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General Discussion / Re: Fishing across the continental US
« on: April 23, 2011, 04:39:11 pm »
I am very interested in making a long cycling trip and taking my time to fly-fish through the NW...

Gear Talk / Re: all weight in the rear ?
« on: May 24, 2010, 08:09:13 pm »
I have toured many miles with just back panniers on, I think you will more than be ok!

General Discussion / Re: mountain v. road clipless shoes/pedals
« on: May 24, 2010, 08:08:00 pm »
I would never think of anything but clipless for true road bikes or mountain biking, i favor look and egg beaters respectively, however i have found that for me, in touring europe and africa, the ability to cut my load to one pair of shoes that i can bike, hike, and run in makes a world of difference.

International / Re: Biking in Umbria, Italy
« on: May 22, 2010, 05:26:40 pm »
Never toured or biked there but have been there as a normal tourist to Perugia, I don't think climbing or long rides with good food will pose much of a problem to find!

General Discussion / Re: mountain v. road clipless shoes/pedals
« on: May 22, 2010, 05:23:20 pm »
@DaveB - I fully agree with your points and would add that I pretty much tour and commute solely in regular trail running shoes with toe cages and platform pedals as a way to eliminate having to carry redundant sets of footwear. It is not as efficient pedaling but allows for frequent dismounts and sightseeing and I still don't have any issues putting in similar high mileage days when required.

Routes / Re: cross-country WITHOUT ACA Maps
« on: May 22, 2010, 12:43:19 pm »
Maybe I am old fashioned but using the ACA maps is a great resource that should be taken advantage of if it matches your desires for a given tour but also, there is something to be said about pedaling off with an unknown route and building the airplane while you are flying.

I am an ultramarathoner and I find that cycling is a nice break for the legs, but I run on average about 40-50 miles per week. In running there is no substitute for running but it can help maintain overall fitness and add variety to your workout. I commute about 15 miles daily on my bike and have pretty much quit training for competitive cycling and instead just focus on touring/commuting when it comes to bikes. However, remember that many iron-distance triathletes spend the majority of their time in the saddle while training but still turn pretty good marathon times. If you have some specific questions email me at Cheers!

Gear Talk / Re: How to remove keyed steering tube sleeves?
« on: May 18, 2010, 02:21:25 pm »
Dave, Whittierider,

The the bike doesn't have a normal threadless steering tube it has a keyed sleeve over the steering tube. It is an NVO parts component (REI house brand perhaps) If it was a normal head.

I know the sleeve should slide off by hand but I am having a hell of a time making it happen.


Gear Talk / How to remove keyed steering tube sleeves?
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:13:01 pm »
Replacing the too low handlebars and non-adjustable stem on my new bike, which unfortunately for me, has a keyed steering tube and stem.

Anyone have any ideas on how to remove the sleeve over the steering tube without damaging the steerer?

Bike is a 2010 Novara Safari, replacing the keyed stem with a threadless riser and adjustable stem.


here is the website for the mainradweg, in German but if you have any questions I will gladly translate. the Mainradweg is a completely separate bike path for the vast majority of its length that parallels the river. it also connects with some other bike trails.

Joan and Darren, I lived in Germany four years and not too far from Frankfurt for two of those years. The Main Radweg is very easily accessible. My suggestion would be to assemble your bikes at the airport and then board the S-bahn to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station, about 10 mins). There are several hotels very near the train station and they would probably be accommodating. From the main trainstation you head due north about three blocks to the Main River, walk your bike down the stairs (ramp for that purpose!) mount up and pedal east (hang a right) and enjoy a very good bike trip. I have ridden the Mainradweg in its entirety so please feel free to email me at with any questions. I have some good materials in German as well that I would be willing to share.

Highly recommend Aschaffenburg's Schloss Johannisburg, downtown Wurzburg, and Miltenburg (a very charming little semi-walled town in a huge bend in the Main). I also recommend Dionysius, perhaps the best Greek food in Germany right beside the Main River in Aschaffenburg.

Have a great time on your trip!


Classifieds / Re: Cannondale T800 Touring Bike - For Sale
« on: May 08, 2010, 04:43:42 pm »
message sent on this one.

Rep, I sent you a note. Brad

Let me know what size it is and if you are indeed interested in selling it...I am at

My Novara Safari was stolen today at Franconia Metro in Alexandria VA near DC. Three years of commuting on that bike and as a 2006 model no hope of replacing it. Ironically last night I just put a "Life is Good" sticker on the downtube.

Anyone out there have a line on another Safari? :)

Brad    >:(

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