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Messages - John Nelson

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Gear Talk / Re: lightweight, waterproof gloves
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:57:45 pm »
A popular bike racers' trick is to use extra large dish washing gloves, those ugly yellow things. They can be put over your regular gloves, tucked into the end of your jersey or jacket sleeves (or you can put a rubber band around the wrist), and discarded when no longer needed. The advantage of these over the latex gloves doctors wear is that they keep the water away from your skin. Although the doctors gloves will keep your hands dry, they offer very little thermal barrier if the gloves over them are wet.

General Discussion / Re: REI SALE
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:29:42 pm »
20% off does not apply to sale items.

General Discussion / Re: Panniers: locking them up...
« on: May 20, 2011, 09:52:51 am »
I just run my cable lock through the pannier handles. It's very little, but it would prevent the snatch and run thief. That's enough for me. Most people have no idea that the panniers themselves are valuable, and most people envision that the pannier is full of dirty clothes anyway.

General Discussion / Re: High Visibility - Always Good or Not?
« on: May 18, 2011, 11:03:59 pm »
I like highly visible bags as well, just in case it get stolen. Would you rather be asking, "did you see anybody just run by here with a black bag?" or "did you see anybody just run by here with a fluorescent yellow bag?"

Pacific Northwest / Re: Lewis & Clark or Trans Am to Missoula?
« on: May 18, 2011, 04:40:54 pm »
Missoula to Astoria via L&C is about 690 miles. If you actually want to touch the Pacific Ocean, you'll need to go another 15 to 20 miles. (Assuming you stop in Yorktown, however, you won't technically touch the Atlantic Ocean either.)

Missoula to Florence via TA is about 840 miles. (It's 150 miles more to Astoria, or 130 miles more to Seaside, instead of Florence.)

Depending on how far you go in a day, L&C would save you two, maybe three, days. You could save just as much time by averaging 2 miles farther each day as you cross.

If you get in a hurry, there are twenty ways to save 10 miles here, 20 miles there, as you cross the country by deviating from the ACA route, but I don't recommend any of them. One such way is to cut off that little side trip into Missoula, but I don't recommend that either unless you have to because of time.

I've done the TA but not the L&C, so I cannot compare the routes. It's probably six of one, half dozen of the other. Fun either way. But you don't want to be in too much of a rush.

The rollout is the most accurate way to set your odometer. Don't worry about what Schwalbe says. Pump the tires up to the pressure you will run out tour, and load the bike with the load you will be carrying. Sit on the bike while you roll it out. I like to do three full revolutions. Make sure you go dead straight--follow a line on the pavement. I put a piece of tape on the front tire and have an assistant very precisely mark the pavement with a sharp pencil. Then I measure the distance with a steel tape measure. Done precisely, it doesn't get any more accurate than that.

General Discussion / Re: Planning Route - NO Shoulders...common?
« on: May 16, 2011, 05:26:01 pm »
I highly prefer no-shoulder roads. For the most part (not entirely), they have much less traffic than roads with shoulders. Most state departments of transportation issue a cycling map (paper or web) that shows traffic volumes and shoulder widths by road. If I picked roads using a criteria of shoulders alone, I would pick all the wrong roads.

Gear Talk / Re: Brooks Saddle - Some helpful tips before I purchase
« on: May 13, 2011, 11:46:40 am »
In my opinion, it's too late to change saddles. If you buy the B-17, keep the old saddle and switch back if you're not sure you love it.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Brake pads
« on: April 28, 2011, 03:29:11 pm »
In my experience, the life of brake pads varies greatly. A cautious rider who does a lot of mountain canyon riding in the rain on gritty roads might wear out pads in 100 miles. A less cautious rider riding the flats on dry, clean roads might get a set to last 30,000 miles.

Gear Talk / Re: Gear Chainring
« on: April 27, 2011, 09:52:56 am »
Depends somewhat on your age and fitness level and cassette. At 61 pounds total weight, you are traveling lighter than average.

Your use of the term "28 cog small chainring" is, in my experience, a bit confusing. I assume you're talking about a 28-tooth small chainring (i.e., in the front), rather than talking about a "cog" (which generally refers to the gears in the back). The 28-tooth chainring should be fine if paired with a 32 or 34 tooth cog in the back. What cassette do you have?

Gear Talk / Re: Best Brake pads
« on: April 26, 2011, 11:33:59 pm »
Almost anything other than Shimano seems to work better than Shimano.

I chose yellow Ortlieb panniers for visibility. Note however that the areas of the panniers that face forward and reverse are black with a reflector patch, so I'm not sure the yellow does you all that much good. Another reason I choose yellow was that if somebody stole one, I could ask around if anybody saw somebody carrying off a big yellow bag--that would make more of an impression.

General Discussion / Re: ACA Maps
« on: April 26, 2011, 11:44:03 am »
In my experience, they save you more than enough money to pay for themselves. It's not just the map and route that you want. The service directory is also very valuable. The state map may tell you how to get where you're going, but it probably won't tell you if you can get any food in the next town.

General Discussion / Re: How would you have handled this dog episode?
« on: April 25, 2011, 09:15:37 pm »
I don't recommend ammonia. It can cause permanent damage, and could get you in legal trouble.

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