid a lot more way back when.

Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 12, 2010, 01:58:21 pm »

The Adventure Cycling store sells two pair of non lycra form fitting shorts.  Baggy shorts.  Canari and J&G brands.

Gear Talk / Re: Tires ?
« on: December 01, 2010, 11:26:25 pm »
I use Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX 700x25 tires on several of my bikes.  They are nice tires.  BUT, they did flat 7 times during Paris-Brest-Paris.  That was unpleasant.  Changing a flat tire at midnight in the rain while standing in the ditch does not add much joy to a ride.  Not that there was a whole lot of joy period in PBP 2007.  I don't really trust these Vittoria tires.  They have been reasonably OK recently so it may have just been an instance of everything bad happening during a 3 day period.

Gear Talk / Re: Is it worth changing tires?
« on: November 30, 2010, 11:42:59 pm »
I've used folding kevlar bead tires on tours and they worked just fine.  The spare tire I carry is of course folding.  Wire bead tires are usually cheaper so its best to start the tour with wire bead tires.  Kevlar beads can sometimes be harder to mount than wire.

The Continental Gatorskin tires come in 26" x 28mm.  So you could easily do a comparison between your bikes.  The Bontrager H2 tires may just be slow tires and another tire would be comparable to your 23mm road tires.

General Discussion / Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« on: November 12, 2010, 06:12:04 pm »
Ritchey makes a road and cyclocross bike with their take apart system.  Not folding exactly, but the bike comes apart into smaller pieces.  Competitor of the S&S couplers.

General Discussion / Re: Comments on Schwinn World Tour DLX
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:10:02 pm »
The World Tour shown on the Schwinn website looks like a good touring bike.  $1069 price.  24 speed.  Tiagra and Sora and FSA drivetrain.  Eyelets, fenders.  Steel frame and fork.  You can easily change the inner chainring to a 24 tooth for proper low gears.  Seems to have a threaded headset and quill stem.  Very odd today.  It would not frighten me to take this bike on a tour.$(referrer)$-_-Bikes/Frames-_-SCHWINN-_-30-1415&CSE=GooglePS&mr:trackingCode=6618BC46-A681-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA
Performance Bike has the bike for $500 before 10-20% discounts.  If you take a small frame.

The Performance bike is a great buy if it fits.  The retail price of $1069 is not exactly a bargain.  I think there are several options at this price point.  Some may be better specced.

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