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General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:35:54 am »
A third option is Power Grip straps.  I haven't tried them, but they have a small, dedicated following.


My late riding partner put 10-15K on his powergrip straps and Nike running shoes.

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General Discussion / Re: Bike Question
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:33:10 am »
There is a complete how-to-buy-a-touring-bike section someplace here on the Adventure Cycling site.

But before you decide to invest in a new bike, figure out if bike touring is for you. There are several ways to do that. You can try credit card touring, just ride from one town to the next with a backpack and stay in motels. You can try a fully supported tour. You can do a self-supported tour and rent  or borrow a bike.

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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:16:27 am »
You are unusual, yes. It's not just the fit that one needs to be happy with. Some folks go home and discover the color doesn't quite go with their bike or they don't have a jersey that goes with their new shoes. That's a disaster for lots of folks.
The reason I have mismatched shoes is an indiscernible calcium ridge. It gets bloody hot after about forty miles in one shoe but not ever in another. You can't tell that by walking around the store. You can't judge  if your heel slop can be trapped by the closure without reducing circulation or with heavy winter sox. You can't tell if you like Velcro or laces or both until you've tried to put your shoes on in differnt types of weather or need a wide range of adjustments. Is the cleat cavity deep enough?

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General Discussion / Re: Knees.... not the bees knees...
« on: October 12, 2014, 10:05:13 am »
Asking for medical advice here is, Umm, not a good idea. Your symptoms, as I read them, could be a meniscus tear or iliotibial band inflammation or just the result of inadequate knee care for several years.
Or you just might need a few days of ice and rest.

 Severe damage from which you might not recover is easy to do on the road. Hate to say it but you really need to see a sports medicine doctor who understands bikes. Even if it's just to rule out all worst cases and to get some good meds.

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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« on: October 12, 2014, 09:52:53 am »
SPD is usually recommended because you can get them everywhere.
I use a mtn style shoe because touring involves walking. (I don't do self-supported rides but I do not enjoy watching the roadies stumble around in their hard shoes. Looks dangerous and uncomfortable.)
I get my bike shoes at REI garage sales because they're broken in and stupid cheap.
I wear a Giro left and a Shimano right. Due to some weird physical differences between my feet, out of four pairs of shoes, those are the two happen to fit perfectly.

The particular shoe(s) you end up with is a very personal choice. Closure sytem, fit, open or closed, color, brand, flexibility of sole, adjustability of closure (can you wear extra heavy sox), cleat placement, type of insole material, and price are all factors we can't decide for you. I have, however, determined higher price does not directly relate to longer life or better fit.

Whatever you buy, you will want several hundred miles on them, in varying conditions, before you start your adventure.

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General Discussion / Re: 29er tubeless tires for Great Divide
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:11:33 pm »
my experience with tubeless (and disks ad weird spokes and non-spd pedals) is all observational. I can state with certainty that my observations indicate the failure rate of exotic systems increases dramatically with one's distance from civilization. ONe's  ability to get exotic sytems repaired has an inverse relationship with the distance from civilization and quickly approaches zero.

Just an observation. When you're in the backcountry you need total reliability and easily field-repairable gear.

I hope you get some useful recommendations and have a wonderful trip. Be sure to thuroughly test your tubeless system and know how to cope with everything before you head out.

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Gear Talk / Re: Saddle Suggestion other than Brooks
« on: September 27, 2014, 07:43:48 pm »
Hope you all got this sorted out. I have ridden with folks on supported tours who hate their bikes which, of course, turns out to be a complaint about and inappropriately shaped or improperly positioned saddle.

I don't know how one shops for a saddle these days. The sales staff at one of the local shops are as confused as most of their customers. The experience of other riders is useless unless we can closely compare our anatomies. 
A quick googilian revealed no fewer than 15 saddles similar to Brooks, including three that are even more expensive and made of heavier, finer, thicker, and nicer leathers and that have larger copper nameplates held on with far cooler titanium bolts. REI lists 9 or more manufacturers and some 50 models of performance and cushioned bike saddles. The designs for men are clearly at opposite ends of physical reality. Support for the sits? Male-centric central void that, curiously, has arrived on female-specific saddles (news to me)? Long tongue? Narrow at the rear? Minimalist Italian elegance? Dual density luxury? 
http://www.rei.com/product/875586/fizik-arione-versus-x-kium-saddle-mens
http://www.rei.com/product/736826/serfas-lycra-dual-density-saddle-mens
http://www.rei.com/product/813902/serfas-rx-saddle-mens

One more reason I love my recumbent: My seat is 3" of open/closed cell foam sandwich and there's even a backrest.

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Gear Talk / Re: Thule towbar rack and fenders help please
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:45:54 am »
Cutting the fenders is not a solution. That's mutilation. Just take them off.

If you want to keep your fenders you must find a different transport system. Front fork headblocks can probably be swapped out if this is one of Thule's modular systems. A headblock requires you remove your front wheels.

If you bought this Thule at REI or a similar outfit, return it unopened and get a unit that will properly accommodate your bikes.


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General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: September 20, 2014, 10:41:05 am »
I've done my own laundry since I was about 12. The idea that someone else should be cleaning my dirty underwear and cycling shorts is ridiculous. But the inability to properly and safely do laundry in the field may be genetic. Or men are just stupid.

Cycle Oregon's shower trucks always have a laundry area with a dozen Home Depot buckets and a supply of detergent. I watched in horror as men used a full scoop of this powerful laundry detergent in less than a gallon of water and rinse once. Do these guys live with their mothers? Has no one ever taught them to care for their own clothes? They can never get that stuff rinsed out! They'll wonder why their crotches are itchy or inflamed. Where did that rash come from?

A scant teaspoon or two of any soap or detergent is all that is required to get three days' kits completely clean. Rinse, rinse, rinse. You've got to remove the soap. And try to get things as dry as possible before packing them up.

If you don't know how to do laundry, ask someone who does. It's easy and liberating and an independent adult should be able to take care of his own underwear.

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Pacific Northwest / Re: Astoria to Boise
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:21:19 pm »
The I84 freeway is usually available for bicyclists but is closed to bikes for a few months due to construction. The bypass adds a few  miles but the miles are very interesting. Be sure to check with ODOT before you try to use the regular highway route from Pendleton to LaGrande.

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION5/docs/Bike%20DETOUR%20Brochure%20Beta_WEB.pdf


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General Discussion / Re: What is a century?
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:10:57 pm »
There are double centuries, 200 miles. There are 100/100's, one hundred miles plus 62 miles.
In Idaho we have the unique opportunity to do a special double century: 100 miles in 100 degrees.

If you want to do a century, train slowly and steadily, find some buddies with the same goals and then sign up for a sponsored charity centiry. It's a cool thing to accomplish. There will be food stops and supprot on the route, a t shirt and a post-ride lunch.

Solo centuries are a bit dangerous unless you have the experience of many supported events but, more than anything else, they're boring.

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Gear Talk / Re: Straight up Noob bike/gear advice.
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:15:40 am »
I urge all newbies to find a supported tour, four to six days, and see if this bike touring thing is for you. Then try a self-supported group tour, maybe a week. Borrow any gear you don't already have from backpacking.
Bike? That's not as difficult as you think. You don't need a tour-specific bike. Anything you're comfortable on will get you where you want to go but a better bike will do it more reliably and more comfortably. People ride around the world on singles, fixies, unicycles, trikes, mtn bikes, recumbents, folders and homebuilts.
Can you ride your bike of choice 100 miles and then get up the next day and do it again? Can you fix the regular stuff on it that goes wrong, goes flat, or breaks? If so, that bike will work fine.

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General Discussion / Re: Quick fixes for cyclist's palsy?
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:49:05 pm »
The advantage of the recumbent is not having any of those issues from the start. Not any. Not at all.

You come across a bent rider on your journey and you ask him or her how they feel, how's the road treating their body, how's their ride? They don't ever say anything like, "I can't wait to get off this bike so my arms/neck/wrists/hands/butt can stop aching/hurting/twitching/numbing."

While the cure for cycling palsy is to never get it, the way to never get it is to have a bike that has the affliction designed out of it.

Just my opinion, of course, not really part of this discussion. I have a seat that is four inches thick, a backrest and a headsup riding position that is relaxed and natural; high definition cycling, a bike designed with the behind in mind.

I put about 5,000 miles on my bike in a year mostly because it's so comfortable.

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Gear Talk / Re: handlebar bag
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:33:26 pm »
The market for handlebar bags is huge. REI alone lists about a dozen; Adventure Cycling has four or more, Sierra Trading even more. What do you want in a bag?
Simple buckles and straps attachment or some proprietary click system?
Map window on the top?
Cellphone holster built-in?
Solar panel attachment available?
Convertible to a shoulder bag or waist pack?
Mesh side pockets for bottles?
How complex is the inside? Lots of pockets and divided spaces or just a bloody big bag?
Free hanging or internal frame?
Totally waterproof or an attached cover?
Expandable or modular attachments?
Price range?

The trade off between price and utility must be considered along with the weight/utility ratio. Is a four pound handlebar bag with all the features that much better than a plain ol' two pounder?
You can waterproof any cheap bag with a selection of ziplocks so you don't really need totally waterproof construction and zippers (and all of that additional mass). Any fancy attachment system is likely to break at the worst possible time.

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General Discussion / Re: Sour clothing - after washing!
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:15:00 pm »
I'm beginning to think that the recommendation for washing out at the end of the day and air drying is probably the best solution.  No more plastic bags loaded with unwashed clothes for me.

Oh, yeah, simple wins almost every time. Careful what you use as a soap and how much you use; more is rarely better. A few drop of Bronner's peppermint can do a whole day's laundry.

I don't do self-supported tours so I usually get into the shower truck wearing my bike clothes. If there's a line for the showers, I can soap my jersey and shorts and rinse them in about 90 seconds, strip them off and do another, more complete cycle on skin and hair under 2 minutes. I take much more time if there's no one waiting for a stall.

I have a mesh bag for the wet clothes. I stand where I won't spatter anyone and whirl the bag over my head. This spins out a lot of water. I roll up the wet clothes in a towel and wring it, expelling more water. the towel gives you more leverage. I have some line and a few clothespins. On Cycle Oregon we can have three days of stupid hard and horizontal rain and nothing gets dry.

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