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Gear Talk / Re: Oxford Low Rider panniers
« on: March 05, 2009, 03:13:58 pm »
Nashbar unfortunately doesnt ship to India... Performance does, but they dont really have anything that stands out.

Any other options for bags with good, robust rain-covers?  Worst case, I can probably get covers made locally but it just saves a lot of time to get them together.

They sell the same Waterproof panniers as Nashbar and also the Transit line.  Both were acceptable and I would buy either again.

These would be the Performance version of the Nashbar panniers.

Nashbar panniers below.

Gear Talk / Re: Oxford Low Rider panniers
« on: March 04, 2009, 03:44:06 pm »
You might want to look at the Nashbar waterproof panniers.  I used the Nashbar ATB panniers years ago and they worked perfectly great.  The ATB are not waterproof, which is one of your requirements.  I just put everything in ziploc bags and then put a plastic trash bag inside the panniers and everything stays dry.  Waterproof panniers don't seem to add much for me.  But based on my good experience with the other Nashbar panniers, the waterproof models may be OK.

Gear Talk / Re: Should I get a new bike?
« on: March 04, 2009, 12:54:24 pm »
Building a wheel is rocket science.  Truing a wheel approaches rocket science.  Setting the tightness on cones is like doing drywall (one day it will magically make sense).  Everything else is pretty easy.

You overstate the complexity by a considerable amount.  Drywalling is much much more difficult.  And permanent if its not perfect the first time.  There are various books or online resources for building wheels.  Just takes some time and patience.  Hub adjustments is a feel thing.  You can feel if its right or not.  Although lots of new hubs have no adjustment to them.  Bicycle mechanics is pretty simple with a few special required tools.  I know there are many incompetent bicycle maechanics who ride across the country, but thats not what I would do.  I think everyone should know how to work on their bike before riding it.

and wide--though only a few inches wider than a cyclist's shoulders, actually.

I looked at the Cat Trike website and they list 33" as the width of their trikes.  Greenspeed was also 33" width.  TerraTrike was 30-34" width.  I measured my own shoulder width at 20".  I'm not huge.  I don't consider 13" (33-20) a few inches.  A loaded bike with panniers front and back is only about 20-24" wide.  6" to 10" narrower than a trike.  Might be more perception than anything.

Gear Talk / Re: Four gears in hub.
« on: February 27, 2009, 04:52:52 pm »
I can't think of any advantage to having multiple chainrings and cassette and internally geared hub.

Unbelievable range of gears.  For the recumbent tandem I mentioned that does come with all three, it needs super duper low to get up the hill.  And can utilize super high going down.  For a single bike, no need at all.

Gear Talk / Re: Four gears in hub.
« on: February 27, 2009, 02:26:50 pm »
Recumbent tandems frequently use a SRAM/Sachs rear hub and triple crankset. 

The recumbent tandem I am speaking of would use a triple crankset, the rear internal hub gear, 3 speed most likely, and a 7-8-9 cassette.  60 to 90 gears, lots of overlap.

Gear Talk / Re: Four gears in hub.
« on: February 27, 2009, 09:21:32 am »
SRAM, formerly Sachs, also makes internal gear rear hubs.  Yes you can combine them with a multi ring crankset and front derailleur.  Recumbent tandems frequently use a SRAM/Sachs rear hub and triple crankset.  Chain tensioning would be accomplished with the second link.  As you state wheel strength should be good.  More gears over a wider range is a benefit.  Thus their use on tandem recumbents.  Upright bike would have no need for this though.  Disadvantage is cost and complexity.

Er... Adventure Cycling? 
Cycle America
PacTour (fast!!)
Any number of charity organizations....

There's lots of them.  To each his own -- if the OP wants a supported tour, who are we to pass judgement.

Adventure Cycling is not offering a coast to coast supported tour.  Cycle America is in 2010.  PacTour true.  Not sure I would say there are lots of them, but some.  Not judging.  Just was not aware anyone was doing such an extended supported tour ride.  Lot of committment and cost to have support people and trucks for 2+ months.

Gear Talk / Re: Tri-Cross
« on: February 25, 2009, 04:50:43 pm »
I'm new to biking, and I plan to ride across America this summer.  I know very little about bikes.

The guy at the bike place I went to really pushed a Tri-cross.  I'll be taking about 50-60 pounds with me.  I told him I wanted to research it online, but I don't see much about loaded touring on one anywhere.  Does anyone have any advice or recommendations?

Assuming you are referring to this bike:

Its not a loaded touring bike for carrying 50-60 pounds in panniers.  Its a cyclocross bike, sort of.  Its probably fine for pulling a trailer.

I believe there are articles on the Adventure Cycling website discussing touring bikes and what to get for a cross country bike ride.  And some webstie called crazy guy on a bike or something like that has many articles about people who rode all over the world.  I suspect many of these stories talk about the bikes and bags and trailers the people used.

I'm curious who offers coast to coast bike rides with support vehicles?

Routes / Re: Prague to...
« on: February 24, 2009, 09:30:16 am »
In 1994, going from West Germany into Czech was like going from a prosperous part of the US into a desperately poor part of Mexico. The contrast was stark and staring out at me from every doorway and every field of crops.

This seems a bit harsh.  I was in the Czech Republic in 1992.  Obviously it was less modern than West Germany.  The former East Germany was also less modern than West Germany.  I recall the exact spot on the road where I rode from former East Germany to West Germany.  The road literally changed.  And it seemed the trees were more lush, sun brighter, grass greener, etc. once I crossed that line.  But it was not that awful on the East side.  Czech and East were both older looking.  Unmodern.  Unkempt, gritty but not really bad.  I did not notice any poverty like we see in the US.  Everyone was less rich of course.  But I did not notice any extreme disparity amongst the people.  And the people I met in Czech were some of the nicest I met on my entire trip.  Which is why I like Czech.  Czech and East were probably comparable to the US in the 1920s-30s-40s when I visited in 1992.  Not bad just not up to date.

Gear Talk / Re: I need advice on a bike (and yes I am a newbie)
« on: February 23, 2009, 05:30:43 pm »
I am looking to get involved in bike touring. I am considering buying a '03 Giant OCR 1. Would this be a good bike for long distance touring? Please adise, any and all input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

I would put this bike into the credit card touring department.  Not the loaded touring category.  I suspect you could put a rear rack onto the bike (via U clamps) and then carry small rear panniers and/or rack top bag.  Or one of those Berthoud bags on the seat.  Given the descriptions I saw I don't think it accomodates fenders or has rack eyelets.  It should/might handle 28mm tires.

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: February 20, 2009, 03:24:25 pm »
What experience does anyone happen to have with riding light (personally this is all via mt bike) and just carrying a waterproof bivy and maybe a compact tent in ones pack so as to avoid expensive planned stays? 

How much weight or volume do you think you will save?  Taking the newest latest and greatest modern day camping materials.  A down sleeping bag can easily be less than 1 pound.  Maybe 13 ounces.  How much lighter is a bivy?  2 ounces maybe?  Big deal.  Tents are 3-4 pounds now days.  Fully functional 2 person tents.  And these can be pitched/carried with just the outer fly and omit the body.  Lose another 1-2 pounds.  How much lighter is your compact tent?  Unless you go with a plastic sheet as a tarp and an aluminum foil emergency blanket as sleeping bag, its hard to get much lighter than the newest tents and sleeping bags.  Why suffer with something else for no gain?  Yes I know the newest tents and sleeping bags of super light weight cost money.  But a transcontinental bike ride is 3 months.  Seems to me you would get your moneys worth.

Gear Talk / Re: Winter cycling — pawls freezing
« on: February 18, 2009, 12:56:24 pm »
0 degrees F for days all day or mostly all day?  However, in the southern tier of states you should not have to be concerned about cold-weather induced breakdowns of your bicycling equipment.

Temps ranged from -10 or so to about 5 above F.  So an average of 0 is about right.  I would agree on the southern tier route and those states prolonged cold is not a real concern.  Definitely not enough to affect equipment.  Human comfort, yes.

General Discussion / Re: ‘Camping’: Is it really necessary?
« on: February 18, 2009, 12:50:13 pm »
May I narrow my initial query, & request comments regarding ‘camping-avoidance’ through the western 1/2 of the Northern Tier? Or is it time to invest in canvass & a fat back-wheel?

Actually in the USA its much, much, much easier to find motels everywhere in the EASTERN half of the country.  Its the western part where you may need the camping gear.  In the east the towns are plentiful and close together.  In the west its miles and miles and miles between the tiniest of little towns.  So your plan is exactly opposite of what it needs to be.  Motel the eastern half, say from Iowa-Minnesota-Missouri east.  And camp from North-South-Dakota-Nebraska-Kansas west.

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