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Gear Talk / Re: panniers
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:41:13 pm »

Several dead or useless links but great fun.


Gear Talk / Re: Wind noise in ears
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:39:45 pm »
Interesting doodads but just another weird piece of furniture I can lose.
I always carry several pairs of earplugs on tour for wind and highway noise and snoring campmates. With my dual mirrors, I have no safety concerns wearing the plugs. Heck, I know a cyclist who is profoundly deaf. She rides long distances without any worries about hearing much of anything. she wears fake iPod earbuds just to upset club organizers who have "No Earphone!" policies.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: cannondale
« on: June 15, 2009, 11:32:30 pm »
I'm in the midst of planning a trek across the trans American trail.  I own a cannondale cadd9 5.

Beautiful bike. I've owned two Cannondales. Sad to part with them but not all bikes can do all things.
Your options are to get a new bike more appropriate to the task or go with a fully supported group so you can ride your steed.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: How many people tour with non-touring bikes?
« on: June 10, 2009, 08:33:47 am »
There are race-specific 'bents and, in fact, recumbents hold every unassisted land speed record but those bikes do not do anything except make speed runs (seek human powered vehicles on google).

Except any climbing records.  If you look up the Mt. Evans race and the Mt. Washington race you will find recumbents do not hold the record for those.

I bow to your superior research. I'll remember that.


Gear Talk / Re: Help on choosing rain gear
« on: May 24, 2009, 09:12:38 am »
You want to practice, too. Riding in the rain builds character.
You need to know how your brakes function when wet, how your wheels spray, what else in your system will fail or leak in heavy rain, and what you may need to add to your raingear such as goggles or additional rear flashers.

You must lube your chain immediately after riding a good downpour. Good idea to rinse the bike, too, get all the road grit off

Try to look forward to riding in the rain, a throughly delightful experience under most conditions.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: "Support vehicle"
« on: May 24, 2009, 09:03:27 am »
All you need is a vehicle and communications. You leave on your bike and your support leaves a few hours later. Your sag overtakes you and pulls over a few miles ahead where it's safe. You swap food and discuss plans. Sag takes off and finds a camping site or motel room and unpacks and goes shopping for food or supplies. You arrive a few hours later. It's that simple. After a few days, you will get into a rhythm.

Of course, it rarely goes that well. You will have mechanical problems, your driver will miss a turn, road conditions will require unplanned separation. That's why you want FSB handsets and cellphones.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Secure Transport of 15 Bikes
« on: May 24, 2009, 08:53:13 am »
I've helped pack three hundred bikes into a single trailer with Cycle Oregon and a few dozen bikes with Ride Idaho. It's no big deal. Making it more complicated than necessary will cause the problems. Some well meaning engineer will try to make it a complex rigging and space optimization exercise.
All you need to do is protect them from banging into each other and then to keep them from shifting and rocking side to side. Alternate the bikes head-to-tail if you wish but that doesn't always help stabilize anything. Simply place packing blankets or even large sheets of cardboard between the bikes. Put compressible items like duffles, tents, or sleeping bags between the last bike and the wall. Run a single tie-down rope around the whole lot.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Menus for bicycle trip
« on: May 17, 2009, 10:11:26 am »
Hi, I am a newbe. Have a group of Boy scouts (ages 14 - 18) planning a  250 mile bike trip this summer (June).  Starting in Wyoming and end in Utah. Looking for menus suitable for bicyclers. We will have a trail vehicle to carry tents, food, stove, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks.

If you are a scout leader, you have already everything you need in the literature and in the experience of the organization. You need nothing that is bicycle specific for a mere 250 miles (two days, three?) supported with a sag vehicle. You only need 9 meals for each participant and there will be stores along the route for the sag driver to restock.
You only need only worry about keeping your perishables on ice.

If they were carrying their own gear this would be a completely different discussion.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Bike Jersey vs. Under Armour
« on: May 15, 2009, 08:38:35 am »
Is there a real difference between bike jerseys and under armour?  I need to buy some stuff, and I'm involved in other sports as well, and the materials that each are made out of is basically the same. 

You give up the 12-18" zipper, the extra long cut, the formfitting features, and the pockets in the back. And the goofy graphics.

Jerseys are specialized to the sport of riding an upright bike. I ride a recumbent and a jersey's more specialized features are useless so I have a closet full of cheap silk shirts. I have to stop to handle the buttons but the silk is delightful.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Good Rear derailer for touring
« on: May 03, 2009, 12:22:00 pm »
People toured for decades on only a double front and a five cog rear cassette.

The tradeoffs between climbing gear inches and quality of the mechs is secondary to the compatibility between the front and rear mechs and the rest of the hardware. A ten-speed cassette requires a ten-speed deraileur, ten-click shifter, and ten-speed chain. For touring, this can mean less durability. Some ten-speed grupos are a bit flimsy compared to seven-and eight-gear systems.

And know that in many cases, switching to 10-speed transmissions gains nothing on the extremes, you've just divided the intervening options into finer slices. If you add a huge cog and a tiny chainwheel, you must swap out the mechs to accommodate the huge swings. The lang cage rear mech has the ability to suck up all that extra chain when you drop into the lowest granny or ratchet up to the tallest gear.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: Inexpensive Touring Gear
« on: April 18, 2009, 01:08:51 pm »
You undertake this trip by weighing your desire for adventure against your ability to cope with the inevitable surprises. Camping equipment need not be expensive or particularly durable if you are comfortable with the idea that you may not always be warm or dry because of your choices. But you do not need to make any bad choices. You can spend many pleasant hours researching ultralight backpacking gear. Tens of thousands of devoted backpackers have already perfected this style of travel for you.

david boise ID

Classifieds / 2009 Ride Idaho jersey features recumbent!
« on: April 18, 2009, 01:01:48 pm »
Conventional jersey—not 'bent-specific—and conventionally priced at $65 plus shipping. But, because there's a recumbent rider on the committee, there's a 'bent in the design on the back panel. You don't have to be on our ride to buy our jersey.

If you missed out on Cycle Oregon or the other Northwest supported tours that instantly sold out, you should be on our ride! Limited to 240 riders, good food, entertainment, rivers, mountains, and a layover day in the lovely resort town McCall, Idaho, located on the shores of glacially formed Payette Lake.

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Carrying Pepper Spray
« on: April 14, 2009, 08:52:14 am »
>Colt 1911 .45 ACP

Since we have approached and then crossed the information/power trope of the possibly mythical meanings afforded by various interpretations of our Second Amendment, it should be safe to assume this post has, at last, propelled the thread to meme status and it is no longer a Foucaultian discourse. With that presumed level of absurdity, I continue:

Colt does not list the mass of their products on their Website so I'll guess a WWI replica 45 is about 6 pounds?
Is there an ultralight version of that? Goretex? Carbon?

Here in Iderho, our good folks carry guns for lots of different reasons. If it's not to protect the women and sheep from the jihadists coming out of the Chinese tunnels, it's to protect ourselves from each other's free-range dogs, which are, it must be noted, legitimately protecting us from the reintroduced grizzlies and wolf packs. It's all quite confusing around here because the dog may itself be armed.

david boise ID

Gear Talk / Re: How many people tour with non-touring bikes?
« on: April 03, 2009, 08:40:50 am »
I put 5-6,000 miles a year on my recumbent. Touring, commuting, transportation, recreation. It does everything except race and does so in supreme comfort. It's not light, it's comfortable. It's not particularly fast but it's totall adequate to the task of getting from camp to camp while providing a heads-up, relaxed perspective.
There are race-specific 'bents and, in fact, recumbents hold every unassisted land speed record but those bikes do not do anything except make speed runs (seek human powered vehicles on google).

david boise ID

General Discussion / Re: Best Camera for touring?
« on: March 27, 2009, 11:20:12 pm »
I am considering a new camera for my upcoming tour. I have used a Cannon A560 (7 mega pixels) which is ok but I'd really like sharper pictures with more detail. I'm really not that into photography so spare me all the lingo - I'd just be interested in suggestions of a really good portable point and shoot (digital of course) that would be an improvement over what I have.

Then you cannot appreciate the information you've received so far. Rather like asking for "a recommendation for a touring bike but spare me the bike lingo."

"Sharper" pictures and "more" detail are wasted if you're going to email little jpegs from the road. You don't need 7mp. You only need about 1.5 but it's impossible to find a good low density camera these days. But it's the glass, not the mp of the sensor, that determines most performance characteristics. You don't want to pay for glass you can't appreciate but if you want glass: Panasonic and Leica.

Buy a camera based on how easily it works in full-auto, not your objective opinion of the image quality, since you don't really know or care how the thing works. Try to find a unit that has few options, few menus, and few modes.
Can you operate the buttons wearing bike gloves? Can you upload or offload the card while traveling at, say, a public library or coffee shop? Will it survive the rain, a drop, or a dip? Can you afford to lose it, have it stolen, or break it without getting all weirded out?
Make sure you purchase at least one spare battery, a good protective case, and a lanyard because you want to have it strapped to your hand or your bike or you will drop it and I've seen horrible wrecks caused by dopes trying to catch a camera.

david boise ID

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