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So, should the benchmark of what tour reports go into Adventure Cyclist be whether or not a "normal" person can do it? And how would we define normal?I knew the moment I wrote that that someone would jump on the term "normal" No, I'm not against articles on exotic and unusual touring destinations but there has been a preponderance of them lately. Perhaps more accessible locations have all been written about?
Nowadays, Adventure Cycling seems to reflect the schizophrenia within ACA itself. I expect to read "Biking with Brown Bears" any issue now. It'll be right after an announcement that some paved ACA route has moved off a four-lane road, recently paved, with daily traffic of 500 vehicles, because a parallel rail-trail opened up surfaced with leftover riprap, all because someone wrote an impassioned blog post on how uncomfortable they were riding on a road without a shoulder and sent a link to AC. O'Grady's "reviews" are cute, but they're like "Buycycling for Touring Bikes;" slap a "touring" label on a kid's tricycle and he'll find two pages of lovely things to say about it.I still enjoy reading AC but I agree that some of the articles are getting pretty far afield from rides "normal" people can even think of doing. I further agree with your take on O'Grady's bike reviews. His definition of "Touring Bike" seems to be rather wide and includes some pretty unsuited bikes. How can you recommend a touring bike that has a 52x11 high gear and a 39x25 low gear?
Whew. Makes me question why I'm still a member?
I've used SH 51 single release for decades and tht's the only one I've used.+1 My experience and feelings exactly.
I ride mainly on the road with some single track. I want to know exactly how my
shoe will release. I do not want my foot to release when I pull up or move in any direction other
than heel out. No issues with SH 51 but, I have never tried the multi release and don't intend to.
A touring frame can be made that will survive the loads from steel that is not as good as real Cr-Mo but it will be heavier. Who is to say that is not what is going on? Actually I do believe Surly and Trek are deceiving. They claim its Cro-Mo steel but it has not been verified to be Cro-Mo steel. It meets no specifications that are accepted by the industry. If you want to believe it's Cro-Mo steel that's up to you. Think about it. If you are a manufacturer of Cro-Mo steel tubing wouldn't you have it certified by to some standard to prove it?This sounds more like a conspiracy theory than any fact-based claim. If you really think the manufacturers are lying about the steel they use you could buy a couple of their frames and have the metal analyzed for composition and physical properties. If you are correct, the resulting class action suit should get you a decent amount of settlement money.
Not so, if your bike is set up right. I can get to the bar-ends on my bike from the bar tops or the hoods by swinging my arm down. They're a lot more convenient that down tube shifters, at least for me. I also ride in the drops when I'm climbing because I engage more muscles (into my lower back) there, which gives the quads and hamstrings a break.Barends are far more convenient than downtube shifters, no argument there. However, I still maintain that for the majority of riders barends are awkward at best to reach from anywhere but the drops and that most riders do not climb any significant grade in the drops.
You may say I'm an outlier, that They Say you should be in the tops while climbing, and Everybody does it that way. Except for me, I suppose. Doesn't that emphasize that the choice of where to put the shifters is a personal choice?
You can shift bar ends without taking your hands off the bars, assuming you are in the drops.That's a big assumption. Most riders don't climb with their hands in the drops and that's the only hand position that barends are accessible from.
But really, I enjoy my bar-end shifter bike as much as my Ergo shifter bike, and which shifters I use makes approximately zero difference in how well I climb.My personal objection to barends (and yes, I have them on one of my bikes) is not functionality but accessibility. The work well but I find them very difficult to get to if I discover I need a lower gear in the middle of a climb. If you can anticipate your shifts and shift while seated, fine. If you are surprised by the grade and need to shift while standing, they are awkward at best.
After reading some of their log, it appears things have changed a lot. Thanks for sending that. What gutsy girls. It was another age, simple and relaxed.Uhh, I don't think 1943 was a "simple and relaxed" age.
Had some Mavic Open Pro rims that cracked at the eyelets. So I don't like Mavic rims.The earliest rim failure I ever had was with a Mavic Open 4CD which cracked at 11,000 miles but I've also had marvelous service from two sets of Mavic CXP-33 rims which are still going strong at over 35,000 miles each so you really can't generalize.
Cute. "Credit card touring" is, of course, a modern term for touring while staying in hotels/motels and eating in restaurants or buying prepared food no matter how it is (or was) really paid for. Then again, 25 years ago was 1991 and credit cards most certainly were in use but maybe no one trusted you to have one.Actually I think that's a subset of Bike Touring. I'd call it "Credit Card Touring" since you aren't carrying a tent, sleeping gear or cooking gear.
Hmmm. About 25 years ago when I did that in Europe I don't think I even had a credit card. Paid cash for everything. Was I "Cash Touring"? And the real tourists who camp and cook, are they not allowed to use cash or credit cards at stores when buying supplies? Do they have to barter for goods?