Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - RussSeaton

Pages: 1 ... 17 18 [19] 20 21 ... 24
271
Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:36:26 pm »
http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm?currentpage=1&fuseaction=category.display&category_id=37

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.

272
Gear Talk / Re: Panniers
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:28:52 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.

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_165648_-1_201511_10000_200350

273
Gear Talk / Re: Biking Shorts/Pants
« on: December 12, 2010, 11:58:21 am »
http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm?currentpage=1&fuseaction=category.display&category_id=37

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

274
Gear Talk / Re: Tires ?
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:26:25 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.

275
Gear Talk / Re: Is it worth changing tires?
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:42:59 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.

276
General Discussion / Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« on: November 12, 2010, 04:12:04 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.

277
General Discussion / Re: Comments on Schwinn World Tour DLX
« on: November 12, 2010, 11:10:02 am »
http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/hybrid/world-tour#/specs
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.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/ProductDisplay?storeId=10052&langId=-1&catalogId=10551&productId=1072929&cm_mmc=$(referrer)$-_-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.

278
General Discussion / Re: Surly Cross Check Touring Bike?
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:44:45 am »
26" tires are not slower.  26" tires are available in every width from 1" to 2+".  26" tires in  many widths are stocked by every bike shop so you can always find them while touring.  Mail order of course has every width available.

http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/race/recetyres/ultra_gatorskin/ultragatorskin_en.html
Continental Ultra Gatorskin available in 559mmx28mm.  26" is 559mm.

279
General Discussion / Re: Pulling a BOB Trailer with Carbon Bike
« on: November 01, 2010, 02:45:42 pm »
Next summer I plan on riding the Sierra Cascade route north to south. Im thinking of using my carbon road bike and pull a BOB trailer. Ive read articles both positive and negative about using a carbon bike to pull BOB but was hoping to get feedback from actual people that have used this combo.

This summer a friend's kid used a TREK 5500 carbon bike to pull a BOB out to the start of RAGBRAI.  About 200 miles for the trip.  Worked fine.  He used the Bontrager "race" wheels without issue.

280
General Discussion / Re: Bike Fit Where LBS Doesn't Have My Size In Stock
« on: October 29, 2010, 02:17:16 pm »
Neil from Brookline, MA
*I had a professional fitting performed & retain the measurements of the fitter. I am 5'10". The fitter recommends I use a top tube with a length of 55.
**The T1/T2 top tubes are 22/55.9 in length.

I had to go to the 2009 Cannondale archive to find the specs for the Touring bikes.  Do they make 2010 Touring bikes?  The top tube is 55.9cm horizontal.  This is the same size as the current CAAD8 and CAAD10 56cm size frames.  So ride one of them in 56cm and you will have about the same size bike as the Touring size Large.  Seat tube angle is 73.5 on the CAAD and 73 on the Touring.  Close enough.  Head angle is different but that just affects steering, not reach.

Personally I think the size Large or 56cm CAAD with a 56cm top tube is the right size for you.  The fitter's recommendation of 55cm top tube is short for a 5'10" man.  If you are normal proportions of trunk, arms, legs, the 56cm top tube is the right size for you.  I am 5'11" and use 57 or 57.5cm top tubes and 12cm stems.  Lance Armstrong is 5'10" and used a 58cm Trek with a 57cm top tube and 11cm stem.  Granted you are not Lance, but a good fit is fairly uniform.  You should be able to ride another 5'10" person's frame in comfort.  With a few minor changes such as 1-2cm different stem, 1-2cm more or less stem spacers, 1-2cm saddle forward or back on the rails, saddle up or down 1-2cm.  All minor changes easily made that don't affect the handling of the bike.  All assuming you have normal body proportions for a 5'10" person.  If you have a 36" inseam or 24" inseam, and 5'10", then things are different.

Hi Russ,
Thanks for the feedback. Your advice about comparable frames is very helpful. My legs are a bit short & my arms are a bit long.
Best,
Neil

If you have short legs and are 5'10", then you probably have a longer torso.  If so then the 56cm top tube length of the size Large touring bike or CAAD 56 frame seems better for you than the fitter recommended 55cm top tube length.  You need a longer top tube if your torso is longer.

281
Gear Talk / Re: Thoughts on 2011 Salsa Fargo Complete bike build?
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:26:54 pm »
And the complete bike builds are now with SRAM 10-speed APEX with 27/40T front and 12-36T rear.

40x12 at 100 rpm will get you 28.7mph.  Unless you are going down hill you likely won't be going that fast.  And if going down hill, rest and coast.  The 27x36 low gear is 21.8 gear inches.  Very low.  Apex also comes in a 11-32 cassette.  So you could probably have the shop you buy the bike from make the change for you.  High gear of 40x11 gets you 31.4mph at 100 rpm.  Low gear goes to 24.5 gear inches.  Still very low.

The website says the crankset is FSA Comet.  But when I looked on the FSA site all I saw was a mountian bike triple for Comet.  In 42-32-22 with 104/64mm bcd.  So not sure what the Fargo uses for a crankset.  If its the FSA Comet then they only use the middle and inner positions.  So you could put a 44 or 42 ring in the 104mm bcd spot instead of the 40 ring.  That would get you quite a bit higher gearing.

282
General Discussion / Re: Bike Fit Where LBS Doesn't Have My Size In Stock
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:48:17 pm »
Neil from Brookline, MA
*I had a professional fitting performed & retain the measurements of the fitter. I am 5'10". The fitter recommends I use a top tube with a length of 55.
**The T1/T2 top tubes are 22/55.9 in length.

I had to go to the 2009 Cannondale archive to find the specs for the Touring bikes.  Do they make 2010 Touring bikes?  The top tube is 55.9cm horizontal.  This is the same size as the current CAAD8 and CAAD10 56cm size frames.  So ride one of them in 56cm and you will have about the same size bike as the Touring size Large.  Seat tube angle is 73.5 on the CAAD and 73 on the Touring.  Close enough.  Head angle is different but that just affects steering, not reach.

Personally I think the size Large or 56cm CAAD with a 56cm top tube is the right size for you.  The fitter's recommendation of 55cm top tube is short for a 5'10" man.  If you are normal proportions of trunk, arms, legs, the 56cm top tube is the right size for you.  I am 5'11" and use 57 or 57.5cm top tubes and 12cm stems.  Lance Armstrong is 5'10" and used a 58cm Trek with a 57cm top tube and 11cm stem.  Granted you are not Lance, but a good fit is fairly uniform.  You should be able to ride another 5'10" person's frame in comfort.  With a few minor changes such as 1-2cm different stem, 1-2cm more or less stem spacers, 1-2cm saddle forward or back on the rails, saddle up or down 1-2cm.  All minor changes easily made that don't affect the handling of the bike.  All assuming you have normal body proportions for a 5'10" person.  If you have a 36" inseam or 24" inseam, and 5'10", then things are different.

283
Routes / Re: Help required for current trans america-rockies or not?
« on: September 17, 2010, 02:55:29 pm »
Its apparent some people have never ridden in the Rockies.  You can get snow/rain all year long.  But it only snows at higher elevations in the spring/summer/fall seasons.  Tops of the passes.  So when climbing the mountain you will only have snow the last 3-4 miles to the top.  And only the first 3-4 miles down the other side.  Then you will be out of the snow and headed to the warm town in the valley.  That last 3-4 miles will only take you 1 hour at most to climb.  And 15 minutes to descend.  And on the upward portion you are generating lots of body heat so you will not get cold.  No need for coats and jackets while climbing.  Coats, jackets, balaclava, gloves, tights are a nice luxury.  But you can easily make it without them.  Gloves and a balaclava and a plastic garbage bag would be nice to have along.  And they take up very little space.

284
Routes / Re: Help required for current trans america-rockies or not?
« on: September 13, 2010, 07:52:08 pm »
I went through Ouray, Silverton, Durango in early September about 12 years ago.  It was in the 40s-50s on the passes along this route.  And rainy.  Particularly Silverton which is at a higher elevation than the other two towns.  I also had snow in early July on Loveland Pass.  The weather can be really bad at any time of year in Colorado.  But, its only bad at higher elevations.  And you are only at the higher elevations for an hour at most.  Personally I would not be too concerned about the weather in Colorado in September.  It may be bad, but it won't harm you.

285
Gear Talk / Re: Question about Trek 520 on ebay
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:07:04 pm »
As the picture shows, its a tiny Trek 520.  I do believe the tiny frames had sloping top tubes way back when.  And do today as well.  The Trek archives do not show each frame size so just because the 2005 model shown on the trek site is not sloping, does not mean the tiny size was not sloping.  All Trek 520 frames have downtube shift bosses.  Even 2009 models.

This is the 2009 or 2010 model.  Its sloping.  I suspect Trek made all of the 520 sizes sloping recently.  Whereas a year or two ago only the tiny size was.
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/road/520/520/

Pages: 1 ... 17 18 [19] 20 21 ... 24