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Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 05, 2016, 10:20:52 am »
Because I have nothing better to do, I decided to look up the temperature in Ohio in June.  I picked Columbus since its in the middle of Ohio.  The average low in Columbus is 61 degrees in June.  Average high in June is 82 degrees.
As a friend of mine is fond of saying; "climate is what you expect, weather is what you get".  Averages are just that with the range being ±3 standard deviations. 

The small town in Ohio I was camped in on GOBA in the early '90's did reach 35°F two mornings in a row and those who believed the averages and brought a single blanket or "sleep over" quality sleeping bags suffered very noisily.

The point about individual cold tolerance is well taken but most people are better served with a sleeping bag a bit too warm than a bit too cold.

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: February 04, 2016, 05:51:09 pm »
In my experience, a 20 degree sleeping bag is overkill.
No, a true 20 bag is not overkill even in the summer unless you are staying in the deep south and at low altitude.  I've experienced low 30's temperatures in mid-June in Ohio and high altitude can  produce low temperatures any time of year.

However, there are 20 degree bags and 20 degree bags with expensive ones being a lot lighter and easier to compress than cheap ones.

General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:18:57 pm »
It's a long walk from CA to TN and back to save a few $ on gas. I'm not sure it's an appropriate comparison to the OP's situation.
The comparison was apt.   When you need the item and don't have the time to shop around or access to a lower price you pay the going price.  The OP was away from his home LBS and needed the lock right then like I needed gas in CA. The fact it was available at as lower price elsewhere (like my TN gas) meant nothing at the time since it wasn't practical to get it at that price. 

General Discussion / Re: Careful where you buy stuff
« on: January 31, 2016, 09:22:56 am »
You pay the going rate if you don't have the time or ability to shop competitively.  Last October we paid $4.00/gallon for regular gas in California while it was only $1.78/gallon in Tennessee.  However, since I needed to fill the car right then, I couldn't wait to take advantage of the potentially lower cost. 

Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 28, 2016, 11:46:34 am »
I agree the alarm over the 15 ga straight spokes is unwarranted.  These are 32 Hole wheels supported by modestly deep section, rigid rims and cushioned by 40 mm tires.  They should live a very respectable life.  Also, the bike has disc brakes so a broken spoke won't even result in the rim rubbing the brake pads.  I've also ridden home on a wheel with a broken spoke and it wasn't that difficult.

I do agree it's an odd choice but I don't see it as a deal breaker. 

Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:47:32 am »
Based on your "wish list" you have pretty much described those Cannondales.  If the gearing and luggage capacity meet your needs and unless their geometry is far different from what you are used to, either model should be fine. The web site doesn't give the weights but I'll assume they are not out of line with similar bikes from other makers.  Basically, the differences between the two are Tiagra vs. Ultegra, mechanical disc brakes vs hydraulic disc brakes and $1000.

Yes, there are equivalent bikes from others like Rivendell and Co-Motion but not at anywhere near the Cannondale's cost.

Gear Talk / Re: 2016 Cannondale Touring Bikes
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:24:58 am »
I agree that they are overkill for credit card touring and have the added disadvantage of inadequate gearing.  A 50x11 high gear is a waste on a touring bike and a 34x34, or worse, a 34x32 low gear really isn't sufficient for real loaded touring.  At the very least they should have used the Tiagra or Ulegra triple cranks with their 50/39/30 chainrings but I guess triple cranks are out of fashion and triple capable brifters  aren't available.

General Discussion / Re: Google Maps: Change road colors?
« on: January 24, 2016, 10:23:42 am »
Can you print the maps and then manually trace just the road you want using a sharpie in what ever color is suitably visible?

Gear Talk / Re: Good winter SPD shoes?
« on: January 23, 2016, 07:03:38 pm »
Another agreement.  Keep a pair of suitable shoes at work and change into them for the work day.  Some commuters carry their work clothes back and forth each day and some stockpile a week's worth and only carry them to work on Monday and home on Friday, usually by car or have a friend do the bulk transport in their car.

People who are shy or introverted are used to it and spend a lot of time in their own head anyway.  I'd think that people who are more outgoing and crave constant interaction would have a more difficult time on the long lonely stretches
I expect people who are very social wouldn't take a true solo trip anyway.  About the only way they would be alone is if their riding partner(s) bailed part way through.

Gear Talk / Re: Recumbent
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:11:35 pm »
Try placing a WTB (want to buy) ad on the local Craigslist. 

Gear Talk / Re: Peter White Cycles
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:07:36 am »
Had never heard of this idea of tensioning the wheel differently depending on the weight of the rider.  Seems bizarre to me.  I just make the wheels as strong as possible.
+1  I too have never heard of intentionally making a wheel less strong than it can be.  Perhaps the thinking is that less tension will make the wheel more "shock absorbing" but that's only going to break the spokes sooner.  If you want a softer ride, fit larger, lower pressure tires.

General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: January 06, 2016, 05:13:08 pm »
The Tiagra and Ultegra levers I mentioned are both 10 speed.  As to whether the Ultegra are left over, not sure.  I do not know how Shimano runs its factories.  Once Shimano changed to 11 speed on Ultegra, did they immediately stop making all 10 speed levers forever?  Or did they make 10 and 11 speed Ultegra levers for years side by side?  I'd guess the last.  Shimano continued to make the old style for years after shifting to the new style to keep stores and shops supplied with parts to fix older bikes.  Its probably not a black and white changeover going from 10 speed to 11 speed levers.

As for upgradability, does anyone make indexed downtube shift levers for 9, 10, 11 speed gear systems?  I looked on the Shimano website and saw zero downtube levers of any kind.  I see MicroShift does make downtube levers for 9 and 10.
Shimano may overlap series for a short while but they tend to drop production of n-1 rather soon after n is introduced, particularly at the upper level groups.  I expect 10-speed Ultegra STIs are not going to be in production long and what you are seeing is a closeout.  It's not going to be long before Sora will be the only 10-speed group left in production after it's updated from the current 9-speed (where it's the only 9-speed group now).

Yes, Shimano made 9-speed and 10-speed downtube levers listed as Dura Ace items.  The 9-speed ones are probably considered obsolete but the 10-speed versions listed as SL-7900 are still available.

As to Shimano barends, they are still available in 10-speed as SL-BS79.  Most of these are sold for Tri/TT bikes for mounting on aero bars but Tourists use them too.

As to Microshift, they provide the 9,10 and 11-speed shiftlevers to Gevenalle who uses them on their brifters.  Gevenalle also sells the levers as aftermarket items in all three speeds so, for $70 you could "upgrade" your 9-speed Retroshifts to 11-speed.

General Discussion / Re: Down Tube Shifters
« on: January 05, 2016, 06:56:50 pm »
"Perceived fragility"?  Perception.  The vast majority of the world thinks a belief, a perception, is a fact.  They are not the same.

The Gevenalle shifters you speak so highly of cost $199-$219 on their website.  Ribble Cycles has Tiagra 10 speed triple STI levers for $125, and Ultegra for $185.  Why would someone choose to buy these other Gevenalle shifters for more money instead of the proven original Shimano shifters for less money?
While my experience doesn't indicate they are really fragile, I have worn out both Shimano STI and Campy Ergo brifters so I am well aware of their lack of permanence.  Internet forums, particularly, are rife with posting of sticky or inoperative brifters.  It's not a rare failure.

As to the cost, yes Tiagra can be less expensive and are the Ultegras you mention the current 11-speed versions or left over 10-speed?  That said, the Gevenalles are only slightly more expensive initially and upgradable at much less cost since all you need is a pair of downtube levers.  They also have a very cheap accidental damage replacement policy.  Ask Shimano, SRAM or Campy about that.

Gear Talk / Re: Salsa Marrakesh
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:59:21 am »
Good for you - not letting anyone talk you out of buying the bike that you like. I'm sure it will bring you a lot of pleasure.
I don't recall anyone trying to talk the OP out of buying it, we just pointed out there were equivalent alternatives that he might consider.

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