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General Discussion / Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« on: May 15, 2006, 12:48:11 pm »
The only recommendations I have are:

1. Avoid glass lenses for obvious reasons. That's no problem these days with various plastics pretty much universal.

2. Be sure the frame has a "closed bridge" nosepiece.  A lot of frames have nose pads and they leak air (and bugs).

3. If you can get glasses with interchangable lenses, be sure to get a pair of clear lenses.  You may have to ride under very overcast or even night conditions.  

There are a wide variety of fashion sunglasses sold as sports glasses in an enormous range of prices. Some of the boutique glasses are absurdly priced.  Performance and Nashbar have some reasonably priced fully functional house brand glasses. Also, Campmore had a great range of good sunglasses at closeout prices.    

General Discussion / Using Headphones on tour?
« on: May 06, 2006, 11:16:17 pm »
I would think remote, low traffic roads are more dangerous with headphones than heavy traffic roads.  

In heavy traffic, you can't hear individual cars so your hearing isn't as useful.  You have to watch all around you all the time.

On light traffic roads, you will hear the occasional car from much further away so your hearing is a far more useful warning.  Also, since there are fewer cars, you are more likely to let your mind wander and not hold your line as carefully so hearing something coming is even more important.  

General Discussion / TRAVEL INSURANCE
« on: April 02, 2006, 08:42:49 pm »
Travel insurance normally covers the cost of transportation tickets and hotel/resort deposits made prior to the trip and non-refundable.  You should be able to get insurance to cover your airline tickets but the rest of your trip is probably not insurable since you won't lose any additional money if you don't go.  I don't think you can insure against disappointment. :(

Your airline can probably recommend travel insurance carriers.

General Discussion / Ship or Fly
« on: March 07, 2006, 06:04:05 pm »
That sounds about right for UPS which makes it about a wash with paying the oversize charges to take the bike on the plane as checked baggage.  However, get a quote from Fed Ex Ground.  I believe their shipping costs are significantly lower.

General Discussion / is this a good deal
« on: March 05, 2006, 12:58:38 pm »
The bike is probably suitable.  Whether it's a good deal depends on how much you have to pay for it. A 6-8 year-old Schwinn isn't worth much.

General Discussion / Dog Tags anyone?
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:26:28 pm »
Check out The Poundmaster (  they are the least expensive source I know of and completely reliable.  I've dealt with them several times and they always deliver accurate tags quickly.  

General Discussion / Racism
« on: February 04, 2006, 04:55:00 pm »
There are several chapters of the "Major Taylor Bicycle Club" that you could contact.  I expect their members would have the information you are looking for.

General Discussion / FIRST BIKE TO IRELAND
« on: June 01, 2006, 03:40:11 pm »
One more thing if you are using cardboard boxes.  

New bikes come packed with mushroom shaped plastic caps that cover the axle ends of the front wheel (it's removed for packing) to keep them from poking through the cardboard, a spacer that protects the fork dropouts from crushing and plugs for the top of the seat tube and fork steerer or head tube.  

Any LBS will have tons of these and should be willing to give you one or several sets at no charge.  They are very worthwhile protection for your bike and are light and small enough to take with you on tour for use when packing for the return shipment.

You should be able to buy a roll of tape and some packing material very near the Airport for your return trip so you don't have to carry these with you.  Wal-Marts are nearly everywhere these days. :)    

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.  

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