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Gear Talk / Re: best touring frames
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:17:09 am »
By what criteria? Comfort? Durability? Resale value? How about comfort? 
Easy Racers' Tour Easy.

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General Discussion / Re: First Major Tour Advice
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:01:15 pm »
Wild camping can often mean your water supply is a stream or a tank. You might want to carry an active, pump-style water filter, some purification tablets and maybe a gravity filter system. You drink the local water at your peril, not necessarily because of micro-organisms, although there's a huge risk to making life miserable for two or three weeks or your tour very short, but to help remove trace elements your digestive system has never encountered. The tablets will only work on organisms. Boiling water does not remove trace contaminants.

You can research the cleanliness and sanitation level of municipal water supplies on the interwebs, just takes a bit of looking.

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Gear Talk / Re: Trek 520 poor brakes
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:43:01 pm »
If replacing the brake mechanism did not improve the situation, the fault cannot be in the brakes. That leaves the cable, the jacket, the ferules, the levers and any other pieces/parts that are between the hands and the rim. You have eliminated one element. Now you start with a set of binary tests, changing out only one item at a time. 

On my recumbent, the front brake is almost worthless. But I have a very nice unit from Paul. The rear is where all the action is and it's just a regular ol' Avid linear brake. The cable is quite long, tandem-length, so I'm careful about the jacketing and ferule placements. And I use pink or salmon pads. Most of the time. And I keep the rims very clean.


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General Discussion / Re: National Bicycle Tourism Conference
« on: November 03, 2013, 09:01:40 am »
Thanks for the links! Looks like it will be fun and educational if you're in the industry but probably a total snoozer if you're just a bike touring client, like me.

Hope you have a good time and learn tons of new stuff that will help you create excellent touring experiences for your future clients. Looking at your blog, though, maybe you're more of a rider, perhaps aspiring to lead others. I only do supported tours these days.

I see on the agenda that the driving force behind Ride Idaho, Earl Grief, is handling the Rest Stop discussion. If you attend that session, please give him my regards.


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Gear Talk / Re: Bike purchasing advice needed
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:50:57 am »
Hi all!  I am new to bike touring and will take my first tour this spring.  I need suggestions on where to look for a touring bike with upright handlebars.  I get plenty of suggestions for bikes with drop down bars, but a back problem requires me to sit as upright as possible when riding.  I am female and 5'7' tall.  I would like to stay under $1500.
Any help would be appreciated.

One word, couple o'three syllables:recumbent. A used bike can be acquired and outfitted for that budget. Touring on a recumbent is fabulous but that experience is easily researched and I won't try to convince you. Unfortunately, there are dozens of wildly different bent bikes , including touring trikes, and making a decision is difficult if you don't have a chance to test many of them.

Hope you find a bike you like, can train into the event, and that your journey takes you to interesting places..

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General Discussion / Re: 1896 Cycling Road Map of California
« on: October 27, 2013, 12:06:10 am »
Many thanks for the link, never would have found it myself.


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Gear Talk / Re: Old battery systems, convert to USB?
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:38:49 pm »
Cool. Thank you for the link!
I'd still need the pin-outs for the NR cables, of course, and a way to obtain and solder on a NiteRider proprietary plug. But that's simpler than building the whole thing, for sure.

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Gear Talk / Re: Old battery systems, convert to USB?
« on: October 26, 2013, 10:34:30 pm »
i bought a battery the size of a deck of cards.  It will charge an iPhone 3X or almost charge an iPad.  $70 on Amazon.  Just dispose of your NightRider batteries in an environmentally responsible way.

See my other thread on the $70 NewTrent 120 battery with dual USB OUTS. Recharged my iPhone 4S from 20-39% to 100% more than seven times.

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Gear Talk / Re: Old battery systems, convert to USB?
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:27:55 am »
A simple interweb search revealed literally hundreds of DIY projects that end with an iPhone-specific USB charger. Many are, as I expected, based on the hobbyist's ubiquitous Altoids mint box form factor. There are simple one-trick circuits, solar and generator augmentation and complex switchable or automated systems that offer multiple ins and outs by way of off-the-shelf Arduino blocks.
So, you put as much effort into this as you want to or need to.
I don't know if I'll get around to it. These days I'm more comfortable with the gross movements wrenching my bike than assembling electronics with tiny tools and a soldering iron.


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Gear Talk / Old battery systems, convert to USB?
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:34:11 pm »
I recently acquired some new NiteRider LED lighting systems. They're very cool and insanely bright and they have self-contained batts that charge from USB. But these new systems (obtained serendipitously at deep discount) replace perfectly serviceable NiteRider 6V halogen and 12V HID systems. The older batts use NiteRider's 4-wire 6-12V cables. There must be a way to buy or build a box that will accept the old NR batts at the input end and provide a USB output.
Any clues where I'd start looking besides NiteRider? It's a product they don't make so I'll probably be soldering up an Altoids box-based unit after obtaining pin-outs from NR.

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Gear Talk / Re: Briefly: NewTrent 120R extreme battery pack
« on: October 20, 2013, 10:03:44 pm »
sorry, I've got no clue how the device being charged knows the amperage of the USB circuit. But I know that there are two USB ports on the NewTrent battery, 1A and 2A, and, if you hook, say a power hog like the iPad4 Retina to the 1A side, it will not even see or acknowledge the power source; the charging indicator does not light up. If you hook, say, a little iPhone up to the 2A port, the phone will charge twice as fast.

If there are apps that will let a user examine the charging cycle and battery circuitry on Apple devices, I have not explored them. Interesting question, sorry I cannot be of more help.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tire and tube storage
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:58:12 pm »
You know how bike shops hang their tires on dowels or hooks? Yeah, don't do that at home. Last couple of 451 tires I ordered fro the Hostel Shoppe for my recumbent showed severe deflection where they had been hanging on a round but small diameter obejct.

I store my 451 tires flat and I hang my 700s over a large diameter cardboard tube. I keep my tubes in a drawer in the shed with all the other bike related objects.

After more than 10 years with this bike, I buy my 451s in pairs because that's usually how I need them. And I always carry a spare 451 on tour because they're difficult or impossible to find on the road.


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Gear Talk / Re: Briefly: NewTrent 120R extreme battery pack
« on: October 19, 2013, 09:11:56 pm »
A quick update:
Today I used the battery pack on my iPad 4/retina while in the backyard. Using the NT's 2A output and Apple Lightning USB cable, I was able to run Bluetooth and Wifi at full power but the NewTrent bTtery package was only keeping the iPad running at level consumption; the battery in the iPad never gained any energy.

As soon as I put the iPad to sleep the output from the NT was sufficient to add some capacity to the iPad's battery storage. After 30 minutes the iPad had gone from 25% to about 30.

After heading back inside and hooking up the standard Apple 2A mains charger to the iPad, I saw the iPad battery stays about level as long as I'm using all of the radios on the iPad, cruising the web and using the display at full intensity. As soon as I disable one of the radios, turn down the display or reduce activity, the mains adapter does, indeed, push more energy than the NT120 extreme.

So, results of this experiment are inconclusive. The NT appears to supply 2A, as promised, but it's not quite enough to replace more than the energy consumed while using an iPad 4 in a normal way. But a mains adapter does not do that much better or faster. 

I'll try another experiment using Maps or another GPS app on the iPad to see if the NT120 can keep up with the increased processing demands.

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Gear Talk / Briefly: NewTrent 120R extreme battery pack
« on: October 15, 2013, 12:10:42 am »
http://www.newtrent.com/store/iphone-external-battery-iphone-portable-battery/powerpakxtreme.html

I've had this unit for a couple of weeks now. Its main function for me is powering my iPhone 4S while I'm using a GPS app like MapMyRide which sucks the phone's internal battery to under 20% in 3-4 hours. It's heavy at 12 ounces but it packs a huge load of energy, 12,000 mAh, which, I think is 12 full Amp hours. Complete specs can be found at the mfr's site.

Part of my tests was to run my phone down to 30-40% and see how many full charges I could get out of the NewTrent. Answer: 9 before it stopped providing a charge output implying it could recharge an iPad mini or iPad retina from 50% to full maybe 3 times.
Pros: Bombproof case, water-resistant door protects the output connections, dual USB jacks for 1Amp and 2Amp outputs, recharges quickly from a 2A USB device and not so quickly from a 1A USB jack.
Cons: Heavy, door on the output jacks is a bit flimsy, no water protection when cables are plugged in, requires odd USB charging cable ("SD," hard to find but apparently it's all the rage for non-Apple phones so I wouldn't know), remaining charge indicator is difficult to see, truly bum-numbing gray color.

Would I recommend that you buy one? Not yet. Wait for more user reviews to show up around the webs. But if you need a high capacity power pack in your hands in a few days, I don't think you'll regret spending $60. There are dozens of similar devices on the market in varying capacities and with a variety of features and conveniences. Not many are water resistant and armored like this one.

I have not examined the physics carefully or run the numbers but I think it would take about 14 days of direct sunlight to top it off using my little Goal Zero #3.5 solar collector, if it was possible at all.

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Gear Talk / Re: See the gear on Velo Orange
« on: October 07, 2013, 10:13:43 pm »
This is one of those things that shows it can be done but to what benefit?  The rig looks top heavy and awkward.   Racks and panniers were developed for a reason.

You would, of course, need to read the whole article to get to the point where they discuss the direct applications and modes.

I thought the photo of the gear, all spread out like a disemboweled grasshopper, would be of more interest than deconstructing or positing an argument of long distance gear swaddling on a mountain bike versus the more conventional application of gear to a road bike for touring.

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