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General Discussion / Re: trikes
« on: November 29, 2016, 04:14:13 pm »
Trikes are slow.
...and heavy.  I wonder if a low gear in the low 20 gear-inch is low enough for serious touring.  There are no balance problems no matter how slow you go and you can't stand up to use your body weight over the cranks so you might as well be geared to take advantage of the benefits and compensate for the drawbacks.

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Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 29, 2016, 08:59:46 am »
Thanks, everybody, for trying, but not not much help. I've done tons of research, but was hoping my fellow ACA folks could be more specific/aggressive in their advice.
So, sigh, I'll go to trial and error.
As I noted in my posting above, this is a contentious issue and there is absolutely no universal consensus.  If you expect a definitive answer you are going to be disappointed.  The best you will find is the pros and cons of each method.

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General Discussion / Re: Riding with golf clubs
« on: November 28, 2016, 08:43:53 am »
This begs for a trailer.  Attach a BOB to your bike, bungee the golf bag in, and tie a red bandana to the club heads.
+1  this is one of the few times I think a bike trailer is certainly the best option.  Either a single wheel BOB-type or a two wheel kid trailer will do.  Kid trailers are often found used at give-away prices once the parent no longer need it and don't want to store it.   

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Gear Talk / Re: Long distance tour bike for small lady
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:54:30 am »
Surly makes the Long Haul Trucker and Disc Trucker (same bikes but for rim or disc brakes respectively) touring bikes down to 42 cm with 26" wheels and that should fit people smaller than you.  They also offer it in 46, 50 and 52 cm and one of those four sizes will certainly work. 

Trek offers the 520 in disc brake only in 48 and 50 cm sizes and one of them should fit also.

These are both steel frames and very popular among tourists.

Trek also offers the aluminum frame, disc brake 920 touring bike in 49 and 52 cm sizes.

There are lots of others but these are a couple of suggestions.

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General Discussion / Re: Surly Review
« on: November 27, 2016, 08:40:11 am »
They have been reviewed (favorably) in the past but are well known touring bikes so there isn't much new to say.  They, particularly the LHT and Cross Check, are favorite touring bikes of the AC membership so that's a good endorsement.

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I went with a 39/26 and a 12-28 (a range of about 25-48 gear inches).....
Assuming 700c tires this is a gear range of 88 to 25 gear-inches so I assume your high gear figure was a typo.

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Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 18, 2016, 07:44:43 am »
I hauled 2 bikes on a hitch rack with my Honda Civic. We were going a few hundred miles with a headwind on 70 mph interstates mostly. I did check the mpg; I would have done better with my Chevy Silverado pickup I replaced the Honda with. I couldn't hardly get the car to go 70...kept on trying to downshift to get up to speed.
Are you really describing a hitch rack, not a roof rack? If so, that must have been a very old, very high mileage and very worn out Civic. 

I've driven thousands and thousands of miles with one or two bikes on rear hitch racks and the effect on fuel mileage has been minor and the cars had no problems maintaining speed.   Hitch racks have far less aerodynamic drag than roof racks.

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my question should I start with new tubes when I am putting new touring tires....my front tube has a slow leak
I think that question answers itself. 

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Gear Talk / Re: Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: November 07, 2016, 06:44:25 pm »
True, but the new MTB group sets have wider range rear clusters and are fine for touring with double.  Some folks might even opt for a 1X10 or 1X11.
Yeah, 2x10 or 11 or even 1x10 or 11 drivetrains are now trendy.  The problem is they require a cassette with a huge range like 11x40 or 10x42 and that leaves big gaps in the interior gears where most riders spend most of their time.   

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Gear Talk / Re: Prius and racks
« on: November 07, 2016, 06:10:47 pm »
So basically, no one has experience with roof racks on a Prius. Interesting.
The Prius's main attraction is high fuel mileage.  Nothing hurt that as much as a roof rack with multiple bikes. 

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General Discussion / Re: Trangia Stove / Meths
« on: November 04, 2016, 06:41:49 pm »
I use yellow bottle Heet and have generally had an easy time finding it, but if you have trouble ask for "denatured alcohol" at a hardware or paint store.

Some also use "grain alcohol"  or "Everclear" which is sold for drinking.
If HEET is denatured alcohol (Ethanol) it is not methanol.  Methanol is "wood alcohol" and is a different chemical.  It is also rather toxic.

"Everclear" is 190 proof Ethanol and is potable if diluted sufficiently.  It is also extremely expensive since it is taxed as an alcoholic beverage.  There are a lot better things to burn in your stove.

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General Discussion / Re: summer sleeping
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:49:18 am »
I agree with staehpj1's advice.  Even in the summer it can get quite cold a few nights.  I recall some late June nights on a bike tour in Ohio where it got down into the mid-30's and riders who thought a blanket would be adequate spent a very uncomfortable, sleepless night.

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Gear Talk / Re: Shifters-integrated vs bar-end
« on: November 03, 2016, 08:33:49 am »
I have bikes with both and far prefer brifters for accessibility.  Bar ends are very difficult to use if it's not easy to remove your hands from the hoods as while climbing.

There is an alternative that provides the accessibility of brifters with the durability of barend/downtube shifters and at lower cost than most brifters.  Look here: http://gevenalle.com/

I now have these on three bikes and they are great.

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Gear Talk / Re: trailers vs panniers
« on: November 02, 2016, 07:52:58 am »
There is no "absolute" answer.  This topic comes up often and is highly contentious with both sides making good arguments for their choice.  A search here and on the AC web site should come up with plenty of information.

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Gear Talk / Re: New Rider Advice on Purchasing a Road Bike
« on: October 24, 2016, 11:08:03 am »
Hopefully, if the OP was interested, he had a chance to buy the Novara in the 11 years since this thread (should have) expired...
Good catch.  AnotherZombie thread. I guess Carlos couldn't pass up the opportunity to recommend another inappropriate Schwinn.

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