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Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:59:31 pm »
No, haven't looked there, but since it's first a fitness tracker, I wouldn't expect it to have a coast-to-coast route with services.  Something like AC provides.

I could put  together a route using Google Maps and checking things with street view.  Then cross check it against existing travelogues.  I enjoy creating routings, but doing the job right would be a LOT of work.

Urban Cycling / Re: commuting by bike
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:50:02 pm »
Yes, bike commuting is the antidote to coffee...

I love coffee and take it along on my commute.  I found a good insulated travel mug that fits in a water bottle cage (Contigo Aria).  You can also buy ring-shaped holders that can carry many common travel mugs.

General Discussion / Re: How often do you do pedal maintenance???
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:43:28 pm »
I wouldn't argue with ride-to-destruction.  The SPDs were indeed a bear to service, and my vintage needed a tool to open them up, a special ring-shaped tool.  If your pedal is designed to allow it, you might just partially open it and force some new grease in, maybe every few years.

Sal, are you looking to tour, or go on day rides in the wild areas?

For touring, you want a bike that has low enough gearing, is able to carry the load you intend to carry, and handles well at low speed with the load aboard.  Most mountain bikes meet these criteria, though some will not carry gear and some won't be geared quite low enough.

By the way, it's on my short list to hike either the Burren Way or Wicklow Way.  And I want my next trip to Ireland to be a cycling trip.

General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:49:50 pm »
You can find both museums and other historic sites, in many parts of the US.  (These peoples lived everywhere before the westerners came.)  Find the tourism site for the state you're interested in, and search on "Indian".  You'll get other things, like motels in towns having "Indian" in their name, but you'll also find lots of museums, historic sites and interpretive centers.

One good location is near the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier: Ganondogan, near Rochester NY.  They have an active schedule of events, usually on the weekends.

A lot of historic sites concerning our colonial wars have Native American information.  The Indians often fought on one side or the other.  In our French and Indian War, where your wars with the French spilled over to North America, the Iroquois and Algonquin fought on the side of the French.

General Discussion / Re: My front V-Brake is squealing like a pig???
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:33:03 pm »
The only time I wasn't able to fix squealing with adjustment was using an old pair of Avid Arch Rival brakes, on our 'bent tandem.  These had a compound mechanism.  All four pivots were getting loose with age, and I suspected this was the cause.  New brakes fixed it.  I kept the OEM Avid pads, I think they work really well.

I also used the Ultimates; I was unwilling to compromise braking ability on a tandem that is used for loaded touring, sometimes in mountain terrain.

General Discussion / Re: How often do you do pedal maintenance???
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:10:24 pm »
Common knowledge is that good brand pedals last a lot longer than off brand.  Example: Shimano SPDs last a lot longer than the mail-order-house unbranded.  A friend had some of the knockoffs that had a terminal failure at ~4000 miles.

But to answer your question, I rebuilt my SPDs at ~20K miles.  Found no problems, the bearings and bearing surfaces looked real good.

General Discussion / Re: My front V-Brake is squealing like a pig???
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:08:02 pm »
Take it back and ask them to fix it.  They should do so at no cost. 

Either it is not correctly adjusted, or your particular pad/wheel/brake combination requires an unconventional toe-in.

Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 03, 2016, 10:08:20 am »
When considering trailers, you need to decide on type; single- or double-wheeled.  Each has its pros and cons.  You'll need to search the web.  If you look at single wheeled trailers, don't overlook the Extrawheel.  I leave the research up to you.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who doesn't know, but seriously, I can use my tennis shoes in biking?  :)

The shortfall with tennis shoes is the very flexible sole.  You waste energy by constantly bending the shoe on every pedal stroke.  Is it an earth shattering difference?  No, but in all-day use, it's probably significant.

Straps, grabby pedals, clips and straps and clipless can all be used effectively.  The only time I'd highly recommend clipless is on a low racer recumbent, where you can break your leg if your foot slips off and catches on the pavement.  I also think they're good on a standard recumbent, many find they reduce foot numbness.  Otherwise, use whatever pedal/shoe system you prefer.

I also have found that MTB shoes (recessed cleats) are fine for walking moderate distances.  That considers use on days off exploring the city, visiting museums, etc.  At least I haven't had any complaints, with any of the three pairs of shoes I've had.

No question they were excellent tires, but weren't they discontinued some years ago?

Routes / Re: Forests of Canada Maps
« on: October 25, 2016, 12:42:13 pm »
The MapArt maps are pretty good.  If I remember, they even identify which roads are paved/not.  That's only half of the question though, I don't know how useful they'd be in identifying forested areas and trails.

Canada / Re: Trans-Canada Trail V The Great Trail
« on: October 20, 2016, 03:12:23 pm »
I do wish some organization would map out a cycling route across Canada.  I hear that parts of the TCH are magnificent, and parts are suicidal.  I understand that it's a big undertaking, but I'd seriously consider a cross-Canada tour.  As it is, I'm very wary of very busy roads with no shoulders.

The construction is completed.  The new bridge opened last week.

General Discussion / Re: Touring bike wheel
« on: September 21, 2016, 07:27:44 pm »
Doing all of those things is probably overkill. A hand built wheel with tandem strength rim, 36 spokes and quality hub would do the job.

Hand built - one alternative is a decent quality production wheel that is then taken to a good wheel mecanic for final tightening, truing and relieving.

Double butted spokes are maginally stronger than straight, I don't bother with the added expense. But DO use a good brand spoke such as DT.  Good spokes will have good nipples, brass or stainless. Just don't use aluminum nips.

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