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General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 15, 2016, 03:36:45 pm »
If cross, or MTB is available, then take gravel roads. More scenic, safer (In my opinion).

I would question whether gravel roads are safer than paved roads.  Cars/trucks on gravel may be going slower, or not.  Where I live people drive fairly high speeds on gravel roads.  Gravel roads also require you to ride on one of the two packed strips of the road.  These two strips are where all the cars drive.  They are roughly in the middle of the entire roadway where the cars drive.  The two feet between the strips and the ditch and the four feet between the strips are loose gravel.  You cannot ride a bike on this loose gravel.  You can only ride a gravel road on these two packed strips.  So you are right in line with any car coming up behind you.  And in line with any car you meet too.  Gravel roads are really one way roads.  That go one way in both directions at the same time.  You can hope a car will go to the side and into the loose gravel to pass you.  Or you can go into the loose gravel and crash yourself in front of the car and then maybe the car will run over you.  In contrast, on paved roads you are usually riding a few feet from the edge of the road.  So you have a few feet to move over if need be.  And the car can easily move side to side and be on nice fast paved roadway to pass you.

General Discussion / Re: Newbie
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:53:03 am »
Biking along the Mississippi River would be quite hilly.  One side or the other always has lots of hills.  But pleasant in the summer months.  The Northern Tier route goes through Minnesota I believe.  So you could easily do an out and back trip on it during the summer.  No shoulder roads are fine for biking.  That usually indicates they are less traveled county roads.  Shoulders mean busy roads.  I never ride on roads with shoulders.  Too busy.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 03:25:46 pm »
No I have no personal proof and I didn't come to that conclusion, other people did. As for personal proof, of course not, that's why I've raised this question. Check the link to the CTC website. In particular TrevA who says I got sick of replacing the bearings on the Hollowtech every 2-3000 miles. The general opinion there is that Hollowtech BBs don't last as long as STs. Russ I've as much reason for taking TrevA at his word as I have for taking you at your word.

Why are you wasting the time asking these questions?  You don't want to believe this other person you cite on the other forum, and you don't want to believe my opposite opinion.  I suggest you resolve this conflict by flipping a coin.  Heads this bottom bracket/crank, tails the other.

Gear Talk / Re: Shimano Hollowtech experience anyone?
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:45:00 am »
My LBS talked me into replacing the original square taper (ST) bottom bracket in my 520 after 51000 miles with a Shimano 105 Hollowtech BB by saying that new ST cranks weren't available (it seems that it's only Shimano ST cranks that aren't available). Now, from the CTC forum it appears that Hollowtech BBs don't last very long, < 2000 miles some people are saying. This has got me worried, it seems that ST BBs last much much longer than Hollowtech.

Apparently I am luckier than those $4 billion dollar lottery winners.  I have several of these HollowTech bottom brackets and they all work just fine after far more than 2000 miles.  Wow, wow, wow.  All my square taper bottom brackets are made by Shimano or Campagnolo.  They all work fine too.  I have a friend who loves his pricey Phil Wood square bottom brackets.  There are a few companies making square taper cranksets.  Shimano even makes them.  But no nice, upper level, high end square taper cranks are made on earth anymore.  The world has moved on to the two piece type cranksets now.  With the bottom bracket bearings outside of the bottom bracket shell.  Curious how you came to this conclusion that "ST BBs last much much longer than Hollowtech."  Do you have any actual personal proof?  Or are you just making up stuff off the top of your head?  I am aware most science and rebuttals of science are done this way now days.  Testing, proof, observation is so out of date.

General Discussion / Re: Rain gear in the summer: Why carry it at all?
« on: March 06, 2016, 03:53:01 pm »
In the Midwest, you can easily have rain all day long.  Not this one hour only fantasy you talk about.  And you can easily have two-three-four consecutive days of rain on and off all day and night.  Usually spring weather.  Its also possible although not common to get into the 50s temps in the summer.  Day time as well as night time.  But if you can easily find a restaurant or store or library to spend the entire day, then that is probably better than riding in the rain all day.  The ease of that might be hard though.

General Discussion / Re: Found on the road
« on: March 01, 2016, 01:37:51 pm »
By far the most common item I have seen is 1 (not both :- ) work glove.

Not work gloves.  But I frequently pick up one glove.  Usually the thinner insulated liner gloves.  Have a small pile of them and have made two pairs of mismatched gloves.  Doesn't bother me to wear mismatched gloves if my hands are cold.

Routes / Re: Great Rivers South-Which direction is easier?
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:15:51 pm »
May.  That is a hard one to predict.  If its a cool May, then winds will be predominantly out of the north.  North=cold.  If its a hot May, then winds will be predominantly out of the south.  South=hot.  If you have a choice of direction and flexibility in planning, then wait until a week before.  Look at a next month weather forecast, and see if it predicts hot or cold for May.  Not the best way to plan, but...  May is one of those months that can be hot or cold.  Not really predictable.  Hot south winds.  Cold north winds.  As for elevation, the mouth of the Mississippi River is at sea level.  So net elevation is higher everywhere north of the ocean/Gulf.  Whether the elevation change is better or worse depending on the direction, don't know.  But you are going down hill if you end at the Gulf.  Uphill if you start at the Gulf.

Routes / Re: TransAm Summer 2017
« on: February 24, 2016, 04:40:26 pm »
I agree with everyone else who says this sounds bad.  Summer of 2017?  That is a year and a half away.  And you are planning for it now?  I'd suggest planning for the tour starting in early 2017.  Just ride your bike from now until then and not plan or spend any time thinking about summer 2017.  You may be dead by then.  52 and over weight.  Just ride your bike and get in better shape and hopefully you will still enjoy riding come summer 2017 and will want to take the tour.  As for training for a tour, hardly necessary at all.  Just get on the bike and ride.  Easy.  As for training for a ride of 150 miles every 6 days out of 7, you better start riding centuries yesterday.

I did a long tour a long time ago.  Rode about 4000 miles around Europe.  Middle May to end August.  100+ days.  So I averaged 40 or so miles a day.  Kind of low I guess.  My fondest memories of that epic tour are of the times I spent with people I met during the ride.  I still have a few memories of some of the riding and scenery I saw during the ride.  But those are fading as I age.  Argh.  But I clearly remember all the people I met and the days spent not riding with them.  The people I met were not riders.  I lived with them for a few days or more at various times over the summer.  Those are the best memories of my biking tour of Europe.  Biking was great but if I could redo history I'd spend more days with the people and less riding.

General Discussion / Re: Vehicle rentals that can haul 4-5 bikes?
« on: February 23, 2016, 10:43:55 pm »
There was a thread about this same topic not too long ago in this forum.  Do some kind of search with some relevant words to find it.  Or just go back and read all the thread titles until you find some that might be what you are looking for.

A dog.  A big dog.  In a trailer.  A slightly older mountain bike.  A rider with no bike mechanic skills.  A rider with little to no riding experience.

Use the bike you have.  Its more or less worthless.  You could maybe sell it for $100-150 if you were lucky.  Looks like it could fit a rear rack.  Buy one and attach it with P-clamps if need be.  A front rack would require an Old Man Mountain rack and that would be $150-180 for just the front rack alone.  Get a set of low priced rear panniers and you might have enough carrying capacity.  Put some skinny road tires on it.

Personally I would suggest you get a backpack.  Then you and your dog walk up to upper New York starting in April.  Camp and explore all the parks and wilderness in northern New York.  End of summer or fall walk back to New York City.  Your dog will be happier walking each day instead of sitting in a trailer.  You can spend all day with the dog instead of 5 feet in front of him riding all day.  I get the idea the point of this ride is to be with your dog.

What you described sounds miserable.  One your lack of bike ability.  Two the lack of decent equipment and money to finance it.  Three, the dog on a bike ride.

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico from mid february, which way?
« on: February 20, 2016, 09:14:31 pm »
I did look at the weather, but it doesn't help me well. I saw only sun and rain no snow, around 9°C. Rain like 2mm it's not that much, so anyway it give idea but nothing like real information from local.
Like say DarrenBnYYC, it can be not usual weather and each year can be different so I will see what happen when I will be there.
RussSeaton where are you living?

It was about 9 Celsius for me today.  High temp.  That is 48 degrees.  Had a pleasant sunny ride of 35 miles in late morning early afternoon.  But I had on winter boot shoes and wool socks and two long sleeve shirts and a wind jacket and two gloves each hand.  I was pleasant.  Washed my clothes after the ride because they were wet.  We had two spring days in the middle of winter.  But most days in February are below freezing for the high and lower for lows each night.

"so I will see what happen when I will be there"  That is leaving a lot up to chance.

I am in Iowa.  Middle of the US.  My weather is not too relevant to where you will be.  Except its cold in the winter and early spring when you plan to ride.

Gear Talk / Re: 700x40 vs. 27.5 (650b)x48
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:06:58 pm »
For exactly the reason he said: wider tires.

700C/29" and 650b/27.5" and 26" tires come in almost all tire sizes from 1 inch or so up to 2 inches or so.  Tire width has almost ZERO to do with choosing 700C or 650b.  You can get about any tire width you want in all tire sizes.  The question asker wants to spec a new bike for touring and gravel.  He lists 700x40mm and 650bx48mm tires in the title for some reason.  700C and 650b tires come in almost every size.  Wider and narrower.  The 650b/27.5" tires seem to be predominantly wider mountain bike sized.  There are only a few tires at the 1.5" width.

Gear Talk / Re: 700x40 vs. 27.5 (650b)x48
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:47:04 am »
If your choices are 700C or 650b, then I would definitely recommend 700C wheels.  I cannot understand why this 650b size was brought back from the dead to use on mountain bikes and other bikes.  To sell bikes!!!!  Oh right.  26" mountain bikes were the standard for a long time.  Seemed to work just fine.  Then 29" mountain bikes appeared.  NEW!!!  Maybe possibly they have some advantages over 26".  Maybe.  But 650b???  Midway between the old 26" which were obviously inferior and garbage and the new 29" which are the very bestest greatest thing on earth.  Why would you want half garbage and half wonderful?  700C tires can be found in every tread type from 20mm to 2.9" size.  So tire options for 700C wheels are unlimited.

Routes / Re: Canada to Mexico from mid february, which way?
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:37:58 am »
So doesn't matter with road I take in West, it will be cold, raining and windy.

YES.  And maybe snowy too.  Use the internet to look up some of the big cities in the northwest USA and southwest Canada.  Vancouver, Calgary for Canada.  Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boise for the USA.  See what their weather is like today.  I think Google has something where you can see current satellite pictures of towns.  See if there is snow on the ground right now.  It is mid February right now.  Just one year before your planned trip to this corner of the USA.  Weather will be different one year from now.  But this year's weather will likely be probably somewhat similar to the weather one year from now.

Gear Talk / Re: Anyone with experience with a Novara Mazama?
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:54:34 pm »
Looks like a fine bike.  I have a friend with the REI Novara Randonnee touring bike.  Very similar to all the other $700-1500 touring bikes out there.  Change the inner chainring on the crankset to a 22 tooth.  64mm bcd.  Nashbar sells one from Vuelta for $16.

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