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Gear Talk / Water bottles and bisephenol-A
« on: July 01, 2008, 01:22:10 pm »
Almost all bicycle water bottles are LDPE (low density polyethylene) and a few are HDPE (high density polyethylene).  Neither have bisphenyl-A in them in any amount.

This message was edited by DaveB on 7-1-08 @ 9:22 AM

Gear Talk / BOB trailer and Cannondale
« on: April 28, 2008, 08:41:47 pm »
Do you need both the BOB and the rack?  If not, just remove the rack.  

Gear Talk / Need a HEAVY duty wheel.
« on: April 27, 2008, 10:21:25 pm »
Assuming you have a solo bike, will the dropouts accept (or be made to accept) a 135 mm wide hub?  If so, start with a good 40H tandem hub, respaced to 135 mm.  Then use a moderately deep section 40H tandem/touring rim laced with 14/15/14 db spokes.  

Gear Talk / touring wheels
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:46:26 pm »
I've had excellent service from Mavic CXP-33 rims.  I retired one set after 29,000 miles and the rims were still fine but the sidewalls were getting mighty thin from brake wear.  It was a precautionary retirement, not a failure.

I have about 6200 miles on another set and they are holding up very well.  

Gear Talk / hauling child, plus - trailer recommendations?
« on: April 20, 2008, 10:31:42 am »
I had one of the very first Burleys in Boise ID back in 1983 when my son was 2-1/2. I kept it long past the time my boy was no longer interested in riding to interesting places with his father. It hauled tons of groceries.

Your useage is highly unusual as any review of Craig's List, Bike Shop For Sale boards or E-bay will demonstrate.  

As I noted, bike trailers are usually sold after a fairly short ownership period as soon as the kids outgrow them.   There are big savings to be had on good trailers in nearly new condition if you buy them used.  

Gear Talk / hauling child, plus - trailer recommendations?
« on: April 17, 2008, 10:29:38 pm »
Post a WTB (want to buy) on Craigs List, at your local bike shops and in any bike club newsletters for used trailers to keep the cost down.  

These things tend to have short useful lives as kids grow up quick and the parents don't want to have the now unneeded trailer filling up space. Many are in as-new condition at a small fraction of the new price.  

Gear Talk / Sore butts
« on: April 13, 2008, 05:19:54 pm »
Padding, particularly a lot of it, on a bike seat is counterproductive for long rides.  Instead of the saddle supporting your "sit-bones" you sink into the padding and it reduces circulation by putting pressure where it's not wanted. If you are using one of the "comfort" seats try one that's firmer and thinner.

Gear Talk / Sore butts
« on: April 12, 2008, 10:03:50 am »
I just noticed no one asked if you actually do wear biking shorts while riding.  Do you?  If you wear jeans or gym shorts or similar, a large part of your problem is right there.  The seams are all in the wrong places and you will probably never get comfortable.  

Also, the comment about wearing underwear under shorts is a good one.  Don't do it.  Again, the seams are in the wrong places.

There are people who routinely ride in jeans, etc. without complaint but I don't know how they do it. They must have real iron butts.  

Gear Talk / Sore butts
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:22:56 pm »
One other recommendation.  If you ride in relatively flat terrain, you may be sitting the entire ride.  Try standing periodically to relieve the pressure and allow your rear to recover.  Upshifting a couple of cogs will make standing easier even if it's flat.

One advantage to hilly rides is you usually stand to climb some of the hills and automatically get off the saddle once in a while.

Gear Talk / Fishing for Advice
« on: April 09, 2008, 02:28:16 pm »
A few years ago in the Netherlands, I saw a guy on a bike carrying a couch balanced on his shoulders.  

There are ways of transporting some very awkward items on a bike but it probably reduces the joy of riding.  ;)

Gear Talk / Fishing for Advice
« on: April 09, 2008, 11:23:05 am »
If the finest action isn't a big issue, Cabellas lists a 4-piece "Eagle Claw" 7-1/2' fly/spin rod for about $42.  It's rated for 7-weight line so it isn't a delecate wand but for lake fishing it should be fine.  

Here is the URL:

This message was edited by DaveB on 4-9-08 @ 7:23 AM

Gear Talk / Help with Novara Randonee sizing
« on: March 30, 2008, 05:49:32 pm »
Realistically, no one can tell you if the bike will fit and be comfortable unless you try it yourself.  We really don't know what you like and what feels right to you.  

How did you get your inseam measurement?  If you took it the correct "bike measurement" way(in your stocking feet and a book hard against your crotch) then a 59cm does sound marginal for your standover clearance but not dangerously so.  The usual "rule" is 1" of clearance or more and you barely make it. I assume a 57 cm is the next size down and that may be more suitable.  

What is the reach to the bars of your current bike?  Is it comfortable?  Can you adjust the Randonee to match or improve on it by changing the stem length and height?  

Again, this is a decision you have to make after trying the bike in person.

This message was edited by DaveB on 3-30-08 @ 1:51 PM

Gear Talk / panniers in front or rear?
« on: March 30, 2008, 02:40:10 pm »
I've done multi-day credit-card tours carrying the size load you mention (ca 20 pounds) using a pair of small rear paniers and a rack top bag.  The bike handled fine with no instability or other problems.  

The combination of front and rear panniers, as noted above, is intended for really heavy loads (40 pounds and up) to let you distribute the weight so it all isn't at one end of the bike.  For the load you want to take, this shouldn't be needed.

Gear Talk / Which sleeping bag?
« on: March 21, 2008, 10:14:16 pm »
BTW, no ending 'e' in Campmor.

Right.  :blush:  I should have looked at my catalog first.

About two years ago I bought a North Face "Trinity"  +20°F rated synthetic bag from Campmor on closeout for $60 and it weighs less than 3 pounds complete with stuff sack. It even came with a loose ventilated storage sack.  

It has been very comfortable and I don't think a down bag would save significant weight at this temperature rating.  

Gear Talk / Which sleeping bag?
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:21:13 pm »
Forget e-bay.  Look at REI or Campmore.  You will get better quality and better choice.  (An aside: why does everyone think e-bay is a good choice for everything?)  

Personally, I'd avoid a down bag.  Good ones are very expensive and cheap ones aren't worth having.  For the temperature range you are looking at, synthetic bags are plenty light, less damaged if they get wet (wet down is a hazard, not a comfort)and much more reasonably priced.    

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