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General Discussion / Re: Seat Problem
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:28:30 am »
For years I tried every type of seat and position, to no avail. I now ride a recumbent and even after 100 miles or more in a day I feel no pain.

What do we know that no one else wants to hear?
This allows recumbent tourers to remain a tightly closed brother/sisterhood.
High definition bicycling, designed with the behind in mind!

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Newbie with a dream
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:24:45 am »
> I want a trek 520, but they only make it to 60cm and I am 6'6 1/2 HELP!<

This is just one notch short of "If I can't have this bike, I won't go." An inauspicious start.

I don't know anything about upright touring bikes except what I read in Adventure Cyclist magazine. Their buying guides are essential reading if you are going to invest in a bicycle. Specific recommendations for brands and models must be regarded carefully; there are hundreds of excellent bikes and no one knows what might fit your tastes and physical presence.

I always recommend a recumbent for people who think they want to tour but never have. The difference in the touring experience, what we call high definition bicycling, is almost impossible to communicate. Fortunately for those of us who ride recumbents, not everyone is capable of appreciating the difference so we remain a tightly closed brother/sisterhood. When I'm done riding a hundred miles, I'm as tired as everyone else is, but, when I climb off my rolling lounge chair, nothing on my 55-year old body hurts and, man, that means a lot to me.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: another newbie question
« on: October 24, 2009, 09:12:19 am »
Hello all! A friend and I have decided that we are determined to ride cross country this summer. Neither of us has any touring experience...I have been told that while you can adapt other bikes to act as touring bikes, it will never be quite the same. I would love to get a touring bike, but as a poor college student, I want to make sure it is necessary. thanks for the help!

There are few sports that require specialized equipment, like, oh, skydiving. Bicycle touring is not one of them. Ride the bike you have. But it would be foolish not to know ahead of time that your bike is up to the task.

Make a list of your questions. Don't just post them here randomly, use the search function. Once you start your research, you will find links to dozens of touring blogs and hundreds of touring discussions. Read and download all of ACA's free information. Hit your local library for their collection of bicycle touring books. Devour them. Check off your questions as they get answsered.

Make a list of your needs, wants, and desires. For instance, you NEED a dependable tent but you do NOT need a folding camp table. You need to be able to make sound decisions that will fuel your engine with good nutritional foods but you do not need a fully equipped camp kitchen. You need some maps but you do not a cockpit loaded with electronics. You need to know how to make basic field repairs to your bike and camping gear but you do not need a 20 pound spare parts and tool kit.

People have been riding their bicycles all over the world for a really long time. There is an endless supply of knowledge available to you. I envy your determination. Don't let anything stand in your way of chasing this dream.

david boise ID

Sorry, don't mean to be a Luddite here, but I don't understand this need to stay plugged in. You've got maps, you can stop at libraries and cafés to check your email, you can carry a cheap cell, use a prepaid calling card or just send postcards. The world will not stop turning if you're not online 24/7. That's one of my favorite meanings of the term "vacation."

You will want to carefully examine cellular service maps superimposed over your route. I do not believe any system will cover 100%  the route so you may be basing your decision only on the contract with the cell company. You also must consider how the product will recharge, be protected from the elements, and how it will mount on your bike if you expect the GPS to be available in the cockpit. I think that would require a separate GPS since most all-in-one devices suck batteries too rapidly to be left on all the time.

I know of no better product than the Apple iPhone for your needs. It works. But so do many other systems. The iPhone has a long list of negative features and tons of dissatisfied customers. So does every other all-in-one product you will find recommended here.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: fenders....fairly lame question.
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:17:55 am »
On some recumbents, the front tire creates a fierce spray that comes right into the face. It's not just unpleasant, it's dangerously intense and one risks eye damage or ingestion of lots of crud. Touring isn't much different than commuting. The distance changes, but the bike is outfitted about the same.

I run a front fender all the time but the rear comes off for summer. Protecting my recumbent and my back/butt from road spray is a pleasant result of running fenders and the presence of the fenders offers a bike-favorable psychological boost on those mornings when the weather suggests I might want to drive.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: First trip - need tire advice
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:08:35 am »
I disagree with all of these endorsements. There is no combination of tire casing-liner-tube that will prevent all flats without a severe penalty of weight, price, or practicality. If there is air in a tube, it will eventually find its way out. A shop owner may have a wealth of valuable anecdotal information from his customers but no one here has ridden a broad collection of tires over the same terrain under controlled test conditions to offer objective analysis of the individual tires. We just have some favorites that have happened to worked out for us.
Touring off road does not require a bombproof tire, it does not exist anyway. It requires good riding technique and experience  changing and repairing tubes. You want a tire that fits your rim properly and can be removed/replaced under weirdly adverse conditions. You should  practice in rain and cold so you know how the rubber and your fingers work. You may decide you want to carry spare tires into the backcountry, or wherever you decide to explore, in which case you need only consider folders.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Transporting a bike: box or bag?
« on: October 08, 2009, 01:06:45 am »
"The best service for me and least stressful was after this years ride I shipped from San Francisco back to Orlando by UPS, very impressed with the service and they did the packing."
How much did they charge you for all that?

I have friends who ship their bikes all over the planet. They retired with better investment strategy than most of us will and think little of jetting off to tour on their bikes. They use UPS but they always have a bike shop pack the bike. Most shops charge  $50-100. UPS can run $100-200 in the States.

If I could afford to travel like this, I'd either rent a bike at the other end or go with a Bike Friday. I could not handle the stress of shipping my recumbent.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Info on Trainers please
« on: September 24, 2009, 11:45:47 pm »
Thanks, paddle, probably the best information on trainers I've seen!
To the OP, that Amazon link had a wide range of devices. Huge differences in quality, resistance method, and froofroo doodads like interactive video and energy metering reflected in the pricing. Be sure to check the online bike suppliers like Nashbar and Performance as well as REI for bargains and closeouts. You local shop might have some devices that have been returned.

david boise ID

Two things to point out that may not be relevant to this discusssion:
1. My buddies who wear heavy reservoir/cargo systems often have a blinky light fastened to their backpacks. It's way up at the top and when they ride it mostly shines up into the air.
2. These things can get so bulky that they are aerodynamic bricks. Buddy of mine likes to get aero on long downhills but I finally had to show him a picture of his silly reality. When down in the drops, his backpack actually extended higher then his helmet does when riding in the drops but not crouched.
3. I still dont get the point of going weight weenie, reducing one's steed by a few pounds, if you're going to carry a hydration and cargo backpack.

My recumbent has all the carrying capacity I need. Nice backrest has lots of room.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Minimalist overnighter
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:37:55 pm »

A couple of years ago, AC ran an article about nipping off on spontaneous overnighters. The idea was to have a small bag all packed and ready to go. Feel like hitting the road or the trail? You carry just what you need to on your road or mtn bike to ride out, spend the night, and ride home.

Kent does this regularly, it seems, bailing off into the woods uphill from Issaquah WA.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Potential Resale Value
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:40:08 am »
Don't know about your tax situation on foreign soils, bt there may be more value in donating the bike to a good cause. If you decie to sell it, you've got to figure the hassle of doing so as part of the cost of the transaction. How will you advertise, offer test rides, and then accept payment in the limited time before your flight leaves?

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Packing panniers???????
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:34:50 am »
There might of been this ??? 

Yes, we answer this question about twice a month around here, lots of suggestions and helpful information already in the forums. All you have to do is look for it. Many books on the topic of bicycle touring can be found at your local library.
Also, spend a few hours researching "ultra-light backpacking" for many practical and safe ways to reduce your proposed load from 6o pupnds to something approaching 25 pounds.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: cranks
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:19:54 am »
my question is how do you tell when to replace your crank....
and why do i ask....
i have 2,500 miles on my original "Bontrager crank" on my trek fuel.....

I put more than 20k on my recumbent's bottom bracket and the cranks  have 34k on them. The chainrings have been replaced three times; rear cassette twice; five chains, maybe six.

Cranks don't go bad, they get bent, destroyed, or broken.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:15:29 am »
It seems to me that many bike tourist use SPD pedals?  What are the pros and cons for using the SPD vs regular road pedals.  Thanks.

There are no regular pedals of any kind, road or mountain. Not even platforms or traps are regular any more.
SPD is a commonly used term that describes a more or less universally compatible cleat/pedal interface that Shimano has licensed to many mfrs. SPD is said to stand for Shimano Pedal Device but that's oepn for conjecture and argument.

The single advantage to the SPD system over many others is sheer ubiquitousness. You can get SPD parts anywhere good bikes are sold. but that alone does dnot make them superior to any other pedal/cleat system. It just makes them appealing to the bike traveler.

Drop by and see what all the fuss is about.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Newbie here with ???????
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:05:23 am »
You can miss the Cascades of Washington and oregon by going down the Columbia River gorge, but can hit tremendous headwinds there in spring and summer. 

That's rather like saying your ride from Canada to Mexico can be flat and mostly dry if you miss the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington and all that rain and surf and fog and traffic by turning south at Yakima.

Ride the Columbia Gorge till you get to Yakima Bend. Cross the bridge to visit the Maryhill Museum but then take off up into the mountains! You will forever regret not seeing these spectacular ranges.

david boise ID

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