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Gear Talk / Re: Front Rack for Novara Safari
« on: April 30, 2010, 03:41:38 pm »
Disregard - 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? :)


Gear Talk / Re: Front Rack for Novara Safari
« on: April 29, 2010, 03:11:19 pm »
Hans, Do you have any pics of your OMM rack on the bike? Just wondering if what if any work-arounds you used for the disc brakes. I had to bend one of the fender arms to get it to fit.

Gear Talk / Re: Jamis Aurora 2009 handlebar bag suggestions
« on: April 26, 2010, 07:39:47 pm »
I used to have a Jamis Nova set up the same way and eventually lost the handlebar bag in favor of a fanny pack which I either wore or strapped across my back rack/stuff lashed there. I definitely like the utility of cross brakes.

Classifieds / WTB: Ortleib panniers
« on: April 21, 2010, 10:41:50 pm »
Looking some rear Ortliebs for a commuter bike.

700 vs 26 is indeed a near-religious debate and like you-know-whats I have my opinion too. Personally I think that as long as you are staying in Europe and North America you are fine with 700s. Anywhere else I would go with Shrader valves and 26.

Gear Talk / Front Rack for Novara Safari
« on: April 14, 2010, 04:28:06 pm »
Any other Safari riders out there have their bike fully racked? I have been using a bob and rear rack only but am now looking a front rack. I have tried the blackburn - which I had on two previous touring bikes, but it did not exactly fit very well.

Any other makes models you have found which work?

General Discussion / East Africa: Tanzania
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:48:50 pm »
Anyone have bike touring experience in East Africa or Tanzania? I am moving to Dar es Salaam this July and plan on touring by bike extensively.

I have spent a fair amount of time in Africa but have never had a chance to get out and bike tour. Looking forward to any tips.

Also, if anyone might be interested in touring Tanzania during 2010 - 2012 contact me via PM for my email address.


General Discussion / Re: REI Bikes
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:46:32 pm »
There are a lot of factors, as many here have pointed out, to consider for touring but I would also think about where you are going to be touring. Do you plan to use it in the US? Europe? Africa? etc.

I first got into touring using a Nova Jamis i racked and fendered when I lived in Oklahoma. When I moved to Europe I had the Jamis and eventually I bought a Trek 520 for touring/commuting but when I returned to the US three years ago I sold it and bought a Safari. I have been very happy with the Safari. I have an 07, the one with a tan frame. Also, I have commuted on it daily for the past three years.  I am moving to Tanzania this July and it will be going with me where I plan to tour on it as well.

For me the main reason I went with the Safari was that like the poster above a Koga is my dream bike but since I have a garage full of fly fishing rods, rock climbing, gear, etc my gear budget remains maxed - and most of my tours are within two weeks or so of duration. I found that in Europe the 520 was not ideal because I thought the drop bars kept me crouched over too much and I missed a lot of scenery. Plus, unlike crossing the US and Canada with extremely long distances in between civilization in some areas Europe is the exact opposite. I found myself riding slower, getting off the bike more often for pictures, etc. Also, because of the higher population density and number of urban paths the upright position was much friendlier for city riding.

Just my two cents...the bottom line is that people were riding around the world way before we were all born on bikes less reliable than what we find at wal-mart...

I used to live in heidelberg and am very familiar with many variations of this route. I speak German (and now French as well). I have a wealth of information and books if you want I can give some specific advice.

Here is a short piece I did on one trip:

Urban Cycling / Wichita Falls Texas
« on: July 31, 2008, 10:15:50 pm »
wichita falls rocks because it has more restaurants than lawton/fort sill!

Urban Cycling / commuting by bike
« on: July 31, 2008, 10:12:25 pm »
i have been "living the bike" for a few years now. commute to the bus stop by bike and twice a week all the way to work (20 miles, 3 to the bus stop). i also use it for any near by errands, etc

Urban Cycling / New Cyclist to DC
« on: August 10, 2008, 06:59:21 pm »
i pick up telegraph by hayfield high school and come down until i merge onto king's hwy then pick my way over to the mvt.

sometimes i just bike over to franconia metro and ride the bus to the pentagon from there. i may try getting off at king street - never thought of that before.

gallows is bad. i used to ride that way to catch the w/o and d into georgetown. very nasty inside the beltway.

Urban Cycling / New Cyclist to DC
« on: August 09, 2008, 09:08:41 pm »
mlt, where are you getting off that you are two blocks from the mvt? king street? chrystal city?

i live in kingstowne - my commute in is like mad max training; however, i go during the very early hours, clip in and out the garage about 530 before traffic gets ridiculous.

the problem with the mvt is that near the mt vernon terminus it gets really windy and you are better off on just the parkway.

the w o and d is excellent. when i lived in fairfax that is how i commuted to graduate school at georgetown.

Urban Cycling / New Cyclist to DC
« on: July 31, 2008, 10:22:17 pm »
i live in alexandria - dc is a great city for bike touring in too, on the weekends we frequently load thekids up and hit downtown, ride the mall, to the zoo, etc.

Classifieds / FS: Rei Rain Gear Like New $75 takes all
« on: October 28, 2007, 11:23:14 pm »
REI brand rain gear, pants and jacket (yellow/black). Large top, medium bottoms - fits me well i'm 5'10" 160. Excellent condition. Worn maybe two times in the rain. $75 takes both. If you need pics let me know I can send some. Brad

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