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Gear Talk / Re: Parrafin heads only
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:12:02 pm »
I do not wish to start the lube war. Parrafin has been researched into the dirt for decades and most that information, real data, not anecdotal stuff, is on the interwebs. The anaecdotes include stories from fire fighters describing the scourge of parrafin heads. They'd melt their waxes over an open flame in the garage or shed, not realizing parrafin is a petroleum product and flammable, slosh the pan around and burn the place to the ground. Apprently happened quite often.

I'm not starting the lube wars by saying I do not use a lube. I run a dry chain on my recumbent. I'm almost five thousand miles into the new links and the old chain had more than 12,000 miles, if I recall correctly, without looking up my maintenance notes. "Dry" means spotlessly clean, no dirt, no rust. I rode in the rain today so I shall clean it off in the morning before hitting the commute.

Rocky Mountain / Re: Ride Idaho 2014, tenth anniversay
« on: April 22, 2014, 10:52:23 pm »
Still plenty of room at Ride Idaho!
Apparently bike tours are filling slowly all over the northwest. Even Cycle Oregon, which can sell out in hours, is still open,

Gear Talk / Re: Fixing a shimano shifter.....
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:34:41 am »
thanks bogiesan, i had no idea they were getting rare! 

Difficulty in finding old parts is relative to the market you're in. Here in Boise, Idaho, there's an urban bike center that has bins full of weird parts. Eight-speed transmissions went out of style and production about twenty years ago. It's been 9, 10 and now 11 for a long time. Y

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.
I don't think that two people coming here on a tight schedule for a long trip without any previous recumbent experience should use this opportunity to find out if a recumbent is for them.   

I do. I have no problem recommending a high quality recumbent to anyone for any trip. The idea that any particular upright can be "ridden into over the first few weeks" is the same kind of misperception. Fit and components on a new bike are going to be a problem for anyone. You put 'em on a bike like the Tour Easy and in the same hundred miles or so they'll be loving it and wondering why they didn't get one tens of thousands of miles ago.

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:53:05 pm »
iwstamp -
As a competitive athlete for the past 40 years plus the riding, the optimal fuel mix for athletes as been (40 % (carbs), 30% (pro) and 30% (fat).  The study was done on world class aerobic swimmers.

Ah, Barry Sears, PhD: The Zone. Fascinating stuff. Tweak that to ready 40% low glycemic carbs; 30% low fat, high quality proteins; and 30% good-for-you fats. A Zone nutrition plan (not a diet) confronts the participant (not the dieter) with mountains of delicious and wholesome foods. Hard to get it all down but there's a wide variety of superb meals available easily assembled form a huge list of acceptable and readily available ingredients.

Much of Sears' research and findings are being repackaged these days. Science and biology, of course, have marched on and there are new theories all the time. Pick a guru and test your nutrition plan for several months before you attempt to ride across the country. Stay flexible. Be adaptable. Try to make foods that allow you to enjoy what you must eat.

General Discussion / Re: Weight training and cycling
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:37:56 pm »
The interwebs will reveal numerous and contradictory articles and claims. Most programs are designed for competitive riders and therefore based on off-season maintenance and no small amount of ignorance so take what you know about resistance training and balance it against what you know about cycling. Weight training that results in pain is usually designed to build muscle. That's not at all necessary for cycling. You don't need muscle mass, you need efficiency. Ride more. Wall squats are my favorite.

Gear Talk / Re: Handlebar bag alternative
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:25:13 pm »
Velo Orange is a good shop to check for the unhip and unusual packs and racks.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

Gear Talk / Re: Tent - One Person and Freestanding?
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:03:26 pm »
Super light.
Not free-standing, it just lies there.
No room for your stuff, just you.
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.

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

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.

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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