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Gear Talk / STI and handlebar bags
« on: January 07, 2004, 06:46:58 pm »
STI shifters have proven very reliable in my experience.  I have over 30,000 miles on a set of 8-speed 105 triple STIs and there have been no problems of any kind.  A squirt of Tri-Flow every few months is all the maintainance they get.

My son-in-law had over 25,000 miles on the same model 105 8-speed levers when he upgraded to 9-speed and the 105's were still working fine.

My son has 15,000 miles on a set of RSX 7-speed STI levers (the bottom of Shimano's line at the time) and they still function perfectly.

The few problems I've heard of with STI's have been gradual stickiness and reluctant shifting, not catastrophic failure.

I ride with both STIs and barcons.  STI's are FAR better.  




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Gear Talk / Wraparound Prescription Sunglasses
« on: January 07, 2004, 10:32:02 am »
This message may be a bit late to do you any good but I have some thoughts on this subject.  I've worn glasses since I was 10 years old and been riding for 18 years so I've got some experience with this.

Prescription inserts for the various "boutique" sports glasses have gotten mixed reviews. Some riders like them.  Others find that with four surfaces to keep clean, the extra weight, fogging tendency and great expense for the combination, they aren't worth the trouble.

I've always ridden using my regular prescription glasses and sunglasses but have discovered one factor in frame design that makes a big difference. The bridge must be "closed" to prevent air leakage and protect your eyes adequately.  Frames with nose pads don't work well but a universal bridge makes a world of difference.


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Routes / Atlantic Coast
« on: December 11, 2008, 02:15:53 pm »
The only negative to riding the Barrier Islands is the wind driven sand and salt spray can be very hard on your bike. Use a dry-type chain lube and plan on a major cleaning once you return to the mainland.  

We used to camp and fish near Hatteras Village and, after a couple of days, our green car looked like it had been painted white.

Otherwise, they are beautiful!


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Routes / AC maps doubts
« on: February 13, 2005, 02:52:50 pm »
I've never had to use the AC maps but I can tell you that relying on AAA (American Automobile Association) road maps or commercial road maps would be a big mistake.  They show only major roads that are often very busy or even closed to bicycles.  If you get adequately detailed maps, such as individual county maps, you will need a suitcase full to have what you need.

If you know where you are planning to go, most state's tourism departments have bicycle route recommendations and these would be better than regular road maps.   Still, the AC maps are better than anything else.  Money well spent.


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Routes / Milage routes for city & towns (not freeways)
« on: February 08, 2005, 11:13:16 pm »
Some local Bike Clubs publish ride maps for their area that show low traffic routes and have both cue sheets and mileage figures. You might be able to find help there.  

Also, many state Tourist Bureaus and/or Departments of Transportation have specific bicycling maps available for the asking. You should be able to find information about them on-line.

This message was edited by DaveB on 2-8-05 @ 7:13 PM

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Routes / Cross-Country Tour Route
« on: August 30, 2004, 10:26:25 pm »
I've never done any of these routes so I'm only going on what I've read but isn't the "Western Express" part of the route pretty severe?

I understand it's got very sparse water sources and towns so taking "inexperienced" cyclists on it doesn't sound like a good idea.  


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Routes / Finger Lakes Route Help
« on: May 24, 2004, 11:59:52 pm »
A small group of us are planning a week long "credit card" tour of the Finger Lakes Region in mid-August this year and would appreciate your help.
 
I recall that the Bon Ton Roulet started and finished in Ithaca in 2003 and that sounds like a good start/end point for us as I am somewhat familiar with the city.  

Does anyone here have a copy of the maps and cue sheets used for the 2003 Bon Ton Roulet tour? I would like to use these maps as guidance for our tour as I expect the roads are low traffic and scenic.  We would improvise off of their route but it would be a very good starting point.  

We would, of course, pay for the copying charges and postage.  Please e-mail me at davidhb@telerama. com if you can help.  Thanks.


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Routes / Florida trip
« on: May 02, 2004, 05:50:18 pm »
The best riding I know of in FL is north and west of Orlando in Orange and Lake counties centered around the town of Mt. Dora.  The roads are fairly low traffic and rural and there are actually a couple of hills!  Check out "Sugar Loaf Mountain Drive". The Florida Freewheelers Bike Club has maps of several rides in the area on their web site and Orange Cyclery bike shop (on Edgewater Drive) has a big loose-leaf binder of maps they will copy for you.

 


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General Discussion / Newbie Converting a Bianchi Bergamo
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:59:52 am »
One change I'd make is to fit clipless pedals and compatible shoes.  

Shimano's SPD or Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals with their double sided entry and recessed cleats make a great touring combination. The cost should be reasonable too.




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General Discussion / Newbie
« on: January 04, 2009, 01:21:21 pm »
Look up the bike clubs in your area.  Most have local rides and know about all of the organized rides in the area.  Any LBS should be able to tell you how to get in touch with them.  

Also, the LAB (League of American Bicyclists) publishes a comprehensive directory of state agencies, local clubs and organized rides nation (and even world) wide. Check them out at:
 www.bikeleague.org

This message was edited by DaveB on 1-4-09 @ 10:21 AM

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General Discussion / Winter Pacific Coast tour
« on: January 04, 2009, 01:17:33 pm »
Have you seen the news pics of Seattle from this past week? Tons of snow and winter has just begun.  I just looked at the weather.com page for Seattle and the current temperature is 31° with a predicted high of 37 and rain.

There is a very good chance of a repeat in February.  If traffic is lower in February, there is a good reason.  


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General Discussion / Question Regarding Wheel Strength
« on: December 16, 2008, 05:46:25 pm »
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My Litespeed Blue Ridge came with 32 spoke (I think) wheels with Mavic Open rims. This limited me to 28mm tires. I had custom 36 spoke wheels made with wide Rhynolite Sunrims. I can now use 37mm tires.

You probably wasted your money on the new wheels. Open Pros will accept much wider tires than 28mm.  Cyclocross riders routinely use 35 and 37 mm tires on these rims.


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General Discussion / Presents for cyclist at Christmas???Not an ad
« on: December 12, 2008, 10:59:58 am »
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I even got talc powder years ago from my Gran, to put inside the inner tube. Apparently stops air bleeding through the tube!!!

Thoughtful gift but that's not what it's used for.  

You dust talc on the OUTSIDE of the tube and inside of the tire to keep them from sticking together and to make installation on the rim easier.


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General Discussion / Touring Wired, Wireless, Etc.
« on: December 06, 2008, 12:19:45 pm »
Instead of lugging a computer with you, could you carry a USB thumb drive and download the data to it using the  computers in public libraries or internet cafes?  These thumb drives are available in very large capacities these days and should hold months worth of data.  You could even e-mail the files home for later analysis.

Then again, I'm with those who recommend you don't over analyze your trip. Record daily distance, ride time and plenty of notes about what you saw and did. The only major electronic devices I'd want would be a plain cyclocomputer, a good camera and a small cell phone.   I assume this is a vacation and pleasure trip, not a highly structured training ride.  


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General Discussion / What book would you recommend to read?
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:50:31 pm »
All of the above recommendations are for reading about other people's touring experience.  

If you want to improve your own touring, read a good repair manual like Bicycling Magazine's repair book or Lennard Zinn's "Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance"


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