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Gear Talk / Re: which freewheel remover do i buy?
« on: June 07, 2011, 01:42:43 pm »
Well, ice109, I first suggest you lose the sarcasm when you are asking help. It will go a long way to encouraging people to actually help you.

That being said, it's kind of hard to tell you what freewheel removal tool you need without seeing a good image of your freewheel, as my x-ray vision tends to fail across oceans. Remove the wheel, remove the QR skewer (or nut), and take (and post) a good close-up pic of the splines of your freewheel body. Also, how many cogs does it have? Are you sure it's a freewheel and not a cassette (just asking, as some do not know the difference).

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say it probably uses the same splines as Shimano, i.e., the FR-1. Many off-brands do. Or, at least, it will be close enough to work at least once. Don't forget you'll likely need access to a securely mounted vice, or at least a wrench with a very long handle to break it free.

You could also use the "destructive method of removal" as detailed by Park at

Maybe try ordering from a Germany-based company. Try as a start.

Gear Talk / Re: Burley Hudson BB Size w/Deore XT crank - Help
« on: May 06, 2011, 09:49:10 am »
What crank and BB do you have on there now? I think the Hudson came with a Truvativ crank, from specs I see on the Net. Is it an ISIS drive BB or a square taper (ISIS I'm guessing).

Anyway, you shouldn't have any chainline issues with a 113mm BB. Depending on your old crank and chainring sizes,  you may need to adjust the FD some, either lowering it down on the seat tube, adjusting the upper/lower limit screws, or both.

Gear Talk / Re: Burley Hudson BB Size w/Deore XT crank - Help
« on: May 04, 2011, 01:18:07 pm »
I have an XT crank on my Co-Motion steel frame (135mm rear spacing), and use a 113mm length square-taper BB. And, the width of the shell is easily found by measuring your BB shell (either 68 or 73, probably 68).

I'd also find a new LBS if they can't figure out something this simple themselves. Or, better yet, buy yourself the install tool (they are cheap) and do it  yourself. Very easy to do, and then you'll know how to do it! It's as easy as screwing a bolt into a hole.

Routes / Re: Paris to Prague to
« on: May 02, 2011, 01:25:48 pm »
Most of Europe is way more bike friendly than the USA!

My wife and I did a tour from outside Prague down to the Austria border. You can see a write-up here:

Probably not pertinent to your route, but maybe it will help.

The German/Austrian "Bikeline" guides may be of some help. Also, we used "Shocart" bike maps for the Czech Republic, which were pretty good.

Gear Talk / Re: Pletscher Double Kickstand installation
« on: May 02, 2011, 01:22:00 pm »
I had Bilenky Cycles install kickstand plates on both my Santana tandem and triplet to make it easy to use the twin-legged kickstand. Ran me about $100 each, but well worth it, IMO. Rock-solid, no worries about crushing the chainstays, etc.

Others have also posted good results using the "Deluxe Top Plate" found online at Comes with two plastic sleeves to protect the chainstay and a longer bolt. Looks like a good way to go, too.

Gear Talk / Re: Best Brake pads
« on: April 28, 2011, 09:00:32 am »
I've run Kool Stop salmon pads for years on my tandem and now our triplet. Love 'em. Yes, they do wear faster, but just carry extras with you.

Also, unless you are a really light team, I'd put the drum brake on. You don't need it until you need it, and then you'll REALLY need it. Do one long descent on a loaded tandem in the rain and you'll never tour without one again!

Gear Talk / Re: Race Face is in receivership
« on: April 11, 2011, 11:22:09 am »
I have several RaceFace rings on my bikes. All say "made in Canada."

General Discussion / Re: air travel and bike touring
« on: April 11, 2011, 11:21:09 am »
Some airports do have left luggage services. Frankfurt and Munich, Germany, for example. But, the costs can add up for long-term storage: 7 euros/day at FRA, for example. See

10 days would be around $100 USD, so in a couple of weeks you'll spend more than it would cost to buy a new case.

For the type of trip you are thinking of, I would go the cardboard box route without a doubt.

Routes / Re: Great allegheny passage
« on: March 23, 2011, 09:09:07 am »
There have been a lot of threads recently on this topic, and the GAP in general, both here on the ACA forums and over on the "Touring Forum" ( Do a search on both sites and you'll find lots of info.

If you are interested, I have a trip journal from my GAP ride last year at

General Discussion / Re: touring shop in washington DC
« on: March 14, 2011, 10:31:51 am »
College Park Bikes in College Park, Md., is pretty good from what I hear. Owned by the same guy (Larry Black) that owns Mt. Airy Cycles (the one suggested by another poster). They are big into tandems, recumbents, and other alternative bikes, which usually translates into being good with touring bikes, too. College Park is pretty close to Bethesda. There's also an REI in College Park, but on the outskirts near I-95. College Park Bikes is "downtown" near the University of Maryland.

Gear Talk / Re: Front rack on a carbon fork?
« on: March 14, 2011, 10:27:24 am »
You could also buy a new or used steel touring fork and just switch out your carbon fork when you are going to tour. You'll need a second crown race to fit your headset, and you'll also need to switch over your front brakes.

Gear Talk / Re: Co-Motion dealers in Southern California
« on: March 11, 2011, 12:16:12 pm »
As mentioned, any LBS should be able to work with Co-Motion, even if they aren't an official "stocking" dealer. On the occasions I've had to deal with the Co-Motion factory they've been really good. I'm surprised to hear otherwise. Sometimes you'll even get Dwan, the owner, answering the phone.

If anyone is interested, I'm getting ready to sell my Co-Motion Nor'wester Sport frame. Beautiful red paint with vanilla-colored panels, in excellent condition. Sloping top-tube design, with about 30" +/- standover height (varies due to sloping top tube). Steel fork. Really pretty and nice-riding frame. Only selling because I bought the same thing with S&S couplers installed. E-mail me for more details.

General Discussion / Re: dempster highway
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:00:50 pm »
For safety, you might want to consider packing along a handheld CB radio in case you need to contact passing truckers or motorists.

General Discussion / Re: C & O
« on: March 07, 2011, 12:57:58 pm »
I think you should be fine with 700x35 tires. I rode it with 26x1.25 inch road tires, which are about the same at 35s. If it's wet, though, a tire with a more aggressive tread would be better.

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