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Gear Talk / Re: cranks
« on: August 27, 2009, 09:14:26 pm »
2500 miles is still brand new for any decent crank, chainrings and bottom bracket unless the bike is ridden exclusively in harsh off-road conditions.  Are you experiencing any symptoms that indicate something is wrong?

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General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 25, 2009, 10:08:09 pm »
I have never tried SPDs.
And what are we to do with this information?

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General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 20, 2009, 06:04:42 pm »
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Personally, I think the Shimano road SPD pedals are a pain because the cleat can only mount one one side,  and the cleat is incompatible with Shimano mountain pedals.

Shimano's current road pedals, the SPD-SL series, are pretty much "Look-alikes".  They take a very similar 3-bolt cleat, are one sided and a pain to walk in.  The MTB-type SPD are the only ones to consider for touring applications where being able to walk is a requirement.

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General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 12, 2009, 08:33:21 pm »
That's because they're used so much on mountain bikes.  They're not used as much on road bikes, but I don't know which type is most common on road bikes.  There are too many.
That's not correct.  SPD pedals aren't used by road racers or by very serious performance riders but they are widely used by fitness, organized ride, charity ride and touring riders.  Go to any large organized ride or supported tour and do a pedal census.  SPDs will be in the majority.

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General Discussion / Re: Why SPD pedals?
« on: August 10, 2009, 07:19:11 pm »
Are you asking about SPD as the specific Shimmano clip-less pedal design or "SPD" as a generic for clipless pedals by any of numerous manufacturers?

Shimano's own pedals are reasonably priced, available from nearly any LBS or internet/mailorder dealer, well made, durable, have good entry/exit adjusability, good retention and are easy to find replacement cleats for. 

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Gear Talk / Re: For lack of a better title... upgrades
« on: August 08, 2009, 02:50:55 pm »
One thing that stood out immediately, you haven't checked your tire pressure is almost two months?  No wonder the bike feels sluggish.  Bike tires aren't car tires.  Pump them up at least once a week.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Friday or Bilenky
« on: August 08, 2009, 02:38:37 pm »
My Son-in-Law has a Bike Friday and I have a Co-Motion single with S&S couplers which is pretty much the same as the Bilenky you are interested in. 

The BF is somewhat easier to pack and a unpack, fits into a smaller case and is easier to transport through airports, etc.  It is "different" to ride as the small wheels have their own characteristics.  You do get used to it but it's noticably different from a full size wheel bike. 

The Co-Motion (and the Bilenky) are perfectly "normal" bikes that happen to disassemble for travel.  Once put together, the couplers are completely transparent to the rider and every thing about the bike is conventional.  Packing and unpacking take a bit longer than the BF and the packed bike is in a significantly larger case that can be a bit awkward to handle.   

Trade offs: The Bike Friday is easier to travel with.  The Co-Motion is better to ride.   

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South Atlantic / Re: Florida Rides
« on: August 04, 2009, 10:11:27 am »
The Gainesville Cycling Festival is the weekend of October 24 and 25 and is very well organized.  Here is the link:

http://gainesvillecyclingclub.org/gcf/index.html

I rode the "Horse Farm Hundred" a few years ago and it was a great ride.

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Gear Talk / Re: cannondale
« on: August 03, 2009, 09:09:38 pm »
As several posters have aluded to, what type of tour are you planing?  Fully self-contained with camping, sleeping and cooking gear?  A credit card tour and planing to stay in motels and eat in restaurants every day?

For self-contained touring, your bike really isn't suited and the cost of modifying it to be even marginally effective (stronger wheels, larger tires, more suitable gearing, etc.)  will be the majority of the cost of buying a really proper touring bike.  A trailer will sort-of work but your bike really isn't intended for that use.

For a credit card tour, have at it.  You will only need a light rack, small panniers and a decent credit line.  Your Cannondale will do fine for that.

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Gear Talk / Re: Knobbier Wider Tire for 1984 Trek 520
« on: July 25, 2009, 07:35:20 pm »
I've ridden on several sections of the various trails that make up The Great Allegneny Passage and the crushed limestone surface is pretty hard and undemanding.  I've ridden it using 700x23 tires on a road bike with no problems. 

The tires you link to seem too agressive and will have a lot of rolling resistance for this use.  Try to find some 27x 1-1/4" (basically 32 mm) touring tires with a milder tread.

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Gear Talk / Re: Bike Clothing For Glacier National Park
« on: July 23, 2009, 09:22:00 pm »
We were in Glacier NP in mid-September, 2004 and drove from St. Mary to West Glacier on the Going-To-The-Sun Road.   Approaching the top of Logan Pass (at 6646 ft, it isn't that high) we drove through a blinding snowstorm and sub freezing temperatures that lasted for many miles on both sides of the pass.   

Plan for something similar and have appropriate clothing.  Take several layers and use all-synthetics or wool which will allow you to add or subtract clothing as needed but prepare for temperature extremes. 

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General Discussion / Re: New to Adventure cycling. Need good bike .
« on: July 23, 2009, 09:10:41 pm »
With regards to folding bikes, I used to own a Bike Friday New World Tourist.  It was amazing.  I loved the ride, the handling, the durability, and the ability to take it everywhere with me.  Including riding it to the airport.  Unfortunately, in your price range, you probably won't find many folders that fit your needs.
Did I miss something?  I didn't see anything in the original posting mentioning wanting or being interested in a folding bike.


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General Discussion / Re: Where To Park
« on: July 16, 2009, 09:59:10 pm »
If you are staying in a local hotel or motel prior to or immediately following the ride, the manager/owner may let you leave your car there for the needed days.  We were able to do that for a 5 day ride in the Finger Lakes since we stayed at a local motel in Pen Yan on our last night. 

Also, ask the ride organizers or the local bike club if there are any local riders that might let you use their home driveways.

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General Discussion / Re: Italy Bikes Trains
« on: July 13, 2009, 10:57:56 am »
I've bikes in Italy but never taken my bike on a train there.  However, RailEurope has an Italian Rail web site with a great deal of info and they can tell you the regulations.  Here is the URL:

http://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/italy/index.html?WT.mc_id=google.Destinations+-+G.cpc&WT.term=italian+train&WT.campaign=1517&WT.source=google&WT.medium=cpc&WT.content=603144675&cshift_ck=1339234926cs603144675&WT.srch=1

Apparently you can take your bike on most trains but there are packing requirements. 

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General Discussion / Re: Numb Feet
« on: July 06, 2009, 01:31:53 pm »
Since most of us mere mortals don't really "pull up" as our pedals are coming back up, but rather just unweight them, what is different between releasing pressure with your foot trapped on the pedal vs releasing pressure with your foot free to move about as you need to. I really don't see how adapting a racing equipment mentality fixes problems of touring cyclists.

Jay
Unweighting the pedal is as good as pulling up as far as restoring circulation.  Clipless pedals allow you to unweight (or really pull up) without having your feet pull out of the straps or off of the pedals.  I started out with toe clips and straps and "touring shoes" in the mid-'80 and went to clipless pedals about 1992.  The improvement in foot and pedaling stability was dramatic and I never saw any reason to go back. 

A few weeks ago, I put my old clip-and strap-pedals on one bike for a short neighborhood jaunt.  I must have pulled my foot out of the clips at least five times in 1-1/2 miles.  I had forgotten how limiting clips-and-straps were and this was a real eye opener.  I'll never do that again. 

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