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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.

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Gear Talk / Minimalist overnighter
« on: September 12, 2009, 10:37:55 pm »
http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2009/08/compact-comforts-of-home.html

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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 shimano.com and see what all the fuss is about.

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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.

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General Discussion / Re: food
« on: August 27, 2009, 11:59:23 pm »
for me stopping along the side of the road with a group to enjoy a big ass cheese burger...that drips down your chin
is not going to happen in my case....

So don't eat the bun.
You may be celiac but the last person I met on a bike tour with a gluten intolerance had it because it was suddenly the hip thing to be.

People with dietary restrictions cope at every meal, everyday. I don't suffer allergies but I still try to prepare and consume high quality nutritious foods instead of the typical American diet. I'm sure there are innumerable off-the-shelf products you can safely eat and, like someone who keeps Kosher, you can create lovely meals with a bit of study and creativity.
I just spent a few minutes at celiac.com. Remarkable, this Internet thing.

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 23, 2009, 11:25:25 am »
Today's date is August 24, 2009, and REI OUTLET has some downscale panniers from Sunlite on deep discount. Cheap way to get started and to see if panniers are right for you.

http://www.rei.com/outlet/product/796868

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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: August 22, 2009, 09:10:52 am »
http://www.mikebentley.com/bike/panniers.htm

Several dead links but Mike's old pannier listings will give you many more options to explore.

Asking for opinions about a top of the line product like Arkel is not going to help you make a decision, only to rationalize your purchase.
What do you need in a pannier besides the implied status of the Arkel brand?
Durability, waterproofness, capacity, convenience, mounting system, completeness of system components and other bags, cost, mass, external lashing options, off-bike functionality, and other factors are what usually contribute to pannier purchase decisions. 

The Arkel could probably last 20 years of intensive use for which you pay in cash and weight; do you need that kind of longevity?

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General Discussion / Re: Cycling in thunderstorms
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:08:51 am »
In which tent was that?
Jim

Most good tents will keep you dry in a raging thunderstorm as long as you have the fly guyed out properly and securely.


A great test is to pitch your tent in the backyard and hit it with a spray nozzle. Have someone you trust spry it with you in it. The idea isn't to try to get you soaked, it's to find out where the weaknesses in your setup are, if any of the seams leak, and to get experience with the guying requirements. 

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General Discussion / Re: New to Adventure cycling. Need good bike .
« on: July 23, 2009, 10:54:54 pm »
> I plan to do a lot of riding in Holland and Germany,thats where I will be living.<

Holland is nuts for recumbents especially short wheel base and low racers. The flat terrain and aero profile of these bikes are made for each otehr.

http://www.hpvelotechnik.com/index_e.html

http://www.challenge-recumbents.com/

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General Discussion / Re: Ketchum Idaho to Missoula Mt
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:16:14 am »
Does anyone have any information on touring from Ketchum Idaho to Missoula Mt?  Anything would be helpful! Katmandu

Are you an Idaho local or are you coming in to the Sun Valley area for the start of your tour?
Why don't you join 180 others on Ride Idaho? We leave from Nampa (near Boise) in a few weeks on a loop to Payette, McCall, Garden Valley, and Idaho City.
 www.rideidaho.org

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General Discussion / Re: Sort of a medical question
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:12:22 am »
Overactive sinus secretion can be symptomatic of lots of interesting medical issues. You want to talk to an ear-nose-throat specialist who has a passion for sports medicine. Difficult to find but call other sports medicine specialists and see if there's a referral they will offer.

I strongly recommend sinus irrigation. It's an ancient practice, flushes out the cavities and prevents irritants from causing hystemic reactions and rogue bugs from setting up colonies. Many different techniques and products on the market, pick one and give it a try for a few months. I use the NeilMed kits  www.neilmed.com/usa

Rockets are rarely an option on a recumbent due to body position.

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General Discussion / Re: Touring Nutrition
« on: July 17, 2009, 01:08:05 am »
There is a distinct difference between satisfying your body's needs for nutrients and your mind's desires for, erm, something to eat. Everything changes when your body gets into a mode where you are placing huge demands on it.

There are two excellent books from ACA's store but I can only find one listed:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm/product/315_29/the-cyclists-food-guide.cfm

Any of the dozens of backpacking recipe books will provide you with solid and satisfying suggestions. 

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