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Gear Talk / Re: 10 speed triple Cranksets compatible with 9 speed?
« on: June 04, 2009, 03:57:41 pm »

I feel dumb asking this question, but before I make a purchase I want to be sure.  Are the road triples identified for 10 speed really 9 speed chain friendly? 


Yes.  An official 10 speed crankset will likely have the chainrings slightly closer together than a 9 speed crankset.  So in theory the chain may be more likely to rub on the outer chainring when in the inner ring when cross chained because the rings are closer together.  No big deal.

Gear Talk / Re: Co-motion Americano vs Norwester Tour
« on: June 03, 2009, 10:05:01 am »
Thanks for the guess on the Americano's weight.  It sounds overbuilt for general touring with moderate loads.  I guess it depends on where and how you tour though.  On rough roads with heavy loads it might be just the ticket.  Personally I'd rather keep the load light enough to not require such a sturdy mount.

I would also guess the frame weight difference between the Americano and Northwestern to be less than a pound.  I suspect they use tubes maybe .1 or .2 mm thicker on the Americano.  Like 1.2 compared to 1.0 thickness.  As you state the extra toughness may be nice if touring from Prudhoe Bay to Tierra del Fuego or in Asia.  Lot of unpaved roads there and it may not matter how light your load.  Of course for Asia Africa N-S America touring, the Americano has disadvantages that would rule it out for me no matter what the cost.  700C wheels instead of the easier to find 26" mountain bike tires.  Harder to find replacement tires.  145mm rear spacing, tandem width, instead of the common 135mm width for mountain and touring bikes.  Replacement wheel would be harder to find.

Gear Talk / Re: Pedal Suggestions for Soft Soled Shoes?
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:41:14 pm »
Is there a reason why you don't use clipless pedals when riding?  Cycling shoes prevent your feet from being sore the next day because they have stiff soles.  Your sore foot problem is due to soft shoes.  No recommendation on what non cycling shoes will work for cycling.  Since most shoes are designed to flex when you bend your foot and walk.  This flexing is not what you want when cycling.  You also don't want a shoe with soft cushiony insoles made for walking, since these will compress while cycling and make your feet sore.  Non cycling shoes just don't work well for most people for any kind of distance riding.  Cycling shoes are not just some fashionable accessory item that makes you look like a cyclist.  They perform a valuable function.

As for pedals, these may work.  It looks like they accept toe clips.  They appear to have a large amount of surface area for your shoe soles.

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: April 22, 2009, 09:26:09 am »
My Lake sandals don't have any leather on the straps.  But the interior around the heel is a cloth type material and foam.  It soaks up water.  I can't imagins any sandlas have all plastic/foam construction, even where the heel is.  So all sandals will soak up water in the interior padding.  Unless its a warm summer, I would not go out of my way to get and keep them wet.

Routes / Re: Is there a better Southern Tier to Trans Am Connector?
« on: April 21, 2009, 03:39:47 pm »
Race Across the West, RAW, run by RAAM goes in that general direction.  I'm assuming there is only about one road between these towns so finding the route they use should be easy.  Somewhere along here you could likely make a northward jog to catch the Trans America route.  Since this is a bicycle race, I'm guessing the roads are somewhat not heavily trafficed.

Oceanside, CA
Lake Henshaw, CA
Brawley, CA
Blythe, CA
Salome, AZ
Congress, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Cottonwood, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Tuba City, AZ
Kayenta, AZ
Mexican Hat, UT
Montezuma Creek, UT
Cortez, CO
Durango, CO
Pagosa Springs, CO
Chama, NM
Antonito, CO
Taos, NM

Routes / Re: GDMBR Salida to Abiquiu logistics
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:27:07 am »
Long ago I rode through and stopped in Salida.  Road ride.  Started in Canon City and made a big loop out west and back.  Loop.  Started and finished at my vehicle.  Easy.  Alternatives:  Fly into Colorado Springs, ride the bikes to Salida.  One long day ride.  Its about 60 miles of big rollers from Colorado Springs to Canon City then another 70 miles over to Salida.  Only one long hill to climb.  Easily doable.  Then ride the trail out X days and back X days, then ride the roads back to Colorado Springs.  Loop.  Makes life a lot simpler than figuring out transportation at both ends of a bike trip.  You're only giving up two days of the trip for road riding instead of trail riding.

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Sandals
« on: April 17, 2009, 09:20:19 am »
I have the Lake sandals.  Ridden 150 miles in a day just fine with them.  700 in a week just fine with them.  SPD pedals.  Brother had a pair of the first Shimano sandals.  Loved them.  Wore them out wearing them all the time on and off the bike.  Got another pair.  Hated them.  Didn't fit the same.  New Shimano have three velcro straps.  Stupid for sandals.  If/when I go on another tour, sandals will be the only shoes I take on and off the bike.

On the Adventure Cyling website they have articles about ultra light mountain bike touring.  Everything carried in a big seatbag or seatpost rack bag.  Light and minimal.  And they are camping out and cooking too.

Routes / Re: Boulder to Chicago
« on: April 08, 2009, 11:58:33 am »
I've ridden Hwy 36 from Louisville CO to about the middle of Kansas and back.  Got onto Hwy 36 60 miles east of Denver.  Good riding road.  I know someone who has ridden Hwy 36 from St. Joseph MO clear out to Denver all the way through Kansas.  When you get over to Iowa, I'd sure recommend staying off of Hwy 34.  It has traffic and is not where you want to be bicycling.  Hwy 2 in the south part of Iowa is OK for bicycling.  Some traffic but not too much.  There are also lots of county roads in Iowa and likely Illinois that will get you from west to east and off the main roads.  Just get a state map from the DOT.  On the east side of Iowa Hwy 6 is OK.  Some traffic but not too bad.  Hwy 36 in CO and KS has a town of sorts every 30-40-50 or so miles.  Nothing in the towns.  Accomodations and food and water are scarce.

Gear Talk / Re: How many people tour with non-touring bikes?
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:37:00 am »
There are race-specific 'bents and, in fact, recumbents hold every unassisted land speed record but those bikes do not do anything except make speed runs (seek human powered vehicles on google).

Except any climbing records.  If you look up the Mt. Evans race and the Mt. Washington race you will find recumbents do not hold the record for those.

General Discussion / Re: New to Touring
« on: April 03, 2009, 10:32:22 am »
I presume that C&O is a crushed gravel converted railroad trail.  Your current road bike will work just fine on that.  Assuming the trail is dry.  I've ridden many miles on gravel roads with a racing bike just fine.  I'd recommend delaying the purchase of any bike until you actually decide to do loaded touring.  For loaded touring a loaded touring bike is the best.  Unless you pull a trailer then I suspect your road bike would work.  I don't understand the logic of getting something like the Cross Check that does most things OK but nothing really well.  If you're going to get a Surly, then get the Long Haul for loaded touring.  If you want a cyclo cross bike then get one with quicker handling and much lighter weight for carrying.  If you want a commuter bike, then likely the Long Haul would work better.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: April 01, 2009, 09:27:58 am »
I currently use a Omnipod diabetes management system and was hoping if I told them I was talking their system cross-country, they might help with finances.

Omnipod sponsors Team Type 1.  They have quite a bit of experience with bicyclists using their pump during stage races and on team RAAM.  Team Type 1 won team RAAM the past couple years.  Omnipod has been out for a couple years now.  So its unlikely you would be anywhere near the first recreational rider using their product on a long ride.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: March 30, 2009, 03:43:33 pm »
Check this out for some inspiration:

Wow, I had no idea a cycling team was dedicated to Type 1 that was completely comprised of people with type 1.  Thanks for the link.

Only two or maybe three members have diabetes.  The rest do not.

General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: March 27, 2009, 04:26:55 pm »
Do you ride a bike now?  Practice riding around home on one day rides.  You will figure out how the diabetes behaves more or less during these rides.  On extended tours with day after day of activity, the baseload insulin will need to be reduced.  Checking the blood glucose multiple times during a ride is recommended.  Every hour basically.  Look into a CGMS, they enhance control.  CGMS would not work logistically for a three month ride away from home but would aid in the learning around home.

Urban Cycling / Re: Walmart Electric Bicycle Affordable To The Masses
« on: March 24, 2009, 11:47:50 am »
I am on a project down in Sarasota, Florida and there is a large Amish community and I see alot of people riding electric two and three wheel bicycles. The Amish won't ride in cars but I guess an electric bicycle is ok. Interesting

No no.  The Amish won't own a car.  Riding in a car owned by someone else is perfectly acceptable.  This using of your neighbor's resources and generosity can lead to bad feelings.

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