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Gear Talk / Re: Fixing a shimano shifter.....
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:20:50 pm »
A quick search turned up about what I expected: most mechanics will not attempt to repair these things, they're just too complicated on the inside. A replacement unit can be found new from $25 and used from free to $10. A word of caution, 8-speed shifters are getting rare. If you find a set, might as well buy two pairs if you're thinking you are going to keep this transmission for ten or more years.

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General Discussion / Re: Tools for adventure
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:46:03 pm »
Take what you need, not what you want.
Know how to use your tools. Lots of people carry a chain tool and have no idea how it works.
Practice for rain by changing the rear tube with a yard sprinkler spraying you.
A pair of neoprene gloves makes working in rain or cold almost easy.
A headlamp can be handy.
Rags.
Patience.

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Gear Talk / Re: Schmidt Dynamos for charging batteries… HELP!
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:00:54 pm »
There is a point of diminishing returns when the mass of the generator and the effort, however slight, to spin it and the cost of the devices overcome carrying spare batteries.
There are many other ways to charge camera and phone/tablet batteries including solar and thermocouples and using an auxiliary large capacity battery that is recharged as possible but provides charging current for smaller devices. Again, add the mass/cost/hassle and you can throw up your hands in despair.


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Yeah, all of those weird experiences fall under the commonly used phrase, "Making Memories."

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Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:07:23 pm »
Since my latest tour plans include the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, my thoughts have swung towards a bigger tent, in case I'm in there for a while due to rain. I'm considering the Sierra Designs Vapor Light series, last year's models are on closeout at REI Outlet. They meet my desire to be freestanding, yet the weight isn't too bad. Since I'm 6'2", the 2 XL seems attractive for tall people. Any experience with these series of tents?

http://www.rei.com/product/866521/sierra-designs-vapor-light-2-xl-tent-2013-closeout

If you haven't pulled the trigger on your purchase, and you appear to be an REI member, check the REI Outlet Deal o' the Day. Just today they had a killer deal on a Kelty tent. But they only have tents on this super discount about four times a year.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:03:26 pm »
Bivvy.
Super light.
Not free-standing, it just lies there.
No room for your stuff, just you.
Expensive.
Maybe add a sil-nylon tarp to the kit for extended canopy and to cover the gear you're not going to get into your bivvy.
Also claustrophobic as all get out.  The joy of light weight goes away fast the first time you have two days of non-stop rain.


Of course. That's why you have the tarp. Getting stuck in a two- or three-day storm is a risk we all face when touring completely self-supported. If you're gong to go nuts in bivvy with a surround of tarp-protected space,you will probably still go nuts in a tent, even a large tent. Have you ever read the journals of Everest and K2 climbers who share a tent with two to ten other people for five or six days, completely socked in by raging storms? Compared to that situation, a solo bivvy in a thunderstorm is paradise. It's all relative.

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General Discussion / Re: Any advise on Bicycle choice greatly appreciated.
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:37:03 pm »
Our rationale is that we can be in a comfortable upright cruise position (have ergometric hand grips already), We can lock out the front suspension when not required, We may look at changing the casssette to 11-34 or 36, and possibly the front to a 22 (not sure if necessary), we are both going to be towing bob trailers, and we don't want to have to spend a lot of money replacing our stolen babies.
Please look over specks and pull to pieces (constructively or destructively-if necessary) Any other words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks guys
Ken and Jules
Travellingfoxes

Comfort? Upright?
Look at recumbents. Heads up, high def cycling. Designed with the behind in mind.
Fortunately for me, it takes a certain kind individual who has the courage and will take the opportunity to test ride a loaded recumbent.

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Rocky Mountain / Re: Highway 18 from St. George to Enterprise and back?
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:31:20 pm »
try crazyguyonabike and search for those towns. You can use any of many mapping sites to get an idea of the trip profile. Drop by the local bike shops to see if what routes they recommend that will take you off the main roads.

Frist trip? Do something shorter. Investige the overnighters site that AC manages. You want to understand your gear, your bike, your body and how they all work together before you go off on a multi-day adventure.


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General Discussion / Re: touring in the rain?
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:21:25 am »
Practice. Learn to ride in rain and wind by getting out and doing it. You quickly learn how to cope with the conditions and learn how to decide when it's time to go home or find cover or grind it out. You also quickly discover what kind of clothing or gear works and what was a waste of money. Do all of that experimentation close to home.
Also a good idea to practice setting up camp in wind and wind-driven rain. You quickly learn how not to let your tent get destroyed, how to keep your gear under the fly till the thing's up, what's important to keep dry and what can get soaked.

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Gear Talk / Re: Retiring, getting into self contained touring
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:56:14 am »
Recumbent.


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Gear Talk / Re: First Touring Bike
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:26:04 am »
Try a recumbent. Awesome touring machines.
There are two rules for running a 'bent bike (or trike):
1. Be comfortable
2. Be weird

You must comply with both and that is why there are so few of us.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:27:45 am »
I'm in the market for a new tent. The primary consideration is that it's for one person (I don't want it too big/heavy) and freestanding (for camping opportunities which would preclude stakes). Most other considerations are secondary. Any suggestions?


Bivvy.
Super light.
Not free-standing, it just lies there.
No room for your stuff, just you.
Expensive.
Maybe add a sil-nylon tarp to the kit for extended canopy and to cover the gear you're not going to get into your bivvy.

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Rocky Mountain / Re: trail of the coeur d'alenes loop route
« on: January 18, 2014, 09:05:41 pm »
It's Idaho. Those are old mine roads, aren't they? I've only looped back on the highway or obscure surface roads.
If you're carrying your full kit on the bike for the return ride you want the sturdiest tire you feel like pushing.
 
There is a bike shop in Kellogg and, I believe, one in Wallace. Give them a call. There is a website for the trail and I believe the site either has a discussion forum or a contact listing for additional information on planning a successful road or mountain bike trip.

I've ridden the whole trail both directions. It's an amazing resource. Lots to see and do along the trail. Be sure to allow some additional time on your trip to visit the local museums and do the tourist stuff. And, depending on where you're coming from, there is so much in Idaho to see! Bring your fly rod and stay a bit. Spend some money.

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DOn't sweat it, everything comes together. It's not always pleasant, though.

Thousands of folks take off every year with a lot less planning and research than you have performed and they seem to do alright. But I'm not the kind of guy who risks comfort (and possibly much more) without knowing what I'm doing. I wouldn't start winter backcountry ski camping without some training and some experimentation under controlled and reduced risk conditions.

I strongly urge you to sign up with a supported bike tour event--tow or three nights or a week. It's an expensive vacation, about $100/day on average, but you learn how to ride distances, how your gear works, how your bike works and how to pack and set up your camp. then take a few short overnights with all of your gear packed on the bike. There are plenty of places wherever you are that you can ride to, set up camp, eat, sleep safely and return.

Or, of course, you can just saddle up and hit the road!

Please visit the forums after your trip and let us know how you got along. Or give us your blog address if you're traveling and posting live.

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