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General Discussion / Amtrak Boxes for Tall Bikes?
« on: January 06, 2006, 08:27:05 pm »
If you have a particularly large bike (I'm guessing yours has a 62 or 63 cm frame) you may need two boxes and have to invert and telescope one over the other to get adequate height.

This message was edited by DaveB on 1-6-06 @ 4:27 PM

General Discussion / Merry Christmas
« on: December 23, 2005, 10:33:31 am »
....don't forget to look at the stars....

I'd like to if it will only stop snowing! :)

Good holidays and good riding to all.

General Discussion / getting there
« on: November 26, 2005, 01:12:15 pm »
Do you really need a van to transport your bike?  Removing one or both wheels will allow most bikes to easily fit into a car trunk, particularly if the rear seat back folds down, and most do.

Renting a small or mid-size car one-way is relatively easy and the gas cost will be a lot less than with a van.

General Discussion / Safety/money/ATMs/Cash/Traveler's Checks/etc.
« on: November 04, 2005, 06:18:26 pm »
A credit card (Visa or Master Card) is accepted almost every where  However, if you are going to be away for several months you should have someone at home to pay the monthly bill or make a payment arrangement with the card issuer to avoid severe late charges.  

You will need a small amount of cash for little transactions (granola bars in a convenience store for example) or for the occasional place that doesn't take cards.  An occasional ATM transaction doesn't cost much.  

General Discussion / Doctor Sez NO!
« on: October 11, 2005, 10:22:32 pm »
The recumbent does sound like a good possibility.  

Another may be to try one of the new saddles with a center cutout.  It can't hurt what it doesn't touch.

This message was edited by DaveB on 10-11-05 @ 6:22 PM

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: December 23, 2005, 10:31:43 am »
hope this clears up any confusion or hard feelings caused by my remarkably simple story.

Hey, no hard feelings and I wasn't "attacking" your report.  My point was that this is an extremely rare occurance and I wouldn't choose my frame material based on the likelihood of needing a field repair.

Actually, bikes are pretty tolerant devices and can be ridden adequately after some pretty crude repairs, as your experience demonstrates.  However, as biker_james noted, unless you are in a remote part of the third world, you can get a lift to a town with a well equipped shop and have the repair done properly on any metal frame.  

Carbon is a whole different story and I don't know of any maker of carbon touring frames. I assume there is a good reason.  

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: December 08, 2005, 09:31:18 pm »
My frame broke in the middle of Kentucky... but the local garage's mechanic, Cooter I believe his name was, simply welded it back together for me and away I went.  Try doing that with Ti. I bring this up just cause someone said earlier this kinda thing was a myth.  It's really not.

I never said it was a myth, I said it was a rarity. Also, how did "Cooter" do at welding thin wall Cr-Mo and how well did he maintain your frame's alignment?  The bike got you through but I'd be very surprised if it was a good repair.  BTW, any well-equipped welding shop can also properly weld Ti.  

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: November 22, 2005, 10:09:01 pm »
 ...while a fully loaded Ti  bike would become a noodle under full load.  (Someone, please jump in here if I have this wrong!)...

OK, you're wrong.  A Ti frame can be designed to be as stiff as a railroad track if you wish.  Hey, they make tandems out of Ti and nothing is as "under a full load" as a tandem.  

As I said above, a frame can be built for your needs out of any material. Pick a suitable maker and a suitable frame design and the material becomes (wait for it) immaterial.

As a starting point, Moots and Litespeed both make Ti frames suitable for both light and fully loaded touring and there are many others.  

As to comfort under light or heavy loads, as long as the geometry is suitable, frame stiffness is way over rated as a source.  Use larger tires and run moderate pressures if you want comfort.  

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: October 09, 2005, 12:25:34 pm »
OK, now that my diatribe on historical perspective is over, let's see if I can give you some ideas on the steel vs Ti question.

Cost: Steel is the clear winner here both for stock and custom frames.  However, the frame isn't the only cost for a bike.  Even if a Ti frame costs 2X an equal quality steel frame, the complete bike would probably cost less than 1.5X.

Availability: There aren't very many stock steel frames available these days as the volume sales have gone to Al and Carbon.  A quality steel frame is almost certainly a custom proposition.  Ti frames are available both stock and custom.

Fatigue Life:  No winner here.  Properly designed and constructed both steel and Ti have nearly infinite lifetimes unless you crash.

Repairability:  The myth is than anybody with a torch can repair a steel frame.  This may be important if you are riding in remote parts of the Third World but a non-issue in the US, Canada and most of Europe.  If you have a good frame, you will want it worked on by experts and both steel and Ti can be repaired by those who know what they are doing. Besides, breakage of quality frames is extremely rare.

Weight:  For a given size and stiffness, a Ti frame will be lighter.  There are exotic thin wall steel tubesets available that approach the weight of a Ti frame but Ti still wins.

Ride Quality;  There is a huge amount of myth and misinformation about the effect of material choice on ride quality.  "Steel is real" (what ever that means.)  Ti has a "plush ride".  "Carbon is dead feeling."  "Al is harsh riding". The truth is you can have any stiffness and responsiveness you want by choosing the right design parameters and working with the builder. Design completely trumps material choice.  If comfort is a big issue, fit larger tires and run lower pressure.

Frame Maintenance: Ti is the clear winner here. Steel must be painted and the paint must be maintained and chips repaired to prevent surface rust. Inside "undercoating" of the tubes is also necessary to stop interior rusting from water incursion. Ti is impervious to almost everything.  Water, sweat, salt, spilled drinks, etc.  Nothing hurts it and there is no paint to chip so you can lean the bike against any convenient prop with no worries about damage.

My choice?  Ti unless initial cost is the overriding concern but you can't go wrong with either material from a good builder.    

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: October 08, 2005, 07:55:57 pm »
First, rid your self of the notion this is your "last bike".  The technology changes too much and too fast to ever assume that.  

Think of a guy who bought his "last bike" in 1980.  By now, three materials (Al, Ti and Carbon) that were pretty much laboratory curiosities then are common and  a current frame and fork weigh half of what their 1980 counterparts did.  Also, dropout spacing has changed twice, rear clusters have gone from 5-speed freewheels to 10-speed freehubs, shifting technology has gone through several generations and head tube, fork steerers, headsets and stems have all undergone major design changes.  

Yes, some of the modern improvements can be added to an older frame but most can't.  You don't know what the future will bring so don't plan on being wedded to the past.

Finally, the cost of a bike, even a relatively exotic one, isn't such a big deal.  Your new bike will probably cost less than the down payment on a typical family car and will do you much more good both economically and healthwise.  

General Discussion / energy gels
« on: October 16, 2005, 11:15:10 am »
Candy and granola bars are cheaper, taste much better, are less messy and do just as much good as "energy gels". As emergency rations they do just fine.  

On a tour you are free to stop and eat whenever you wish since no one is timing you and getting to your destination first isn't an issue as it is with racers.  Save your money and eat food you enjoy.

General Discussion / gap year touring
« on: September 10, 2005, 09:15:32 am »
For the benefit of your American readers, what is a "gap year"?

General Discussion / I got halfway there when...
« on: October 05, 2006, 10:06:12 pm »
Returning briefly to the Xtracycle discussion a few postings ago.  Sheldon Brown's write-up from the Las Vegas Interbike show had a paragraph about them as seen at the Surly display.  I think it's interesting.

The big deal this year was their dedicated Xtracycle frame. This is a long-wheelbase frame designed to act as an Xtracycle, using all of the Xtracycle rack attachments, but on a purpose-built frame. It is reputedly lighter and stiffer than an Xtracycle attachment on a standard mountain bike frame. This item is currently in the prototype stage, but was well received, and should be a fairly popular item. The biggest issue with it is shipping, because there is now way it is UPS-able due to its length.

General Discussion / I got halfway there when...
« on: October 03, 2006, 05:08:53 pm »
sorry Dave B...its what OmahaNeb said, sorry for the misquote all.  Mark of the Dalton Boys

No problem.  Actually it's a pretty good comment and I wish I'd thought to say it. :)

General Discussion / I got halfway there when...
« on: October 01, 2006, 12:04:50 pm »
I would also recommend looking at getting an Xtracycle add-on for your bike. I just ordered mine, so don't have any direct experience yet (but will add to the forum once I get some miles with it)... but from everything I have read, including NOT ONE single bad review, they are amazing and 100 times better than using a trailer.

I looked at the web site you referenced and would have serious reservations about either product. Other than the manufacturer's site, where did you read the favorable reviews?  Any place that's really independent?

The "Xtracycle" seems to be a tandem with the stoker's seat and bars deleted and the space used for cargo.  It's got to be very heavy and awkward.

The add-on "FreeRadical" seems both heavy and awkward and, more important, looks like a broken frame looking for a place to happen. It will cantilever the load and rear wheel way out beyond the original wheelbase and the stress on the frame will be greatly magnified.  

I'll be very interested in your experience once you get some miles and time on yours.   I'll also have to trust that you have no interest in this company other than as a customer.

This message was edited by DaveB on 10-1-06 @ 8:05 AM

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