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Gear Talk / Re: OCD bike tech and extra spare parts?
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:26:33 pm »
The glueless patches (Park brand) are not permanent.  They work for a week or two and then leak air.  So do not count on glueless patches fixing a hole in your tube permanently.  They are temporary patches.

When touring I carry a spare tire.  Plus tire boots in the saddlebag.  On at least one occassion I had a tire blowout and it could nto be booted.  I think the bead gave way and the tire would not stay mounted anymore.  So a new tire was the only choice.  Carrying boots and a spare tire is wise.

I'd suggest using thread locker on bolts and screws on your bike.  May not need spare bolts or screws if you use thread locker.  Thread locker keeps bolts in place.

Rear derailleur hanger?  I suppose since your wife and you have the same bike then its easy to take a spare hanger.  But otherwise, skip it.  You can always rig the bike up single speed if the hanger breaks.  Assume you have a chain tool in your kit to shorten the chain and make it single speed length.

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General Discussion / Re: How to Blog? Crazyguyonabike?
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:15:54 pm »
Guess I have a different opinion of the Crazy Guy forums.  The forums do not get much use.  I assume it is a large website.  So I would expect much more forum activity.  I like this forum better.

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General Discussion / Re: Do we need to do any training?
« on: April 22, 2013, 03:27:52 pm »
August?  Its April now.  That leaves May-June-July to train for the trip starting in August.  Lot of time.  No you don't need to train any.  Seems like you already ride now.  You can get on the bikes and start riding.  Probably ride 60-70-80 miles each day just fine.  Not saying riding with gear before the trip would not be good.  You have several months to take Friday-Saturday-Sunday loaded trips.  Do that every other weekend for the next three months and you will be in great physical shape.  And know how your bike behaves loaded.

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General Discussion / Re: Inspire or Scare the Begeebees?
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:25:28 pm »
Don't you find it somewhat humorous or ironic that you post this two days after someone set off two bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon?  3 dead, 140+ injured last I heard.

"the replies that reinforce those fears are very disappointing"  You will have to provide a few quotes to support this.  I remember most people giving both the good and bad sides.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trailer Plus Bags
« on: April 14, 2013, 11:31:54 pm »
Why would anyone on earth need panniers and a trailer?  My panniers are about 2350 cubic inches for the pair.  4700 total.  The BoB Yak sack is 5600 cubic inches.  Plus a handlebar bag.  That is a combined total of 10300 cubic inches plus.  About 169 liters.  I guess this confirms there are plenty of nonsensical people in the world.

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General Discussion / Re: touring without "eating out"
« on: April 10, 2013, 05:32:28 pm »
I can't add much but I'll try.  I know you said you wanted to avoid restaurants, but maybe you can fudge that a bit.  Convenience stores and many grocery stores have ready to eat food available.  Hot dogs usually at the convenience stores.  Fried chicken and pasta salad and mashed potatoes at the grocery stores.  Maybe supplement your cooking with this food.  As far as cooking, rice and pasta are good for carbohydrates.  Canned tuna and chicken are good for protein.  Add a can of vegetables too.  Macaroni and cheese boxes are good and easy to cook.  Add a can of tuna or chicken into them.  You would need two or three boxes for enough food.  Rice, pasta, mac and cheese, tuna should all be easy to find.  Maybe even convenience stores carry them.  Don't even need a grocery store.

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Gear Talk / Re: No Stove
« on: April 06, 2013, 01:41:57 pm »
I did the TransAm without a stove last summer, and I have to admit that subsisting for days at a stretch on nothing but granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches did get me down a little. I rode for a while with some folks who had stoves, and it was a particularly miserable experience to be the only person gnawing on trail mix while everyone else was eating hot soup.

Correct me if I'm wrong, if you are riding across the country without a stove, then you will be eating every supper at a restaurant or buying food from a store to eat that night.  Granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches are OK I guess while riding and you have no good place to stop for food.  But never ever supper.  When you set up camp for the night you are in town or close to town or you just went through a town.  There should always be a place to get real food close to your camp spot.  Or get food before getting to your camp spot.  I would never tolerate granola bars and peanut butter sandwiches for supper ever.

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Gear Talk / Re: Racks
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:45:05 am »
how much am I looking to support on the rear racks? Is is worth the price to pay for a nice rack or am I better off putting than money into the bike somewhere else? 

Speaking of, are these ( http://www.rei.com/product/833203/seattle-sports-titan-1500-panniers-pair-special-buy ) panniers suitable? I've been looking at the Ortlieb Classics and while they hold a little more they are also significantly pricier.

Roughly, 20-30 pounds per rack.  Most fully loaded tourists with four panniers, handlebar bag, have about 40-60 pounds total.  Its best to have less if possible.  But most folks tend to carry more than less.  You may read about people carrying 100+ pounds of gear and/or trailers.  But don't emulate those people.  They would have more fun if they carried half as much.  Try to get by with as little as possible.  You won't suffer that much.

Most racks will work fine.  The Blackburn racks listed above have been used for decades and are high quality for not much money.  You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars for racks.  $80 of Blackburn racks will last for decades of touring.

Most panniers will work fine.  I use Nashbar mountain panniers.  About $80 for four panniers.  Used them for many years.  As long as the bags attach sort of securely to the racks, they will work fine.  You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars for functional panniers.

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General Discussion / Re: Getting hungry too fast while riding
« on: March 30, 2013, 04:36:42 pm »
On tour I like to carry bread, peanut butter, and jelly.  Every hour or so make yourself a sandwich.  Some meats and cheeses may also travel well and work for sandwiches.  I eat every 20-30-40 miles when riding.  Generally a large refueling, not a light snack.  A hot dog or two at the convenience store.  Large soda or quart of chocolate milk or orange juice.

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General Discussion / Re: Training: Schedule Critique Needed
« on: March 30, 2013, 04:21:34 pm »
Ride Lots!  Too put it as simple as possible.  Your actual bike on the actual roads.  Not gym nonsense.  Thats OK when there is three feet of snow on the ground.  But spring is here and its time to ride outside.  Ideally you will do intervals and hill climbs and sustained efforts and recovery rides and such.  But the important part is to just ride lots.  Short rides, long rides, easy rides, hard rides.  Riding with your gear is probably good.  2-3 day overnight trips are also good.  Just ride.

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General Discussion / Re: North Nevada & Utah in summer
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:28:55 pm »
Not sure it applies.  But it was mentioned cycling across Iowa.  Iowa has a Bicycle map for the state.  Shows county roads suitable for bicycling.  Its pretty easy to get across the state without riding on busy roads.  See the links below to request a map.  Not sure it will work if you are overseas.

http://www.iowadot.gov/maps//msp/index.html

http://www.iowadot.gov/maps//msp/state.html

http://www.bikeiowa.com/Trail/Maps¬

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:17:28 pm »
Well we will see. I have fallen for the 2013 Salsa Vaya 3. After being in contact with bike stores - it looks like this bike was all sold out from Salsa in November 2012.

The Salsa Vaya 3 has a retail price of $1400.  Very similar in price to the other bikes mentioned.  Surly LHT, Trek 520, REI Novara Randonee.  Its pretty much identical to the other bikes.  Steel frame/fork, lower cost but acceptable Shimano parts.  For some odd reason it has 32 spoke wheels.  Its generally advisable to have 36 spokes for touring wheels.  But any of the bikes mentioned in this thread will work as well as the Salsa bike.  So if its sold out, get one of the others.  No harm.

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Gear Talk / Re: Shaving Creme
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:05:57 pm »
Not sure about plain water.  But bar soap or shampoo lathered on your face provides a frictionless surface for the razor.

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Gear Talk / Re: Touring bikes...
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:34:15 pm »
I think that's a reasonable hope.  However, I can imagine Cat getting into Portland in the middle of busy bike shop season, and she may do well to get any new bike fit to her.  The dealer should cut her a deal to change the crank, but will he have the parts and the shop time to make a change?

I don't think it would be too difficult to arrange with the bike shop to have the bike in the right size, AND demand ahead of time that they change the rear cassette, inner chainring.  A new inner chainring of 22 teeth for 64mm bcd or 24 teeth for 74mm bcd is a standard item in every bike shop in the country.  You only need the inner ring, not a new crankset.  And a 9 or 10 speed cassette of 11-32 or 11-34 is also a standard item.  Every bike shop in the country will have these replacement parts on the shelf.  No need to order them.  Changing a cassette, chain, inner chainring is a 30 minute job at most.  So demanding these things be done when you pick up the bike should not be too much.  If so, then buy the bike from another shop.  Portland is a big town with lots of bike shops.

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